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- How Long Would It Take to Mine Bitcoin by Hand? September 30, 2014Bitcoin is a decentralized, digital currency. It was invented by a mysterious individual known by the handle, Satoshi Nakamoto. A bitcoin is volatile but is currently worth about $380; regulators are increasingly interested; retailers too—true believers believe. These headlines you’ve likely read. But where the hell do bitcoins come from anyway? They’re […]Jason Dorrier
- Bill Clinton Discusses “Moonshots” with Peter Diamandis, Endorses Abundance September 29, 2014“Why are you so optimistic about the future…don’t you read the papers?” President Bill Clinton recently pitched this playful question to Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, in an on-stage interview at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative last week. A week earlier, the former U.S. president had appeared on […]Sveta McShane
- Virtual Reality May Become the Next Great Media Platform—But Can It Fool All Five Senses? September 28, 2014Jason Silva calls technologies of media “engines of empathy.” They allow us to look through someone else’s eyes, experience someone else’s story—and develop a sense of compassion and understanding for them, and perhaps for others more generally. But he says, while today cinema is the “the cathedral of communication technology,” […]Jason Dorrier
- Short Film “Envoy” Showcases Amazing Visual Effects at the Cost of a Recycled Storyline September 27, 2014In Stephen King’s story Low Men in Yellow Coats, an older man offers some advice to a boy about reading books: “Read sometimes for the story…read sometimes for the words–the language…but when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.” The same can be said of film, with the visual […]David J. Hill
- This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Sept 27, 2014) September 26, 2014This week, we saw history in the making as the first 3D printer arrived at the International Space Station. The stories we’ve been passing around cover a range of topics, from robots in seminaries to open access for scientific research. Enjoy! ROBOTS: The Most Valiant Attempts to Program Our Five Senses Into Robots Alexandra […]David J. Hill
- Reuters | New KNFB smartphone app gives sight to the blind September 22, 2014National Federation of the Blind | Snap pictures, listen to printed text read aloud, store and share documents and more using the KNFB Reader iPhone app. The KNFB Reader app for iPhone is available in the Apple iTunes app store. related reading: KNFB Reader | main Apple iTunes | KNFB Reader AppleVis | “KNFB Reader Mobile […]
- Defense Distributed | Controversial weapons firm posts mysterious video October Surprise September 22, 2014Defense Distributed, the controversial research and development firm that has publicly released files for 3D printed guns, just posted a mysterious video showing what appears to be World War II bombers in flight. They stated, “Respectfully requesting your attendance for an October Surprise. September 30, 2014.” “October surprise” traditionally refers to a ne
- NBC | Amazon acquires video game streaming service Twitch August 26, 2014NBC | Amazon’s itch for Twitch. Ethan Kurzweil, Bessemer Venture Partners, provides insight on Amazon’s $970 million acquisition of video game streaming company Twitch. IGN | Amazon will acquire video game streaming service Twitch for approximately $970 million dollars. related reading: Twitch | main About Us Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and
- Amazon | Demo of new Zocalo cloud service August 1, 2014Amazon | Zocalo is a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with strong administrative controls and feedback capabilities that improve user productivity. related reading: Amazon | Amazon Web Services: main Amazon | Amazon Web Services: Zocalo Amazon | Youtube channel: main Amazon | Youtube channel: Amazon Web Services related viewing fr
- NBC | Unprecendented Ebola virus outbreak July 16, 2014NBC | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues highest level travel warning as Ebola spreads. related reading: NBC | Ebola outbreak Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | main Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Ebola related viewing: CNN | CNN’s Christiane Amanpour speaks with Peter Piot, MD, PhD about an out of […]