Applied Technotopia

We scan the digital environment to examine the leading trends in emerging technology today to know more about future.



We have added a few indices around the site. Though we look to the future, we need to keep an eye on the present as well:

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Foreigners may be stealing your job, but maybe if someone with no contacts, money, or ability to speak English can steal your job, you deserve to have it stolen.

Or Dutch, or Spanish….. or whatever language.

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Is too much emphasis placed in science on publishing in high impact journals? Or is it a necessity for research that has become the be all and end of research instead of a form of quality control?

“Basically, the minute my first paper was published in Nature, I received offers of tenure from 5 different Universities” our source said… [Priceless]

theolduvaigorge:

Authors of Nature papers couldn’t give a damn what you think, survey finds

Researchers who publish in high impact journals, such as Nature, Science and Cell, couldn’t give a shit what anyone else thinks, a recent survey has found.

In recent years, high-impact journals have taken a lot of criticism from some parts of the scientific community, accused of publishing non-replicable or obscure results, incomplete methods or science that is just plain wrong.

Indeed, there is a suggestion that Science will be published in cartoon format from now on. However, our survey has revealed that the authors of papers in NatureScience and Cellsimply don’t care.

“Basically, the minute my first paper was published in Nature, I received offers of tenure from 5 different Universities” our source said. ”I have two funded PhD students, 3 funded post-docs and a $1m budget to set up my lab.  The paper has been cited over 100 times.  You think I give a *&^! what anyone else thinks?  I’m made!”

Another respondent continued “We know there’s a minority out there who criticise the top journals, but 99.9% of scientists would love to be us.  Papers in NatureScience and Cell make a guy’s career and everyone else is just jealous.  As for Handy Randy Schekman?  Yeah, good luck with eLife, mate.  A lot of people want to create a high-impact journal; very few manage it”.

Several of the survey respondents had filled their survey in using gold leaf pen, and one included a picture of themselves driving away in their Porsche.”

***HA!

(Source: The Science Web)

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Its a rather gloomy list in terms of the global economic situation or just scaremongering? So is it wrong for me to still feel bullish about the global economy?

khanneasuntzu:

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#1 The unemployment rate in Greece has hit a brand new record high of 28 percent.
 

#2 The youth unemployment rate in Greece has hit a brand new record high of 64.1 percent.
 

#3 The percentage of bad loans in Italy is at an all-time record high.


#4 Italian industrial output declined again in December, and the Italian government is on the verge of collapse.


#5 The number of jobseekers in France has risen for 30 of the last 32 months, and at this point it has climbed to a new all-time record high.


#6 The total number of business failures in France in 2013 was even higher than in any year during the last financial crisis.


#7 It is being projected that housing prices in Spain will fall another 10 to 15 percent as their economic depression deepens.


#8 The economic and political turmoil in Turkey is spinning out of control.  The government has resorted to blasting protesters with pepper spray and water cannons in a desperate attempt to restore order.


#9 It is being estimated that the inflation rate in Argentina is now over 40 percent, and the peso is absolutely collapsing.


#10 Gangs of armed bandits are roaming the streets in Venezuelaas the economic chaos in that troubled nation continues to escalate.


#11 China appears to be very serious about deleveraging.  The deflationary effects of this are going to be felt all over the planet. The following is an excerpt from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s recent article

entitled “World asleep as China tightens deflationary vice”…

China’s Xi Jinping has cast the die. After weighing up the unappetising choice before him for a year, he has picked the lesser of two poisons.

The balance of evidence is that most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong aims to prick China’s $24 trillion credit bubble early in his 10-year term, rather than putting off the day of reckoning for yet another cycle.

This may be well-advised for China, but the rest of the world seems remarkably nonchalant over the implications.


#12 There was a significant debt default by a coal company in Chinalast Friday…
 

A high-yield investment product backed by a loan to a debt-ridden coal company failed to repay investors when it matured last Friday, state media reported on Wednesday, in the latest sign of financial stress in China’s shadow bank sector.


#13 Japan’s Nikkei stock index has already fallen by 14 percent so far in 2014.  That is a massive decline in just a month and a half.


#14 Ukraine continues to fall apart financially…
 

The worsening political and economic circumstances in Ukraine has prompted the Fitch Ratings agency to downgrade Ukrainian debt from B to a pre–default level CCC. This is lower than Greece, and Fitch warns of future financial instability.


#15 The unemployment rate in Australia has risen to the highest level in more than 10 years.


#16 The central bank of India is in a panic over the way that Federal Reserve tapering is effecting their financial system.


#17 The effects of Federal Reserve tapering are also being felt in Thailand…
 

In the wake of the US Federal Reserve tapering, emerging economies with deteriorating macroeconomic figures or visible political instability are being punished by skittish markets. Thailand is drifting towards both these tendencies.

#18 One of Ghana’s most prominent economists says that the economy of Ghana will crash by June if something dramatic is not done.

#19 Yet another banker has mysteriously died during the prime years of his life.  That makes five ”suspicious banker deaths” in just the past two weeks alone.

#20 The behavior of the U.S. stock market continues to parallel the behavior of the U.S. stock market in 1929.

An autonomous robot with an insectlike brain.

futurescope:

Conditioned behavior in a robot controlled by a spiking neural network aka robots with insect brains

From KurzweilAI:

German researchers have developed a robot that mimics the simple nervous system used for olfactory learning in the honeybee, using color instead of odors. The researchers have installed a camera on a small robotic vehicle connected to a computer. The computer program replicates, in a simplified way, the sensorimotor neural network of the insect brain and operates the motors of the robot wheels to control its motion and direction based on the colors.

Description from the FU Berlin Team on Youtube:

Here, we present a robotic platform designed for implementing and testing spiking neural network control architectures. We demonstrate a neuromorphic realtime approach to sensory processing, reward-based associative plasticity and behavioral control. This is inspired by the biological mechanisms underlying rapid associative learning and the formation of distributed memories in the insect.

Resources : 
iqr : http://iqr.sourceforge.net/?file=kop1…
Extended iqr modules: https://github.com/loairpa/iqrextensions

Additional material for the paper : 
Conditioned behavior in a robot controlled by a spiking neural network 
Lovísa Irpa Helgadottir , Joachim Haenicke, Tim Landgraf, Raul Rojas and Martin P Nawrot (Submitted 2013)

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Yutu stirs after being declared dead!

breakingnews:

China’s lunar rover functioning day after being declared dead

The GuardianA day after it was declared dead, China’s Jade Rabbit lunar rover communicated with the nation’s space program, state media reported Thursday. 

After a night of extreme cold on the moon, China’s space program reported its first moon rover had lost function. Citing a combination of mechanical issues in addition to the low temperatures, the program reported the rover dead. However, on Thursday, the program said that “it came back to life.” 

It is unclear how much function returned to the rover, but the program said it now believes it is possible to save it. 

Photo: China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover after it landed on the lunar surface. (AP/Xinhua)

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Our daily Shuttle magnificence.

spaceexp:

Space Shuttle Atlantis from ISS

An interesting look at global population changes in various countries by 2050.

pewresearch:

Population losers: The populations ofJapan, Russia and Germany are expected to decrease by more than 10% by 2050. For Japan, this means a loss of 19 million residents; for Russia, 23 million; and for Germany, 10 million.