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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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EmoSPARK: An "artificial intelligence console" that wants to make you happy

EmoSPARK: An "artificial intelligence console" that wants to make you happy | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The EmoSpark console is a 90 x 90 x 90 mm (3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 in) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled cube that interacts with a user’s emotions using a combination of content analysis and face-tracking software. In addition to distinguishing between each member of the household, the device uses custom developed technology that the creator says enables it to differentiate between basic human feelings and create emotion profiles of not just everybody it interacts with, but also itself.

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roberto gilli's curator insight, January 15, 3:47 AM

Interesting experiment of emotion based AI.

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Parallel Worlds Exist and Will Soon Be Testable, Expert Says

Parallel Worlds Exist and Will Soon Be Testable, Expert Says | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Is there another you reading this article at this exact moment in a parallel universe?
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Was 2013 Cause for Hope or Despair?

Was 2013 Cause for Hope or Despair? | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

“Things are getting better and better and worse and worse faster and faster simultaneously.”
– Tom Atlee

Was the year 2013 a cause for hope or a cause for despair? Were the positive developments signs that the world is turning the corner?

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The Biocentric Universe Theory: Life Creates Time, Space, and the Cosmos Itself

The Biocentric Universe Theory: Life Creates Time, Space, and the Cosmos Itself | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The farther we peer into space, the more we realize that the nature of the universe cannot be understood fully by inspecting spiral galaxies or watching distant supernovas. It lies deeper. It involves our very selves.

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A truly fascinating and compelling theory.

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Moore’s law is not just for computers

Moore’s law is not just for computers | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Mathematical laws can predict industrial growth and productivity in many sectors.
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Scientists create robotic muscle that is 1,000 times more powerful than human muscles | Impact Lab

Scientists create robotic muscle that is 1,000 times more powerful than human muscles | Impact Lab | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
A robotic muscle 1,000 times more powerful than a human’s has been developed by American scientists. The robotic muscle uses a revolutionary material that
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I have a dream, that one day scientists and philosophers will join hands

I have a dream, that one day scientists and philosophers will join hands | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Kostas Kostarelos: Why is there such a chasm between the sciences and the humanities, given that powerful new technologies have such profound effects on society?
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Graphene-based nano-antennas may enable networks of tiny machines

Graphene-based nano-antennas may enable networks of tiny machines | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Atlanta GA (SPX) Dec 14, 2013 - Networks of nanometer-scale machines offer exciting potential applications in medicine, industry, environmental protection and defense, but until now there's been one very small problem: the limited...
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Greek community creates an off-the-grid Internet

Greek community creates an off-the-grid Internet | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Communities around the world are building their own parallel Internets to stay out of reach of governments and major corporations.
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Mesh network offers potential for free wireless Internet in Oakland

Mesh network offers potential for free wireless Internet in Oakland | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The group’s plan is to use low-cost wireless routers mounted on top of buildings to beam signals from house to house. The setup, known as a “wireless mesh network,” is basically a locally controlled communications infrastructure that can be used as a way to connect to the Internet, or as a neighborhood “intranet”—a closed local network that allows community members to communicate.

 

The idea, from the perspective of Sudo Mesh, is to break away from centralized commercially owned Internet networks and provide free, community-based networks that are both more secure and more communal.

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HydroBee personal hydroelectric generator

HydroBee personal hydroelectric generator | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

There are already plenty of gadgets that allow people to charge their mobile devices while off the grid. Most of those products utilize solar power, while a few have gone the thermoelectric route. The HydroBee, however, generates electricity using the power of flowing water – think of it as a portable hydroelectric station.

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

Yet another technology that is accelerating the decentralization of power generation while powering the global brain in remote places.

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Rolling Jubilee - A Strike Debt project that randomly, anonymously eradicates personal medical debt

Rolling Jubilee - A Strike Debt project that randomly, anonymously eradicates personal medical debt | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

A bailout of the people by the people

 

Rolling Jubilee is a Strike Debt project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. Together we can liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits.

 

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$14M in medical debt abolished for 2,693 debtors in 45 states...anonymously. Amazing.

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The Asymptotic Leap's curator insight, November 18, 2013 10:22 PM

$14M in medical debt abolished for 2,693 debtors in 45 states...anonymously. Amazing.

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MIT technology makes it possible to 'be' two places at once

MIT technology makes it possible to 'be' two places at once | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The InForm is a dynamic shape display from MIT's Tangible Media Group. It turns 3D data into crude, physical representations in real time.

 

Using a Kinect motion sensor, it can scan bodily movements and recreate them on a table of physical "pixels," allowing you to manipulate objects on the other end. The pixels on the InForm table are actually a grid of 900 motorized, polystyrene pins that can extend about 4 inches from the surface, according to an MIT paper (PDF) for the Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction.

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Be sure to watch the video in the article. 

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Facebook Data Scientists Prove Memes Mutate And Adapt Like DNA | TechCrunch

Facebook Data Scientists Prove Memes Mutate And Adapt Like DNA | TechCrunch | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Richard Dawkins likened memes to genes, but a new study by Facebook shows just how accurate that analogy is. Memes adapt to their surroundings in order to survive, just like organisms. Post a liberal meme saying no one should die for lack of healthcare, and conservatives will mutate it to say no one should die because Obamacare rations their healthcare. And nerds will make it about Star Wars.

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It's Time to Take Mesh Networks Seriously (And Not Just for the Reasons You Think)

It's Time to Take Mesh Networks Seriously (And Not Just for the Reasons You Think) | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

What’s really revolutionary about mesh networking isn’t the novel use of technology. It’s the fact that it provides a means for people to self-organize into communities and share resources amongst themselves: Mesh networks are operated by the community, for the community. Especially because the internet has become essential to our everyday life.


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, January 4, 11:50 AM

Primavera de Filippi explains in this excellent WIRED opinion piece why mesh networking is so important... for us.

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Santas Anonymously Bestow Bitcoin Funds on Open Source Enterpreneurs

Santas Anonymously Bestow Bitcoin Funds on Open Source Enterpreneurs | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

You can think of them as the Bitcoin Santas. Every so often, they appear out of nowhere and bestow gifts on people across the globe, a bit like Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. The difference is that they always give bitcoins, the world’s most popular digital currency.


Whoever they are, they’re on a mission to bootstrap not only the Bitcoin world, but all sorts of other open source software projects.

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A programming language for composable DNA circuits

The language is a first step towards the design of modelling and simulation tools for DNA strand displacement, which complements the emergence of novel implementation strategies for DNA computing.

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New evidence that comets could have seeded life on Earth

New evidence that comets could have seeded life on Earth | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

It's among the most ancient of questions: What are the origins of life on Earth? A new experiment simulating conditions in deep space reveals that the complex building blocks of life could have been created on icy interplanetary dust and then carried to Earth, jump-starting life.

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It is always now.

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Sam Harris, an American neuroscientist, author, and philosopher, shares his concept of the present moment and why it matters to live in the now rather than wait for the "now" of the future. This video asks viewers to live for each and every moment.
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Sometimes truth comes up and smacks you in the forehead.

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DNA motor 'walks' along nanotube, transports tiny particle

DNA motor 'walks' along nanotube, transports tiny particle | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Researchers have created a new type of molecular motor made of DNA and demonstrated its potential by using it to transport a nanoparticle along the length of a carbon nanotube.
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Harnessing DNA to perform a mechanical task. Amazing! What are they going to do with DNA next? Use it as a computing tool? Oh, right, that's already being done: http://www.nextnature.net/2013/02/implanted-into-bacteria-synthetic-dna-functions-as-a-diagnostic-computer/

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The Mission to De-Centralize the Internet

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In the nineteen-seventies, the Internet was a small, decentralized collective of computers. The personal-computer revolution that followed built upon that foundation, stoking optimism encapsulated by John Perry Barlow’s 1996 manifesto “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.” Barlow described a chaotic digital utopia, where “netizens” self-govern and the institutions of old hold no sway. “On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone,” he writes. “You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.”

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Artist Counts Every Atomic Explosion On Earth And Shows Them All In A Matter Of Seconds

Artist Counts Every Atomic Explosion On Earth And Shows Them All In A Matter Of Seconds | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Isao Hashimoto decided to visualize all the nuclear detonations in the history of time. This doesn't start to get terrifying until it just. Doesn't. Stop.

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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, thinks he might know the answer. According to Koch, consciousness arises within any sufficiently complex, information-processing system. All animals, from humans on down to earthworms, are conscious; even the internet could be. That’s just the way the universe works.

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An interview with Andreas Antonopolous: Bitcoin and Decentralization

We are pleased to present Andreas Antonopolous and his expertise in many peer-to-peer technologies including Bitcoin, mesh networks and the Internet. 

We talk about the parallels between different decentralized technology with a focus on Bitcoin. This digital currency is disrupting the world of money by avoiding the necessity for centralized banks by sending payments directly between individuals. 
We also discuss the relevance of decentralization in society and some examples in nature.

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Go decentralization

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Terence Mckenna - Culture is not your friend.

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A brilliant insight by the brilliant Mckenna about that which enslaves everyone of us.
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