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David M. Eagleman at #beinghuman2013: The Future of Being Human

David Eagleman examines how the contemporary journey into massive scales of space, time, and big data irreversibly expands our perspective on ourselves. At Being Human 2013, a recent forward-thinking lecture series, Jer Thorp and David Eagleman delivered new keynotes speculating on the future of being human. The conference, which took place in San Francisco last month, focused on how our perception of the world will change in the future. And, how big data and other technological and medical innovations will affect the way we interact with our surroundings. 


Eagleman kicked off his speech by explaining that every animal in the world (humans included) has "their own window on reality." Our perception of our environment, known as our "umwelt," is typically determined by the biological tools we're born with. Humans, for example, are not equipped to see x-rays or gamma rays or feel the shape of the magnetic field. Eagleman asks: "How are our technologies going to expand our umwelt, and therefore, the experience of being human?" 

"Our peripheral sensory organs are what we've come to the table with—but not necessarily what we have to stick with," he explains. He describes how we're moving into the MPH (Mr. Potato Head) model of evolution: Our eyes, ears, fingers, etc., essentially act like plug-and-play external devices that can be substituted to improve or enhance our view of the world. "The bottom line is that the human umwelt is on the move," he concludes. "We are now in a position as we move into the future of getting to chose our own plug-and-play devices." Imagine being able to see by transmitting electronic impulses through your tongue, or, embedding magnets into your fingertips that allow you to feel the pull of the magnetic field. There's so much happening in the world that we can't see, and Eagleman envisions a future where we can plug into new experiences and broaden our view of the our environment.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Konica Minolta Medical&Graphic-Healthcare | KONICA MINOLTA

Konica Minolta Medical&Graphic-Healthcare | KONICA MINOLTA | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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After learning about some of the challenges of radiology diagnostics including noise of initial scanning, I wondered if photography companies that excel in digital imagery enhancements and image stabilization and other error corrections, have gotten involved in the healthcare fields, especially in that area. This is one company, so there are probably others. So, students interested in the healthcare fields might enter the field from digital processing, math/informatics, computer graphics, as well as from the the standard healthcare majors. 

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Scientists Insert A Light-Emitting Bioprobe Into A Living Cell

Scientists Insert A Light-Emitting Bioprobe Into A Living Cell | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A group of Stanford researchers have inserted a nano-sized, light-producing bioprobe into a single living cell for the first time, which could have
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