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transforming retail…

augmented-realityNO MORE MALLS: 5 DISRUPTIVE TECHS TRANSFORMING RETAIL

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Posted on SingularityHub on 06/12/14 8:00 AM

Five technologies are converging to transform the retail shopping experience forever.

This is big. This isn’t Amazon, it’s Amazon x100. Very social, very local and very efficient.

This will impact multiple industries.

Though it applies to other retail, the example I’ll share in this email is clothes shopping — specifically, a new approach that will give you back massive amounts of time in your life and make the experience fun, fast and super-personalized.

Gone are the wasted hours in dressing rooms or combing through racks and finding nothing in your preferred size or style.

The five converging technologies are:
1. 3D imaging
2. Body-motion sensors
3. Virtual reality headsets
4. Virtual worlds
5. Big data & AI

Let me give you a glimpse of the future.

Of course this doesn’t just hit clothing. It hits every element related to retail, like buildings, labor and transportation.

First, let’s look at the experience, and then we’ll examine the tech behind it.

THE FUTURE RETAIL EXPERIENCE
Here’s one future of clothes shopping…

You won’t drive to a store. Ever.

Eventually, clothing stores will go away, dematerialized and significantly demonetized — just like Amazon has done to most bookstores.

Your body is scanned and the data file is private. It’s your exact body on that exact day. (more…)

the time of rapidly accelerated change…

Published on Nov 5, 2013, by the Singularity University channel:
Humanity Has Entered An Era Of Rapidly Accelerated Change. Singularity University offers programs and conferences that teach businesses and individuals how to deal with this rapid change. Don’t be left behind. Turn rapid technological change into an opportunity, use it to solve the world’s biggest problems

Learn more about our programs at http://singularityu.org or send an email to getinfo@singularityu.org

a glimpse of the future?

I saw this movie a few nights ago. A fun experience, feeding my curiosity and excitement about however consciousness will unfold.

science fiction…or the future?

Many thanks to Ellen Bloss of Raw Media Network/Raw Digital for submitting this  post.

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.

ABOUT THE GALACTIC PUBLIC ARCHIVES:

The Galactic Public Archives is a video series featuring interviews with various visionaries, scientists, inventors, etc. that delves into many subjects relating to our future and how technology will alter all aspects of society. See more GPA videos at Vimeo.com/GalacticPublicArchives.

singularity and the future of now…

From Synchronicity.org:

Singularity and the Future of Now
A Modern Spiritual Perspective

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm EST and rebroadcast at 9:00 pm EST

A free webcast for people who want to make a difference

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A recording will be available for later viewing for 30 days following the event for a fee of $25. Synchronicity TV subscribers will receive the webcast recording as part of their monthly subscription.

It’s Not About When, It’s About Who

The Singularity is a term many people have heard but few understand. It’s been used to describe a moment in our near future when known scientific laws break down, when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence. The two big questions are: when will this happen and will mankind survive?

But there’s a very different way to view this phenomenon. From a modern spiritual perspective, the Singularity is already here. Consciousness creates itself newly in each moment. Now, now and now… consciousness is evolving, and it includes both biology and technology.

This webinar explores the Singularity archetype, not as a future happening but as a present moment experience. You’ve already glimpsed it. Do you want to live it?

Quantum physics has become popular through films like What the Bleep, and increasing numbers of people who would never describe themselves as “scientific” are exploring novel concepts of reality and learning that it’s not what we were taught and told, and it’s not what we thought.

Imagine gaining a deep understanding of the way things really are. What a profound difference this could make in your life… to truly know, to feel confident that what’s happening makes sense!

It does make sense, including every crazy bit of this world and our lives, but only from a perspective beyond time. This webinar will help you shift from ego time – where everything is separate and sequential (and out of your control), to universal time – where everything is one and simultaneous (and you are part of that which is in control).

Nothing could be more practical. This change will affect every aspect of your life in every moment of every day. As for the future and concerns about predictions of machines taking over, etc., you’ll learn why this is laughable. You’ll also discover the inevitable, that the human species as we know it is in its final chapter.

We stand on the precipice of a new chapter, a union of biology and technology, and no one can predict what this will look like. However, increasing numbers of people are already experiencing what it feels like.

The Singularity is a present-moment phenomenon. Join us for this webinar, exploring the future of now.

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon founded the Synchronicity Foundation in 1983 to modernize spiritual experience for the challenging times in which we live. Creator of High-Tech Meditation and author of “Forgiving the Unforgivable” and four other books, Master Charles offers a radically novel perspective that empowers individuals to abandon the wheel of time and live freely in the here and now.

 Webcast Features:

  • The Singularity Archetype: how to access this archetypal pattern to break free from cultural conditioning.
  • Time No More: how to shift from future fear to present peace.
  • Inner Technology: making your connection to the power of the stars.
  • The Evolution of Consciousness: why the future is something to look forward to, not fear, and experience differently… right now!
  • From isolation to community: Egoic separation creates fear. Source-centered unification is joyful.
  • The Union of Biology and Technology: Humans are evolving as dramatically as technology. The streams are merging…
  • The Real Revolution: it’s already happening in consciousness and everyone is involved.

Singularity and the Future of Now
A Modern Spiritual Perspective

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm EST and rebroadcast at 9:00 pm EST

A free webcast for people who want to make a difference

A recording will be available for later viewing for 30 days following the event for a fee of $25. Synchronicity TV subscribers will receive the webcast recording as part of their monthly subscription.

Register-Now

is your cell phone smarter than you are?

Posted in Empower Network by Celeste Smucker, June 23, 2012:

What is the Singularity and how will it affect you?

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The Singularity is the joining of biology and technology to create artificial intelligence (AI) which is smarter than human beings and which can therefore have a major impact on us and our planet. According to the Singularity Institute scientists have been predicting since at least 1965 that AI would move beyond a certain threshold and start changing things for the better big time. Of course we can all also imagine a sci fi horror show in which AI takes over the world commandeering scarce resources for some nefarious purpose and ending human life as we know it.

Is any of this reality and if so what is our role in creating a future in which a positive outcome prevails?

For centuries Masters have taught that there is a universal intelligence which is always evolving, creating itself anew in every moment. As human beings we are participants in this process, which we might call creating the  future of now  But will we be able to keep up with these changes that can have such a huge impact on our lives and our planet? As we begin to grasp the enormity of this  technology, will we be able to find ways to live responsibly in the midst of so much change?

So back to your cell phone. Just how smart is it…and more importantly how much smarter could it get? Today most of us take smartphones and other information processing devices such as tablets and iPads for granted, and yet if the Singularity folks are correct, the power in one of them may soon exceed our brain’s ability to process information. So here’s the real question…(drum roll please)…if the device is smarter than we are, is it also self aware?  Is it more self-aware than we are or could be…in which case could it take over the planet?

Here’s another possibility. Maybe there’s a way to use this technology to augment our brains…in other words make us smart enough to keep up with our phones.  Futurists predict scientists may develop information processing chips the size of a blood cell, which can be implanted in our brains. As human beings at the cutting edge of consciousness, this breakthrough could greatly increase our level of self-awareness, and if so will we be happier and more self-fulfilled as a result? Let’s hope so!

Here’s another possibility. While potential for these kinds of technologies is huge, some may be specifically designed to help human beings  access  universal intelligence in more subtle dimensions of reality…in other words they may help us tap into our intuition more effectively. Not only would that be great but it might even make cell phones obsolete!

Another question, how long would you like to live?

The new technologies could also help extend the quantity and quality if human life. And there are experts who say some of these life enhancing technologies are already available raising  the question of how we access them. If we do so, will we successfully find ways to allow this powerful technology to contribute to a greatly improved quality of life? After all, if we’re going to live longer, it would be good to have it all be a quality experience rather than extended years in a nursing home.

The great wisdom traditions teach us that we measure evolution in the quality of life  by how much we increase our self-awareness. Let us hope that as the Singularity becomes reality, we will be able, with our limited brains, to keep pace, so that we are not overwhelmed by this artificial intelligence but rather are able to live longer, richer and fuller lives. Meanwhile…keep a close eye on your cell phone and don’t let it get out of hand!

Celeste

P.S.  For those of you who are intrigued by these questions and want more info, visit the Singularity Institute website. Also check out this great 4 day retreat coming up July 19-22, 2012, at Synchronicity Foundation near Charlottesville, VA. The  questions raised here and many more will be explored by Synchronicity’s founder and spiritual director, Master Charles Cannon. Known as the Electronic Mystic and High-Tech Guru, Master Charles is a visionary who focuses on the leading edge of consciousness as it creates the future of itself. His insights on the Singularity and the coming changes will astound you.

Visit the Synchronicity Foundation website, or call 757-644-3400 for more information.

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