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Jun 3, 2015

Elon Musk Rebuffs Critics with Fundamentals

Posted by in categories: business, economics, environmental, government, innovation, policy, science, solar power, space, transportation

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“If he was paid by the oil and gas industry lobby he couldn’t have written a more favorable article for them.”—Elon Musk

Video & Article on Criticism about Incentives

Jun 2, 2015

We’re Seriously Underestimating the Virtual-Reality Market — Sergio Aguirre | Re/Code

Posted by in categories: entertainment, virtual reality

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“Most of the VR prototypes we’ve seen so far use a wraparound headset. But this “shut out everything” hardware paradigm could seriously limit adoption, especially in consumer markets. There’s actually an emerging category of virtual experiences that allow a user to experience digital objects as if they were real, without the need for a wraparound headset. There hasn’t been as much chatter about it, but “non-enveloping” VR could be one of the biggest, most important parts of this new wave of digital-analog world interfaces.”

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Jun 2, 2015

The Arctic’s Internet Is So Expensive That People Mail the Web on USB Drives — Via Motherboard

Posted by in categories: business, computing, economics, finance, governance, hacking, policy, strategy

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“Canada’s domestic digital divide, with the North as its epicenter, has been a point of growing concern over the last several years. Much of the internet in the northernmost regions of the country is still beamed down by satellites, but a plan to link Europe and Asia with fiber optic cable via Nunavut is currently being negotiated by a Toronto-based company called Arctic Fibre.”

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Jun 2, 2015

Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine? — Quoctrung Bui | NPR

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

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“Machines can do some surprising things. But what you really want to know is this: Will your job be around in the future?…The researchers admit that these estimates are rough and likely to be wrong. But consider this a snapshot of what some smart people think the future might look like.” Read more

Jun 2, 2015

The 12 Most Exciting and Surprising Collaborations in Digital Health

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism, health

From time to time, I come across news covering collaborations between companies which are either promising or surprising. Sometimes both. A future full of science fiction technologies in medicine &…

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Jun 1, 2015

The only wearable, wireless, continuously monitoring intelligent thermometer.

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

TempTraq is the first and only 24-hour intelligent thermometer that continuously senses, records, and sends alerts of a child’s temperature to your mobile device.

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Jun 1, 2015

Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality — IEEE Spectrum

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Engineers explore ways to take robotics to the limits of size and function

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Jun 1, 2015

Hacking the Human OS — IEEE Spectrum

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Medicine has always sought to understand the human body’s operating system. Now, with biometric sensors and big data analytics, we’re learning how to fix the bugs

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Jun 1, 2015

The debate on lethal robots is starting too late — Russell Brandom | The Verge

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

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“Without human beings making the decision to kill, the concern is that killing will happen indiscriminately, slowly lowering the bar for the use of violent force. Once death happens by algorithm, what’s the incentive to preserve life? ‘Humans must ultimately bear moral responsibility and face the horror of war squarely, not outsource it to machines.’” Read more

Jun 1, 2015

Journey to the center of the moon: Samuel Ximenes at TEDxSanAntonio 2013

Posted by in category: space

It is human destiny to become a multi-planet species. The space frontier is opening up to private citizens and interplanetary entrepreneurs are redefining th…

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