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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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The Awareness

On the eve of a technological breakthrough, an insignificant janitor and a prominent engineer are faced with a decision that will alter the course of humanity: the release of the first aware computer system into the world.

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What will the future be like? – Future Dimensions – Aeon Film

What will the future be like? – Future Dimensions – Aeon Film | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The present is surreal and one thing is for sure, the future will be weirder still. Anders Sandberg of the Future of Humanity Institute in Oxford and other thinkers mull over whether humans might become the pets of intelligent machines; what threat does epidemic disease pose, and why we feel such a need to predict the future anyway.

Director Biography:
Ryan Harding is a photographer and film maker based in London.

Director: Ryan Harding
Producer: Marianna Petrilli

Running Time: 11 minutes
Language: English

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Artificial Intelligence

"The daily grinding of evolution, as accelerated by technology, churns out more and more complex organisms, with higher rates of energy use, and with increasing specialization. Minds are the ideal way to express complexity, energy density, increasing specialization, expanding diversity -- all in one system. Mindedness is what evolution produces. Mindedness is what technology wants, too." Kevin Kelly

Join Jason Silva every week as he freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz. New episodes every Tuesday.

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I's - A feature film set on the threshold of infinity

Support this project on Kickstarter! --> Set in the near future, “I’s” is a small story of humanity on the precipice of an unimaginable transformation in our civilization. - The story takes place over the last five days of our civilization as we know it, leading up to the Singularity - an utterly unknowable future in which there may be no place for us at all. We follow bike messenger Mason Turk as he faces the few final days of humanity's journey, and his choice between finding solace in the present or racing to reforge the only connection that has ever truly mattered to him.

The film moves from the urban streets of San Francisco through suburbia all the way to a pastoral community farm - and then pulls us back to the heart of the city. Along the way, it explores what it means when humans - the toolmakers - have invented our greatest tool: the device that can out-invent us.

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FutureCast's curator insight, August 20, 2013 3:18 PM

Interesting premis...

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Awe

Psychologist Nicholas Humphrey has proposed that our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive.

Join Jason Silva every week as he freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz. New episodes every Tuesday.

Watch More Shots of Awe on TestTubehttp://testtube.com/shotsofawe

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to all! Let's hope that it will come with lots of new wonders!
picture credits: http://paulsizer.deviantart.com/art/FUTURE-FORWARD-Poster-142482891

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TRUE SKIN

A quality sci-fi short from N1ONFILMS. Transhumanism, augmented reality, robots...

 

Written & Directed by: Stephan Zlotescu
Director of Photography: H1
Original Music: J-Punch
Producer: Christopher Sewall
Manager: Scott Glassgold / IAM Entertainment

An N1ON Production

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The Future is Ours

Created to inspire by Michael Marantz:

michaelmarantz.com - twitter.com/michaelmarantz
Produced by Already Alive alreadyalive.com


Imagine the future as a movie, consider this a trailer to that movie.
The future excites me so much, that is why I made this. We need to be inspired by the immense possibilities of the future and work extremely hard to achieve them. We can do it, we just have to commit.

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Cosmos: A Three-Movement Choral Suite [Carl Sagan Tribute Series]

Cosmos is a three-movement choral suite composed by Kenley Kristofferson using the text of 20th-century astronomer and science popularizer, Carl Sagan. Recorded by Antiphony at the Manitoba Museum (Planetarium) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on May 29th, 2012.

 

 

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Jason Silva and Barry Ptolemy Collaborate on New Series, ‘The Future of Us’

Jason Silva and Barry Ptolemy Collaborate on New Series, ‘The Future of Us’ | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Equal parts art and science, passion and rationality, Jason Silva continues to curate the exponential in a new series called “The Future of Us” on AOL.

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Someday Somewhere Beyond

Imagine a city in space, a round structure miles across that millions of people would call home. Engineers working at NASA in the 1970s developed colorful proposals for permanent settlements in space, but their plans were shelved and forgotten. Decades later, a new generation of dreamers from high schools around the world aspire to mine asteroids, terraform other planets, and venture to the stars. The students have come together for a contest at NASA, and have big plans for the next millennium.

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A Tokyo Design Firm Made Artificial Human Organs for the Post-Apocalypse

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Once that great apocalyptic event—contagion, climate change, nuclear holocaust, zombies, whatever—drowns out the huddled masses of humanity, we can take solace in at least one thing: those who remain will have no shortage of suggestions from art and pop culture as to how best to carry on.

If it's a zombie scenario, they could, for instance, go Walking Dead and form a scrappy band and shack up in a prison. If it's disease, they could hack their bodies, adding Matt-Damon-in-Elysium-style cyborg arm implants to do combat with the rich. If it's rising sea levels, they could follow one Tokyo design firm's advice, and outfit themselves with artificial organs designed to make the human body more water-efficient. 

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Andromeda's curator insight, January 19, 2015 2:57 PM

I think this is a very good idea! Very creative and cool! Would be great for an actual apocalypse!!!

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The Six Epochs of Evolution

This video maps out Kurzweil's SIX EPOCHS OF EVOLUTION showing the exponential progression in the way the universe stores and processes information... what we see is a bootstrapping recursive complexification leading us towards some kind of intelligence singularity.


"Part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from 'The Matrix.'..."

JASON SILVA is an extraordinary new breed of philosopher who meshes philosophical wisdom of the ages with an infectious optimism for the future. Combining intriguing insights and a mastery of digital filmmaking, Jason delivers philosophical shots of espresso, which unravel the incredible possibilities the future has to offer the human race.

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Will 3D Printing Change the World?

Much attention has been paid to 3D Printing lately, with new companies developing cheaper and more efficient consumer models that have wowed the tech community. They herald 3D Printing as a revolutionary and disruptive technology, but how will these printers truly affect our society? Beyond an initial novelty, 3D Printing could have a game-changing impact on consumer culture, copyright and patent law, and even the very concept of scarcity on which our economy is based. From at-home repairs to new businesses, from medical to ecological developments, 3D Printing has an undeniably wide range of possibilities which could profoundly change our world

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THE SIX EPOCHS OF EVOLUTION by @JasonSilva

This video maps out Kurzweil's SIX EPOCHS OF EVOLUTION showing the exponential progression in the way the universe stores and processes information... what we see is a bootstrapping recursive complexification leading us towards some kind of intelligence singularity.
Created for Educational Purposes Only and non-commercial use by Jason Silva. Created to inspire.
FOLLOW Jason on Twitter: @JASONSILVA
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another flick from the always amazing Jason Silva

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PLURALITY

A vision about the future and our life with the big brother

 

Directed by: Dennis Liu
Written by: Ryan Condal
Produced by: Jonathan Hsu, Dennis Liu
Cinematography by: Jon Chen
Music by: Pakk Hui
Starring: Jeff Nissani, Samantha Strelitz, John Di Domenico

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Sight

A short futuristic film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo. 

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Coming Summer 2012: The Singularity is Near Movie Trailer

The Singularity is Near, A True Story about the Future, based on Ray Kurzweil's New York Times bestseller, intertwines a fast-paced A-line documentary with a B-line narrative story.

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