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A new publisher for H+ Magazine

       The design, launch, and initial management of a new magazine, as with any startup, is the most exciting, but also the most risky period in the life of the project. When H+ Magazine was born, its publisher, Betterhumans,Inc., did a great job creating great design and content — and brought together a community around it. After an initial period, th...

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BP as Inverse-Icarus: The Hole to Hell is Drilled with Good Intentions (A Transhumanist View on July 13 of the Oil Spill)

A Transhumanist view on July 13 of the Oil Spill As I write this, British Petroleum is claiming that they’ve got the spilling oil well in the Gulf of Mexico capped, and seems to be implying that the worst is over. Though the ramifications of the BP oil spill will take years to understand, unfold, and transform aspects of business, regulation, and society’s approach to energy, now ...

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Holy Roller

“I will poor out my spirit on all flesh... He said I’m gonna raise you... God never asked you to do anything he doesn’t give you the power to do it with... if you don’t put on the Truth, you cannot stand...” 

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The MONDO 2000 History Project

MONDO 2000 was the first popular cyberculture magazine, starting before the web (or the World Wide Web as it was called for the first few years) came into play. It started in 1989 (and, really, in 1984 as High Frontiers) when the internet was a place full of ascii-based bulletin boards. MONDO evolved out of another magazine called Reality Hackers that, in turn, evolved out of a magazine calle...

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Venter’s Hype? Skeptical Views

Last week, I hustled up a post about Craig Venter's announcement that he and his team had created synthetic genes and implanted them into living bacteria.  The chatter on this was already mixed. Exciting new breakthrough or mostly hype?   So I emailed Dr. Alan Goldstein, who is offering something called an A-Prize through the Lifeboat Foundation.   The prize is for "...

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Porting Digital Memory

As human neural networks and electronic digital networks converge there is some debate over how to best move data from neural to digital formats.

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Synthetic Genes Come To Life

Yesterday's announcement that a team of 23 scientist led by Craig Venter has created synthetic genes and implanted them into living bacteria has already been reported in my morning newspaper (if it weren't Venter, it would probably have taken a few days). Here's the Venter Institute press release about it. Here's an h+ article from August 21, 2009 about a "master class" insyntheti...

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DJ Dolphin Z: How Dolphins Can Improve on Cochlear Implants

DJ Dolphin-Z with the perfect beat. If dolphins could actually do human-style DJ’ing with turntables, mixers, samplers, and drum machines, they might paint something that looks like 3D sound “pictures” of their moods, feelings, and surroundings.

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