Are we already living in the technological singularity? The news has been turning into science fiction for a while now. TVs that watch the watcher, growing tiny kidneys, 3D printing, the car of tomorrow, Amazon's fleet of delivery drones – so many news stories now "sound like science fiction" that the term returns 1,290,000 search results on Google. The pace of technological innovation is accelerating so quickly that it's possible to perform this test in reverse. Google an imaginary idea from science fiction and you'll almost certainly find scientists researching the possibility. Warp drive? The most radical prediction of science fiction is the technological singularity. Imagine a graph charting the growth in modern computing power. That spike is the singularity. Today as director of engineering at Google, Kurzweil is developing concrete policy based on those predictions. The most successful exploration of the singularity to date remains Accelerando by Charles Stross, a linked series of nine stories, first collected in 2005.
The Ibogaine Story "I have seen the best minds of my genertion, starving, hysterical, naked, Dragging themselves through negro streets at dawn, looking for an angry fix..." --Allen Ginsberg, the opening lines, HOWL; 1954 "What we're looking for is something wecan spray over theSoviet trenches, and they'll march out whistling 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'." -- Ascribed to a CIA advisor, Defense Department, Pharmaco-Warfare Division "Thus Spake Zarathrustra: 'Praise Be to Haoma!'" -- Yasna #3 The Ibogaine Story:Report on the STATEN ISLAND PROJECT Table of Contents Exhibits: HOWL Introduction (above) Introduction, NAKED LUNCH SOHO NEWS Heroin Poster Isbell letter (page one) ~ (page two) CIA Funding of Isbell's Research, 1953-61. I. II. III. Search The Text of The Book For Key Words From the Introduction, NAKED LUNCH DEPOSITION: TESTIMONY CONCERNING A SICKNESS The Sickness is drug addiction and I was an addict for fifteen years. I have seen the exact manner in which the junk virus operates through fifteen years of addiction.
Google Will Soon Know You Better Than Your Spouse Does, Top Exec Says Ray Kurzweil, the director of engineering at Google, believes that the tech behemoth will soon know you even better than your spouse does. Kurzweil, who Bill Gates has reportedly called "the best person [he knows] at predicting the future of artificial intelligence," told the Observer in a recent interview that he is working with Google to create a computer system that will be able to intimately understand human beings. (Read Kurzweil's full interview with the Observer here.) "I have a one-sentence spec which is to help bring natural language understanding to Google," the 66-year-old tech whiz told the news outlet of his job. "When you write an article, you're not creating an interesting collection of words," he continued. In short, the Observer writes, Kurzweil believes that Google will soon "know the answer to your question before you have asked it. "[Artificial intelligence] is not an intelligent invasion from Mars," he told the Montecito Journal in 2012, per a post on his website.
Manual for Ibogaine Therapy "Regarding the manual I would disagree with some of the exclusion criteria," says one author. "By excluding patients that are depressed or bipolar you exclude a sizable portion of the addict population. Because ibogaine's metabolites have been shown to have an antidepressant effect it would probably help these patients. Proper treatment for psychiatric conditions can be administered afterward. You will find below some of the experience we have had with patients taking antidepressants prior to ibogaine and since many patients have psychiatric conditions, we don't consider it prudent or necessary to suspend psychotropics for longer than 24 hours before treatment. Below are presented three examples of such patients. "Since most patients are depressed, a fast acting antidepressant can help in the days after ibogaine. Commenting on the exclusion criteria, another author states, "I don't think depression should be taken as a contraindication. return to contents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. by
Are the robots about to rise? Google's new director of engineering thinks so… It's hard to know where to start with Ray Kurzweil. With the fact that he takes 150 pills a day and is intravenously injected on a weekly basis with a dizzying list of vitamins, dietary supplements, and substances that sound about as scientifically effective as face cream: coenzyme Q10, phosphatidycholine, glutathione? With the fact that he believes that he has a good chance of living for ever? He just has to stay alive "long enough" to be around for when the great life-extending technologies kick in (he's 66 and he believes that "some of the baby-boomers will make it through"). Or with the fact that he's predicted that in 15 years' time, computers are going to trump people. But then everyone's allowed their theories. And now? But it's what came next that puts this into context. Google has bought almost every machine-learning and robotics company it can find, or at least, rates. And those are just the big deals. But then, he has other things on his mind. So far, so sci-fi. Well, yes.
Ibogaine Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive substance found in plants in the Apocynaceae family such as Tabernanthe iboga, Voacanga africana and Tabernaemontana undulata. A psychedelic with dissociative properties, the substance is banned in some countries; in other countries it is used by proponents of psychedelic therapy to treat addiction to methadone, heroin, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, anabolic steroids, and other drugs. Ibogaine is also used to treat depression and post traumatic stress disorder. Derivatives of ibogaine that lack the substance's psychedelic properties are under development. Ibogaine-containing preparations are used for medicinal and ritual purposes within African spiritual traditions of the Bwiti, who claim to have learned it from the Pygmy peoples. Ibogaine is an indole alkaloid that is obtained either by extraction from the iboga plant or by semi-synthesis from the precursor compound voacangine, another plant alkaloid. History
Possibility of cloning quantum information from the past Popular television shows such as "Doctor Who" have brought the idea of time travel into the vernacular of popular culture. But problem of time travel is even more complicated than one might think. LSU's Mark Wilde has shown that it would theoretically be possible for time travelers to copy quantum data from the past. It all started when David Deutsch, a pioneer of quantum computing and a physicist at Oxford, came up with a simplified model of time travel to deal with the paradoxes that would occur if one could travel back in time. "The question is, how would you have existed in the first place to go back in time and kill your grandfather?" Deutsch solved the Grandfather paradox originally using a slight change to quantum theory, proposing that you could change the past as long as you did so in a self-consistent manner. "Meaning that, if you kill your grandfather, you do it with only probability one-half," Wilde said. "We can always look at a paper, and then copy the words on it.
Erowid Google Officially Enters the Robotics Business With Acquisition of Seven Startups Last year, I visited a warehouse behind a typically fashionable San Francisco café where two startups, Bot & Dolly and Autofuss, were busy making the insanely immersive visuals for the film Gravity (among a host of other projects) using naught but assembly line robots, clever software, and high-def cameras. A few months later, I found myself in another warehouse—this time some forty minutes south of the city—where robotic arms, built and programmed by Industrial Perception, used advanced computer vision to sort toys and throw around boxes. What do these companies have in common? Industrial Perception robotic arm uses computer vision to move boxes. According to the New York Times, they were just secretly acquired by Google—along with four other robotics firms over the last six months—to design and build a fleet of next-generation robots under the direction of Andy Rubin, the former chief of Google’s mobile operating system, Android. Bot & Dolly’s Maya-based IRIS software.
Mescaline Mescaline or 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine is a naturally occurring psychedelic alkaloid of the phenethylamine class, known for its hallucinogenic effects similar to those of LSD and psilocybin. It shares strong structural similarities with the catecholamine dopamine. It occurs naturally in the peyote cactus (Lophophora williamsii), the San Pedro cactus (Echinopsis pachanoi) and in the Peruvian torch (Echinopsis peruviana), and as well in a number of other members of the Cactaceae plant family. It is also found in small amounts in certain members of the Fabaceae (bean) family, including Acacia berlandieri. Naturally derived mescaline powder extract. History and usage Peyote has been used for at least 5700 years by Native Americans in Mexico. Europeans noted use of peyote in Native American religious ceremonies upon early contact, notably by the Huichols in Mexico. Potential medical usage Notable users Biosynthesis of mescaline Synthetic Mescaline
Advanced Electric Drives Course, IIT Kanpur Electrical Engineering Video Tutorials, S.P. Das SEE: Guide to Download NPTEL Video Lecture Lecture Details : Advanced Electric Drives by Dr. S.P. Course Description : Contents: Generalized theory and Krons primitive machine model - Modeling of dc machines - Modeling of induction machine - Modeling of synchronous machine - Reference frame theory and per unit system - Control of Induction Motor Drive Scalar control of induction motor - Principle of vector control and field orientation - Sensorless control and flux observers - Direct torque and flux control of induction motor - Mutilevel converter-fed induction motor drive - Utility friendly induction motor drive Control of Synchronous Motor - Self controlled synchronous motor - Vector control of synchronous motor - Cycloconverter-fed synchronous motor drive - Control of synchronous reluctance motor - Control of Special Electric Machines - Permanent magnet synchronous motor - Brushless dc motor - Switched reluctance motor - Stepper motors and control Other Resources : Syllabus | Citation |