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5 Crazy New Man-Made Materials That Will Shape the Future

5 Crazy New Man-Made Materials That Will Shape the Future | futureStuff | Scoop.it
Forget Mother Nature: when it comes to all matters matter, the sheer ingenuity of the human mind can give rise to some of the most insane--and useful--new materials you've ever encountered.

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, September 9, 2013 12:57 PM

It seems materials science is really rocking and is full of possibilities for the future ... making new materials out of stuff that is abundant in nature, or with the help of bacteria. 

Christopher Whelan's curator insight, October 24, 2013 3:05 PM

The ability to create our own unique materials will most definitely propel developments that have been put on the back burner. Many imaginative ideas have been left at the black board stage as the materials needed were unavailable or did not exist. Now materials of certain properties can be invented (within reason of course) through the combination of any number of existing elements. Products in the future may be lighter, stronger, and much more durable.

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Why sex could be history

Why sex could be history | futureStuff | Scoop.it
From artificial wombs to men and women being able to reproduce entirely alone, Aarathi Prasad says science is rewriting the rules of sex and human reproduction.

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“MindFile-Uploaded-into-Cyborg” is our Favorite Life-Extending Option, claim 800+ Transhumanists

“MindFile-Uploaded-into-Cyborg” is our Favorite Life-Extending Option, claim 800+ Transhumanists | futureStuff | Scoop.it
“Mindfile-in-Fresh-Body” is close runner-up in Terasem Survey; “Inhabiting Different Types of Bodies” is third; Cryonics trails far behind...

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Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity - Lew Keilar

"Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity" is a brilliant animation short by Lew Keilar and was a 2012 Happy Endings FilmFest finalist.

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, January 27, 2013 5:53 PM

This is a whiteboard animation explaining, in three minutes, the Technological Singularity concept made famous by Ray Kurzweil and other futurists.
Illustrated, shot, edited and co-written by Lew Keilar.
Stephen Smith co-writer and collaborator. aka BirdInHandLane
Jeff Duff music.

Technological change is happening at an exponential rate, leading to a date in a future we can barely glimpse. Ray Kurzweil, innovator & inventor, adviser to US Presidents and CEOs is one of the visionaries articulating this extraordinary development in human evolution.

More info on Lew Keilar's work at www.lewkeilar.com

Agata Bąk's curator insight, February 5, 2013 11:54 AM

Inauguro la sección de la dulce parousía con mi transhumanista preferido. Disfrutad de Ray Kurzweil, pero no tengáis prisa: vivirá eternamente para compartir con vosotros la buena nueva. 

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Singularity 1 on 1: James Barrat on Our Final Invention

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"For 20 years James Barrat has created documentary films for National Geographic, the BBC, Discovery Channel, History Channel and public television. In 2000, during the course of his career as a film-maker, James interviewed Ray Kurzweil and Arthur C. Clarke. The latter interview not only transformed entirely Barrat's views on artificial intelligence, but also made him write a book on the technological singularity called Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era.
I read an advance copy of Our Final Invention and it is by far the most thoroughly researched and comprehensive anti-The Singularity is Near book that I have read so far. And so I couldn't help it but invite James on Singularity 1 on 1 so that we can discuss the reasons for his abrupt change of mind and consequent fear or the singularity.
During our 70 minute conversation with Barrat we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: his work as a documentary film-maker who takes interesting and complicated subjects and makes them simple to understand; why writing was his first love and how he got interested in the technological singularity; how his initial optimism about AI turned into pessimism; the thesis of Our Final Invention; why he sees artificial intelligence more like ballistic missiles rather than video games; why true intelligence is inherently unpredictable "black box"; how we can study AI before we can actually create it; hard vs slow take-off scenarios; the positive bias in the singularity community; our current chances of survival and what we should do...


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The Nuclear Fusion Arms Race Is Underway

The Nuclear Fusion Arms Race Is Underway | futureStuff | Scoop.it

Scientists today are much closer to creating fusion energy than they were 40 years ago. And while most large public research projects are still decades from producing a reactor that can compete in the marketplace, a number of private companies have jumped headlong into the fusion race. Propelled by advances in engineering and science, changes in public funding, and tens of millions in high-risk high-tech investment dollars, they’re betting they can create a scalable, sellable reactor in less than a decade.


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Marcus Hutter - Universal Artificial Intelligence

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Hutter uses Solomonoff’s inductive inference as a mathematical formalization of Occam’s razor. Hutter adds to this formalization the expected value of an action: shorter (Kolmogorov complexity) computable theories have more weight when calculating the expected value of an action across all computable theories which perfectly describe previous observations.

 


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Engineers invent programming language to build synthetic DNA

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Similar to using Python or Java to write code for a computer, chemists soon could be able to use a structured set of instructions to "program" how DNA molecules interact in a test tube or cell. An example of a chemical program. Here, A, B and C are different chemical species [Credit:Yan Liang, L2XY2.com] A team led by the University of Washington has developed a programming language for chemistry that it hopes will streamline...


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Michio Kaku: The Universe in a Nutshell

The Universe in a Nutshell: The Physics of Everything Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at CUNY What if we could find one single equa...


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Meiogenics: Synthetic Biology Meets Transhumanism

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Gerd Moe-Behrens's curator insight, May 11, 2013 4:13 PM

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Stuart A.. Newman

"Some enthusiasts of synthetic biology envision technologies that would “improve” humans—and, perhaps, create useful “subhumans.”

Synthetic biology is a collection of techniques, and research and busi- ness agendas, that includes the con- struction of DNA sequences that encode protein or RNA molecules which assemble into macromolecu- lar complexes, biochemical circuits and networks with known or novel functions; the substitution of chemi- cally synthesized DNA or DNA ana- logues for their natural counterparts in order to change cell behavior and/ or produce novel products; and at- tempts to define and construct basic living systems from minimal sets of molecules.1 Synthetic biology has been termed “extreme genetic engi- neering” by the Erosion Technology and Concentration (ETC) Group2, in contrast to earlier recombinant DNA techniques that sought mainly to modify and refine existing types of organisms by altering or inserting in- dividual genes...."

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Kim Stanley Robinson - The Singularity & Transhumanism - Interview Part 2

Kim Stanley Robinson (born March 23, 1952) is an American science fiction writer, best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy. Robinson's work has been lab...

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Engineering human evolution

Cyborgs, brain uploads and immortality - How far should science go in helping humans exceed their biological limitations? These ideas might sound like science fiction, but proponents of a movement known as transhumanism believe they are inevitable.

In this episode of The Stream, we talk to bioethicist George Dvorsky; Robin Hanson, a research associate with Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute; and Ari N. Schulman, senior editor of The New Atlantis, about the ethical implications of transhumanism.


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The Singularity Movement, Immortality, and Removing the Ghost in the Machine

The Singularity Movement, Immortality, and Removing the Ghost in the Machine | futureStuff | Scoop.it

Although Lev Grossman’s article is mostly a regurgitatingly obnoxious form of worship of one of the more active frontmen for Transhumanism, Raymond Kurzweil, the article does reveal some extraordinary information. Namely, that there are very powerful and wealthy individuals whose goal it is to see the merging of man and machine, and the complete transformation of humanity into something much different than it currently is.


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Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing

Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing | futureStuff | Scoop.it
This may seem like something out of a science fiction movie: researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can't breathe anymore.

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Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram

Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram | futureStuff | Scoop.it
A bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard's Wyss Institute have successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data -- around 700 terabytes -- in a single gram of DNA, smashing the previous DNA data density record by a thousand times.

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H+ Philosophers - David Pearce, Martine Rothblatt, and Ursela K. Le Guin

Transhumanism needs an Enhancement. A Facelift, an Upgrade, some Serious Augmentation. H+ espouses the utopian potential of accelerating technology, but philosophically-culturally-ethically, it’s stale.

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Meet the Google executive who plans to cheat death: Ray Kurzweil takes 150 vitamins a day so he can 'hold out long enough for invention of robots that will keep humans alive'

Meet the Google executive who plans to cheat death: Ray Kurzweil takes 150 vitamins a day so he can 'hold out long enough for invention of robots that will keep humans alive' | futureStuff | Scoop.it

Noted futurist and author Ray Kurzweil belives we are close to immortality. The key is being able to survive each of the coming 'bridges', or stages, in life-lengthening technology.


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Hydrogel implants could be a fiber optic network for your body

Hydrogel implants could be a fiber optic network for your body | futureStuff | Scoop.it

The biggest problem with wetware is the “ware” part. Enormous metal implants like those seen in The Matrix or Elysium look cool and all, but any real-world interface of metal and flesh is precarious; surface implants are often rejected by the body, leading to infection and even death. Technology has gotten smaller, more efficient, and able to better communicate wirelessly, but for all the nifty implants we can build, actually implanting them has proven difficult, and controlling them even more so. Now, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital claim that a special hydrogel could change all that.


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J Craig Venter sequenced the human genome. Now he wants to covert DNA into a digital signal

J Craig Venter sequenced the human genome. Now he wants to covert DNA into a digital signal | futureStuff | Scoop.it

J Craig Venter has been a molecular-biology pioneer for two decades. After developing expressed sequence tags in the 90s, he led the private effort to map the human genome, publishing the results in 2001. In 2010 the J Craig Venter Institute manufactured the entire genome of a bacterium, creating the first synthetic organism.
Now Venter, author of Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life, explains the coming era of discovery.


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Mini-computer in the Eye is No Longer a Fiction

Mini-computer in the Eye is No Longer a Fiction | futureStuff | Scoop.it
A prototype of a flexible contact lens with integrated LED is created. The invention could lead to the creation of small displays, directly covering the cornea.

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The Singularitarian: Exponential Ad Astra!

The Singularitarian: Exponential Ad Astra! | futureStuff | Scoop.it

 

I once argued, in an article published in South Africa back in 2005 and entitled, "ISU: Space Education For The Next Generation", that with the continuous research and advancements in fields such as "nanotechnology, mobile Internet and space technology," and in other fields such as biotechnology, energy and artificial intelligence that the "world will get smaller." I further theorized that "cultures will systematically merge" and greater opportunities will be availed to nations around the world to become inclusively international in this emerging "globally smaller world." Not many places on Earth have this assertion yet it seems so feasible. This belief is supported at Singularity University.


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Transhumanism vs. /and Posthumanism - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Transhumanism vs. /and Posthumanism - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | futureStuff | Scoop.it

Posthumanism is a solution to poststructuralism and humanism, born out of the (some would perceive) “evils” of postmodernism.


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Practical transhumanism: The first five living cyborgs (WIRED)

Practical transhumanism: The first five living cyborgs (WIRED) | futureStuff | Scoop.it

The term "cyborg" literally means "cybernetic organism" -- a being constructed of both mechanical and organic material. Although traditionally confined to the realms of science fiction, modern medicine and in particular prosthetics have made the term applicable to a number of human beings. Many people who could technically be labelled part-cybernetic, part-organic, have become so as the result of complex medical procedures, usually stemming from medical necessity. Some, however, chose to grant themselves cyborg status in the name of scientific advancement.


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Transhumanism: The New Dark Age

The Financial Armageddon Blog tracks the Truth Movement , the investigative journalists conspiracy theorists like Gerald Celente Alex Jones Tim Rifat Steve Quayle Max Igan Benjamin Fulford Lindsey Williams Webster Tarpley Interviews Speeches and Articles...

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Max More - The Singularity and Transhumanism

Max More speaks about Transhumanism and the Singularity.

Founder of the Extropy Institute, Max More has written many articles espousing the philosophy of transhumanism and the transhumanist philosophy of extropy, most importantly his Principles of Extropy (currently version 3.11).

In a 1990 essay "Transhumanism: Toward a Futurist Philosophy", he introduced the term "transhumanism" in its modern sense.


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