Archive for March, 2011

Insight Links for Mar 30, 6:00 am

// March 30th, 2011 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Mar 30, 6:00 am // Digests, Insight

  • Making tools isn’t child’s play, Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.06:
    Tool making evidences intelligent, flexible thinking. In Experiment 1, we confirmed that 4- to 7-year-olds chose a hook tool to retrieve a bucket from a tube. In Experiment 2, 3- to 5-year-olds consistently failed to innovate a simple hook tool. Eig…
  • Robot ethics: Mapping the issues for a mechanized world, Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.06:
    As with other emerging technologies, advanced robotics brings with it new ethical and policy challenges. This paper will describe the flourishing role of robots in society—from security to sex—and survey the numerous ethical and social issues, which we locate in three broad categories: safety & errors, law & ethics, and …
  • Event Announcements, Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.06:
    Elements, London, UK, 2011/04/08 ImagineNano, Bilbao, Spain, 2011/04/11-14 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence – SSCI 2011, Paris, France, 2011/04/11-15 The 2011 IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life EVOSTAR 2011, To…
  • Webcast Announcements, Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.06:
    Lakeside Research Days 2010. Smarter Cities NYC. Posted on 2009/10/05 ASSYST Digital Library. Since 09/09 Complex Systems Teleconferences. Since 09/09 Symmetry Festival 2009, Budapest, Hungary, 09/08/1-4….
  • Other Announcements, Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.06:
    ASSYSTComplexity One of the main goals of the ASSYST Coordination Action is to promote Complex Systems for Socially Intelligent ICT (COSI-ICT) and, more generally, Complex Systems (CS) Science in Europe and Worldwide. We do this by communicating wi…

Foresight Links for Mar 28, 6:00 am

// March 28th, 2011 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for Mar 28, 6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • New Electrode – 2 Minutes Charge for Battery, Team @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    Scientists from the University of Illinois working on battery tech were able to achieve using NiMH battery material and the new electrodes 75 percent of the normal capacity of the battery in 2.7 seconds; it only took 20 seconds to recharge it to 90 pe…
  • Google Public Data Now Shows Up in Searches, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
  • Solar Screen for Cell Phones – No Charge Required, Team @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    French company Wysips developed technology which will allow users to charge their cell phones from a transparent photovoltaic film placed on top of the cell phone display. The company hope that future versions of the technology will charge the device …
  • Modest Proposal: Open Source Words And Ilg Blerps, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    An article in the New York Times takes a look at the legal battles between major computer companies over use of pairs of common words. Microsoft is suing Apple, and Apple is suing Amazon, all over the right to use a simple two-word phrase: “app store.” Apple got there …
  • Four future news clips from MIT, stuart candy @ the sceptical futuryst:
    The following four videos are fictional newscasts from different versions of 2 November, 02037. “Global Market Place””Naftastique!””Technology Savior””One World Order”Here’s background from the FFFatMIT Channel on YouTube, where they were posted this w…

Hindsight Links for Mar 25, 6:00 am

// March 25th, 2011 // Comments Off on Hindsight Links for Mar 25, 6:00 am // Digests, Hindsight

  • In Singapore, a Failure to Fail, Scott Anthony @
    Singapore, although far from Silicon Valley, has a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, and I’ve been impressed by passion and talent of…
  • The Tempting of Rajat Gupta, Walter Kiechel @
    As anyone with the slightest interest in the consulting business knows by now, the SEC has brought civil charges against…
  • Fable, Karen Day @ Cool Hunting:
    Set against monochrome backgrounds, painter Edward del Rosario’s fairytale-like scenes depict people counterposed with nature in charmingly unsettling ways. The Brooklyn-based artist has been exploring the subject for the past eight years, each piece adding to a larger meta-narrative that explores the “aftermath of a post-colonial world.” His latest…
  • On the New York Times Paywall, Eh, Team @
    Being an online media consumer in Canada is a lot like living your life with your nose pressed up against…
  • Histoire du Soldat, Team @ Cool Hunting:
    Meant to be “played, danced and read,” one of Igor Stravinsky’s most ambitious pieces, “Histoire du Soldat”—penned in the frenzy of post-World War I reconstruction—delves into themes of chaos and absurdity. Tackling the powerful message and Stravinsky’s dissonant, pastiched style, director and choreographer Yara Travieso and illustrator Ryan Hartley…

Insight Links for Mar 23, 6:00 am

// March 23rd, 2011 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Mar 23, 6:00 am // Digests, Insight

  • World Water Day: Nudges for Safe Water, Team @ Freakonomics:
    What if a simple ‘nudge’ could massively increase the use of safe water in poor countries? Today is World Water Day, a day to raise awareness for something we take for granted in America: clean water. Normally I yawn at Hallmark-meets-poverty-program type publicity stunts. Reminds me of many a …
  • A Classic Public/Private Clash, Daniel Hamermesh @ Freakonomics:
    My mom passed away recently, and we’re planning a memorial service in her home city, where none of us three offspring lives. There are lots of expenses: the service; food afterwards; planes and hotels for all of the children, grandchildren and any great-grandchildren who can come.
  • The LWOT: Awlaki-linked terror plotter sentenced to 30 years in prison; Brennan hits out at administration critics – by Andrew Lebovich, ANDREW LEBOVICH @ Foreign Policy:
    Foreign Policy and the New America Foundation bring you a twice weekly brief on the legal war on terror. You can read it on or get it delivered directly to your inbox — just sign up here.
  • What Are the Economic Consequences of the Japanese Disaster? A Guest Post by Anil Kashyap and Takeo Hoshi, Team @ Freakonomics:
    From a loss-of-life standpoint, the Japanese earthquake/tsunami may well be at least five times more severe than 9/11. While natural disasters in the past have claimed more lives, it’s extremely rare for a developed country to suffer this kind of catastrophe. While the economic losses no doubt take a distant …
  • Bad Combinations, Stephen J. Dubner @ Freakonomics:
    I like Family Guy and I like watching TV with my kids, but I do not like watching Family Guy with my kids. What are your bad combinations?

Foresight Links for Mar 21, 6:00 am

// March 21st, 2011 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for Mar 21, 6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • Beer-flavoured design fiction, stuart candy @ the sceptical futuryst:
    And now for something completely different.This evening, I purchased from my friendly neighbourhood outlet a six pack of beer. I was just approaching the counter with my selection already in hand, from a reliable local brewery, when at t…
  • Nanorobotics — Superior Materials, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    I’m still slowly going through Rob Freitas’ book chapter in the Future of Aging volume, there’s an interesting part where he lists the immense benefits of nanomedical (bloodborne) robots. Since I am especially interested in materials science I thought this part on materials was interesting: Superior Materials. Typical biological materials …
  • Transhumanists of the 2010s — “a Hardier Bunch”, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    R.U. Sirius writes: Today, I think there are many more self-defined transhumanists. There is more willingness, particularly perhaps with post-Gen X young people, to define themselves… to stand up and say — without reflexive irony — “I’m a transhumanist” or “I’m an atheist” or “I’m a socialist” or “I’m …
  • The coming rise of lo-fi things, Rick Schettino @ – The Future News Archive:
    With the advent of the industrial revolution the quality of just about everything had been on the rise.  Printing went from black and white movable type to high tech digital color.  Audio went from recording on wax cylinders to hi-fi stereoph…
  • Cheap Tsunami Survival Ideas, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Suppose you are going to choose to live in a zone at risk for a massive earthquake in an offshore subduction zone. Given that a tsunami can travel at 400 mph if the quake occurs within 200 miles of your home you will not have a lot of time to …

Insight Links for Mar 20, 9:19 pm

// March 20th, 2011 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Mar 20, 9:19 pm // Opinion

  • Leaks in All the Wrong Places – By Christian Caryl, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    Why the Japanese public has good reason to distrust official information.
  • Gold, Dan @ Dan Ariely:
    Here’s something interesting I found in Madrid: a vending machine for gold! You wouldn’t normally expect a commodity to be sold in a vending machine, but somehow gold might be special…
  • Fellows Friday with Neha Gupta, Alana Herro @ TED Blog:
    Founder of EachOneTeachOne, Neha Gupta helps Facebook users spend their online time tutoring students in need. Neha has a history of using IT for social good, including helping develop a smart phone app that provides live video streaming during 911 calls. In the future, Neha hopes to spread the power of technology by training women […]
  • Que pasa, China? – By Joshua E. Keating, JOSHUA E. KEATING @ Foreign Policy:
    Why China’s boom might take a siesta.
  • A Journey Through Russia’s Killing Zone, Part 5 – By Tom Parfitt, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    Traveling through Ingushetia, a republic where people are more frightened of Russia’s shadowy security forces than the Islamist militants.
  • Exploring the “uppards” of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Rachel Tobias @ TED Blog:
    To get the shot of JR’s “eye” from above in Session 7, photographer James Duncan Davidson and photo editor Mike Femia spent a good deal of time climbing and crawling through the labyrinth of what I refer to as “the uppards” (as opposed to the innards) of the TED stage in Long Beach. Here are […]
  • Sex and evolutionary stability, Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.06:
    We study evolutionary games in which the rest points of the evolutionary dynamic cluster in connected components, focusing on what we call the Resource Game as a canonical example. The long-term outcome in such games can depend critically on second-…
  • Going to Extremes – by Tina Rosenberg, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    Why Muslim fundamentalists may be our best hope for stopping terror.
  • Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality, Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.06:
    What is morality? Where does it come from? And why do most of us heed its call most of the time? In Braintrust, neurophilosophy pioneer Patricia Churchland argues that morality originates in the biology of the brain. She describes the "neurobiological platform of bonding" that, modified by evolutionary pressures and cultural values, has led to human styles of moral behavior. (Read more…)
  • Lisa Gansky: The future of business is the "mesh", Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.04:
    At [email protected], Lisa Gansky, author of "The Mesh," talks about a future of business that’s about sharing all kinds of stuff, either via smart and tech-enabled rental or, more boldly, peer-to-peer. Examples across industries — from music to cars — show how close we are to this meshy…

Hindsight Links for Mar 18, 6:00 am

// March 18th, 2011 // Comments Off on Hindsight Links for Mar 18, 6:00 am // Digests, Hindsight

  • Three Questions that Will Kill Innovation, Team @
    A big insurance company I know of wants to design a radical new future, so they have committed significant resources…
  • Open thread: What data do you want to see visualized?, Nathan Yau @ FlowingData:
    There is so much data available and new data released every day, but not all of it is that interesting. Some is spotty and some doesn’t make sense. However, there is also a lot of exciting data to play with. Have you come across any datasets or sources that you …
  • Colé, Paolo Ferrarini @ Cool Hunting:
    With strong roots in the Milanese tradition of furniture-making, the new design firm Colé will debut at the coming 2011 Design Week, bringing with it a modern take on usefulness in design. The thinking behind the brand draws on the industry experience of Matteo De Ponti (brand manager of…
  • Twitter Locks Down, Ending Its Reign as the Next Big Thing, Team @
    When we started building online communities six years ago, we told our early clients that they had a limited window…
  • Why I’m Glad I Got Fired, Team @
    I came to be an expert on collaboration because Carol Bartz both hired me and fired me — within 18…