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Cyborg tissue is half living cells, half electronics

Cyborg tissue is half living cells, half electronics | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

They beat like real heart cells, but the rat cardiomyocytes in a dish at Harvard University are different in one crucial way. Snaking through them are wires and transistors that spy on each cell's electrical impulses. In future, the wires might control their behaviour too. And if signals can also be sent to the cells, cyborg tissue could be used in prosthetics or to create tiny robots.

 

Artificial tissue can already be grown on three-dimensional scaffolds made of biological materials that are not electrically active. And electrical components have been added to cultured tissue before, but not integrated into its structure, so they were only able to glean information from the surface.

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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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Mesh Networks: How Hong Kong Protesters Are Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi

Mesh Networks: How Hong Kong Protesters Are Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

As throngs of pro-democracy protesters continue to organize in Hong Kong's central business district, many of them are messaging one another through a network that doesn't require cell towers or Wi-Fi nodes. They're using an app called FireChat that launched in March and is underpinned by mesh networking, which lets phones unite to form a temporary Internet.

 

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WEB - THE FILM

WEB - THE FILM | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
As people in some of the most remote parts of the world connect to the Internet for the first time, WEB (the film) considers the impact of global connectivity on all of our lives.
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Terence McKenna - UFO: The Inside Outsider

Sound Photosynthesis presents TERENCE MCKENNA - UFO: The Inside Outsider. Faustin Bray and Brian Wallace recorded Terence at the UFO Expo in Los Angeles in 1993. Terence makes a strong case for the psilocybin mushroom being a vehicle for an alien intelligence using these plant hallucinogens to gather data about the planet. For the complete recording please contact us: www.sound.photosynthesis.com.

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We have met the alien, and it is us?

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Enter the Techno Tribe, the Interconnected Tribe of Tomorrow

Enter the Techno Tribe, the Interconnected Tribe of Tomorrow | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Enter the techno tribe, a term I’ve borrowed from the musical/dance genre from which it takes its nascent inspiration and am casually appropriating it to advance this concept. The technological tribe is, by implication, a smaller community, one that is in sync and effectively like-minded with egos cooperatively tempered into a collaborative rather than competitive state of communication. Instead of struggling for survival against the elements, this tribe of tomorrow aspires towards higher consciousness among the elements. They function like cells communicating within a body, exchanging communication as subtle as iconic symbols and as complex as a scientific thesis, but always in the process of assessing and dispensing information, the unit that it regards as its most valuable commodity. Information leads to knowledge and knowledge leads to power. However, these emerging tribes are redefining what power is in a modern configuration of the concept.

 

"In the centuries leading up to the present one, power meant control of resources. The techno tribe defines power in its effective distribution of resources. It seats power in the expanse of an increasingly aware and integrated collective, rather than a limited individual or closed-circuit consortium. In this way, the tribes as they emerge, become interconnected because their raison d’être is the exchange of information that benefits the many tribes, not just the one to which they belong. This ideal, to succeed, will require a civilizational maturation, the level to which we have obviously not yet reason. Still, we are continually seeing signs of the process of advancement as religious, nationalistic and patriarchal foundations we once accepted as inevitable, unchangeable and unquestionable are now crumbling in their antiquity. “Human Nature” is not static."

 

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This Device Lets Fully Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, and Human Trials Are Planned

This Device Lets Fully Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, and Human Trials Are Planned | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"We have complete control of the rat's hind legs," EPFL neuroscientist Grégoire Courtine said in a statement. "The rat has no voluntary control of its limbs, but the severed spinal cord can be reactivated and stimulated to perform natural walking. We can control in real-time how the rat moves forward and how high it lifts its legs."

 

The first step was to tune the EES pulses accurately enough to control the fine motor functions of a normal gait. To do this, the researchers put paralyzed rats onto a treadmill and supported them with a robotic harness. After several weeks of testing, the researchers had mapped out how to stimulate the rats' nervous systems precisely enough to get them to put one paw in front of the other."

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A Video About Our Planet That Is Both The Most Terrifying And The Most Motivating Thing Ever

A Video About Our Planet That Is Both The Most Terrifying And The Most Motivating Thing Ever | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"The truth is that we might be screwed. But the truthier truth is that we might not be — or might not be completely screwed.

 

And, y'know, a near-catastrophe is really different from a full-on catastrophe. That's why I watched every minute of this documentary. And that's why I marched in the People's Climate March on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014."

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The next window into our universe has a telescope lens as big as a car, takes photos with 3.2 billion pixels, and uses big data analytics

Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a massive telescope …

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Amazing. It used to take months to deep-field photograph just a portion of the sky, but this new telescope takes deep-field images of the entire night sky every three days. When all of this information is coupled with powerful big data processing technology, amazing things are being discovered...and we've only scratched the surface

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Can we prevent the end of the world?

Can we prevent the end of the world? | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

A post-apocalyptic Earth, emptied of humans, seems like the stuff of science fiction TV and movies. But in this short, surprising talk, Lord Martin Rees asks us to think about our real existential risks — natural and human-made threats that could wipe out humanity. As a concerned member of the human race, he asks: What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen?

 

http://on.ted.com/s04PN


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Echo: Economy Of Hours | Banking Time | An Alternative to Currency

Echo: Economy Of Hours | Banking Time | An Alternative to Currency | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
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Echo puts a whole new spin on business by trading in time and skills, not pounds and pence. You give what you have, you get what you need, an hour for an hour. We call it the Economy of Hours

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Temporary tattoos could make electronic telepathy and telekinesis possible

Temporary tattoos could make electronic telepathy and telekinesis possible | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Temporary electronic tattoos could soon help people fly drones with only thought and talk seemingly telepathically without speech over smartphones, researchers say. Electrical engineer Todd Coleman at the University of California at San Diego is devising noninvasive means of controlling machines via the mind, techniques virtually everyone might be able to use.

Commanding machines using the brain is no longer the stuff of science fiction. In recent years, brain implants have enabled people to control robotics using only their minds, raising the prospect that one day patients could overcome disabilities using bionic limbs or mechanical exoskeletons.

But brain implants are invasive technologies, probably of use only to people in medical need of them. Instead, Coleman and his team are developing wireless flexible electronics one can apply on the forehead just like temporary tattoos to read brain activity.

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Scientists Find a Way to Transmit Brain Waves Across Internet

An international team of researchers was able to use electroencephalography (EEG) to convert the words “hola” and “ciao” from a person's brain waves into binary. That data was transmitted from a subject in India to another subject in France, where the process was successfully reversed. In other words, the researchers say they've created a brain-to-brain communication system.

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Scientists bypass spinal column non-invasively to trigger walking | KurzweilAI

Scientists bypass spinal column non-invasively to trigger walking | KurzweilAI | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The illustration shows how a computer  can connects the brain directly to the locomotion center in the spine via a magnetic device

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Message From the Future — "Life vs. Entropy"

"Greetings. We are from the future… In the future, promoting entropy is the cardinal crime… Every organism is a brief upwelling of structure against chaos......
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Crossroads: labor pains of a new worldview

Crossroads: labor pains of a new worldview | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview is a documentary exploring the depths of the current human condition and the emergence of a worldview that is recreating our world from the inside out.

 

Weaving together insights and findings from biology, psychology, network science, systems science, business, culture and media, the film reveals the inner workings of the human experience in the 21st century, urging viewers to step out of the box and challenge their own assumptions about who we really are, and why we do what we do.

Crossroads places evolutionary context to today’s escalating social unrest, natural disasters, and economic failures. It illuminates the footsteps of an integrated worldview, penetrating its way through the power of social networks to the forefront of our personal and collective awareness.

 

A refreshing reality check for all viewers and a clarion call for those who carry the seeds of the emerging worldview.

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internet Rising: documentary film { edu-info-tainment }

INTERNET RISING  - The film's participants include many profound personalities and key internet influencers ranging from professors, corporate academics, futurists, researchers, writers, bloggers, media creators, activists, gamers, educators, scientists, artists, innovators - real humans, all of whom provide amazing insights into how our state of the world is changing and transforming via various forces of economic, social, geographic, political, philosophical development... all centered around technology's transformative and generative power.

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Will Brain Wave Technology Eliminate the Need for a Second Language?

Earlier this year, the first mind-to-mind communication took place. Hooked up to brain wave headsets, a researcher in India projected a thought to a colleague in France, and they understood each other. Telepathy went from the pages of science fiction...

 

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"Spoken language could start disappearing in 20 years. We'll all talk with each other using thoughts scanned and projected from our headsets and maybe even chip implants. This will radically increase the speed and bandwidth of human communications."

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10 Mind-Bending Implications of the Many Worlds Theory

10 Mind-Bending Implications of the Many Worlds Theory | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The Many Worlds Interpretation (MWI), postulates simply that the quantum wave function never collapses; it simply branches into its own unique world-line, resulting in every possible outcome of every situation existing in physical reality. If you’re having a hard time getting your head around that statement (and the fact that it’s held to be correct by the likes of Stephen Hawking), allow us to spell out some of the implications for you—but first, you may want to plug your ears to hold your brains in.

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X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets Children Teach Themselves

X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets Children Teach Themselves | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
The X PRIZE Foundation, the brainchild of entrepreneur and futurist Peter Diamandis, is already working on some of the world's biggest problems, and on Monday, it added another to the list: global education.
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Where is the technology that helps people navigate MOOCs so they can have a full college education all by themselves...and for little or no cost?!

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The Photon Belt: Raising Earth's Vibration

The Photon Belt: Raising Earth's Vibration | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Every 10,700 years or so, our solar system passes through a 2100 year-wide belt of highly charged ion particles know as the photon belt.
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Scientists grow fully-functioning organ inside a mouse from scratch

Scientists grow fully-functioning organ inside a mouse from scratch | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have grown a fully-functional organ inside a mouse; opening the possibility of one day manufacturing compatible organs for transplant without the need for donors. Using mouse embryo cells, scientists at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine created an artificial thymus gland with the same structure and function as an adult organ.

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Buddhist Extremists Vow To Unleash Tranquility On West!

Speaking in front of a nondescript altar surrounded by candles, burning sticks of incense, and a small golden statue of the Buddha, Rinpoche did not specify when or where an assault of profound inner stillness would occur, but stated in no uncertain terms that the fundamentalist Buddhist cell plans to target all Western suffering.


“In the name of the Great Teacher, we will stop at nothing to unleash a firestorm of empathy, compassion, and true selflessness upon the West,” said Rinpoche, adding that all enemies of a freely flowing, unfettered state of mind will be “besieged with pure, everlasting happiness.” “No city will be spared from spiritual harmony. We will bring about the end to all Western pain and anxiety, to all destructive cravings, to all greed, delusion, and misplaced desire. Indeed, we will bring the entire United States to its knees in deep meditation.”

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Big power out, solar in: UBS urges investors to join renewables revolution

Big power out, solar in: UBS urges investors to join renewables revolution | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Big power stations in Europe could be redundant within 10-20 years as electric cars, cheaper batteries and new solar technologies transform the way electricity is generated, stored and distributed, say analysts at the world’s largest private bank.


Via Flora Moon
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Once again rapid decentralization rears its lovely head. 

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Life Found in the Harsh Vacuum of Outer Space -

Life Found in the Harsh Vacuum of Outer Space - | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Totally baffling- there are microorganisms somehow surviving in the harsh vacuum of outer space.
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Artificial cells mimic natural protein synthesis -- Another barrier between artificial and natural falls.

Artificial cells mimic natural protein synthesis -- Another barrier between artificial and natural falls. | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Weizmann Institute scientists have created an artificial network-like cell system that is capable of reproducing the dynamic behavior of protein synthesis.

 

This achievement could help gain a deeper understanding of basic biological processes and pave the way toward controlling the synthesis of naturally occurring and synthetic proteins for many uses.

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Science is getting ever closer to being godlike.

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Lantern

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Defeat internet censorship. Give or get access to the open internet by sharing connections through your social network.

 

Lantern's goal is access: creating fast, reliable connections to the open Internet. With Lantern, every computer can act as a server. By running Lantern, every user with uncensored access can become an access point for those without, providing gateways to censored sites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
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Right on.

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