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Digital Currency in the Future

Feds are watching as this photo reflects the key issues before all of us as we see the future of change to come in how we handle spending and paying for obligations and digital reflections. Image Source: MSN.COM

Bitcoin: An Innovative Alternative Digital Currency

12/09/2011 / SOURCE: 4 Hastings Sci. & Tech. L.J. 160

THE DARK SIDE OF DIGITAL CURRENCY

“Bitcoin is a digital, decentralized, partially anonymous currency, not backed by any government or other legal entity, and not redeemable for gold or other commodity. It relies on peer-to-peer networking and cryptography to maintain its integrity. Compared to most currencies or online payment services, such as PayPal, bitcoins are highly liquid, have low transaction costs, and can be used to make micropayments. This new currency could also hold the key to allowing organizations such as Wikileaks, hated by governments, to receive donations and conduct business anonymously. Although the Bitcoin economy is flourishing, Bitcoin users are anxious about Bitcoin’s legal status. This Article examines a few relevant legal issues, such as the recent conviction of the Liberty Dollar creator, the Stamp Payments Act, and the Federal Securities Acts.” Source: HASTINGS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LAW JOURNAL

IRS ANNOUNCES TODAY: The federal government will tax digital money such as Bitcoin like property, not currency, the IRS said Tuesday in its first significant guidance on the virtual coin. Source: USATODAY.COM

“It’s illegal to make your own money in the United States, but that doesn’t mean the feds will shut down the digital currency bitcoin anytime soon, financial services lawyer Dan Friedberg tells us. That’s because the feds don’t consider bitcoin — a virtual currency that’s being used around the globe — to be “tender,” or official bills or coins that look like they’ve been issued by the U.S. government. Instead, it’s considered “virtual currency.”

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General Guides

There are many subject guides to print and online literature in the field of library and information science. Several free, online guides that serve as excellent starting points for locating resources and information on all aspects of library science are:

UCIrvine Libraries, Subject Guide to Library and Information Science

e-Library@Iowa State University

University at Albany Libraries, Guide to Library and Information Science

Cataloging Resources

The Library of Congress receives many questions about free online resources for catalogers. The following subject guides and Web sites are gateways to free cataloging tools and documentation on the Web:

Cataloger’s Reference Shelf

Includes information on MARC data formats and code lists, subject cataloging manuals, and other reference resources for catalogers.

Cataloguer’s Toolbox

An extensive compilation of cataloging resources, including tools arranged by cataloging activity (authority work, classification, subject analysis, etc.), format, and subject.

Library of Congress, Cataloging and Acquisitions Home Page

This site provides access to cataloging resources available through the Library of Congress. The best area of this site for cataloging training materials is the Catalogers Learning Workshop (CLW), which makes available free training resources related to the organization and classification of bibliographic information. CLW online training materials cover four major areas of cataloging: name and title authorities, subject cataloging using Library of Congress Subject Headings, series authorities, and Library of Congress Classification. Other resources for catalogers on the Library’s cataloging and acqusitions pages include Library of Congress Classification Outline, MARC standards, authority records, and more.

Multilingual Dictionary of Cataloguing Terms and Concepts (MulDiCat)

Intended to be used for authoritative translations of IFLA cataloguing standards and related documents, MulDiCat contains definitions for many terms and concepts used by the library cataloging community. Terms and definitions are available in English and a variety of other languages.

University of Oregon, MARC/AACR Cataloging Documentation on the Web

Compiles links to specific cataloging documents to assist with descriptive and subject cataloging, as well as the cataloging of records using MARC.

Current Awareness

Staying abreast of the latest news and advances in library and information science can be quite difficult. The following guides link to resources librarians can use to remain current in the field.

Library Networking: Journals, Weblogs, Associations, Conferences

Robert Teeter, district librarian for the Santa Clara Valley Water District, lists many resources to help librarians network with colleagues and stay current in the field.

Steven Bell’s Keeping Up Web Site

Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services at Temple University’s Paley Library, maintains this annotated guide to online resources for librarians seeking to “keep up” with news and developments in library and information science.

Library Directories

Often, your local library, or your country’s national library, is the best starting point for receiving assistance and locating information. Find your local library using the following directories:

Libweb

Libweb currently lists over 8,000 pages from libraries in 146 countries. Search by keyword, or browse by geographic location.

The National Libraries of Europe

Information on the collections, services, addresses, and online presences of European national libraries from The European Library.

National Library Websites

Maintained by the University of Queensland Social Sciences and Humanities Library.

Search for Public Libraries

A feature of the National Center for Education Statistics which allows users to search for U.S. public libraries by zip code, county, and other criteria.

WorldCat Registry

A directory of approximatley 100,000 libraries and library consortia. Use the Advanced Search option to locate library profiles by geographic location and other criteria.

Library Associations

Library associations are networks of professionals that gather and disseminate information to others in the field and generate public support for library and information services. If you aren’t certain where to go to receive information or obtain resources needed for your library or position, you may wish to contact a local library association to seek assistance. The following Web site will help you locate local library associations.

Library Associations Around the World

A Project of the IFLA Management of Library Associations Section,
coordinated by the American Library Association,
International Relations Office
.

Library Listservs

Library listservs are usually maintained by library associations and organizations. Its subscribers are typically members of that organization, or librarians with a vested interested in the listserv’s goals or approved topics of discussion. Along with contacting local library associations and your local or national library, contacting appropriate library listservs is another way to receive needed information and resources in the field, and to develop contacts with other library professionals. Below is a selected list of some of the best and most popular listservs related to the field.

International Librarianship

International Librarianship Discussion Groups/Listservs

Acquisitions and Cataloging

ACQNET (acquisitions)

AUTOCAT (cataloging)

COLLDV-L (collection development)

GSAFD (providing subject access to works of fiction)

LIBLICENSE-L (licensing digital information)

SERIALST (serials processing)

Book Arts

Book_Arts-L (for bookbinders, book-artists, marblers, papermakers, printers, curators, and others)

Library Technology

code4lib (a forum for discussion of computer programming in the area of libraries and information science)

DIGLIB (for librarians, information scientists, and other information professionals to share information about the many issues and technologies pertaining to the creation of “digital libraries.”)

NGC4Lib (Next Generation Catalogs For Libraries)

Web4Lib (issues relating to the creation, management, and support of library-based World-Wide Web servers, services, and applications)

Reference

Dig_Ref (digital reference)

LIBREF-L (general library reference)

School Librarians/Media Specialists

IASL-LINK (International Association of School Librarianship; for members only)

LM_NET (for school library media specialists worldwide)

Special Collections

ExLibris (for librarians working with rare books, manuscripts, maps, and other special collections)

Special Libraries

BUSLIB-L (for business librarians)

MEDLIB-L (for medical librarians)

Law-Lib (for law librarians)

SLA-DSOL (for solo librarians)

Special Library Association Chapter List (includes international chapters)

 

Published on Aug 27, 2012
Chinese cities are drowning in garbage. In 2006, the Chinese government responded by setting environmental policy objectives: by 2010 at least 70 percent of all urban waste water and 60 percent of urban household trash was to be processed using ecologically compatible methods.

http://www.sherwoodinstitute.org/brief-introduction-to-beijing%E2%80%99s-gaobeidian-wastewater-treatment-plant/

http://www.forbes.com/2006/05/23/waste-worlds-worst-cx_rm_0524waste.html

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What is Crowdsourcing? According to Wikipedia (which, by the way, is a crowdsourcing method), it is:

“Crowdsourcing is a type of participative online activity in which a company or organization proposes to a group of individuals of varying knowledge, heterogeneity, and number, via an open call, to voluntarily undertake a task.”

Source: infosurv.com

Air Traffic Visual of a Very Busy Flight Path

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Join Flight 370 Crowdsourced @
Challenge Malaysia Air 777 Flight 370

“In fact, thousands of aspiring good Samaritans are volunteering their time to scour part of the plane’s search zone using detailed satellite images posted online by DigitalGlobe, a Colorado firm that owns one of the world’s most advanced commercial satellite networks. So many volunteers have joined the effort that the firm’s website — with its pinpoint pictures of everything floating in the ocean — has crashed. It is a busy week for “crowdsourcing,” the Internet phenomenon where information is gathered from John and Jane Q. Public — people like you — and from your social media postings.” Source: fox4kc.com

20 Hottest TED Talks as the Imagination Explodes

From education to brain function to inspiring messages to techno-possibilities, this list represents quite a breadth of topics.

  1. Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 14,850,200 views
  2. Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008): 11,225,783
  3. Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009): 9,897,347
  4. David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007): 8,204,051
  5. Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009): 7,747,690
  6. Tony Robbins asks Why we do what we do (2006): 7,564,235
  7. Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010): 7,539,516
  8. Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability (2010): 5,861,510
  9. Steve Jobs on how to live before you die (2005): 5,444,022
  10. Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009): 5,534,123
  11. Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006): 5,249,928
  12. Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your creative genius (2009): 5,020,869
  13. Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic (2005): 4,951,918
  14. Mary Roach on 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm (2009): 4,793,334
  15. Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? (2004): 4,759,217
  16. Keith Barry does brain magic (2004): 4,475,303
  17. Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe (2008): 4,470,236
  18. Johnny Lee shows Wii Remote hacks for educators (2008): 3,997,174
  19. Jeff Han demos his breakthrough multi-touchscreen (2006): 3,982,775
  20. Barry Schwartz explores the paradox of choice (2005): 3,836,350

Women in Art

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

BINIBINING PILIPINAS GOLD Ariella Arida (second from left) waves to the crowd after her proclamation as 2013 Miss Universe Philippines in the 50th edition of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night. Also hailed winners were (from left) Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism Cindy Miranda, Bb. Pilipinas-International Bea Santiago and Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational Mutya Datul.

The Philippines’ three-year streak of making it to the Miss Universe pageant’s Top 5 may be difficult to sustain but the country’s bet to this year’s competition is up to the challenge.
Source: entertainment.inquirer.net

Derivatives has grown from USD 1.144 Quadrillion

 

Derivatives: According to the Bank for International Settlements, the total outstanding amount is US$684 trillion (as of June 2008)

Defined: Over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives are contracts that are traded (and privately negotiated) directly between two parties, without going through an exchange or other intermediary

 

Derivatives Warning – Michael Greenberger interview

CBS Wall Street’s Shadow Market

“The Old/New Normal”


“But before ringing in the New Year with a rather grim foreboding, let me at least describe what financial markets came to know as the “old normal.” It actually began with early 20th century fractional reserve banking, but came into its adulthood in 1971 when the U.S. and the world departed from gold to a debt-based credit foundation. Some called it a dollar standard but it was really a credit standard based on dollars and unlike gold with its scarcity and hard money character, the new credit-based standard had no anchor – dollar or otherwise. All developed economies from 1971 and beyond learned to use credit and the expansion of debt to drive growth and prosperity. Almost all developed and some emerging economies became hooked on credit as a substitution for investment in tangible real things – plant, equipment and an educated labor force. They made paper, not things, so much of it it seems, that they debased it. Interest rates were lowered and assets securitized to the point where they could go no further and in the aftermath of Lehman 2008 markets substituted sovereign for private credit until it appears that that trend can go no further either. Now we are left with zero-bound yields and creditors that trust no one and very few countries. The financial markets are slowly imploding – delevering – because there’s too much paper and too little trust. Goodbye “Old Normal,” standby to redefine “New Normal,” and welcome to 2012’s paranormal.”

PIMCO’S BILL GROSS’s SUMMARY OF PREDICTIONS FOR 2012

For 2012, in the face of a delevering zero-bound interest rate world, investors must lower return expectations. 2–5% for stocks, bonds and commodities are expected long term returns for global financial markets that have been pushed to the zero bound, a world where substantial real price appreciation is getting close to mathematically improbable. Adjust your expectations, prepare for bimodal outcomes. It is different this time and will continue to be for a number of years. The New Normal is “Sub,” “Ab,” “Para” and then some. The financial markets and global economies are at great risk.

READ MORE SOURCE ARTICLE: William H. Gross, Managing Director PIMCO

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Paradigm Shift Opens the Door to a Sustainable Society

A shift from economical use of limited resources to the unlimited use of clean energy is the ultimate dream of all mankind.

The LUNA RING, our lunar solar power generation concept, translates this dream into reality through ingenious ideas coupled with advanced space technologies.

Virtually inexhaustible, nonpolluting solar energy is the ultimate source of green energy that brings prosperity to nature as well as our lives.

Shimizu Corporation proposes The LUNA RING for the infinite coexistence of mankind and the Earth.

See lunaring_e PDF

Shimizu’s Unchanging Approach: Striving to Build Ever Better Projects

Shimizu’s more than 200-year history began in 1804, when founder Kisuke Shimizu launched a carpentry business in the Kanda Kajicho district in Edo (now Tokyo). During its early years, Shimizu appointed Eiichi Shibusawa, a renowned industrialist of the Meiji Era (1868-1912), as senior advisor and based its management style on his “Rongo to Soroban” (“The Analects and the Abacus”). This work set forth the concept of how businesses can contribute to society based on a firm union between ethics and economics, thereby achieving fair returns and attractive growth.

Construction technologies and methods have advanced rapidly since that time. Still, the approach of striving to ensure growth based on quality products that satisfy customers remains the unchanging foundation for all Shimizu activities.

Today, society is in the midst of dramatic, fast-paced change.
Customer needs for buildings and other structures continue to change and diversify. These needs include responses to global environmental issues, measures against earthquakes and other natural disasters, and contributions to customer business activities.
Shimizu seeks to increase customer satisfaction and contribute to society by providing value that surpasses all expectations.

Each structure Shimizu builds incorporates ideas that are drawn from a wide range of parties while centering on the needs of our customers.
Shimizu identifies these ideas and applies them in a way that breathes new life into its structures.

By applying such passion to each and every project, Shimizu is ensuring that generations to come can be proud of the work we do today.

Yoichi Miyamoto, President
Shimizu Corporation

IT IS ALL ABOUT AI

Image Source: deusnexus.wordpress.com

For 20 years James Barrat has created documentary films for National Geographic, the BBC, Discovery Channel, History Channel and public television. In 2000, during the course of his career as a film-maker, James interviewed Ray Kurzweil and Arthur C. Clarke. The latter interview not only transformed entirely Barrat’s views on artificial intelligence, but also made him write a book on the technological singularity called Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era.

LISTEN TO THE FINAL INVENTION INTERVIEW OF JAMES BARRAT


During our 70 minute conversation with Barrat we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: his work as a documentary film-maker who takes interesting and complicated subjects and makes them simple to understand; why writing was his first love and how he got interested in the technological singularity; how his initial optimism about AI turned into pessimism; the thesis of Our Final Invention; why he sees artificial intelligence more like ballistic missiles rather than video games; why true intelligence is inherently unpredictable “black box”; how we can study AI before we can actually create it; hard vs slow take-off scenarios; the positive bias in the singularity community; our current chances of survival and what we should do…

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Future Design Floating Beds and Chairs Take Off

Image Source: Cloud Levitating Sofa from: kootouch.blogspot.com/
Cloud is a sofa concept designed for ultra comfort and relaxation. The soft floating upper part is supported by the magnetic force generated by the bottom base. No matter if you want to work and sit with comfort or simply a power nap to release the stress, you can always enjoy your time to relax on the floating cloud.
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KLM Launch their new Economy Comfort product at Manchester Airport

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FIRST FOLDING SPACE TELESCOPE AIMS TO “BREAK THE GLASS CEILING” OF TRADITIONAL DESIGNS

The capability of orbital telescopes to see wide swaths of the earth at a time has made them indispensable for key national security responsibilities such as weather forecasting, reconnaissance and disaster response. Even as telescope design has advanced, however, one aspect has remained constant since Galileo: using glass for lenses and mirrors, also known as optics. High-resolution imagery traditionally has required large-diameter glass mirrors, which are thick, heavy, difficult to make and expensive. As the need for higher-resolution orbital imagery expands, glass mirrors are fast approaching the point where they will be too large, heavy and costly for even the largest of today’s rockets to carry to orbit.
Source: darpa.mil

A Future View By Virgin Media

Published on Feb 6, 2013
blueprint.tv created an innovative film for a groundbreaking Virgin Media Business campaign which was launched in mid-September 2012. Set in the future, the Virgin Media Business Generation IP: 2025 campaign takes a look at what is in store for the data economy. The film was filmed, edited and brought to life using 3D and 2D motion graphics and focuses on the themes of connectivity, mobility, remote working, collaboration and virtual meetings. It also looks at concepts relating to e-health with remote monitoring and diagnosis, and crowdsourcing. In contrast to the technological advances of the future blueprint.tv requested that the music should be organic and raw, steering away from highly produced electronic sounds whilst at the same time capturing the emotional impact of the protagonists journey throughout her day.

Robots of the Future as Google Buys Industry Giants

This documentary and the rest of the documentaries presented relate to important times and figures in history, historic places and sites, archaeology, science, conspiracy theories, and education. The Topics of these video documentaries are varied and cover ancient history, Rome, Greece, Egypt, science, technology, nature, planet earth, the solar system, the universe, war, education, Biographies, television, archaeology, Illuminati, Area 51, serial killers, paranormal, supernatural, cults, government cover-ups, corruption, martial arts, space, aliens, ufos, conspiracy theories, Annunaki, Nibiru, Nephilim, satanic rituals, religion, strange phenomenon, origins of Mankind.

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Inventions of the Future

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INVENTIONS OF THE FUTURE (Documentary) Technology/Science

INVENTIONS OF THE FUTURE (Documentary) Technology/Science

An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process. It may be an improvement upon a machine or product, or a new process for creating an object or a result. An invention that achieves a completely unique function or result may be a radical breakthrough. Such works are novel and not obvious to others skilled in the same field. History shows that turning the concept of an invention into a working device is not always swift or direct. Inventions may also become more useful after time passes and other changes occur.

An invention can serve many purposes. These purposes might differ significantly and may change over time. An invention, or a further-developed version of it, may serve purposes never envisioned by its original inventor(s) or by others living at the time of its original invention. As an example, consider all the kinds of plastic developed, their many uses, and the significant growth this material invention is still undergoing.

IBM DNA Transistor

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The Future of Genome Sequencing

In an effort to build a nanoscale DNA sequencer, IBM scientists are drilling nano-sized holes in computer-like chips and passing DNA strands through them in order to read the information contained within their genetic code.

This research effort is to design a silicon-based DNA Transistor that could help pave the way to easily and quickly read human DNA, generating advancements in health condition diagnosis and treatment. The challenge in the effort is to slow the flow of the DNA through the hole so the reader can accurately decode what is in the DNA. If successful, the project could improve throughput and reduce cost to achieve the vision of personalized genome analysis at a cost of $100 to $1,000. In comparison, the first sequencing ever done by the Human Genome Project (HGP) cost $3 billion.

A human genome sequencing capability affordable for individuals is the ultimate goal of the DNA sequencing and is commonly referred to as $1,000 genome. Ultimately, it can improve the quality of medical care by identifying patients who will gain the greatest benefit from a particular medicine and those who are most at risk of adverse reactions.

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Future Predictions Trends for 2014 by Eric Schmidt

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — In a rare interview, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt gives Bloomberg his outlook for 2014 trends. (Source: Bloomberg)

Billionaire, Eric Schmidt, 2014 Predictions, Google Chairman, 2014 trends, interview Eric Schmidt, Ask Google Chairman

Such displays used to project images onto store windows while still allow a passersby to see clearly the merchandise on display inside.

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MIT breakthrough advances development in transparent displays while looking through the windshield of a car or plane, or to project video onto a window or a pair of eyeglasses.

Published on Jan 21, 2014
Transparent displays have a variety of potential applications — such as the ability to see navigation or dashboard information while looking through the windshield of a car or plane, or to project video onto a window or a pair of eyeglasses. A number of technologies have been developed for such displays, but all have limitations.

Now, researchers at MIT have come up with a new approach that can have significant advantages over existing systems, at least for certain kinds of applications: a wide viewing angle, simplicity of manufacture, and potentially low cost and scalability.

The innovative system is described in a paper published this week in the journal Nature Communications, co-authored by MIT professors Marin Soljačić and John Joannopoulos, graduate student Chia Wei Hsu, and four others.

Video: Melanie Gonick, MIT News
Additional video clips: Chia Wei (Wade) Hsu

Source: http://web.mit.edu

Ramez Naam, Futurist Suggests Most Humans Maybe Connected Soon as He Gives an Overview of the State of the Art in Neural Implants

Source: http://www.techeblog.com

Published on Dec 12, 2013
Ramez Naam, Computer Scientist, Futurist & Award-Winning Author

The Next 10 Years: Everything Is Connected
Over the coming decade, exponential progress in computing power, storage, bandwidth, and the size and price of computing devices will drive intelligence and connectivity into every corner of our planet and our lives — transforming our health, our lifestyles, our governments, and even our planet itself. Welcome to the fully connected world.

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How does the Omni work?

“The base of the Omni is a low-friction surface with grooves. Users wear special shoes with pins that fit into the grooves, keeping the foot stabilized and preventing unwanted lateral slide. The shoe sole has a higher friction coefficient on the toe to grant further stability and maintain balance. The result for users is a natural gait that allows for true virtual exploration and immersion.”
Source: https://www.kickstarter.com

In the press

  • “Jaw-dropping virtual reality” – PC Gamer
  • “Impressive and probably the single best reason to ever play Skyrim without fast travel” – Kotaku
  • “Ladies and gentlemen, you’re looking at the future of gaming” – Road To VR
  • “If you really want that full-motion experience, what you’ll need is a gaming rig that lets you walk around as well. Enter the Virtuix Omni” – The Escapist
  • “Try resist throwing money at the screen” – Engadget

DNA Biological Transistors

 

Source: Weizmann Institute

Biological transistor enables computing within living cells, study says

http://med.stanford.edu

Scientists from Stanford University have found a way to create a computer like mechanism inside living cells. Using genetic material, the scientists created a biological transistor inside E.coli bacteria. They believe biological transistors could be used to reprogram living systems such as gene expression.

Computer transistors regulate the flow of electrons along metal wires to process calculations.

The biological equivalent, which scientists have named a transcriptor, controls the flow of enzymes along a strand of DNA.

One of the authors of the study, Jerome Bonnet said: “In the longer term we hope biocomputers can be used to study and reprogram living systems and improve cellular therapeutics.”

The same team of researchers has been working on a biocomputer system that includes a genetic DNA data storage system. And also a way to transmit genetic information between cells, comparable to a biological internet.

All of their research has been contributed to the public domain, in order to promote the field of biotechnology.

Bonnet said: “Most of biotechnology has not yet been imagined, let alone made true. By freely sharing important basic tools everyone

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2014 Global R&D Funding Forecast

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Next Future Technology will Blow Your Mind (Full Documentary)

2014 Global R&D Funding Forecast .Pdf

THE YEAR OF THE BRAIN

There has never been a better time to be in brain research than the present. Money is pouring in: there is the €1 billion Human Brain Project in the European Union (EU), the U.S. BRAIN initiative that plans to start with US$100 million just for 2014, and sprawling private ventures such as GlaxoSmithKline’s electroceutical program, which plans to invest US$50 million into neurotech startups and support brain circuits research in up to 20 laboratories worldwide.

Quote Source: THE YEAR OF THE BRAIN

U.S. tops the list, but China is closing in:

The ranking of the top ten countries as measured by R&D spending isn’t expected to change in 2014, with the U.S. reprising its role as the dominant force in global research across numerous industries. U.S. federal spending on R&D, a large contributor to R&D momentum in the U.S., is in turmoil because of enormous pressures to pare federal spending, especially defense and aerospace budgets. The growth in China’s R&D budgets will far outpace those of the U.S., which has resumed modest growth that is expected to be relatively stable through 2020. At the current rates of growth and investment, China’s total funding of R&D is expected to surpass that of the U.S. by about 2022.

Who is spending the big money:

In 2014, ten countries will spend about 80% of the total $1.6 trillion invested on R&D around the world; the combined investments by the U.S., China and Japan will account for more than half of the total. Together, the U.S., China, Japan and Europe account for about 78% of 2014’s $1.6 trillion total.
How major U.S. industries will invest:

For 2014, we project declines in defense and aerospace R&D, increases in energy-related research, increases in life science research and development, strong growth in information technology research investment and growth in R&D budgets for chemicals and advanced materials.
Key research investment trends around the globe:

Given the current, weak economic environment in Europe, large increases in R&D investments are not expected for the next several years. Emphasis by Southeast Asian countries on economic growth through increased R&D investments is likely to continue through the end of the decade. Significant R&D investments by western countries in long-range technology platforms like robotics, high-performance computing, social media, software, cost-effective energy sources and nanobiotechnology could stimulate rapid industry-scale economic growth.

The research standouts in the “Rest of the World”:

The “Rest of the World” countries are expected to undergo moderate growth in R&D investment in 2014, with leadership from countries like South Korea, Russia and Taiwan. Most Middle East countries will experience strong GDP growth in 2014, but are constrained by weak R&D infrastructure—with exceptions such as Israel and Qatar. Africa is expected to see strong GDP growth, but is also limited by under-developed R&D capabilities—with the exception of South Africa. Strong GDP growth is expected in South America, but this region also lags in R&D capacity—even Brazil appears to be under-performing expectations.

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Published on Jul 24, 2012
In one of the most pointed, sweeping and personal public conversations about Chris Hedges’ life and work yet, Bill Moyers speaks with the journalist after the release of “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,” the book Hedges co-authored with fellow reporter and artist Joe Sacco. The 50-minute conversation is followed by a segment on Sacco, who talks about the thinking and experiences that moved him to become a “comics journalist.”


Uploaded on Aug 9, 2011
www.capitalismisthecrisis.net
Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity examines the ideological roots of the “austerity” agenda and proposes revolutionary paths out of the current crisis. The film features original interviews with Chris Hedges, Derrick Jensen, Michael Hardt, Peter Gelderloos, Leo Panitch, David McNally, Richard J.F. Day, Imre Szeman, Wayne Price, and many more!

The 2008 “financial crisis” in the United States was a systemic fraud in which the wealthy finance capitalists stole trillions of public dollars. No one was jailed for this crime, the largest theft of public money in history.

Instead, the rich forced working people across the globe to pay for their “crisis” through punitive “austerity” programs that gutted public services and repealed workers’ rights.

Austerity was named “Word of the Year” for 2010.

This documentary explains the nature of capitalist crisis, visits the protests against austerity measures, and recommends revolutionary paths for the future.

Special attention is devoted to the crisis in Greece, the 2010 G20 Summit protest in Toronto, Canada, and the remarkable surge of solidarity in Madison, Wisconsin.

It may be their crisis, but it’s our problem.

Last year, there were more than 10 billion units connected to the Web – a number that is predicted to increase by a magnitude of five by 2020

Image Source: m.dodge

Published on Dec 17, 2013
Everyone’s talking about the “Internet of Things,” but what exactly does that mean for our future? In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can see, feel, sense and react — so they can be operated far more efficiently. Think: airplane parts that send an alert when they need to be serviced, or wind turbines that communicate with one another to generate more electricity. It’s a future with exciting implications for us all.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.

Read more: The horizontal nature of the Internet of Things – FierceSmartGrid

The copyright war was just the beginning

The coming war on general computation
The copyright war was just the beginning

The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish. The coming century will be dominated by war against the general purpose computer, and the stakes are the freedom, fortune and privacy of the entire human race.

The problem is twofold: first, there is no known general-purpose computer that can execute all the programs we can think of except the naughty ones; second, general-purpose computers have replaced every other device in our world. There are no airplanes, only computers that fly. There are no cars, only computers we sit in. There are no hearing aids, only computers we put in our ears. There are no 3D printers, only computers that drive peripherals. There are no radios, only computers with fast ADCs and DACs and phased-array antennas. Consequently anything you do to “secure” anything with a computer in it ends up undermining the capabilities and security of every other corner of modern human society.

And general purpose computers can cause harm — whether it’s printing out AR15 components, causing mid-air collisions, or snarling traffic. So the number of parties with legitimate grievances against computers are going to continue to multiply, as will the cries to regulate PCs.

The primary regulatory impulse is to use combinations of code-signing and other “trust” mechanisms to create computers that run programs that users can’t inspect or terminate, that run without users’ consent or knowledge, and that run even when users don’t want them to.

The upshot: a world of ubiquitous malware, where everything we do to make things better only makes it worse, where the tools of liberation become tools of oppression.

Our duty and challenge is to devise systems for mitigating the harm of general purpose computing without recourse to spyware, first to keep ourselves safe, and second to keep computers safe from the regulatory impulse.

Speaker: Cory Doctorow
EventID: 4848
Event: 28th Chaos Communication Congress (28C3) by the Chaos Computer Club [CCC]
Location: Berlin Congress Center [bcc]; Alexanderstr. 11; 10178 Berlin; Germany
Language: english
Start: 27.12.2011 20:30:00 +01:00
License: CC-by-nc-sa