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Aug 8, 2018

ZS Mythos (3a/3): Twelve Foundation Stones

Posted by in categories: entertainment, transhumanism

Transhumanity.net Social Futurism & the Zero State.


This article is part of a series about the Mythos (worldview-narrative) underlying the Zero State (ZS). Part 1 is about our highest concept, ideal, and level of organization, which we call The Array. Part 2 explains the Sections & Sessions our core activity revolves around, and Part 3 (below) covers the Twelve Foundation Stones that form the basis of our story.

A previous article I wrote for Tnet mentioned the need for entertainment that gives people a strong sense of meaning and purpose in their lives, and introduced an idea known as the twelve “Foundation Stones” of the ZS-ARG Mythos. The Foundation Stones are the seeds of our unifying narrative. Each is the fragmentary initial story of one of the twelve ZS Houses, outlined very briefly below and spelled out in full in the forthcoming Black Book.

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Aug 7, 2018

NEC unveils facial recognition system for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Posted by in categories: entertainment, privacy, robotics/AI, security

NEC has announced that it will be providing a large-scale facial recognition system for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The system will be used to identify over 300,000 people at the Games, including athletes, volunteers, media, and other staff. It’s the first time that facial recognition technology will ever be used for this purpose at an Olympic Games.

NEC’s system is built around an AI engine called NeoFace, which is part of the company’s overarching Bio-IDiom line of biometric authentication technology. The Tokyo 2020 implementation will involve linking photo data with an IC card to be carried by accredited people. NEC says that it has the world’s leading face recognition tech based on benchmark tests from the US’ National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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Jul 31, 2018

348-Year-Old Radioactive Molecule Spotted in Space

Posted by in categories: entertainment, space

“When Stars Collide” sounds like the title track of Barry Manilow’s latest album.

Unfortunately, Barry hasn’t released a single since 2012.

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Jul 29, 2018

Why China’s premier used hit movie ‘Dying to Survive’ to push for cheaper cancer drugs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, entertainment

Billed as the Chinese answer to Dallas Buyers Club, the tear-jerking film Dying to Survive last week became Premier Li Keqiang’s new rallying cry for speeding up price cuts for cancer medications. It is an issue of such complexity that he has held two cabinet meetings about it in the past three months.


Li Keqiang has been trying to speed up price cuts for life-saving medication for months, and it’s a boon that the box-office hit has generated widespread awareness.

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Jul 23, 2018

IBM’s Hello Quantum is a devilishly difficult puzzle game about qubits

Posted by in categories: entertainment, quantum physics, robotics/AI

IBM’s Hello Quantum released on Android today. If you’ve always wanted to be a quantum computer programmer, this is the puzzle game for you!

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Jul 22, 2018

Ask Ethan: Which Movies Get The Science Of Time Travel Right?

Posted by in categories: entertainment, science, time travel

It’s one of the most common tropes in science fiction. But which movies actually get the science right?

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Jul 21, 2018

The Spectrum Retreat brings color to Portal-like puzzles

Posted by in category: entertainment

Intriguing game has its moments, but flubs story section.

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Jul 10, 2018

‘Star Wars’: Billy Dee Williams Reprising Role as Lando Calrissian

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Did you feel it?


Billy Dee Williams, who played the galactic gambler Lando Calrissian, will reprise the role for ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ the next installment from Lucasfilm.

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Jul 2, 2018

This device lets you control video games hands free

Posted by in categories: entertainment, wearables

The Bcon wearable gaming controller can be worn on your head or foot.

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Jun 28, 2018

Free voice and text chat for gamers

Posted by in categories: entertainment, singularity

Want a place to discuss science, futurism, technology and the impact of their applications on society? Join the ‘Singularity’ Discord server:


Step up your game with a modern voice & text chat app. Crystal clear voice, multiple server and channel support, mobile apps, and more. Get your free server now!

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