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A crowdfunding campaign for things that matter - exoskeletons for disabled children.
Spain’s Marsi-bionics company has created a bionic exoskeleton designed especially for children. A robot has already been built that enabled a girl to take her first steps. Now researchers are launching a campaign to fund further development.
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Why Stem Cells May Save Your Life

You are a collection of over 30 trillion human cells.

Every one of these cells, those in your brain, lungs, liver, skin, and everywhere else, derives from a single pluripotent type of cell called astem cell.

This blog is about how stem cells are going to change medicine forever, extend life, and potentially save your life in the years ahead.


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Time to start thinking about the future of the open web. "Taken together, Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles are the saddest refutation of the open web revolution possible: they are incompatible proprietary publishing systems entirely under the control of huge corporations, neither of which particularly understands publishing or media. Earlier this year, I called Facebook the new AOL; Instant Articles comes from the same instinct as AOL trying to bring Time Warner's media content into its app just before the web totally kicked its ass."
 
Time to start thinking about the future of the open web. "Taken together, Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles are the saddest refutation of the open web revolution possible: they are incompatible proprietary publishing systems entirely under the control of huge corporations, neither of which particularly understands publishing or media. Earlier this year, I called Facebook the new AOL; Instant Articles comes from the same instinct as AOL trying to bring Time Warner's media content into its app just before the web totally kicked its ass."
It's going to get worse before it gets better
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A brilliant conversation with John Markoff. 
This can't be the end of human evolution. We have to go someplace else. It's quite remarkable. It's moved people off of personal computers. Microsoft's business, while it's a huge monopoly, has stopped growing. There was this platform change. I'm fascinated to see what the next platform is going ...
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The Web We Have to Save

Beauty of hyperlink. 
The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?
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+Thomas Baekdal : I'm testing the new Apple Music... and well... Apple is so behind the curve that it's painful to watch. Let me explain:

First of all, I do love the way Apple Music works from the business perspective. This is exactly what the music industry needs, and it's no surprise that Taylor Swift thinks so too.

However, Apple has so far yet to go in terms of learning how to do things smarter. Everything about Apple music feels 'disconnected' and 'distant'.

First of all, when you click on the "For You" section, Apple greets you with a welcome screen where you have to choose between a series of very generalized genres. This is only a good idea if you have no idea who people are, nor have you any insight into who matters and who doesn't

It's as clueless as when media companies create a news app and asks people to choose between "politics, crime or sport". After this you are presented with a second screen of which you have to choose three artists that you might like. I had a hard time doing this, because neither of them would be my preferred choices.

But the main problem here is why the heck do they even ask me this? Don't they know? I have thousands of songs in my iTunes library, and years of album/song purchases over the years. Why doesn't Apple already know exactly what type of music I like, by whom, at what time of day. 

Compare that to Spotify, for instance, that will give me recommendations matching my person, or a specific artists I'm listening to right now.

It's the same about playlists. Apple is offering the most clueless forms of playlists possible. Like Classical Music, recently played, 90s music. What the frack? On Spotify, we hundreds of specially curated playlists that changes throughout the day to fit the mood, tone, and situation at any given moment. 

It's like Apple isn't even trying. 

Then we have "New", and you would think that the "New" section would take into account who I am, and what I like. But nooo... just like App Store, Apple completely ignores people's preferences. In my case, for instance, the top featured artist is from AC/DC. I just told Apple in the "for you" section, that I 'hate' that genre of music (I'm sorry AC/DC fans, but I really don't like it. It's mostly due to my half brother annoyed me during my entire childhood with music like that, while I annoyed him with hip-hop ;))

Again, why is Apple showing me music that I have just told them that I do not like. They are giving me a 'new for the general mass-market' rather than "new for you". It's such a huge miss.

Then we have radio, where we can find a few selected Apple made radio stations, just like the ones you had in the 1960s (with modern music, of course). On Spotify, I can create a radio station, however I like. It's just pointless.

And then we have Connect, Apple's 'new' social media channel for artists. I don't even want to talk about this. It's terrible in every way. Sure, you can post comments, but there is no social element in it. This is more like a blog than a social network. 

Remember the last time Apple tried to create a social network for artists. Apple Ping? Here is how that looked: http://goo.gl/04wTzd ... Apple Connect is exactly the same. Every feature, every way it works, how it's more like a one-way broadcast than anything else ... it's just the same.

Why does Apple think that relaunching Apple Ping with a new name would work? Didn't they learn anything? 

Oh... and sure, you can share each post on, for instance, Facebook. But when you do so, you end up on a static web page where you cannot continue the interaction at all. Even Instagram, who have been notoriously bad when shared outside their app knows how to make that work. 

This is insane, Apple!

And yes, several people have told me that I'm being too negative towards Apple these days, and that I should give them time, and that they are awesome. You may be right about that. 

But you know what they say. You taunt the things you love, and you ignore the things you hate. So when I'm taunting Apple for failing to meet my expectation, it's not because I hate Apple. It's because I want to love Apple. 

I want the "For You" section to actually be smart about who I am. To look at my music habits, the artists that are already in my library, and the way I listen to them. I don't want Apple to ask me if I prefer overly generalized genres like "classical, rock or reggae". I want Apple Music to say "Hang on a minute while we scan and analyze your library and create the most awesome thing ever!" 

I want the "New" section to be tailored for me, instead of showing me artists that I have already told Apple I don't care about.

I want the radio station to be modern and connected, and again influenced by who I am. Not just be a handful of broadcast channels like what I could listen to on my old FM radio in my car.

I want Apple Connect to actually be a real social network, where I as a user can interact and posts on the same terms as the artists, and not just be a one-way broadcast channel for artist to post updates about their music.

I want the playlists to be a mix of smart algorithms based on my listening habits, mixed with user generated list and curated lists targeted towards a whole slew of signals like the mood, time of the day, my activity, and more. Why the frak would I want generalized and generic playlists?

I want to love Apple, but they are so far behind the curve. They have no idea what social means, and their approach to working with data is light-years behind companies like Google, Spotify, Amazon, and all the others. 

Apple, the era of iTunes is over, which also means this era of creating a passive generalized music store is over. The future is streaming, but not just the act of streaming. The real future of streaming is the data that makes streaming far better for the individual than a music store could ever be. 

Apple Music does stream the music, but everything else is still exactly like in the old days of iTunes. There is no innovation here. There is nothing new or groundbreaking. Everything is disconnected.

I'm ...disappointed... 

I want to support Apple Music, because I want to support the business model it is based on. But I can't, while Spotify might be worse for the industry (because of its free plan), the way Spotify works as a subscriber is a million times smarter.​
 
I'm testing the new Apple Music... and well... Apple is so behind the curve that it's painful to watch. Let me explain:

First of all, I do love the way Apple Music works from the business perspective. This is exactly what the music industry needs, and it's no surprise that Taylor Swift thinks so too.

However, Apple has so far yet to go in terms of learning how to do things smarter. Everything about Apple music feels 'disconnected' and 'distant'.

First of all, when you click on the "For You" section, Apple greets you with a welcome screen where you have to choose between a series of very generalized genres. This is only a good idea if you have no idea who people are, nor have you any insight into who matters and who doesn't

It's as clueless as when media companies create a news app and asks people to choose between "politics, crime or sport". After this you are presented with a second screen of which you have to choose three artists that you might like. I had a hard time doing this, because neither of them would be my preferred choices.

But the main problem here is why the heck do they even ask me this? Don't they know? I have thousands of songs in my iTunes library, and years of album/song purchases over the years. Why doesn't Apple already know exactly what type of music I like, by whom, at what time of day. 

Compare that to Spotify, for instance, that will give me recommendations matching my person, or a specific artists I'm listening to right now.

It's the same about playlists. Apple is offering the most clueless forms of playlists possible. Like Classical Music, recently played, 90s music. What the frack? On Spotify, we hundreds of specially curated playlists that changes throughout the day to fit the mood, tone, and situation at any given moment. 

It's like Apple isn't even trying. 

Then we have "New", and you would think that the "New" section would take into account who I am, and what I like. But nooo... just like App Store, Apple completely ignores people's preferences. In my case, for instance, the top featured artist is from AC/DC. I just told Apple in the "for you" section, that I 'hate' that genre of music (I'm sorry AC/DC fans, but I really don't like it. It's mostly due to my half brother annoyed me during my entire childhood with music like that, while I annoyed him with hip-hop ;))

Again, why is Apple showing me music that I have just told them that I do not like. They are giving me a 'new for the general mass-market' rather than "new for you". It's such a huge miss.

Then we have radio, where we can find a few selected Apple made radio stations, just like the ones you had in the 1960s (with modern music, of course). On Spotify, I can create a radio station, however I like. It's just pointless.

And then we have Connect, Apple's 'new' social media channel for artists. I don't even want to talk about this. It's terrible in every way. Sure, you can post comments, but there is no social element in it. This is more like a blog than a social network. 

Remember the last time Apple tried to create a social network for artists. Apple Ping? Here is how that looked: http://goo.gl/04wTzd ... Apple Connect is exactly the same. Every feature, every way it works, how it's more like a one-way broadcast than anything else ... it's just the same.

Why does Apple think that relaunching Apple Ping with a new name would work? Didn't they learn anything? 

Oh... and sure, you can share each post on, for instance, Facebook. But when you do so, you end up on a static web page where you cannot continue the interaction at all. Even Instagram, who have been notoriously bad when shared outside their app knows how to make that work. 

This is insane, Apple!

And yes, several people have told me that I'm being too negative towards Apple these days, and that I should give them time, and that they are awesome. You may be right about that. 

But you know what they say. You taunt the things you love, and you ignore the things you hate. So when I'm taunting Apple for failing to meet my expectation, it's not because I hate Apple. It's because I want to love Apple. 

I want the "For You" section to actually be smart about who I am. To look at my music habits, the artists that are already in my library, and the way I listen to them. I don't want Apple to ask me if I prefer overly generalized genres like "classical, rock or reggae". I want Apple Music to say "Hang on a minute while we scan and analyze your library and create the most awesome thing ever!" 

I want the "New" section to be tailored for me, instead of showing me artists that I have already told Apple I don't care about.

I want the radio station to be modern and connected, and again influenced by who I am. Not just be a handful of broadcast channels like what I could listen to on my old FM radio in my car.

I want Apple Connect to actually be a real social network, where I as a user can interact and posts on the same terms as the artists, and not just be a one-way broadcast channel for artist to post updates about their music.

I want the playlists to be a mix of smart algorithms based on my listening habits, mixed with user generated list and curated lists targeted towards a whole slew of signals like the mood, time of the day, my activity, and more. Why the frak would I want generalized and generic playlists?

I want to love Apple, but they are so far behind the curve. They have no idea what social means, and their approach to working with data is light-years behind companies like Google, Spotify, Amazon, and all the others. 

Apple, the era of iTunes is over, which also means this era of creating a passive generalized music store is over. The future is streaming, but not just the act of streaming. The real future of streaming is the data that makes streaming far better for the individual than a music store could ever be. 

Apple Music does stream the music, but everything else is still exactly like in the old days of iTunes. There is no innovation here. There is nothing new or groundbreaking. Everything is disconnected.

I'm ...disappointed... 

I want to support Apple Music, because I want to support the business model it is based on. But I can't, while Spotify might be worse for the industry (because of its free plan), the way Spotify works as a subscriber is a million times smarter.
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Mark Zuckerberg

I'm excited to announce we’ve completed construction of our first full scale aircraft, Aquila, as part of our Internet.org effort.

Aquila is a solar powered unmanned plane that beams down internet connectivity from the sky. It has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but weighs less than a car and can stay in the air for months at a time.

We've also made a breakthrough in laser communications technology. We've successfully tested a new laser that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second. That's ten times faster than any previous system, and it can accurately connect with a point the size of a dime from more than 10 miles away.

This effort is important because 10% of the world’s population lives in areas without existing internet infrastructure. To affordably connect everyone, we need to build completely new technologies.

Using aircraft to connect communities using lasers might seem like science fiction. But science fiction is often just science before its time. Over the coming months, we will test these systems in the real world and continue refining them so we can turn their promise into reality.
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“6. It’s responsible for the structures in the universe.

Since dark matter doesn’t interact much with itself and other stuff, it’s the first type of matter to settle down when the universe expands and the first to form structures under its own gravitational pull. It is dark matter that seeds the filaments along which galaxies later form when visible matter falls into the gravitational potential created by the dark matter. If you look at some computer simulation of structure formation, what is shown is almost always the distribution of dark matter, not of visible matter. Visible matter falls into, and hence, is assumed to follow the same distribution at later times.”

When it comes to dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up the vast majority of the mass in the Universe, there's a whole lot we don't understand or know about it. You might think that there are so many unknowns that are so huge that -- quite reasonably -- perhaps it doesn't exist at all, and there's some other explanation for the behavior of masses on galactic scales and up? And yet, you can't make that leap unless you've honestly (and scientifically) considered the full suite of evidence and facts that speak to the question of dark matter's existence. Sabine Hossenfelder does exactly that.
 
“6. It’s responsible for the structures in the universe.

Since dark matter doesn’t interact much with itself and other stuff, it’s the first type of matter to settle down when the universe expands and the first to form structures under its own gravitational pull. It is dark matter that seeds the filaments along which galaxies later form when visible matter falls into the gravitational potential created by the dark matter. If you look at some computer simulation of structure formation, what is shown is almost always the distribution of dark matter, not of visible matter. Visible matter falls into, and hence, is assumed to follow the same distribution at later times.”

When it comes to dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up the vast majority of the mass in the Universe, there's a whole lot we don't understand or know about it. You might think that there are so many unknowns that are so huge that -- quite reasonably -- perhaps it doesn't exist at all, and there's some other explanation for the behavior of masses on galactic scales and up? And yet, you can't make that leap unless you've honestly (and scientifically) considered the full suite of evidence and facts that speak to the question of dark matter's existence. Sabine Hossenfelder does exactly that.
And if you know all ten, you’ll understand just what it is… and isn’t.
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Congrats +Marques Brownlee​
These influencers have played a valuable role in guiding the market. Follow them to stay on top of which new devices you won't be able to live without.
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We've come a long way in understanding Pluto since its discovery by American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. Today, thanks to our New Horizons spacecraft, the dwarf planet is cleared than ever before. http://go.nasa.gov/1Ht2uwj
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Daniel: Over-generalization is a common and natural step in learning and development. My mother tells a story of my first encounter with a black man at the age of 2; he was a refrigerator repairman who came for a house visit. A short time later at a supermarket I encountered another black man, causing me to point and claim "refrigerator!" This behavior wasn't motivated by racism. It was simply a poor inference drawn from a limited data set.

With sufficient experience comes maturity, where one's data set has become robust against such errors. Racism in adults is offensive in small part because it reveals a mind that has not matured beyond such rudimentary ways of carving the world. An immature adult mind is almost impossible to change. 

But that's not what's going on with Google. The result is a mistake to be sure, a sign of immaturity, underdevelopment, and a poor training set. But there's no reason whatsoever to believe that these dispositions have congealed in Google to the point of no return. Quite the contrary, these small stumbles are just peaking at the vast possibilities artificial intelligence is starting to make available. It shows every indication of continued, rapid improvement; it's handlers show every recognition that this is a mistake that requires correction. No one would yell at a baby for stumbling after its first few steps; Google deserves the same support from us here. 
 
Racial Stereotypes, Machine Learning, and Facial Recognition

Ouch!  It appears that, for the second time in far too short a time, a photo app designed to use AI to label people and things has systematically mistaken black people for gorillas.  I wish I could say this was satire, or even a cruel joke, but it isn't.

While +Yonatan Zunger is right to say this is absolutely NOT OK, I believe that, to leave it at that, as an 'oopsie', would be to overlook a frightening possibility: that such mistakes are not coincidences that just happen to sound like racial stereotypes.

In other words, these AI's may be able to teach us about the same sorts of perceptual errors and biases in humans.  Note the eerie correspondences: black people mistaken for gorillas, a blink feature that thinks all Asian people are blinking, etc...  These don't just sound like our stereotypes: they are the same stereotypes.

Zunger's idea for a permanent solution, as well, points to the best remedy for these sorts of mistakes: to focus, not on differences (bigger or smaller lips, hips, eyes, etc...), but rather to focus on shared human features.  In no way, in reality, are blacks mistakable for gorillas or Asian eyes for blinking eyes...  unless one focuses entirely on the differences between people.  This, in reality, is how bigotry operates: by getting you to notice and exaggerate the differences, and ignore the commonalities.

Let us therefore not dismiss these things as 'bugs', but rather as potentially valuable insights into both the origin of stereotypes, and hopefully for a solution to these issues as well.
Flickr sparked some controversy back in May after it was discovered that the service's new autotagging feature was prone to mislabeling black people as "ap
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