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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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Technology and the experience of what it means to be human are evolving at an exponential rate, entering the steep of an asymptotic curve. If we don't destroy ourselves first, it is likely in a few decades we may not even recognize ourselves as what we are today. Hang on, we're embarking on one helluva ride and the outcome is a real nail biter.
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Researchers want robots to feel pain

Researchers want robots to feel pain | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Researchers in Germany are developing a way for robots to feel pain, in the hopes that doing so will enable them to better protect humans. The researchers, from Leibniz University of Hannover
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Google wants to create bionic eyes

Google wants to create bionic eyes | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Google's patent, published Thursday, describes an implantable contact lens that can correct vision for good.
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This is all laying the ground for the embedded smartphone
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Physicists build 'electronic synapses' for neural networks

Physicists build 'electronic synapses' for neural networks | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"The nanostructures exhibit properties similar to biological synapses. Using newly developed technology, the memristors were integrated in matrices: in the future this technology may be used to design computers that function similar to biological neural networks."

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In the Future We’ll All Be Identified by Our 'Brainprints'

In the Future We’ll All Be Identified by Our 'Brainprints' | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

A team of psychology and computer engineering professors at Binghamton University was able to successfully match test subjects to their uniquely identifying brain waves—or, brainprints—with 100 percent accuracy.

What the study’s authors discovered was each person’s brain wave responses to the visual stimuli were unique enough to identify them by—very much like fingerprints or DNA.

It’s not illogical to wonder, then, how brainprints can and will be used to surveil citizens outside of the lab.

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A Computer Chip Made of Live Brain Cells

A Computer Chip Made of Live Brain Cells | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

What if we could harness the power of the human brain by using actual brain cells to power the next generation of computers? As crazy as it sounds, that’s exactly what neuroscientist Osh Agabi is building. Koniku, Agabi’s startup, has developed a prototype 64-neuron silicon chip. Their first application? A drone that can smell explosives. read more

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Turning Contact Lenses into Computer Screens

Turning Contact Lenses into Computer Screens | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Scientists from the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute transformed contact lenses into computer screens. They came up with a polymer film coating able to conduct electricity on a contact lens, with the potential to build miniature electrical circuits that are safe to be worn."

 

 

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Shocking predictions for life after 2020 from Ray Kurzweil, who leads Google's AI effort

Shocking predictions for life after 2020 from Ray Kurzweil, who leads Google's AI effort | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Ray Kurzweil is the world's foremost futurist, authoring bestsellers like "The Age of Spiritual Machines"  and "How to Create a Mind."

He's so influential that Google hired him to lead its artificial intelligence efforts.  Kurzweil is known for making predictions, which are right about 86% of the time.  Here are some of his most promising (and terrifying) visions of the 2020s and beyond.


Nanobots, Kurzweil said in a webinar earlier this year, will give us "full immersion virtual reality from within the nervous system." Earlier this month, Kurzweil said that nanobots will "finish the job" of the natural human immune system.  We'll be able to defeat any disease, even cancer. This leads to what futurists call "radical life extension." Kurzweil, like other futurists,considered death a disease to be cured — and nanobots are one of the ways to cure it.


As 3-D printing becomes more large scale and open source, more of of the world around us will become information technology. 

Kurzweil says that by the 2020s, you'll be able to "live extremely well and print out everything you need." Already, 3-D printed houses, rib cages, andbridges are becoming a reality.

 

And we will hit singularity. The most important date for Kurzweil is 2045. That's the year, he says, of what futurists call the Singularity, the moment when biological evolution's rate of growth is superceded by artificial intelligence. Kurzweil says that in 2045, the computational power of artificial intelligence will be a billion times that of human intelligence. And our species will never be the same...


Kurzweil and other futurists see "mind-uploading" as a major consequence of the singularity. Even Stephen Hawking thinks it's possible. "I think the brain is like a program in the mind, which is like a computer, so it's theoretically possible to copy the brain on to a computer and so provide a form of life after death," the physicist says. "However, this is way beyond our present capabilities." But by 2045, it might not be.


If your mind is uploaded and virtual reality is fully immersive, then no doubt your bodywill be virtual, too. "The virtual bodies will be as detailed and convincing as real bodies," Kurzweil says.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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The G-forces of asymptotic liftoff...

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, January 30, 7:30 AM

This article will start you thinking about AI - Artificial Intelligence and how it will impact you in this lifetime.

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US Scientists Developing Brain Implants That Can Connect Human Brain to Digital World

US Scientists Developing Brain Implants That Can Connect Human Brain to Digital World | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
A human brain that speaks in binary? It could be a reality. DARPA is looking into creating an interface that can connect the human brain and modern tech.
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Will Artificial Intelligence Read Your Mind? Scientific Research Analyzes Brainwaves To Predict Words Before You Speak

Will Artificial Intelligence Read Your Mind? Scientific Research Analyzes Brainwaves To Predict Words Before You Speak | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Mind reading may become a reality with artificial intelligence technology...technology could also be adapted to allow people to control robots through the power of thought by helping the machines interpret instructions from brain activity."

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Advanced Alien Life --"May Be a Billion Years Old, With Technology Beyond Matter"

Advanced Alien Life --"May Be a Billion Years Old, With Technology Beyond Matter" | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
"I think it very likely – in fact, inevitable – that biological intelligence is only a transitory phenomenon… If we ever encounter extraterrestrial intelligence, I believe it is very likely to be postbiological in nature, writes Arizona State's Paul Davies in The Eerie Silence. World renowned experts from physicist Sir Martin Rees of Cambridge University to astrobiologist Davies have asked that if we were to encounter alien technology far superior to our own, would we even realize what it was. A technology a million or more years in advance of ours would appear miraculous.
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Forget "a million years more advanced." At our current rate of technological evolution, can you imagine what we might be like (if we don't destroy ourselves) in 100 years? 500 years?!  

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Data Storage on DNA Can Keep It Safe for Centuries

Data Storage on DNA Can Keep It Safe for Centuries | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Scientists have shown that DNA molecules can be the basis for a long-term storage system potentially capable of holding all of the world’s digital information in a tiny space.
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China 'clone factory' scientist eyes human replication

China 'clone factory' scientist eyes human replication | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
The firm does not currently engage in human cloning activities, Xu said, adding that it has to be "self-restrained" because of possible adverse reaction.
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I take comfort in Mr. Xu's statement. 

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U.S. Military Is Developing Brain Implants To Help Restore Memory

U.S. Military Is Developing Brain Implants To Help Restore Memory | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
a “wireless, fully implantable neural-interface medical device” that will bypass the gap in the flow of information caused by brain injury. This system, they hope, will allow for the targeted stimulation of brain cells and eventually the restoration of memory function.
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Microsoft's Testing DNA Data Storage: 1,000,000,000 TB in 1 Gram

Microsoft's Testing DNA Data Storage: 1,000,000,000 TB in 1 Gram | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Initial tests have shown that they can successfully encode and recover 100 percent of binary data from synthetic DNA.

Researchers have previously succeeded in storing binary data in DNA base pairs when they wrote mp3 files onto DNA with a storage density of 2.2 petabytes in a single gram."

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Future A.I. Will Be Able to Generate Photos We Need Out of Nothing

Future A.I. Will Be Able to Generate Photos We Need Out of Nothing | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Google Image search, instead of returning photos it indexed from millions of sites, could take a query and based on what it knows about good photography and you, build an entire new photo from scratch that would perfectly match your request. Instead of searching for a photo, it would create it.
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Whole Earth as Emergent Sentient Entity

Whole Earth as Emergent Sentient Entity | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
The thought experiment driving the evolution and development of this idea for over 8 years is: “if I were a sentient entity at the scale of our planet, what would I need in order to become functionally self-aware?” the subtext to that inquiry is, “what evidence, if anything, is there which points to the possibility that a higher order entity (existing governments, ngo’s and corporations not withstanding) may be emerging from the sum of human interactions?”
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Fascinating treatise.
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Our Emerging Future

Our Emerging Future | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
In my last post, I added more future scenarios to this visual describing the complexity and impact of our emerging future. The one piece left unfinished was the expansion of innovation accelerators to include emerging and future accelerators.
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Can you say asymptotic curve?
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Scientists Create a 5-atom Quantum Computer That Could Make Today's Encryption Obsolete

Scientists Create a 5-atom Quantum Computer That Could Make Today's Encryption Obsolete | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
MIT scientists have developed a 5-atom quantum computer, one that is able to render traditional encryption obsolete.
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Ray Kurzweil's Wildest Prediction: Nanobots Will Plug Our Brains Into the Web by the 2030s - Singularity HUB

Ray Kurzweil's Wildest Prediction: Nanobots Will Plug Our Brains Into the Web by the 2030s - Singularity HUB | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

 

"In the 2030s," said Ray, "we are going to send nano-robots into the brain (via capillaries) that will provide full immersion virtual reality from within the nervous system and will connect our neocortex to the cloud. Just like how we can wirelessly expand the power of our smartphones 10,000-fold in the cloud today, we'll be able to expand our neocortex in the cloud." 


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Delivering the internet of the future - at the speed of light

Delivering the internet of the future - at the speed of light | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The research by High Performance Networks (HPN) group in the University of Bristol’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has found, for the first time, a scientific solution that enables future internet infrastructure to become completely open and programmable while carrying internet traffic at the speed of light.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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The global brain...operating at the speed of light. 

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, January 26, 4:49 PM

Another giant step.

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Physicists propose the first scheme to teleport the memory of an organism

Physicists propose the first scheme to teleport the memory of an organism | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
In a recent study, Prof. Tongcang Li at Purdue University and Dr. Zhang-qi Yin at Tsinghua University proposed the first scheme to use electromechanical oscillators and superconducting circuits to teleport the internal quantum state (memory) and center-of-mass motion state of a microorganism. They also proposed a scheme to create a Schrödinger’s cat state in which a microorganism can be in two places at the same time. This is an important step towards potentially teleporting an organism in future.
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Graphene Could Make Your Next Smartwatch Imprinted Directly In Your Skin - FrequentGadget

Graphene Could Make Your Next Smartwatch Imprinted Directly In Your Skin - FrequentGadget | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Graphene – said by many to be the lightest, thinnest yet hardest material in the world may soon be used to create the perfect wearable device. Academics from the University of Manchester reported that graphene communication devices would not only be lightweight and unbreakable, but have the ability to be printed directly onto the skin …
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The Dawn of the Singularity: A Visual Timeline of Ray Kurzweil's Predictions - Futurism

The Dawn of the Singularity: A Visual Timeline of Ray Kurzweil's Predictions - Futurism | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
The following predictions were made by Ray Kurzweil, now the Director of Engineering at Google. He has made 147 predictions since the 1990’s and has maintained an astonishing 86% accuracy rate.
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Touchable Holograms Coming To Reality

Touchable Holograms Coming To Reality | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Scientists from Japan have created touchable holograms which are named as Fairy lights. This development could well lead to human beings able to interact with holograms"

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Pair that with advances in augmented and virtual reality and it's a whole new world(s). Literally.

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The Drug Lords of Tomorrow will be Biohackers

The Drug Lords of Tomorrow will be Biohackers | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
If scientists can get a brain implant to give neural stimuli that affects our perspectives, moods, and behaviors, then the future of drugs could be totally different than what it is now. In fact, in such a future, drug creation would become the domain of engineers and coders. This could become the next major frontier of the so-called drug market.

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Owen Matthews's curator insight, November 26, 2015 6:10 PM

A great idea for a SCi-Fi if ever I heard one.