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Understanding our Cyborg lives, redescribing our reality
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Virtual superheroes more helpful in real world too | Science Codex

Virtual superheroes more helpful in real world too | Science Codex | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

Having virtual super-powers in a game may incite people to better behavior in the real world, according to research published January 30 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Robin Rosenberg and colleagues from Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab.

Participants in this study were placed in a virtual environment and either given the power of flight or rode as passengers in a helicopter. They were then assigned one of two tasks: help find a missing diabetic child or tour a virtual city. The researchers explain that regardless of which task they performed, "Participants who were given the power to fly like Superman in virtual reality were more helpful afterward, out of virtual reality, compared to participants who were passengers in a helicopter in virtual reality."

The researchers suggest that embodying a superpower in virtual reality may prime players to 'think like superheroes' and thus facilitate subsequent helpful behavior in the real world. Alternately, the authors also suggest that participants who could fly in the game may have felt like more active participants than those who passively sat in the helicopter while performing tasks, and this more active involvement may have induced their subsequent behavior.

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Interesting,though not surprising since the Mind's imagination is a powerful tool for identity creation and subsequent behavior.

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One Per Cent: Interactive nails give you a screen at your fingertips

One Per Cent: Interactive nails give you a screen at your fingertips | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

We already have displays at our fingertips - one day, we might have them ON our fingertips. Engineers in Taiwan are investigating ways to coat fingernails in organic light emitting materials and display useful content instead of the latest garish styles from the nail salon.

The aim is to continue the visual display that's on your smartphone or tablet's screen, even when your fingernails are obscuring it. Chao-Huai Su and colleagues at National Taiwan University in Taipei don't care that the NailDisplay technology they visualise doesn't exist yet - they are trying to work out how we will use it when it does arrive. So they created a clunky, half-centimetre-thick, 2.5-cm diagonal OLED screen and attached it to a large finger ring so they could give the idea a test drive.

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Healthspot replaces doctor's office with a telepresence kiosk

Healthspot replaces doctor's office with a telepresence kiosk | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
HealthSpot introduces a telepresence kiosk that acts as an alternative to the traditional doctor’s office.

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Telepresence physicians have been predicted since Hugo Gernsback foresaw the “radio doctor” in the 1920s. HealthSpot of Dublin, Ohio takes this idea a step further with its HealthSpot Station. It’s a telepresence kiosk that acts as an alternative to the traditional doctor’s office.

In the United States, there is increasing pressure on the health system, yet the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that by 2025 there will be a physician shortage of 130,000. Billed as a telehealth system, the HealthSpot Station is a telepresence kiosk designed to take pressure off a beleaguered health care system by providing a private area where acute care patients can speak to a physician over a high-definition video conference system.

It’s purpose is to act as an alternative to urgent care centers and emergency rooms while giving physicians a way to use their time more efficiently. There is an attendant on duty to answer questions and provide assistance and inside the kiosk is a suite of digital instruments to aid diagnosis, such as a pulse oximeter, blood pressure cuff, dermascope, patient touchscreen, video conference screen, otoscope and stethoscope. In addition, there are antibacterial surfaces and UV-C lighting.

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Improvisation Blog: Towards Negative Cybernetics - A home for serious thinking about Educational Technology?

Improvisation Blog: Towards Negative Cybernetics - A home for serious thinking about Educational Technology? | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

At his talk to the American Society for Cybernetics in 2012 in Asilomar, Terry Deacon asserted that 'Cybernetics isn't enough', as he attempted to argue the case for absence to be taken seriously in information theory. This didn't go down terribly well, with one very eminent member of the ASC heard to mutter "what you just heard was a sham!" - despite much of what Deacon was arguing for being prefigured in the work of Bateson and a few others.

To me, Deacon was uttering a statement that was a reaction to a peculiar kind of stasis that has struck the cybernetic discourse in recent years - really in the years following the deaths of the most significant thinkers in the discipline: Heinz von Foerster (died 2002), Gordon Pask (died 1996), Stafford Beer (died 2002), Niklas Luhmann (died 1998), Bateson (died 1980) and Ernst von Glasersfeld (died 2010). It's unfortunate that stasis has set in alongside the biggest global economic crisis since the 2nd world war... in fact, since the very original crisis which was the source of the remarkable synergistic, trans-disciplinary creativity of the Macy conferences. But exactly what "isn't enough?".My view is that what "isn't enough" for Deacon is what might be called "positive cybernetics". That is the study of theoretically-proposed actual feedback mechanisms which are seen to be responsible for the phenomena of the world. In 2nd order cybernetics, the existence of these mechanisms calls into question the ontological status of matter. Biologically-inspired totalisations characterise material experience and psychological phenomena  with individual mechanisms of coordination of coordinations (so my coordinations coordinate your coordinations - and vice-versa - and the dynamics of these coordinations produce the experience of a shared reality). However, despite these mechanistic operations calling into question the nature of reality, the ontological status of the mechanisms themselves remains untouched. They merely assert themselves by their capacity to reduce highly complex phenomena to highly logical recursive formulae.

There is much of value in these ideas. They are ingenious, rich and fascinating. But at root, there is an assumption that reasoned abstraction of all the complexity of life is conceivable by an individual but operates at a deeper ontological level than individual perception. This is a heavy-duty metaphysical assertion, and Deacon finds this hard to swallow - and so do I. As Wiener put it over 60 years ago,

"the whole mechanist-vitalist controversy has been relegated to the limbo of badly posed questions"

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'Deaf People Will Hear Again:' How ViviTouch and Able Planet's Haptic Technology Will Change The World - Forbes

'Deaf People Will Hear Again:' How ViviTouch and Able Planet's Haptic Technology Will Change The World - Forbes | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
The team at Artificial Muscle -- a division of Bayer MaterialScience -- have developed a haptic technology that isn't just changing video games, it's also changing lives.
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Frontiers | Preparing synthetic biology for the world | Frontiers in Microbiotechnology, Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation

Frontiers | Preparing synthetic biology for the world | Frontiers in Microbiotechnology, Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Frontiers | Preparing synthetic biology for the world | Frontiers in Microbiotechnology, Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation publishes articles on the most outstanding discoveries across the research spectrum of Frontiers | Preparing synthetic...
- Synthetic Biology promises low-cost, exponentially scalable products and global health solutions in the form of self-replicating organisms, or “living devices.” As these promises are realized, proof-of-concept systems will gradually migrate from tightly regulated laboratory or industrial environments into private spaces as, for instance, probiotic health products, food, and even do-it-yourself bioengineered systems. What additional steps, if any, should be taken before releasing engineered self-replicating organisms into a broader user space? In this review, we explain how studies of genetically modified organisms lay groundwork for the future landscape of biosafety. Early in the design process, biological engineers are anticipating potential hazards and developing innovative tools to mitigate risk. Here, we survey lessons learned, ongoing efforts to engineer intrinsic biocontainment, and how different stakeholders in synthetic biology can act to accomplish best practices for biosafety.
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11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will Use to Track You | Danger Room | Wired.com

11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will Use to Track You | Danger Room | Wired.com | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
If the latest crop of biometric systems work as advertised, they may be able to identify you without you ever knowing you’ve been spotted, with more accuracy, and from farther away. Here are 11 projects.

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Cell phones that can identify you by how you walk. Fingerprint scanners that work from 25 feet away. Radars that pick up your heartbeat from behind concrete walls. Algorithms that can tell identical twins apart. Eyebrows and earlobes that give you away. A new generation of technologies is emerging that can identify you by your physiology. And unlike the old crop of biometric systems, you don't need to be right up close to the scanner in order to be identified. If they work as advertised, they may be able to identify you without you ever knowing you've been spotted.

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Robot Makers Spread Global Gospel of Automation

Robot Makers Spread Global Gospel of Automation | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Manufacturers of robots and similar machines gathered in Chicago, casting automation as an indispensable engine of economic growth.

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The robot equipment industry has one word for the alarmist articles and television news programs that predict a robot is about to steal your job: Fiddlesticks!

Well, that wasn’t actually the word used this week at the Automate 2013 trade show held here through Thursday, but the sentiment was the same. During a presentation on Monday, Henrik I. Christensen, the Kuka Chair of Robotics at Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Computing, sharply criticized a recent “60 Minutes” report on automation that was based on the work of the M.I.T. economists Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson.

The two economists in 2011 wrote “Race Against the Machine,” a book that renewed the debate about the relationship between the pace of automation and job growth. They argue that the pace of automation is accelerating and that robotics is pushing into new areas of the work force like white-collar jobs that were previously believed to be beyond the scope of computers.

During his talk, Dr. Christensen said that the evidence indicated that the opposite was true. While automation may transform the work force and eliminate certain jobs, it also creates new kinds of jobs that are generally better paying and that require higher-skilled workers.

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AR Goggles Restore Depth Perception To People Blind in One Eye | MIT Technology Review

AR Goggles Restore Depth Perception To People Blind in One Eye | MIT Technology Review | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Software written for augmented reality glasses creates and projects images for the healthy eye, giving a wearer the feeling of depth

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Being able to see with both eyes comes with a perk: the ability to judge distance in 3D. Say, between a plate of food on the table and the saltshaker, or the space between the front of your car and the bumprt of the vehicle ahead of you.

People who’ve lost sight in one eye can still see with the other, but they lack binocular depth perception.

Some of them could benefit from a pair of augmented reality glasses being built at the University of Yamanashi in Japan, that artificially introduces a feeling of depth in a person’s healthy eye.

The group, led by Xiaoyang Mao, started out with a pair of commercially available 3D glasses, the daintily named Wrap 920AR, manufactured by Vuzix Corporation. (Vuzix is also building another AR headset called the M100 that on first sight looks like quite the competitor to to Google Glass.)

The Wrap 920AR looks like a pair of regular tinted glasses, but with small cameras poking out of each lens. The lenses are transparent and the device, Vuzix explains on its website, both captures and projects images, giving the wearer of the device front-row seats to a 2D or 3D AR show transmitted from a computer.

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Nexus imagines a world that is posthuman, not transhuman

Nexus imagines a world that is posthuman, not transhuman | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Tech and humanity intertwine in Ramez Naam's new novel; read chapter one here.
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Kim Solez The Singularity Explained and Promoted January 2013

Dr. Kim Solez presents "The Technological Singularity Explained and Promoted" on January 10th, 2013 in the Technology and Future of Medicine course LABMP 590 http://www.singularitycourse.comat the University of Alberta in Edmonton Canada.


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Sci-Finance: The Great Cybernetic Experiment, Part 2 | Cris ...

Sci-Finance: The Great Cybernetic Experiment, Part 2 | Cris ... | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
"In the game of life and evolution there are three players at the table: human beings, nature, and machines. I am firmly on the side of nature. But nature, I suspect, is on the side of machines." George Dyson, Darwin Among the ...
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Vuzix M100 smart glasses: hands on with the contender trying to beat Google Glass to market

Vuzix M100 smart glasses: hands on with the contender trying to beat Google Glass to market | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Almost exactly one year ago, we saw an early prototype of Vuzix's competitor to Google's Project Glass. It was pretty rough, so we were eager to see how much progress the company made since there....
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Musician Performs Duet with Her Own Brain | TIME.com

Musician Performs Duet with Her Own Brain | TIME.com | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
The cello/brainwave duet explored the relationship a performer has to the music she's playing.

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Cellist Katinka Kleijn performed both halves of a duet Sunday night. Her hands played the cello, and her brain, hooked up to a headset that detects cerebral electrical signals, played itself. Kleijn has been playing the cello for 35 years. Her brain was a little less experienced.

“Intelligence in the Human Machine,” the cello/brain duet, explored the relationship a performer has to the music she’s playing. During the performance, at Chicago’s Cultural Center, Kleijn wore an Emotiv EPOC, a neuroheadset with 14 sensors that attach to the scalp and detect brainwaves. In front of her, a laptop flashed a word and a few measures of music. She then played the music on her cello, interpreting the word onscreen. At the same time, her brainwaves, translated to audio, changed sounds as she reacted to the word.

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Meta plans true augmented reality with Epson-powered wearable - SlashGear

Meta plans true augmented reality with Epson-powered wearable - SlashGear | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
The augmented reality scene is hotting up, with the promise of full computer-mediated vision for the mainstream and another hint that Google won't have the

Glass market all to itself thanks to an incoming headset from startup Meta. The wearable project actually goes one step further than Project Glass, putting a full twin-display digital environment – controlled by two hand 3D tracking – in front of the user, rather than floating notifications and prompts in the corner of their eye as Google’s system does.

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Rationale for Prioritizing the Advancement of Cyborg Technologies

Rationale for Prioritizing the Advancement of Cyborg Technologies | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence is one of many exponentially growing technologies, which means the growth that we see now in the field will hardly compare to what we see in 10 or 20 years.

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Among many impressive AI projects offering glimpses of this trend, the Blue Brain Projecthas “succeeded in simulating a rat cortical column” and recently won funding to simulate an entire human brain, Chris Eliasmith has created a computer model that, “comprises around two and a half million virtual neurons organized into functional groups”, and Jürgen Schmidhuber’s artificial neural networks have beaten humans and other programs in recognizing road signs, handwritten Chinese characters and in diagnosing breast cancer. (1)(2)(3) There’s no real way of telling how soon we may construct full artificial general intelligence (AGI) and have to deal with the massive implications of recursively self-improving intelligence.

Despite hope that AI developments will significantly benefit humanity, the creation of super intelligences does not necessitate a positive singularity or utopia. In fact, there are equally numerous catastrophic scenarios as well. Three of the most devastating possibilities include war over the issue of super intelligence, eventual human obsolescence, and the extinction of all sentient life.

Cyborg technology will potentially bridge the divide between organic and inorganic intelligence, build upon human values rather than supplanting them, and enhance our ability to address existential risks. By pursuing cyborg technology, we will greatly increase our chances of leaving a positive human legacy in the super intelligent beings that we create.

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Better Than The Borg: The Neurotech Era

Better Than The Borg: The Neurotech Era | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
What if you could read my mind? What if I could beam what I’m seeing, hearing, and thinking, straight to you, and vice versa? What if an implant could store your memories, augment them, and make you smarter?

Long the stuff of science fiction, technology that can directly tap into, augment, and connect human brains is becoming science fact. And that means big changes for all of us.

Consider what we’ve already done – getting data in and out of the human brain:

Hearing – At least 200,000 people alive today use a cochlear implant. A cochlear implant looks like a hearing aid, but it works quite differently. It takes sound waves in the environment and transforms them into nerve impulses to the auditory nerve. In creating it, we’ve tapped into and partially decoded the way the nervous system represents sound.

Sight – In 2002, researchers restored vision to a blind man by wiring the output from a digital camera directly into the primary visual cortex in his brain. A Matrix-style jack from the camera went straight into his brain, enabling him to see, though both his eyes had long since been destroyed. Now a related technology is on the verge of FDA approval for widespread use in blind patients.

Video Out – Researchers have also shown that by using an fMRI brain scanner, they can reconstruct what a person is seeing, demonstrating that we can get visual data both into and out of the human brain.

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Naam's book is on my wish-list! so hope I look forward to reading your review.
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Google files patent for bone conduction audio in Project Glass

Google files patent for bone conduction audio in Project Glass | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Google has filed a patent detailing the use of bone conduction audio in a wearable-tech device.

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A USPTO patent application suggests that Mountain View is planning to use bone conduction audio with its Project Glass headset. The patent describes how the tech might work with the headset and includes images seen in previous Glass filings.

Google Glass is an augmented reality headset that allows users to view information such as map directions and social media notifications through a head-mounted display. It also includes a camera with which the user can take pictures and engage in Google+ Hangouts.

While we can't be certain that the device in question is the company's much-anticipated wearable-tech product, it does look highly likely. The description details the inclusion of both a head-mounted display and optical elements, and even includes images used in previous wearable-tech patents from Mountain View.

 
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Nexus Anthropology

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NEXUS ANTHROPOLOGY : a @bipedaljoe science / fiction hybrid :

 

The story of our species transition into the hybrid age has yet to be told. Habituated to our old cultural narrative, we have been blind to the patterns, but a generation of nexus connected minds are drawing out sketches that will soon become common truths. It will become legend, and then fossil. Future generations of nexus-augmented sapiens will not remember this transition, it will have no value to them, just as our primate past has been of little interest to pre-internet generations. The ‘dumb’ disconnected humans will seem paleolithic, and children will not understand how ‘people’ used to not know everything. They will look into your eyes, trying to make sense of your old narrative, loose interest, and then scatter off to play with their latest creations. 

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Ohio State implants first brain pacemaker to treat Alzheimer's (1/24/2013)

Ohio State implants first brain pacemaker to treat Alzheimer's (1/24/2013) | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
An Ohio woman is the first Alzheimer's patient in the United States to have a pacemaker implanted in her brain.

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During a five-hour surgery last October at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Kathy Sanford became the first Alzheimer's patient in the United States to have a pacemaker implanted in her brain.

She is the first of up to 10 patients who will be enrolled in an FDA-approved study at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center to determine if using a brain pacemaker can improve cognitive and behavioral functioning in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

The study employs the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS), the same technology used to successfully treat about 100,000 patients worldwide with movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease. In the study, researchers hope to determine whether DBS surgery can improve function governed by the frontal lobe and neural networks involved in cognition and behavior by stimulating certain areas of the brain with a pacemaker.

Dr. Douglas Scharre, neurologist and director of the division of cognitive neurology, and Dr. Ali Rezai, neurosurgeon and director of the neuroscience program, both at Wexner Medical Center, are conducting the study.

"If the early findings that we're seeing continue to be robust and progressive, then I think that will be very promising and encouraging for us," says Rezai, who also directs the Center for Neuromodulation at Ohio State. "But so far we are cautiously optimistic."

The deep brain stimulation implant is similar to a cardiac pacemaker device with the exception that the pacemaker wires are implanted in the brain rather than the heart.

"Basically, the pacemakers send tiny signals into the brain that regulate the abnormal activity of the brain and normalize it more," says Rezai. "Right now, from what we're seeing in our first patient, I think the results are encouraging, but this is research. We need to do more research and understand what's going on."

The study, which will enroll people with mild or early-stage Alzheimer's disease, will help determine if DBS has the potential to improve cognitive, behavioral and functional deficits.

Sanford continues to be evaluated to determine the effectiveness of the technology, says Rezai. She says she volunteered for the study to help others avoid the angst she has suffered as Alzheimer's slowly disrupted her life.

"I'm just trying to make the world a better place," says Sanford. "That's all I'm doing."

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Brain-machine Interface: A Multi-disciplinary Approach Shows Progress - Dana Foundation

Brain-machine Interface: A Multi-disciplinary Approach Shows Progress - Dana Foundation | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

Recent news reports have described what sounds like a miracle--restoring the ability of a paralyzed woman “to feed herself chocolate and move everyday items using a robotic arm directly controlled by thought, showing a level of agility and control approaching that of a human limb.”1 In fact, neuroscientists have actually made this possible by defining the specific steps in this process: (1) identifying those brain signals that contain the requisite movement signal information for such use; (2) developing suitable means to record those signals safely and continuously; (3) extracting the essential motor command information by computer processing of the neural signals; (4) designing, developing and constructing a prosthetic arm that performs nearly all of the functions of the human arm; (5) interfacing the processed brain signals to the device, creating an integrated Brain-Machine Interface (BMI); (6) and finally improving the quality and effectiveness of the BMI by training the brain to operate the prosthetic limb.  The latter phase of training also evaluates additional brain signals and additional features built into the device to improve brain-machine communication and enhance the brain-machine integration.  The resultant operations achieve more accurate, faster and enduring usefulness of the prosthetic device1,2.

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Rich Archbold: Pair play cards they are dealt to find love, success

Rich Archbold: Pair play cards they are dealt to find love, success | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
As chance, or fate, would have it, Jay Cramer and Katy Sullivan crossed paths in 2006 at Downeys Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, which is recognized as Californias top rehabilitation hospital.
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Rise of the cyborgs

Rise of the cyborgs | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

Of all the powers that we have imagined for the cyborg, which do we most covet? Their ability to see and sense detail in the environment? The ability manipulate things with the dexterity and power of a machine? Or perhaps it would be to command vast amounts of information which can be processed at tremendous speed?
If you chose none of those, you chose as any cyborg likely would have. The cyborg’s greatest power, that from which it derives the most satisfaction (to use that term loosely), must be the ability to see itself.


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Pondering Our Cyborg Future in a Documentary About the Singularity

Pondering Our Cyborg Future in a Documentary About the Singularity | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Scientists, futurists, and other experts describe how we've begun to blur the lines between humans and technology.

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the complex, abstract concept of the singularity, which predicts a moment when technology will give rise to intelligence beyond the scope of human imagination. It sounds like sci-fi but, Wolens and others argue, there's no denying the sweeping impact of technology on human existence and the implications are worth thinking about. In the trailer for the film, below, scientists, futurists, and other experts describe what the singularity might have in store. How will we get there? Advancements in neurotechnology and the rise of brain-machine interfaces might contribute, according to the short excerpt of the film, below. "In some ways we're doing that today," the futurist Ray Kurzweil says, holding up a mobile phone. "The fact that I can take this out of my pocket and access all of human knowledge is an extension of my brian, even if this isn't quite inside my brain yet." In an interview below, Wolens describes the long process of putting this documentary together and some of the challenges along the way.

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On Stephen Hawking, Vader and Being More Machine Than Human | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

On Stephen Hawking, Vader and Being More Machine Than Human | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Today, January 8, is Hawking’s birthday, yet on this day it’s worth examining just who and what we are really celebrating: the man, the mind, or … the machines?

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Traditionally, assistants execute what the head directs or has thought of beforehand. But Hawking’s assistants – human and machine – complete his thoughts through their work; they classify, attribute meaning, translate, perform. Hawking’s example thus helps us rethink the dichotomy between humans and machines.

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