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First step toward a general method of creating artificial self-replicating materials of arbitrary structure and composition starting with Structural DNA seeds and tiles - http://nextbigfuture.com/2011...
First step toward a general method of creating artificial self-replicating materials of arbitrary structure and composition starting with Structural DNA seeds and tiles
"The discovery in Nature reports the first steps toward a general process for self-replication of a wide variety of arbitrarily designed seeds. The seeds are made from DNA tile motifs that serve as letters arranged to spell out a particular word. The replication process preserves the letter sequence and the shape of the seed and hence the information required to produce further generations. This process holds much promise for the creation of new materials. DNA is a robust functional entity that can organize itself and other molecules into complex structures. More recently DNA has been used to organize inorganic matter, such as metallic particles, as well. The re-creation by the NYU scientists of this type of assembly in a laboratory raises the prospect for the eventual development of self-replicating materials that possess a wide range of patterns and that can perform a variety of functions. The breakthrough the NYU researchers have achieved is the replication of a system that... more... - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Wildcat
Computer-Generated Articles Are Gaining Traction - NYTimes.com - https://www.nytimes.com/2011...
Computer-Generated Articles Are Gaining Traction - NYTimes.com
"Those words began a news brief written within 60 seconds of the end of the third quarter of the Wisconsin-U.N.L.V. football game earlier this month. They may not seem like much — but they were written by a computer. The clever code is the handiwork of Narrative Science, a start-up in Evanston, Ill., that offers proof of the progress of artificial intelligence — the ability of computers to mimic human reasoning. The company’s software takes data, like that from sports statistics, company financial reports and housing starts and sales, and turns it into articles. For years, programmers have experimented with software that wrote such articles, typically for sports events, but these efforts had a formulaic, fill-in-the-blank style. They read as if a machine wrote them. But Narrative Science is based on more than a decade of research, led by two of the company’s founders, Kris Hammond and Larry Birnbaum, co-directors of the Intelligent Information Laboratory at Northwestern University,... more... - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Wildcat
The ‘new’ rules all parasites follow-Futurity.org - http://www.futurity.org/science...
The ‘new’ rules all parasites follow-Futurity.org
"By studying parasites within an ecosystem, scientists have uncovered simple ecological rules that apply to all animals and predict how common they are.“This includes birds, fishes, insects, crabs, clams, and all the parasites that live inside and on them,” says Ryan Hechinger, associate research biologist with the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “They all seem to follow the same rule. And the rule is simple. You can predict how common an animal is just by knowing how big an individual is and how high in the food chain it is.”" - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Re: abundance of all species uniformly scaling with body mass to the –¾ power, see even more general and amazing findings: http://ff.im/F2mDn by Geoffrey WEST at the Santa Fe Institute. - Adriano
Wildcat
Regulations proposed for animal–human chimaeras UK lays out first framework to govern ethically sensitive research field.: Nature News - http://www.nature.com/news...
"The increasingly sophisticated blending of different species to create chimaeras is pushing biology into a new ethical dimension. Last year, scientists used new stem-cell technologies to create a mouse with a functioning pancreas composed entirely of rat cells. So might it soon be possible to create a monkey with a brain composed entirely of human neurons? And would it think like a human? Such an animal might be useful to researchers studying human cognition or human-specific pathogens. But it would be ethically unacceptable and should be banned, argues a government-commissioned report from the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, a body that promotes medical research." - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Wildcat
The Singularity Just Got A Lot Closer-New tool by ai-one inc. allows programmers to build artificial intelligence into almost any software application. - http://www.prweb.com/release...
The Singularity Just Got A Lot Closer-New tool by ai-one inc. allows programmers to build artificial intelligence into almost any software application.
"A new technology enables almost any application to learn like a human. The Topic-Mapper software development kit (SDK) by ai-one inc. reads and understands unstructured data without any human intervention. It allows developers to build artificial intelligence into almost any software program. This is a major step towards what Ray Kurzweil calls the technological singularity – where superhuman intelligence will transform history. Unlike other machine learning approaches, ai-one’s technology extracts the inherent meaning of data without the need for any external references. A team of researchers spent more than eight years and $6.5 million building what they call “biologically inspired intelligence“ that works like a brain. It learns patterns by reading data at the bit-level. “It has no preconceived notions about anything,” explains founder Walt Diggelmann, “so it works in any language and with any data set. It simply learns what you feed it. The more it reads, the more it learns, the... more... - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Wildcat
Why Did Consciousness Evolve, and How Can We Modify It, Pt. II: The Supremacy of Vision | Science Not Fiction | Discover Magazine - http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/science...
Why Did Consciousness Evolve, and How Can We Modify It, Pt. II: The Supremacy of Vision | Science Not Fiction | Discover Magazine
"I’m back after a hiatus of a few weeks to catch up on some stuff in the lab and the waning weeks of spring quarter teaching here at Northwestern. In my last post, I put forward an idea about why consciousness– defined in a narrow way as “contemplation of plans” (after Bridgeman)–evolved, and used this idea to suggest some ways we might improve our consciousness in the future through augmentation technology. Here’s a quick review: Back in our watery days as fish (roughly, 350 million years ago) we were in an environment that was not friendly to sensing things far away. This is because of a hard fact about light in water, which is that our ability to see things at a far distance is drastically compromised by attenuation and scattering of light in water. A useful figure of merit is “attenuation length,” which in water is tens of meters for light, while in air it is tens of ten thousand meters. This is in perfectly clear water –add a bit of algae or other kinds of microorganisms and it... more... - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Интересный текст, не зря три дня в табе мариновался. - Phil Smirnov
Ozgur Uckan
"Network censorship and surveillance is a booming business. Censorship schemes continue to fragment the Internet and new censorship proposals are constantly introduced around the world, including in liberal democracies. (Lately governments have gotten fascinated by the idea of forcing ISPs to censor particular sites from the DNS, so users can't find them even though the sites are still there.) Censors usually assume that most Internet users don't know how to bypass the censorship (or, often, that many users won't even realize the censorship is going on!)." - Ozgur Uckan from Bookmarklet
Kevin Fox
"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy." is not an MLK quote, despite a dozen posts in my feed claiming otherwise. That's okay though, because something doesn't have to be said by someone famous for it to be worthy of repeating.
RT "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you never know if they are genuine" - Abraham Lincoln - Adriano
Wildcat
Scientists suggest spacetime has no time dimension - http://www.physorg.com/news...
Scientists suggest spacetime has no time dimension
"(PhysOrg.com) -- The concept of time as a way to measure the duration of events is not only deeply intuitive, it also plays an important role in our mathematical descriptions of physical systems. For instance, we define an object’s speed as its displacement per a given time. But some researchers theorize that this Newtonian idea of time as an absolute quantity that flows on its own, along with the idea that time is the fourth dimension of spacetime, are incorrect. They propose to replace these concepts of time with a view that corresponds more accurately to the physical world: time as a measure of the numerical order of change. In two recent papers (one published and one to be published) in Physics Essays, Amrit Sorli, Davide Fiscaletti, and Dusan Klinar from the Scientific Research Centre Bistra in Ptuj, Slovenia, have described in more detail what this means." - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Finally, the researchers explain that this view of time does not look encouraging for time travelers. “In our view, time travel into the past and future are not possible,” Sorli said. “One can travel in space only, and time is a numerical order of his motion.” - Wildcat
J. Barbour has already convinced me of this. I like this quote: "Time is exactly the order of events." - Goran Zec
"As for my own opinion, I have said more than once, that I hold space to be something merely relative, as time is; that I hold it to be an order of coexistences, as time is an order of successions." - G.W. Leibniz, "Leibniz-Clarke correspondence", 1715-1716 - Bojan Petrovic
Yes Barbour did it for me as well.. nice ref Bojan, I didnt know Leibniz had it in for time as well.. thks, I like the 'order of coexistences vs. order of successions' and will adopt. - Wildcat
J. Barbour's idea is quite different from the above, as he hypothesizes that not only there is no time, but also that there is no change or events to be ordered. Barbour's universe is absolutely static and is made of instances. The illusion of motion or change arises as each instance constitutes 'frozen' histories of the universe. Seeing, for example, a moving car is only the manner by... more... - Spaceweaver
Amira
Prof. Eric Kandel: We Are What We Remember - Memory and Biology | Fora.tv (video) - http://fora.tv/2011...
Prof. Eric Kandel: We Are What We Remember - Memory and Biology | Fora.tv (video)
Eric Kandel, who received the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, is professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a senior investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He was also the founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, which is now the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia. - Amira from Bookmarklet
see also Kandel's 40-year retrospective on The Biology of Memory, J. Neuroscience 2009 http://www.jneurosci.org/content... In the spirit of David Hilbert, he points to 11 open problems... no. 8: How is memory recalled? - Adriano
Thank you Adriano! - Amira
Amira
Art Project powered by Google ☞ explore museums from around the world - http://www.googleartproject.com/
Art Project powered by Google ☞ explore museums from around the world
"Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces." - Amira from Bookmarklet
Wildcat
Test children's genes before they have sex - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science...
Test children's genes before they have sex - Telegraph
"Children should be encouraged to undergo genetic testing before they become sexually active to check whether they could pass on “hidden” abnormalities to their offspring, a government advisory group will say this week. The Human Genetic Commission will recommend that so-called preconception tests should be much more widely available. The screening allows specialists to see if potential parents are hidden carriers of genetic conditions. Those who are found to be at greater risk of passing on a disease or abnormality have the option to seek IVF treatment, use donor eggs or sperm, or to adopt instead. The tests raise questions about the extent to which doctors should intervene in nature. Suggesting that children have their genetic make-up analysed will add to the controversy. The commission was asked in 2009 to review the ethical and legal questions surrounding preconception testing and will present its findings to the Department of Health this week. It has concluded that there are... more... - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Wildcat
Pulse Power: New Nanogenerator Will One Day Create Energy From Your Throbbing Heart | Fast Company - http://www.fastcompany.com/1743309...
Pulse Power: New Nanogenerator Will One Day Create Energy From Your Throbbing Heart | Fast Company
"A team of scientists has perfected the first practical nanoscale power generator, capable of generating useable electrical current from a mere squeeze of your fingers. In the future it'll be able to draw power from your pulse. The search for tiny power generator technology has slowly inched forward for years for good reason--there are a trillion medical and surveillance uses--not to mention countless consumer electronics applications-- for a system that could grab electrical power from something nearby that's moving even just a tiny bit. Imagine an implanted insulin pump, or a pacemaker that's powered by the throbbing of the heart or blood vessels nearby (and then imagine the pacemaker powering the heart, which is powered by the pacemaker, and so on and so on....) and you see how useful such a system could be." - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Wildcat
‘World Wide Mind’ - Total Connectedness, and Its Consequences - NYTimes.com - https://www.nytimes.com/2011...
‘World Wide Mind’ - Total Connectedness, and Its Consequences - NYTimes.com
"Imagine, Michael Chorost proposes, that four police officers on a drug raid are connected mentally in a way that allows them to sense what their colleagues are seeing and feeling. Tony Vittorio, the captain, is in the center room of the three-room drug den. He can sense that his partner Wilson, in the room on his left, is not feeling danger or arousal and thus has encountered no one. But suddenly Vittorio feels a distant thump on his chest. Sarsen, in the room on the right, has been hit with something, possibly a bullet fired from a gun with a silencer. Vittorio glimpses a flickering image of a metallic barrel pointed at Sarsen, who is projecting overwhelming shock and alarm. By deducing how far Sarsen might have gone into the room and where the gunman is likely to be standing, Vittorio fires shots into the wall that will, at the very least, distract the gunman and allow Sarsen to shoot back. Sarsen is saved; the gunman is dead. That scene, from his new book, “World Wide Mind,” is an... more... - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
he, that sounds like FriendFeed.... - Egon Willighagen
Ozgur Uckan
Droughts, Floods and Food By PAUL KRUGMAN - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2011...
Droughts, Floods and Food By PAUL KRUGMAN - NYTimes.com
"We’re in the midst of a global food crisis — the second in three years. World food prices hit a record in January, driven by huge increases in the prices of wheat, corn, sugar and oils. These soaring prices have had only a modest effect on U.S. inflation, which is still low by historical standards, but they’re having a brutal impact on the world’s poor, who spend much if not most of their income on basic foodstuffs." - Ozgur Uckan from Bookmarklet
Yazının türkçe özeti: Kuraklık, seller ve gıda krizi - Paul Krugman / New York Times http://ff.im/xEXtk - Ozgur Uckan
"The consequences of this food crisis go far beyond economics. After all, the big question about uprisings against corrupt and oppressive regimes in the Middle East isn’t so much why they’re happening as why they’re happening now. And there’s little question that sky-high food prices have been an important trigger for popular rage. " - Ozgur Uckan
Bkz. 'Gıda fiyatları dünya yoksullarının katledilmesidir!' - (Yeni bir gıda krizi mi? III) - Özgür Uçkan - 1. bölüm: http://ff.im/wrI0g ; 2. bölüm: http://ff.im/wzUvu ; 3. bölüm: http://ff.im/wHjkq ; 4. bölüm: http://ff.im/x8AYK - - Ozgur Uckan
"Scientific American on Egypt: "... there is no doubt that rising food prices added fuel to an already combustible mix," other MidEast countries "have been snapping up supplies of wheat in the world market to forestall any hint of food price spikes—or regime change" - Reports: Egyptian and Tunisian riots were driven in part by the spike in global food prices http://climateprogress.org/2011... - Ozgur Uckan
"The usual suspects will, of course, go wild over suggestions that global warming has something to do with the food crisis; those who insist that Ben Bernanke has blood on his hands tend to be more or less the same people who insist that the scientific consensus on climate reflects a vast leftist conspiracy. But the evidence does, in fact, suggest that what we’re getting now is a first... more... - Ozgur Uckan
Food Prices Are a Result of Speculation, Not Shortages http://scienceblogs.com/mikethe... - Emre Sevinc
Bu spekülasyon /kıtlık meselesini şurada cevaplamaya çalıştım: http://ff.im/xEYNs - Ozgur Uckan
But there's speculation precisely because everyone is expecting shortages. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Victor, yes. "Cosmo: Posit: People think a bank might be financially shaky. Martin Bishop: Consequence: People start to withdraw their money. Cosmo: Result: Pretty soon it is financially shaky. Martin Bishop: Conclusion: You can make banks fail. Cosmo: Bzzt. I've already done that. Maybe you've heard about a few? Think bigger. " Something that is bad gets worse because of that speculation. - Melanie Reed
It is less on green house gasses than it is on greed. Greed was the ignition. Everything else is fuel. - Melanie Reed
Meh, Krugman is another Global Warming alarmist who constantly uses false stats. - Spencer
Spencer, there is indeed a problem. You can't keep spewing the pollutants at the rate we do (and have) on this planet (which we do out of greed, ie, over use) and not have a problem. The earth has wonderful cleansing eco-systems but they were not designed to handle the amount of pollutants we are dumping into them. - Melanie Reed
I'm not sure comparing money to commodities really works since the value of fiat money really does depend on the people's faith in it's value, whereas the supply of a commodity can't really be fudged. If the speculators are wrong, the bubble will burst, and there won't be any food shortages, but we'll see soon enough - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Yes, some of the food shortages will be from genuine causes, others will be from speculation, in the end "...there will be food shortages in one place after the other", the precise cause of which will matter little to those with an empty stomach. - Melanie Reed
Eric, that's not what I'm saying. In this case, its a "floor wax and a dessert topping" its both. It isn't one or the other. - Melanie Reed
The thing is, this is a testable proposition. Either the bubble will burst and there won't be further shortages and prices will stop rising so quickly or the speculators will be rewarded, and we'll have even higher and higher price increases - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Victor, you will have to account for the shortages maybe stopping in one area only to pop up again in another. Inotherwords, I don't think it will look like one huge bubble, but lots of little ones. I think this trend as a set feature of economy from now on. - Melanie Reed
The thing is, the only thing we can eat is food, so if he's right, it will be fairly dramatic - Victor Ganata from iPhone
yes, sadly, I agree. For some reason, it makes me think of Hamlet:" If it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all." - Melanie Reed
I also think it's inaccurate to characterize Krugman as advocating QE2. I think he was thinking of more concrete Keynesian solutions involving deficit spending. If anything, he predicted that QE2 really won't do much, although I suppose it's better than nothing since the government lacks the political will to actually fix the economy - Victor Ganata from iPhone
He advocated for trillions more of stimulus, not of QE. - Victor Ganata
If you still want to play games as a global warming denier I'd suggest a peek out the window, Mommy nature being putting on a show just for you - WarLord
There's a difference between directly giving private companies money and/or hiring government workers in order to stimulate existing enterprises and/or build infrastructure versus buying financial assets from banks in hopes that they'll lend money to people to do these things, so I think it's more than semantics. I don't think conflating the two is helpful. It's just obfuscatory. To me it's clear that he's resigned to QE because the government isn't going to create the necessary stimulus. - Victor Ganata
It doesn't say who is actually buying, but it looks like there are still other buyers http://online.wsj.com/article... - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Deep contributions. Thanks everyone :) - Ozgur Uckan
Jamreilly
Germinal Destiny : Gut bacteria steer the development of the young brain ~ via @edyong209 - http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrock...
Germinal Destiny : Gut bacteria steer the development of the young brain ~ via @edyong209
"This isn’t something a mother wants to hear: when you gave birth to your child, you laced it with millions of unseen forces that are shaping the way it thinks and behaves. Under their influence, your baby’s nerves will grow and connect in ways that will affect everything from how anxious to how coordinated it is. Thanks to your very first birthday present, your infant’s brain is being shaped by its gut. Or, more accurately, what’s inside its gut. The bowels of every baby are filled with trillions of bacteria that outnumber the cells of our own body by ten to one. This “microbiome” acts like on of our own organs, harvesting energy from our food and blocking the growth of harmful bacteria. It’s also a gift from our mothers. In the womb, we’re largely sterile. It’s only when we pass through the vagina that we’re seeded with our first set of bacteria. This community of passengers changes as we grow up, shifting in membership as we move from milk to solid food." - Jamreilly from Bookmarklet
Gregory Lent
psychology has not even begun yet, simply because there are no models of true sanity.
Wildcat
"My previous post argued that anyone who wishes both to think well and to feel well about the world should seek a way of thinking as immanent as it is transcendent, a crosswise way of thinking that is more capacious than the logic of consistency defined by the principle of non-contradiction. Fortunately there has long been such a way, the way of Heraclitus: “A thing agrees in disagreement with itself; it is a crosswise (palintropos) attunement (harmoniē), like that of the bow and the lyre.” In Becoming God I have argued that Heraclitean logic is not only more ancient, but also more accurate than the logic of consistency that Parmenides and the Platonic tradition deployed against it. This tradition has been dominant from the moment of its founding, thanks in part to the rhetorical genius of its founder, making non-contradiction the supreme principle of reason in the eyes of nearly every philosopher since. This post aims first to humble it before the next seeks to revive its Heraclitean... more... - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Amira
Transindividuation. A conversation with Bernard Stiegler by Irit Rogoff | Journal e-flux - http://amira.amplify.com/2010...
"This is a segment of conversation between the philosopher Bernard Stiegle and cultural theorist Irit Rogoff (...) For Stiegler, the concept of “transindividuation” is one that does not rest with the individuated “I” or with the interindividuated “We,” but is the process of co-individuation within a preindividuated milieu and in which both the “I” and the “We” are transformed through one another. Transindividuation, then, is the basis for all social transformation and is therefore a way of addressing what happens within education. (...) Attention is the reality of individuation in Gilbert Simondon’s sense of the terms: insofar as it is always both psychical and collective. Attention, which is the mental faculty of concentrating on an object, that is, of giving oneself an object, is also the social faculty of taking care of this object – as of another, or as the representative of another, as the object of the other: attention is also the name of civility as it is founded on philia,... more... - Amira from Bookmarklet
Wildcat
Could Facebook Become the Basis for Artificial Intelligence? - http://mashable.com/2010...
Could Facebook Become the Basis for Artificial Intelligence?
"The CEO of Digital Sky Technologies, the Russian venture capital firm that invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Facebook, Zynga and Groupon, says that he is a supporter and investor in Facebook partly because he believes the social network could become the basis for artificial intelligence. During a conversation between DST CEO Yuri Milner and Federated Media CEO John Battelle, the venture capitalist stated that Facebook (Facebook) is the type of company that will fundamentally change the way information is processed. In fact, he said that it could change information to such an extent that it could be the basis for artificial intelligence over time. Milner says that this process could happen quickly; Facebook could be one of the platforms for artificial intelligence technology in the next 10 years. We can see why Milner says Facebook and AI are destined to be linked. Facebook is the central nexus of social data and the social graph; it is the online personification of... more... - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Ozgur Uckan
Zaha Hadid Architects and the Neoliberal Avant-Garde - Owen Hatherley - Mute magazine - http://www.metamute.org/en...
Zaha Hadid Architects and the Neoliberal Avant-Garde - Owen Hatherley - Mute magazine
Zaha Hadid Architects and the Neoliberal Avant-Garde - Owen Hatherley - Mute magazine
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"Is it possible to be both builders of the prestige spaces of capital and self-declared avant-gardists? Owen Hatherley takes a look at the fluid architecture and financial times of Zaha Hadid Architects" - Ozgur Uckan from Bookmarklet
Wildcat
#TV2010 next speaker : Roberto Marchesini- The relationship between man and technology-we need reinterpret technology in a humanistic fashion
Wildcat
#TV2010 Dan Massey :"love opens the gate for exponential expansion of erotic inspiration, ontological understanding and sensory seduction"
Wildcat
#TV2010 Dan Massey:" free humanity from false moralities,theologies. Human experience of sex and gender can be enhanced through research,development &application of technology
Ozgur Uckan
"Chaos in the Total Field of Vision" by Brian Massumi (ch. 6, Parables for the Virtual) | AAAARG.ORG çalışan link: http://aaaaarg.org/text... - http://a.aaaarg.org/text...
"Brian Massumi, Parables for the Virtual. Durham: Duke University Press, 2002, pp. 144-61." - Ozgur Uckan from Bookmarklet
Bu kitabın bütününü bulmak mümkün mü acaba? - Linda Stark
Linda, maalesef. Ben de aradım ama bulamadım. Gigapedia'da filan da yok... - Ozgur Uckan
Ama aynı kitaptan iki bölüm daha var: http://aaaaarg.org/text... ; http://aaaaarg.org/text... - Ozgur Uckan
Hiç yoktan iyidir, teşekkürler :) Bu arada son dosya artık erişilemiyor... - Linda Stark
İlk bölümü oluşturan makaleye denk geldim bende. http://friendfeed.com/ffebook... - Linda Stark
aaaargh kapanıp tekrar açılınca o dosyanın adresi de değiştii. Başlıktaki dosyanın yeni adresi: http://aaaaarg.org/text... - Ozgur Uckan
sağol. eh kitabı neredeyse oluşturduk :) - Ozgur Uckan
Linda birinci link aaaargh içinde çalışmıyor, ama şurada çalışıyor: http://www.sendspace.com/file... - Ozgur Uckan
Birinci linki halletmiştim (aradaki noktayı kaldırdım galiba :)) 4. bölüme ulaşamadım. "file expired" :( olsun... Bu arada kitabın introduction'ı da Brian Massumi'nin sitesinde var... - Linda Stark
ama ben dördüncü bölümü aarrgh bağlantısından indirebildim. - Ozgur Uckan
Wildcat
The Robot Invasion Is Coming—and That’s a Good Thing |Rodney Brooks looks at where we're going over the next 30 years. Robots | DISCOVER Magazine - http://discovermagazine.com/2010...?
The Robot Invasion Is Coming—and That’s a Good Thing |Rodney Brooks looks at where we're going over the next 30 years. Robots | DISCOVER Magazine
"In the future, I’m sure there will be a lot more robots in every aspect of life. If you told people in 1985 that in 25 years they would have computers in their kitchen, it would have made no sense to them. They would have thought of a “computer” as what they saw on TV at the time. But now computers are in your microwave, your stereo, your fridge—because computers aren’t what they were back then. Similarly, robots seem like a certain thing right now, but they will morph and change over time. People’s attitudes will change with them. Cars will certainly be more robotic. There will be many more robots in our houses, in our hospitals, in our factories, and in the military. We don’t have armed robot soldiers yet, but if we did, a robot could afford to shoot second, where a person could not. A robot doesn’t care whether its life is at risk. One can imagine robots getting a lot better at detecting what’s dangerous and what’s not dangerous: where there’s a gun and where there isn’t one. They might actually become more moral than we are." - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Alexander Kruel
BBC News - Today - Philosophy under fire http://news.bbc.co.uk/today...
rawsilk
Video: Sylvie Guillem - Two (Rise and Fall) (via zfilm) Sylvie Guillem - Two (Rise and Fall). Kung Fu Ballet... http://rawsilk.tumblr.com/post...
bcultral
20 Signs That The Economic Collapse Has Already Begun For One Out Of Every Seven Americans : - http://theintelhub.com/2010...
20 Signs That The Economic Collapse Has Already Begun For One Out Of Every Seven Americans :
"For most Americans, the economic collapse is something that is happening to someone else.  Most of us have become so isolated from each other and so self-involved that unless something is directly affecting us or a close family member than we really don’t feel it.  But even though most of us enjoy a much closer relationship with our television sets than we do with our neighbors at this point, it is quickly becoming undeniable that a fundamental shift is taking place in society." - bcultral from Bookmarklet
bcultral
The Food Crisis is Not About a Shortage of Food - http://www.commondreams.org/view...
"Hunger can have many contributing factors; natural disaster, discrimination, war, poor infrastructure. So why, regardless of the situation, is high tech agriculture always assumed to be the only the solution? This premise is put forward and supported by those who would benefit financially if their “solution” were implemented. Corporations peddle their high technology genetically engineered seed and chemical packages, their genetically altered animals, always with the “promise” of feeding the world. Politicians and philanthropists, who may mean well, jump on the high technology band wagon. Could the promise of financial support or investment return fuel their apparent compassion?" - bcultral from Bookmarklet
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