A quartet of Canadian indie developers have created one of the most clever uses of the Oculus Rift I’ve seen with Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, a game about bomb defusing.

Created as part of last weekend’s Global Game Jam, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes’ brilliant premise has one player tasked with defusing a bomb that only they can see via the Oculus Rift, while their friends sift through various documents trying to sort out the explosive’s make and model so their bomb-defusing pal can alleviate the threat. Obviously the bomb’s on a timer, so both parties have to hurry.

Like Henry Smith’s wonderful iOS miscommunication madhouse Space Team before it, the situation will naturally get hectic as everyone yells over one another in this matter of life and virtual death.

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theatlantic:

Vadim and Vitaliy: The Russian Roofclimber-Photographers Who Scale the World’s Tallest Buildings

Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov, the masked Russian daredevils who have taunted authorities from Egypt to the Czech Republic by illegally climbing some of the most towering structures on the planet, have done it again. This time the target was the world’s second-tallest building: the 2,073-foot-high, still-under-construction Shanghai Tower in China.

The result are breathtaking. Literally. You may want to make sure you’re sitting down. Watch the men clamber in the clouds without ropes or other safety equipment, and peer down on one of the biggest cities on the globe from a tangle of metal grating and red scaffolding.

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futuramb:

DARPA publishes all its open source code in one place

"Making our open source catalog available increases the number of experts who can help quickly develop relevant software for the government," Chris White, the DARPA program manager behind the effort, said in a statement. "Our hope is that the computer science community will test and evaluate elements of our software and afterward adopt them as either standalone offerings or as components of their products."

(via DARPA publishes all its open source code in one place | The Verge)
This will most likely further increase the speed by which new technology will be developed. I wonder when if there will be attached an open ethics board à la Google to this research as well??

futuramb:

DARPA publishes all its open source code in one place

"Making our open source catalog available increases the number of experts who can help quickly develop relevant software for the government," Chris White, the DARPA program manager behind the effort, said in a statement. "Our hope is that the computer science community will test and evaluate elements of our software and afterward adopt them as either standalone offerings or as components of their products."

(via DARPA publishes all its open source code in one place | The Verge)

This will most likely further increase the speed by which new technology will be developed. I wonder when if there will be attached an open ethics board à la Google to this research as well??

emergentfutures
futuramb:

New systems modelling method for social sciences from Institute for Future Studies in Sweden that aims at bringing clarity to global economic and political change - maybe a tool that could be helpful in discovering new interesting relationships and patterns rather than just confirming the old ones?
The above graph is a heatmap of change in democracy models.
PLOS ONE: Bayesian Dynamical Systems Modelling in the Social Sciences

futuramb:

New systems modelling method for social sciences from Institute for Future Studies in Sweden that aims at bringing clarity to global economic and political change - maybe a tool that could be helpful in discovering new interesting relationships and patterns rather than just confirming the old ones?

The above graph is a heatmap of change in democracy models.

PLOS ONE: Bayesian Dynamical Systems Modelling in the Social Sciences

smarterplanet
smarterplanet:

Worlds Smallest LED is a Single Molecule
By coaxing light out of a single polymer molecule, researchers have made the world’s tiniest light-emitting diode.
This work is part of an interdisciplinary effort to make molecular scale electronic devices, which hold the potential for creating smaller but more powerful and energy-efficient computers. Guillaume Schull and his colleagues at the University of Strasbourg in France made the device with the conducting polymer polythiophene. They used a scanning tunneling microscope tip to locate and grab a single polythiophene molecule lying on a gold substrate. Then they pulled up the tip to suspend the molecule like a wire between the tip and the substrate.
The researchers report in the journalPhysical Review Letters that when they applied a voltage across the molecule, they were able to measure a nanoampere-scale current passing through it and to record light emitted from it.
(via First Single-Molecule LED - IEEE Spectrum)

smarterplanet:

Worlds Smallest LED is a Single Molecule

By coaxing light out of a single polymer molecule, researchers have made the world’s tiniest light-emitting diode.

This work is part of an interdisciplinary effort to make molecular scale electronic devices, which hold the potential for creating smaller but more powerful and energy-efficient computers. Guillaume Schull and his colleagues at the University of Strasbourg in France made the device with the conducting polymer polythiophene. They used a scanning tunneling microscope tip to locate and grab a single polythiophene molecule lying on a gold substrate. Then they pulled up the tip to suspend the molecule like a wire between the tip and the substrate.

The researchers report in the journalPhysical Review Letters that when they applied a voltage across the molecule, they were able to measure a nanoampere-scale current passing through it and to record light emitted from it.

(via First Single-Molecule LED - IEEE Spectrum)

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probablyasocialecologist:

Maxwell’s demon can use quantum information to generate work

In theory, Maxwell’s demon can decrease the entropy of a system by opening and closing a door at appropriate times to separate hot and cold gas molecules. But as physicist Leó Szilárd pointed out in 1929, entropy does not decrease in such a situation because the demon’s measurement process requires information, which is a form of entropy. Szilárd’s so-called information heat engine, now called the Szilárd engine (SZE), demonstrates how work can be generated by using information.
In the SZE and other heat engines devised since then, the information that is used to generate work has always been classical information. Now for the first time, physicists have theoretically demonstrated that a heat engine can generate work using purely quantum mechanical information.

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probablyasocialecologist:

Maxwell’s demon can use quantum information to generate work

In theory, Maxwell’s demon can decrease the entropy of a system by opening and closing a door at appropriate times to separate hot and cold gas molecules. But as physicist Leó Szilárd pointed out in 1929, entropy does not decrease in such a situation because the demon’s measurement process requires information, which is a form of entropy. Szilárd’s so-called information heat engine, now called the Szilárd engine (SZE), demonstrates how work can be generated by using information.

In the SZE and other heat engines devised since then, the information that is used to generate work has always been classical information. Now for the first time, physicists have theoretically demonstrated that a heat engine can generate work using purely quantum mechanical information.

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