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The difference between people and machine will blur as we trek through the decades ahead.

The difference between people and machine will blur as we trek through the decades ahead. | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
As we move into the late 2030s and 2040s, the most salient scenario is that we will merge with our technology gradually, not overnight.
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luiy's curator insight, April 7, 2013 9:50 AM

AI/Robots will eventually surpass human levels of intelligence and develop ability to self-replicate, increasing intelligence with each succeeding generation. This will produce an information explosion almost beyond imagination.

 

Our bodies will also evolve during this time. We will use nanobots to kill pathogens and cancer cells, then go into our brain and do benign things like enhance memory. Slowly, these nanobots will become more sophisticated.

 

We will direct these ‘smart bots’ to convert biological neurons into powerful non-biological ones, and rewrite our brain’s ‘software’. This will allow us to connect with machines and share their super-intelligence.

Eventually, every cell in our body will become non-biological, and our silicon-based minds will not only be able to interface seamlessly with machines, but will also easily connect with one another utilizing thought communications.

 

As robots develop new abilities, we will incorporate those abilities into our makeup. As the years unfold, we will become more machine-like and robots more human-like, the difference between human and machine will blur.

 

By century’s end, the merge could be complete; we would become a single species. And although our minds and bodies will be considered non-biological, our consciousness will forever preserve our definition as a human being.

 

The journey into this human-machine future will take place one benign, safe change at a time, beginning in late 2030s and ending sometime during the last half of this century.

 

Are you ready to live in a ‘cyborg’ world? I’ll admit it would certainly take some getting used to, but should this octogenarian writer survive the decades ahead; I say welcome to our human-machine future!

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Top scientists agree climate has changed for good - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Top scientists agree climate has changed for good - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The nation's top climate scientists and science bodies have for the first time endorsed a major report that says Australia's climate has shifted permanently in some cases.
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Microbial Home & The Kitchen of the Future

Microbial Home & The Kitchen of the Future | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The Microbial Home Probe invented by Phillips consists of a domestic ecosystem that challenges conventional design solutions to energy, cleaning, food preservation, lighting, human waste and health...
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Curious Rituals: Gestural Interaction in the Digital Everyday (2012) — Monoskop Log

Curious Rituals: Gestural Interaction in the Digital Everyday (2012) — Monoskop Log | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Writings on art, culture, and media technology
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No Longer Vaporware: The Internet of Things Is Finally Talking | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

No Longer Vaporware: The Internet of Things Is Finally Talking | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things is the long-prophesied phenomenon of everyday devices talking to one another—and us—online, creating new behaviors and efficiencies. It turned out to be vaporware.
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Global e-mail patterns reveal ‘clash of civilizations’ | KurzweilAI

Global e-mail patterns reveal ‘clash of civilizations’ | KurzweilAI | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The mesh of civilizations in e-mail patterns (credit: Bogdan State et al.) The global pattern of e-mail communication reflects the cultural fault lines
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Ramez Naam - Infinite Resource, Graduate Studies Program 2012

Learn more at Singularityu.org In this video, Ramez Naam summarizes the pain points his new book 'The Infinite Resource' addresses. For the full lecture, bec...

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FastTFriend's curator insight, March 7, 2013 3:25 AM

In this remarkable book, Ramez Naam charts a course to supercharge innovation -- by changing the rules of our economy -- that will lead the whole world to greater wealth and human well-being, even as we dodge looming resource crunches and reduce our impact on the planet.

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Top 11 emerging scientific fields | Impact Lab

Top 11 emerging scientific fields | Impact Lab | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
 HD 189733b, an exoplanet whose atmosphere is being blown off by its sun's solar flares, was discovered by the emerging field of exo-meteorology. Science
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"Science is advancing, and as it does, fields like biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy are becoming increasingly specialized and interdisciplinary, leading to entirely new avenues of inquiry.  Here re 11 emerging scientific fields you should know about."

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Why Does Privacy Matter? One Scholar's Answer

Why Does Privacy Matter? One Scholar's Answer | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
If we want to protect privacy, we should be more clear about why it is important.

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Our privacy is now at risk in unprecedented ways, but, sadly, the legal system is lagging behind the pace of innovation. Indeed, the last major privacy law, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, was passed in 1986! While an update to the law -- spurred on by the General Petraeus scandal -- is in the works, it only aims to add some more protection to electronic communication like emails. This still does not shield our privacy from other, possibly nefarious, ways that our data can be collected and put to use. Some legislators would much rather not have legal restrictions that could, as Rep. Marsha Blackburn stated in an op-ed, "threaten the lifeblood of the Internet: data." Consider Rep. Blackburn's remarks during an April 2010 Congressional hearing: "[A]nd what happens when you follow the European privacy model and take information out of the information economy? ... Revenues fall, innovation stalls and you lose out to innovators who choose to work elsewhere."

 

Even though the practices of many companies such as Facebook are legal, there is something disconcerting about them. Privacy should have a deeper purpose than the one ascribed to it by those who treat it as a currency to be traded for innovation, which in many circumstances seems to actually mean corporate interests. To protect our privacy, we need a better understanding of its purpose and why it is valuable.


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Wildcat2030's curator insight, February 27, 2013 6:52 AM

An important read..

Kurt Laitner's curator insight, February 27, 2013 8:20 PM

"Privacy should have a deeper purpose than the one ascribed to it by those who treat it as a currency to be traded for innovation, which in many circumstances seems to actually mean corporate interests....It is better understood as an important buffer that gives us space to develop an identity that is somewhat separate from the surveillance, judgment, and values of our society and culture...we must decide if we really want to live in a society that treats every action as a data point to be analyzed and traded like currency...Privacy is not just something we enjoy. It is something that is necessary for us to: develop who we are; form an identity that is not dictated by the social conditions that directly or indirectly influence our thinking, decisions, and behaviors; and decide what type of society we want to live in."

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RI Channel: Life Without a Pulse

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In March of 2011 Dr Bud Frazier and Dr Billy Cohn of the Texas Heart Institute removed the dying heart of patient Craig A. Lewis and successfully replaced it with a 'continuous flow' pumping device.

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CYBORG FOUNDATION | Rafel Duran Torrent

CYBORG FOUNDATION is the Grand Jury Prize Winner in the $200,000 GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition. Watch the winners at http://www.focusforwardfilms.com/winners. Neil…
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Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition that causes complete colour blindness. In 2004, Harbisson and Adam Montandon developed the eyeborg, a device that translates colours into sounds.
Harbisson has been claimed to be the first recognized cyborg in the world, as his passport photo now includes his device. In 2010, Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas created the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization to help humans become cyborgs.

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The Geography of Happiness According to 10 Million Tweets

The Geography of Happiness According to 10 Million Tweets | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The happiest city in America is Napa, California -- and the saddest all swear too much.

 

The researchers coded each tweet for its happiness content, based on the appearance and frequency of words determined by Mechanical Turk workers to be happy (rainbow, love, beauty, hope, wonderful, wine) or sad (damn, boo, ugly, smoke, hate, lied). While the researchers admit their technique ignores context, they say that for large datasets, simply counting the words and averaging their happiness content produces "reliable" results.


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Cory Doctorow on Singularity 1 on 1: The Singularity Is A Progressive Apocalypse

Cory Doctorow on Singularity 1 on 1: The Singularity Is A Progressive Apocalypse | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Want to find out why Cory Doctorow thinks the technological singularity is a progressive apocalypse? Watch his Singularity 1 on 1 interview to find out!
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luiy's curator insight, April 4, 2013 5:14 PM

Who is Cory Doctorow?

 

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblogBoing Boing, and a contributor to The Guardian, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Senior Lecturer; in 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.

 

His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing, a move that increases his sales by enlisting his readers to help promote his work. He has won the Locus and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. His New York Times Bestseller Little Brother was published in May 2008. A sequel, Homeland, will be published in 2013, and another young adult novel, Pirate Cinema will precede it in October 2012. His latest short story collection is With a Little Help, available in paperback, ebook, audiobook and limited edition hardcover. In 2011, Tachyon Books published a collection of his essays, called Context (with an introduction by Tim O’Reilly) and IDW published a collection of comic books inspired by his short fiction called Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales Of The Here And Now. His latest adult novel is Makers, published by Tor Books/HarperCollins UK in October, 2009. The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, a PM Press Outspoken Authors chapbook, was also published in 2011.

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You Can't Really Get Smarter by Zapping Your Head With Electricity, Can You?

You Can't Really Get Smarter by Zapping Your Head With Electricity, Can You? | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Scientists have rediscovered a centuries-old procedure for supercharging your brain. Depending on how it’s used, it could improve anything from focus to motor control to mathematical or even moral reasoning.
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Robots Aren't the Problem: It's Us - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Robots Aren't the Problem: It's Us - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Automation will engender neither utopia nor dystopia. Humans alone are responsible for our society's economic future.
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10 Companies Chasing Innovations That Really Matter | Wired Business | Wired.com

10 Companies Chasing Innovations That Really Matter | Wired Business | Wired.com | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
At a time when too many startups are stuck on trivial ambitions, these companies are shooting for the moon.
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Stop The Cyborgs

Stop The Cyborgs | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Fighting the algorithmic future one bit at a time
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3D-printed implant used to replace 75 percent of man's skull

3D-printed implant used to replace 75 percent of man's skull | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
A 3D-printed implant was used to replace 75 percent of a man's skull in a surgical procedure earlier this week. The prosthetic was constructed using an additive printing process, and was implanted...
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Cypherpunk rising: WikiLeaks, encryption, and the coming surveillance dystopia

Cypherpunk rising: WikiLeaks, encryption, and the coming surveillance dystopia | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
In 1989, when the internet was predominantly ASCII-based and HyperCard had yet to give birth (or at least act as a midwife) to the world wide web, R.U. Sirius launched Mondo 2000. "I’d say it...
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Microsoft's latest vision of the future is a world of giant screens and sensors

Microsoft's latest vision of the future is a world of giant screens and sensors | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Ahead of Microsoft's annual TechForum event, the company is sharing its latest vision of the future. Focused on home and work, Microsoft puts forward a vision of multiple giant displays powered by...
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This Electronic Temporary Tattoo Will Soon Be Tracking Your Health | Wired Design | Wired.com

This Electronic Temporary Tattoo Will Soon Be Tracking Your Health | Wired Design | Wired.com | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
This stick-on silicon electrode network is wearable technology to the extreme, designed as a non-invasive diagnostic sensor.

 

FitBit too bulky? Why not glue a sensor array to your skin?

The quantified self goes nanoscale with a stick-on silicon electrode network that could not only change the way we measure health metrics, but could enable a new form of user interface. And the researchers behind it aim to have the device available in the next few weeks through a spinoff company, MC10.

The development takes wearable technology to the extreme, designed as a non-invasive diagnostic sensor that could be used to measure hydration, activity, and even infant temperature. It bonds to the skin, somewhat like a temporary tattoo, flexing and bending in sync with your skin the way you wish a Band-Aid would. How? Researchers at the University of Illinois, Dalian University of Technology in China, and the University of California at San Diego made it really, really small.

With a thickness of 0.8 micrometers at the widest — around one-thousandth the diameter of a human hair — the thin mesh of silicon actually nestles in to the grooves and creases in your skin, even the ones too small to see. Being small helps, but it’s also important that the silicon is laid out in a serpentine pattern and bonded to a soft rubber substrate, allowing the stiff material to flex, a little bit like an accordion.

“Although electronics, over the years, has developed into an extremely sophisticated form of technology, all existing commercial devices in electronics involve silicon wafers as the supporting substrate,” says John Rogers, who led the study published this week in Advanced Materials.


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Matthew Booth's curator insight, March 22, 2013 8:31 AM

This article shows the miniaturisation of the medical world, while we still see big bulky machines in hospitals, one day everything might be as small and as unnoticeable. The photos and information show just how tiny this is and will be good to show in the essay, how this technology can be nano.

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Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud | Video on TED.com

Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud.

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starwalker's curator insight, February 28, 2013 2:54 AM

a brilliant thought in the future of education, Sugata Mitra won TED prize this month

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Biohackers Create a DIY Bioprinter | MIT Technology Review

Biohackers Create a DIY Bioprinter | MIT Technology Review | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Members of the biohacker movement have created an inexpensive device to print cells. Will they print a leaf next?
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Google Glass

Google Glass | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Have what it takes to be a Glass Explorer? Tell us what you would do if you had Glass #ifihadglass
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