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Jul 5, 2015

Researchers Sharing Data Was Supposed to Change Science Forever. Did It? — Lily Hay Newman | Slate

Posted by in category: science

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“If goodwill and curiosity aren’t motivating researchers to work with open-source data on their own, there is still something that probably will: human limitation. ‘We have tiny little brains. We can’t understand the big stuff anymore,’ said Paul Cohen, a DARPA program manager in the Information and Innovation Office. ‘Machines will read the literature, machines will build complicated models, because frankly we can’t.’ When all you have to do is let your algorithms loose on a trove of publicly available data, there won’t be any reason not to pull in everything that’s out there. ” Read more

Jul 5, 2015

Bitnation Space Agency

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, futurism, space

A publically crowdfunded, owned and operated space program. Follow Bitnation for updates.

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Jul 4, 2015

These are the projects Elon Musk is funding to prevent killer AI

Posted by in categories: futurism, neuroscience, robotics/AI

Elon Musk has donated millions to the Future of Life Institute, and now the organization is putting that money to use by funding research into keeping artificial intelligence “robust and…

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Jul 4, 2015

Would We Get Bionic Limbs?

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, humor, transhumanism

I just discovered that a second 12-min video on transhumanism was done by YouTube personalities Rhett and Link on Good Morning MORE. This one explores transhumanism in a balanced but humorous way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjYbcxeXn88

Their first transhumanism video on Good Mythical Morning is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1PF99LtBLQ

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Jul 4, 2015

First spin-entangled electrons on a chip

Posted by in category: computing

Say hello to the future of communication.…. FTL communication, possibly! (not to mention quantum computing, etc etc etc)

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Jul 4, 2015

Car assembly line robot kills worker in Germany

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Which just goes to show that you should never buy ANY form of robotics or AI software from a company that has any of the following words in it’s name: Sky, Net, Skynet, Cyberdine, and or Extermination. wink

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Jul 4, 2015

The Real-Life Dangers of Augmented Reality — Eric E. Sabelman & Roger Lam | IEEE Spectrum

Posted by in category: augmented reality

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“To understand how AR wearables affect the way a typical person perceives the world, we considered various natural impairments to vision.…A poorly designed AR interface could interfere with vision to the same degree as these diseases.” Read more

Jul 4, 2015

Ulterior States [IamSatoshi Documentary]

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, futurism

I personally think that decentralised peer to peer cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have a very bright long term future. The linked documentary is well worth fifty minutes of your time in my honest opinion. As the film helps to show why cryptocurrencies are such a game changing paradigm shift and are actually vitally needed.

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Jul 3, 2015

Capturing JFK’s Space-Age TWA Terminal Before It’s Revamped | Curbed

Posted by in category: architecture

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When Lori Walters heard that the future of the iconic TWA Flight Center at JFK airport was up in the air—given that the Eero Saarinen-designed landmark from 1962 was being eyed for redevelopment—she acted quickly. A historian and researcher at the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training, Walters and her team at ChronoPoints use three-dimensional terrestrial laser scanning to document historic buildings. The scanning process results in highly detailed digital models that can eventually be incorporated into educational programming about the structures. While the terminal, beloved during its prime and even to this day (even though it sits unused), had long been on Walters’s mind, she said news of the plan to convert it into a hotel caused her to bump it up to the top of her scanning queue.

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Jul 3, 2015

Who Owns the Digital Map of the World? — Laura Bliss | CityLab

Posted by in categories: geography, mapping

“Last week, Mapbox, a map development company based in Washington, D.C., announced that it has raised some $52.55 million in Series B funding, a sum CEO Eric Gunderson called the biggest ever for a mapping company. Mapbox doesn’t exactly make maps, though. It builds towers of software that organize sets of geo-spatial data for other kinds of businesses—real estate, transportation, agriculture, government, smartphone apps.” Read more