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“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born."

- Albert Einstein

 

"A Revolution can be stopped, an Evolution can not."

- Drew Little, Economic Actionist/Social Entrepreneur

 

"Intelligence evolves its own evolvability."

- Kevin Kelly

 

"It was the tension -- between a restless idealism on one hand and an impending sense of doom on the other -- that kept me going."”

- Hunter S. Thompson

 

"In the future, a new generation of artists will be writing genomes as fluently as Blake and Byron wrote verses."
- Freeman Dyson

 

"The goal of the mystical experience is altered traits, not altered states."
- Huston Smith

 

"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it... the world needs people who have come alive"
-Howard Thurman

 

"Remember that you are at an exceptional hour in a unique epoch, that you have this great happiness, this invaluable privilege, of being present at the birth of a new world."
- The Mother, Sri Aurobindo Ashram

 

"When the soul wishes to experience something, she simply throws out an image, and enters into it."

   -Meister Eckhart

 

"God spare me from the desire for love, approval, or appreciation. Amen."

- ByronKatie

 

"If you are not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space."

- Leonard Shlain

 

"My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we CAN suppose."

- J.B.S. Haldane

 

"Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come to being."

- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 

"Politics and religion are obsolete. The time has come for science and spirituality."- Jawarharlal Nehru
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Technology and human evolution are developing exponentially, entering the steep of an asymptotic curve. Unfortunately, so is the possibility of setting back human evolution hundreds if not millions of years. Which will prevail? It's a nail biter!
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Possibly 100K Intelligent Civilizations in Milky Way - So Where Is Everyone? - Fermi Paradox

Possibly 100K Intelligent Civilizations in Milky Way - So Where Is Everyone? - Fermi Paradox | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Scientists estimate that there are over 100,000 intelligent alien civilizations in our galaxy alone—but we've never heard anything from any of them. Here are 13 possible explanations for why.
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Fascinating concept!

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Superman’ Data Crystals store 360 TB for unlimited lifetime

Superman’ Data Crystals store 360 TB for unlimited lifetime | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Using nanostructured glass, scientists at the University of Southampton have, for the first time, experimentally demonstrated the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional digital data by femtosecond laser writing. The storage allows unprecedented parameters including 360 TB/disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1000°C and practically unlimited lifetime.

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

Wow, I missed this news when it came out a year ago. Wonder how far this technology has progressed since then.

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Tor Project: Anonymity Online and a Backdoor to Internet Censorship

Tor Project: Anonymity Online and a Backdoor to Internet Censorship | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location.

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This has been invaluable in countries where internet censorship exists.

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Transcendence Going Interstellar: How the Singularity Might Revolutionize Interstellar Travel

Transcendence Going Interstellar: How the Singularity Might Revolutionize Interstellar Travel | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Andreas Hein, who has appeared in these pages before on the subject of worldships, here speculates about a much different kind of traveling: The uploading of consciousness. Andreas is Deputy Director of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies (I4IS), as well […]
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Terence Mckenna - Trust Yourself

"All ideologies are means of control. The only thing that's real is personal experience."

 

"A global society is coming into being...because of the clumsy handling of the cybernetic revolution by the dominator culture. Never has the situation been more fluid...but we have to seize the opportunity."

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MaidSafe - The New Decentralized Internet

MaidSafe - The New Decentralized Internet | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

MaidSafe is a fully decentralized platform on which application developers can build decentralized applications. The network is made up by individual users who contribute storage, computing power and bandwidth to form a world-wide autonomous system,

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The 5 Biggest Threats To Human Existence

The 5 Biggest Threats To Human Existence | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"In the daily hubbub of current “crises” facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come. Not those who will live 200 years from now, but 1,000 or 10,000 years from now.

 

I use the word “hope” because we face risks, called existential risks, that threaten to wipe out humanity. These risks are not just for big disasters, but for the disasters that could end history."

 
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Joe Rogan & Duncan Trussell - Floating in Infinity

f you ever start to take things too seriously-- just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.

Conversations and musings from Joe's podcast with comedian Duncan Trussell, backed by the transportive music of Shpongle, touches on the possibility of psychedelics being the original source for human development, and their impact on culture - how far we've come, and what's to come next - the sheer vastness of all that is, and how reconnecting to the original source could change everything.

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21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World

21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Across the planet, new technologies and business models are decentralizing power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals.


"We are seeing technology-driven networks replacing bureacratically-driven hierarchies," says VC and futurist Fred Wilson, speaking on what to expect in the next ten years. View the entire 25-minute video below (it's worth it!) and then check out the 21 innovations below. 

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

Truly exciting things here!

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roberto gilli's curator insight, May 28, 11:56 PM

Great source of thoughts!

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Jeremy Rifkin on the Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Internet of Things

Economic theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin explains his concept of The Internet of Things. Rifkin's latest book is The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism (http://goo.gl/4estV2).

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

Rifkin articulates nicely how large, centralized institutions, particularly those related to commerce, are being rapidly morphed into a distributed format by virtue of the internet's proliferation of interconnectedness and interdependence.

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“Overview:” A Film on the Perspective-Altering Effect of Seeing Earth from Space

“Overview:” A Film on the Perspective-Altering Effect of Seeing Earth from Space | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
For over 40 years, the ‘Blue Marble’ images of Earth taken from space have provided a new perspective of our planet, and the sometimes life-altering experience of such views was described in Frank White’s book “The Overview Effect,” published in 1987. When it came out, I gobbled it up, and have since read it several…
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Nice to watch this short film again now that I too can spend my off hours "Earth gazing". 

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A Synthetic Biology Conference Lures an Intriguing Audience

A Synthetic Biology Conference Lures an Intriguing Audience | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Both the F.B.I. and Homeland Security were in attendance at talks at M.I.T. about the engineering of organisms and its ability to help and harm.
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Quantum Switches Controlled By Single Photons Could Revolutionize Computing

Quantum Switches Controlled By Single Photons Could Revolutionize Computing | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize computing by exponentially increasing speed, computing power, and security as single atoms would be capable of performing tasks. Though quantum computing is probably overkill for the typical person, it holds a great deal of promise for researchers and others who need ramped up computing. A team of researchers led by Mikhail Lukin of Harvard University have demonstrated an ability to use single atoms as gates that can block the flow of electrons and can be operated with one photon.
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Dean Radin's Extraordinary Synchronicity Story - The Gravity Attraction of Ideas

Dean Radin shares his extraordinary personal story of synchronicity. Radin is a researcher and author in the field of parapsychology. He has been Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, in Petaluma, California, USA, since 2001.

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This is most certainly worth a listen.

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The Coming Transhuman Era

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"If this wasn't good enough for you, Body 2.0 will include artificial eyes, with zoom capabilities and infrared sensors and night vision will be possible," Sosa continues.  Prosthetic limbs will be more flexible and powerful than our biological ones. In the future, the blind will see, paralysis will be overcome and the deaf will hear.


Memory implants and recording will also become possible, and according to the examples Sosa provides, we are already in the early stages.  Reconstructing images in the brain has already been able to see how the brain processes YouTube videos.  These technologies may progress to allow for mind uploading brain-to-brain interfaces and more.  Sosa calls this the "brain net."

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Optogenetics and genomic tools make it possible to pinpoint the source of memory, consciousness, and emotions

Optogenetics and genomic tools make it possible to pinpoint the source of memory, consciousness, and emotions | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Optogenetics and other new techniques mean scientists can begin to pinpoint the function of the thousands of different types of neurons among the roughly 86 billion in the human brain. Consciousness, free will, memory, learning—they are all on the table now, as researchers use these tools to investigate how the brain achieves its seemingly mysterious effects.

 


Via Amy Cross
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

When the entire brain is thus mapped, will we be a step closer to being able to replicate all of these functions to another substrate; i.e. a computer?

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New smartphone chip will beam high-definition Holograms as early as 2015

New smartphone chip will beam high-definition Holograms as early as 2015 | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Just imagine: a smartphone that projects 3D holograms into thin-air. Within  a year or two, you won't have to imagine it.


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Just imagine: a smartphone that projects 3D holograms into thin-air. #technology #technews
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Get ready for hybrid thinking

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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.
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These Guys Are Creating A Whole New Internet Using Bitcoin And They Are Having Surprising Success

These Guys Are Creating A Whole New Internet Using Bitcoin And They Are Having Surprising Success | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
What if you were to give the internet a makeover, changing it so that it's absolutely safe from hackers and government snooping, but still good for apps?

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The Big Picture

The 4 billion year old story of evolution on this planet - from the slow emergence of the first organisms out of the primordial soup to the present rapid evolution of technology and beyond. 

 

From the author: 

"I cannot believe that we are at the end of this story - we are not evolution's ultimate product. There's something coming after us, and I imagine it is something wonderful. But we may never be able to comprehend it, any more than a caterpillar can comprehend turning into a butterfly."

 
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Written in 1998 and just as true today. Perhaps even more so.

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Can a $7 USB Stick Provide Billions With Computer Access?

Can a $7 USB Stick Provide Billions With Computer Access? | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The Keepod USB will allow old, discarded and potentially non-functional PCs to be revived, while allowing each user to have ownership of their own "personal computer" experience - with their chosen desktop layout, programs and data - at a fraction of the cost of providing a unique laptop, tablet or other machine to each person.

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roberto gilli's curator insight, May 30, 12:16 AM

I had pre-ordered 4 USBs! Waiting to test keepod!

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We Are Already Cyborgs - Jason Silva

Ever ponder the miracle of life? Or perhaps wonder about the evolution of intelligence? In Shots of Awe, "Performance Philosopher" Jason Silva raves about the reality we don't pay attention to: We are so embedded with, surrounded by and dependent upon technology that it has "literally become our exoskeleton." 

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For an entire, compelling book on this topic, read Kevin Kelly's "What Technology Wants" http://books.google.com/books/about/What_Technology_Wants.html?id=_ToftPd4R8UC

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Kevin Kelly - What Technology Wants

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This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not just a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover "what it wants." Kelly uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology's long course, and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed.

 

This new theory of technology offers three practical lessons: By listening to what technology wants we can better prepare ourselves and our children for the inevitable technologies to come. By adopting the principles of pro-action and engagement, we can steer technologies into their best roles. And by aligning ourselves with the long-term imperatives of this near-living system, we can capture its full gifts.

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"What Technology Wants" is one compelling, insightful treatise on the profound intersection of technology and evolution. For anyone who has any interest at all in this topic (i.e. YOU -- for why else would you be reading what I post), this book is truly a must-read. While reading this remarkable book, I felt it articulated a narrative I've been trying to piece together in my mind for decades.

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Was April 30, 2014 one of the most important days in human history that few noticed?

Was April 30, 2014 one of the most important days in human history that few noticed? | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

April 30, 2014 was the day that HD, live-streaming video cameras  on the International Space Station began sending a real-time feed of its view of Earth out to the Internet (click here: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/). On this day every human being who has access to the internet (3 billion+ at last count) could have a present-moment experience of what our planet looks like 300 miles in space.  Not a static view from a photograph...not a video that was taken days, weeks, months or years ago, but Now. Always Now as the ISS orbits and weaves its way over the planet -- through days and nights (one full orbit every 90 minutes), looking into the sun, away from the sun, during every season, over every kind of landscape, seascape and cloudscape. Always an ever-changing perspective of what Earth looks like right Now. 

 

Astronauts describe the "Overview Effect" in which their whole perspective of life, human beings, political boundaries and more shift as a result of experiencing Earth from space. It is said that the famous, "Blue Marble" photo of Earth floating in space, taken by one of the early Apollo missions, was the beginning of a new perspective of ourselves and our fragile planet. I remember hearing about how Stewart Brand, curator of The Whole Earth Catalog, insisted on plastering that image on the front cover because of what he rightfully assessed being the importance of this image.

 

It will indeed be interesting to see how millions of us react when we have this same real-time experience (albeit virtualized) that astronauts have. Meanwhile, I think I finally have a good reason to buy one of those big HD TVs.

 

Take a look at our Blue Marble in real time and share your thoughts: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/

 

For more on the "Overview Effect" click here: http://www.universetoday.com/98865/overview-the-perspective-altering-effect-of-seeing-earth-from-space/

 

Oh, and that great view of the coast of California that's at the top of this post? I "snapped it" (screen shot actually) this afternoon as it passed in front of me (on my PC) in real time.

 

Okay, enough ruminating for now, I'm going back to that remarkable live feed...

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Occupy Love – The Revolution Is Love

Occupy Love – The Revolution Is Love | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

“Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says ‘more for you is less for me.’ But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness is your happiness. Their pain is your pain. Your sense of self expands to include other beings. This shift of consciousness is universal in everybody, 99% and 1%.” -

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