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Dreaming Awake At The End Of Time

http://alchemicalarchives.blogspot.co.uk/ Dreaming Awake At The End Of Time San Francisco, December 13, 1998 Join Terence McKenna, author, explorer and philo...
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Could it be that a comprehensive summation of the workings cosmology and consciousness could be elucidated in two hours? Just leave it to Terence. In addition, he speaks about 2012 and the dizzying asymptotic unfolding of evolution (starting at 1:34:12).

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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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Peter Diamandis: Exponential Technology Advances and Abundance

http://www.ted.com  Inventor, entrepreneur and X-Prize founder, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that with the exponential rise of many arenas of technology we're rapidly inventing, innovating and creating ways to solve the massive challenges that loom over us.

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From 2012 but the message is as relevant now as it was then. 

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Scientists Create Virtual 3D Shapes That Can Be Seen and Felt

Scientists Create Virtual 3D Shapes That Can Be Seen and Felt | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Bristol have developed a haptic system, with the help of which it is possible to see and touch virtual 3D models.

Haptic technology simulates the sense of touch in virtual reality (creating so-called touch feedback) and is widely used in mobile phones and gaming. It has also found a number of applications in medical training and surgical simulation, and now it has been used by British scientists to create haptic holograms which can be seen and felt.
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

We have officially entered the age where we will have less certainty about what is real and what is not.

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Li-Fi-like System Would Bring 100-Gbps Speeds Straight to Your Computer

Li-Fi-like System Would Bring 100-Gbps Speeds Straight to Your Computer | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
System sends light signals from the optical fiber fiber through the air to your computer
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'Mind Clones' Let Us Live Forever in Robot Avatars

'Mind Clones' Let Us Live Forever in Robot Avatars | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Martine Rothblatt, America's highest-paid female CEO, wants to upload our minds into these machines.
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"Things are getting better and better, worse and worse, faster and faster." - Tom Atlee

As quoted by Michael Dowd in an interview with Ken Wilber during The World Is Calling Us to Greatness Symposium: https://www.entheos.com/The-Future-is-Calling-Us-to-Greatness

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Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram | ExtremeTech

Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram | ExtremeTech | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
A bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard's Wyss Institute have successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data -- around 700 terabytes -- in a single gram of DNA, smashing the previous DNA data density record by a thousand times.
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The Internet Is Mightier Than The Sword - James Corbett

Since the rise of the internet people have changed from mere audiences into authors and editors. With pieces of technology small enough to fit the whole world into your pocket, a revolution might be on its way. The net is now mightier than the sword... "If that's not a revolution, then I don't know what is."

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Double Amputee Operates Two Prosthetic Arms Using Only His Mind

A Colorado man made history at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) this summer when he became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two of the Laboratory’s Modular Prosthetic Limbs. Most importantly, Les Baugh, who lost both arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago, was able to operate the system by simply thinking about moving his limbs,
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Terence McKenna - A Type of Destiny -

"The asymptotic rate in which boundaries are being dissolved and databases are being fused is driving the historical process with a momentum that no person or institution can control...history is a kind of alchemical sublimation...nature is trying to birth itself in a new way, almost trying to epigenetically explode itself out of ordinary biological existence."

 

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The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won’t look like little green men, or spiny insectoids. It’s likely they won’t be biological creatures at all, but rather, advanced robots that outstrip our intelligence in every conceivable way. While scores of philosophers, scientists and futurists have prophesied the rise of artificial intelligence and the impending singularity, most have restricted their predictions to Earth. Fewer thinkers—outside the realm of science fiction, that is—have considered the notion that artificial intelligence is already out there, and has been for eons.

Susan Schneider, a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, is one who has. She joins a handful of astronomers, including Seth Shostak, director of NASA’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, program, NASA Astrobiologist Paul Davies, and Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology Stephen Dick in espousing the view that the dominant intelligence in the cosmos is probably artificial. In her paper “Alien Minds," written for a forthcoming NASA publication, Schneider describes why alien life forms are likely to be synthetic, and how such creatures might think.

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Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine"

Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine" | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

DeepMind has built a neural network that can access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine. The result is a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain.


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WATCH: Scientists have put a worm’s brain into a Lego robot’s body - and it works

WATCH: Scientists have put a worm’s brain into a Lego robot’s body - and it works | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

When you think about it, the brain is really nothing more than a collection of electrical signals. If we can learn to catalogue those then, in theory, you can upload someone’s mind onto a computer, allowing them to live forever as a digital form of consciousness, just like in the Johnny Depp film Transcendence.


But it’s not just science fiction...but now an international team of researchers have managed to do just that with the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans.


The ultimate goal of the project is to completely replicate C. elegans as a virtual organism, but for now, they’ve only managed to simulate its brain, and they’ve now uploaded that into a simple Lego robot.

 

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Human Brain Cells Implanted To Create Intelligent Supermouse

Human Brain Cells Implanted To Create Intelligent Supermouse | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York have implaneted human brain cells to create a part-human “supermouse.” The modified mouse is said to be four times as smart as a normal mouse.
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First human head transplant could happen in two years

First human head transplant could happen in two years | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
A radical plan for transplanting a head onto someone else's body is set to be announced. But is such ethically sensitive surgery even feasible?
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Terence McKenna's Memes: Computers are Drugs and Drugs are Computers

Terence McKenna's Memes: Computers are Drugs and Drugs are Computers | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
The two concepts, drugs and computers, are migrating toward each other [The Archaic Revival].

McKenna explained in 1999:
Both computers and drugs are what I would call “function-specific arrangements of matter,” and as we develop nanotechnological abilities as we move into the next century, it will be more and more clear that the difference between drugs and machines is simply that one is too large to swallow. And our best people are working on that ["Psychedelics in the Age of Intelligent Machines]".
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"Launch your meme boldly and see if it will replicate" - Terence

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World's Data Could Fit on a Teaspoon-Sized DNA Hard Drive and Survive Thousands of Years

World's Data Could Fit on a Teaspoon-Sized DNA Hard Drive and Survive Thousands of Years | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
The blueprint of every living thing on the planet is encoded in DNA. We know the stuff can hold a lot of information. But how much is a lot? We
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The Acceleration of Acceleration: How The Future Is Arriving Far Faster Than Expected

The Acceleration of Acceleration: How The Future Is Arriving Far Faster Than Expected | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
One of the things that happens when you write books about the future is you get to watch your predictions fail. This is nothing new, of course, but what’s different this time around is the direction of those failures.
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Did someone say, "asymptotic curve"?

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Flexctrl brain - Control anything with a single idea

Flexctrl brain - Control anything with a single idea | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
What is Flexctrl brain?

Flexctrl brain is a 32-channel brain-machine interface wearable on the head, providing a new generation contact between man and machine. It is capable of observing brain activities in real time, enabled by the use of Electroencephalography (EEG) measurement. This way the device provides the possibility of a better understanding of what is going on in our brains and of using it in several fields of life. Due to its design, it can be used safely regardless of age: by children, adults, elderly or even ill people.

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Nanobot micromotors deliver medical payload in living creature for the first time

Nanobot micromotors deliver medical payload in living creature for the first time | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Micro-motor powered nanobots created by UC, San Diego researchers, and propelled by gas bubbles made from a reaction with the contents of the stomach in which they were deposited, have been succes...
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Fantastic Voyage.
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Controversial DNA startup wants to let customers create creatures

Controversial DNA startup wants to let customers create creatures | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"In Austen Heinz’s vision of the future, customers tinker with the genetic codes of plants and animals and even design new creatures on a computer. In a makeshift laboratory in San Francisco, his synthetic biology company uses lasers to create custom DNA for major pharmaceutical companies. With the latest technology and generous funding, a growing number of startups are taking science and medicine to the edge of science fiction. In the works or on the market are color-changing flowers, cow-free milk, animal-free meat, tests that detect diseases from one drop of blood and pills that tell doctors whether you have taken your medicine."

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"In the future a new generation of artists will write genomes with the fluency that Blake and Byron wrote verses" - Freeman Dyson

 

The future has arrive.

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Mind-to-mind thought talking possible by 2030, scientist says

Mind-to-mind thought talking possible by 2030, scientist says | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Today we enjoy basic conversations with our smart phone, desktop PC, games console, TV and soon, our car; but voice recognition, many believe, should not be viewed as an endgame technology. Although directing electronics with voice and gestures may be considered state-of-the-art today, we will soon be controlling entertainment and communications equipment not by talking or waving; but just by thinking!
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14 freaky technologies that are just around the corner | Vivek Wadhwa

14 freaky technologies that are just around the corner | Vivek Wadhwa | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

“This doesn’t require any new breakthroughs,” he said. “It only requires that we’re on the same path we’re on.” Here is a timeline of the technologies Wadhwa says will completely change the world we live in.

 

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This Neuroscientist Is Trying to Upload His Entire Brain to a Computer | VICE | United States

This Neuroscientist Is Trying to Upload His Entire Brain to a Computer | VICE | United States | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Randal Koene wants to move humanity from Earth to the Cloud, making us part robot and completely immortal.
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Soon, the internet will be impossible to control - The Telegraph

Soon, the internet will be impossible to control - The Telegraph | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Among the hacker community an alternative way of running the internet is being built already: an internet where no one is in control, where no one can shut you down, where no one can manipulate your content. A decentralised internet."

 

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Baby steps towards molecular robots

Baby steps towards molecular robots | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"A walking molecule, so small that it cannot be observed directly with a microscope, has been recorded taking its first nanometre-sized steps.

'In the future we can imagine tiny machines that could fetch and carry cargo the size of individual molecules, which can be used as building blocks of more complicated molecular machines; imagine tiny tweezers operating inside cells,' said Dr Gokce Su Pulcu of Oxford University's Department of Chemistry"

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