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Web 4.0: The Ultra-Intelligent Electronic Agent is Coming

Web 4.0: The Ultra-Intelligent Electronic Agent is Coming | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
The evolution of the Web today is happening faster than the transition from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 due to processing power, bandwidth and storage, "creating a curve of exponential change."

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According to Burrus, Web 4.0 is about "the ultra-intelligent electronic agent."

This agent will "recognize you when you get in front of it because all of your devices are getting a little camera. And with facial recognition, they’ll know it’s you." Burrus says you will be able to give your agent a personality. It will say to you things like this:

"Good morning. You're flying to Boston today. Take a raincoat, it's raining. By the way, that fight you were taking, it’s already been canceled. Don't worry about it. There was a mechanical. I've already booked you on a new one. I'll tell you about on the way to the airport. But remember you’re going to exercise every day and I’m here to remind you that you’re going to exercise."  And you might say, “I don't know if I want to exercise today,” and It'll show you a nude profile of yourself.  And you’ll say, “You know what, I think I'm going to exercise today.”

Another ultra-intelligent agent that Burrus says is coming to us fast is the screen-less smartphone. What would that look like? It hasn't been designed yet. But let's suppose it might look like jewelry and you can wear it. Whatever it looks like and whoever makes it, Burrus says one thing is for certain: it will be game-changing and it will be big. 

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Globule et télescope » Un corps à distance avec un robot-avatar

Globule et télescope » Un corps à distance avec un robot-avatar | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
Un corps à distance avec un robot-avatar. D'ici quelques décennies, certains d'entre nous pourraient bien être assistés par un robot personnel. Les progrès dans ce domaine, aussi bien au niveau de la mécanique, de la ...

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Interaction dans les deux sens


C’est également le cas de l’une des dernières nouveautés, le robot télécommandé Telesar V de l’université japonaise de Keio. Pour son père, le professeur Susumu Tachi, explique que le robot fournit à son utilisateur un corps à distance. Grâce à lui, il peut non seulement manipuler des objets comme on le ferait avec une télécommande classique de machine mais également de voir, entendre et sentir ce que le robot voit, entend et sent. L’approche est intéressante car l’interaction se produit ainsi dans les deux sens, un peu comme avec les systèmes de retour d’effort des joysticks. Une autre analogie possible est celle des exosquelettes popularisés par Ripley, alias Sigourney Weaver dans Alien le retour (James Cameron, 1986). Dans ce cas, l’utilisateur se trouve à l’intérieur du robot qui sert à démultiplier sa force et son rayon d’action.

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Google Glass vs Oculus Rift : « it from bit » ou altérité augmentée ?

Google Glass vs Oculus Rift : « it from bit » ou altérité augmentée ? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
Refusant la flèche de temps qui nous mène inexorablement à la finitude, nous changeons d'abscisse, nous voilà tunnelier, tentant de creuser des trous de vers dans les équations de la réalité. Connectés, géo-localisés, avatars et humains s'apprêtent...
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Refusant la flèche de temps qui nous mène inexorablement à la finitude, nous changeons d’abscisse, nous voilà tunnelier, tentant de creuser des trous de vers dans les équations de la réalité. Connectés, géo-localisés, avatars et humains s’apprêtent à opérer une rétroingénierie tous azimuts de la réalité. 


Les Google Glass explorent et les Oculus Rift simulent. Derrière chaque masque informatique, une promesse d’augmentation du réel. L’un nous plonge dans une vision méta-subjective du monde, l’autre nous immerge dans 360° de virtualité. 

 

On imagine déjà le crossover, des humains équipés d’Oculus Rift contrôlent des avatars dans un holodeck tracé d’après des coordonnées réelles. Ils sont révélés dans les Google Glass de ceux qui arpentent le réel géographique, eux-mêmes triangulés dans l’holodeck. 

Une guerre des incarnations ? Une guerre des interprétations semble plus juste. Que nous raconte cette réalité augmentée sur la véritable nature de notre environnement ? Celle qui est révélée par l’avant-garde scientifique, et comment s’y insère-t-elle sans l’altérer ?

En s’amusant à faire passer à ces artefacts de la modernité un test « quantique », on se rend compte que les Google Glass sont des phylactères contenant une pensée déterministe et mathématique de la réalité, tandis qu’Oculus Rift nous soumet au principe d’incertitud


 

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The Future of Artificial Intelligence

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Robots are here to stay. They will be smarter, more versatile, more autonomous, and more like us in many ways. We humans will need to adapt to keep up.


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Religious and other organizations will define and attempt to regulate the ways in which human treat humanoid robots, since they will be considered quasi-human, sentient creatures that must be treated with respect and not abused. Thus, the changing legal and social framework will deal with the proper use of robots by humans as well as the proper behavior of robots toward humans, and new sets of “post-Asimov” laws will emerge.

 

Finally, a few concluding thoughts. The rapid increase in the number and sophistication of autonomous systems, including humanoid robots, lead to dramatic changes in society. Robots will assume an increasing share of human work and responsibility, thus creating a major social problem with unemployment and the relations of humans and robots. I believe that new frameworks for these interactions will emerge within the next 25 to 50 years. If they do not, there may be neo-Luddite rebellions, in which humans will attempt to destroy large numbers of robots. Those of us who design, program, and implement robots have a major responsibility to assist in the creation and implementation of patterns of behavior and legal systems to ensure that robots and humans co-evolve and co-exist for the benefit of society.

 

Robots are here to stay. They will be smarter, more versatile, more autonomous, and more like us in many ways. We humans will need to adapt to this coming world.

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DEBATE TOPIC - What do you think of the Simulation Hypothesis?

DEBATE TOPIC - What do you think of the Simulation Hypothesis? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it

The Computer Simulation Argument was first advanced by Nick Bostrom in 2003 in his paper HERE Transhumanity.net readers - do you believe we’re living in a “Matrix” - or do you think that’s just a foolish notion?


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There is no proof for or against the Simulation Hypothesis. It is like the existence of God in a way... There are believers and atheists. I am personally very sceptical.
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FDA Approves Eye Implant Enabling The Blind To Partially See

FDA Approves Eye Implant Enabling The Blind To Partially See | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Argus II artificial retina to restore partial sight to patients who are blind.
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Though the Argus II has been in development for years, scientists at Lawrence Livermore have been busy working on the Argus III, a system which promises even greater resolution with at least 200 electrodes. Ultimately, the goal will be to get up to 1,000 electrodes as that would enable facial recognition. Furthermore, the ability to help people suffering from other types of vision loss, such as the common age-related macular degeneration, are being pursued.

 

The Argus II is the first of its kind to receive FDA approval, marking a new era of medical visual prosthetics and the eventual adoption of elective cybernetics. What begins as sensory restoration due to disease will undoubtedly evolve into augmentation as the technology matures. In fact, this is exactly what Neil Harbisson has experienced over the last few years, prompting him to start the Cyborg Foundation to legally recognize those with augmentation.

 

Advances in bionic eyes hold the promise of progressing beyond the physical limitations of biology and ensuring the vital sense of vision can be granted throughout someone’s lifetime. Hopefully, the Argus II is merely the first in a coming wave of devices that can bring vision to those who have had to live without.
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Robots Get Their Own Internet

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Robot-only internet! Self-teaching robots!
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Rapyuta. Remember that name. That is the name of a new shadow internet intended only for robots, designed by the international organization RoboEarth. Rapyuta is a cloud-computing engine, designed to let robots share the things they learn about the world with each other and to offload computational tasks to far more powerful computers allowing them to solve problems more complicated than they ever could on their own. The mind-melding system, says New York Magazine, won’t bring about the end of humanity, because its creators say so.

 

[Rapyuta] sounds fine in theory — if you trust robots. But for those convinced that providing robots with a common brain will only hasten the arrival of the robot uprising against mankind, then Rapyuta is more like a dark harbinger of the apocalypse. We happen to be one of those people, so we reached out to Dr. Heico Sandee, RoboEarth’s program manager at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, to reassure us that Rapyuta will not lead to our destruction.

 

“That is indeed an important point to be addressed,” Sandee acknowledged in an-email. But he assured us that robots will use Rapyuta for no such thing.

I mean, just look at this helpful promotional video released by the people at RoboEarth:



Read more: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/03/robots-get-their-own-internet/#ixzz2ONtjNqLm ;
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I, Quantum Robot - Scientific American (blog)

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I, Quantum Robot
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Artificial Intelligence is the ability of a computer system to operate in a manner similar to human intelligence.

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The quantum robot is the idea of combining quantum theory with robot technology. In other words, it is a practical use of the combination of quantum computing and robot technology. Quantum computing involves using quantum systems and quantum states to do computations.

 

A robot is an automated machine that is capable of doing a set of complex tasks. In some applications of robots, the programming used to run the robots may be based on artificial intelligence. Artificial Intelligence is the ability of a computer system to operate in a manner similar to human intelligence. Think of artificial intelligence as if you were training a machine to act like a human. Essentially, quantum robots are complex quantum systems.They are mobile systems with on board quantum computers that interact with their environments. Several programs would be involved in the operation of the robot. These programs would be quantum searching algorithms and quantum reinforcement learning algorithms.

 

Quantum reinforcement learning is based on superposition of the quantum state and quantum parallelism. A quantum state is a system that is a set of quantum numbers. The four basic quantum numbers represent the energy level, angular momentum, spin, and magnetization. In the superposition of quantum states, the idea is to get one state to look like another.

 

Let’s say I have two dogs. One dog knows how to fetch a bone (energy level), sit up (angular momentum), give a high five (spin), and shake hands (magnetization). Now, let’s apply the superposition of quantum states. Since one dog has been trained and given the commands, the other dog must learn to mimic or copy what the first dog did. Each time a command is achieved, reinforcement is given. The reinforcement for the dog would be a bone (or no bone if the command is not achieved).

 

In quantum reinforcement learning, it is slightly different. The idea would be similar to an “If-Then” statement. An example would be if the quantum state has a certain energy level, then the angular momentum is certain value. This idea of “If-Then” statements in the quantum world leads to an idea which can be a topic of its own; Quantum Logic.

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Very interesting, I enjoyed reading it.

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Digital Dualisms of the Real » Cyborgology

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First, I want to refocus the definition of digital dualism to the moments where people downplay the role of the digital when speaking of something they think is material (wrongly called “real”) as well as downplaying the role of the material when speaking of something they think is primarily digital (wrongly called “virtual”). Regardless of your position on “reality”, this is digital dualism that underestimates the enmeshment of information and materiality, leading to ideas like Facebook comprises “virtual” rather than “real” friendships, that there is some “second self” that you inhabit online, and so on. Over the dinner table, in blog comments, in op-eds, in research papers, people often simply forget the material when talking about the digital and the digital in the material. Yes, people may almost never say the Internet is some distant other universe, but people do often overstate how distant and unrelated the material and the digital are. Those holding this digital dualist, zero-sum, conception of the on and offline are the ones surprised byresearch showing that those who do more online tend to also do more offline, opposed to the idea that people are trading “real life” in favor of living on Facebook.

Thus, digital dualism is the tendency to see the digital and material as too distinct, rather than enmeshed, consistent with the definition of the term I worked with one website to create:

n. The belief that online and offline are largely distinct and independent realities.

Second, I want to refocus on the question of how digital dualism—this tendency to underestimate digital-material enmeshment—often clears a clean path towards the claim that one (usually, but not always, the material) is more real, deep, human, and true. Not ontology, these are cultural value statements based on the idea that the on and offline are distinct rather than enmeshed.

My most passionate expression of this concern is my IRL Fetish essay where I argue that calling the digital “virtual” lets one simultaneously claim that which is not digital is “real.” It allows one to say that there is a crisis of the real, that it is disappearing in precisely the same moment that we are obsessed over it.** The real isn’t going away, what people are doing on Facebook is real and has everything to do with the offline. I end up concluding that that those asking us to disconnect and log off are too optimistic, just like Facebook is filled with the offline, the so-called offline, like Carr’s wilderness and Turkle’s Cape Cod, is similarly saturated with the online. Because I’m a giant dork, this is the argument that drives my interest. This is the anti-digital dualist, augmented, synthetic perspective that views information-saturation in what people call “offline” as well as the material, human, and political in what people call “online”.***

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How Much Longer Until Humanity Becomes A Hive Mind? - io9

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How Much Longer Until Humanity Becomes A Hive Mind?
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A double-edged sword

We also talked about the potential risks.

“There’s the risk of bugs in hardware or software,” says Naam. “There’s the risk of malware or viruses that infect this. There’s the risk of hackers being able to break into the implants in your head. We’ve already seen hackers demonstrate that they can remotely take over pacemakers and insulin pumps. The same risks exist here.”

But the big societal risk, says Naam, stems entirely from the question of who controls this technology.

“That’s the central question I ask in Nexus,” he says. “If we all have brain implants, you can imagine it driving a very bottom’s up world — another Renaissance, a world where people are free and creating and sharing more new ideas all the time. Or you can imagine it driving a world like that of 1984, where central authorities are the ones in control, and they’re the ones using these direct brain technologies to monitor people, to keep people in line, or even to manipulate people into being who they’re supposed to be. That’s what keeps me up at night.”

Warwick, on the other hand, told me that the “biggest risk is that some idiot — probably a politician or business person — may stop it from going ahead.” He suspects it will lead to a digital divide between those who have and those who do not, but that it’s a natural progression very much in line with evolution to date.

In response to the question of privacy, Sandberg quipped, “Privacy? What privacy?”

Our lives, he says, will reside in the cloud, and on servers owned by various companies that also sell results from them to other organizations.

“Even if you do not use telepathy-like systems, your behaviour and knowledge can likely be inferred from the rich data everybody else provides,” he says. “And the potential for manipulation, surveillance and propaganda are endless.”

Our cloud exoselves

Without a doubt, the telepathic noosphere will alter the human condition in ways we cannot even begin to imagine. The Noosphere will be an extension of our minds. And as David Chalmers and Andy Clark have noted, we should still regard external mental processes as being genuine even though they’re technically happening outside our skulls. Consequently, as Sandberg told me, our devices and “cloud exoselves” will truly be extensions of our minds.

“Potentially very enhancing extensions,” he says, “although unlikely to have much volition of their own.”

Sandberg argues that we shouldn’t want our exoselves to be too independent, since they’re likely to make mistakes in our name. “We will always want to have veto power, a bit like how the conscious level of our minds has veto on motor actions being planned,” he says.

Veto power over our cloud exoselves? The future will be a very strange place, indeed.

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Stop The Cyborgs

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Fighting the algorithmic future one bit at a time (‘Stop The Cyborgs’ is a response to the Google Glass project and other technology trends: http://t.co/ULx7W4u2JE (via @edwingardner))...
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Two things are quickly lost in any internet debate: humor and nuance. So in retrospect we should have guessed that people would find it hard to read past the name ‘Stop The Cyborgs‘. We thought it would be a bit of fun – a suitably cyberpunk sounding opposition group. However we have been variously accused of hating technology & hating anyone who isn’t 100% biological. This is not the case. We love technology and we love people. Indeed we even wear clothes and create technology ourselves. Some of us might even have metal bits.

So lets break down the main points for the short of attention.:

Google Glass and other technologies have massive implications for privacy and social interaction.Ordinary people should not leave it to the geeks and the corporations to invent the future and define social norms.

More generally our argument is that technological systems shape daily life and society. They are not politically or socially neutral but rather encourage and discourage different choices, interaction patterns and ways of being. At the moment there seems to be a view that technology is an external force which follows a fixed trajectory. People claim “You can’t fight the future” by which they mean “One particular possible future“. This view is completely wrong. The direction of technological development is not pre-ordained but rather is shaped by people’s choices. At the moment these choices are being made for us all by a small group of silicon valley people with one particular world view. This again is not inevitable. Take action. Treat technology as a political issue. Shape your own future.

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Transmetropolitan: cyberpunk sauce anglaise

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Transmetropolitan: 1 200 pages de BD anglaise explosive. Au menu, journalisme gonzo et univers cyberpunk.
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Les Beatles, les Stones, les Monty Python, Benny Hill, The Exploited, Napalm Death, le gigot d'agneau à la menthe (hmm, non pas ca en fait). Non content d'avoir offert au monde ces joyaux, la perfide Albion peut également se targuer d'avoir révolutionné l'approche du comic en jouant avec ses codes pour la rendre plus profonde. Alan Moore (Watchmen, V pour Vendetta, From Hell,...) est désormais bien connu des amateurs de BD en France mais l'Angleterre a encore beaucoup à nous offrir. Et en particulier Warren Ellis qui, avecTr, nous offre une combinaison jubilatoire du journalisme gonzo et de l'univers cyberpunk. Une oeuvre provocatrice et plus subtile qu'il n'y parait.

Le futur. Ni pire ni meilleur que notre mode actuel. Différent, c'est en revanche certain. L'arrivée des nouvelles technologies a amené une surveillance constante des autorités. Mais elle a permis de réaliser encore plus d'envies et de fantasmes. On peut désormais modifier ou améliorer son corps de la tête au pied, et plus encore... Du moment que l'on y met le prix. Une ville. Faisant furieusement penser à LA ville : New York. Les écrans déversent dans les rues des torrents de publicité et d'informations, distrayant la foule, indifférente aux exclus et autres mutants qui errent sans but. Et un homme, Spider Jerusalem. Journaliste cynique et enragé, forcé de revenir à la civilisation pour respecter un engagement avec son éditeur.
 
Les trois principaux "protagonistes" de Transmetropolitan étant présentés, c'est parti pour 1200 pages azimutées, sous la plume du scénariste Warren Ellis et le pinceau du dessinateur Darick Robertson (1). Adoptant le style du journaliste Hunter S Thompson (récit à la première personne et abandon de la neutralité), Transmetropolitan nous plonge dans une mégalopole suintante, débordante, saturée de vie, la pire comme la meilleure. Un univers très plausible. Trop même par moments. Car sous son aspect cyberpunk, permettant toutes les folies (cybernétique, cryogénisation, nanotechnologies), Warren Ellis nous renvoie, sans aucune concession mais avec talent et humour, l'image de notre monde actuel. Un monde ou consommer c'est vivre, où tout est fait pour éviter de trop penser.

 

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The history of the birth of neuroculture « Mind Hacks

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In the following years, as neuroscience became prominent and psychoanalysis waned, pharmaceutical companies realised they had to sell theories to make their drugs marketable. The theories couldn't be the messy ideas of ...

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Robots Aren't the Problem: It's Us - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Automation will engender neither utopia nor dystopia. Humans alone are responsible for our society's economic future.

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Cyborgs in fiction


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Cyborgs are a prominent staple in the science fiction genre. This article summarizes notable instances of cyborgs in fiction.

Contents1 Examples in history2 Written fiction3 Comics and manga4 Film5 Television6 Video games7 Music8 Games and toys9 See also10 Notes Examples in history

In 1966, Kit Pedler, a medical scientist, created the Cybermen for the TV program Doctor Who, based on his concerns about science changing and threatening humanity. The Cybermen had replaced much of their bodies with mechanical prostheses and were now supposedly emotionless creatures driven only by logic.

Isaac Asimov's short story "The Bicentennial Man" explored cybernetic concepts. The central character is NDR, a robot who begins to modify himself with organic components. His explorations lead to breakthroughs in human medicine via artificial organs and prosthetics. By the end of the story, there is little physical difference between the body of the hero, now called Andrew, and humans equipped with advanced prosthetics, save for the presence of Andrew's artificial positronic brain. Asimov also explored the idea of the cyborg in relation to robots in his short story "Segregationist", collected in The Complete Robot.

The 1972 science fiction novel Cyborg, by Martin Caidin, told the story of a man whose damaged body parts are replaced by mechanical devices ("bionics"). This novel was adapted into a TV series, The Six Million Dollar Man, in 1973, and a spin-off, The Bionic Woman in 1976. Caidin also addressed bionics in his 1968 novel, The God Machine.

In 1974, Marvel Comics writer Rich Buckler introduced the cyborg Deathlok the Demolisher, and a dystopian post-apocalyptic future, in Astonishing Tales#25. Buckler's character dealt with rebellion and loyalty, with allusion toFrankenstein's monster, in a twelve-issue run. Deathlok was later resurrected in Captain America, followed by two others in 1990 and 1999.

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Cyberpunk Short Film | Cyberpunk culture

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LOOM 4K Short Film [HD]: From Luke Scott, Ridley Scott

Luke Scott in cooperation with RED Camera presents « LOOM ». A film shot completely in 4K format in the tone and style of Ridley Scott’s dystopian Blade Runner.

 

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Your visions of the future

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The finalists from around the world in our "What if you had a vision of the future?" competition

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Americas - Silvia Careli Lopez Falfan, Mexico

 

Video sent by Silvia Careli Lopez Falfan for the BBC "What if" competition

This video was chosen as the best film from the Americas by the curator, writer and academic Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.

 

"It gives a sense of the future being very humble and very simple and mixed with growing grass and seed, food, landscapes, deserts. It is a very simple and humble technique, a collage of still images but also very joyful," Christov-Bakargiev said.

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Here We Are Now: More Human Than Human: A case for Transhumanism

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Are we ready for the next stage in human evolution? Most of what got Homo sapiens sapiens where it is today is the result of natural selection. It can easily be argued that more recent generations were, at least somewhat, effected by unintended artificial selection. For those who aren't familiar, think of natural selection as "survival of the fittest" and artificial selection as how we get different dog breads - selective breading. That is an oversimplification, but it is the general idea.

By unintentional artificial selection, I mean to say ideas like more nutritious foods that are made by artificial selection and manufacturing (vitamin-fortified foods, etc.) having made us a bit taller and hit puberty earlier and earlier. These are changes that are byproducts of simply trying to be healthier. Perhaps, it is time to start taking more advantage of this ability and make some serious changes, intentionally. I'm not talking about becoming a new species entirely, but possibly creating a new subspecies. Maybe we won't be growing blue fur or born shooting lasers out of our eyes, but H. sapiens superior just may become a legitimate classification.

This is, by far, not the first time this has been proposed. Given the previous examples, we could say it's already happening. To those who take it quite seriously, it is called transumanism, or H+. There is even a magazine called "h+ Magazine", that is completely dedicated to it and its relation to singularity. There is an entire movement, that I myself only recently became truly aware of. What I am talking about may be considered a bit different from the technological singularity - a point in time where machines are responsible for all, or most, innovation - you may have heard of. I am talking about a time where we are those machines.

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“Stop the Cyborgs” launches public campaign against Google Glass

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"It destroys having multiple identities, and I find that quite a scary concept.

 

Less than two weeks ago, Seattle’s 5 Point Cafe became the first known establishment in the United States (and possibly the world) to publicly ban Google Glass, the highly anticipated augmented reality device set to be released later this year.

The “No Glass” logo that the café published on its website was developed and released (under a Creative Commons license) by a new London-based group called “Stop the Cyborgs.” The group is composed of three young Londoners who decided to make a public case against Google Glass and other similar devices.

“If it's just a few geeks wearing it, it's a niche tool [and] I don't think it's a problem,” said Adam, 27, who prefers only to be identified by his first name. He communicated with Ars via Skype and an encrypted Hushmail e-mail account.

“But if suddenly everyone is wearing it and this becomes as prevalent as smartphones—you can see it becomes very intrusive very quickly. It's not about the tech, it's about the social culture around it. If you think about what Google's business model is, it started as a search engine, and then Google Analytics. [Now, Google is] almost characterizing its [territory as being] the rest of the world. It's a loss of space that isn't online. [Google Glass] destroys having multiple identities, and I find that quite a scary concept.”

Adam admitted he has never actually used or interacted with Google Glass in person, but he said he has extensive experience with augmented reality and currently is a post-doctoral student specializing in "machine learning" at a London university that he declined to name. He added that he and two friends are behind Stop the Cyborgs.

Google has yet to release much detailed information about Google Glass, only allowing small trials involving its own employees and select journalists and developers.

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STRP Biennial, a walk through the city of cyborgs - we make money not art

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The theme of this year's exhibition is City of Cyborgs. Not the city of androids, clunky clones and man/machines contraptions but the city we are already walking through, smartphones in our pockets, implants in our bodies for some and ready to get our hands on Google glasses. City of Cyborgs in STRP speak means animatronics, opera for prehistoric creatures, a forest of interactive lasers, tapas made from edible solar cells, absurd mega machines and lots of dance. The high tech, the low tech, the digital, the organic and everything in between and beyond.

 

This year, STRP provided me this with a good excuse to catch up with and reflect on today's cyborg scenery and with the opportunity to discover artists and works i had never encountered so far.

I might be late to the party but i've just added the name of Ief Spincemaille to my list of young artists t follow. Sadly, I didn't manage to get my hands on his Reverse Blinking goggles. All i can say is that people kept telling me "Have you tried it? Have you?! it's brilliant! Brilliant!' Since i've missed the fun, i'll just copy/paste the description:

 

Imagine being caught with your head inside a photo camera. It's completely dark. Only when the shutter opens for a very brief moment, you perceive a flash of the world. You see people as static figures, entire street scenes as moments frozen in time. Everything you lay your eyes on seems to acquire the characteristics of a photograph. The shutter moves so fast that it leaves no space for movement. The plates move up and down causing your eyes to make a reverse blinking movement: the plates are generally shut off, and only open and close quickly and briefly. The spectators can open and close the shutter themselves with a button, allowing them to determine the frequency, but not the speed (shutter time).

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Maurits Burgers: The anti-Glass front says Stop the Cyborgs

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'These concerns go beyond privacy. There are serious consequences for human society' Glashelder http://t.co/CwsUEQ0y6U
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Brain Researchers Can Detect Who We Are Thinking About

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Scientists scanning the human brain can now tell whom a person is thinking of, the first time researchers have been able to identify what people are imagining from imaging technologies.

Work to visualize thought is starting to pile up successes. Recently, scientists have used brain scans to decode imagery directly from the brain, such as what number people have just seen and what memory a person is recalling. They can now even reconstruct videos of what a person has watched based on their brain activity alone. Cornell University cognitive neuroscientist Nathan Spreng and his colleagues wanted to carry this research one step further by seeing if they could deduce the mental pictures of people that subjects conjure up in their heads.


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Imagining others


His team first gave 19 volunteers descriptions of four imaginary people they were told were real. Each of these characters had different personalities. Half the personalities were agreeable, described as liking to cooperate with others; the other half were less agreeable, depicted as cold and aloof or having similar traits. In addition, half these characters were described as outgoing and sociable extroverts, while the others were less so, depicted as sometimes shy and inhibited. The scientists matched the genders of these characters to each volunteer and gave them popular names like Mike, Chris, Dave or Nick, or Ashley, Sarah, Nicole or Jenny.

The researchers then scanned volunteers’ brains using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measures brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow. During the scans, the investigators asked participants to predict how each of the four fictitious people might behave in a variety of scenarios — for instance, if they were at a bar and someone else spilled a drink, or if they saw a homeless veteran asking for change.

“Humans are social creatures, and the social world is a complex place,” Spreng says. “A key aspect to navigating the social world is how we represent others.”

 

The scientists discovered that each of the four personalities were linked to unique patterns of brain activity in a part of the organ known as the medial prefrontal cortex. In other words, researchers could tell whom their volunteers were thinking about.

 

“This is the first study to show that we can decode what people are imagining,” Spreng says.

 

Unlocking brain’s personality models
The medial prefrontal cortex helps people deduce traits about others. These findings suggest this region is also where personality models are encoded, assembled and updated, helping people understand and predict the likely behavior of others and prepare for the future.

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Bot, human, cyborg: an automated anthropology (with tweets) · hautepop

We talk as though the distinction between human and non-human actors in social media was obvious - and fundamental. What if it's not?

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Bioteeth generated from your own cells | KurzweilAI

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Current design of a dental implant (credit: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons) Researchers are developing a method to replace missing (Bioteeth generated from your own cells http://t.co/HEzwCTYdRt...
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Is artificial intelligence more of a threat to humanity than an asteroid ...

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Over at Aeon magazine, Ross Anderson has a fascinating story about a group of futurists who are trying to prepare humanity for the intelligence explosion. This is the moment when artificial intelligence surpasses humanity in ...

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Nicholas Smith's curator insight, March 21, 2013 9:29 PM

This is a particularly interesting article which tells readers that artificial intelligence may be more of a threat to humanity than disasters, such an asteroids, global warming and even nuclear war. This theory should definitely be taken into consideration as we are already making huge advancements in artificial intelligence and in the near future, robots will most likely be smarter than humans.

 

The aim of this article is to put forward the idea that robots could do more harm to us than help us. Robots could also be a threat in the sense that they may be misused and used for harm and not for good, more so. This article is extremely interesting and is definitely something that could happen in the future, if artificial intelligence is misused by people. This was generally a worthwhile read and was useful to my research at it provides an alternative idea for the uses of artificial intelligence, stating that they could pose an extremely large threat to us.

 

The limitations to this article as that it is extremely long and draws out the information throughout the article. I still believe that this is an extremely useful article and something that can be used in my research topic as it directly relates to the future of artificial intelligence.

Tom Gilbert's curator insight, March 22, 2013 7:42 AM

Many science fiction cultures interpret artificial intelligence as a generally bad thing, is this because of our fear of the unknown? that we could possibly build something more sophisticated than our brain (fun fact: the brain is the only thing to have named itself,profound, i know...) or is this general fear of artificial intelligence root from the fact of how unnatural a concept it is to us. Recently nasa has been concerned of coming asteroids, as far enough as to plan for  some sort of planetery defense mechanism, so comparing artificial intelligence to the impact of an asteroid with the earth shows not only how seriously some are concerned about developments in the technology, but for many it may cause them to feel less threatened by the AI, because of how tangible an asteroid is. If we can see it; it poses a larger threat.