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X Prize Founder Peter Diamandis Has His Eyes on the Future | Wired Science | Wired.com - 0 views

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    X Prize Founder Peter Diamandis Has His Eyes on the Future
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Video - Douglas Rushkoff on Why Jobs Are Obsolete - WSJ.com - 1 views

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    All the fixation on creating jobs in America is outdated and misguided, argues media theorist and author Douglas Rushkoff. He explains to WSJ's Dennis Berman his theory on new models that could actually increase productivity and make Americans more satisfied.

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On "Consciousness: The Black Hole of Neuroscience" aka the "hard" problem | Thinkahol's... - 1 views

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    What had been lacking until relatively recently was an overarching framework or theory through which to grasp the nature of consciousness. The lack of a general theory of consciousness, of how it comes to be that there is something that it is like to be, was really the last rational bastion of opposition to the scientific assertion that consciousness emerges from the brain.
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Microsoft offers a glimpse into the future of productivity | KurzweilAI - 1 views

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    Microsoft has posted an awesome new concept video with some ubercool new interfaces that could be here in five to ten years, estimates Kurt DelBene, President, Microsoft Office Division.
    That sounds a bit conservative. "All of the ideas in the video are based on real technology," he said. "Some of the capabilities, such as speech recognition, real time collaboration, and data visualization, already exist today. Others are not yet available in specific products, but represent active research and development happening at Microsoft and other companies."
    "Other companies" … hmm, some of the concepts look a bit like Nokia's visionary Morph concept tech  (see the video at the bottom of this post and our 2010 news item).
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Jeff Hawkins on Artificial Intelligence - Part 1/5 - YouTube - 0 views

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    The founder of Palm, Jeff Hawkins, solves the mystery of Artificial Intelligence and presents his theory at the RSA Conference 2008. He gives a brief tutorial on the neocortex and then explains how the brain stores memory and then describes how to use that knowledge to create artificial intelligence. This lecture is insightful and his theory will revolutionize computer science.
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Justin Hall-Tipping: Freeing energy from the grid | Video on TED.com - 0 views

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    What would happen if we could generate power from our windowpanes? In this moving talk, entrepreneur Justin Hall-Tipping shows the materials that could make that possible, and how questioning our notion of 'normal' can lead to extraordinary breakthroughs.
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Rolling speed harmonization: How Colorado fights congestion on I-70. - Slate Magazine - 0 views

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    Why highways move more swiftly when you force cars to crawl along at 55 mph.
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Scientists Disarm AIDS Virus' Attack on Immune System | Health | English - 0 views

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    Scientists say they have found a way to disarm the AIDS virus in research that could lead to a vaccine.  Researchers have discovered that if they eliminate a cholesterol membrane surrounding the virus, HIV cannot disrupt communication among disease-fighting cells and the immune system returns to normal.  
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What we learned from 5 million books | Video on TED.com - 0 views

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    Have you played with Google Labs' NGram Viewer? It's an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words.
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Social networking's good and bad impacts on kids | KurzweilAI - 0 views

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    Social media present risks and benefits to children but parents who try to secretly monitor their kids' activities online are wasting their time, says Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D., professor of psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

    Rosen identifies potential adverse effects of social media, including:

    Teens who use Facebook more often show more narcissistic tendencies, while young adults who have a strong Facebook presence show more signs of other psychological disorders, including antisocial behaviors, mania, and aggressive tendencies.
    Daily overuse of media and technology has a negative effect on the health of all children, especially preteens and teenagers, by making them more prone to anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders, and making them more susceptible to future health problems.
    Facebook can be distracting and can negatively impact learning. Studies found that middle school, high school and college students who checked Facebook at least once during a 15-minute study period achieved lower grades.
    Rosen says new research has also found positive influences linked to social networking, including:

    Young adults who spend more time on Facebook are better at showing "virtual empathy" to their online friends.
    Online social networking can help introverted adolescents learn how to socialize.
    Social networking can provide tools for teaching in compelling ways that engage young students.
    "If you feel that you have to use some sort of computer program to surreptitiously monitor your child's social networking, you are wasting your time. Your child will find a workaround in a matter of minutes," he says.

    "You have to start talking about appropriate technology use early and often and build trust, so that when there is a problem, whether it is being bullied or seeing a disturbing image, your child will talk to you about it."

    Ref.: Larry D. Rosen, Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids, 2011; 119th Annua
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Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves | Video on TED.com - 0 views

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    Speaking at LIFT 2007, Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own -- and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves?

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