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Retina implant allows patients to read ordinary text as braille

Retina implant allows patients to read ordinary text as braille | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Retina prostheses have been in development for quite some time, but users often still find street signs and other text difficult to read. Using the Argus II retinal prosthesis system — which...
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Amazing to consider that within just a few years, blindness and deafness may become thing of the past...and we may see and hear better than we can imagine.

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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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UrtheCast - First Images Released. Soon to Be Near Real Time Stream of Earth from ISS.

UrtheCast - First Images Released. Soon to Be Near Real Time Stream of Earth from ISS. | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

UrtheCast has installed high definition cameras on the International Space Station and will soon begin streaming footage directly to the web in near-real time.

 

The goal is to democratize a very powerful perspective on the planet. When you speak to astronauts, they all say that going to space fundamentally changes them. They see how small the globe is, with no borders between countries, and they all come back with a greater sense of connectedness, and a renewed appreciation of our responsibility to protect the planet. 

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It will be fascinating to see whether this new, near real-time view of ourselves will help to shift our paradigm.

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Shape-shifting "claytronics" technology here by 2020, experts say

Shape-shifting "claytronics" technology here by 2020, experts say | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Imagine a bracelet or watch that changes into something else when you take it off. Perhaps it becomes a cell phone, tablet, or computer. Although this scenario may seem like science fiction, this and much more will soon become reality with a ground-breaking new technology known as claytronics.


Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University andIntel Research Labs Pittsburgh are just a few years away from bringing to life a futuristic simulation system that can morph nearly any object imagined into another object with different size, shape, color and function.


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What is New Mutualism?

What is New Mutualism? | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
It’s the little choices that matter. Do you set up your own home office or join a co-working community? Shop at a chain grocery store or a local food co-op? Bank or credit union? We all face these decisions every day. The choice is deceptively simple -- go it alone or build something together. Building together always ends up better. That’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned from freelancers -- your network is everything. The most successful independent workers are the ones who know you need people to turn to when you’re in a dry spell, or you’re overloaded with ...
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2014 is the Year of Decentralized Technology

2014 is the Year of Decentralized Technology | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

We find ourselves in the midst of an exponential growth in technological advancements and innovations aiming to solve the struggles associated with lack of sufficient infrastructure and the various strangleholds on certain communities and mediums. With an artillery consisting of software protocols, hardware schematics and the will to bring power back to the people, start-ups and hacker communities across the world are taking it upon themselves to work around the already existing unreliable systems by creating decentralized and distributed tech.

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Bill Hicks + George Carlin: It's Just a Ride on the Big Electron

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Jason Silva on The Power of Ideas

Jason Silva on The Power of Ideas | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Ideas are powerful because they allow us to see the world as it could be, rather than what it is," said Silva. "Today, ideas take the form of information files, binary bits, 1's and 0's. We create media and launch it into the world, capable of instant consumption and real impact."

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Delivering the Internet from space to billions of people who don't have internet access

Delivering the Internet from space to billions of people who don't have internet access | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

If all goes according to plan, North Koreans will soon have free, uncensored Internet provided by satellites the size of toaster ovens. 

 

That’s part of a project called Outernet, which hopes to launch hundreds of tiny satellites—known as CubeSats—to provide Internet to every person on Earth. Forty percent of the world’s people currently don’t have access to the Web. In a little more than a year, Outernet plans to have a fleet of 24 satellites operational and testing to pave the way for a globe-spanning network.

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New "wiring" paths for the growing global brain

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Is the Universe a Simulation? - NYTimes.com

Is the Universe a Simulation? - NYTimes.com | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"...one fanciful possibility is that we live in a computer simulation based on the laws of mathematics — not in what we commonly take to be the real world. According to this theory, some highly advanced computer programmer of the future has devised this simulation, and we are unknowingly part of it. Thus when we discover a mathematical truth, we are simply discovering aspects of the code that the programmer used."

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A Must Read: "Program or Be Programmed" by Douglas Rushkoff

A Must Read: "Program or Be Programmed" by Douglas Rushkoff | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The debate over whether the Net is good or bad for us fills the airwaves and the blogosphere. But for all the heat of claim and counter-claim, the argument is essentially beside the point: it’s here; it’s everywhere. The real question is, do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it? “Choose the former,” writes Rushkoff, “and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make.”

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Rushkoff nails it in this crisp, articulate narrative about the currently rampaging influences of technology and culture, which demand we take either an active, conscious role in how these are used and expanded, or find ourselves ever more constrained in this brave new world. 

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Japanese Scientists Create Touchable Holograms - YouTube

Researchers at Tokyo University have come up with a technology that is a first and significant step away from the mouse and keyboard touchable holograms. The technology consists of software that uses ultrasonic waves to create pressure on the hand of a user touching the projected hologram.

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It's just a matter of time before we won't be able to tell what's real and what's simulated. Then again, perhaps we're already living in a simulated world.

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A Call for Comments - A Matrix of Technological and Cultural Factors Contributing the Acceleration of Human Evolution

A Call for Comments - A Matrix of Technological and Cultural Factors Contributing the Acceleration of Human Evolution | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
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 From postimg.org - Today, 3:45 PM

I would greatly appreciate feedback on this matrix I've put together. I've attempted to show what I see as the areas that are the essential, most compelling components of the rapidly emerging paradigm in which must become dominant before we destroy ourselves (or throw human evolution back thousands of years). This is by no means exhaustive or likely even accurate, just the start of something that's been rattling around my brain, which I decided to put down on pixels. 

 

Please pardon the ads at the bottom of the page (quite the opposite of human evolution). I put this large image in a free web image site as not all readers use Twitter or Tumblr.

 - Asymptote Rider

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Stuart M. Lawson's comment, February 3, 9:13 PM
Very Interesting. I think you should upload it to imgur.com instead- then throw a post onto reddit.com/r/futurology and explain the matrix a bit more, perhaps explain how you feel they contribute and where you think it is all headed. I think you'll get a lot of good responses there.
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Thanks for this, Stuart. Great suggestions.
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Lifelogging and Virtual Immortality: Skype with the dead with Eterni.me

Lifelogging and Virtual Immortality: Skype with the dead with Eterni.me | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Life-logging is all the rage for today's 20- 30- and 40-somethings. But what happens to all that digital data when they die? 

 

One group of entrepreneurs thinks the secret to immortality lies in a digital time capsule of carefully curated memories and experiences — and all your Facebook likes — outfitted with an Artificial Intelligence (AI) curator to make sense of it all. 

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As computing becomes increasingly robust, one can only wonder where this technology is headed.

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Learning from Bacteria about Social Networks - YouTube

Bacteria, the first and most fundamental of all organisms, lead rich social life in complex hierarchical communities. Collectively, they gather information from the environment, learn from past experience, and make decisions. Bacteria do not store genetically all the information required to respond efficiently to all possible environmental conditions. Instead, to solve new encountered problems (challenges) posed by the environment, they first assess the problem via collective sensing, then recall stored information of past experience and finally execute distributed information processing of the 109-12 bacteria in the colony, thus turning the colony into super-brain.

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No-lens camera technology invented. The possibilities are endless.

No-lens camera technology invented. The possibilities are endless. | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The inventors employed “special optical phase gratings integrated with CMOS photodetector matrices.” As a result  “the final digital image is not captured as in a traditional camera but instead computed from raw photodetector signals.” 

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Project aims to upload a honey bee's brain into a flying insectobot by 2015

Project aims to upload a honey bee's brain into a flying insectobot by 2015 | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

A new project has been announced in which scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex are hoping to create the first accurate computer simulation of a honey bee brain — and then upload it into an autonomous flying robot.


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Dynamic Shape Display Lets People Interact Physically At a Distance

inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way.  inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table's surface. Remote participants have the ability to interact physically at a distance.

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Lessons About Leadership and Starting a Movement from a Dancing Guy at a Concert

If you've learned a lot about leadership and the making a movement, then let's watch a movement happen, start to finish.

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21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World

21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Across the planet, new technologies and business models are decentralizing power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals. 
"We are seeing technology-driven networks replacing bureacratically-driven hierarchies," says VC and futurist Fred Wilson, speaking on what to expect in the next ten years. View the entire 25-minute video below (it's worth it!) and then check out the 21 innovations below.

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Cool stuff !!!

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Star Wars technology is here. Israel laser shield moves closer to deployment

Star Wars technology is here. Israel laser shield moves closer to deployment | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

SINGAPORE (AP) — An Israeli state-owned arms company developing a laser-based missile shield that evokes "Star Wars" style technology says its deployment over the country is closer to becoming a reality. 

 

"It's exactly like what you see in Star Wars," said company spokesman Amit Zimmer. "You see the lasers go up so quickly like a flash and the target is finished."

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Wearable ‘neurocam’ records scenes when it detects user interest

Wearable ‘neurocam’ records scenes when it detects user interest | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Neurowear, developed the Neurocam, is an augmented iPhone camera that records emotionally significant moments. The camera is activated by the user’s brainwaves as emotions increase neuro activity. Software within the Neurocam judges emotional sensitivities on a scale from 0 to 100, 100 being the most stimulating moment.

With discriminating decision-making software, the camera only begins to record 5 second .gif files when the neuro value exceeds 60. Images are saved with a timestamp and location, so if someone ever asks you “do you remember…” you can interrupt with “yes, let’s watch.

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The beginning of the end of organic memory?

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A Guide to 12 Disruptive Technologies

A Guide to 12 Disruptive Technologies | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

 According to a report published by the McKinsey Global Institute, there are 12 technologies that can produce great disruption in our near future as they might transform the economy and our lives. McKinsey Global Institute report also offers quantitative data on how the outlined technologies can impact the economy, and what are the risks these will bring.  Curiously, the concepts behind those technologies have been around for a long time. Here we outline a list of 12 of the most disruptive technologies:

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Scottish company Maidsafe claims to have built a Bitcloud-like, decentralized internet system (Wired UK)

Scottish company Maidsafe claims to have built a Bitcloud-like, decentralized internet system (Wired UK) | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
The theoretical peer-to-peer network project Bitcloud has recently captured media attention. A Scottish company, MaidSafe, claims that it has already built a system that does what Bitcloud is proposing

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Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex. The acceleration of creativity and novelty.

Author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It's not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is. 

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Given the internet and the emerging global brain this process is accelerating geometrically (asymptotically?).

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The Arrival of Face Recognition Apps for your Smartphone

The Arrival of Face Recognition Apps for your Smartphone | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Face-recognition has reached your smart phone, bringing science fiction closer and also (I expect) a storm of controversy.

 

Open Data and Transparency: A Look back at 2013: Was this the year that "transparency" came into its own? In this year-end review, we learn of progress in some nations, while others cling tenaciously to old, corruption-prone ways.


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What could possibly go wrong?

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Why Decentralization? redecentralize.org

Why Decentralization? redecentralize.org | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

What’s "redecentralization"?

We’re at the start of a new information revolution.

 

The last one was the printing press. It took centuries for us to work out how to use it fairly. Concepts like copyright, the novel and libraries were formed, which we all take for granted now.

 

Although it seems like lots has happened... personal computers, the world wide web, smart phones… Really, it’s only just begun.

The original Internet was decentralized. Anyone could set up parts of it. That’s why it won.

 

For various reasons, control of our information technologies is increasingly falling into a few hands. Some big companies and Governments.

 

We want it to become decentralized. Again.

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