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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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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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The Global Brain Spreads: Microsoft brings solar-powered Wi-Fi to rural Kenya

The Global Brain Spreads: Microsoft brings solar-powered Wi-Fi to rural Kenya | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Solar-powered Wi-Fi is being installed in the area that will give local people easy access to the internet for the first time. The pilot project – named Mawingu, the Swahili word for "cloud" – is part of an initiative by Microsoft and local telecoms firms to provide affordable, high-speed wireless broadband to rural areas. If and when it is rolled out nationwide, as planned, it will mean that Kenya could lead the way with a model of wireless broadband access that in the West has been tied up in red tape.

 

Because the village has no power, Microsoft is working with Kenyan telecoms firm Indigo to install solar-powered base stations that supply a wireless signal at a bandwidth that falls into what is called the "white spaces" spectrum.

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The beginning of a new branch in The Global Brain

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Stoned Ape Theory

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http://users.lycaeum.org/~sputnik/McKenna/Evolution/theory.html  (Copy the whole link)

 

 

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The World is a hologram?

"Professor Craig Hogan of the University of Chicago and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has embarked on a wildly ambitious project:  to demonstrate that a tiny bit of cosmic jiggling proves that the sticks-and-stones universe you see before yourself is a hologram.   

                   

To test this question, Hogan has employed two giant interferometers at Fermilab, developed by some researchers at MIT. In a classic laser hologram, a laser beam is split. One portion is reflected off an object - and say, an apple – and the other is reflected by several mirrors. They are then reunited and captured on a piece of photographic film. The result on the plate – which represents the interference pattern of these waves – resembles a strange set of concentric circles.

 

However, when you shine a light beam from the same kind of laser through the film, what you see is a fully realized, three-dimensional virtual image of the apple. (A perfect example is the image of Princess Leia, generated by R2D2 in Episode 4 first movie of the Stars Wars series)."

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Expanding Our Intelligence Without Limit - SXSW Interactive 2012

Legendary visionary Ray Kurzweil will join writer Lev Grossman from TIME Magazine for a mind-expanding keynote conversation about our future.
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Unfortunately, this is only an excerpt of Kurzweil's talk, but it's got asymptotic curves all over it.

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Diamond idea for quantum computer

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The long-touted idea of ultra-high speed computing takes another step closer. All it requires is one of the world’s hardest materials.
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Birth of the Bionic Eye - IEEE Spectrum

Birth of the Bionic Eye - IEEE Spectrum | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"When light hits Barbara Campbell's eyes, it triggers no response in her retinas, and no signals flash up her optic nerves to her brain. A genetic disease killed off her retinas' photoreceptor cells, leaving her completely blind by her 30s. But where her body failed her, technology rescued her. In 2009, at the age of 56, Campbell had an array of electrodes implanted in each eye, and she now makes her way through the world more confidently, aided by bionic vision."

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Also see the article that announces these will be available for purchase soon this year: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/biomedical/bionics/bionic-eye-implants-will-hit-the-us-market-this-year

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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.

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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.

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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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World’s First Bionic Hand With a Sense of Touch is Set to Be Transplanted

World’s First Bionic Hand With a Sense of Touch is Set to Be Transplanted | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
A man in Rome will soon test the world's first bionic hand that is wired directly to the wearer's nervous system, enabling its user to touch and feel.
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Researchers develop a human-like nanobioelectronic tongue

Researchers develop a human-like nanobioelectronic tongue | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Conventional electronic tongues utilize pattern recognition for analysis using arrays of synthetic materials such as polymers, artificial membranes and semiconductors, for applications in the food and beverage industries.
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The Measurement That Would Reveal The Universe As A Computer Simulation | MIT Technology Review

The Measurement That Would Reveal The Universe As A Computer Simulation | MIT Technology Review | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
If the cosmos is a numerical simulation, there ought to be clues in the spectrum of high energy cosmic rays, say theorists
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Has the "pixel" been discovered? I wonder if this might correlate with Planck length?

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What if Google Could Think Like You Do?

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"The next "space race" might be the race to develop a synthetic model of the human brain - one that Google and Microsoft will participate in, if a report is true.

 

And instead of trying to beat the Russians, this time the Americans will be racing against the Europeans, who have already announced their plans.

The New York Timesreported Monday that the Obama Administration is close to announcing the Brain Activity Map, which scientists quoted by the paper say could be on the scale of the The Human Genome Project, a $3.8 billion project to map the human genome that, the Times reported, returned $800 billion in jobs and other benefits. 

 

The Brain Activity Map would attempt to document how the brain works, from the tiniest neurons up through how possibly the different regions of the brain communicate with one another. If the project succeeds, the Brain Activity Map might give us an understanding of how the human brain "computes" data through its complex web of neurons."

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NASA singularity expert: Hackers could engineer computer viruses to control the mind

NASA singularity expert: Hackers could engineer computer viruses to control the mind | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Could hackers create a computer virus that infects the human mind and turn victims into electronic zombies? One leading futurist thinks it's a terrifying possibility and is warning against such a thing in the not-too-distant future."

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"Biological Intelligence is a Fleeting Phase in the Evolution of the Universe"

"Biological Intelligence is a Fleeting Phase in the Evolution of the Universe" | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Paul Davies, a British-born theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science and Co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative atArizona State University, says in his new book The Eerie Silence that any aliens exploring the universe will be AI-empowered machines. Not only are machines better able to endure extended exposure to the conditions of space, but they have the potential to develop intelligence far beyond the capacity of the human brain.


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