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Jan 21, 2016

Buckingham Palace And Great Barrier Reef Now In VR

Posted by in categories: habitats, virtual reality

I cannot wait until I finally equip my home theater with a VR experience — imagine watching a Terminator Movie “Terminator 3 rise of the machines” — it would be scary.

Google released a couple of virtual reality tour locations for its Expeditions Pioneer Program which are Buckingham Palace and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Jan 21, 2016

VR-powered theme park rides will blow you mind later this year

Posted by in categories: materials, space, transportation, virtual reality

More VR Theme Parks and attractions opening this year. We have the Void opening this summer in Pleasant Grove, UT; a new VR roller coaster in UK’s Alton Towers that opens in April; there is real opportunity for entrepreneurs in the VR space to launch their own portable VR amusement/ entertainment centers for corporate events, parties, etc.

Virtual reality and theme parks may not seem like an obvious match, but these planned attractions may change your mind. Starting this spring we’ll start to see rides that take advantage of VR to offer new and exciting experiences.

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Jan 20, 2016

Bill Gates and Elon Musk Will Save the World from AI?

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, Elon Musk, employment, habitats, robotics/AI, transportation

I must admit; I got a little laughter from reading the beginning of this article. However, there is a potential longer term concern around jobs and an even larger concern around data (including IP) when it comes to AI. So, I truly hope folks are strategically planning, designing, and implementing appropriate safeguards around their AI architecture and systems; especially if we look at hacking, etc.

Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have all done their part in warning the world of the true power of artificial intelligence. All three men were actually awarded the 2015 Luddite Award, which is given by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.

Because of their honest assessment on the power of new technology, these three men have been called alarmists who spread horror. There were 10 total nominees to the prices, and all three received them after getting more 3,680 votes.

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Jan 20, 2016

Report: Blockchain Record-Keeping System Too Costly for Vermont

Posted by in category: bitcoin

1st Bitcoin and now this on Blockchaining record keeping in VT.

The cost of using the blockchain for a public records system would outweigh any benefits, a report prepared for Vermont’s legislature concludes.

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Jan 20, 2016

Lagarde: The end of cash could happen within a decade

Posted by in categories: economics, evolution, finance

Ok, my one world currency comsipracy friends; here is a story for you.

Cash could become history within a decade, thanks to new financial instruments, including virtual currencies, some of the world’s leading bankers said during the World Economic Forum on Wednesday (20 January).

The impact of technology, the overarching theme of this year’s meeting, will be very significant.

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Jan 20, 2016

A social media war just erupted over the biotech innovation of the century

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

This CRISPR ownership dispute being played out in front of the public is truly concerning. My question is how much time are these researchers/ scientists spending locked in this battle v. focusing on research, testing and clinical trials, etc. to help the public? If their energy was focused on helping the public; it would be better for them and their image to the public.

A history of CRISPR ignites a furious tweetstorm.

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Jan 20, 2016

B.C. puts focus on tech into hyperdrive

Posted by in category: futurism

News from BC Tech Summit.

Province’s first #BCTECH Summit a major draw for Canadian tech entrepreneurs.

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Jan 20, 2016

Print Your Face On Your Drink and Never Misplace It Again!

Posted by in category: business

Tired of the leaves and hearts floating on the foam of your coffee? Then this Ripple Maker by the Israeli startup Steam CC is the answer for you. This machine reproduces photos, text or other graphics on coffee foam.

The Ripple Maker was first unveiled last June, when it was revealed that Lufthansa airlines would be using the devices in its First and Business Class departure lounges. Last week at CES, however, broader availability of the system was announced – it can now be purchased by any business that serves coffee, starting at US$1,299, and is available with an $85/month service plan.

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Jan 20, 2016

Grounding AI: Artificial Intelligence is Closer — and Less Awesome — than Most Realize

Posted by in categories: employment, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Personally, today’s AI is not at the level we need it. Therefore, this article by Collin Wood does hold some merit of fact. However, this is going to be changing in the next 3 to 4 years. And, believing that AI is not going to be sophisticated or at a level that can out perform people with information is truly a mistake especially when technologies such as Quantum are added to the mix and Quantum AI is matured and evolved over the next 5 years. So, at least we’re good for the year 2016 to early 2018. However, after we progress forward in 2018, I advise folks to have a back up plan for employment.

In fact, many in government and the private sector are already using the next rung in humanity’s digital progression.

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Jan 20, 2016

DARPA wants to build wetware so we can mind control computers

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, electronics, engineering, neuroscience, supercomputing

Hot damn, our Ghost in the Shell future is getting closer by the day. DARPA announced on Tuesday that it is interested in developing wetware — implantable brain-machine interfaces (BMI) that will allow their users to control computers with their thoughts. The device, developed as part of the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program, would essentially translate the chemical signals in our neurons into digital code. What’s more, DARPA expects this interface to be no larger than two nickels stacked atop one another.

“Today’s best brain-computer interface systems are like two supercomputers trying to talk to each other using an old 300-baud modem,” Phillip Alvelda, the NESD program manager, said in a statement. “Imagine what will become possible when we upgrade our tools to really open the channel between the human brain and modern electronics.”

The advanced research agency hopes the device to make an immediate impact — you know, once it’s actually invented — in the medical field. Since the proposed BMI would connect to as many as a million individual neurons (a few magnitudes more than the 100 or so that current devices can link with), patients suffering from vision or hearing loss would see an unprecedented gain in the fidelity of their assistive devices. Patients who have lost limbs would similarly see a massive boost in the responsiveness and capabilities of their prosthetics.

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