Soylent To Be Sold In 7-Eleven And I’m Not Even Mad

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For the first time, the meal-replacement drink Soylent is available in a brick-and-mortar store rather than just over the Internet. And considering that the first store—or, rather, chain—to carry the drink is 7-Eleven, it’s clear that the product is just about hit the mainstream.

The funny thing is, years ago, when Soylent was just starting to expand its offerings, I had written a post criticizing the brand. At the time, I expressed concern that a drink (white, bland, and filled with “essential nutrients”) that seemed right out of a 1970s dystopian film—and sharing the name of one dystopian film in particular, a film in which the actual bodies of the poor were used to make said food product—was being promoted so heavily.

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Will Amazon’s Whole Foods Be Mostly Staffed By Robots?

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Please understand, this is merely a rhetorical question: based on Amazon’s plans, as of six months ago, to have a chain of mostly-automated “self-serve” supermarkets. Now that the juggernaut company has plans to acquire Whole Foods, will the objectives for Amazon’s “Take It And Go” merely be transferred over to the more well-known grocery chain?

“Take It And Go” boasts “no lines, no checkout.” You merely “scan in” with your Amazon account as you walk through the door, pick up what items you want, and leave. Literally: that’s it. Everything else is kept track of through sensors and the like and charged to your account.

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The Road To 2020: The Soul Is Impatient

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“The Road To 2020” is a series of posts where I examine important topics to consider as we get closer to the key year of 2020. 

One of the biggest themes I’ve come across in my meditations on 2020 and our future is the concept of the Soul being “impatient.” There is this vastly increased desire to “get to the point” and be aligned with your life’s purpose—and this sense of urgency is, I believe, what we are experiencing now and have experienced for the last few years.

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The End Of Ownership

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A recent study suggests that by 2030, the majority of U.S. consumers will not own an automobile—instead, they will use “on demand” self-driving vehicles. The trend will start in the biggest cities, and trickle down to the suburbs and rural areas.

The message is clear: it’s the “end” of ownership.

The same way it’s been the end of ownership in terms of physical media: DVDs, CDs, books, etc. The same way the concept of “home ownership” has been more and more of a pipe-dream.

No, it’s not a Communist fever-dream—the Capitalism is still there. You still have to buy shit. Or rather, spend money.

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Professor Predicts Brain Transplants Will “Sweep Away Religion Forever”

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This recent Telegraph article, based on a German interview with the controversial Professor Sergio Canavero, just got more and more insane and mind-blowing (if you will excuse the pun) as I read it…ending in like an operatic Frankenstein-meets-Nietzsche conclusion that is the stuff of fever-dream obscure conspiracy videos on YouTube.

Professor Canavero—Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group and most known for his upcoming plans to conduct the world’s first human head transplant—discussed with the magazine Ooom his next project, which will be human brain transplants.

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Are You Prepared For The Coming Space Economy?

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Mining for rare metals and gases on asteroids has the potential to be “highly disruptive” to the world’s economy, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analysts have recently concluded. Bringing back the incredibly valuable stores of resources like platinum back to Earth would “crater the market for metal” back home.

These analysts, in notes dated April 4, believe that we will be asteroid mining within eight years. And so my question is: are we (the financial markets, corporations, governments, humans on Earth) prepared to have our very economy radically altered by the massive influx of all these new resources?

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