1974 – Man Orders Pizza Using Talking Computer

In 1974 a man with a communications disorder made history when he ordered a pizza over the phone with a talking computer built by Michigan State University’s Artificial Language Laboratory. He tried calling Dominoes four times, but they thought it was a prank and hung up on him. But another pizza delivery service took the order.


Worshipping Immortality at the Church of Perpetual Life

Motherboard explores a unique church in the heart of Hollywood, Florida where the parishioners believe that immortality is attainable through the progression of science and technology. In addition to physical eternal life, they also believe that technology will advance to the point that humans will no longer have to endure the setbacks of a biological body through having their consciousness digitized into a computer.

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What humans will look like in 1,000 years

Whatever happens in the next 1,000 years — whether we merge with machines or become them — one thing is certain: The human race is always changing — and the faster we change and branch out from Earth, the better chance we have of outrunning extinction.

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Wicked Jump Rope Skillz

Supposedly this is part of the training if you want to become a firefighter in Shanghai. Or top dog in kindergarten.

And this is Hungary’s top rope-skipping team:

And this young woman is the Guinness World Record holder for fastest Double Dutch:

The Dream of Life, by Alan Watts

In this amazing thought experiment, Alan Watts proposes that if you were God, with all the power in the universe at your disposal, you would eventually get tired of fulfilling all of your greatest fantasies and eventually choose to forget that you are God, in order to experience the amazing gift of Life as if for the very first time. If you were God, you would want to be surprised. And the life you are living — right now — is that surprise.

Also read: How to Experience the Dream of Life

Top 10 Most Controversial Movies of All Time

Film has the power to inspire, and delight, but it also has the power to offend, insult, and disgust. We took a look back over the history of cinema, and picked the 10 movies that inspired the greatest moral outrage throughout the ages. These are the 10 most controversial movies of all time.

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What Really Makes Us Happy?

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

Read more about this study at MindPowerNews.com