The Emotion Machine The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind  is a book by cognitive scientist Marvin Lee Minsky. The book is a sequel to Minsky's earlier book Society of Mind. Minsky argues that emotions are different ways to think that our mind uses to increase our intelligence. He challenges the distinction between emotions and other kinds of thinking. His main argument is that emotions are "ways to think" for different "problem types" that exist in the world.
Water Wars It is a marker of developed countries that nearly everyone has access to clean water. But roughly 1.1 billion people around the world have no such reliable access, according to the United Nations. The result is both grim and predictable: the lack of clean water leads directly to a higher incidence of preventable waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery, which kill 2.2 million a year. Because water is so critical, cultures worldwide share a belief that it belongs to everyone and that access is a basic human right. This idea has been enshrined legally at least as far back as an ancient Roman precedent called the public trust doctrine.
Tonio Buonassisi « MIT Photovoltaic Research Laboratory Brief Bio: Tonio Buonassisi received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2001, and a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Eicke R. Weber in 2006. He was a visiting researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) and the Max-Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics, and a crystal growth research scientist at Evergreen Solar, Inc.
Open Collaboration - The Next Economic Paradigm I’ve dedicated a lot of research over the last few years to understanding the deep trends that will define the next economy. As I’ve written elsewhere, the global economy goes through a creative-destructive cycle every 50 years. And now we’re in the midst of a collapsing paradigm that is soon to be replaced by something new. In this article, I will explain what the new paradigm is and how it will impact every sector of society — including business, government, education, and basic research. The old economic paradigm was a service economy built on the digital communications revolution that began in the early 1970′s. What is The Free World Charter? What is The Free World Charter? Let's make everything free The Free World Charter is a statement of principles that has the potential to optimise life on Earth for all species, eradicate poverty and greed, and advance progress. Neither political nor religious, these ten short principles could form the foundation of a new, advanced society that uses no money, is free, fair and sustainable. They are based solely on nature, common sense and survival. The Free World Charter is now widely considered a logical progression out of the failing mechanisms of today's society, and a natural step in our evolution.
Ricardo Sanz Home Page - Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures 2011 The Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures 2011 Conference took place at Washington, USA on 4-6 November 2011. The challenge of creating a real-life computational equivalent of the human mind calls for our joint efforts to better understand at a computational level how natural intelligent systems develop their cognitive and learning functions. BICA conference grew up from a AAAI Fall symposium, focusing on the emergent hot topics in computer, brain and cognitive sciences unified by the challenge of replicating the human mind in a computer. In this event we presented a general model of emotion based on the interpretation of emotional processes as control reorganisations driven by values. Concurrent control patterns deployed over neural components.
Ionized (Electrolyzed Reduced) Water Research Going Against the GrainPeter Glidden ND, explains how wheat gluten affects essential nutrient absorption. Untangling Alzheimer'sWendy Wells NMD, explains the risks and treatments for Alzheimer's prevention. Soy, Friend or Foe?Phyto-estrogens have gotten mixed reviews. Joesph Raffaele MD, explains how estrogens work. CoRE-RE's Official Website Jobs & Opportunities Available for: Full-Time & Part-Time Students The Center of Research Excellence in Renewable Energy (CoRE-RE) at the Research Institute, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), is a Saudi national research center in renewable energy. Creative Commons Celebrates 10 Years of Opening Culture The future of the cultural commons looked dim in December 2002: Napster had been shuttered a year earlier, while record labels treaded warily into selling DRM-locked music online. The FCC dismantled regulations forestalling the consolidation of media ownership. And as the housing bubble inflated, privatization — of media, public space, scientific and technological research, even the military — became the watchword of the day. A decade later, the cultural commons remains threatened, but stands on somewhat firmer ground.