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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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Truly exciting things here!

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roberto gilli's curator insight, May 29, 2014 2:56 AM

Great source of thoughts!

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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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An electronic memory cell has been created that mimics the human brain

An electronic memory cell has been created that mimics the human brain | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Scientists have built a tiny, long-term memory cell that can both store and process information at the same time, just like the human brain. This is one of the first multi-state electronic memory cells, and it represents a crucial step towards a bionic brain"

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Stefania Pinsone's curator insight, September 2, 4:16 AM

That opens a lot of new opportunities!

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Viv Labs Looks To Build the Global Brain

Viv Labs Looks To Build the Global Brain | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Part of the growing explosion of artificial intelligence systems, Viv, coming soon from the original team behind Apple's Siri, looks to release a virtual assistant that can actually learn about you and your needs.
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When anyone asks me where I think the personal computers and mobile devices are headed, I figure this is the direction. The technology will be hidden, everything will just happen on command.

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The evolution machine: Mother robot makes each child better than the last

The evolution machine: Mother robot makes each child better than the last | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
It was only last month that futurists Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warned about the dangers of intelligent robots, and a new research project led by the University of Cambridge won't do much to put their minds at ease.
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It has begun.

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Monkey 'brain net' raises prospect of human brain-to-brain connection

Monkey 'brain net' raises prospect of human brain-to-brain connection | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
In two separate experiments, scientists have formed a network from the brains of monkeys and rats, allowing them to co-operate and learn as a “superbrain”
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Darpa says it is working on designer organisms to terraform Mars

Darpa says it is working on designer organisms to terraform Mars | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Virginia-based Darpa revealed the development this week. They are creating a 'technological toolkit' to transform hostile places such as Mars (artist's impression of it terraformed shown).
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Makes me less skeptical that Earth might have been terraformed by some kind of ancient intelligence from across the galaxy.

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Reality doesn’t exist until you look at it, science confirms

Reality doesn’t exist until you look at it, science confirms | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Reality doesn’t exist until it’s measured, at least for very small things, new research has confirmed. By replicating a famous experiment where an object is given a choice for how to behave, physicists found that the object doesn’t actually make its decision until it is seen. The finding proves one of the central parts of quantum theory, a branch of science that has been applied to make much of our modern technology."

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Simulated Worlds Will Soon Be Indistinguishable From Reality

Simulated Worlds Will Soon Be Indistinguishable From Reality | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"The simulation singularity is near. The technological singularity is a hypothetical moment in the future when artificial intelligence becomes indistinguishable from human intelligence—and capable of creating smarter iterations of itself. Apply the same general idea to simulations and you get the "simulation singularity": when a simulated world is indistinguishable from reality."

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Scientists develop atomic-scale computing switch that exhibits "emergent, self-organizing behavior" computing

Scientists develop atomic-scale computing switch that exhibits "emergent, self-organizing behavior" computing | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Experiments demonstrated that the atomic switch network exhibits emergent behavior, in which interactions between the individual atomic switches lead to patterns of electrical activity that cannot be attributed to any individual switch, but only to the network as a whole. The atomic switch network also has an intrinsic capacity for adaptation, since the silver nanowire connections are constantly reconfiguring themselves and the switches are constantly forming and dissolving in different locations in the network.
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Why You See What You See When You're Tripping on Psychedelics

Why You See What You See When You're Tripping on Psychedelics | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Acid, DMT, psilocybin, mescaline, ayahuasca, whatever--it's almost no matter. When you dose your head, why do your eyes pick up certain visual stimuli while blotting out others? Why do some otherwise everyday objects appear stranger or more fragile to you than others? Why do you swear on your life that you see stuff--things, people, the forces of nature--that simply would not be if you weren't nearing peak trip?
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

The fact that it all appears to distill down to math equations is a thought provoking notion. 

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The Transcension Hypothesis - What happens after the singularity & why we haven't found alien life

The Transcension Hypothesis - What happens after the singularity & why we haven't found alien life | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"What happens after the Singularity? Why in our universe of billions of stars and planetary systems have we not found indications of technologically advanced, post-singular civilizations?  The Transcension Hypothesis by Singularity University advisor, John Smart offers an account of what comes after the technological singularity, also accounting for Fermi's Paradox.

Basically after our technological adolescent and expansionist explorations, we turn from outer space to inner space... our journey undergoes S.T.E.M. compression, the compression of Space, Time, Energy and Matter- until non biological minds live inside virtual worlds at the nano and femto scale, further compressing complexity until we create black hole-like conditions and disappear from the visible universe altogether."

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Filmmaker Jason Silva has created an ecstatic rant video on Smart's concept: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQOyJUDTKdM

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What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds -- within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values -- or will
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DARPA Cortical Modem connects brain directly to computer for 'electronic telepathy and telekinesis'

DARPA Cortical Modem connects brain directly to computer for 'electronic telepathy and telekinesis' | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"DARPA's cortical modem implant could restore sight loss and provide eyes with a heads-up display.

 

The "cortical modem" also holds the potential to cure sight loss and enable "electronic telepathy and telekinesis" according to noted futurist Peter Rothman, writing for H+ Magazine.

 

While still a long way from production, the direct neural interface (DNI) chip would be shaped like a coin, around 1cm wide, and could conceivably cost as little as $10."

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Futurist and Filmmaker Jason Silva on How Watching Movies is a Kind of Ecstasy

Futurist and Filmmaker Jason Silva on How Watching Movies is a Kind of Ecstasy | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
"Watching a movie is a technologically-mediated lucid dream. It's like smoking cannabis." - Jason Silva
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

We are nearing a time when we can create any kind of reality we want...and immerse ourselves in it. All forms of media have been an approach to that. Media theorist Marshall McLuhan was right: "The medium IS the message."

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The First VR Camera in Space Allows You To Be an Armchair Astronaut

The First VR Camera in Space Allows You To Be an Armchair Astronaut | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

“540 people experiencing space is a novelty,” he continued. “One million people experiencing it is a movement. One billion people, and we’ve revolutionized how the planet thinks of the Earth.”

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The Toil Toward Quantum Computers Just Turned Into a Sprint

The Toil Toward Quantum Computers Just Turned Into a Sprint | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
A new optical chip that can process photons in a dizzying number of infinite ways has been developed by two research teams. Researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone in Japan (NTT) are behind the breakthrough in quantum computing. The means to solve daunting problems such as the ability to design new life-saving drugs; perform advanced calculations that are a step or two beyond even supercomputers; and analyze weather patterns for more accurate forec
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Once quantum computers become mainstream, we may not know what hit us.

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Direct brain-to-brain interface between humans improved

Direct brain-to-brain interface between humans improved | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
University of Washington researchers have improved on their direct brain-to-brain connection technology involving pairs of volunteers sending signals from one person’s brain to another over the internet to directly govern the motions of the receiving person’s hand.
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Civilization is a Race Between Education and Catastrophe. Four Non-Commandments (Terence McKenna)

1 - Do not believe. Ideology has poisoned this planet. It is beneath your dignity. Fight your way free from belief.

2 - Do not follow. Following is a tasteless position to find yourself in.

3 - Do not consume. The fetish for objects made of matter is wrecking the planet. None of this stuff brings happiness anyway.

4 - Do not watch. Watching is an incredibly dis-empowering thing. Watchers participate not at all in society. They are the morons who are keeping this system running.

 

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Researchers create holograms you can touch using high-powered lasers

Researchers create holograms you can touch using high-powered lasers | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Three-dimensional, interactive holograms are now a reality, thanks to researchers in Japan who have used powerful, ultra-quick lasers to produce holograms that can be physically felt and respond to human touch." 

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Using Trial and Error, New Robot Can Learn Independently

Using Trial and Error, New Robot Can Learn Independently | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Researchers at Berkeley have created a robot whose behaviors are similar to a human child's. Through a process known as "deep structured learning," BRETT (Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks) can adapt to its environment independently, but let's hope temper tantrums don't make their way into its programming."

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New Memristors Could Usher in Bionic Brains

New Memristors Could Usher in Bionic Brains | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
One of the world’s first electronic multi-state memory cells mimics the brain’s ability to simultaneously process and store multiple strands of information
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Quantum Computing Is About to Overturn Cybersecurity’s Balance of Power

Quantum Computing Is About to Overturn Cybersecurity’s Balance of Power | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Quantum mechanics is now being used to construct a new generation of computers that can solve the most complex scientific problems—and unlock every digital vault in the world.  These will perform in seconds computations that would have taken conventional computers millions of years. They will enable better weather forecasting, financial analysis, logistical planning, search for Earth-like planets, and drug discovery. And they will compromise every bank record, private communication, and password on every computer in the world — because modern cryptography is based on encoding data in large combinations of numbers, and quantum computers can guess these numbers almost instantaneously.
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On the brink of a game changer 

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The Dawn of Killer Robots

"In the video, INHUMAN KIND, Motherboard gains exclusive access to a small fleet of US Army bomb disposal robots—the same platforms the military has weaponized—and to a pair of DARPA’s six-foot-tall bipedal humanoid robots. We also meet Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, renowned physicist Max Tegmark, and others who grapple with the specter of artificial intelligence, killer robots, and a technological precedent forged in the atomic age. It’s a story about the evolving relationship between humans and robots, and what AI in machines bodes for the future of war and the human race."

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"There are basically two things which grow in parallel as society evolves: there is the power of our technology and there is the wisdom of us humans for how to manage the technology"

 - Max Tegmark, physicist

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IBM Just Cracked One Of The Biggest Problems Facing Quantum Computing

IBM Just Cracked One Of The Biggest Problems Facing Quantum Computing | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Quantum computing could make complex calculations trivial — but it’s currently fraught with problems. Now, though, IBM has solved one of the biggest, allowing it to detect the internal errors that could otherwise render quantum calculation useless.
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From everything I've seen, should quantum computing become viable and mainstream, it will make current computing look like like what a slide rule is to a modern laptop.

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Jason Silva: Portable Virtual Reality Will Allow You to Climb Into Someone's Mind

How do you typically let other people into your minds? You smile. You laugh. You use language to communicate thoughts and feelings. Jason Silva explains why that's all going to change once virtual reality reaches its full potential.

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