Topic: "Technology & Humanity"

Provocative material that highlights new advances in science, technology, and medicine, it also examines the impacts of technological advance on our health, our minds, and on the fundamental principles of “human nature”.

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

Janine McGonigal
There is an undeniable power in games for harnessing the best attributes of humanity – and a great potential in directing those attributes towards improving the quality of our work, our lives, and our environment.

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IBM’s new Neurosynaptic Chips – Technology Inspired by the Brain

IBM’s new Neurosynaptic Chips – Technology Inspired by the Brain

Called cognitive computers, systems built with these chips won’t be programmed the same way traditional computers are today. Rather, cognitive computers are expected to learn through experiences, find correlations, create hypotheses, and remember – and learn from – the outcomes, mimicking the brains structural and synaptic plasticity.

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Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

by Janine M. Benyus
If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage of evolution’s 3.8 billion years of R&D since the first bacteria [...]

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You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto

You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto

by Jaron Lanier
Informed by Lanier’s experience and expertise as a computer scientist, You Are Not a Gadget discusses the technical and cultural problems that have unwittingly risen from programming choices—such as the nature of user identity [...]

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