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TED Talk 2014 | Ray Kurzweil: “Get ready for hybrid thinking”

Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue, wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut, is the key to what humanity has become.

Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.


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'Close' to finding another Earth?

Scientists looking for signs of life in the universe — as well as another planet like our own — are a lot closer to their goal than people realize.

That was the consensus of a panel on the search for life in the universe held at NASA headquarters Monday in Washington. The discussion focused not only on the philosophical question of whether we’re alone in the universe but also on the technological advances made in an effort to answer that question.

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aurora borealis photographed by jonathan tucker (see also: previous posts of the aurora)

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Earth as seen from Saturn.

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