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Human 2.0: Technologies of Enhancement

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Debate about the technologies for human enhancement
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Cyborg Next Door : Biohacking, Digital Implants & the Merging of Man & Machine - Remarkably Human

Cyborg Next Door : Biohacking, Digital Implants & the Merging of Man & Machine - Remarkably Human | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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GAD 2013/14 RC6 Crafting Space on Vimeo

The Bartlett GAD// Research Cluster 6: Crafting Space Directed by: Daniel Widrig Stefan Bassing Soomeen Hahm Students: Miyamoto Kazushi Youngseok Doo Theodora…
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3D WEAVER on Vimeo

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Lucy McRae envisions a human vacuum chamber for space travel

Lucy McRae envisions a human vacuum chamber for space travel | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
A vacuum chamber that wraps performers in silver foil material is part of an installation by Lucy McRae that imagines a future where space travel is common.

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Soft robotics 'toolkit' features everything a robot-maker needs

Soft robotics 'toolkit' features everything a robot-maker needs | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
A new resource provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate robots made from soft, flexible materials. With the advent of low-cost 3-D printing, laser cutters, and other advances in manufacturing technology, soft robotics is emerging as an increasingly important field.
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5axismaker

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First ever affordable 5axis multi-fabricator
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Waiting for this so long...!

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Digital Matter - Intelligent Constructions

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A Robotic 3D Printer Could Print Anything, Anywhere It Wants

3D printers are far from a perfect technology at this point, but one of their most glaring issues is that their printing capacity is limited to the size of the machines. The print head on a 3D printer can only travel so far, which is why moving it onto a wheeled platform that's completely mobile is a brilliant idea, and could be quite a leap for the technology.
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Hypnosis Chamber / Modern Art Museum, France ~ DesignDaily

Hypnosis Chamber / Modern Art Museum, France ~ DesignDaily | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

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Microstrata Portfolio

Bartlett School of Architecture Graduate Architectural Design Research Cluster 4 Microstrata Pixelstone Project
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3ders.org - 3D printed textiles hit the runway at New York Fashion Week | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - 3D printed textiles hit the runway at New York Fashion Week | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Designer Bradley Rothenberg debuts a series of 3D printed textiles in collaboration with designers Katie Gallagher and Katya Leonovich on the runway on the 9th of September.
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3Dynamic Systems Working on 3D-Bioprinting Human Bone, Skin & Muscle on Demand

3Dynamic Systems Working on 3D-Bioprinting Human Bone, Skin & Muscle on Demand | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Bioprinting certainly will play a major role in the future of medicine.  Implantation of 3D printed bones, soft tissue, and eventually entire organs look to be
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Cybernetic Synthetic Biology And The Internet Of Living Things

Cybernetic Synthetic Biology And The Internet Of Living Things | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
In October 2013, Greg Gage and Tim Marzullo unveiled a cyborg cockroach that could be controlled from a smartphone through electrodes attached to its antennae and a wireless unit on its back. Imagine in the coming years what would happen if we are able to go much smaller and nanoscale computing devices could be integrated with individual bacteria. And what if these hybrid devices could be designed to control colonies of bacteria? Of course a big problem could be powering such devices, but bacteria based batteries are already a reality.

So should we allow this living technology to develop and be autonomous? If it was possible, then the extension of "the internet of things" to "the internet of biology" e.g., bacteria, molds, plants and crops should also be possible -- in fact all living things could be networked and online. An online connection could enable living systems to be controlled by software allowing bioware "apps" to add functionality beyond that allowed by biology.

What if the bacteria connected online could be turned into sophisticated swarms with collective intelligence spread over many miles, vastly exceeding the primitive-by-comparison biological sensing? What if the synthesis of bacteria and silicon-powered intelligence gave rise to a new symbiotic life form? I would imagine that these swarms could be used to remove pollutants, sent out to sense the environment, even monitor the emergence of new viruses in the wild. Perhaps even more exciting could be the direct control of the machinery within the cells. Enter the realm of cybernetic synthetic biology.

What exactly is cybernetic synthetic biology? From my point of view I see this as the integration of biological organisms with small silicon-based computing devices and I've been pondering this concept -- as well as the consequences -- for around 12 months. In my own scientific work I am interested in understanding the chemical origin of life, creating new life forms, and investigating new ways of controlling chemistry and biochemistry. The taming of existing life forms using silicon seems extremely attractive, albeit a few decades off (although some would argue that silicon, such as in the form of smart phones, is already controlling us through social media and messaging).

Although the internet of biology seems rather outlandish, I really think it might be very interesting to anticipate what the consequences of such a technology could be. Could a responsible approach explaining the potential wins, wonders, and pitfalls be used to educate the public and policy makers? This would also give scientists and technology developers time to think about the implementation as well as debate possible safety measures.

We are now entering a time of research developments, technological innovation and policy development where it is not only possible to peer review scientific ideas, but also to discuss possible consequences before the work is done. Could such a discussion not only focus on the merits of the science in question, feasibility and value for money, but also the impact of success on society as a whole? This approach is not without risks. Preventing science that generates anxiety could inhibit chance discoveries that is the very essence of blue-sky thinking. Of course we need to responsibly discuss the risks, as well as address the fears say of unleashing the god-particle equivalent of black hole that swallows the Earth, or perhaps a bioweapon that can be remotely programmed by their masters to lie silent and then unleash all manner of terror.

However, I feel that this is unlikely, and scientists have a duty to push the boundaries -- and in this case redefine how the fusion of technology and living systems will shape the future. A serious debate is needed. A future where biology and computers are integrated poses significant questions, especially if native living things are replaced by a new technology. It may be that the future for human kind will be as hybrid biological-robots. I guess we'd better start discussing this now.

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A Wearable Drone That Launches Off Your Wrist To Take Your Selfie | TechCrunch

A Wearable Drone That Launches Off Your Wrist To Take Your Selfie | TechCrunch | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
"Oh man, this would make a great picture. I wish there was someone else here to take our picture for us so we didn't have to take a selfie!" Has this ever..
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3ders.org - Aurora Labs launches S1 metal 3D printer on Kickstarter for under $4000 | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - Aurora Labs launches S1 metal 3D printer on Kickstarter for under $4000 | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

West Australian start-up Aurora Labs today releases their metal 3D printer for the consumer market on Kickstarter.


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Ionut Anton's curator insight, September 24, 6:53 AM
metal 3d printer with 50 micron layer on kickstarter
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International Conference: Announcement and Call for Proposals Open Embodiments: Locating Somatechnics in Tucson | LGBT Studies

International Conference: Announcement and Call for Proposals Open Embodiments: Locating Somatechnics in Tucson | LGBT Studies | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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Before Wasps Enslaved Caterpillars, They Enslaved a Virus

Before Wasps Enslaved Caterpillars, They Enslaved a Virus | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Every day we get more proof that wasps are the most terrifying creatures on the planet. Not only do they mind-control caterpillars and inject them with their wasp babies, they also managed to enslave a virus to do their dirty work for them.

 

 


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hydroceramic

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MinION USB stick gene sequencer finally comes to market | ExtremeTech

MinION USB stick gene sequencer finally comes to market | ExtremeTech | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
MinION USB stick gene sequencer finally comes to market
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Researchers create materials that reproduce cephalopods' ability to quickly change colors and textures

Researchers create materials that reproduce cephalopods' ability to quickly change colors and textures | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Cephalopods, which include octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish, are among nature's most skillful camouflage artists, able to change both the color and texture of their skin within seconds to blend into their surroundings—a capability that engineers have long struggled to duplicate in synthetic materials. ...
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Shape Reconfigurable Liquid Metal - YouTube

Researchers at NC State have developed a new method to control the interfacial energy of a liquid metal via electrochemical deposition (or removal) of an oxi...

 


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3D-Print a Brain with Free Government Library

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A new government website allows people to download, share and edit files for use in 3D-printing.
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The Ecstasy of Curiosity - YouTube

“To entertain such ontologies is to re-contextualize one’s self as a marvelous conduit in a timeless whole, through which molecules and meaning flow, from ne...
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Ceramics don't have to be brittle: Materials scientists are creating materials by design

Ceramics don't have to be brittle: Materials scientists are creating materials by design | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Imagine a balloon that could float without using any lighter-than-air gas. Instead, it could simply have all of its air sucked out while maintaining its filled shape. Such a vacuum balloon, which could help ease the world's current shortage of helium, can only be made if a new material existed that ...

 

 


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