“While a few people will benefit from an arm or leg prosthesis, most everyone could benefit from a full body prosthesis. While our bodies will age, or become injured, and fail, the brain is usually viable. There are many advantages of living inside a cyborg shell, but eventually we will probably have the option to get a new human body. Exploring hostile environments, traveling without the need for water, food, exercise, or even gravity. Besides, don't our gravely wounded soldiers and rescue workers deserve the option? We are losing our best minds now, when they can instead continue to contribute to our wealth for much longer.”
“"I'm going to tell you something I probably shouldn't: we may not be able to stop global warming. We need to begin curbing global greenhouse emissions right now, but more than a decade after the signing of the Kyoto Protocol, the world has utterly failed to do so. Unless the geopolitics of global warming change soon, the Hail Mary pass of geoengineering might become our best shot." --Bryan Walsh, Time Magazine, 17 March 2008
There is a simple, very very cheap, and easily reversed way to immediately cool down the Earth: just add a little (more) short-lived sun dimming pollution to the air.
"The alternative (to geoengineering) is the acceptance of a massive natural cull of humanity and a return to an Earth that freely regulates itself but in the hot state." --Dr James Lovelock, August 2008”
“So ETs might have have implanted a message in our DNA, huh? Not, here is the message, but just the possibility they MIGHT have. Stop the presses.
I had a buddy who thought God was communicating to him by the color of passing cars on the road. I told him: you will convince me if he tells you something that you couldn't have known...he never did deliver any content. Stop the presses: God might have talked to a man via the color of cars that pass by him.”
“It is not too late to "save" our planet from environmental damage. You are looking at it from a linear perspective. You need to look at it from an exponential perspective in order to evaluate the situation correctly. There are ground breaking paradigm shifting technologies emerging, and they are just the beginning. LENR is one of those (very very cheap, clean, and super abundant energy, which will allow the design of machines that can literally clean up the environment economically).
Check out this third-party verification of a LENR reactor that will soon hit the market: http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.3913
"Given the deliberately conservative choices made in performing the measurement, we can reasonably state that the E-Cat HT is a non-conventional source of energy which lies between conventional chemical sources of energy and nuclear ones." (i.e. about five orders of magnitude more energy dense than gasoline, and a COP of almost 6).
"LENR has the demonstrated ability to produce excess amounts of energy, cleanly, without hazardous ionizing radiation, without producing nasty waste.” - Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist at NASA Langley Research Center
"Total replacement of fossil fuels for everything but synthetic organic chemistry." --Dr. Joseph M. Zawodny, NASA
“The biggest problem with colonization of space is the inefficient belief that it ought to be a two way ticket. Furthermore, the best adapted to colonize would be people who chose to be cyborgs. Until we solve either the cultural problems or the technical problems, we are stuck.”
Visual intelligence (which previously only animals/humans had), natural language intelligence (which beat the best human players at Jeopardy) and deep learning, situational awareness (self-awareness?), human-like robot frames, plus quantum computers and inexpensive super-computers - all of which exist right now.
The Singularity is within reach - all we need to do is join the parts together. BTW, you gotta watch the first link - it is mind blowing!”
Daemon Process on Jul 31, 2013 at 03:43:45
“Read them, and did not consider them to really reference, intelligence. Only algorithms and feed back mechanisms capable of the mimicry of certain aspects of it.
Which is not the same. And as you would perhaps agree, Jeopardy isn't strictly about intelligence, either.
“The true advantage of quantum computers isn't running artificial intelligence software, but developing superior AI algorithms so it can be ran on inferior platforms. Our nervous system synthesizes sensations so that as they reach the brain they are perceptions, and that is what future proprietary AI algorithms will do. Starting out with an overwhelming amount of data, the algorithms will summarize it, so the AI can detect salient features.
Frankly, it is sort of stupid to think that owners of rare quantum computers will waste processing time running an AI program, when they can be producing very valuable algorithms for more common platforms.”
“Technological progress is exponential, not linear. This is objectified by Moore's Law, which states processing power of microchips doubles every year. Using that metric, within 10 years a microchip will have the processing power of a human brain..
The Singularity is undoubtedly coming - and it will very likely be here sooner than most people think. Exponential change is virtually impossible for most people to imagine. Just like this energy technology is emerging onto the market this year, but nobody knows about it. According to Forbes.com it will mean energy "too cheap to meter." Yet, even people familiar with the evolving story can't comprehend that it is real (too-good-to-be-true):
“First, I totally disagree with Ryan. That being said, it is equally tragic everyone is working with the wrong numbers. Technological progress is exponential, not linear. The beginning of a exponential curve looks linear, and that is why everyone thinks tomorrow will be like today, when instead we are looking at a fundamental change of paradigm from scarcity to abundance.
For example, LENR is hitting the market (already one company is marketing a one megawatt reactor - clean, no radiation or radioactive material in or out, and the energy density of hydrogen is amazing). Here is a primer:
Dec 17, 2012 at 01:00:58
“I know what I am about to tell you is not intuitive, but if you can make it 15 more years, there will probably be medical treatments that will allow you to live SUBSTANTIALLY longer. This is because technology is increasing at an EXPONENTIAL rate. I suggest reading the book "Smart, Strong, and Sexy at 100?"
The most common complaint by pessimists is "where are all the people going to live, and how will we be able to support that level of population?" My answer is that technology is (again) that technology is increasing at an exponential rate, so we are going to shortly change from a paradigm of scarcity (Malthusianism), to a paradigm of abundance. I suggest reading the book "Abundance."
You wouldn't even believe some of the technology that is already in the pipeline (for example, how about a clean energy technology - LENR - that makes hydrogen and nickel over 100,000 times as energy dense as gasoline?). Wish I had more space to tell you the good news (here is my catch phrase): The future is so bright we'll have to wear shades.
By the way, I am Mensa, and a National Master at chess, and pride myself as being very reality oriented. This is just unintuitive, not crazy.”
H P on Dec 18, 2012 at 16:23:54
“My faith is not in technology. Although there will be some technological advancements for sure.. You are smart enough to realize too that we have a lot of non-technological people in power and running things in this country. Because of that whatever advancements we do achieve will be for the wealthy or the 1%.
Genetics, exercise, diet,supplements and organic foods, as much as possible are what I see as the ways to longevity.”
JFaye on Dec 18, 2012 at 00:59:31
“I will live well into my nineties, perhaps reach 100 as the longevity gene is prevalent on my mom's side of the family. Consequently, my focus on living is more about arriving at the threshold and crossing into my senior or elderly years as a healthy and energetic person.”
mzrecycle on Dec 17, 2012 at 07:36:13
“I'm a Physician Assistant. And I've followed the kinds of things that are always listed as leading to a long, healthy life. I've been doing it since my early 20's. There may be "new treatments" coming in the future, but that's a really inefficient way of extending lifespan. And also very expensive. Only the 1% will be able to afford most of them.
I made the decision to live a healthy life long ago. My grandmothers lived to 102 and 98. I saw that I had genes for longevity. But if I was going to live into my 90's and maybe beyond, I wanted to be healthy and functional.
There have been lots of great innovations in surgery and pharmacology. Nothing beats a good lifestyle. And as this article says, even if you didn't start in your 20's, you can still do a "U-y" no matter what your age.”
Dec 7, 2012 at 01:32:00
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“I recommend to everyone the book "Smart, Strong, and Sexy at 100?" If we can make it until mid-century, there is good reason to believe we will have the option of extreme longevity. There is also good reason to believe even if you are decrepit from senescence, science will be able to give you a body of a 30 year old (I know this sounds too-good-to-be-true, but read the book, it isn't as outlandish as it seems).
BTW, I am on the CRdiet, and I just got my health numbers from a company checkup, and they are almost magical. It is true the old saying: Most people dig their graves with their teeth.”
“That is EXACTLY why the Republican party will find it so hard to reform. You claim the the US voting pool is being "inundated with foreign nationals." B.S., that maybe what passes for "facts" in Republican circles, but it is factual nonsense. Your "concern" about Anchor babies is typical, and your predisposition that they might not obey your conscience is exactly what is wrong with the Republican party, and why you will continue to lose lose lose election after election now that we are over the demographic hill.
I pray that the Republicans dance to your tune and try to "fix" birthright citizenship that you think is "inundating" our Country. Good luck with that, and keep the faith buddy.”
“The US has a hard time accepting "yes" in negotiations leading up to war. Furthermore, if you followed the lead up to the 2nd Iraqi war, you will have seen that Bush Jr proclaimed that war was good for the economy. My prediction is that Romney will make the same mistake Bush Jr did (why not, he has the same foreign policy and military advisers as Bush Jr), and try to get into a war with Iran (unbelievable I know, to want war to spur the economy, how stupid).
The American people deserve a terrible war with Iran, setting the Middle East, and particularly the Saudi oil facilities on fire, if they elect Romney.”
since1956 on Oct 22, 2012 at 00:56:40
“I'm sure that all these Bush advisers were in the Rebuplican binder he requested. ;-)”
KimberlyPeacock on Oct 22, 2012 at 00:56:29
“Metal Hydrides.... Think we will every get Afghanistan mining those rare earth metals?”
“Yeah, let's go back to the tried and true methods are grand fathers and their fathers used. Oh that's right, those methods wouldn't fill the growing need of increased production. What I find ironic is that conservatives tend to be pro-GMO as fitting of economic conservatism, whereas social conservationists ought to be opposed to new fangled farming methods.
Bottom line: since GMO food need not be labeled in the US, there is no point to being upset, because you can't control your intake of it. The corporation and our government has already made their decision on the safety of GMOs: full speed ahead, and d@mn the torpedoes.”
FreedomMan on Sep 29, 2012 at 18:50:52
“Pay no attention to the GMO's behind the curtain . . . move on nothing to see here folks.”
HazelPethigFan on Sep 29, 2012 at 14:27:18
“plenty of democrat farmers are proGMO too. Almost all of them are.
“I live next to Bachmann's district, and she's made them a laughing stock. Hope Graves can bring up some of the fanatic far-from-the-center things she's said. Our district has the only Muslim as it's U.S. Representative, so it is weird the contrast.”
v2787 on Sep 10, 2012 at 16:46:48
“Keith Ellison rocks.”
Hythloday on Sep 10, 2012 at 16:44:23
“I didn't know those two districts bordered each other. How in the world does that happen?”
“Obviously, Romney will never get enough Black, Hispanic, Women, or Youth votes to win, so he must enlarge the number of Whites voting for him. If Republicans go that strategy, it is going to be an ugly race, where Republicans write off minorities and go for the Anglo vote. Can you imagine the ads that are going to be coming out in the next few months? Those SuperPacs that support Romney are going to be making commercials that make the Willy Horton ad look tame. Lying about welfare to rile up hard working Whites is just the first volley.”
sacmom3 on Aug 28, 2012 at 02:51:38
“Obama needs to nip this shi$$ in the bud with another smack down ad. Make an ad showing all the campaigns using white fear and how it is still continuing.”
“How is that any different than when every single news source in the country edited Obama's comments to "the private economy is doing fine" without sharing what he said AFTER that! Totally unfair!”
kimmiesm on Jun 19, 2012 at 17:06:38
“Here's what he said:
"The private sector is doing fine. Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government. Oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, Governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don't have the same kind of flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in."
Then he came back later, after Romney called him on it, and stated "it's absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine."
Why would he even say it in the first place if it's clearly NOT fine????”
Jeremy King123 on Jun 19, 2012 at 17:01:31
“totaklly unfair like 53% of people paying income taxes while 47% pay nothing right? ha ha libs...”
Jeff Antone on Jun 19, 2012 at 16:56:27
“because what Obama said "after that"was hours later when he realized he stuck his foot in his mouth.”
jlfliberty on Jun 19, 2012 at 16:55:51
“So two wrongs DO make a right in your view..... Interesting perception that everyone should be corrupt or it's unfair...........”
nomobo on Jun 19, 2012 at 16:55:45
“He did not walk it back until he got hit over the head severely with it, which he should have been.”
sfsneff on Jun 19, 2012 at 16:53:45
“Haha, are you serious? what did he say after that?”
Apr 25, 2012 at 00:38:10
“I wish GZ gets a fair trial. 2nd degree murder seems an prosecutor overreach that could help GZ. Above all I want justice for TM, but not at the cost of injustice. I predict GZ does not get found guilty of 2nd degree murder, and if he doesn't wimp out and agree to a plea bargain on a lesser charge there will be a big riot upon his acquittal. Shame on some in the news media for being at the head of a virtual lynch mob. Furthermore, some think that TM would have been justified assaulting GZ, and/or GZ would have still been at fault even if he was being assaulted by TM. IT IS NOT OK TO ASSAULT SOMEONE WHO IS SIMPLY FULFILLING THE ROLE OF NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PATROL.”
“The following will be a big boon to farmers and allow us to cut greenhouse gas emissions dramatically at the same time. Also, the .tTotal replacement of fossil fuels for everything but synthetic organic chemistry:
Here is a PowerPoint presentation by George Miley of the University of Illinois who has successfully replicated the LENR "cold fusion" reaction: https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/mragheb/www/NPRE%20498ES%20Energy%20Storage%20Systems/Nuclear%20Battery%20using%20Clusters%20in%20Nanomaterials.pptx
“When the invention defies the laws of thermodynamics, all true scientists stop listening. You cannot get energy from nowhere, and you can't get fusion at near room temperature. If you could, it A) Would have been discovered and implemented years ago, and B) would have occured in nature. Since neither are true, all this BS is false.”
ThinkCreeps on Dec 15, 2011 at 09:37:49
“Hey dude - look at these bridges - they're all new. Only $100m. Quick. Snap 'em up now!”
maslin on Dec 15, 2011 at 05:02:57
Generally, when the 'inventor' of a 'free energy' device has also spent some time in prison for fraud, that's a red flag.
When said inventor's patent application is rejected because it does not explain how it works or offer any theory to explain why it might work, that's another red flag.
When the much-touted demos feature a black box that no one is allowed to look inside of, that's another red flag.
Three red flags is enough to trigger the BS call.”
“It is true that cultural norms associated with the Abrahamic religions will no doubt be in conflict with those of Transhumanism (and Libertarianism). On the other hand, Transhumanism would be better served by a Technocracy, rather than a limited state. Frankly, I would feel much more comfortable with a government seal of approval for any new technology, rather than a buyer's beware.”