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In talking about transhumanism and the singularity, Ray Kurzweil emphasizes how strongly he agrees with Nietzsche's idea that "Man is a rope, fastened between animal and overman — a rope over an abyss”. FYI: the term "overman" was created as an alternative translation of "Übermensch" by critics in the 1950's.
IBM has announced a breakthrough optical communication technology which has been verified in a manufacturing environment. The technology – called “silicon nanophotonics” – uses light instead of electrical signals to transfer information for future computing systems, thus allowing large volumes of data to be moved fast between computer chips in servers, large data-centers, and supercomputers via pulses of light.