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5 technologies that are making farms smarter and more efficient than ever before

5 technologies that are making farms smarter and more efficient than ever before | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Feeding a growing population and coping with global warming will require a global agricultural revolution
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The times they are a changing and often for the better, at least when it comes to utilizing science for better farming. While I'm to so sure about GMO crops, especially corn and Monsanto, this Broody New Englander appreciates the growth of urban farming and applauds better water management. At any rate, here are a few areas in which science and technology are making a difference and some of these differences can help not only agribusiness but also small farmers in rich and even poorer countries. Meanwhile, if you long for a simpler time, read Broody New Englander and enjoy Maine in the mid-twentieth century. https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene/dp/1502759284/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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When the billboard has a brain - The Boston Globe

When the billboard has a brain - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Once in a while, you drive past a billboard that’s advertising something you’d actually like to buy — a juicy hamburger, comfortable shoes, a better car. It’s as if the advertiser is reading your mind.
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This is an interesting notion, the ability of billboards to gear what is displayed to places from which I've made calls. Of course, that will work, the same way the ads on #Facebook work. (LOL) I'm barged by ads for places I've decided I won't do business and others that I've already shop at. Absolutely no benefit to the advertisers and a pain in the ass for me. I wonder if the billboards will flash symphony concert tickets at me since one place I use my phone is during intermission and before concerts. And individually owned restaurants and coffee shops; guess that means I'd get adds for fast food and Starbucks. What ads would your phone generate? 
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How an Internet Mapping Glitch Turned a Random Kansas Farm Into a Digital Hell

How an Internet Mapping Glitch Turned a Random Kansas Farm Into a Digital Hell | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Why people living on a farm in the geographical center of the United States were repeatedly accused of crimes they did not commit.
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There is obviously a great short story here. Meanwhile, for those who are computer nerds, this tells you something about the limitations of technology. 
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Thespian 'actor' robot applies for Screen Actors Guild card 

Thespian 'actor' robot applies for Screen Actors Guild card  | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A robot named IRB 2400 (pictured) has applied for a Screen Actors Guild card. Membership benefits include health care, pension, and competitive rate mortgages.
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I've been thinking a lot about the ethical issues of robots. At what point do we consider them as living beings? Calling all fans of "Short Circuit" to contribute your notion of what it means to say, "I'm alive." No Turing criteria to be considered.

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Beyond the lithium ion -- a significant step toward a better performing battery

Beyond the lithium ion -- a significant step toward a better performing battery | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt.

They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions, using an electrode with a structure like those in many of today's devices.
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I have for years been saying that the key to the future is the development of better batteries so that renewable energy can be stored and used economically and safely. Hopefully, this is a real step towards that goal.

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10 Amazing Inventions by Teens (young inventors, hot car death, new inventions) - ODDEE

10 Amazing Inventions by Teens (young inventors, hot car death, new inventions) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If you think youth is all about selfies and games, you'll be surprised by these ten young inventors and their amazing creations. (young inventors, hot car death, new inventions)
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Some great ideas from some great kids -- start your day feeling good and take a look.

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Amazon Might Be Building Flying Warehouses

Amazon Might Be Building Flying Warehouses | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
After its first successful drone flight, Amazon has patents for flying warehouses to supply drone deliveries.
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File this story under WHA?! My question, when the brim goes down, what will be falling on our heads. Sure I want my books on people's minds, but not that way. On the other hand, maybe it won't be raining pennies but steaks from heaven. Are you a PRIME member, will they get the best stakes hitting their roofs? Meanwhile, use your prime membership to get my books delivered free. https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Weene/e/B002M3EMWU ;
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Try not to jiggle while watching these amazing bladeless wind turbines.

Try not to jiggle while watching these amazing bladeless wind turbines. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A startup in Spain has created a wonderfully innovative alternative to traditional wind turbines.
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Cheaper and more efficient so able to work in less wind. Also, these new turbines will be safer for birds and they are a lot neater looking. The only problem, we might all start jiggling along with them. Heck, maybe that can be part of my exercise plan, watch and jiggle. 
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Technology Addiction: Fran Lewis | The Write Room Blog

Technology Addiction: Fran Lewis | The Write Room Blog | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Walking the streets of Manhattan a few weeks ago I observed something that was to some quite interesting and to others mundane.

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My personal peeve is the use of cellphones at dinner. Please, I don't need you to google that fact; I need you to take part in conversation. 

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Will we be able to convert robots to Christianity?

Will we be able to convert robots to Christianity? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
We spoke to seven scholars and futurists about the singularity and the uncertain future of religion.
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If machines do decide to recognize a god, my guess is it will be Alan Turing. The beginning is always about one's own kind not about aliens. That is why, for example, the Bible doesn't bother with life on other planets or even he other life that it then mentions indirectly on Earth, i.e. the people that marry the descendents of Adam and Eve. All creation stories are written by narcissists. Please share your thoughts.

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This Is The Gigantic Machine That Renews Railroad Tracks

This Is The Gigantic Machine That Renews Railroad Tracks | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It might looks like a regular train, but each of the cars on this Plasser & Theurer RU 800 have a specific purpose. As the whole machine passes, the existing track below is removed and replaced.
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What an incredible machine. Think of all the men swinging sledgehammers and using pry bars; the straining backs of men placing ties and rails. All of them replaced by a few men with buttons at fingertips. We need to be using more of these machines to bring our railroads up to snuff. And we need to recognize that we are living in an age where labor is less and less important so we have to figure out what to do with all those would-be track workers; how do we create a decent world in which labor is less integral to everyday life?

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Awesome 3-D printing tech we can’t show you on TV – yet | Al Jazeera America

Awesome 3-D printing tech we can’t show you on TV – yet | Al Jazeera America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Some of the coolest applications of 3D printing aren’t quite ready for prime time.
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This is some cool stuff it can be done.

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