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!
Researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team's initial demonstration a year ago. In the newly published study, which involved six people, researchers were able to transmit the signals from one person's brain over the Internet and use these signals to control the hand motions of another person within a split second of sending that signal.
A new way of looking at the mind's activity may give insight into how psychedelic drugs produce their consciousness-altering effects.
Normal brains have a well-ordered correlation state. There’s not much cross-linking between networks. That changes after the psilocybin dose. Suddenly the networks are cross-linking like crazy, but not in random ways. New types of order emerge.
"A new paradigm is organically evolving: new economic systems, sustainable communities, solar energy, organic farming, liquid democracy, worker co-ops and new media. For all the problems we are confronted by, there are existing viable solutions. There is much to feel positive about. A decentralized global uprising is undermining systems of centralized and consolidated power. A new world is being born.
However, as exciting as the evolution presently occurring is, after extensive research I am forced to confront the fact that I do not see how emerging solutions will reach a critical mass and create the needed change before the affects of inequality, poverty and the overall deterioration of society will lead to widespread chaos and violence. As much as I wish this wasn’t the case, as much as I want to just disengage from the status quo and focus on the implementation of local solutions, we cannot ignore the urgent need for significant systemic change on a mass scale now."
Twenty year olds nowadays feel the pressure from their family, friends, and society, to do something ‘worthwhile’ with their future. So they find solace in the only place they know they don’t have to fear external and unwanted expectations, they don’t have to change who they are to ‘fit in’. And that place is the internet. YouTube. Tumblr. Alternative websites like Collective Evolution. We are secretly hoping we somehow find a way out of all this mess. That somehow, somewhere, we will find a person, a video, a phrase, that triggers an idyllic revelation, and will tell us exactly what we have to do.
In this age of constant social, environmental and galactic change, it is not surprising we feel lost, stressed, insignificant, and somewhat detached from the world ‘out-there’. It’s a natural consequence of our evolution. The paradigms of the past are out-dated, they don’t fit in with how we feel inside. Someone else’s expectations of ourselves, although sometimes based on good intentions, can be a great source of stress.
Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on "external brains" (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.
Speech-to-text software for Google Glass has been created that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. A hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly into a smartphone. The speech is converted to text, sent to Glass and displayed on its heads-up display.
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:
Just imagine what is to come in terms of language translation apps for Glass and other augmented reality products
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.
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.
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."
"When Kevin Kelly looked up the definition of “superorganism” on Wikipedia, he found this: “A collection of agents which can act in concert to produce phenomena governed by the collective.” The source cited was Kevin Kelly, in his 1994 book, Out of Control. His 2014 perspective is that humanity has come to dwell in a superorganism of our own making on which our lives now depend."
The digitization of biology is driving massive disruption in the life sciences field. Human genome sequencing is the single best example of faster, better, cheaper. Previously confined to research tools, these new solutions are now entering the clinical and consumer markets.
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:
A particularly interesting section in this talk is about the rapid emergence of open-source DNA maker and hacker projects that are helping to loosen the grip of corporate control of genetics.
"Humans are the 3D bio-printer for the imagination. 3D printers allow us a perspective of what we do as humans. As Jason Silva said “we take in matter of low organization, put it through our mental filters and extrude it in the form of space shuttles and iPhones”. We have 3-D modeling software inside of our heads; a neuronal AutoCAD that renders objects through high precision, seven dimensional, organic, self healing arms and hands."
As we create these simulated humans inside virtual reality — and then trick our brains into thinking they are real — what kinds of experiences will we build in five, 10 or 20 years? And will the people driving those experiences have very specific motives or agendas? Does virtual reality have the power to manipulate?
The popular physicist sees two major trends in the world today: the first is toward a multicultural, planetary, scientific, tolerant society; the other is monocultural, fundamentalist, controlling, and likely to destroy itself in its efforts to maintain the status quo. Whichever one wins out will determine the fate of mankind.
Carl Zeiss is primarily known for optics; while in truth that only accounts for a small fraction of a multibillion-dollar corporation, it’s the company’s camera lenses we’re most familiar with. Now a small team within the company is leveraging that reputation into a $99 headset called the VR One. And in a move straight out of Oculus’ playbook, Zeiss is entrusting its growth to the developer community.
Everything about it is open, in fact, from the SDK to the smartphone you use it with—as long as it’s iOS or Android and has a display between 4.7 inches and 5.2 inches. (Sorry, Cortana.)
The extension of "the internet of things" to "the internet of biology" e.g., bacteria, molds, plants and crops is likely possible in the near future -- in fact all living things could potentially be networked and online....
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.
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.