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emergentfutures:

The age of loneliness is killing us

When Thomas Hobbes claimed that in the state of nature, before authority arose to keep us in check, we were engaged in a war “of every man against every man”, he could not have been more wrong. We were social creatures from the start, mammalian bees, who depended entirely on each other. The hominins of east Africa could not have survived one night alone. We are shaped, to a greater extent than almost any other species, by contact with others. The age we are entering, in which we exist apart, is unlike any that has gone before.

Three months ago we read that loneliness has become an epidemic among young adults. Now we learn that it is just as great an affliction of older people. A study by Independent Age shows that severe loneliness in England blights the lives of 700,000 men and 1.1m women over 50, and is rising with astonishing speed.

Full Story: The Guardian

Seemingly all to true of a situation.

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fastcompany:

"Until we discover matter to energy conversion, this might be the closest we can get.”  - Microsoft Can Now Turn Any Space Into The Holodeck

Holy crap! I’m in!!

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nevver:

Staring at the Sun, [to scale]

This puts things into perspective. And yet we still believe we’re the only ones floating in space.

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futurescope:

MIT Media Lab CityHome: What if 200 ft2 could be 3x larger?

Pretty. But what the heck: Gesture Controls? Really? Technological allotria at its best.

The CityHome is an ultra-efficient, responsive urban home, providing a hardware and software ecosystem for personal space customization. A micro-unit apartment developed by Kent Larson’s Changing Places Research Group.

twitter.com/MITCityHome

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Technology makes me smile!

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http://clientsfromhell.net/post/93107246270/im-supposed-to-be-designing-a-brochure-for-a

clientsfromhell:

I’m supposed to be designing a brochure for a client. An aggressive timeline was set months ago. It would allow me two weeks to design a 40-page brochure, get it proofed, get it approved, and get it to print. I was supposed to have all the images and copy prior to that two-week deadline.

When…

TRUTH!

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laughingsquid:

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, A Post-Apocalyptic Action Film About Surviving in the Wasteland

HELL YEAH!! The Interceptor LIVES!!! (Thankfully…without Mel Gibson)

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futurescope:

JIBO, The World’s First Family Robot

#TIL that Kickstarter videos are an - almost independent - subcategory of corporate flat-pack futures. And this one is their new leader. It’s too cute to be true. So let’s wait for the first delivered batch. Nevertheless, the team makes an excellent impression. I hope they don’t neglect the IoT-discussion about data protection & surveillance.

JIBO is the perfect robot for everyone in the family. Because JIBO is an open platform, his skills and uses will grow, helping and delighting in ways even we haven’t even imagined…

WHAT JIBO CAN DO

See Two hi-res cameras recognize and track faces, capture photos, and enable immersive video calling.

Hear 360° microphones and natural language processing let you talk to JIBO from anywhere in the room.

Speak Hands-free reminders and messages, so you’ll never forget and can always be in touch.

Learn Artificial Intelligence algorithms learn your preferences to adapt and fit into your life.

Help Like a personal assistant, JIBO proactively helps you, to make everyday tasks simpler and easier.

RelateCommunicates and expresses using natural social and emotive cues so you understand each other better.

JIBO’S SKILLS

INTELLIGENT & HANDS-FREE
Assistant Politely reminds you of important tasks and events to help you stay on top of things.
Messenger Recognizes you and each member of your household, to deliver the right messages to the right people at the right time & place.

EMOTIONAL CONNECTOR
Photographer Uses natural cues like movement, speech, and smile detection to know when someone’s posing for a picture.
Avatar See-and-track camera makes it easy to turn and look at people, to support video calling as if you are in the room.

FUN & SUPPORTIVE
Storyteller Sound effects, graphics and physical movements make a responsive and interactive storytelling experience.
CompanionPhysical presence with helpfulness and heart, JIBO will put a smile on your face and make you feel better.

[myjibo] [indiegogo]

Yes please…one for each room in the house. Thanks….

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