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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 were in 2015. Hang on, we're embarking on one helluva ride.
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Hide Your House From Drones With This Tech That Makes You Impossible To Record: Scientific American

Hide Your House From Drones With This Tech That Makes You Impossible To Record: Scientific American | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
In a world where everyone has a drone and might want to check up on you, this drone blinding system will alert you if someone is spying from the sky and make you invisible.
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A cure for the common drone.

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Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Arthur C. Clarke - God, The Universe and Everything Else (1988)

Three truly remarkable perspectives on evolution -- human and otherwise.

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From The Stone Age To The Digital Age In One Big Leap : NPR

From The Stone Age To The Digital Age In One Big Leap : NPR | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Deep in the Amazon, an isolated Brazilian tribe almost vanished when it first had contact with the modern world. Now the Surui tribe is working with Google to do things like report on illegal logging in the forest.
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Human technology leaves the Solar System?

Human technology leaves the Solar System? | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
There is disagreement on whether Voyager 1 has passed beyond the Solar System based on cosmic ray readings from the probe's instruments.
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Even if Voyager 1 hasn't left the solar system, we are at the verge a very significant moment in the history of human evolution.

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Bebionic Prosthetic Hand Continues To Amaze In Latest Video

Bebionic Prosthetic Hand Continues To Amaze In Latest Video | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Another video has been released profiling Nigel Ackland showing off some of the cool things he can do with his bebionic3 prosthetic arm, part of a series of videos from manufacturer RSLSteeper.
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IBM’S Watson: Interfacing With God

IBM’S Watson: Interfacing With God | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Watson has the ability to interface and interact with all information stored and connected in servers around the world. From this accumulation of data, Watson creates a persona with a different method, a little something I have dubbed an ‘algorithmic persona’. Thus, could Watson obtain the ability to articulate the sum of all human understanding?

 

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Could Our Universe Be a Fake? Marvin Minsky

Could Our Universe Be a Fake? Marvin Minsky | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Marvin Minsky, founder of the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and co-founder and long-time director of MIT’s world-renowned Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, gives his thoughts on whether what we experience as reality is actually a simulation.

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Researchers developing 3D printer, 'bio-ink' to create human organs

The long-term goal is to create functioning human organs some five or 10 years from now. This is not far-fetched. Using its facilities for engineering living tissue systems, the Biomanufacturing Laboratory at CCAD is working to develop and refine various 3D printing processes required for organ and tissue fabrication.

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Soon You Will Interact With Computers Through Thought Alone

Soon You Will Interact With Computers Through Thought Alone | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

We can already paint pictures without lifting a finger.


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Brown University creates first wireless, implanted brain-computer interface

Brown University creates first wireless, implanted brain-computer interface | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Brown’s wireless BCI, fashioned out of hermetically sealed titanium, looks a lot like a pacemaker. Inside there’s a li-ion battery, an inductive (wireless) charging loop, a chip that digitizes the signals from your brain, and an antenna for transmitting those neural spikes to a nearby computer. The BCI is connected to a small chip with 100 electrodes protruding from it, which, in this study, was embedded in the somatosensory cortex or motor cortex. These 100 electrodes produce a lot of data, which the BCI transmits at 24Mbps over the 3.2 and 3.8GHz bands to a receiver that is one meter away. The BCI’s battery takes two hours to charge via wireless inductive charging, and then has enough juice to last for six hours of use.


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Nacho Vega's curator insight, March 5, 2013 5:10 AM

Where do we go?!!!

Gust MEES's curator insight, March 5, 2013 4:17 PM

 

These 100 electrodes produce a lot of data, which the BCI transmits at 24Mbps over the 3.2 and 3.8GHz bands to a receiver that is one meter away.

 

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Meet MeCam, The $50 Surveillance Drone That Will Watch You Wherever You Go

Meet MeCam, The $50 Surveillance Drone That Will Watch You Wherever You Go | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Have you always wanted a tiny robot that hovers behind you, documenting your every move, but don't want to spend thousands of dollars on a lumbering UAV or a quadcopter so noisy it can't join you inside fancy restaurants?
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The interspecies internet

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In a bold talk at TED2013, Diana Reiss, Peter Gabriel, Neil Gershenfeld and Vint Cerf come together to launch the interspecies internet.
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And the panel also addresses the topic of the interstellar internet. Really.

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Rodent Mind Meld: Scientists Wire Two Rats' Brains Together

Rodent Mind Meld: Scientists Wire Two Rats' Brains Together | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
In what they're describing as the world's first brain-to-brain interface, scientists have wired the brain of one rat to another and shown that signals from the first rat's brain can help the second rat solve a problem.
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"Politics and religion are obsolete. The time has come for science and spirituality."

  - Jawarharlal Nehru

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Deep Tree - a Visualization of the History of All Life on Earth

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The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

The DeepTree is a visualization of the history of all life on earth. This tree of life represents the evolutionary relationship of millions of species from the very beginning of life, 3.5 billion years ago. The DeepTree is a multi-touch interactive application, allowing  people to “fly through” the vast tree of life to any species, and to learn how species are related through a set of showcase species and shared derived traits.

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Digital Evolution: DNA May Bring Computers to Life

Digital Evolution: DNA May Bring Computers to Life | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Living cells could be made into mini-computers. 

 

A transistor is a device that controls the flow of electrons in an electrical circuit, which acts as an on-off switch. Similarly, the biological transistor — termed a transcriptor — controls the flow of an enzyme as it moves along a strand of DNA(deoxyribonucleic acid). These cellular building blocks could be used to do anything from monitoring their environment to turning processes on and off in the cells. The findings were reported March 28 in the journal Science.

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The Known Universe - a 6-Minute Tour

The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world's most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History.

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Implanted into Bacteria, Synthetic DNA Functions as a Diagnostic Computer

Implanted into Bacteria, Synthetic DNA Functions as a Diagnostic Computer | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Nanobiotechnology may soon enable microorganisms to function like the organic equivalents of computers. Through recent advances in technology, the Fantastic Voyage may become a reality. This once fictional domain is becoming smaller and more blurred with reality.

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Are We Living in a Simulation? Jaron Lanier

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Computer scienties and virtual reality founder Jaron Lanier gives his view on whether what we call reality is actually a simulation.

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Could Our Universe Be a Fake? David Chalmers

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Physicist/philosopher David Chalmers gives his view on whether what we experience as reality is actually a simulation.

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Futuristic Levitating Wireless Mouse Prevents Carpal Tunnel - My Modern Metropolis

Futuristic Levitating Wireless Mouse Prevents Carpal Tunnel - My Modern Metropolis | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
We may not have hover cars yet but thanks to Prague-basd design studio Kibardindesign, we will soon have a levitating wireless computer mouse known as Bat. Th…
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A Crisis Of Consciousness - Terence McKenna

Our present global crisis is more profound than any previous historical crises; hence our solutions must be equally drastic.

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

Terence in a talk of extraordinary eloquence (even by his standards!) details the situration to which we have found ourselves, and from which we we will either breakthrough or fall into collapse. As Terence says at the end of the talk, "it's going to be a photo finish."

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Dr. Peter H. Diamandis — We are evolving into meta-intelligence group-minds

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis -- Physician, entrepreneur, founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation. Author of Abundance http://GF2045.com/...

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George Por's comment, March 9, 2013 6:53 AM
This video is one of the pitch vids for the Global Future 2045 conference. Project Avatar, Android robotics, Anthropomorphic telepresence, Neuroscience, Mind theory, Neuroengineering, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Neuroprosthetics, Neurotransplantation, Long-range forecasting, Future evolution strategy, Evolutionary transhumanism, Ethics, Bionic prostheses, Cybernetic life-extension, Mid-century Singularity, Neo-humanity, Meta-intelligence, Cybernetic immortality, Consciousness, Spiritual development, Science and Spirituality.
George Por's comment, March 9, 2013 6:53 AM
This video is one of the pitch vids for the Global Future 2045 conference. Project Avatar, Android robotics, Anthropomorphic telepresence, Neuroscience, Mind theory, Neuroengineering, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Neuroprosthetics, Neurotransplantation, Long-range forecasting, Future evolution strategy, Evolutionary transhumanism, Ethics, Bionic prostheses, Cybernetic life-extension, Mid-century Singularity, Neo-humanity, Meta-intelligence, Cybernetic immortality, Consciousness, Spiritual development, Science and Spirituality.
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Culture in Decline | Episode #1 "What Democracy?" by Peter Joseph

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Series Premiere: Culture in Decline | Episode #1 \"What Democracy?\" by Peter Joseph. This opening show addresses the subject of what we perceive as "Democracy" in the world today.

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

A new series from Peter Joseph, the producer of the Zeitgeist films: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w

 

http://www.cultureindecline.com/downloads.html

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Films For Action Presents: The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm

Films For Action Presents: The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Film offers us a powerful tool to shift awareness and inspire action. By hosting community film screenings and sharing them online, they offer a method to break our dependence on the mainstream...
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