“This award confirms that Americans Elect is not just a growing political movement, but also a groundbreaking and innovative tech startup,” said Joshua Levine, the organization’s chief technology officer. “We’re honored to be recognized alongside so many other companies at SXSW using technology to empower people and improve the world around us.”
Remember what Thomas Friedman says about Americans Elect -
“Write it down: Americans Elect. What Amazon.com did to books, what the blogosphere did to newspapers, what the iPod did to music, what drugstore.com did to pharmacies, Americans Elect plans to do to the two-party duopoly that has dominated American political life — remove the barriers to real competition, flatten the incumbents and let the people in. Watch out.”
Click here to see who the more than 250 presidential candidates are.
David Lindelof, co-creator of Lost, interviewed Ray Kurzweil for The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Kurzweil will be making his first appearance at the South by Southwest conference this year, in Austin, TX, and will be the presenter of a keynote conversation on March 12. Lindelof’s interview focused on what film-makers get wrong about accelerating and emerging technologies. Click hear to read the whole interview.
In October, British researchers supported by the U.K. government will attempt to pump water a kilometer into the air using little more than a helium balloon and a rubber hose. The experiment, which will take place at a military airfield along England’s east coast, is meant as a test of a proposed geoengineering technique for offsetting the warming effects of greenhouse gases. If the balloon and hose can handle the water’s weight and pressure, similar pipes rising 20 kilometers could pump tons of reflective aerosols into the stratosphere.
A TED type presentation given by Dr. Kim Solez at the Singularity University reunion on August 28, 2011 in Mountain View, California. Includes comments by Singularity University president Neil Jacobstein at the end. Dr. Solez argues that we are not passive victims of the future, but can help to shape the future in positive ways, but new courses and new disciplines are needed within the university sector to accomplish this. Government leaders understand the importance of the Singularity but the idea has yet to reach the mainstream teaching of universities. A new course on “Technology and the Future of Medicine” that is being taught this year at the University of Alberta is a first step that Dr. Solez hopes will be replicated at many other institutions around the world.
Click here for more information on technology and the future of medicine.
Per the Americans Elect website – “Americans Elect is the first-ever open nominating process. We’re using the Internet to give every single voter—Democrat, Republican or independent—the power to nominate a presidential ticket in 2012. The people will choose the issues. The people will choose the candidates. And in a secure, online convention next June, the people will make history by putting their choice on the ballot in every state.”
Instead of requiring the type of programming that computers have needed for the past half-century, the experimental chip will let a new generation of computers, called “cognitive computers,” learn through their experiences and form their own theories about what those experiences mean…
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Chris Williamson: Filmmaker, science enthusiast, and futurist concerned with the accelerating nature of technological growth and where it's headed. He is currently studying for his MFA in Film Production.
Frank Whittemore: As an IT professional since 1961, the accelerating change of technology is not news to him but the wonder will never cease! Be sure check out Frank's blog about Life Extension!