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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Will The Dawning Of The Tesla Trucks Mean The End Of The Truck Driver?

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently teased that his company had big plans for the production of trucks, both semi and pickup:

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But will these new trucks—which, according to his “Master Plan, Part Deux” blogged last July, will include self-driving technology,—be the beginning of the end for human truck drivers?

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The Skyscraper That Hangs From An Asteroid

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It probably sounds preposterous, something akin to an April Fool’s Day joke; Analemma Tower, the world’s tallest building ever, would be suspended from an asteroid with air cables and orbit over the earth.

The design, by New York architecture firm Clouds Architecture Office, would invert the classic idea of buildings sprouting from the Earth upwards. Instead, unused real estate from the sky to outer space would be the New Hotness:

Analemma inverts the traditional diagram of an earth-based foundation, instead depending on a space-based supporting foundation from which the tower is suspended. This system is referred to as the Universal Orbital Support System (UOSS). By placing a large asteroid into orbit over earth, a high strength cable can be lowered towards the surface of earth from which a super tall tower can be suspended. Since this new tower typology is suspended in the air, it can be constructed anywhere in the world and transported to its final location.

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Earthers Vs. Offworlders

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whose side are you on???

Don’t let anybody tell you that we’re gonna get on rocketships and live on Mars—this is our home.
—Al Gore, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power”

Just a quick thought I had after watching the trailer for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, and it leads into this growing trend I’m sensing called “Earthers Vs. Offworlders.” It goes like this:

You know all those Republicans and other conservative/corporate types who say they don’t believe in global warming? I think only a very small percentage of them actually don’t believe in it. These people are many things…but stupid is not one of them. I think most of them do believe in it…but feel that things are too far gone to be worth investing in fixing.

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There Is No “Opt Out” For Humanity On The Future

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The goal of a terrestrial consciousness is to survive briefly on a limited planet. the goals of post-planetary consciousness are to evolve and expand in time.
—Timothy Leary, “Musings On Human Metamorphosis”

I was originally going to write about the findings, implications, and potential ramifications inherent in this New York Times piece, “Are Your Sperm In Trouble?”—which quotes the troubling statistic that “about 90 percent” of the sperm “in a typical young man” are apparently unviable. But something interesting happened in the comment section of the post that I wanted to more immediately talk about.

Many people wrote that if the human race experiences a massive fertility crisis (or indeed dies out completely), it’s OK because we are, generally, “a cancer on the planet”:

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