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Published on Nov 5, 2013, by the Singularity University channel:
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Published by National Geographic on Jan 30, 2014:
Ultrathin slices of mouse brains offer a mesmerizing look at how brain cells communicate at the tiniest scale. This research may offer clues about how the dance of our own synapses guides and animates us.
Explore more secrets of the brain online in National Geographic magazine:
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ANIMATIONS AND 3-D RENDERINGS: Jason Treat, Kurt Mutchler, Bryan Christie, Joe Lertola, and the Harvard SEAS Connectome Group: Jeff Lichtman, Seymour Knowles-Barley, Narayanan Kasthuri, Verena Kaynig-Fittkau, Mike Roberts, Amelio Vázquez-Reina, Bjoern Andres, Daniel Berger, Thouis R. Jones, Eric Miller, Hanspeter Pfister, Sebastian Seung (MIT), Richard Schalek, Kenneth Hayworth, and Juan-Carlos Tapia
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FM-2030: Are You A Transhuman?
FM-2030, born Fereidoun M. Esfandiary, changed his name to FM-2030 because he felt that conventional names “define a person’s past – ancestry, ethnicity, nationality, religion. I am not who I was ten years ago and certainly not who I will be in twenty years.” He believed that in the year 2030, humanity would be ageless – immortal.
FM-2030 was an optimistic futurist. His strong convictions around immortality were accompanied by his belief that in the future, as technology strengthens, the world will become a more abundant place. He believed that if humanity were rid of its primal “survival emotions” (inherent through our fragile mortality but dismissible through the acceleration of technology) we could become more accepting, loving, and peaceful. In his writing, his technological predictions were quite prescient – some of his early predictions include the widespread use of bionics, smartphones, telemedicine and telebanking.
This video features real audio of FM recorded at UCLA in 1994, six years prior to his death from pancreatic cancer. Since 2000, FM has been cryogenically suspended, per his wishes, at Alcor Life Extension Foundation in hopes that someday soon, we’ll have the technology to reanimate him.
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The above video was published by Amazon on Dec 1, 2013. On the same day, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his new R&D project on “60 Minutes” in an interview with Charlie Rose. Watch it to witness what it’s like to stay on the edge:
Think of the name Buckminster Fuller, and you may think of a few oddities of mid-twentieth-century design for living: the Dymaxion House, theDymaxion Car, the geodesic dome. But these artifacts represent only a small fragment of Fuller’s life and work as a self-styled “comprehensive anticipatory design scientist.” In his decades-long project of developing and furthering his worldview — an elaborate humanitarian framework involving resource conservation, applied geometry, and neologisms like “tensegrity,” “ephemeralization,” and “omni-interaccommodative” — the man wrote over 30 books, registered 28 United States patents, and kept a diary documenting his every fifteen minutes. These achievements and others have made Fuller the subject of at least four documentaries and numerous books, articles, and papers, but now you can hear all about his thoughts, acts, experiences, and times straight from the source in the 42-hour lecture series Everything I Know, available to download at the Internet Archive. Though you’d perhaps expect it of someone whose journals stretch to 270 feet of solid paper, he could really talk.
In January 1975, Fuller sat down to deliver the twelve lectures that make upEverything I Know, all captured on video and enhanced with the most exciting bluescreen technology of the day. Props and background graphics illustrate the many concepts he visits and revisits, which include, according to the Buckminster Fuller Institute, “all of Fuller’s major inventions and discoveries,” “his own personal history in the context of the history of science and industrialization,” and no narrower a range of subjects than “architecture, design, philosophy, education, mathematics, geometry, cartography, economics, history, structure, industry, housing and engineering.” In his time as a passenger on what he called Spaceship Earth, Fuller realized that human progress need not separate the “natural” from the “unnatural”: “When people say something is natural,” he explains in the first lecture (embedded above as a YouTube video above), ”‘natural’ is the way they found it when they checked into the picture.” In these 42 hours, you’ll learn all about how he arrived at this observation — and all the interesting work that resulted from it.
The Unexpected Source That Inspired Whole Foods, Apple’s Sleek Design and The White Album
excerpted from the Huff Post “The Third Metric,” Nov 20, 2013:
Mindfulness and meditation are some of the most popular practices among leaders in fields as disparate as business and the arts. But even before meditation entered the mainstream, a few public figures quietly credited the practice with their greatest ideas and successes.
Research has demonstrated that meditation can in fact boost focus and creativity. A2011 study found meditation to boost both divergent thinking, which helps new ideas to be generated, and convergent thinking, which is linked with effective problem-solving. With more and more research proving meditation’s extensive cognitive benefits, increasing numbers of artists, writers, musicians, athletes and business innovators are turning to the practice to tap into their deepest creative potential.
“Ideas are like fish,” the filmmaker David Lynch wrote in “Catching the Big Fish,” a book on meditation and creativity. “If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”
Here are six brilliant ideas and institutions that came about as a result of meditation. (more…)
Published on Nov 5, 2013 by British Institute of Posthuman Studies
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We investigate three dominant areas of transhumanism: super longevity, super intelligence and super wellbeing, and briefly cover the ideas of thinkers Aubrey de Grey, Ray Kurzweil and David Pearce.
PostHuman: An Introduction to Transhumanism is the first of our planned video series on transhumanism, titled PostHuman.
Written by: Peter Brietbart and Marco Vega
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Animation Script: Mihai Badic and Peter Brietbart
Narrated by: Holly Hagan-Walker
Music and SFX: Steven Gamble
Design Assistant: Melita Pupsaite
Additional Animation: Nicholas Temple
Other Contributors: Callum Round, Asifuzzaman Ahmed, Steffan Dafydd, Ben Kokolas
Special Thanks: David Pearce, Dino Kazamia, Ana Sandoiu, Dave Gamble, Tom Davis, Aidan Walker, Hani Abusamra, Keita Lych