Science’s Signals – Week 49
Hereby we present you this week’s Signals. With stories from amongst others Edutopia, FastCoExist, Venture Beat, Financial Times, NY Times and Brain Pickings. Robotics, the endless rise of the Social Web and Unicorns, it’s all here.
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Bionics, Health & Robotics
Remember ‘It’s A Bionic Future’ (Signals – Week 47)? The subject returns in this amazing video for Los Angeles based artist Flying Lotus, directed by David Lewandowski and starring Elijah Wood:
Flying Lotus – Tiny Tortures
There’s more from the Bionic Front. The BBC interviews futurist Ray Kurzweil, asking him if men and machines will eventually merge? According to his vision, machines will be as smart as people in 2029. In the Financial Times we read two stories that find their origin in Japan: ‘Robotics take giant strides for mankind‘ (walking isn’t the problem with a HAL-suit, sitting down is….) and Nobel Prize winner Shinya Yamanaka calls for more support for collaborative stem cell research. Regenerative health care is the future and working together is key in finding answers in biological research. That reminds us: Clay Shirky said something similar about transforming governments in his last TED Talk, from a different perspective.
Social (Web) News
First of all: kids are not all digital natives, they’re digital citizens. There, we’ve said it. We still think they handle their smartphones, tablets and pc’s pretty well. For Facebook, What’sApp -the same company in a matter of time, according to TechCrunch- or the brand new Google+ Communities. It’s a small step from ‘the Church of Google’ to the actual pope: @pontifex. Not that religious? Tweet with Obama.
Find your way without sight with the Blindsquare app. Ever heard of the 404-error? And remember the brilliant Notfound.org? Here’s the 404Cupid! Socl (by Microsoft) allows you to express and share your ideas through rich post collages comprised of images, links, captions and videos. Did we mention Microsoft? Seems that they’re back in the empowering business. And although Twitter and Instagram are planning to unlink, the social aspect of these kind of services will continue to exist. And that’s a good thing:
CollegeHumor – Look at this Instagram
It’s shopping season and it goes without saying that we don’t go out that much with the possibilities of the online shopping world and the boundaries of the snowy offline world. Juicy Couture uses YouTube in a smart way to promote their latest articles, the items shown are ‘clickable’. Maybe they can combine it with this AR-technology? And if it’s still on your wish-list: there is NO unicorn in North Korea.