Self-Replicating Spacecraft

Settling the moon with self replicating robots could increase US industrial capacity a million fold.

Self replicating space probes could explore the entire galaxy in five hundred thousand years travelling at one tenth the speed of light. 

The search for alien self-replicating nanobots.

What’s the background on self replicating spacecraft?

Biomedical Buckyballs = Super Rats

University of Paris researchers have found that when rats drink pristine (non toxic) C60, it doubles their lifespan.  Read about the antioxidant properties of fullerene at 33rd Square.

Space Migration & Type 2 Kardashev civilization

H+ has a nice post on space migration. 

If you haven’t checked this Sentient Developments post on building a Dyson sphere (disassembling the planets starting with Mercury etc).  Do it!  Even NASA was impressed.

Space Solar News

Personally, I like the decentralized model of energy generation.  It bypasses choke points and energy markets that can be manipulated.  Since energy is an input for all material goods it can act as a private tax.

However, large industrial facilities have large scale energy needs.  Space solar can tap into the suns energy 24-7.  With complimentary technologies such as wireless energy transmission, transportation technologies can be freed from dragging along an energy source as a payload.  This approach will become essential for space elevators and could revolutionize the commercial aircraft industry.

Here is the latest flower based design for space solar.

Defense applications for space solar.

The military use of space solar that they are not talking about…

The case AGAINST space based solar. (Cynical take on space technology forecasting).

Nonetheless, a forecast of a space based solar future. (Thanks to Next Big Future for awesome coverage of this tech).

AGI Explosion

If your job is boring, you can be replaced by narrow AI.  That’s the relatively cheap easy Artificial Intelligence that just needs a set of instructions (more or less).  Perhaps you’ve already read about this in Martin Ford’s The Lights In The Tunnel where he explores some of the economic consequences of job destruction through automation.

We are closing in on a more powerful technology which could have even greater economic impact.  AGI as embodied by Whole Brain Emulation is a more powerful version of AI that has more plasticity.  Whole brain emulation will allow machines to make broader more fluid decisions/actions and perform a wider range of occupations.  Robin Hanson looks at this disruptive impact of this technology.  It could be the most disruptive technology heading our way in the next few decades.

In light of Hanson’s forecast, Next Big Future looks at complimentary technologies that will be part of our lives over the next twenty years.

Virtual Property: Virtual Property Crime

Would you like to buy $2.5 million dollars worth of virutal real estate?

Would you like to buy your own habitable planet? (millions of light years away)

Did an avatar steal your virtual starship?  Help is on the way!


Total Biolectric Interface

Singularity Hub has a sick profile on Stanford startup Vergence Labs.  They are working on Singularity style human machine mashups. 

In cyborg related news, MVG expects to have direct-to-brain bionic eye implants ready for testing in 2014.



Claytronics: Smart Sand

Have you heard about the latest breakthrough in high performance plastic electronic circuit fabrication?  Cool.

Have you heard about programmable sand? aka Claytronics.

Video Wall Paper

Video wallpaper is an important step before we get video paint.  Whats the latest video wallpaper news?  Read about OLED here.  Read about rollable video displays here. 

BTW: Is your TV spying on you?  Read about the dark side of smart appliances at MIT’s Technology review.

Biotech Building Material: Living Sky Scrapers

Plus Ultra Technologies has an extensive review/feature of Rachel Armstrong’s book “Living Architecture.” 

A seed can grow a redwood tree.  Can synthetic biology grow other megastructures? 



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