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Inventing the Future

Dance of the Drones

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17 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 ...

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How to Incentivize Sustainability

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2 months 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 ...

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A Healthy Planet is a Profitable One

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2 months 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 ...

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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 ...

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The Birth of the Metaspace Economy

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2 months ago

We were in the agricultural era for tens of thousands of years.  We were in the industrial for two hundred.  We were in the post-industrial for forty-five.  In 1992, we moved into yet another phase, which we called the emotile.  And we are now moving into another economy, which we call the ...

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This Car Does The Texting For You

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6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Nissan's newest version of its Altima model contains some thoughtful engineering designed to appeal to those drivers who simply can't let go of their smartphones: Through a dashboard touchscreen, the driver can set a custom text message, such as "I'm driving, can't ...