Elon Musk’s latest company aims to make us cyborgs within the next four years

April 21, 2017 by  
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Elon Musk must not be busy enough with his Boring company , Space X and Tesla , because he just became CEO of another company, and this one has a goal of turning us all into cyborgs .  Neuralink,  a  San Francisco -based startup says they are “developing ultra high bandwidth brain -machine interfaces to connect humans and computers ” and Musk says he hopes to start delivering by 2021. Musk hinted that he was working on neural lacing last year , though details were scant, but he has never been shy about his opinion that we should be connecting our brains to computers. According to TechCrunch, Musk wants to make that leap with Neuralink. He wants to integrate our brains and computers, or allow us to connect cloud-based artificial intelligence computing with our selves. This could allow humans to communicate directly with each other, instead of having to compress thoughts into language. Related: Elon Musk says new company will start drilling under LA next month It sounds like science fiction. Musk explained it in detail to Tim Urban of Wait But Why . Musk said we already are cyborgs; we’ve “already kind of merged” with smartphones and laptops. He added, “You’re already digitally superhuman. The thing that would change is the interface – having a high-bandwidth interface to your digital enhancements. The thing is that today, the interface all necks down to this tiny straw, which is, particularly in terms of output, it’s like poking things with your meat sticks, or using words – either speaking or tapping things with fingers. And in fact, output has gone backwards. It used to be, in your most frequent form, output would be ten-finger typing. Now, it’s like, two-thumb typing. That’s crazy slow communication. We should be able to improve that by many orders of magnitude with a direct neural interface.” Neuralink’s product probably won’t be ready for the public any time soon – it could be eight to 10 years for people without disabilities, according to Musk, who said the timeline depends both on regulatory approval and how well the devices could work for disabled people. If you want to dig more into the project, Urban wrote a 36,000-word explanation . About the piece, Musk said on Twitter , “Difficult to dedicate the time, but existential risk is too high not to.” Via Wait What Why ,  The Next Web and TechCrunch Images via OnInnovation on Flickr and Max Pixel

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500 billion reasons blockchain can be a power play

March 2, 2017 by  
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Opportunity for President Donald Trump and his new administration. It will come in many shapes, sizes and, yes, even industries. To that end, while there was an enormous focus in 2016 regarding how blockchain, the digital ledger of transactions, is rapidly disrupting the banking industry, opportunities for this technology also exist within the auto, insurance and energy sectors. 

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Why sending an email can increase your carbon footprint

July 12, 2016 by  
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Your carbon footprint is greater than just the fossil fuels burned in traveling and construction—it encompasses your digital activities too. As if spam emails weren’t bad enough, Fuel Fighter points out how an action as seemingly innocuous as a Google search could add to your carbon footprint. Data centers , which are the engines of the Internet, require massive amounts of energy to run and, according to Gartner, are said to account for almost a quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions. Fuel Fighter created an infographic to break down the carbon footprint of the digital age, from emails to streaming Netflix, as well as interesting stats on the energy it takes to power the Internet and what some companies are doing to offset their global footprint. + Fuel Fighter

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MakerBot Unveils Partnership with Martha Stewart. No, Really.

November 18, 2014 by  
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Well, it isn’t April 1st, and the press releases appear to be authentic, so we have to believe that this is true: MakerBot has launched a co-branding effort with Martha Stewart . So does that now make former startup MakerBot , officially, your mother’s 3D-printing firm? Under the new partnership, MakerBot will sell their PLA filament in three of Martha’s favorite colors: Jadeite, Robin’s Egg, and Lemon Drop, in addition to producing “Martha Stewart for MakerBot Digital Store collections, with models to be purchased, downloaded and 3D printed on a MakerBot Replicator® 3D Printer.” Read the rest of MakerBot Unveils Partnership with Martha Stewart. No, Really. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printing , 3d printing designs , 3d printing home , downloadable designs , filament colors , makerbot , makerbot partnerships , Makerbot Replicator , martha stewart , pla filament , the trellis collection

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Be One With The Machine, Motorola’s New Digital Tattoos Can Unlock Your Phone

August 3, 2014 by  
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Are you a multitasking professional taking too much time to unlock your phone? Moto X owners don’t need to fumble around now with the new digital tattoos by Motorola. It sounds like science fiction but these innovative tattoos allow the user to effortlessly unlock their phone with one easy swipe. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cell phone , Communication , eco-fashion , Fashion , motorola , privacy , tattoos , upcycled clothing , wearable technology

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Guérin & Pedroza Architects Revamp Abandoned French War Complex with Brilliant Golden Apartments

March 19, 2014 by  
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Patterned 3xLP Wall Made from Locally-Sourced Steel Wins the SKIN Digital Fabrication Competition

January 2, 2014 by  
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MIT’s OpenFab Allows Designers to Make Cheaper, Flexible, Colored 3D Printed Objects

July 24, 2013 by  
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MIT’s OpenFab is a system designed to make 3d printing easier and cheaper – and it uses a new programming language to create flexible objects with varying materiality. Set to be launched at the end of the month at the SIGGRAPH Conference  in California, the new software will allow designers to create objects that vary in colors and can be squishy at one end and stiff and the other. Read the rest of MIT’s OpenFab Allows Designers to Make Cheaper, Flexible, Colored 3D Printed Objects Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printers , 3D printing , 3d-printed objects , cad software , CGI , digital , digital fabrication , green technology , MIT , MIT OpenFab , movie technology , new green technology , OpenFab , SIGGRAPH Conference        

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Two-Way Envelopes Trim Billing Waste

September 25, 2012 by  
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Despite most companies offering online bill pay features and electronic statements, many consumers still choose not to take advantage of the paperless billing options. Even in the digital world, companies must offer an alternative to paperless…

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‘The Sync’ Provides a Platform to Bring Social Innovations to Life In Thailand

July 5, 2012 by  
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Do you know where to turn if you have an idea that will make society better ? We are many who dream of change in our society, but turning those dreams into reality might prove to be a tricky deal. Soramist Chintanamanus , a recent MA graduate from the Interaction Design program at the Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden, teamed up with social business incubator ‘ChangeFusion’ to create ‘The Sync’ , a social enterprise aiming to build a creative community for social entrepreneurs in Thailand. Image © Soramist Chintanamanus The inspiration behind the project comes from the collaborative environment of his school ‘Umeå Institute of Design’ where the students are encouraged to ‘walk the walk’ and not just ‘talk the talk’. By bringing the same focus on implementation of ideas, ‘The Sync’ wants to encourage people going through an innovation process by creating a service ecosystem that provides a holistic experience . The concept consists of three main service touchpoints: an online platform, events, and a physical space created as an ecosystem to encourage and push user engagement to the next level. Both the digital and physical platform serve as co-working spaces for collaborations and to share and discuss ideas. The events organized will give that extra push needed to keep the creative fire burning. The Sync is now up and running in Bangkok, Thailand, and they are currently implementing the foundation for the community. + Soramist Chintanamanus + The Sync Images © Soramist Chintanamanus

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