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My first solo post on our new BPF blog. "Dendritic Spines, Memory & Brain Preservation". Neuroscience is soooo close to solving the long-term memory preservation puzzle, and reanimating uploaded memories from model organisms. Within the next ten years I think. Then the number of people who "get" the value of brain preservation will really start growing fast, and more of us can come to see ourselves as always learning, "informational entities", with bright futures. Every one of us. It is such an amazing time to be alive, I feel tremendously blessed.
Let me start this post with a disclaimer: I am not a trained neuroscientist. As VP and co-founder of the BPF, I enjoy following the scientific literature on neuroscience topics. I am instead a technology futurist, with six years of postbaccalaureate and graduate studies in biological sciences, computer sciences, and medicine at UCSD, and a master’s degree in futures studies […]
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My new post on one exciting future of #Groupnets. Our extended families, biological and adopted, will soon be closer and stronger than ever before. A rich digital platform for finding, adopting, and helping at-risk families by pairing them with sponsor families now seems feasible with entrepreneurial vision and technical leadership.

Would you adopt an at-risk family in Sub-Saharan Africa or some other place of great need if you could participate in their lives even more easily than if they were your physical neighbors? I certainly would. Let's get it done!

https://eversmarterworld.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/the-internet-of-families-private-facebooks-global-family-adoption-future-of-groupnets/
One of the coming developments I've been the most excited about in recent years are Groupnets (what I originally called "symbiont networks" in a 2004 article). Groupnets are tightly connected, sens...
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A serious concern indeed. I take a crack on strategy for fixing that in my next book, Your Digital Twin. Thanks iPan.
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My brother and sister Alvis and Dinara got married today. Graceland wedding chapel in Las Vegas baby! :) A 1973-era Elvis was in the building. Now we need to dance to Ylvis :)
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"Uncle John" has a nice ring to it, eh? :)
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Iveta, Dinara, Alvis, Max Marmer and I are going to see Kevin Kelly's new talk at Long Now, SF Jazz Center, Wednesday Nov 12, 7:30pm. $15. Join us? Invite your friends!

In case you don't know him, Kelly's our modern Thoreau and Kurzweil rolled into one. Plus he looks like Captain Ahab, leading the hunt for Moby Global Superorganism. A truly amazing and inspiring thinker. Every one of his books has been epic, but particularly Out of Control and What Technology Wants. Both will change the way you see the world. Or just come hear him talk! Maybe some of us can get dinner beforehand near the venue at 6pm too if anyone is interested. I trust you are all well. Would love to catch up.
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+Christina Sterbenz  wrote a very nice piece on Business Insider about my Digital Twin and Valuecosm predictions, circa 2020. I see these as hugely personally and socially empowering, introducing new problems (which we will overcome) and a bit creepy, as they are the next incremental step in uploading humanity to digital form. Agree or disagree? Let me know, thanks!
http://www.businessinsider.com/within-5-years-digital-twins-could-start-making-decisions-for-us-2014-9
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Privacy is the ability to control the flow of data regarding oneself.
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Brilliant. Looking forward to our digital twins disrupting this whole chain, at many intervention points in coming years. We're already a third of the way to disrupting the top-down media and replacing it with bottom-up alternatives, I'd say. Add micropayments and social crediting payments and equity crowdfunding and remix licenses and open media platforms with NLP interfaces and we'll be there.
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Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz at Sunset. Our new friends Brigit and Chris on left, Alvis and Dinara on right. I'm the Paratrooper!  :)
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Seen Interstellar? Here are four mental rewrites to help you love it as much as it deserves, and two predictions on the future of Remix Culture. 
Friends who know my work as a systems theorist, including my speculations about the evolutionary developmental (evo devo) nature of our universe, and the potential attraction of universal intellige...
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Lovely new Indigogo project well worth funding. Lyrics and content are fantastic. 
 
Today, November fifth, the political music album for the Internet generation hit the web. Listening to the lyrics is like taking a punch to the stomach - they're so spot on the struggle for freedom and integrity on and offline. No wonder - the artist is the well known hacktivist YTCracker.

The album can be streamed on Spotify, bought on Bandcamp, iTunes or pirated. Linked is a Youtube video with animations of the first and second song of the album - the first is a finished animation and the second is sketched.

The whole album is going to be made into a 60 minute movie, crowdfunded right now on Indiegogo. A perfect match - this is an album from the times when the point of an album was to tell a story.

The story of the Internet generation, fighting for their rights to integrity, protected communication and democracy.

+Piratpartiet  #piratpartiet  

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/introducing-neals
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Bay to Breakers 2014 was pretty sad today. These city managers are sucking the joy out of all of our traditions. First, floats and anything with wheels were were banned in 2011. That took a truly original and celebratory event and made it far more vanilla. None of us got to vote on that, it was a Nanny State decision, imposed on us for their own good.

This year they banned backpacks because of Boston, or any bag over 8 x 11 x 4 inches.  None of us got to vote on whether we wanted to keep our backpacks. Someone forgot the "Keep Calm" part of Keep Calm and Carry On. What's next, no backpacks in public places? Where does this lunacy end? People wore little transparent TSA-compliant backpacks. TSA may be there to do body cavity searches next year, since your feet are transportation, right?

The organizer's guide didn't let you know that the Muni buses back to the start cost $2, and the signs for how to get to them were very poor. So it wasn't clear how to use Muni. By contrast, Bauer Intelligent Transportation Shuttles were conspicuous, with huge signs, in prime locations. Organizers probably made more for themselves on the private expensive shuttles, so they steered people toward them by their various nudges, and made the Muni people feel like second class citizens. What sheit.

There was no music at the start anymore. We must thank some city admin for that. I'd love to know their name, so we can publicly shame them. Don't want to get people too excited, they actually might have fun at the start.

Instead, the race announcer read 10 mins of ads. Race predictably started 10 mins late due to "security issues". What security folks can we hold accountable for wasting the time of 50,000 people? Some of these Nanny State folks need to be held accountable.
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OUR PRAYERS, OUR DESIGNS, OUR WORKMANSHIP

Seems like bad goys,
Who are so unwise.

But what I see,
Is sadly we,
Except for me,
And perhaps thee,
We choose nanny,
Want big daddy,
To fix nanny.
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    Next IT, 2013 - present
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    Singularity University, 2009 - present
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    Lecturer, 2011 - present
  • Acceleration Studies Foundation
    President, 2003 - present
  • University of Advancing Technology
    Program Champion, M.S. in Emerging Technologies, 2007 - 2012
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Foresight, Tools, and Strategies for a World of Accelerating Technological Change
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Futurist, Author, Educator, Speaker, Consultant. President, Acceleration Studies Foundation
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  • University of Houston
    M.S. Futures Studies, 2005 - 2007
  • University of California, San Diego
    M.S.Eq. Physiology and Medicine, 1997 - 1999
  • University of California, Berkeley
    B.S. Business Administration, 1900 - 1904
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