Tony Cecala, Ph.D.

27 Flips | 3 Magazines | 36 Likes | 8 Following | 27 Followers | @tonycecala | I am a digital marketing consultant and speaker. I help companies optimize their online presence with content marketing systems. I am a Digital Media Consultant for Speakeasy, the social media arm of the Dallas Morning News. I develop and optimize web sites for Speakeasy's local clients. I built the online newsroom, GulfSeafoodNews.com for the Gulf Seafood Institute which is the industry leading "voice of the Gulf." I have produced two conferences on Content Marketing and lead a WordPress user group of 2400+ members.

Power of psychedelic drugs to lift mental distress shown in trials

In 1970 US authorities said drugs like LSD had no medical use, but two tests may just have proven that wrong<p>When Aldous Huxley was dying in 1963, he asked his wife to inject him with LSD, and he passed away, she wrote afterwards, without any of the pain and distress that cancer can cause in the …

Psychedelic Drugs

The company behind these pocket-sized military surveillance drones just got bought for $134 million

The Black Hornet is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.<p>The leading maker of thermal imaging sensors, Flir, bought a Norwegian drone maker for $134 million, the company announced Wednesday.<p>Flir acquired Prox Dynamics, which makes the Black Hornet, a tiny nano-drone used by the military and …

Drones

China's Citizen-Behavior Data Grab Is a Cautionary Tale for U.S.

Imagine if running a red light or forgetting a loan payment prevented you from buying airline tickets or prompted a higher interest rate on a loan. …

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The FBI Just Got Disturbing New Hacking Powers

At midnight, the U.S. government quietly gained expansive new surveillance abilities after a last-ditch effort to stop changes to the federal code of …

Surveillance

A Nobel prize-winning physicist identified three simple steps to mastering any subject

I wasn’t always a good learner. I thought learning was all about the hours you put in. Then I discovered something that changed my life.<p>The famous Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman understood the difference between “knowing something” and “knowing the name of something,” and it’s one of …

Self-improvement

Nick Bostrom: ‘We are like small children playing with a bomb’

Sentient machines are a greater threat to humanity than climate change, according to Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom<p>You’ll find the Future of Humanity Institute down a medieval backstreet in the centre of Oxford. It is beside St Ebbe’s church, which has stood on this site since 1005, and above a …

Singularity

Google making it possible to securely stop AI robots from causing harm

Worried about the robot apocalypse? Some may think it’s nothing to worry about, but it is true that a self-learning, intelligent machine will not be perfect. Even if they may not turn evil and want to take over the world, chances are there will be times when these AI agents make harmful decisions. …

Artificial Intelligence

Fear our new robot overlords: This is why you need to take artificial intelligence seriously

<b>"Teminator Genisys" (Paramount Pictures)</b><p>Killer computers determined to kill us? Nope. Forget “Terminator” — there’s something more specific to worry about<p>Phil Torres<p>May 14, 2016 6:00pm (UTC)<p>There are a lot of major problems today with tangible, real-world consequences. A short list might include …

Singularity

The Next Big Tech Revolution Will Be In Your Ear

Experts in UX, AI, and product design weigh in on the next big modality in computing.<p>“I wish I could touch you,” Theodore says, laying in bed. He’s met with silence. Rejection. Until she speaks up, tentatively. “How would you touch me?”<p>It’s a famously poignant scene from the movie <i>Her</i>, as the …

University of Michigan

Google's latest AI doesn't need geotags to figure out a photo's location

The new deep-learning program churns through millions of photos to determine the best match.<p>Google's latest deep-learning program can figure out where a photo was taken just by looking at it. The program, called PlaNet, was trained to recognize locations based on details in a photo by looking at …

The power of exponential technologies

“Exponential” is a term we often hear these days in terms of business and technology. As someone who has interviewed individuals behind some of …

This Is The New Battleground In Business

There’s a new battleground in business. It isn’t about money, resources, or scale. It’s not even about brand.<p>In the past decade, Apple has been very …

10 Post-Human Entities Who Could Inherit The Earth

<i>Homo sapiens sapiens</i> has had a pretty good run for a species confident enough to name ourselves the “wise, wise guys.” But we are reaching a point …

Singularity

40 countries are working on killer robots and there's no law to say how we use them

Artificial intelligence experts have come together at the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss the future – or lack of – for autonomous killer robots.<p>Despite calls for a ban made by people like Tesla’s Elon Musk last year, Sir Roger Carr, the chairman of British weapons manufacturer BAE, said …

Apple’s new acquisition is a startup that uses AI to read facial expressions

Apple is following in the footsteps of Google and Facebook by jumping on the facial recognition technology bandwagon. Unlike those two web giants, …

Eric Schmidt, for one, welcomes our new robot overlords

And Facebook’s CTO ... AI?The technology world's top executives gathered in New York this week to pay homage to the enormous benefits artificial …

Artificial intelligence: a force for good or evil?

Artificial intelligence (AI) expert Professor Murray Shanahan has been speaking to Nancy Mendoza about a new centre that looks at the future of AI.

Why Google, Target, and General Mills Are Investing in Mindfulness

When was the last time you sat quietly at your desk and did nothing but think? How would you react if you observed a peer, employee, or manager doing so? Encouraging employees to slow down to focus on the present can seem at odds with a corporate culture of speed and goal attainment. But in today’s …

Mindfulness

The Electric Turing Acid Test

If we want machines to truly think—a behavior that involves perspective and intuition and empathy—we need to help them hallucinate.<p><i>Parts of this essay by Andrew Smart are adapted from his book</i> Beyond Zero And One (2015)<i>, published by OR Books</i>.<p>Machine intelligence is growing at an increasingly rapid …

How two scientists are using the New York Times archives to predict the future

Researchers at Microsoft (s MSFT) and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology are creating software that analyzes 22 years of <i>New York Times</i> …

The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest for the New AI

There's a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm.<p>The idea arises from experiments suggesting that the portion of your brain …

Google CEO Page: Glass production numbers TBD

When it comes to Google Glass, it's a brave new future loaded with possibilities for Larry Page. But Google's chief executive told attendees at the company's big developer confab Wednesday that it was still too early to gauge consumers' reaction once the products go on sale.<p>"I don't know what the …

Google Glass

Google's Larry Page says Oracle among those holding back tech industry

The Google co-founder Larry Page spoke out on Wednesday about the "negativity" he believes is holding back the technology industry, a day after …

Google Maps integrates Google Earth and Street View in completely redesigned interface

Google Maps on the desktop has been rebuilt from the ground up, ushering in its most significant changes since its launch eight years ago. After spending some time with the new Maps, and with its lead designer, we’re struck by Google’s choice to do away with most of the user interface elements and …