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21st Century Enlightenment

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Matthew Taylor explores the meaning of 21st century enlightenment, and how the idea might help us meet the challenges we face today. At the heart of this t

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Matthew Taylor explores the meaning of 21st century enlightenment, and how the idea might help us meet the challenges we face today.

At the heart of this talk about the future prospects for the human race is the question ‘can we go on like this?’ Will the ideas and values which transformed our world in the last two centuries be sufficient to find solutions to the challenges we now face or do we need new ways of thinking?

The focus on 21st century enlightenment invites us to return to core principles of autonomy, universalism and humanism, restoring dimensions which have been lost and seeing new ways to fulfill these ideals.

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Wildcat: Tilting at windmills or Enlightened vision Zoltan Istvan An original interview and essay for SC

Wildcat: Tilting at windmills or Enlightened vision Zoltan Istvan An original interview and essay for SC | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
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Next Big Future: Lab grown meat thirty thousand times cheaper than 18 months ago

Next Big Future: Lab grown meat thirty thousand times cheaper than 18 months ago | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Dutch Professor Mark Post, the scientist who made world's first laboratory grown beef burger believes so-called "cultured meat" could spell the end of traditional cattle farming within just a few decades.

A year and a half ago the professor of vascular physiology gave the world its first taste of a beef burger he'd grown from stem cells taken from cow muscle.

It passed the food critics' taste test, but at more than a quarter of a million dollars, the lab quarter-pounder was no threat to the real deal. Now, after further development, Dr Post estimates it's possible to produce lab-beef for $80 a kilo - and that within years it will be a price-competitive alternative.

A small piece of muscle you can produce 10,000 kilos of meat.


In 2013, it cost $325,000 to make lab grown meat for a burger made from cultured muscle tissue cells. Now the cost is $11 for a quarter pound lab grown patty.

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7 Futurists On What To Expect In The Next Decade

7 Futurists On What To Expect In The Next Decade | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
From smartphone apps that can do seemingly everything to driverless cars and eerily humanlike robots, the past decade has seen dramatic advances in science and technology. What amazing advances ar
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The internet of everything: how the web will transform future services - YouTube

As technology becomes more and more ubiquitous in people’s everyday life, it only progresses towards more complexity, diversity and specialization. In this s...
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What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds -- within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values -- or will
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How we're teaching computers to understand pictures

How we're teaching computers to understand pictures | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
When a very young child looks at a picture, she can identify simple elements: "cat," "book," "chair." Now, computers are getting smart enough to do that too. What's next? In a thrilling talk, computer vision expert Fei-Fei Li describes the state of the art -- including the database of 15 million photos her team built to "teach" a computer to understand pictures -- and the key insights yet to come.
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3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection « NextNature.net

3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection « NextNature.net | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Nowadays 3D printing is increasingly used for medical purposes and body upgrades to design devices, implants, and a variety of customized prosthetics, from a 3D printed face, to a skull, and even organs.

In the future we may look at the world with new – artificial, 3D printed – eyes. Italian research studio MHOX is working on EYE, a 3D bioprinted sight augmentation. The project envisions the removal of the natural visual system and its replacement with a digitally designed 3D printed one. The original retina would be replaced by a new artificial network, able to offer enhanced vision, WiFi connection and the possibility to record video and take pictures.

In the hope of curing blindness and healing conditions, giving better vision, the 3D printed eyes are expected to be available by 2027.

The eyeballs will be constructed with the use of a bio-ink that contains the cells required to replace those found in natural eyes. Once the original pair of eyes is surgically removed, researchers plan on connecting the 3D printed one to a deck inside the head, which would allow the eyes to be inserted.

“We envision that the link between the deck and the EYE will be based on attractive forces between the tissues more than mechanical joints” MHOX designer Filippo Nassetti explains. “To replace the EYE the user only has to put it in position inside the skull, and the tissues of the Deck and the EYE connect automatically”.

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Tomás Diez: “A whole ecosystem emerges around the Fab City in Barcelona”

Tomás Diez: “A whole ecosystem emerges around the Fab City in Barcelona” | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
The Fab City concept developed in Barcelona has its herald. Tomás Diez, founder of the Barcelona Fablab and organiser of FAB10 in July 2014 is adamant: fablabs are part of the solution.
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An Algorithm to Make Online Currency as Trustworthy as Cash | WIRED

An Algorithm to Make Online Currency as Trustworthy as Cash | WIRED | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Getty Images An internet of money. That’s the dream. Through bitcoin and other digital currencies, so many activists, entrepreneurs, and opportunists are chasing the dream. They envision a world where we can trade money as easily as we trade data, where anyone can send and receive currency from any machine on earth, where our financial…
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12 Futuristic Forms of Government That Could One Day Rule the World

12 Futuristic Forms of Government That Could One Day Rule the World | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
As history has repeatedly shown, political systems come and go. Given our rapid technological and social advances, it's a trend we can expect to continue. Here are 12 extraordinary — and even frightening — ways our governments could be run in the future.
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The Taming of Tech Criticism - The Baffler

The Taming of Tech Criticism - The Baffler | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
BOOK REVIEWEDThe Glass Cage: Automation and Us, by Nicholas Carr, W. W. Norton, $26.95 What does it mean to be a technology critic in today’s America? And what can technology criticism accomplish? The first question... Read More »
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Vampires, crucifixion and transfusion. BLOOD is not for the faint-hearted - we make money not art

Vampires, crucifixion and transfusion. BLOOD is not for the faint-hearted - we make money not art | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
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World’s first photosynthetic living matter-infused 3D-printed wearable

World’s first photosynthetic living matter-infused 3D-printed wearable | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Speaking at the 2015 TED conference in Vancouver, Canada, MIT professor Neri Oxman has displayed what is claimed to be the world’s first 3D-printed photosynthetic wearable prototype embedded with living matter. Dubbed "Mushtari," the wearable is constructed from 58 meters (190 ft) of 3D-printed tubes coiled into a mass that emulates the construction of the human gastrointestinal tract. Filled with living bacteria designed to fluoresce and produce sugars or bio-fuel when exposed to light, Mushtari is a vision of a possible future where symbiotic human/microorganism relationships may help us explore other worlds in space.

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Quantum Computing Is About to Overturn Cybersecurity’s Balance of Power

Quantum Computing Is About to Overturn Cybersecurity’s Balance of Power | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
“Spooky action at a distance” is how Albert Einstein described one of the key principles of quantum mechanics: entanglement.  Entanglement
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The dawn of artificial intelligence

The dawn of artificial intelligence | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
THE development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Stephen Hawking warns. Elon Musk fears that the development of artificial intelligence, or AI, may be the biggest existential threat humanity faces. Bill Gates urges people to beware of it.

Dread that the abominations people create will become their masters, or their executioners, is hardly new. But voiced by a renowned cosmologist, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the founder of Microsoft—hardly Luddites—and set against the vast investment in AI by big firms like Google and Microsoft, such fears have taken on new weight. With supercomputers in every pocket and robots looking down on every battlefield, just dismissing them as science fiction seems like self-deception. The question is how to worry wisely.

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The first step is to understand what computers can now do and what they are likely to be able to do in the future. Thanks to the rise in processing power and the growing abundance of digitally available data, AI is enjoying a boom in its capabilities (see article). Today’s “deep learning” systems, by mimicking the layers of neurons in a human brain and crunching vast amounts of data, can teach themselves to perform some tasks, from pattern recognition to translation, almost as well as humans can. As a result, things that once called for a mind—from interpreting pictures to playing the video game “Frogger”—are now within the scope of computer programs. DeepFace, an algorithm unveiled by Facebook in 2014, can recognise individual human faces in images 97% of the time.

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Complexity, computation and philosophy, Carlos Gershenson - YouTube

Ponencia presentada en el Simposio Complejidad e Interdisciplina, efectuado en el auditorio Alfonso Caso entre el 4 y el 6 de noviembre de 2013.
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The AI Revolution: Road to Superintelligence - Wait But Why

The AI Revolution: Road to Superintelligence - Wait But Why | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
The topic everyone in the world should be talking about.
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Miro Svetlik's curator insight, April 27, 3:38 AM

We all talk about exponential future and why we have to keep our eyes glued on AI but I did not read an article yet so comprehensively written on this topic. I find it summarizes most threats to humanity and helps us partially understand what might come.

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Scientists Make History By Genetically Modifying Human Embryos

Scientists Make History By Genetically Modifying Human Embryos | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
After weeks of speculation, it can finally be confirmed that geneticists in China have modified the DNA of human embryos. It’s a watershed moment in biotech history, but the experiment may ultimately serve as a major setback in the effort to responsibly develop beneficial interventions involving the human germline.

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Michel Bauwens: “Makerspaces are the nurseries of collaborative models”

Michel Bauwens: “Makerspaces are the nurseries of collaborative models” | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
In “Saving the World”, theorist Michel Bauwens defends his optimistic vision of the P2P, on the brink of revolutionizing production and society.
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Instead of Trying for Better Veggie Burgers, Food Technologists Should Create Truly New Flavors | MIT Technology Review

Instead of Trying for Better Veggie Burgers, Food Technologists Should Create Truly New Flavors | MIT Technology Review | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
It might be possible to create a burger that helps the environment and improves your health. But will it taste good enough to win over the masses?
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The 3D Additivist Manifesto

The 3D Additivist Manifesto | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it

Derived from petrochemicals boiled into being from the black oil of a trillion ancient bacterioles, the plastic used in 3D Additive manufacturing is a metaphor before it has even been layered into shape. Its potential belies the complications of its history: that matter is the sum and prolongation of our ancestry; that creativity is brutal, sensual, rude, coarse, and cruel. 1 We declare that the world’s splendour has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of crap, kipple 2 and detritus. A planet crystallised with great plastic tendrils like serpents with pixellated breath 3 …for a revolution that runs on disposable armaments is more desirable than the contents of Edward Snowden’s briefcase; more breathtaking than The United Nations Legislative Series.


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Wildcat2030's curator insight, March 25, 9:27 AM

A fascinating manifesto.. go read

Alessio Erioli's curator insight, March 25, 12:48 PM

"There is nothing which our infatuated race would desire to see more than the fertile union between a man and an Analytical Engine. Yet humankind are the antediluvian prototypes of a far vaster Creation. 4 The whole of humankind can be understood as a biological medium, of which synthetic technology is but one modality. Thought and Life both have been thoroughly dispersed on the winds of information. 5 Our power and intelligence do not belong specifically to us, but to all matter. 6 Our technologies are the sex organs of material speculation. Any attempt to understand these occurrences is blocked by our own anthropomorphism.  7 In order to proceed, therefore, one has to birth posthuman machines, a fantasmagoric and unrepresentable repertoire of actual re-embodiments of the most hybrid kinds. 8"

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Dr Richard Walker - Part 1: Introducing GH and Sermorelin - YouTube

Antiaging Dr Richard Walker discusses growth hormone and the 29 amino acid agonist Sermorelin: http://www.antiaging-systems.com/202-sermorelin-growth-hormone...
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33rd Square | Ray Kurzweil is Building a "Synthetic Neocortex"

33rd Square | Ray Kurzweil is Building a "Synthetic Neocortex" | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Speaking recently at the Geek Park Innovation Conference in Beijing, Ray Kurzweil discussed his familiar themes of exponential technology, and stated that what he is trying to build at Google is a "synthetic neocortex."
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