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Biology in Science Fiction: Cyborgs and enhanced humans - should we worry?

Biology in Science Fiction: Cyborgs and enhanced humans - should we worry? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

It's not just human limbs that can be replaced. For the vision impaired there are artificial retinas and plastic polymer replacement lenses under development. And hundreds of thousands of electronic cochlear ear implants have allowed the deaf or severely hearing impaired to hear. Hip and knee joint replacements are almost routine.


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The Cybernetic Hypothesis – Alexander Galloway | Sam Kinsley

The Cybernetic Hypothesis – Alexander Galloway | Sam Kinsley | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Galloway offers a talk the aftermath of the 'Cybernetic Hypothesis', pace Tiqqun's critique of cybernetics and perhaps Deleuze's 'Control Societies', which functioned as a vast experiment that has swallowed the planet in an ...

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How Consciousness Evolved and Why a Planetary “Übermind” Is Inevitable

How Consciousness Evolved and Why a Planetary “Übermind” Is Inevitable | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

I haven't read this yet, but it's going on my list toward the top. -- Howard

 

"In Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist (public library), neuroscientist Christof Koch — “reductionist, because I seek quantitative explanations for consciousness in the ceaseless and ever-varied activity of billions of tiny nerve cells, each with their tens of thousands of synapses; romantic, because of my insistence that the universe has contrails of meaning that can be deciphered in the sky about us and deep within us” — explores how subjective feelings, or consciousness, come into being. Among Koch’s most fascinating arguments is one that bridges philosophy, evolutionary biology and technofuturism to predict a global Übermind not unlike McLuhan’s “global village,” but one in which our technology melds with what Carl Jung has termed the “collective unconscious” to produce a kind of sentient global brain:"

 

"There is no reason why this web of hypertrophied consciousness cannot spread to the planets and, ultimately, beyond the stellar night to th..."


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BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks | Artificial Intelligence

BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks | Artificial Intelligence | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
NEUROMORPHIC TECHNOLOGIES RT @stockfjm: BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks | #cyborgs http://t.co/bWGOYplT #in
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Will we ever… have cyborg brains?

Will we ever… have cyborg brains? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
After recent studies show that implants could repair lost brain function, Martin W. Angler asks whether we can use this technology for creating enhanced humans. (RT @aricochet: Will we ever have #cyborg brains?
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Transgender and Transhuman - the alliance, the complaints and the future

Transgender and Transhuman - the alliance, the complaints and the future | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Transhumanism and Transgenderism enjoy a close relationship due to mutual interest in enhancement technology. - an interview with Valkyrie Ice


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Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers

Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Cannon led me down into the basement, which he and Sarver have converted into a laboratory. A long work space was covered with Arduino motherboards, soldering irons, and electrodes. Cannon had recently captured a garter snake, which eyed us from inside a plastic jar. "Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been telling people that I want to be a robot," said Cannon. "These days, that doesn't seem so impossible anymore." The pair call themselves grinders — homebrew biohackers obsessed with the idea of human enhancement — who are looking for new ways to put machines into their bodies. They are joined by hundreds of aspiring biohackers who populate the movement’s online forums and a growing number, now several dozen, who have gotten the magnetic implants in real life.

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My cyborg sister: When life-saving gadgets break down

My cyborg sister: When life-saving gadgets break down | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

A piece of silicone less than 2 inches wide keeps my sister alive. When a family member's life depends on a medical device, writes Crave editor Leslie Katz, technology takes on a whole new meaning. 


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Will we ever… have cyborg brains?

Will we ever… have cyborg brains? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
After recent studies show that implants could repair lost brain function, Martin W. Angler asks whether we can use this technology for creating enhanced humans. (Future - Technology - Will we ever… have cyborg brains?
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Will we ever… have cyborg brains?

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Producing and Consuming the Posthuman Body in Superhero Narratives

Producing and Consuming the Posthuman Body in Superhero Narratives | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

“Human, Subhuman, Superhuman: The Production and Consumption of the Posthuman Body in Superhero Comic Books”, takes as its starting point two main questions. Firstly, how has the posthuman body been represented in comic book superhero narratives? And secondly, how do readers of these texts make sense of these images and the question of human technological enhancement?


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Hi Robert, thanks for posting this! You're curating a wealth of interesting information here, looking forward to seeing what else you uncover!
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Nexus imagines a world that is posthuman, not transhuman - Ars Technica

Nexus imagines a world that is posthuman, not transhuman - Ars Technica | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Ars Technica Nexus imagines a world that is posthuman, not transhuman. Ars Technica Ramez Naam worked for more than a decade as an engineer for Microsoft, where he helped develop seminal software like Microsoft Outlook, search, and artificial...
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Artificial Intelligence Knows When People Are Tweeting About You - Forbes | Higher Education and more...

Artificial Intelligence Knows When People Are Tweeting About You - Forbes | Higher Education and more... | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Social media marketer Salorix has upgraded its analytics product, Amplify, to let its customers know when you're tweeting about them.
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Ray Kurzweil Joins Google as AI Guru | Singularity Artificial Intelligence ... - LiveScience.com

Ray Kurzweil Joins Google as AI Guru | Singularity Artificial Intelligence ... - LiveScience.com | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Singularity HubRay Kurzweil Joins Google as AI Guru | Singularity Artificial Intelligence ...LiveScience.comRay Kurzweil, an inventor and futurist who predicts the coming rise of superhuman intelligence, has become Google's new guru for pushing the...
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Telepresence Robots Invade Hospitals – “Doctors Can Be Anywhere, Anytime”

Telepresence Robots Invade Hospitals –  “Doctors Can Be Anywhere, Anytime” | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
A disembodied human face hangs atop a robot chassis next to a Redmond, Oregon hospital bed (not pictured). The doctor on the screen is 20 miles distant, in Bend.

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Augmented Reality in a Contact Lens - IEEE Spectrum | Transhumanism

Augmented Reality in a Contact Lens - IEEE Spectrum | Transhumanism | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
A new generation of contact lenses built with very small circuits and LEDs promises bionic eyesight lut3r0's insight: In the Terminator movies, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character sees the world with data superimposed on his visual field—virtual...
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Research and Academics: Robotic Droplets | Robotics Trends

Research and Academics: Robotic Droplets | Robotics Trends | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Researchers hope to develop the swarming bots for complex assembly tasks.

 

University of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll likes to think in multiples. If one robot can accomplish a singular task, think how much more could be accomplished if you had hundreds of them.

Correll and his computer science research team, including research associate Dustin Reishus and professional research assistant Nick Farrow, have developed a basic robotic building block, which he hopes to reproduce in large quantities to develop increasingly complex systems.

Recently the team created a swarm of 20 robots, each the size of a pingpong ball, which they call "droplets." When the droplets swarm together, Correll said, they form a "liquid that thinks."

To accelerate the pace of innovation, he has created a lab where students can explore and develop new applications of robotics with basic, inexpensive tools.

Similar to the fictional "nanomorphs" depicted in the "Terminator" films, large swarms of intelligent robotic devices could be used for a range of tasks. Swarms of robots could be unleashed to contain an oil spill or to self-assemble into a piece of hardware after being launched separately into space, Correll said.


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Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture 2013 Conference Call for Presentations

Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture 2013 Conference Call for Presentations | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
The call for presentations for the 2013 meeting of the Visions of Humanity in Cybercultures interdisciplinary research and publications project (http://t.co/b6YeJC3C Call for papers - nature of human...
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More Than Human? The Ethics of Biologically Enhancing Soldiers

More Than Human? The Ethics of Biologically Enhancing Soldiers | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Our ability to "upgrade" the bodies of soldiers through drugs, implants, and exoskeletons may be upending the ethical norms of war as we've understood them.

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Blade Runner for real: The days of augmenting human bodies with “mods” are coming

Blade Runner for real: The days of augmenting human bodies with “mods” are coming | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Do you want legs that let you jump 10 feet high? Or a body that “impresses chicks”? Or a brain that can be electronically pulled back from extreme depression? Computer experts of today...

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“MindFile-Uploaded-into-Cyborg” is our Favorite Life-Extending Option, claim 800+ Transhumanists

“MindFile-Uploaded-into-Cyborg” is our Favorite Life-Extending Option, claim 800+ Transhumanists | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
“Mindfile-in-Fresh-Body” is close runner-up in Terasem Survey; “Inhabiting Different Types of Bodies” is third; Cryonics trails far behind...

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Report raises ethical concerns about human enhancement technologies

Report raises ethical concerns about human enhancement technologies | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Drugs and digital technologies that will allow people to work harder, longer and smarter are coming soon, say scientists and ethicists, so we need to decide now how best to ensure they are used properly.

The comments are published on Wednesday in a report on human enhancement in the workplace written by experts from the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

 

Human Enhancement and the Future of Work considers everything that could be said to improve a person's ability to do work, including so-called smart drugs, which can enhance memory and attention, as well as physical and digital enhancements such as bionic implants or the ever-improving computer technology to store and access information.

 

Genevra Richardson, a professor of law at King's College London and chair of the steering committee that produced the report, said she defined "human enhancements" as technologies that improved a person beyond the norm. "They could influence our ability to learn or perform tasks, influence our motivation, they could enable us to work in more extreme conditions or into old age," she said.

 

"Although human enhancement technologies may benefit societies in important ways, their use at work also raises serious ethical, political and economic questions that demand broad consideration. These questions include, how do the public view these technologies, what are the consequences of their long-term use in individuals? There's the question of coercion. And who pays? If the private individual pays, then the rich will get cleverer."


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I Am A Science Lady's curator insight, March 5, 1:48 PM
If I had the option to take a drug that could enhance my cognitive performance, and it was safe, then I would do it.  But that's the point - it would be my choice.  If the technology becomes widely available, could it be a requirement, either directly through my employer, or indirectly through a fear of being left behind while others excel?
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Neurodevices for the Posthuman Mind

Lecture given for the University of Groningen in association with the European Neuroscience and Society Network...

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Could artificial intelligence take over Earth? | Neuromorphic ... | Fernando Jimenez Motte

Could artificial intelligence take over Earth? | Neuromorphic ... | Fernando Jimenez Motte | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Could artificial intelligence take over Earth? | Neuromorphic ... | Fernando Jimenez Motte http://t.co/wY3pywDv
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AI That Learns to Identify Cyber Attacks - IsraelDefense

AI That Learns to Identify Cyber Attacks - IsraelDefense | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Cyber Attacks Israel Defense. The Israeli company Hybrid Security has developed a system called Telepath, which makes use of artificial intelligence for spotting suspicious behaviors in Web and intranet systems.
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Alexander Kruel · Q&A with experts on risks from AI #6

Alexander Kruel · Q&A with experts on risks from AI #6 | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
AIDEUS is unlike other projects attempting to create a strong artificial intelligence on the basis of existing weak methods implementing some or other cognitive functions, they develop models of intelligent behavior, which are ...
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