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Elon Musk’s New Company Will Merge the Human Brain with a Machine

By Anon.Dos | We Are Anonymous

Elon Musk is set to be the Tony Stark of the real world. From settling a colony on Mars to Hyper Loop trains, Musk refuses to stop. Most recently, another revolutionary idea of his is to merge man and machine together.

In the past, Elon Musk has shared his visions about technological advancements, one being a neural lace – a special unit for your body so it can be programmed to accomplish its tasks. Now, it seems, Musk intends to build this through a company called Neuralink.

The entrepreneur, who is constantly trying to make the world a better place, confirmed with The Wall Street Journal the unveiling of the project on March 28.

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Image Source: Google Image – Musk and President Barack Obama at the Falcon 9 launch site seven years ago.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Musk’s new company, registered in California, is a research company specializing in human biology and related technology. But with little information circulating the internet, people are curious about his new project.

For now, the plain and simple theme of a computer linked to the brain is the main gist of his tweets. Moreover, Musk has discussed how humans are becoming semi-cyborgs with small chips, artificial eyes and many other biotechnological advancements being installed into their bodies.

In one recent interview, Musk suggested we’re linked to everything that has an on and off switch, restricting the human interference in these boundaries by having to touch things.

Musk wishes to find a way of bonding biotechnology with the human body so that humans can go beyond the constraints of the I/O technology – so direct metal interface can be achieved.

Questions have been raised as to whether surgery would be required to attach such a device onto the human body. Musk stated that the bounding of the biotechnology will not require surgery, however will work by going through blood vessels because of their complete network of nerve cells around them.

Once the human brains are implanted with the latest advancements, Musk said, the technology may allow future scientists to save humans from becoming dull, making our brains more powerful.

“It is a really extremely cool company and I cannot wait to tell you about it. I was given the low-down about it earlier this month and have been rapid-fire learning ever since. A turn out the brain is obnoxiously not simple. But do not worry, there is a deadline,” stated website Wait But Why.


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Big Breakthrough MIT Physicists Create an ‘Impossible’ New Form of Matter

By Alexa Erickson | Collective Evolution

Objects that take up space and have mass are considered matter, which means that everything around you is made up of matter, including yourself and the sandwich in your hand.

Sound like the beginning of a lecture from your childhood science textbook? That’s because we’ve been taught that matter as we know it is as fundamental and broad as this.

But new research reveals that maybe “matter” isn’t so set in stone.

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have produced a brand new form of matter called a supersolid. Until this creation, physicists had an idea supersolids might be possible, but hadn’t analyzed them in the laboratory.

A supersolid combines the properties of solids with those of superfluids.

To create it, the team of researchers used lasers to manipulate a superfluid gas called a Bose-Einstein condensate into a quantum phase of matter that has a rigid structure like a solid, but is able to flow with viscosity, like a superfluid.

This phase of matter, entirely contradictory, could provide valuable information currently unknown regarding superfluids and superconductors. Such insights could help improve technologies like superconducting magnets and sensors, as well as efficient energy transport.

“It is counterintuitive to have a material which combines superfluidity and solidity,” explained team leader Wolfgang Ketterle, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics at MIT. “If your coffee was superfluid and you stirred it, it would continue to spin around forever.”

The researchers used a combination of laser cooling and evaporative cooling methods co-developed by Ketterle to cool atoms of sodium to nanokelvin temperatures. Atoms of sodium, called bosons, were cooled to near absolute zero, which caused them to form a superfluid state of dilute gas known as Bose-Einstein condensate, or BEC.

“The challenge was now to add something to the BEC to make sure it developed a shape or form beyond the shape of the ‘atom trap,’ which is the defining characteristic of a solid,” says Ketterle, who co-discovered BECs.

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The 10 Biggest Dangers Posed By Future Technology

Source: CS Globe

It’s not easy predicting the future of technology. In the fifties it seemed a pretty much foregone conclusion that by 2015 we would all be commuting to the moon in our flying cars.

Yet here we are, still making a living on earth and still driving around on four wheels.

Today, predicting the direction in which technology is heading is a lot easier than it was 65 years ago.

Unfortunately, these advancements don’t always have the potential to benefit mankind, sometimes the opposite is true.

Is our way of life, or indeed all of humanity, at risk from these dangers?

Or are these predictions just as outlandish as those made in 1950?

The Total Loss Of Privacy

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There are plenty of people who would argue that this isn’t a problem posed by future technology, but one which is already here. After the recent revelations that Samsung’s range of new smart TVs may be recording users private conversations and sharing the details with third parties, the fear that our home appliances may be spying on us is becoming less sci-fi paranoia and more a real concern.

So where will this end? Will the rush to embrace the digital era mean us waving goodbye to our privacy forever? The worry is that a day may come where every single aspect of our lives is monitored and recorded by governments who want to know what we’re up to, conglomerates investigating our spending habits, or even banks making sure we aren’t living above our means.

The often repeated line from those wishing to take our privacy away from us is that it is for our own protection. That if we’re so concerned about our privacy, then we must have something to hide; so stop closing the bathroom door when you go to the toilet, it makes you look suspicious.

A Permanent Digital Connection To The Workplace

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Those of a certain age may remember a time when standard working hours consisted of Monday through Friday, 9 to 5. When you got home, work was mostly forgot about until the next day or after the weekend; it’s now pretty rare to find any occupation where this is still the case. As society as a whole becomes even more connected, we can expect work to intrude ever more into our home and family lives.

How would this be a danger? For a start there’s the possibility of companies ruling every aspect of an employees life, knowing where they are and what they’re doing at any given time. There’s also the potential workaholic lifestyle stifling human creativity. Even today most Americans spend an extra day a week working after hours, this is only like to increase in the future, leading to a multitude of health (death from overworking isn’t uncommon) and social problems.

All Data Becoming Digital

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There are people alive today who have never seen a VHS tape, all they’ve ever known is the digital era of data storage. Even what was once the most popular ways of recording information, on paper and on printed photographs, is becoming less popular, thanks to the speed and simplicity their digital alternatives offer.

What possible dangers could arise from continuing this trend of data storage? Well there’s the risk of increasingly advanced technology becoming incompatible with today’s hardware. This is something we’re seeing now with data which was stored on cassette and floppy disks in the eighties. There’s also the danger of the all the hard drives being wiped – it can be a lot easier to delete some digital data than destroy the physical version. And what if, far into the future, kids are taught to type instead of write? Will pencils and pens disappear completely? Could the next DaVinci’s tools be a mouse instead of a paintbrush?

Having A Totally Machine Based Workforce

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Advancements in technology have always posed the risk of creating machines that do the jobs of humans. Manufacturing jobs in particular are often one of the most at risk areas.

With new advances in the field of robotics being made every day, it has been estimated that nearly half of all US jobs will be vulnerable to computerization within the next 20 years.

Previous employment areas which were once considered ‘human only’ are now being taken over by machines. Twenty years ago a self-checkout machine was thought impossible, now there are almost half a million worldwide, enabling one member of staff to run up to six checkout lanes at a time.

With AI becoming ever more advanced, there may come a time when computers are able to do jobs which requires human decision making. With automatic cars also just around the corner, will the sole job for humans in the future be the repair and maintenance of the machines which took their jobs? Or at least until a device is invented that can do that as well.

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Exercise AND Wash Laundry With This Amazing Eco-Friendly Bicycle

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Amanda Froelich | True Activist

Chores, chores, chores. Some days, it feels like the list is never-ending, and the motivation to accomplish the mundane tasks depleted.

But now, thanks to an invention designed by students in China, you can check exercise and laundry washing off your to-do list.

The Bike Washing Machine (or BiWa, as the students have dubbed it) is a human-powered washing machine that encourages you to multitask and conserve water while boosting your fitness in a fun, efficient way.

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The innovative bike – which has not yet hit markets – was designed by students at Dalian Nationalities University in China.

The pedals help spin and rotate the front wheel, which is actually a clothing drum. And, any excess energy created by burning off calories is used to power a display screen that keeps the cyclist aware of the wash cycle’s progress.

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When your kids or your hubby have excess energy to burn off, have them cycle, too, as excess energy can be stored for a subsequent use.

The most common complaint today is that people just ‘don’t have enough time.’ This neat invention not only frees up extra minutes, it inspires you to get active while completing household chores.

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And, for college students and families on a budget, the bike can save money long-term as there are fewer trips to the laundromat as well as less time spent trekking across town.

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The United Nations Will Take On ‘Killer Robots’ in 2017

Are fears of AI turning into sinister killing machines, like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character from the “Terminator” films, grounded in facts?
Credit: Warner Bros.

By Glenn McDonald | Live Science

Good news, fellow humans: The United Nations has decided to take on killer robots.

At the international Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva, 123 participating nations voted to initiate official discussions on the danger of lethal autonomous weapons systems. That’s the emerging designation for so-called “killer robots” — weapons controlled by artificial intelligence that can target and strike without human intervention.

The agreement is the latest development in a growing movement calling for an preemptive ban on weaponized A.I. and deadly autonomous weapons. Last year, a coalition of more than 1,000 scientists and industry leaders, including Elon Musk and representatives of Google and Microsoft, signed an official letter to the United Nations demanding action.

The UN decision is significant in that it calls for formal discussions on the issue in 2017. In high-level international deliberations, the move from “informal” to “formal” represents a real step forward, said Stephen Goose, arms director of Human Rights Watch and a co-founder of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

“In essence, they decided to move from the talk shop phase to the action phase, where they are expected to produce a concrete outcome,” Goose said in an email exchange with Seeker.

RELATED: Killer Machines and Sex Robots: Unraveling the Ethics of A.I.

It’s widely acknowledged that military agencies around the world are already developing lethal autonomous weapons. In August, Chinese officials disclosed that the country is exploring the use of A.I. and automation in its next generation of cruise missiles.

“China’s plans for weapons and artificial intelligence may be terrifying, but no more terrifying than similar efforts by the U.S., Russia, Israel, and others,” Goose said. “The U.S. is farther along in this field than any other nation. Most advanced militaries are pursuing ever-greater autonomy in weapons. Killer robots would come in all sizes and shapes, including deadly miniaturized versions that could attack in huge swarms, and would operate from the air, from the ground, from the sea, and underwater.”

The core issue in regard to these weapons systems concerns human agency, Goose said.

“The key thing distinguishing a fully autonomous weapon from an ordinary conventional weapon, or even a semi-autonomous weapon like a drone, is that a human would no longer be deciding what or whom to target and when to pull the trigger,” he said.

“The weapon system itself, using artificial intelligence and sensors, would make those critical battlefield determinations. This would change the very nature of warfare, and not for the betterment of humankind.”

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The Future of Neurotechnology

David Eagleman and Cynthia Sue Larson

David Eagleman and Cynthia Sue Larson

It’s not a matter of IF but WHEN neurotechnology will become reality in our lives. It’s now gearing up in two areas: human enhancement, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Neuro-tech may not yet be a common household word just yet, but it is definitely well on the way. And in fact, now that most of us hold in our hands devices that allow us to access the internet, we already are starting to get a glimpse of how this merging of technology into the way we make choices, communicate, and remember important people and events in our life will feel.

I attended an invigorating open discussion, “The Future of Neurotechnology: Human Intelligence + Artificial Intelligence,” led by neuroscientist David Eagleman and entrepreneur Bryan Johnson at my alma mater, UC Berkeley. The purpose of this talk was to discuss possible directions as we go forward to incorporate advances in neuroscience with those of Artificial Intelligence (AI), with awareness that there will be some degree of synergy between development of advances in human cognitive enhancement and AI.

At this time when venture capitalists are understandably wary about investing in businesses with unproven track records that are operating on the “bleeding edge,” Bryan Johnson explained he invested one hundred million dollars of his own personal money in his company, Kernel, a human intelligence (HI) company to develop the world’s first neuroprosthesis for cognition. Working together with Ted Berger at USC, Johnson is exploring how new technologies might help us improve memory through neuromodulation. Johnson and his team seek to answer the question, “What if we could read and write neural memory in the hippocampus?”

neuropaceIn 2013, Kernel’s NeuroPace proved itself to be a commercial success in quelling epileptic seizures. Future advancements may rely upon such new technologies as neural dust and nanobots.

What does all this have to do with you? In much the same way that transportation is being revolutionized with the coming of robot cars and self-driving vehicles, neurotechnology is poised to transform Human Intelligence (HI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), while reducing disease, dysfunction and degradation–and enhancing human cognitive functioning.

Neurotechnology Ethical Considerations

Bryan Johnson noted that several people were raising questions and voicing concerns about ethical considerations of human cognitive enhancement–so he asked for a show of hands to indicate how many people felt ethics should be given high priority with regard to neurotechnological advances. Many people (including me) raised our hands, confirming Bryan Johnson’s hunch.

Johnson took note of this, and pointed out that however each of us might feel about the ethical questions involving applying neurotechnology with such things as neural dust–designed to non-invasively enter a human’s peripheral nervous system and sit on the surface of the neurocortex–there will be countries in the world, such as China, that welcome such experimental research with open arms.

The subject of the singularity came up, as one gentleman shared the observation that based on simulations of what happens when AI develops, it appears to be extremely clear that we will need some kind of human enhancement in order to give humans a fighting chance. A variety of simulations of how AI will interact with humanity show that unless everything goes just exactly right, human survival after the creation, expansion, development, and dominance of AI is not a sure thing. We would thus do well to help ensure a more level playing field between humans and AI by boosting Human Intelligence with neurotechnology.

Participants in the discussion voiced the opinion that convergence between machine learning and human cognitive enhancement will be helpful now. One woman in the audience expressed her profound heartfelt desire that wisdom be prioritized in neurotechnological advances as being one of the most important priorities to keep in mind.

nanobotswarmEnvisioning New Neurotechnical Horizons

With regard to envisioning where neurotechnology may go in the next few decades, Johnson and Eagleman spoke mostly in generalities, rather than specifics. Intelligent neural dust, such as that developed at UC Berkeley’s Brain Machine Interface Systems Laboratory involving sensors about the size of a grain of sand, is a form of implantable technology that can be placed in nerves or muscles to treat disorders such as epilepsy, to stimulate the immune system, and to reduce inflammation. Powered by and working with ultrasound, the tiny neural dust can go super-deep inside a body to take measurements and assist in stimulating nerves and muscles. Another new arrival in the new field of electroceuticals will be nanobots, which will be even smaller than neural dust, and can automate tasks such as performing delicate surgical procedures, delivering exact drug dosages, and diagnosing disease; this past year, swarms of nanobots demonstrated promise in precisely targeting and treating cancer.

Job requirements may change once human intelligence and cognitive functioning is neurotechnologically enhanced. We expect that some of our technical professionals receive additional training to become doctors and lawyers–and it’s conceivable that in the not-too-distant future, some professionals may also be expected to undergo neurotechnological enhancement as part of the requirements for the job.

A young man wearing a T-shirt emblazoned “Qualia Research Institute” asked, “What do we do if we find out we are at the local maxima of human cognitive efficiency? How might we be able to tweak it?” to which Johnson and Eagleman pointed out that we should be able to increase our communication input/output rate to a level that is far faster than the slow verbal speech method currently being used during this discussion–since we can all think far more quickly than we can talk.

Fully aware of the irony, I took hand-written notes during this presentation and discussion, and wrote the draft of this article by hand with a pen on paper–clearly NOT the fastest way to do things! Yet, I’ve seen research showing advantages of taking notes by hand, rather than typing things on keyboards. I’ve found my ability to remember and more completely utilize information gets a huge boost when I work from hand-written notes. So while I agree with the inevitability of human enhancement with neurotechnology, I also envision a future in which “old ways” of knowing, communicating, and interacting with others continues to take place, and might even help us ensure that during the coming ascendance of AI, human intelligence ensures its place, too.

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After the talk, I enjoyed a personal chat with David Eagleman. During their discussion, Eagleman and Johnson had been emphasizing the value of enhancing human intelligence with better memory–and I had a sense that while memory enhancement sounds like a great idea, there are likely some really good natural reasons that we humans so often forget. I pointed out the value of forgetting–in that forgetting can enable us to make quantum jumps to more optimal realities–and this is likely a big factor in the effectiveness of placebo effect healing.

I talked with Eagleman about how he and Johnson had discussed finding ways for neurotechnology to enhance cognitive functioning by reading and writing information to the hippocampus–pointing out that we’ll likely see the that the hippocampus will grow when written to.

I voiced my support for putting human intelligence in the Open AI project, to minimize and prevent attempts to control AI and HI by one or a few governments or corporations.

We ended our conversation discussing ‘free will,’ which David reminded me he does not believe in, per se, as he describes in his book, Incognito. I suggested he consider the work of Thomas Metzinger and Max Velmans with consideration of first person and third person levels of representational self-modeling and levels of awareness. It’s clear that systems that are missing a few lines of code that constantly remind them they are representational models bear more than passing similarity to humans.

I’m inspired to see that David Eagleman’s Laboratory for Perception and Action at Stanford University seeks to understand how the brain constructs perception, how different brains do so differently, and how this matters for society–with special focus in four specific areas of: time perception, sensory substitution, synesthesia, and neurolaw. After giving some thought to neurotechnology, it’s clear to see the growing significance of the emerging interdisciplinary field of neurolaw.

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My personal bias involves a preference to explore strengthening my awareness of what consciousness is and how it operates, working with natural human abilities that have historically been neglected, ignored or forgotten as technology has advanced. Some of my bias may be due to my being what is called an “exceptional human experiencer,” since I am a near-death experiencer, I am a meditator, I am a lucid dreamer, I have had a kundalini awakening experience, and I was ‘born aware’ (meaning I remembered being conscious prior to being born). Exceptional human experiences can provide people with access to heightened abilities to do some of the things we might also hope to enhance through neurotechnology–and I see a study of neurotechnology as potentially providing us with greater insights into optimizing our natural human abilities.

I’d love to hear your comments, thoughts and feelings about the future of neurotechnology. This is a controversial topic, that I hope you will contemplate and talk to people about it, thus helping set the direction for how humanity continues to evolve with technology. Some people are understandably skeptical or concerned about neurotechnology, while others are excited about the possibilities, and others yet don’t yet have strong feelings one way or the other. My gut feeling is that AI is coming, as is human cognitive enhancement. Humanity will do well to envision how we see ourselves in the future, and what we consider optimal in terms of working with neurotechnology in the future. I tend to agree with Eagleman and Johnson that it’s not a matter of if, but when, this technology will arrive. And those of us like myself who still don’t yet have cell phones can be hold-outs for a while (or in my case now, decades), yet all of us will eventually be affected in some way by these technologies.

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QuantumJumps300x150adCynthia Sue Larson is the best-selling author of six books, including Quantum Jumps. Cynthia has a degree in Physics from UC Berkeley, and discusses consciousness and quantum physics on numerous shows including the History Channel, Coast to Coast AM, the BBC and One World with Deepak Chopra and on the Living the Quantum Dream show she hosts. You can subscribe to Cynthia’s free monthly ezine at: https://www.RealityShifters.com
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Paris Makes All Public Transport Free To Battle The Worst Air Pollution In 10 Years

By Alexa Erickson | Collective Evolution

Air pollution has been of growing concern for many, many decades, causing environmental effects like acid rain, haze, eutrophication, ozone depletion, crop and forest depletion, global climate change, and effects on wildlife. It also wreaks havoc on human health, with long-term effects including cancer, damage to the immune, neurological, reproductive, and respiratory systems.

It is often assumed that air pollution has the biggest effects in developing cities, but urban areas in the Western world are just as affected by increasing levels of smog as well. In fact, Paris is currently dealing with an “exceptionally serious” crisis, with a significant increase in pollution, revealing to be the most prolonged event for at least a decade.

The city announced that, due to this crisis, all public transport with be free for the second day running, meanwhile the Velib bike-share and Autolib electric cars were also free to use. Paris has even ignited a system in which just half of all cars are permitted to enter the city center.

The city has been racing red-alert levels of pollution since Nov. 30, causing Paris City Hall to take action against the significant risk it has been to residents’ health. Authorities believe the pollution is a result of weather conditions and a heavy dependence on diesel fuel.

On Tuesday, only cars presenting an even-numbered license plate were allowed to drive in the capital region, and on Wednesday, it is the turn of all cars with an odd-numbered plate. Should anyone defy the authorities’ rules, they will be fined€35. On the first day alone, 1,700 fines were handed out.

This temporary ban on half of all vehicles follows the recent announcement from the Paris mayor that, along with three other major cities, they were working to ban all diesel cars by 2025 as a means to cut back on the dangerously high levels of air pollution residing in the capital. The city hopes that by promoting alternative vehicles, while also pushing for people to take advantage of walking and cycling, they can restore a healthier environment for Mother Earth and its people to coexist.

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Researchers on the Verge of Creating Artificial Intelligence/Human Hybrids

By Jake Anderson | Activist Post

There is a longstanding debate among artificial intelligence experts and futurists: When, not if, AI emerges on the scene, will it help humanity or destroy it? The scenario has played out through innumerable iterations in popular culture, the most popular being The Terminator series. Steven Spielberg, riffing on the film Stanley Kubrick was going to direct before his death, presented the counterpoint, espousing a benevolent vision of AI in A.I. Then there are more nuanced, ambiguous iterations, like the recent Ex Machina.

Related Article: Tech Giants’ Artificial Intelligence Monopoly Is Possibly the Most Dangerous in History

New advances in algorithmic artificial intelligence, deep learning software, automation, and nanotechnology have made it abundantly clear that Ray Kurzweil’s vision of the Singularity may also be not an if, but when. In fact, responding to Kurzweil’s prediction of a cloud-based neocortex in the 2030s, entrepreneur Bryan Johnson of Braintree said, “Oh, I think it will happen before that.”

Johnson’s more recent aspirations involve merging artificial intelligence with humans, a pursuit many would argue is already occurring on a vast scale when it comes to our use of smartphone technology and search engines. Johnson thinks it will soon advance far beyond that.

Citing “neuroprosthetics” like cochlear implants, Johnson envisions BCI (brain-computer interface), a synergistic relationship between the central nervous system and external computing devices. Johnson’s newest theoretical prototype is something called a “neural lace,” which is a mesh that creates a wireless BCI inside the brain that releases certain chemicals as needed by the end user.

A brain-computer interface, in the context of advanced transhumanism and taken to its logical conclusion, is AI/human hybrids.

Transhumanist Zoltan Istvan, who actually just finished running for president, put it more bluntly in an email interview with the Anti-Media. “This idea that we would create an AI on Planet Earth smarter than human beings is asinine. There’s no reason to do that unless we want to slit our own throats,” Zoltan says. “But to use brain implants, neural devices, or EEG headsets to directly connect to a superior artificial intelligence—yes, that is something that I implicitly endorse. We need to become one with the intelligence we create; we need to remain an intrinsic part of it. We must become the machine by merging directly with it—and that’s what a direct interface between human brains and AI should be.”

Zoltan, like Hawking and many other thinkers, believes AI must be introduced to the Earth carefully:

When we flick on that ‘on’ switch of the first AI that will be superior to us, we must insist we go along with it for the ride—that we are sitting in the driver’s seat. We can do this. It will take a Manhattan-sized project to make sure we cross all our ‘t’s, but we can do it. We should insist the smartest of us tap directly into AI before it fully launches.

I see it like the sci-fi movie Contact, where the best contenders to meet an alien species compete for who is the most worthy to be the first one to do it—to represent the human race to another species. I think in the case of launching the first true AI smarter than human beings, we should form an international consortium that will pick the best 12 humans on Planet Earth, and via neural interface, merge them directly with that AI so we can know the best of the human race is with it—is hopefully leading it.

Related Article: Don’t Let Artificial Intelligence Take Over, Top Scientists Warn

Are humans irrevocably evolving toward a deeply entwined, existential relationship with artificial intelligence? Many of us could find out in our lifetimes. If Kurzweil, Johnson, Istvan, and more controversial transhumanists like Peter Thiel are correct, those who find out may be able to live indefinitely as AI-human hybrids…if such a life proves satisfying.

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Is a New Memory-Enhancing Device, Currently in Development, a Bad Idea?

By Alexa Erickson |* Collective Evolution

If you had the ability to improve your memory and intelligence by implanting a device into your brain, would you do it?

When I think of this question, I am reminded of the movie Limitless, in which  a struggling writer is introduced to a nootropic drug called NZT-48 that allows him to fully utilize his brain and vastly improve his lifestyle.

There are some undeniable points to be made about a drug, or an implant, that can enhance intelligence: If people have the choice to enhance their mental abilities with medication or an implant, what does that mean for society? Because if we all have access to the same enhancement, would it be an enhancement, or a new reality?

But then it leads to the question, are we coming up with these devices because our lifestyles are so bad? The way we eat, our toxic environments, drug use, alcohol use, over stressed, overworked, and medications…

Why are we coming up with enhancements that could easily be solved by healthy lifestyle and eating? Why not focus on simply fixing the root problem?

Computers In Our Brains

Back in 1998, Andy Clark and David Chalmers claimed that a computer can work with our brains to extend the mind, thereby offering additional processing capabilities as we break down and solve problems, as well as an extension for our memories complete with information, images, etc.

Now,  a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California, Theodore Berger, is capitalizing on this very proposal as he works to bring to market human memory enhancement via a prosthetic implanted in the brain.

Berger has been working on the prosthetic for 10 years, and claims it can function as  an artificial hippocampus, which is the area in the brain associated with memory and spatial navigation. Berger’s goal is for the device to change short-term memory into long-term memory, and hopefully store it as the hippocampus does.

Entrepreneur Bryan Johnson, who is working with Berger, says: “The idea is that if you have loss of memory function, then you could build a prosthetic for the hippocampus that would help restore the circuitry, and restore memory.” Johnson says that people with memory disorders from traumatic experience or aging will be the first people to test this form of prosthesis. “The first super-humans are those who have deficits to start with,” says Johnson.

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*Originally entitled: “NEW IMPLANT IS BEING DEVELOPED TO ENHANCE HUMAN MEMORY, BUT IS THIS NECESSARY?”




Robots Are Being Taught to Say “No”, But for Our Own Good

 

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By David Nield|ScienceAlert

At first, the news that software engineers are teaching robots to disobey their human masters does sound slightly troubling: should we really allow the artificial intelligence systems of the future to say no to us? But once you think it through, you can see why such a feature might actually end up saving your life.

Consider a robot working on a car production line: most of the time, it would simply follow the instructions it’s been given, but if a human should get in harm’s way, the machine needs to be clever enough to stop what it’s doing. It needs to know to override its default programming to put the human at less risk. It’s this kind of functionality that a team from the Human-Robot Interaction Lab at Tufts University is trying to introduce.

 The team’s work is based around the same ‘Felicity conditions’ that our human brains apply whenever we’re asked to do something. Under these conditions, we subconsiously run through a number of considerations before we perform an action: do I know how to do this? Can I physically do it, and do it right now? Am I obligated based on my social role to do it? And finally, does it violate any normative principle to do it?If robots can be conditioned to ask these same questions, they’ll be able to adapt to unexpected circumstances as they occur.

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It’s the last two questions that are the most important to the process. A robot needs to decide if the person giving it instructions has the authority to do so, and it needs to work out if the subsequent actions are dangerous to itself or others. It’s not an easy concept to put into practice, as anyone who’s ever watched 2001: A Space Odyssey will know (if you haven’t, watch “Open the pod bay doors”).

Related Article: Will Robots Need to be Programmed with “Feelings” In Order To Be Conscious?

As one of their demo videos below shows, the computer scientists are experimenting with user-robot dialogues that allow for some give and take. That means the robot can provide reasons for why it won’t do something (in this case it says it will fall off a table if it walks forward) while the operator can offer extra reasons for why it should (the robot will be caught once it reaches the edge).

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Spooky Quantum Camera Can Snap Photos of ‘Ghosts’

By Alexa Erickson | Conscious Evolution

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People have mixed opinions about ghosts. Some only think of them as the stuff of movies and books, movies and books, while others believe they can feel them, have seen them, and that they need to be recognized as real, not imaginary.

Now, a process Einstein famously referred to as “spooky” is allowing scientists to catch “ghosts” on film for the first time thanks to the use of quantum cameras. But let’s be clear: These figures aren’t wandering souls or lingering ancestors. Rather, they are the images of objects from photons that never even experienced the objects pictured.

A normal digital camera is capable of capturing objects that aren’t immediately visible to its lens. But the ghost imaging technique, which shoots an image of an object from light without light ever bouncing off the object, is the result of quantum entanglement.

Quantum entanglement refers to the quantum states of two or more objects having an instantaneous link regardless of how far separated they are.

“For example, it is possible to prepare two particles in a single quantum state such that when one is observed to be spin-up, the other one will always be observed to be spin-down and vice versa, this despite the fact that it is impossible to predict, according to quantum mechanics, which set of measurements will be observed,”notes Science Daily.

In other words, measurements executed on the same system seem to be directly influencing other systems entangled with it. The problem is, no one seems to know exactly how it works.

Quantum cameras snap ghost images by using two separate laser beams with their photons entangled. Just one beam witnesses the object pictured, yet the image can still be created no matter which beam hits the camera.

“What they’ve done is a very clever trick. In some ways it is magical,” noted quantum optics expert Paul Lett of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. “There is not new physics here, though, but a neat demonstration of physics.”

To conduct the actual experiment, whose results were published in thejournal Nature, researchers used stencils of tiny cats and a trident etched into silicon. They passed two beams of light through the stencils at a different wavelength, and discovered that the first and second beam got entangled, but the second one didn’t hit the target, and was actually travelling on a different line.

The truly astonishing outcome was that the second light also exposed pictures of the objects when a camera was focused on it, despite the fact that it had never hit any of the objects.

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Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.com.

 




ET Researcher Mary Rodwell: “We are Living Alongside the New Human!”

Renowned ET Researcher Mary Rodwell speaks out about human genetic modification, the misunderstanding of autism, and knowledge of covert agendas in this exclusive on-location interview with Alexis Brooks

Australian based ET contact researcher and certified regression therapist Mary Rodwell took time out of her busy schedule while visiting Los Angeles for the CERO (Close Encounter Research Organization) abductees/experiencers event to speak with Alexis Brooks about some of the bombshells that will be included in her widely anticipated book due to release next month, The New Human – Awakening to Our Cosmic Heritage.

Mary, who is also a regular contributor for HigherJourneys.com shared with Alexis some of the more controversial facets of the evolution of what she refers to as the “new human” and her initial naivety about how these “upgraded individuals,” many of them children, have shared very complex and disturbing information about their first-hand accounts of the reality of covert agendas happening around the planet.

“For those that are uncomfortable with what they will see as conspiracies, we have to understand that there are two levels. And this is something that I was very reluctant to go into to start with because I was very naive. I like to believe people are telling the truth [that is] until you start to look at the way things are orchestrated,” Mary explained.

Although Mary is adamant about the extraordinary upside to these new humans and their presence on this planet right now, she felt it was also necessary to cover the more shadowy aspects of this big story.

Some of the other areas that were discussed in this exclusive interview include:

  • The intergenerational component to this “new” kind of human. How are these generations different?
  • The irrefutable evidence that these children are way ahead of the curve and are coming out with complex information. Where are they getting it from (i.e. black holes, quantum reality, geoengineering).
  • Is there genetic modification and DNA manipulation happening to ALL humans?
  • How many children diagnosed with autism also have high telepathic capabilities. (Are some individuals diagnosed with autism really one of these new humans?)

For more about what we discussed in this interview including the audio episode which can be downloaded on-demand, click HERE

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alexisheadshotv2Alexis Brooks is the #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings, writer/editor for CLN and host of Higher Journeys Radio. Alexis brings over 30 years of broadcast media experience to CLN. For over half of that time, Alexis has dedicated her work to the medium of alternative journalism, having researched and reported on the many aspects and angles of metaphysics, spirituality and new thought concepts.

This article and its accompanying media was originally created and produced by Higher Journeys in association Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Alexis Brooks, HigherJourneys.com and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.




Australians Are Embracing Super-Human Microchip Technology

Graafstra is in Sydney for the launch of Deus Ex Mankind Divided, set in 2029, which explores mechanically augmented humans. He says we’re already there.Source:Supplied

Graafstra is in Sydney for the launch of Deus Ex Mankind Divided, set in 2029, which explores mechanically augmented humans. He says we’re already there.Source:Supplied

By Emma Reynolds | news.com.au

IT may sound like sci-fi, but hundreds of Australians are turning themselves into super-humans who can unlock doors, turn on lights and log into computers with a wave of the hand.

Shanti Korporaal, from Sydney, is at the centre of the phenomenon after having two implants inserted under her skin.

Now she can get into work and her car without carrying a card or keys, and says her ultimate goal is to completely do away with her wallet and cards.

“You could set up your life so you never have to worry about any password or PINs” she told news.com.au.

“It’s the same technology as Paypass, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to pay for things with it.

“With Opal you get a unique identification number that could be programmed into the chip. Any door with a swipe card … it could open your computer, photocopier. Loyalty cards for shops are just another thing for your wallet.”

The microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice, can act like a business card and transfer contact details to smartphones, and hold complex medical data.

Shanti has had some messages from ultra-conservative Christians on Facebook telling her she’s going to hell, but the reaction has mainly been one of intrigue.
“My nana wants one,” laughs Shanti. “I’ve had more opposition to my tattoos than I’ve ever had to the chip. My friends are jealous.”

When the 27-year-old realised just how coveted the implants were, she set up an Australian distribution service called Chip My Life with her husband, Skeeve Stevens.
It costs between $80 and $140 depending on the sophistication of the technology, and (while you can do it at home) they work with doctors who charge $150 to insert the implant.
“They do minor surgery, Botox and so on,” says Shanti. “They give you a local, an injection and a quick ultrasound to make sure it’s in place.”
The biohacking couple both have RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips in their left hands and NFC (near-field communication) chips in the right. The implant is almost impossible to spot, leaving a mark as small as a freckle.

Shanti Korporaal has a microchip inserted under the skin of each hand.

Shanti Korporaal has a microchip inserted under the skin of each hand.Source:Supplied

You can even inject them at home.

You can even inject them at home.Source:Supplied

THE PIONEER

Shanti is appearing at today’s Sydney launch of cyborg-themed video game Deus Ex Mankind Divided alongside US implantable technology pioneer Amal Graafstra.

Amal considers himself a guinea-pig for human augmentation, making headlines in the US last week with a prototype of the world’s first implant-activated smart gun.

He became one of the world’s first RFID implantees in 2005, and has since founded an online store to sell the “at home” kits to people who want to “upgrade their body”. He’s written a book, spoken at TEDx and appeared in documentaries.

“On a psychological level, this is completely different to a smartphone or a Fitbit, because it goes in you,” he told news.com.au.

“Your kidneys are working hard but you’re not thinking about them, it’s not something you have to manage.

“It’s given me the ability to communicate with machines. It’s literally integrated into who I am.”

He is aware of the ethical and security concerns, but points out that the data is encrypted, and most of your access cards are not secure anyway. This is simply a case of “computing in the body.”

Rather than worry about people being forced to be microchipped, he’s now busy advocating for the rights of citizens who use them.

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Robots and Computers Will Commit More Crime Than Humans By 2040, Expert Warns

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By Jessica Duncan | Daily Mail

RoboCop, Chappie, the Terminator movies and i,Robot – there have been many films where we have been encouraged to respect, love but also fear robots – and I for one can say I will never be trusting them!

And apparently I am right not to after researchers have found robots could be the offenders committing most crimes by 2040.

Tracey Follows from The Future Laboratory, which helps businesses plan for the future through its research and consultancy experts, has been looking at the issues after more and more robots could be used in industries replacing humans on jobs.

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Ms Follows, chief strategy and innovation officer at, speaking to the Times Raconteur: ‘Futurists have been forecasting a sharp rise in lone-wolf terror attacks for years. But once robots can be hacked to become suicide-bombing machines, lone-robot attacks could become rife too.’

Ms Follows, whose work in telecoms, technology, retail and media and has helped to shape the future strategies of brands such as T-Mobile, BT, O2, easyJet and John Lewis, also added that artificial intelligence and machine-learning could enable robots to self-programme criminal activity.

‘My forecast would be that by 2040 more crime will be committed by machines than by humans,’ she commented.

Experts have been warning that as more and more robots replace humans in jobs the future could see problems when their programs are hacked or they go rogue

Experts have been warning that as more and more robots replace humans in jobs the future could see problems when their programs are hacked or they go rogue

But it’s not just robots experts are worrying about, rogue driverless cars and drones could also be a problem if they are able to be hacked or re-programed.

Related Article: Wow! Scientists Demonstrate Robots Showing Self-Awareness (Video)

Raj Samani, chief technology officer, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), at Intel Security, works with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Europol European Cybercrime Centre as an adviser.

Speaking to the technology publisher he said: ‘It’s only a matter of time before we see instances of people left helpless, unable to drive their cars unless they pay up a ransom.’

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Dutch Inventor Aims to Harness the Waves to Clean Up the Seas

By Sophie Mignon | Phys Org

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The Dutch inventor [21-year old Boyan Slat] of a ground-breaking project to remove millions of tonnes of plastics floating in “great garbage patches” in the oceans Wednesday unveiled his first prototype to help clean up the seas.

Boyan Slat’s innovative idea—first drawn on a paper napkin when he was still in high school—seeks to use ocean currents to gather up the mass of bottles, plastic crates and other detritus sullying the planet’s waters, instead of going out on an army of boats to haul it in.

“All those plastic objects, big things like bottles, crates, etc will be cut down to micro pieces over the next few decades if we don’t do anything about it,” he told reporters in The Hague explaining his project The Ocean Cleanup.

“The question is: is this a future we accept will happen or do you want to create a future where the oceans become clean again?”

According to the Ocean Cleanup project, eight million tonnes of plastics enter the oceans every year, much of which has accumulated in five garbage patches, with the largest in the Pacific between California and Hawaii.

The micro pieces released as the plastics break down are dispersed through the seas, entering the food chain with harmful effects for all marine life.

But the 21-year-old believes his project can harness the power of the currents to help the great cleanup.

“Why move through the ocean if the ocean can move through you?” Slat asked at the press conference in the harbour in the port of Scheveningen, on the outskirts of The Hague.

His idea is a 100-kilometre (60-mile) long V-shaped barrier made up of large buoys which floats on the ocean, trailing a three-metre (nine-foot) long curtain from its arms into the water.

The aim is to stop the plastic as it bobs along, gathering into one place so it can then be gathered up into a container and taken for recycling.

A smaller 100-metre (feet) prototype unveiled Wednesday will be taken out into the North Sea on Thursday for a year-long series of tests some 23 kilometres (12 nautical miles) off the Dutch coast.

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Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.