Absorption of new technologies accelerates

big picture Technology Who are the world's most valuable tech companies? We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters founders fund Is it evil? How fast is technology accelerating? - The Universe was created 13.8 billion years ago - Humans arrived 200,000 years ago - Machines arrived 100 years ago - What’s the next milestone? Development of Technology Elements of Technology Fields of Technology  in general: mapping the future: Metaculus > Future | early adoption: leveling the playing field | kids: uTech | news: re/code

As AI accelerates, is our organic thinking declining?

Computer Science Artificial Intelligence (AI)  As machine intelligence accelerates, is our organic thinking declining? Can we build a super-AI that won't kill us? big ideas Is Moore’s Law sustainable? What is the mind? in general: algorithm deelopment: Deep Mind, Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Vicarious | artificial general intelligence: strong AI | biomimetics: models for design of machines |  frame-based systems: recognition and description of objects and classes | portals: Deep Learning | semanitc networks: a set of concepts that are related to one another | turing test: Computing machinery and intelligence | thought experiments: Chinese Room expert systems: chess: Centaur Chess | cognitive computing: IBM Watson | automated complaint resolution: cognicor | decision making: decision-making | machine trading: Dark Pools Patterson, Flash Boys  singularity: about | IBM Watson | moore’s law | Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence books/movies: rise of machines, decline of humans?: What to Think About Machines That Think Brockman > Future | ethics: Machines of Loving Grace Markoff | Accelerando Stross | cyborgs: Ex Machina | risks: Superintelligence Bostrom | Smarter Than Us Armstrong | The Emperor's New Mind Penrose | singularity: The Singularity Is Near Kurzweil Enterprise

Library card catalog

Preservation of Knowledge Libraries (Disruption) Public libraries will face significant DISRUPTION in the coming years and forward-looking staffs and boards will have to rethink what a library does and looks like including re-purposing space and monetizing certain assets and transactions for the library to remain relevant and financially sustainable. sp History 21st century advocacy: EveryLibrary, Little Free Libraries censorship: Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom 2001 Patriot Act: Library Provision > Constitution Kinds of Libraries Library architecture Library materials digital content free: The Internet Archive magazines: zinio streaming: hoopla human libraries: Human Library Interlibrary relations The Library profession and professional financial sustainability: local fundraising campaigns issues: Homeless organizations: Center for the Future of Libraries | IMLS in general: Let this be a holy place for the human spirit, consecrated to the forces which magnify the soul. James | copyright | Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) | fair use | Micro-libraries: Little Free Library sharing | beautiful: The 25 Most Beautiful College Libraries in the World, 20 Beautiful Private and Personal Libraries | net neutrality | patrons | privacy | sustainability: Free For All: Inside the Public Library Library Disruption sp: artisan: fablab, makery, TechShop | board: elected vs appointed | books-on-shelves | browsing: large interactive touch screens | community hub | conference rooms: fees | co-working: space, kitchen, MOOCs, studios (art, dance) | crowd sourcing | director: dashboard, performance review | energy management: solar | fast failures | financials: consolidate all accounts | forums: Center for the Future of Libraries | FriendsShop: new books, used books | monetization: fixed vs. variable, transactions | parking: fees | payment systems: micro-transactions | Pop-Ups: design, dioramas, fab, media labs, product demonstration, studios (art & dance) | self-publishing: Digital Rights Management, print-on-demand | software: coding | strategic planning: Harwood Institute | transactions | visualization: 3D books, articles, presentations: Banned Books Doyle | Library as Infrastructure Mattern | digital disruption: Public library engagement in the United States Zickuhr

Library card catalogs still stand (NYC Central Library, Bryant Park) like museum artifacts made obsolete by the disruption of technology. -sp


(Remote) Data to Knowledge

by Scott Pickard

A researcher at UIUC asked my thoughts about resources which could help him with his proposal to develop and deploy a wireless sensor/data/transmission/collection/storage/analytics platform to support the optimization of hard-to-reach, poor, small-plot agricultural regional economies.  I came up with the following list:

aerial data collection: PrecisionHawk
analytics and visualization: Google Fusion Tables
connecting devices to the internet: electric imp
crowd-driven area data collection: Loveland Technologies
platform: ThingWorx
real-time sensor networks: xively
remote monitoring: Illinois Structural Health Monitoring Project (ISHMP)

The off-the-shelf tools are out there.  It is a matter of putting them together in an innovative way to generate some new knowledge that is truly useful and can make an impact.

Big Data Sensors and Sensor Networks aerial data collection: PrecisionHawk in general: www.lumasenseinc.com | www.sensorlogic.com | fiber optic temperature sensors www.sensortran.com | hydrogen www.h2scan.com | motion sensors movea, qualtre | optical www.spectrasensors.com | plant water level: plant link | radiation safecast | real-time sensor network: cosm | security: mocana | thermal light valve http://redshiftsystems.com | water levels: gaugecam | wireless: twine internet of things: air quality egg | application development platform: thingworx | connect devices: electricimp | embedded systems: freescale | human interface: glass | plants: PLEASED big ideas | theinternetofthings medical: back: lumoback | medication: proteusbiomedical | orthopedic implants: orthosensor remote monitoring: www.icontrol.com | bio-physical: zephyr-technology | ruggidized communications: www.talend.com RFID: chips: impinj | extended capability: www.intelleflex.com | hospital inventory: www.wavemark.net | software: odinrfid, www.rfcode.com | www.thingmagic.com | systems: www.higtek.com | www.power-id.com | www.skyetek.com | www.tagsysrfid.com Mapping | Home | Sports | Plants | Automate | Electronics | AI | Autos