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Πέμπτη, 23 Μαρτίου 2017

''Riceman'' and his team want to compare how people would react to a pretty girl begging money for makeup vs a homeless girl begging money for food. To control, they have to the same girl play both roles. They filmed her playing each role for one hour. At the end, over 10 people talked to her and 6 people helped her when she begged for makeup and only 3 people approached her when she begged for food. It’s really bothering to know people would rather help someone with a creative or unusual sign than someone who has legitimate need. 

I hope people in our society can look past someone’s appearance and help those who’s really in need



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Δευτέρα, 20 Μαρτίου 2017

Former Chase Manhattan Chief Executive David Rockefeller has died at the age of 101.

Rockefeller died in his sleep at home in Pocantico Hills, New York, on Monday morning as a result of congestive heart failure, according to a family spokesperson Fraser P. Seitel.

The businessman, who had an estimated fortune of $3 billion, retired as head of Chase Manhattan in 1981 after a 35-year career.

According to a report in the New York Times:

Chase Manhattan had long been known as the Rockefeller bank, though the family never owned more than 5 percent of its shares. But Mr. Rockefeller was more than a steward. As chairman and chief executive throughout the 1970s, he made it “David’s bank,” as many called it, expanding its operations internationally.

His stature was greater than any corporate title might convey, however. His influence was felt in Washington and foreign capitals, in the corridors of New York City government, art museums, great universities and public schools.

Mr. Rockefeller could well be the last of an increasingly less visible family to have cut so imposing a figure on the world stage. As a peripatetic advocate of the economic interests of the United States and of his own bank, he was a force in global financial affairs and in his country’s foreign policy. He was received in foreign capitals with the honors accorded a chief of state.
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Demis Hassabis:  Head of Google Deepmind. The development of Artificial Intelligence will likely have the largest impact on our future and the team at Deepmind spearheaded by Demis seem to be the closest to getting to genuine AI.


Elon Musk: Space X, Tesla, Open AI, Solar City, Gigafactories, Hyperloop, colonizing mars, autonomous vehicles, beaming global internet from space….this one seems pretty obvious


George Church:  Arguably the world’s leading geneticist. He is at the forefront of genetic engineering and synthetic biology, fields that are reshaping our biological destinies and changing the nature of life on earth.

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook has been investing heavily in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, health services, and satellite internet, to name a few. Also considering his age, personal wealth and the recent rumors that he might seek the presidency soon, this one also seemed like a no brainer.


Xi Jin Ping: Wavered most on this pick but chose him due to China’s bold stance made this week at Davos, sending by far the largest and most powerful delegation of any nation. Clearly China is growing more assertive on the international stage lead by their Premier who has consolidated power like no other Chinese ruler in recent history. China has put forth an ambitious new five year plan that they hope will position themselves as a global hub of innovation for the 21st century. He also seems bolstered by the fact that his biggest rival on the international stage just appointed a leader lacking in the subtle art of international diplomacy.

Others: Craig Ventor, Jeff Bezos, Ben Goertzel, Ray Kurzweil, Gary Marcus, Aubrey De Grey, Peter Thiel, Trump, Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai, Larry Page, Satya Nadella, random graduate student

Of course, any such list is inevitably going to be a little arbitrary and prone to bias so if anyone has a good reason why somebody else should be on this list please state your case below.

Source:tmrwedition.com
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The Body Hacking Convention in Austin, Texas took place a few months ago. It brought together a collection of people who share in the idea of using technology to augment our biological capabilities and enhance the human experience. Austin was a fitting place to hold such an event as the city’s motto suggests…

One of the strongest voices for this movement is Amal Graafstra, CEO and founder of Dangerous Things as well as a firm believer that biohacking is the next step in human evolution. As he pointed out many times, this is a process that has already begun. Whether it be through pacemakers or breast implants, we already fix any part of us that we need to or enhance anything we deem to be sub-par. We also walk around with computers basically attached to us everywhere we go that are connected to the internet and all of humanity at all times. It is natural that we will continue to push this trend forward by further augmenting our bodies and merging ourselves with the tools we create. And he doesn’t just talk the talk, he has transponders implanted into his hands that allow him to open doors, start vehicles and log into his computer with the wave of his hand. His company sells such implantable devices and he has pioneered many of the techniques used in the biohacking industry.

A number of other devices (and the people they are lodged in) were also showcased at this event. Many were focused on allowing humans to intuit new senses, believing we are limited in the ways we can experience and interact with the world to just the five or so senses we are born with. There was North Sense, a device that allows people to feel where north is like a homing pigeon, there were implantable magnets that allow people to pick up objects like Magneto, some even strong enough to let people sense magnetic fields around them, echolocation goggles that help blind people detect objects in front of them, vests that enable the person wearing it to feel the world around them, a company called Cyberise selling everything implantable from chips to thermometers and an eyeborg who had a camera embedded into one of his eye sockets.

However, they were not the irrational sci-fi fanatics that many who first hear about them assume. They are a collection of very forward-looking scientifically minded people who believe in augmenting their biology for the betterment of themselves and the species. It seems this is where we are trending, gradually technology is spreading to every part of our lives and it is only a matter of time before we start making it permanent parts of our identity. The people attending this conference see themselves as simply catching the wave before most people have even seen the tide rising.

They are also keenly aware of how contentious the movement they are starting is, an assortment of ethical issues surrounding it were at the heart of nearly every talk and discussion at the conference. Among the questions addressed were a person’s right to augment their body however they see fit, whether programming code should be considered free speech, if it is incumbent upon us to push technology and augmentation forward to make the species more fit for survival, as well as the fear that many have that the growing gap in equality will continue to grow and that biohacks may lead to the species itself splitting into ‘the enhanced’ and ‘the naturals’ based solely on who can afford to pay for all these upgrades.

It is a fascinatingly complex issue further obfuscated by the reality that there is a blurry line between fixing something and enhancing. If a child is born with a genetic defect that we can treat it seems obvious that we should, but what if gene editing techniques can endow that child with an improved immune system so that they virtually never get sick? At what point do we say it is okay to replace a severed arm with a prosthetic that can restore some function but not okay to give people an arm that works much better than their biological one so others don’t start hacking off their arms to become Robocops? A myriad of such questions pop up when we think about all that we may soon be able to do.

There are no easy answers but the main take away from this conference is that society needs to start talking about these things because whether we like it or not it is becoming a part of our reality and we need to be ready for some very weird things on the horizon.


Transhumanism

Much of what was discussed at the conference falls under the label of a growing movement known as transhumanism. It is a movement that aims to facilitate the next step in our evolution as we go from human to something beyond human. Recently a number of transhumanist parties have formed around the world primarily centered around three core tenants: that science and reason should be the basis for decision making not ideology, that government’s main responsibility is to eliminate existential threats to life on earth, and the promotion of science and technology for the betterment of all. Transhumanism also embodies the same ethos that pervaded the body hacking conference, the belief that technology will inevitably swallow the world and that it is actually changing us for the better, proponents of both believe we should accept that change and embrace the possibilities that come with it.

Not all share the movement’s optimism. Many associate much of the progress being made in the world, as well as the rise of ever more factional politics, with a dystopian vision of the future where we either end up destroying ourselves or becoming slaves to the organizations and technologies we are creating. This seems frighteningly plausible especially when you consider that one of the strongest backers of many of the technologies espoused by transhumanists is the military community, DARPA in particular, who envision the creation of universal soldiers equipped with a range of bionic sensors encased in indestructible exo-suits effectively making them superhuman. The development of such a soldier seems to already be at the forefront of the next global arms race.


But transhumanists argue that just the opposite is possible, they believe that by augmenting our biology and merging with technology we can liberate ourselves from many of the inconveniences of life, allowing us to more fully express who we are. Almost every tool that we have created, from the spear to the computer, has given us a better quality of life, and allowed us to live healthier, longer and more enlightened lives. This new age of technology will further facilitate that arc, freeing us from the drudgery of work, ridding us of disease, further connecting us to each other and allowing us to truly explore the limits of reality.

References: Benjamin Stecher
Via: https://futurism.com/?p=75170&post_type=post
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Σάββατο, 11 Μαρτίου 2017

INCREDIBLE footage has emerged of a magical glowing ice cave in the Arctic created by a sculptor who has been carving ice for over 30 years.

Tim Linhart, from New Mexico, USA, has been building frozen concert halls for over a decade – and he has filled his latest one with fully functional musical instruments also made out of ice.
Incredible footage shows the inside of a concert hall in Swedish Lapland carved entirely out of ice.
American sculptor Tim Linhart has been carving instruments from ice for around 20 years.

Tim has filled the hall with fully functioning musical instruments made from ice.

Tim carved his first frozen instrument sitting on top of a mountain around 20 years ago and says he became enchanted with the idea of making more from the second he first played it.

He said: “I plucked on the wires and I heard the sound coming out from inside the instrument.

“And I was so excited by what I heard that I put on my skis and skied all the way down to the village and told them what had happened to me and how excited I was.

“They pretty much thought I was a kook.

“Well, on that day I sort of had a dream – a vision of what could one day become. Welcome to my dream.”

Incredible footage shows inside the latest magical frozen concert hall that shows off Tim’s life’s work.

The structure is filled with frozen instruments – including icy guitars, frozen drums and beautifully sculpted violins.
The magical ice cave glows in all the colours of the rainbow and hold concerts which people can attend.
Tim said he carved his first instrument from ice 20 years ago and had a vision of what it could become.
Ever since creating his first instrument from ice, Tim has been working to perfect his methods.

The beautiful glowing igloo is located in Luleå, Swedish Lapland, and was specially designed to keep the delicate instruments cool – even when the concert hall is full of people.

Tim explained: “You got hot bodies next to cold instruments and they’re melting…the strings on the stringed instruments begin to get softer and the pitch goes down.

“On the pipe instruments [the pitch] begins to go up, so you’ve got the orchestra going in two different directions.”


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Τρίτη, 7 Μαρτίου 2017

Credit: Animal Justice
Aquarium workers figured out his escape route from his suction-cup tracks.

An octopus at an aquarium in New Zealand slipped through a gap at the top of his enclosure in a bold attempt for freedom, before making his way to a drain pipe which led to the ocean. The octopus, named Inky, used to be a resident at New Zealand’s National Aquarium until his escape last year. He managed to slip through a gap at the top of his enclosure that was left by maintenance workers at the aquarium and made his way across the floor of the facility to a six-inch wide drain. The aquarium workers only worked this out because of the suction cup prints that Inky’s tentacles left behind, mapping his escape route. He managed to squeeze his body, which is around the size of a football, through the pipe, due to the fact that octopuses are very malleable, before he made his break for the Pacific Ocean, according to reports. Aquarium manager Rob Yarrall told Radio New Zealand, “He managed to make his way to one of the drain holes that go back to the ocean. And off he went. And he didn’t even leave us a message.”


Inky had been living in the aquarium since 2014 when he was taken in after being caught in a crayfish pot. When he arrived, his body was scarred and his arms were injured. He was then named ‘Inky’, the name chosen from nominations submitted to a contest run by the Napier City Council. The aquarium’s curator of exhibits, Kerry Hewitt, said at the time that Inky was “getting used to being at the aquarium”, but added that staff would “have to keep Inky amused or he will get bored.”

Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time that a captive octopus has tried to escape from an aquarium. Back in 2009 at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in California, a two-spotted octopus took apart a water recycling valve, before directing a tube to shoot water out of the tank for a total of 10 hours, which consequently caused a huge flood. Following this incident, Scientific American asked octopus expert Jennifer Mather about the animals’ intelligence and previous such hijinks at aquariums. She said, “They are very strong, and it is practically impossible to keep an octopus in a tank unless you are very lucky. … Octopuses simply take things apart. I recall reading about someone who had built a robot submarine to putter around in a large aquarium tank. The octopus got a hold of it and took it apart piece by piece. There’s a famous story from the Brighton Aquarium in England 100 years ago that an octopus there got out of its tank at night when no one was watching, went to the tank next door and ate one of the lumpfish and went back to his own tank and was sitting there the next morning.”

Yarrall claimed at the time that they intend to improve the way that the tank is secured, as one other octopus remains in Inky’s prior tank. He told Hawke’s Bay Today, “They are always exploring and they are great escape artists. We’ll be watching the other one.”

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