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Planet Four is a citizen science project designed to help planetary scientists identify and measure features on the surface of Mars
Chris Anderson (former Editor-in-Chief of WIRED, now CEO, 3D Robotics) and Carl Bass (CEO, Autodesk) at the Churchill Club, SRI, Menlo Park, CA
In “The Next Industrial Revolution”, Chris Anderson (former Editor-in-Chief of WIRED, now CEO, 3D Robotics) and Carl Bass, explore how 3D printing and accessible CAD software could disrupt manufacturing and supply chains.
Many people are presented with options to enhance their abilities and do so on a regular basis; even though the most popular option may be caffeine, there are many others available, and even more will become available in the coming years. The future holds the potential for a wide variety of scientific discoveries to change the way the brain works and improve it drastically. There are varieties of cognitive enhancement being developed, but they may not achieve their potential unless scientists are able to overcome specific hurdles in development.
2016 presidential candidate Bob Glitch is preaching to the Republican Party faithful: “With God as my witness, we’re going to bring morality and family values back to America and we’re going to turn back the homosexual agenda…” Anonymous member Bob Dobbometer joins the cheering throng, raising his fist in the air and points his magnetic truth ring right at the candidate. Glitch continues. “I have nothing against homosexuals. Jesus said we should love every… (Glitch pauses, twitches slightly) “Man, that dude in the muscle shirt is freaking’ hot. I’d like to meet him in a men’s room and…” The mic goes dead.
The human brain is a massively parallel processor — each of its 100 billion-plus neurons is processing data all the time, and responding if appropriate. By contrast, today’s default computer architecture is highly serial — our processors operate, by and large, one step at a time. Certain types of operations that are slow for brain cells are extremely fast for today’s computer processors, enabling our computers to do a lot of amazing things in spite of their serial architecture.
For thousands of years, humans have strived to move beyond the limits of their own minds through education, philosophy and meditation. Cognitive neuroscientists like myself are trying to turn such aspirations into reality by applying knowledge of neuroplasticity and cognition to cognitive training programs. Millions of people use their income to buy cognitive training games. This trend will continue as new discoveries foster the development of improved training programs, and the implementation of these programs will eventually cause a significant impact in society and education.
You’re the director in an ultra-low-budget movie set around an alien encounter. You select scenes, summon special effects, and play the supporting cast members: G-Man, Scientist, Alien, and Little Girl. Your lead actor Ted is a struggling reporter who wakes up tied-up on an alien spaceship. What do you do? You improvise.