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The first on-grid superconducting cable - Materials World

The first on-grid superconducting cable - Materials World | Future Studies | Scoop.it
A German city has become the first to incorporate a superconducting cable in its power distribution network, offering five times more power with almost no electrical resistanceMaterials World Magazine, 04 Nov 2014...
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Space Exploration: Humanity’s Single Most Important Moral Imperative | Issue 61 | Philosophy Now

Space Exploration: Humanity’s Single Most Important Moral Imperative | Issue 61 | Philosophy Now | Future Studies | Scoop.it
Dr E. R. Klein says we should reconsider the value of space exploration and start getting ready to leave the nest.
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The Myth of the Myth of Technological Unemployment

The Myth of the Myth of Technological Unemployment | Future Studies | Scoop.it
Over at Slate, Matt Yglesias has a post titled 'The Myth of Technological Unemployment' accompanied by a graph showing that hours worked in the US have been rising and falling in lockstep with outp...
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There is a good comment thread to this article that highlights many interesting points.

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Why We Will Never Make A Nuclear Fusion Reactor As Good As The Sun - World News Report

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Will we never make a fusion reactor as good as the sun? Maybe not, but trying to use this to argue against fusion power would be like saying machines are impossible because every machine involves some loss of work to entropy. This is true, but machines still allow us to do much more than we could do without machines. Similarly, a fusion reactor might not be as "good" as the sun, but it will likely allow us to do things that we could never do without fusion.

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Compact Fusion

Compact Fusion | Future Studies | Scoop.it
It's closer than you think. By containing the power of the sun in a small magnetic bottle, we are on the fast track to developing nuclear fusion reactors to serve the world’s ever-growing energy needs.
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There have been a lot of news stories about LM's fusion work at the Skunkworks; now LM actually has a webpage up about it.

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17 Definitions of the Technological Singularity

17 Definitions of the Technological Singularity | Future Studies | Scoop.it
There is a large variety of flavors when it comes to the definition of the technological singularity. Want to see the most important ones? Check out “17 Definitions of the Technological Singularity” and post your favorite one on SingularityWeblog.com
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This is a good summary of specific quotes from specific individuals encapsulating several different conceptions of the technological singularity.
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This VC Is Helping Space Exploration Become A 'Multi-Billion' Industry

This VC Is Helping Space Exploration Become A 'Multi-Billion' Industry | Future Studies | Scoop.it
Spend time with space tech venture capitalists Ilya Golubovich and Mike Lousteau, of I2BF Global Ventures, and you'll be psyched about the future.
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Why nuclear fusion will soon become reality - Tech Gen Mag

Why nuclear fusion will soon become reality - Tech Gen Mag | Future Studies | Scoop.it
University of Washington researchers published a nuclear fusion reactor design that promises a fivefold increase in energy output at a tenth of the cost.
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A short article on the University' of Washington's spheromak design for fusion power.

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America's Underdog Fusion Experiment Is Closing In on the Nuclear Future

America's Underdog Fusion Experiment Is Closing In on the Nuclear Future | Future Studies | Scoop.it
Sandia Labs' Z-Machine is one step closer to delivering commercial fusion.
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Transhumanism and the Will to Power

Transhumanism and the Will to Power | Future Studies | Scoop.it
A critical note on transhumanist organizational structure. I am always a bit amused upon hearing other people’s concerns about transhumanism and even transhumanists themselves (depicted as influential, intimidating and even dangerous).
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Venture Capitalists Return to Backing Science Start-Ups

Venture Capitalists Return to Backing Science Start-Ups | Future Studies | Scoop.it
Start-ups that make fusion reactors, natural pesticides and tiny rocket engines have the attention of venture capitalists, but profit is still a must.
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Physicists set new records for silicon quantum computing

Physicists set new records for silicon quantum computing | Future Studies | Scoop.it
Two research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia have found distinct solutions to a critical challenge that has held back the realisation of super powerful quantum computers.

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Comment by Brian Josephson in Nature, about E-cat test, Nature policy and flying pigs

Comment by Brian Josephson in Nature, about E-cat test, Nature policy and flying pigs | Future Studies | Scoop.it

The most important news of the year, perhaps, not just the last seven days? The results of a new investigation into the Rossi reactor (allegedly a high-power cold fusion reactor), involving running the reactor over a 32-day period, are now out. The report not only confirms output power far in excess of anything possible by chemical reaction, but also gives a clear indication that a nuclear reaction is occurring, on the basis of a substantial change in the isotopic proportions of Li and Ni over the period of the run. The report, entitled Observation of abundant heat production from a reactor device and of isotopic changes in the fuel may be seen at http://www.sifferkoll.se/sifferkoll/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/LuganoReportSubmit.pdf. As before, I predict that pigs will fly before Nature makes any mention of the report, which has also been put on hold by the physics preprint archive arxiv.org (with an earlier report, a leaked email disclosed that the moderators were trying hard to find a reason to block the report but eventually gave in). Brian Josephson


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Alain Coetmeur's curator insight, October 11, 2014 7:31 PM

Pig are flying, in tornadoes and in plane (Skyvan is for that).

Even things that looks impossible happens sometime, provided the condition are good, or we engineer them.

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The Philosophy of Intelligence Explosions and Advanced Robotics (Series Index) - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

The Philosophy of Intelligence Explosions and Advanced Robotics (Series Index) - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | Future Studies | Scoop.it
Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are going to play an increasingly important role in human society. Over the past two years, I’ve written several posts about this topic.
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Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries

Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries | Future Studies | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs.
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Any new battery design has great possibilities....

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Physicists have finally proved the existence of a new superconductive state ... - ScienceAlert

Physicists have finally proved the existence of a new superconductive state ... - ScienceAlert | Future Studies | Scoop.it
After 50 years, scientists have finally proved that superconductivity can exist in a magnetic field. It’s a breakthrough that could help scientist
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Philosophical Disquisitions: Are we heading for technological unemployment? An Argument

Philosophical Disquisitions: Are we heading for technological unemployment? An Argument | Future Studies | Scoop.it
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Here's a philosophically sophisticated treatment of technological unemployment...

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Are we already living in the technological singularity?

Are we already living in the technological singularity? | Future Studies | Scoop.it
Science fiction's most radical vision of the future, with humanity redundant, is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, finds Damien Walter
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Lockheed Martin Claims Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion Technology - CBS Local

Lockheed Martin Claims Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion Technology - CBS Local | Future Studies | Scoop.it
The defense contractor promises nuclear fusion generators would be much smaller, about the size of a semi-truck.
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One Hundred Years of Fusion

One Hundred Years of Fusion | Future Studies | Scoop.it
Monday When I was a child I heard that practicable fusion power was thirty years in the future. That was more than thirty years ago, and it is not uncommon to hear that practicable fusion power is ...
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My own blog post on the many different approaches to fusion now being researched.

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Singularity or Transhumanism: What Word Should We Use to Discuss the Future?

Singularity or Transhumanism: What Word Should We Use to Discuss the Future? | Future Studies | Scoop.it
Singularity. Posthuman. Techno-Optimism, Cyborgism. Humanity+. Immortalist. Machine intelligence. Biohacker. Robotopia. Life extension. Transhumanism. These are all terms thrown around trying to describe a future in which mind uploading, indefinite lifespans, artificial intelligence, and bionic augmentation may (and I think will) help us to become far more than just human. They...
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Another short article by the ubiquitous Zoltan Istvan... how does he get published in all these outlets? Why don't they (the publishers) open themselves up to more voices with something substantive to say?

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The Immortality Financiers: The Billionaires Who Want to Live Forever

The Immortality Financiers: The Billionaires Who Want to Live Forever | Future Studies | Scoop.it
Adam Gollner, author of “The Book of Immortality,” profiles five billionaires pouring money into longevity research.
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Tweet from @jflenero

Tweet from @jflenero | Future Studies | Scoop.it
The desire to remain as we are is what ultimately limits humanity.

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Why Space Exploration Must Continue (Op-Ed)

Why Space Exploration Must Continue (Op-Ed) | Future Studies | Scoop.it
Launched by the Soviet Union in 1957, Sputnik 1 became the world’s first artificial satellite. This legacy continues today with our exploration of the solar system.
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Berlin's Fashion Futurisms

Berlin's Fashion Futurisms | Future Studies | Scoop.it
BERLIN — The embers of Berlin Alternative Fashion Week (BAFW) will continue to burn beyond its conclusion this past weekend. Ignited by a riotous spirit and explosive energy, this week-long series ...

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