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Overnight, A Man Lost His Ability To Move And Speak. So He Resumed His Life As A Robot. Sort Of.

Overnight, A Man Lost His Ability To Move And Speak. So He Resumed His Life As A Robot. Sort Of. | Posthumanism | Scoop.it
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Virtual afterlives will transform humanity

Virtual afterlives will transform humanity | Posthumanism | Scoop.it

The question is not whether we can upload our brains onto a computer, but what will become of us when we do

 


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Mlik Sahib's curator insight, December 18, 2013 7:49 PM

"In the real world, two people can share experiences and thoughts. But lacking a USB port in our heads, we can’t directly merge our minds. In a simulated world, that barrier falls. A simple app, and two people will be able to join thoughts directly with each other. Why not? It’s a logical extension. We humans are hyper-social. We love to network. We already live in a half-virtual world of minds linked to minds. In an artificial afterlife, given a few centuries and few tweaks to the technology, what is to stop people from merging into überpeople who are combinations of wisdom, experience, and memory beyond anything possible in biology? Two minds, three minds, 10, pretty soon everyone is linked mind-to-mind. The concept of separate identity is lost. The need for simulated bodies walking in a simulated world is lost. The need for simulated food and simulated landscapes and simulated voices disappears. Instead, a single platform of thought, knowledge, and constant realisation emerges. What starts out as an artificial way to preserve minds after death gradually takes on an emphasis of its own. Real life, our life, shrinks in importance until it becomes a kind of larval phase. Whatever quirky experiences you might have had during your biological existence, they would be valuable only if they can be added to the longer-lived and much more sophisticated machine.

I am not talking about utopia.."

tina bucci's curator insight, December 30, 2013 9:38 PM

Very interesting question.

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H-: Transhumanism and the Posthuman Future: Will Technological Progress Get Us There?

H-: Transhumanism and the Posthuman Future: Will Technological Progress Get Us There? | Posthumanism | Scoop.it
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Why Her Will Dominate UI Design Even More Than Minority Report | Wired Design | Wired.com

Why Her Will Dominate UI Design Even More Than Minority Report | Wired Design | Wired.com | Posthumanism | Scoop.it
Spike Jonze's new movie grapples with a big question: In a world where you can buy AI off the shelf, what does all the other technology look like?
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Posthuman Bodies

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"... will draw a wide readership from the ranks of literary critics, film scholars, science studies scholars and the growing legion of 'literature and science' researchers.
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Pondering Our Cyborg Future in a Documentary About the Singularity

Pondering Our Cyborg Future in a Documentary About the Singularity | Posthumanism | Scoop.it

Doug Wolens's recent documentary takes on the complex, abstract concept of the singularity, which predicts a moment when technology will give rise to intelligence beyond the scope of human imagination. It sounds like sci-fi but, Wolens and others argue, there's no denying the sweeping impact of technology on human existence and the implications are worth thinking about. In the trailer for the film, below, scientists, futurists, and other experts describe what the singularity might have in store. 


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Do We Need to Redefine the Human Subject? - h+ Magazine

Do We Need to Redefine the Human Subject? - h+ Magazine | Posthumanism | Scoop.it
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