Neil Harbisson is one of the first cyborgs officially recognized by a government. Now, he’s helping other humans enhance and redesign their bodies through the “Transpecies Society” association he recently cofounded. Read more…
Exactly one week after Bay Area food tech tech startup Memphis Meats unveiled the world’s first lab-grown chicken finger, we as a society have become a single step closer to a reality in which producers of “clean meat” are able to compete on equal footing with the behemoths of modern industrial meat.
Just yesterday, Impossible Foods, the Redwood City, California startup, announced that it had almost finished construction on a huge factory in Oakland, California that will be able to produce one million pounds of veggie burgers per month. The company’s Impossible Burger—known as the “veggie burger that bleeds”—will be mass produced there; commercial production is planned to begin early this summer.
Founder and CEO of Impossible Foods, Patrick Brown, who was formerly a professor … Read the rest
The Mars Colonization and Tourism Assoc. a.k.a. SpaceX released a set of retro travel posters depicting future travelers at three of the more prominent Martian landmarks.
Some great examples of retro-futurist “envisionings”
The site: http://ru-2061.livejournal.com/ is devoted to a drawing contest where artists imagine a planet Mars colonized by a thriving Soviet space program in the year 2061.
Not all of the work is good, but some is very good. The second round of the contest, “The Stone Belt” seems to have attracted more talent than the first.
The page is in Russian, but Chrome translates it pretty well.
Russian art is always fascinating to me because the default color palette is just a little different from the American one. It’s hard to put my finger on it, but if you look at, say images taken by Russian satellites:
the blues are shifted a bit toward green and the reds shifted a … Read the rest
NASA has a server called arc.nasa.gov (password-protected) with a subdomain at settlement.arc.nasa.gov which contains a number of odd things, including an archive of artists’ renderings of proposed earthling settlements in space. The proposals are basically for big round greenhouses, rotating to simulate gravity via centrifugal force – not so different than what has been proposed in a lot of science fiction in movies and on TV.
Somehow I’m comforted that there are people making plans for this kind of thing, even though it’s discouraging to see how so much of the optimism of the 60s and 70s (regarding space travel as well as almost everything else) never went anywhere.… Read the rest
This is one of those things that sounds more like a discarded Dharma Initiative plot line from Lost than reality, yet it’s real. The Burlington (VT) Free Press recently profiled the Teresem Movement Foundation, based in Bristol, VT, which calls itself a “a transreligion for technological times”.
They are working on promoting “exponential life” – essentially getting to the point where we can download our consciousnesses into robotic bodies. The idea has been explored recently in shows such as Dollhouse and Caprica and does seem to be the ultimate target of a lot of scientific research.
The NYTimes profiled one of the automatons, Bina48, which, along with tripping the … Read the rest