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Jan 24, 2016

How Larry Page’s obsessions became Google’s business

Posted by in category: business

Google/ Alphabet certainly has been diversified; and doesn’t look like they’re going to slow down any time soon.


Unlike most chief executives, Larry Page has invested far beyond Google’s company’s core business, and in many ways has made it a reflection of his personal fascinations.

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Jan 24, 2016

Samsung to open VR movie studio in New York: ‘We love stories’

Posted by in categories: entertainment, virtual reality

VR Movie Studios

Now, that’s a story! Samsung VR Movie Studios; nice ring to it. Instead of “hello Hollywood” we’re now hearing “Hello New York”.


The company behind the Gear VR virtual-reality headset partners with the Sundance film festival to foster new immersive experiences.

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Jan 23, 2016

Manpower’s CEO just gave us an awesome solution to the ‘robots taking human jobs’ conundrum

Posted by in categories: business, economics, education, employment, finance, robotics/AI

Kudos to Manpower’s CEO Jonas Prising — with the possibility on the horizon of a world wide loss of 5 million jobs; we need to make sure we a structure in place to absorb that hit with needs to include education & retraining and a financial support structure to help those laid off and their immediate family members (namely children). And, the earlier we can train folks; the less costly it will be for governments and countries in the long run.


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ManpowerJonas Prising, CEO and Executive Chairman of Manpower, spoke to Business Insider in Davos for the WEF meeting.

Over 2,500 of the world’s most powerful people have talked about the risks and opportunities surrounding “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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Jan 23, 2016

New worlds: Tapping particles of light

Posted by in categories: food, health, life extension, particle physics

Interesting; no more rotten fruit. Researchers may actually found a new way to preserve perishable foods. Can you imagine the cost savings to consumers, plus being able to supply more people with fresh fruits and vegetables. World Bank and Health Organizations should be interested in this as well.

It does make me wonder how the research on life extension, etc. can learn from the findings of this experiment.


Researchers have managed to “pluck” a single photon – one particle of light – out of a pulse of light.”

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Jan 23, 2016

Brain tumor removed without surgery at Apollo hospital

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Can you say “amazing” — brain tumor removed without surgery.


The Neurosurgery wing of the Local Apollo hospital here successfully conducted a rare, modern at the same time sensitive method of removal of a brain tumor tissue for diagnosis sending a small needle deep in to the brain without opening the skull and anesthesia. This sophisticated and critical process known as ‘Stereotactic Biopsy was conducted on a 50 year old woman Thalari Chinnammayi, without any complications and with hardly two days of hospitalization. Claiming such Biopsy application as the first of its kind in Coastal Andhra region, Dr M V Kiran Kumar senior consultant Neuro surgeon of Apollo hospital, said it would involve less expenditure and almost risk free and not warrant a repeated biopsy. Presenting the patient before the press persons here today, he said, she was suffering from chronic headache for the past one month and during clinical examination it was found she was having small tumor in the brain that too in a very deep lesion.‘ The tumor in size of 1.5x 2cms was located in the left side of the brain at a place called as Caudate Nucleus. A small piece of brain tissue was removed by performing stereotactic biopsy and during examination it was diagnosed as grade-3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma (cancerous growth). She was referred to Oncologist for treatment either by chemo therapy or Radiation he added. Dr C Suryaprakasarao Medical director of the hospital said that the Neurology department was strengthened by acquiring modern sophisticated equipment besides appointing Dr Kamaraju as a Neuro physician. I. V.V Ramana hospital chief administrator said that they were going to introduce the ‘Deep brain stimulation therapy utilising the expertise of Dr Kiran Kumar. UNI XR/DP KVV AK1935.

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Jan 23, 2016

Intensive instrument playing can trigger movement disorders

Posted by in category: futurism

Dystonia can be triggered because you’re in a rock band? That’s a new one for me.


Scientists from Germany have investigated the possible causes that may trigger movement disorders.

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Jan 23, 2016

Robots ‘will be able to read your thoughts within a generation’ — and hackers could steal your innermost secrets

Posted by in categories: computing, economics, neuroscience, quantum physics, robotics/AI

This all sounds extremely familiar to me for some reason. And, really ties in well with my recent articles on “AI holding your data hostage” and “Quantum Computing — things that need to be considered” — glad more folks are speaking up.


Speaking at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps, Nita Farahany, a professor of law and philosophy, said the device reading brain activity could be accessed by ‘not good Samaritans’.

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Jan 23, 2016

Scientists Use 3D Environment to Speed Up Growth of Stem Cells

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

New process could allow researchers to grow more stem cells in a shorter time for organ transplants, drug trials, and other applications.

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Jan 23, 2016

China is building malls of the future that could come to the US soon

Posted by in categories: business, futurism

High-end, futuristic malls in China and parts of the US are upgrading technology, hoping to attract customers with “smart” shopping centers.

“In the US, the malls look exactly the same they did 20 year ago,” Deborah Weinswig, executive director at Fung Business Intelligence Centre, said recently in a talk at a JDA Executive Luncheon. “We’ve got to make it more exciting, and more fun, and more experiential.”

Changing consumer tastes and the rise of e-commerce means shoppers are visiting malls less and less, with Weinswig reporting that the average American now visits a mall three to four times a year, as opposed to five to six. To compete with online shopping, malls need to match e-commerce in convenience and create experiential reasons to visit the mall that you cannot find online.

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Jan 23, 2016

Engineers at Yale develop quantum chip, Next step — a programmable quantum processor

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics, robotics/AI, supercomputing

Every month, we’re seeing more and more researchers and companies break the Quantum barrier by making their own Quantum Chip. Yale is the latest ones to introduce their own Quantum Chip. Next stop; a programmable Quantum Processor


In what can only be termed as a big step in the manufacture of practical quantum circuits, engineers from the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a silicon chip embedded with all the required components for a quantum processor.

Quantum computers are often portrayed as the next step in computer technology, and with good reason. Theoretically, a quantum computer would be thousands of times faster than today’s fastest supercomputers. They could also help in the creation of a practically capable AI. Quantum computers would drastically improve humanity’s data processing capabilities, and that is why researchers have been working for years towards their realization.

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