Zoltan Istvan: The Transhumanist Wager

Zoltan Istvan has written a very powerful book called The Transhumanist Wager. For anyone interested in the future of humanity (umm… that should be all of you) this is a must read.  SERIOUS WONDER asked Zoltan what he hopes to accomplish with this book and what he has in mind for the future.  [easyazon-image align=”left”…

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Telescopic Contact Lens: Superman Vision has Arrived

Can’t read the fine print on important documents? Have trouble catching traffic signs due to failing vision? Get your telescopic contacts today, and never worry about seeing distant things up close again! This certainly sounds like something out of a sci-fi infomercial spoof, but a group of scientists from UC San Deigo, EPFL (Switzerland’s Polytechnical…

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Phantom Phone Vibrations: Future Haptic-Telepathy

Phantom phone vibrations are more common than you would think. According to a new study “Phantom Vibration Syndrome is a type of hallucination reported among mobile phone users in the general population. Another similar perception, phantom ringing syndrome, has not been previously described in the medical literature.”  Around 80% of us have imagined a phone vibrating…

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Future Cities: Solar Powered And Vertically Farmed

Future Cities will be solar powered and vertically farmed. By 2025, we will see several major cities around the world converting to solar power. In fact AT&T has just partnered with portable solar power systems developer Goal Zero and Brooklyn design studio Pensa for the roll out of Street Charge public solar charging stations in New…

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IBM’s Watson Reloaded: Deity 2.0

IBM’s Watson is like nothing we have ever seen before. While humans use neuronal networks to store information in the brain, Watson has the ability to use the Internet and internal data as its extended mind. When asked a question, it creates a statistical average based upon the information gathered, and gives a confident probabilistic answer. [easyazon-image…

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Is Moore’s Law Coming to an End?

According to Moore’s Law, the number of transistors on a integrated circuit doubles approximately every 2 years (18 months). Gordon E. Moore described his law in the 1965 paper ‘Cramming more components onto integrated circuits’ that was published in Electronics Magazine. Because of exponential growth over the last 48 years, this law has led to 24 doublings of…

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James Martin: Futurologist (1933-2013)

Futurologist James Martin has been found dead at the age of 79 in the waters of the Great Sound near his Agar’s Island home. The Royal Gazette reports : “The Bermuda Police Service said this morning that Dr. Martin’s lifeless body had been found floating in the waters of the Great Sound near his Agar’s…

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Five Ways Augmented Reality Will Make Us Transhuman

Transhumanism is all about the creative and ethical use of technology to better the human condition. Futurists, when discussing topics related to transhumanism, tend to look at nano-tech, bio-mechanical augmentation and related technology that, for the most part, is beyond the comprehension of lay-people. [easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0988616114″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41jsHv4czvL._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″] If transhumanism as a movement…

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Methods For Futuring: Part 3

(Read Part One and Part Two of ‘Methods for Futuring’) Six Supertrends Shaping the Future Technological growth is one of  the six super-trends; however it is not just a super-trend, it is a super-force that creates accelerating changes with massive effects and disruptive power. One of the more obvious super-trends produced by technological advancements is economic growth.…

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Digital Mirror: The First Tech-Mediated Psychedelic

Soon, there will be an app that will collect all of your digital exhaust. This will include everything that you have searched for, tweeted about or liked, every YouTube video watched, every Reddit upvote, and all the StumbleUpon rabbit holes that make up your digital persona. With algorithms like Watson coming online, where natural language…

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Methods For Futuring: Part Two

This article is the second piece in the weekly series ‘Methods for Futuring’. Read Part One here. Technological Change and Exponential Growth To understand how technological change and exponential growth and lead directly into the 6 super trends, the reader needs an understanding of the technological laws that drive our modern world. These laws have…

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Apple’s Anki: Merging Physical and Digital Worlds

Yesterday at the WWDC keynote speech, Apple announced something quite interesting: a new company called Anki Drive, which is centered around Artificial Intelligence and robotics. These robots communicate with Bluetooth LE. The little racer cars that were presented at the show can sense the track up to 500 times a second, giving them a smooth and fluid…

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