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Foresight Links for Jun 6, 6:00 am

// June 6th, 2011 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for Jun 6, 6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • Blue Mind: A look at the ocean through the field of neuroscience, Lisa Mumbach @ Institute For The Future:
    “We are more than logical. We are human.” Jacques Cousteau. Why do books and symposia about the human brain, the most complex object in the universe, contain no mention of the ocean, the single greatest feature of our planet? Why do books and conferenc……
  • Less Sleep Lowers Testosterone, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Guys, if you want to keep up your testosterone then get enough sleep. Cutting back on sleep drastically reduces a healthy young man’s testosterone levels, according to a study published in the June 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Eve Van Cauter, PhD, professor in …
  • Interest in Berkeley Transhumanist Meetup?, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    If I organized a transhumanist meetup in Berkeley at a bar on Monday nights or something, would you be interested in attending?
  • Foresight @ Google: 25th Anniversary & Reunion Weekend, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    Interested in emerging technologies? Fascinated by the potential in transformative nanotech? Come explore the future with… [email protected] 25th Anniversary Conference Celebration and Reunion Weekend Google HQ in Mountain View, CA June 25-26 2011 A rockstar lineup includes keynotes: • JIM VON EHR — Founder/President of Zyvex, the world’s first successful …
  • Collaborative Map of Transhumanists Worldwide, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    Updating this map is a little tricky, you have to be invited as a collaborator by someone who already is one. If you know someone already on the map you can ask them for an invite, otherwise you have to fill in your email address in form below. Then you …

Foresight Links for May 30, 6:00 am

// May 30th, 2011 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for May 30, 6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • SMX-25 a Ship-Sub Hybrid, Team @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    The French company DCNS developed an interesting concept ship which is essentially a stealth submarine which operate very close to the surface of the water. The SMX-25 will be cheaper and easier to build and operate than a conventional submarine but wi…
  • Reminder: Tomorrow Friday 6pm: The Future of the Future Salon, Mark Finnern @ Future Salon :
    Hi Futurists, Just a little reminder regarding the Future of the Future Salon gathering tomorrow at SAP Labs 3410 Hillview Avenue. Room is upstairs at Northstar. Pizza My Heart on University right after. If the front door is closed, please…
  • Reminder: Tomorrow Friday 6pm: The Future of the Future Salon, Mark Finnern @ Future Salon :
    Hi Futurists, Just a little reminder regarding the Future of the Future Salon gathering tomorrow at SAP Labs 3410 Hillview Avenue. Room is upstairs at Northstar. Pizza My Heart on University right after. If the front door is closed, please…
  • Reinventing Our Energy Futures, Team @ Institute For The Future:
    teaser:  For the last several months, IFTF’s Technology Horizons program has been conducting research on the future of energy. The project culminated in a workshop for our clients on May 25-26 at Costan…
  • MIT Study Finds What Makes an Image Memorable, Team @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    A study conducted by MIT researchers showed that the most memorable photos are those that contain people, followed by static indoor scenes and human-scale objects. On the other hand landscapes have been found to be beautiful buy fairly forgettable. …

Foresight Links for May 23, 6:00 am

// May 23rd, 2011 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for May 23, 6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • Sharp 33 Mega Pixel 85 Inch LCD on Dispaly, Team @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    Japan Broadcasting Corporation (also known as NHK) together with Sharp Corporation have jointly developed an Super Hi-Vision 85-inch LCD – a next-generation television broadcast format. This is a world first for a direct-view display.
  • Pixar Films And Non-Human Intelligences, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Writing for Discover’s "Science Not Fiction" blog Kyle Munkittrick reviews films made by Pixar and finds a hidden message in Pixar films about the need to respect and accept non-human intelligences. I see this message as more likely to do us a disservice than to make our future brighter. The …
  • Eurocopter X3 – Fastest Helicopter on the Planet?, Team @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    Last week a new European hybrid helicopter was able to reach an almost unprecedented speed of 232 kts. (or 430 km./hr.). This demonstration indicates one more time that the future of high speed helicopters will be based upon hybrid technology….
  • End Of World In 1 Billion Years?, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Apocalypse Not Yet. You notice any new signs of the end of the world today? I have to say I got distracted and missed paying attention at the moment when it was all supposed to end. My neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. But religious belief is not the……
  • College Degree 2 Decades After Total Memory Loss, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    23 years ago Su Meck lost her memories at age 22 from a head trauma. Consider Su Meck. The 45-year-old homemaker from Gaithersburg graduated Friday from Montgomery College with an associate degree in music. It’s the culmination of a life that, in mos…

Foresight Links for May 16, 6:00 am

// May 16th, 2011 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for May 16, 6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • Microbubbles Against Prostate Cancer, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    One problem with gene therapy is how to deliver the genes. The immune system will react to gene carrier packages, the liver potentially could filter out the gene therapy packages, and genes usually should go to only a small number of cell types and org…
  • X-Prize Tricorder Competition will Save Lives, Team @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    The X PRIZE Foundation together with Qualcomm recently announced an upcoming a $10 million prize to develop a mobile solution that can diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians. The challenge will be officially op…
  • People Marry For Political Compatibility, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Only church attendance has a stronger role in mate choice than political leanings? Though “variety is the spice of life” and “opposites attract,” most people marry only those whose political views align with their own, according to new research from Rice University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Political scientists found …
  • Modest Proposal To Expand Railroad Usage, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    When Warren Buffett decided to buy the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad my reaction was that Warren must see rail as a great Peak Oil bet. Rail is a few times more energy efficient that trucks per ton-mile. He’s certainly willing to invest …
  • Israel Developing “Flying Elephants”, Team @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    According to a soon to be published article in the defensenews magazine, Israel has started working on a project known as “Flying Elephants”. The futuristic unmanned aircraft is said to be huge and slow, capable of self takeoff and landing ev…

Foresight Links for May 9, 6:00 am

// May 9th, 2011 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for May 9, 6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • Justin – Humanoid Robot Catches with Two Hands, Team @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    German researchers developed a robot that can perform complex tasks such as catching a ball in mid flight. The new robot called “Justin” is described as a two-arm-system for investigation of two handed manipulation.
  • First Feathered Flight for SpaceShipTwo, Team @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    SpaceShipTwo, British billionaire Richard Branson’s spaceship and part of his commercial space venture Virgin Galactic, is now one step closer to fulfilling the dream of private manned mission to space after a successful test conducted earlier this wee…
  • Fatih Birol: Oil Production Already Peaked, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Sounding very much like Ken Deffeyes on Peak Oil, Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency, says world oil production has already peaked. When we look at the oil markets the news is not very bright. We think that the crude oil production has already peaked in 2006. …
  • Common Drugs Reduce Feelings Of Unfairness?, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    An anti-anxiety drug reduces the odds people will respond to unfair treatment by trying to punish the perpetrator. [PRESS RELEASE, 4 May 2011] A new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows that the brain has built-in mechanisms that trigger an…
  • Simon Baron-Cohen Wants To Treat Empathy Deficiency, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Narcissists, each of you may believe you are the greatest being on the face of the planet and a gift to the rest of us that we fail to appreciate. But Cambridge University psychology and psychiatry professor Simon Baron-Cohen wants to help you develop more empathy. Psychopaths, narcissists, and people …

Foresight Links for May 2, 6:00 am

// May 2nd, 2011 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for May 2, 6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • Tech Company Identifies Marijuana Strains With Artificial Intelligence, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    Marijuana is just the beginning. Soon, systems like this will be able to help people identify other plants, products, textures, landscapes, sounds, and locations. Ever wonder what type of marijuana you have? There’s an app for that, and it’s called StrainBrain-the newest creation from the Medical Cannabis Network (MCN). At …
  • Megan McArdle On Labor Savings In The Kitchen, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Writing at The Atlantic at Megan McArdle takes a look (with home kitchen video for demonstration) at just how much time modern appliances save us in the kitchen. When my grandmother was growing up in the 1920s, the average woman spent about 30 hours a …
  • TenKsolar: 25 to 50 Percent Solar Rooftop Power Boost, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Kevin Bullis in MIT’s Technology Review reports on a company that can squeeze a lot more power out of existing solar cells. A startup called TenKsolar, based in Minneapolis, says it can increase the amount of solar power generated on rooftops by 25 to …
  • UA600EX – Powerful WiFi for Land and Sea, Team @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    California based Amped Wireless recently introduced the new Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Pro USB Adapter providing Mac or Windows computers to connect to WiFi networks from extreme distances.
  • Security is Paramount, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    For billions of years on this planet, there were no rules. In many places there still are not. A wolf can dine on the entrails of a living doe he has brought down, and no one can stop him. In some species, rape is a more common variety of impregnation …

Foresight Links for Apr 25,6:00 am

// April 25th, 2011 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for Apr 25,6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • The Green Health Movement for Earth Day 2011, Lisa Mumbach @ Institute For The Future:
    teaser:  Air pollution and asthma, climate change and natural disasters, drought and crop failures, wasteful practices and water shortages. Human health is directly tied to our planet’s health and Insti…
  • Brain Region Deltermines Embarrassment Level, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    If you could suppress your brain’s “pregenual anterior cingulate cortex” you could probably avoid the feeling of embarrassment. The twist to the experiment was that most of the subjects had neurodegenerative diseases, which helped scientists identify a thumb-sized bit of tissue in the right hemisphere of the front part of …
  • Cut Carbs To Cut Liver Fat, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Another reason to eat a more paleo diet: DALLAS – April 19, 2011 – Curbing carbohydrates is more effective than cutting calories for individuals who want to quickly reduce the amount of fat in their liver, report UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers. “What this study tells us is that if …
  • Elon Musk: I’ll Put a Man on Mars in 10 Years, Michael Anissimov @ Accelerating Future:
    I find such statements inspiring whether they are meant seriously or not, and whether they come true or not. Elon Musk shows that you can be rich and spend a lot of money without increasing net existential risk. Not increasing it, not decreasing it, just… risk-free behavior. Space travel does …