Blockchain: The Missing Link Between Genomics and Privacy?


Blockchain: The Missing Link Between Genomics and Privacy?

Genomic testing is ushering in a new age of medicine, as we get closer to the $100 genome. Patients can be treated with much more precision, …
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant
Confused about blockchain? You should be

Blockchain, at least in the UK, is so very ‘past peak’ in the Gartner Hype Cycle. By now you are likely bored to death hearing about its miraculous …
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant
Why blockchain technology may be the next big thing

Instead, with his second venture Aicumen, he, wants to focus on a new way of doing business by combining blockchain and AI to build Krama, …
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant
Blockchain technology could increase the trust in data that we never knew we’d lost

So says director Mark Pascall, organiser of – a three-day conference featuring 30 international speakers that kicks off …
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant
Re-Imagining the Future of Finance with Blockchain

Blockchain works on a distributed ledger model that records every transaction and maintains the chronology and authenticity of that information on a …
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant
CoinDesk Report: Advances in Blockchain Privacy & Confidentiality

CoinDesk’s newest report aims to serve as a reference guide for those seeking to make blockchain business decisions today, covering in depth the …
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant
With Blockchain Tallying, Rock N Roll Hall of Fame 2017 Vote Escapes Scrutiny

And so, the Cleveland, Ohio based museum contracted Votem, a blockchain-based voting system provider, to ensure the integrity of the 2017 vote.
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant
Bonding Experience: Can Kenya Pave a Path for Blockchain Change?

As CoinDesk reported this week, the World Bank plans to formally support the project with research on, among other things, how blockchain …
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant
Blockchain Biometrics Chimera for Secure Transactions

A combination of biometric authentication and blockchain based storage solution can enhance the security of payment applications worldwide.
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant
Overstock Ramps Up Blockchain Spending With $8 Million Q1 Loss

Medici, the blockchain technology arm of online retailer, is already on pace to exceed its 2016 spending on distributed ledger R&D.
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant
Huge Blockchain Potential for IoT Applications if Vendors Can Tackle Barriers to Growth

Huge Blockchain Potential for IoT Applications if Vendors Can Tackle Barriers to Growth. Information contained on this page is provided by an …
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant
Wrap of Week #17: Blockchain-Bitcoin-Crypto, BondIT, SME banking, Insurtech, Triodos Bank

We started the week with our Blockchain Bitcoin & Crypto Weekly CXO Briefing Week 3 Fintech for bond portfolio management has very few players.
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant
Java Developer/Java Engineer – Leading Blockchain Fintech

We are looking for a Java Developer/Java Engineer (Leading Blockchain Fintech) for our three-year-old international fintech startup to help us fulfil our …
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant

  • Hydravid CLOUD Ultimate Video Marketing Hydravid Video Marketing Software. 'Multi-Headed' Video domination. One Click - for MASSIVE Video coverage
  • Demon Tracking Demon Tracking is the ultimate profit prediction tool that shows you exactly where to spend your time, money and efforts for MAX gains.

IBM team stores one bit of data on a single atom


IBM-led international research team stores one bit of data on a single atom

March 9, 2017
Scanning tunneling microscope image of a single atom of holmium, an element that researchers used as a magnet to store one bit of data. (credit: IBM Research -- Almaden)Could lead to 1,000 times higher storage density in the future

An international team led by IBM has created the world’s smallest magnet, using a single atom of rare-earth element holmium, and stored one bit of data on it over several hours. The achievement represents the ultimate limit of the classical approach to high-density magnetic storage media, according to a paper published March 8 in the journal … more…


Preparing for our posthuman future of artificial intelligence

March 9, 2017
posthuman ftBy David Brin “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” – George Orwell What will happen as we enter the era of human augmentation, artificial intelligence and government-by-algorithm? James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention, said: “Coexisting safely and ethically … more…

upcoming talk | Ray Kurzweil & daughter Amy Kurzweil on the future of storytelling

March 8, 2017
South by Southwest - C1Featured session at popular event South by Southwest.

Dear readers, I will be presenting on stage with my daughter Amy Kurzweil in a featured session at the popular event called South by Southwest. Amy and I share an enthusiasm for the future of storytelling and the arts, and what new digital media can accomplish. Following our talk, Amy Kurzweil will do a book …more…


Agenda17_logo_wTagAGENDA17 Conference

Dates: Mar 20 – 22, 2017
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

fost-fest-logoFuture of Storytelling

Dates: Oct 6 – 9, 2017
Location: New York, New York


Foundation’s Triumph

author | David Brin
Foundation's Triumph - BrinIsaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy is one of the highwater marks of science fiction.The monumental story of a Galactic Empire in decline and a secret society of scientists who seek to shorten the coming Dark Age with tools of Psychohistory, Foundation pioneered many themes of modern science fiction. Now, with the approval of the Asimov estate, … more…

Kiln People

author | David Brin
Bestselling novelist Brin (Startide Rising; The Postman; etc.) restricts the action to planet Earth, but still allows his imagination to roam the cosmos in this ambitious SF/mystery hybrid whose grasp occasionally exceeds its reach. Thanks to the new technology of imprinting, people in a near-future America can copy their personalities into animated clay bodies (called “dittos” …more…

Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines

author | John Havens
heartificial-intelligence-coverAlgorithms will soon know more about us than we know ourselves  Where should machine automation end? Is it acceptable to have a digital assistant arrange your calendar, but not to have a robot spouse? Are companion robots acceptable for seniors in need of comfort, but not okay for toddlers exposed to emotional software that could … more…

The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

author | Pedro Domingos
the-master-algorithm-coverIn the world’s top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask. In The Master Algorithm, Pedro Domingos lifts the veil to give us a peek inside the learning machines that power Google, …more…

  • Viddyoze Academy Join The Spectacular Viddyoze Academy Program, The Highest Quality Video Training Product You'll Find.
  • Zamurai PBN Blueprint + Authority SEO Blueprint New 4-Step Blueprint Reveals How To Rank Simple Videos On Page 1 of Google and Profit $500-$1000 Per Month Each… New 6-Step Blueprint Shows You How To Rank In Google in 27 days or less Through The Power of Your Own Private Blog Network... Without Having

Skills to Work in VR  

These University Courses Are Teaching Students the Skills to Work in VR


“I’ve been in VR for a long time,” says Rob Catto. He tells me that back in 1993 he set up a fully immersive VR lab in the high school where he taught, so it’s not surprising that he believes Virtual Reality and teaching are natural bedfellows, nor that he ended up as the Director of Game Studies & Simulation at Full Sail University. “I actually came here to teach a course in VR, but then it sort of went to sleep, until about four years ago when it came back with a bang.”

Full Sail already had a strong Game Development program, he explains, but with the heightened interest and demand for talent from the industry it made sense to create a course geared specifically toward VR and AR. Their newly launched Simulation and Visualization Bachelor’s – which currently has around 30 registered students – is not for the faint-hearted though. It crams a 4-year multidisciplinary curriculum in 20 insanely intensive months.

During that time, the students hone their coding skills (focusing mainly in C Sharp and C++) and get comfortable using engines such as Unity and Unreal. But that’s only the beginning. The course includes a huge variety of modules such as Data Visualization and Modeling, Artificial Intelligence and Applied Human-Computer Interaction, Linear Algebra, Physics, Computer Networks, and even things like “Historical Archetypes and Mythology,” and “English Composition,” which hint that in order to create immersive experiences you should not only understand the technical side of Virtual Reality, but also get to grips with it as a storytelling medium.

Full Sail University-1

Photos of Full Sail University in Orlando by Tom Atkinson at R3Digital.

With the increase in popularity of VR and demand for skills in the industry we are certain to see a lot more dedicated courses, as well as impressive content produced by students and alumni such as this cool Harry Potter-based AR project by 21-year-old Asad Malik from Bennington College in Nevada.

“As virtual reality moves more towards the mainstream through the development of new, more affordable consumer technologies, a way needs to be found for students to translate what they learn in academic situations into careers within the industry,” says Frankie Cavanagh, a lecturer at Northumbria University. He founded a company called Somniator last year with the aim not only of developing VR games, but to provide a bridge between higher education and the technology sector. Over 70 students from Newcastle University, Northumbria University and Gateshead College in the UK have been placed so far through the program, working on real games as part of their degrees and getting paid for additional work commissioned. This has already produced some impressive results, as can be seen from the early preview of their first VR release, Dimension Hunter.

But what should those shopping around for a VR degree course be looking for? State-of-the art facilities such as those offered at Full Sail’s “FabLab” or the University of Missouri’s iLab – which currently offers Virtual Reality-related modules as part of its IT program – are certainly desirable, but perhaps more important is an institution’s ability to support the student in building an extremely diverse and ever-evolving skillset, as well as encouraging a collaborative mentality.

Working with VR already translates into an extraordinarily diverse range of possible career paths, and those options are only going to become even broader as the industry matures in the next few years.

“Simulation is becoming a bigger part of almost any industry,” agrees Catto. “There’s urban simulation, military, medical, flight, disaster relief, and then gaming and other entertainment. At its heart, simulation is all about problem solving. Its applications extend to nearly every industry—from safer military training to more efficient medical procedures to better designed parking garages.”

One of the reasons Full Sail is located near downtown Orlando is because of its pedigree as “simulation capital of the world” referring to its tradition in providing R&D and talent for the theme park industry as well as the military and space programs. But for students to be able to solve the problems they will encounter in creating such complex simulations, they need to be taught to conceptualize, design, program and make their own stuff. Which makes for a very different sort of learning environment.

“We teach them things such as how to program electronic microcontrollers, then they will work with a solid modeling package in the digital fabrication course. They will use equipment such as the injection molder, a laser cutter, and the milling machine where they will make their own circuit board – which of course they will then program themselves,” explains Catto.

He shows me a 3D-printed box: “This will ultimately be a scent deliverer that will be controlled by a virtual environment. It is easy to focus on the visual aspect of VR, but it’s about much more than just putting on the headset, it’s about all the senses, and what we’re enabling here is rapid prototyping to deliver that.”

Full Sail University-8

Next up he invites me to test-drive one of his own prototype projects – a machine that simulates the experience of Catto’s real-life hobby of powered paragliding. For those not familiar with this activity, it essentially involves a heady mix of flying and parachuting, with a propeller strapped to one’s back as you fly in a suspended harness connected to a wing resembling a parachute. It’s just as much crazy fun as it sounds – especially when you’re doing it in Virtual Reality and add some random missile shooting for extra kicks.

As my ride in the Virtual Foot Flyer proves, the point of all those hours spent learning and building is that they ultimately produce awesome experiences. Which is why they get students building stuff pretty much from the get-go, and the result of one of those assignments is moving hypnotically on the palm of Catto’s hand as we speak. It’s a miniature version of a Stewart platform, built from scratch. This is a robotic motion device that provides six degrees of freedom for any object resting on its surface – basically what flight simulators theme park rides sit on top of. Once they master that, students then have the chance to upscale their designs, so that one could recreate, for example, the Speeder Bike chase in Star Wars using a combination of VR, simulation mechanics, and custom-made printing and prototyping. You could even build a custom headset that looked like a biker scout helmet, why not? Well, Catto tells me with a grin, that’s actually something they’re working on at the moment. Perhaps next time I visit I could try that demo.

Tagged with: , ,

  • Buzzinar Lead Magnet Kit LITE Buzzinar is a viral traffic getting system and software suite. Attract customers build your list and create sales funnels that go viral!
  • WP Sales Chimp - Single Site "New 3-Step Software Allows You To Create, Customize, Track and Analyze ALL your marketing links inside of ONE Central Dashboard..."

Magic Leap

Magic Leap


Confirmed: Magic Leap acquires 3D division of Dacuda in Zurich

Magic Leap, the augmented reality startup that has raised $1.4 billion in funding but has yet to release a product, has made an acquisition to expand …
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant

Report: Magic Leap Acquires Dacuda 3D Tech

A recent report from Tom’s Hardware indicates Magic Leap is acquiring the 3D scanning assets of Dacuda — a company known historically for …
Google PlusFacebookTwitterFlag as irrelevant