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The World in 2033: Big Thinkers And Futurists Share Their Thoughts - Forbes

The World in 2033: Big Thinkers And Futurists Share Their Thoughts - Forbes | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Put yourself back in 1993.  Could you have predicted the success of the web, tablets and smartphones, privatized space travel, the rise of terrorism, or the myriad of small changes that impact how you live today?
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“20 years from now, biotechnology – reprogramming biology as an information process – will be in a mature phase. 

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Why the case against designer babies falls apart

Why the case against designer babies falls apart | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
When it comes to technological advances that could reduce human suffering, improve health and reduce disease, we are generally all in favour. But recent advances in procedures that tinker with reproductive cells are often seen as an exception. They attract fierce opposition from people who believe they are unethical and should be treated as serious criminal offences – which in some jurisdictions they are already. I don’t think these arguments are decisive, however. Indeed some of them are not convincing at all.

Ethical debates about changing the human genome make a distinction between two different types of cells. All cells except those involved in reproduction are known as somatic. These have been the subject of less controversial research for a number of years now – for example editing a type of white blood cell known as T-cells has become a major area of enquiry in cancer research.

Cells involved in reproduction are called germ cells. Changing them, which is sometimes described as germline editing, can have effects that can be inherited by the offspring of the people whose bodies are amended. In other words, the changes can enter the gene pool.

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The Humans Who Dream Of Companies That Won't Need Us

The Humans Who Dream Of Companies That Won't Need Us | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
How would Ethereum's network autonomously run transportation apps, delivery services, and other companies? And would we even want that?

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This is very relevant to short and long term Global Brain technologies.

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David Harvey "The End of Capitalism" - YouTube

David Harvey, Professor of Geography and Anthropology Graduate Center, City University of New York. Three years after the near collapse of global financial m...
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Can We Control Our Technological Destiny—Or Are We Just Along For the Ride? - Singularity HUB

Can We Control Our Technological Destiny—Or Are We Just Along For the Ride? - Singularity HUB | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
We assume humans choose which innovations to bring into existence. But a new techno-philosophy questions just how much we control our technological destiny.
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David Sinclair: Can Aging Be Reversed? - YouTube

Harvard genetics professor David Sinclair takes his research personally. Through the lens of his own mother's battle with cancer, Dr. Sinclair shares the end...
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Exclusive: Oliver Sacks, Antonio Damasio and Others Debate Christof Koch on the Nature of Consciousness

Exclusive: Oliver Sacks, Antonio Damasio and Others Debate Christof Koch on the Nature of Consciousness | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
A few neurologists and brain scientists are proposing that the secret underlying all conscious activity must lie with the way cells respond to stimuli they receive from their environment. In a response to this suggestion, Christof Koch asserts that much more is required for a full theory of consciousness
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How Digital Immortality Works - HowStuffWorks

How Digital Immortality Works - HowStuffWorks | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Humans have been chasing immortality for millennia. In some cultures, you attain a kind of immortality by doing great deeds, which people will talk about long after you pass away. Several religions feature some concept of immortality -- the body may die but some part of you will exist forever. But what if science made it possible to be truly immortal? What if there were a way for you to live forever?

That's the basic concept behind digital immortality. Some futurists, perhaps most notably inventor Ray Kurzweil, believe that we will uncover a way to extend the human lifespan indefinitely. They've identified several potential paths that could lead to this destination. Perhaps we'll identify the genes that govern aging and tweak them so that our bodies stop aging once they reach maturity. Maybe we'll create new techniques for creating artificial organs that combine organic matter with technology and then replace our original parts with the new and improved versions. Or maybe we'll just dump our memories, thoughts, feelings and everything else that makes us who we are into a computer and live in cyberspace.

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What The Brain Can Tell Us - YouTube

Second Annual IBM Research Cognitive Computing Colloquium keynote by Jeff Hawking, co-founder of Numenta.
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Why 3D Printing a Jet Engine or Car Is Just the Beginning

Why 3D Printing a Jet Engine or Car Is Just the Beginning | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
The 3D printing (digital manufacturing) market has had a lot of hype over the past few years. Most recently, it seems this technology arena has entered the "trough of disillusionment,"... read more

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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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The end of capitalism has begun

The end of capitalism has begun | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian
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Marriage Won't Make Sense When Humans Live for 1,000 Years

Marriage Won't Make Sense When Humans Live for 1,000 Years | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
I was jubilant the US Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of gay marriage. Events that lead to more freedom and equality are positive progress.

However, what doesn’t seem to be making the news is the fact that marriage—especially to many young people—isn’t as attractive as it once was.

There are a number of reasons for this. People want to focus on their careers, not spouses. Getting married and having a traditional wedding costs a lot of money (besides, around 40 percent of those who wed will go through at least one divorce in their lives, causing potential harm to their ideals, children, and finances). Finally, having kids out of wedlock is becoming more socially acceptable.

But there’s another reason that is increasingly relevant. It has to do with transhumanism.

In the transhumanist age of extended lifespans, where many people will live beyond 100 years of age, the question of being married until “death does us part” has real consequence.

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The Third Replicator

The Third Replicator | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Information is being copied at previously unheard of rates. Has the Internet given birth to a new evolutionary process?
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Genetically Engineered Babies. Germ Line Engineering with CRISPR Leads to Designer Human Embryos | MIT Technology Review

Genetically Engineered Babies. Germ Line Engineering with CRISPR Leads to Designer Human Embryos | MIT Technology Review | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Scientists are developing ways to edit the DNA of tomorrow’s children. Should they stop before it’s too late?
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Deadly Truth of General AI - Computerphile - YouTube

The danger of assuming general artificial intelligence will be the same as human intelligence. Rob Miles explains with a simple example: The deadly stamp col...
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Ray Kurzweil: Humans will be hybrids by 2030

Ray Kurzweil: Humans will be hybrids by 2030 | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
In the future, humans are going to be artificially intelligent.

That's the prediction of Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google (GOOGL, Tech30), who spoke Wednesday at the Exponential Finance conference in New York.

Kurzweil predicts that humans will become hybrids in the 2030s. That means our brains will be able to connect directly to the cloud, where there will be thousands of computers, and those computers will augment our existing intelligence. He said the brain will connect via nanobots -- tiny robots made from DNA strands.

"Our thinking then will be a hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking," he said.

The bigger and more complex the cloud, the more advanced our thinking. By the time we get to the late 2030s or the early 2040s, Kurzweil believes our thinking will be predominately non-biological.

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Robot Master Chef Cooks 2,000 Recipes, Cleans Up, Does the Dishes - Industry Tap

Robot Master Chef Cooks 2,000 Recipes, Cleans Up, Does the Dishes - Industry Tap | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
A robot master chef capable of cooking 2,000 recipes could soon be available for a sum of 10,000 British pounds.
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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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