News Bytes – Wednesday, June 19, 2013

3-D Printing Via TechCrunch: "Stratasys Acquiring MakerBot in $403M Deal, Combined Company Will Likely Dominate 3D Printing Industry" Robotics Indiegogo project: "Help Make Me the World's Smartest Robot" Space Science Kickstarter project: Planetary Resources' "ARKYD: A Space Telescope for Everyone" Kickstarter project reaches U.S.$1 million with 11 days to go METI "Shouting at the Cosmos" … Continue reading News Bytes – Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Craig Mod’s Subcompact Publishing Concept

https://vimeo.com/33919422 Craig Mod is writer, designer, and publisher exploring the possibilities of digital books. He recently wrote about “Subcompact Publishing” that spawned a lot of discourse across the web. As you may recall, this year I have been spending a lot of time posting about digital publishing, in fact devoting one of my boards on … Continue reading Craig Mod’s Subcompact Publishing Concept

The Jobs Problem: Discuss

Last time I offered a few suggestions about what you and I can do about the jobs problem, being that this is a problem of demographics and technology, and you and I are technology enthusiasts. Local, national, and global discussions that FINALLY places demographics and technology in their rightful, primary positions. Here is what I … Continue reading The Jobs Problem: Discuss

Amazon Video On Demand Arrives

Credit: Screenshot of Amazon Video On Demand [REVIEW] -- Late last year Adobe released an upgrade to their ubiquitous Flash software that enabled higher quality video. In response, overall video streaming quality on the web has improved as various video services have upgraded their offerings. Amazon is the latest to make the leap, turning their … Continue reading Amazon Video On Demand Arrives

WIRED NextFest Wrap-up

Image Caption: WIRED NextFest Banner at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Fourth Annual WIRED NextFest in Los Angeles, California, USA this past weekend offered a glimpse of our technological future with a variety of themed pavilions exploring the future of exploration, entertainment, security, education, design, robotics, green technologies, communication, play, health, and transportation. WIRED … Continue reading WIRED NextFest Wrap-up

Google Lunar X PRIZE Announced

Image caption: X PRIZE Moon exhibit and logo at WIRED NextFest A robotic scavenger hunt to the moon is the next big space competition. The X PRIZE Foundation announced at Wired NextFest, along with representatives from Google, NASA, and one of the Apollo 11 astronauts, the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The largest incentive competition in … Continue reading Google Lunar X PRIZE Announced

WIRED NextFest – Introduction

The fourth annual WIRED NextFest event begins today in Los Angeles, California. Running through Sunday, the event will feature technology exhibits and demonstrations. In addition, the X Prize Foundation will announce their new space prize. Thursday is Education Day, with 4th through 12th graders and their teachers filling the LA Convention Center for an early … Continue reading WIRED NextFest – Introduction

Speaker: Paul Saffo

Paul Saffo from Stanford University is a forecaster and essayist. He explored AGI at the Singularity Summit 2007 in the context of popularization. Even as the public begins to join the AGI discussion, pessimism is popular right now. News reporting and commentary are lurid and pessimistic. Saffo suggested that what we need are positive and … Continue reading Speaker: Paul Saffo

Speaker: Dr. Ben Goertzel

Dr. Ben Goertzel is SIAI Director of Research and chief science officer and acting CEO of Novamente. He believes that with the right funding and capital, AGI could be developed in nine years. Novamente is approaching AGI development by focusing on virtual agents in virtual worlds like Second Life. Goertzel defined AGI as "the ability … Continue reading Speaker: Dr. Ben Goertzel