Students build Oculus Moon robot

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“The vision was simple – let anyone on Earth experience the Moon live through the eyes of a robot,” explained team leader Daniel Shafrir.

“We weren’t just going to go to the Moon. We are going to bring the Moon back,” he added.

The telepresence robot, nicknamed Andy after university founder Andrew Carnegie, can be controlled by an operator’s head.

Using an Oculus Rift headset, the movements of the user’s head are tracked and sent back to Andy’s camera so that it will match where the user is looking.

“Imagine the feeling of looking out and seeing rocks and craters billions of years old. Turn your head to the right and you see the dark expanse of space. Turn your head to the left and you see home, Earth,” said Mr Shafrir.

First we virtually take the Moon…

Get on this Google. Every planet. Every moon. Every near earth asteroid.

Whoop… Deploy probe.

While we build the infrastructure to get our meat bodies out there afk.

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NASA Meets Theologians to Discuss How We Respond to E.T.

The audience was given an update on the current search for extraterrestrial biology including finding chemical signatures in atmospheres of exoplanets that indicate life, direct observation such as Curiosity uncovering layers of carbon strata as it climbs the hills around Mt. Sharp, or detection of radio signals which would indicate intelligent life elsewhere. They were then asked how humanity should handle such discoveries. If we discovered microbial life, what kind of impact would that have on us? If we discovered a technically sophisticated life, what would our reaction be? Further discussions focused on transcending anthropocentric thinking, questioning whether we should assume that all life was built on the same principles as life here on Earth, that our biology wasn’t universal. In the event of coming across life built on chemistry different from ours, would we even recognize it as life?

Theologians were asked to consider the status of alien life within the context of morality. What would be our responsibilities in dealing with extraterrestrials whether microbial or more complex life forms? We humans here on Earth have shown through past behavior little regard for other living things. If we can’t eat them or domesticate them to help us then we often decimate them. It’s only recently that conservation and biodiversity have been adopted as core values within our human existence. So in discovering life elsewhere what would be our behavior? Destroyer or conservationist?

In one session Christian theologians were asked if they would baptize an extraterrestrial A Jesuit in attendance is quoted by the Huffington Post as stating “any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul.” So on the question of baptism, if E.T. asked baptism would be granted.

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Ello Darkness My Old Friend | MORNING, COMPUTER

It’s the aesthetic.  It’s supposed to be minimal and serious and authentic and (hair-shirt) ethical.  But it is in fact Miserable Web.

Now that I’ve typed the words Miserable Web, I like the service much more than I did.  And it doesn’t dismiss my previous conception of the place as “medical-grade internet,” either.  Here is your grim prescription from Miserable Web.  Meet the other patients.  Enjoy your broken conversations in our infinite antiseptic white rooms, as if you were inmates in the cells of THX-1138.  Consider the blank silence under our eyeless, lying smile.  Even if you leave, the piece of you that loved colour and joy is still here, dying.  

This is Miserable Web.  Say Ello.

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the funeral ceremonies of the cyborgs | THE STATE

“When a cyborg is on the point of death their local network sends for two or more priests, who assemble around the sick bed of the dying person and say a prayer for the indexing of one’s sins. The priests are paid in cryptocurrency and Soylent for their attendance. If the person dying is able to join the priest in saying their last indexing-prayer, or if they are able to say it themselves alone, so much the better.” @interdome

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the funeral ceremonies of the cyborgs | THE STATE

“When a cyborg is on the point of death their local network sends for two or more priests, who assemble around the sick bed of the dying person and say a prayer for the indexing of one’s sins. The priests are paid in cryptocurrency and Soylent for their attendance. If the person dying is able to join the priest in saying their last indexing-prayer, or if they are able to say it themselves alone, so much the better.” @interdome

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Russian astronomers spot second planet in Alpha Centauri system   

It is located outside the so-called habitable zone, or the orbital region around a star in which an Earth-like planet can possess liquid water on its surface and possibly support life.

“We believe that this planet may be located at a distance of 80 astronomical units /a unit of length, roughly the distance from the Earth to the Sun, which is 150 million kilometers/ and is orbiting around the centre of the binary star system Alpha Centauri AB with an orbital period of about 100 years,” Ivan Shevchenko, the head of the laboratory of planets and small bodies dynamics at the Pulkovo Observatory, told ITAR-TASS.

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Brian Cox: ‘Multiverse’ makes sense

“That there’s an infinite number of universes sounds more complicated than there being one,” Prof Cox told the programme.

“But actually, it’s a simpler version of quantum mechanics. It’s quantum mechanics without wave function collapse… the idea that by observing something you force a system to make a choice.”

Accepting the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics means also having to accept that things can exist in several states a the same time.

But this leads to another question: Why do we perceive only one world, not many?

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Plans for a Neanderthal Park in Gibraltar

The plan comes at an ideal time as the government of Gibraltar look to get UNESCO World Heritage status for Gorham’s Cave, one of the Rock’s most important features, and key to understanding the history and progress of human (and near-human) evolution.

The cave, thought to be one of the last places that Neanderthals inhabited in Europe, is found on the south-east face of Gibraltar’s coast.

As Homo Sapiens are thought to share between 1 and 4 per cent of our DNA with Neanderthals, a visit to the park could quite possibly help us to ‘walk in the footsteps’ of our ancestors. 

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Ello | dymaxion

warrenellis:

“We are at a juncture in the story of humanity. The decisions we make and the systems we build in the next twenty years will determine not just whether we live free from the boot of repressive dictatorships, but whether we live at all. The way out lies through hope, empathy, and learning to think like our systems — through becoming creatures of the network.”

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zerosociety:

Sometimes, when night sets in and the thoughts turn strange I find myself wondering if all the madmen, con-artists, new agers and misfit mystics were right and we — you me and the world — descended into Novelty in a collision with the concrescence at the end of history. Everything we have…

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