So happy that this is not an “Alien” prequel (or sequel), but an original concept that may incidentally be set in the same universe. Also exciting that Damon Lindelof is involved.
Neill Blomkamp. Syd Mead. Jodie Foster. Matt Damon. Wow.
The link above is a bundle of several links to fundraisers for emerging technology-related organizations. Donations have risen significantly in the past two years as transhumanism, emerging technologies, and the Technological Singularity concept have reached mainstream audiences.
The list below is just a sample of the money raised in 2010 through donations for various emerging-technology related organizations. Several donation drives were matched dollar for dollar by generous grants. For example, the first $250,000 raised by The Seasteading Institute was matched by The Thiel Foundation, resulting in a cool half million and change to the organization!
- The Seasteading Institute: $250,265 (plus matching $250,000 donation)
- The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence: $121,616 (plus matching $125,000 donation if $125,000 raised by tomorrow, January 20, 2011)
- Foresight Institute: $30,000 (plus matching $30,000 donation)
- Lifeboat Foundation: $11,275 (plus matching donations for goal of $12,000)
Consider also BioCurious. Using Kickstarter, the organization successfully raised over $35,000 last year to develop a “hackerspace for biotech” in the Bay Area. What do numbers like these signify? More and more people are willing to open up their wallets to the organizations promoting the development and exploration of the consequences of these emerging technologies.
Less than five years ago these ideas were considered too fringe to be worthy of interest or donation. Something changed in the past couple of years. I personally attribute this to two developments:
- the shift in criticism from “that’s ridiculous” to “HOLY SHIT WE NEED TO STOP THIS!” and
- the migration of many transhumanists to northern California.
I expect even higher funding levels to emerging technology-related organizations in 2011 as the world economy recovers and awareness continues to go mainstream. Consider participating with your own donations in 2011 and bookmark the link bundle above; I will add more links as I come across them.
Although a few companies already claim to stream 1080p video, Apple will announce 1080p television and movie downloads and streaming for purchase or rental through iTunes and Apple TV in the United States, sparking a rash of similar announcements from other digital media vendors like Amazon and Netflix. The H.264 video will play back at a bit rate between 8 and 12 mbps (Blu-ray video plays back at approximately 40 mbps.)
Expect pricing for 1080p movie purchases to be between $25 and $30 and rentals to be $5.99. Television shows will likely be priced for purchase at $3.99 per episodes and nearly $100 per season. Streaming TV episodes to Apple TV will likely cost $1.99 or $2.99 each. The amount of content available in 1080p will be limited at first, but will rapidly increase between 2012 and 2014. By 2014, 1080p video (perhaps with a bit rate comparable to Blu-ray) will become the standard format offered by Apple and prices may drop as a result.
A new Apple TV model in 2011 will be required to support 1080p streaming rentals, and will likely be announced at the same time Apple fires up their new data center. iPhone 5 and iPad 2 will likely also support 1080p video, though their respective displays will not reach a comparable resolution until the 2012 or later models.
Things don’t get better or worse. They just get different.
At the Tucson Memorial at the University of Arizona after the horrible shootings in January.
A movie I’m looking forward to, based on a book I enjoyed.