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What's the Future of the Internet? Here are a few scenarios

future-internet-wordle-366-by-210YouAreHereThe ability of humans to communicate information has come a long way, from the development of the alphabet through the invention of the printing press, to today's ubiquitous internet.

Within a few years, will the internet ...

  • resemble a COMMON POOL with positive “generative” and “distributed & decentralised” properties

  • turn into a system of BOUTIQUE NETWORKS in which political, regional and large enterprise interests fail to maximise the social and economic potential of a shared, global set of richly connected networks

  • appropriate the paradigm of MOATS and DRAWBRIDGES in which the world of the Internet would be heavily centralised, dominated by a few big players with their own rules in “big-boys’ clubs”

  • or, resemble POROUS GARDENS where networks stay global but with access to content and services tied to the use of specific networks and associated information appliances

What's your vision of the internet's future?

Read more about the above scenarios presented by the Internet Society

 

Can cutting carbohydrates from your diet make you live longer?

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In her research Prof. CYNTHIA KENYON ­(2011 laureate) found that drastically reducing calories greatly increases live span and quality of life. 

She discovered that it changed the way two crucial genes behaved. It turned down the gene that controls insulin, which in turn switched on another gene, which acted like an elixir of life.

‘I’ve cut out all starch such as potatoes, noodles, rice, bread and pasta. Instead I have salads, but no sweet dressing, lots of olive oil and nuts, tons of green vegetables along with cheese, chicken and eggs. 

‘I’ll have a hamburger without a bun and fish without batter or chips. I eat some fruit every day, but not too much and almost no processed food. I stay away from sweets, except 80 per cent chocolate.’

She is adamant it will be well worthwhile. ‘You could have two completely different careers if you could stay healthy to 90,’ she says. ‘How fascinating that would be.’

Read the DailyMail article

 

DEATH AS A WAY OF LIFE

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JAMES NACHTWEY (2003 laureate) 

"To celebrate James Nachtwey’s 30 years as a contract photographer for TIME, we have organized an exhibit of 54 layouts that have appeared in the magazine featuring his work from Chechnya to Somalia and from Afghanistan to Burma, along with a series of his powerful, previously unpublished photographs. Below, James Nachtwey, and TIME’s Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs, reflect on the relationship between photographer and publication."


"Any worthwhile, long-term relationship is built on integrity, trust, caring and a common purpose, and those are the elements that have characterized my 30-year relationship with TIME. Working in the field in difficult circumstances, there are many things to be concerned about, from logistics to survival, but the ultimate goal is to get the story right. Knowing that the people who publish the pictures are just as motivated by that as I am means everything. Every image on these walls is the result of teamwork. I happened to be the point man, but the support, guidance and inspiration I have received for so many years have made this work possible, and I want to thank all my colleagues at TIME from the bottom of my heart." — James Nachtwey

read the article James Nachtwey: 30 Years in TIME

Take a Musical Journey Down the Silk Road with Yo Yo Ma (2006 laureate)

 

Made up of performers and composers from more than 20 countries, the Silk Road Ensemble’s music is contemporary and ancient, familiar and foreign, traditional and innovative, drawing on traditions from around the world to create a new musical language that reflects our 21st-century global society and promote cross-cultural understanding and innovation.

Get ready for a fascinating musical experience. Listen, enjoy. 

 

Kurzweil Interviews Marvin Minsky: Is Singularity Near? Noam Chomsky:The Singularity is Science Fiction!

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The Singularity is defined as a hypothetical moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence.

View the following two videos dealing with the singularity, artificial intelligence, the human brain, and more. 

MARVIN MINSKY, 2014 laurate, is a cognitive scientist in the field of artificial intelligence, co-founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AI laboratory, and author of several texts on AI and philosophy. 

Ray Kurzweil author, computer scientist, inventor, futurist, Director of Engineering at Google, and former student of Marvin Minsky.

Kurzweil interviews Marvin Minsky

Noam Chomsky is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology  linguistphilosophercognitive scientist,logician and public intellectual.

Noam Chomsky: The Singularity is Science Fiction!