Hördur Gudmundsson (hoddilux)

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Stephen Hawking: brain could exist outside body

Stephen Hawking has said he believes brains could exist independently of the body, but that the idea of a conventional afterlife is a fairy tale.<p>Speaking at the premiere of a documentary film about his life, the theoretical physicist said: "I think the brain is like a program in the mind, which is …

IBM Develops Programming Language Inspired By The Human Brain

Two years ago this month, IBM announced that it had developed a cognitive computer chip, inspired by human neural architecture. That chip was developed as part of the SyNAPSE project, which has a long term goal of building a computing system that can handle tasks that are relatively easy for human …

25 toughest companies to interview with

How would you build an engine from scratch?Can you estimate the revenue from 2012 Olympic ticket sales? How many people are watching YouTube in a given hour?<p>These are just a few of the tough questions job seekers were asked by interviewers in the past year, according to a report released Friday by …

Four Things You Need To Know In The Big Data Era

Big Data has been declared the “sexiest job of the 21st century” and it’s already reshaping corporate decisionmaking and even talent recruitment. As Phil Simon, author of <i>Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data</i>, points out, “In a recent report, McKinsey estimated that the U.S. will soon …

Smart trash can knows how fast you walk and which smartphone you use

UK startup Renew is taking smartphone tracking to London's streets with the help of its Wi-Fi-enabled trash cans. Already outfitted with advertising screens, a handful of the city's 100 Renew Pods are now equipped with new "Renew Orbs," which use Wi-Fi to track the proximity and speed of people …

Here To Amuse You: See Art From The Martin Scorsese Exhibit

Last summer, Gallery1988 in L.A. held an <i>Arrested Development</i>-themed exhibit. It was fitting, since California is where the show is set. In December, the same gallery hosted a pop art tribute to director Judd Apatow–also fair, since the director tends to set his movies in the area as well. However, …

Arrested Development

2050 - and immortality is within our grasp

Aeroplanes will be too afraid to crash, yoghurts will wish you good morning before being eaten and human consciousness will be stored on supercomputers, promising immortality for all - though it will help to be rich.<p>These fantastic claims are not made by a science fiction writer or a crystal …

Singularity

Revenge of the nerds

THINK of banking today and the image is of grey-suited men in towering skyscrapers. Its future, however, is being shaped in converted warehouses and …

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Franz Josef Land Expediton: Ice and Giant Sea Spiders

Wildlife<p>The giant sea spider Anomorhynchus smithii, a species described for the first time in Franz Josef Land in 1881. (Photo by Enric Sala)<p><i>National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km</i> …

How Do You Raise Your Kid To Be An Entrepreneur?

As a guy who exclusively works for tech start-ups, I have had a unique perspective to observe a bunch of entrepreneurs in action. Some of them were more successful than others, and I’d say some of them wore it better than others.<p>With some of them, you could see it was very difficult. Maybe they …

Who's Gonna Pay For Global Warming?

Who do you think? The middle classes of the developed world will pay with their hard-earned taxes. The poor of the world will pay with their blood, sweat and tears. And half the species on this planet will pay with their lives. The 1% won’t even notice, although Bree might wonder why her friend’s …

Banks putting human tellers in ATMs

Automated teller machines have served us well for more than 40 years now, but it’s time for a reboot.<p>We trust ATMs to dispense cash and accept deposits. It turns out these machines can do much more —both faster and more efficiently — when remote human tellers are involved in the transaction.<p>The new …

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What Mars Would Look Like if Captured Using Instagram or Hipstamatic

What would we think the surface of Mars looks like if NASA had equipped the Curiosity rover with a smartphone loaded with Instagram or Hipstamatic …

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

17 Startup Founders on How to Become Insanely Successful

Here's what it takes to launch a business, from those who have been there before.

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10 Amazing River Trips in North America

There's a place for vacations that include museum tours and visits to the childhood homes of famous people, but sometimes you need to feel your heart pound and catch a lump in your throat. For the latter type of experience, head to the mountains: The rivers are calling.<p>Whitewater rafting can spice …

25 Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter

The arduous experience of entrepreneurship often makes founders a fount of business advice. From billionaire Richard Branson to Garrett Camp, co-founder of transport startup Uber, both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs have tips to share through their Twitter feeds.<p>Branson regularly …

YouTube opens up live streaming to anyone with 100 or more subscribers

YouTube is opening up its live streaming service to anyone with 100 or more subscribers, putting smaller, independent creators on the same footing as larger productions. The announcement comes less than three months after YouTube lowered the bar on live streaming to channels with 1,000 or more …

Google interns' first week

Up Close and Personal with Google Glass

Almost all of the growth to the US labor force by 2050 will come from immigrants

Recent polling shows that 72% of voters in the US consider immigration a net positive for the country but it’s not clear whether Congress has gotten the message. While the Senate passed a strong immigration reform bill last month, the House of Representatives seems less eager to act, and probably …

The 12 Habits Of Highly Collaborative Organizations

When it comes to the future of work and collaboration I’ve worked with and researched hundreds of companies. Collaboration is indeed a top priority for many business leaders but knowing what makes organizations successful can be a tricky thing. After all no two companies are like and their …

How Google Is Quietly Taking Over

Earlier this month, Google announced disappointing earnings, and its stock immediately dropped 5% (Disclosure: I own Google stock through a fund). Most disturbingly, the company’s core revenue driver, the revenue it gets for each click on an ad, decreased 6% while traffic acquisition costs …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Spectacular landscapes in HQ

Earth is a spectacularly beautiful, diverse place: filled to the brim with millions of species of plants and animals, mindblowing features that seem …

31 Stunning Pictures Of American National Parks

The National Park Service oversees 401 areas throughout the U.S. and U.S. territories and has nearly 300 million visitors each year.<p>You don't have to be a hiking fanatic to enjoy these places. You can swim, kayak, bird watch, walk, bike, drive, camp, or just relax in the country's national parks.<p>We …