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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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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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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.

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

Science is getting ever closer to being godlike.

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Lantern

Lantern | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

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.
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

Right on.

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Homni: The new superorganism taking over Earth

Homni: The new superorganism taking over Earth | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

A new 'species' has emerged only in recent decades, says Gaia Vince, yet it is already having a huge effect on life on our planet. What is it? That new creature is us, or more precisely, what humanity is becoming. The entirety of our species, Homo sapiens, is evolving into a superorganism; I’ll call this new life force Homo omnis, or ‘Homni’.

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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, 4:06 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

The Technium - A Study of Technology and Evolution - Kevin Kelly | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

" 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,"

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

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...
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

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.

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

This is most certainly worth a listen.

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The Coming Transhuman Era

The Coming Transhuman Era | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"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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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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"Zero Point" - A 360-Degree Immersive Film

"Zero Point" - A 360-Degree Immersive Film | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Zero Point is a documentary from Danfung Dennis on how virtual reality has, and will, change our lives--and it's being produced entirely for Oculus Rift...

 

"Yes, it all sounds like a hell of a headtrip, but if you're into technology or film, it's hard not share some of Dennis's excitement in the project. "We know that this is a fundamentally new form of communication, it's this new visual language, and we need to invent the syntax and the grammar for how to effectively communicate a narrative and experience when you have no control over where the user could be looking."

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

Much more than mere entertainment.

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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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The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

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.
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

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..."

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

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.

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

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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