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Nov 11, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 12, 2014)

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 12, 2014)

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FINANCIAL TIMES: Alibaba breaks online shopping records http://on.ft.com/1ytcyPI

THE GUARDIAN: Report claims a third of UK jobs at risk from robots http://lnkd.in/dTBpmFE

EURASIA REVIEW: Iran To Launch More Selective Internet Censorship http://lnkd.in/dzG-wPM

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Nov 10, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 11, 2014)

Posted by in category: futurism

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 11, 2014)

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TECHCRUNCH: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella details his views on what Google and Apple do best http://tcrn.ch/1ypN0D4

REUTERS: Iranian-built copy of U.S. drone takes first flight http://lnkd.in/ddzJxZs

REUTERS: U.S. Postal Service data breach may compromise staff, customer details http://lnkd.in/dZcfTtf

GARTNER: Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015 http://lnkd.in/ds775sy

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Nov 10, 2014

New quantum camera capable of snapping photos of ‘ghosts’

Posted by in category: quantum physics

By: Bryan Nelson — MNN

By utilizing a process that Einstein famously called “spooky,” scientists have successfully caught “ghosts” on film for the first time using quantum cameras.
The “ghosts” captured on camera weren’t the kind you might first think; scientists didn’t discover the wandering lost souls of our ancestors. Rather, they were able to capture images of objects from photons that never actually encountered the objects pictured. The technology has been dubbed “ghost imaging,” reports National Geographic.

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Nov 9, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 10, 2014)

Posted by in category: futurism

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 10, 2014)

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MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: Google ALSO Wants to Store Your Genome. For $25 a year, Google will keep a copy of any genome in the cloud. http://lnkd.in/dAjHdHj

POPULAR SCIENCE: Bionic Bird Drone May Fool Actual Birds. This biomimetic flying device can be controlled by a smartphone, to entertain people and cats alike. http://lnkd.in/d2Mcz9R

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Nov 9, 2014

Robot Cheetah Breaks Free of Its Tether, Now Runs on Batteries

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Written By: — Singularity Hub

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Not long ago, robots were largely confined to books and movies. Then they started showing up on YouTube, and robot fear became a viral thing. There was that terrifying video of a Boston Dynamics robot wearing fatigues and gas mask. Another Boston Dynamics video showed a cheetah robot that could outpace the swiftest human sprinter.

Back then, it was easy enough to imagine being run down by a robot—particularly because Boston Dynamics was funded by the military. But there was no good reason to fear them. Not yet. Why? They were all powered by internal combustion engines. Imagine being stalked by a car with no muffler. You’d hear it a mile off and climb a tree.

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Nov 8, 2014

Baby, I now owe India and then Wal-Mart and so, changing said “Game Changers” (Picture)

Posted by in category: economics

Baby, I now owe India and then Wal-Mart and so, changing said “Game Changers” (Picture)

OWE INDIA

Nov 8, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 09, 2014)

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 09, 2014)

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NEW YORK TIMES: Home Depot Says Hackers Also Stole Email Addresses http://lnkd.in/dmDSkuK

NEW YORK TIMES: International Raids Target Sites Selling Contraband on the ‘Dark Web’ http://lnkd.in/dc2jZdC

BUSINESS STANDARD: 50% of occupations today will no longer exist in 2025: Report. Workspaces with row of desks will become completely redundant, not because they are not fit for purpose, but simply because that purpose no longer exists, the report predicts http://lnkd.in/dFyWwk2

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Nov 8, 2014

World Inequality, Digital Life & the State

Posted by in categories: futurism, geopolitics, government
. @hjbentham. @TheVenusProject. @clubofinfo. #futurism. #LOrdre. #antistatism.

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Nov 8, 2014

Battery-Free Chip For the ‘Internet of Things’ That’s the Size of an Ant

Posted by in category: electronics

Written By: — Singularity Hub

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As a concept, the Internet of Things has been around for awhile. In theory, as chips get smaller and cheaper, we should be able to embed them in everyday items. Appliances, lighting, doors, climate control—all these things (and many more) get a chip and an internet connection. They can send data and receive commands.

In short, a world of dumb, inanimate objects wakes up to do our bidding.

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Nov 7, 2014

Plant Engineered to Supercharge Photosynthesis with Hopes of Increasing Crop Yields

Posted by in categories: biological, environmental

Written By: — Singularity Hub

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While computers scientists find new ways to supercharge computers, a team of plant scientists have demonstrated that they can supercharge a plant.

Hoping to speed up plant photosynthesis, researchers from the US and UK have successfully upgraded a carbon-fixing enzyme vital to photosynthesis in a tobacco plant with two enzymes from cyanobacteria, which function at a faster rate. If photosynthesis can be performed more efficiently, plants would grow larger and crops could have higher yields, possibly as high as 60% according to computer models.

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