Information that deserves attention, 8

These are the articles and videos from the previous week I found most interesting.

  1. Brief History and Future Development of Earth System Models: Resolution and Complexity
  2. How to Create a Mind
  3. Ray Kurzweil: Get ready for hybrid thinking
  4. Mapping the Brain
  5. Inflation: A New Universe is Born

Brief History and Future Development of Earth System Models: Resolution and Complexity

Warren Washington, NCAR

2007 Nobel Prize as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

NERSC Nobel Lecture Series: Warren Washington, May 28, 2014

http://youtu.be/FW0Vsj3giiI

 

How to Create a Mind

Ray Kurzweil

at TEDx Silicon Valley

Mar 5, 2013

http://youtu.be/RIkxVci-R4k

http://www.howtocreateamind.com/

Ray Kurzweil is discussing his ideas about human mind.

Ray Kurzweil: Get ready for hybrid thinking

http://youtu.be/PVXQUItNEDQ

Jun 2, 2014

Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.

Mapping the Brain

http://youtu.be/7_drJyNMXbw

Apr 8, 2014

Trailblazers in neuroscience Dr. Christof Koch and Dr. John Donoghue reveal mind-blowing insights on how the brain turns thought into voluntary behaviors and how that knowledge is empowering victims of neurological trauma with regained physical abilities.

Inflation: A New Universe is Born

Alan Guth

MIT

Mar 27, 2014

http://youtu.be/YwdNhZTdBCs

http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090415/full/458820a.html

http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090415/full/458820a/box/4.html

Almost 14 billion years ago, the universe burst into existence. In the first fleeting fraction of a second it expanded exponentially, stretching far beyond the view of our best telescopes. Alan Guth developed the theory of cosmic inflation to describe the first moments of the universe. He summarized inflation at an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Big Bang (via detection of the cosmic microwave background). Part of the Observatory Night lecture series at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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