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Encounters with the Posthuman - Issue 1: What Makes You So Special - Nautilus | #cyborgs #posthumanism

Encounters with the Posthuman - Issue 1: What Makes You So Special - Nautilus | #cyborgs #posthumanism | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
On the second balmy day of the year in New York, Neil Harbisson, a Catalan artist, musician, and self-professed “cyborg,” walked…
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On the second balmy day of the year in New York, Neil Harbisson, a Catalan artist, musician, and self-professed “cyborg,” walked into a café in the Nolita district of Manhattan. The actor Gabriel Byrne was sitting at a table in the corner. Harbisson approached. “May I do a sound portrait of you? It will just take one minute. For nine years, I’ve been listening to colors,” he explained.

 

Byrne eyed his questioner from under raised eyebrows. On a slight frame, the 30-year-old Harbisson wore a white T-shirt, deep-pink jeans and black-and-white showman’s brogues. His face was angular, with an aquiline nose and a chin smudged with grown-out stubble. A small plastic oval floated in front of his forehead, attached to the end of a flexible stem that reached around from the back of his head and over a sandy pageboy mop, like the light on the head of an angler fish. This “eyeborg,” as Harbisson calls it, converts light into audible sound, with a pitch that varies according to the color of the light.

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The First Google Glass Porn App Is Here: Tits And Glass | #cyberculture

The First Google Glass Porn App Is Here: Tits And Glass | #cyberculture | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
It’s finally happened — there is a porn app for Google Glass.
Yes, your pervy dreams of POV bliss have come to fruition, as Tits and Glass is the future of pornography.
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The porno apps ---> Google Glass

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Is modafinil safe in the long term?. Smart drugs o drogas inteligentes. #controversias y #risks

Is modafinil safe in the long term?. Smart drugs o drogas inteligentes. #controversias y #risks | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
The media is full of stories about the amazing properties of smart drugs. But you could be putting your brain at risk, warns David Cox

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Modafinil has emerged as the crown prince of smart drugs, that seductive group of pharmaceutical friends that promise enhanced memory, motivation, and an unrelenting ability to focus, all for hours at a time.

In the absence of long-term data, the media, particularly the student media, has tended to be relaxed about potential side-effects. The Oxford Tab, for example, simply shrugs: Who cares?

The novelist MJ Hyland, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, wrote a paean to the drug in the Guardian recently – understandably, for her, any potential side-effects are worth the risk given the benefits she's experienced.

But should stressed students, tempted by a quick fix, be worried about what modafinil could be doing their brains in the long term?

Professor Barbara Sahakian, at the University of Cambridge, has been researching modafinil as a possible clinical treatment for the cognitive problems of patients with psychosis. She's fascinated by healthy people taking these drugs and has co-authored a recent book on the subject.

"Some people just want the competitive edge – they want to do better at exams so they can get into a better university or get a better degree. And there's another group of people who want to function the best they can all the time. But people have also told me that they've used these drugs to help them do tasks that they've found not very interesting, or things they've been putting off."


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Smart drugs o drogas inteligentes. #controversias y #riesgos

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Human Doll Cloning is So Hot right now in Japan. #cyborgs

Human Doll Cloning is So Hot right now in Japan. #cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Here is a 3D printed doll, cloned from a real human’s head, that you can never unsee.

Via Alessio Erioli
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The cloning service is popular among some Japanese women looking to preserve that special moment in life such as their wedding day, cloning hair & makeup and even the dress they wore.
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wowww,, the ego consuming and representation...
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Rise of the body hackers: Google, the wearable web and #transhumanism. #cyborgs #grinders

Rise of the body hackers: Google, the wearable web and #transhumanism. #cyborgs #grinders | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
It's only a matter of time before the body hackers make their way - literally - into your life.
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Are you happy with your body? Or is just too darned organic? The fusing of man and machine is already happening, with so-called 'body hackers' implanting cameras, brainwave sensors and magnets in their bodies to allow everything from mind-control gadgets to dreaming in sound and navigation by vibration.

 

For now, these experiments are the reserve of 'grinders', a small group of DIY body modifiers who design, build and test their own modifications, but they may not remain outside the mainstream for long.

 

Google Glass might be called revolutionary by some, but could this mass-market wearable device also be an important step in human evolution?

As a standalone gadget, the much-anticipated Explorer Edition probably won't be as mind-blowing as some might think, but it could be a catalyst for a new era where electronics are worn, and where body hacking becomes the ultimate in geek chic.

 

Over 485 million of us will be wearing a web-connected watch, camera, eyepiece, pacemaker or other device by 2018, according to ABI Research. The web is becoming wearable.

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Designer Babies – Like It Or Not, Here They Come. #transhumanism

Designer Babies – Like It Or Not, Here They Come. #transhumanism | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Long before Watson and Crick famously uncovered the structure of DNA in 1953, people envisioned with both horror and hope a day when babies could be custom designed — free of inherited disease, yet equipped with superior genes for good looks, intelligence,...
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Now, in the latest twist in the march towards designer babies, The Fertility Institutes says they will soon be able to offer couples the ability to screen their embryos for eye color, hair color, and complexion.  The Institute cannot change the DNA of the donating couple — if neither the mother nor the father has genes for green eyes, for example, then the Institute cannot give them a baby with green eyes.  Yet within the constraints inherent in the DNA of the donating couple, The Fertility Institute is willing to screen embryos for these traits.  The Fertility Institute wants to offer several other customizations, and many more are sure to be released in the coming years as the science behind screening for them is developed.

 

In many countries around the world PGD is heavily regulated and designer babies are strictly out of the question.  Yet in a strange paradox, even as the United States is one of the world’s most regulated nations in several areas of medical research and development, PGD is completely legal and unregulated in the United States.  Hence, even as the United States is hindered by regulation in areas such as stem cell research, the country seems poised to be a world leader in the designer baby revolution.

At the moment, The Fertility Institutes carries the mantle as the company at the forefront of this revolution, and as such they are a lightning rod for the praise and adoration, but also the bitter and severe anger, of those on both sides of this great moral debate.

 

The genie is officially out of the bottle, in fact it probably has been for a long time.  There is no stopping the designer baby revolution.  Even as some countries try to clamp down on it, others will allow it.  Progress, if we call it that, will continue unabated.  A similar phenomenon has unfolded with embryonic stem cell research  in recent years.  Even as the Bush administration almost completely strangled US investment and research in this promising field, other countries invested heavily and advances continued.

 

A new generation of genetically enhanced designer babies is inevitable in the coming decades.  Yet for those of us that are merely “normal”, do not despair.  Even as we are outmatched by the next generation genetically, a host of new technologies from chip implants to gene therapy may allow us to keep up, allowing us to enhance ourselves in equally transformative ways.  The future will indeed be interesting.

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meta: The Only Fully Augmented Reality Glasses. #cyborgs

meta 1 Dev Kit- the first device allowing visualization and interaction with 3D virtual objects in the real world using your hands.

 

meta presents the world’s first developer kit and platform for augmented reality; users will have direct gestural control of 3D virtual objects attached to their real environment. A game-changing two part wearable computer allows users to play with virtual objects in 3D space using nature’s perfect controllers - their hands. This truly unique product has to be worn to be believed, so meta put the device on the heads of an Emmy® award winning team, and a number of top-notch UI engineers and they produced a series of promotional materials, the first of which is featured on http://www.meta-view.com.

 

We were inspired by the interfaces in films like Iron Man, Avatar and Minority Report and wanted to make them a reality. The meta 1 Developers Kit has the power to finally deliver a natural interface between the virtual world and reality.

 

We are integrating customized hardware components and building a robust SDK (software development kit). meta 1 is the most advanced and affordable interface for augmented reality, we want every developer to have the opportunity to create the apps of the future.


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Risks and challenges 

The most likely obstacle facing us is one similar projects have faced--managing production and shipping deadlines. Fortunately, we are working with established and experienced partners to manufacture meta 1. We have worked closely with our partners and planned out a manufacturing forecast that has led us to the tentative shipping date of September 2013.

Below are the primary components of our manufacturing roadmap: 


1. Licensing agreements with our glasses (Epson) and depth camera (we cannot disclose the name at the time) manufacturers- secured for shipment to us by the end of June

 

2. Integration and 3D printing 
- 3D printing will be done in a warehouse in Brooklyn 
- integration by meta team will take about one month per 100 units

 

3. Testing and package assembly 
- an additional week per 100 units

 

Additionally, we will be consulting industry experts to advise us as we progress. With the strength of our team, we hope to avoid the setbacks that inexperienced startups usually face. In any case, we will do our utmost to keep our supporters posted on our progress. Thank you!

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Whatever next? Predictive brains, situated agents, and the future of cognitive science

Brains, it has recently been argued, are essentially prediction machines. They are bundles of cells that support perception and action by constantly attempting to match incoming sensory inputs with top-down expectations or predictions. This is achieved using a hierarchical generative model that aims to minimize prediction error within a bidirectional cascade of cortical processing. Such accounts offer a unifying model of perception and action, illuminate the functional role of attention, and may neatly capture the special contribution of cortical processing to adaptive success. This target article critically examines this “hierarchical prediction machine” approach, concluding that it offers the best clue yet to the shape of a unified science of mind and action.

 

Whatever next? Predictive brains, situated agents, and the future of cognitive science
Andy Clark

Behavioral and Brain Sciences / Volume 36 / Issue 03 / June 2013, pp 181-204

http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X12000477


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Singularity is near !
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The virtual life, the worms, the brain and Geppetto.... #transhumanism #OpenWorm

The virtual life, the worms, the brain and Geppetto.... #transhumanism #OpenWorm | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
A far-flung team is trying to build the first digital lifeform to work out the basic principles of the brain.

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The virtual life, the worms, the brain and Geppetto....

 

 

They had a map of the brain, a model of the body, and a pretty good idea of how to build the environment. Their artificial intelligence might not be embodied, but it would be "situated." The brain would direct the body and the body would interact with the environment, and all three pieces would be connected by the intricate feedback loops that permeate biology. 

Their goal became clear: they should build, as they put it on the website, "a fully digital lifeform -- a virtual nematode -- in a completely open source manner." 

 

Three years and 31 Google Hangouts later, OpenWorm is a going concern with Larson at the helm and a team spread across the continents. Alexander Dibert, Sergey Khayrulin, and Andrey Palyanov contribute software development from Russia, along with Matteo Cantarelli in the UK and Timothy Busbice in California. Neuroscientists Mike Vella and Padraig Gleeson are stationed at Cambridge and University College London, respectively. And of course, Idili in Ireland and Larson in San Diego. There is no central lab, nor could there be.

 

The OpenWorm team has broken down this immense task into five component systems. First, at the base of the project, they have a list of the 959 cells in the C. elegans body. The list includes a rough idea of what each of the cells does, thanks to decades of research on the worm. Then, they've got a life simulation engine they call Geppetto (shout out to Pinocchio!), which is the platform on which all the other software runs. Third, there is the simulated physical body. They are creating an algorithm for worm mechanics that can generate realistic muscle movements. Fourth, they have an electrical model for the muscles. What are the signals that they send and receive to move the animal? Last but not least, they must animate the connectome, the wiring diagram for the worm's nervous system. 

 

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Augmenting Social Reality in the Workplace - MIT Technology Review

Can we use data about people to alter physical reality, even in real time, and improve their performance at work or in life? That is the question being asked by a developing field called augmented social reality. Here’s a simple example. A few years ago, with Sandy Pentland’s human dynamics research group at MIT’s Media Lab, I created what I termed an “augmented cubicle.” It had two desks separated by a wall of plexiglass with an actuator-controlled window blind in the middle. Depending on whether we wanted different people to be talking to each other, the blinds would change position at night every few days or weeks. The augmented cubicle was an experiment in how to influence the social dynamics of a workplace. If a company wanted engineers to talk more with designers, for example, it wouldn’t set up new reporting relationships or schedule endless meetings. Instead, the blinds in the cubicles between the groups would go down. Now as engineers passed the designers it would be easier to have a quick chat about last night’s game or a project they were working on.
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En Norvège, les robots deviennent plus intuitifs en prenant exemple sur les humains

En Norvège, les robots deviennent plus intuitifs en prenant exemple sur les humains | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
La cybernétique est une industrie en pleine expansion. Pour cause, les robots font de plus en plus partie de notre quotidien et devraient sous peu, par mimétisme, se comporter comme les humains.

Via Gauthier Bouly, Jacques Urbanska, juandoming
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Lydia Gracia's comment, May 16, 2013 6:16 AM
moi qui croyait que c'était à l'inverse... qu'on devenait des robots! ;-)
Lydia Gracia's comment, May 16, 2013 6:17 AM
ça donne de quoi réfléchir quand même...
Jesús Hernández's comment, May 16, 2013 9:23 AM
Je ne suis pas un expert sur ​​le sujet, mais je pense qu'il a un grand potentiel de croissance dans les années à venir. Salutations Lydia et merci pour vos commentaires
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Artificial intelligence may outstrip human smarts in 16 years

Artificial intelligence may outstrip human smarts in 16 years | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
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Artificial intelligence may outstrip human smarts in 16 years
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Some even think the singularity – the point at which artificial intelligence can match, and then overtake, human smarts – might just happen in 16 years.

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Le "transcriptor" : Le transistor biologique donne vie à l'informatique #bioinformatique #cyborgs

Le "transcriptor" : Le transistor biologique donne vie à l'informatique #bioinformatique #cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Depuis la nuit des temps, l’électronique, la mécanique et maintenant le quantique ont été à la base de l’informatique. Mais plus pour longtemps, Une équipe de bio-ingénieurs de l’université de Stanford veut aussi l’appliquer dans la vie biologique. Ils ont mis au point un transistor biologique fabriqué à partir de matériel génétique tels que l’ADN et l’ARN. L’équipe appelle son invention, le transcriptor.


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Logique de Boole

La logique numérique est souvent désignée comme « la logique booléenne » d’après George Boole, le mathématicien qui a proposé le système en 1854. Aujourd’hui, la logique booléenne prend généralement la forme de 1 et de 0 dans un ordinateur. Réponse: vrai -> porte ouverte (ou allumé ou 1); faux -> porte fermée (ou éteint ou 0). C’est aussi simple que cela. Et c’est avec ces outils simples que vous arrivez à faire des calculs complexes sur vos ordinateurs aujourd’hui.

‘ET’ et ‘OU’ sont deux des portes logiques booléens les plus élémentaires. Une porte ‘ET’, par exemple, est ‘vraie’ lorsque ses deux entrées sont vraies (exemple ‘a’ et ‘b’ sont vrais). Une porte ‘OU’ est vraie lorsque l’une de ses entrées ou les deux sont vraies (‘a’ ou ‘b’ est vrai).

Dans le domaine biologique, les possibilités logiques sont aussi illimitées que dans l’électronique. Jerome Bonnet explique: Vous pouvez vérifier si une cellule donnée avait été exposée à un certain nombre de stimuli externes comme par exemple la présence de glucose et de la caféine. Les portes logiques booléennes intégrases vous permettront de vérifier ces informations et de les stocker de sorte que vous puissiez facilement identifier celles qui avaient ou pas été exposées.

De la même façon, vous pouvez dire à la cellule de commencer ou arrêter la reproduction si certains facteurs sont présents. Et, en couplant les portes booléennes à l’Internet biologique, il est possible de communiquer l’information génétique d’une cellule à une autre pour modifier le comportement d’un groupe de cellules.

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78,000 Apply for A One-Way Ticket to Colonize Mars

78,000 Apply for A One-Way Ticket to Colonize Mars | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Ever dream of living out your days on a hostile desert world, exiled from the garden planet of your youth? Who do you think you are? Paul Atreides? Well, maybe it’s not so strange. 78,000 other Earthlings (and counting) share your dream of exile.
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Ever dream of living out your days on a hostile desert world, exiled from the garden planet of your youth? Who do you think you are? Paul Atreides? Well, maybe it’s not so strange. 78,000 Earthlings (and counting) share that dream. Since late April, the not-for-profit organization, Mars One, has been flooded with applications for a one-way ticket to colonize Mars in 2023.

The trip will be funded in part by proceeds from a reality television show (or as the firm calls it, a “global media event”) covering the epic journey from crew selection to colonization. The Mars One team hopes this media coverage will provide a significant influx of income to help back the estimated $6 billion project. Apart from television, funding may include sale of merchandise—t-shirts, hoodies, coffee mugs, and posters—donations (even Bitcoin donations!), and sponsorships.

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'Posthumanist' art reflects wearable tech's impact on humanity - The Verge | #posthumanism #cyborgs

'Posthumanist' art reflects wearable tech's impact on humanity - The Verge | #posthumanism #cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
'Posthumanist' art reflects wearable tech's impact on humanity The Verge Nautilus notes this art movement is called "transhumanism" or "posthumanism," and that some of the artists producing the work are biohackers like Neil Harbisson who are using...
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Interest in wearable technology, such as Google Glass, is on the rise. Just about every major tech player, and a growing number of startups, are looking into wearables — fromsmartwatches and electronic tattoos, to retinal implants. And, as is documented in the first issue of Nautilus magazine, the art world is paying attention. Photographers, musicians, painters, philosophers and other creatives are reflecting this technological shift in their work, and in the process, these artists are questioning what it really means to be human.

 

Nautilus notes this art movement is called "transhumanism" or "posthumanism," and that some of the artists producing the work are biohackers like Neil Harbisson who are using devices to augment who and what they are. Harbisson, who suffers from a disorder that causes him to see in shades of gray, wears an "eyeborg." The device, which juts out the back of his head like an antenna, uses a built-in camera to turn colors into sound waves that he can listen to and interpret. Read more about Harbisson and other posthumanist artists — including some who want to get their wearables implanted in their bodies — at Nautilus.

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The 10 Things Technology Will Allow You To Do In The Next 50 Years | #singularity #transhumanism #cyborgs

The 10 Things Technology Will Allow You To Do In The Next 50 Years  |  #singularity #transhumanism #cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Singularity is near. The natural progression of human evolution with a just little twist — technology. In other words, super intelligence will soon become a part of our daily lives and man will be merged with machine.
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The ideas about the future by Raymond Kurzweil


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Sure it sounds wild, but just think about what we have been able to achieve over the past 50 years alone. We’ve come a long way from colorless television sets and sending white guys to the moon. These days we’re launching rovers to Mars and 3D printing sh*t out. Now that’s a leap.

 

Just look how addictive consumer behavior is for a new Apple product.

Sure you can cop the latest iPhone or Mac, but the newer and improved version will always be released in the next couple of months. Similarly, all technology will keep replacing itself at a faster and faster rate until it all becomes a blur. Everything is becoming more efficient and compact and we can expect to see this trend continue until it isn’t even tangible.

 

Is it that crazy to assume that technological advances will not only continue, but grow and flourish exponentially over the next 50 years? Have you even stopped to think how crazy Google Glass actually is? Or even self-driving cars?

 

We are at the forefront of the tech revolution. And we need not look further than Dr. Raymond Kurzweil, who is leading the way. His insight into what will happen to us over the course of the next half century are humbling to say the least.

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Lambda Labs Is Launching A Facial Recognition API For Google Glass | #cyborgs #glass

Lambda Labs Is Launching A Facial Recognition API For Google Glass | #cyborgs #glass | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Lambda Labs, an early-stage startup out of San Francisco, is preparing to release a facial recognition API for developers working on Google Glass apps.
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One of those questions was whether or not Glass would have support for facial recognition. That’s something Steve Lee, Glass director of product management, has already answered. In a statement offered to The New York Times, he replied, “We’ve consistently said that we won’t add new face recognition features to our services unless we have strong privacy protections in place.”

 

That’s not a solid “no,” of course. It’s more of a “no, for now.” Glass is simply too new of a technology to begin limiting what it will or will not do, at least in such definitive terms.

 

Facial recognition, however, doesn’t appear to be specifically prohibited in Google’s API policies, which inform Glass developers what they can and can’t do in their applications. That means, for now at least, Lambda’s facial recognition API for Glass developers would be permitted.

The only cause that would impact its use, according to Google’s policies, is one that says Glass is “not intended for use in connection with applications and services that might be subject to industry-specific privacy regulations.”

 

Obviously, lawmakers could still enact such a policy, if they chose to do so.

“Assuming Google and Joe Barton’s Privacy Caucus don’t attempt to stop us, [the API] will be available to everybody within the week,” Balaban says.

 

Google, it shouldbe noted, has long since had the technology to build apps capable of facial recognition itself, but has always tread very carefully to not incite a privacy backlash.

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#Singularity University beckons for Manx entrepreneurs ». #transhumanism

#Singularity University beckons for Manx entrepreneurs ». #transhumanism | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs in the Isle of Man are being offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to win a place at the world renowned Singularity University in California.
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Open to anyone working in the Isle of Man, the competition is called the Isle of Man Grand Challenge and as the title suggests, it involves a bit more work than your standard competition. Entrants are being asked to to take up the challenge of facilitating the development of advancing technologies and applying them to address one or more of humanity’s grand challenges.


Sponsored by Pokerstars.com and organised in conjunction with Singularity University and the Isle of Man Government's Department for Economic Development, the winners will be rewarded with a place each at Singularity University’s week-long Executive Programme in December 2013. The $25,000 total prize also includes flight and accommodation expenses.


In giving advice to entrants, Mike Halsall an alumnus of Singularity University, said: "You may already have effected change through the use of emerging technologies, or used your entrepreneurial skills to great benefit. You may also be an up and coming inspirational leader with a great vision.

 

"Applications are invited that may be just ideas, concepts or fully developed proposals, ranging from complex to mind-bogglingly simple. Focus your submission on the benefits to the Isle of Man as well as global humanity."

 

Singularity University was founded by celebrated technologist and proponent of Singularity theory, Ray Kurzweil, and Peter Diamandis, founder of the X-Prize, to leverage the power of exponential technologies to solve humanity’s Grand Challenges. It is based at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley and has been embraced by many of the world's greatest minds and world class organisations such as Google, NASA, Cisco, Nokia, Autodesk and Genentech.

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What Google Glass Reveals About #Privacy Fears - Bloomberg. #cyborgs

What Google Glass Reveals About #Privacy Fears - Bloomberg. #cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Hindu Business Line What Google Glass Reveals About Privacy Fears Bloomberg One site, Stop the Cyborgs, already offers downloadable signs businesses are encouraged to display announcing that "Google Glass is Banned on these Premises." They also...
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In a literal sense, Google Glass is nothing new. Head-mounted displays have been around for decades, initially designed for military and advanced simulation applications but now cost-effective for consumers. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, I saw perhaps a dozen companies offering such devices, pitched for the convenience of hands-free computing, as aids to those with disabilities, or for high-end immersive gaming.

 

Nor are any of the functions performed by Glass especially novel. The device will simply mimic some of what billions of us can already do with a smartphone. Except that you wear it on your head rather than holding it in your hands. As many of us also already do with Bluetooth headsets.

There is, I suppose, one difference that's worth mentioning. The product will be made and sold by Google. On the one hand, that seriously ups its coolness factor, making Glass a "must have" for the technorati. On the other hand, it also increases the anxiety level of those already uncomfortable with the company, and with smartphones and other mobile devices that can record audio and video more or less without notice.

 

The Red Flags are flying high. A White House petition asks the Obama Administration to "ban Google Glass from use in the USA until clear limitations are placed to prevent indecent public surveillance." (So far, 38 of 100,000 required signatures have been collected.) One site, Stop the Cyborgs, already offers downloadable signs businesses are encouraged to display announcing that "Google Glass is Banned on these Premises." They also sell t-shirts, though one customer complained that the material used was so thin as to be transparent, an unfortunate irony.

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Why The Sharing #Economy Is Growing

Why The Sharing #Economy Is Growing | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Most people who share, do it because they want to make the world a better place, according to a new national survey commissioned by AirBnb.The sharing economy has an estimated $26 billion value, including online platforms that make it easy to do everything...
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It’s interesting to speculate on what these findings might mean for the future growth of sharing. On the one hand, any product or service that offers emotional benefits and becomes positively linked with one’s sense of self is likely to have staying power, producing strong brand loyalty. Over half of those who had participated in the sharing economy said they would recommend it to others.

 

On the other hand, if the sharing economy becomes too linked to a particular philosophy or outlook on life, it could be doomed to remain a niche activity or a passing trend. Research on self-identified "green" consumers, for example, indicates that interest dipped after the 2008 economic crash. In order for the sharing economy to move beyond true believers, these brands may want to stick to being the smart thing to do, instead of just the right thing to do.

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"The smart and connected objects" : In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One

"The smart and connected objects" : In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
We are surrounded by tiny, intelligent devices that capture data about how we live and what we do. Soon we'll be able to choreograph them to respond to our needs, solve our problems, and even save our lives.

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On a 5-acre plot in Great Falls, Virginia, less than a mile’s stroll through ex­urban scrub from the wide Potomac River, Alex Hawkinson has breathed life into a lifeless object. He has given his house, a sprawling six-bedroom Tudor, what you might describe as a nervous system: a network linking together the home’s very sinews, its walls and ceilings and windows and doors. He has made these parts move, let them coalesce as a bodily whole, by giving them a way to talk among themselves. Open a telnet session in the house’s digital hub and you can actually spy on his chattering stuff, hear what it says when no one’s listening:

LIBRARY MOTION SENSOR: DEVICE 0X9E07 ZONE STATUS 0×0031CAR DOOR: TEMPERATURE: +13.0C; BATTERY: 2.4VCAR GLOVE COMPARTMENT: [87AC] CHECKINFAMILY ROOM LIGHT: 2001-KITCHEN COUNTER LIGHT: 2001-THERMOSTAT: 4301-FOYER LIGHT: 2001-COFFEEPOT: 2001-LIVING ROOM MOTION SENSOR: DEVICE 0XB247 ZONE STATUS 0×0031

This is the language of the future: tiny, intelligent things all around us, coordinating their activities. Coffeepots that talk to alarm clocks. Thermostats that talk to motion sensors. Factory machines that talk to the power grid and to boxes of raw material. A decade after Wi-Fi put all our computers on a wireless network—and half a decade after the smartphone revolution put a series of pocket-size devices on that network—we are seeing the dawn of an era when the most mundane items in our lives can talk wirelessly among themselves, performing tasks on command, giving us data we’ve never had before.

 

 

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The idea of animating the inanimate, of compelling the physical world to do our bidding, has been a staple of science fiction for half a century or more. Often we’ve imagined the resulting objects to be perverse in their lack of intelligence, like those remorselessly multiplying brooms conjured up by Mickey Mouse in Fantasia. At other times we’ve feared the perversity that results when our things get too smart, like HAL refusing to open those damn pod-bay doors. In reality, though, just as in our programmable computers, the “intelligence” in our programmable world will never be more or less than the intelligence we can instill into its far-flung moving parts. It’s vanishingly unlikely that we’ll ever have a car like KITT or a house like Tony Stark’s Jarvis, chatting us up in urbane British accents about our built-in weapons systems. But someday soon we’ll have a house that can warn us about a flood or keep an eye on our kids or turn off that stove when we forget—acts of genuine intelligence that will enrich our lives far more than any missile launcher ever could.

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The Google / NASA #Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab #Machinelearning

The Google / NASA #Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab #Machinelearning | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Programming quantum computers for fun and profit
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Machine learning is an important subfield of artificial intelligence. While it is very difficult to even define what intelligence is (there are even more definitions than for quantum computers), one thing that is pretty much universally recognized is that anything we’d call intelligent must be able to learn. Trying to understand how learning from experience works has driven a lot of progress in understanding how human perception and cognition might work.

 

The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab’s mandate is to bring the world’s best machine learning experts together with the world’s most advanced quantum computers, and perform thousands of experiments to explore to what extent machine intelligence and cognition can be advanced by using these new types of computers.

 

The quest to understand intelligence is one of the most interesting and important challenges that humanity has ever faced. It is a daunting problem. But so was building quantum computers, or even conventional computers for that matter. I believe we can apply the same principles we used to solve the quantum computing problem to the (much harder) problem of understanding how intelligence works.

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Jean-Claude Heudin: Les 3 lois de la robotique

Jean-Claude Heudin: Les 3 lois de la robotique | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

À l'occasion de l'édition 2013 d'Innorobo à Lyon, j'ai le plaisir d’annoncer la publication de mon nouvel essai intitulé "Les 3 lois de la robotique - Faut-il avoir peur des robots?". Voici le pitch du livre en avant première : "Dès que l’on parle des robots, la réaction la plus courante est celle d’une interrogation sur l’avenir avec une angoisse latente de voir un jour les machines supplanter l’homme et même de le faire disparaitre. Jean-Claude Heudin examine les origines historiques et culturelles de ce sentiment et nous montre qu’il ne reflète pas la réalité de la robotique. Néanmoins, en s’appuyant sur une réflexion à propos des lois de la robotique proposées par l’écrivain de science-fiction Isaac Asimov, il met en évidence la nécessité d’une réflexion éthique, individuelle et collective, resituant l’homme au centre de la robotique et plus généralement, des sciences et technologies."

  


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Les trois lois de la robotiques, énnoncées par le grand auteur Isaac Asimov, ont une place très importante dans la littérature et le cinéma lié aux robots humanoïdes.

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Cyber Culture: The message from the Google Glass ban - get used to it. #privacy #cyborgs

Cyber Culture: The message from the Google Glass ban - get used to it. #privacy #cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
I once had the humbling experience of being admonished by a security guard in a branch of Zara for daring to take a photograph of a window display.
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I once had the humbling experience of being admonished by a security guard in a branch of Zara for daring to take a photograph of a window display. I remember feeling indignant, and slightly surprised, that preventing photography was part of a clothes store security guard's remit.

 

But the question of what constitutes acceptable use of a camera in public is to become even more thorny with the imminent arrival of Google Glass, the computerised specs with a built-in camera.

 

Some have downplayed the invasive nature of the device, pointing out that you have to either speak to or touch the glasses to activate the camera. But an innovative developer has already worked out how to activate Google Glass with a wink – a combination of invasive and creepy.

 

Google Glass has already been pre-emptively banned by a bar in Seattle, and West Virginia state is attempting to prevent drivers wearing them; while bans will also stop them being sported in the casinos and strip clubs of Las Vegas.

 

The question is how far the antipathy towards Google Glass will extend: gyms, cinemas, schools and hospitals would seem likely to start laying down the law.

 

Google says that "behaviours and social norms will develop over time", or, in other words, we'll get used to it. But Google Glass is likely to make us feel far uneasier for far longer.

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#cyborgs : Smartphone entre dépendance et prothèse vers un transhumanisme ?

#cyborgs : Smartphone entre dépendance et prothèse vers un transhumanisme ? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Dans la même veine que l’ouvrage de Nicolas Carr, « Internet rend-il bête ? », cet essai synthétique s’appuie sur les plus récentes études en cours pour brosser un état des lieux de la relation que les individus entretiennent avec leur smartphone, tant d’un point de vue comportemental que cognitif ou psychologique.


Via Jean-Philippe BOCQUENET, Lockall
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Dans la même veine que l’ouvrage de Nicolas Carr, « Internet rend-il bête ? », cet essai synthétique s’appuie sur les plus récentes études en cours pour brosser un état des lieux de la relation que les individus entretiennent avec leur smartphone, tant d’un point de vue comportemental que cognitif ou psychologique.

Compilant données scientifiques, témoignages d’experts et réflexions philosophiques, l’ouvrage montre à la fois les liens de dépendance qui se créent entre l’utilisateur et l’objet, les bouleversements qui s’opèrent chez les individus dans leurs relations sociales, ainsi que les transformations des opérations cognitives à l’œuvre dans le cerveau des utilisateurs.

Souvent perçu comme une prothèse, la place croissante de l’objet dans toutes nos activités tend a fortiori à lui conférer un rôle plus grand encore, celui d’artefact organique. Surgissant sans relâche dans notre quotidien il acquiert la fonction de médiateur dans notre relation à l’environnement et aux autres. Il s’interpose à notre perception du monde qu’il transforme et prolonge. Peu à peu la frontière entre l’objet et le sujet s’estompe et une fusion s’opère.

A la question « quelle relation entretient-on avec son smartphone ? », l’ouvrage défend la thèse selon laquelle on assiste à un phénomène symbiotique : l’individu et le smartphone se complètent et se confondent. Chacun pourra trouver ici les clés pour comprendre et une matière pour réfléchir sur cette révolution en marche.

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