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Jan 24, 2016

AR & VR Smartglasses and Functional Contact Lenses 2016–2026

Posted by in categories: computing, health, mobile phones, space, virtual reality, wearables

Cannot wait for the new AR contacts.

NEW YORK, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — This new IDTechEx report is focused on how the market for smart glasses and contact lenses is going to evolve in the next decade, based on the exciting research and developments efforts of recent years along with the high visibility some projects and collaborations have enjoyed. The amount of visibility this space is experiencing is exciting developers of a range of allied technologies into fast-tracking/focusing their efforts, as well as creating devices and components designed specifically to serve this emerging industry.

Some of the newest devices that have ignited significant interest in smart eyewear are going above and beyond the conventional definition of a smart object; they are in effect, portable, wearable computers with a host of functionalities, specially designed apps etc. that add new ways for the wearer to interact with the world along with smartphone capabilities, health tracking options and many other features. The features of some of the more advanced devices have been based on and have sparked worldwide innovation efforts aiming to create an ecosystem of components that will enable what is bound to be a revolution in form factor for wearables.

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Jan 24, 2016

A tiny device inside of mice sends light to nerves

Posted by in categories: energy, genetics, neuroscience


Scientists have implanted a wireless device the size of a peppercorn inside mice to stimulate nerves.

The technique combines optogenetics—using light to control the activity of the brain—with a newly developed method for wirelessly powering implanted devices. It’s described in a paper published in Nature Methods.

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Jan 24, 2016

Jack Confirms Departures Of Several Twitter Execs

Posted by in categories: engineering, wearables

Maybe an opportunity to hire some pretty talented women in the mix this time. If you think about it, women are very strong in communications & multitasking which is perfect to lead Twitter’s product innovation; and not to mention what women could do for wearables innovation. Some amazing female execs in wireless (ISPs & Devices), online communications and marketing firms, Google and Microsoft has some amazing female leaders, etc. Tons of capable women that could really make some magic happen for Twitter.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has confirmed the departures of Twitter execs, who oversaw the product, engineering, media and HR teams.

Was really hoping to talk to Twitter employees about this later this week, but want to set the record straight now:

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Jan 24, 2016

Why women are leaving the tech industry in droves

Posted by in categories: energy, humor

This is a bit concerning ; it is feeling a lot like 1972 again when my mother and sisters took a special trip to D.C. for a special meeting and event.

When I moved to the Bay Area in 2007 to run the Wikimedia Foundation, the first thing that struck me was the eerie absence of women. I’d spent most of my working life at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., where we used to joke that women took power when the men went off to war in 1939, and afterward refused to give it back. At the CBC, easily half my colleagues, regardless of their gender, were overt, confident, unashamed feminists.

The Bay Area tech community was different. In my first three months I had dozens of meetings with tech executives, entrepreneurs and investors, and the only women I met were scheduling the meetings and bringing drinks to the boardrooms. I started asking myself what year it was in Silicon Valley for women. Had we reached the point where we could wear pantsuits and play golf, or was it still the Mad Men era?

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Jan 24, 2016

‘The Terminator Conundrum’: Pentagon Weighs Ethics of Pairing Deadly Force, AI

Posted by in categories: engineering, ethics, military, neuroscience, robotics/AI

DoD spending $12 to $15 billion of its FY17 budget on small bets that includes NextGen tech improvements — WOW. Given the DARPA new Neural Engineering System Design (NESD); guessing we may finally have a Brain Mind Interface (BMI) soldier in the future.

The Defense Department will invest the $12 billion to $15 billion from its Fiscal Year 2017 budget slotted for developing a Third Offset Strategy on several relatively small bets, hoping to produce game-changing technology, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

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Jan 24, 2016

We asked industry experts what the ‘Uber of Healthcare’ will be — here’s how they responded

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, health, robotics/AI, transportation

The “Uber” of healthcare — I can truly see it with AI Healthcare and CRISPR as well as BMI technologies.

Business Insider chatted with CEOs and investors alike to find out what technology and treatment could be the Uber of healthcare.

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Jan 24, 2016

Experts At Davos Say Weaponized Artificial Intelligence Robots Are Dangerous

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

I am in favor of responsible development of new technologies but, as always, it is a double-edged sword.

Scientists say smarter autonomous robots are dangerous and may start new era in warfare.

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Jan 24, 2016

The World Economic Forum On The Future Of Jobs

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, economics, employment, genetics, nanotechnology, robotics/AI

“According to many industry observers, we are today on the cusp of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and genetics and biotechnology are all building on and amplifying one another…”

The World Economic Forum (WEF) published an analysis today on the technological and sociological drivers of employment.

The report, titled The Future of Jobs, validates the accelerating impact of technology on global employment trends, and also highlights serious concerns that job growth in certain industries is still very much outpaced by large scale declines in other industries.

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Jan 24, 2016

Artificial intelligence to analyze ethnic relations in Russia

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

“We have managed to develop a software product that will use artificial intelligence to analyze the situation in interethnic relations. This system has already been created and we are now introducing it in the regions,” Barinov told an interregional forum of the Russian National Front in Stavropol on Sunday.

However, this program is “not a cure-all”, but the first results of its work are quite promising, he added.

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Jan 24, 2016

3 ways robots and AI will change the way you work

Posted by in categories: business, economics, Elon Musk, employment, robotics/AI

Essentially, the jobs being replaced will give rise to new roles that people can take up.

“There are new classes of jobs that we haven’t thought of yet. Those who can curate and manage the full rich data lifecycle will be a new class of professional,” Shadbolt added.

Whether you like it or not, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots are going to be a big part of the future workforce.

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