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Technology and the experience of what it means to be human are evolving at an exponential rate, entering the steep of an asymptotic curve. If we don't destroy ourselves first, it is likely in a few decades we may not even recognize ourselves as what we are today. Hang on, we're embarking on one helluva ride and the outcome is a real nail biter.
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These 3-D Portraits Were Created Using Only A Person’s DNA

These 3-D Portraits Were Created Using Only A Person’s DNA | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"How much information about ourselves do we leave behind in public, as we shed saliva, hair, and sweat throughout the day? It’s a question that drives the artwork of Heather Dewey-Hagborg, whose project Stranger Visions reconstructs the faces of the anonymous as 3-D printed sculptures, using genetic detritus found in chewing gum, cigarette butts, and wads of hair around New York City."

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Even though the information is very high level and the artist projects a lot of how the person might look, it seems it won't be long before a lot more information could be included and an accurate rendering of a person could be had.

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3D microchip created | ZeitNews

3D microchip created | ZeitNews | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Scientists from the University of Cambridge have created, for the first time, a new type of microchip which allows information to travel in three dimensions.
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Silk — Interactive, Generative Art

Silk — Interactive, Generative Art | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

About Silk:

Silk was created by Yuri Vishnevsky as an experiment in generative art.

For fun, he dabbles in mathematics, art, and piano.

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

The above image was spontaneously created by playing with Silk http://new.weavesilk.com. You can play with another version here: http://www.weavesilk.com/

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After Darwin

A talk by Elisabet Sahtouris, an evolution biologist, futurist, professor, author and consultant on Living Systems Design.

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The necessary evolutionary transition from competitive systems to cooperative systems. This repeats in nature. Can it emerge in human nature before we destroy ourselves?

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Are You Living In a Computer Simulation? Nick Bostrom Speaks About Three Possibilities

http://www.simulation-argument.com/ The argument is that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a "posthuman" stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation. A number of other consequences of this result are also discussed.

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Is it real or is it Memorex?

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Shakespeare's sonnets encoded in DNA to Demonstrate Potential of Genetic Data Storage

Shakespeare's sonnets encoded in DNA to Demonstrate Potential of Genetic Data Storage | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The entire collection of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets has been spelled out in DNA by scientists in Cambridge to demonstrate the vast potential of genetic storage. Huge quantities of information could be written into specks of DNA and archived for tens of thousands of years, the researchers claim.

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33rd Square: Ken Hayworth Discusses Brain Preservation And Mind Uploading

33rd Square: Ken Hayworth Discusses Brain Preservation And Mind Uploading | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Recently Ken Hayworth, President of the Brain Preservation Foundation sat down for an interview with Singularity 1 on 1's Nikola Danaylov to discuss his activities and thought about the future possibilities of brain preservation.
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Smartphones: The Third Hemisphere of the Brain - Transhumanity.net

Smartphones: The Third Hemisphere of the Brain - Transhumanity.net | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
You can drop me off in any major city and I will be able to read the street signs and orient myself immediately.  You can ask me virtually any question, and I can have a reasonable answer for you within seconds.  If the question is highly complex,...
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The 1 TB USB Flash Drive. Expands capacity 4X of Largest Flash Drive

The 1 TB USB Flash Drive. Expands capacity 4X of Largest Flash Drive | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
The DataTraveler HyperX Predator USB Flash drive offers the fastest speeds from Kingston, with 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write speeds (in USB 3.0), users can quickly access, edit and transfer their files and applications directly from the drive with...
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Virtual Reality Breakthrough: the Oculus Rift Headset

We put on the Oculus Rift VR goggles and conduct an in-depth interview about its head-tracking technology and the future of virtual reality. This is one of t...
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From the CNET review: "There's a scene in The Matrix, where Neo first jacks into Matrix after leaving it via the red pill. The screen gets all warpy, and zooooom abruptly he's standing somewhere else. It's not much of an exaggeration to say this is what it's like putting on the Oculus Rift. The lenses, holding a distorted promise of what lies beyond, rise towards your face. At the same time the mask blocks out visual reality, the virtual one comes into focus..." Read the full CNET review here: http://ces.cnet.com/8301-34441_1-57563185/hands-on-oculus-rift-vr-headset/

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CLOUDS Interactive Documentary

CLOUDS is a documentary exploring creativity through the lens of code. What does it feel like to think with code? How can emerging technologies enable us to actualize our dreams? How has online sharing transformed the way artists collaborate?

 

The creative practitioners featured in the documentary represent a new breed of interdisciplinary artists who combine software engineering, audiovisual design, and cultural engagement. CLOUDS explores the themes of creativity, aesthetics, simulation, and sharing articulated by these luminaries in the computational arts community.

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Africa has more cellphone users than all of North America

Africa has more cellphone users than all of North America | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

There are more cellphone users in Africa than in North America. When you are a developing continent you can skip entire stages of technological progress. Africa’s mobile telecom market boasts 650 million (!) subscribers. That’s 40-fold growth in just over a decade, and like the phones in Africa’s pockets, the possibilities for mobile (and economic) growth are now completely untethered.

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Just wait until smartphones start to proliferate in Africa.

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Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr.
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First-Ever Incredible Footage of a Thought Being Formed

First-Ever Incredible Footage of a Thought Being Formed | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"A team of Japanese researchers has achieved something incredible: they've captured, for the first time ever, a movie which shows how thoughts form in the brain. OK, so it's a thought forming in the brain of a zebrafish. And OK, its the fish's reaction to seeing food, so it's probably along the lines of "HUNGRY!". But we shouldn't play this down: this is a fundamental leap forward in our understanding of how brains work."

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Silk - Interactive, Generative Art

Silk - Interactive, Generative Art | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

About Silk:

Silk was created by Yuri Vishnevsky as an experiment in generative art.

For fun, he dabbles in mathematics, art, and piano.

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

Another spontaneous "Silk" generative image. This one I created on www.weavesilk.com.

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The Butterfly Phenomenon of Evolutionary Systems

Part 3 from After Darwin by Elisabert Sahtouris

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This metaphor is perhaps a little hackneyed, but still it's apt. We might not be able to reverse the voracious habits of the bloated "caterpillar," but by linking together and sharing information to create something new we might be able to transform the exhausted, encrusted, obese mass of self-dissolving goo into something that's very much "other."

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Are Mushrooms Here to Save the Earth from Us?

"Paul Stamets believes we have entered into the 6th major extinction on our planet. He presents mushrooms as a solution to this problem, including cleaning polluted soil, creating new insecticides, treating smallpox and more…"

The Asymptotic Leap's insight:

Be sure to watch Paul Stamets in his TED talk on YouTube where he describes these and other mycelial concepts in greater detail. He says, "Mycelium is the Earth's Internet." Isn't it time we built an interface and communicated with it?

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FDA approves clinical trial of auditory brainstem implant procedure for children in U.S.

FDA approves clinical trial of auditory brainstem implant procedure for children in U.S. | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The Auditory Brain Implant was developed at the House Research Institute and is the world's first successful prosthetic hearing device to stimulate neurons directly at the human brainstem, bypassing the inner ear and hearing nerve entirely.

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This represents a major step forward to bring a sense of hearing to deaf children in the U.S. who are born without a hearing nerve or cochlea (hearing organ) and therefore are unable to benefit from hearing aids or cochlear implants.

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Take action on #InternetFreedomDay!

Take action on #InternetFreedomDay! | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
One year ago, the global internet rallied to defeat PIPA and SOPA to protect the open net. Tell Congress that the internet doesn't forget anniversaries, and remind lawmakers that we are watching them.
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Love the slogan: "Here's to another year of not totally destroying the Internet".  If the Internet goes dark, our evolution stops.

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Want to Biohack your Brain? – $50,000 Cranial Surgery Equipment costs only $10 via DIY Black Market - Transhumanity.net

Want to Biohack your Brain? – $50,000 Cranial Surgery Equipment costs only $10 via DIY Black Market - Transhumanity.net | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Nootropics are popular in our circles, but in my opinion there isn’t a non-prescription substance on the market right now that is staggeringly apparent in its effects.
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Crazy. True. Apparently.

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Wireless mesh networks at 65MPH—linking cars to prevent crashes

Wireless mesh networks at 65MPH—linking cars to prevent crashes | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
On future highways, cars could travel in wirelessly connected caravans.

Via anthenor
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New Polymer May Be Used For Robot Muscles

New Polymer May Be Used For Robot Muscles | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
MIT researchers at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research have developed a new material that changes its shape after absorbing water vapor.
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Citi.Transmitter - A Two Wheel Electric Vehicle

Citi.Transmitter - A Two Wheel Electric Vehicle | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
A wise selection of resonable,practical and comfortable vehicle series.
To meet different lifestyles of modern people,the vehicle series is designed
with multi-purposes.freely transform the vehicle fo...
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Still a concept car, but here's hoping it won't be long.

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In The Future, Your Clothes Will Be A Power Plant

In The Future, Your Clothes Will Be A Power Plant | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
It’s no science-fiction fantasy. With wearable gadgets like Google’s Project Glass on the horizon, all that’s missing is an ultraportable power source that never needs recharging--like, say, your own body heat.
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Yet another way that power can be supplied to all kinds of devices that extend the funtionality of the body and the brain.

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Pierre Tran's curator insight, January 8, 2013 3:04 PM

Transformer la chaleur du corps en énergie électrique : votre corps est la batterie.

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The Singularity -- the Film

The Singularity -- the Film | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The Singularity is defined as the point in time when computer intelligence exceeds human intelligence. This notion of superhuman machines has long served as fodder for tales of science fiction. Yet most scientific leaders argue that these changes are inevitable, based on the accelerating rate of technological progress.

 

Clearly, some emerging technologies could have unknown consequences that could lead to catastrophic events or be abused for malicious purposes.

While we cannot be certain of what our future brings, it is nonetheless important to understand the great strides being made in fields such as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and molecular biology, and how these technologies will radically alter the way we live. Inevitably, the question arises: what kind of humans do we want to become?

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