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This Man Wants to Resurrect Dinosaurs... Using Chickens

This Man Wants to Resurrect Dinosaurs... Using Chickens | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Paleontologist Jack Horner wants a pet dinosaur. (I'm right there with you, Jack.) And according to his TED talk, we're actually getting closer to making Jurassic Park a reality.
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Airbus unveil see-through plane of future

Airbus unveil see-through plane of future | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"The futuristic concept for travel in 40 years time with its 'intelligent' cabin wall membrane, has been unveiled in London by planemakers Airbus." - Now wouldn't this be wonderful?
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Smart Pills: 'Steroids' For Brainiacs?

Smart Pills: 'Steroids' For Brainiacs? | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Students around the world are experimenting with prescription pharmaceuticals to get an edge on their classmates. So-called "smart pills" are thought to enhance cognitive function and enhance alertness over a longer period of time; just like elite athletes trying to get that one-tenth of one percent advantage, bright students are hacking their neurochemistry with the same goal.
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Appetite for destruction: Say bye to vampires and hello to Hell-on-Earth

Appetite for destruction: Say bye to vampires and hello to Hell-on-Earth | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
A teenage girl sets out across a post-apocalyptic landscape in search of the four horsemen who killed her father and kidnapped her twin brother.
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Interview: Dr. Ben Goertzel on Artificial General Intelligence, Transhumanism and Open Source (Part 1/2)

Interview: Dr. Ben Goertzel on Artificial General Intelligence, Transhumanism and Open Source (Part 1/2) | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Dr. Ben Goertzel is Chairman of Humanity+; CEO of AI software company Novamente LLC and bioinformatics company Biomind LLC; leader of the open-source OpenCog Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) software project; Chief Technology Officer of biopharma firm Genescient Corp.; Director of Engineering of digital media firm Vzillion Inc.; Advisor to the Singularity University and Singularity Institute; Research Professor in the Fujian Key Lab for Brain-Like Intelligent Systems at Xiamen University, China; and general Chair of the Artificial General Intelligence Conference Series. His research work encompasses artificial general intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, virtual worlds and gaming and other areas, Dr. Goertzel has published a dozen scientific books, 100+ technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles, and the futurist treatise A Cosmist Manifesto. Before entering the software industry he served as a university faculty in several departments of mathematics, computer science and cognitive science, in the US, Australia and New Zealand.
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Daniel Kraft: Medicine's future? There's an app for that

At TEDxMaastricht, Daniel Kraft offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient's bedside.
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We are all mutants: First direct whole-genome measure of human mutation predicts 60 new mutations in each of us

We are all mutants: First direct whole-genome measure of human mutation predicts 60 new mutations in each of us | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
How many new mutations does a child have and did most of them come from mum or dad? The first answer is that each of us typically receives 60 new mutations from our parents.
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The S Word: The future of machine communications

The S Word: The future of machine communications | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
M2M will enable what is called the internet of things. Ericsson estimates that by 2020 there will be 50 billion "things" connected to the internet.
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“The Earth Is Full”: Tom Friedman on “The Great Disruption”

“The Earth Is Full”:  Tom Friedman on “The Great Disruption” | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Why the world as we know it seems to be crumbling and yet we seem not to be panicking.
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Duh, Bor-ing

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"When bored, time slows drastically, the world seems logy and without promise, and reality itself can grow shadowy and vague. Truman Capote once described the novels of James Baldwin as “balls-achingly boring,” which conveys something of the agony of boredom yet is inaccurate—not about Baldwin’s novels, which are no stroll around the Louvre, but about the effect of boredom itself. Boredom is never so clearly localized. The vagueness of boredom, its vaporousness and its torpor, is part of its mild but genuine torment." - Bordedom: is it really that bad? Why it's better to accept it and live with it.
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The Future of Voice Search

The Future of Voice Search | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The emergence of a new technology is helping smartphone users easily find information without having to fiddle with tiny keyboards.
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How the net traps us all in our own little bubbles

How the net traps us all in our own little bubbles | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
An invisible revolution has taken place is the way we use the net, but the increasing personalisation of information by search engines such as Google threatens to limit our access to information and enclose us in a self-reinforcing world view, writes Eli Pariser in an extract from The Filter Bubble
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Living Building Challenge Blazes Toward a Shareable Future

Living Building Challenge Blazes Toward a Shareable Future | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
It started with a simple question: What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place? Yes, what if? Well, quite simply, a paradigm shift of that magnitude would catapult us into a utopia the likes of which we've only previously dreamed. But that's just what the International Living Future Institute aimed at with their Living Building Challenge.
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Interview: Dr. Ben Goertzel on Artificial General Intelligence, Transhumanism and Open Source (Part 2/2)

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BBC to televise assisted suicide

BBC to televise assisted suicide | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The BBC's decision to air a documentary by renowned science fiction writer Terry Pratchett that shows a sick man taking his own life has drawn the ire of anti-euthanasia activists.
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Coming To A Bar Near You: Facial Recognition & Real-Time Data

Coming To A Bar Near You: Facial Recognition & Real-Time Data | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Facial recognition and detection software is a hot button issue on the Web right now. Facebook has stirred a hornets nest by using facial recognition with users' pictures, asking people to tag their friends.
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Evolution: Darwin's city

Evolution: Darwin's city | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"Wilson, who works at the State University of New York in Binghamton, has been a prominent figure in evolutionary biology since the 1970s. Much of his research has focused on the long-standing puzzle of altruism — why organisms sometimes do things for others at a cost to themselves." - And the choice he made to be right in the thick of it is inspiring.
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The Internet Is My Religion

The Internet Is My Religion | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Talking about religion at a conference about technology is weird enough. Or is it? With his personal story, Jim Gilliam really stood out. And radical as all of it may be, you should listen.
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New genetic technique converts skin cells into brain cells

New genetic technique converts skin cells into brain cells | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
A research breakthrough has proven that it is possible to reprogram mature cells from human skin directly into brain cells, without passing through the stem cell stage.
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Penn Researchers Develop Biological Circuit Components, New Microscope Technique For Measuring Them

Penn Researchers Develop Biological Circuit Components, New Microscope Technique For Measuring Them | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Electrical engineers have long been toying with the idea of designing biological molecules that can be directly integrated into electronic circuits.
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