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Semis and buses, solar panels and power walls... It's a beautiful future Tesla is building. If they force others to enter the space and compete, so much the better. I think Elon would be thrilled if someone achieved his master plan ahead of him.
*/ The first master plan that I wrote 10 years ago is now in the final stages of completion. It wasn't all that complicated and basically consisted of:
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A 40% reduction in server energy cost is going to get a lot of attention, as if the space weren't already hot enough to approach an AI summer. Or is it still spring?
 
Google is going to use DeepMind technology to reduce the energy cost of its data centers.
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My sense of self has to be fluid if I ever want to improve. That's why I'm a transhumanist in the first place.
 
The Future of Our Individual and Collective Identity

A typically well-written and engaging article from Mark Manson. The Future of Self, recently explored the future of human identity given rapid transformatory advances in technology.

This begins in a light-hearted way, exploring identity from the sense of future brain computer interfaces and mind uploads and what identity means when you can add, remove, and edit skills, memories, and even personality traits. But then we get into far more subtle and interesting discussions centered around the fact that we look for external references to identify ourselves.

External references are determined by your environment and material circumstances; you can’t be Mozart if the piano hasn’t been invented, and if you’re a poor strategist in the chess team you may be a chess god in a community that doesn’t know how to play. And you certainly couldn’t ask a caveman what side of the political spectrum they favoured: such a question, that we might consider a core part of our identity today, would not even make sense.

Technological and social development since the Enlightenment has continually boosted the complexity of identities that people can assume. Ponder then the impacts on identity when we have advanced genetic engineering and body modification, advanced robotics that provide mass unemployment and remove I am a [job title]. from people’s lexicon, and all the ways genuine and advanced VR will be able to mess with identities in ways we cannot imagine.

What happens when individual identities become so fluid and arbitrary and everyone realises the Self is an illusion? Does the SELF-preservation instinct also dissolve? Realising that no one intrinsically stands for anything? A unicellular organism that continually and arbitrarily swaps new genes in and out rapidly loses its identity as a defined species, and quite probably its ability to survive and pass on any replicable information at all.

This and more at: https://markmanson.net/future-of-self

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A lot of non-human societies survive quite well with little emphasis on the individual. Most of them are insect societies, ants and termites for example, but they do exist and thrive.
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SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 29/2016.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2016/07/dna-origami-surfaces-robots-walk-like.html

DNA origami surfaces, Robots walk like humans, Printable metal filament, Machine learning tissue scanning, Transparent skull window, Drone vaccine delivery, Retinal Alzheimer’s detection, Inheriting differential cellular damage, Bacteria in brainstem, Molecular electronics.

1. Precise Surface Functionalisation via DNA Origami
Electron-beam lithography chip fabrication tools can create surfaces etched with photonic crystal cavity arrays, tuned to particular wavelengths of light, that contain up to seven distinct internal surface structures to which precise DNA origami shapes can bind to https://www.caltech.edu/news/dna-origami-lights-microscopic-glowing-van-gogh-51280. With fluorescent molecules (whose light emittance is chosen to match the cavity) attached to specific DNA origami shapes, each cavity can now be precisely filled with from zero to seven fluorescent molecules, and so providing a colour scale with eight shades that the group used to create a dime-sized copy of Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” containing over 65,000 distinct pixels. This is an exciting platform for building precisely patterned functional surfaces; one can imagine the fluorescent molecules being replaced with sensors, quantum dots, enzymes, and other DNA origami structures, perhaps as mini production lines.

2. Human-Like Robotic Gait
DURUS is a robotic platform recently used to demonstrate hyper-efficient, human-like robotic gait and bipedal locomotion http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/durus-brings-humanlike-gait-and-fancy-shoes-to-hyperefficient-robots. DURUS walks nearly 20x more efficiently than the original ATLAS humanoid robot, has human-like heel-toe walking, and can wear human shoes while doing so. The most important facet here is that, while some hardware innovations were involved, the platform is mainly improved software that can be used with different hardware configurations and doesn’t suffer from the same restraints as before. More complex tests are planned for running and walking, and the platform should also prove just as useful in providing much improved prosthetics for amputees.

3. Metal Filament for 3D Printers
Filamet is the name for a new metal-based 3D printing filament launched by The Virtual Foundry that any standard plastic-filament-based 3D deposition printer can use to produce custom metallic objects http://3dprintingindustry.com/news/now-can-print-metal-3d-printer-85255/. The first filaments on offer contain either copper or bronze metallic powder in a resin that is only 11.5% plastic, 88.5% metal, that can be used to print a mostly-metal object that can be polished or else post-processed to remove the remaining plastic to achieve 99%+ pure metal. However, while other metals and even glass and ceramic versions are planned, such objects will be structurally composite in nature and won’t achieve the consistency and strength of a conventional metal object.

4. Machine Learning Tissue Scanning
3Scan is a company that produces knife-edge scanning microscopes for very finely slicing tissue samples and imaging these to produce virtual 3D models, and now plans to use machine learning techniques to further speed up and automate this virtual model reconstruction http://www.xconomy.com/san-francisco/2016/07/11/tissue-analyzer-3scan-builds-out-machine-learning-with-14m-series-b/. This will be particularly interesting for slicing, scanning, and producing ever-larger brain connectome maps in future. Talking of virtual models of neurons and chunks of brain tissue, the Allen Institute for Brain Science has launched the comprehensive Allen Brain Observatory to further boost progress in this area http://www.alleninstitute.org/what-we-do/brain-science/news-press/articles/introducing-allen-brain-observatory.

5. Embedding a Transparent Window in the Skull
A new transparent form of the material yttria-stabilised zirconia was developed as part of the Window into The Brain project, aiming to utilise this material to replace sections of a human skull to allow optical access to the brain whenever needed http://www.gizmag.com/transparent-brain-window/44286/. Recent animal studies show that (i) lasers can pass through the device to not only treat neurons but also destroy bacteria that may be present due to surgery etc, and (ii) the material is tolerated extremely well by the body and avoids inflammation and immune rejection. It’ll be interesting to start to see this used with optogenetics.

6. Remote Vaccine Delivery via Drone
Drones are to be used to deliver vaccine-coated food pellets to remote wilderness areas in order to vaccinate ferrets against a particular disease and prevent their ongoing population decline http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2016/07/14/u_s_fish_and_wildlife_announces_plan_to_use_drones_and_candy_to_deliver.html. There are some very interesting biocontrol applications here, for example to combat invasive pest species. In related news the robust SwagBot robot has been developed to help remotely herd cattle on large Australian ranches, and might be used to monitor animal health and take samples as needed http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/swagbot-to-herd-cattle-on-australian-ranches. The group are next looking to develop and test more autonomous versions.

7. Early Alzheimer’s Detection via Retina
It appears as though the brain and retina undergo similar changes during the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, but the retina is easily accessible to observation whereas the brain is not - simply by examining the retina (in mice and humans) signs of Alzheimer’s can be detected before the onset of symptoms http://www.kurzweilai.net/how-to-detect-early-signs-of-alzheimers-with-a-simple-eye-exam-before-symptoms-appear. In related news we have yet another experimental Alzheimer’s vaccine showing promise http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2016/07/13/progress-in-worlds-first-alzheimers-vaccine/.

8. Cell Division Differential in Damage Inheritance
An interesting study suggests that cells in both unicellular and multicellular organisms can, in certain circumstances, undergo differential or asymmetric cell division that results in most and sometimes all of the mutations and damage being inherited by only one of the two daughter cells https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2016/07/studying-bacteria-provides-insight-into-the-origins-of-aging/. In this way only one line of cells accumulates increasing damage with time - aging damage - and there is a population of cells that manages to remain youthful for arbitrary lengths of time, especially during times of stress. While a single cell cannot overcome the accumulation of damage, a group or colony of cells can do so together over time. I wonder if this might be adapted to some sort of anti-aging therapy.

9. How Bacteria Get Into Your Brainstem
In possibly the most terrifying news of the week, a type of bacteria that lives in soil has been found - via an innocuous sniff of the nose - to pass the olfactory mucosa and travel to the central nervous system via the trigeminal nerve https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/news/2016/07/08/deadly-soil-bug-can-reach-the-brain-in-a-day/. From this route the bugs were found in the brainstem and spinal cord; they can cause the potentially fatal disease meliodosis, which can be fatal 50% of the time if it infects the brain. The finding is important as (i) other bacteria are believed to use the same mechanism, (ii) this might now be used to develop treatments and interventions for diseases and persistent pain disorders, and (iii) these are a possible bioweapon. Although I’ll speculate that engineered bacteria might instead be used as therapeutic or enhancement agents via this route.

10. Molecular Electronics Innovations
There were a few interesting molecular electronics items to cover this week. First, functional atomically thin transistors and circuits can be created out of a precise composite of graphene and molybdenum disulfide http://newscenter.lbl.gov/2016/07/11/atomically-thin-transistors/. Second, standard MIMO protocols can be used to boost communications using molecules instead of radio waves http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/wireless/for-best-results-send-molecular-messages-through-mimo. Third, single molecule switches can now be reliably operated via mechanochemistry https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2016/07/05/chemists-show-new-way-operate-single-molecular-switch/.

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Microscopic Pacman

Here's a cool video of a microscopic version of Pacman: the entire maze is 1mm wide and different microorganisms are standing in for Pacman and the ghosts - you don't really get to see any consumption / engulfing unfortunately but still a nicely executed concept. Original video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVxNvWCTbYo

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Exactly this. Magic leap, Hololens, Meta, and other inevitable competitors are making actual Augmented and Mixed Reality experiences. This doesn't count in my book. Three years will be plenty of time to make true the promise of those Pokemon Go commercials, and don't forget for a minute all those other large market brands we love so much.

You won’t get far today without actually bumping into a smartphone-addicted zombie playing Pokémon Go, the hit mobile title from Google-incubated Niantic Labs and The Pokémon Company. I’m one of the zombies. Please forgive me for ignoring oncoming traffic, laws of trespassing on private property, and other petty demands of the "real world" — I’m busy hunting for an ultra-rare Mew. As a lifelong gamer, I’m loving the teenage nostalgia of catching ...
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What about AR boardgames?
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It's a real no Brainer for me. Ill switch as soon as I can and deal with the taste difference if any.
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I still wear wool. It is superior at heat preservation, is more durable, and its production is less polluting than the plastic alternatives.

I will be applying similar considerations to meat.
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Any bets on which ride sharing or taxi service makes it to market first?
 
GM's first fully autonomous car will be electric and launch on Lyft. "We are working on an on-demand ride-sharing network with Lyft, it's not something we are thinking about, it's something we are very much readying for consumer use."

"The company's first fully autonomous car will be available via the ride-sharing service sooner than you may expect."
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And then this happens: tesla.com/blog/master-plan-part-deux
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I don't know what to think.
After Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, a segment of his supporters turned on him and are denouncing him for being just another sellout politician.
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I've changed my mind on just about everything important I ever believed, and I'm glad I did. It does take more than evidence, but naturally it's still really important.
 
A Flip in Perspective

I can recall definite periods in which I have changed my mind on some fundamental concept, on some basic belief. For major shifts this takes time and involves a cascade beginning with an updating of one's worldview, subsequently necessitating a revision of beliefs, a consolidation of altered values, and finally an expression of new behaviours to continue to challenge and be challenged by the world.

It is in a way thrilling to watch this unfold in real time, almost from a third-person perspective, faintly viewing distant causal effects leading up to the change, pondering subtle shifts in identity and abandoning some thing formerly held dear or taken for granted.

I like Seth's recent blog post on this Flip in perspective, in which he observes:

The flip isn't something that happens at the first glance or encounter with new evidence. This doesn't mean the evidence doesn't matter. It means that we're bad at admitting we were wrong. Bad at giving up one view of the world to embrace the other. Mostly, we're bad at abandoning our peers, our habits and our view of ourselves. If you want to change people's minds, you need more than evidence. You need persistence. And empathy. And mostly, you need the resources to keep showing up, peeling off one person after another, surrounding a cultural problem with a cultural solution.

See: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2016/07/the-flip-is-elusive.html 
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You've reached an uncommon level, having achieved that. Even more difficult is consistently subjecting those new beliefs to review and continual change as befits new evidence.
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//In Normal, Warren Ellis sets a technothriller in a kind of rehab center for futurists and foresight specialists who've developed "abyss gaze" -- a kind of special bleak depression that overtakes people who plug themselves into the digital world 24/7 in order to contemplate our precarious days to come.//

Thanks to +Mari Harmon​ for the tip. Especially of interest to +Simon J. Anderson​ I'd think.
 
"Warren Ellis’ "Normal" brings readers a serialized digital dystopia" http://boingboing.net/2016/07/13/warren-elliss-normal-se.html
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The first part was pretty awesome. Can't wait for the next installation. What'd you think?
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No matter how I vote in November, I'll be ashamed of myself.
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I'm moving to México.
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