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Peter Voss on Singularity 1 on 1: Having more intelligence will be good for mankind! Peter Voss is an entrepreneur, inventor, engineer, scientist and AI researcher. He is a rather interesting and unique individual not only because of his diverse background and impressive accomplishments but also because of his interest in moral philosophy and artificial intelligence. I have been planning to interview Voss for a while and, given how quickly our discussion went by, I will do my best to bring him again to Singularity 1 on 1. During our 1-hour-long conversation with Peter we cover a variety of topics such as: […] Read more… →

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Bible scholar claims Christianity invented as part of ancient Roman psy-ops campaign By Travis GettysThursday, October 10, 2013 12:38 EDT The Christian faith is the result of the most successful psy-ops program in history, according to a self-professed American Bible scholar. Joseph Atwill will present his controversial theory Oct. 19 in London that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats as part of a sophisticated government project to help pacify Jews in occupied territories. Atwill, author of “Caesar’s Messiah,” claims he’s found ancient confessions by the scriptures’ authors that they invented Jesus Christ and his story as basically a form of propaganda.

Grand tree of life study shows a clock-like trend in new species emergence and diversity Temple University researchers have assembled the largest and most accurate tree of life calibrated to time, and surprisingly, it reveals that life has been expanding at a constant rate. "The constant rate of diversification that we have found indicates that the ecological niches of life are not being filled up and saturated," said Temple professor S. Blair Hedges, a member of the research team's study, published in the early online edition of the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution. "This is contrary to the popular alternative model which predicts a slowing down of diversification as niches fill up with species." The tree of life compiled by the Temple team is depicted in a new way --- a cosmologically-inspired galaxy of life view --- and contains more than 50,000 species in a tapestry spiraling out from the origin of life. For the massive meta-study effort, researchers painstakingly assembled data from 2,274 molecular studies, with 96 percent published in the last decade.

Accelerating Future There isn’t enough in the world. Not enough wealth to go around, not enough space in cities, not enough medicine, not enough intelligence or wisdom. Not enough genuine fun or excitement. The City-2057 “The City”, examines the advances futuristic technology will bring to the home such as humanoid robots and holographic pets. The storyline has Paul, a thirteen-year-old boy accidentally releasing his holographic shark friend into the city’s computer program, halting major city functions and electronics. The year is 2057. Everything is computerized from cars to buildings to clothing.

Can we get all the nature we need in digital form? – Sue Thomas There are fish in my phone. Some are pure orange with white fins; others have black mottled markings along their orange backs. They glide, twist and turn above a bed of flat pale sand fringed by rocks and the bright green leaves of something that looks like watercress. Spiritual Transcendence in Transhumanism Spiritual Transcendence in Transhumanism V.R. Manoj, Research Scholar CES, Anna University

Urban Outfitters' Co-Founder Is Building A College Campus The co-founder of Urban Outfitters is helping to build a new college campus in Pennsylvania where students don't take tests, get assigned homework, or even go to class. Instead, students who enroll in Scott Belair's "Mountaintop Project" will spend an entire semester innovating and dreaming up solutions to the world's problems, The Allentown Morning Call reports. Belair has given Lehigh University a $20 million grant to turn former steel research labs into a satellite campus that will operate like a study abroad program. "There will be no lecture halls and no lectures," Belair, who graduated from Lehigh in 1969, told the newspaper.

Why humans evolved to love watching animals – David Barash I like zoos. Really I do. I applaud today’s zoological parks for their increasing emphasis on naturalistic exhibits, their breeding programmes for endangered species, and their efforts to educate the public about wildlife conservation. But the truth is, I mainly like zoos for the same reason that other people do: because I love watching animals. Animals in captivity might satisfy our desire to cross the existential barrier that separates us from other creatures.

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