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Hello TwinCities+ (formerly Twin Cities Transhumanists) G+ Community members!

Please join us for the roundtable event this Saturday... This is BIG

Twin Cities Plus Inc has been recognized by the IRS as a charitable nonprofit organization.

We are the FIRST local transhumanist charity in existence.

This means that everything we accomplish will be quickly recognized-- and that there is no limit to what we can accomplish because we now qualify for significant funding:

to educate the public,
to study and develop technological evolution and integration; and,
to implement solutions for our local and greater community.
We need you.

We need a member voice to be on the Board of Directors; with the title and role of Community Director to help guide the first local transhumanist charitable organization to have a significant positive impact on each individual, our local community and the human condition.

Please RSVP for and attend this event. We find ourselves in a strong position to influence the path of our community as we enter this new technological age.

Your voice and your involvement is important.

I hope to see you all there.

http://www.meetup.com/twincitiesplus/events/221029214/
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Shankt
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Hey we are live right now--if you cannot attend in person please feel free to view!
 
Here is today's roundtable on TwinCities+
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Interesting read, though I am not in the habit of getting facts from Cracked. Not sure what is truth and exaggeration but it does show what bad press AI can get. Is this the norm of what the populace is thinking?
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Shankt
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Tonights book club-- The Transhumanist Wager will be broadcast via Hangouts On Air. Its always good conversation, so I invite you all to listen in!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToClRasIxiU

Send me a message if you wish to participate and I'll send you a different link.
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Also, we already have sex bots. Not saying they are good, or even decent, but does exist.
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Sara Shank
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NFC video demo!
NFC chip implanted by Verno. This gentleman has wrote programming to a microchip implanted in his hand to unlock his phone and pass personal data from...
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John Vance

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What happens when anyone can print anything?
HHMI scientists have designed a revolutionary "3D printer" for small molecules that could open the power of customized chemistry to many.
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Then I think I'll have "Earl grey - Hot"
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Sara Shank
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Announcing our third book club event!  2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America-Al Brooks.  Check out meetup for further details and to RSVP. Hope to see you there!
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Doug T
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Brain Hacking at the Pi Day Hackathon! [ http://bigpiday.com/ ] (register by 3/14/15 on http://www.meetup.com/iotmpls/events/220305031/ ).

I saw that a Team Brain Hacking item was added to this upcoming hackathon that I'm going to this weekend.  Team Description: Using Open Brain Interface Protocol and board to see what we can do!  http://www.openbci.com/

Has anyone worked with this OpenBCI equipment before?
We are a community of researchers, engineers, artists, scientists, designers, makers, and more. The one thing we all have in common? We share an unfaltering passion for harnessing the electrical signals of the human brain and body to further understand and expand who we are.
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Shankt
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We're back at Green Mill for happy hour this weekend. I'm hoping we can talk about some of the work going on 'behind the scenes' for our group that will enable us to do some pretty amazing things.

Hope to see you there!
RSVP at Meetup
http://www.meetup.com/twincitiesplus/events/220544263/
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Paul Christian

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Nick Bostrom - The Simulation Argument (Full): http://youtu.be/nnl6nY8YKHs +Sarah Guck​ showed me this. Not sure if it's been posted here yet
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Shankt
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Saturday is happy hour. I hope to see you all there!

RSVP at Meetup
http://www.meetup.com/Twin-Cities-Transhumanists/events/220213647/
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About this community

We are a community of bio-hackers and technology enthusiasts-- working together to share ideas as we use modern tools and technologies to increase our potential... individually and collectively. Our offline events, held in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, include workshops, roundtable discussions, and social gatherings. This Google community is a social space where we share news and ideas. It is open to the public regardless of location. Be kind. Be supportive.  #transhumanism #biohacking #evolution

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Sara Shank
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Bionic eyes on a Duluth, MN pastor makes a cyborg out of him! 
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Ummm... ouch?
 
Hacking the human body
Science for the Masses, a group of biohackers based a couple hours north of Los Angeles in Tehachapi, California, theorized they could enhance healthy eyesight enough that it would induce night vision. To do this, the group used a kind of chlorophyll analog called Chlorin e6 (or Ce6), which is found in some deep-sea fish and is used as an occasional method to treat night blindness.

To do so, team biochem researcher Gabriel Licina became a guinea pig.
How it happened: With what's basically a really fine turkey baster, Tibbetts slowly dripped 50 microliters of Ce6, an extremely low dose, into Licina's speculum-stretched eyes, aiming for the conjunctival sac, which carried the chemical to the retina.
Did it work? Yes. It started with shapes, hung about 10 meters away. "I'm talking like the size of my hand," Licina says. Before long, they were able to do longer distances, recognizing symbols and identifying moving subjects against different backgrounds.

But, really, did it work??
Folks, you should follow some safety protocols...really!!

Article:
http://mic.com/articles/113740/a-team-of-biohackers-has-figured-out-how-to-inject-your-eyeballs-with-night-vision

More about the group:
http://scienceforthemasses.org/

#nighvision   #CE6   #research  
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Get that needle AWAY from my eye!
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Hey guys-- Can you help me get this article out there?
Pinched skin, plunged needle, pressed gauze -- and a 12-millimeter bioinert glass capsule is installed in the fleshy back of Tim Shank’s hand. Shank is a biohacker, a transhumanist, a grinder, a cyborg.
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I'm only just getting started with my Rapide Lite 200 printer, but I'm more than impressed with the quality of the printer.

Check it out if you are shopping for a 3d printer.
 
I don't advertise for companies, but I have had my Rapide Lite 200 for a couple weeks now. It is the most solidly built machine I have in my home-- and I have a lot of machines

I'd recommend this printer to anybody-- I haven't tuned mine well enough to get the 50 micron resolution yet, but I'm sure I'll get there with some tweaking.

If you're shopping for a printer, This is the best printer on the consumer market.
The worlds first Desktop Plus 3D Printer that gives you a massive 16,000cm3 of usable build space. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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Doug T
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Here is the panelest sign-up info for TC+ members who are looking to be on Transhumanist-related panels at Convergence over the 4th of July weekend ( where we will also hopefully be able to host a TC+ party room).  If you would like to sign up to be a panelist at Convergence, here is the info (cut and pasted):

Doug,

Hello and welcome to another great year of CONvergence Programming! 

For the past several months, we've been compiling all the great ideas we've received and writing descriptions for those panels. Now it is time to ask you to sign up for them. Here's how it works.  Note that there is a new way to tell us when you're (not) available. 

Start at the panel site:

http://panels.convergence-con.org

The drop down menu allows you to view different keywords: you cannot see all of the panels at once. You can view the panels by selecting a keyword.  Many panels are tagged with multiple keywords, so the same panel may appear in different lists.  Also, panels that are locked are not shown.

READ THE STUFF AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PAGE.

Then,

READ THE STUFF AT THE END.

Some other important information is also on the Programming FAQ page at the main http://convergence-con.org site. 

You sign up for the panels by checking the boxes next to the panels that you would like to be on.  Please check no more than eight (see below)(availability panels don't count towards the eight).  Then, go to the bottom and fill in the information. The fields are pretty self-explanatory, but please be aware that your email address is used to find you in our contacts database. If you enter a different email address from last year, it won’t link to your history.

This year, you tell us when you're (not) available by signing up for the "Not Available..." panels tagged with the "availability" keyword. This way, we can (1) save time when figuring out when to schedule panels and (2) use the automated conflict-checking to, well, check for conflicts.

An example: say you're not arriving until Friday and want to party starting at 9.30pm. Then, sign up for:

Not Available - Thursday
Not Available - Fri 10pm-
Not Available - Sat 10pm-

See? The day is broken into mornings (9am-12.30pm), afternoon (12.30pm-7pm), early evening (7pm-9.30pm), and late evening (10pm-).

If you have questions, comments, or something that doesn’t fit in the form (like telling us your email address changed), please send them to us at programming@convergence-con.org. HOWEVER, any email messages that include panel signups will be returned, so please sign up using the form and don’t include that in the email message.

While the form does not limit the number of panels that you can sign up for (we use the honor system), we do look at all of your panel signups when doing panelist selection and take the overall number into account.

A few caveats: 

With very few exceptions, there is a limit of four panelists per item plus a moderator. The moderator is not a panelist - they are they only to help the panel flow smoothly. For popular panels, we reserve the right to determine which panelists we think will make for the best panel. 

With the exceptions of Guests of Honor, we are trying to limit panelists to eight panels or less. We love those of you who are enthusiastic about sitting many more panels than that and we MAY allow it if we have a panel in desperate need of extra people. In general, though, we ask you limit your list to eight or fewer panels and if you are absolutely desperate to sign up for more, please prioritize your list so we know what you your favorites are. 

Finally, the panel descriptions were generated by the Programming department based on what we believed the suggestions to be. If you made a suggestion and feel we mis-represented the panel, let us know so we can fix it. Otherwise, the panel you are signing up for is the panel that is described. If you like a panel name but think it should be about something else, either don't sign up for it or tell us how you think it should be changed. Please do not sign up for it with the intent of changing the panel topic at the convention. 

Please give us a week to respond before you panic: we get LOTS of mail all at once when we send this... 

Thanks to all of you! 

If you have any questions, let us know by dropping us an e-mail message at programming@convergence-con.org. 

Your Programming Co-Heads: Cetius, Craig, Doug, and Melanie.
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I signed up for Transhumanists Unite!, Human Augmentation, Robotic Evolution in that order.

This will be fun!
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Shankt
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Movie Night this Thursday! Join us for dinner and a screening of "Limitless"

Aspiring author Eddie Morra (Cooper) is suffering from chronic writer's block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/limitless/

RSVP at Meeup:
http://www.meetup.com/twincitiesplus/events/220230710/
Critics Consensus: Although its script is uneven, Neil Burger directs Limitless with plenty of visual panache, and Bradley Cooper makes for a charismatic star.
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Doug T
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I gave a speech at the Toastmasters meeting today on Transhumanism in preparation for Friday's (3/6) panel at MarsCon being held at the Hilton in Bloomington, MN. 
MarsCon is a fan-run Science Fiction/Fantasy convention featuring fabulous guests, literary and media programming, a masquerade, gaming, film room, music, science programming, dealer's room, dance, charity auction, parties, and other fun activities.
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Thanks Sara, and to everyone who participated.  I think it went great.  I'm looking forward to TC+ doing the a similar panel at Convergence [ http://www.convergence-con.org ] and hopefully a TC+ party room there over the 4th of July weekend. 
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We talked about this briefly in our book discussion this evening. Really neat concept. I hadn't remembered that it was Bradbury's idea, though!
A matrioshka brain is a hypothetical megastructure proposed by Robert Bradbury, based on the Dyson sphere, of immense computational capacity. It is an example of a Class B stellar engine, employing the entire energy output of a star to drive computer systems. This concept derives its name from ...
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Robert...what's with all the random Bradbury's??
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