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Oct 24, 2014

Britons spend more time on tech than asleep, study suggests

Posted by in category: human trajectories

— BBC News

Woman on phone

Communications regulator Ofcom said UK adults spend an average of eight hours and 41 minutes a day on media devices, compared with the average night’s sleep of eight hours and 21 minutes.

Almost four hours a day are spent watching TV according to Ofcom’s survey of 2,800 UK adults and children.

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Oct 23, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (October 24, 2014)

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FUTURISM UPDATE (October 24, 2014)


FORBES: Three Industries Going Through Dramatic Supply Chain Transformations

GEEKWIRE: Google leads $542M Magic Leap deal, betting on augmented reality…d-reality/

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Google Invests Heavily in Magic Leap’s Effort to Blend Illusion and Reality…lity-firm/

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Oct 23, 2014

Who is Amit Singhal (at Google)?

Posted by in categories: futurism, lifeboat, science, transhumanism

This archive file was compiled from an interview conducted at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, 2013.

As late as the 1980s and the 1990s, the common person seeking stored knowledge would likely be faced with using an 18th century technology — the library index card catalogue — in order to find something on the topic he or she was looking for. Fifteen years later, most people would be able to search, at any time and any place, a collection of information that dwarfed that of any library. And unlike the experience with a library card catalogue, this new technology rarely left the user empty-handed.

Information retrieval had been a core technology of humanity since written language — but as an actual area of research it was so niche that before the 1950s, nobody had bothered to give the field a name. From a superficial perspective, the pioneering work in the area during the 1940s and 50s seemed to suggest it would be monumentally important to the future — but only behind the scenes. Information retrieval was to be the secret tool of the nation at war, or of the elite scientist compiling massive amounts of data. Increasingly however, a visionary group of thinkers dreamed of combining information retrieval and the ‘thinking machine’ to create something which would be far more revolutionary for society.

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Oct 23, 2014

Internet: How websites are experimenting on you

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By Chris Baraniuk — BBC Future

(Auraveda/Flickr/CC BY 2.0)

The internet is one big experiment, and you’re part of it. Every day, millions of trials are manipulating what you see when you browse online, to find out how to keep your attention, make you click more links – and spend more money. And these experiments are often secret. You’ll probably never know you were part of them.

This is all thanks to something now well-known in the tech industry, called A/B testing. It means that the web pages served to you are not necessarily the same as those shown to the next person – they might have slightly different colours, an alternate headline or, on social networks, you could be shown different personal information about your friends and family.

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Oct 22, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (October 23, 2014)

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FUTURISM UPDATE (October 23, 2014)

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FINANCIAL TIMES: Insurers ‘unready’ for climate change

HUFF POST: Amelia: IPsoft’s New Artificial Intelligence Can Think Like A Human, And Wants Your Job

CIO: Lufthansa leaves the computing to IBM

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Oct 22, 2014

Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown

Posted by in categories: defense, government, security

— The Guardian

Pentagon Building in Washington

A US Department of Defense (DoD) research programme is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various US military agencies. The multi-million dollar programme is designed to develop immediate and long-term “warfighter-relevant insights” for senior officials and decision makers in “the defense policy community,” and to inform policy implemented by “combatant commands.”

Launched in 2008 – the year of the global banking crisis – the DoD ‘Minerva Research Initiative’ partners with universities “to improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the US.”

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Oct 21, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (October 22, 2014)

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FUTURISM UPDATE (October 22, 2014)


INFOWORLD: General Electric lays out big plans for big data…-data.html

THE TELEGRAPH: The Real Cyborgs

FUTURE OBSERVATORY: Who Has a Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap? Guess!

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Oct 21, 2014

US Now Faces Threat of US-Made Weapons in Iraq

Posted by in categories: military, security
Douglas Birch, Center for Public Integrity / News Investigation — Nation of Change

Never mind that the vehicle is a boxy, lumbering, second-hand set of wheels with a top speed of just 60 mph. To some of the fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. M1117, aka the Guardian Armored Security Vehicle, has become their favorite ride.

Or so says Jeremy Binnie, editor of Jane’s Terrorism and Security Monitor, who has monitored propaganda sites for reports of jihadis toting, towing or tooling around in some of the millions of dollars’ worth of U.S.- and other foreign-built military equipment that ISIS captured after it swept into northern Iraq in early June.

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Oct 20, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (October 21, 2014)

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FUTURISM UPDATE (October 21, 2014)

We Activate Kaisen and We Deactivate Kaisen

TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: Does Lockheed Martin Really Have a Breakthrough Fusion Machine?…n-machine/

FINANCIAL TIMES: IBM shares tumble as profits and sales fall at

FUTURE OBSERVATORY: Ohio State University Invents All-in-One Solar Cell and Battery…l-battery/

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Oct 20, 2014

Could the FBI See Your Selfies?

Posted by in category: surveillance

By — US News

Stock image of a man in a suit using a camera phone.

The FBI is preparing to launch a facial recognition database this summer that includes photos of people without criminal records- and a court case in New York may expand the ability of the government to request data from Facebook to help.

The bureau’s database, called the Next Generation Identification system, or NGI, builds upon the government’s fingerprint database and is slated to be operational this summer, according to the FBI. This database will contain photos of anybody who sends images as part of an application for a job that requires fingerprinting or a background check – even if that person has no criminal record – according to research by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital privacy advocacy organization. The FBI is slated to have 52 million face images by 2015, according to the EFF.

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