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A Smart Movie That Questions Evolution (Yes, It's Possible!) | Underwire | Wired.com

A Smart Movie That Questions Evolution (Yes, It's Possible!) | Underwire | Wired.com | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
I Origins, which just debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, is out to make skeptics rethink spirituality.

The words “molecular biology thriller” don’t come up a lot when describing movies, but director Mike Cahill’s I Origins aims to be different. The film, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this week, revolves around around the concept of ”irreducible complexity,” the argument put forth by proponents of intelligent design who believe some biological systems are too intricate to have evolved naturally. It’s not an easy concept to cram into a suspense thriller, but Cahill had a guiding principle: Make a movie compelling enough that even an evolutionary biologist or staunch atheist might stop and ponder.

In the film, a young molecular biology Ph.D. student named Ian Gray (Michael Pitt) is researching the development of the eyes — organs often cited by intelligent design proponents as examples of “irreducible complexity” – in an attempt to put the argument to rest forever. In the process, he discovers that eyes may not be the unique fingerprints we think they are, and may even have deeper and more ethereal purposes. The story is told from the perspective of Ian, a scientist and skeptic who was partly inspired by one of the most noted evolutionary biologists and staunch atheists in popular culture, The God Delusion author Richard Dawkins.

“I really got into Richard Dawkins [while making this movie] and kind of based the character off of him,” said Pitt. “If you could you convince Dawkins, then you will convince everybody. So we were setting up a really big challenge.”


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Body Electric: Implanted Machines Are Coming | Andreessen Horowitz

Body Electric: Implanted Machines Are Coming | Andreessen Horowitz | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

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Revealed: Scientists ‘edit’ DNA to correct adult genes and cure diseases

Revealed: Scientists ‘edit’ DNA to correct adult genes and cure diseases | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
A genetic disease has been cured in living, adult animals for the first time using a revolutionary genome-editing technique that can make the smallest changes to the vast database of the DNA molecule with pinpoint accuracy.

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Using programmable inks to build with biology: mashing up 3D printing and biotech - synthesis

Using programmable inks to build with biology: mashing up 3D printing and biotech - synthesis | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

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Scientists Create Cybernetic Links Between People—by DJing

Scientists Create Cybernetic Links Between People—by DJing | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

“Our research—the notion of feedback and complex systems—informs everything we do. A DJ and an audience are a cybernetic system, controlling each other’s state.


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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 16, 5:15 PM

From a government to a society, to a DJ and an audience....to a Master/Mistress and a "slave", it's all the same stuff.

 

It's a dialectic; a dialogue without words.  It's motion, it's energy, action, perception....everything that relates to a human(s)-human(s) relationship.

 

It's amazing to me that so many of the people who hold power at the moment seem to have no conscious or sub-conscious conception of these principles.  That's how they're going to be thrown out by the mob, just because of their ideological views and their incorrectly perceived self-interests.  They just know the brutal, the club.  They seem to neither know or understand anything about the energy dynamic that's at stake between the two "sides".

 

Incredible that so many people could rise without knowing or understanding or comprehending or even wishing to know, comprehend and understand these things.

 

Silly people.

 

Think about it.

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The Six Million Dollar Man May Be Closer To Reality Than You Think | #cyborgs #biohackers

The Six Million Dollar Man May Be Closer To Reality Than You Think | #cyborgs #biohackers | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
In The Future of Wearable Tech, iQ by Intel and PSFK Labs explore the evolving form and function of our … Continued

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Despite the advent of wearable technologies, the thought of humans becoming part machine remains in the realm of science fiction. But we might be farther along in this process than you’d expect, especially after digging deeper into the concept that many are calling “Augmented Sensory Perception,” where technology is not just biometrically attuned to humans but also embedded in their bodies.


Since the 1980s, Steven Mann, often referred to as the father of wearable computing, has been tinkering with the concept of cyborgs and the idea of “humanistic intelligence.” The theory goes that by including humans in the feedback loop of the computational process, the technology and the individual become inextricably intertwined.  You can see this idea emerging at the fringes of wearable technology, where developers are viewing the limits of human ability as a starting place. This is entry point could lead to devices that extend our own physical capacities. 

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You'll soon have 16+ different smart glasses to choose from. Here's how to pick the right one

You'll soon have 16+ different smart glasses to choose from. Here's how to pick the right one | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
We help you sort through the variety of smart glasses that are coming to the market in the near future.
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Ceramics 2.0 - Klink

Ceramics 2.0 - Klink | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

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New photos of 10 'green' 3D-printed houses in Shanghai, built in 24 hours | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

New photos of 10 'green' 3D-printed houses in Shanghai, built in 24 hours | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
In a first, a Chinese company has advanced the science of 3D printing by printing 10 houses entirely out of recycled materials, in just under a day.

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Ionut Anton's curator insight, April 14, 5:00 AM

China 3d printing whole houses. for real. and cheap.

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Nos espera un mundo de sorpresas.

Paulo Matos's curator insight, April 15, 4:36 AM

Casas construídas em 24 horas!

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Open Biomedical Initiative

Open Biomedical Initiative | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Nonprofit Organization for LOW COST, OPEN SOURCE, 3D PRINTABLE Biomedical Technologies
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Ears, noses grown from stem cells in lab dishes

Ears, noses grown from stem cells in lab dishes | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
British scientists are growing noses, ears, tear ducts and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells
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Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital

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Getting Ready to Microchip the Entire Human Race - A Sheep No More

Getting Ready to Microchip the Entire Human Race - A Sheep No More | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
by Christina Sarich Former Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) director and now Google Executive, Regina E. Duncan, has unveiled a super small, ingestible microchip that we can all be expected to swallow by 2017. “A means of...
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Studio Under develops a large & fast ceramic 3D printer | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

Studio Under develops a large & fast ceramic 3D printer | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Studio Under, a design and research studio based in Israel, claimed that they have built the largest ceramic 3D printer ever made.

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A new large and fast ceramic 3d printer

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Logical Circuits Created With Slime Molds

Logical Circuits Created With Slime Molds | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

"What is your current computer made of? Aluminum? Silicon? Plastic? Perhaps the slime mold Physarum polycephalum? If that last one isn’t true for you now, there’s a chance it will be in the future. Andrew Adamatzky from the University of the West of England and Theresa Schubert of Bauhaus-University Weimar have published a paper in the journal Materials Today which describes how they were able to use the slime mold to create a logical circuit."


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Scientists make first embryo clones from adults.

Scientists make first embryo clones from adults. | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

Scientists for the first time have cloned cells from two adults to create early-stage embryos, and then derived tissue from those embryos that perfectly matched the DNA of the donors.


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Nokia HERE HD Maps using LIDAR - YouTube

More at http://wp.me/pj722-1mJU Nokia's HERE HD Maps which use LIDAR and high-res photography to capture incredibly detailed street view scenes.
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Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots for Advanced Manipulation Applications - YouTube

SRI is developing new technology to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems.
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Coming to Terms With Humanity's Inevitable Union With Machines

Coming to Terms With Humanity's Inevitable Union With Machines | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Our robot overlords are already here. We’re just anthropomorphizing our technology in more subtle ways than we’d imagined in the past.
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nexto BioLogic workshop report

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3ders.org - 3D printed Column as a symbol for new architectural possibilities | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - 3D printed Column as a symbol for new architectural possibilities | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
The impressive column created by architect and designer Sam Welham and Richard Beckett from London is a master piece that has generated considerable attention. It highlights the entire bandwidth of 3D print technology in architecture.

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DARPA’s New Biotech Unit Will Try To Create New Life Forms | Alternative

DARPA’s New Biotech Unit Will Try To Create New Life Forms | Alternative | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Yes, sci-fi writers hard up for new material should spend an hour or so perusing the Defense Department’s 2015 budget proposal, especially the section covering the far-out research projects underway at DARPA, where the agency’s mad scientists are...

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Doctors implant lab-grown vagina #regenerative medicine

Doctors implant lab-grown vagina #regenerative medicine | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

Four women have had new vaginas grown in the laboratory and implanted by doctors in the US.

A tissue sample and a biodegradable scaffold were used to grow vaginas in the right size and shape for each woman as well as being a tissue match.

They all reported normal levels of "desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction" and painless intercourse.

Experts said the study, published in the Lancet, was the latest example of the power of regenerative medicine.

'I feel fortunate'

In each woman the vagina did not form properly while they were still inside their mother's womb, a condition known as vaginal aplasia.

Current treatments can involve surgically creating a cavity, which is then lined with skin grafts or parts of the intestine.


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These On-Demand Drones Are Just a Concept But They Still Freak Me out

These On-Demand Drones Are Just a Concept But They Still Freak Me out | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
It's looking increasingly likely that our skies will be clouded with drones in the future. Hiring a drone to do some work for you could one day be as easy as getting a ride from Uber, which you should find equal parts incredible and terrifying.
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Leichtbau BW Installation: Fabrication process « Institute for Computational Design (ICD)

Leichtbau BW Installation: Fabrication process « Institute for Computational Design (ICD) | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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Biological Bits

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A BRIEF GUIDE TO THE IDEAS AND ARTEFACTS OF COMPUTATIONAL ARTIFICIAL LIFE
Alan Dorin, Animaland, 2014
This guide provides broad coverage of computational Artificial Life, a field encompassing the theories and discoveries underpinning the invention and study of technology-based living systems. It is targetted at students of all ages who are new to Artificial Life or are hoping to gain a broad understanding of its themes.
The book focusses specifically on Artificial Life realised in computer software. Topics include:
• pre-history of Artificial Life
• artificial chemistry
• artificial cells
• organism development
• locomotion
• group behaviour
• evolution
• ecosystem simulation

Biological Bits includes animations and interactive software for experimentation with key processes. Simulations are included to allow exploration of cellular automata, developmental models, group behaviour and ecosystem simulation to aid in illustrating the text. The book can be read cover-to-cover as a general introduction to Artificial Life, or it can serve as a textbook for university or advanced high-school courses.

 

http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~aland/BiologicalBits.html


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