Yearly Archive: 2012

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Student Reflections on Kim Solez’s Technology and the Future of Medicine course at the University of Alberta

Every day that passed and every new paper I read, my concerns mounted: how could I keep up with the accelerating rate of development, how could I learn to use new technologies, how could I stay relevant when the pace of development outstrips my ability to understand it?

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Report to the President — Transformation and Opportunity: The Future of the U.S. Research Enterprise

Science funding and especially basic science funding directly impacts what will happen in our future. This report outlines the challenges that face the United States in an era of declining and already diminished basic research resources, and also outlines a growing role for universities in providing hubs of innovation and centers for research.

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Proposal for a World Brain Institute and Development of a Global Game

There is an urgent need for a new means of hybrid self-governance that reflects the diversity of human interests and capabilities. We are in the Information Era, but the United Nations (UN) and its Members are still “dumb” and unable to harness the distributed intelligence of the Whole Earth.

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Hearing Voices: Risks of Voice Synthesis and the Merger of AR Games and Storytelling

The human psyche is highly fragile in the times of stress, and it’s only appropriate to assume that the simulated voices will follow us more and more, just like the GPS in your car telling you to turn around the corner. We must apply tight user experience guidelines to some of these simulations.

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Why I’m Optimistic Because Everything Will Be Terrible — An Interview with John Shirley

Well known cyberpunk author John Shirley recently gave a talk at TEDx Brussels in which he discusses two ideas of The Singularity, one true and one false, as well as a dark vision of the near future.