May 20, 2015


(Dialogs? | Matt on Not-WordPress.)


Photo Gallery: Google is Ready to Radically Rethink the Office Building | Electrical Wholesaling Magazine

May 20, 2015

Photo Gallery: Google is Ready to Radically Rethink the Office Building | Electrical Wholesaling Magazine.

Self – Aware Robots, AI, Consciousness

May 20, 2015

Three articles and a video demonstrating the state of robotics research and the direction scfientists and engineers are designing for our future.


Ted Talk : Robots that are “self-aware”  Oct 13, 2007

Hod Lipson demonstrates a few of his robots, which have the ability to learn, understand themselves and self-replicate.
[Video Definitely Worth Watching – and it’s 8 years Old !! ]
I’d like to see where this lab is at now :-)


BBC: Robot ‘learns to keep going with broken leg’

 Big Dog

Big Dog is one of the most advanced adaptive robots


 How scared should we be about IBM’s new ‘TrueNorth’ chip? Is it Self-aware and Conscious?):

Elon Musk, of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX fame, who has an impressive track record of predicting future technology trends and acting on them, in 2014 tweeted:

“…We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”- Elon Musk, 2 Aug 2014

Elon Musk with president Obama at Cape Canaveral in 2010 – photo by Steve Jurvetson.

Is IBM’s new TrueNorth chip one step towards a conscious non-biological entity?


“We have taken inspiration from the cerebral cortex to design this chip,” says IBM’s chief scientist for brain-inspired computing, Dharmendra Modha.

“It can see an accident about to happen.” – Modha.

IBM1IBM says the new chip TrueNorth, communicates via an inter-chip interface, which enables ‘seamless scalability’. In other words, it should be no problem to up-scale TrueNorth to any size we want.


Robots inspired by origami fold themselves into motion Aug 2014

Origami robots (c)
Researchers have developed self-folding robots that are able to take shape and crawl without human intervention.



The Terminator – though fictional – could figure out how to keep going when injured

What the west can learn from Japan’s “lost decades”

May 19, 2015

What the west can learn from Japan’s “lost decades”.


“I travel back and forth between Japan and the United States, mostly Tokyo and New York and a few other American cities, several times a year. The contrast is jarring. Arriving in the US can feel like…returning to a time when information was scarce, infrastructure was creaky and basic services such as ground transportation were chaotic and unreliable.

Landing in Tokyo, though, is a breeze.  All the travelators and escalators glide silently; the wall-mounted clocks, digital and analogue, tell the right time. When I reach the baggage carousel, my suitcase is already circling. Trains and buses depart punctually. I don’t have to pre-book because they’re scheduled minutes apart.

But that’s not what the papers say…

Intuitively, you might think that this shrinking, even disappearing Japan should not look and feel as good as it does. To visitors, expats and residents alike, Japan is still one of the richest, most civilised and convenient countries in the world. There should be potholes in its streets and pickpockets in its alleys. Shops, restaurants, bars and factories should be darkened and idle. Trains should be late and the passengers poorly dressed and busking for change.

The 2015 Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual ranking of the safest major cities in the world put Tokyo on top, with Japan’s second city, Osaka, at number three.

In his 2014 book , Pilling grapples with the cognitive dissonance at the heart of 21st-century Japan: is it a harbinger of global stagnation? Or is it a model of global sustainability? In the book’s most-quoted passage, a British MP, on arriving in Tokyo in the early 2000s and surveying its lively environs, is reported to have said: “If this is a recession, I want one.”

“Do rich societies really need to get richer and richer indefinitely?” he asks. “A lot of improvements in standard of living come not through what we normally consider as growth but through technological improvements.”

Pilling considers Japan’s stagnant years as a time of remarkable domestic growth, if not the kind associated with standard economic measurements such as GDP. “Many would agree that the standard of living, particularly in big cities like Tokyo, has improved significantly in the so-called lost decades

Japan’s stagnation, pilloried by economists and analysts in the west, may turn out to be the catalyst for its greatest strengths: resilience, reinvention and quiet endurance.

Mariko Furukawa, a researcher for the Japanese advertising firm Hakuhodo, thinks that the “think small” mentality of young Japanese is turning stagnancy into sustainability. ..

..city planners and urban designers are talking about downsizing the cities, wrapping up into smaller furoshikis [rucksacks], so to speak, the awareness is there; they know what needs to be done. In this sense, we may be at the forefront of developed economies.”

Furukawa notes that many European nations facing similar dilemmas don’t have the same tools to address them. “Europe has been suffering from low growth. But I don’t know if they are that innovative at new ways of living.”

…Today, the country is more about quality of life than quantities of stuff. In its combination of restraint, frugality and civility, Japan may serve as one of our best societal models of sustenance for the future.

…“Can we really only conceive of a successful economy as one where the population increases year after year? By this measure, Pakistan and many African countries should be screaming success stories. They’re not.”…


Lessons from life experiments

May 16, 2015


Things confident people do differently

May 16, 2015


A Psychiatrist Says This Skill Is the Best Indicator of a Person’s Ability to Succeed

May 16, 2015

“Possessing the skill of handling obstacles well demonstrates a high level of self-reliance, good judgment, and resourcefulness,” he explains. Goulston says savvy hiring managers will use the interview to determine whether you’ve mastered this skill and possess these traits.

5 videos conspiracy theorists say are ‘proof’ of a coming US military coup

May 16, 2015


The People Who Control the Internet Got Together in a Room Yesterday — Here’s What They’re Worried About

May 16, 2015

ICANN is the private nonprofit organization that oversees how domains are named and assigned. Despite this shakeup, Fadi Chehadé — the president and CEO of ICANN — assured the room that everything was okay. “We’re not looking for global agreement,” the Internet Society president said.

Oxytocin Bonding Birth and Trust – BrainFacts.org

May 14, 2015



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