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TED | Reclaiming the American Republic from the corruption of election funding

April 3, 2013

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There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens

That’s the argument at the core of a new just-posted TED talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig (video below).

“He shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a

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Ender’s Game — trailer

May 9, 2013

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Based on the best-selling, award winning science-fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, ENDER’S GAME is an epic adventure starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford.

Mission Statement of the International Fleet

United under a single, harmonious government, the International Fleet serves to protect the Earth from another global invasion, while striving to maintain order and propel human progress… read more

Video Source: I.F. Sentinel

John Searle: our shared condition — consciousness

August 6, 2013

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Philosopher John Searle lays out the case for studying human consciousness — and systematically shoots down some of the common objections to taking it seriously. As we learn more about the brain processes that cause awareness, accepting that consciousness is a biological phenomenon is an important first step. And no, he says, consciousness is not a massive computer simulation. (Filmed at TEDxCERN.)

— TED

Video Source: TED

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Audi piloted driving at CES 2013

January 11, 2013

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Video Source: Audi of America

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Trailer for new film by Doug Wolens The Singularity

January 24, 2013

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Doug Wolens | The Singularity is defined as the point in time when computer intelligence exceeds human intelligence. This notion of superhuman machines has long served as fodder for tales of science fiction. Yet most scientific leaders argue that these changes are inevitable, based on the accelerating rate of technological progress.

Clearly, some emerging technologies could have unknown consequences that could lead to catastrophic events or be abused for… read more

Video Source: Doug Wolens

Flying electric bicycle invented in Czech Republic

June 13, 2013

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In the Czech Republic three companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle capable of flying, The Telegraph reports. It has six propellers powered by six battery-powered engines. It’s currently only capable of five minutes of flight before the batteries need to be recharged.

Video Source: The Telegraph

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Drones shot down over Texas

May 29, 2012

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Good old boys deal with drones the Texas way.

Video Source: Prison Planet TV

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How you can change the past

January 8, 2013

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The outcomes of recent experiments in quantum physics show that “particle” and “wave” are concepts we latch on to because they seem to correspond to guises of matter in our familiar, classical world. But attempting to describe true quantum reality with these or any other black-or-white concepts is an enterprise doomed to failure.

Video Source: New Scientist

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Andrew McAfee: are droids taking our jobs?

November 1, 2012

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Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating — jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain’t seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next. (Filmed at

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Video Source: TED

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Lew Keilar | The Singularity in three minutes

January 28, 2013

Lew Keilar The Singularity in Three Minutes

Happy Endings Film Fest | “Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity” is a brilliant animation short by Lew Keilar and was a 2012 Happy Endings FilmFest finalist. This is a whiteboard animation explaining, in three minutes, the Technological Singularity concept made famous by Vernor Vinge, Ray Kurzweil, and other futurists.

Credits: Illustrated, shot, edited, and co-written by Lew Keilar. Stephen Smith, co-writer and collaborator, aka BirdInHandLane. Jeff Duff, music.… read more

Aaron Sims | In short film Archetype a combat robot rebels after malfunctioning with memories of once being human

February 19, 2012

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Aaron Sims | RL7 is an eight-foot-tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past.

Directed by Aaron Sims and starring Robert Joy (Land of the Dead, CSI:NY) and David Anders (Heroes, 24).

“Thanks for all the… read more

Video Source: Aaron Sims

Cardiac rhythm identification replaces passwords and pin

September 5, 2013

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The Nymi lets you securely and seamlessly engage with your world through ECG (heart pattern) authentication and motion sensing.

— Bionym

Video Source: Bionym Inc.

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Google Glass concept video revisited

January 28, 2013

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Google Project Glass | We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.

A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and… read more

Video Source: Project Glass

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Ray Kurzweil on Singularity 1 on 1: be who you would like to be

October 22, 2012

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During our conversation with Dr. Kurzweil we cover a wide variety of topics such as: how and why at age 5 Ray decided to become an inventor; his unique background of being born to Jewish parents but brought up in a Unitarian Church; his early interest in issues such as religious tolerance, poverty, social inequality and justice; 3D printing, open source, patents, progress and intellectual property rights; Watson, artificial intelligence,… read more

Video Source: Singularity Weblog

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ELYSIUM — Official Full Trailer

June 20, 2013

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n the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and… read more

Video Source: Sony Pictures

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