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Foresight Links for Jul 4, 6:00 am

// July 4th, 2011 // Comments Off // Digests, Foresight

  • The Illusion of Control in a Intelligence Amplification Singularity, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    From what I understand, we’re currently at a point in history where the importance of getting the Singularity right pretty much outweighs all other concerns, particularly because a negative Singularity is one of the existential threats which could wipe out all of humanity rather than “just” billions. The Singularity is (Read more…)
  • 2011-04-22 04:40:33, Guest Admin @ Institute For The Future:
  • Singularity Summit 2011, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    The press release for SS11 is posted. Featuring Ken Jennings, Christof Koch, Tyler Cowen, Ray Kurzweil, and many others. The venue will be the same as 2009 — the 92nd St. Y in New York City. The theme we are pegging this year’s conference to is the Watson victory. (Read more…)
  • Replying to Alex Knapp, July 2nd, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    Does Knapp know anything about the way existing AI works? It’s not based around trying to copy humans, but often around improving this abstract mathematical quality called inference. I think you missed my point. My point is not that AI has to emulate how the brain works, but rather that (Read more…)
  • The Final Weapon, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    It’s not really “fair”, but history generally consists of people getting better and better weapons, and whoever has the best weapons and the best armies makes the rules. The number of historical examples of this phenomenon are practically unlimited. The reason America is respected and feared today is because of (Read more…)

Insight Links for Jun 29, 6:00 am

// June 29th, 2011 // Comments Off // Digests, Insight

Foresight Links for Jun 27, 6:00 am

// June 27th, 2011 // Comments Off // Digests, Foresight

  • Forecasters around the world tuned their compasses to the Magnetic South, Lisa Mumbach @ Institute For The Future:
    teaser:  On June 24-25, people all over the world signed up to help the people of Christchurch, NZ, think about their future in the foresight game Magnetic South. Using IFTF’s Foresight Engine, the…
  • Robotic Arm Helps Surgeons, Patients, Team @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    Biomedical engineers created a robotic arm to help orthopedic surgeons, namely those who specialize in knee replacements, perform more accurate resurfacings, speeding up patient recovery time, reducing pain, and improving the overall results of the pr…
  • Mathematical Model for Carb Loading, Janice Karin @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    A researcher at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts has developed an algorithm for determining how carbohydrates are burned during marathon racing, enabling runners to calculate when to eat and h…
  • Crowd Sourcing Identifies 2 Parkinsons Disease Genes, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    The folks at personal genetic testing company 23andme.com recruited Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients from mailing lists and other means and compared their genetic variants with a group of 23andme customers who also got their genetic variants tested by…
  • New Nukes Coming Online To More Than Double, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Globally the rate at which new nuclear power plants get turned on to start operating will more than double from 5 to 12 per year in the next 4 years. Assuming about five years for construction it can be expected that reactors will be coming online arou…

Hindsight Links for Jun 24, 6:00 am

// June 24th, 2011 // Comments Off // Digests, Hindsight

  • The Happiness Dividend, Shawn Achor @ HBR.org:
    Nearly every company in the world gives lip service to the idea that “our people are our greatest asset.” Yet…
  • The Flipside of Cisco’s Flip Decision, Team @ HBR.org:
    In 2009, I purchased a Flip HD camcorder. Around the same time, Cisco purchased Flip, the company, for about $600…
  • Square, ATMs, and the Pace of Transformation, Scott Anthony @ HBR.org:
    Remember how after Chemical Bank launched the first Automated Teller Machine in the 1960s, waves of bank branches shut down?…
  • Post 9-11, Deborah Herr @ Cool Hunting:
    As its name suggests, OHWOW’s “Post 9-11″ show presents work by nine New York-based artists whose pieces are evocative of the mixed American mood following the attacks on that day in September 2001. While none of the work addresses the pivotal event explicitly, the curators explain that the exhibition…
  • Imagining the future of information graphics, Nathan Yau @ FlowingData:
    While information graphics have been around for decades, their current form is brand new (or kind of old, if you’re counting in Internet years). Just like the Web, information and data graphics will continue to evolve in line with improving technology and growing amounts of data. Sarah Slobin, of The …

Insight Links for Jun 22

// June 22nd, 2011 // Comments Off // Digests, Insight

Foresight Links for Jun 20, 6:00 am

// June 20th, 2011 // Comments Off // Digests, Foresight

  • Future News – May 14 – June 14, 2011, Rick Schettino @ FutureTimes.net – The Future News Archive:
    And, we’re back…  I’ve wrapped up some pressing matters and will try to post future related news links at least once per week going forward.  Today I’m posting links to some of the more interesting new stories posted by a few of my favorite…
  • We Each Have About 60 Unique Genetic Mutations, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    You are a mutant. Don’t deny it. Accept your role in the mutant horde. Each one of us receives approximately 60 new mutations in our genome from our parents. This striking value is reported in the first-ever direct measure of new mutations coming from ……
  • A New Way To Evaluate Dyslexia, Janice Karin @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Stanford University in Palo Alto, California have developed a new way to predict whether children with dyslexia will likely improve their reading skills over time o…
  • Electric Current Controls Impulsivity, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    If you want to turn down your impulses an electrical current will do the trick. London, 15 June 2011 – Inhibitory control can be boosted with a mild form of brain stimulation, according to a study published in the June 2011 issue of Neuroimage, Elsevie…
  • Olive Oil Cuts Stroke Risk?, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    A French study of 7,625 people ages 65 and older found that higher olive oil consumption is associated with 41% lower risk of stroke over 6 years. ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new study suggests that consuming olive oil may help prevent a stroke in older people. The research is …

Insight Links for Jun 18, 10:19 pm

// June 18th, 2011 // Comments Off // Opinion