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The Holy Grail of Exponential Technology

As we have a Pandora’s Box section, it seems we need the opposite of that. Arguably the entire site is about such potential, but here we list some things that extend fundamentally into those positive possibilities.

10 Ludicrously Advanced Technologies We Can Expect by the Year 2100
10 Ways Technology Will Transform the Human Body in the next Decade | Big Think You are already a cyborg! Here’s 10 ways you could merge even more with technology in the coming decade.
Tiny drones gel their hair to help pollinate plants Without bees, the wingmen of the plant world, much of the food we eat would be a lot harder to come by – so their worldwide decline is cause for alarm. A team from Japan is giving them a little high-tech help, in the form of tiny pollen-collecting drones covered in a sticky gel and animal hairs.
I didn’t expect to be doing this! – Bodo Hoenen

My daughter Lorelei got a rare illness, a viral infection was causing swelling on her spine and brain…

This Machine Will Give Billions Access to Potable Water
This Is How to Invent Radical Solutions to Huge Problems
6 Big Ways Tech Is Rewriting Society’s Rules
Scientists have developed a synthetic way to absorb CO2 that’s way faster than plants – ScienceAlert Meet the new photosynthesis.
Scientists close to creating LIVING COMPUTER with ‘HUMAN BRAIN’ | Science | News | Daily Express COMPUTER scientists attempting to electronically replicate the human brain are close to creating a ‘living PC’.
The Motivating Power of a Massive Transformative Purpose

 

The Big Question

Ever since I could remember, or really maybe ever since I could think somewhat straight, it struck me that technology was getting quickly more powerful. I remember practicing hiding under a desk in grade school from a nuclear bomb from via Cuba (no shit!) and thinking a eight year old version of wtf?

Pardon my crassness and negativity, but something was not right when my response to the most powerful technology ever invented was to hide under a desk. You can’t even get that kind of planning past a little kid, yet hide we did.

It wasn’t until years later when it shifted to a more useful fundamental viewpoint that technology was neutral and whether it destroyed  or made things better depended somewhat on competency, but more so the intent of the user.  As the technology curve grows, so does the potential of both destruction and deliverance.

Humans adapt quickly but evolve slowly. Technology used to do the same, but, as we see throughout GiantLeap.com’s Posts and Pages, technology is evolving so quickly and substantively, we can no longer do what we have done. We may already be at the point where one deranged act could alter every life on the planet.

How are we going to get past that obvious reality at the intersection of personal prowess and human nature’s darker sides. That, is The Big Question that has beckoned me here.

Extreme Eventualities

 

Most of this site is hopefully positive about the increasing speed of Exponential Technologies and the potential outcomes. The big question is, what fate will humanity choose?

It seems we can either transcend the scarcity and limits we have evolved within or craft our own tragic fate. Technology is neither good nor bad. A hammer can be a tool used for building or a weapon of destruction. So it is with all tools and technologies.

I think any reasonable person should be awed by the speed of the advance of many sectors in the news feed of this site. We arguably more significant innovations every year than we had in our history. And, the speed of advance or human prowess through technology just gets faster and faster.

Most things advance through the will, efforts and accomplishments of a select segment of our population. Just as there are world class athletes, business people, and other segments, a few people drive change, evolution and advancement of our species.

So, where are the brilliant few that will help us to change our habits, proclivities and perhaps our very nature? We need them. We need them now.

Children seem to come into the world with awe, openness, and wonder. With needs, but without hate. With opportunity.

Most of us survive the random nature of our birth situation and circumstances. Most of us can show the scars we know and hide from the hidden ones. Many of us thrive and create, survive and love.

Each new generation is an opportunity for us to raise a better generation. But our broken one is the one that must do that.

Our technological power demands that. If we don’t, soon we will crash into ourselves at such a force or with such tyranny that life and beauty will surely take a tragic hit. Perhaps not to complete destruction but surely less than what lies down the other path of advancing our humanity at least a bit as we master the rest of our landscape.

Surely that decision deserves something better than we are giving it. Where are the geniuses of that part of destiny? Anyone?

What’s in the box Pandora?

For all the potential of technology, our very nature makes or breaks it. Just like a hammer is neutral and can be used to build or destroy, so it is with most technology. Here are a few articles that discuss the future of us with respect to the exponential technology all around us and what we might want to consider:

Researchers have successfully grown premature lambs in an artificial womb – ScienceAlert The technology could be used on humans in 3-5 years.
New computers could delete thoughts without your knowledge, experts warn | The Independent “Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind,” wrote the playwright John Milton in 1634. But, nearly 400 years later, technological advances in machines that can read our thoughts mean the privacy of our brain is under threat. Now two biomedical ethicists are calling for the creation of new human rights laws to ensure people are protected, including “the right to cognitive liberty” and “the right to mental integrity”.
A lamb foetus grew in this artificial womb for four weeks | TechRadar Extremely premature lambs have been kept alive for weeks in a fluid-filled plastic bag
Upgrading humans will be a ‘billion dollar industry’  | Daily Mail Online Bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari has revealed that the next billion dollar industry will not be a service or product – it will be upgrading humans, as technology will let some become ‘gods’.” name=”description
The Next Big Threat: War in Space | RealClearPolitics WASHINGTON — Among the memorabilia in Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s office is a fragment of the Wright brothers’ first airplane. But the most intriguing items may be two small…
Will pig-human chimeras solve our organ transplant shortage? | Genetic Literacy Project Experiments show pig-human chimeras might be able to farm human organs for transplantation and disease research. But would it be ethical to create these organisms?
China’s New “Social Credit Score” Brings Dystopian Science Fiction to Life The dystopian state is closer than you think—China’s new “social credit score” is every Orwellian paranoiac’s worst nightmare come true. But the technology, like it or not, is well on its way to implementation. The only question is—how will it change our lives?
Scientists have rejuvenated old mice with the blood of human teenagers – ScienceAlert The fountain of youth doesn’t care which species you’re from.
Robo-journalists May Be Covering Election Night News | Digital Trends Publications like the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NBC, Yahoo News and the non-profit Pro Publica, use robot-journalists to write the news.
WWF Report: Two-Thirds of Wildlife Will Disappear By 2020 The World Wildlife Fund is projecting the further decline of the planet’s biodiversity by a staggering 67% by 2020. While this is shocking, all hope is not lost. With initiatives like the Paris Climate Agreement, humanity is showing a willingness to reverse course.
Scientists Target 2026 As The Year of The First Synthetic Genome A human genome contains 3 billion base pairs, one project is seeking to write a complete human genome, besting current efforts able to produce 1 million pairs. The researchers are looking to the future in hopes that their work will spur even further growth in science and technology.
Mice Born From Artificial Eggs a ‘Stunning Achievement’
Netflix CEO Says Entertainment’s Future is a Matrix-Like Hallucinogen Netflix CEO Reed Hastings believes the company’s competition is anything that takes the viewer’s attention away from the screen, i.e. hallucinogens. Netflix currently has more than 86.7 million subscribers across the globe, and Hastings fears he may lose subscribers to mind-altering pills.
Experts State Robots Will Take Over Additional 850,000 Jobs By 2030 850,000 public sector jobs in the UK are at risk of being lost by 2030 due to automation, and more than 1.3 million administrative jobs in the public sector have a 77% probability of being automated. This is good news for fiscal policy makers who wish to cut costs – the government can save up to £12 billion in public sector wages by 2030.
Tech billionaires convinced we live in the Matrix are secretly funding scientists to help break us out of it | The Independent Some of the world’s richest and most powerful people are convinced that we are living in a computer simulation. And now they’re trying to do something about it. At least two of Silicon Valley’s tech billionaires are pouring money into efforts to break humans out of the simulation that they believe that it is living in, according to a new report.
An AI Was Taught to Hunt and Kill Humans In Video Games: Here’s Why This Matters Programmers have developed an artificial intelligence that can play the video game Doom, and do so very well. Although it’s just a game, this raises questions about AI governance. How can it become more informed, integrated, effective, and anticipatory?
Welcome, Robot Overlords. Please Don’t Fire Us? | Mother Jones
Uberworld | The Economist The world’s most valuable startup is leading the race to transform the future of transport
The Brave New World of Robots and Lost Jobs | RealClearPolitics WASHINGTON — Job insecurity is a central theme of the 2016 campaign, fueling popular anger about trade deals and immigration. But economists warn that much bigger job losses are ahead in America –…
Australian vaccination rates are at an all-time high after government removes anti-vaxxers’ benefits – ScienceAlert Who would’ve thought?
Government to lift moratorium on cross-species, ‘chimera’ research – Washington Times The federal government is planning to lift a moratorium on funding for research studying the effects of injecting animal embryos with human stem cells, creating half-human half-animal hybrids.
Beware of Twitter Robots Telling People How to Vote | Heat Street
Military Robotics Makers See a Future for Armed Police Robots – Defense One As military-grade robotics get cheaper and more capable, someone will arm them and put them on American streets.
Google experts reveal what it would take to live forever digitally  | Daily Mail Online University of Sheffield expert Richard Jones says transhumanism raises major technological issues – even though some say it will be commonplace by 2045.
The Wolves of Silicon Valley: how megalomaniacs in hoodies became tech’s answer to Wall Street Free food, sleep pods and graffiti walls.
Europe’s robots to become ‘electronic persons’ under draft plan | Reuters Europe’s growing army of robot workers could be classed as “electronic persons” and their owners liable to paying social security for them if the European Union adopts a draft plan to address the realities of a new industrial revolution.
Losing Control: The Dangers of Killer Robots
Doctor’s Plan for Full-Body Transplants Raises Doubts Even in Daring China – NYTimes.com
EU Exploring the Idea of Using Government ID Cards as Potential Online Logins European Commission proposes that users give up their privacy for the sake of authentic product reviews
In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human : Researchers experimenting with chimeric embryos say they could develop into adult pigs, sheep or cows with human organs that one day might be suitable for transplantation in people.
AI will create ‘useless class’ of human, predicts bestselling historian
New Digital Face Manipulation Means You Can’t Trust Video Anymore
A New Drug That’s 10,000 Times More Potent than Morphine Just Hit the US A dangerous new drug is making the rounds in the US. It’s thousands of times stronger than morphine, and it’s untraceable in blood and urine.
Universal Basic Income: The Answer to Automation? 57% of the world’s jobs are at risk of being automated. Universal Basic Income may be our only way out. Here’s why.
Dead could be brought ‘back to life’ in groundbreaking project 
Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future
Why you should fear artificial intelligence | TechCrunch I have voraciously read endless pro and con scenarios about artificial intelligence since first writing about it years ago. There is no doubt that concerns..
Reports Reveal Millions of Jobs are Threatened by Automation: Does This Spell Doom? Automation is taking over numerous jobs. How can you make sure you aren’t replaced with a robot?
Sex dolls can be given a personality via app to create the ‘perfect lover’ | Daily Mail Online Outnumbered actor Tyger Drew-Honey, 20, whose parents were once porn stars, met Matt McMullen, a sex doll manufacturer whose latest creations use the modern technology.
 

Tech titans want to be masters of all media we survey – The Orange County Register Opinion: Tech titans want to be masters of all media we survey | media, news, tech, new, oligarchs, traditional, google, power, most, control
Will Big Data lead to Big Brother?
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Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Business | The Guardian A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end
Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us | WIRED –  Bill Joy

 

Thoughts on Truth

We are in well into the fast accelerating curve of Exponential Technologies. Our decision making and humanity need to also improve to help us make a better world.

Part of that quest has to be an ever stronger embrace of the truth as it really is. We came from a simpler time in many respects. Our navigation of the new complexity can take us great places.

We cannot know anything for sure (check the disagreement between Quantum Mechanics and the Theory of Relativity).  That said, there are miles of difference between beliefs, theories, and facts.

Some things cannot be known as they are definitions, not truth. Other things are simply too complex for our understanding or to model.  And there is definitely more to life beyond our senses.

While sometimes believing is all we have. But, through insight and tinkering, we can move to the realm of conjecture, theory and sometimes facts. Our technological rise depended on it and still does.

It turns out the world is not flat, Galileo was right about Earth’s place and knocking on wood does nothing to prevent events from happening. While these may sound silly today, we have similar ridiculous notions.

Bias is a part of our nature as is guessing and pattern recognition. A little mental discipline can go a long way towards us rising above our limits.

Let’s all do our part by realizing that we are only partially rational creatures by nature. Our consciousness sits ethereally on top of  mammalian and lizard brain parts i n a sometimes volatile chemical bath.

Our best hope seems to be a mindfulness of that and developing a compass that values hard truth over all.  People are allowed to believe what they want, as long as everyone does. One is not entitled to their own set of facts, though.

Einstein said facts are what stand up to experience.  Words to live by. Sorting beliefs, theories, and facts from life is likely our best chance of being able to transcend the exponential technology future that is now upon us.

 

What do YOU think?

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Contests and Collaboration

A proven way to get results is using a good competition, collaboration or contest. From the first human powered flight to getting someone to space without using being a country, prizes have been key to not only specific innovations, but learning about the process itself.

Here are some very interesting ones:

Prizes | XPRIZE XPRIZE is an innovation engine and a facilitator of exponential change. We transform how people think about the world’s biggest problems and incentivize their solutions.
Accelerating the Future: Dubai Announces Plan to Solve Modern Society’s Biggest Issues The government of Dubai just unveiled plans for the Dubai Future Accelerators program, which seeks to bring together innovative individuals and governing officials to develop solutions to real world problems. And you can be a part of it.
Carbon XPrize aims to reimagine CO2Forty-seven entries from seven countries are set to take part in a competition aimed at finding new ways to convert carbon dioxide into valuable products. The NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize will award US$20 million to the teams that develop the best breakthrough technologies for “reimagining CO2.”
DARPA is Giving $2 Million To The Person Who Creates An AI HackerDARPA just issued a challenge for hackers: Make an AI that can hack other computers.
Home | Google Lunar XPRIZE#GLXPMoonShot is epic. See how far these teams will go to get back to the moon
Making an Artificial Intelligence: X Prize And IBM Team Up For $5 Million CompetitionIBM, maker of the AI Watson, and the X Prize Foundation have launched a $5 million competition to seek the possibilities of how AI could make an impact in real world problems.
Robotics: Science and Systems
Future Festival – Trend Hunter’s Insight & Innovation ConferenceTrend Hunter’s FUTURE FESTIVAL. This is an experience for our private clients and top-tier innovators, specifically designed to accelerate careers and immerse you in the future.
Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking Announce $100 Million Breakthrough Initiative to Dramatically Accelerate Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe – Astrobiology Magazine10-year, Multi-disciplinary Search Effort Will Harness World’s Largest Telescopes to Mine Data from Nearest Million Stars, Milky Way and 100 Galaxies
Prizes | XPRIZEXPRIZE is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity
Behind the Scenes at the Breakthrough Prizes, the Glitzy Oscars for Science | WIRED Where scientists on the red carpet can talk about peeing in space. Where scientists on the red carpet can talk about peeing in space.
Attention! Apply To The Startup Battlefield At Disrupt London NOW | TechCrunch Attention Europe! Applications are now open for the Startup Battlefield competition at Disrupt London. The Battlefield is TechCrunch’s premiere startup..
Global Grand Challenges | Singularity University Startup Lab
We Want You To Exhibit In Startup Alley At Disrupt SF | TechCrunch Disrupt SF is right around the corner, and spots in the Startup Alley are filling up fast. If you want to get in on the action, now is the time to get your..
Robotics: Science and Systems
Future Festival – Trend Hunter’s Insight & Innovation ConferenceTrend Hunter’s FUTURE FESTIVAL. This is an experience for our private clients and top-tier innovators, specifically designed to accelerate careers and immerse you in the future.
Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking Announce $100 Million Breakthrough Initiative to Dramatically Accelerate Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe – Astrobiology Magazine10-year, Multi-disciplinary Search Effort Will Harness World’s Largest Telescopes to Mine Data from Nearest Million Stars, Milky Way and 100 Galaxies
Prizes | XPRIZE
XPRIZE Home Page XPRIZE is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity
UAE’s $1m Robotics Award open for entries – Emirates 24|7 Award a first-of-its-kind global platform: Hamdan
Virgin Earth Challenge : The Prize Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge is an innovation incentive designed to award scalable and sustainable ways of taking carbon out of the air. Often referred to as Greenhouse Gas Removal, Carbon Dioxide Removal, Carbon Drawdown, Carbon Fixation, or Negative Emissions Technologies, these proposed approaches look to work in conjunction with reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the first place – removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to help meet emissions reductions targets for a more stable climate and healthier oceans.
The MIT DARPA Robotics Challenge Team

 

Thoughts on Entrepreneurship

There are a lot of opinions about becoming an Entrepreneur.  Getting the lay of the land, as it were, can be tough.

Here are some resources that might help:

How to Run Wild Experiments Just Like (Google) X
Silicon Valley Lies And Those Who Tell Them | TechCrunch We are now in a new year. Like most people, you’ll likely start 2016 setting a bunch of resolutions. If you are an entrepreneur, or want to become one, do..
If At First Your Acqui-Hire Sucks, Try Again | TechCrunch It took back-to-back acqui-hires for me to learn there’s a right way and a wrong way to do them. We had made it. Despite running low on money and having..
How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software | TechCrunch I’ve always wanted to make a lot of money, have people pay a lot of attention to me and do a lot of exciting things. I just never knew how. Many of my..
Why entrepreneurs should focus on personal branding Whether it’s your customers or other stakeholders, the way they perceive your company or product depends on how they perceive you.
The CrunchBase Unicorn Leaderboard A curated leaderboard of private companies with post-money valuations of $1 billion or more.
Jeff Bezos interview: Jeremy Clarkson, Amazon Prime and a new golden age of television – Telegraph Amazon founder and chief executive talks exclusively to The Telegraph on the Top Gear trio and the future of television
You’re Still Modeling Growth Incorrectly | TechCrunch When I first got the job running marketing at Mint, founder and CEO Aaron Patzer told me that we had to get Mint to 100,000 users within six months of..
The Billion-Dollar Trait Behind Airbnb, Instagram, and Pinterest – Singularity HUB People often forget how difficult it is to start a company. This post is about “grit”—one of the most critical attributes of successful entrepreneurs.
A Brief History Of Airbnb | TechCrunch TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.

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Elon Musk’s 15 Lessons for Your Startup Business

Raising an Innovator: 10 Tips From Our Nation’s Greatest Inventors | Jayme Cellitioci Last week, I was explaining to my 4-year-old that mom had to miss two “sleeps” at home in order to help make a celebration for our country’s greatest inventors and innovators. As I had the unique opportunity to sit and chat with these creative problem solving geniuses of our time, I excavated 10 tips on preparing your child and mine to innovate in the 21st century.

Bringing Back Brick and Mortar?

Shopping online is great for some things, but shopping has been an experience that drove civilization of humanity. Amazon and others have been driving shopping online and it is convenient, but is it fun and where are the jobs in that?

A lot of new ideas will be coming down the pike in the realm of commerce. Places like this with stores like this likely will provide something that pure virtual cannot deliver.

 

Futuristic retail-tech hub at Westfield San Francisco ready to open – SFGate On May 28, the first group of companies is scheduled to set up shop in Bespoke’s demonstration spaces near the mall’s storied Level 4 dome. Bespoke is a tech-focused trifecta of co-working space, event venue and demonstration space, which will allow companies and consumers to test new products among the mall’s 200 traditional retailers..

 

Hope We Are Up To It

Technology is wonderful and we have a great big backyard in the Solar System and beyond that looks like it could sure use some life added to it. Humans can finally go beyond our own earth into space and we should.

We could also simply recognize the abundance technology allows us now and change our mindset before something truly ugly happens. Or, perhaps, just find some leadership to get us both places.

Our decision making in technology, the market mostly takes care of. Taking care of ourselves and our planet, that is a different story. While things look up in the air, our future is not bleak unless we don’t make changes that align with our new technological prowess and somehow start making wise decisions while somewhat under new kind of pressures that are coming at us faster.

Here is a different take on the same matter at hand.

Astronomer Royal Martin Rees: How soon will robots take over the world? – Telegraph An explosion in artificial intelligence has sent us hurtling towards a post-human future, warns Martin Rees