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Rackspace669,957*Update:* Rackspace today announced the launch of Performance Cloud Servers. Performance Cloud Servers are designed with 100 percent data center-grade, RAID 10-protected solid-state disks (SSDs), powerful Intel® Xeon® E5 processors, up to 120 Gigabytes of RAM, and 40 Gigabits per second of highly available network throughput to the host.  Join us at noon central time today to learn more about this powerful compute offering. Stay tuned to this event page for the live video stream.Big Cloud Announcement from Rackspace2013-11-05 19:00:00244  
Google+12,232,573The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033721  
Digital Dealer484@112374836634096795698 will present *The Art of Enchantment* live from Las Vegas. Join this hangout to watch Guy's keynote as it happens! Learn more about the 15th @102121449628552598454 Conference & Exposition and register to attend in-person at http://www.DigitalDealerConference.comGuy Kawasaki | Live from Las Vegas2013-10-16 01:00:00148  
Sarah Hill2,859,102Calling all inhabitants of the Ghost Town.   Let's #HIRL in Austin, TX!!!   (Hangout In Real Life). Hear how ★ Plusketeers are using the +Google+  platform to create their own #humanmedia posse and how 2013 could be the year for + Google +.  Our venue only holds 100 so you *must RVSP* early and email googleplus@vu.com if you'd like to join us for lunch. +Veterans United is picking up the tab for free food and drinks but you're ghosts...so you don't eat much right?  ♥♥♥   #SXSWHIRL  HIRL in Austin, TX2013-03-09 12:00:00246  
SELF Magazine599,139We're teaming up with +Google+ to host a series of Hangouts aimed to jumpstart your New Year. Starting January 14, we'll kick off Hangouts On Air, featuring a range of experts such as SELF's Fitness, Beauty and Fashion Editors, celebrity trainers, travel experts, nutritionists, career leaders, non-profit experts and more.  Want a chance to join one of the Hangouts? Have questions on the topics below? Post your #13for13 query and what Hangout you're interested in joining and you could be selected. Be sure to use the #13for13 hashtag on G+ and tweet us @SELFmagazine. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS *Check back often for new hosts, participants and updates! http://www.self.com/health/resolutions Mon 1/14 - Travel to New Places - 12pm EST +Sonia Gil Mon 1/14 - Eat Healthy - 4:30pm EST +Shawna Coronado  Tues 1/15 - Enjoy More Quality Time with Family - 2pm EST +Kimberley Blaine  Wed 1/16 - De-stress Thurs 1/17 - Fall in Love +The Gaggle  Fri 1/18 - Kickstart Your Career - 1:30pm EST +Dan Schawbel  Fri 1/18 - Spend Less, Save More Tues 1/22 - Take Charge of Your Health Tues 1/22 - Volunteer +charity: water  Wed 1/23 - Get Involved Wed 1/23 - Learn Something New +MAKE  Thurs 1/24 - Get Fit - 1pm EST +SELF Magazine  Fri 1/25 - Revamp Your Look 1pm EST +SELF Magazine 13 Resolutions for a Better 20132013-01-14 14:00:00233  
Blythe Metz293,097This is a Hangout On Air, 4pm PST or 7pm EST, with +Marc Stevens and +Bradford Lowry . Dr. Marc Stevens will be discussing  ways to stay healthy this holiday. Please feel free to post your questions on this events page, We will be answering those questions during the HOA (hangout On Air). Staying Healthy This Holiday with Nutrition2012-12-18 01:00:0066  
Fraser Cain980,485To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004850  

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2016-02-04 02:08:40 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Researchers extend lifespan by as much as 35 percent in mice

Mayo Clinic researchers used a transgene that allowed for the drug-induced elimination of senescent cells from normal mice. Upon administration of a compound called AP20187, removal of senescent cells delayed the formation of tumors and reduced age-related deterioration of several organs. Median lifespan of treated mice was extended by 17 to 35 percent. They also demonstrated a healthier appearance and a reduced amount of inflammation in fat, muscle and kidney tissue.

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2016-02-05 20:02:18 (3 comments; 31 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you're feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck. She's also not human.

Microsoft measured the effectiveness of their chatbot with what they're calling conversations per session (CPS), which measures the number of times the conversation goes back and forth. Typical chatbot CPS conversations have roughly two cycles (the person speaks, then the chatbot speaks — that's one cycle). "By comparison, Xiaoice’s average, after chatting with tens of millions of users, has reached 23," wrote Dr. Wang. He even claims that Xiaoice can analyze and react toyou... more »

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2016-02-05 20:02:18 (3 comments; 31 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you're feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck. She's also not human.

Microsoft measured the effectiveness of their chatbot with what they're calling conversations per session (CPS), which measures the number of times the conversation goes back and forth. Typical chatbot CPS conversations have roughly two cycles (the person speaks, then the chatbot speaks — that's one cycle). "By comparison, Xiaoice’s average, after chatting with tens of millions of users, has reached 23," wrote Dr. Wang. He even claims that Xiaoice can analyze and react toyou... more »

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2016-02-09 00:26:41 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Google DeepMind AI navigates a Doom-like 3D maze just by looking

Google DeepMind just entered the 90s. Fresh off their success in playing the ancient game of Go, DeepMind’s latest artificial intelligence can navigate a 3D maze reminiscent of the 1993 shooter game Doom. Unlike most game-playing AIs, the system has no access to the game’s internal code. Instead it plays just as a human would, by looking at the screen and deciding how to proceed. This ability to navigate a 3D space by “sight” could be useful for AIs operating in the real world.

Google DeepMind AI navigates a Doom-like 3D maze just by looking

Google DeepMind just entered the 90s. Fresh off their success in playing the ancient game of Go, DeepMind’s latest artificial intelligence can navigate a 3D maze reminiscent of the 1993 shooter game Doom. Unlike most game-playing AIs, the system has no access to the game’s internal code. Instead it plays just as a human would, by looking at the screen and deciding how to proceed. This ability to navigate a 3D space by “sight” could be useful for AIs operating in the real world.___

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2016-02-08 18:11:05 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

The Hunt for the Algorithms That Drive Life on Earth

TO THE COMPUTER scientist Leslie Valiant, “machine learning” is redundant. In his opinion, a toddler fumbling with a rubber ball and a deep-learning network classifying cat photos are both learning; calling the latter system a “machine” is a distinction without a difference.

The Hunt for the Algorithms That Drive Life on Earth

TO THE COMPUTER scientist Leslie Valiant, “machine learning” is redundant. In his opinion, a toddler fumbling with a rubber ball and a deep-learning network classifying cat photos are both learning; calling the latter system a “machine” is a distinction without a difference.___

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2016-02-08 17:13:47 (1 comments; 9 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Sustained aerobic exercise increases adult neurogenesis in brain

It may be possible to increase the neuron reserve of the hippocampus – and thus improve preconditions for learning – by promoting neurogenesis via sustained aerobic exercise such as running, say researchers.

The results indicate that the highest number of new hippocampal neurons was observed in rats that ran long distances and that also had a genetic predisposition to benefit from aerobic exercise: Compared to sedentary animals, HRT rats that ran voluntarily on a running wheel had 2-3 times more new hippocampal neurons at the end of the experiment. Resistance training had no such effect. Also the effects of HIT (high intensity training) were minor. To conclude, only sustained aerobic exercise improved hippocampal neurogenesis in adult animals.

Sustained aerobic exercise increases adult neurogenesis in brain

It may be possible to increase the neuron reserve of the hippocampus – and thus improve preconditions for learning – by promoting neurogenesis via sustained aerobic exercise such as running, say researchers.

The results indicate that the highest number of new hippocampal neurons was observed in rats that ran long distances and that also had a genetic predisposition to benefit from aerobic exercise: Compared to sedentary animals, HRT rats that ran voluntarily on a running wheel had 2-3 times more new hippocampal neurons at the end of the experiment. Resistance training had no such effect. Also the effects of HIT (high intensity training) were minor. To conclude, only sustained aerobic exercise improved hippocampal neurogenesis in adult animals.___

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2016-02-08 17:04:07 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

New wireless sleeve to help people recover arm use after stroke

Scientists at the University of Southampton are to develop and trial a new wearable technology to help people who have had a stroke recover use of their arm and hand. Led by Professor Jane Burridge, the team will create a wireless sleeve, which will provide automatic, intelligent information about muscle movement and strength while patients practice every-day tasks at home.

New wireless sleeve to help people recover arm use after stroke

Scientists at the University of Southampton are to develop and trial a new wearable technology to help people who have had a stroke recover use of their arm and hand. Led by Professor Jane Burridge, the team will create a wireless sleeve, which will provide automatic, intelligent information about muscle movement and strength while patients practice every-day tasks at home.___

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2016-02-08 16:27:02 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

DARPA plans to record 1 million neurons at the same time by 2020 compared to 500 neurons today

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) started a new project this week to dramatically increase the number of human brain neurons that can be read simultaneously, according to the MIT Technology Review. In four years, DARPA wants a breakthrough from neuroscientists that will record from 1 million neurons simultaneously.

DARPA plans to record 1 million neurons at the same time by 2020 compared to 500 neurons today

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) started a new project this week to dramatically increase the number of human brain neurons that can be read simultaneously, according to the MIT Technology Review. In four years, DARPA wants a breakthrough from neuroscientists that will record from 1 million neurons simultaneously.___

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2016-02-07 19:31:54 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Google reportedly plans to release a Gear VR competitor later this year

It looks like Google Cardboard is just the beginning of the company's virtual reality push. A new report from The Financial Times indicates that Google is planning to release a more substantial virtual reality product akin to Samsung's Gear VR.

In addition to a new plastic casing, it's said that the headset will support a far wider range of smartphones than the Gear VR. Sources also tell the paper that it will feature "better sensors" and "lenses," suggesting that it won't be wholly reliant on the equipment built into your smartphone. The report mentions that "most of its processing power" would come from the smartphone. Google Cardboard, which has been around for over a year and a half, provides two plastic lenses and just holds your smartphone in the right... more »

Google reportedly plans to release a Gear VR competitor later this year

It looks like Google Cardboard is just the beginning of the company's virtual reality push. A new report from The Financial Times indicates that Google is planning to release a more substantial virtual reality product akin to Samsung's Gear VR.

In addition to a new plastic casing, it's said that the headset will support a far wider range of smartphones than the Gear VR. Sources also tell the paper that it will feature "better sensors" and "lenses," suggesting that it won't be wholly reliant on the equipment built into your smartphone. The report mentions that "most of its processing power" would come from the smartphone. Google Cardboard, which has been around for over a year and a half, provides two plastic lenses and just holds your smartphone in the right position to function as a VR device.___

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2016-02-07 19:22:31 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

The Rich Are Already Using Robo-Advisers, and That Scares Banks

Banks are watching wealthy clients flirt with robo-advisers, and that’s one reason the lenders are racing to release their own versions of the automated investing technology this year, according to a consultant. Millennials and small investors aren’t the only ones using robo-advisers, a group that includes pioneers Wealthfront Inc. and Betterment LLC and services provided by mutual-fund giants, said Kendra Thompson, an Accenture Plc managing director. At Charles Schwab Corp., about 15 percent of those in automated portfolios have at least $1 million at the company.

The Rich Are Already Using Robo-Advisers, and That Scares Banks

Banks are watching wealthy clients flirt with robo-advisers, and that’s one reason the lenders are racing to release their own versions of the automated investing technology this year, according to a consultant. Millennials and small investors aren’t the only ones using robo-advisers, a group that includes pioneers Wealthfront Inc. and Betterment LLC and services provided by mutual-fund giants, said Kendra Thompson, an Accenture Plc managing director. At Charles Schwab Corp., about 15 percent of those in automated portfolios have at least $1 million at the company.___

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2016-02-07 18:28:50 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot

This could be the largest Turing test in history. One of its surprising conclusions is that people don’t necessarily care that they’re chatting with a machine. Many see Xiaoice as a partner and friend, and are willing to confide in her just as they do with their human friends. Xiaoice is teaching us what makes a relationship feel human, and hinting at a new goal for artificial intelligence: not just analyzing databases and driving cars, but making people happier.

Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot

This could be the largest Turing test in history. One of its surprising conclusions is that people don’t necessarily care that they’re chatting with a machine. Many see Xiaoice as a partner and friend, and are willing to confide in her just as they do with their human friends. Xiaoice is teaching us what makes a relationship feel human, and hinting at a new goal for artificial intelligence: not just analyzing databases and driving cars, but making people happier.___

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2016-02-07 17:26:03 (0 comments; 8 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Neurobiological changes explain how mindfulness meditation improves health

New research provides a window into the brain changes that link mindfulness meditation training with health in stressed adults. The study shows that mindfulness meditation training, compared to relaxation training, reduces Interleukin-6, an inflammatory health biomarker, in high-stress, unemployed community adults.

link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160204121956.htm

Neurobiological changes explain how mindfulness meditation improves health

New research provides a window into the brain changes that link mindfulness meditation training with health in stressed adults. The study shows that mindfulness meditation training, compared to relaxation training, reduces Interleukin-6, an inflammatory health biomarker, in high-stress, unemployed community adults.

link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160204121956.htm___

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2016-02-07 17:17:14 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Watch: This robot learned to mix drinks by imitating humans

Researchers from the University of Maryland didn’t teach their robot how to mix a drink and make a salad. It learned those tricks by itself. Instead of programming a robot to perform tasks, the team is working on “autonomous robots” that have the ability to observe, learn, and eventually make decisions on their own in order to complete tasks. Next up on their to do list: Teaching the robot how to use a dishwasher and microwave.

Watch: This robot learned to mix drinks by imitating humans

Researchers from the University of Maryland didn’t teach their robot how to mix a drink and make a salad. It learned those tricks by itself. Instead of programming a robot to perform tasks, the team is working on “autonomous robots” that have the ability to observe, learn, and eventually make decisions on their own in order to complete tasks. Next up on their to do list: Teaching the robot how to use a dishwasher and microwave.___

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2016-02-07 00:23:49 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Security News This Week: The White House Bans Its Own Security Researcher

Immensely talented security researcher and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ashkan Soltani was on loan to the White House from the Federal Trade Commission, where he was working on privacy and data ethics at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Unfortunately, though Soltani passed his drug test and the FBI was still in the process of completing a background check, the White House declined his security clearance. Soltani previously worked at the Washington Post, where he helped analyze NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, which could be the reason why his clearance was denied. In addition to his work at the Post, he has al so worked with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the University of California at Berkeley, and as a private security researcher. Soltani told the Guardian that he plans to... more »

Security News This Week: The White House Bans Its Own Security Researcher

Immensely talented security researcher and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ashkan Soltani was on loan to the White House from the Federal Trade Commission, where he was working on privacy and data ethics at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Unfortunately, though Soltani passed his drug test and the FBI was still in the process of completing a background check, the White House declined his security clearance. Soltani previously worked at the Washington Post, where he helped analyze NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, which could be the reason why his clearance was denied. In addition to his work at the Post, he has al so worked with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the University of California at Berkeley, and as a private security researcher. Soltani told the Guardian that he plans to head back to the west coast, and said he wished he’d spent his money on bike parts rather than business suits.On Twitter, he asked if anyone knew whether Mr. Robot or Homeland needed subject matter experts.___

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2016-02-06 20:51:51 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Apocalypse, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love AI

There are plenty of opportunities for startups, especially those that pair conversational interfaces and a soft/hard AI with a focus in sectors where there are plenty of repetitive tasks that an AI can do on its own (which otherwise would have taken significant chunks of human time), or in sectors where high cost barriers are broken down. The most prominent categories ripe for AI disruption are PAs, professional services, financial services, healthcare and supply chains.

Apocalypse, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love AI

There are plenty of opportunities for startups, especially those that pair conversational interfaces and a soft/hard AI with a focus in sectors where there are plenty of repetitive tasks that an AI can do on its own (which otherwise would have taken significant chunks of human time), or in sectors where high cost barriers are broken down. The most prominent categories ripe for AI disruption are PAs, professional services, financial services, healthcare and supply chains.___

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2016-02-06 20:40:44 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

LiveLike’s VR Spectator App Wins The 1st And Future Sports Startup Contest Home Category

The home viewing category winner, LiveLike, lets you watch games in virtual reality from multiple angles.

LiveLike’s VR Spectator App Wins The 1st And Future Sports Startup Contest Home Category

The home viewing category winner, LiveLike, lets you watch games in virtual reality from multiple angles.___

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2016-02-06 17:27:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Why you should meditate

Why you should meditate___

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2016-02-06 17:17:36 (0 comments; 8 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Don’t Sleep On New Data Privacy Regulations

Chalk it up to the Snowden Effect. Although it has been nearly three years since Edward Snowden turned the world on its head by releasing a trove of highly sensitive documents, the ripples of his decision are still being felt broadly. To that end, the European Union recently finalized the text of what looks to be the world’s single most significant — and severe — data privacy law to date.

Don’t Sleep On New Data Privacy Regulations

Chalk it up to the Snowden Effect. Although it has been nearly three years since Edward Snowden turned the world on its head by releasing a trove of highly sensitive documents, the ripples of his decision are still being felt broadly. To that end, the European Union recently finalized the text of what looks to be the world’s single most significant — and severe — data privacy law to date.___

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2016-02-06 17:08:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

You won’t be happiest until you turn 65 years old

Will you ever be happy? The answer, it seems, is yes. Likely when you’re a bit older. A recent government survey asked people in the UK to rate out of 10 how satisfied they were with life, as well as how anxious and happy they’d felt. The results showed that people aged 65-79 had the highest levels of life satisfaction and happiness, and the lowest levels of anxiety. But things appeared less rosy for those aged 45-59, who reported the lowest levels of life satisfaction.

You won’t be happiest until you turn 65 years old

Will you ever be happy? The answer, it seems, is yes. Likely when you’re a bit older. A recent government survey asked people in the UK to rate out of 10 how satisfied they were with life, as well as how anxious and happy they’d felt. The results showed that people aged 65-79 had the highest levels of life satisfaction and happiness, and the lowest levels of anxiety. But things appeared less rosy for those aged 45-59, who reported the lowest levels of life satisfaction.___

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2016-02-05 20:02:18 (3 comments; 31 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you're feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck. She's also not human.

Microsoft measured the effectiveness of their chatbot with what they're calling conversations per session (CPS), which measures the number of times the conversation goes back and forth. Typical chatbot CPS conversations have roughly two cycles (the person speaks, then the chatbot speaks — that's one cycle). "By comparison, Xiaoice’s average, after chatting with tens of millions of users, has reached 23," wrote Dr. Wang. He even claims that Xiaoice can analyze and react toyou... more »

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you're feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck. She's also not human.

Microsoft measured the effectiveness of their chatbot with what they're calling conversations per session (CPS), which measures the number of times the conversation goes back and forth. Typical chatbot CPS conversations have roughly two cycles (the person speaks, then the chatbot speaks — that's one cycle). "By comparison, Xiaoice’s average, after chatting with tens of millions of users, has reached 23," wrote Dr. Wang. He even claims that Xiaoice can analyze and react to your emotional state.___

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2016-02-05 17:08:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

The Sharing Age

Imagine the possibilities of a world in which we are able to make trusted connections between a near-infinite number of people. A world in which transaction costs, time and distance are reduced to almost nil. A world that is instantly available from a smartphone, anywhere, anytime.

This global revolution, enabled by databases, search engines and connectivity, has begun. It’s allowing mankind to break free from the limits of the past. We start doing what we do best: collaborating and sharing, at an unprecedented scale — a significant untapped potential for sharing is unlocked on a whole new level, creating value for all.

The Sharing Age

Imagine the possibilities of a world in which we are able to make trusted connections between a near-infinite number of people. A world in which transaction costs, time and distance are reduced to almost nil. A world that is instantly available from a smartphone, anywhere, anytime.

This global revolution, enabled by databases, search engines and connectivity, has begun. It’s allowing mankind to break free from the limits of the past. We start doing what we do best: collaborating and sharing, at an unprecedented scale — a significant untapped potential for sharing is unlocked on a whole new level, creating value for all.___

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2016-02-05 16:49:18 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

A new MIT computer chip could allow your smartphone to do complex AI tasks

Yesterday, a team of researchers from MIT introduced a new computer chip optimized for deep-learning, an approach to artificial intelligence that is gaining popularity. The chip, dubbed "Eyeriss" could allow mobile devices to perform tasks like natural language processing and facial recognition without being connected to the internet. It’s the latest attempt to make the complex operations of machine learning more portable. That means that our smartphones, wearables, robots, self-driving cars, and other IoT devices could begin performing complex deep learning processes locally — something that until now has been very difficult to do.

A new MIT computer chip could allow your smartphone to do complex AI tasks

Yesterday, a team of researchers from MIT introduced a new computer chip optimized for deep-learning, an approach to artificial intelligence that is gaining popularity. The chip, dubbed "Eyeriss" could allow mobile devices to perform tasks like natural language processing and facial recognition without being connected to the internet. It’s the latest attempt to make the complex operations of machine learning more portable. That means that our smartphones, wearables, robots, self-driving cars, and other IoT devices could begin performing complex deep learning processes locally — something that until now has been very difficult to do.___

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2016-02-05 16:37:36 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Getting to the 'heart' of sleep

Sleep is essential for a healthy heart. People who don't sleep enough are at higher risk for heart disease. One study that examined data from 3,000 adults over age 45 found that those who slept fewer than six hours per night were about twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack as people who slept six to eight hours per night. Sleep deprivation is a growing problem, with 28 percent of adults now reporting that they get six or fewer hours of sleep per night.

Getting to the 'heart' of sleep

Sleep is essential for a healthy heart. People who don't sleep enough are at higher risk for heart disease. One study that examined data from 3,000 adults over age 45 found that those who slept fewer than six hours per night were about twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack as people who slept six to eight hours per night. Sleep deprivation is a growing problem, with 28 percent of adults now reporting that they get six or fewer hours of sleep per night.___

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2016-02-05 16:32:14 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

YouTube will livestream Google’s AI playing Go superstar Lee Sedol in March

Google will provide YouTube livestreams of its artificial intelligence (AI) software playing games of the ancient Chinese board game of Go against Lee Sedol, the highest ranked Go player in the world. Demis Hassabis, head of the Google DeepMind lab behind its AlphaGo AI system, announced the news today in a tweet.

YouTube will livestream Google’s AI playing Go superstar Lee Sedol in March

Google will provide YouTube livestreams of its artificial intelligence (AI) software playing games of the ancient Chinese board game of Go against Lee Sedol, the highest ranked Go player in the world. Demis Hassabis, head of the Google DeepMind lab behind its AlphaGo AI system, announced the news today in a tweet.___

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2016-02-05 02:30:23 (0 comments; 12 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Scientists find brain plasticity assorted into functional networks

Friedlander and Saez reported that neurons whose excitatory synapses are in a certain states of plasticity, based on previous experiences, assort themselves into groups to converge onto specific individual neurons in the developing brain. "Individual neurons whose synapses are most likely to strengthen in response to a certain experience are more likely to connect to certain partner neurons, while those whose synapses weaken in response to a similar experience are more likely to connect to other partner neurons," Friedlander said. "The neurons whose synapses do not change at all in response to that same experience are more likely to connect to yet other partner neurons, forming a more stable but non-plastic network."

Scientists find brain plasticity assorted into functional networks

Friedlander and Saez reported that neurons whose excitatory synapses are in a certain states of plasticity, based on previous experiences, assort themselves into groups to converge onto specific individual neurons in the developing brain. "Individual neurons whose synapses are most likely to strengthen in response to a certain experience are more likely to connect to certain partner neurons, while those whose synapses weaken in response to a similar experience are more likely to connect to other partner neurons," Friedlander said. "The neurons whose synapses do not change at all in response to that same experience are more likely to connect to yet other partner neurons, forming a more stable but non-plastic network."___

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2016-02-04 20:26:31 (2 comments; 10 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

The Unreal Engine now lets you build games inside virtual reality

Today, Epic announced an upcoming VR component to its popular Unreal Editor, letting game developers, animators, and other users create and explore their environments through an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Unreal is already used for some of the best-known virtual reality games, including EVE: Valkyrie and space exploration game Adrift. But so far, these games have been made using tools that all existed before modern VR.

The Unreal Engine now lets you build games inside virtual reality

Today, Epic announced an upcoming VR component to its popular Unreal Editor, letting game developers, animators, and other users create and explore their environments through an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Unreal is already used for some of the best-known virtual reality games, including EVE: Valkyrie and space exploration game Adrift. But so far, these games have been made using tools that all existed before modern VR.___

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2016-02-04 19:20:04 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

User Guide Provides Some HTC Vive Pre Details

A 28-page HTC Vive Pre user guide is now available detailing a USB port for third party accessories on the headset, a Rift-like standing only mode, and details about the tracking technology that should help people figure out how it will work in their home.

User Guide Provides Some HTC Vive Pre Details

A 28-page HTC Vive Pre user guide is now available detailing a USB port for third party accessories on the headset, a Rift-like standing only mode, and details about the tracking technology that should help people figure out how it will work in their home.___

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2016-02-04 17:37:49 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

AltspaceVR Social Platform Launches On Samsung Gear VR

Virtual reality can sometimes appear like it’s a pretty isolating platform. Visually, people experiencing VR certainly aren’t in the most approachable position and right now the tech is new enough that it rarely seems accessible to those who are vaguely curious. That being said, there are plenty of companies succeeding in strengthening the social potential of VR. One of the coolest companies doing so, AltspaceVR, just became even more accessible today as it launched its mobile experience on Samsung Gear VR.

AltspaceVR Social Platform Launches On Samsung Gear VR

Virtual reality can sometimes appear like it’s a pretty isolating platform. Visually, people experiencing VR certainly aren’t in the most approachable position and right now the tech is new enough that it rarely seems accessible to those who are vaguely curious. That being said, there are plenty of companies succeeding in strengthening the social potential of VR. One of the coolest companies doing so, AltspaceVR, just became even more accessible today as it launched its mobile experience on Samsung Gear VR.___

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2016-02-04 16:53:13 (2 comments; 14 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

VR Neurotechnology Company Receives Billion Dollar Valuation With Funding Round

Led by Dr. Tej Tadi, a doctor with over 10 years of specialization in the neuroscience field, MindMaze is a 52 employee strong neurotechnology company focused on combining virtual reality and motion capture with brain machine interfacing to help patients recover from traumatic events.

VR Neurotechnology Company Receives Billion Dollar Valuation With Funding Round

Led by Dr. Tej Tadi, a doctor with over 10 years of specialization in the neuroscience field, MindMaze is a 52 employee strong neurotechnology company focused on combining virtual reality and motion capture with brain machine interfacing to help patients recover from traumatic events.___

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2016-02-04 16:30:34 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Where is the best bandwidth :)

As can easily be seen from the plot, South Korea and Singapore have set themselves apart from the main body of global operators, providing both superior coverage and speed. The biggest standouts were South Korea’s Olleh and Singapore’s Singtel. Olleh excelled in coverage, but also provided one of the fastest connections speeds in our report, 34 Mbps. Meanwhile Singtel hit the 40 Mbps mark in speed while still maintaining a coverage rating of 86%. There are other notable country clusters in the upper right-hand quadrant as well, for instance operators from the Netherlands, Canada and Hungary.

Where is the best bandwidth :)

As can easily be seen from the plot, South Korea and Singapore have set themselves apart from the main body of global operators, providing both superior coverage and speed. The biggest standouts were South Korea’s Olleh and Singapore’s Singtel. Olleh excelled in coverage, but also provided one of the fastest connections speeds in our report, 34 Mbps. Meanwhile Singtel hit the 40 Mbps mark in speed while still maintaining a coverage rating of 86%. There are other notable country clusters in the upper right-hand quadrant as well, for instance operators from the Netherlands, Canada and Hungary.___

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2016-02-04 16:23:19 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next

YESTERDAY, THE 46-YEAR-OLD Google veteran who oversees its search engine, Amit Singhal, announced his retirement. And in short order, Google revealed that Singhal’s rather enormous shoes would be filled by a man named John Giannandrea. On one level, these are just two guys doing something new with their lives. But you can also view the pair as the ideal metaphor for a momentous shift in the way things work inside Google—and across the tech world as a whole.

Giannandrea, you see, oversees Google’s work in artificial intelligence. This includes deep neural networks, networks of hardware and software that approximate the web of neurons in the human brain. By analyzing vast amounts of digital data, these neural nets can learn all sorts of useful tasks, like identifying photos, recognizing commands spoken into asmart... more »

AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next

YESTERDAY, THE 46-YEAR-OLD Google veteran who oversees its search engine, Amit Singhal, announced his retirement. And in short order, Google revealed that Singhal’s rather enormous shoes would be filled by a man named John Giannandrea. On one level, these are just two guys doing something new with their lives. But you can also view the pair as the ideal metaphor for a momentous shift in the way things work inside Google—and across the tech world as a whole.

Giannandrea, you see, oversees Google’s work in artificial intelligence. This includes deep neural networks, networks of hardware and software that approximate the web of neurons in the human brain. By analyzing vast amounts of digital data, these neural nets can learn all sorts of useful tasks, like identifying photos, recognizing commands spoken into a smartphone, and, as it turns out, responding to Internet search queries. In some cases, they can learn a task so well that they outperform humans. They can do it better. They can do it faster. And they can do it at a much larger scale.___

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2016-02-04 16:18:43 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

The Race To Mine Asteroids Gains International Support

Today, the Luxembourg Government announced that they are taking steps to become Europe’s hub for mining space resources. The small European country plans to establish the necessary legal and regulatory framework and invest in related research and development projects. They’re even considering investing in already-established asteroid mining companies like the U.S. based Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources. This announcement comes shortly after the United States took a huge step forward in making commercial space mining legal. President Obama signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA) in November, which stated that U.S. companies are entitled to maintain property rights of resources they’ve obtained from outer space.

The Race To Mine Asteroids Gains International Support

Today, the Luxembourg Government announced that they are taking steps to become Europe’s hub for mining space resources. The small European country plans to establish the necessary legal and regulatory framework and invest in related research and development projects. They’re even considering investing in already-established asteroid mining companies like the U.S. based Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources. This announcement comes shortly after the United States took a huge step forward in making commercial space mining legal. President Obama signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA) in November, which stated that U.S. companies are entitled to maintain property rights of resources they’ve obtained from outer space.___

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2016-02-04 16:15:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Minimal Amounts of Fish Peptide Hydrolysate Double Fat Loss Compared to Whey Isolate on Energy Restricted Diet

Minimal Amounts of Fish Peptide Hydrolysate Double Fat Loss Compared to Whey Isolate on Energy Restricted Diet___

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2016-02-04 03:35:30 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

13 Nootropics to Unlock Your True Brain

Nootropics – sometimes called smart drugs – are compounds that enhance brain function. They’re becoming a popular way to give your mind an extra boost. According to one Telegraph report, up to 25% of students at leading UK universities have taken the prescription smart drug modafinil [1], and California tech startup employees are trying everything from Adderall to LSD to push their brains into a higher gear [2].

13 Nootropics to Unlock Your True Brain

Nootropics – sometimes called smart drugs – are compounds that enhance brain function. They’re becoming a popular way to give your mind an extra boost. According to one Telegraph report, up to 25% of students at leading UK universities have taken the prescription smart drug modafinil [1], and California tech startup employees are trying everything from Adderall to LSD to push their brains into a higher gear [2].___

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2016-02-04 02:08:40 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Researchers extend lifespan by as much as 35 percent in mice

Mayo Clinic researchers used a transgene that allowed for the drug-induced elimination of senescent cells from normal mice. Upon administration of a compound called AP20187, removal of senescent cells delayed the formation of tumors and reduced age-related deterioration of several organs. Median lifespan of treated mice was extended by 17 to 35 percent. They also demonstrated a healthier appearance and a reduced amount of inflammation in fat, muscle and kidney tissue.

Researchers extend lifespan by as much as 35 percent in mice

Mayo Clinic researchers used a transgene that allowed for the drug-induced elimination of senescent cells from normal mice. Upon administration of a compound called AP20187, removal of senescent cells delayed the formation of tumors and reduced age-related deterioration of several organs. Median lifespan of treated mice was extended by 17 to 35 percent. They also demonstrated a healthier appearance and a reduced amount of inflammation in fat, muscle and kidney tissue.___

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2016-02-04 01:57:50 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Editas Medicine raises $94M in first gene-editing IPO, and then stock price rises

CRISPR is already revolutionizing genetics, by making it easier to modify DNA for a wide variety or organisms. The technology could smooth the way for products such as yeast-produced biofuels and custom-made pharmaceuticals, as well as new types of cancer therapies. Editas already is collaborating with Seattle-based Juno Therapeutics on immunotherapy experiments.

Editas was the first CRISPR-centric company to conduct an IPO, but others are expected to follow – including CRISPR Therapeutics and Intellia Therapeutics. Like Editas, those companies are associated with researchers who pioneered CRISPR technology. The companies’ long-term prospects are likely to depend on how the legal disputes turns out – or more likely on the deals that they make to put those disputes to rest.

Editas Medicine raises $94M in first gene-editing IPO, and then stock price rises

CRISPR is already revolutionizing genetics, by making it easier to modify DNA for a wide variety or organisms. The technology could smooth the way for products such as yeast-produced biofuels and custom-made pharmaceuticals, as well as new types of cancer therapies. Editas already is collaborating with Seattle-based Juno Therapeutics on immunotherapy experiments.

Editas was the first CRISPR-centric company to conduct an IPO, but others are expected to follow – including CRISPR Therapeutics and Intellia Therapeutics. Like Editas, those companies are associated with researchers who pioneered CRISPR technology. The companies’ long-term prospects are likely to depend on how the legal disputes turns out – or more likely on the deals that they make to put those disputes to rest.___

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2016-02-03 17:41:17 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Carnegie Mellon joins IARPA project to reverse-engineer brain algorithms

Carnegie Mellon University is embarking on a five-year, $12 million research effort to reverse-engineer the brain, seeking to unlock the secrets of neural circuitry and the brain's learning methods. Researchers will use these insights to make computers think more like humans.

Carnegie Mellon joins IARPA project to reverse-engineer brain algorithms

Carnegie Mellon University is embarking on a five-year, $12 million research effort to reverse-engineer the brain, seeking to unlock the secrets of neural circuitry and the brain's learning methods. Researchers will use these insights to make computers think more like humans.___

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2016-02-02 22:12:36 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

NFL meets HoloLens: Here’s Microsoft’s vision for watching sports in augmented reality

Up until now, the “second-screen” experience while watching a live sports event on TV typically revolves around accessing apps like Twitter or services like ESPN GameCast on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Microsoft wants to take this to the next level with its augmented reality headset. The tech giant today offered a glimpse of the future with a video showing how its HoloLens device can be used by sports fans while they watch a game on TV.

NFL meets HoloLens: Here’s Microsoft’s vision for watching sports in augmented reality

Up until now, the “second-screen” experience while watching a live sports event on TV typically revolves around accessing apps like Twitter or services like ESPN GameCast on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Microsoft wants to take this to the next level with its augmented reality headset. The tech giant today offered a glimpse of the future with a video showing how its HoloLens device can be used by sports fans while they watch a game on TV.___

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2016-02-02 19:18:53 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Steven Spielberg Working on a Project “Solely for VR”

Robert Stromberg said “it is about getting other filmmakers interested of course, from the independent level to getting major players involved as well… I can say here, my company – VRC – we’re working with, for instance, Steven Spielberg on a project that’s solely for VR.”

Steven Spielberg Working on a Project “Solely for VR”

Robert Stromberg said “it is about getting other filmmakers interested of course, from the independent level to getting major players involved as well… I can say here, my company – VRC – we’re working with, for instance, Steven Spielberg on a project that’s solely for VR.”___

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2016-02-02 17:13:43 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

The dangerous psychology of how false confessions rewrite witnesses’ memories

It’s one of the puzzling truths of wrongful conviction cases: Where was the evidence proving the wrongfully named suspect’s innocence? If he swears he wasn’t at the scene, surely there’s an alibi confirming where he was? A growing body of evidence shows that when suspects make false confessions—which happen for many reasons, and far more often than most people realize—fiction trumps fact. Our brains abhor ambiguity. The tidy narrative of a confession biases witnesses and investigators alike, neutralizing evidence that could prove a suspect’s innocence. In one study, 61% of people changed their identifications in a lineup once they knew a different suspect had confessed. Forensic scientists are more likely to erroneously identify a suspect if they know the person has confessed.

The dangerous psychology of how false confessions rewrite witnesses’ memories

It’s one of the puzzling truths of wrongful conviction cases: Where was the evidence proving the wrongfully named suspect’s innocence? If he swears he wasn’t at the scene, surely there’s an alibi confirming where he was? A growing body of evidence shows that when suspects make false confessions—which happen for many reasons, and far more often than most people realize—fiction trumps fact. Our brains abhor ambiguity. The tidy narrative of a confession biases witnesses and investigators alike, neutralizing evidence that could prove a suspect’s innocence. In one study, 61% of people changed their identifications in a lineup once they knew a different suspect had confessed. Forensic scientists are more likely to erroneously identify a suspect if they know the person has confessed.___

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2016-02-02 16:22:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Magic Leap promises 'whirligigs and test machines' soon, complete technological revolution later

We are building a wonderful, special thing — whose purpose is to gently, and in harmony with you (your physiology, your being), produce a Digital Lightfield — a living river of light sculpture, which can transmit to you the feelings of magic and experience and presence. We call this our Mixed Reality Lightfield. It comes to life by following the rules of the eye and the brain, by being gentle, and by working with us, not against us. By following as closely as possible the rules of nature and biology, we can deliver what is truly next.

Magic Leap promises 'whirligigs and test machines' soon, complete technological revolution later

We are building a wonderful, special thing — whose purpose is to gently, and in harmony with you (your physiology, your being), produce a Digital Lightfield — a living river of light sculpture, which can transmit to you the feelings of magic and experience and presence. We call this our Mixed Reality Lightfield. It comes to life by following the rules of the eye and the brain, by being gentle, and by working with us, not against us. By following as closely as possible the rules of nature and biology, we can deliver what is truly next.___

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2016-02-01 21:37:38 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Mysterious Magic Leap #AR startup wraps up its mega-funding round

Magic Leap, the company that’s working on an “augmented reality” device that promises to blow your mind, has finished up a giant funding round. The Florida-based company, which had previously raised more than $500 million from Google and other investors, has added on a new round of at least $827 million, though industry sources believe the number may be even higher than that.

Mysterious Magic Leap #AR startup wraps up its mega-funding round

Magic Leap, the company that’s working on an “augmented reality” device that promises to blow your mind, has finished up a giant funding round. The Florida-based company, which had previously raised more than $500 million from Google and other investors, has added on a new round of at least $827 million, though industry sources believe the number may be even higher than that.___

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2016-02-01 20:26:13 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

OpenTrons Aims To Be The ‘PC’ Of Biotech Labs

“Basically, if you’re a biologist you spend all of your time moving tiny amounts of liquid around from vial to vial by hand with a little micro-pipette or you have a $100,000 robot that does it for you. We’re a $3,000 robot,” OpenTrons co-founder Will Canine explained to TechCrunch.

OpenTrons Aims To Be The ‘PC’ Of Biotech Labs

“Basically, if you’re a biologist you spend all of your time moving tiny amounts of liquid around from vial to vial by hand with a little micro-pipette or you have a $100,000 robot that does it for you. We’re a $3,000 robot,” OpenTrons co-founder Will Canine explained to TechCrunch.___

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2016-02-01 16:51:46 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Samsung Announces Feb. 21 Galaxy Unpacked Event, Teaser Suggests Focus On Gear VR And New S7 Line

The teaser definitely places a major emphasis on the Gear VR platform, which suggests that either the new S7 line will work with the existing consumer headsets or, more likely, that the team at Samsung is planning to release an updated Gear VR headset (or both). The tagline for the video is “Get ready to rethink what a phone can do,” and with the entire marketing for this event focusing on the Gear VR, it’s not ludicrous to expect a phone update that adds significantly to the headset’s functionality.

Samsung Announces Feb. 21 Galaxy Unpacked Event, Teaser Suggests Focus On Gear VR And New S7 Line

The teaser definitely places a major emphasis on the Gear VR platform, which suggests that either the new S7 line will work with the existing consumer headsets or, more likely, that the team at Samsung is planning to release an updated Gear VR headset (or both). The tagline for the video is “Get ready to rethink what a phone can do,” and with the entire marketing for this event focusing on the Gear VR, it’s not ludicrous to expect a phone update that adds significantly to the headset’s functionality.___

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2016-02-01 16:49:44 (0 comments; 15 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Why a walk in the woods really does help your body and your soul

For more than 20 years, scientists have been trying to determine the mechanisms by which exposure to biodiversity improves health. Japanese scientists pioneered the search when they travelled to the island of Yakushima, famous for its biodiversity. The Japanese already had a name for the experience of well-being in nature: shinrin-yoku or "forest bathing".

Why a walk in the woods really does help your body and your soul

For more than 20 years, scientists have been trying to determine the mechanisms by which exposure to biodiversity improves health. Japanese scientists pioneered the search when they travelled to the island of Yakushima, famous for its biodiversity. The Japanese already had a name for the experience of well-being in nature: shinrin-yoku or "forest bathing".___

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2016-02-01 16:46:51 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Fintech Is Just Getting Started

The enduring trend for the past decade has been for firms to seek solutions that allow for scale without the need for expensive human capital. Technological development has been and will continue to be the underpinning of this trend. I believe this will be a year of emerging companies that will be seen as disruptive, and will eclipse the noise of a struggling market and economy. Regardless of the outcome, 2016 is shaping up to be a wild ride… hold onto your hat.

Fintech Is Just Getting Started

The enduring trend for the past decade has been for firms to seek solutions that allow for scale without the need for expensive human capital. Technological development has been and will continue to be the underpinning of this trend. I believe this will be a year of emerging companies that will be seen as disruptive, and will eclipse the noise of a struggling market and economy. Regardless of the outcome, 2016 is shaping up to be a wild ride… hold onto your hat.___

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2016-02-01 16:41:06 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Report: Forget 'Going Dark,' surveillance will survive the age of encryption

It's true, end-to-end encrypted data is a black box that not even the companies hosting it can access. But the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Berklett Cybersecurity Project report, Don't Panic: Making Progress on the "Going Dark" Debate, which it published on Monday, makes clear that focusing on end-to-end encryption as the beginning and end of surveillance is ignoring everything else that's happening in the world of technological development. Its argument is twofold: First, end-to-end encryption is unlikely to stop law enforcement from surveilling society because most digital businesses will not adopt end-to-end encryption. And second, the rapid rise of Internet of Things will vastly increase surveillance opportunities.



Report: Forget 'Going Dark,' surveillance will survive the age of encryption

It's true, end-to-end encrypted data is a black box that not even the companies hosting it can access. But the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Berklett Cybersecurity Project report, Don't Panic: Making Progress on the "Going Dark" Debate, which it published on Monday, makes clear that focusing on end-to-end encryption as the beginning and end of surveillance is ignoring everything else that's happening in the world of technological development. Its argument is twofold: First, end-to-end encryption is unlikely to stop law enforcement from surveilling society because most digital businesses will not adopt end-to-end encryption. And second, the rapid rise of Internet of Things will vastly increase surveillance opportunities.

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2016-02-01 02:49:33 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Inhibiting acetylation increases lifespan

Taken together, these findings indicate that changes in acetylation may be a key factor in the process of natural aging, reflecting alterations in basic metabolism as well as modifying gene regulation. "A rise in the level of protein acetylation seems to be linked to a decrease in life expectancy," says Ladurner. "For inhibition of an acetylase enzyme which specifically attaches acetyl groups to histones, or attenuation of the rate of synthesis of acetyl-CoA -- which reduces the supply of acetyl groups -- reverses many of the age-dependent modifications seen in these animals, and both interventions are associated with a longer and more active lifespan."


Inhibiting acetylation increases lifespan

Taken together, these findings indicate that changes in acetylation may be a key factor in the process of natural aging, reflecting alterations in basic metabolism as well as modifying gene regulation. "A rise in the level of protein acetylation seems to be linked to a decrease in life expectancy," says Ladurner. "For inhibition of an acetylase enzyme which specifically attaches acetyl groups to histones, or attenuation of the rate of synthesis of acetyl-CoA -- which reduces the supply of acetyl groups -- reverses many of the age-dependent modifications seen in these animals, and both interventions are associated with a longer and more active lifespan."
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2016-02-01 01:43:34 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Is Logistics About To Get Amazon’ed?

In November 2015, Beijing Century Joyo Courier Services registered with the U.S. government as an ocean shipping provider. So what? Well, Beijing Century Joyo Courier Services is a subsidiary of none other than Amazon. And earlier in the year, Amazon had already expanded its logistics presence with air transportation and trucking. Amazon’s entry into the trillion-dollar freight industry can have huge impact on Amazon‘s international sellers, importers and end consumers. But within the context of Amazon‘s modus operandi, it may spell even broader change in one of the world’s largest industries.

Is Logistics About To Get Amazon’ed?

In November 2015, Beijing Century Joyo Courier Services registered with the U.S. government as an ocean shipping provider. So what? Well, Beijing Century Joyo Courier Services is a subsidiary of none other than Amazon. And earlier in the year, Amazon had already expanded its logistics presence with air transportation and trucking. Amazon’s entry into the trillion-dollar freight industry can have huge impact on Amazon‘s international sellers, importers and end consumers. But within the context of Amazon‘s modus operandi, it may spell even broader change in one of the world’s largest industries.___

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2016-01-31 22:06:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-31 21:30:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos

Using the latest deep-learning protocols, computer models consisting of networks of artificial neurons are becoming increasingly adept at image, speech and pattern recognition — core technologies in robotic personal assistants, complex data analysis and self-driving cars. But for all their progress training computers to pick out salient features from other, irrelevant bits of data, researchers have never fully understood why the algorithms or biological learning work.

Now, two physicists have shown that one form of deep learning works exactly like one of the most important and ubiquitous mathematical techniques in physics, a procedure for calculating the large-scale behavior of physical systems such as elementary particles, fluids and the cosmos.

A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos

Using the latest deep-learning protocols, computer models consisting of networks of artificial neurons are becoming increasingly adept at image, speech and pattern recognition — core technologies in robotic personal assistants, complex data analysis and self-driving cars. But for all their progress training computers to pick out salient features from other, irrelevant bits of data, researchers have never fully understood why the algorithms or biological learning work.

Now, two physicists have shown that one form of deep learning works exactly like one of the most important and ubiquitous mathematical techniques in physics, a procedure for calculating the large-scale behavior of physical systems such as elementary particles, fluids and the cosmos.___

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2016-01-31 19:34:51 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Understanding the digital dynamic of the fourth Industrial Revolution

What makes this revolution unique is that the user is now in the driver’s seat — demanding an ever-improving, easy-to-use, always-on digital experience. Enterprises and, interestingly, even countries are reshaping their value propositions to gain mindshare and market share in a digital age. Take Estonia, which is pioneering the idea of a country without borders with their recent launch of the world’s first “e-residency” program. With it, you get a government-issued digital identity and an Estonian address, and you can set up a “location-independent” company online and conduct banking. A small country that, through digital transformation, can now count the entire world as its potential market.

Understanding the digital dynamic of the fourth Industrial Revolution

What makes this revolution unique is that the user is now in the driver’s seat — demanding an ever-improving, easy-to-use, always-on digital experience. Enterprises and, interestingly, even countries are reshaping their value propositions to gain mindshare and market share in a digital age. Take Estonia, which is pioneering the idea of a country without borders with their recent launch of the world’s first “e-residency” program. With it, you get a government-issued digital identity and an Estonian address, and you can set up a “location-independent” company online and conduct banking. A small country that, through digital transformation, can now count the entire world as its potential market.___

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2016-01-31 19:22:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

How Facebook tracks and profits from voters in a $10bn US election

Facebook, which told investors on Wednesday it was “excited about the targeting”, does not let candidates track individual users. But it does now allow presidential campaigns to upload their massive email lists and voter files – which contain political habits, real names, home addresses and phone numbers – to the company’s advertising network. The company will then match real-life voters with their Facebook accounts, which follow individuals as they move across congressional districts and are filled with insightful data.

The data is encrypted and not maintained by Facebook after ads run, the company said. Acxiom, a massive data broker based in Little Rock, Arkansas, helps campaigns upload the voter info. But a campaign operative said the Texas senator has been using Facebook ads to raise money, amongother thi... more »

How Facebook tracks and profits from voters in a $10bn US election

Facebook, which told investors on Wednesday it was “excited about the targeting”, does not let candidates track individual users. But it does now allow presidential campaigns to upload their massive email lists and voter files – which contain political habits, real names, home addresses and phone numbers – to the company’s advertising network. The company will then match real-life voters with their Facebook accounts, which follow individuals as they move across congressional districts and are filled with insightful data.

The data is encrypted and not maintained by Facebook after ads run, the company said. Acxiom, a massive data broker based in Little Rock, Arkansas, helps campaigns upload the voter info. But a campaign operative said the Texas senator has been using Facebook ads to raise money, among other things, and a Guardian analysis shows Cruz-affiliated donors are spending $10,000 per day on Facebook “placement” as the first vote nears.___

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