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BEE-LINE TO THE FUTURE: Art and Minutiae

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PLEASE NOTE: This is another in a series of really good articles about emerging technology and philosophy from Robert Bee, but it involves some (brief) mention of biohacking, which is kinda' icky and disturbing. Most of the article is about other stuff, but, you know, be warned. And maybe read on an empty stomach if you're squeamish like me.

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BEE-LINE TO THE FUTURE: A Simulated Trip To Mars

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The European Space Agency’s Mars-500 project simulates a trip to the red planet. Six astronauts were confined in a Bio-Dome for eight months without sun or fresh water until they finally reached Mars. On February 24th three crew members entered a descent module without an engine, and landed on a giant sandpit inside a large hanger in Moscow. For 30 days the crew used drills and geological tools to perform experiments and drove a virtual buggy over Mars. Currently, the crew is returning to Earth where they will land on November 5th.

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: The Death of the Open Internet

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The Economist points out that the Internet for the past few years has been remarkably open, allowing people to create a website, communicate with anyone in the world, and view information largely free from interference by government or large corporations (http://www.economist.com/node/16941635 ). The open Internet has led to innovations like Wikipedia, companies like Facebook, and even the destabilization of autocratic governments like Egypt.

According to The Economist, three forces now threaten the freedom of the Internet: 1) government 2) large corporations, and 3) network owners.

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