Archive for the ‘futurism’ category

Aug 23, 2023

I rode in a $789,000 flying car and experienced the future of commuting. Maybe

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Say goodbye to rush-hour traffic. This flying car will cruise at 150 mph when it goes on sale in 2026.

Aug 23, 2023

This advanced zinc-air battery can further electric mobility

Posted by in categories: energy, futurism

Researchers use a mix of less expensive, safer, and sustainably available components to create long-lasting bi-functional air electrodes.

We have all heard the line; the future is electric. But are we fully equipped to handle a full-scale transition to all-electric power? One thing standing in the way is the lack of cleaner and more affordable battery technologies to store energy.

Compared to commonly used Lithium-ion cells facing challenges related to cost, finite resources, and safety concerns, rechargeable zinc-air batteries (ZABs) are pitched as cost-effective energy storage devices and display high-energy density, especially for application in EVs.

Aug 22, 2023

Are we really made of ‘star stuff’ and what does that even mean? (video)

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Carl Sagan once said that our bodies are “made of star stuff.” In a new video astrophysicist Suzanna Randall explains what that quote actually means and where the elements in our body come from.

Aug 21, 2023

Memory’s Future Focus: It’s Not Just What, but Why We Remember

Posted by in categories: futurism, neuroscience

Summary: Our ability to process sentences relies on the dynamic nature of working memory, where information is stored and integrated with our future intentions.

New research reveals that visual memories adapt according to our future use of that information. These findings challenge conventional theories arguing that our working memory’s neural codes remain unchanged over time.

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Aug 21, 2023


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A distant far post human Eon.

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Aug 21, 2023

Artilects at the Planck scale: Hugo de Garis

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According to Hugo de Garis, we will build (and/or become) artilects: Intelligent beings hugely (bazillions of times) smarter than humans.

Aug 21, 2023

Quaking Giants Might Solve the Mysteries of Stellar Magnetism

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In their jiggles and shakes, red giant stars encode a record of the magnetic fields near their cores.

Aug 21, 2023

Velvet Acid Christ — Ghost In The Circuit

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Amazing track by electro-industrial american band Velvet Acid Christ (Bryan Erickson):

Aug 21, 2023

Shifting the Paradigm

Posted by in categories: futurism, sustainability

The Aspen Proposal provides a description of a sustainable human civilization 200 — 500 years in the future. This is a goal that will focus our efforts, allow us to backcast and provide hope for those working for change.

Aug 20, 2023

After Superintelligence: counterbalance the overwhelming capabilities of superintelligent machines

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

(Suggested reading: “The Non-things”, Byung-Chul Han).

The idea that human connection will be crucial in the age of superintelligence is not uncommon among some experts and futurists. Superintelligence refers to a hypothetical form of artificial intelligence that surpasses human intelligence across all domains. Some individuals, including scientists and technologists, have expressed concerns about the potential impact of superintelligence on humanity.

Some argument that if superintelligence were to become a reality, it could bring about profound changes to society and the way we live. In such a scenario, human traits and values like compassion, empathy, and emotional connections could become even more critical to preserve our uniqueness and counterbalance the overwhelming capabilities of superintelligent machines. The idea is that our ability to connect with each other emotionally and maintain a sense of community, compassion, and mutual understanding could provide a counterpoint to the cold and logical calculations of superintelligent AI. This human element might serve as a safeguard against potential negative consequences or misuse of superintelligence.

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