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futurescope:

Kurzweil Interviews Minsky: Is Singularity Near?

Excellent interview between two leaders of the fields of AI, robotics, technology & more. The uploader Reza Ghalavand notes:

This interview was taken from a collection of interviews in which Ray interviews some of the well-known futurists and asks them to comment on the conjecture that “Is Singularity Near?”.

fastcompany:

How Republican are your cornflakes? How Democratic your Spaghetti-Os? If these are the sorts of questions that keep you up at night, BuyPartisan is a new app that advertises itself as “like a nutritional label for your political values.” Just scan the barcode of a food you like, wait for the melodious beep (*Bleep-bleep!*), and the app will spit out a pie-chart breakdown of how much money the company has donated to political causes over the past 10 years.
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fastcompany:

How Republican are your cornflakes? How Democratic your Spaghetti-Os? If these are the sorts of questions that keep you up at night, BuyPartisan is a new app that advertises itself as “like a nutritional label for your political values.” Just scan the barcode of a food you like, wait for the melodious beep (*Bleep-bleep!*), and the app will spit out a pie-chart breakdown of how much money the company has donated to political causes over the past 10 years.

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datacoup:

John C. Havens, Founder of The H(app)athon Project

The Six Top Things To Stop Saying About Personal Data

2) Your preferences are not the same as your rights

Founder of The H(app)athon Project, John C. Havens continues his six-part series for PD16 discussing how your preferences around managing your data are not the same as knowing what rights you deserve as a citizen (in real life and digitally) around that data.  For instance, it’s a right (or should be) to be able to see what data brokers or various health providers have about you.  How are you supposed to manage your personal health care or that of loved ones without even having access to all your medical information?

You can check out John’s Utopian and Dystopian Scenarios for 2016 here.

emergentfutures:

Michael Bloomberg wants to give away his $35b fortune

Mr Bloomberg, 72, has vowed to give away his $US32.8 billion ($35.3 billion) fortune before he dies. In doing so, he hopes to sharply reduce high smoking rates in Turkey, Indonesia and other countries; bring down obesity levels in Mexico; reduce traffic in Rio de Janeiro (and Istanbul); improve road safety in India and Kenya; prevent deaths at childbirth to mothers in Tanzania; and organise cities worldwide to become more environmentally friendly and efficient in delivering services.Full Story: The Age

emergentfutures:

Michael Bloomberg wants to give away his $35b fortune


Mr Bloomberg, 72, has vowed to give away his $US32.8 billion ($35.3 billion) fortune before he dies. In doing so, he hopes to sharply reduce high smoking rates in Turkey, Indonesia and other countries; bring down obesity levels in Mexico; reduce traffic in Rio de Janeiro (and Istanbul); improve road safety in India and Kenya; prevent deaths at childbirth to mothers in Tanzania; and organise cities worldwide to become more environmentally friendly and efficient in delivering services.

Full Story: The Age

guardian:

A specially commissioned map of London charts the city’s buried rivers, tube lines, bunkers, sewers, government tunnels, and other subterranean secrets. 
The map, created by Stephen Walter, is part of an exhibition documenting 500 years of maps of London.

guardian:

A specially commissioned map of London charts the city’s buried rivers, tube lines, bunkers, sewers, government tunnels, and other subterranean secrets

The map, created by Stephen Walter, is part of an exhibition documenting 500 years of maps of London.

(Source: theguardian.com)

oneill1024 asked: I'm a sophmore in high school in MA and want to learn more about coding after school. Any idea where I can take classes? Thanks, Danny

codeorg:

You can check out local programs in your area at http://code.org/learn/local. Or check out a local university or community college for classes. Or start learning online. Find free online resources here and here.

brucesterling:

*You should buy this book so that more universities will come up with weird cool projects like this.
http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062204691/hieroglyph
About the Book

Inspired by New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson, an anthology of stories, set in the near future, from some of today’s leading writers, thinkers, and visionaries that reignites the iconic and optimistic visions of the golden age of science fiction.
In his 2011 article “Innovation Starvation,” Neal Stephenson argued that we—the society whose earlier scientists and engineers witnessed the airplane, the automobile, nuclear energy, the computer, and space exploration—must reignite our ambitions to think boldly and do Big Stuff. He also advanced the Hieroglyph Theory which illuminates the power of science fiction to inspire the inventive imagination: “Good SF supplies a plausible, fully thought-out picture of an alternate reality in which some sort of compelling innovation has taken place.”
In 2012, Arizona State University established the Center for Science and the Imagination to bring together writers, artists, and creative thinkers with scientists, engineers, and technologists to cultivate and expand on “moon shot ideas” that inspire the imagination and catalyze real-world innovations.
Now comes this remarkable anthology uniting twenty of today’s leading thinkers, writers, and visionaries—among them Cory Doctorow, Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, Bruce Sterling, and Neal Stephenson—to contribute works of “techno-optimism” that challenge us to dream and do Big Stuff. Engaging, mind-bending, provocative, and imaginative, Hieroglyph offers a forward-thinking approach to the intersection of art and technology that has the power to change our world. 

brucesterling:

*You should buy this book so that more universities will come up with weird cool projects like this.

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062204691/hieroglyph

About the Book

Inspired by New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson, an anthology of stories, set in the near future, from some of today’s leading writers, thinkers, and visionaries that reignites the iconic and optimistic visions of the golden age of science fiction.

In his 2011 article “Innovation Starvation,” Neal Stephenson argued that we—the society whose earlier scientists and engineers witnessed the airplane, the automobile, nuclear energy, the computer, and space exploration—must reignite our ambitions to think boldly and do Big Stuff. He also advanced the Hieroglyph Theory which illuminates the power of science fiction to inspire the inventive imagination: “Good SF supplies a plausible, fully thought-out picture of an alternate reality in which some sort of compelling innovation has taken place.”

In 2012, Arizona State University established the Center for Science and the Imagination to bring together writers, artists, and creative thinkers with scientists, engineers, and technologists to cultivate and expand on “moon shot ideas” that inspire the imagination and catalyze real-world innovations.

Now comes this remarkable anthology uniting twenty of today’s leading thinkers, writers, and visionaries—among them Cory Doctorow, Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, Bruce Sterling, and Neal Stephenson—to contribute works of “techno-optimism” that challenge us to dream and do Big Stuff. Engaging, mind-bending, provocative, and imaginative, Hieroglyph offers a forward-thinking approach to the intersection of art and technology that has the power to change our world. 

(via emergentfutures)

futurescope:

The future of robotics according to robotocists

At Automatica trade fair 2014 we asked the visitors of the ECHORD++ booth one simple question: “What do you think is the future of robotics?” We got the most interesting answers from roboticists from all over the world (in order of appearance): 

Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania
Uwe Haass, euRobotics
Pere Homs, nelmia Robotics Insight
Christian Schlegel, Hochschule Ulm
Mary Torrico, Universidad de Tarapacá
Peter Heiligensetzer, MRK-SYSTEME
Renaud Champion, Robolution Capital
Rich Walker, Shadow Robot Company
Reza Sahand, Rahal Technology 
Vladimir Čop, SPINEA
Suraj Nair, SMErobotics
Dickshon Gange, MAS Holdings
Holger Wirth, ISRA VISION
Roko Tschakarow, SCHUNK

ECHORD++ is funded under EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), Grant Agreement No. 601116.
For more information about the project please 
vistit www.echord.eu

Music:
“Quail and Robot Convo” by Podington Bear
Available on the Free Music Archive freemusicarchive.org/
Under CC BY-NC 3.0 license: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…

“Noahs Stark” by krackatoa
Available on the Free Music Archive freemusicarchive.org/
Under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…
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[via robohub]