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Inventing the Future

Dance of the Drones

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10 days ago

Drones aren't just the instruments of a tyrannical government that wants to kill its own citizens. Drones have an artistic side too. Witness the video below, which is a collaboration between the dance company Pilobulus and MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.  Watch ...

Going Mental

A Healthy Brain Needs a Healthy Heart.

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about 1 month ago

Children need exercise.  Parents often worry that making time for athletics or even for just playing on the Jungle Jim is going to take away from their kids’ academic achievement.  But actually, the opposite is true.  There have been analyses of huge numbers of studies that all show that kids who ...

Inventing the Future

How to Incentivize Sustainability

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about 1 month ago

The first President Bush had promised the American people in his campaign to be elected that he would solve the acid rain problem.  And so when he got in to office I was invited to the White House by his counsel C. Boyden Gray and we talked about many subjects. But one thing that the Environmental ...

Inventing the Future

A Healthy Planet is a Profitable One

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about 1 month ago

What the planet needs is profitable for individual businesses. This way of thinking has been tried and it has worked. It has worked for fish, where we’ve given fishermen an incentive to be stewards of the fishery.  Suddenly they become advocates for lower catch limits.  If they have a share in that ...

21st Century Living

Why You Gotta Move to the City

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2 months ago

No one ever told me that the place I would choose to live was important.  I was fortunate enough to be born in northern New Jersey. I was born in the New York metropolitan area, even though I was working class that gave me a lot of opportunities and stimulation. Someone born in Africa or parts ...

Inventing the Future

Siri, You Can Drive My Car

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2 months ago

The main thing that’s going to happen with predictive analytics is that it’s just going to become more pervasive.  It’s going to be more ingrained.  It’s going to be used more and more.  We’re already being predicted all the time.  It’s influencing our experience – it’s hard to know how much. I ...