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NASA | Computer Model Shows a Disk Galaxy's Life History

We evolved from this so that we could be aware that we evolved from this. Astounding. What's next?

 

This cosmological simulation follows the development of a single disk galaxy over about 13.5 billion years, from shortly after the Big Bang to the present time. Colors indicate old stars (red), young stars (white and bright blue) and the distribution of gas density (pale blue); the view is 300,000 light-years across. The simulation ran on the Pleiades supercomputer at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and required about 1 million CPU hours. It assumes a universe dominated by dark energy and dark matter. .

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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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Upgrade Your Brain: Liquid Hard Drive Implants Could Increase Intellect

Upgrade Your Brain: Liquid Hard Drive Implants Could Increase Intellect | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Researchers discover novel way of liquid data storage, paving way for biocompatible brain implants
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▶ Seth Lloyd on the Universe as a Quantum Computer

"Dr. Seth Lloyd, a self-described "quantum mechanic" and professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, says the universe itself is a giant quantum computer"

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Astronauts Who Had Spiritual Experiences ‘Up There’

Astronauts Who Had Spiritual Experiences ‘Up There’ | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Several astronauts who have seen Earth from space have had profoundly awakening spiritual experiences. Here are just a few of them.
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Only a handful of us will have the experience like these astronauts did, but there is a remarkable facsimile thanks to the newly unveiled livestreaming HD cameras pointing at earth from the iSS: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/International_Space_Station/Where_is_the_International_Space_Station. I for one have been watching earth in real-time with perhaps some of the same wonder, contemplation, fascination and awe.

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▶ Global Brain: Web as Self-organizing Distributed Intelligence - Francis Heylighen

Distributed intelligence is an ability to solve problems and process information that is not localized inside a single person or computer, but that emerges from the coordinated interactions between a large number of people and their technological extensions. The Internet and in particular the World-Wide Web form a nearly ideal substrate for the emergence of a distributed intelligence that spans the planet, integrating the knowledge, skills and intuitions of billions of people supported by billions of information-processing devices. This intelligence becomes increasingly powerful through a process of self-organization in which people and devices selectively reinforce useful links, while rejecting useless ones. This process can be modeled mathematically and computationally by representing individuals and devices as agents, connected by a weighted directed network along which "challenges" propagate. Challenges represent problems, opportunities or questions that must be processed by the agents to extract benefits and avoid penalties. Link weights are increased whenever agents extract benefit from the challenges propagated along it. My research group is developing such a large-scale simulation environment in order to better understand how the web may boost our collective intelligence. The anticipated outcome of that process is a "global brain", i.e. a nervous system for the planet that would be able to tackle both global and personal problems.

 

Summer School in cognitive Science: Web Science and the Mind Institut des sciences cognitives, UQAM, Montréal, Canada http://www.summer14.isc.uqam.ca/

http://www.isc.uqam.ca/ ;

FRANCIS HEYLIGHEN, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, ECCO - Evolution, Complexity and Cognition research group

Towards a Global Brain: the Web as a Self-organizing, Distributed Intelligence

http://youtu.be/w2sznrVtiLg


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Tom Cockburn's curator insight, July 17, 1:06 AM

Apart from outraging some religious groups and upsetting some neo- luddites,this sounds interesting,provided we have some checks and balances/ failsafe options too

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The Technium - A Study of Technology and Evolution - Kevin Kelly

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" There is a network of different supporting technologies, and that the whole web of all these things I call the technium. The technium is that largest network of all the technologies working together to support each other...there is a sense in which the technium as a whole exhibits life-like behaviors in the same way that your neuron doesn't really think, but the network of neurons in your brain can make an idea.

 

And so I look at the network of all the technology in the world, past and present, as forming a system that seems to have its own urges and tendencies. Like any kind of a system, it will have certain ways that it's biased to,"

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This article (really a speech by Kelly) nicely summarizes the remarkable ideas about the relationship between humans and technology that are detailed in his book, "What Technology Wants"

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We Are From the Future

"Greetings. We are from the future. Everything is going to be alright. The future is a beautiful place. But you will need some training in order to get there...
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Yes! Go Garret John Lo Porto. A marketer (among other things), that is using his talents and resources to communicate that which begs to be communicated more clearly, more widely, more often. I am inspired.

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Nanopixel displays with 150 times higher resolution – and they’re flexible, too

Nanopixel displays with 150 times higher resolution – and they’re flexible, too | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Researchers at Oxford University in England have created nanopixels that measure just 300-by-300 nanometers. Compare this to a modern smartphone with a 400 ppi display, where each pixel is about 150 times larger (about 50 microns across).


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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.

 


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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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Techstore's curator insight, June 9, 12:30 PM
Just imagine: a smartphone that projects 3D holograms into thin-air. #technology #technews
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Get ready for hybrid thinking

Get ready for hybrid thinking | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
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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Powerful Genetic Engineering Technique Could Modify Entire Wild Populations

Powerful Genetic Engineering Technique Could Modify Entire Wild Populations | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

A new technology has the potential to wipe out diseases, turn back evolutionary clocks, and reengineer entire ecosystems, for better or worse.

 

Today, researchers aren’t just dropping in new genes, they’re deftly adding, subtracting, and rewriting them using a series of tools that have become ever more versatile and easier to use. In the last few years, our ability to edit genomes has improved at a shockingly rapid clip. So rapid, in fact, that one of the easiest and most popular tools, known as CRISPR-Cas9, is just two years old. Researchers once spent months, even years, attempting to rewrite an organism’s DNA. Now they spend days.

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Jason Tozer – Photographer

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And now for something completely different...close ups of soap bubbles that are truly striking.

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Discovery Of 'Electric Bacteria' Hints At The Potential For Alien Life

Discovery Of 'Electric Bacteria' Hints At The Potential For Alien Life | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Microbiologists have learned that certain strains of bacteria are capable of using energy in its purest form by eating and breathing electrons. It's a discovery that demonstrates an entirely new mode of life on Earth — and possibly beyond.
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Wow!

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There Is Some Hope That We Aren't Living Inside a Computer Simulation

There Is Some Hope That We Aren't Living Inside a Computer Simulation | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Philosopher Nick Bostrom's famous Simulation Argument suggests it's highly probable that we live inside a supercomputer. But one philosopher takes this hypothesis to task, arguing in a new paper that there are other post-human scenarios that need to be taken into account.
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The Wayseer Manifesto

"ATTENTION: All you rule-breakers, you misfits & troublemakers, all you free-spirits & pioneers... Everything the establishment has told you is wrong with you - is actually what's right with you..."

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An older video by Garret John Lo Porto, produced in 2011 during the Occupy movement...as relevant now as ever.

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MindRDR lets Google Glass users take photos and post them using only concentration

MindRDR lets Google Glass users take photos and post them using only concentration | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
A team at interactive studio company This Place has announced the development of an app for Google Glass that provides a bridge between the wearable device (via Bluetooth) and a Neurosky EEG biosensor headset—allowing the wearer of both to take a photograph and post it to Facebook or Twitter using ...
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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.

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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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