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Where and what is nano? How will it shape our future? Nanoscience is the study of phenomena and manipulation of materials at the nanoscale, where properties differ significantly from those at a larger scale. The strange world of nanoscience – it can take you into atoms and beyond the stars.

Stephen Fry does a very good job at describing what nano is. Very interesting.

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A meditation on the will to become immortal. A love letter to science and philosophy that explores the idea of engineered radical life extension and biological immortality featuring Ray Kurzweil among others. By Jason Silva.

It’s our duty as human beings to be better then we are now, to make things better for all of us.

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The 61-year-old American, who has predicted new technologies arriving before, says our understanding of genes and computer technology is accelerating at an incredible rate.

He says theoretically, at the rate our understanding is increasing, nanotechnologies capable of replacing many of our vital organs could be available in 20 years time.

Mr Kurzweil adds that although his claims may seem far-fetched, artificial pancreases and neural implants are already available.

Mr Kurzweil calls his theory the Law of Accelerating Returns. Writing in The Sun, Mr Kurzweil said: “I and many other scientists now believe that in around 20 years we will have the means to reprogramme our bodies’ stone-age software so we can halt, then reverse, ageing. Then nanotechnology will let us live for ever.

“Ultimately, nanobots will replace blood cells and do their work thousands of times more effectively.

“Within 25 years we will be able to do an Olympic sprint for 15 minutes without taking a breath, or go scuba-diving for four hours without oxygen.

“Heart-attack victims – who haven’t taken advantage of widely available bionic hearts – will calmly drive to the doctors for a minor operation as their blood bots keep them alive.

“Nanotechnology will extend our mental capacities to such an extent we will be able to write books within minutes.

I love how they put a Terminator picture as part of the story , like immortality is a bad thing.

Well I kinda like what Ray is saying and I think that humanity is destined for something greater and that immortality and “the body 2.0” is guidelines to that future.

So I’m all for this type of tech as long as everyone has the option to have it done, if you want it then fine, it you don´t that’s fine too.

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From the interview:

When will the Singularity arrive?

By 2045, give or take. We are already a hybrid of biological and non-biological technology. A handful of people have electronic devices in their brain, for example. The latest generation allows medical software to be downloaded to a computer inside your brain. But if you consider that 25 years from now these technologies will be 100,000 times smaller and a billion times more powerful, you get some idea of what will be feasible. And even though most of us don’t have computers in our bodies, they are already part of who we are.

What about people who don’t want to be “trans-human” and merge with technology?

How many people completely reject all medical and health technology, don’t wear glasses or take any medicine? People say they don’t want to change themselves, but then when they get a disease they will do whatever they can to overcome it. We’re not going to get from here to the world of 2030 or 2040 in one grand leap; we’re going to get there through thousands of little steps. Put these steps together and ultimately the world is a different place.

Can we outrun our current environmental problems to reach 2045?

Yes. The resources are much greater than they appear. We only have to capture 1 part in 10,000 of the sunlight to get all the energy we need. Nanotechnology is being applied to solar energy collection technology and that is scaling up at an exponential rate. Such new technologies are ultimately very inexpensive because they are subject to the law of accelerating returns.

What do you mean by the law of accelerating returns?

The power of ideas to change the world is accelerating and few people grasp the implications of that fully. People don’t think exponentially, yet exponential change applies to anything that involves measuring information content. Take genetic sequencing. When the human genome project was announced in 1990, sceptics said: “No way you’re going to do this in 15 years.” Halfway through the project the sceptics were still going strong, saying you’ve only finished 1 per cent of the project. But that’s actually right on schedule: by the time you get to 1 per cent you’re only seven doublings away.

You have a strong track record with your predictions. Has this exponential thinking helped get the timing right?

In the mid-1980s, I predicted the emergence of the World Wide Web for the mid-1990s. It seemed ridiculous then, when the entire US defence budget could only link up a few thousand scientists. But I saw it doubling every year and it happened right on schedule. It is quite remarkable how predictable these measures of the power of information technology are. Even so, millions of innovators are going to come up with unexpected ideas. Who would have anticipated social networks and blogs? If 10 years ago I had said we’re going to create an encyclopedia and anybody can write and edit it, you’d have thought, my god, it’s going to be full of graffiti and completely worthless. It’s amazing how good it is if we harness the collective wisdom.

These advances all sound very utopian.

They are not utopian because technology is a double-edged sword, it introduces new problems as well. Overall, though, I do believe the benefits outweigh the damage that technology causes. Not everybody agrees.

Okay, we all know I like Ray so for a change I will not scream my head off, becasue I would very much like to see his prediction of the future come true.

I suggest you read alittle more about Rays predictions here.

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Hmm this sure gives me ideas..

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Transcendent Man introduces the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, the renowned futurist who journeys the world offering his vision of a future in which we will merge with our machines, can live forever, and are billions of times more intelligent…all within the next thirty years.

This movie is something I definitely will be looking forward to, since I like Rays ideas.

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Okay this is a really interesting article, I´m not going to post it all just bits but you should definitely read the whole thing, Just click the “Original Site” below.

Nano-engineer John Burch, co-designer of the nanofactory video, “Productive Nanosystems: from Molecules to Superproducts,” believes that by as early as the 2030s, we could be replacing our brain cells with non-biological nanotech materials that process thoughts faster, and is nearly indestructible.

“The new brain would include an exact copy of our memories and personality that existed before we converted”, Burch says, “but it would run millions of times faster and would increase our memory a thousand fold. In addition, this futuristic brain will allow us to control the speed of our thoughts; we could jump from 100 milliseconds, the response time for biological cells, to 50 nanoseconds – 20 million times faster”.

Creating thoughts at this speed would, in our mind at least, slow the world down by a factor of 20 million. Our perception would speed up, but physics limits how fast we can move, so to us, the world would seem to slow as our brain ran faster. Think of what this means. In an emergency, we would have time to think and plan. Events that seem like hours to us would actually be happening in a split second.

Wow…. Anyone else thinking of IRL bullet time?

I go sit down in a burning house and take a cup of coffee and just stroll back out again.

Since nanotech brain cells are smaller than their organic counterparts, there’s plenty of room to add more memory. This would provide many new features and benefits; we could access the Internet with just our thoughts, install backup units to replace failing neurons, and understand and speak another language, or master a complex subject without need to study.

Very interesting stuff, I get a hint of matrix from this article.

Neurons made from powerful nanotech materials will be nearly indestructible compared with biological brains. Should a converted person die in an accident, their body may be a total loss, but the new brain could even survive an explosion and quickly regain all functions. Biological brains die within minutes after the heart stops; our new brain simply turns itself off and waits for a new power supply.

All memories would remain intact after a fatal accident. Rescue workers would remove the brain from the deceased body and reinstall it into a newly-cloned body. The patient would ‘wake up’ in their new body and resume life as if nothing happened. Of course one might feel depressed over dying, but this could be offset with happiness of experiencing life in a new, upgraded body.

Okay once it is out if beta sign me up, this is some nice tech and I do know this could be used with evil intent but everything could be used with evil intent.

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