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Crowdfunding Star Wars — Kickstarter Campaign For Death Star Construction Aims To Raise $30M

Crowdfunding Star Wars — Kickstarter Campaign For Death Star Construction Aims To Raise $30M | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
The folks at Kickstarter have given the green light to two projects near-and-dear to the hearts of geeks, techies and futurists alike: the construction of a Death Star and a desperate call to fund X-wing fighters for the Rebel Alliance.
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The folks at Kickstarter have given the green light to two projects near-and-dear to the hearts of geeks, techies and futurists alike: the design of Death Star construction plansand a desperate call to fund X-wing fighters for the Rebel Alliance.

 

Coming off as something that belongs on the web’s go-to source for tongue-and-cheek humor, The Onion, the Death Star project was posted at the beginning of February with a pledge goal of £20 million British pounds for open source plans for the monstrous battle station. Four days later, another crowdsource project was posted on the site, this time saying, “We must defend ourselves against the Empire’s Death Star! Join the Rebel Alliance!” and asked for $11 million from backers.

 

The Death Star project page includes some interesting tidbits about the faux proposal to acquire plans for the battlestation. To lower costs, the project would use open source software and hardware, which could include innumerable Raspberry Pis linked together (hey, they helped build a supercomputer along with some Legos). A suggestion to make it solar powered was quickly shot down as the station needs to travel between star systems. As for the well known exploitable thermal exhaust ports that could bring about the demise of the station, the proposers (indicated simply as www.gnut.co.uk) suggest a large amount of chicken wire as the solution.

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Is It Time To Take Cyborg Rights Seriously? A Q&A With Neil Harbisson. - Slate Magazine (blog)

Is It Time To Take Cyborg Rights Seriously? A Q&A With Neil Harbisson. - Slate Magazine (blog) | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
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Is It Time To Take Cyborg Rights Seriously? A Q&A With Neil Harbisson.
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Post-Human Press Promotion

George Bickers, Editor of the Post-Human Press, talks on the subject of Post-Humanism and Trans-Humanism.
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CYBORG FOUNDATION | Rafel Duran Torrent

CYBORG FOUNDATION is the Grand Jury Prize Winner in the $200,000 GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition. Watch the winners at http://www.focusforwardfilms.com/winners. Neil…

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Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition that causes complete colour blindness. In 2004, Harbisson and Adam Montandon developed the eyeborg, a device that translates colours into sounds.
Harbisson has been claimed to be the first recognized cyborg in the world, as his passport photo now includes his device. In 2010, Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas created the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization to help humans become cyborgs.

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Q Sensor: The data of our emotions

Q Sensor: The data of our emotions | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
The wireless sensor that aims to make our emotions visible for all to see.

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The Future of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Is Open - IEEE Spectrum

The Future of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Is Open - IEEE Spectrum | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

The reason for these open platform successes is not because they were free (although free does increase adoption), but because the open platform produced a superior product.


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Transhumanism vs. /and Posthumanism - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Transhumanism vs. /and Posthumanism - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Posthumanism is a solution to poststructuralism and humanism, born out of the (some would perceive) “evils” of postmodernism.


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A sensational breakthrough: the first bionic hand that can feel

A sensational breakthrough: the first bionic hand that can feel | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

The first bionic hand that allows an amputee to feel what they are touching will be transplanted later this year in a pioneering operation that could introduce a new generation of artificial limbs with sensory perception.
The wiring of his new bionic hand will be connected to the patient’s nervous system with the hope that the man will be able to control the movements of the hand as well as receiving touch signals from the hand’s skin sensors.


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The race to create 'insect cyborgs'

The race to create 'insect cyborgs' | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Why make tiny flying drones when you can fly real insects by remote-control? It could lead to a neuroscience revolution, explains Emily Anthes in an excerpt from her new book Frankenstein's Cat

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In 2006 the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) asked America's scientists to submit "innovative proposals to develop technology to create insect-cyborgs" .

It was not your everyday government request, but it was an utterly serious one. For years, the US military has been hoping to develop "micro air vehicles" – ultra-small flying robots capable of performing surveillance in dangerous territory. Building these machines is not easy. The dynamics of flight change at very small sizes, and the vehicles need to be lightweight enough to fly, yet strong enough to carry cameras and other equipment. Most formidably, they need a source of power, and batteries light enough for microfliers just don't have enough juice to keep the crafts aloft for very long. Consider the tiny, completely synthetic drones that engineers have managed to create: the DelFly Micro, which measures less than 10cm from wingtip to wingtip, can stay airborne for just three minutes.

Darpa officials knew there had to be something better out there. "Proof of existence of small-scale flying machines… is abundant in nature in the form of insects," Amit Lal, a Darpa programme manager and Cornell engineer, wrote in a pamphlet the agency issued to the prospective researchers.

Perhaps, Darpa officials realised, the military didn't need to start from scratch; if they began with live insects, they'd already be halfway to their dream flying machines. All they'd have to do was figure out how to hack into insects' bodies and control their movements.


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Definitions:

Hybrots: A hybrot (short for "hybrid robot") is a cybernetic organism in the form of a robot controlled by a computer consisting of both electronic and biological elements. (wiki)
Animats: Animats are artificial animals, a contraction of anima-materials. The term includes physical robots and virtual simulations (wiki)
Semi-biotic systems: Semi-biotic systems are systems that incorporate biologically derived components/modules – which could range from multi-protein complexes through DNA constructs to multi-cellular assemblies – and integrate them with synthetic components (e.g. microfabricated systems) to produce hybrid devices. (wiki)
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great article,,, congrats
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Thank you
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Digital Poesis: An Imaginal Interpetation of the Digital Era

Here, I present some of the findings of my two years in the Consciousness Studies program at Goddard College. There is much debate over the impact, or effect of digital media on intelligence, childhood development, and culture.
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Transhumanism : Hidden History and Agenda

Transhumanism : Hidden History and Agenda | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
“Academic researchers, Dr. Joseph P. Farrell and Dr. Scott D. de Hart, discussed transhumanism and the hidden history and agenda that have set humanity on a c…” See on youtube.com (Transhumanism : Hidden History and Agenda - Academic researchers, Dr.
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MIT: The future is here - part human, part machine cyborgs

MIT: The future is here - part human, part machine cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Bionic beings who are part-human, part-machine may sound like a concept that still belongs in science fiction stories. But experts say that cyborgs are already walking among us, and have been around for quite some time.

http://tinyurl.com/7nfnogu


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Designing cyborgs

Presentation for Hybrid Days, making the point that we are part of technologies rather than them being part of us, so our technologies (at least the softer and...

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Better Than The Borg: The Neurotech Era

Better Than The Borg: The Neurotech Era | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | 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?
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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....

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What is Transhumanism?

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What is Transhumanism (What is transhumanism
http://t.co/MaaZsMticT)
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The Italian verb “transumanare” or “transumanar” was used for the first time by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) in the Divine Comedy. It means “go outside the human condition and perception” and in English could be “to Transhumanate” or “to Transhumanize”.

T.S. Eliot wrote about the risks of the human journey in becoming illuminated as a “process by which the human is Transhumanised” in his play “The Cocktail Party” (The Complete Poems and Plays 1909 - 1950, published by Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., New York). 

The actual concept of transhuman as an evolutionary transition was first expressed by FM-2030. His trilogy, Up-Wingers, Telespheres and Optimism One (1973) constitutes the beginnings of the transhumanist philosophy, as well as his contributing final chapter in Woman, Year 2000 (1972)

Ideas about humanity and evolution were explored by Julian Huxley in his writings on evolutionary humanism in the book Evolution: The Modern Synthesis (1942) and Teilhard de Chardin in The Future of Man (1959). In 1966, FM-2030 (formerly, F.M. Esfandiary) outlined an evolutionary transhuman future while teaching “New Concepts of the Human” at the New School for Social Research, New York City. Abraham Maslow referred to transhumans in Toward a Psychology of Being, (1968), Robert Ettinger also referred to transhumans in Man into Superman (1972), I authored the Transhuman Arts Statement (TransArt) (1982) and outlined the emerging transhuman culture, and by Damien Broderick in The Judas Mandala (1982). 

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The Italian verb “transumanare” or “transumanar” was used for the first time by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) in the Divine Comedy. It means “go outside the human condition and perception” and in English could be “to Transhumanate” or “to Transhumanize”.

T.S. Eliot wrote about the risks of the human journey in becoming illuminated as a “process by which the human is Transhumanised” in his play “The Cocktail Party” (The Complete Poems and Plays 1909 - 1950, published by Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., New York). 

The actual concept of transhuman as an evolutionary transition was first expressed by FM-2030. His trilogy, Up-Wingers, Telespheres and Optimism One (1973) constitutes the beginnings of the transhumanist philosophy, as well as his contributing final chapter in Woman, Year 2000 (1972)

Ideas about humanity and evolution were explored by Julian Huxley in his writings on evolutionary humanism in the book Evolution: The Modern Synthesis (1942) and Teilhard de Chardin in The Future of Man (1959). In 1966, FM-2030 (formerly, F.M. Esfandiary) outlined an evolutionary transhuman future while teaching “New Concepts of the Human” at the New School for Social Research, New York City. Abraham Maslow referred to transhumans in Toward a Psychology of Being, (1968), Robert Ettinger also referred to transhumans in Man into Superman (1972), I authored the Transhuman Arts Statement (TransArt) (1982) and outlined the emerging transhuman culture, and by Damien Broderick in The Judas Mandala (1982). 

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Ray Kurzweil TED Talk - Singularity University

Ray Kurzweil TED Talk - Singularity University (RT @artsy: What is the Singularity?
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Roko's basilisk - RationalWiki

Roko's basilisk - RationalWiki | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Roko's basilisk is a proposition suggested by a member of the rationalist community LessWrong, which speculates about the potential behavior of a future godlike artificial intelligence.

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Roko's basilisk is a proposition suggested by a member of the rationalist community LessWrong, which speculates about the potential behavior of a future godlike artificial intelligence.

According to the proposition, it is possible that this ultimate intelligence may punish those who fail to help it, with greater punishment accorded those who knew the importance of the task. This is conventionally comprehensible, but the notable bit of the basilisk and similar constructions is that the AI and the person punished have no causal interaction: the punishment would be of a simulation of the person, which the AI would construct by deduction from first principles. In LessWrong's Timeless Decision Theory (TDT), this is taken to be equivalent to punishment of your own actual self, not just someone else very like you.

Roko's basilisk is notable for being completely banned from discussion on LessWrong; any mention is deleted. Eliezer Yudkowsky, founder of LessWrong, considers the basilisk would not work, but will not explain why because he does not want discussion of the notion of acausal trade with unfriendly possible superintelligences.

Some people familiar with the LessWrong memeplex, including Singularity Institute donors, have suffered serious psychological problems after contemplating basilisk-like ideas, even when they're fairly sure intellectually that it's a silly problem.[1] The notion is taken sufficiently seriously by some LessWrong posters that they try to work out how to erase evidence of themselves so a future unfriendly AI can't reconstruct a copy of them to torture.[2]

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General Artificial Intelligence and the Global Brain

General Artificial Intelligence and the Global Brain | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

“At first glance, the emergence of a Global Brain and the engineering of advanced Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) systems might seem to be two orthogonal approaches to the origination of intelligence beyond the human level. But closer inspection reveals great synergetic potential. An AGI or community thereof, studying content and activity on the Internet, could serve as the “central conscious theater” of a distributed global brain, allowing a global brain with a more unified and explicitly goal-directed form of cognition.

This would also benefit the AGI, allowing it to increase its own intelligence via leveraging its interactions with the content, software and humans on the Net. Existing proto-AGI architectures such as OpenCog (http://opencog.org) may have potential for use in this sort of way. Eventually such an AGI could serve as a sort of “global AI nanny”, helping society to monitor its own behavior with global safety in mind (although, the caveats as well as the benefits of this sort of application are clear).” - GlobalBrainInstitute


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“At first glance, the emergence of a Global Brain and the engineering of advanced Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) systems might seem to be two orthogonal approaches to the origination of intelligence beyond the human level. But closer inspection reveals great synergetic potential. An AGI or community thereof, studying content and activity on the Internet, could serve as the “central conscious theater” of a distributed global brain, allowing a global brain with a more unified and explicitly goal-directed form of cognition.

This would also benefit the AGI, allowing it to increase its own intelligence via leveraging its interactions with the content, software and humans on the Net. Existing proto-AGI architectures such as OpenCog (http://opencog.org) may have potential for use in this sort of way. Eventually such an AGI could serve as a sort of “global AI nanny”, helping society to monitor its own behavior with global safety in mind (although, the caveats as well as the benefits of this sort of application are clear).” - GlobalBrainInstitute

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Cyborg: From Science Fiction to Social Reality

Cyborg: From Science Fiction to Social Reality | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

The emerging technological developments across various scientificfields have brought about radical changes in the ways we perceive and define

what it means to be human in today‟s highlytechnologically oriented society.Advancements in robotics, AI research, molecular biology, genetic engineering,nanotechnology, medicine, etc., are mostly still in an experimental phase but itis likely that they will become a part of our daily experience


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In his novel Idoru, William Gibson entertained the idea of a hologram governed byan AI. Idoru or Idol is “a holographic personality -construct, a congeries of softwareagents, the creation of information- designers.” [9] It is an AI, a computer programmewhich simulates a female human being. It adapts and learns through interacting withhumans and manifests itself as a generated, animated, projected hologram. A person-alized version of Idoru named Rei Toei exists online in different forms that corre-spond to preferences of each user. Only when performing in public, her appearance isa result of consensual decision of users. Her effect on audiences is so strong thatLaney, a character hired to objectively analyze the information she generates, had toremind himself in her presence that “she is not flesh; she is information.” [10] Whatused to be science fiction in just over a decade ago in Gibson‟s novel is now realized in several different forms, i.e. several different holographic projected Idols such as vocaloids Hatsune Miku and Aimi Eguchi, for example. Hatsune Miku is Yamaha‟s synthetic sound generator popularized through Hatsune‟s visual iconography. As a holographic celebrity, she performs in concerts with live musicians. These virtualconstructs not only exist in physical space but the real people in the real world attrib-ute a status of personae and celebrities to them and treat them accordingly. The keycharacteristic of all Idoru characters is that they are “ both real and fictional: it is real in terms of having material effects on people‟s lives and playing a role in the formation of digital lifestyles, and it is fictional in insofar as it operates in conjunction with an elaborate fantasy narrative.” [20] Apart from being a materialization of what Gibson has conceptualized in fiction,Idoru constructs can also be observed as a materialization of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari‟s concept of “body without organs” [5] in both metaphorical and literal sense. On the one hand they are the hollow bodies but still bodies which inhabit thephysical realm and gain meaning through interactions with people and, on the otherhand, they are a fluid substrate caught in the process of endless self replication .....
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Scientists create 'sixth sense' brain implant to detect infrared light - Telegraph

Scientists create 'sixth sense' brain implant to detect infrared light - Telegraph | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
A brain implant which could allow humans to detect invisible infrared light has been developed by scientists in America.
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Cyborg Crickets Could Form Mobile Communications Network, Save Human Lives

Cyborg Crickets Could Form Mobile Communications Network, Save Human Lives | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

(PhysOrg.com) -- By taking advantage of the way crickets communicate, researchers are building 'cyborg crickets' that could form a mobile communications network for emergency situations, such as detecting chemical attacks on the battlefield or even the scent of humans trapped in rubble after natural disasters.

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The technology's designer, Ben Epstein, came up with the idea during a visit to China, where he heard cicadas changing calls in response to each other. Recently, the Pentagon has awarded Epstein's Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey-based company, OpCoast, a six-month contract to develop a mobile communications network for insects. The biggest challenge will be to fit all the necessary electronics into a tiny body, and then make hundreds or thousands of them in each network. The network could potentially extend across large distances, as some katydids can be heard up to a kilometer away. As the cyborg insects transmit the call from neighbor to neighbor, the cascade effect eventually transmits the signal to ground-based transceivers, where humans can respond.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news166715517.html#jCp

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ScienceGuide - Europe’s road to technological singularity

ScienceGuide - Europe’s road to technological singularity | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
technological Singularity university roadmap EU for innovation (Europe’s road to technological singularity http://t.co/UnBVjfI3)
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The singularity is here.

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Christine Peterson on Singularity 1 on 1: Join Us to Push the Future ...

Christine Peterson on Singularity 1 on 1: Join Us to Push the Future ... | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Christine Peterson – co-founder of the Foresight Institute for Nanotechnology, talks about longevity, nanotech and the singularity. See her full interview on SingularityWeblog.com.
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The Robot Revolution: Your Job May Be Next

The Robot Revolution: Your Job May Be Next | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
The robots have arrived and there’s no one to stop them from taking over hundreds and thousands of jobs, according to one author. Oh, and they might cause the entire economy to collapse.

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'Epidermal electronics' tattoos - a giant step forward for cyborgs?

'Epidermal electronics' tattoos - a giant step forward for cyborgs? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

A new skin patch that can monitor heart and brain functions could be used to enhance the body’s well-being. One day soon, your doctor might prescribe you something that looks like a colourful temporary tattoo. But when you apply it to your skin you’ll end up with more than an interesting pattern. Your epidermis will be coated with a gossamer-thin layer of electronics. In the short term, this tattoo will be used to monitor your well-being. But in the long term it could be used to enhance your body as part of a remarkable new phase in human evolution, one foreseen by Edgar Allen Poe in the 19th century.


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