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Self As Symbol - Science News, by Tom Siegfried

Self As Symbol - Science News, by Tom Siegfried | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it

This essay is part of Demystifying the Mind, a special report on the new science of consciousness. The next installments will appear in the February 25 and March 10 issues of Science News.

When Francis Crick decided to embark on a scientific research career, he chose his specialty by applying the “gossip test.” He’d noticed that he liked to gossip about two especially hot topics in the 1940s — the molecular basis for heredity and the mysteries of the brain. He decided to tackle biology’s molecules first. By 1953, with collaborator James Watson (and aided by data from competitor Rosalind Franklin), Crick had identified the structure of the DNA molecule, establishing the foundation for modern genetics.

A quarter century later, he decided it was time to try the path not taken and turn his attention to the brain — in particular, the enigma of consciousness.

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3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection « NextNature.net

3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection « NextNature.net | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Nowadays 3D printing is increasingly used for medical purposes and body upgrades to design devices, implants, and a variety of customized prosthetics, from a 3D printed face, to a skull, and even organs.

In the future we may look at the world with new – artificial, 3D printed – eyes. Italian research studio MHOX is working on EYE, a 3D bioprinted sight augmentation. The project envisions the removal of the natural visual system and its replacement with a digitally designed 3D printed one. The original retina would be replaced by a new artificial network, able to offer enhanced vision, WiFi connection and the possibility to record video and take pictures.

In the hope of curing blindness and healing conditions, giving better vision, the 3D printed eyes are expected to be available by 2027.

The eyeballs will be constructed with the use of a bio-ink that contains the cells required to replace those found in natural eyes. Once the original pair of eyes is surgically removed, researchers plan on connecting the 3D printed one to a deck inside the head, which would allow the eyes to be inserted.

“We envision that the link between the deck and the EYE will be based on attractive forces between the tissues more than mechanical joints” MHOX designer Filippo Nassetti explains. “To replace the EYE the user only has to put it in position inside the skull, and the tissues of the Deck and the EYE connect automatically”.

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Tomás Diez: “A whole ecosystem emerges around the Fab City in Barcelona”

Tomás Diez: “A whole ecosystem emerges around the Fab City in Barcelona” | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
The Fab City concept developed in Barcelona has its herald. Tomás Diez, founder of the Barcelona Fablab and organiser of FAB10 in July 2014 is adamant: fablabs are part of the solution.
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An Algorithm to Make Online Currency as Trustworthy as Cash | WIRED

An Algorithm to Make Online Currency as Trustworthy as Cash | WIRED | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Getty Images An internet of money. That’s the dream. Through bitcoin and other digital currencies, so many activists, entrepreneurs, and opportunists are chasing the dream. They envision a world where we can trade money as easily as we trade data, where anyone can send and receive currency from any machine on earth, where our financial…
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12 Futuristic Forms of Government That Could One Day Rule the World

12 Futuristic Forms of Government That Could One Day Rule the World | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
As history has repeatedly shown, political systems come and go. Given our rapid technological and social advances, it's a trend we can expect to continue. Here are 12 extraordinary — and even frightening — ways our governments could be run in the future.
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The Taming of Tech Criticism - The Baffler

The Taming of Tech Criticism - The Baffler | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
BOOK REVIEWEDThe Glass Cage: Automation and Us, by Nicholas Carr, W. W. Norton, $26.95 What does it mean to be a technology critic in today’s America? And what can technology criticism accomplish? The first question... Read More »
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Vampires, crucifixion and transfusion. BLOOD is not for the faint-hearted - we make money not art

Vampires, crucifixion and transfusion. BLOOD is not for the faint-hearted - we make money not art | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
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We could get to the Singularity in ten years | KurzweilAI

We could get to the Singularity in ten years | KurzweilAI | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
It would require a different way of thinking about the timing of the Singularity, says AGI pioneer Ben Goertzel, PhD. Rather than a predictive exercise, it
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Can Life Be Mimicked in Silicon? | MIT Technology Review

Can Life Be Mimicked in Silicon? | MIT Technology Review | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
A microfluidic cell copies some basic functions of life.
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Biologists discover electric bacteria that eat pure electrons rather than sugar, redefining the tenacity of life - ExtremeTech

Biologists discover electric bacteria that eat pure electrons rather than sugar, redefining the tenacity of life - ExtremeTech | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Some intrepid biologists at the University of Southern California (USC) have discovered bacteria that survives on nothing but electricity -- rather than food, they eat and excrete pure electrons. These bacteria yet again prove the almost miraculous tenacity of life -- but, from a technology standpoint, they might also prove to be useful in enabling the creation of self-powered nanoscale devices that clean up pollution. Some of these bacteria also have the curious ability to form into "biocables"
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Digital Life in 2025

Digital Life in 2025 | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Asked to predict the future of the internet and how technology/the Web will change over the next decade, hundreds of experts agree that trends now underway will make the internet more important even as it becomes less visible in daily life.
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The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off. This is a big deal, and now it's here.
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Michel Bauwens: “Makerspaces are the nurseries of collaborative models”

Michel Bauwens: “Makerspaces are the nurseries of collaborative models” | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
In “Saving the World”, theorist Michel Bauwens defends his optimistic vision of the P2P, on the brink of revolutionizing production and society.
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Instead of Trying for Better Veggie Burgers, Food Technologists Should Create Truly New Flavors | MIT Technology Review

Instead of Trying for Better Veggie Burgers, Food Technologists Should Create Truly New Flavors | MIT Technology Review | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
It might be possible to create a burger that helps the environment and improves your health. But will it taste good enough to win over the masses?
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The 3D Additivist Manifesto

The 3D Additivist Manifesto | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it

Derived from petrochemicals boiled into being from the black oil of a trillion ancient bacterioles, the plastic used in 3D Additive manufacturing is a metaphor before it has even been layered into shape. Its potential belies the complications of its history: that matter is the sum and prolongation of our ancestry; that creativity is brutal, sensual, rude, coarse, and cruel. 1 We declare that the world’s splendour has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of crap, kipple 2 and detritus. A planet crystallised with great plastic tendrils like serpents with pixellated breath 3 …for a revolution that runs on disposable armaments is more desirable than the contents of Edward Snowden’s briefcase; more breathtaking than The United Nations Legislative Series.


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A fascinating manifesto.. go read

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"There is nothing which our infatuated race would desire to see more than the fertile union between a man and an Analytical Engine. Yet humankind are the antediluvian prototypes of a far vaster Creation. 4 The whole of humankind can be understood as a biological medium, of which synthetic technology is but one modality. Thought and Life both have been thoroughly dispersed on the winds of information. 5 Our power and intelligence do not belong specifically to us, but to all matter. 6 Our technologies are the sex organs of material speculation. Any attempt to understand these occurrences is blocked by our own anthropomorphism.  7 In order to proceed, therefore, one has to birth posthuman machines, a fantasmagoric and unrepresentable repertoire of actual re-embodiments of the most hybrid kinds. 8"

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Dr Richard Walker - Part 1: Introducing GH and Sermorelin - YouTube

Antiaging Dr Richard Walker discusses growth hormone and the 29 amino acid agonist Sermorelin: http://www.antiaging-systems.com/202-sermorelin-growth-hormone...
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33rd Square | Ray Kurzweil is Building a "Synthetic Neocortex"

33rd Square | Ray Kurzweil is Building a "Synthetic Neocortex" | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Speaking recently at the Geek Park Innovation Conference in Beijing, Ray Kurzweil discussed his familiar themes of exponential technology, and stated that what he is trying to build at Google is a "synthetic neocortex."
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What the Future May Bring | MIT Sloan Management Review

What the Future May Bring  | MIT Sloan Management Review | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Sustainable development expert Jorgen Randers offers a vision of the world in 2052. It’s not pretty.
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Keith Wiley's "Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading" - h+ Magazine

Keith Wiley's "Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading" - h+ Magazine | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
By: Ben GoertzelMind uploading has long been one of the most conceptually vexing transhumanist technology ideas.   The promise is amazing: Liberating the human mind from the flawed, limited human body … freedom to take on various bodily forms and explore outer space, cyberspace, the bottom of the ocean, or wherever.   And the same philosophical questions come up again and again: Will your upload be you, or just a copy of you?   Is this different than asking if the you that wakes up in the mornin
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Get ready for hybrid thinking

Get ready for hybrid thinking | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.
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My Talk at *The Future of Text 2014*

My Talk at *The Future of Text 2014* | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Communication presented at The Future of Text symposium IV at the Google's headquarters in London (2014). Symbolic manipulation accounts for the uniqueness of human cognition and consciousness. Thi...
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