Designer babies

Rapid progress in genetics is making “designer babies” more likely.

Throughout all of human history we have strived to achieve the status of the gods, we have reached to the sky and tried to ascend. We have always been this way, from the time when we discovered fire and learned to cook our food, or from the age of agriculture or the industrial revolution we have aimed to make our lives easier by manipulating the environment around us. Now scientists are making great steps toward another great leap forward in technology. Dr Tony Perry, a…

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Elon Musk wants to spend $10 billion building the internet in space.

Imagine, just for a moment, how It must’ve felt for people who were alive when the internet was first invented. The awe they must’ve been in imagining the possibilities that now lay before them. Today the internet allows looking into a screen and being able to talk to anyone with the same system anywhere in the world, even you reading this now are able to punch some keys into this machine and arrive here, reading the words that I have typed not long ago. Often…

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Changing what makes us human: Will you still “really” be you?

Often, we wonder about technology. As we age our hearing fades, our eyes grow weaker. Our joints grow old and tired. Our minds become hesitant, dull. Lets say you put a tiny chip in your brain to enhance your memory capacity, analytical thinking, creativity and so forth? What if the capability of that chip was 1000 times greater than that of your biological brain? Would the man-machine hybrid that your brain now exemplifies still be you? Or will the machine intelligence residing in your brain…

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The Case for the Lunar Colony

Existential Risk Reduction : The dinosaurs are a fine example. With all of our ‘eggs’ in one basket, the human race is vulnerable to a species wide extinction event- pandemic, meteor, volcano, and more  that could reduce our technological maturity back to the stone age and or permanently cripple our interplanetary travel. Not to mention the risk we pose to ourselves  Technological Maturity is extremely rare in the cosmos, intelligence is unusual, life is rare, and life bearing planets scattered. The technological capacity to travel to…

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The Neuroscience of Future(s) Studies

What makes humans special? Is it our complex brains, the new evolution of the prefrontal cortex? Is it our unique thumbs, bi-ocular vision, bipedal movement, complex social organization, or the social inheritance of knowledge? An unexplored area of the field of Neuroscience is the question of what allows human beings to anticipate future events, to see a little bit beyond the horizon, and to take historical trends and extrapolate them into a prediction. Did hunter gatherers have this capacity to anticipate current migratory patterns, anticipate…

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Arena for Accountable Predictions

The Long Bet Project was created by the Long Now Foundation to propose and keep track of bets on long-term events and stimulate discussion about the future. The Long Now Foundation describes The Long Bet Project as a “public arena for enjoyably competitive predictions, of interest to society, with philanthropic money at stake.” Featured LongBet: “By 2060 the total population of humans on earth will be less than it is today.” Challenge Kevin Kelly to a bet! Minimum is $200, all winnings to a charity,…

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Techno-Optimism

There are two primary undercurrents in society’s cultural reception of technology. On one hand, there is a dystopian sentiment. This is characterized by pessimistic visions of the future(s), by malthusianism(1), entropianism (2), and luddism(3). This first theme in reacting to technology often takes the form of: a) technology is making our lives artificial or superficial, b) technology is enslaving us or taking our freedoms, c) technology ruins the magic and mystery of life, d) technology is making us dumber, fatter, or causing us to entirely…

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