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The Connected Society | Wired Cosmos

The Connected Society | Wired Cosmos | Futurism and Singularity | Scoop.it

A few commentators have focused on Singapore as an intelligent island that has been developed through modern technocapitalism. Singaporeans have ready access to computer technology, and IT has penetrated many aspects of their society. The country has a unique culture, and seems to be relatively peaceful.

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Biological Responses to Cyborg Life | Wired Cosmos

Biological Responses to Cyborg Life | Wired Cosmos | Futurism and Singularity | Scoop.it

While there have been a number of compelling essays on gender equality, physical differences continue to define human beings. Cyborg life forms would be without these constraints. Certain feminist authors have actually focused on this as a radical way to achieve gender equality, though other commentators have held less optimistic views.

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Privacy Among Cyborgs | Wired Cosmos

Privacy Among Cyborgs | Wired Cosmos | Futurism and Singularity | Scoop.it

Artificial eyes are a common theme in science fiction. A certain television character from the early 1990s made the idea popular. While there have been a few prototypes in the real world, mechanical ocular implants aren’t regularmedical devices just yet. When they come out, however, they will be welcome additions to many ophthalmology programs.

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When Cellular Automata Come to Life – Wired Cosmos

When Cellular Automata Come to Life – Wired Cosmos | Futurism and Singularity | Scoop.it

Cellular automata are probably the closest things to machine life that most people have gotten an opportunity to experiment with in recent years. John Conway invented a piece of software titled the Game of Life in 1970. He carefully set up the rules to create a balanced world. While this might sound like old news, it has allowed scientists to actually simulate certain real world systems.

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So you want to be a futurist | Foresight Culture

So you want to be a futurist | Foresight Culture | Futurism and Singularity | Scoop.it
Advice on how to think about becoming a professional futurist, including how to get started, where to get training, degree programs, and general advice from a job-trained, long-time practicing futurist...
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We Are All Futurists Now

We Are All Futurists Now | Futurism and Singularity | Scoop.it
In what is sure to be a new tradition in the snarky corners of Twitter, it took about two minutes yesterday for the “hologram Dick Clark” jokes to start rolling in.

 

What happened? How is it that eight months after financial markets were paralyzed with fear over the debt ceiling, downgrade of the credit rating of the United States, and cross-continental European contagion there's nothing cooler than futurism?

 

Read more: http://www.minyanville.com/sectors/technology/articles/technology-futurism-futurist-robots-ibm-google/4/19/2012/id/40495#ixzz1t8N3rz3u

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A Case for Cosmic Exploration | Wired Cosmos

A Case for Cosmic Exploration | Wired Cosmos | Futurism and Singularity | Scoop.it

I’ll be brief in today’s post.

 

We need to step up our efforts for space exploration if for no other reason, than to save ourselves from…well…ourselves.

 

 

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Humanism Versus the Machine Culture | Wired Cosmos

Humanism Versus the Machine Culture | Wired Cosmos | Futurism and Singularity | Scoop.it

Genetically modified crops have often been controversial. On one hand, they promise to feed an ever-growing population. On the other hand, many people see them as an example of the way that applied science is tampering with natural organisms. In the 1990s, protesters in the United Kingdom pulled genetically modified plant matter straight out of the ground.

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Let’s Explore Next Generation Space Trains – Wired Cosmos

Let’s Explore Next Generation Space Trains – Wired Cosmos | Futurism and Singularity | Scoop.it

While maglev trains are usually associated with high-speed rapid transit projects on Earth, organizers of the StarTram project hope to use the same technology to send materials into orbit. Rather than using rocketry, the proposed vehicle would use vessels supported by magnetic levitation to move equipment. The system could have an efficiency rating up to 90%. The second generation StarTram megastructure would tower above 96% of the world’s atmospheric mass. The craft wouldn’t necessarily use that much power either. In fact, it would probably only cost around $1 per kilogram of payload to operate. This means that interested parties could actually buy their way into space. Such options would hasten colonization of space.

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Robotic Companions of the Future – Wired Cosmos

Robotic Companions of the Future – Wired Cosmos | Futurism and Singularity | Scoop.it

Many articles that focus on the increasing similarities between organic life and machines focus purely on the ways that humans are becoming increasingly mechanized. It can be assumed that people will become even more like machines as the collective human consciousness moves towards a single technological singularity. However, what might be more startling is the way in which machines are often beginning to resemble other animals aside from humans.

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13 mistakes you make when exploring the future | Foresight Culture

13 mistakes you make when exploring the future | Foresight Culture | Futurism and Singularity | Scoop.it
Common pitfalls of foresight: mistakes people make when exploring the future...
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Remembering the Walking Robot of 1969 – Wired Cosmos

Remembering the Walking Robot of 1969 – Wired Cosmos | Futurism and Singularity | Scoop.it

Each morning I pick a random music station on Netflix and enjoy some oldies but goodies while catching up on the news and downing my Starbucks-Red Bull combo. This morning I heard Bryan Adams’ Summer of 69 (still a great song). I started thinking about robotics and just how far we’ve come in the past two decades and wondered what kinds of robotic projects were around in 1969. Honestly, I had no idea what I’d find (or if I’d find anything at all). Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the 3000 lb. monster above (actually built in 1968). Naturally, I had to research it and post my findings. Enjoy, and let me know if you would drive this beast if given the opportunity.

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