TRANSHUMANISTS AIM, generally speaking, to fulfill the promise made in the Garden: You shall be as gods. Today we discuss a variety of memes and news items related to the topic: A new theory of memory storage in the brain, research on connecting our brains to the cloud (and to a hive mind), and occult themes in the Johnny Depp film Transcendence.
ASTROPHYSICISTS ARE apparently beginning to rethink the idea of the Big Bang. A pair of researchers claimed this week that quantum mechanics suggest that the universe has always existed. The fact that erasing a starting point for the universe eliminates the need for a Creator is probably not coincidental.
Also: Virtual reality goes mainstream as Google and Mattel counter Facebook’s purchase of Oculus with a VR Viewmaster; warfighting robots; Homeland Security takes over cybersecurity; religion and AI; shifting political sands in the Middle East; and bogus photos support claims of Russian military in Ukraine.