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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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Peter Diamandis On Exponential Technology And Changing The World

Peter Diamandis On Exponential Technology And Changing The World | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The founder of the X PRIZE and author of, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, recently created a short video explaining how exponential technologies are going to accelerate change in the world.

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Particle Physics Karaoke

The great particle physicists of our time sing out about the building blocks of the universe. It's toe-tapping fun!

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Future Paradigms for Business

Future Paradigms for Business | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Against the broad sweep of human history on this planet the last few hundred years have given rise to astonishing innovations. These have resulted in prosperity for a large proportion of the human family and the accumulation of massive wealth by a small minority. 

But as we begin to internalise and comprehend the real costs associated with this remarkable and unprecedented phase of exponential growth and development, there is increasing evidence that a fundamental course correction is needed (at least in the means of production and rates of consumption) if continued affluence is to remain a viable goal for the majority.

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The Smartphone of the Future – an Explosive Wealth of Possibilities

The Smartphone of the Future – an Explosive Wealth of Possibilities | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Moore's Law claims that we can expect the 2017 crop of smartphones to be roughly 10× more powerful than today. That's the same order of magnitude as a current mid-range laptop. We can also expect storage in the vicinity of 256Gb (32Gb today) with 4 or 8 Gb RAM (1024 Mb today). But that explains only a fraction of what to expect from said future handset.

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Radical Transparency

Starting with a concept for creating the genealogy for the entire earth, Futurist Thomas Frey takes people on a fascinating journey into the topic of radical transparency.

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How augmented reality will change the way we live

How augmented reality will change the way we live | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The potential for augmented reality (AR) to impact all elements of our lives is massive: from education to gaming to manufacturing, the world seems poised on the brink of substantial AR adoption – with all associated benefits. Indeed, a recent study by Semico Research predicted that by the end of 2016, revenue produced by the AR Industry will total more than $600 billion. This study also determined that in 2014, approximately 864 million mobile phones will be AR-ready, and in excess of 100 million vehicles will come equipped with AR tech.

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Location of the mind remains a mystery

Location of the mind remains a mystery | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

A patient who preserved their self-awareness despite extensive brain damage suggests that our map of the brain needs rethinking... the mind might be more like a virtual machine running on distributed computers, with brain resources allocated in a flexible manner,

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Hackers backdoor the human brain, successfully extract sensitive data | ExtremeTech

Hackers backdoor the human brain, successfully extract sensitive data | ExtremeTech | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Using a commercial off-the-shelf brain-computer interface, researchers have shown that it's possible to hack your brain, forcing you to reveal information that you'd rather keep secret.
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The Startling Science of a Starling Murmuration | Wired Science | Wired.com

The Startling Science of a Starling Murmuration | Wired Science | Wired.com | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
As a video of a massive starling flock in motion goes viral, Wired Science takes a look at their seemingly reality-suspending tricks.
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Jason Silva - A Timothy Leary for the Viral Video Age

Jason Silva - A Timothy Leary for the Viral Video Age | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

If you ever wondered what would happen if a young Timothy Leary was wormholed into 2012, complete with a film degree and a Vimeo account, you have your answer: Jason Silva. 

 

"I think that technology is just evolution evolving its own evolvability, to quote Kevin Kelly. He's got this idea that everything is on a continuum, and humans are stuck right in the middle between the stuff that's born and the stuff that's made. We human beings are the eyes and ears of the universe, the thinking stratum of the universe, and in some sense we have become evolution---because of us, evolution can now think."

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Does the Global Brain exist?

Does the Global Brain exist? | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Imagine a global interconnection of human minds and super computers, a perpetually flowing interaction of human global consciousness, a vast oracle of learning and knowledge, a living "breathing" c...

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Why "utility fogs" could be the technology that changes the world

Why "utility fogs" could be the technology that changes the world | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Arthur C. Clarke is famous for suggesting that any sufficiently advanced technology would be indistinguishable from magic. There's no better example of this than the ultra-speculative prospect of "utility fogs" — swarms of networked microscopic robots that could assume the shape and texture of virtually anything.

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"Launch your meme boldly and see if it will replicate."

"Launch your meme boldly and see if it will replicate." | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

- Terrence McKenna

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The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck - by Jason Silva

Basically, our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive...

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Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science's Greatest Idea

Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science's Greatest Idea | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

When it comes to evolution, we’ve all heard about fossils and fruit flies, Darwin and Dawkins. But evolution embraces much more. Today, a movement of visionary scientists, philosophers, and spiritual thinkers are forging a new understanding of evolution that honors science, reframes culture, and radically updates spirituality. Carter Phipps calls them “Evolutionaries.” His groundbreaking book provides the first popular guide to these exciting minds who are illuminating the secrets of our past and expanding the vistas of our future.

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Painting With Molecules - Technology Review

Painting With Molecules - Technology Review | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have created a novel way of fixing molecules precisely in three-dimensional material using laser beams, reports the university. Applications could include growing biological tissue or making tiny sensors.

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A visualization of the one million organizations in the world for peace, environmental protection, social justice, and culture preservation

A visualization of the one million organizations in the world for peace, environmental protection, social justice, and culture preservation | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Artist  Chris Jordan depicts in a 24x24 foot panel the names of one million organizations around the world that are devoted to peace, environmental stewardship, social justice, and the preservation of diverse and indigenous culture. The actual number of such organizations is unknown, but estimates range between one and two million, and growing. In the words of Paul Hawken, "The largest movement in the world, and no one saw it coming."

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Every poor family in India may get a cell phone under a new government plan | Impact Lab

Every poor family in India may get a cell phone under a new government plan | Impact Lab | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The global brain could grow instantly by hundreds of millions of people as the Indian government is planning to give one mobile phone to every family living below the poverty line.

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Augmented reality comes to contact lenses

Augmented reality comes to contact lenses | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Innovega is developing a contact lens called the iOptik lens that will provide the crucial step necessary to perceive an augmented, superimposed 3-D virtual reality.

 

It can also enhance your vision as you’re seeing normal reality. Using nanotechnology, the contact lenses allow users to perceive both reality and information provided by the Internet or another source.

 

The military is already exploring the use of these lenses, which could enable the distribution of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle intelligence in real time to soldiers in the field.

 

For civilian uses, the augmented view could allow for web surfing on the go. Innovega is particularly excited about 3D video gaming and is already laying the groundwork for that avenue. Everyone from tourists exploring a new city to drivers navigating a new route could benefit from augmented-reality lenses.

 

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The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel

The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"Unless you believe in some magic substance attached to our brain that exudes consciousness, which certainly no scientist believes, then what matters is not the stuff the brain is made of, but the relationship of that stuff to each other. It's the fact that you have these neurons and they interact in very complicated ways. In principle, if you could replicate that interaction, let's say in silicon on a computer, you would get the same phenomena, including consciousness."


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DNA: The Ultimate Hard Drive

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Researchers have stored an entire genetics textbook in less than a picogram of DNA, or one trillionth of a gram . It's an advance that could revolutionize our ability to save data.
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Potent Quote

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It is our duty—as men and women—to behave as though limits to our ability do not exist. We are collaborators in creation of the Universe.

 - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Hybrid Reality - Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization

Hybrid Reality - Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

What human civilization needs more than anything is not greater IQ or EQ, but TQ: technology quotient. In their manifesto Hybrid Reality, husband-and-wife team Ayesha & Parag Khanna explores the frontier of the information revolution: The Hybrid Age.

 

Each of us also needs better TQ to adapt to a future in which robots are normal social actors in our lives, healthcare becomes a vehicle for physical enhancement, academic pedigree dissolves in a global skills market, and virtual currencies enable tax-free transactions.

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A Cosmist Manifesto: Ten Cosmist Convictions (Mostly by Giulio Prisco)

A Cosmist Manifesto: Ten Cosmist Convictions (Mostly by Giulio Prisco) | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

With thanks to Ben Goertzel...Ten Cosmist Convictions:

 

#1: Humans will merge with technology, to a rapidly increasing extent. This is a new phase of the evolution of our species, just picking up speed about now. The divide between natural and artificial will blur, then disappear. Some of us will continue to be humans, but with a radically expanded and always growing range of available options, and radically increased diversity and complexity. Others will grow into new forms of intelligence far beyond the human domain.

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Project Meshnet aims to build a censorship-free alternative to the Internet | KurzweilAI

Project Meshnet aims to build a censorship-free alternative to the Internet | KurzweilAI | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Imagine an Internet without censorship, an Internet built out of like-minded peers and secure connections. That’s the goal of Project Meshnet. 

 

Currently, each node connects to a couple other nodes by manually configuring links over an IPv4 network. The ultimate goal is to have every node connected directly by physical means; be it wire, optical cable or radio waves.”

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