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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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Virtual Reality Breakthrough: the Oculus Rift Headset

We put on the Oculus Rift VR goggles and conduct an in-depth interview about its head-tracking technology and the future of virtual reality. This is one of t...
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From the CNET review: "There's a scene in The Matrix, where Neo first jacks into Matrix after leaving it via the red pill. The screen gets all warpy, and zooooom abruptly he's standing somewhere else. It's not much of an exaggeration to say this is what it's like putting on the Oculus Rift. The lenses, holding a distorted promise of what lies beyond, rise towards your face. At the same time the mask blocks out visual reality, the virtual one comes into focus..." Read the full CNET review here: http://ces.cnet.com/8301-34441_1-57563185/hands-on-oculus-rift-vr-headset/

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CLOUDS Interactive Documentary

CLOUDS is a documentary exploring creativity through the lens of code. What does it feel like to think with code? How can emerging technologies enable us to actualize our dreams? How has online sharing transformed the way artists collaborate?

 

The creative practitioners featured in the documentary represent a new breed of interdisciplinary artists who combine software engineering, audiovisual design, and cultural engagement. CLOUDS explores the themes of creativity, aesthetics, simulation, and sharing articulated by these luminaries in the computational arts community.

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Africa has more cellphone users than all of North America

Africa has more cellphone users than all of North America | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

There are more cellphone users in Africa than in North America. When you are a developing continent you can skip entire stages of technological progress. Africa’s mobile telecom market boasts 650 million (!) subscribers. That’s 40-fold growth in just over a decade, and like the phones in Africa’s pockets, the possibilities for mobile (and economic) growth are now completely untethered.

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Just wait until smartphones start to proliferate in Africa.

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Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr.
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Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

http://www.ted.com Mycologist Paul Stamets studies the mycelium -- and lists 6 ways that this astonishing fungus can help save the world. TEDTalks is a daily...
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This guy just called mycillium the Earth's internet. I think it's about time we connected the human's internet to Earth's internet, don't you?

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New Rules for the New Economy -- from Kevin Kelly

1) Embrace the Swarm. As power flows away from the center, the competitive advantage belongs to those who learn how to embrace decentralized points of control.

2) Increasing Returns. As the number of connections between people and things add up, the consequences of those connections multiply out even faster, so that initial successes aren't self-limiting, but self-feeding.

3) Plentitude, Not Scarcity. As manufacturing techniques perfect the art of making copies plentiful, value is carried by abundance, rather than scarcity, inverting traditional business propositions.

4) Follow the Free. As resource scarcity gives way to abundance, generosity begets wealth. Following the free rehearses the inevitable fall of prices, and takes advantage of the only true scarcity: human attention.

5) Feed the Web First. As networks entangle all commerce, a firm's primary focus shifts from maximizing the firm's value to maximizing the network's value. Unless the net survives, the firm perishes.

6) Let Go at the Top. As innovation accelerates, abandoning the highly successful in order to escape from its eventual obsolescence becomes the most difficult and yet most essential task.

7) From Places to Spaces. As physical proximity (place) is replaced by multiple interactions with anything, anytime, anywhere (space), the opportunities for intermediaries, middlemen, and mid-size niches expand greatly.

8) No Harmony, All Flux. As turbulence and instability become the norm in business, the most effective survival stance is a constant but highly selective disruption that we call innovation.

9) Relationship Tech. As the soft trumps the hard, the most powerful technologies are those that enhance, amplify, extend, augment, distill, recall, expand, and develop soft relationships of all types.

10) Opportunities Before Efficiencies. As fortunes are made by training machines to be ever more efficient, there is yet far greater wealth to be had by unleashing the inefficient discovery and creation of new opportunities.

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Written 10 years ago, perhaps more true today than even then.

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, January 1, 2013 3:39 PM

Prescription for 2013...

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Open Garden: How this one app plans to liberalize Internet

Open Garden: How this one app plans to liberalize Internet | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Open Garden is a mobile and desktop app which allows users to seamlessly share their Internet connection. If this works out and the app gains mass acceptance, it promises to make our world more connected.

 

It works on a simple principle, at any given point in time — some people in a public place usually have access to the Internet and others do not — Open Garden allows users who are not connected to the Internet piggyback on the bandwidth shared by the ones who do. Of course, this spells bad news for operators because individual Internet plans form a big part of their revenue. But for consumers, it means convenience and better chances of being connected from anywhere.

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Mesh networks have the potential to fully decentralize the Internet.

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Studying Brain-to-Computer Interfaces on Humans

Studying Brain-to-Computer Interfaces  on Humans | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Brain to computer interfaces that can actually tell you what people are thinking. The brain detail is said to be “amazing” today and is rapidly growing to understand how the brain functions. They can now tell from brain signals if one moves a hand to the left or to right, etc. The team says they have no clue how far this technology will go, only the future will tell.

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13.7 billion years of evolution has resulted in life forms with the ability to ponder it all while it grows enough to send its tendrils into space and ultimately connect with and become it all. Truly astonishing, IMHO.

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A $5 Light For The Developing World With An Ingenious Fuel: Gravity

A $5 Light For The Developing World With An Ingenious Fuel: Gravity | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
The GravityLight gets power from the slow lowering of a weight. All it takes is enough elbow grease to hoist the bag, and you can light a room with nothing but a bag of sand.
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Yet another technology that is expediting the distributed generation of low use power for charging phones, powering lights, etc.

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Design and destiny

Designer Phillipe Starck speaks in this TED video about design in cosmic terms. How life evolved from nothing to this which has the capacity to design and to look at the now and the future with intelligence.

 

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Mind-Controlled Artificial Limbs Fusing Man and Machine Coming Next Year | Wired Science | Wired.com

Mind-Controlled Artificial Limbs Fusing Man and Machine Coming Next Year | Wired Science | Wired.com | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

A postdoctoral student has developed a technique for implanting thought-controlled robotic arms and their electrodes directly to the bones and nerves of amputees, a move which he is calling "the future of artificial limbs."

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Citi.Transmitter - A Two Wheel Electric Vehicle

Citi.Transmitter - A Two Wheel Electric Vehicle | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
A wise selection of resonable,practical and comfortable vehicle series.
To meet different lifestyles of modern people,the vehicle series is designed
with multi-purposes.freely transform the vehicle fo...
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Still a concept car, but here's hoping it won't be long.

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In The Future, Your Clothes Will Be A Power Plant

In The Future, Your Clothes Will Be A Power Plant | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
It’s no science-fiction fantasy. With wearable gadgets like Google’s Project Glass on the horizon, all that’s missing is an ultraportable power source that never needs recharging--like, say, your own body heat.
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Yet another way that power can be supplied to all kinds of devices that extend the funtionality of the body and the brain.

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João Carreira's curator insight, January 8, 2013 2:30 PM

Yet another way that power can be supplied to all kinds of devices that extend the funtionality of the body and the brain.

Pierre Tran's curator insight, January 8, 2013 3:04 PM

Transformer la chaleur du corps en énergie électrique : votre corps est la batterie.

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The Singularity -- the Film

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The Singularity is defined as the point in time when computer intelligence exceeds human intelligence. This notion of superhuman machines has long served as fodder for tales of science fiction. Yet most scientific leaders argue that these changes are inevitable, based on the accelerating rate of technological progress.

 

Clearly, some emerging technologies could have unknown consequences that could lead to catastrophic events or be abused for malicious purposes.

While we cannot be certain of what our future brings, it is nonetheless important to understand the great strides being made in fields such as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and molecular biology, and how these technologies will radically alter the way we live. Inevitably, the question arises: what kind of humans do we want to become?

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Memetics, the Cultural Singularity is Now! - Transhumanity.net

Memetics, the Cultural Singularity is Now! - Transhumanity.net | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Are internet memes ushering us towards a cultural singularity, much like computers are ushering us towards a technological singularity?

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Retina implant allows patients to read ordinary text as braille

Retina implant allows patients to read ordinary text as braille | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Retina prostheses have been in development for quite some time, but users often still find street signs and other text difficult to read. Using the Argus II retinal prosthesis system — which...
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Amazing to consider that within just a few years, blindness and deafness may become thing of the past...and we may see and hear better than we can imagine.

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OVERVIEW -- The video: 40th anniversary of the famous blue marble photo take of Earth from space.

A short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect. The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it.

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How Eye Tracking Could Revolutionize Interaction Design

How Eye Tracking Could Revolutionize Interaction Design | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
What if you could move a cursor on your TV with just your eyes? Or turn the page of an ebook without using your hands? These are the promises of PredictGaze, what’s basically (and somewhat allegedly) a series of ingenious algorithms by a team of garage engineers. PredictGaze can work with the lousy webcam in your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, and even in low-light conditions, track your eyes and identify your face to enable all sorts of futuristic controls.

Via Ashish Umre
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An Infographic Shows How The World Might Actually End

An Infographic Shows How The World Might Actually End | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Mayan apocalypses aside, there are lots of ways we could screw this up and send humanity on a crash course to extinction. But don’t worry too much, we’re probably fine.

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"We'll probably be fine." Hmmm, as long as human evolution wins the race up the asymptote, that is.

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Red Pill, Blue Pill: Is the Universe Just a Giant Computer Simulation? | TIME.com

Red Pill, Blue Pill: Is the Universe Just a Giant Computer Simulation? | TIME.com | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Are we just a bunch of simulacrums living in a massively computer-generated universe? If so, would there be a way to check? Does the possibility that the universe is structured like an extremely complex network — that our brains and the things we create with them, like the Internet, may resemble the universe’s underlying structure — also imply that we exist in an incomprehensibly sophisticated computer-like simulation?

Read more: http://techland.time.com/2012/12/13/red-pill-blue-pill-is-the-universe-just-a-giant-computer-simulation/#ixzz2FSJAz4py
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Dreaming Awake At The End Of Time

http://alchemicalarchives.blogspot.co.uk/ Dreaming Awake At The End Of Time San Francisco, December 13, 1998 Join Terence McKenna, author, explorer and philo...
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Could it be that a comprehensive summation of the workings cosmology and consciousness could be elucidated in two hours? Just leave it to Terence. In addition, he speaks about 2012 and the dizzying asymptotic unfolding of evolution (starting at 1:34:12).

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The Global Brain and the Prescience of Terence McKenna - April 1983

"...there is a level of hierarchical control that is being exerted by the human species as a whole. That the destiny of man as a whole is not in the hands of governments and corporations...it is in the hands of a weirdly democratic, amoeboid-like, hyper intelligent super organism which is called everybody. And as we come to terms with this, as we take our place embedded in the body of everybody and information flows more freely, the reality of this informational creature is seen more clearly, it’s an organism, we are having a symbiotic relationship with an organism made of information."

 

(this section starts at 34:25)

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Leaping Into the Gesture Control Era

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Technology that accurately tracks finger motions could revolutionize desktop and mobile computing.

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