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What's your Technology Quotient (TQ)?

Whether the future is a dystopian global class struggle over technology or a Pax Technologica of transparency, access and equity will depend on spreading technology quotient (TQ) above all else. 

The Technology Route to Development

From bicycles to radios to internet connections, technologies of various kinds are part of what constitutes a more developed lifestyle even in places where incomes continue to hover at $1 or $2 per day.

Compiling Our Digital Memory

With Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, etc, we have all become "life bloggers," and innovative startup Memolane is the first to compile all these data points into searchable electronic memory.

A Robot Becomes a Fellow at a Think-Tank

The Hybrid Reality Institute recently announced Data, a robot actor and celebrity, has joined the Institute as a Fellow, making it the highest ranking non-human entity to join a think tank. 

How Smart Can a City Be?

Last week in NYC, we attended the Economist's summit on “Intelligent Infrastructure,” which covered investment issues, new technologies, scenarios for urban growth, and sociological questions about the future role of the city.

The Eroticism of Technology

True intimacy would be far more profound if we were all connected to each other by the Internet.

Will You Live Forever?

Will man really become immortal in the year 2045? The singularity movement is gaining momentum in the science world and in the media.  

Why So Lonely? Don't Blame Technology

Turkle rightly asserts that such familial association is what we will all come to have with machines, and that children are the only ones who understand it right from the start. Children recognize the powerful magnetism of robots that are programmed to respond to human affection (by purring, chatting, batting eye lashes and so forth). Some of them say that they would like to give a robot as a companion to their grandparents, but worry that the grandparents might prefer the robot to them in the long run.

What Your Social Network Says About You

Here are some odd questions: do you spend more time on the calls you make than on the calls you receive? 

Connecting All The Dots

One of the most wonderful things about the emerging global superbrain is that information is overflowing on a scale beyond what we can wrap our heads around.

Loving Robots - Come On, You Can Do It

Given that machines will continue to proliferate in our environment, it behooves us to begin to develop friendly relationships with them.

Aliens at the Gate

A few weeks ago, rumors started swirling that the United Nations was going to nominate Mazlan Othman, a celebrated Malayasian astrophysicist, to be the UN’s first Space Ambassador.

Moore’s Law – Key to Understanding the Techonomy

The fact that technological power comes in smaller, faster and cheaper objects is a very important observation that underlies many of the phenomena around us today.

Does the Brain Control the Mind or the Mind Control the Brain?

One orthodoxy has long dominated neuropsychology: the brain controls the mind, which has no independent existence outside of the chemical reactions and patterns which constantly fire inside our brains. Neuro-biologists have long held that the brain exclusively drives the mind, and that the mind serves only the individual self.

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