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Former Navy Seal
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Former CIA Clandestine Operative
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Ray Kurzweil on Ending Disease

Question: Will nanotechnology end disease as we know it?

Kurzweil:    I would say so, I mean, there’s two revolutions underway that are overlapping.  One is biotechnology which is not nanotechnology.  This is mastering the information processes that underlie biology.  Biology is a set of software processes or genes are a little software programs and they evolved thousand of years ago.  Conditions are very different.  It was not in the interest of the evolution of the human species for people to live that long.  There wasn’t very many resources to go around so human life expectancy, were 23,000 years ago is 37 200 years ago.  We now have the means of actually changing this outdated software, we have new technologies they can change our genes not just in a baby but in a mature individual.  RNA interference can turned genes off, new forms of gene therapy can add new genes, we can design these interventions on computers, we can simulate and test them on biological simulators.  These are all new abilities but now that health and medicine is an innovation technology it’s going to be subject to this exponential growth, what I call the Law of  Accelerating Return.  So, these technologies will be a million times more powerful in 20 years and it would be a very different error.  That’s what we call bridge 2, the biotechnology evolution.  Bridge one is what you can do already today.  Bridge 3 is a nanotechnology revolution nanobots can go in this tiny blood stream and keeps you healthy from inside.  That’s maybe 25 years away but if you go out the 2030s, 2040 we will be able to access the information in our brains, back it up we’ll be able to really come back disease, at the level one it’s one cell and not wait until it’s the level of an organ and it’s threatening your life.

Futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses how robotic red blood cells will aid in ending disease as we know it.

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So far, 30 student teams have entered the Indy Autonomous Challenge, scheduled for October 2021.

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  • The Indy Autonomous Challenge will task student teams with developing self-driving software for race cars.
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The dangers of the chemical imbalance theory of depression

A new Harvard study finds that the language you use affects patient outcome.

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Navy SEALs: How to build a warrior mindset

SEAL training is the ultimate test of both mental and physical strength.

  • The fact that U.S. Navy SEALs endure very rigorous training before entering the field is common knowledge, but just what happens at those facilities is less often discussed. In this video, former SEALs Brent Gleeson, David Goggins, and Eric Greitens (as well as authors Jesse Itzler and Jamie Wheal) talk about how the 18-month program is designed to build elite, disciplined operatives with immense mental toughness and resilience.
  • Wheal dives into the cutting-edge technology and science that the navy uses to prepare these individuals. Itzler shares his experience meeting and briefly living with Goggins (who was also an Army Ranger) and the things he learned about pushing past perceived limits.
  • Goggins dives into why you should leave your comfort zone, introduces the 40 percent rule, and explains why the biggest battle we all face is the one in our own minds. "Usually whatever's in front of you isn't as big as you make it out to be," says the SEAL turned motivational speaker. "We start to make these very small things enormous because we allow our minds to take control and go away from us. We have to regain control of our mind."
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