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Bionic hybrid age may well be flickering to life. Naweed I Syed

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Dr. Naveed I Syed is a world renowned scientist of Pakistani origin and the Head of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Canada.He is the first scientist to connect brain cells to a silicon chip. Dr. Syed has travelled worldwide giving lectures and presenting presentations about the human mind and his mini chip. One of the most important contributions of Dr Naweed was to ‘connect brain cells to a silicon chip’, the first scientist to do so.

This opened up a field of unimaginable potential bringing artificial intelligence to the next stage. He estimates that science fiction type ‘Machine Men’ may be developed in one or two decades, with the use of his silicon chip.The discovery ‘Brain on a chip’ is a major step in the research of integrating computers with human brains to help people control artificial limbs, monitor people’s vital signs, correct memory loss or impaired vision.

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Being able to monitor the dialogue between cell and silicon chip is a crucial step toward one day manipulating it, raising the possibility of neurochip implants that can help restore sight or language after a stroke, or repair neurons that malfunction in a wide range of brain disorders, from Parkinson’s disease to Alzheimer’s.

Until now, the Calgary group had conducted most of its research on cells taken from rat and snail brains. Snail neurons, Dr. Syed said, are four to 10 times the size of human brain cells and easier to manipulate on a chip one millimeter square.

“That’s what the dream really is all about .where a man made device can be integrated into living human tissue and become part of it,” Dr. Syed said.The humbling part, he said, has been the complex wiring of the human brain.”A lot of people still think bionics is science fiction,” Dr. Syed said. “It’s not. It’s already here.”

More in the feild of Neuro Genetics. The Man Who’s Building a Computer Made of Brains ,IBM cracks open a new era of computing with brain-like chip .

The Thiel Deal #ZerOtoOne.

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Peter Thiel hardly needs an introduction; his name has been tied to some of the most successful companies of our time ,He is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist,hedge fund manager, and social critic.He also co-founded Palantir, of which he is chairman. He was the first outside investor in Facebook .Over the span of his career, he has had the chance to watch companies make it and break it, he taught a class at Stanford University covering everything he knew about startups.The class,was developed out of Founders Fund and specifically, notes taken by a student led to the publication of his book, Zero to One.

Here is its description of “zero to one”: 

“Zero to One” describes the process of creating something radically new and taking it to the first step (Horizontal or intensive growth). The phrase is used in contrast to the term “1 to n” (Vertical or extensive growth), which means creating incremental improvements to what is already familiar. The aim of the phrase is to encourage more “zero to one”, or entrepreneurial, behavior. There are Three kinds of innovation:

  • Performance-improving innovations that replace old products with new and better models.
  • Efficiency innovations that help companies make and sell mature, established products or services to the same customers at lower prices.
  • Market-creating innovations that “transform complicated or costly products so radically that they create a new class of consumers, or a new market.”

By Contrast Market creating innovations are the most important of these, because they usually generate whole new industries, new jobs and new economic growth.Peter-Thiel-Zero-to-One-700dpi

Thiel speaks from experience. He was involved in a number of successful market creating firms. He cofounded PayPal, which was sold in 2002 for $1.5 billion. The team that he put together at PayPal is known in Silicon Valley as the “PayPal Mafia.” It included a number of entrepreneurs who have gone on to launch successful startups. “Elon Musk has founded SpaceX and co-founded Tesla Motors; Reid Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn; Steve Chen, Chad Hurley , and Jawed Karim together founded YouTube; Jeremy Stoppelman and Russel Simmons founded Yelp; David Sacks co-founded Yammer. Thiel also helped fund the launch of Facebook.

The core philosophy of his book is ,If  you do what has never been done and you can do it better than anybody  else, you have a monopoly and every business is successful exactly  insofar as it is a monopoly. But the more you compete, the more you  become similar to everyone else. From the tournament of formal schooling  to the corporate obsession with outdoing rivals, competition destroys  profits for individuals, companies, and society as a whole.The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.Not all truly innovative design is completely “zero to one”, however. Facebook was not completely “Zero to One”, as it built on ideas that were improvements over Friendster and Myspace. But it is important to note that Facebook’s improvements were not incremental improvements rather it started doing things differently from a new zero ground.

I think we can all agree that some types of work have more “zero to one” characteristics than other types of work. For example, the creation of the Thiel Fellowship was definitely a “zero to one” event, and Peter Thiel’s creation of the fellowship was partially inspired by the need to inspire more people to do truly “zero to one” work.

Startup Visas: The New Fad Attracting Entrepreneurs

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ShutUpStartUpThis post is a repost of an article from Josephine Goube @ Migreat

It’s a good time to be an entrepreneur!

Governments have launched start-up visa schemes this year,Countries are joining the list of specific immigration and tax policies targeted at entrepreneurs. Here is an updated list for 2015 .

Most Entrepreneur visa schemes ask for entrepreneurs to show investments in the range of $40,000 to $100,000. Start-Up Chile is a program for those who want to accelerate and develop a world-class startup in Chile, while helping to shape the local culture and embrace entrepreneurship. Applicant to the Chilean visa with it comes a grants of 20 million pesos (approx $35K).

French Minister of State for the digital economy Axelle Lemaire announced a new entrepreneur visa package called the French Tech Ticket. With this package,foreign entrepreneurs could get a work visa, a $14,000-$28,000 grant (€12,500-€25,000) for each team member, free office space in an incubator in Paris as well as an English-speaking administrative advisor. Announced at La French Touch Conference and limited to 500 applications for now, teams who want to apply need to be co-founders, with at most three co-founders and one French founder who lives abroad. They need to work on a startup, speak English and stay at least six months in France. The French Government is partnering with the city of Paris for the incubator part of the package. entrepreneurs-welcome-english-may-2015

Start-up Visas programs spreading like mushrooms:

So far in 2015 Denmark, France and the Netherlands have already launched national programs to attract foreign entrepreneurs to start companies.Their visa schemes have a few things in common,which is to offer fast-track and specific processes to foreign entrepreneurs with special guidance from local incubators to navigate the system. Denmark and France have put quotas in place. The Netherlands (wisely) has not. Ireland just reformed their immigration system to lower the minimum funding requirement to apply to the visa, and have passed a law to make it easy to recruit foreign talents for startups in hope to better attract global global talent to its tech industry.

Global trend of startup visas this year 2015 has attracted France, Denmark, Netherlands and South Korea; and more are to come (Israel and US). South Korea isn’t the first country in Asia to offer a visa or other type of residency permit specifically to entrepreneurs. Hong Kong’s investment visa, Singapore’s EntrePass, Japan’s visa extension for entrepreneurs, and the Philippines’ investor and employment generation visas all serve similar functions.

In the US, strong business and tech lobbies have been pushing for an immigration reform that would introduce a US start-up visa. President Obama announced that the US will make it easier and faster for entrepreneurs to come to the US and start businesses but nothing has yet happened.

Which countries have the easiest Entrepreneur Visa process? 

It is difficult to say, as rules are not always matching reality. On paper, the Italian, Dutch and Spanish visa look very attractive. Both countries promise a quick processing turnaround (30 days maximum). In Spain, all documentations submitted have to be translated in Spanish. In Italy,the application is reduce to the strict minimum: sending electronically a CV and filling out an online application form. The application form can be filled in English.

The “cheapest” Entrepreneur visa is in Chile where you are not asked to bring investment to the country, quite the opposite: they provide you with funding! This said, it does not mean it is easy to get because you will have to get accepted in the very selective Startup Chile Accelerator.

Only Canada offers a permanent resident visa. All other countries provide only a temporary visa to Entrepreneurs. It positions Canada Entrepreneur visa as the most welcoming. For European countries such as France ,Spain or Italy, the visa is a temporary one but easily renewable.

Conclusion

Interning or working at a startup overseas is a great way to hone your professional skills while immersing yourself in an exciting, new city. As we all know, in today’s post-recession world, a Bachelor’s degree no longer guarantees solid employment. But here’s the silver lining: Just as important as the piece of paper you receive upon graduation is your real-world experience, and international exposure can really set you apart.

Most visas are easier to get if you have been accepted in an accelerator. Entrepreneurs have to prove their business and achieve the renewal requirements in terms of job created and revenue generated. It also has a flexible immigration system that makes it easy and simple for start-up to hire foreigners.The programs could well provide the spark for the US and or the EU to launch programs that attract talent, create jobs and foster innovation on a larger scale.

Originally published on Migreat Blog http://wp.me/p2rYvz-fE .