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May 28, 2015

Meet Ether, The Bitcoin-Like Cryptocurrency That Could Power The Internet Of Things — By Tina Amirtha Fast Company

Posted by in category: cryptocurrencies

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At CES this past January, IBM researcher Veena Pureswaran described the company’s joint plan with Samsung to get home appliances to exchange cryptocurrency with one another. The currency, called Ether, is similar to Bitcoin, except that the traded commodity isn’t directly related to a financial value. Instead, Ether’s value is computing power.

What distinguishes the Ether and Bitcoin cryptocurrencies from traditional money is the online system that records their every trade. Networks of people called miners use the software to collectively verify and record these cryptocurrencies’ every trade. Like ever-growing strands of DNA, the currencies’ digital addresses, called blockchains, store the details of each trade. Bitcoin and Ether run on their own software platforms, but in both cases, a blockchain makes the whole idea possible. Read more

May 28, 2015

It’s Friday: Watch Jason Silva Talk Tech, Creativity, and Flow With a Few of His Heroes -

Posted by in category: futurism

Jason Silva isn’t a scientist, he’s a synthesizer. And he is a quoting machine. Kevin Kelly, Freeman Dyson, Ernest Becker, Erik Davis, Steven Johnson. These are Silva’s heroes, and he aims to infect us with his enthusiasm for their ideas. In his new “Creative Sessions” interviews, Silva goes straight to the source.

Instead of a quote from Erik Davis? Davis (author of TechGnosis) is there, sitting on his couch for an hour-long conversation—in which he gets plenty of time to frame his ideas, put meat on the bones, add context. Read more

May 28, 2015

New Wind Turbine Generates Electricity Without Rotating Blades

Posted by in category: sustainability

I just wrote a story about something like this back in December. Usually takes slightly longer for science fiction to become science fact.

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May 28, 2015

Pioneering Space

Posted by in category: space

Great philosophers, thinkers and writers have embraced the pioneering spirit—full of wonder, risk and great ventures into the unknown.

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May 28, 2015

Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World

Posted by in categories: architecture, environmental, futurism, human trajectories, lifeboat

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“In Designed for the Future, author Jared Green asks eighty of today’s most innovative architects, urban planners, landscape architects, journalists, artists, and environmental leaders the same question: what gives you the hope that a sustainable future is possible?”

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May 27, 2015

Can This Man and His Massive Robot Network Save America?

Posted by in categories: life extension, robotics/AI, transhumanism

A long interview from Esquire on transhumanism, AI, life extension, my campaign, and thoughts on the future.

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May 27, 2015

Transhumanist Party Scientists Frown on Talk of Genetic Engineering Moratorium

Posted by in category: transhumanism

My new article for Huffington Post:

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May 27, 2015

Can Transhumanism Overcome a Widespread Deathist Culture?

Posted by in categories: life extension, transhumanism

New story in The Huffington Post on transhumanism, life extension, and overcoming deathist culture:

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May 27, 2015

L’Oreal Goes After 3D Printed Human Skin to Test Beauty Products — By Jason Dorrier

Posted by in categories: bioprinting, biotech/medical, business

In Lyon, France, cosmetics company L’Oreal is growing human skin.

Each year, some 60 scientists cultivate 100,000 paper-thin skin samples in nine varieties simulating different ages and ethnicities—and then they test beauty products on them. Read more

May 27, 2015

The Highest-Paying Jobs Of The Future Will Eat Your Life — Jay Zagorsky | Fast Company

Posted by in categories: business, health

“With this trend toward long hours and higher pay, what will be the impact on people? Research has identified reduced sleep, increased stress, less happiness, lower productivity, poorer health, and higher chances for injuring yourself and others when the workday expands—implications that can be dangerous in any job, be it specialized or not.” Read more