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  1. Jason Silva - Imagination
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    • According to Silva, what is the purpose of humanity?
      1. To imagine, to conjure up the most impressive ideas we can think of and to pull the present forward to that idea.
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    • What is the secondary force of evolution?
      1. Technology
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    • What do humans do, in the context of history and advancement?
      1. Take things of little organization, process them through our mind, and then return those things to the world as technology and progress.
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    • How much has performance, price and size advanced since the 1950's?
      1. We have seen a billion-fold increase in the ratio of performance to price and size. Ex: the iPhone.
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    • According to Silva, what is the next frontier for technology?
      1. Bio-technology and nanotechnology.
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  2. Jason Silva On The Singularity
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    • What is the singularity in the context of humanity?
      1. A point in human history where the progress of society and humanity moves into a previously inconceivable era.
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    • What is leading towards the proposed singularity?
      1. Exponentially increasing technology on the frontiers of science.
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    • Will the singularity be a sudden or gradual change?
      1. According to Kurzweil and Silva, it will be gradual.
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    • Why is this all so hard to imagine?
      1. Because the advances in our future are as inconceivable to us as the telephone would be to a 1700's era person.
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  3. Jason Silva: Optimism is a Self-Amplifying Feedback Loop
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    • What is a feedback loop?
      1. The constant process of creation informed by our environment and experience, which is informed by creation, which is informed by environment, and so on.
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    • What two things can change your perception and experience in combination?
      1. Your perception and experience as its own feedback loop.
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  4. Cosmic Revolutionaries - Jason Silva
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    • What can you do in this universe?
      1. Anything you can imagine. Find a passion, an idea, and bring it to the world.
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