With recent huge advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) technology, the next step is set to be merging both the machines and humans together, according to recent reports. AIs are very quickly beginning to surpass humans with their intelligence, including beating humans at games such as Go and poker, as well as other actions such as driving safely and even treating illnesses. The number of tasks that intelligent machines are becoming better at than humans is constantly increasing as the technology develops.
Due to this, predictions have already been made that AI is expected to surpass humankind at an unprecedented rate. Therefore, Elon Musk has come up with an unconventional and highly controversial brain-computer interface, which essentially merges the two together. Speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai earlier this month, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO and founder raised the point of a possible symbiosis between humans and machines once again, saying, “I do think there is a path to having some sort of merger of biological intelligence and machine intelligence.”
Musk went on to explain that in a way this is already happening, “To some degree, we are already cyborgs. You think of the digital tools that you have, the applications that you have. You can ask a question and instantly get an answer from Google. You already have a digital tertiary layer. I say ‘tertiary’ because you think of the animal brain or the primal brain, and then the cortex, the thinking brain, and then your digital self as the third layer.” Justin Sanchez, the director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office, explained in an interview with Computer World that it was something that the DARPA (the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense)  have also been considering. He said, “There are a couple of very interesting things happening as we speak facilitating humans and machines working together in a very different way.”
Recent reports have also suggested that in one way or another this merging is already occurring in some forms. The introduction of exoskeleton technology was used as one example, as we now have smart exoskeletons that have helped paralyzed people walk again or improve the strength and endurance of the average person. Sanchez added, “I think the recent science and technology developments we’re making at DARPA, as well as the embracing of physiology and A.I., is enabling us to set up the conditions for profound changes on how humans and machines can work together. We are giving our physiology the opportunity to work with machines in a different way.”
Researchers from SARPA are currently working to develop implantable devices that can perform particular computer functions that are similar to those of a computer. In advancement of this, Sanchez also mentioned that researchers are working on the possibility of a “human-computer interface using devices and chips” that would not need to be implanted in the body, as well as special contact lenses that will allow soldiers to see what a drone is seeing from above. Although there is a world of developmental possibility for machinery and robots, the implication on the human world must also be considered. Sanchez said, “We deeply feel that we can’t do this work in a vacuum. We need to consider all aspects … the moment we try to even start thinking about science and technology in this space. There’s a responsibility that goes along with this.”

I was scrolling through Facebook when I came across a story written by Bryan Reeves, a former US Air Force Captain who in his own words has survived multiple dark nights of the soul and done many stupid things that have taught him well.
I think most people who have experienced love will be able to connect to this story and I feel that it has the power to even save relationships by acting as a wake-up call to people who have someone special in their life.

I spent 5 years hurting a good woman by staying with her but never fully choosing her.

I did want to be with this one. I really wanted to choose her. She was an exquisite woman, brilliant and funny and sexy and sensual. She could make my whole body laugh with her quick, dark wit and short-circuit my brain with her exotic beauty. Waking up every morning with her snuggled in my arms was my happy place. I loved her wildly.
Unfortunately, as happens with many young couples, our ignorance of how to do love well quickly created stressful challenges in our relationship. Before long, once my early morning blissful reverie gave way to the strained, immature ways of our everyday life together, I would often wonder if there was another woman out there who was easier to love, and who could love me better.
As the months passed and that thought reverberated more and more through my head, I chose her less and less. Every day, for five years, I chose her a little less.
I stayed with her. I just stopped choosing her. We both suffered.

Choosing her would have meant focusing every day on the gifts she was bringing into my life that I could be grateful for: her laughter, beauty, sensuality, playfulness, companionship, and so … much … more.

Sadly, I often found it nearly impossible to embrace – or even see – what was so wildly wonderful about her.

I was too focused on the anger, insecurities, demands, and other aspects of her strong personality that grated on me. The more I focused on her worst, the more I saw of it, and the more I mirrored it back to her by offering my own worst behavior. Naturally, this only magnified the strain on our relationship … which still made me choose her even less.

Thus did our nasty death spiral play itself out over five years.
She fought hard to make me choose her. That’s a fool’s task. You can’t make someone choose you, even when they might love you.
To be fair, she didn’t fully choose me, either. The rage-fueled invective she often hurled at me was evidence enough of that.
I realize now, however, that she was often angry because she didn’t feel safe with me. She felt me not choosing her every day, in my words and my actions, and she was afraid I would abandon her.
Actually, I did abandon her.

By not fully choosing her every day for five years, by focusing on what bothered me rather than what I adored about her, I deserted her.

Like a precious fragrant flower I brought proudly into my home but then failed to water, I left her alone in countless ways to wither in the dry hot heat of our intimate relationship.

I’ll never not choose another woman I love again.
It’s torture for everyone.
If you’re in relationship, I invite you to ask yourself this question:

“Why am I choosing my partner today?”

If you can’t find a satisfying answer, dig deeper and find one. It could be as simple as noticing that in your deepest heart’s truth, “I just do.”
If you can’t find it today, ask yourself again tomorrow. We all have disconnected days.
But if too many days go by and you just can’t connect with why you’re choosing your partner, and your relationship is rife with stress, let them go. Create the opening for another human being to show up and see them with fresh eyes and a yearning heart that will enthusiastically choose them every day.
Your loved one deserves to be enthusiastically chosen. Every day.
You do, too.

Choose wisely.

Author Bio :  Bryan Reeves works with men, women and couples as a thriving life & relationship coach and teaches mindfulness to military vets. His book “The Sex, Flirting, Dating, Hunting & Hoping Diet” is now on Amazon. Connect with Bryan on Facebook.
Image credits : Models ; Magdalena Zaleska, Christopher John Millington. Photographer ; Tom Mitchell

(via trueactivist) As more and more people learn that it is unnecessary for humans to consume the milk of other creatures – specifically cow’s, the demand for plant-based ‘milks’ (such as almond, coconut, soy, cashew, hemp, etc…) continues to increase. Elmhurst Dairy, located in Queens, New York, has recognized that cry and, as a result, switched gigs to satiate the masses.
The dairy plant was founded in the 1920’s and grew to be one of the largest dairy manufacturers on the East Coast of the U.S.A. Until recently, it supplied seven million people in the metropolitan area. A change was essential, however, as “Pasteurized fluid milk has sort of gone out of style,” according to CEO Henry Schwartz. He elaborated:
”We are unable to continue to go on without ongoing losses. There isn’t much room for our kind of business. I tried to keep this open because it was my father’s plant and he asked me to do so.”
Consumers are making the switch from cow’s milk to plant-based options because they still desire the creamy beverage in their coffee, tea, and cereal but don’t want to support the unethical practices which are common in the dairy industry. Concerns have also been raised about the amount of saturated fat, cholesterol, and hormones in commercial dairy milk.
Adapting to the changing times, the former dairy manufacturer renamed itself to Elmhurst and began producing its own range of healthy plant-based milks. The new line, named ‘Milked’, was introduced at the trade show Natural Foods Expo West, which took place in Anaheim, California.
The whole range is suitable for vegans and all four varieties, Almond, Hazelnut, Cashew, and Walnut, have been made with minimal ingredients. Schwartz says that the plant-based milks have “up to 4 times more nuts per serving than the other leading brands,” he says.
“No emulsifiers, thickeners, whiteners or frankenfood proteins” are used, he added.
Last year, Google CEO Eric Schmidt predicted that consumers would begin to take their health seriously and implement more healthy and cruelty-free foods into their diets as a result. This latest news is evidence of the shift. If a dairy manufacturer can begin selling vegan, plant-based milk, anything is possible.
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