April 3rd, 2013

This amazing advance in technology—which makes all of our lives immensely easier, by the way—is brought to you by capitalism and the free markets it makes possible.

(Source: symphocta)

Reblogged from DiscoveryNews
March 27th, 2013

Better than E-mail

For some time now, I have been working with my friend Francis Cianfrocca to build a communcation and networking alternative to e-mail. E-mail has its uses and advantages, but there are things that it simply does not do well, like maintaining user security for instance. We have been working on a project called Symposium, which we are hoping will serve as a supplement—or even a replacement—for e-mail in corporate settings, and which may serve as a one-stop shop where you can catch up on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ messages as well as messages from e-mail.

Our statement of purpose can be found here, and the code is here. We welcome eyeballs, tweaks and comments from the open source community. We are very excited about this project, and we believe that it can go a long way towards filling a void in the area of online communications.

March 24th, 2013


A Russian billionaire, Dmitry Itskov, wants to bring the Avatar movie to real life by 2045. Allowing us to transfer our minds into a hologram body..

We might get to see some pretty crazy stuff in our lifetime.

“Scientists have already developed video game controllers that give players the ability to control on-screen movement with their brain waves, paralyzed patients can control a robot’s movements with just their thoughts via brain implants, and in Israel, a test subject was recently able to effectively direct the movements of a robot located nearly 1800 miles away.

In the 2045 Initiative, Itskov proposes the idea that humans can achieve immortality by 2045 through a series of advancing technological innovations.

  • Year 2020: Humans will be able to remotely control robotic avatars through brain-computer interaction.
  • Year 2025: Humans will be able to continue living after their physical bodies have given out by transplanting their brains into robotic avatars; this ‘autonomous life-support system’ will enable humans to continue to have an active life.
  • Year 2035: The human brain and consciousness will be recreated via computer model and transferred to an avatar to enable humans to keep living after ‘death.’
  • Year 2045: Immortality arrives in the form of a holographic avatar; the human brain and consciousnesses has been fully transferred to the artificial form.”

(via Humans Achieve Immortality As Holographic Avatars - PSFK)

I might live forever, and I might write a script for my life that is better than anything James Cameron might come up with. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Reblogged from Soup
March 12th, 2013


Swarms of robotic bees could pollinate the flowers of the future

“With the bee population in distressing decline, Harvard roboticists have been looking into an artificial solution for pollinating plants. That solution: Robobees, tiny winged robots that the team hopes will autonomously fly from flower to flower, spreading the pollen around. But these creepy little beauties may do more than pollinate — and they may be more insect-like than we ever imagined.”

Read more from io9.

Reblogged from KQEDScience
January 4th, 2013


Creating a powerful new input device for computers is hard, but not as hard as convincing people to ditch the mouse for something entirely new. Like, say, waving your hands in the air. You can either hand them out on street corner (bad idea), or bundle them with a computer maker. Leap Motion is doing the latter.

Getting rid of a mouse might help alleviate repetitive motion syndrome; yet another reason to further perfect and popularize this technology.

Reblogged from WIRED
December 13th, 2012

Google Maps has returned to the iPhone. And there was much rejoicing in the land.

December 9th, 2012
More so than any person I ever met in my life, he had the ability to change his mind, much more so than anyone I’ve ever met. He could be so sold on a certain direction and in a nanosecond (Cook snaps his fingers) have a completely different view. (Laughs.) I thought in the early days, “Wow, this is strange.” Then I realized how much of a gift it was. So many people, particularly, I think, CEOs and top executives, they get so planted in their old ideas, and they refuse or don’t have the courage to admit that they’re now wrong. Maybe the most underappreciated thing about Steve was that he had the courage to change his mind. And you know—it’s a talent. It’s a talent.
Tim Cook (via david)

"When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?"

—John Maynard Keynes, with whom I don’t agree on much else, but was surely right about the value of changing one’s mind when the occasion calls for it.

(Source: chartier)

Reblogged from Soup


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