Introducing 'Operator 4.0,' A Tech-Augmented Human Worker

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Technology can help workers in many ways. Romero, Stahre, Wuest, et al., CC BY-NDThorsten Wuest, West Virginia University; David Romero, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, and Johan Stahre, Chalmers University of Technology

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived. The first was the steam engine-driven Industrial Revolution; the second involved the innovations from Henry Ford’s assembly line. Third, microelectronics and computer power appeared on factory floors. Now, manufacturing businesses are beginning to integrate robotics, automation and other data-driven technologies into their workflows. The Conversation

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Medieval Medical Books Could Hold The Recipe For New Antibiotics

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A recipe for an eyesalve from ‘Bald’s Leechbook.’ © The British Library Board (Royal MS 12 D xvii)Erin Connelly, University of Pennsylvania

For a long time, medieval medicine has been dismissed as irrelevant. This time period is popularly referred to as the “Dark Ages,” which erroneously suggests that it was unenlightened by science or reason. However, some medievalists and scientists are now looking back to history for clues to inform the search for new antibiotics. The Conversation

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Earthquakes Triggered By Humans Pose Growing Risk

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Sichuan province after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, thought to be induced by industrial activity at a nearby reservoir. dominiqueb/flickr

Gillian Foulger, Durham University; Jon Gluyas, Durham University, and Miles Wilson, Durham University

People knew we could induce earthquakes before we knew what they were. As soon as people started to dig minerals out of the ground, rockfalls and tunnel collapses must have become recognized hazards. The Conversation

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This Amazing Clip Simulates Hyper-Reality & Its Potential Problems

Written By: Nick Long

Augmented reality is a concept which is only now taking hold of our world.  From Pokemon Go to Mario Dash, tech corporations are heading straight into the unknown and unfiltered world of augmented reality with little to hold them back.  While these amazing tools can be applied to help people experience the world in a new way, the very same mechanism can be used to trap us within it.  It's always interesting to see what creative spark can manifest in the internet, and to see this come alive with technology is as close as you can get magic - seeing is believing after all, isn't it?  

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Why Isn’t Science Better? Look At Career Incentives

Paul Smaldino, University of California, Merced

There are often substantial gaps between the idealized and actual versions of those people whose work involves providing a social good. Government officials are supposed to work for their constituents. Journalists are supposed to provide unbiased reporting and penetrating analysis. And scientists are supposed to relentlessly probe the fabric of reality with the most rigorous and skeptical of methods.

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Should Cybersecurity Be A Human Right?

Scott Shackelford, Indiana University

Having access to the internet is increasingly considered to be an emerging human right. International organizations and national governments have begun to formally recognize its importance to freedom of speech, expression and information exchange. The next step to help ensure some measure of cyber peace online may be for cybersecurity to be recognized as a human right, too.

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