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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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Sensor bracelet lets you literally touch your friends from anywhere in the world

Sensor bracelet lets you literally touch your friends from anywhere in the world | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Wearable is bringing us all closer together, and an experimental device embraces this notion by allowing you to touch a friend remotely.

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One of the new metrics of dating compatibility unique to our age is how frequently you do (or do not) text your partner during the day. This virtual form of contact has replaced what was once a phone call, and before that a physical meeting. But now that technology has moved into the wearable phase, a new idea has emerged that takes the notion of virtual contact quite literally. 

Created by Poland-based design studio Pangenerator, the Tactilu is a wrist device that allows wearers to communicate remotely through the sense of touch. Powered by an Arduino Pro mini microcontroller and a custom pcb with a Bluetooth module, the experimental device allows to wearers to virtually touch each other through haptic feedback via an Internet connection or Bluetooth no matter where they are in the world. 

Although the current design is already pretty futuristic, the next generation of the haptic feedback device will be much slimmer, thus making it a bit more palatable for potential mainstream consumers. You can see the Tactilu in action in the video below.


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Thought-controlled arm and hand makes 'The Bionic Man' a reality

Thought-controlled arm and hand makes 'The Bionic Man' a reality | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
The science fiction fantasy of Steve Austin, The Six Million Dollar Man, just took a huge leap toward reality thanks to the work of the researchers behind a new thought-controlled modular prosthetic limb.
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"The Human Neocortex is More Complex than a Galaxy" -- Carl Sagan and Roger Penrose

"The Human Neocortex is More Complex than a Galaxy" -- Carl Sagan and Roger Penrose | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

According to physicist, Roger Penrose, What’s in our head is orders of magnitude more complex than anything one sees in the Universe: "If you look at the entire physical cosmos," says Penrose, "our brains are a tiny, tiny part of it. But they're the most perfectly organized part. Compared to the complexity of a brain, a galaxy is just an inert lump." 

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Yes, Roger, but it is from that "inert lump" that live was created and evolved to us contemplating it.

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Blueprint For an Artificial Brain

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Researchers are using memristors, electronic microcomponents which imitate natural nerves, as key components to create a blueprint for an artificial brain.
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Species Crunch Time – A Possible Means of Resolution - Transhumanity.net

Species Crunch Time – A Possible Means of Resolution - Transhumanity.net | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

There comes a time in the developmental history of every intelligent evolved species that requires a significant set of choices for the species to survive and thrive.   A species comes to this point when its intelligence is great enough that it discovers technology of sufficient power for either transcendence and freedom or ultimate enslavement and conflict leading to annihilation.  Humanity is such a species at just such a critical point in its development.

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

Good points, but not so sure that a "transhumanity religion" is a necessary part of the process.

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“In Our Lifetimes, Human Beings Will No Longer Be Human” claims Lord Anthony Giddens - Transhumanity.net

“In Our Lifetimes, Human Beings Will No Longer Be Human” claims Lord Anthony Giddens - Transhumanity.net | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
It’s not every day that the world’s most eminent sociologist reveals himself as having an intense interest in the Technological Singularity, and urges that “Everyone should read the books of Ray Kurzweil”.
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Evolution of Consciousness triggered by Solar flares? - Guardian Express

Evolution of Consciousness triggered by Solar flares? - Guardian Express | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Evolution of Consciousness triggered by Solar flares? Guardian Express According the the yogis of ancient India, the human vehicle contains at least 7 major energy vortexes that correlate to levels of consciousness.
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Scientists create custom 3D structures the size of a bacterium

Scientists create custom 3D structures the size of a bacterium | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Researchers in Japan used state-of-the-art micro-sculpting techniques on a new type of resin that can be molded into complex, highly conductive 3-D structures (in this case the famous 'Stanford bunny') with features just a few micrometers across. 


The team says one of the most promising applications is 3-D microelectrodes that could interface with the brain."One of the most promising applications is 3-D microelectrodes that could interface with the brain," says Yuya Daicho, graduate student at Yokohama National University and lead author of the paper. These brain interfaces, rows of needle-shaped electrodes pointing in the same direction like teeth on combs, can send or receive electrical signals from neurons and can be used for deep brain stimulation and other therapeutic interventions to treat disorders such as epilepsy, depression, and Parkinson's disease

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We Don't Run Computers Anymore, They Run Us

We Don't Run Computers Anymore, They Run Us | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Instead of our offloading time-intensive tasks to our machines, we attempt to match the speed of our network connections. Thanks to the Internet, we travel more on business not less, we work at all hours on demand, and spend our free time answering email or tending to our social networks. Staring into screens, we are less attuned to light of day and the physiological rhythms of our housemates and co-workers. We are more likely to accept the digital clock's illusion that all time is equivalent and interchangeable. But it isn't.

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How Much Longer Until Humanity Becomes A Hive Mind?

How Much Longer Until Humanity Becomes A Hive Mind? | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Last month, researchers created an electronic link between the brains of two rats separated by thousands of miles. This was just another reminder that technology will one day make us telepaths. But how far will this transformation go?
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Brain-controlling magnets: how do they work?

Brain-controlling magnets: how do they work? | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Transcranial magnetic stimulation alters the activity of the brain without the need for an invasive physical procedure. But for such a ground-breaking and potentially alarming technique, it is not very well known
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Recon Jet goes up against Google Glass, aimed at outdoorsy crowd

Recon Jet goes up against Google Glass, aimed at outdoorsy crowd | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Google Glass isn't the only Android-based wearable computer in town. Introducing the Jet HUD computer, with built in sunglasses and rugged design.
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Hidden Money Hoards Revealed...and Other Transparency News

Hidden Money Hoards Revealed...and Other Transparency News | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

You may have heard that a consortium of journalists, working on a cache of 2.5 million recently spilled files, has cracked open the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts, exposing hidden dealings of politicians, con men and mega-rich the world over. If preliminary reports prove to be true, it would be a revelation ten times larger than last year's WikiLeaks Affair and vastly more important. Indeed, it could portend the start of a worldwide radical movement for transparency that I forecast (including - for dramatic effect - a world war on Switzerland) in my 1989 novel Earth.   


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Your Smartphone in 2018: 15 Futuristic Features

Your Smartphone in 2018: 15 Futuristic Features | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
From bendable screens to eye scanners, here are 15 smartphone features to expect in the next five years.
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Bionic eye prototype unveiled

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A team of Australian industrial designers and scientists have unveiled their prototype for the world's first bionic eye.

 

It is hoped the device, which involves a microchip implanted in the skull and a digital camera attached to a pair of glasses, will allow recipients to see the outlines of their surroundings.

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Potent Quotes

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“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born."

- Albert Einstein

 

"A Revolution can be stopped, an Evolution can not."

- Drew Little, Economic Actionist/Social Entrepreneur

 

"Intelligence evolves its own evolvability."

- Kevin Kelly

 

"It was the tension -- between a restless idealism on one hand and an impending sense of doom on the other -- that kept me going."”

- Hunter S. Thompson

 

"In the future, a new generation of artists will be writing genomes as fluently as Blake and Byron wrote verses."
- Freeman Dyson

 

"The goal of the mystical experience is altered traits, not altered states."
- Huston Smith

 

"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it... the world needs people who have come alive"
-Howard Thurman

 

"Remember that you are at an exceptional hour in a unique epoch, that you have this great happiness, this invaluable privilege, of being present at the birth of a new world."
- The Mother, Sri Aurobindo Ashram

 

"When the soul wishes to experience something, she simply throws out an image, and enters into it."

   -Meister Eckhart

 

"God spare me from the desire for love, approval, or appreciation. Amen."

- ByronKatie

 

"If you are not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space."

- Leonard Shlain

 

"My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we CAN suppose."

- J.B.S. Haldane

 

"Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come to being."

- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 

"Politics and religion are obsolete. The time has come for science and spirituality."- Jawarharlal Nehru
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Mind-controlled exoskeleton lets paralyzed people walk

Mind-controlled exoskeleton lets paralyzed people walk | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Two years ago, Antonio Melillo was in a car crash that completely severed his spinal cord. He has not been able to move or feel his legs since. And yet here I am, in a lab at the Santa Lucia Foundation hospital in Rome, Italy, watching him walk.

 

Melillo is one of the first people with lower limb paralysis to try outMindWalker – the world’s first exoskeleton that aims to enable paralysed and locked-in people to walk using only their mind.

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Can Lifelogging Devices Enhance Our Memories?

Can Lifelogging Devices Enhance Our Memories? | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Lifelogging could be a powerful tool for memory augmentation, including for those suffering from Alzheimer's.
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NASA Admits Alcubierre Drive Initiative: Faster Than The Speed Of Light

NASA Admits Alcubierre Drive Initiative: Faster Than The Speed Of Light | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
NASA is currently working on the first practical field test toward the possibility of faster than light travel.
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Motorola shows off electronic tattoo and 'vitamin authentication' prototype wearables

Motorola shows off electronic tattoo and 'vitamin authentication' prototype wearables | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

A pill from Proteus Digital Health that can be swallowed, which is then powered by the acid in your stomach. Once ingested, it creates an 18-bit signal in your body — and thereby makes your entire person an "authentication token." Called "vitamin authentication." Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, added that the Proteus pill was approved by the FDA.

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Russian billionaire reveals real-life 'avatar' plan - and says he will upload his brain to a hologram and become immortal by 2045

Russian billionaire reveals real-life 'avatar' plan - and says he will upload his brain to a hologram and become immortal by 2045 | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
32 year-old Dmitry Itskov (pictured) believes technology will allow him to live forever in a hologram body - and has over 20,000 supporters of his 2045 Initiative to create the technology to let him do it.
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Accelerating Dangers & Opportunities from Transparency

Accelerating Dangers & Opportunities from Transparency | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Is it even remotely possible for sousveillance (literally, "below looking up") to work?  For citizens to shine enough light upward to remind our civil servants that they are servants?  To keep a choke-chain on our guard dogs, so they never see themselves as wolves?  To remind corporations that they are constructs, and oligarchs that they are not feudal lords, with droit du seigneur?  As it happens, there are dozens of techniques that might help... providing we nurture the calm, rational... but militant... determination to make this practically happen.

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Ron Finley: A guerilla food gardener in South Central LA

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why?
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Could planting a food garden be a radical act of defiance and healing?

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Satellite Photos of Earth - A 30-Year Time Lapse Presentation

Satellite Photos of Earth - A 30-Year Time Lapse Presentation | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Exclusive timelapse: See climate change, deforestation and urban sprawl unfold as Earth evolves over 30 years.
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