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Gideon Rosenblatt has been at 5 events

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Reinventors Network782,607Talk about a fundamental Reinvention! The arrival of Artificial Intelligence could reinvent what it is to be human, to be employed. As we shift many kinds of work, even knowledge work, to machines, we might ultimately need to rethink economic distribution and the social compact among citizens. Join +Kevin Kelly , the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, as we focus this roundtable on this important initial question: What is the early path of commercialization for Artificial Intelligence? In other words, what will be AI’s first killer apps? This will be where regular people initally encounter AI. Let’s get a handle on this powerful enabling technology now.We have a great group of participants taking part in this discussion: +George Dyson , Non-fiction author and historian of technology+Doug Lenat , CEO of Cycorp+Krisztina Holly , Tech entrepreneur, engineer, innovator+Nova Spivack , CEO of Bottlenose+Wayne Radinsky , Resident Futurist at Boulder Future Salon+Amir Behbehani , Founder of Serial MetricsSee more at: http://reinventors.net/roundtables/reinvent-artificial-intelligence/Reinvent Artificial Intelligence with Kevin Kelly2014-04-30 20:00:00222G+
Business Rockstars3,548 We are pleased to host +DR. MICHIO KAKU, Physicist/Futurist  in a discussion about the human brain and it's possibilities.We are taking your questionsSubmit your questions in the comments for a chance to have +Ken Rutkowski relate them to Dr. Michio Kaku in the Hangout! The New York Times best-selling author of PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE, PHYSICS OF THE FUTURE and HYPERSPACE tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.         For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.  THE FUTURE OF THE MIND gives us an authoritative and compelling look at the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world—all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics.  One day we might have a "smart pill" that can enhance our cognition; be able to upload our brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; send thoughts and emotions around the world on a "brain-net"; control computers and robots with our mind; push the very limits of immortality; and perhaps even send our consciousness across the universe.           Dr. Kaku takes us on a grand tour of what the future might hold, giving us not only a solid sense of how the brain functions but also how these technologies will change our daily lives. He even presents a radically new way to think about "consciousness" and applies it to provide fresh insight into mental illness, artificial intelligence and alien consciousness.  With Dr. Kaku's deep understanding of modern science and keen eye for future developments, THE FUTURE OF THE MIND is a scientific tour de force - an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience.------------#physics   #michiokaku   #hangoutsonair   #businessrockstars   #thefuturSOON: "Add 120+ IQ Points & Time Travel!"2014-03-22 00:00:0063G+
Yifat Cohen68,908Why does the ex-head of American Express Chairman’s Innovation Fund think our future is in “producerism,” not consumerism? What does it even mean?!?This Hangout is public so feel free to share and invite your friends.Using frameworks +Steve Faktor developed such as the 4C’s of Innovation™ - Creativity, Capabilities, Culture, and Context - and the Creativity Cube™, Mr. Faktor deconstructs the current economic environment to reveal innovation opportunities and growth sectors – health and education in particular. Although his initial scenario suggests doom and gloom for the U.S. and other markets, the future he envisions is ripe with opportunity.SO - How do You Get Innovation Right?Well, if we're lucky (and we usually are), Steve will dive into his latest book Econovation and share with us a future we've taken for granted. It empowers readers to think big, dream big, and conquer economic conditions that will paralyze others. WE WILL TOUCH ON HOW TOCapitalize on a market that will go from making nothing to making everything . . . for China.Use psychological pricing and some crafty tricks from Google to reduce reliance on tapped-out consumers.Sell to consumers whose new identities will be based on what they create, not what they buy, click or super-size.Seduce a desperate government to finance your business, then feed you pancakes in the morning.Motivate tomorrow’s employees with social currency instead of the green, depreciating kind.Upgrade your business and your kids with a little help from Mormons and kindergartners with hacksaws.WHO IS STEVEN?Developing B2B startups at +ideafaktory  and corporate speaking about emerging producerism opportunities that I wrote about in my book +Econovation and Forbes column. -------------------#hangoutsonair   #americanexpress   #econovation   #interview   #entrepreneur   #entrepreneurship   How Global Trends Will Shape the Future of Innovation.2013-01-17 18:00:0046G+
Yifat Cohen68,908Google+ changes the Truth about social media marketing.This is a public Hangout, feel free to share and inviteHave you noticed the date? Today the world is ending. And it's a wonderful, wonderful thing.Everything you know, or think you know, about online marketing, social media, engagement and where's the money is online - is no longer true.IN THIS HANGOUTS WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SOME TRULY CONTROVERSIAL CLAIMS+Alex Mandossian is going to show you why you should pay attention to Google+ now, if you want to make money online. He'll show you why the money is no longer in the listHow the conversation have moved from one-to-many to many-to-manyHow you can broadcast your Hangouts simultaneously on hundreds of sitesAnd most of all - how to position yourself in front of this trend that is going to turn the social media world upside down.BUT WHO IS ALEX MANDOSSIAN TO BE CLAIMING THIS?His colleagues and students acknowledge him as the Warren Buffet of the Internet because of his unique ability to teach his students how to make BIG money with very little risk. Alex has generated $243 million in sales and profits for his small business students, clients and joint venture partners since 1993.  Many of the business strategies you'll learn today transformed his annual income in 2001 to be a monthly income in 2003; and eventually daily income by 2006.These marketing principles helped him grow his student data base from 200 people to 20,000 during his first 2 years in business ... and to over 200,000 during the following 3 years.He has engaged with best-selling authors such as Jack Canfield, +Ken Blanchard  +Harvey Mackay and +Tim Ferriss (4-Hr Work Wk)Business leaders such as Donald Trump, Vic Conant of Nightingale Conant and Ivan Misner, CEO of Business Network International, and celebs such as Larry King and Mohammad Ali to name a few.As a family-centered entrepreneur who works from home, his goal is to become the world’s 1st "work-at-home" billionaire, not just in Net Worth, but by creating 1,000 other Internet millionaires …The money is no longer in the list, so where is it?2012-12-20 18:00:0059G+
Yifat Cohen68,908How the social revolution is changing the way we do business.We all keep hearing about how important it is to engage and build relationships - what does it really mean, and what tools are out there to help us master it?When +Gideon Rosenblatt spoke at DreamForce he saw a vision for a future of business information systems that is entirely based on relationships.ENGAGE OR DIE.In this Hangout On Air, we'll dive into the topic of engagement with +Gideon Rosenblatt   as he explains what he calls "engagement leverage." This framework bridges the kind of internal engagement you need with employees with the external engagement you need with customers, suppliers, partners and other external stakeholders. It's a simple, yet surprisingly powerful way for thinking about the way your organization gets work done. Gideon writes at Alchemy of Change about helping companies bring purpose and technology together into a more powerful source of competitive advantage. Gideon just came back from leading a panel on engagement at Salesforce's Dreamforce Conference (now the biggest tech conference in the world) and so in addition to talking with us about the engagement leverage model, he'll also share some of what he saw at Dreamforce. (http://www.salesforce.com/dreamforce/DF12/)DreamForce: what I learned about the relationship revolution.2012-10-04 18:00:0064G+

Gideon Rosenblatt has been shared in 535 public circles

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Amaresh Singh11Circle of Daymy Friends! - You're in this CircleWelcome this circle dated August 29th, 2014.To be considered:1- Add circles2- Ask to be included in the Original post3- Re-share Circle4- Plushttps://plus.google.com/u/0/+OnlineResultPortalPlus/posts/exebUVFcFeW (Indian Universities Circle http://goo.gl/77wQkX)#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles#sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share#shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share#addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-08-29 10:25:10484422959CC G+
martin shervington601,579'Plus Your Business Academy' Founding Members Circle! Thank you to everyone who is involved as either a participant, mentor or partner. We have almost completed the first round of Trailblazers and are getting ready for the Pathfinder program to launch in September.So much going on and it would have come together without you all :DOnwards my friends!p.s. I've added myself and the PYB page into this circle too as I wanted to be part of this one.2014-08-22 11:40:0515843974CC G+
Amanda Franzen9,091Super Friends CircleIf you received this in your notifications, you are in the circle.  Just share it and add it if you like!My friends in this circle are active users with great personalities!2014-08-19 19:44:55496103CC G+
Becky Collins15,071Dance Circle : Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-08-16 05:13:064827313CC G+
Chris Cota28,806#RIPROBINWILLIAMS   tribute circle is in Effect. We have over 40 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle every time it grows.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #googleplus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare #sharedcircles #snowballcircle #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare #circleshared #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing #circlefriday #snowballcircle #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday +Daniel Stock +Karen Michelle +Dubie Bacino +Michael Q Todd +Ralph Quintero +Brandon Ross +Soko Llc. - Soko Marketing  +Shared Circles on G+ +Tzarul Nicolai +Thomas Wooldridge +Thomas Hawk +Peter Trapasso +Peter Gregg +Ludovic Moreeuw +808 Audio2014-08-13 14:14:0942081126CC G+
Domenico Mallimo25,464Hi friends! I'm glad to share with you this #mixcircle :DTo be added in the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Do +1 t the post.  2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing).   3 - Include the circle among your circles.   4 - Share the circle (include yourself).   #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #circlewednesday #wednesdaycircle #circle #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #slivermetalcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #chiudiilcerchio   my website http://www.slivermetal.org/http://bit.ly/Navigare2014-08-13 05:10:55492161120CC G+
Nick Warner645Follow these awesome friends!2014-08-07 16:03:15500307CC G+
Chris Cota28,393The Snowball Circle   #Wednesday is in Effect. We have over 40 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle everytime it grows.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #googleplus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare #sharedcircles #snowballcircle #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare #circleshared #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing #circlefriday #snowballcircle #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday+Daniel Stock +Karen Michelle +Dubie Bacino +Michael Q Todd +Ralph Quintero +Brandon Ross +Soko Llc. - Soko Marketing  +Shared Circles on G+ +Tzarul Nicolai +Thomas Wooldridge +Thomas Hawk +Peter Trapasso +Peter Gregg +Ludovic Moreeuw +808 Audio2014-07-30 23:31:55420121023CC G+
Moan Lisa37,333Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle25 July, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-07-25 10:29:003008197129CC G+
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112CC G+
Chris Cota28,192The Snowball Circle   #Tuesday is in Effect. We have over 40 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle everytime it grows.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #googleplus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare #sharedcircles #snowballcircle #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare #circleshared #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing #circlefriday #snowballcircle #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday+Daniel Stock +Karen Michelle +Dubie Bacino +Michael Q Todd +Ralph Quintero +Brandon Ross +Soko Llc. - Soko Marketing  +Shared Circles on G+ +Tzarul Nicolai +Thomas Wooldridge +Thomas Hawk +Peter Trapasso +Peter Gregg +Ludovic Moreeuw +808 Audio2014-07-22 13:37:444204411CC G+
Chris Cota28,298The Snowball Circle   #Thursday is in Effect. We have over 40 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle everytime it grows.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #googleplus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare #sharedcircles #snowballcircle #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare #circleshared #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing #circlefriday #snowballcircle #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday+Daniel Stock +Karen Michelle +Dubie Bacino +Michael Q Todd +Ralph Quintero +Brandon Ross +Soko Llc. - Soko Marketing  +S2014-07-17 13:25:37421131323CC G+
Raffaele Romeo Arena44,430Influencer Circle #googlepluscircles  This is an important circle with important people about Social Media Marketing, particulary Google Plus.If you want to know all secrets of Web communication, Social Media, Google Plus, follow this circle.Special thanks to:+martin shervington +Plus Your Business! +Dustin W. Stout +dustn.tv +Peg Fitzpatrick +Mark Traphagen +Rand Fishkin +Guy Kawasaki +Denis Labelle +Ana Hoffman +Gianluca Fiorelli +Rick Eliason +Ronnie Bincer +Amanda Blain +Ryan Crowe +Brian Jensen +Canva +Copyblogger 2014-07-15 21:44:381488421CC G+
Harry Day3,861If your looking for amazing people that might share your circle..add the ones that share this circleIN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not.#circlesharing   #circleshare #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #socialmedia #SEO #socialmediamarketing   #socialnetworking   2014-07-15 12:23:45493394057CC G+
Laura B Williams864I just posted this circle to My Circles when I meant to post it publicly...ooops.This is a circle full of some of the most talented writers on Google+. I am sharing this with you because I like to share awesomeness. If you  are a writer and I do not have you in this circle please let me know in the comments and I will add you! 2014-07-12 13:09:58344302CC G+
Chris Cota27,975The Snowball Circle   #Wednesday is in Effect. We have over 15 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle everytime it grows.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #google plus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare   #sharedcircles   #snowballcircle   #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare     #circleshared     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing     #circlefriday     #snowballcircle     #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday2014-07-02 19:58:0750011521CC G+
Jan Koncewicz2,304Attention:  New Circle to Share!2014-07-02 18:37:54499303CC G+
Chris Cota27,908The Snowball Circle   #Monday is in Effect. We have over 15 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle everytime it grows.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #google plus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare   #sharedcircles   #snowballcircle   #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare     #circleshared     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing     #circlefriday     #snowballcircle     #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday2014-06-30 15:09:0841710610CC G+
Doug Hyatt3,234MANY NEW PEOPLE #2 THAT WILL PLUS 1 and RESHARESimply ADD yourself to this circle, copy the #HASHTAGS, and REPOST#circles   #circlemania   #circletoday   #circleplus   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #CircleSharing   #sharecircle   #sharecirclethis   #worldsharecircle   #pleasecircleaddme   #circleoftheday   #newgenerationcircle  #monstercircle   #usacircle   #bestofthecircle   #shareofthecircle   #pleasecircle   #newbestcircl  add circle add circle * best share circle * share please pleaseplease add circle * best share circle * share please please#add #circle   #addcircle   #pleasecircle   #bestcircle   #mostcircle  #bestsharecircle   #newcircle   #top100circle   #best500circle   #top500circle   #circleoftheday   #circledaily   #nicecircle   2014-06-29 10:59:0549119415CC G+
John Nuntiatio38,202#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-06-15 06:01:32319369CC G+
hạnh Đức1052014-06-08 19:03:50486304CC G+
JL's Circles11,195The Rabbit Herd (v.1)This is the first of the Rabbit Herd circle shares. It is a very eclectic collection of people and pages. There is no theme, other than the name, behind the people/ pages in this first circle.Why "Rabbit Herd"? My last name means "rabbit" in French and a "herd" is a group of rabbits.As this is the first Rabbit Herd circle share no one is required to do anything. However, it would be great if you:1) Add this page along with my main account (+Jeffrey Lapin ) to your circles.2) +1 this circle.3) Publicly share this circle.4) Leave a comment on this post especially if you have done one of the 3 items above.Please share the Rabbit Herd from this original post.=========================================================I do not wish to offend anyone here on G+, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a message and I will not include you in future circles. Being included in a circle share only affects you as you will receive notifications if people circle you. You are under no obligation to share the circle, add this circle to your own or circle anyone back that circles you.=========================================================#circleshare #sharingcircles #rabbitherd #rabbitherdcircleshare 2014-06-06 00:15:36442202521CC G+
Shivakant Tripathi1,773IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not.#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers #followback   #awesomecircles #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles #sharedcircle   2014-06-05 23:05:224351048CC G+
John Kellden29,071Sitting In CircleThis is seventeen of the bestest brightest people on the planet. If you'd like to join and sit in this circle, just give me a shout in the comments below, and we'll make room for you as well.I'd like everyone who so wishes, to borrow this idea, and create your own Sitting In Circle - circles and Pay It Forward.It's been ages since I shared a circle. I'm sharing this, hoping it is received as warnly as the regard I hold the people included.2014-06-01 17:24:2918007CC G+
Robert Connor8,877public circle share1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above #circle #circles #public #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle  #morefollowers  #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer2014-05-28 11:24:43490171235CC G+
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219CC G+
Harry Day305Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle·         +1 this circle·         Share this circle·         Add this circle to your circles·         Comment on this post#SpecialNew #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #veryimpcircle #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circles #fashoncircle #fashion #model #pinterest #women #sharedcircles #share2014-05-16 11:29:50433337CC G+
Domenico Mallimo19,175Hi friends! I'm glad to share with you this #mixcircle :DTo be added in the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Do +1 t the post.  2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing).   3 - Include the circle among your circles.   4 - Share the circle (include yourself).   #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #circlethursday #circle #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #slivermetalcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles  my website http://www.slivermetal.org/2014-05-15 15:28:2049116817CC G+
Ryan Johnson4,790Awesome circle with amazing photographers you want to have in your circlesRe-share this circle in your stream Plus and comment#sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #holidays #vacation #views #trekking #tourist #tour #honeymoon #cruise #landscape #sea #weekend 2014-05-12 09:51:28465114104139CC G+
Chris Cota25,262The Snowball Circle #Wednesday is in Effect. We have over 20 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle every time it grows.Trending #wednesday #googleglass   #humpday  Follow all steps below for it to work.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 23,000  #followers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #google plus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare #sharedcircles #snowballcircle  #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare   #circleshared   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circlesharing   #circlefriday   #snowballcircle   #thesnowballcircle   #growthinfollowers #followwednesday 2014-05-07 19:25:04407101319CC G+
Jack Raw378~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~E H I     G U Y S  I'm Jack Raw  *FOLLOW ME*Another NICE circle HERE!!What are you waiting for???A D D    I T     N O W!!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~#CircleSharing#SharedCircles#Circle#CircleOfTheDay#SharedPublicCircles#GooglePlusTips#Google+#Google#teamelitecircle#Hearingaids#Hearing#dontconfusethecircles#buy_GooglePlus_followers#SocialMedia#PublicCircle#Share#SharedCircleOfTheDay#TeamElite#Engagers#HearingLoss2014-05-04 19:34:35396034CC G+
DRESS3,855If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share this post3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you have done the 3 steps above#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-04 03:34:21397328CC G+
Chris Cota25,150The Snowball Circle #Saturday is in Effect. We have over 20 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle every time it grows.Trending #weekend #googleglass  Follow all steps below for it to work.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 23,000  #followers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #google plus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare #sharedcircles #snowballcircle  #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare   #circleshared   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circlesharing   #circlefriday   #snowballcircle   #thesnowballcircle   #growthinfollowers #followwednesday 2014-05-03 14:00:004064717CC G+
Teun Blijlevens2,045Time for an updated share of this circle: Active people. Since more than a year or so I have added to this circle all people who:- have plussed, commented on or reshared one or more of my posts;- posted something I have plussed, commented on or reshared.If you like any of my posts, chances are you like posts of people in this circle. Enjoy your enriched stream ;)I'll keep on updating this circle and reshare it every now and then. If you received an email notification of this post, it means you are included in this circle.2014-05-01 12:45:0324820534CC G+
Ben Forstie54This is the best Circle of Engagers I have come across yet! If you want to increase your visibility, gain likes and shares, you need to add this circle! To get added to this circle in the future, simply +1 and Reshare!Enjoy!Ths circle consists of #seoexperts   #internetmarketing  and #awesomepeople  2014-04-30 20:52:39455617CC G+
Andrea Orselli5,603Hi! Here is my circle. Please click "ADD PEOPLE" button to add the whole circle and help increase each others connection. +1 and share will be greatly appreciated.#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles    #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle    #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle    #topsharedcircl2014-04-30 20:05:53443426CC G+
Lư Thăng15,488Chia sẻ vòng kết nối chất lượng cho mọi người <3 #sharedcircles  2014-04-23 16:24:5447717223CC G+
John Nuntiatio33,831#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-17 06:46:35484348CC G+
Shivakant Tripathi1,650IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not. (。◕‿◕。)#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers #followback   #awesomecircles #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles 2014-04-16 21:12:284362111CC G+
Shashi S5,567Circle of Great Engagers________________________There is no doubt this is one of the most powerful group of engager's who will make your time of exploring worthwhile in Google Plus. Share and enjoy...Sorry if I missed anyone. Please comment I'll include you in the next shared circle. :)Also, This is a Great Circle and includes Google+   #TopEngagers : really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.Top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle (include yourself) *3 - add +1 to the post4 - *Start something new and share with the world of google plusMore you share more you get!__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   #influencermarketing #sundaycircle  2014-04-11 10:40:52294231430CC G+
John Nuntiatio33,200#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news  #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-04-10 10:46:044893106CC G+
Jean-Marc Luna36,938My buddies (432/1)of the G+ villageI am happy to share (finally) my first big circles (432/1 and 432/2) with you. It is also a way to thank you and to inform you of my consideration.You will find in these two circles all the people I follow regularly since my first steps on Google+ and which accompany me for soon two years in this beautiful adventure, bringing every day, by their sympathy, their humor, their knowledge, their generosity and their open-mindedness, a bit extra to my everyday life.I do not know everybody, I have crossed the path with some, I communicate more with some and many people became friends, thing which I did not expect by landing here.When I began, I was lucky enough to discover new interesting people, thanks to the system of circles sharing, and I hope that these both will be for you of the same utility.If you add a “plus”, maybe it will have an impact on climate change,if you share this circle, maybe Putin is going to get married with an ukrainian women in 2014,if you include me in your circles, maybe it will solve the problem of hunger in the world,Maybe ... but in fact, nothing is sure ;)A good day to all :)With a special thought for #dirktalamasca   #sharedcircles   #circles   #circlesharing  2014-03-31 15:25:36432622658CC G+
Karen Hoyt15,773An awesome Google+ circle to add from +Trever McGhee . He's on a mission to make this world a brighter place. This circle is one to add!2014-03-22 04:45:544989529CC G+
Trever McGhee48,610Help say thank you to these amazing people within this circle for supporting another with their shares...click the share..the plus button.To return the favor I'll add you to the next circle Share the one below to be added to the 257 people who already clicked the button and counting...https://plus.google.com/109005993947558449703/posts/FkrNrVUAvsbEvery click makes a difference  (。◕‿◕。) +Take2seconds to click the button now.This April we'll be engaging 1 million kids thanks to these amazing people.#circle   #circles   #circlecirclecircle   #circlescirclescircles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheweek   #plusmastermind   #hyperball   #crazycircles   #rustyball  2014-03-19 19:54:30498222234CC G+
Barzellettando Funny Jokes672#sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #sundaycircle #circleshare #Wednesday #wednesdaycircle #wednesdaycircles #circlewednesday #circleday2014-03-19 13:36:36184001CC G+
Becky Collins5,313Memes circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-03-19 04:06:184979314CC G+
Jean-Marc Luna35,467Learning with friendsCircle of thanksIt is time for me to apply for my small business all what I've learned here in recent months.By sharing this circle, I want to thank those with whom I have gained a better knowledge of best practices of the Internet and information, particularly about G+ which represents now (and tomorrow) an enormous part of the Web dynamics.I named this circle "Learning with friends" because it sums up for me a big part of that is Google+.1- Learning, because these people have given me valuable assistance by sharing their knowledge and their information and they have convinced me by their active presence of the importance of spending time on G+, of learn more and always consider the long term.2- Friends, because they do it with generosity, not against party, in a spirit of exchange and mutual enrichment, as friends do.The common vector is that I always read their posts carefully.I communicate regularly with some, I just "plus" with others (often because my bad english keeps me better participate) to mark my interest and I discovered regularly (often in comments) new people who all publish / share high quality stuff.Thank you +martin shervington, +Denis Labelle, +Dustin W. Stout, +Jens Graikowski, +Christine DeGraff, +Eli Fennell, +Frank Gainsford, +John Kellden, +David Amerland, +Luis Galarza, +Mike Allton, +Max Huijgen, +Michael Bennett, +2014-03-13 01:52:247031534CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:21:31469006CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:20:51469102CC G+
Stephan Hovnanian27,240Conversation Hosts on Google+Circle number 2 that I talked about in my latest ebook on managing your Google+ circles (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IU1JXUY) is a way for newer users to include activity in their stream that consistently has value and discussion. In other words, these people continually debunk the ghost-town myth, and are very welcoming to newcomers on the platform. I'm sending my audience your way. Take good care of them.Pick up a copy of Google+ Pro Tips: Managing your Google+ Circles now: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IU1JXUY (you do not need a Kindle device to read kindle ebooks, just a free reader app available on iOS, Android, and desktop).  #googleplus   #stephanhovprotip   #stephanhovnanian  2014-03-06 22:55:17347821CC G+

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2014-08-03 15:09:01 (498 comments, 327 reshares, 1790 +1s)

China to surpass US economy in sheer size in 2015!

New analysis, based on actual purchasing power, shows that China is set to overtake the United States sometime next year! This is huge news. Essentially, what this new analysis does is look at the actual volume of price-adjusted goods and services in each economy. And when you do that, you see that China will soon be the biggest economy, even though it won't necessarily be the wealthiest.

These figures are from the International Comparison Program, hosted by the World Bank and made up of all the leading statistical agencies around the world. What they revealed is that China had a huge jump between 2005, which was the last time these figures were computed, and 2011. The extrapolation, from 2011 to 2014 that estimates the overtake happening next year sometime, appears to be from the Financial Times of London. 
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2014-08-03 15:09:01 (498 comments, 327 reshares, 1790 +1s)

China to surpass US economy in sheer size in 2015!

New analysis, based on actual purchasing power, shows that China is set to overtake the United States sometime next year! This is huge news. Essentially, what this new analysis does is look at the actual volume of price-adjusted goods and services in each economy. And when you do that, you see that China will soon be the biggest economy, even though it won't necessarily be the wealthiest.

These figures are from the International Comparison Program, hosted by the World Bank and made up of all the leading statistical agencies around the world. What they revealed is that China had a huge jump between 2005, which was the last time these figures were computed, and 2011. The extrapolation, from 2011 to 2014 that estimates the overtake happening next year sometime, appears to be from the Financial Times of London. 
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2014-08-03 15:09:01 (498 comments, 327 reshares, 1790 +1s)

China to surpass US economy in sheer size in 2015!

New analysis, based on actual purchasing power, shows that China is set to overtake the United States sometime next year! This is huge news. Essentially, what this new analysis does is look at the actual volume of price-adjusted goods and services in each economy. And when you do that, you see that China will soon be the biggest economy, even though it won't necessarily be the wealthiest.

These figures are from the International Comparison Program, hosted by the World Bank and made up of all the leading statistical agencies around the world. What they revealed is that China had a huge jump between 2005, which was the last time these figures were computed, and 2011. The extrapolation, from 2011 to 2014 that estimates the overtake happening next year sometime, appears to be from the Financial Times of London. 
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2014-09-01 20:58:18 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)

This is a thought-provoking talk by Max Tegmark. Very relevant to the question of whether we will one day have machines with actual consciousness.

"Consciousness is the way information feels when it's being processed in certain complex ways. So this means that it's substrate independent and this also means that it's only the structure of the information processing that matters, not the structure of the matter that's doing the information processing."

Thanks to +martin shervington for sharing this so I could see it, and to +Eric Enge for going out of his way to bring my attention to it. 

I think physicist Max Tegmark is spot on in this TED talk. A must watch. 

#physics   #philosophy   #sciencesunday  ___This is a thought-provoking talk by Max Tegmark. Very relevant to the question of whether we will one day have machines with actual consciousness.

"Consciousness is the way information feels when it's being processed in certain complex ways. So this means that it's substrate independent and this also means that it's only the structure of the information processing that matters, not the structure of the matter that's doing the information processing."

Thanks to +martin shervington for sharing this so I could see it, and to +Eric Enge for going out of his way to bring my attention to it. 

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2014-09-01 15:17:44 (37 comments, 20 reshares, 55 +1s)

Knowledge and Artificial Intelligence

I just hit the publish button on this one, and I think it may be one of my better articles in a while. It's an attempt at a bigger perspective on what's happening with things like Deep Learning (and other forms of machine learning and artificial intelligence), as well as Google's Knowledge Graph and even its "Knowledge Vault."

In this piece, I try to explain how these new technologies fit together. I also try to show how  these latest breakthroughs are still part of a long arch in human history, a continuation of our efforts to pull tacit knowledge from the biology of our minds and bodies and embed it as explicit knowledge into a new container. 

I hope you enjoy this one. I enjoyed writing it. 

#knowledge   #knowledgegraph   #artificialintelligence   #knowledgevault  
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Knowledge and Artificial Intelligence

I just hit the publish button on this one, and I think it may be one of my better articles in a while. It's an attempt at a bigger perspective on what's happening with things like Deep Learning (and other forms of machine learning and artificial intelligence), as well as Google's Knowledge Graph and even its "Knowledge Vault."

In this piece, I try to explain how these new technologies fit together. I also try to show how  these latest breakthroughs are still part of a long arch in human history, a continuation of our efforts to pull tacit knowledge from the biology of our minds and bodies and embed it as explicit knowledge into a new container. 

I hope you enjoy this one. I enjoyed writing it. 

#knowledge   #knowledgegraph   #artificialintelligence   #knowledgevault  

People I believe might be interested in this one because of past comments or posts: +David Amerland, +Mark Traphagen, +John Kellden, +Daniel Schwabe, +Mark Bruce, +RobotEnomics,  +Jeff Jockisch, +Jeff Sayre, +Teodora Petkova, +Alex Schleber, +Mani Saint-Victor, +Meg Tufano, +Leland LeCuyer, +Iblis Bane, +Chris Lang, +Deen Abiola, +Susanne Ramharter, +Yifat Cohen,  +iPan Baal, +Max Huijgen, +John Blossom     

(If I missed you, and you want me to notify you on future posts like this, just let me know). ___

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2014-08-31 17:51:09 (20 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)

The other day I thought I was running late for a meeting. The person I was meeting ended up being a no-show, after accidentally adding it to the wrong day in his calendar. So, after waiting at the coffee shop for ten minutes with no sign of him, I looked down at my Android phone and found this helpful notification on the left. Below the description of the calendar event were three options: a map to the location of the meeting, a snooze button to remind me a bit later, and a button simply labeled "Email...".

Curious, I clicked on the email link and found a list of canned auto responses, contextually perfect for the fact that it was 3:10 and the meeting was starting at 3:00pm (see image on the right).

Really cool to see the technology being able to correctly assess the context with helpful suggestions like this. Even better? Detecting that I was actually at the proper location,... mas »

The other day I thought I was running late for a meeting. The person I was meeting ended up being a no-show, after accidentally adding it to the wrong day in his calendar. So, after waiting at the coffee shop for ten minutes with no sign of him, I looked down at my Android phone and found this helpful notification on the left. Below the description of the calendar event were three options: a map to the location of the meeting, a snooze button to remind me a bit later, and a button simply labeled "Email...".

Curious, I clicked on the email link and found a list of canned auto responses, contextually perfect for the fact that it was 3:10 and the meeting was starting at 3:00pm (see image on the right).

Really cool to see the technology being able to correctly assess the context with helpful suggestions like this. Even better? Detecting that I was actually at the proper location, that it was past the meeting start time, and adding a fifth canned response: I'm here. Where the heck are you?  ;-)

#contextualcomputing   #Android  ___

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2014-08-31 14:20:54 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 17 +1s)

So, if you're like me and like to monitor changes in science and tech, but don't quite always invest the time, then you really should be following +Mark Bruce. These #ScienceSunday Digests alone are reason enough, but the guy also posts tons of other interesting things here. 

The top two stories in this week's digest are part of a story I'm working on for release tomorrow or Tuesday. I think it will be a good one. Both Knowledge Vault and Watson Discovery Advisor are related to the topic of automating knowledge creation - which is the topic. 

Anyway, Back to Mark - these posts of his always leaving me scratching my head in wonder at the speed with which our world is changing. Every time. 

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 35/14.
Hypothesis generation by Watson, Knowledge Vault, nanoscale assembly line, nanoparticle gene regulators, yeasts produce opioids, optogenetics reverses memories, seamless material interfaces, tissue engineering, handheld DNA analysis, biomimic photodetector. 

1. Automatic Literature Mining for Novel Hypothesis Generation.
A research group in partnership with IBM’s Watson team developed a Knowledge Integration Toolkit that automatically mines all public medical literature (vastly more than a human could ever read) to generate predictions and novel hypotheses for the best direction to explore in a particular area https://www.bcm.edu/news/research/automated-reasoning-hypothesis-generation. As a proof-of-concept the tool successfully predicted new relationships and interactions for the well-known p53 protein, which were subsequently confirmed with laboratory experiments. Once mature and rolled-out it is hoped that this tool will greatly assist in accelerating new knowledge discovery. This would also be incredibly useful to the Chemputer example from last week, and pretty much every other field of course. Indeed, this was just one of a number of advances announced for Watson http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44697.wss. 

2. The Knowledge Vault, by Google.
Google announced Knowledge Vault, a system that autonomously gathers and merges information from the web to generate a database of facts and associated confidence weightings http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329832.700-googles-factchecking-bots-build-vast-knowledge-bank.html. This is an evolution of the company’s Knowledge Graph, representing yet another machine learning development, and is readable by both machines and humans. The system currently contains 1.6 billion facts, 271 million of which have a 90% confidence weighting and the growth of the system is automatic and on-going. Google isn’t alone in building such powerful knowledge resources of course, and the promise is for machines and virtual assistants to be better able to integrate with humans, improve our lives, and more easily know what we mean. In related news the Robo Brain system, a repository of knowledge designed to help robots better interact with humans and the real world, is now being accelerated and boosted via crowdsourcing and automatic learning http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2014/08/robo-brain-mines-internet-teach-robots. 

3. Nanoscale Assembly Line Steps Towards Atomically Precise Manufacturing.
A nanoscale molecular production line has been demonstrated in a microfludic chip system with channels “carpeted” in kinesin motor proteins https://www.ethz.ch/en/news-and-events/eth-news/news/2014/08/Nanoscale-assembly-line.html. First, a solution containing protein microtubules is fed into the chip along with ATP molecules; the kinesins binds the microtubules and use ATP to move them along the channel, while excess microtubule solution flows out of another tube as a second solution is introduced. The second solution introduces another molecule that selectively binds to the microtubes (a green molecular tag in this case), the kinesin carry the microtubules forwards, excess solution flows out as a third solution flows in with a molecule that selectively binds to the second and the kinesin conveyor belt carries the microtubule assembly onwards. This is a fascinating molecular assembly platform screaming out for further development; an arbitrary number of assembly stations can be included and a conveyor belt of switchable molecules under electronic control instead of ATP would also be good to see in future. 

4. Engineered Nanoparticles for Transcriptional Regulation of Gene Expression.
Gold nanoparticles have been engineered to function as artificial transcription factors able to regulate the expression of any gene of interest http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=37124.php. The platform, called NanoScript, works by attaching three different molecules to the gold nanoparticles via special linker molecules, (i) a nuclear localisation tag (peptide) that ensures the complex is taken inside the nucleus once it gets inside the cell, (ii) a polyamide molecule that functions as a DNA-binding domain and can be engineered each time to target a different sequence, and (iii) a synthetic peptide able to bind or block standard transcriptional machinery in the nucleus to inhibit or enhance gene expression. Although offering almost limitless cell regulation applications, the group wish to explore stem cell reprogramming, which is commonly performed with natural transcription factors that are vulnerable to cellular breakdown processes and suffer from low delivery efficiency - problems this technology is expected to overcome. In related news nanoparticles are becoming increasingly sophisticated http://phys.org/news/2014-08-multi-tasking-nanoparticle.html. 

5. Yeast Genetically Engineered to Produce Opioid Drugs.
Yeast has been genetically engineered with complex gene networks from both the opium poppy plant and a species of bacteria to enable the yeast to produce a range of different opioid drug molecules (replacing both biological and industrial processes); or it soon will be as just one final genetic engineering step remains to be hacked http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/august/bio-poppies-painkillers-082414.html. This raises the promise of producing these important opioid drugs in large vats of broth fed only with sugar and no longer needing vast opium poppy plantations around the world - avoiding the risks of similar plantations being used for illegal heroin production. This also demonstrates the promise of GMO organisms in vastly simplifying supply chains and ease of production. Of course . . . should a single yeast cell be smuggled out alive from such a facility then anyone would be able to brew up these molecular products in their kitchen. In related news genetic engineering with CRISPR was successful in muscular dystrophy in mice http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/newsroom/news-releases/year-2014/august/correcting-muscular-dystrophy.html. 

6. Using Lasers and Optogenetics to Make Bad Memories Good and Vice Versa.
Optogenetics has been used to engineer mice whose memory neurons were sensitive to light, and laser light was subsequently used to switch and change memory associations so that bad experiences were remembered as good and good as bad http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/biomedical/devices/lasers-switch-memories-from-bad-to-good. This study showed how optogenetics can be used to target the brain’s plasticity and to rewire memory circuits in the brain. The work basically involved (i) subjecting mice to situations involving fear (small shocks) and pleasure (female mouse), (ii) labelling the memory neurons that were activated with the experience, (iii) entering mice into separate testing areas and activating those memories with laser pulses, (iv) entering mice into the same situations but activating the opposite memory (fear memory during pleasure situation and vice versa), (v) demonstrating that the mice exhibited altered memory of those situations; pleasure at the shocks, fear of the female. Pretty powerful stuff. 

7. Fabricating Atomically Seamless Two Dimensional Heterojunctions.
Atomically-thin semiconductor materials such as molybdenum diselenide and tungsten diselenide have been fabricated as discrete domains within single crystals with defect-free edge-to-edge crystalline perfection http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/08/26/scientists-craft-atomically-seamless-thinnest-possible-semiconductor-junctions/. The process starts with a vapour deposition technique that first creates triangles on a surface composed of one of the materials, and later introduces the second material that grows out from the edge of the triangles to form a continuous crystalline surface. Such surfaces with perfect atomically-thin domains that smoothly transition from one material to another, from one property to another, should have useful optoelectronic applications although these are yet to be demonstrated. 

8. Engineering and Regenerating Tissues.
First, fibroblast cells taken from an animal were reprogrammed into specialised thymus cells, then mixed with other thymus cell types, and transplanted back into the animal where the cells created a replacement organ that had the same structure, complexity, and function as a healthy adult thymus http://www.crm.ed.ac.uk/news/press/fully-functional-immune-organ-grown-mice-lab-created-cells. This included a renewed ability to produce T-cells, which are crucial for a healthy immune system. Second, new types of peptide-based anti-inflammatory nanoparticles embedded onto bioscaffolds were demonstrated to prevent inflammation at the site of injury and aided organ (bladder) repair and regeneration https://www.luriechildrens.org/en-us/news-events/Pages/tissue_regeneration_using_anti-inflammatory_nanomolecules_147.aspx. 

9. Engineering a Biomimetic Photodetector.
Drawing on lessons learned about how cephalopods detect light and modify skin colour, a basic metamaterial has been fabricated with standard CMOS techniques that comprises an aluminium grating that enables integrated on-chip light colour detection without costly additional dyes and colour filters http://news.rice.edu/2014/08/25/biomimetic-photodetector-sees-in-color/. The aluminium grating generates plasmonic interference that allows certain wavelengths of light through through while reflecting other wavelengths; tuning the structure and spacing of the grating allows different colours to be sent through and detected. Such technology should both simplify (cheaper) the fabrication of image sensors (and photovoltaics?) and boost the performance. 

10. Handheld, Battery-Powered, DNA Detection Device.
A handheld, battery-powered, real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) device has been developed and commercially launched http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago077848.html. With the device a user can load samples and, within the hour, diagnose with high accuracy the presence of specific DNA sequences. For example, in a remote location a user could determine whether a sick person had a particular virus or bacterial disease; knowing this within the hour provides information much quicker than usually possible and allows appropriate strategies and interventions to be enacted much quicker. Other applications are diverse and numerous and range from veterinary uses to personal genomics testing.

An archive of the SciTech Digests can also be found here: http://www.scitechdigest.net 

+ScienceSunday, with your hosts +Buddhini Samarasinghe, +Rajini Rao, +Chad Haney, +Robby Bowles, +Allison Sekuler, +Carissa Braun, and +Aubrey Francisco!___So, if you're like me and like to monitor changes in science and tech, but don't quite always invest the time, then you really should be following +Mark Bruce. These #ScienceSunday Digests alone are reason enough, but the guy also posts tons of other interesting things here. 

The top two stories in this week's digest are part of a story I'm working on for release tomorrow or Tuesday. I think it will be a good one. Both Knowledge Vault and Watson Discovery Advisor are related to the topic of automating knowledge creation - which is the topic. 

Anyway, Back to Mark - these posts of his always leaving me scratching my head in wonder at the speed with which our world is changing. Every time. 

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2014-08-30 13:57:59 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 20 +1s)

I'd not really heard the founding story behind +B Corporation, so the first 5 minutes of this talk was particularly interesting to me, especially since I went through something somewhat similar. 

And if you're not already familiar with the B Corp, I recommend listening to the full talk to get an easy overview. 

Cofounder, Bart Houlahan, tells the story of why +B Corporation was founded.

It's worth watching - especially the first part - to hear the personal story of what motivated the creation of this movement.___I'd not really heard the founding story behind +B Corporation, so the first 5 minutes of this talk was particularly interesting to me, especially since I went through something somewhat similar. 

And if you're not already familiar with the B Corp, I recommend listening to the full talk to get an easy overview. 

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2014-08-30 01:43:32 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)

Where is Google headed with its "Knowledge Vault" work? Wait did you say "vault" or "graph"? I thought Google was working on a "Knowledge Graph" - what's this "vault" thing?

+David Amerland helps outline what the differences are. Hint: humans just aren't fast enough and we tire too easily. ;-)

#knowledgegraph   #knowledgevault  

Where is Google headed with its "Knowledge Vault" work? Wait did you say "vault" or "graph"? I thought Google was working on a "Knowledge Graph" - what's this "vault" thing?

+David Amerland helps outline what the differences are. Hint: humans just aren't fast enough and we tire too easily. ;-)

#knowledgegraph   #knowledgevault  ___

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2014-08-30 00:59:31 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)

By strategically deploying less than $30 million, KPCB, and DST Global before it, have ratcheted up Snapchat’s valuation from $2 billion to $10 billion. With the stroke of a pen, in a deal negotiated behind closed doors, they have created an additional $8 billion in “wealth” that is now percolating through the minds of employees with stock options and through the books of the early investment funds.

Snapchat’s new valuation isn’t an isolated event. It’s a product of all recent valuations, and it is itself now ricocheting around and is used to set the valuations at other startups. That’s the multiplier effect. What seemed like an absurd valuation yesterday becomes the norm tomorrow, on the time-honored principle that once a valuation is already absurd, it no longer faces resistance from any rational limit. And nothing stands in the way for the multiplier effect to ratchet valuations everhigher.... mas »

This just in, apropos of my comment on +Gideon Rosenblatt and +Alex Schleber 's posts yesterday. Casino. Gambling addiction. ___By strategically deploying less than $30 million, KPCB, and DST Global before it, have ratcheted up Snapchat’s valuation from $2 billion to $10 billion. With the stroke of a pen, in a deal negotiated behind closed doors, they have created an additional $8 billion in “wealth” that is now percolating through the minds of employees with stock options and through the books of the early investment funds.

Snapchat’s new valuation isn’t an isolated event. It’s a product of all recent valuations, and it is itself now ricocheting around and is used to set the valuations at other startups. That’s the multiplier effect. What seemed like an absurd valuation yesterday becomes the norm tomorrow, on the time-honored principle that once a valuation is already absurd, it no longer faces resistance from any rational limit. And nothing stands in the way for the multiplier effect to ratchet valuations ever higher.

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2014-08-28 23:12:23 (22 comments, 37 reshares, 66 +1s)

An excellent resource on different types of human memory: 

http://www.human-memory.net/types.html

#memory  

An excellent resource on different types of human memory: 

http://www.human-memory.net/types.html

#memory  ___

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2014-08-28 20:24:43 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)

Why isn't our software development going after the really important problems that we face? Why are we just tackling the low-hanging fruit of what's easy and what's easy to make money on? 

Why? Because mixing mission and money takes some real creativity when it comes to developing business models. It's much, much harder than simply going for the gold. 

For those who are interested, here is an example of some fairly deep thinking about how to apply technology towards societal/ecological ends. It's work I did several years ago, developing a "theory of change" for my old consulting firm, Groundwire: 

http://www.the-vital-edge.com/groundwires-theory-of-change/

But first, I recommend you read this piece on Bread and Circuses to get you riled up!  Then, if you're interested, dive into that theory of change to get a taste for the work involved...;-)... mas »

*Bread and Circuses*

"...so many bright engineers, good entrepreneurs and capable venture capitalists are throwing resources into problems that no one really has. They’re creating “bread and circuses” in a digital format — apps that are wildly popular, infinitely entertaining, and exactly what people want.

The only problem is that they don’t really do anybody any good. They’re not doing what technology is intended to do: Solve problems.

Getting together with your friends? Not a problem. Staying in touch with people you care about? Not a problem. Trying to find information about businesses and products? Not really much of a [freaking] problem.

Those relatively comfortable “problems” of modern life have already been solved to death, beginning with Alexander Bell and ending (sort of, for now) with Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

Many of the apps we have nowadays — the successful ones, at least — revolve around game mechanics, addiction, self-reference, and narcissism. Even apps I use and actually like quite a lot fall into this category."
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/cc +Iblis Bane +Eli Fennell +Gunther Sonnenfeld +Shaker Cherukuri +Steve Faktor +Gideon Rosenblatt +Max Huijgen +Matt Helbig +Brett Legree +Sandy Fischler ___Why isn't our software development going after the really important problems that we face? Why are we just tackling the low-hanging fruit of what's easy and what's easy to make money on? 

Why? Because mixing mission and money takes some real creativity when it comes to developing business models. It's much, much harder than simply going for the gold. 

For those who are interested, here is an example of some fairly deep thinking about how to apply technology towards societal/ecological ends. It's work I did several years ago, developing a "theory of change" for my old consulting firm, Groundwire: 

http://www.the-vital-edge.com/groundwires-theory-of-change/

But first, I recommend you read this piece on Bread and Circuses to get you riled up!  Then, if you're interested, dive into that theory of change to get a taste for the work involved... ;-)

Good share from +Alex Schleber. Thanks Alex.  

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2014-08-26 23:25:30 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)

Some interesting musings from +Rob Gordon on the future of social media along with some critiques of Google+. The best part are his thoughts on nine trends for the future of social media. 

Some interesting musings from +Rob Gordon on the future of social media along with some critiques of Google+. The best part are his thoughts on nine trends for the future of social media. ___

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2014-08-26 16:57:29 (27 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)

One brain to connect them all.

Today, backed by funding from the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm, Saxena and his team unveiled what they call RoboBrain, a kind of online service packed with information and artificial intelligence software that any robot could tap into. Working alongside researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, Brown University, and Cornell University, they hope to create a massive online “brain” that can help all robots navigate and even understand the world around them. “The purpose,” says Saxena, who dreamed it all up, “is to build a very good knowledge graph—or a knowledge base—for robots to use.”

One brain to connect them all.

Today, backed by funding from the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm, Saxena and his team unveiled what they call RoboBrain, a kind of online service packed with information and artificial intelligence software that any robot could tap into. Working alongside researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, Brown University, and Cornell University, they hope to create a massive online “brain” that can help all robots navigate and even understand the world around them. “The purpose,” says Saxena, who dreamed it all up, “is to build a very good knowledge graph—or a knowledge base—for robots to use.”___

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2014-08-24 23:35:51 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)

"Project Syria" uses virtual reality techniques to give people a sense for some of the suffering that is happening in Syria right now. 

The software is couple with a 

Smith explained the difference between a VR experience and your everyday news broadcast:

"In Project Syria, the user is much more of an active participant in the story as opposed to a passive consumer of it," he said. "You can choose where to walk, where to look, and this agency gives you a sense of purpose."

“At the same time, there is some removal of reality because the virtual world is digitally animated," Smith continued. "It changes your sense of self and your sense of space, but you still retain your sense of physical reality outside of the simulation—you have a strange sort of dual consciousness."

A New Virtual Reality ToolBring... mas »

"Project Syria" uses virtual reality techniques to give people a sense for some of the suffering that is happening in Syria right now. 

The software is couple with a 

Smith explained the difference between a VR experience and your everyday news broadcast:

"In Project Syria, the user is much more of an active participant in the story as opposed to a passive consumer of it," he said. "You can choose where to walk, where to look, and this agency gives you a sense of purpose."

“At the same time, there is some removal of reality because the virtual world is digitally animated," Smith continued. "It changes your sense of self and your sense of space, but you still retain your sense of physical reality outside of the simulation—you have a strange sort of dual consciousness."

A New Virtual Reality Tool Brings the Daily Trauma of the Syrian War to Life
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/virtual-reality-is-bringing-the-syrian-war-to-life

I happened upon this writeup of Project Syria just a few minutes after seeing +David Amerland's post about brain-to-brain communication via EEG signals: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DavidAmerland/posts/PRKrqKyPAX3

And +Dan Durrant's post on the same topic, where he speculates on using technology like this to help increase our sense of compassion for fellow humans and other forms of life (in his comments): 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DanDurrant/posts/2dz9fZvgGaU

There is no question that VR and machine-to-brain communications will be used for nefarious purposes, but it will also be used for many good purposes. Technology itself is neutral. We determine the impact through the intentions that we imbue in our use of it. 

#vr   #virtualreality   #journalism  

P.S. - also see this piece on using VR to help people overcome past traumas.

"While it remains impossible to un-do something that has already occurred, results of this study suggest that... virtual reality techniques can be usefully harnessed to promote greater acceptance of one's own mistakes in the past, as well as better decision-making in the future."

Study creates 'time travel' illusion
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28852538___

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2014-08-24 04:28:50 (39 comments, 10 reshares, 46 +1s)

Looking for evidence of technological unemployment? This older post from +Andrew McAfee at M.I.T. looks at the total output of manufacturing in the U.S. (in blue) and compares it to the total number of employees in manufacturing in the U.S. (in red). When you see output going up and labor going down`that means that work is happening, but that it's just not being done by humans. 

Source: http://andrewmcafee.org/2013/01/mcafee-technological-unemployment-us-manufacturing-econom/

#technologicalunemployment  

Looking for evidence of technological unemployment? This older post from +Andrew McAfee at M.I.T. looks at the total output of manufacturing in the U.S. (in blue) and compares it to the total number of employees in manufacturing in the U.S. (in red). When you see output going up and labor going down`that means that work is happening, but that it's just not being done by humans. 

Source: http://andrewmcafee.org/2013/01/mcafee-technological-unemployment-us-manufacturing-econom/

#technologicalunemployment  ___

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2014-08-21 21:24:31 (19 comments, 11 reshares, 33 +1s)

If you missed this when it first came out, I highly recommend taking the time to watch this 7-minute clip. It does a wonderful job of very simply articulating the core problem with Facebook and why it's business model is destined to collapse over time. This is a very astute analysis. 

Thanks for sharing this, +Geoff Campbell. 

#facebook  

Not a directly related to G+ but this video is an extremely insightful and interesting comparison of the Fb and YouTube models of content promotion and sharing.  An absolute must watch for those interested in understanding how social media works. 

The Problem With Facebook___If you missed this when it first came out, I highly recommend taking the time to watch this 7-minute clip. It does a wonderful job of very simply articulating the core problem with Facebook and why it's business model is destined to collapse over time. This is a very astute analysis. 

Thanks for sharing this, +Geoff Campbell. 

#facebook  

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2014-08-20 18:55:21 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 43 +1s)

Cool. My latest piece on "being of service", mission and value in business just got featured on Huffington Post's Social Entrepreneurship section. 
http://goo.gl/vyi09M

#socent   #socialentrepreneurship   #service   #mission  

Cool. My latest piece on "being of service", mission and value in business just got featured on Huffington Post's Social Entrepreneurship section. 
http://goo.gl/vyi09M

#socent   #socialentrepreneurship   #service   #mission  ___

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2014-08-19 21:02:35 (10 comments, 11 reshares, 30 +1s)

A nice piece from +YES! Magazine on love. 

A visitor from another planet might think that we earthlings—and Americans in particular—were obsessed with chasing love. If you asked the sages of ancient India, however, they’d probably say that love is not what we’re actually chasing. Instead, we pursue the intense but fleeting emotional high of “falling in love,” which generally doesn’t last very long.

So how do we keep the life-giving flame of love alive? The ancient thinkers of India, who devoted a great deal of attention to this problem, recognized and honored the power of sex and romance to jump-start our flagging emotions. But the important question for them was, where do we go from there? How do we harness the intoxicating power of falling in love to create a happiness that endures even after the initial flame dies away?

#love  

A nice piece from +YES! Magazine on love. 

A visitor from another planet might think that we earthlings—and Americans in particular—were obsessed with chasing love. If you asked the sages of ancient India, however, they’d probably say that love is not what we’re actually chasing. Instead, we pursue the intense but fleeting emotional high of “falling in love,” which generally doesn’t last very long.

So how do we keep the life-giving flame of love alive? The ancient thinkers of India, who devoted a great deal of attention to this problem, recognized and honored the power of sex and romance to jump-start our flagging emotions. But the important question for them was, where do we go from there? How do we harness the intoxicating power of falling in love to create a happiness that endures even after the initial flame dies away?

#love  ___

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2014-08-19 13:14:57 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 30 +1s)

This week, I was touched by the story of a supermarket chain called Market Basket, which is going through some real turmoil right now as customers and employees mount a resistance to changes in the firm's ownership that they fear will turn their much-beloved stores into just another network of profit-making machines. 

The story got me thinking about being of service, and inspired me to write this quick piece on meaning, value and service in business. 

To be of service is to become bigger than the way we normally see ourselves. Our attention shifts. We set aside our preoccupation with ourselves and turn our focus outwards, towards others.

Being of service through a business is really no different. We expand our sense of the firm beyond the narrow interests of our shareholders and employees, and turn our gaze outwards to the many people with a stake in the impact ourw... mas »

This week, I was touched by the story of a supermarket chain called Market Basket, which is going through some real turmoil right now as customers and employees mount a resistance to changes in the firm's ownership that they fear will turn their much-beloved stores into just another network of profit-making machines. 

The story got me thinking about being of service, and inspired me to write this quick piece on meaning, value and service in business. 

To be of service is to become bigger than the way we normally see ourselves. Our attention shifts. We set aside our preoccupation with ourselves and turn our focus outwards, towards others.

Being of service through a business is really no different. We expand our sense of the firm beyond the narrow interests of our shareholders and employees, and turn our gaze outwards to the many people with a stake in the impact our work has in the world.

#service   #mission   #value   #marketbasket  ___

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2014-08-18 14:20:05 (14 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)

The Big Picture on LinkedIn: An Economic Graph

This is a good overview on how LinkedIn is changing the job market. Lots of interesting applications that are not only shifting companies' relationships with recruiters but also forcing them to thinking about their internal-facing branding to employees. 

Bigger picture, it's the long-term potential as an "economic graph" that is most intriguing with LinkedIn:

But LinkedIn’s ambitions do not end there. They are limited only by the size of the world’s labour market. Its chief executive, Jeff Weiner, envisions what he calls a vast “economic graph”, connecting people seeking or starting work or wanting more from their careers. That implies an eventual membership of 3 billion—Mr Weiner’s estimate of the global labour force. In other words, LinkedIn wants to change not only the business ofrecruiting, ... mas »

The Big Picture on LinkedIn: An Economic Graph

This is a good overview on how LinkedIn is changing the job market. Lots of interesting applications that are not only shifting companies' relationships with recruiters but also forcing them to thinking about their internal-facing branding to employees. 

Bigger picture, it's the long-term potential as an "economic graph" that is most intriguing with LinkedIn:

But LinkedIn’s ambitions do not end there. They are limited only by the size of the world’s labour market. Its chief executive, Jeff Weiner, envisions what he calls a vast “economic graph”, connecting people seeking or starting work or wanting more from their careers. That implies an eventual membership of 3 billion—Mr Weiner’s estimate of the global labour force. In other words, LinkedIn wants to change not only the business of recruiting, but also the operation of labour markets and, with that, the efficiency of economies.

As LinkedIn attracts more members in more countries and industries, its data will become richer. Put another way, the lines in Mr Weiner’s graph will become more numerous—and more useful. He thinks that if you trace the connections between workers, companies and colleges, and if you map people’s jobs, qualifications and skills and plot these against employers’ demands, you will end up with a step-change improvement in information about labour markets: big data for the world of work.

In a world where the nature of work is likely to change a great deal in the years ahead, the company that tracks this data is in a position to be quite important - and valuable. 

#jobs   #LinkedIn   #economicgraph  ___

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2014-08-17 23:39:48 (14 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)

Janet Iwasa is a colleague of my sister's at the University of Utah. She is doing very interesting work around molecular animation and has a new open source animation tool that could be very useful to biologists: 

Molecular Flip Book:
https://www.molecularflipbook.org/


+Rajini Rao and +Allison Sekuler, this may be of interest to you, if you haven't already seen it. 

#animation   #biology  

Janet Iwasa is a colleague of my sister's at the University of Utah. She is doing very interesting work around molecular animation and has a new open source animation tool that could be very useful to biologists: 

Molecular Flip Book:
https://www.molecularflipbook.org/


+Rajini Rao and +Allison Sekuler, this may be of interest to you, if you haven't already seen it. 

#animation   #biology  ___

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2014-08-16 22:20:46 (19 comments, 20 reshares, 114 +1s)

"I like to make friends."

This is an interesting story of two robotics researchers who wanted to see what would happen if a robot tried to hitchhike its way across Canada. In a promising sign for humanity, this little "hitchBOT" made all the way without being manhandled or destroyed by random people on the road. Then again, this was Canada, not the U.S. 

This is a very interesting look at human interactions with robots. 
“What we wanted to do is situate robotics and artificial technologies into unlikely scenarios and push the limits of what it’s capable of,” said David Smith, the robot’s co-creator, who teaches at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

By the way, you can follow hitchBOT on Twitter to follow its exploits: https://twitter.com/hitchBOT

One of my favorite stories: 
Matthew Berry, of Alberta, saidsome friends ... mas »

"I like to make friends."

This is an interesting story of two robotics researchers who wanted to see what would happen if a robot tried to hitchhike its way across Canada. In a promising sign for humanity, this little "hitchBOT" made all the way without being manhandled or destroyed by random people on the road. Then again, this was Canada, not the U.S. 

This is a very interesting look at human interactions with robots. 
“What we wanted to do is situate robotics and artificial technologies into unlikely scenarios and push the limits of what it’s capable of,” said David Smith, the robot’s co-creator, who teaches at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

By the way, you can follow hitchBOT on Twitter to follow its exploits: https://twitter.com/hitchBOT

One of my favorite stories: 
Matthew Berry, of Alberta, said some friends picked up the robot while heading to a wedding in Golden, B.C.

“It was good fun; we took it out onto the dance floor to, well, do the real robot,” Berry said. “It was funny because it was a very meticulously planned wedding so I wasn’t sure how the bride would react, but she loved it!”

Berry said that while the couple was giving their speech, the bride thanked the couple’s friends for attending, and the robot interrupted, saying: “I like to make friends.”


Source:
http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2024321757_robothitchhikerxml.html

Image: 
http://io9.com/hitchbots-epic-3-800-mile-journey-across-canada-has-off-1612055066

#robotics   #hitchhiking  ___

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2014-08-16 20:01:41 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)

Not to brag, but, uh, I was just crowned a king (for a day). Very fun! 

This, from +David Amerland, after I submitted an entry to the very fun Cloud Wars community that he and +Neila Rey moderate:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/103684210904684656351  
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
A New SkyKing Riseth

Proof that you can still have a zero-to-hero moment in today's world, +Gideon Rosenblatt who just joined #cloudwars  ascends the #CloudThrone  and commands us all for 24 hours. Tributes of diamonds (certified, as always), gold bullion (suitably stamped) and silver ingots (clearly marked) to the usual address for delivery to his #SkyHighness  
==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

#cloudwars  

A cloud warrior newbie, putting his best foot forward. This cloud was spotted hanging over Budapest a couple years back. 

#cloudwars   #maxfieldparrish  ___Not to brag, but, uh, I was just crowned a king (for a day). Very fun! 

This, from +David Amerland, after I submitted an entry to the very fun Cloud Wars community that he and +Neila Rey moderate:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/103684210904684656351  
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
A New SkyKing Riseth

Proof that you can still have a zero-to-hero moment in today's world, +Gideon Rosenblatt who just joined #cloudwars  ascends the #CloudThrone  and commands us all for 24 hours. Tributes of diamonds (certified, as always), gold bullion (suitably stamped) and silver ingots (clearly marked) to the usual address for delivery to his #SkyHighness  
==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

#cloudwars  

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2014-08-16 14:34:59 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 27 +1s)

The Shared Interest Graph

For those of you who missed this one the first time around last year, this is an overview of the "shared interest graph." Today, much of this is served by communities here on Google+, though there is just so much more that could be done with this concept here - especially when it comes to helping people with shared interests better find one another. 

#sharedinterestgraph  

The Shared Interest Graph

For those of you who missed this one the first time around last year, this is an overview of the "shared interest graph." Today, much of this is served by communities here on Google+, though there is just so much more that could be done with this concept here - especially when it comes to helping people with shared interests better find one another. 

#sharedinterestgraph  ___

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2014-08-15 19:38:26 (7 comments, 8 reshares, 26 +1s)

Some excellent thoughts by +Ibrar Bhatt on curating content. 

The word ‘curation’ comes from the Latin root curare, meaning ‘to cure’ or ‘to take care of’ and historically relates to any processes of organisation, collation, judicious selection (usually for presentation), and even curing and preserving.

These processes are, as Tufte outlines, about anthologising older content to produce new content and creating a new experience for readers, by giving a new life (or new ‘reality’) to an older text. This is curation as a digital literacy practice.

Digital curation therefore is not just about finding relevant material, although that is a significant part of it, but is also about creating a specific and unique experience by utilising the resulting materials which then become contextualised within a new space.

I've a feeling that +John Kellden,+jan gordon and +... mas »

Some excellent thoughts by +Ibrar Bhatt on curating content. 

The word ‘curation’ comes from the Latin root curare, meaning ‘to cure’ or ‘to take care of’ and historically relates to any processes of organisation, collation, judicious selection (usually for presentation), and even curing and preserving.

These processes are, as Tufte outlines, about anthologising older content to produce new content and creating a new experience for readers, by giving a new life (or new ‘reality’) to an older text. This is curation as a digital literacy practice.

Digital curation therefore is not just about finding relevant material, although that is a significant part of it, but is also about creating a specific and unique experience by utilising the resulting materials which then become contextualised within a new space.

I've a feeling that +John Kellden, +jan gordon and +Martin W. Smith will enjoy this. Thanks to +George Station and +Laura Gibbs for the trail that led me to this piece. 

#curation  ___

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2014-08-14 16:23:23 (5 comments, 14 reshares, 51 +1s)

Getting Engagement on Google+

This is a good piece from +Irfan Ahmad, based crunching through some 9 million posts from nearly 10,000 profiles. 

http://goo.gl/pzI6lY

Lots of great data an infographics, so it's worth reading the original article in the link above. Here are the three key takeaways:

1. Link dropping (i.e. sharing links with less than 100 characters) is a definite pitfall with low engagement across all metrics for success.

2. Photo posts (including GIFs) and adding more than 100 characters is the winning formula for interaction. As photos with more than 100 characters get 182% more comments, 153% more +1s, and 92% more reshares than posts with less than 100 characters.

3. Text only posts (above or below 100 characters) are worthwhile for both +1s and comments but not reshares.

Somewhat ironically, I found... mas »

Getting Engagement on Google+

This is a good piece from +Irfan Ahmad, based crunching through some 9 million posts from nearly 10,000 profiles. 

http://goo.gl/pzI6lY

Lots of great data an infographics, so it's worth reading the original article in the link above. Here are the three key takeaways:

1. Link dropping (i.e. sharing links with less than 100 characters) is a definite pitfall with low engagement across all metrics for success.

2. Photo posts (including GIFs) and adding more than 100 characters is the winning formula for interaction. As photos with more than 100 characters get 182% more comments, 153% more +1s, and 92% more reshares than posts with less than 100 characters.

3. Text only posts (above or below 100 characters) are worthwhile for both +1s and comments but not reshares.

Somewhat ironically, I found this via a tweet from +Ray Hiltz  on Twitter, that led to a pin on Pinterest that then led to this article. ;-)___

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2014-08-14 14:15:25 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

The global market for sensors is growing at 10% annually and is expected to hit $86 billion this year. There are lots of reasons for this growth, but in the big picture, I believe it represents a merging of the virtual and the physical world. Sensors are the bridge between these worlds.

The proliferation of sensors into the world is the result of: a) their piggybacking on humans as we carry more and computing power with us (mobile, and wearable computing); and b) their piggybacking on machines as they increasingly interact with their environment (think robotics and the Internet of Things). 

This 4-minute read is designed to provide a bigger frame on what I believe sensors really represent: a bridge between worlds. I hope you'll like it. 

And yes, that is a Star Trek Tricorder, for those of you who are wondering.
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The global market for sensors is growing at 10% annually and is expected to hit $86 billion this year. There are lots of reasons for this growth, but in the big picture, I believe it represents a merging of the virtual and the physical world. Sensors are the bridge between these worlds.

The proliferation of sensors into the world is the result of: a) their piggybacking on humans as we carry more and computing power with us (mobile, and wearable computing); and b) their piggybacking on machines as they increasingly interact with their environment (think robotics and the Internet of Things). 

This 4-minute read is designed to provide a bigger frame on what I believe sensors really represent: a bridge between worlds. I hope you'll like it. 

And yes, that is a Star Trek Tricorder, for those of you who are wondering.

http://www.the-vital-edge.com/sensor-technology/

#sensors   #robotics   #iot   ___

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2014-08-13 17:42:14 (9 comments, 12 reshares, 38 +1s)

“Each new technology  is a reprogramming  of sensory life.”
                          - Marshall McLuhan

http://goo.gl/o5AMH9

#sensors  

“Each new technology  is a reprogramming  of sensory life.”
                          - Marshall McLuhan

http://goo.gl/o5AMH9

#sensors  ___

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2014-08-12 15:36:59 (1 comments, 8 reshares, 17 +1s)

"Intelligence becomes a utility"

Lots of interesting stuff in this piece about what Siri's inventors are doing next. There's some of the history of Siri and how getting locked into the iPhone diverted this application from these inventors' original ambition: an AI agent run as a cloud-based utility. 

Whether this particular team will succeed with its particular approach is anyone's guess, but the vision of intelligence as a utility seems pretty likely at this point. In a way, you can think of "cognitive computing" as the next layer in the evolution of operating systems - ubiquitous and amazingly powerful - and critical to linking together various web services into a more usable experience for users.

The last point worth making is that this system will learn from users, and as it does, there will be huge network effects at play.... mas »

"Intelligence becomes a utility"

Lots of interesting stuff in this piece about what Siri's inventors are doing next. There's some of the history of Siri and how getting locked into the iPhone diverted this application from these inventors' original ambition: an AI agent run as a cloud-based utility. 

Whether this particular team will succeed with its particular approach is anyone's guess, but the vision of intelligence as a utility seems pretty likely at this point. In a way, you can think of "cognitive computing" as the next layer in the evolution of operating systems - ubiquitous and amazingly powerful - and critical to linking together various web services into a more usable experience for users.

The last point worth making is that this system will learn from users, and as it does, there will be huge network effects at play. Just as Google Search becomes better and more powerful with the more people  that use it, the same will be true with this kind of intelligence utility. In other words, we are likely to see a small number of firms dominate here with the core technology. Lots of companies will likely build powerful businesses using this technology in specific niches, but the general artificial intelligence platform is likely to be run by one dominant firm. 

And that's why Google is investing like crazy in Deep Learning and other forms of artificial intelligence. 

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Some key excerpts from this article: 

"Viv strives to be the first consumer-friendly assistant that truly achieves that promise. It wants to be not only blindingly smart and infinitely flexible but omnipresent. Viv’s creators hope that some day soon it will be embedded in a plethora of Internet-connected everyday objects. Viv founders say you’ll access its artificial intelligence as a utility, the way you draw on electricity. Simply by speaking, you will connect to what they are calling “a global brain.” And that brain can help power a million different apps and devices."

"Viv is an open system that will let innumerable businesses and applications become part of its boundless brain. The technical barriers are minimal, requiring brief “training” (in some cases, minutes) for Viv to understand the jargon of the specific topic. As Viv’s knowledge grows, so will its understanding; its creators have designed it based on three principles they call its “pillars”: It will be taught by the world, it will know more than it is taught, and it will learn something every day. As with other AI products, that teaching involves using sophisticated algorithms to interpret the language and behavior of people using the system— the more people use it, the smarter it gets. By knowing who its users are and which services they interact with, Viv can sift through that vast trove of data and find new ways to connect and manipulate the information."

"Viv’s founders don’t see it as just one product tied to a hardware manufacturer. They see it as a service that can be licensed. They imagine that everyone from TV manufacturers and car companies to app developers will want to incorporate Viv’s AI, just as PC manufacturers once clamored to boast of their Intel microprocessors. They envision its icon joining the pantheon of familiar symbols like Power On, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth."

#ai   #artificialintelligence   #cognitivecomputing   #agents  ___

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2014-08-11 20:55:50 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 24 +1s)

We are constantly upping our sensory input through the wonder of technology. Here is an excellent example of using software to accelerate our consumption of information about time and space in a way that makes it more manageable. 

HT +Kevin Kelly and +Daniel Estrada 

Very cool x10 stabilized speedup of footage from helmet-cams or mobile phones (from sports or just walking around). Video gets good starting at 0:40. Great idea here.___We are constantly upping our sensory input through the wonder of technology. Here is an excellent example of using software to accelerate our consumption of information about time and space in a way that makes it more manageable. 

HT +Kevin Kelly and +Daniel Estrada 

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2014-08-06 16:02:09 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)

The eyes are the windows of the soul, so why shouldn't we have neurons optimized for seeing these little windows? Scientists seem to have found just such a neuron in the amygdala of a Rhesus macaque. 

Good catch, +Sarah Hill. 

Hangouts & Eye Contact
Another reason why brands should be interacting with customers via live video. Study:  http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22386-eyecontact-detector-found-in-the-brain.html#.U-I5oIBdW-Q  _More of my writing about  #humanmedia   #seecommerce  here:  seecommerce.com ___The eyes are the windows of the soul, so why shouldn't we have neurons optimized for seeing these little windows? Scientists seem to have found just such a neuron in the amygdala of a Rhesus macaque. 

Good catch, +Sarah Hill. 

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2014-08-05 15:03:56 (34 comments, 9 reshares, 77 +1s)

Lots of talk today about robo-apocalypses, technological unemployment and the threat of "superintelligence."

Just remember: it's kind of like karma - we get what we create.  So, let's make sure we create something that doesn't lead to collapse but to truth, beauty and love.

We cast our technological future each and every day through our decisions about how we shape and use technology. Let's start making those choices more wisely. 

Lots of talk today about robo-apocalypses, technological unemployment and the threat of "superintelligence."

Just remember: it's kind of like karma - we get what we create.  So, let's make sure we create something that doesn't lead to collapse but to truth, beauty and love.

We cast our technological future each and every day through our decisions about how we shape and use technology. Let's start making those choices more wisely. ___

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2014-08-04 20:08:01 (13 comments, 5 reshares, 34 +1s)

U.S. Plussers: Some perspective on how liberal or conservative your city is:

This chart reveals how liberal or conservative America's cities are http://econ.st/1AOXq28___U.S. Plussers: Some perspective on how liberal or conservative your city is:

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2014-08-03 15:09:01 (498 comments, 327 reshares, 1790 +1s)

China to surpass US economy in sheer size in 2015!

New analysis, based on actual purchasing power, shows that China is set to overtake the United States sometime next year! This is huge news. Essentially, what this new analysis does is look at the actual volume of price-adjusted goods and services in each economy. And when you do that, you see that China will soon be the biggest economy, even though it won't necessarily be the wealthiest.

These figures are from the International Comparison Program, hosted by the World Bank and made up of all the leading statistical agencies around the world. What they revealed is that China had a huge jump between 2005, which was the last time these figures were computed, and 2011. The extrapolation, from 2011 to 2014 that estimates the overtake happening next year sometime, appears to be from the Financial Times of London. 
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China to surpass US economy in sheer size in 2015!

New analysis, based on actual purchasing power, shows that China is set to overtake the United States sometime next year! This is huge news. Essentially, what this new analysis does is look at the actual volume of price-adjusted goods and services in each economy. And when you do that, you see that China will soon be the biggest economy, even though it won't necessarily be the wealthiest.

These figures are from the International Comparison Program, hosted by the World Bank and made up of all the leading statistical agencies around the world. What they revealed is that China had a huge jump between 2005, which was the last time these figures were computed, and 2011. The extrapolation, from 2011 to 2014 that estimates the overtake happening next year sometime, appears to be from the Financial Times of London. 

Wow. I was in China in June, after being away for 25 years, and to me, this all makes sense. 

#china   #economics  ___

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2014-08-02 15:35:40 (47 comments, 21 reshares, 45 +1s)

Well, now that Hangouts no longer requires a Google+ profile and it's looking like Photos will fast follow suit (http://goo.gl/mLxxl5), I just want to highlight some thoughts I shared back in April, riffing off of some musings from +Mark Traphagen. 

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Like many of us, my first response to hearing about Vic's leaving was that of anyone dealing with the prospect that they may have just sunk a huge amount of energy into a losing horse. But then, I quickly moved past the denial and started trying reconcile how statements from people I trust here about a continued future for G+ and a sudden departure from Vic could both make sense. I think what Mark paints in this post is a very plausible explanation. And it's very well articulated.

Many of us feel a strong sense of loyalty to this network, but that doesn't mean we have to put our heads... mas »

Well, now that Hangouts no longer requires a Google+ profile and it's looking like Photos will fast follow suit (http://goo.gl/mLxxl5), I just want to highlight some thoughts I shared back in April, riffing off of some musings from +Mark Traphagen. 

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Like many of us, my first response to hearing about Vic's leaving was that of anyone dealing with the prospect that they may have just sunk a huge amount of energy into a losing horse. But then, I quickly moved past the denial and started trying reconcile how statements from people I trust here about a continued future for G+ and a sudden departure from Vic could both make sense. I think what Mark paints in this post is a very plausible explanation. And it's very well articulated.

Many of us feel a strong sense of loyalty to this network, but that doesn't mean we have to put our heads into the sand and deny the possibility that real change may well be in the works here. 

First, let me say that none of us really know exactly what is happening right now, but here's how I see it the 3 core components that have been developed here on Google+. 

1) Social Widgets/Apps: These include really cool functionality that is much better when it's social. Examples include Hangouts, Photos, Comments. These things are going to be even more valuable when freed from the G+ mothership and allowed to integrate with all of Google's properties. Even then though, one of the key places of integration will continue to be Google+. I use Comments on my WordPress site, for example, and it's great, but it wouldn't be nearly as interesting were it not for the fact that it connects to posts here, where a much higher volume of people are congregating. 

2) Identity and Social Graph: This is backend data that is now worth way more because of what Google+ has catalyzed. It's not just the identity, but the social graph as well and it will not only continue to make Google more and more money - not just for improving user intelligence and ad targeting, but as Mark points out, it's likely to be increasingly surfaced to commercial customers as incredibly valuable data for websites (Analytics, etc.)

3) Content Stream: This is the reason I believe that Google+ the social network will continue to exist, re-branded or not. The volume of material now streaming through this service is critically important to Google's ability to identify interesting content. Social sharing of links has a way higher volume and velocity than the links we now share via websites. To abdicate access to a stream like this would be a big mistake at this point. Were Google to kill this stream now, after so many people had invested so much time and energy into building it, I think it would be near impossible to rekindle that trust again later. Trust is a huge aspect of getting people to invest in pouring content into a engine like this. This can't be underestimated. 

This is how I reconcile the various bits of information we're seeing over this last week. Components 1 and 2 could very well slide back into a more generic Google brand (and probably need to), while 3 is going to make more sense as a continued G+ presence. 

The original post from 4/27/14:
https://plus.google.com/105103058358743760661/posts/K4Sq8oJDaHT___

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2014-08-02 15:15:16 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)

This is a quick demo from +Mark Bruce on Chromecast screen mirroring. I'll tell you what it immediately made me think about: that's right cheap, cheap teleconferencing for every office. 

This will be the low-end version, where you just set your phone on the table. That would of course compete with Google's Chromebox for Meetings (http://goo.gl/eZ8lAv), but it also saturates a variety of use cases and moves everyone over to Hangouts technology. And now that there's no Google+ profile required, this solution is likely to spread like wildfire. 

http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/business/solutions/for-meetings.html

Fun with Chromecast Screen Mirroring!

So few people I know actually have a Chromecast or know the full range of things you can do with one. Now that you can very easily cast your phone screen and mirror or replicate it onto your TV, a bunch of new features are available for individual and group interaction around the big screen.

I just thought I'd make this quick video to give a range of different examples and ideas for people. Video starts with a quick overview of four or so things you've always been able to do before running through a range of games and other useful big-screen app examples. Standard stuff for those who've used a Chromecast from day one, but possibly a little bit of magic for those who haven't. 

#chromecast   #screen   #mirroring  ___This is a quick demo from +Mark Bruce on Chromecast screen mirroring. I'll tell you what it immediately made me think about: that's right cheap, cheap teleconferencing for every office. 

This will be the low-end version, where you just set your phone on the table. That would of course compete with Google's Chromebox for Meetings (http://goo.gl/eZ8lAv), but it also saturates a variety of use cases and moves everyone over to Hangouts technology. And now that there's no Google+ profile required, this solution is likely to spread like wildfire. 

http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/business/solutions/for-meetings.html

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2014-08-01 14:37:28 (47 comments, 18 reshares, 50 +1s)

What is Artificial Emotional Intelligence, and Why Does it Matter?

We live in a time when our emotions are being mined and manipulated in ways that the Mad Men could never have dreamed of. There are plenty of commercial incentives to fuel huge investments in sentiment analysis and other efforts to understand who we are on a powerful, emotional level. And yet, I believe there's something deeper going on here...a critical layer for the future of artificial intelligence.

I hope we get it right.

#emotionalintelligence   #ai   #artificialintelligence  

 

What is Artificial Emotional Intelligence, and Why Does it Matter?

We live in a time when our emotions are being mined and manipulated in ways that the Mad Men could never have dreamed of. There are plenty of commercial incentives to fuel huge investments in sentiment analysis and other efforts to understand who we are on a powerful, emotional level. And yet, I believe there's something deeper going on here...a critical layer for the future of artificial intelligence.

I hope we get it right.

#emotionalintelligence   #ai   #artificialintelligence  

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2014-07-31 18:45:45 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

You know your team is bad when you have to build robots to root for them. 

Creative application to engage the crowd, I must say though....

#robots   #roboticfans  

Tks for catching this one, +John Blossom 

Korea’s worst baseball team builds robot fans to cheer demoralized players

#creepy   http://bgr.com/2014/07/31/south-korean-baseball-robot-fans/___You know your team is bad when you have to build robots to root for them. 

Creative application to engage the crowd, I must say though....

#robots   #roboticfans  

Tks for catching this one, +John Blossom 

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2014-07-31 16:27:36 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)

I just learned that we will be getting a SpongeBob SquarePants live action movie in 2015. Really? Is that what we need, Paramount? 

Anyway, it it gives me an excuse to share this commentary on American culture from a recycling bin in Paris just a couple years back. 

I just learned that we will be getting a SpongeBob SquarePants live action movie in 2015. Really? Is that what we need, Paramount? 

Anyway, it it gives me an excuse to share this commentary on American culture from a recycling bin in Paris just a couple years back. ___

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2014-07-30 18:48:41 (10 comments, 15 reshares, 50 +1s)

A very useful tip. You can use Google Search to easily find content here on G+. Also, if you haven't used it before, you can also screen for pages you've already visited and those you haven't, using this same menu. 

Powerful stuff. 

Thanks to +Mark Traphagen, +Ana Hoffman and +Barry Schwartz for sharing this. 

A great way to search Google+ posts: Google Search Tool To Filter Private Content

Personally, I find it cumbersome to search for G+ posts on a specific topic - too much information and scrolling.

Here's a much better solution: saw +Barry Schwartz's post on how to filter private content in Google search (http://tgcafe.it/1qL53Ey) and looks like a great way to search for topical G+ posts!

What to do:

1. conduct a google search like you normally would;
2. click on 'Search tools';
3. choose 'Private' as your setting.

Viola! Google will filter G+ posts from you and your circles on this particular topic as top results.

Quick and handy.___A very useful tip. You can use Google Search to easily find content here on G+. Also, if you haven't used it before, you can also screen for pages you've already visited and those you haven't, using this same menu. 

Powerful stuff. 

Thanks to +Mark Traphagen, +Ana Hoffman and +Barry Schwartz for sharing this. 

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2014-07-29 13:50:26 (11 comments, 12 reshares, 63 +1s)

I love seeing macro views of people's interaction with technology like this. Watch the far-right edge of the curve of night time as it passes a region and sets off an aura of sparks as people wake up and tweet. 

The rest of the maps in the link are really good too. 

Thanks +Andy Crestodina. 

The World Wakes Up on Twitter...
This and 39 other maps that explain the internet, here:
http://www.vox.com/a/internet-maps___I love seeing macro views of people's interaction with technology like this. Watch the far-right edge of the curve of night time as it passes a region and sets off an aura of sparks as people wake up and tweet. 

The rest of the maps in the link are really good too. 

Thanks +Andy Crestodina. 

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2014-07-28 21:22:00 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 20 +1s)

Electrons compute.
Photons communicate.
Ions store.

HP is rethinking today's computing paradigms. This is their vision for where computing is going over the rest of this decade.

Thanks for flagging this one, +Yifat Cohen. 

Welcome to The Machine:

HP’s vision for a universal building block of the Internet of Things. The Machine is designed to operate in a world where there’s dramatically more data that’s too big to move.

Moving from using electrons to ions to photons, The Machine would process the data from all these sources where it is, without sending it across the country to another server. HP calls this distributed mesh computing.

Read more here: http://m.fastcompany.com/3033549/internet-of-things/hps-post-electronic-solution-to-tomorrows-huge-data?partner=newsletter

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#theinternetofthings #hp ___Electrons compute.
Photons communicate.
Ions store.

HP is rethinking today's computing paradigms. This is their vision for where computing is going over the rest of this decade.

Thanks for flagging this one, +Yifat Cohen. 

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2014-07-28 00:51:30 (21 comments, 4 reshares, 32 +1s)

Oddly, I find myself agreeing with both of Marc and Alex in this exchange. I agree with Marc that robotics will drive down costs and create untold riches in previously unimagined services and products. I also agree that there will be many, many new jobs that we could never now imagine, just as has been the case throughout history. 

But what I think that Alex is hitting on here is the critical question of capital and ownership over the automation. I'm reading Piketty right now, and ownership is an absolutely critical factor in determining income and wealth disparity. This will only become more true as more and more of the profits drop down to the bottom line with increases in capital investments and automation. In the world we have today, where those profits go disproportionately to shareholders rather than the full set of stakeholders in the firm, that results in a concentration of wealth. There... mas »

Who owns the robots?

This is a "great response to Marc Andreesen's dismissal of technological unemployment", as +James Hughes notes. [1]

You seem to think everyone’s worried about robots. But what everyone’s worried about is you, Marc. Not just you, but people like you. Robots aren’t at the levers of financial and political influence today, but folks like you sure are. People are scared of so much wealth and control being in so few hands. Consequently, wherever you and other gatekeepers of capital direct your attention – towards robots, 3D printers, biotech, whatever – you’re going to detect a fearful response as people scramble to determine the impact of your decisions and whims.

… While I didn’t jibe with your take on recent macroeconomic history, I was heartened to see that you’re interested in empowering individuals through technology: "[T]he current technology revolution has put the means of production within everyone’s grasp. It comes in the form of the smartphone (and tablet and PC) with a mobile broadband connection to the Internet."

If we’re gonna throw around Marxist terminology, though, can we at least keep Karl’s ideas intact? Workers prosper when they own the means of production. The factory owner gets rich. The line worker, not so much.

https://al3x.net/2014/06/17/dear-marc-andreessen.html

[1] https://plus.google.com/+JamesHughes/posts/BJqrPvzok52___Oddly, I find myself agreeing with both of Marc and Alex in this exchange. I agree with Marc that robotics will drive down costs and create untold riches in previously unimagined services and products. I also agree that there will be many, many new jobs that we could never now imagine, just as has been the case throughout history. 

But what I think that Alex is hitting on here is the critical question of capital and ownership over the automation. I'm reading Piketty right now, and ownership is an absolutely critical factor in determining income and wealth disparity. This will only become more true as more and more of the profits drop down to the bottom line with increases in capital investments and automation. In the world we have today, where those profits go disproportionately to shareholders rather than the full set of stakeholders in the firm, that results in a concentration of wealth. There is a direct link to automation and wealth concentration that folks who are seeing it strictly as a question of job displacement are missing. 

Thanks to +Murray J Brown for sharing this. I missed both of these pieces originally, and so this post was my catalyst for reading the both. 

For more on this argument of automation and profits: 
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/technology_and_the_distribution_of_wealth/

#technologicalunemployment   #automation   #wealth  

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2014-07-27 16:48:59 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)

This is a short piece by +Kevin Kelly, arguing that the web is about to experience an explosion of opportunity and creativity again, thanks to Artificial Intelligence. 

You are not late. 

And they’d be right. Because from our perspective now, the greatest online things of the first half of this century are all before us. All these miraculous inventions are waiting for that crazy, no-one-told-me-it-was-impossible visionary to start grabbing the low-hanging fruit — the equivalent of the dot com names of 1984.

Because here is the other thing the greybeards in 2044 will tell you: Can you imagine how awesome it would have been to be an entrepreneur in 2014? It was a wide-open frontier! You could pick almost any category X and add some AI to it, put it on the cloud. Few devices had more than one or two sensors in them, unlike the hundreds now. Expectations and barrierswere low.... mas »

This is a short piece by +Kevin Kelly, arguing that the web is about to experience an explosion of opportunity and creativity again, thanks to Artificial Intelligence. 

You are not late. 

And they’d be right. Because from our perspective now, the greatest online things of the first half of this century are all before us. All these miraculous inventions are waiting for that crazy, no-one-told-me-it-was-impossible visionary to start grabbing the low-hanging fruit — the equivalent of the dot com names of 1984.

Because here is the other thing the greybeards in 2044 will tell you: Can you imagine how awesome it would have been to be an entrepreneur in 2014? It was a wide-open frontier! You could pick almost any category X and add some AI to it, put it on the cloud. Few devices had more than one or two sensors in them, unlike the hundreds now. Expectations and barriers were low. It was easy to be the first. And then they would sigh, “Oh, if only we realized how possible everything was back then!”

#AI  ___

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2014-07-26 14:36:45 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)

In the 2010s and beyond, it is not the case that every cultural product ought to be a generative, networked system.

It is, I believe, the case that all the really important ones will be.

This is a very good, very short piece on "generative systems" like -- Minecraft. When Minecraft came out (my son a very early player) it seemed very geeky, and boyish. I would have never guessed I'd see 8-year old girls playing it on an iphone. Minecraft is bigger than it looks.

https://medium.com/message/the-secret-of-minecraft-97dfacb05a3c___In the 2010s and beyond, it is not the case that every cultural product ought to be a generative, networked system.

It is, I believe, the case that all the really important ones will be.

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2014-07-24 20:07:05 (23 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)

Myth isn't dusty, quaint or outmoded. Myths are patterns that resonate with us on a deep, unconscious level.

Artists who understand the power of myth are capable of weaving wonderful stories that touch - and move - us in those deep places, and it's no coincidence that some of our most powerful modern stories are based largely on mythic structures and archetypes - I'm talking about films like The Matrix, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings as well as many of the superheroes in our comics and now movies. 

This is an excellent essay by Arthur George, and in it he makes an intelligent call for the emergence of new myths for the modern age. Like Joseph Campbell, he sees it as needing to stretch beyond the local, group-based myths of old, and into something more global that brings us together as a species. He also goes into some of the risks and inherent difficulties of trying to force... mas »

New Global Mythologies

For anyone familiar with the phenomenal work and legacy of Joseph Campbell, you already know that myths have shaped human societies and cultures for millenia. Myths play a crucial yet often subtle role in all of our lives, our psyche,  even though many are not even aware of their impact or influence.

"Myths serve us by evoking feelings of the sacred, awe, reverence, oneness, and inspiration. At their best, they bring us to a spiritual experience." (Arthur George)

Although Campbell's legacy is due in part to his scholarship around identifying the common mythological themes which often originated independently in disconnected cultures - suggesting a common human psychological and spiritual basis - most historical mythologies have strong local or "folk" sources. However, in today's interconnected and multicultural societies, even Campbell admitted we need a new mythology where (at least) nature and our common human/global humanity plays a key role.

"There are two things that have to happen if you’re going to have a mythology that’s appropriate to man today. One is to take the world of nature as it is known..... And the second thing is to realize that the society with which you are involved is not this group or that group, or this social class or that social class, or this race or that race, but the planet. And we don’t have a mythology for people recognizing the humanity of a person on the other side of the tennis net." (Joseph Campbell)

This great article by Arthur George (shared on my Facebook Wall by the (epic) Poet +Frederick Glaysher) presents our need for a new mythology exceptionally well and expands on the two points that Campbell felt were needed for a new global mythology. But any new mythologies are unlikely to come about quickly and then there is always the concern, the risk, and the need to avoid, the "McMyths".

"In terms of both mythmakers and their audience, developing successful global myths that are aligned with the human psyche, progressive while embracing human diversity, while avoiding “McMyth,” is going to be a tricky needle to thread." (Arthur George)

#mythology   #josephcampbell   #globalmyths   #arthurgeorge  ___Myth isn't dusty, quaint or outmoded. Myths are patterns that resonate with us on a deep, unconscious level.

Artists who understand the power of myth are capable of weaving wonderful stories that touch - and move - us in those deep places, and it's no coincidence that some of our most powerful modern stories are based largely on mythic structures and archetypes - I'm talking about films like The Matrix, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings as well as many of the superheroes in our comics and now movies. 

This is an excellent essay by Arthur George, and in it he makes an intelligent call for the emergence of new myths for the modern age. Like Joseph Campbell, he sees it as needing to stretch beyond the local, group-based myths of old, and into something more global that brings us together as a species. He also goes into some of the risks and inherent difficulties of trying to force something as subconscious as a myth into being born. 

It's really good stuff. And please, I'm not looking for rants here about mythology and mysticism leading us back to the Dark Ages, or about this being anti-science. That is not what this is, and you will see that if you read it with an open mind. It is about acknowledging some of the deeper drives that sit inside us as human beings. 

And if you want more of this stuff. Here's an excellent and related piece by David Korten at +YES! Magazine:
http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/religion-science-and-spirit-a-sacred-story-for-our-time

Thanks so much to +Johnny Stork for bringing this to my attention.  

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2014-07-24 02:03:06 (21 comments, 4 reshares, 28 +1s)

Emotional Computing: “Your friend Mary isn’t feeling well. You might want to give her a call.”

Lots of conversations these days on how our emotions are, and will continue to be, mined and manipulated by software. Nowhere is the future of software and the incentives behind its development more poignant than with this question - as the recent ruckus over Facebook's experiment with manipulating the emotional content of its stream confirm. 

In this piece, +Peter H. Diamandis looks at this question, and tells an interesting story: 

Mary Czerwinsk (+Mary Czerwinski) is a cognitive psychologist at Microsoft Research doing pioneering work in Affect Computing.

She tells a story about how she and her boyfriend were in a nasty fight. While they were bantering back and forth, a small wireless device on her wrist was monitoring her emotional ups and downs(through... mas »

Emotional Computing: “Your friend Mary isn’t feeling well. You might want to give her a call.”

Lots of conversations these days on how our emotions are, and will continue to be, mined and manipulated by software. Nowhere is the future of software and the incentives behind its development more poignant than with this question - as the recent ruckus over Facebook's experiment with manipulating the emotional content of its stream confirm. 

In this piece, +Peter H. Diamandis looks at this question, and tells an interesting story: 

Mary Czerwinsk (+Mary Czerwinski) is a cognitive psychologist at Microsoft Research doing pioneering work in Affect Computing.

She tells a story about how she and her boyfriend were in a nasty fight. While they were bantering back and forth, a small wireless device on her wrist was monitoring her emotional ups and downs (through heart rate monitoring and electrical changes in her skin).

At the peak of the argument, when she was most upset, her boyfriend received a text message saying: “Your friend Mary isn’t feeling well. You might want to give her a call.”

#emotionalintelligence   #ai  ___

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2014-07-23 20:58:56 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 18 +1s)

As computers learn to learn with with new Deep Learning techniques, they rely on humans to help with the initial training. This group out of the University of Washington investigates whether that training process can be handed off to a crowd. What they found is that crowdsourcing can help to teach software to be smart, but you need to be smart about how and where you use it. 

#ai   #deeplearning   #crowdsourcing  

As computers learn to learn with with new Deep Learning techniques, they rely on humans to help with the initial training. This group out of the University of Washington investigates whether that training process can be handed off to a crowd. What they found is that crowdsourcing can help to teach software to be smart, but you need to be smart about how and where you use it. 

#ai   #deeplearning   #crowdsourcing  ___

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2014-07-22 02:00:28 (56 comments, 6 reshares, 28 +1s)

Reading this article, I got one of those strange sensations that I had a window into a very strange future, a future vision of contracts, commerce and organizations where software plays a much more critical role than anything we might imagine today. 

This article is not going to be for everyone. Some of the ideas are a bit out there. That said, I think they are fascinating. What +Vitalik Buterin is outlining here is a "smart contract" software framework for automating business processes. What he's talking about here builds on some of the same kinds of heavily distributed validation processes that Bitcoin uses. 

Much of the magic here centers on using software to figure out whether the terms of a contract have or have not been met. When they have, the software authorizes payment. Now there are some cases where that validation is relatively straight forward, but inmany ... mas »

Reading this article, I got one of those strange sensations that I had a window into a very strange future, a future vision of contracts, commerce and organizations where software plays a much more critical role than anything we might imagine today. 

This article is not going to be for everyone. Some of the ideas are a bit out there. That said, I think they are fascinating. What +Vitalik Buterin is outlining here is a "smart contract" software framework for automating business processes. What he's talking about here builds on some of the same kinds of heavily distributed validation processes that Bitcoin uses. 

Much of the magic here centers on using software to figure out whether the terms of a contract have or have not been met. When they have, the software authorizes payment. Now there are some cases where that validation is relatively straight forward, but in many cases validating that the agreement has been fulfilled, even when the processes are run in software, well, it can be tricky.

But that's nothing compared to being able to assess whether or not the contract has been fulfilled when it comes to activities that happen offline. And so one of the interesting aspects of this framework is the use of real-world, human judges to make these determinations and notify the system via text message or other means. 

I'm starting to dig much more deeply into where corporations are headed, particularly with respect to the kinds of artificial intelligence and automation that we're seeing in giants like Amazon, Google, Facebook, GE and others. But this vision is something very different and very grassroots. And that's what makes it so interesting. 

Much to learn still in this strange new world, but I will share some of my explorations along the way here as I go.  

Special thanks to +Mark Bruce for turning me on to the whole idea of "Decentralized Autonomous Organizations."

#ai   #DAO   #automation  ___

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2014-07-20 00:08:38 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)

Online Gaming and the Future of Movie Making?

This is a video collage done by my 15-year-old son (a.k.a. "theseattlerain"), using clips from the Xbox game, Halo. Would I prefer my son invest his creative talents in other applications? Perhaps. But I share this here with you all because...well, one, I'm proud of him, and two, because it's an interesting peak into one of those subcultures on the net of which you may not be aware. 

First the subculture of compiling video montages of online games. Some of you will know about this; I'm guessing most won't. Basically, what happens is that there's an option to record your clips while you're playing online multi-player games, like Halo. These clips can then be posted online on places like Youtube, and are extremely popular with other players. In fact, while many of you likely know about the official... mas »

Online Gaming and the Future of Movie Making?

This is a video collage done by my 15-year-old son (a.k.a. "theseattlerain"), using clips from the Xbox game, Halo. Would I prefer my son invest his creative talents in other applications? Perhaps. But I share this here with you all because...well, one, I'm proud of him, and two, because it's an interesting peak into one of those subcultures on the net of which you may not be aware. 

First the subculture of compiling video montages of online games. Some of you will know about this; I'm guessing most won't. Basically, what happens is that there's an option to record your clips while you're playing online multi-player games, like Halo. These clips can then be posted online on places like Youtube, and are extremely popular with other players. In fact, while many of you likely know about the official competitions that surround these games, many may not realize that there is a huge spectator sport now emerging just around watching other people's exploits on Halo, TitanFall, Call of Duty and other games. Many even have fairly sophisticated commentary that sounds a lot like what you might find on sports coverage on TV. 

Then, there's another variant of these videos known as a "montage," which is essentially an edited compilation of greatest hits and other cool stuff. These compilations are tremendously popular and there's a whole community of editors out there who specialize in producing these, often featuring their friends or just people they think are good players. 

The art form of montage editing has of course evolved and now you'll find all kinds of special effects embedded in them. These are effects that aren't actually in the game, but that the editors add during the edit process to highlight certain scenes or simply just to add a little creative expression. 

Within these edited montages, there is what you might call a cutting edge, where the editors are starting to supplement the actual game outtakes with their own creations, generated from fairly sophisticated 3D models. The tools for doing this are fairly complicated and the process is quite time consuming. Most of us who are unfamiliar with the games will find it difficult to know what is part of the game and what was actually created from these 3D models. Those who play the game, know the difference instantly. 

The opening scene from this montage was pretty much entirely generated by 3D models. The 3D modeling ends after the first minute when the titles show up, so just a quick minute or so look will give you a sense for what I'm talking about. This sixty seconds took a lot of time to generate, but I have to say that I'm pretty impressed with the results that my son was able to achieve.

Final thought: I can't help but ponder whether what we are seeing here is the future of movie making - a highly distributed, highly democratic movie-making sector that blends the worlds of gaming, 3D modeling and story lines.

#halo   #3dmodeling   #multiplayer   #games   #movies   ___

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2014-07-19 17:59:57 (38 comments, 15 reshares, 59 +1s)

Is Tech Unemployment Good or Bad?

+Peter H. Diamandis asks some important questions about the future of work and whether the acceleration of robotics and artificial intelligence will result in widescale unemployment. 

See his latest article in +Forbes: http://goo.gl/2eLTRG

In this piece he outlines four potential scenarios: 

(1) Net Positive Increase in Jobs: Exponential technologies will cause a net positive increase in meaningful, skilled jobs and opportunities.

(2) Loss of Jobs, Society Adapts: Exponential technology will dramatically decrease the number of jobs, but society will adjust to this new reality by changing norms around work (days or hours per week, etc.), and/or the creation of work in virtual worlds.

(3) Near-Term Loss & Long-Term Gain of Jobs: There will be a near-term loss of jobs; however, in the long-term,exp... mas »

Is Tech Unemployment Good or Bad?

+Peter H. Diamandis asks some important questions about the future of work and whether the acceleration of robotics and artificial intelligence will result in widescale unemployment. 

See his latest article in +Forbes: http://goo.gl/2eLTRG

In this piece he outlines four potential scenarios: 

(1) Net Positive Increase in Jobs: Exponential technologies will cause a net positive increase in meaningful, skilled jobs and opportunities.

(2) Loss of Jobs, Society Adapts: Exponential technology will dramatically decrease the number of jobs, but society will adjust to this new reality by changing norms around work (days or hours per week, etc.), and/or the creation of work in virtual worlds.

(3) Near-Term Loss & Long-Term Gain of Jobs: There will be a near-term loss of jobs; however, in the long-term, exponential technology will cause a net positive increase in meaningful, skilled jobs and opportunities, perhaps as human more closely integrate and collaborate with technology.

(4) Loss of Jobs/Society Rebels: We’re screwed: There will be a large-scale loss of jobs in both the near and long-term future, and society will not be able to adapt, and this will cause significant anger and revolution.

It's good to see someone like Peter digging into this important question. You can participate in his short survey to weigh in with your own opinion here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RJBR5ZV

Those of you who follow my writing know that this is a topic I am now starting to focus on in more depth these days.

It's a complex topic, and I think it's not just about jobs, but about an even deeper question related to the distribution of wealth. I see the impact of technology working here on two levels:

1) It cuts jobs and income from below
2) It concentrates profits for investors from above 

Again, it's a complex topic, but the point is that it's not just a question of jobs. It's also about the way that profits work in companies that are run primarily in the shareholder centric model. More here: 
Technology and the Distribution of Wealth:
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/technology_and_the_distribution_of_wealth/

#technologicalunemployment   #AI   #robotics   #employment  ___

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2014-07-18 20:58:58 (27 comments, 33 reshares, 74 +1s)

I didn't know that Lincoln said this: 

"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."

- Abraham Lincoln, First State of the Union Address (3 December 1861).

#capital  

I didn't know that Lincoln said this: 

"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."

- Abraham Lincoln, First State of the Union Address (3 December 1861).

#capital  ___

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