The quest for humans to live forever is elegantly laid out in “The Immortalists,” a new documentary making its away around the film festival circuit. The Immortalists follows the triumphs and tragedies of three years in the lives of William H. Andrews and Aubrey de Grey, two men who prove just as interesting as the work they’re doing. The Immortalists is really a film about death, not life, which is what makes it so fascinating. The goal of Andrews and de Grey is not merely to extend life, but to actually reverse the aging process. “Once we are really truly repairing things as fast as they go wrong, game over,” de Grey says in the film. “We will have the ability to live indefinitely.”
Computing devices still outnumber the people on this planet, but less than 40% of the global population has access to the Internet. Data is a costly commodity in many parts of the world. The Outernet is a plan to bridge the global information divide.
Marcus T Anthony, PhD, is Director of MindFutures. He refers to himself as a futurist, intuitive and life alignment coach. He is the author of Discover Your Soul Template and his website is www.marcustanthony.com. Some time ago I picked up a copy of John Brockman’s This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape the Future. The volume contains a […]
Just in case Hallowe’en didn’t quite meet your expectations this year, check this out: a rogue gang of mutant malware that can take over your computer, reconfigure it, delete your data at will (its will), and talk to its buddies that have taken over other computers, without having to rely on such Neanderthal inconveniences as Ethernet connections, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or even power cords. Your worst AI nightmare come true ……..
Ray Kurzweil’s 2006 book The Singularity is Near pointed to the date of 2045 as a theoretical date when computer intelligence will surpass that of humans to such an extent that humans become practically redundant. He also asserted that it would be a point where humans who are willing to merge with increasingly intelligent machines could “transcend biology.”
Ray Kurzweil discusses the future of brain implants and the tangled hierarchies that make up the human mind.
The Hyperloop, a “cross between Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table,” will deliver passengers between US cities faster than the speed of sound.
If you’ve ever had a broken limb, you know how unpleasant a cast can be. They’re bulky, uncomfortable and are basically a blank canvas for embarrassing sketches from your friends. But the plaster and fiberglass variety is also cheap and, frankly, good enough to not prompt much investment in innovation.
As we rapidly approach the 100 year anniversary of the Federal Reserve (signed into law on December 23, 1913) and the 16th amendment (ushering in that IRS favorite – the income tax) a question arises: what was life like a century ago?
The future of year-round farming could lie not in farms, but in huge warehouses lit with an eerie pink light, researchers have claimed. Researchers have found that tomatoes grown around LED lights in the winter can significantly reduce greenhouse energy costs without sacrificing yield – and say the technique could change the way farming works.
Google is opening a new research lab to see if a quantum computer can solve problems too taxing for traditional computers.
This prospect raises rather profound questions about our current health entitlements. First, will the kinds of technological interventions that permit such extraordinary gains in life expectancy, such as gene therapy, organ replacement etc., be included as mandatory “essential health benefits” covered by Obamacare? Medicaid? Medicare? Given their obvious contribution to adding years to life, it would be hard to imagine policymakers denying such coverage. What we do not (and perhaps cannot) know is what the relative cost of such procedures/ technology will be as it becomes more ubiquitous.
In February 2012, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek decided to go public with a strange and, he worried, somewhat embarrassing idea. Impossible as it seemed, Wilczek had developed an apparent proof of “time crystals” which could demonstrate a special form of perpetual motion.