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Explore the most important technology and science trends! News, Analysis, Interviews, Presentations, Documentaries. All in one place at Tracking the future magazine
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Max More - The Singularity and Transhumanism

Max More speaks about Transhumanism and the Singularity.

Founder of the Extropy Institute, Max More has written many articles espousing the philosophy of transhumanism and the transhumanist philosophy of extropy, most importantly his Principles of Extropy (currently version 3.11).

In a 1990 essay "Transhumanism: Toward a Futurist Philosophy", he introduced the term "transhumanism" in its modern sense.

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Welcome To The Mirror

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Such lenses — when coupled with a next generation smartphone — will enable us to simultaneously exist in both the “Real” and the “Mirror,” with a plethora of “superpowers” at our disposal, all enabled by augmented reality apps as well as real time mapping to virtual space…

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Chris Martenson's presentation at the Gold & Silver Meeting in Madrid

In this video Chris Martenson, economic analyst at http://chrismartenson.com and author of 'The Crash Course', explains why he thinks that the coming 20 years are going to look completely unlike the last 20 years. In his presentation he focuses on the so-called three "Es": Economy, Energy and Environment. He argues that at this point in time it is no longer possible to view either one of those topics separately from one another.

This video was recorded on November 16 at the Gold & Silver Meeting 2011 in Madrid.

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2012: Terra incognita

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Energy futurist Chris Nelder offers his 2012 predictions for oil, the stock market, and geopolitics, along with some tips on how to maintain your sanity when the world is going crazy.

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Deepa Iyengar - Jedis not Cylons

"Jedis, not Cylons: Changing the relationship between humanity and technology"
Deepa Iyengar is co-founder and CEO at MindGames an Icelandic startup focusing on mind controlled games for smartphones.
Deepa talks about peoples relationship with technology and where it could be heading.

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Outline of technological expected, probable and possible developments for the next 30 years

A comprehensive overview by Next Big Future

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A Christmas Carol For The World

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Is the Scrooge story still relevant to our modern society? What can we as a race learn from it?

 

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2012 Top 10 Forecasts, World Future Society

Each year the World Future Society prepares a round up of the most thought-provoking forecasts published in THE FUTURIST magazine. This video illustrates the editors' choice for the top 10 forecasts for the decades ahead.

Outlook 2012 was published in the November-December 2011 issue of THE FUTURIST. A PDF of this special report may be ordered here: http://www.wfs.org/specialreports

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Interview Andrew Hessel (Host: Aldith Hunkar)

Andrew Hessel is a bioengineer. He likes to play with molecules, DNA and his computer. Thanks to the pc there are hardly any limits. Genetic technology has advanced to the point where almost anyone can play god. Hessel is welcoming you to the synthetic world where the stuff of dreams and nightmares is becoming real.

Aldith Hunkar interviews Hessel at Tedx Amsterdam 2011.

watch Andrew Hessel's presenation : http://youtu.be/gCZKBqPTxeQ

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Ben Goertzel - the future of AGI - Open Cog development in Asia

Ben Goertzel speaks on Open Cog development, compares the vibe of AI development in Hong Kong to that of the dot com boom in the US.

 

OpenCog is an open-source software project aimed at directly confronting the AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) challenge, using mathematical and biological inspiration and professional software engineering techniques.

The OpenCog Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded in 2011 as a formal entity to foster research, guide the development of the project, and encourage the adoption of the framework in universities and research centers around the world.

http://opencog.org

 

Ben Goertzel is an American author and researcher in the field of artificial intelligence. He currently leads Novamente LLC, a privately held software company that attempts to develop a form of strong AI, which he calls "Artificial General Intelligence". He is also the CEO of Biomind LLC, a company that markets a software product for the AI-supported analysis of biological microarray data; and he is an advisor to the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and formerly its Director of Research.

http://wp.goertzel.org/

 

 

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Imagining 2076: Connect Your Brain to the Internet

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The future, it turns out, starts in 2020.

Far enough in the distance to dream, yet seemingly within arm’s reach, that year was attached to more predictions of technological innovations from readers than any other in the interactive, crowd-sourced timeline published online with “The Future of Computing,” last week’s special issue of Science Times.

Holographic displays. Robotic restaurants. Computers that replace doctors, translators and drivers. If it’s proximate science fiction you want, you’ll have it, it seems, at the end of the decade.

Looking at 2020 and beyond, readers imagined a future with cures for intractable diseases, direct links between brain and computer, automated everything, contact with alien life forms, sentient machines and no language barriers.

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DARPA's factory of the future looks like open source development

DARPA's factory of the future looks like open source development | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

DARPA's Adaptive Vehicle Make project aims to reinvent manufacturing by making designing products more like designing software, and using open-source development approaches to "democratize innovation.

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An Evolution Toward a Programmable World

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Over the next 10 years, the physical world will become ever more overlaid with devices for sending and receiving information.

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Robots may not cost manufacturing jobs, research suggests

Robots may not cost manufacturing jobs, research suggests | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The introduction of robots to manufacturing, does not always spell job losses, a new research angle has pointed out.

The Positive Impact of Industrial Robots, recently published by the International Federation of Robotics in Tokyo, argues that automation and robots have contributed to job creation.

In addition to increasing productivity and efficiency, the study shows 3 million jobs have been directly created by the use of robots in recent years.

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The Future of Moral Machines

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The prospect of machines capable of following moral principles, let alone understanding them, seems as remote today as the word “robot” is old. Some technologists enthusiastically extrapolate from the observation that computing power doubles every 18 months to predict an imminent “technological singularity” in which a threshold for machines of superhuman intelligence will be suddenly surpassed. Many Singularitarians assume a lot, not the least of which is that intelligence is fundamentally a computational process. The techno-optimists among them also believe that such machines will be essentially friendly to human beings. I am skeptical about the Singularity, and even if “artificial intelligence” is not an oxymoron, “friendly A.I.” will require considerable scientific progress on a number of fronts.

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The Case for Enhancing People

Does the enhancement of human physical and intellectual capacities undermine virtue?

In answering this question, we must first make a distinction between therapy and enhancement. Therapeutic technologies are meant to restore impaired or degraded human capacities to some more normal level. By contrast, any enhancements would alter human functioning beyond the normal.

by Ronald Bailey

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Year-End Innovations: Replacing natural materials

Carbon-based fibers look to be the future of construction and high-tech manufacturing: the Composite Holding Company bids to bring production of the super-strong, ultra-lightweight carbon material to Russia. A research institute in Dimitrovgrad retools to stave off a coming shortage in the world's most important diagnostic radioactive isotope. A new waste-to-energy plant is up and running, hopefully making toxic landfills a thing of the past. And the country's brightest tech entrepreneurs show off their latest wares at the Fourth Russian Innovation Convention.

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28 Major Trends for 2012 and Beyond – Part 2

28 Major Trends for 2012 and Beyond – Part 2 | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Understanding trends is more of an art form than an exact science. But for those who can read the tealeaves, and make bold moves, leveraging trends can give them a serious competitive advantage.
As an example, LinkedIn just posted its annual list of top buzzwords, the ones most commonly used on their members’ professional profiles. The top word people in the U.S. use to describe themselves on LinkedIn is “Creative.” Last year “Creative” didn’t even make it into the top ten, where “Extensive Experience” topped the list.
And it’s not just the U.S. This was the most used word in Britain, Canada, Netherlands, and Germany. So what business decisions will you make that tie into people’s recast dreams of being “creative?”
Obviously, trends don’t happen in one-year cycles. They are constantly evolving, and all of the content below is, in one way or another, already happening. Last week we began our journey with trends 1-14 of the “28 Major Trends,” and this week we will finish it. Here are trends 15 – 28.

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Forecasts for the Next 25 Years

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We are pleased to present a few recent forecasts from members of the World Future Society and its magazine, THE FUTURIST.

In this special report, you’ll discover many other trends and forecasts that are likely to affect virtually all aspects of your life in the years immediately ahead. You’ll also see how you can forecast possible future developments in your own life.

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Sarah Harper: Extreme Longevity

Sarah Harper is Oxford University Professor and world-expert on ageing. In this talk she asks whether we want to enter a world where we live for 200 years? Maybe we do, maybe we don't, but it is certainly something we should be discussing, because it is looking like being scientifically possible within a couple of generations.

The inaugural If Conference, from debate forum Intelligence Squared, took place on November 25-26th November in London. More than 30 celebrated scientists, award winning architects, farsighted futurologists and other brilliant minds shed light on the excitements and the dangers of tomorrow's world.

Visit http://www.iq2if.com for video and picture highlights and to sign up for information about If Conference 2012.

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olsen jay nelson's comment, December 20, 2011 8:00 AM
Pretty interesting; she's also pretty conservative - doesn't quite go far enough, but I wouldn't expect her to.
Szabolcs Kósa's comment, December 20, 2011 8:10 AM
I agree, this assessment is conservative, which is not a problem. Being more conservative means that it's far more accessible to the wide public, simply contemplating about the immortality and its implications might be scary, at least at the first glance :)
olsen jay nelson's comment, December 20, 2011 9:25 AM
I also don't think she did it on purpose. It seems to come naturally to her.
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DNA: The next big hacking frontier

DNA: The next big hacking frontier | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Imagine computer-designed viruses that cure disease, new bacteria capable of synthesizing an unlimited fuel supply, new organisms that wipe out entire populations and bio-toxins that target world leaders. They sound like devices restricted to feature-film script writers, but it is possible to create all of these today, using the latest advances in synthetic biology.

Just as the personal computer revolution brought information technology from corporate data centers to the masses, the biology revolution is personalizing science.

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somebody's comment, December 23, 2011 6:19 PM
You know that some well-meaning biologist will likely disseminate viral-vectored human immunocontraception. Sure, the more deadly and nefarious options exist, but viruses mutate! One could never be sure that they would not backfire somehow. Immunocontraception, on the other hand, would be the most likely first “hack” with Synthetic Biology, in my opinion. It can be easily rationalized ethically, is easy to do, is unlikely to backfire, and would likely be untraceable. However, as the technologies get easier to use and more widespread, I can foresee some truly terrible uses as well. Of course, some may think randomized immunocontraception to reduce human overpopulation is terrible enough. But, a virus doesn’t care what you think.
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28 Major Trends for 2012 and Beyond – Part 1

28 Major Trends for 2012 and Beyond – Part 1 | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

We are in for a very exciting year ahead. 2012 is a year where many competing trends will collide, and through those collisions we will see new pathways emerge.
At the same time, many new trends are forming, some with enough steam to form entirely new movements, others that will run their course and splinter into other emerging ways of doing business.
The “new normal” is quickly becoming the “nothing normal,” and our daily routines, the things we use to maintain our own sanity, will need to morph and change if we hope to stay competitive in the emerging job market and even stay current in our own social circles.

By Futurist Thomas Frey

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Cognitive Computing: When Computers Become Brains

Cognitive Computing: When Computers Become Brains | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The gnomes at IBM’s research labs were not content to make merely a genius computer that could beat any human at the game of jeopardy, they had to go and create a new kind of machine intelligence that mimics the actual human brain.

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Quantum Computing Promises New Insights

Quantum Computing Promises New Insights | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Like fusion power, practical quantum computers are a tantalizing possibility that the 21st century may or may not bring — depending on the jagged course not only of science and technology, but of politics and economics. By contrast, as a scientific endeavor that combines many of the deepest questions of physics and computer science, there’s no need to wait for quantum computing: It’s already here.

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