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le corp anti-hacker ?? Le corps humain devient un canal fiable de transmission de données

le corp anti-hacker ?? Le corps humain devient un canal fiable de transmission de données | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

La communication sans fil sécurisée est essentielle dans de nombreuses entreprises pour empêcher la fuite des informations. Et si l'outil de transmission le plus sûr était le corps humain ?


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Le corps humain est un canal sécurisé

Pour les chercheurs, le corps humain pourrait être un outil imbattable en terme de sécurité, impossible à pirater. Car en effet, seul le détenteur du BodyCom peut utiliser l'objet touché. De plus le BodyCom permet d’éviter les "attaques par relais". Ces attaques sont réalisées par les voleurs lorsque ceux-ci tentent de faire croire à un véhicule sans clé (PKES), que son propriétaire se trouve à proximité pour permettre une ouverture. Or avec BodyCom, seule la personne authentifiée par le contrôleur central peut ouvrir le véhicule. Pour développer son innovation, Microchip a d'ores et déjà mis en vente le BodyCom sous forme de kit au prix de 149$.

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Humans 2.0: Seeing Ourselves Anew in ‘ #Algorithmic Cascades of #Data’ | #PostHumanism

Humans 2.0: Seeing Ourselves Anew in ‘ #Algorithmic Cascades of #Data’ | #PostHumanism | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
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Sensors are cheap and abundant. They’re already in our devices, and soon enough, many of us may elect to carry sensors in and on our bodies, and embed them in our homes, offices, and cities. This terrifies people, Jason Silva says in a new video.

 

Who hasn’t heard of Big Brother or feared the rise of the surveillance state? But Silva says there’s an upside.

 

As the world is reduced to “algorithmic cascades of data” he thinks we’ll get what Steven Johnson calls the “long view,” like a microscope or telescope for previously invisible information and datasets.

 

Billions of sensors measuring location, motion, orientation, pressure, temperature, vital signs and more—each of these will be like a pixel. Seen up close, a modestly flashing primary color. But at a distance, individual pixels dissolve. Discrete points will smooth out into a contiguous image no one could have guessed by looking at each pixel alone.

 

Exactly what image will our sensors reveal?

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Hooking Up The Brain To A Computer: Human #Cyborgs Reveal How We Learn

Hooking Up The Brain To A Computer: Human #Cyborgs Reveal How We Learn | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Hooking the brain up to a computer can do more than let the severely disabled move artificial limbs. It is also revealing the secrets of how we learn

 

When the patient Scheuermann began losing control of her muscles in 1996, due to her genetic disorder—spinocerebellar degeneration— she gave up her successful business as a planner of murder-mystery-themed events. By 2002 her disease had confined her to a wheelchair, which she now operates by flexing her chin up and down. She retains control of the muscles only in her head and neck. “The signals are not getting from my brain to my nerves,” she explains. “My brain is saying, ‘Lift up!’ to my arm, and my arm is saying, ‘I caaaan't heeeear you.’”

 

Yet technology now exists to extract those brain commands and shuttle them directly to a robotic arm, bypassing the spinal cord and limbs. Inside Scheuermann's brain are two grids of electrodes roughly the size of a pinhead that were surgically implanted in her motor cortex, a band of tissue on the surface of the brain that controls movement. The electrodes detect the rate at which about 150 of her neurons fire. Thick cables plugged into her scalp relay their electrical activity to a lab computer. As Scheuerman thinks about moving the arm, she produces patterns of electrical oscillations that software on the computer can interpret and translate into digital commands to position the robotic limb. Maneuvering the arm and hand, she can clasp a bar of chocolate or a piece of string cheese before bringing the food to her mouth.

 

When neuroscientists first set out to develop brain-controlled prostheses, they assumed they would simply record neural activity passively, as if taping a speech at a conference. The transcript produced by the monitored neurons would then be translated readily into digital commands to manipulate a prosthetic arm or leg. “Early on there was this thought that you could really decode the mind,” says neuroscientist Karunesh Ganguly of the University of California, San Francisco.

 

Yet the brain is not static. This extraordinarily complex organ evolved to let its owner react swiftly to changing conditions related to food, mates and predators. The electrical activity whirring inside an animal's head morphs constantly to integrate new information as the external milieu shifts.

 

Ganguly's postdoctoral adviser, neuroscientist Jose M. Carmena of the University of California, Berkeley, wondered whether the brain might adapt to a prosthetic device as well. That an implant could induce immediate changes in brain activity—what scientists call neuroplasticity—was apparent even in 1969, when Eberhard Fetz, a young neuroscientist at the University of Washington, reported on an electrode placed in a monkey's brain to record a single neuron. Fetz decided to reward the animal with a banana-flavored pellet every time that neuron revved up. To his surprise, the creature quickly learned how to earn itself more bites of fake banana. This revelation—that a monkey could be trained to control the firing rate of an arbitrary neuron in its brain—is what Stanford University neuroscientist Krishna Shenoy calls the “Nobel Prize moment” in the field of brain-computer interfaces.

 

Scientists were beginning to discover, however, that neurons can adjust their tuning in response to the software. In a 2009 study Carmena and Ganguly detailed two key ways that neurons begin to learn. Two monkeys spent several days practicing with a robotic arm. As their dexterity improved, their neurons changed their preferred direction (to point down rather than to the right, for example) and broadened the range of firing rates they were capable of emitting. These tuning adjustments gave the neurons the ability to issue more precise commands when they dispatched their missives.


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The real #cyborgs - in-depth feature about people merging with machines | #sensors #devices #cyborgSex

The real #cyborgs - in-depth feature about people merging with machines | #sensors #devices #cyborgSex | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Read about the pioneers of our “post-human” future and see how they're implanting technology into their bodies and brains.
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The Cybernetic Human

 

- Brain implants augment memory and provide access to the internet

 

- Wearable exoskeleton boosts strength and endurance

 

- Internet-connected spinal implant stimulates genitals for long-distance sex

 

- Interchangeble limbs match capabilities to tasksAccess-control chips replace keys and passwords

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Encadrons les neuro-révolutionnaires | #neurotechnology #transhumanism

Encadrons les neuro-révolutionnaires | #neurotechnology #transhumanism | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Carte blanche à Laurent Alexandre, chirurgien urologue, président de DNAVision.

Via Jean-Philippe BOCQUENET
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En quelques décennies, Google aura transformé l’humanité : d’un moteur de recherche, il sera devenu une neuroprothèse. « Dans environ quinze ans, Google fournira des réponses à vos questions avant même que vous ne les posiez. Google vous connaîtra mieux que votre compagne ou compagnon, mieux que vous-même probablement », a fièrement déclaré Ray Kurzweil, lequel est également persuadé que l’on pourra transférer notre mémoire et notre conscience dans des microprocesseurs dès 2045, ce qui permettrait à notre esprit de survivre à notre mort biologique. L’informatique et la neurologie ne feront qu’un !

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Jaron Lanier on #Transhumanism | #cybernetics

Jaron Lanier on #Transhumanism | #cybernetics | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
I first encountered Jaron Lanier’s work when I taught his essay “One-Half of A Manifesto” to computer science students at the University of Texas at Austin.

Via Spaceweaver, Pierre Levy
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Here are the most important beliefs of cybernetic totalism:

 

1) That cybernetic patterns of information provide the ultimate and best way to understand reality.


2) That people are no more than cybernetic patterns.


3) That subjective experience either doesn’t exist, or is unimportant because it is some sort of ambient or peripheral effect.


4) That what Darwin described in biology, or something like it, is in fact also the singular, superior description of all creativity and culture.


5) That qualitative as well as quantitative aspects of information systems will be accelerated by Moore’s Law.

 

And finally, the most dramatic:

6) That biology and physics will merge with computer science (becoming biotechnology and nanotechnology), resulting in life and the physical universe becoming mercurial; achieving the supposed nature of computer software. Furthermore, all of this will happen very soon! Since computers are improving so quickly, they will overwhelm all the other cybernetic processes, like people, and will fundamentally change the nature of what’s going on in the familiar neighborhood of Earth at some moment when a new “criticality”is achieved- maybe in about the year 2020. To be a human after that moment will be either impossible or something very different than we now can know.

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Pierre Tran's curator insight, July 10, 1:17 AM

Les transhumanistes sont bien obligés de reconnaître les dangers d'un "totalitarisme cybernétique" que brandit Jaron Lanier.

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Réussite contestée d'un ordinateur au légendaire test de #Turing | #AI

Réussite contestée d'un ordinateur au légendaire test de #Turing | #AI | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Ce test, élaboré en 1950, est censé déterminer si un ordinateur est capable de reproduire la pensée humaine. Mais les détails de cette réussite sont très flous.
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Ce n'est pas la première fois qu'un succès à ce test est annoncé, mais, selon l'université de Reading, c'est la première fois que les sujets de discussion n'étaient pas fixés à l'avance.

 

Outre des critiques de longue date concernant la validité et la portée réelle du test de Turing (ainsi que la forme qu'a voulu lui donner son créateur – notamment concernant le seuil de 30 % d'humains convaincus qui serait issu d'une interprétation un peu large d'une citation de Turing), des voix se sont élevées pourminimiser l'exploit d'Eugene. Le Daily Telegraph, notamment, pointe plusieurs biais importants :

 

- Le programme se faisait passer pour un jeune garçon, une interprétation du test qui le rend plus facile à réussir, les interlocuteurs humains étant plus susceptibles d'attribuer les défauts d'une conversation à ce jeune âge.

 

- Même type de critique concernant la nationalité prêtée au programme : n'étant pas censé être anglophone, il a été plus facile de « duper » les humains.

 

- Pour le moment, l'article scientifique détaillant ce test n'est pas paru, et l'université de Reading n'a pas voulu fournir au quotidien britannique de copie des conversations.

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Science sans conscience, n'est que ruine de l'âme": le #transhumanisme | #controverses

Science sans conscience, n'est que ruine de l'âme": le #transhumanisme | #controverses | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

J'ai assisté à la conférence grand public sur le vieillissement, du colloque BIOVISION de Lyon. Laurent Alexandre, le créateur de "Doctissimo" a présenté le nouveau courrant made in silicone-vallée : le transhumanisme. Un mouvement qui revendique de faire vivre les hommes, pourquoi pas, à terme, MILLE ANS, grâce au rapiéçage, bionique, génétique et tout les "iques" que Google et ses petits copains inventeront. Dans quel monde vivent-t-ils ? Même si cela devenait techniquement possible, comment peuvent-ils croire que ce caprice de riches pourrait être éthiquement et socialement acceptable


Via JP Fourcade
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Google , l'optimiseur fiscal, qui arrache des millions à l'intérêt général , serait le sauveur de l'humanité. Cette promesse de quasi éternité ne serait pas un marketing pour s'assurer des clients captifs à perpétuité et les profits qui vont avec. Parrions que les coeurs artificiels, les cellules souches et autres merveilles ne seront pas gratuites. Je doute que le travailleur du Bangladesh ou le chômeur américain aient les moyens de s'offrir ces piéces de rechange. Sans parler des matiéres  premières forcement insuffisantes (même avec des nanotechnologies) si les quelques milliards d'humains devaient en profiter. D'autre part que deviendrait la démographie et la pyramide des ages avec ces vies sans fin ?

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Extending the #Cosmopolitical Right to Non-Humans | #socialchange #cyborgs


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Scientists Report Finding Reliable Way to #Teleport Data | #quantum #privacy

Scientists Report Finding Reliable Way to #Teleport Data | #quantum #privacy | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

A forest of optical elements that was part of the quantum teleportation device used by the team of physicists in the Netherlands. CreditHanson lab@TUDelft


Via Laurent Vergnaud
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In a paper published on Thursday in the journal Science, physicists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology reported that they were able to reliably teleport information between two quantum bits separated by three meters, or about 10 feet.

 

Quantum teleportation is not the “Star Trek”-style movement of people or things; rather, it involves transferring so-called quantum information — in this case what is known as the spin state of an electron — from one place to another without moving the physical matter to which the information is attached.

 

Classical bits, the basic units of information in computing, can have only one of two values — either 0 or 1. But quantum bits, or qubits, can simultaneously describe many values. They hold out both the possibility of a new generation of faster computing systems and the ability to create completely secure communication networks.

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Un #robot nommé administrateur d'une société ! | #transhumanism #KM

Un #robot nommé administrateur d'une société ! | #transhumanism #KM | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Une entreprise de Hongkong a élu à son board un robot ! Tout le monde se félicite de cette initiative qui pourrait bientôt faire des émules.

Via Claude Emond
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Et si les robots remplaçaient définitivement l'homme. L'idée devient de moins en moins farfelue : Deep Knowledge Ventures (DKV), entreprise de Hongkong spécialisée dans la gestion de dons à haut risque, vient de nommer au conseil d'administration un robot appelé Vital (Validating Investment Tool for Advancing Life Sciences). Il veillera à préserver les intérêts financiers de l'entreprise et à déterminer les investissements les plus rentables, en bonne intelligence... artificielle.

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#Transhumanisme : de la science-fiction à la réalité | #cyborgs #health

#Transhumanisme : de la science-fiction à la réalité | #cyborgs #health | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Les avancées technologiques dans les domaines de la bionique et de la génétique se succèdent à un rythme toujours plus élevé. Découvrez la nature de ces découvertes et leurs applications au travers de notre dossier consacré au transhumanisme, cette tendance qui rassemble scientifiques et technologues convaincus que le futur de l'humanité passe par une fusion entre hommes et machines. 


Via Alliance VITA, arslog
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Neuromancien, RoboCop, Ghost in the Shell, Deus Ex... Les concepts évoqués dans ces œuvres de fiction, de l'interface neuronale à la réalité augmentée sans oublier les exosquelettes, les prothèses biomécaniques ou les modifications nanotechnologiques, sont en effet désormais à notre portée, quand elles ne sont pas déjà implémentées. Cela passe par les smartphones devenus indispensables et par l'essor des objets connectés : smartwatches, lunettes (voire lentilles), vêtements. Mais aussi et surtout par les progrès effectués dans le domaine médical, qu'il s'agisse de génétique ou de bionique.

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Next Step #Bionics Prosthetics : Prosthetic Services for Amputees | #Cyborgs #health

Next Step #Bionics Prosthetics : Prosthetic Services for Amputees | #Cyborgs #health | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Next Step Bionics Prosthetics The country’s premier provider of bionics & prosthetics for amputees. Our blend of expertise & technology into personal, customized care is unsurpassed.
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Can #robots be trusted to know right from wrong? | #algorithms #morality

Can #robots be trusted to know right from wrong? | #algorithms #morality | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
HAL 9000 (credit: Warner Bros.) Is it possible to develop moral autonomous robots with a sense for right, wrong, and the consequences of

Via Claude Emond
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Is it possible to develop “moral” autonomous robots with a sense for right, wrong, and the consequences of both?

 

Researchers from Tufts University, Brown University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute think so, and are teaming with the U.S. Navy to explore technology that would pave the way to do exactly that.

“Moral competence can be roughly thought about as the ability to learn, reason with, act upon, and talk about the laws and societal conventions on which humans tend to agree,” says principal investigator Matthias Scheutz, professor of computer science at Tufts School of Engineering and director of the Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory (HRI Lab) at Tufts.

 

“The question is whether machines — or any other artificial system, for that matter — can emulate and exercise these abilities.”

But since there’s no universal agreement on the morality of laws and societal conventions, this raises some interesting questions. Was HAL 9000 (HAL = (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) moral? Who defines morality?

 
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Amputee Makes History with APL’s Modular Prosthetic Limb | #health #cyborgs

A Colorado man made history at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) this summer when he became the first bilateral shoulder-level am...

Via Jean-Philippe BOCQUENET
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A Colorado man made history at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) this summer when he became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two of the Laboratory’s Modular Prosthetic Limbs. Most importantly, Les Baugh, who lost both arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago, was able to operate the system by simply thinking about moving his limbs, performing a variety of tasks during a short training period.

 

Baugh was in town for two weeks in June as part of an APL-funded research effort to further assess the usability of the MPL, developed over the past decade as part of theRevolutionizing Prosthetics Program. Before putting the limb system through the paces, Baugh had to undergo a surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital known as targeted muscle reinnervation.

 

“It’s a relatively new surgical procedure that reassigns nerves that once controlled the arm and the hand,” explained Johns Hopkins Trauma Surgeon Albert Chi, M.D. “By reassigning existing nerves, we can make it possible for people who have had upper-arm amputations to control their prosthetic devices by merely thinking about the action they want to perform.”

 

After recovery, Baugh visited the Laboratory for training on the use of the MPLs. First, he worked with researchers on the pattern recognition system.

 

“We use pattern recognition algorithms to identify individual muscles that are contracting, how well they communicate with each other, and their amplitude and frequency,” Chi explained. “We take that information and translate that into actual movements within a prosthetic.”

 

http://www.jhuapl.edu/newscenter/pressreleases/2014/141216.asp

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, December 19, 2:07 AM

An amazing device that offers the hope of a near "normal" life for many amputees.  Good show, Johns Hopkins University!  Aloha, Russ.

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#Singularity University, les technologies exponentielles | #transhumanism

#Singularity University, les technologies exponentielles | #transhumanism | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Cette université un peu particulière, qui considère que les technologies bouleversent fondamentalement l'humanité, se délocalisera deux jours en Europe en novembre.
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Cela dit, les membres de la Singularity University reconnaissent que la tâche ne sera pas aisée. Paradoxalement, le terme de « singularité », emprunté à la physique, désigne un événement sans précédent, d'une telle ampleur qu'il empêche totalement de prévoir ce qui arrivera ensuite – à l'image des phénomènes inconnus se développant aux abords d'un trou noir...

 

Neil Jacobstein n'imagine pas que les technologies exponentielles provoquent un bouleversement aussi radical, mais il entrevoit un risque majeur, déjà évoqué par Ray Kurtzweil, inventeur du concept de singularité dans cette nouvelle acception :

 

« Certains humains s'intégreront de plus en plus aux systèmes d'intelligence artificielle, selon un mode opératoire encore inédit. Par contre, ceux qui seront exclus de ce niveau d'interconnexion avec les machines ne comprendront plus du tout le nouveau monde. »

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The funeral ceremonies of the #cyborgs | THE STATE | #anthropology

The funeral ceremonies of the #cyborgs | THE STATE | #anthropology | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
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This essay is a re-writing of “The Funeral Ceremonies of the Parsees,” by Jivanji Jamshedji Modi, originally read before the Anthropological Society of Bombay, on September 30, 1891, a fair-use of that content for creative literary aims. To those of the Zoroastrian faith I apologize for my shameless re-purposing of your time-honored traditions. My rationale for doing so is not to diminish or mock these ceremonies and beliefs, but to help contemporary people who are unfamiliar with these practices to look to the interesting and diverse history of human religion for ideas on how we can better understand and use new technology in a harmonious way.

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Maîtriser le #transhumanisme : Le nouveau combat de la psychanalyse ! | #cyborgs #controverses

Maîtriser le #transhumanisme : Le nouveau combat de la psychanalyse ! | #cyborgs #controverses | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
" Le propre d’une personne suivant une idéologie ou une religion est de ne pouvoir voir la réalité et ainsi répondre à de simples questionnements scientifiques ".

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La la National Science Foundation (NSF) , qui est la plus influente des agences scientifiques fédérales, ajoutait : « Une théorie computationnelle de l’esprit peut nous permettre de développer de nouveaux outils pour guérir ou maîtriser les effets des maladies mentales. Elle sera certainement à même de nous fournir une appréciation plus profonde de ce que nous sommes et sur la place que nous occupons dans l’univers. Comprendre l’esprit et le cerveau nous permettra de créer une nouvelle espèce de machines intelligentes, capable de produire une richesse économique sur une échelle jusqu’alors inimaginable. L’ingénierie de l’esprit est donc beaucoup plus que la poursuite d’une curiosité scientifique, beaucoup plus qu’un monumental défi technologique. C’est l’occasion d’éradiquer la pauvreté et d’ouvrir un âge d’or pour l’humanité tout entière ».

 

L’aspect quelque peu messianique de ce passage peut frapper, et il faut savoir que le concept même de NBIC a été critiqué. On lui reproche notamment d’être avant tout un concept marketing, forgé de toutes pièces par les promoteurs américains des nanotechnologies et des biotechs afin de décrocher des crédits publics, mais qui ne repose sur aucune réalité scientifique. Dans les faits, entre les nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, informatique et sciences cognitives on peut certainement repérer des convergences deux à deux (par exemple entre les sciences de l’information et les nanotechnologies), mais rien qui soit à l’intersection des quatre domaines considérés. Au Japon, pays qui a énormément investi sur ces différentes technologies, le concept n’existe pas !

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Eva Maria Matesanz's curator insight, August 24, 4:10 PM

Le philosophe Jean-Claude Guillebaud repère ainsi dans le transhumanisme une forme d’immaturité militante, marquée par la haine du corps, de ses infirmités et de ses souffrances, de ses imperfections – une haine, en somme, de ce qui fait l’homme. Le transhumanisme – faut-il le dire ? – n’est pas un humanisme.

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MindRDR Is A Google #Glass App You Control With Your Thoughts | #cyborgs #throughmind

MindRDR Is A Google #Glass App You Control With Your Thoughts | #cyborgs #throughmind | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Google Glass has made a name for itself (somewhat infamously) as head-mounted hardware that you can control with your voice and a sliding finger. Now, a team..

Via Jean-Pierre Blanger
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MindRDR, as the app is called, links up Google Glass with another piece of head-mounted hardware, the Neurosky EEG biosensor, to create a communication loop.

 

The Neurosky biosensor picks up on brainwaves that correlate to your ability to focus. The app then translates these brainwaves into a meter reading that gets superimposed on the camera view in Google Glass. As you “focus” more with your mind, the meter goes up, and the app takes a photograph of what you are seeing in front of you.

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The H+ shift of Google (Part 4/4: #Transhumanist shift) | #cybermonopoly

The H+ shift of Google (Part 4/4: #Transhumanist shift) | #cybermonopoly | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

As shown during the three last blog’s article (part 1 on Health, part 2 on Artificial Intelligence, part 3 on Robotics), Google is emancipating from its original core business.

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Before 2013, all purchases of Google were intended to develop and optimize services directly related to Internet (its core business), either in the domain of pictures, or data processing, web analytics, map software, ads, blogging…

 

But till 2013, Google seems to have completely changed its purchasing policy, and companies bought by Google are now related to various domains in addition to robotics, such as neural networks (DNNResearch), natural language understanding (Wavii), renewable energy  (Makani Power), wearable computing (WIMM Labs), movement/facial recognition (Flutter, Viewdle), home automation (Nest Labs), etc…

 

Google’s business is in mutation: this company is not focused on the IT domain only but also in the promising field of NBIC. The Nanotechnologies (N), Biology (B), Information technologies (I) and Cognitive sciences (artificial intelligence and brain-related sciences) (C) are improving and converging, in a sense that discoveries in a domain are serving the others domains, and this synergy allow fantastic advances.

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Scientists building ‘neurotic’ robots to help them make smarter, more human decisions | #cyborgs #emotions

Scientists building ‘neurotic’ robots to help them make smarter, more human decisions | #cyborgs #emotions | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Via juandoming
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Krichmar and his team are experimenting with robotic awareness and trying to teach mechanical brains to behave more like human and animal brains by programming traits that mimic obsessive-compulsive disorder or a fear of open spaces.

 

For instance, the team studied the actions of neurotransmitter chemicals serotonin and dopamine in mice as the animals solved a maze or reacted to an unfamiliar environment. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals that combine to constitute awareness and to contribute to our senses of pleasure and well-being.

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NASA Has Released A Free eBook About Communicating With Aliens | #anthropology

NASA Has Released A Free eBook About Communicating With Aliens | #anthropology | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Titled Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication and edited by SETI Director of Interstellar Message Composition Douglas Vakoch, the document draws on "issues at the core of contemporary archaeology and anthropology" to prepare us "for contact with an extraterrestrial civilization, should that day ever come."Addressing a field that has been dominated by astronomers, physicists, engineers, and computer scientists, the contributors to this collection raise questions that may have been overlooked by physical scientists about the ease of establishing meaningful communication with an extraterrestrial intelligence. These scholars are grappling with some of the enormous challenges that will face humanity if an information-rich signal emanating from another world is detected. Among the book's 16 chapters: Speaking for Earth: Projecting Cultural Values Across Deep Space and Time; Learning To Read:Interstellar Message Decipherment from Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives; and Mirrors of Our Assumptions: Lessons from an Arthritic Neanderthal. Sounds look good afternoon reading to us. Download the PDF here. For EPUB and MOBI formats, click here.

 

 

 


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LINKS

 

The NASA article   "Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication":

http://www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/archaeology_anthropology_and_interstellar_communication.html#.U4ifw5SSzUf

 

The PDF:

http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/Archaeology_Anthropology_and_Interstellar_Communication_TAGGED.pdf

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The Inside Story of #OculusRift and How Virtual Reality Became Reality | #cyborgs #VR

The Inside Story of #OculusRift and How Virtual Reality Became Reality | #cyborgs #VR | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Oculus has found a way to make a headset that does more than just hang a big screen in front of your face. By combining stereoscopic 3-D, 360-degree visuals, and a wide field of view—along with a supersize dose of engineering and software magic—it hacks your visual cortex. As far as your brain is concerned, there’s no difference between experiencing something on the Rift and experiencing it in the real world.
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ANATOMY OF THE RIFT

 

The Brain.

The biggest challenge in creating realistic VR is getting the image to change with your head movements, precisely and without any perceptible lag. The Rift fuses readings from a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer to evaluate head motion. Even better, it takes 1,000 readings a second, allowing it to predict motion and pre-­render images, shaving away precious milliseconds of latency.

 

The Display.

Even the best LCD can take 15 milliseconds for all its pixels to change color. The Rift uses AMOLED screens, which can switch color in less than a millisecond. Oculus also figured out how to deactivate those pixels rapidly so the image doesn’t smear or shake when you whip your head around.

 

The Optics.

You want an image that fills your entire field of vision without distortion. Typically that requires heavy, expensive lenses. The Rift uses a pair of cheap magnifying lenses, and Oculus developers distort their games so they look right when viewed through the optics.

 

Positional Tracking.

Previous VR headsets let you look around but not move around. The Rift’s small exter­nal camera monitors 40 infrared LEDs on the headset, tracking motion and letting you crouch, lean, or approach an in-game object.

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"Beyond that, though, the company and its technology herald nothing less than the dawn of an entirely new era of communication. Mark Zuckerberg gestured at the possibilities himself in a Facebook post in March when he announced the acquisition: “Imagine enjoying a courtside seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world, or consulting with a doctor face-to-face—just by putting on goggles in your home.” That’s the true promise of VR: going beyond the idea of immersion and achieving true presence—the feeling of actually existing in a virtual space."

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El Pentágono presenta el futuro de las guerras digitales y robotizadas | #cyborgs #cyberwar #bigdata

El Pentágono presenta el futuro de las guerras digitales y robotizadas | #cyborgs #cyberwar #bigdata | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
La Agencia de Proyectos de Investigación Avanzada de Defensa (DARPA, en inglés) de EEUU presentó en el Pentágono los cien proyectos que prepara para guerras cibernéticas y campos d

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El patio central del Pentágono mostró brazos robóticos, la versión militar de las Google Glass y sobre todo 'software' y plataformas digitales con el ojo puesto en futuras guerras cibernéticas, en las que los códigos binarios marcarán las diferencias entre vencedores y vencidos.

 

"El hombre y la máquina estarán cada vez más integrados", explicó Yifatch Eisenberg, director del proyecto de DARPA Ultra-Vis, un visor que se coloca frente al casco del soldado y envía en tiempo real información sobre órdenes, distancia a objetivos enemigos, grados con respecto al norte, situación de compañeros o la dirección a seguir.

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#Cyborg Antropología y la Evaporación de la Interfaz por @caseorganic | #CyborgAnthropology

#Cyborg Antropología y la Evaporación de la Interfaz por @caseorganic | #CyborgAnthropology | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Cyborg Antropología y la Evaporación de la Interfaz from Universo Fractal on Vimeo. Posted 1 week ago by Antropofolk · Antropofolk... Subscribe. Subscribe. RSS Feed. Add to Google Reader · View RSS Feed.

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La cyborg antropología es una forma de entender cómo vivimos como ciudadanos contectados de forma tecnosocial en una época moderna. Nuestros celulares, carros y laptops nos han convertido en cyborgs. ¿Qué significa extender el cuerpo hacia el hiperespacio? ¿Cuáles son las implicaciones para la privacidad, la información y la formación de identidad? Ahora que tenemos un segundo ser, ¿cómo lo protegemos?

 

Esta charla cubrirá aspectos de la compresión del tiempo y del espacio, las comunicaciones en una época móvil, las interfaces que se evaporan y cómo abordar espacios de información que cambian rápidamente.

 

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#DARPA's 'Luke Skywalker' Arm Wins FDA Approval | #cyborgs #health

#DARPA's 'Luke Skywalker' Arm Wins FDA Approval | #cyborgs #health | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
An extremely advanced prosthetic arm — sometimes compared to Luke Skywalker's arm from "Star Wars" — has been approved for clinical use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, officials announced.
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An extremely advanced prosthetic arm — sometimes compared to Luke Skywalker's arm from "Star Wars" — has been approved for clinical use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, officials announced.

 

The DEKA arm, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is an upper-limb prosthetic designed to restore near-natural control to amputees. The high-tech limb can handle objects as delicate as a grape or as hefty as a power tool, researchers said.

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