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Top Google executive Eric Schmidt predicts end of the internet Tags: Information Technology Internet Switzerland USA World Economic Forum

Top Google executive predicts end of the internet

RT January 23, 2015, Short URL

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, speaks during the session "The Future of the Digital Economy" in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 22, 2015 (Reuters / Ruben Sprich)

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Google guru Eric Schmidt gave an answer regarding the evolution of the web. “I will answer very simply that the internet will disappear,” Schmidt said on Thursday.

“There will be so many IP addresses, … so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won’t even sense it, it will be part of your presence all the time,” he explained. “Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.”

“A highly personalized, highly interactive and very, very interesting world emerges,” Schmidt concluded.

 

 

At the panel, dubbed “The Future of the Digital Economy”, he was speaking with Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Vodafone’s Chief Executive Officer Vittorio Colao agreed with Schmidt, comparing the internet with “water, oxygen” in an “ultra-dense connectivity situation.”

However, a group of Harvard professors depicted a much more grim Orwellian world, AFP reported on Thursday.

“Privacy as we knew it in the past is no longer feasible... How we conventionally think of privacy is dead,” said Margo Seltzer, a professor in computer science at Harvard University.

Sophia Roosth, a Harvard’s genetics researcher, said: “It's not whether this is going to happen, it's already happening... We live in a surveillance state today.”

Depicting a terrifying world, where mosquito-sized robots fly around stealing samples of people’s DNA, she said, “We are at the dawn of the age of genetic McCarthyism,” referring to “witch-hunts” during Second Red Scare in the 1950s in America.

 

Astronomers detect hints of two more planets in our Solar System Tags: astronomy planets solar system

Two Earth-sized planets could be hiding in the chilly margins of our Solar System, just beyond Neptune and Pluto. We just have to find them first.

BEC CREW   20 JAN 2015
 

Hints of two more planets lurking undetected way out near the edge of our Solar System have been found thanks to a new analysis of the belt of objects called the 'extreme trans-Neptunion objects’ (ETNO). 

A team of astronomers from the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain and the University of Cambridge in the UK studied the orbits of 13 such ETNOs, including the dwarf planet Sedna, and found that they weren’t moving as expected. Something appears to be altering their orbits, the team reports, and that ‘something’ could be a couple of hidden planets at least the size of Earth, if not bigger.

"This excess of objects with unexpected orbital parameters makes us believe that some invisible forces are altering the distribution of the orbital elements of the ETNO, and we consider that the most probable explanation is that other unknown planets exist beyond Neptune and Pluto,” lead scientist, Carlos de la Fuente Marcos from the Complutense University of Madrid, told the Spanish Scientific News Service. “The exact number is uncertain, given that the data that we have is limited, but our calculations suggest that there are at least two planets, and probably more, within the confines of our Solar System."

Publishing their findings in two articles in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters - available here and here - the researchers have estimated that if these planets exist, they would be located 200 astronomical units away from Earth, which is 200 times the distance between Earth and the Sun (one astronomical unit is the distance between the two).

The prospect of two more planets in our Solar System is pretty exciting, but there are problems with the proposal. Firstly, the team noted that the existence of these planets contrdicts current models on the formation of the Solar System, which only works if there are no planets moving in circular orbits further away from the Sun than Neptune, the Spanish Scientific News Service reports

But a recent discovery supports the possibility that planets could actually form at great distances from their star. Late last year, scientists using the new Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) of telescopes in Chile found a planet-forming disk more than 100 astronomical units from a star called HL Tauri. This star is younger than our Sun, but more massive, and the confirmed presence of a planet-forming disc some 100 astronomical units away from it makes a case for the possibility that planets could also form as far 200 astronomical units away from their star.

That said, de la Fuente Marco and his team have got their work cut out for them in proving that these two planets actually exist. They’re too far away to ‘see’ with current technology, so they need to continue finding evidence of their influence on what we do know exists in the edges of our Solar System. 

 

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The World’s First Heartless Human Able To Live Without A Pulse Tags: Science and Technology Transhumanism

Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution

 

In March of 2011, a gentlemen by the name of Craig Lewis, a 55-year-old suffering from a life threatening heart problem was admitted to the Texas Heart Institute with a condition called “amyloidosis.” It’s a rare autoimmune disease that fills internal organs with a viscous protein that causes rapid heart, kidney and liver failure. Without immediate intervention Lewis would have likely died within days.

Fortunately, Dr. Billy Cohn and Dr. Bud Frazier from the Institute came up with what they call a “continuous flow” device which would allow blood to circulate throughout his body without a pulse.  They removed Mr Lewis’ heart and then installed the device -the patient was up, well and speaking with physicians the very same day.

Dr. Cohn is a veteran surgeon, as well as an inventor and researcher who has spent a large portion of his life developing technologies to replace or repair the human heart. The most notable device being what is called the Left Ventricular Assist Device, also known as LVADs.

Cohn teamed up with Dr. Bud Frazier to develop a new invention that uses the technology from LVADs to replicate the functions of the heart’s right and left ventricles.  They (unfortunately) tested their device on 70 calves, all of whom produced a flat line on an EKG, no heart rate or pulse, yet they were perfectly normal, ate normally and interacted with each other normally but again, had no heart beat.

 

As mentioned above, Craig Lewis was the first human to receive this technology. The procedure took less than 48 hours and was a great success. His kidneys and liver were not so lucky however, they were failing him and after a few months his family asked the doctors to unplug the device.

Below is a video titled “Heart Stop Beating.” It’s the story of these two doctors and the process they had to go through to replace this man’s dying heart with a ‘continuous flow’ device.

What Is It Like To Live Without A Heart?

The first thing I thought of when I came across this story (at the Daily Mail) was the research that’s conducted at the Institute of Heartmath.

“Emotional information is actually coded and modulated into these fields. By learning to shift our emotions, we are changing the information coded into the magnetic fields that are radiated by the heart, and that can impact those around us. We are fundamentally and deeply connected with each other and the planet itself.” - Rolin McCratey , Ph.D, Director of Research at the Institute.

You can read more about that story here.

What does this mean for individuals who have their heart replaced with a piece of mechanical machinery? Does this mean that they are not able to affect others because there is no electromagnetic field that’s being radiated from the heart, or feel the effects of others?

Does this mean that all of our internal organs, including our brain, serve solely biological functions? Does this mean that our thoughts, feelings, emotions, perception of the world and various factors that are associated with consciousness originate from outside of the body? What do you think?

Imagine if all of the organs were one day able to be replaced with some sort of advanced technology that was able to mimic their biological function, including the brain. Would we still be the same? This concept brings up several interesting philosophical issues and questions, and that’s why it caught my attention.

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