Visions of the Future: The Intelligence Revolution. With Michio Kaku

Will computers think for themselves? Will humans be able to reprogram our own biology, making us “super human”? Will our kids be born into a world where every item is “smart”. Michio Kaku, another one of my favorite modern philosophers and Great Minds tackles these questions in Visions of the Future: The Intelligence Revolution

This video does a great job illustrating the vast changes underway on our world. By 2020 a microchip with the computing power of a modern cellphone will cost about $.01. As this draws nearer, chips will begin to be embedded in everything truly leading to the “ubiquity era” with thousands of computers per user. Humans will then (if not already) begin hard-wiring our minds with more processing power and altering our DNA to dramatic results. Humans may no longer be Homo Sapien and may self selectively evolve into Cyber Sapiens.

THE SINGULARITY IS NEAR!

Question of the Day:
Do you think humans will achieve this great change in our very essence?

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Cyborg Insects…

Insects linked with computers….   Its a brave new world my friends…

THE SINGULARITY IS NEAR!!

Big Belly boosts risk of Alzheimers and Dementa

“Having a big belly in your 40s can boost your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia decades later, a new study suggests.”

see the rest of the article here – Big belly boosts risk of later dementia

FDA approves eating Cloned Meat

This article is worth quoting at length. My comments are in green.

“After four years of deliberation (4 whole years?), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that meat from cloned animals and their offspring is safe to eat.But despite public unease and lingering scientific uncertainty, the FDA won’t require such meat to be labeled or tracked.

Food producers say they’re not about to put cloned meat on American dinner plates, as the procedure is too expensive and inefficient, and a third of U.S. adults say they won’t eat cloned meat regardless of its approval. Instead, farmers will purchase cloned animals to serve as breeding stock for their entire herds.

People tend to feel less repulsed at eating the offspring, so it’s clone descendants that we’ll eat — though we probably won’t know for sure. The FDA says clone-derived products don’t need to be labeled. (That’s governments speak for ‘You will be eating clones and clone derived products’)
“There’s no way for the consumer to know whether they’re getting cloned meat or their offspring,” said Will Rostov, a senior attorney at the Center for Food Safety, a agricultural advocacy group.

According to Rostov, the FDA should have treated cloned animals as a new animal drug, thus requiring a higher level of scrutiny and testing. “Anything that’s changed the structure of the cell is a new animal drug. Cloning changes that structure. We filed a petition, but the FDA said they were using their discretion, that all they needed to do was some sort of risk assessment.” The risk assessment, said Rostov, is based largely on conflicted industry data.

Cloning indeed causes genetic alterations: the extraordinary rates of early and horrible deaths among cloned animals testify graphically to that. The FDA counters that a clone capable of reaching breeding maturity is safe, and that genetic alterations caused during cloning aren’t passed to their offspring. (This is just inhumane, plain and simple. Why must we send generations of life through ‘early and horrible deaths’? We already have plenty of livestock worldwide. What is the ultimate aim here?)
But would it really be so hard to require cloned food products to be labeled? The FDA says ethical and economic issues aren’t the purview of the new study — but those words could be easily be turned against them, as the only argument against mandatory labeling is an economic one.

Among the other economic issues unconsidered by the FDA’s report is food security. Critics say that cloning farm animals will produce genetic uniformity in US herds, leaving them prone to disease outbreaks or even bioterrorism. In addition to that, said Rostov, “The whole idea, to take the prize bull and say that we have the best genetics — that freezes the genetics. With traditional breeding, you’re trying to improve the genetics. Cloning freezes it at one moment.” (!!!!!!! , read that last paragraph again.)

Aside from a single throwaway line — “Further, care needs to be taken not to rely excessively on a few apparently superior sires so as not to reduce the genetic diversity of the resulting herds” — this concern doesn’t arise in the report.

But given how utterly reliant the industry already is on in-vitro fertilization using sperm from a few prize steers, that’s understandable. And in light of that, the issue of labeling seems less problematic. Yes, as a matter of principle, people have a right to know where their food comes from. But at this point, meat that doesn’t come from small farms with an organic label is almost certain to originate in an industrial farming system defined by pollution, steroids and a dangerous overreliance on antibiotics.

Clones or no clones, we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

Thanks for a great article Wired! Check it out at: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on Cloned Meat

The reason this is such a huge deal is that like GMO seeds, cloned meat is something that is new to humanity and the planet. Nature is such a delicate balance that took so long to come to homeostasis, it is dangerous to disrupt is so fundamentally and abruptly. Motives today (at least on the corporate level) are so driven by greed that almost never are the are the long term costs to the planet and our health seriously considered. Cloning is so new that to start eating the meat this early is dangerous and crazy. Beef, its not whats for dinner…

Spank You Very Much Award for 12/17/07

And Todays Coveted Spank You Very Much Award goes to……………(drum roll)…….

Scientists clone glow in the dark cats!!

Beautiful and amazing Micro-Photos!!

Here are some beautiful picture I found online today…… enjoy!

“Since 1974, Nikon has sponsored a yearly photo competition for images that delve into the worlds beyond the reach of the unaided human eye. The camera maker feted the photographers who made the top 20 “photomicrographs” in Nikon’s annual Small World competition at New York’s Explorer’s Club. The winners were drawn from a pool of 1,709 submissions.”

See the winners here…

Spank You Very Much Award for 9/18/07

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Pets On Menu For Desperate Zimbabweans

Spank You Very Much Award for 9/10/07

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2/3rd of Polar bears dead by 2050

Spank You Very Much Award 9/06/07

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Rhode Island Man Threatened Mom’s Cat For Cash, Cops Say

My roomates turtle

This is George Michael. Don’t ever call him a $5 alley Turtle.

He’s just stretchin his back legs out…

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