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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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New "wiring" paths for the growing global brain

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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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How Psilocybin Rearranges Your Brain

How Psilocybin Rearranges Your Brain | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

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.

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The Coming Revolution: Evolutionary Leap or Descent Into Chaos and Violence?

The Coming Revolution: Evolutionary Leap or Descent Into Chaos and Violence? | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"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."

 

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And yet again, it's a nail-biter!

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Humanity and the planet are undergoing massive changes. How to deal with it? Here’s a secret for you.

Humanity and the planet are undergoing massive changes. How to deal with it? Here’s a secret for you. | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
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.
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We are all cyborgs now - Amber Case

We are all cyborgs now - Amber Case | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
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.
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A more expanded video of this topic by Amber Case can be found here: http://mediaevolution.23video.com/amber-case-cyborg-anthropology-and-the

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Mind Controlled Prosthetic Arms That Work in Daily Life Are Now a Reality

Mind Controlled Prosthetic Arms That Work in Daily Life Are Now a Reality | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Researchers develop a robotic prosthesis which can be controlled by implanted neuromuscular interfaces.
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Robot developed as chatty companion for the elderly

Robot developed as chatty companion for the elderly | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Toshiba is aiming to have progressed to such a degree that the android will be capable of acting as a receptionist or exhibition guide within the next year.
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Software for Google glass that provides captions for hard-of-hearing users

Software for Google glass that provides captions for hard-of-hearing users | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
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.
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Just imagine what is to come in terms of language translation apps for Glass and other augmented reality products

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Crossroads: labor pains of a new worldview

Crossroads: labor pains of a new worldview | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

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.

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internet Rising: documentary film { edu-info-tainment }

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.

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Will Brain Wave Technology Eliminate the Need for a Second Language?

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."

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10 Mind-Bending Implications of the Many Worlds Theory

10 Mind-Bending Implications of the Many Worlds Theory | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The Many Worlds Interpretation (MWI), postulates simply that the quantum wave function never collapses; it simply branches into its own unique world-line, resulting in every possible outcome of every situation existing in physical reality. If you’re having a hard time getting your head around that statement (and the fact that it’s held to be correct by the likes of Stephen Hawking), allow us to spell out some of the implications for you—but first, you may want to plug your ears to hold your brains in.

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X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets Children Teach Themselves

X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets Children Teach Themselves | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
The X PRIZE Foundation, the brainchild of entrepreneur and futurist Peter Diamandis, is already working on some of the world's biggest problems, and on Monday, it added another to the list: global education.
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Where is the technology that helps people navigate MOOCs so they can have a full college education all by themselves...and for little or no cost?!

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The Photon Belt: Raising Earth's Vibration

The Photon Belt: Raising Earth's Vibration | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Every 10,700 years or so, our solar system passes through a 2100 year-wide belt of highly charged ion particles know as the photon belt.
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Humans are a 3D Bio Printer

Humans are a 3D Bio Printer | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"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."

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Virtual Reality Is Ready to Manipulate Your Memories

Virtual Reality Is Ready to Manipulate Your Memories | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
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?
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▶ Michio Kaku: Will Mankind Destroy Itself? -

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.

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Like I say, It's a nail-biter!!

 

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This $99 Headset Could Get All of Us Hooked on Virtual Reality

This $99 Headset Could Get All of Us Hooked on Virtual Reality | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
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.)
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goTenna | Mesh-like network device

goTenna | Mesh-like network device | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
goTenna pairs wirelessly with your smartphone, enabling you to text and share your location with anyone who has the device even if you don't have service. No towers, routers or satellites required!
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Yet another cool technology that connects people without centralized internet.

 

Update: goTenna people have let me know the following: "due to FCC regulations we can't currently mesh but we are an ad hoc reconfigurable, totally decentralized network"

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Cybernetic Synthetic Biology And The Internet Of Living Things

Cybernetic Synthetic Biology And The Internet Of Living Things | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

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....

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Mesh Networks: How Hong Kong Protesters Are Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi

Mesh Networks: How Hong Kong Protesters Are Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

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.

 

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WEB - THE FILM

WEB - THE FILM | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
As people in some of the most remote parts of the world connect to the Internet for the first time, WEB (the film) considers the impact of global connectivity on all of our lives.
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Terence McKenna - UFO: The Inside Outsider

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.

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We have met the alien, and it is us?

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Enter the Techno Tribe, the Interconnected Tribe of Tomorrow

Enter the Techno Tribe, the Interconnected Tribe of Tomorrow | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Enter the techno tribe, a term I’ve borrowed from the musical/dance genre from which it takes its nascent inspiration and am casually appropriating it to advance this concept. The technological tribe is, by implication, a smaller community, one that is in sync and effectively like-minded with egos cooperatively tempered into a collaborative rather than competitive state of communication. Instead of struggling for survival against the elements, this tribe of tomorrow aspires towards higher consciousness among the elements. They function like cells communicating within a body, exchanging communication as subtle as iconic symbols and as complex as a scientific thesis, but always in the process of assessing and dispensing information, the unit that it regards as its most valuable commodity. Information leads to knowledge and knowledge leads to power. However, these emerging tribes are redefining what power is in a modern configuration of the concept.

 

"In the centuries leading up to the present one, power meant control of resources. The techno tribe defines power in its effective distribution of resources. It seats power in the expanse of an increasingly aware and integrated collective, rather than a limited individual or closed-circuit consortium. In this way, the tribes as they emerge, become interconnected because their raison d’être is the exchange of information that benefits the many tribes, not just the one to which they belong. This ideal, to succeed, will require a civilizational maturation, the level to which we have obviously not yet reason. Still, we are continually seeing signs of the process of advancement as religious, nationalistic and patriarchal foundations we once accepted as inevitable, unchangeable and unquestionable are now crumbling in their antiquity. “Human Nature” is not static."

 

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This Device Lets Fully Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, and Human Trials Are Planned

This Device Lets Fully Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, and Human Trials Are Planned | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"We have complete control of the rat's hind legs," EPFL neuroscientist Grégoire Courtine said in a statement. "The rat has no voluntary control of its limbs, but the severed spinal cord can be reactivated and stimulated to perform natural walking. We can control in real-time how the rat moves forward and how high it lifts its legs."

 

The first step was to tune the EES pulses accurately enough to control the fine motor functions of a normal gait. To do this, the researchers put paralyzed rats onto a treadmill and supported them with a robotic harness. After several weeks of testing, the researchers had mapped out how to stimulate the rats' nervous systems precisely enough to get them to put one paw in front of the other."

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A Video About Our Planet That Is Both The Most Terrifying And The Most Motivating Thing Ever

A Video About Our Planet That Is Both The Most Terrifying And The Most Motivating Thing Ever | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"The truth is that we might be screwed. But the truthier truth is that we might not be — or might not be completely screwed.

 

And, y'know, a near-catastrophe is really different from a full-on catastrophe. That's why I watched every minute of this documentary. And that's why I marched in the People's Climate March on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014."

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