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Paul Merrell

The coming merge of human and machine intelligence - 0 views

  • Now, as the Internet revolution unfolds, we are seeing not merely an extension of mind but a unity of mind and machine, two networks coming together as one. Our smaller brains are in a quest to bypass nature's intent and grow larger by proxy. It is not a stretch of the imagination to believe we will one day have all of the world's information embedded in our minds via the Internet.
  • BCI stands for brain-computer interface, and Jan is one of only a few people on earth using this technology, through two implanted chips attached directly to the neurons in her brain. The first human brain implant was conceived of by John Donoghue, a neuroscientist at Brown University, and implanted in a paralyzed man in 2004.

    These dime-sized computer chips use a technology called BrainGate that directly connects the mind to computers and the Internet. Having served as chairman of the BrainGate company, I have personally witnessed just how profound this innovation is.

    BrainGate is an invention that allows people to control electrical devices with nothing but their thoughts. The BrainGate chip is implanted in the brain and attached to connectors outside of the skull, which are hooked up to computers that, in Jan Scheuermann's case, are linked to a robotic arm. As a result, Scheuermann can feed herself chocolate by controlling the robotic arm with nothing but her thoughts.

  • Mind meld

    But imagine the ways in which the world will change when any of us, disabled or not, can connect our minds to computers.

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  • Back in 2004, Google's founders told Playboy magazine that one day we'd have direct access to the Internet through brain implants, with "the entirety of the world's information as just one of our thoughts."

    A decade later, the road map is taking shape. While it may be years before implants like BrainGate are safe enough to be commonplace—they require brain surgery, after all—there are a host of brainwave sensors in development for use outside of the skull that will be transformational for all of us: caps for measuring driver alertness, headbands for monitoring sleep, helmets for controlling video games. This could lead to wearable EEGs, implantable nanochips or even technology that can listen to our brain signals using the electromagnetic waves that pervade the air we breathe.

    Just as human intelligence is expanding in the direction of the Internet, the Internet itself promises to get smarter and smarter. In fact, it could prove to be the basis of the machine intelligence that scientists have been racing toward since the 1950s.

  • Neurons may be good analogs for transistors and maybe even computer chips, but they're not good building blocks of intelligence. The neural network is fundamental. The BrainGate technology works because the chip attaches not to a single neuron, but to a network of neurons. Reading the signals of a single neuron would tell us very little; it certainly wouldn't allow BrainGate patients to move a or a computer cursor. Scientists may never be able to reverse engineer the neuron, but they are increasingly able to interpret the communication of the network.

    It is for this reason that the Internet is a better candidate for intelligence than are computers. Computers are perfect calculators composed of perfect transistors; they are like neurons as we once envisioned them. But the Internet has all the quirkiness of the brain: it can work in parallel, it can communicate across broad distances, and it makes mistakes.

    Even though the Internet is at an early stage in its evolution, it can leverage the brain that nature has given us. The convergence of computer networks and neural networks is the key to creating real intelligence from artificial machines. It took millions of years for humans to gain intelligence, but with the human mind as a guide, it may only take a century to create Internet intelligence.

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    Of course once the human brain is interfaced with the internet, then we will be able to do the Vulcan mind-meld thing. And NSA will be busily crawling the Internet for fresh brain dumps to their data center, which then encompasses the entire former state of Utah. Conventional warfare is a thing of the past as the cyberwar commands of great powers battle for control of the billions of minds making up BrainNet, the internet's successor. 

    Meanwhile, a hackers' Reaper malware trawls BrainNet for bank account numbers and paswords that it forwards for automated harvesting of personal funds.

    "Ah, Houston ... we have a problem ..."  
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Can Mozilla Halt Firefox's Slide and Break Up the Mobile Internet Duopoly? | MIT Techno... - 0 views

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    "Firefox Maker Battles to Save the Internet-and Itself

    Mozilla helped an open Web flourish in the 2000s. Now it's struggling to play a meaningful role on mobile devices.

    By George Anders on May 22, 2015 "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

EU's ongoing attempt to kill Net Neutrality forever | La Quadrature du Net - 0 views

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    "Submitted on 20 May 2015 - 10:25

    Net neutrality Andrus Ansip Günther Oettinger press release

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    Paris, 20 May 2015 - Governments of the EU intends to crush the rights and freedoms of citizens in order to reach an agreement on roaming1, thus undermining competition and innovation in the digital economy, according to a leaked document. This documents reveals an unacceptable disregard on the part of Member States for the commitment of the EU Parliament and many EU citizens to uphold the principle of Net neutrality."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Get into Docker - A Guide for Total Newbies | Voxxed - 1 views

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    "Have you heard about Docker? Most likely. If not, don't worry, I'll try to summarise it for you. Docker is probably one of the hottest technologies at the moment. It has the potential to revolutionise the way we build, deploy and distribute applications. At the same time, it's already having a huge impact in the development process.

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    "Have you heard about Docker? Most likely. If not, don't worry, I'll try to summarise it for you. Docker is probably one of the hottest technologies at the moment. It has the potential to revolutionise the way we build, deploy and distribute applications. At the same time, it's already having a huge impact in the development process.

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Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Anti-Piracy Measures Putting Internet Users at Risk | TorrentFreak [# ! Note] - 0 views

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      # ! 'Anti-Piracy' is just one nickname of
      # ! 'Anti-People' politics...
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    [ Andy on May 3, 2015
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    Opinion

    While entertainment companies and authorities believe they are necessary to stem the tide of online infringement, many current anti-piracy strategies are putting Internet users at risk. ...]
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

When AT&T promises broadband-but delivers only 300Kbps | Ars Technica - 0 views

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    "For new homeowners, accurate information from Internet providers is hard to find.

    by Jon Brodkin - Apr 28, 2015 1:00 pm UTC"
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    "For new homeowners, accurate information from Internet providers is hard to find.

    by Jon Brodkin - Apr 28, 2015 1:00 pm UTC"
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Internet piracy traffic - Havocscope [# ! + Note] - 0 views

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      # ! perhaps 1 of every 4 Dollars/Users from Internet Busines -for the ISPs included- comes from such 'pirates'...

      (# ! that's what can be named as 'A #Culture'...
      # ! ... to be '#Protected...)
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    [n Counterfeit Goods

    Piracy on the Internet of movies, music, video games and television shows make up to 24 percent of all Internet traffic worldwide.

    Source: Gautham Nagesh, "Study: 24 percent of Web traffic involves piracy," Hillicon Valley Blog, The Hill, February 1, 2011. ]
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    [n Counterfeit Goods

    Piracy on the Internet of movies, music, video games and television shows make up to 24 percent of all Internet traffic worldwide.

    Source: Gautham Nagesh, "Study: 24 percent of Web traffic involves piracy," Hillicon Valley Blog, The Hill, February 1, 2011. ]
simplykreative

Getting to know web designing - Technically - 1 views

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    Content is the body of information that is available to visitors on a website. It is the subject and substance of the text and graphics. Content can include general information, data, news, stories, poetry, and entertainment, as well as music, photos, and videos; information that enhances knowledge and interest in the brand, institution, or social cause; downloadable or printable material; and interactive "goodies" such as contests, giveaway items, screen savers, and games.
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

El aumento del vinilo en UK y el efecto en el aumento de las nuevas tiendas de discos |... - 0 views

    • Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.
       
      # ! Malditos "Piratas"
      # ! ;)

      [# ! Via Industria Musical LinkedIn's update...]
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    [By Carles Martinez+ on abril 15, 2015 @CarlesMp

    viniloEn el Digital Music Report presentado ayer por IFPI destaca el aumento del vinilo respecto 2013 con un 55 por ciento a nivel mundial, hasta representar unos ingresos de unos 350 millones de dólares. ]
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    [By Carles Martinez+ on abril 15, 2015 @CarlesMp

    viniloEn el Digital Music Report presentado ayer por IFPI destaca el aumento del vinilo respecto 2013 con un 55 por ciento a nivel mundial, hasta representar unos ingresos de unos 350 millones de dólares. ]
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Save the Internet - contact your representative today! - 0 views

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    "Defend net neutrality in Europe
    Your freedom online is threatened by an EU proposal.
    The fight for the open internet is happening right now in Brussels. "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Lost in the clouds: 7 examples of compromised personal information | ITworld - 0 views

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    "Google has indexed thousands of backup drives

    Each day millions of people across the globe create backups of their files. These backups are supposed to offer a measure of assurance that their files are safe, but that's not entirely true."
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    "Google has indexed thousands of backup drives

    Each day millions of people across the globe create backups of their files. These backups are supposed to offer a measure of assurance that their files are safe, but that's not entirely true."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

European citizens have spoken out, and it's time for the EU to pass Net Neutrality | Ac... - 0 views

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    "As digital rights advocates around the world celebrate the victory for Net Neutrality in the U.S., we should remember that the fight in Europe is heating up. Right now decision makers in Brussels are negotiating over a crucial text to preserve the open internet, and it's time for them to make the right decision and pass Net Neutrality into law. The European Parliament holds the key."
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    "As digital rights advocates around the world celebrate the victory for Net Neutrality in the U.S., we should remember that the fight in Europe is heating up. Right now decision makers in Brussels are negotiating over a crucial text to preserve the open internet, and it's time for them to make the right decision and pass Net Neutrality into law. The European Parliament holds the key."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Heartbleed a Year Later: How the Security Conversation Changed - 0 views

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    "NEWS ANALYSIS: In the year since Heartbleed's discovery, there is more scrutiny than ever on OpenSSL and critical infrastructure overall."
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    "NEWS ANALYSIS: In the year since Heartbleed's discovery, there is more scrutiny than ever on OpenSSL and critical infrastructure overall."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Install Google Chrome on Fedora 21/20, CentOS/RHEL 7 | If Not True Then False - 0 views

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    "This guide explains howto install Google Chrome Web browser on Fedora 21/20/19/18 and CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 7. Best way to install and keep up-to-date with Google Chrome browser is use Google's own YUM repository."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Industria musical y plataformas colaborativas en 2015 - 0 views

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    "Inicio > Recursos > Management > Industria musical y plataformas colaborativas en 2015
    1 día atrás
    José Luis López

    2015 va a ser un año interesante como banco pruebas en la industria de la música; mientras esperamos que Apple lance su servicio de streaming y qué estrategia de vídeo adoptan los sellos en sus campañas de marketing, el streaming estará dando que hablar...
    Management, Marketing"
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    "Inicio > Recursos > Management > Industria musical y plataformas colaborativas en 2015
    1 día atrás
    José Luis López
    Management, Marketing"
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Wizzard Technical Design - WordPress Security 2015 Infographic - 1 views

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    [Categories:Types, Instruction manuals
    Published by: Stuart Walton on Feb 14, 2015
    Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reserved]
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Warner Music Group Kills Online Record Store Insound - Digital Music News [#Note] - 0 views

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      [#Music #Bad #Busines:] # ! instead of #Kill #new distribution #models, why not #cut some executives' #wages... and 'Super-Stars' #price #tickets...?
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

EuroDIG 2015 | EuroDIG - 1 views

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    "EuroDIG 2015 will take place in Sofia, on the 4-5 of June, at the Kempinski Hotel Marinela. EuroDIG 2015 is hosted by UNICART in cooperation with the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications. "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

EuroDIG Application Form - 0 views

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    [Fellowship applications will close on 29 March, 2015.

    We encourage you to apply or pass this information about this program to individuals involved in your network that have a keen interest in Internet governance and the activities of EuroDIG.]
Paul Merrell

Join the Battle for Net Neutrality - 0 views

  • Washington insiders said it couldn't be done. But the public got loud in protest, the FCC gave in, and we won Title II net neutrality rules. Now Comcast is furious. They want to destroy our victory with their massive power in Congress. You won net neutrality. Now, are you ready to defend it?
  • But cable companies are strong in Congress.

    Cable giants have been lobbying Congress for years. Now they're asking for big favors. We have to stop them. Find out if your leaders work for you, or your cable company.

  • HOW WE WON! Battle for the Net
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    The FCC issued its formal ruling on net neutrality today, over 300 pages. http://goo.gl/aX4fQg

    Now the battle shifts to Congress, where legislation has been introduced to reverse the FCC decision and permit fast lane charges by FCC  for web businesses that can afford it. The rest of us would be stuck in the slow lane. 

    Don't miss the link to the "How We Won" page that I've highlighted. It's very impressive, a compact history of a massive citizen victory over government resistance and entrenched interests like Comcast and AT&T. 
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