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Rob H.
Rob H.
Man Lives In Futuristic Sci-Fi World Where All His Interactions Take Place In Cyberspace | The Onion - America's Finest News Source -
Man Lives In Futuristic Sci-Fi World Where All His Interactions Take Place In Cyberspace | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"LINCOLNWOOD, IL—It's Tuesday morning and Michael Royce, 27, is about to begin his day. Steeling himself for the wild journey ahead, this bold techno-traveler coolly presses a button, boots up his mainframe, and jacks into a strange, high-tech futurescape. For Royce inhabits a sci-fi universe where his every transaction and correspondence occurs at lightning speed across the vast electronic data-stream known as "cyberspace."" - Rob H. from Bookmarklet
Jason Wehmhoener
Charlie's Diary: The myth of the starship -
"So, to summarize: yes, I think human interstellar exploration (and yes, maybe even colonization) might be possible, after a fashion. But to get there, we're going to have to master at least two entire technological fields that don't yet exist, even before we start trying to blast compact disc sized machines up to relativistic velocities. And that's without considering the difficulty of how to cram an industrial infrastructure capable of building more of itself, of a machine capable of surviving in deep space — the equivalent of those 300,000 NASA technicians and engineers — into the aforementioned CD-sized machine ..." - Jason Wehmhoener from Bookmarklet
Excellent, thought provoking stuff through that link, and great discussion following the writing! - Kurt Starnes
Rob H.
Intel Wants Brain Implants in Its Customers' Heads by 2020 | Popular Science -
Intel Wants Brain Implants in Its Customers' Heads by 2020 | Popular Science
"If the idea of turning consumers into true cyborgs sounds creepy, don't tell Intel researchers. Intel's Pittsburgh lab aims to develop brain implants that can control all sorts of gadgets directly via brain waves by 2020. The scientists anticipate that consumers will adapt quickly to the idea, and indeed crave the freedom of not requiring a keyboard, mouse, or remote control for surfing the Web or changing channels. They also predict that people will tire of multi-touch devices such as our precious iPhones, Android smart phones and even Microsoft's wacky Surface Table." - Rob H. from Bookmarklet
Jason Wehmhoener
IBM makes supercomputer significantly smarter than cat - Ars Technica -
IBM makes supercomputer significantly smarter than cat - Ars Technica
"An interdisciplinary team of researchers at IBM have presented at paper at the SC09 supercomputing conference describing a milestone in cognitive computing: the group's massively parallel cortical simulator, C2, now has the ability to simulate a brain with about 4.5 percent the cerebral cortex capacity of a human brain, and significantly more brain capacity than a cat. No, this isn't yet another example of Kurzweil-style guesstimating about how many "terabytes" of storage a human brain has. Rather, the authors quantify brain capacity in terms of numbers of neurons and synapses. The simulator, which runs on the Dawn Blue Gene /P supercomputer with 147,456 CPUs and 144TB of main memory, simulates the activity of 1.617 billion neurons connected in a network of 8.87 trillion synapses. The model doesn't yet run at real time, but it does simulate a number of aspects of real-world neuronal interactions, and the neurons are organized with the same kinds of groupings and specializations as a mammalian cortex" - Jason Wehmhoener from Bookmarklet
Jason Wehmhoener
IBM announces advances toward a computer that works like a human brain - -
IBM announces advances toward a computer that works like a human brain -
"In an era when PCs perform like supercomputers, and supercomputers carry out inhuman feats of calculation, some of the brightest minds in Silicon Valley say there are still crucial ways in which a computer can't match the problem-solving abilities of our own brains. But today, at a supercomputing conference in Portland, Ore., a team of scientists from IBM's Almaden Research Lab and several other Bay Area institutions are planning to announce two developments that could one day lead to a new kind of computer — one that uses specially designed hardware and software to mimic what's inside our heads." - Jason Wehmhoener from Bookmarklet
the Foresight Institute » Robo Habilis -
Discussion of new Human Intelligence tests for Robots/AIs - iTad from Bookmarklet
Machines could ultimately match human intelligence, says Intel CTO - Network World -
Not such an outlandish idea afterall... - iTad from Bookmarklet
Jason Wehmhoener
Augmented reality gets off to a wobbly start - tech - 23 September 2009 - New Scientist -
"Amid all the hype, however, there is a big problem: the sensors that the apps depend on are not always up to the job. When New Scientist tested an iPhone in downtown San Francisco, the error reported by the GPS sensor was as great as 70 metres, and the compass leapt through 180 degrees as the phone moved past a metal sculpture. Indeed, the Yelp app often displayed links to businesses directly behind the one the camera was pointing at. "These sensors are astonishingly bad at what people are trying to do with them," says Blair MacIntyre, who studies AR at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Yelp says the app's AR features are a "very early iteration" that the company will improve as it gets feedback." - Jason Wehmhoener from Bookmarklet
Fwd: What Apple Tablet? OMGWTF It's the Microsoft Awesomesauce Tablet - (via
Fwd: What Apple Tablet?  OMGWTF It's the Microsoft Awesomesauce Tablet - (via
Did you watch the video?? OMG - iTad
Better than porn. - iTad
OK OK, I go click. But um, wait, did you just say that? - Jason Wehmhoener
Tad has a history of watching terrible pornography. It's practically an obsession. - Sparky, lurking
Prediction: Smartphones won't exist as we know them now in 5 years. Ok, Ok - by "exist" - I mean that no 1st rung company will be making smartphones in 5 years.
Why? Because in 5 year's we'll have finally reached the magical plateau of convergence. "Phone" will just be a function of some piece of hardware, either that we carry or, increasingly after 5 years from now, that just exists nearby. The very idea of carrying a device that we call a "phone" will be just plain silly. - iTad
You mean people will stop carrying around a phone? There will be something nearby? Wouldn't that be like - you know, a phone booth? - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Not how I see it, m9m. In the near future nearly everything, certainly in a modern office environment, will allow multi-way communications via the internet. The idea of a traditional "phone" will begin to disappear. We'll all carry some token on ourselves, and maybe an earpiece (something much smaller than the silly bluetooth things around now) that will allow us to connect to any nearby internet-connected hardware. We'll be able to place calls that way. - iTad
Ah. I'll never have a modern office environment. I work for the State. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
The phone will probably be a pair of contact lenses and a hearing aid. - Jason Wehmhoener
Except for the 5 years part. In 5 years we'll still be using iPhones. - Jason Wehmhoener
m9m, you'll be lucky to break into the 21st century 5 years from now. :) - iTad
Tad, we only recently got a fax machine. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Funny - just having a conversation today to the effect that calling it an iPhone is just plain stupid. Phone got little to do with it. - Martha
WELCOME TO 1960!! - iTad
Exactly Martha, and I think that trend will just continue to accelerate. No one's gonna call these things "phones" in a few years. - iTad
Martha, us old folk still say "dial" a number, yet rotary phones have been out of style for how long? Some artifacts of language just have a long half life, that's all. - Micah
who cares what you call it. - Jason Wehmhoener
Nokia still sell a shit load of candybar phones... - Johnny
Jason, sometimes labels matter, other times not. - Micah
Yes, Johnny. I'm not predicting the death of mobile phones in 5 years, but the death of "smartphones" - Palm Pre, iPhone, Google Phone, etc. I think we'll all be using tablets which incidentally have a phone feature. - iTad
The iPhone is a computer that fits in your pocket. Tablets most decidedly do not fit into your pocket. - Jason Wehmhoener
The pocket watch ==> wrist watch ==> no dedicated timepiece may be an interesting case study. - Micah
Think wearable, then think implant. - Jason Wehmhoener
Semantics Jason. I think the device will be useful enough to spawn new fashions. - iTad
Micah, watches now are basically just jewelry for show. That's all mine is really. - iTad
Tad, the iphone is as much jewelry as a bag of functions for a lot of people (not you and I, no never). - Micah
Glen, good point. I shall research all things chronometric and sextant now. :) - Micah
Micah, they're functional though. My watch is only barely functional. Even if it's just for looks, few people carry around iPhones and never use them for anything. - iTad
Well, I did say as much (not to the exclusion of :) - Micah
Aka, the status symbol aspect. - Micah
iPhones are incredibly useful: - Jason Wehmhoener
Right - it's just not VERY functional. Or rather it usually only serves one or two functions, unless you have a total nerdy watch in which it pretty much transcends (or something) the level of jewelry. - iTad
That's why the progression of watch accoutrement would be an interesting deep statistical, sociological case study. There all all different patterns. I haven't worn a watch for decades, mostly because it's an irritant to my wrist. - Micah
(and I only carry my pocket watch when I don my monocle) - Micah
5 years is pretty aggressive for major behavioral change. I expect to see more SmartPhones that will dual-boot or just use a richer OS that relies on the Cloud for storage and even processing. I've always wanted one of these for a watch btw: - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
I think it will go away once most other things in the environment will already allow you to make calls. Again, all you REALLY need is a mic and an earpiece (which can be the same piece of hardware) and a token to identify yourself. The hardware will become redundant. - iTad
Tad, not very diverse in functionality - true. It's more about the importance put on that one function, time keeping (or rather time-creating); it has more to do with a constructed schedule - modern culture! (ie. not only living by body rhythms and cycles of our natural habitat). - Micah
Things are changing faster now than they ever have before in human history. 5 years in technological change is CRAZY. As for behavior, look at how people's attitude and behavior has changed re: iPhone and other emerging smartphones. - iTad
My watch is always on my wrist. It's much simpler to look at my arm than to pull out some other device. That's why pocket watches went out of use. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Oooh philosophy. What is a "natural" habitat? :) Sitting in front of a computer is my natural habitat. :D - iTad
Tad, it seems like by 'death' you mean smartphones will still do the things smartphones do today, and we'll still call them phones, it's just that... I dunno, something will be different. - Andrew C (✔)
:) @Tad - Micah
No - I don't think we'll call them phones. And again, I think most of us who carry smartphones now will carry tablets instead which will allow us to make "phone" calls, which increasingly will be over the internet. - iTad
"Phone" is such an archaic word anyways. It's just part of the bullshit that "phone" companies try to sell you. Give us all wireless internet and let us make "calls" over the net. - iTad
BTW, the great thing about separate devices is that I can listen to music as long as I like without worrying about battery life of my phone. I know computers are qualitatively different somehow, but still, I read a pretty convincing article a while ago about how when electric motors for the home first became available, there were adapters so that one motor could do a whole ton of... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Right - it may well be that the "phone" part just disappears into the earpiece/mic. - iTad
I like that too, but it's kinda cumbersome. - iTad
I won't carry a tablet. Pico projector or bust! - Andrew C (✔)
Tablets will be transitional as well. Eventually every surface with a screen embedded will respond to the token that you carry on you and will function exactly as if they were connected to your own personal computer (or as we think of them today). - iTad
Maybe we'll go from smartphones straight to HUD glasses - I'd be cool with that, but I still think there's a tablet phase before we get there. - iTad
Sounds like the assumption is that sound becomes the user interface. Not sure that's practical for more than phones, hence devices will still be needed to handle other functions. Plus, I certainly don't want to trust public or 3rd-party devices and the cloud for all of my data and connections. - Tinfoil 2.0
One big change that is expected to happen in the next 5 years is wireless electricity. If things charge almost everywhere you are without thinking to plugging in, the power drain issue may eventually become mute. This really addresses many limitations of making devices more powerful in small form factors. - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
LogEx, I expect any needed UI will be available on your personal screen (tablet or whatnot) or on any available public screen. - iTad
Manielse - I'm familiar with Tesla's work on that. I'm guessing it's continuing/progressing now? - iTad
Good video of WiTricity demo: - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
But Tad, this would be thin clients 4.0 (or whatever, I've lost count)... the problem with too thin clients is the loss of ownership and control for individuals. I sincerely hope we never go too far down that road. You can take my personal convergence device from my cold dead hands ;) - Tinfoil 2.0
Well, also remember that computing power is steadily increasing while the size of the computers is steadily decreasing, You may well be able to "wear" an awesome computer on your fingernail that will connect to screens, etc. Doesn't HAVE to be thin client. :) - iTad
At some point though, as the speed of internet connections steadily increases we'll get to the point where every single device connected to the net is indistinguishable from the net itself, regardless of the computing power of said device. And yeah, at that point you can throw away true privacy, etc. - iTad
We really need to separate the screen from the processor to take mobile to the next steps. If you do this, you would carry some like a MiFi with a CPU (might be shrunk to a watch) that would connect (via BT, WUSB or WiFi?) to AV tools for UI and communication. Whether it be glasses, flexible screens, watches, pico projectors, monitors, etc. - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
Exactly Mark. That's part of why I'm thinking the phone will just become incidental for most of us neophiles. The slines and neophobes will just keep buying Motorola Razorz... - iTad
But I hope in that same story, free WiFi everywhere will also become a reality and transform\challenge the wireless communication market or else it will be the piece that slows innovation down. Just look at AT&T's pull on no camera or mic in the iPhone Touch, you know that's not just Apple holding that back. Politics and patents will slow the future down I'm afraid. - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
Totally agreed Mark. - iTad
So that means I can be ahead of my time for once by not having one now? - Amy℠
LOL! Sure Amy. - iTad
Micah - I STILL have a rotary dial phone. It is one of those honking bakelite ones with a fabric cord and sits right by my bed. I also still have a turntable and tons of albums. I still "dial" a number. That said, the mobile variety are so much more than that, even dinosaurs like me recognize it. When I can search, fax, print, photo edit, update FB, find a recipe, emulate my desktop and play Crazy Snowboard, it ain't a phone no more. My iPhone is a micro tablet. - Martha
Yep, the fact that they tossed "phone" into the name of iPhone is immaterial. It's a tablet that is exactly the right size. - Jason Wehmhoener
LOL Jason - with a larger screen the tablet can be MUCH more usable. Not fitting into existing pockets is just a minor obstacle. :) :P - iTad
Exactly Mark! - iTad
Nah - in this case Cristo, I'm not nearly convinced enough about this one to bet $100. :) I'll be glad to buy you a beer or dinner in 5 years time if I'm wrong and we can arrange it. - iTad
As for the TV analogy, for most of us, right now, TV's are primarily used for watching television shows. I think that will change, again, over the next 5 years to where we just call them screens or something. Dunno - not willing to bet on that either. My point is that the primary function of what we're calling smartphones now will NOT be phone calling and we'll quit calling it that. - iTad
Cristo - I'm only talking about Smartphones, not mobile phones that the bulk of the population uses. Those will still be around and the neophobes will still be using them and calling them phones. Apple won't be selling anything with the word "phone" in it in 5 years, except maybe some retro device for the folks who won't/can't keep up. Most of us neophiles will have moved on. - iTad
We'll just have to wait and see. - iTad
Tad, I really don't want or need a bigger screen, and it really is important that I can fit into my pocket. I don't want a tablet, at all. Pico projectors will be interesting. Wearable displays (glasses and later contact lenses) will also be interesting. Tablets will be a complete snoozefest. - Jason Wehmhoener
Jason, for me it depends on how long the transitional period from tablet to wearable or screens-everywhere will be. I think that the killer feature of the tablets is going to be as a complete replacement for paper. If I can't read magazine, etc and take notes on it, maybe it won't be so awesome. The iPhone form factor is just too small for that. - iTad
You missed a T Cristo. ;P GTTTCT - iTad
oh, you think paper displays are coming. That sort of changes the definition of tablet. I have been following paper display tech, and I don't think it's on the horizon. Expensive, fragile, and low fidelity. No thanks. - Jason Wehmhoener
In its role as a paper replacement I see tablets sticking around for quite a while. I do think, though that once we can have full-on wearable augmented reality we'll drop the tablet as our primary screen. - iTad
No - not a paper display, but the tablet should replace most of the functions we currently have for paper - at least for reading/note taking. - iTad
At least I don't see actual paper displays coming within 5 years... Who knows though... - iTad
Embedded, baby, that's where we're heading --- subcutaneous! - Thom Kennon
I agree that a paper-like display/input device would be very cool. I also think it's unlikely to arrive before we move on to better things. - Jason Wehmhoener
Hell no Cristo - I'll be floating in nanofog. :P - iTad
LOL - iTad
I suspect you are right, mainly because by the time I get a smartphone, everyone else will be moving on to something else. - John (bird whisperer)
Fwd: Overcoming Aging | The singularity and the Methuselarity: similarities and differences | - (via
Fwd: Overcoming Aging | The singularity and the Methuselarity: similarities and differences | - (via
Steven Perez
Caster Semenya and the postgendered future | Blog | Futurismic -
"The IAAF has already admitted that Semenya is not at fault here. This is not a doping issue. According to the IAAF, “These tests do not suggest any suspicion of deliberate misconduct but seek to assess the possibility of a potential medical condition which would give Semenya an unfair advantage over her competitors. There is no automatic disqualification of results in a case like this.” Their decision will be an important one because it will determine whether or not intersexed persons will be able to compete against regular males and females. If they rule that Semenya cannot compete, the IAAF will essentially be saying that there are some ‘natural’ physical conditions that have to be sanctioned against. [...] it may also set a precedent for a prohibition against the deliberate blurring of male and female traits for competitive advantage. It’s not unreasonable to suggest that some professional athletes — women in particular– may willingly adopt traits of the opposite sex to give them... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Sparky, lurking
Homework Assignments From Our Transhumanist Future -
Homework Assignments From Our Transhumanist Future
Homework Assignments From Our Transhumanist Future
Homework Assignments From Our Transhumanist Future
Jason Wehmhoener
Memristor minds: The future of artificial intelligence - tech - 08 July 2009 - New Scientist (via @chris23) -
Memristor minds: The future of artificial intelligence - tech - 08 July 2009 - New Scientist (via @chris23)
"In 1971, Leon Chua had that feeling. A young electronics engineer with a penchant for mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, he was fascinated by the fact that electronics had no rigorous mathematical foundation. So like any diligent scientist, he set about trying to derive one. And he found something missing: a fourth basic circuit element besides the standard trio of resistor, capacitor and inductor. Chua dubbed it the "memristor". The only problem was that as far as Chua or anyone else could see, memristors did not actually exist. Except that they do. Within the past couple of years, memristors have morphed from obscure jargon into one of the hottest properties in physics. They've not only been made, but their unique capabilities might revolutionise consumer electronics. More than that, though, along with completing the jigsaw of electronics, they might solve the puzzle of how nature makes that most delicate and powerful of computers - the brain." - Jason Wehmhoener from Bookmarklet
Jason Wehmhoener
Electronics 'missing link' united with rest of the family - tech - 14 September 2009 - New Scientist -
"In the 18 months since the "missing link of electronics" was discovered in Hewlett-Packard's laboratories in Silicon Valley, California, memristors have spawned a hot new area of physics and raised hope of electronics becoming more like brains. Now the same team have upgraded a standard silicon chip with a layer of memristors to show that the novel component can play nicely with existing computing hardware. That suggests it may not be long before they reach the market. And that in turn is good news for manufacturers, who need to find a new way to keep computer power growing: the methods that have shrunk computers in recent years look to have reached their limits." - Jason Wehmhoener from Bookmarklet
Jason Wehmhoener
Karl Deisseroth discusses the development and application of optogenetics (via @chris23) -
"Karl Deisseroth has developed optogenetics, a technology that uses light to control millisecond-precision activity patterns in genetically defined cell types within the brains of freely moving mammals. His group is now extending this technology to probe the dynamics of neural circuits in health and disease." - Jason Wehmhoener from Bookmarklet
Jason Wehmhoener
Digital Contacts Will Keep an Eye on Your Vital Signs | Gadget Lab | (via @chris23) -
Digital Contacts Will Keep an Eye on Your Vital Signs | Gadget Lab | (via @chris23)
Digital Contacts Will Keep an Eye on Your Vital Signs | Gadget Lab | (via @chris23)
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"First and foremost, safety is a prime concern with a device that comes in contact with the eye. To ensure the lens is safe to wear, the group has been testing prototypes on live rabbits (pictured to the right), who have successfully worn the lenses for 20 minutes at a time with no adverse effects. However, the lens must undergo much more testing before gaining approval from the Food and Drug Administration. A fundamental challenge this contact lens will face is the task of tracking the human eye, said Blair MacIntyre, an associate professor and director of the augmented environments lab at Georgia Tech College of Computing. MacIntyre is not involved in the contact lens product, but he helped develop an augmented-reality zombie shooter game." - Jason Wehmhoener from Bookmarklet
I would volunteer to test these out! - Robert Couture
Fwd: Q&A: Nick Bostrom on the Future of Human Enhancement - TIME - (via
Fwd: Q&A: Nick Bostrom on the Future of Human Enhancement - TIME -,8599,1921027,00.html?iid=digg_share (via
Could a Solar-Hydrogen Economy Supply All our Energy Needs? : TreeHugger -
Could a Solar-Hydrogen Economy Supply All our Energy Needs? : TreeHugger
""There is so much solar that all you have to do is invest in the non-recurring cost of more dishes to drive a solar-hydrogen economy at whatever efficiency it happens to sit at. I show in my paper that if you do this you come out cheaper than nuclear and you take up less than 8% of the world's desert area. ... So let's begin now, what are we waiting for?"" - iTad from Bookmarklet
We're waiting to extract all the oil it'll take to make the dishes. - Anthony Citrano
do you by any chance know how they clean those "non-recurring cost" mirrors from dust (=degrading performance)? - earlyadopter
As far as I can tell they use a lot of water to clean them, which, in the desert, is definitely sub-optimal. What makes a lot more sense is a distributed power grid made up of small photovoltaic systems on all homes and business with sufficient exposure to justify the cost. - Jason Wehmhoener
Plenty of places in the desert have huge underground aquifers. We'd be screwed here in Phoenix without ours. Also, once the plants are up and running they can condense the existing water out of the atmosphere. I don't think that water is a big obstacle. I agree that pretty much ALL buildings should generate power. I also think that huge solar plants in the Arizona desert make a lot of sense too. I'll even go so far as to call it a national defense issue - it should be a critical priority for the nation. - iTad from fftogo
photovoltaic known to have some problems with EROEI , to start with... leave alone questionable toxic chemical production processes. - A. T.
Jason Wehmhoener
First-ever calculation performed on optical quantum computer chip -
First-ever calculation performed on optical quantum computer chip
"A primitive quantum computer that uses single particles of light (photons) whizzing through a silicon chip has performed its first mathematical calculation. This is the first time a calculation has been performed on a photonic chip and it is major step forward in the quest to realise a super-powerful quantum computer." - Jason Wehmhoener from Bookmarklet
Actually, "The chip takes four photons that carry the input for the calculation, it then implements a quantum programme (Shor’s algorithm) to find the prime factors of 15, and outputs the answer - 3 and 5." - Jason Wehmhoener
Jason Wehmhoener
BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Quantum computer slips onto chips -
BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Quantum computer slips onto chips
"Researchers have devised a penny-sized silicon chip that uses photons to run Shor's algorithm - a well-known quantum approach - to solve a maths problem. The algorithm computes the two numbers that multiply together to form a given figure, and has until now required laboratory-sized optical computers. This kind of factoring is the basis for a wide variety of encryption schemes." - Jason Wehmhoener from Bookmarklet
Jason Wehmhoener
Nanoelectronic Transistor Combined With Biological Machine Could Lead To Better Electronics -
Nanoelectronic Transistor Combined With Biological Machine Could Lead To Better Electronics
"Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have devised a versatile hybrid platform that uses lipid-coated nanowires to build prototype bionanoelectronic devices. Mingling biological components in electronic circuits could enhance biosensing and diagnostic tools, advance neural prosthetics such as cochlear implants, and could even increase the efficiency of future computers. While modern communication devices rely on electric fields and currents to carry the flow of information, biological systems are much more complex. They use an arsenal of membrane receptors, channels and pumps to control signal transduction that is unmatched by even the most powerful computers. " - Jason Wehmhoener from Bookmarklet
Fwd: New Graphene-based, Nano-material Has Magnetic Properties - (via
Fwd: New Graphene-based, Nano-material Has Magnetic Properties - (via
"graphone". nice - Jason Wehmhoener
Fwd: Dual-Screen E-Reader Is Going to Be Awesome, Super Cheap - (via
Fwd: Dual-Screen E-Reader Is Going to Be Awesome, Super Cheap - (via
Oops = just meant to share to the Transhumanist room. - iTad
Fwd: Single molecule, one million times smaller than a grain of sand, pictured for first time | Mail Online - (via
Fwd: Single molecule, one million times smaller than a grain of sand, pictured for first time
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iRobot CEO: Robot nurses to cut health care costs | Crave - CNET -
iRobot CEO: Robot nurses to cut health care costs | Crave - CNET
YouTube - Microsoft's Future Vision 2019 -
YouTube - Microsoft's Future Vision 2019
How much of this do you think will be available in 10 years? The parts that seem the least realistic to me are the giant, transparent video screens.... - iTad from Bookmarklet
I want that phone. And the newspaper. Where's Natal? - Lindsay
Steven Perez
Charlie's Diary: Chrome Plated Jackboots -
"To get to the money shot: transhumanism is going to influence the next century because, unless we are very unlucky indeed, the biotechnology, nanotechnology, and telecommunications industries are going to deliver goods that combine to fundamentally change the human condition. We've seen the tip of the iceberg so far: news stories like this would have been fodder for an SF story twenty or thirty years ago, and this video (playing pong! Using transcranial brain interfaces!) probably still is. But don't be deceived: we're entering strange territory. And what particularly exercises me is the possibility that if we can alter the parameters of the human condition, we can arbitrarily define some people as being better than others — and can make them so. Not all transhumanists have good intentions. Earlier I went on for a while about Italy, home of the Modernist movement in art and birthplace of Fascism. Italy's currently in the grip of a wave of racism and neofascist vigilantism, presided... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"Why does it matter? The whole of our constructed weltanschaung of modernity and enlightenment values and democracy rests on the fundamental axiom that existing human lives are of equivalent value. Back in the bad old days, under the monarchies, in the era of chattel slavery, that wasn't so: some people were worth more than others. Update the vision: if your king (or your slave owner)... more... - Steven Perez
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