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Jul 18, 2015

Monkey ‘brain net’ raises prospect of human brain-to-brain connection

Posted by in category: neuroscience

In two separate experiments, scientists have formed a network from the brains of monkeys and rats, allowing them to co-operate and learn as a “superbrain”.

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Jul 18, 2015

Robots pass ‘wise-men puzzle’ to show a degree of self-awareness

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A trio of Nao robots has passed a modified version of the “wise man puzzle” and in so doing have taken another step towards demonstrating self-awareness in robotics. The feat was demonstrated at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York to the press prior to a presentation to be given at next month’s RO-MAN conference in Kobe, Japan.

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Jul 18, 2015

The $100 Million Content Farm That’s Killing the Internet — Charles Buzz | Motherboard

Posted by in category: internet

“This week, the viral aggregator ViralNova was acquired for $100 million dollars. Meanwhile, the Pitchfork spin-off film criticism site The Dissolve ceased operations with an internet_meaningful blogpost entitled “The End.” The divergence between the missions and lifecycles of these two media projects that both launched in 2013 leave me wondering, “WTF is value?” It is certainly not creating #niche content for ‘intelligent audiences.’ Over the past two years, we’ve learned that there isn’t any actual monetizable ‘cultural value’ in building a content farm with an authoritative voice or domination of a niche area. Instead, it is more important to chase quantifiable human metrics by shoving lowbrow content in front of Facebook users. This is exactly what ViralNova has done better than most content farms–it figured out the current system and #growth_hacked the hell out of it.” Read more

Jul 18, 2015

Soar Over Pluto’s Heart at 77,000 Kilometers in This New Animation

Posted by in categories: space, space travel

Stunning!

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Jul 18, 2015

How to Reverse Aging with Dr. Michael Fossel, M.D. PhD. [Health Longevity Series]

Posted by in categories: health, life extension

A superb and fun interview with Dr Michael Fossel and why he believes telomerase therapy is the most direct route to dealing with aging.

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Jul 17, 2015

This Robot Just Passed a Rudimentary Self-awareness Test

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

It’s nothing to get too excited or alarmed about, but a robot has passed a modified version of the classic King’s Wise Men Test. It’s another classic case of simulation rather than emulation, but the experiment shows how artificial self-awareness can be programmed into our technology.

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Jul 17, 2015

The innovative power of slack time | Business Standard

Posted by in categories: business, innovation

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There is a whole lot more to innovation than thinking up a great new idea. A new study from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management suggests that when budding entrepreneurs get time off their normal activities to work on other things — dubbed ‘slack’ time — they use it to complete the less exciting jobs needed to bring a novel project to life.

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Jul 17, 2015

**Award-Winning** Sci-Fi Short Film: “SYNC”

Posted by in categories: computing, cybercrime/malcode

Every 15 seconds, a computer, network, or mobile device is hacked by cyber-terrorists. To combat this problem, Syntek Industries has manufactured data couriers designed from advanced machine robotics. These couriers are known as SYNCS. Syncs are programmed to securely deliver data packages without interruption.

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Jul 17, 2015

Ray Kurzweil music technology breakthroughs – inside story | KurzweilAI

Posted by in categories: innovation, media & arts

Kurzweil 250 prototype boards (credit: Tim Thompson/Kurzweil Music Systems/Young Chang)

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Jul 17, 2015

The ESA’s Head Just Dropped a Proposal to Build a Village on the Moon

Posted by in category: space

Sounds good to me!

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