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Chris Johnson
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Living in the present, excited for the future.
Living in the present, excited for the future.

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Earth: It's the only habitable planet we know -- it is beautiful, it is our home -- and yet it is in our natures to reach onward and upward to the stars. Will humans ever step foot on distant earth-like planets that surely dot the milky way galaxy?

We're Stuck: With current technology, it would take us 81,000 years to get to the closest star system. Even worse, the laws of physics seem to indicate an upper limit on how fast we can travel in this universe, meaning even at the speed of light it would take over 30,000 years to reach the center of our galaxy -- Perhaps Earth is all we'll ever know. 

The Good News: Deep inside the labs at the Johnson Space Center in Texas, scientists are cooking up a new kind of FTL (Faster Than Light) technology, which was just revealed this month at the 100 year starship symposium. This is a NASA / DARPA funded program where engineers, scientists and visionaries meet to work towards a future dated starship, to potentially enable interstellar human space flight by 2112.

http://www.space.com/17628-warp-drive-possible-interstellar-spaceflight.html

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Nice, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter managed to photograph Curiosity parachuting to Mars last night!! 

http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/releases/msl-descent.php

(Thanks for sharing Taivo Lints)

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For those that are interested in the Google glass project, this is a little more in depth:
interessantes Video: Sergey Brin on The Gavin Newsom Show with Google Glasses :-)

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So we have the Internet, and humanity can finally find articles and information quite rapidly. That's a game changer for humanity and progress, but what's next?

I've been hearing people talk up the "semantic web" as if it's the next big thing, but so far it hasn't really caught on. The "semantic web" signifies the move from an information based internet to a knowledge based internet. What does that mean exactly? Right now, Google stores huge amounts of information and can spit it back to us fairly quickly, but the information is not hand crafted and polished with intuitive insights, it's basically copied from around the web, and must already exist on other sites for Google to list it in the search results. Google Search doesn't share its own hand tailored insights or knowledge with us because it can't comprehend its own information, as vast as it is. Up until now it's primarily been an information search engine, but that is changing today -- (Actually this happened on the 16th!) -- it's starting to understand the real world, it is beginning to comprehend knowledge. Take a look:

Introducing the Knowledge Graph

As this technology improves, what do you think this will do for humanity -- and how will it affect our great great grand children?

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I love everything about this video. Build technology, increase intelligence, stop corruption, change the world:

Solve for X: Juan Enriquez on harnessing synthetic genetics

This is the most important documentary of 2012, if it works, it will change the world.

KONY 2012

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This is what it's all about, life is better than we think:

Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

If I want to see what my friends are up to, I go check Facebook. If I want to see what Jeff Milner is up to, I go check google+... As much as I like Jeff, I wonder if anyone else is feeling that the traffic in here is a bit on the sparse side? Oh the joys of being an early adopter.

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I like how Asimo can listen to 3 conversations at once and understand them all... I guess humans will be obsolete in a decade or two:

2011 Honda Unveils All new ASIMO - Simultaneous Voice Recognition

I love learning things from other cultures. My spiritual journey has brought me into contact with lots of great ideas and amazing people recently. My friend Ujjawal from India, said to me:

Existence is not a problem to be solved, it is a mystery to be lived.

I love it! Sometimes I am too eager to solve the big problems in life, and forget to relax and enjoy the mystery and magic of it all. I have heard others say that the journey is more meaningful than the destination. The destination is important, but don't forget to enjoy the here and now.
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