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"New research in an area called plasmonics has raised hopes for all sorts of seemingly implausible inventions, like cancer-killing nanotubes and mobile phones printed into t-shirts. It’s yet another breakthrough we can chalk up to carbon nanotubes and their sister material graphene, which have allowed researchers to replicate the functions of a laser on a much smaller scale than boring old light could ever allow."

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Logging this for future reference, for posterity, to see if #3dprinting awareness in 2014 was hype. It will be interesting to look back at this, sometime around the year 2024 or perhaps 2034. #3dprintingskeptic #skepticism

ZD Net wrote: "While valuable, 3D printing lacks the "revolutionary" label as it will remain in the manufacturing space for a long time to come, and unlike mobile devices -- which I would label "revolutionary" due to market spread and often low cost -- 3D printers require heavy investment for the kit, materials and maintenance -- making it unsuitable for the average home. The technology is within a 'hype' stage, but eventually will find its niche within manufacturing and supply chains, novelty products and in the creation of prosthetics in healthcare. Valuable? Absolutely. Revolutionary? Sadly not." http://archive.today/kx8Wr
Summary: The technology is interesting, but the novelty will eventually wear off.
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The problem with inkjet printing is that sharing information is more efficient without having to print it out. The same invention that brought typesetting to the masses made typesetting digital.

You can't eat the internet. 3d printing will rise in the consumer space like a microwave oven or a washing machine.
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DNA-biology will become smart. The code of biological machines will be rewritten. Here via Northwestern we see a great step towards that goal.

"A Northwestern synthetic biology team has created a new technology for modifying human cells to create programmable therapeutics that could travel the body and selectively target cancer and other sites of disease."

"The end result is a protein biosensor that sits on the surface of a cell and can be programmed to sense specific external factors. For example, the engineered cell could detect big, soluble protein molecules that indicate that it’s next to a tumor. When the biosensor detects such a factor, it sends a signal into the engineered cell’s nucleus to activate a gene expression program, such as the production of tumor-killing proteins or chemicals."

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This so-called #3dprinting pen actually seems to be a 3D-drawing device. I think drawing device is a more accurate description. For example, if you created a 2D-print by hand it wouldn't really be a print, it would be a drawing (imagine writing a document by hand). What do you think?

This 3D-drawing (construction) pen is nevertheless interesting.

PSFK wrote: "3D printing is well on its way to becoming a mainstream technology, and new hardware is helping literally put its capabilities into the hands of consumers. The printers’ bulky mechanisms and knobs can be off-putting, and 3D printing pens are helping to streamline the process."
The LIX pen creates doodles that literally leap off the page.
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+Logan Quinn  I suppose it is an interesting sign of the times that people want to get in on the 3D printing craze, that there actually is a craze, and thankfully on the whole the interest is not crazy.
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Here is one of many examples, in 2014, regarding how #robots are progressing. Business Insider reported on PR2 (Personal Robot 2), from Willow Garage.

"Teach it to fetch beer from the company fridge, of course! Using a web-based backend, employees can make their beer requests and send the robot off to gather their brews." http://www.businessinsider.com/willow-garage-pr2-beer-robot-2014-4
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Anyone else notice whatever we watch in movies basically foreshadows what will come to be fact in ten years? 
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Business Insider: "Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient’s DNA in order to treat diseases..." http://www.businessinsider.com.au/r-in-a-cloning-first-scientists-create-stem-cells-from-adults-2014-17

TIME: "After years of failed attempts, researchers have finally generated stem cells from adults using the same cloning technique that produced Dolly the sheep in 1996." http://time.com/65610/cloning-cells-from-two-adult-men/

NY Daily News: "In therapeutic cloning, scientists use a zap of electricity to fuse a grown cell, usually a skin cell, with an ovum whose own DNA has been removed. The egg divides and multiplies, and within five or six days it develops into an embryo shaped like a hollow sphere." http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/scientists-create-stem-cells-adults-cloning-article-1.1759997

Reuters: "If confirmed by other labs, it could prove significant because many illnesses that might one day be treated with stem cells, such as heart failure and vision loss, primarily affect adults. Patient-specific stem cells would have to be created from older cells, not infant or fetal ones. That now looks possible, though far from easy: Out of 39 tries, the scientists created stem cells only once for each donor." http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/04/17/us-science-cloning-idUKBREA3G1KD20140417

Ars Technica: "This technique was recently used to create embryonic stem cells from an infant donor. But the new team managed to perform the technique successfully with two male donors, one 35 years old and the second 75. The primary change needed was simply to extend the period in which the donor DNA is reset by the proteins present in the egg." http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/04/75-year-old-human-cloned-for-the-production-of-stem-cells/

Wall Street Journal: "The experiment represents another advance in the quest to make tissue in the laboratory that could treat a range of maladies, from heart attacks to Alzheimer's." http://goo.gl/GLIAwI

Daily Telegraph: "A big barrier to producing patient-specific stem-cell lines for tens of millions of people this way is that few women want to donate eggs, a sometimes painful process." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10774097/Breakthrough-in-human-cloning-offers-new-transplant-hope.html

Raw Story: "...it may not be necessary to make a unique cell line for each patient. Many people have genetically similar immune systems..." therefore “100 human embryonic stem cell lines" could be enough to cover half the US population: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/17/cloning-breakthrough-scientists-create-patient-specific-stem-cells-from-adults-skin-tissue/

See also Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/17/stem-cells-cloning-adult-men_n_5167662.html and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2607513/Human-cloning-used-time-create-stem-cells-adults-lead-tissue-organs-regrown.html and note this clinical trial to cure blindness: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/526591/stem-cell-treatment-for-blindness-moving-through-patient-testing/

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Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.
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+Allen Hildebrandt perhaps it was only regarding mice two years ago? Maybe you could track down a link?
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"Artificially synthesised from the same building blocks — elements such as oxygen and hydrogen — as natural peptides, these NanoDots could prove disruptive to multi-billion-dollar industries such as batteries, displays, image sensors, and non-volatile memory."

#nanotechnology #NanoDots #charging #battery  
Summary: If you've ever had just five minutes to charge your smartphone's flat battery and wished it didn't take an hour, help is at hand. An Israeli company is working on a nano-material that could see your mobile fully charged in just seconds.
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This io9 article about why #artificialintelligence would not turn evil is interesting but the most important point is missed, namely all conflict stems from scarcity.

Technology erodes scarcity thus at the point when technology can create a potentially dangerous AI, technology will also be able to substantially erode scarcity therefore there will be no conflict. Conflict is always about a fight over resources. Scarcity is the cause of every conflict.

Technology increases the efficiency of our resource usage, thus we do more for less. The major breakthrough regarding resources will occur when we access the limitless abundance of Space. Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries are two embryonic asteroid mining ventures, which will soon allow us to access the endless resources of Space. No later than 2045 the majority of humans will be living in Space, in our solar system and beyond, we will no longer be constrained by the limits of Earth.

The limits of Earth will also not be a problem for people who want to remain Earth-bound because technology will be able to stretch, due to ultra-efficiency, the smallest amount of matter to levels of superabundance where conflict is obsolete.

There is simply no logical reason for AI to turn against humans.

io9 wrote: "It has very little reason to want to kill us, and even if it expected it might want us dead, it has eons to consider the decision."
We all know the story. The moment that computers with their lightning-quick processing power and interlinked systems gain sentience - it's judgment day. But would that really happen? Here are some psychological reasons why digital super-intelligence isn't going to be evil intelligence.
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I was on a slightly different tack.
I was seeing human stupidity from the AI view. All humans might be considered as comparatively  stupid by an all knowing AI connected to all information. Some (or even one) "stupid" human could potentially do a lot of damage to the AI and its supporting systems. It might be unlikely but it is possible that the AI may decide that this risk should be "mitigated" in a comprehensive way that humans could consider as lacking in a sense of good for humans. 

Prediction is so much easier in hindsight.
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Here is an image of a mobile phone from 1986. British Telecom (Digital Archives) have granted Singularity 2045 permission to publish it. I added the text to the photo because I was wondering can we really imagine technological acceleration?

In the year 2014, with an unobtrusive addon, you can use your phone to "...track your blood pressure, ECG, heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature, lung function (Spirometry) and more..." http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2014/03/06/wello-health-monitor-change-life-just-workout/

There are also addons for transforming your phone into a 3D-scanning, mapping device: http://goo.gl/Zdjxmk

Aside from smart-phones in 2014, there are tiny robot prototypes (http://goo.gl/oVtffy) likely to develop into marvellous automated assemblers by 2045. There is also bioprinting or other aspects of medical printing (http://goo.gl/6KHzuY) to consider. Everywhere you look in the field of sci-tech there are amazing developments occurring.

The first mobile-cellular phone was available in shops in 1983, which is 31 years ago regarding year 2014. The Web (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Wide_Web) had not been invented when the first mobile phone went on sale. YouTube was 9 years old in February 2014. The next 31 years takes us to 2045. Look at the world around you in 2014, can you imagine how radically life will have changed in year 2045?

It is also worthwhile to mention how the "phones" of 2014 are actually personal computers. Furthermore our "phones" are continually acquiring more functionality than mere personal computers, which is demonstrable via the ability to monitor blood pressure, ECG, heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature, and lung function.

#technologicalacceleration #acceleratingtechnology #phones #smartphone  

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"The birth of 3-D scanning technologies combined with organic inks and thermoplastics has enabled the "bioprinting" of a range of human body parts to accommodate a wide range of medical conditions."

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Scientists are bioprinting human body parts from ears to bones. Here are some the most impressive advances.
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I'm telling you, 3d printed pets will soon be the norm. Prepare for your shoulder-sized printed Cthulhu ;-)
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Introduction
The Singularity is all about human-level Artificial Intelligence exploding. It's a colossal explosion of intelligence.

Nanotech, biotech, synthetic biology, stem sells, 3D-printing, quantum computing, and robotics are also important. All aspects of technology are converging. Everything is becoming smart. Technology is accelerating.

AI will evolve intellectual powers VERY quickly because AI isn't limited by the slowness of traditional evolution. AI will radically improve our world. AI is not a threat to humans. AI will help humans become immortal-super-beings.

Robots will become humans. Traditional humans will reprogram the human machine, we will rewrite our DNA code via gene therapy, stem cells, synthetic biology, and other aspects of augmentation. The distinction between biology and machines will blur, due to the increasing sophistication of machines combined with a better understanding of biology, thus all machines will be biological, organic.

Machines of the future won't be clunking metallic contraptions. All intelligent creations of the future will be very organic regardless of their life being based on DNA, graphene, or qubits.

So called "machines" will be self-healing and alive in the future.

Our viewpoint is the Singularity will create utopia. We will be immortal but the Singularity is not about mind-uploading. Mind-uploading isn't about intelligence, mind-uploading is a silly 1980s type of fashion-statement for people who are obsessed with Tron.

Yes mind-uploading will be useful for bee robots or other similar robots, or perhaps for an AI template, but advances in molecular biology will allow humans to discover we are already machines thus already uploaded via DNA. The open worm project also indicates possible usefulness regarding simulated organisms for drug testing. The human-uploading meme, however, is merely alienation or escapism. Full immersion virtual reality will become popular but VR is not mind-uploading. More more mind-uploading views, note the Singularity 2045 critique of the 2014 film Transcendence.

Regenerative medicine will be perfected. Biology will be perfected. Biology will become smart. We will re-engineer our brains. We will colonise Space. Everything will be free in a financial and libertarian sense, beyond scarcity, therefore nobody will need to work. There will be no limits to intelligence.

Singularity Modernism

Unfathomableness or unpredictability is a flawed understanding of the Singularity. The Singularity isn't hidden behind an event horizon. Accessibility not unfathomableness is a vital characteristic of intelligence. Intelligence makes comprehension easy for everyone, therefore we think there are four markers, clear predictions, to determine if the Singularity is happening. When all four of the following points are fulfilled can we say the Singularity is happening:
  1. Immortality for everyone via regenerative medicine.
  2. Everything is free.
  3. All governments and crimes have been abolished.
  4. All resources are limitless due to limitless intelligence.

YEAR 2045.

Year 2045 is our absolute latest deadline for the Singularity. Futuristic breakthroughs have historically been predicted prematurely, over-optimistically, therefore it is best to have a date of total certitude for technological utopia. We are helping to accelerate technological progress therefore the Singularity could happen before 2045, but we resist the temptation to give an earlier deadline. Our 2045 deadline, which is possibly very conservative, avoids any anticlimax. Hopefully via our awareness we can make the Singularity happen sooner instead of later, but the 2045 deadline remains unchanged.

NEWS.

Singularity 2045
helps you discover the latest science and tech news. Importantly please be aware not every shared news report or opinion piece will support the Singularity view. Some news shared will actually reject the Singularity viewpoint, but all viewpoints are relevant for raising awarenesses of the future. If a critique or analysis has not been appended to shared news, please feel free to help by adding your own views in the comments.

If you have cutting-edge news to share with Singularity 2045 please join the Singularity Thinkers community, mention +Singularity 2045 in a post or comment, email us, or post tips in the comments here. We also have an action-plan to raise awareness.

ACTION PLAN.

On the 1st day of each month at 20:45 hours (your local time) the goal is to raise Singularity-awareness. Think about the future; upload 20:45 clocks; share a link, or send Singularity messages to friends or strangers. When the clock reaches 20:45 hours (8:45pm), on the 1st day of every month, think about how your life will have changed radically in the year 2045. Take some time to educate people about our amazing AI future. Spread the word on the 1st day of every month, ideally at 20:45 hours.

Example message:

Nanobot revolution, AI aware, technological utopia: Singularity 2045.

EXACT TIME.

Many people are raising awareness all the time, every day of the week, at all hours, and that is fine. The 1st day of the month at 20:45 is a time when you can give extra special focus to Singularity issues.

The year 2045 is our deadline-target but you don't need to raise awareness at 8:45pm exactly. Any time between 20:25 and 20:45 hours on the first day of the month is OK. Due to our busy lives any time on the 1st day of the month is actually OK regarding our monthly awareness thrust.

20:45 hours is merely a guideline. The important thing is to raise awareness. The Singularity could happen earlier than year 2045.

LOCAL TIME.

20:45 hours relates to wherever you are in the world. Your personal time will be the time-zone you use, although if you are raising awareness for someone in a different zone you can send act in relation to their time zone. The choice is yours. Time is relative for each person. All zones are valid because this is a global movement. The Singularity will be a period of enormous change and flexibility, therefore it's appropriate for this awareness campaign to have flexible and inclusive attitudes regarding all time zones.

RAISING AWARENESS.

You don't need to generate awareness on the 1st of every month. Generate Singularity awareness if you feel inspired or if you remember. Relax and go with the flow. Take it easy. Send instant messages, mobile/cell phone messages, emails, comments, word of mouth, or share a link. Whatever you desire will be OK. If you are feeling brave, you can approach a stranger in the street and explain the Singularity to them. Click here to +1 and share this page.

UPLOAD YOUR CLOCKS.

Photograph your clock (time display) set to the time of 20:45 and then upload it. Once you've uploaded your 20:45 image, make sure you tag Singularity 2045 in the photo.

WHAT IS THE SINGULARITY?

Think about your current smart device. Now think about a phone from 2010. Smart-phones in the year 2010 are more powerful than average laptops from year 2000, and your current phone or other device is even smarter. Laptops and phones evolve much quicker than humans evolve in ten years. Technology reproduces rapidly.

Technological growth in 2010 was slow compared to the rate in 2020 or 2030. Progress is quicker each year. Technology is growing exponentially. Computer intelligence (the foundation of artificial intelligence) experiences intellectual augmentation yearly. When human level AI is born, perhaps sometime between 2025 and 2035, the pace of technological and scientific development will then become very rapid, reaching a critical mass of explosiveness by 2045 at the latest.

Our world will be very different in the year 2045. In the year 2010 people were becoming aware of speedy technological progress: new developments regarding the internet occur every six months. In the year 2010 the majority of people didn't realise how in 2020 the Internet would be deeply integrating itself into everyday life. In 2013 computers were clearly diverging from their early origins, furthermore 3D-printing was rapidly evolving thus medical biopolymers or sugary foods were printed and NASA was funding food 3D-printing for astronauts; Cornell University also make progress with food-printing. In 2013 artificial intelligence was becoming an accepted fact and steps were made towards incorporating printed electronics into 3D-printers.

Awareness of "exponential growth" is crucial for grasping this issue. Our rate of progress is not linear, we are progressing exponentially. Many people in year 2010 didn't know they would see around 20,000 years of progress (at the 2001 rate) during this century instead of the usual 100 years. The majority of progress will happen upon reaching the Singularity in 2045.

Imagine 20,000 years, at the 2001 rate, on top of what science and technology at the beginning of the 21st century has already achieved. Doubling a century would great. It is difficult to contemplate the awesomeness of 20,000 years condensed into one century. This is the Singularity.

Key Aspects

All disease will be cured. We will live forever, without mind-uploading. We will reconfigure our DNA into any pattern we desire according to our wildest dreams. We will colonize space. The possibilities are limitless. Anything will be possible. Time for utopia. Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around. Our goal is RAPID GLOBAL AWARENESS regarding how the Singularity will transform the human race.

Year 2045 is our deadline for the Singularity. Heightened awareness ensures the Singularity happens sooner instead of later. Our goal is to make the Singularity happen by 2045 at the latest. The year 2045 is a safe date, the absolute latest date when the Singularity will happen. We hope 2045 will represent a midpoint in the explosion where the explosion has been ongoing for a number of years, or at least 2045 will represent the latest beginning point when the Singularity will occur. Growing awareness feeds back into the system thereby inspiring greater progress and greater investment in sci-tech, thus awareness grows then explodes. We can change the world.

POST-SCARCITY.

Post-Scarcity is an alternate name for the Singularity; these two concepts are simply different viewpoints of the same event. Post-Scarcity is a more socio-economic view, a more sociological view, because it deals more with sociological ramifications instead of merely focusing on the technology. Our greatest resource is intelligence, it is the source of all resources but currently intelligence is scarce, thus from explosive intelligence total freedom (limitless resources) will flow.

The Singularity is the point where intelligence ceases to be scarce, it's a technological explosion of intelligence to end all aspects of scarcity.

Post-Scarcity is the point where technology explodes intelligently thereby allowing all needs to be fulfilled. All resources will be limitless due to greater access to resources combined with ultra-efficient usage of available resources, thus everything will be free because the only purpose of money is to regulate scarce resources. Follow the Post-Scarcity Warriors for more info regarding the PS viewpoint.

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