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«Real Humans»: pourquoi fabriquer des robots à notre image?

«Real Humans»: pourquoi fabriquer des robots à notre image? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
La série «Real Humans», qui commence en France le jeudi 4 avril sur Arte, met en scène, dans un futur proche, des robots humanoïdes très avancés. Mais qui y a-t-il de si intéressant à fabriquer des machines qui nous ressemblent?

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Dans la série Real Humans diffusée à partir de ce jeudi soir sur Arte, les robots («Hubots») ne répondent pas tous aux critères de perfection que nous pourrions vouloir enfin réunir dans un être humain. Si la plupart arborent une plastique irréprochable, ça n’est pas le cas de certains robots de basses œuvres. [ATTENTION SPOILER SUR LA SUTE DE CE PARAGRAPHE] Moralement non plus, les Hubots ne semblent pas tous particulièrement exemplaires et certains vont violer les lois d’Asimov, qui sont implicitement citées dans la série. Plus étonnant, un robot-mégère-ménagère, va jusqu’à administrer à son insu des somnifères à son propriétaire [FIN DU SPOILER]. 

 

Dans cette série, par ailleurs visiblement bien documentée et plutôt convaincante, point comme presque toujours dans la science-fiction, l’éternelle crainte d’un soulèvement des robots.


Pour qu’une telle issue soit envisageable, il faudrait d’abord que nous ayons résolu le problème de l’intelligence artificielle, ce qui, n’en croyez pas la robohype, n’est absolument pas le cas. Pourtant, avec cette crainte à l’esprit, nous continuons à fabriquer des robots humanoïdes qui nous ressemblent de plus en plus. Quel est donc l’intérêt de fabriquer de faux humains? N’y a-t-il pas une infinité de choses que d’autres formes que les notres réaliseraient mieux? Au-delà de l’apparence, pourquoi vouloir mettre en œuvre des éléments de personnalité et des émotions dans les robots?

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“City Style Anti-Face Recognition Goggles” by Megan Clarke

“City Style Anti-Face Recognition Goggles” by Megan Clarke | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
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The difference between people and machine will blur as we trek through the decades ahead.

The difference between people and machine will blur as we trek through the decades ahead. | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
As we move into the late 2030s and 2040s, the most salient scenario is that we will merge with our technology gradually, not overnight.

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AI/Robots will eventually surpass human levels of intelligence and develop ability to self-replicate, increasing intelligence with each succeeding generation. This will produce an information explosion almost beyond imagination.

 

Our bodies will also evolve during this time. We will use nanobots to kill pathogens and cancer cells, then go into our brain and do benign things like enhance memory. Slowly, these nanobots will become more sophisticated.

 

We will direct these ‘smart bots’ to convert biological neurons into powerful non-biological ones, and rewrite our brain’s ‘software’. This will allow us to connect with machines and share their super-intelligence.

Eventually, every cell in our body will become non-biological, and our silicon-based minds will not only be able to interface seamlessly with machines, but will also easily connect with one another utilizing thought communications.

 

As robots develop new abilities, we will incorporate those abilities into our makeup. As the years unfold, we will become more machine-like and robots more human-like, the difference between human and machine will blur.

 

By century’s end, the merge could be complete; we would become a single species. And although our minds and bodies will be considered non-biological, our consciousness will forever preserve our definition as a human being.

 

The journey into this human-machine future will take place one benign, safe change at a time, beginning in late 2030s and ending sometime during the last half of this century.

 

Are you ready to live in a ‘cyborg’ world? I’ll admit it would certainly take some getting used to, but should this octogenarian writer survive the decades ahead; I say welcome to our human-machine future!

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31 Crazy Before And After Photos Of Korean Plastic Surgery

31 Crazy Before And After Photos Of Korean Plastic Surgery | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
In a country with the highest rate of plastic surgery worldwide, anything you want to change is possible — including eyes.

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Le corps, future télécommande ?

Le corps, future télécommande ? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it

Prolongement de la main ou alternative avant-gardiste à la télécommande ? Avec son brassard MYO, la startup canadienne Thalmic Labs conforte la tendance des objets connectés. Surtout, elle confirme la capacité technologique du corps humain à réduire les frontières avec le digital.


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Avec pour symboles les lunettes Project Glass de Google, le tracker de Fitbit, les smartwatches LiveView et Pebble ou le bracelet UP, les gadgets à porter sur soi ont l’innovation en poupe. A l’instar de la très hype I’m watch, tous ces produits délivrent deux vérités fédératrices. L’une est un constat : les objets connectés constituent déjà le futur, avec un grand « F ». L’autre est une évidente prédiction : pour soutenir ce marché, il faudra de nouvelles sources d’énergie pour alimenter les appareils. Et c’est là que le MYO entre en scène ! Dans la lignée du chargeur électrique humain TEGwear, et avec une technologie semblable au Leap Motion, le brassard utilise l’énergie du corps humain pour mieux optimiser notre quotidien de citoyen connecté. Lancé à éditions limitées sur le marché avant la fin de l’année, au prix de 115 euros, MYO permet de contrôler ordinateurs, téléphones et télévisions simplement via notre activité musculaire et nos gestes dans l’espace : nos membres deviennent une télécommande.
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Cory Doctorow on Singularity 1 on 1: The Singularity Is A Progressive Apocalypse

Cory Doctorow on Singularity 1 on 1: The Singularity Is A Progressive Apocalypse | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
Want to find out why Cory Doctorow thinks the technological singularity is a progressive apocalypse? Watch his Singularity 1 on 1 interview to find out!

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Who is Cory Doctorow?

 

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblogBoing Boing, and a contributor to The Guardian, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Senior Lecturer; in 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.

 

His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing, a move that increases his sales by enlisting his readers to help promote his work. He has won the Locus and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. His New York Times Bestseller Little Brother was published in May 2008. A sequel, Homeland, will be published in 2013, and another young adult novel, Pirate Cinema will precede it in October 2012. His latest short story collection is With a Little Help, available in paperback, ebook, audiobook and limited edition hardcover. In 2011, Tachyon Books published a collection of his essays, called Context (with an introduction by Tim O’Reilly) and IDW published a collection of comic books inspired by his short fiction called Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales Of The Here And Now. His latest adult novel is Makers, published by Tor Books/HarperCollins UK in October, 2009. The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, a PM Press Outspoken Authors chapbook, was also published in 2011.

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C'est pas nouvelle : Le corps humain sera-t-il le prochain objet connecté

C'est pas nouvelle : Le corps humain sera-t-il le prochain objet connecté | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
La technologie entoure de plus en plus l’homme qui nécessite pourtant toujours l’utilisation d’objets analogiques dans son quotidien.
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Des fonctionnalités de e-santé.

 

Les applications médicales sont également au cœur des  recherches en cours dans les laboratoires Fujitsu.  L’objectif de ces travaux étant d’aboutir à une surveillance de la condition physique de l’utilisateur devant son ordinateur, sa tablette ou son smartphone. Pour cela, une caméra et un logiciel pourront analyser le rythme cardiaque simplement en observant les couleurs et la brillance du visage, des réactions directement provoqués par l’afflux sanguin sous la peau, lui-même consécutif aux mouvements cardiaques.

 

Le 18 mars dernier, l’entreprise dévoilait déjà son smartphone capable de prendre le pouls d’une personne qui fixerait l’écran 5 secondes à peine. Le taux d’hémoglobine serait mesuré par l’appareil “en tirant parti de la caractéristique de cette protéine d’absorber la lumière verte du spectre visible“.

 

Si une telle application peut se révéler utile pour le suivi de personnes potentiellement en danger, la question de l’intrusion dans la vie privée ne devrait pas tarder à faire surface. En effet, si la vie privée semble menacée dans les lieux publics par les Google Glass, que va-t-il se produire si des entreprises décident d’équiper les postes de travail de leurs employés avec ces machines ? Pire, les utiliser lors de réunions ? Sous couvert de bonnes intentions, les laboratoires Fujitsu ne risquent-ils pas de mettre entre les mains de certains un nouveau détecteur de mensonge ? Un outil qui viendrait à l’encontre d’une liberté fondamentale, celle d’avoir le droit de ne pas dévoiler à tous son ressenti.

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MC10: Biostamp flexible, wearable electronic circuits worn on the skin like temporary tattoos

MC10: Biostamp flexible, wearable electronic circuits worn on the skin like temporary tattoos | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it

Biostamp flexible, wearable electronic circuits worn on the skin like temporary tattoos by John Rogers of MC10 and University of Illinois.

 

Materials scientist John Rogers and his firm MC10 have developed flexible electronic circuits that stick directly to the skin like temporary tattoos and monitor the wearer's health.

 

The Biostamp is a thin electronic mesh that stretches with the skin and monitors temperature, hydration and strain.

 

Rogers suggests that his "epidermal electronics" could be developed for use in healthcare to monitor patients without tethering them to large machines. Not only would this be more convenient, but the results could be more accurate if patients were examined in their normal environment doing usual activities rather than on the hospital ward.

 

Other applications could include a patch that lets an athlete know when and how much to hydrate for peak performance, or one that tells you when to apply more suncream. ...


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MC10 overcame the rigidity of normal electronic components made from brittle silicon-based wafers by printing them in very small pieces, arranged in wavy patterns.

 

Earlier versions were applied on an elastomer backing patch, but the latest prototype is applied directly to the skin using a rubber stamp. It can be covered with spray-on bandage available from pharmacies to make it more durable and waterproof enough to withstand sweating or washing with soapy water. It lasts up to two weeks before the skin's natural exfoliation causes it to come away.

 

The team are now working on the integration of wireless power sources and communication systems to relay the information gathered to a smartphone.

Other wearable monitoring technology we've reported on includes theNike+ FuelBand and Jawbone UP wristbands that monotor health and fitness, plus a wearable camera that uses sensors and GPS technology to decide which moments of your life are worth photographing.

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We are the Borg… And That is a Good Thing

We are the Borg… And That is a Good Thing | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
Let’s be real. The majority of transhumanists, scientists, astronomers, computer specialists, etc. became interested in their fields of study through their interest in science-fiction.

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Let’s be real. The majority of transhumanists, scientists, astronomers, computer specialists, etc. became interested in their fields of study through their interest in science-fiction.  We know the story of how cellphones were designed with Star Trek‘s communicators in mind, as were tablet computers, ebooks, and other new technologies. That has all been well-documented and I’m relatively certain that it is not news to most of us.  Star Trek has been very influential in my life, guiding my thought processes in many areas, like physics, astronomy, quantum mechanics - even politics and economics.  Part 2 of the Casual Transhuman.

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THE ETHICS OF THE CYBORG - Steve Mizrach

THE ETHICS OF THE CYBORG - Steve Mizrach | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it

The computer, moreso than any other device in history, is now making possible the augmentation of the human being. For the first time, through electronic technology, human biology is no longer destiny. Through bionic prostheses, bio-implants, and bio-chips, electronic technology can be integrated into the human organism. Projects like the Human Genome Initiative are made possible by the use of massive supercomputers, allowing the operators of DNA sequencers to practice a new form of positive eugenics previously unrealizable by any propagandists for the master race[1.]New forms of human-computer interfaces (teleoperation, "electronic telepathy," etc.) are making possible human-machine interaction that rivals the most imaginative descriptions from science fiction. The computer now offers the human race the opportunity to transcend limitations of intellect, strength, and longevity previously "programmed" into its DNA by eons of evolution. The question is, is it ethical for human beings to be doing this, should there be limitations on the integration of technology into human life, and what will the social consequences from all this be? I will attempt to argue in this paper that there will have to be limits on the integration of the human and the computer (the biological and the technological), and a new "cyborg bioethics" may be necessary.


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A new "cyborg bioethics" may be necessary. While it cannot be possible to foresee all the consequences resulting from bioelectronics, most scientists are already aware of what some of the major dangers are. Researchers in biocomputing may be required to adopt protocols on acceptable research with human subjects, much as genetic engineers did back in the 1970s. In drafting bioethical imperatives for bioelectronics research, it will probably be imperative to consider the concerns of groups such as the religious community, since to ignore their concerns simply out of the insistence that they are merely acting out of "anti-science" ignorance will leave an important group "out of the loop" of this research. This is uncharted territory for the human race, and it is the first time in which our own "built environment" may be directly incorporated into our own sense of self and human nature. Our own biocomputers (the human mind) evolved under a very specific set of evolutionary circumstances, after all, and they may not be equipped with the foresight and moral sense to keep up with the accelerating pace of technology.

 

Since this is the case, it is probably imperative for society to assert that the scientists and engineers charged with creating this new technology exert the proper amount of social responsibility. Safeguards will have to be insisted on to prevent the possible negative impacts discussed above, and many of these things will have to be built in at the instrumental level, since they probably cannot be achieved only through policy and regulation. Critical public awareness and vigilance, of the kind already shown by Jeremy Rifkin and the Foundation on Economic Trends with regard to biotechnology, will be essential. But ultimately, bioethicists will have to grapple with the fundamental issues involved, which touch on aspects of human existence and human nature which reach to the core of what most people think is involved in what it means to be human, and this will not be an easy dilemma to resolve.

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Noosphere - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Noosphere (pron.: /ˈn.ɵsfɪər/; sometimes noösphere), according to the thought of Vladimir Vernadsky[1] and Teilhard de Chardin, denotes the "sphere of human thought".[2] The word is derived from the Greek νοῦς (nous "mind") and σφαῖρα (sphaira "sphere"), in lexical analogy to "atmosphere" and "biosphere".[3] It was introduced by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in 1922[4] in his Cosmogenesis.[5] Another possibility is the first use of the term by Édouard Le Roy, who together with Teilhard was listening to lectures of Vladimir Vernadsky at Sorbonne. In 1936 Vernadsky accepted the idea of the Noosphere in a letter to Boris Leonidovich Lichkov (though, he states that the concept derives from Le Roy).[6]

In the original theory of Vernadsky, the noosphere is the third in a succession of phases of development of the Earth, after the geosphere (inanimate matter) and the biosphere (biological life). Just as the emergence of life fundamentally transformed the geosphere, the emergence of human cognition fundamentally transforms the biosphere. In contrast to the conceptions of the Gaia theorists, or the promoters of cyberspace, Vernadsky's noosphere emerges at the point where humankind, through the mastery of nuclear processes, begins to create resources through the transmutation of elements. It is also currently being researched as part of the Princeton Global Consciousness Project.[7]

For Teilhard, the noosphere emerges through and is constituted by the interaction of human minds. The noosphere has grown in step with the organization of the human mass in relation to itself as it populates the Earth. As mankind organizes itself in more complex social networks, the higher the noosphere will grow in awareness. This concept is an extension of Teilhard's Law of Complexity/Consciousness, the law describing the nature of evolution in the universe. Teilhard argued the noosphere is growing towards an even greater integration and unification, culminating in the Omega Point, which he saw as the goal of history. The goal of history, then, is an apex of thought/consciousness.

The noosphere is the third in a succession of phases of development of the Earth, after the geosphere (inanimate matter) and the biosphere (biological life). Just as the emergence of life fundamentally transformed the geosphere, the emergence of human cognition fundamentally transforms the biosphere.


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Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory

Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
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Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory was founded to encourage and promote studies based on original and unique ideas from Hiroshi Ishiguro, ATR Fellow, who has remarkable achievements on robotics. We have explored new information media based on humanlike robots that harmonize humans with information-environment beyond existing personal computers, while inquired "what is the essence of human beings?"

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DARPA to begin 4-year project on improving artificial intelligence

DARPA to begin 4-year project on improving artificial intelligence | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
The Pentagon is readying a four-year project to boost AI systems by building machines that can teach themselves and get smarter over time while also making it easier for ordinary people to build them.
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Humans beware: Skynet is one step closer to actually happening.

The Pentagon is readying a four-year project to boost AI systems by building machines that can teach themselves and get smarter over time while also making it easier for ordinary people to build them.

The Pentagon is using its research division, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, to back this project.DARPA is inviting scientists to a Virginia conference to brainstorm on April 10.

Machine learning can be used to make better systems for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; a core military necessity. It can also be used for making better speech recognition systems, self-driving cars and to keep pace against internet spam filling up search engines and e-mail inboxes.

“Our goal is that future machine learning projects won’t require people to know everything about both the domain of interest and machine learning to build useful machine learning applications,” DARPA program manager Kathleen Fisher said in an announcement.

DAPRA claims that it is possible to build machines that can learn and evolve by using algorithms, or “problamisticprogramming.” This type of programming tasks the machine with scouring through huge amounts of data and selecting the best of it. After that, the machine learns to repeat the process and do it better.

Tim McGuire, Ph.D, associate professor of Computer Science at Sam Houston State University, compared the process to another similar type of programming.

“It’s similar to genetic programming; where there is a ‘tree of decision’ with several different ‘choice’ branches and weight is levied upon the more favorable choice,” McGuire said.

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La réalité augmentée comme technologie militaire ?

La réalité augmentée comme technologie militaire ? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it

l n’y a aucun doute que cette technologie arrivera effectivement dans le secteur militaire puisque la réalité augmentée y est déjà utilisée (par exemple dans les viseurs intégrés aux casques des pilotes de chasse).
Ce qui est effrayant dans cette idée, c’est qu’on peut se demander s’il s’agit d’un jeu vidéo ou de la réalité militaire sur le terrain… et les soldats du futur feront-ils la différence ? Seront-il capable de comprendre qu’il y a de véritables être humains derrières leurs viseurs ?


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La réalité augmentée est très à la mode depuis que nos téléphones mobiles possèdent ces 6 composants :

des écrans larges permettant une zone d’affichage suffisantedes capteurs vidéos pour filmer l’environnementun gyroscope électronique pour se déplacer virtuellementune puce GPS pour la géolocalisationune connexion à Internet pour recevoirune puissance CPU suffisante pour le traitement des données

Imaginez maintenant que la réalité augmentée soit appliquée comme technologie militaire sur des opérations de terrain…

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Indian Academic Builds Humanoid Robot with Artificial Intelligence

Indian Academic Builds Humanoid Robot with Artificial Intelligence | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
PTI | TOI An Indian academic in the UK has developed humanoid robots which use artificial intelligence to take on humans and learn opponents’ strategy as they play and try to win the traditio...
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I like the image,,,
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me recuerda "ghost in the shell",, claro y "Bjork"
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Better Brain Implant

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A thin, flexible electrode, developed at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., is 10 times smaller than the nearest competition, looking to make long-term measurements of neural activity practical at last.
This kind of technology could eventually find use in sending signals to prosthetic limbs, overcoming inflammation larger electrodes cause that damages both the brain and the electrodes.


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A thin, flexible electrode, developed at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., is 10 times smaller than the nearest competition, looking to make long-term measurements of neural activity practical at last.

This kind of technology could eventually find use in sending signals to prosthetic limbs, overcoming inflammation larger electrodes cause that damages both the brain and the electrodes.

 

The main problem that neurons have with electrodes is that they make terrible neighbors. In addition to being enormous compared to neurons, they are stiff and tend to rub nearby cells the wrong way. The resident immune cells spot the foreigner and attack, inflaming the brain tissue and blocking communication between the electrode and the cells.

The new electrode developed by the teams of Daryl Kipke, a professor of biomedical engineering, Joerg Lahann, a professor of chemical engineering, and Nicholas Kotov, the Joseph B. and Florence V. Cejka professor of engineering, is unobtrusive and even friendly in comparison. It is a thread of highly conductive carbon fiber, coated in plastic to block out signals from other neurons. The conductive gel pad at the end cozies up to soft cell membranes, and that close connection means the signals from brain cells come in much clearer.

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ROBOTICA EDUCATIVA y PERSONAL: CLOUD ROBOTICS new paradigm is near

ROBOTICA EDUCATIVA y PERSONAL: CLOUD ROBOTICS new paradigm is near | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it

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I can´t avoid smiling while reading such texts. I reckon that cloud robotics is the future of AI; however, there is always something embarrasing in comparing human and non human intelligences. the omputational account seems to me extremely poor to descbire human mental life (and i don´t mean that there´s "something" like a mind. 

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Is it time we got over the taboo against human enhancement?

Is it time we got over the taboo against human enhancement? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
Slate writer Will Oremus has put together a fairly revealing article about how easy it’s becoming to supercharge our brains, prompting him to wonder why there’s still so much push-back against the idea of technologically enhancing ourselves.

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The fact that tDCS may pose unknown risks, that its benefits and drawbacks are not yet fully understood, that it can be dangerous in the wrong hands—none of these arguments should keep scientists from carefully exploring its potential. Having spent the better part of two months immersed in the vertiginous world of human enhancement, I’ve become convinced that societal and academic taboos against the use of technology to give healthy people extraordinary powers are, on the whole, counterproductive. College students are already popping Adderall in droves. Body hackers are implanting microchips in their bodies. Entrepreneurs are hawking tDCS kits for $99 online. Some athlete, somewhere, is probably experimenting with gene doping. The riskiness of some of these behaviors makes it tempting to simply outlaw them all and expect everyone to comply. But that’s as unrealistic as it is blinkered.

This isn’t a call to legalize everything and let God or Darwin sort ’em out. It’s a plea to lawmakers, the media, academics, and those who fund academic research to take seriously the growing availability of and demand for human-enhancement technologies. Only by acknowledging and researching their potential benefits as well as their risks can we hope to craft mature policies that promote public safety and welfare. If that means continuing to classify Adderall as a Schedule II controlled substance until we’re even more convinced that it doesn’t pose long-term health risks, so be it. But here’s where we’re going astray: One university professor who studies ADHD drugs told me he has learned that every public-health research paper “has to have a certain (cautionary) tone to it” in order to be accepted for publication. “I know what I have to write, and it has to be, basically, ‘Drugs are bad.’ ”

Maybe he’s wrong. But I’ve talked with enough academics over the past two months who flat-out refused to even discuss the potential use of various medical technologies for human enhancement—or to even have their name attached to an article that discusses them—to suspect that there’s some legitimacy to his paranoia. Too many people seem to think that humans are fine the way we are, and that the only proper use of these technologies is to restore “normal” human functions to people with disabilities.


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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cyborg

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cyborg | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
When we hear the word "cyborg," we think of a being that has completely lost or was never granted its individuality or right to privacy. We think of the worst kind of collectivist entrapment, a sta...

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As admirable as Stop the Cyborgs and 5 Point Cafe’s efforts may be, there’s little hope that the cyborg-ification of humans will stop. No child wants to grow up to be a cyborg, yet humanity is increasingly becoming cybernetic. Many people cannot reasonably function without the use of hearing aids, artificial hips, mind-controlled prosthetic limbs or computerized speech generators. These devices are necessities, and no one faults their users for taking advantage of them. Google Glass is admittedly a different beast altogether, as it is an elective tool and could be used to violate non-wearers’ privacy.

 

But right or wrong, it’s only the beginning. From retinal implants that perform the same tasks as Google Glass and more, to telekinetic tattoos and nanobots, we’ll be so hard-wired with tech that, as futurists such as Kurzweil predict, the line separating man and machine will blur.

By then, will we even care about abstract liberties such as privacy and individuality?

 

It’s almost impossible to fathom now, but perhaps in the future we’ll look back and wonder why we cherished our individuality so much and resisted collectivism. After all, privacy as we now know it is a relatively modern phenomenon that we take for granted. Most of us wouldn’t be able to tolerate the constant physical togetherness and lack of solitude that defined a medieval European lifestyle. But since then we’ve readjusted our attitudes toward privacy and individuality, and chances are they will need to be readjusted again. Perhaps once most of us are wired to communicate telepathically and always be aware of each other’s locations and identities, we’ll find popular twentieth- and twenty-first-century depictions of cyborgs to be quaint, naïve and, yes, even a little offensive.

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Open Innovation Call to Improve 'Sight’ of First Humanoid Robot in Space

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Two challenges issued by TopCoder and NASA Tournament Lab to improve the 'sight' of the first humanoid robot in space.

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The first humanoid robot in space needs some help.  His colleagues would like him to have some improved ‘sight’.

 

Robonaut 2 (also known as ‘R2’) arrived on the International Space Station in February 2011.  It was designed to help assist astronauts with tasks too dangerous or too mundane for them to perform.  Now NASA wants it to be given even more capabilities.

 

The space agency in conjunction with open innovation platform TopCoder is issuing two challenges to give R2 an upgrade.  This is also part of NASA’s on-going program to give the public a role in the future of space exploration.

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The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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In the basement of the Northwest Science Building here at Harvard University, a locked door is marked with a pink and yellow sign: "Caution: Radioactive Material." Inside researchers buzz around wearing dour expressions and plastic gloves. Among them is Kenneth Hayworth. He's tall and gaunt, dressed in dark-blue jeans, a blue polo shirt, and gray running shoes. He looks like someone who sleeps little and eats less.

Hayworth has spent much of the past few years in a windowless room carving brains into very thin slices. He is by all accounts a curious man, known for casually saying things like, "The human race is on a beeline to mind uploading: We will preserve a brain, slice it up, simulate it on a computer, and hook it up to a robot body." He wants that brain to be his brain. He wants his 100 billion neurons and more than 100 trillion synapses to be encased in a block of transparent, amber-colored resin—before he dies of natural causes.


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<3 transhumanism. I want that brain to be your brain. 

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Katalyst VS Singularity

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Katalyst interviews Dr.Ray Kurzweil and RoboCop creator Michael Miner. Dystopian movie face-off with Ladytron and Cults. A list of emerging technologies that will inspire fear and/or hope. A think piece on the emerging Singularity by Paul Cullum.

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SkyNet Fans Rejoice: Scientists Develop Robot Brain Made Out of the Internet

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A new project aims to assist robot intelligence by using cloud based information.

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Providing robots with intelligence that deserve comparison with the human brain has been a failed ambition of the artificial intelligence movement for decades.  A new project by European Robo Earth sets out to try and close the gap.

 

It will utilize the Internet to try and assist robots with their thinking and decision making.  A web-based database of information called Rapyuta has been created by scientists.

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Creativity, evolution of mind and the "vertigo of freedom" | Hybrid Reality | Big Think

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Your new book Darwin’s Pharmacy talks about the relationship between psychedelic plants and the accelerating evolution of the “noosphere”, which some define as the knowledge substrate of reality, the invisible, informational dimension of collective intelligence and human knowledge. Is this more or less accurate?


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Richard Doyle also goes by mobius, an indicator of just how important interconnections are to him – and how transformative, bedeviling and hypnotic his ideas can be. As a professor of English and science, technology, and society at Pennsylvania State University, he has taught courses in the history and rhetoric of the emerging technosciences – sustainability, space colonization, biotechnology, nanotechnology, psychedelic science, information technologies, biometrics – and the cultural and literary contexts from which they sprout. An explorer of the exciting and confusing rhetorical membrane between humans and an informational universe, he argues that in co-evolution with technology, we find ourselves in an evolutionary ecology that is as vital as it is unexplored.

 

In Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants and the Evolution of The Noösphere, the transhumanist philosopher focuses on his favorite technology: the psychedelic, “ecodelic” plants and chemicals (read: drugs) that can help make us process more information and make us aware of the effect of language and music and nature on our consciousness, thereby offering us an awareness of our own ability to effect our own consciousness through our linguistic and creative choices. And that, from an evolutionary perspective, is simply sexy.

 

JASON: Your new book Darwin’s Pharmacy talks about the relationship between psychedelic plants and the accelerating evolution of the “noosphere”, which some define as the knowledge substrate of reality, the invisible, informational dimension of collective intelligence and human knowledge. Is this more or less accurate?

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Hiroshi Ishiguro - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro (石黒浩 Ishiguro Hiroshi) is director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, part of the Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University, Japan. A notable development of the laboratory is the actroid, a humanoid robot with lifelike appearance and visible behaviour such as facial movements.

In robot development, Professor Ishiguro concentrates on the idea of making a robot that is as similar as possible to a live human being; at the unveiling in July 2005 of the "female" android named Repliee Q1Expo, he was quoted as saying "I have developed many robots before, but I soon realised the importance of its appearance. A human-like appearance gives a robot a strong feeling of presence. ... Repliee Q1Expo can interact with people. It can respond to people touching it. It's very satisfying, although we obviously have a long way to go yet."[1] In his opinion, it may be possible to build an android that is indistinguishable from a human, at least during a brief encounter.

Ishiguro has made an android that resembles him, called the Geminoid. The Geminoid was among the robots featured by James May in his 5 October 2008 BBC2 documentary on robots Man-Machine in his series Big Ideas. Ishiguro has been listed as one of the 15 Asian Scientists To Watch by Asian Scientist Magazine on 15 May 2011.[2]

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