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Scientists read minds to predict hand actions

Scientists read minds to predict hand actions | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Canadian and U.S. researchers have been able to predict what hand movement a person is going to make by reading a scan of their brain.
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Kurzweil: A Future of Humans Merged With Machines

Kurzweil: A Future of Humans Merged With Machines | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Futurist Ray Kurzweil says technology merging humans and computers is advancing on many levels to enhance both body and mind.
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Body scanners go to the mall

Body scanners go to the mall | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The wide deployment of millimeter wave full-body scanners at airports around the U.S. caused a kerfuffle largely because they generate grainy photos of travelers' naked bodies.
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles renewable energy’s future

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles renewable energy’s future | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
- Renewable Energy Magazine, at the heart of clean energy journalism...
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Technology makes (some) people feel old

Technology makes (some) people feel old | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
A t 47, Beth Jones still drives fast and swears way too much. The Brookline writer ice climbs and takes 40-mile bike rides, and her 6-year-old son’s teacher told her she looks 35.
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Johann Hari: How to survive the age of distraction

Johann Hari: How to survive the age of distraction | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"In the 20th century, all the nightmare-novels of the future imagined that books would be burnt. In the 21st century, our dystopias imagine a world where books are forgotten."
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Will this ship revolutionise the skies?

Will this ship revolutionise the skies? | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Imagine this: a flying machine that can cruise in the air for three weeks without landing. It does not need a runway and can land anywhere and on any surface.
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Study: Kids Are the Road to Tech Innovation

Study: Kids Are the Road to Tech Innovation | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"Over the course of 2010, Latitude Research completed a multi-phase innovation study, Children's Future Requests for Computers and the Internet, asking kids across the world to draw the answer to this question: "What would you like your computer or the Internet to do that it can't do right now?" This study is part of a larger research initiative by Latitude that positions younger generations as a window into the future of technology, capable of informing tech experiences that resonate with people of all ages."
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Oblong Has Built The Future Of Computing.

Oblong Has Built The Future Of Computing. | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"The technologies that Oblong is working on are anything but derivative or boring — they are absolutely revolutionary. And they will shape the future of computing."
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Austrian company debuts revolutionary wingless aircraft

Austrian company debuts revolutionary wingless aircraft | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
A firm from Austria, Austrian Innovative Aeronautical Technology (IAT21) has unveiled a new type of aircraft that flies without wings or rotors, at the Paris Air Show.
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Could This Brain Implant Revive Paralyzed Limbs?

Could This Brain Implant Revive Paralyzed Limbs? | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Michigan take another step towards the Holy Grail of neurological technology--a device that would restore natural movement to the paralyzed.
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Scientists Coax Brewer's Yeast into Making Evolutionary Leap to Multicellularity

Scientists Coax Brewer's Yeast into Making Evolutionary Leap to Multicellularity | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Hundreds of millions of years ago, unicellular organisms made the leap to multicellularity, enabling what we know now as complex life and otherwise making a huge leap forward for evolution. Now, researchers have coaxed single-celled yeast into doing the same thing--in just a few weeks.
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The Future Of College: Forget Lectures And Let The Students Lead

The Future Of College: Forget Lectures And Let The Students Lead | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The most successful higher-ed programs inspire students to become entrepreneurs who tackle real-world problems.
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Dan Savage on the Virtues of Infidelity

Dan Savage on the Virtues of Infidelity | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Scandals be damned. The goal of marriage, argues Dan Savage — devoted husband, proud father, sex columnist — should be stability, not monogamy.
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Publishers and the internet: a changing role

Publishers and the internet: a changing role | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Connecting with the audience is still publishing's aim, but does the internet make it distribute first and publish later, asks Cory Doctorow...
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The Brain on Trial

The Brain on Trial | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Advances in brain science are calling into question the volition behind many criminal acts. A leading neuroscientist describes how the foundations of our criminal-justice system are beginning to crumble, and proposes a new way forward for law and order.
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Video: Is this the future of social media?

Video: Is this the future of social media? | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Microsoft has unveiled what it thinks social networking will look like in ten years time.
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From the Mouths of Babes: The Future of Tech is Robots and Real World Integration

From the Mouths of Babes: The Future of Tech is Robots and Real World Integration | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
This is Part Two of a two-part series.
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Non-stop high-speed train concept excites and terrifies in equal measure

Non-stop high-speed train concept excites and terrifies in equal measure | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Here's a terrifying new concept: a high-speed train that never stops. Passengers instead cross over via a 'feeder tram' that matches the speed of the main train. Scary? You betcha.
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Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku takes the stage -- as a 3-D hologram

Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku takes the stage -- as a 3-D hologram | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"Pop princess Hatsune Miku is storming the music scene.

With her long cerulean pigtails and her part-schoolgirl, part-spy outfit, she’s easy on the eyes. Yes, her voice sounds like it might have gone through a little –- OK, a lot –- of studio magic. Legions of screaming fans and the requisite fan sites? She’s got 'em.

And, like many of her hot young singer peers, Miku is extremely, proudly fake. Like, 3-D hologram fake."
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Light pulse flips gene switch

Light pulse flips gene switch | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Researchers develop an approach to switch on genes with a blue light; a technique that could one day help regulate blood sugar levels.
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On Humanitarianism - By Michael Walzer

On Humanitarianism - By Michael Walzer | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"Humanitarianism is probably the most important "ism" in the world today, given the collapse of communism, the discrediting of neoliberalism, and the general distrust of large-scale political ideologies. Its activists often claim to escape or transcend partisan politics. We think of humanitarian aid, for example, first of all as a form of philanthropy -- a response to an earthquake in Haiti or a tsunami in Asia, which is obviously a good thing, an effort to relieve human suffering and save lives, an act of international benevolence. But there is a puzzle here, for helping people in desperate need is something that we ought to do; it would be wrong not to do it -- in which case it is more like justice than benevolence. Words such as "charity" and "philanthropy" describe a voluntary act, a matter of kindness rather than duty. But international humanitarianism seems more like duty than kindness, or maybe it is a combination: two in one, a gift that we have to give."
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