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Cyber Jouissance, the future of cybernetically enhanced senses | #cyborgs

Cyber Jouissance, the future of cybernetically enhanced senses | #cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
“One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal.Soon we’ll need a new definition.”

Alvin Toffler

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The reality of our technophile civilization is presently, I believe, beyond dispute, even the most ardent Luddite will find it hard to deny the almost invisible casualness with which she uses a smart phone.
But even this all-pervading ‘smartphonism’ is only a hint or perhaps an insinuation of what the cyborgization process is leading us, as a species, as a culture and as a civilization, into.

The two main concepts which seem to provide some kind of indication as to where we are headed are Situational Awareness (SA)1 and the Adjacent Possible (AP)2.
For those not yet fully familiar with situational awareness, it may be wise and maybe necessary to revise their understanding and implication of the evolution of this prevalent field of inquiry into human behavior, especially as pertains to decision making in rapidly evolving info flows.


Via Wildcat2030, Xaos
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Situational awareness, as defined by Endsley is : “the perception of elements in the environment within a volume of time and space, the comprehension of their meaning, and the projection of their status in the near future,” is probably the most salient at present if for nothing else that it represents the conceptualization of a person’s ‘feeling’ of one’s infocology, the absorption of said information and the correlated response.
SA as it is known, is however much more important than first appearances might suggest, the reason for that is simple enough; given that most of the information we receive from our surroundings enters our brains via our senses, the recent advances and soon to come to a retail store near you sense extensions may paradigmatically revolutionize that which we deem ‘ sense perception’ and by extension change dramatically that which we call ‘comprehension’.

 

When the prime paradigm of the future is ‘everything is programmable’ sooner than later a combination of augmented reality technologies, coupled with programmable genetics and synthetic biology will permit our bodies to extend their senses into domains previously inaccessible.

“We see with our brains, not with our eyes. When a blind man uses a cane he sweeps it back and forth, and has only one point, the tip, feeding him information through the skin receptors in the hand. Yet this sweeping allows him to sort out where the doorjamb is, or the chair, or distinguish a foot when he hits it, because it will give a little. Then he uses this information to guide himself to the chair to sit down. Though his hand sensors are where he gets the information and where the cane “interfaces” with him, what he perceives is not the cane’s pressure on his hand but the layout of the room: chairs, walls, feet, the three-dimensional space. The receptor surface in the hand becomes merely a relay for information, a data port. “


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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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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
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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

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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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Teaming up with Greenpeace to help raise #awareness of the growing disappearance of honey #bees

Teaming up with Greenpeace to help raise awareness of the growing disappearance of honey bees, this short film was produced and animated at WOODBLOCK with support…

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This science-fiction infomercial was made to raise awareness of the fact that bees—which are crucial for the survival of all species, including ours*—are dying all around the world. The fact is that this video isn't too far from the truth: bees may go extinct if we don't act promptly and scientists are already working on robotic replacements.

 

Scientists at Harvard University have already created the alpha version of these robotic bees, created for "rescue operations and artificial pollination."

 

 

 

 

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The Future of Being Human | #enhanced #umwelt

The Future of Being Human | #enhanced #umwelt | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Via Claude Emond
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IEET Fellow David Eagleman discuses how we and other animals perceive reality. He referres to the umwelt in the context, of how our technologies will enhance our experience of the umwelt so that we can experience difference properties of the world.

 

“In the semiotic theories of Jakob von Uexküll and Thomas A. Sebeok, umwelt (plural: umwelten; from the German Umwelt meaning “environment” or “surroundings”) is the “biological foundations that lie at the very epicenter of the study of both communication and signification in the human [and non-human] animal.” The term is usually translated as “self-centered world”. Uexküll theorised that organisms can have different umwelten, even though they share the same environment.” - wikipedia

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Réalité augmentée, réalité orientée, par le philosophe Eric Sadin | #AR #enhanced #cyborgs

Réalité augmentée, réalité orientée, par le philosophe Eric Sadin | #AR #enhanced #cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

La notion de «réalité augmentée» peut être prise au pied de la lettre dans la mesure où le procédé permet de saisir des dimensions dissimulées rendues manifestes, révélant un panorama élargi des choses non directement perceptibles par les sens. Appellation qui pourrait tout autant faire l’objet d’une torsion, vu les conseils à vocation généralement commerciale, qui appelleraient un léger déplacement de la dimension plutôt flatteuse «d’augmentation», pour la prise en compte de la force «orientante», devant alors plus justement être qualifiée de «réalité orientée». ...


Via Jacques Urbanska, Lockall
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TOURNANT COGNITIF

 

La réalité augmentée expose la preuve patente d’une puissance virtuellement omnisciente de la technique collant désormais au corps ou faisant corps à notre perception des choses, à l’instar des Google Glass ou autres lunettes connectées qui adjoignent à l’expérience quotidienne un réservoir en théorie infini et évolutif d’indications en rapport. Ultime étape avant l’implémentation de lentilles au contact des rétines, nous érigeant comme des cyborgs non pas augmentés d’organes artificiels, mais enveloppés de données individuellement ajustées à chacun de nos «profils» et de nos situations. Dispositifs en sophistication croissante, dont on ne peut réduire la portée et les enjeux à de seules informations ou conseils prétendument «pertinents», mais qui appellent de saisir le «tournant cognitif» qui s’instaure.

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20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know | #posthumanism

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know | #posthumanism | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you'll need to navigate our future.
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1. Co-veillance

 

2. Multiplex Parenting 

 

3. Technological Unemployment

 

4. Substrate-Autonomous Person

 

5. Intelligence Explosion 

 

6. Longevity Dividend 

 

7. Repressive Desublimation  

 

8. Intelligence Amplification 

 

9. Effective Altruism 

 

10. Moral Enhancement 

 

11. Proactionary Principle

 

12. Mules 

 

13. Anthropocene

 

14. Eroom's Law

 

15. Evolvability Risk 

 

16. Artificial Wombs

 

17. Whole Brain Emulations 

 

18. Weak AI

 

19. Neural Coupling

 

20. Computational Overhang 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 


Via Wildcat2030
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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

Via Francisco Pontes Estevan, juandoming
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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.

Via Andrea Naranjo
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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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In #silico: First steps towards a computer #simulation of the human #body | #cyborgs #health

In #silico: First steps towards a computer #simulation of the human #body | #cyborgs #health | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
A pregnant woman undergoing tests in hospital has her biological information plugged into a computer. The results say that she is highly likely to damage her pelvic floor muscles during the birth and will probably suffer from incontinence years later. Armed with this information, doctors intervene to minimise the damage as her baby is born, and the problems are avoided.

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The University of Sheffield’s Insigneo Institute, which was founded exactly a year ago, comprises 123 academics and clinicians who are working towards a grand European Commission-backed endeavour known as the Virtual Physiological Human programme. Collectively, they have already won more than £20 million in research funding.

The programme’s ultimate aim is to create an in silico, or computer simulated, replica of the human body that will allow the virtual testing of treatments on patients based on their own specific needs – potentially predicting future problems they may encounter or eliminating the need for invasive procedures.

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The Six Million Dollar Man May Be Closer To Reality Than You Think | #cyborgs #biohackers

The Six Million Dollar Man May Be Closer To Reality Than You Think | #cyborgs #biohackers | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
In The Future of Wearable Tech, iQ by Intel and PSFK Labs explore the evolving form and function of our … Continued

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Despite the advent of wearable technologies, the thought of humans becoming part machine remains in the realm of science fiction. But we might be farther along in this process than you’d expect, especially after digging deeper into the concept that many are calling “Augmented Sensory Perception,” where technology is not just biometrically attuned to humans but also embedded in their bodies.


Since the 1980s, Steven Mann, often referred to as the father of wearable computing, has been tinkering with the concept of cyborgs and the idea of “humanistic intelligence.” The theory goes that by including humans in the feedback loop of the computational process, the technology and the individual become inextricably intertwined.  You can see this idea emerging at the fringes of wearable technology, where developers are viewing the limits of human ability as a starting place. This is entry point could lead to devices that extend our own physical capacities. 

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Google Invents Micro Camera System for Future Contact Lenses | #Patents #AR #cyborgs

Google Invents Micro Camera System for Future Contact Lenses | #Patents #AR #cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Last month Google surprised the market with a new wearable Glass off-shoot project relating to future smart contact lenses. Our report that was titled "Google Takes their Glass Vision to Smart Contact Lenses," will now act as a sort of foundational report for this invention on an ongoing basis. Today's new patent revelations cover the integration of tiny cameras into their future smart contact lenses. The user will ...

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Being that this is a patent application, Google focuses on the ideas they have for future their smart contact lenses and skirts any possible health issues that may arise from wearing devices that are constantly sending and receiving wireless communications. They don't explain what materials the camera and other components will be made of to determine whether there's a risk for possible allergic reactions or if there are risks to the eye being scratched by the various components outlined in this invention.

 

Yet, to Google's credit, we see in other recent patent applications published by the US Patent Office that they have gone out of their way to demonstrate that their R&D teams have been exploring many ways to ensure that their product will be safe. Of course until it passes through the hoops of varying Governmental bodies it won't be as safe as it should be, but in the short term, Google is demonstrating that they've thought this project through from many angles including consumer safety that we'll be covering in upcoming reports throughout the coming week.

 

Google originally filed their patent application back in Q4 2012. The US Patent Office published this patent application earlier this month. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.

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This smart nano-tech patch knows when you need more drugs | #health #monitoring

This smart nano-tech patch knows when you need more drugs | #health #monitoring | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Scientists in South Korea are developing a medical patch using nano technology which not only monitors your health, but is also smart enough to know how much medicine you need, and when.

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Outside of smartwatches, wristbands, and smart eyewear, wearable technology is making waves in the medical community. For example, we’ve already heard about health-monitoring “tattoos,” which can tell doctors about how your heart, muscles, or brain are functioning. The next evolutionary step could be similar smart patches, developed using nano technology, which not only deliver drugs into your system, but know when you’ve had enough or need a higher dose.

 

A study, carried out in South Korea and published by Nature Technology, outlines the development of “wearable bio-integrated systems,” as an alternative to wearing bulkier hardware. These skin patches are not only less intrusive, but are also capable of delivering medicine to the wearer, and smart enough to know how much is needed.


Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/smart-patch-monitors-your-health-and-delivers-drugs-when-needed/#ixzz2xdquaLx6 ;

 

 

 

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