Oct 25

Can the web predict the future? The strange world of long-term betting

Posted by: Administrator in Entertainment |

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/22/tech/social-media/future-betting-tomorrow-transformed/index.html

Ever since two men first laid a bet on two flies climbing up a cave wall, gambling has struck at the core of the human condition: the future is uncertain. And while games of chance like dice and cards have been with us for centuries, bar room wagers on matters of abstract speculation have often been lost to history, disappearing as fast as the hot air that produced them.
Until now, that is.


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Oct 25

Taking a tour of your house, before you build it

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://reut.rs/1ED8HEP

3-D technology enables  prospective home buyers to take virtual tours of a property before it is constructed, giving them confidence before they sign on the dotted line. The director of the simulation facility says the company designed the lab so homeowners wouldn't have to take on such a large commitment blindly.

 

Oct 25

You’d be lost without your ‘mental compass’

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.futurity.org/mental-compass-brains-786682/

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New research shows how our brains anchor the “mental compass.” Without this complex system for keeping track of which direction you’re facing as you move around, remembering how to get around would be impossible.

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Oct 25

Boston Company Using 3D Printer To Make Customized Knee Implants (Video)

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://cbsloc.al/1t25NG4

Knee replacement is the most common joint replacement worldwide. Providing huge relief, most of the time. Using CT imaging, special computer software, and 3D printer technology, scientists produce a unique knee implant and customized surgical instruments, designed for one patient and only that patient.

 

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Oct 25

Commentary: Robots are not here to take your jobs

Posted by: Administrator in Business & Economy |

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2014/10/13/robots-are-not-here-to-steal-your-jobs/16552869/

Let's talk robots. Not science fiction film plots, '80s dance moves or frenetic 'they're stealing our jobs' narratives intending to draw upon readers' deep-seated anxieties -- but the realistic capabilities of robots and the influence of robotic technologies on the American workforce.

Credit John Hersey

Among the mass of reporting with headlines perhaps better suited to a Cineplex leader board, it seems we've collectively forgone questioning, simply, "What are robots and what can they accomplish?" and instead fixated on possible outcomes unrelated to current technologies or their trajectories.

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Oct 25

Beautiful banks of the future: Say hello to luxury lounges and touch-screen tellers

Posted by: Administrator in Business & Economy |

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/10/business/beautiful-banks-of-the-future/

Bradesco Next, designed by YDreams, is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This innovative branch features multi-app walls and even houses a little robot, Link 237, who greets visitors. How would you describe your local bank? Is it small, gray and drab? Are the opening hours short and inconvenient? Does it almost always seem to be low on staff

The banks of the future are looking to inject new life into their outlets -- transforming formally dull environments into efficient, modern, tech-savvy destinations.

Long lines and dated designs are being replaced with luxurious lounge areas, tailored service offerings and even robots. Banks, it seems, are about to become a whole lot cooler.

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Oct 24

Rest your mind the right way to boost learning

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://www.futurity.org/learning-memory-mind-787882/

man looks crazy while studyingScientists have previously found that resting the mind, such as daydreaming, helps strengthen memories of events and retention of information.

Now, research shows that the right kind of mental rest, which strengthens and consolidates memories from recent learning, may boost later learning.

At the University of Texas at Austin, graduate student research Margaret Schlichting and associate professor of psychology and neuroscience Alison Preston gave participants in the study two learning tasks in which participants were asked to memorize different series of associated photo pairs.

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Oct 24

Thousands Will Die From Flu This Year, Doctors Predict (Video)

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http://cbsloc.al/1rRbxff

Although concerns are mounting across the nation of Ebola exposure, doctors fear the focus could be diverting attention from another potential threat: the flu. Every year, there are more than 20,000 pediatric hospitalizations with the Centers for Disease Control reporting five deaths from the flu since May in cases hitting the East Coast early. Last year, only half of all Americans got vaccinated.

 

Oct 24

How the sharing economy is catching on

Posted by: Administrator in Business & Economy |

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Technology+and+Science/ID/2548003320/

Between us there's a fence but certainly no middle man collecting fees. We call it sharing. Listening to the creators of the biggest, most profitable "sharing economy" websites, you really have to wonder how we've come to describe this new method of doing business in this way. And the need to pay attention is no small matter. Your neighbors are doing it. But this peer to peer economy is not for everyone and  is not without its' critics.

 

Oct 24

Smart bike wheel could change transportation’s future

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/smart-bike-wheel-could-change-transportations-future/

Since it was invented in the 19th century, the basic concept of the bicycle has stayed the same. But as Michelle Miller explains, that may be changing. In technical terms, it is a lightweight, highly efficient pedal assist wheel fully operated through the Smart App on your smart phone. In other terms Smart Wheel is an amazing tool that makes your commute easier, faster and smarter.

 

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