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Genome sequencing price, charted against Moore's law curve. Today, you can get your DNA sequenced for $1400 in 2 days. The first human genome sequenced cost 3 Billion dollars and it took 15 years. In the future, it will be possible to screen your blood for DNA damages in a routine annual check up, and to detect cancer in its early stage.
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A 1000x YES to this: “Car as a Service: An 'autonomous Uber' (or equivalent) will be 10x cheaper than owning a car. When the density of these vehicles reaches critical mass, you’ll be able to hail a ride in 60 seconds."

Also, VR will make certain travels obsolete, such as traveling for business meetings and for shopping. I already stopped traveling for groceries shopping (there's a highly advanced web shop with everything I need in my city). I can't wait the future when I can buy a summer dress that perfectly suits me, from the comfort of my own home.

I'd be willing to relocate to another country, for good if needed, which will have car as a service in the future.
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Imagine not owning anything, and having access to everything you could ever possibly need. That's the future I want to work for. We're living in a wasteful society in which people buy things they use once or twice a year (how many times a year do you go skiing? How much did your skiing gear cost you?) That's why we sometimes struggle financially: our money is locked in owning assets we don't use.

Instead, Imagine "subscribing" to a Universal service which delivers clothes, tools, food, cars, personal aviation for traveling, everything you need - and does so quickly and reliably.

Poverty, and not wealth, is the default state of human civilization. Poverty exists because future is not well distributed yet. Technology and science are our best bet for that future.
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This is heartbreaking: what the world wants, and how to pay for it using military expenditure. On this link, you'll see annual costs of various global programs for solving the major human need and environmental problems facing humanity. Their combined total cost is approximately 30% of the world's total annual military expenditures.

More data (source: http://www.globalissues.org/article/75/world-military-spending):
- World military expenditure in 2012 is estimated to have reached $1.756 trillion (39% of that is USA)
- This corresponds to 2.5% of world gross domestic product (GDP)

USA spends so much on its military to protect its energy interests in the Middle East. My hypothesis is that reduced demand for oil will reduce USA's military budget. It won't happen overnight.

Therefore, electric vehicles. I'm more and more convinced that the coming EV revolution is the single most important point of success toward the future of abundance.
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This air conditioner made of Coca Cola bottles runs without electricity and lowers hot temperatures in Bangladesh by up to 5 degrees Celsius. Amazing innovation without any technology. It works like this (thanks to +Radoslav Dejanović for the explanation and for correcting me): "This contraption works in a different way: it takes the incoming airstream and makes it blow harder inside because of the smaller diameter of the bottle neck; the temperature of the air doesn't change at all, but it blows harder, more vigorously mixing the air inside the building."
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This video predicts that by 2023, electric cars will shake up the world's entire oil demand. I can't wait. Watch the 3 minute video, it's worth it.
Good video that explains the coming disruption of the oil industry.
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Huge news: GiveDirectly is starting a basic income experiment worth $30M, and everyone can participate

GiveDirectly, an evidence-driven charity known for direct cash transfers to the poorest people in Kenya, is starting a basic income trial. So far, a dozen or so experiments were run in the past, or are being in the works in countries such as Finland and Netherlands, but none of those experiments were:

1) universal
2) basic
3) long-term
4) scientifically tested

GiveDirectly is an organization I've supported in the past, and I'm excited to see this happening. Given that the robots are coming to take our jobs, we need to know for sure whether or not basic income is a good long-term counter-measure. If it is, the world, country by country, will begin adopting different universal basic income. If it's not, at least we'll know not to waste our time on it. That's why well-run experiments are absolutely essential.
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Basic income in Finland is moving towards becoming reality. By November 2016 the Finnish government will prepare a proposal for implementing basic income in the amount of 800 EUR / month. 

+Zex Konjina 'tis the time to choose your Finnish name and move! Pack warm clothes, though ;) 

#abundance  
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Tesla on an autopilot - so cool - welcome, 21st century!
"  I say almost perfect, because it isn’t flawless. I’m not entirely sure that was the car’s fault, however. We drove, or rather operated the system because you’re actually much closer to a “systems operator” than a driver in this case, in about 20 minutes of New York City traffic. Most people, when faced with the chaotic trash soup known as New York City traffic for the first time, instantly back out and make up some meek excuse about wanting to take a taxi instead. So it was very brave of Tesla to have this be the very first place we’d try it.  "


http://jalopnik.com/teslas-autopilot-system-is-awesome-and-creepy-and-a-sig-1736573089
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Would you have implants put in your brain (safely) if it meant higher intelligence, faster learning, and other superpowers? Artificial intelligence (AI) and artificial super-intelligence (ASI) is all the rage today, but amplified intelligence is probably even more interesting.

For example, imagine having a direct neural connection to all the world's knowledge - like having a super-fast Google inside your brain, but with concrete answers, not just search results. Wouldn't that be swell? Imagine how much more productive people would be. Knowledge transfer and organizing knowledge would stop being a problem (anyone who ever tried to educate inexperienced people knows how hard this can be - actually no, not hard; just very slow). 

Or, imagine being able to connect the dots fast, like, having six groundbreaking ideas before breakfast. Wouldn't that be something?

We're already amplifying ourselves. It's just that we carry information devices on our bodies, not inside of us. I, for one, welcome the day when we become our own overlords.

//via +Firas Hermez 
Humans With Amplified Intelligence Could Be More Powerful Than AI

With much of our attention focused the rise of advanced artificial intelligence, few consider the potential for radically amplified human intelligence (IA). It’s an open question as to which will come first, but a technologically boosted brain could be just as powerful — and just as dangerous – as AI.
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