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Black Mirror - 0 views

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    This dark and often disturbing mini-series covers many themes from this class. Each episode questions the role of different technologies in society: from recording memories to talent shows. The episode "Be Right Back" is especially relevant to our discussions of cyborgs and AI.
weismans95

Ex Machina move trailer - 1 views

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    Yet another take on the cyborg/robot/AI story
Ed Webb

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    In 1959, a solar storm threw an electromagnetic pulse at Earth so strong it fried the telegraph system. A whole lot more is on the line now.
katiegimbert

Going up! Cosmic elevator could reach space on a cable made of diamonds - 0 views

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    A Japanese construction company, Obayashi Corporation, has been investigating the concept for a space elevator. Their researchers believe that advances in carbon nanotechnology could make a space elevator possible as soon as 2030. (CNN) -- Want to ride an elevator into space?
colburcl

The Right Chemistry: Soylent is no longer just a science-fiction concoction - 0 views

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    Soylent Green is here, people. Kind-of. The bigger question: can they make it taste like Nutella?
straussr

Light Memory Experiment Affects Mice Brains Like An MIB Neuralyzer - 1 views

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    Scientists think they've found a way to alter memory using beams of light... Freaky stuff.
weismans95

Don't Get Too Excited About That New "Hoverboard" Just Yet - 0 views

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    Only works on metallic surfaces...limited battery life...tough to ride. The hoverboard from Uglies will soon be a disappointing reality.
weismans95

We Are Already Cyborgs - YouTube - 2 views

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    Technology+evolution?
Ed Webb

Americans on the future of science and technology: meh | Bryan Alexander - 2 views

  • our expectations are generally unexcited and restrained.  The bold imagination of 20th-century American visions seems to have gone for a nap.  As Smithsonian’s article notes, “Most Americans view the technology- driven future with a sense of hope. They just don’t want to live there.”  We’re actually less excited than that
      • When it comes to specific emerging technologies we often greet them with broad, deep skepticism and fear, including human genetic engineering, robotics, drones, and wearable computing:

        • 66% think it would be a change for the worse if prospective parents could alter the DNA of their children to produce smarter, healthier, or more athletic offspring.
        • 65% think it would be a change for the worse if lifelike robots become the primary caregivers for the elderly and people in poor health.
        • 63% think it would be a change for the worse if personal and commercial drones are given permission to fly through most U.S. airspace.
        • 53% of Americans think it would be a change for the worse if most people wear implants or other devices that constantly show them information about the world around them. (emphases in original)
  • The heroic days of NASA in the popular imagination are long flown: “One in three (33%) expect that humans will have colonized planets other than Earth.”  Indeed. a few more Americans actually see teleportation happening.
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  • Overall, Americans look at the future of science and technology with some hefty amounts of skepticism and dismay.  Health care improvements do appeal to us, unsurprisingly, given our ageing demographics.  Classic futures themes of space and travel have withered in our collective mind.  I’m reminded of Bruce Sterling’s aphorism about the rest of the 21st century: “The future is about old people, in big cities, afraid of the sky.”
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