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Commons Economy Rising

Can there be a balance between independence and interdependence? Consider a Commons economy. @Connoropolous


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Technology and the experience of what it means to be human are evolving at an exponential rate, entering the steep of an asymptotic curve. If we don't destroy ourselves first, it is likely in a few decades we may not even recognize ourselves as what we were in 2015. Hang on, we're embarking on one helluva ride.
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Ray Kurzweil's Wildest Prediction: Nanobots Will Plug Our Brains Into the Web by the 2030s - Singularity HUB

Ray Kurzweil's Wildest Prediction: Nanobots Will Plug Our Brains Into the Web by the 2030s - Singularity HUB | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

 

"In the 2030s," said Ray, "we are going to send nano-robots into the brain (via capillaries) that will provide full immersion virtual reality from within the nervous system and will connect our neocortex to the cloud. Just like how we can wirelessly expand the power of our smartphones 10,000-fold in the cloud today, we'll be able to expand our neocortex in the cloud." 


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Delivering the internet of the future - at the speed of light

Delivering the internet of the future - at the speed of light | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The research by High Performance Networks (HPN) group in the University of Bristol’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has found, for the first time, a scientific solution that enables future internet infrastructure to become completely open and programmable while carrying internet traffic at the speed of light.


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The global brain...operating at the speed of light. 

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, January 26, 4:49 PM

Another giant step.

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Physicists propose the first scheme to teleport the memory of an organism

Physicists propose the first scheme to teleport the memory of an organism | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
In a recent study, Prof. Tongcang Li at Purdue University and Dr. Zhang-qi Yin at Tsinghua University proposed the first scheme to use electromechanical oscillators and superconducting circuits to teleport the internal quantum state (memory) and center-of-mass motion state of a microorganism. They also proposed a scheme to create a Schrödinger’s cat state in which a microorganism can be in two places at the same time. This is an important step towards potentially teleporting an organism in future.
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Graphene Could Make Your Next Smartwatch Imprinted Directly In Your Skin - FrequentGadget

Graphene Could Make Your Next Smartwatch Imprinted Directly In Your Skin - FrequentGadget | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Graphene – said by many to be the lightest, thinnest yet hardest material in the world may soon be used to create the perfect wearable device. Academics from the University of Manchester reported that graphene communication devices would not only be lightweight and unbreakable, but have the ability to be printed directly onto the skin …
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The Dawn of the Singularity: A Visual Timeline of Ray Kurzweil's Predictions - Futurism

The Dawn of the Singularity: A Visual Timeline of Ray Kurzweil's Predictions - Futurism | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
The following predictions were made by Ray Kurzweil, now the Director of Engineering at Google. He has made 147 predictions since the 1990’s and has maintained an astonishing 86% accuracy rate.
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Touchable Holograms Coming To Reality

Touchable Holograms Coming To Reality | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Scientists from Japan have created touchable holograms which are named as Fairy lights. This development could well lead to human beings able to interact with holograms"

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Pair that with advances in augmented and virtual reality and it's a whole new world(s). Literally.

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The Drug Lords of Tomorrow will be Biohackers

The Drug Lords of Tomorrow will be Biohackers | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
If scientists can get a brain implant to give neural stimuli that affects our perspectives, moods, and behaviors, then the future of drugs could be totally different than what it is now. In fact, in such a future, drug creation would become the domain of engineers and coders. This could become the next major frontier of the so-called drug market.

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Owen Matthews's curator insight, November 26, 2015 6:10 PM

A great idea for a SCi-Fi if ever I heard one.

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Neural Network Teaches Itself Speech By Talking to People

Neural Network Teaches Itself Speech By Talking to People | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Researchers have created a cognitive model, made up of two million interconnected artificial neurons, able to learn to communicate using human language starting from a blank slate. The system learns, only by way of communication with a person.
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Scientists Connect Brain to a Basic Tablet—Paralyzed Patient Googles With Ease - Singularity HUB

Scientists Connect Brain to a Basic Tablet—Paralyzed Patient Googles With Ease - Singularity HUB | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"For patient T6, 2014 was a happy year. That was the year she learned to control a Nexus tablet with her brain waves, and literally took her life quality from1980s DOS to modern era Android OS."

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"Designless" brain-like chips created through artificial evolution

"Designless" brain-like chips created through artificial evolution | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Scientists at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have devised a new type of electronic chip that takes after the human brain. Their device is highly power-conscious, massively parallel, and can manipulate data in arbitrary ways – even though it doesn't need to be explicitely designed to perform any task. The advance could pave the way for computers that think more like we do."


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Online security braces for quantum computing revolution

Online security braces for quantum computing revolution | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
It is an inevitability that cryptographers dread: the arrival of powerful quantum computers that can break the security of the Internet. Although these devices are thought to be a decade or more away, researchers are adamant that preparations must begin now.
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WiFi Nanoparticles Talk To The Brain From Inside

WiFi Nanoparticles Talk To The Brain From Inside | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
medical researchers injected 20 billion nanoparticles into the brains of mice, establishing a kind of direct wireless connection to neurons
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An electronic memory cell has been created that mimics the human brain

An electronic memory cell has been created that mimics the human brain | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Scientists have built a tiny, long-term memory cell that can both store and process information at the same time, just like the human brain. This is one of the first multi-state electronic memory cells, and it represents a crucial step towards a bionic brain"

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Stefania Pinsone's curator insight, September 2, 2015 4:16 AM

That opens a lot of new opportunities!

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Shocking predictions for life after 2020 from Ray Kurzweil, who leads Google's AI effort

Shocking predictions for life after 2020 from Ray Kurzweil, who leads Google's AI effort | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Ray Kurzweil is the world's foremost futurist, authoring bestsellers like "The Age of Spiritual Machines"  and "How to Create a Mind."

He's so influential that Google hired him to lead its artificial intelligence efforts.  Kurzweil is known for making predictions, which are right about 86% of the time.  Here are some of his most promising (and terrifying) visions of the 2020s and beyond.


Nanobots, Kurzweil said in a webinar earlier this year, will give us "full immersion virtual reality from within the nervous system." Earlier this month, Kurzweil said that nanobots will "finish the job" of the natural human immune system.  We'll be able to defeat any disease, even cancer. This leads to what futurists call "radical life extension." Kurzweil, like other futurists,considered death a disease to be cured — and nanobots are one of the ways to cure it.


As 3-D printing becomes more large scale and open source, more of of the world around us will become information technology. 

Kurzweil says that by the 2020s, you'll be able to "live extremely well and print out everything you need." Already, 3-D printed houses, rib cages, andbridges are becoming a reality.

 

And we will hit singularity. The most important date for Kurzweil is 2045. That's the year, he says, of what futurists call the Singularity, the moment when biological evolution's rate of growth is superceded by artificial intelligence. Kurzweil says that in 2045, the computational power of artificial intelligence will be a billion times that of human intelligence. And our species will never be the same...


Kurzweil and other futurists see "mind-uploading" as a major consequence of the singularity. Even Stephen Hawking thinks it's possible. "I think the brain is like a program in the mind, which is like a computer, so it's theoretically possible to copy the brain on to a computer and so provide a form of life after death," the physicist says. "However, this is way beyond our present capabilities." But by 2045, it might not be.


If your mind is uploaded and virtual reality is fully immersive, then no doubt your bodywill be virtual, too. "The virtual bodies will be as detailed and convincing as real bodies," Kurzweil says.


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The G-forces of asymptotic liftoff...

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, January 30, 7:30 AM

This article will start you thinking about AI - Artificial Intelligence and how it will impact you in this lifetime.

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US Scientists Developing Brain Implants That Can Connect Human Brain to Digital World

US Scientists Developing Brain Implants That Can Connect Human Brain to Digital World | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
A human brain that speaks in binary? It could be a reality. DARPA is looking into creating an interface that can connect the human brain and modern tech.
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Will Artificial Intelligence Read Your Mind? Scientific Research Analyzes Brainwaves To Predict Words Before You Speak

Will Artificial Intelligence Read Your Mind? Scientific Research Analyzes Brainwaves To Predict Words Before You Speak | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Mind reading may become a reality with artificial intelligence technology...technology could also be adapted to allow people to control robots through the power of thought by helping the machines interpret instructions from brain activity."

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Advanced Alien Life --"May Be a Billion Years Old, With Technology Beyond Matter"

Advanced Alien Life --"May Be a Billion Years Old, With Technology Beyond Matter" | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
"I think it very likely – in fact, inevitable – that biological intelligence is only a transitory phenomenon… If we ever encounter extraterrestrial intelligence, I believe it is very likely to be postbiological in nature, writes Arizona State's Paul Davies in The Eerie Silence. World renowned experts from physicist Sir Martin Rees of Cambridge University to astrobiologist Davies have asked that if we were to encounter alien technology far superior to our own, would we even realize what it was. A technology a million or more years in advance of ours would appear miraculous.
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Forget "a million years more advanced." At our current rate of technological evolution, can you imagine what we might be like (if we don't destroy ourselves) in 100 years? 500 years?!  

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Data Storage on DNA Can Keep It Safe for Centuries

Data Storage on DNA Can Keep It Safe for Centuries | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Scientists have shown that DNA molecules can be the basis for a long-term storage system potentially capable of holding all of the world’s digital information in a tiny space.
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China 'clone factory' scientist eyes human replication

China 'clone factory' scientist eyes human replication | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
The firm does not currently engage in human cloning activities, Xu said, adding that it has to be "self-restrained" because of possible adverse reaction.
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I take comfort in Mr. Xu's statement. 

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U.S. Military Is Developing Brain Implants To Help Restore Memory

U.S. Military Is Developing Brain Implants To Help Restore Memory | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
a “wireless, fully implantable neural-interface medical device” that will bypass the gap in the flow of information caused by brain injury. This system, they hope, will allow for the targeted stimulation of brain cells and eventually the restoration of memory function.
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Facebook’s Oculus-powered Teleportation Station aims to transport you to another world by 2025

Facebook’s Oculus-powered Teleportation Station aims to transport you to another world by 2025 | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

" 'Facebook wants to build a device that allows you to be anywhere you want, with anyone, regardless of geographic boundaries,' said Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer.

Of course, this isn’t real teleportation we’re talking about here. Instead, Schroepfer sees the Teleportation Station as a way to trick your senses into believing the virtual world you’re seeing and interacting with is actually real."

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This Is What Happens When Machines Dream

This Is What Happens When Machines Dream | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Google calls the process by which the images were created inceptionism, recalling the movie, and likewise, the images themselves range from beautiful to bizarre."

 

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Yes, Virginia. Androids really do dream of electric sheep.

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‘Brain-to-Text’ system converts speech brainwave patterns to text

‘Brain-to-Text’ system converts speech brainwave patterns to text | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

German and U.S. researchers have decoded natural continuously spoken speech from brain waves and transformed it into text — a step toward communication with computers or humans by thought alone.

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Soon, very soon, our thoughts will no longer be private if someone really wants to know them.

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Humans Will Have Cloud-Connected Hybrid Brains by 2030, Ray Kurzweil Says

Humans Will Have Cloud-Connected Hybrid Brains by 2030, Ray Kurzweil Says | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, predicts that by 2030, humans will have hybrid brains able to connect to the cloud, just as with computers.
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DNA-guided 3-D printing of human tissue is unveiled

DNA-guided 3-D printing of human tissue is unveiled | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a technique to build tiny models of human tissues using a process that turns human cells into a biological equivalent of LEGO bricks. These mini-tissues in a dish can be used to study how particular structural features of tissue affect normal growth or go awry in cancer.
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