“One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal.Soon we’ll need a new definition.”
The reality of our technophile civilization is presently, I believe, beyond dispute, even the most ardent Luddite will find it hard to deny the almost invisible casualness with which she uses a smart phone. But even this all-pervading ‘smartphonism’ is only a hint or perhaps an insinuation of what the cyborgization process is leading us, as a species, as a culture and as a civilization, into.
The two main concepts which seem to provide some kind of indication as to where we are headed are Situational Awareness (SA)1 and the Adjacent Possible (AP)2. For those not yet fully familiar with situational awareness, it may be wise and maybe necessary to revise their understanding and implication of the evolution of this prevalent field of inquiry into human behavior, especially as pertains to decision making in rapidly evolving info flows.
Stanford researchers, working with Google and NVIDIA, have created a new neural network system for machine learning that is six times the size of the unit built last year that taught itself how to recognize cats on the internet.
We’ve seen some fascinating experiments in bio-design--like this MIT project that had thousands of silkworms building a domed structure.This instance of bio-digitial fabrication is a little more commercial--and sweeter.To celebrate the launch of...
Scientists at Wake Forest University in North Carolina are using he printers to manufacture scaffolding for human cells to grow on and create realistic-looking facial features including noses (left) and ears (right).