apparently you can’t be employed by the CIA if you’ve ever illegally downloaded music
breaking news: in 20 years, the CIA will operate out of the president’s basement, staffed by four old men and six guinea pigs
Silly, but not true. Top secret clearance requires you to stop doing these things, it doesn’t require you to never have done them.
still doesn’t make up for the fact that it is two thousand and fourteen and i am still not a cyborg
This lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree
It’s still in the “so crazy it just might work” stage, but these microalgae-powered lamps, invented by French biochemist Pierre Calleja, could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year. That’s as much as 150 to 200 trees. [x]
YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. This is ingenious.
The design is a light bulb surrounded by a glass casing. The glass is filled with (water based) media and microalgae. The top is permeable to gasses so that gas exchange can occur. All of the wiring is linked to the grid underground.
Since the light source is inside, it gets scattered and “dimmed” by the water and algae. This makes it less glaringly bright and scatters the light wider, which is good for a street light. It is not longer white light as well, which helps make it easier on the eyes while still providing light.
At the same time, it provides the light for photosynthesis in the algae, so they are continuously exchanging CO2 for O2, not just in the day. It also provides a source of heat, which helps keep the algae from going dormant during cold weather (as in the snowy picture above).
And notice how I did not specify permeability - that’s because NOx’s (NO and NO2) are also permeable and can be used as nitrogen sources to microalgae. In fact, algae are relatively low maintenance. As autotrophs, they don’t require super complex media, not does it really need to be changed/added to. (I’m actually fairly certain that there would still be algae in these tanks a year later; it may need to be cleaned or something, but there would be some living algae.)
and they’re so pretty too
Anonymous asked: What I don't get about transhumanism, because it mostly makes sense to me, is ending death. I can't help but see death as a natural and important part of life. If no one ever dies then there are two options, as I see it. Either, we stop reproducing and start to stagnate as a species, we stop evolving and people stop having new ideas, or we keep reproducing and quickly burn out all available resources. Plus the idea of living forever terrifies me. I'm not sure I can handle 50 more years.
Most anti-death people are less anti-death and more pro-death-choice. We totally support death being an option! (For instance, I support euthanasia, and I totally have well-thought-out reasons for this that aren’t just ableist bullshit.) It just shouldn’t be mandatory for everyone.
I almost speculated about future anti-deathist technologies and how they would cope with your scenario, but then I remembered my whole “people suck at predicting technology stop doing it” thing. But anyway I suspect that is a solvable problem because of accidents, suicide, etc.
Well, in a perfect transhuman world, there probably wouldn’t be a reason to want to die because everything is fun/interesting enough to want to see more of it. But yeah, being anti-death is mostly about making death optional, not outlawing it.
I’d also like to respond to the two options this Anon gives:
1) Making death optional doesn’t solve a host of other issues. People will still have unbearable pain, people will still be depressed, accidents probably will continue to happen. In this scenario, humans would need to be bred for replacing the fallen. Stopping to evolve isn’t something transhumanists fear, because a lot of us are convinced that we can do evolutions work ourselves and probably better. Finally, you don’t strictly need new humans to have new ideas. It’s just that most humans are horrible at changing their minds, but that’s an issue you can actually solve.
But anyway, I’ve said it before and I don’t think a future without humans reproducing is a very good future.
2) Statistics show us that an increased quality of living decreases the birth-rate. So in a “transhuman future”, most people probably wouldn’t breed like crazy. What strikes me most with this scenario is that you seem to underestimate the available resources. We’re not limited to one planet, or even one solar system.
So I’d like to propose a third scenario:
3) Humanity gets its shit together. Children are taught from a young age that being able to change your mind is a valuable skill and they are trained in how to update their beliefs based on evidence. Humans start being serious about their resources and start to innovate in how energy is produced. At the same time, experiments with space colonization are paying off. Standards of living throughout the world rise steadily. It is then that humans start becoming immortal.
Of course, that’s very pie in the sky, so here a more cynical, but still optimistic scenario:
4) Some big company figures out how to make people immortal and the same company (or another, doesn’t matter) figures out how to painlessly stop cancer. At first this miracle drug is crazy expensive, either because it’s hard to make, took long to figure out or because artificial scarcity sells units. So the 1% starts becoming immortal. Some of them probably try to take over the world (being immortal is great for your long-term plans) but those quickly discover that not aging doesn’t mean your skull can stop bullets or that a Molotov cocktail to your face doesn’t hurt like hell.
The rest of the powerful people figure out that they need to start rethinking their life. Being actually immortal means you need to care about the future of humanity and the Earth and so they start projects to make this planet and its inhabitants better (you can probably do both and still turn a profit).
Eventually, the market of crazy-rich people dries out or the drug gets reversed engineered and it spreads towards the middle-class.
(Yes, this scenario is bad for poorer people. This critique is important and I think @Stormingtheivory makes an excellent point when he says that socialism is extremely compatible and even necessary for a good transhumanist future.)
Finally (and this is getting quite long), I understand that you don’t want to live forever. The world just doesn’t work very well right now. This is also something transhumanists want to change. They want you to be happy and have fun in meaningful ways.
I love transhumanism and reading this gave me shivers. Thanks.
"Aww, calm down, you’re being hypergolic."
"So my propellants spontaneously ignite when they come in contact with each other."
can we talk about how awesome that guy’s suit is
oh ok, well
that guy’s suit is really awesome. the silhouette and details are fab, and the overall style is like 60s james bond meets deus ex: hr
Early aughts NASA: because truth is frequently awesomer than fiction.
Westport Generating Station Baltimore, MD
The Westport Generating Station (named after the Westport neighborhood where it stood) was a massive power plant which rested on the edge of Baltimore Bay. When it was opened in 1906, it was reputed to be the largest reinforced concrete building in the world. The lack of wood in construction made the station extremely fire resistant. Built by the Baltimore Gas and Electricity company, it worked in parallel with a hydroelectric plant to supply power to Baltimore and the surrounding area. The total capacity of the plant was 252 megawatts; about half the power was produced from steam turbines and the rest from combustion turbines. The original smoke stack stood 209 feet high, the tallest in Baltimore.
The plant was closed in 1993, and subsequently sealed shut using welded plate metal. The abandoned power station was a filming location for the move Twelve Monkeys (1995), and was demolished in 2008.
Girl catching the train after Kyūdō (Japanese archery) practice in Kyoto, Japan.
THIS SONG HAD BEEN COVERED BY ED SHEERAN. JOHNNY CASH, JACK WHITE AND LIKE EVERYBODY BUT NO ONE DOES IT LIKE THIS KID WITH AN IPHONE.
YOU NEED THIS. MY. GOD.
I just fell in love. holy shit.
Where is his record deal?
I want to marry his voice….
This is actually pretty fantastic.
Oh my who are you sweet angel of mine
His voice oh my dear god
i don’t reblog these but holy fuck……
"well i guess i’ll watch this but it can’t be WOW OK SO REBLOGGING NOWWWWWW"
for ten years now, leonid tishkov has traveled the world with his moon. here we see him in arctic svalbard magdalene fjord (1,5,7), new zealand, near rangitito (second photo, taken by marcus williams), the tian shang observatory near the border between china and kyrgyzstan (third photo, by po-i chen) and moscow (4,6,8, taken by boris bendikov)
"the moon is a shining point that brings people together from different countries, of different nationalities and cultures - and everyone who gets in its orbit does not forget it ever. it gives fairytale and poetry in our prosy and mercantile world," leonid writes. "the moon helps us to overcome our loneliness in the universe by uniting us around it."
leonid adds, “the ancient ural peoples who lived in my home told a fairy tale about how a shaman goes into the next world, illuminating the path of the moon. so in all of my photos, i can be seen in my late father’s cloak, because he travels with me in this way.”
DIY New Circle Skirt App from By Hand London here. The actual app is here. What I really like about this app is after you plug all your data in the app tells you the fabric length required:
very very silly Photoshop pun valentines
Molly started something amazing with her Photoshop pun valentines! The world needs more of them so you should add ‘em on below.
I tried because these are so great.
don’t look at me.