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“Every now & then, rarely really, a technology suddenly & unexpectedly appears from out of left-field & leaves us wonder-struck & enchanted, because it transform the very fabric of our reality. Ideally, such technologies are simple, yet all the while endowed with futuristic-like sophistication & englightment. Preferably, they are deeply human-connected, transcending time, place & occasion. They may even seem invisible & unintelligible, but like the air we breathe & the water we drink, they may be vital, perhaps even a life-force, a quintessence.”

Accelerating Future There isn’t enough in the world. Not enough wealth to go around, not enough space in cities, not enough medicine, not enough intelligence or wisdom. Not enough genuine fun or excitement. Not enough knowledge. Newspapers & Magazines Government is defined as rules and principles governing a community and enforced by a political authority; matters having to do with the control and administration of public policy in a political unit; the study of the processes, principles, and structure of government and of political institutions Browse Law, Government & Political Science Government | History of Law, Government and Political Science | Law | Law Enforcement | Law, Government and Political Science Blogs | Political Science

History of computing hardware The History of computing hardware covers the developments from simple devices to aid calculation, to mechanical calculators, punched card data processing and on to modern stored-program computers. Before the 20th century, most calculations were done by humans. Early mechanical tools to help humans with digital calculations were called "calculating machines", by proprietary names, or even as they are now, calculators.

8 College Courses That Will Make You Rich Is it common knowledge that school doesn’t prepare you well for the real world? Sure, you can get a good degree, find a well-paying job, work until you’re in your 60s, and then retire to enjoy the life you’ve deferred for 40+ years. However, that may not prove to be a successful life, a secure life, a financially sound A lot will depend on your outlook and your goals but know this: School doesn’t prepare you well for achieving wealth or becoming an entrepreneur and it downright fails at teaching you how to be rich. Nevertheless, school is here to stay. For now.

the Foresight Institute » More on the AI takeover There are at least 4 stages of intelligence levels that AI will have to get through to get to the take-over-the-world level. In Beyond AI I refered to them as hypohuman, diahuman, epihuman, and hyperhuman; but just for fun let’s use fake species names: Robo insectis: rote, mechanical gadgets (or thinkers) with hand-coded skills, such as Roomba or industrial robots or automated call-center systems or dictation programs.Robo habilis: Rosie the housemaid robot level intelligence, able to handle service level jobs in the real world but not a rocket scientist.Robo sapiens: up to and including rocket scientists, AI researchers, corporate executives, any human capability.Robo googolis: a collection of top R. sapiens wired together in a box running at accelerated speed, equivalent to, say, Google (the company and the search engine together). First point: One R. googolis can’t take over the world, any more than Google could. You’d have to get to the next stage (R. unclesammus).

Khan Academy From kindergarten to calculus, Khan Academy is here to help. Sharpen your skills with over 100,000 interactive exercises. Over 100,000 interactive exercises. You may have heard about our videos, but did you know that Khan Academy has fun interactive math exercises that cover skills ranging from counting to calculus, grade by grade? Every exercise has step-by-step hints, so your child can practice as much as needed.

Inspiration and Chai For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. Create UIs Out of Anything, With This Kit From MIT Mainstream computer interfaces are tough to get right, because they have to be everything to everyone--which is impossible. Even something as "no duh" as a touch screen is going to make someone, somewhere, gripe that it’s not quite right for them. Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum of the MIT Media Lab have come up with a solution to this problem that’s so weird it just might be perfect: MaKey MaKey, a kit that lets you turn any object--food, toys, clothes, whatever--into an ultra-personalized UI. MaKey MaKey works with "any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity."

Dark energy Adding the cosmological constant to cosmology's standard FLRW metric leads to the Lambda-CDM model, which has been referred to as the "standard model" of cosmology because of its precise agreement with observations. Dark energy has been used as a crucial ingredient in a recent attempt to formulate a cyclic model for the universe.[8] Nature of dark energy[edit] Many things about the nature of dark energy remain matters of speculation. The evidence for dark energy is indirect but comes from three independent sources: Distance measurements and their relation to redshift, which suggest the universe has expanded more in the last half of its life.[9]The theoretical need for a type of additional energy that is not matter or dark matter to form our observationally flat universe (absence of any detectable global curvature).It can be inferred from measures of large scale wave-patterns of mass density in the universe.

» 7 Simple Tips To Deal With Negative People “The people who are the hardest to love are the ones who need it the most.” ~Peaceful Warrior Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Celestine Chua of The Personal Excellence Blog. Free and Open Data as a Worldwide Economic Engine –Cameron Neylon is Advocacy Director at PLOS. Previously, he was a Senior Scientist at the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council and a faculty member at the University of Southampton. The opinions expressed are those of PLOS