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Aineko Macx
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Who wants to go to CES this January?
 
TwinCities+ is now a member of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). This means TC+ voting members can also join.

There are many benefits-- the most exciting of which is the ability to attend CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas this January.

If you aren't familiar with this event, it is the premiere event for the international electronics industry. It is an opportunity to see and experience the best and brightest emerging technology. Search Youtube for "CES 2015" to see how awesome it is!

Registration fees (normally $100) are waived for members that register before the end of September.

TC+ members- Let us know if you would like to attend and we will send details.
CES is a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Please send me the details.  I believe I will attend. 
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Sara Shank

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A great contest on post-humanity and AI from Terraform and AMC!
Terraform and AMC are partnering up to take a speculative dive into our incipient age of Artificial Intelligence.
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Sara Shank

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Please join us for the Human Augmentation Panel @ CONvergence this weekend~ Please register if you think you will come, we need to boost our attendance number! Should be a very interesting panel. 
http://schedule.convergence-con.org/event/aba01460018fddfb2baeab2810ebb3fc#.VZKev_lVhHx
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Tip:  Just add the event to your Convergence Programming Schedule to be registered for it.  Actually, I don't think you even need to be registered for Convergence to create a personal schedule and then add it your schedule. 
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Shankt
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Awesome-- it is unfortunate that she'll have to pay $30k out of pocket every 5 years or so to maintain it.

Sad to think of this compared with her picture in 10 years-- where she may be wearing a hook like so many people in her situation.
 
Angel Giuffria is able to wave shortly after being fit with her brand new Bebionic 3 (size small) hand. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvAUmQBqhRU 
http://bebionic.com/
#FutureIsNow  
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Shankt
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Party Room at CONvergence

Some of you know that we're hosting a party room at CONvergence this year. If you're planning to attend the conference, we hope that you'll come visit us in cabana 125!

We're also looking for volunteers to provide coverage in the room... just to make people feel welcome, serve smart-drinks, talk about emerging tech, and have fun.


Please let me know if you can help!
An annual convention for fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy in all media: a 4-day event with more than 6,000 members & the premiere event of our kind in the upper mid-west.
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Sara Shank

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It feels like just a matter of time before +Shankt is sitting across from me one night and trying to convince me it's totally safe for him to do this to himself as the next step in biohacking.
Bio-nano-engineers have devised tiny electronic devices that can be injected directly into the brain.
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I can hear it now, "Your brother said he would drill the hole in my skull...."
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Shankt
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Happy Hour this afternoon!

Hope to see you all there.
 
TwinCities+ is hosting a happy hour this afternoon. Please join us!
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Unfortunately I can't go today. I am out of town. But I will hope to be at the next meet up! 
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Jens Knutson

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Anybody else ordered one of these already?
Thync products use neurosignaling to induce shifts in energy and calm states. Access to the human mind opens new possibilities to feel your best and..
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Shankt
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lets make this
A generation ago, getting a prosthetic limb fitted usually amounted to a having a heavy, nearly useless hunk of plastic and metal tacked onto your body. But bionic hands such as this one illustrate just how quickly that’s all changing.
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Sara Shank

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If you didn't have time to read...Now you do!
May's book club event:Blood Music-- TwinCities + Book Club has been moved to June to accommodate some schedules.  http://www.meetup.com/twincitiesplus/events/221702000/
TwinCities + May Book Club Selection is Blood Music By Greg Bear In the tradition of the greatest cyberpunk novels, Blood Music explores the imminent destruction of mankind and the fear of mass destruction by technological advancements. The novel follows present-day events in which the fears concerning the nuclear annihilation of the world subsided after the Cold War and the fear of chemical warfare spilled over into the empty void it left behind...
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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

Doug T
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Join us at Chatterbox in Minneapolis for Happy Hour+ at 4 to 6pm on Saturday (8/1).  This is a change of venue of our informal gathering from the Green Mill location.  If we get seating on the couches, maybe more comfortable? 
The Chatterbox Pub
2229 E 35th Street, Minneapolis, MN
http://www.meetup.com/twincitiesplus/events/223877031/
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Shankt
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This is fun
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ZOLTAN!
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TwinCitiesPlus
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This is an interesting article on Motherboard about implants and the potential for unforseen impacts.

I've been considering having my RFID tag removed-- I'm just not getting any use out of it so far because the NFC does everything I need it to.

I do expect the procedure to be bloody, but I'm not sure that it'll be a big deal for me.

I'd be interested in hearing from any other recreational cyborgs. What are your thoughts?
An outdated RFID implant is like a regrettable tattoo—you can remove it, but it's going to be bloody.
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Hold on to the RFID. I am getting one of the smaller versions from cyberise.me so I hope to develop some things. DIY projects are easier with RFID while finished products like door locks and cell phones have that capability.
That's my two cents.
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Sara Shank

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If you have read Oryx and Crake, you see the eerie similarity to pigoons here. Too creepy?
"I’m using technology to create an unlimited supply of transplantable organs, and I’m doing it now, with no delay," the transhumanist CEO says.
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Sara Shank

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The most fascinating piece of this article for me was the concept of teaching the AI the game with a reward/punishment system. How do you punish AI?  That speaks to an AI actively wanting something and it being denied, correct? 
Open-world construction games Space Engineers and Medieval Engineers has spawned a new research company, will feed back into the game.
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Sara Shank

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Hey TwinCities+ members!  Movie night is this week! We are breaking from the usual fiction to watch some stimulating TEDTalks on Humanity's future.  Please join us at the Minnetonka Davanni's for food, beverage, movie time and discussion on what we see.  Short 15 minute drive from Minneapolis. RSVP at Meetup link!
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This is a pretty good article on shifting attitudes about prosthetics, about moving away from the need to look "normal."

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/05/a-blueprint-for-a-better-human-body/389655/
People who wear and design prosthetics are rethinking the form of our species.
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Neat. Some people are blurring the line of what it means to be human and they're not even trying.
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Sara Shank

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Great News! TwinCities+ is now registered with Amazon Smile.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Twin Cities Plus Inc whenever you shop on AmazonSmile-- its the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Here's the link to set TwinCities+ as your smile charity: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-3286025

Support TwinCities+ by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. Questions? Learn more about AmazonSmile; Not interested? Shop Amazon.com; Represent a charitable organization?
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Sara Shank

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Twin Cities + Book Club presents our July selection and our first non fiction pick  per our members recommendation:
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies By Nick Bostrum

This is being announced a bit early to give you some time to ramp up in to denser non fiction selection.  It is available in all formats, i have been tearing through the Audible format which comes with accompanying reference guide download.

Details on meetup
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Paul Christian

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Have a Pebble? Interested in Lucid Dreaming? I wrote an app that reminds you to do reality checks. It's called "Lucid Time". Find it on the app store and let me know what you think!
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This will definitely prompt me to do my pebble repair asap.
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