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33rd Square | Doug Wolens Documentary On The Singularity Now Available

33rd Square | Doug Wolens Documentary On The Singularity Now Available | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
In his documentary film, The Singularity, director Doug Wolens interviewed leading futurists, computer scientists, artificial intelligence experts, and philosophers examine the question of what will humanity look like in the future.
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Cyborg Cabaret - Carnegie Mellon University | CMU

Cyborg Cabaret - Carnegie Mellon University | CMU | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

An interdisciplinary variety show called "Cyborg Cabaret" will bring together humans and robots in a way that audiences haven't seen before.

Designed to make people laugh hard and think harder about how technology is changing society, "Cyborg Cabaret" will feature talent from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics InstituteSchool of ArtEntertainment Technology Center and the broader Pittsburgh community including Assemble, VIA and Hack Pittsburgh.

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Cyborgs are a combination of people and machine, but Knight said she and Wilcox sought to make the show about much more than robots.

"It's about the relationship between society and technology, about our expectations for what technology might do for and to us," she explained. "We want to explore the ways this has worked out and the ways it hasn't."

Among the acts are:

  • a Robot Arm Quartet, a group of robotic arms assembled by Golan Levin, director of CMU's Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, that perform as a barbershop quartet;
  • an exploration by Knight of what makes robots come alive that features choreography by several robots from Professor Manuela Veloso's research lab, known as Crebots; and
  • Cyborlesque, a burlesque performance by graduating senior fine arts student Julia Cahill in which human and machine parts are revealed — or are they?

Wilcox will direct the Robot Rumble, which pits an unlikely array of real-life robots — including the CMU Crusher,Honda ASIMOBoston Dynamics BigDog and the Google Self-driving Car — against each other in one-on-one WWE-style wrestling matches.

The show takes place in the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh's North Side at 8 p.m., Friday, April 27.

The "Cyborg Cabaret" is another example of how CMU bridges technology and the arts to create new innovations and solutions. CMU continues its celebration of "National Robotics Week" in Washington D.C. today and inPittsburgh on Friday, April 20, 2012.

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BioSocieties - Abstract of article: How cultural is /`cultural neuroscience/'[quest] Some comments on an emerging research paradigm

BioSocieties - Abstract of article: How cultural is /`cultural neuroscience/'[quest] Some comments on an emerging research paradigm | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
BioSocieties is an interdisciplinary journal for the social studies of life sciences. BioSocieties is committed to the scholarly exploration of the crucial social, ethical and policy implications of developments in the life sciences and biomedicine.

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I share the authors' concern with cultural neuroscience, although I think part of the problem is a set of pragmatic limits on the sorts of research that can be done given the distribution of the necessary research infrastructure and the questions that have shaped cultural psychology. From an anthropological perspective, the first wave of cultural neuroscience may be worrying, but I believe that constructive engagement can really help to shape a more expansive and exciting cultural neuroscience, one that I already see some positive signs of emerging.

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Cyborgs, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, England, Kevin Warwick discussed his research in artificial intelligence, robotics and cyborgs. While ...
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According to (selon, dizque): Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Being Developed - Technology News - redOrbit

According to (selon, dizque): Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Being Developed - Technology News - redOrbit | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich are creating one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever.Roboy, a tendon-driven robot modeled on human beings, had the help of over 40 engineers and scientists to help bring it to life. The robot is expected to be able to move almost as elegantly as a human.Roboy will be a “service robot,” capable of executing services independently for the convenience of human beings.Roboy is based on another, older anthropomorphic robot with a tendon system known as Ecce. Unlike Ecce, Roboy will be more comfortable looking to humans, as Ecce looked like a scary Cyclops robot.

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The Most Popular Stories from THE FUTURIST magazine in 2012 | World Future Society

The Most Popular Stories from THE FUTURIST magazine in 2012 | World Future Society | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
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Noahpinion: Rise of the cyborgs

Noahpinion: Rise of the cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Bot 'ethics': 'They learn more quickly but they don't have a good intuitive or introspective sense about why' http://t.co/K8SOrFjB
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3 axes pour travailler à l’ère du bigdata | Netwave E-duction

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3 axes pour travailler à l’ère du bigdata

Par Jean-Pierre Malle / 5 décembre 2012

Travailler à l’ère du Big Data c’est se positionner selon 3 axes complémentaires.

 

Premier axe : le stockage de l’information.

 

Plusieurs entreprises et communautés de développeurs ont œuvré depuis quelques années sur ce volet. Des changements perceptibles sont apparus dans les principes de stockage de l’information. Le plus spectaculaire est l’abandon de l’intégrité des données. Durant des décennies les bases relationnelles ont fait recette car elles garantissent l’intégrité des données grâce à des mécanismes intégrés dans les moteurs des bases de données. Avec le Big Data les données manipulées seront parcellaires, parfois incohérentes. Dans ces circonstances, rechercher l’intégrité est un luxe bien inutile et pénalisant en termes de temps de traitement. Les systèmes NoSQL ont abandonné l’intégrité au profit de la performance.

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Is the “Technological Singularity” Plausible?

Is the “Technological Singularity” Plausible? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

How seriously should we take the Singularity hypothesis?
Going by some of the essays and comments out there on the Web, it would seem that some do not think it should be taken seriously at all. Few who have looked into this ‘Singularity’ stuff are unlikely to miss derogatory comments, such as ‘rapture of the nerds’ or ‘it is all just science fiction’.
But, is it really sensible to be dismissive of the Singularity hypothesis? Is it sheer nonsense, or is it actually possible that we could be heading for a technological Singularity of some kind or other?


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The Top 5 Neuroscience Breakthroughs of 2012

The Top 5 Neuroscience Breakthroughs of 2012 | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
More than any year before, 2012 was the year neuroscience exploded into pop culture. From mind-controlled robot hands to cyborg animals to TV specials to triumphant books, brain breakthroughs were tearing up the airwaves and the internets.

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1. Videos of Thoughts

Our most exciting neuroscience discovery of 2012 is also one of the most controversial. A team of researchers from the Gallant lab at UC Berkeley discovered a way to reconstruct videos of entire scenes from neural activity in a person’s visual cortex. Those on the cautionary side emphasize that activity in the visual cortex is fairly easy to decode (relatively speaking, of course) and that we’re still a long, long way from decoding videos of imaginary voyages or emotional palettes. In fact, from one perspective, this isn’t much different from converting one file format into another. On the other hand, though, these videos offer the first hints of the technological reality our children may inhabit: A world where the boundaries between the objective external world and our individual subjective experiences are gradually blurred and broken down. When it comes to transforming our relationship with our own consciousness – and those of the people around us – it doesn’t get much more profound than that.

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It's getting serious. The best technological breakthroughs in brain science of the year, including some stories we've covered over at PLOS Neuroanthropology.

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When Will We Be Transhuman? Seven Conditions for Attaining Transhumanism : Science Not Fiction

When Will We Be Transhuman? Seven Conditions for Attaining Transhumanism : Science Not Fiction | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
When Will We Be #Transhuman? - http://t.co/aHUfPrXM
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Open the Future: I'm Just a Love Machine-Artifice and Consent in the Age of Robotics

Open the Future: I'm Just a Love Machine-Artifice and Consent in the Age of Robotics | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

The notion of robot love has a long history, and by far the dominant emphasis has been on its erotic manifestation. After all, the reasoning goes, a sufficiently advanced robot would offer all of the physical pleasure of a real partner with no emotional entanglements, personal judgments, or dissipating affections, in an un-aging body that can be sculpted to look exactly as one desires. Famous movie actors and actresses might even set up a lucrative side-business licensing their own bodily images to robot manufacturers, even long after time and nature had taken a toll.


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An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology

An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
This book is a first step down the road of cataloging the new interactions
and experiences of the modern cyborg subject.
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Amber Case is a Cyborg Anthropologist and UX Designer from Portland, Oregon. Her main focus is applying anthropology to mobile computing and social software.

Case has spoken at various industry conferences including MIT's Futures of Entertainment and Inverge: The Interactive Convergence Conference, Ignite Portland and Ignite Boulder.

Case founded CyborgCamp, an unconference on the future of humans and technology. In 2010 she was named one of Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Tech.

You can learn more about Cyborg Anthropology at cyborganthropology.com, and on Twitter at @caseorganic.

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RealityAugmented — Augmented reality, cyborg anthropology, new aesthetics, coevolution technologies.

RealityAugmented — Augmented reality, cyborg anthropology, new aesthetics, coevolution technologies. | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Augmented reality, cyborg anthropology, new aesthetics, coevolution technologies.
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'Walking robot' allows paralyzed man to move again

'Walking robot' allows paralyzed man to move again | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Imagine being paralyzed from the chest down, due to a car accident -- and then suddenly being able to walk again. And it's all thanks to something called an exoskeleton ('Walking robot' allows paralyzed man to move again
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Celebrity as Cyborg - Cyborg Anthropology

@ClaireSale Well, if you ever want to play with it, remember that celebrity is the ultimate form of cyborg

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The "celebrity" is the ultimate form of cyborg. It exists on an Actor Network of technosocial connections attached to a system of production, reproduction and distribution. The celebrity consists of a series of perfect moments augmented by makeup, lighting, and video that are expanded to take up space and time in the minds of consumers. Like the impossible feast, the celebrity cannot be fully consumed, and the more times the viewer accesses the celebrity, the more their mental taste buds seek new celebrity data.

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Can Cyborgs Fall in Love?

Can Cyborgs Fall in Love? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Our deepest attachments develop when we can show all of who we are and be accepted, and that includes romantic love. The crudely pixilated self of cyberspace can hardly represent the best of us. (Dr. Craig Malkin: Can Cyborgs Fall in Love?
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Even prior to the Internet, the idea that we exist in multiple versions of self was accepted wisdom by many. I am my daughter's father, my wife's husband, my client's therapist. Each relationship -- each environment -- calls on a slightly different version of who we are, so that in many ways, we create, and our created, by our own experiences. That's what Case and Turkle mean by the second self. It's the self we fashion for cyberspace even as it fashions us.

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“Neuristor”: Memristors used to create a neuron-like behavior

“Neuristor”: Memristors used to create a neuron-like behavior | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
The solid-state device has an output that looks like neural activity spikes. (“Neuristor”: Memristors used to create a neuron-like behavior - first signs before the singularity happens?
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The Singularity and the Future-Human under Capitalism

The Singularity and the Future-Human under Capitalism | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
The Technological Singularity, referred to as “the singularity” by transhumanists, signifies a point in time where self-aware self-improving artificial intelligence that could surpass the intelligence of the human brain manifests.
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I am become Death.

The technology we are devising today can be more dangerous than nuclear weapons. Human-improving technologies can also be used as human-controlling technologies. Humanity can be condemned to millennia of techno-slavery under the iron fist of ruling-class technocrats, without awareness of our collective power. We can live on for centuries, maybe forever, but will be devoid of our humanity as long as we are alienated from the fruit of our productive and creative means. We will be alienated from ourselves and each other.


The historical arrogance of singularitarians, the objectivist libertarianism of capitalists like Peter Theil, and the crisis state of mainstream capitalism may combine to form a perfect storm, conceive the singularity, and maintain systems of oppression while numbing working people to their own plight. Theil would likely welcome this outcome. Ray Kurzweil, author ofThe Singularity is Near, promotes a more ethical approach to the possible singularity. Kurzweil takes the time to at least recognize the downside of such technologies, the risks posed by the singularity, and the ethical dilemma we are situated in.vi Advanced intelligences can be incredibly beneficial, but they do not exist in a bubble, they are prone to social, political, and economic forces.


We can look to the future with understanding eyes, seeing both our history, present, and future together. Futurism and Transhumanism is about a greater understanding of our history, society, and future possibilities. We can't ignore historical oppression and inequities. We need to develop better methods of understanding the ethics behind advanced technologies and be willing to challenge power structures that seek to use them for oppressive means.


Capitalism will influence every major social event as long as it is the dominant social form. The singularity is not immune to this. No intelligence can out-think the destructive military power of the state. Singularitarians are selling snake oil, just in a shinier container with more free gadgets. The singularity, and advanced intelligences, will not and cannot be a panacea for the systemic oppression and exploitation inherent in capitalism, and as such will never benefit all of humanity.

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Advanced humanoid Roboy to be ‘born’ in nine months

Advanced humanoid Roboy to be ‘born’ in nine months | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Meet Roboy, “one of the most advanced humanoid robots,” say researchers at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich.


Their 15 project partners and over 40 engineers and scientists are constructing Roboy as a tendon-driven robot modeled on human beings (robots usually have their motors in their joints, giving them that “robot” break-dance look), so it will move almost as elegantly as a human.

Roboy will be a “service robot,” meaning it will execute services independently for the convenience of human beings, as in the movie Robot & Frank.


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Omni Magazine (January 1983) : Vernor Vinge, "Singularity"

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Vernor Vinge and the "singularity" term.


"We will soon create intelligences greater than our own. When this happens, human history will have reached a kind of singularity, an intellectual transition as impenetrable as the knotted space-time at the center of a black hole, and the world will pass far beyond our understanding. This singularity, I believe, already haunts a number of science-fiction writers. It makes realistic extrapolation to an interstellar future impossible. To write a story set more than a century hence, one needs a nuclear war in between ... so that the world remains intelligible."

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Weird neuroscience: how education hijacked brain research

Weird neuroscience: how education hijacked brain research | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Neuroscience: the word oozes sophistication and intelligence – the very qualities we might want to nurture in our students, our children, our general populace.

 

Maybe that’s why many people involved in education around the world are persuaded that what neuroscientists have learned about how the brain works has important and direct implications for education and classroom practice.

 

This excitement around “brain-based learning” – as if learning could occur anywhere else – and “neuroplasticity” is irrelevant at best, and at worst has been a major distraction without any practical meaning for educators.


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GSB spearheads cyberculture in Africa - African Business Review

GSB spearheads cyberculture in Africa - African Business Review | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
GSB spearheads cyberculture in AfricaAfrican Business ReviewIn a move that will save paper, improve teaching capabilities, and enrich learning experiences, the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business (GSB) is going cyber.
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Curwen Best: The Politics of Caribbean Cyberculture (2008) — Monoskop Log

Curwen Best: The Politics of Caribbean Cyberculture (2008) — Monoskop Log | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Writings on art, culture, and media technology (RT @monoskop: Curwen Best: The Politics of Caribbean Cyberculture (2008) http://t.co/wVVOWHfx)
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