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A Futuristic Short Film HD: by Sight Systems

Sight, a brilliant and disturbing short sci-fi film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo, imagines a world in which Google Glass-inspired apps are everywhere. Thi...

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U.S. Spies See Superhumans, Instant Cities by 2030 | Danger Room | Wired.com

U.S. Spies See Superhumans, Instant Cities by 2030 | Danger Room | Wired.com | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
3-D printed organs. Brain chips providing superhuman abilities. Megacities, built from scratch. The U.S. intelligence community is taking a look at the world of 2030. And it is very, very sci-fi.
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We’ve seen experimental prosthetics in recent years that are connected to the human neurological system. The Council says the link between man and machine is about to get way more cyborg-like. “As replacement limb technology advances, people may choose to enhance their physical selves as they do with cosmetic surgery today. Future retinal eye implants could enable night vision, and neuro-enhancements could provide superior memory recall or speed of thought,” the Council writes. “Brain-machine interfaces could provide ‘superhuman’ abilities, enhancing strength and speed, as well as providing functions not previously available.”


And if the machines can’t be embedded into the person, the person may embed himself in the robot. “Augmented reality systems can provide enhanced experiences of real-world situations. Combined with advances in robotics, avatars could provide feedback in the form of sensors providing touch and smell as well as aural and visual information to the operator,” the report adds. There’s no word about whether you’ll have to paint yourself blue to enjoy the benefits of this tech.

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Swarm Robots Called ‘Droplets’ The Size Of A Golf Ball

Swarm Robots Called ‘Droplets’ The Size Of A Golf Ball | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
Robots that look more like ping pong balls could one day help to colonize Mars, so thinks their developer. The robots would work together in swarms of thousands to construct habitats for humans and perform gardening tasks.
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Micah Hanks On The Evolution Of Human Technology In The UFO Singularity | Paranormal

Micah Hanks On The Evolution Of Human Technology In The UFO Singularity | Paranormal | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
Micah Hanks On The Evolution Of Human Technology In The UFO Singularity http://t.co/3Y9zHVp7
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Bebionic: Bionic Hands Are Getting Closer To The Real Thing

Bebionic: Bionic Hands Are Getting Closer To The Real Thing | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
The bebionic is tightening its grip on its reputation as one of the world’s most advanced prosthetic hands.
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An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology

An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
This book is a first step down the road of cataloging the new interactions
and experiences of the modern cyborg subject.
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Amber Case is a Cyborg Anthropologist and UX Designer from Portland, Oregon. Her main focus is applying anthropology to mobile computing and social software.

Case has spoken at various industry conferences including MIT's Futures of Entertainment and Inverge: The Interactive Convergence Conference, Ignite Portland and Ignite Boulder.

Case founded CyborgCamp, an unconference on the future of humans and technology. In 2010 she was named one of Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Tech.

You can learn more about Cyborg Anthropology at cyborganthropology.com, and on Twitter at @caseorganic.

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RealityAugmented — Augmented reality, cyborg anthropology, new aesthetics, coevolution technologies.

RealityAugmented — Augmented reality, cyborg anthropology, new aesthetics, coevolution technologies. | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
Augmented reality, cyborg anthropology, new aesthetics, coevolution technologies.
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'Walking robot' allows paralyzed man to move again

'Walking robot' allows paralyzed man to move again | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
Imagine being paralyzed from the chest down, due to a car accident -- and then suddenly being able to walk again. And it's all thanks to something called an exoskeleton ('Walking robot' allows paralyzed man to move again
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Celebrity as Cyborg - Cyborg Anthropology

@ClaireSale Well, if you ever want to play with it, remember that celebrity is the ultimate form of cyborg

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The "celebrity" is the ultimate form of cyborg. It exists on an Actor Network of technosocial connections attached to a system of production, reproduction and distribution. The celebrity consists of a series of perfect moments augmented by makeup, lighting, and video that are expanded to take up space and time in the minds of consumers. Like the impossible feast, the celebrity cannot be fully consumed, and the more times the viewer accesses the celebrity, the more their mental taste buds seek new celebrity data.

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Can Cyborgs Fall in Love?

Can Cyborgs Fall in Love? | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
Our deepest attachments develop when we can show all of who we are and be accepted, and that includes romantic love. The crudely pixilated self of cyberspace can hardly represent the best of us. (Dr. Craig Malkin: Can Cyborgs Fall in Love?
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Even prior to the Internet, the idea that we exist in multiple versions of self was accepted wisdom by many. I am my daughter's father, my wife's husband, my client's therapist. Each relationship -- each environment -- calls on a slightly different version of who we are, so that in many ways, we create, and our created, by our own experiences. That's what Case and Turkle mean by the second self. It's the self we fashion for cyberspace even as it fashions us.

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“Neuristor”: Memristors used to create a neuron-like behavior

“Neuristor”: Memristors used to create a neuron-like behavior | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
The solid-state device has an output that looks like neural activity spikes. (“Neuristor”: Memristors used to create a neuron-like behavior - first signs before the singularity happens?
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The Singularity and the Future-Human under Capitalism

The Singularity and the Future-Human under Capitalism | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
The Technological Singularity, referred to as “the singularity” by transhumanists, signifies a point in time where self-aware self-improving artificial intelligence that could surpass the intelligence of the human brain manifests.
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I am become Death.

The technology we are devising today can be more dangerous than nuclear weapons. Human-improving technologies can also be used as human-controlling technologies. Humanity can be condemned to millennia of techno-slavery under the iron fist of ruling-class technocrats, without awareness of our collective power. We can live on for centuries, maybe forever, but will be devoid of our humanity as long as we are alienated from the fruit of our productive and creative means. We will be alienated from ourselves and each other.


The historical arrogance of singularitarians, the objectivist libertarianism of capitalists like Peter Theil, and the crisis state of mainstream capitalism may combine to form a perfect storm, conceive the singularity, and maintain systems of oppression while numbing working people to their own plight. Theil would likely welcome this outcome. Ray Kurzweil, author ofThe Singularity is Near, promotes a more ethical approach to the possible singularity. Kurzweil takes the time to at least recognize the downside of such technologies, the risks posed by the singularity, and the ethical dilemma we are situated in.vi Advanced intelligences can be incredibly beneficial, but they do not exist in a bubble, they are prone to social, political, and economic forces.


We can look to the future with understanding eyes, seeing both our history, present, and future together. Futurism and Transhumanism is about a greater understanding of our history, society, and future possibilities. We can't ignore historical oppression and inequities. We need to develop better methods of understanding the ethics behind advanced technologies and be willing to challenge power structures that seek to use them for oppressive means.


Capitalism will influence every major social event as long as it is the dominant social form. The singularity is not immune to this. No intelligence can out-think the destructive military power of the state. Singularitarians are selling snake oil, just in a shinier container with more free gadgets. The singularity, and advanced intelligences, will not and cannot be a panacea for the systemic oppression and exploitation inherent in capitalism, and as such will never benefit all of humanity.

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Advanced humanoid Roboy to be ‘born’ in nine months

Advanced humanoid Roboy to be ‘born’ in nine months | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it

Meet Roboy, “one of the most advanced humanoid robots,” say researchers at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich.


Their 15 project partners and over 40 engineers and scientists are constructing Roboy as a tendon-driven robot modeled on human beings (robots usually have their motors in their joints, giving them that “robot” break-dance look), so it will move almost as elegantly as a human.

Roboy will be a “service robot,” meaning it will execute services independently for the convenience of human beings, as in the movie Robot & Frank.


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The “strange” profession of the cyborg anthropologist | mweprin.com

The “strange” profession of the cyborg anthropologist | mweprin.com | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
CNN features a long article about the unusual new profession of the cyborg anthropologist – featuring a robot hand photo for good measure. But re...

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Putting cyber on punk

Putting cyber on punk | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
Transhumanism, Futuristic, Robot, Female Bot, Future, new-born child, android, robot girl, Cold hands, warm heart.
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Of Mice, Men, The Singularity and Playing Dice with the Universe

Of Mice, Men, The Singularity and Playing Dice with the Universe | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
En route to the singularity, can our grandiose plans to become immortal, super-intelligent, god-like beings turn out to be “the promised joy” that went awry?
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» Google X Lab Hires Futurist Ray Kurzweil to Bring Singularity’s Focus on Consumer Products Development FUTUREPREDICTIONS.COM Source of Likely and Preferable Futures ™

» Google X Lab Hires Futurist Ray Kurzweil to Bring Singularity’s Focus on Consumer Products Development FUTUREPREDICTIONS.COM Source of Likely and Preferable Futures ™ | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
Google X Lab Hires Futurist Ray Kurzweil to Bring Singularity’s Focus on Consumer Products Development - http://t.co/O3Yo00A0
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33rd Square | Doug Wolens Documentary On The Singularity Now Available

33rd Square | Doug Wolens Documentary On The Singularity Now Available | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
In his documentary film, The Singularity, director Doug Wolens interviewed leading futurists, computer scientists, artificial intelligence experts, and philosophers examine the question of what will humanity look like in the future.
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Cyborg Cabaret - Carnegie Mellon University | CMU

Cyborg Cabaret - Carnegie Mellon University | CMU | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it

An interdisciplinary variety show called "Cyborg Cabaret" will bring together humans and robots in a way that audiences haven't seen before.

Designed to make people laugh hard and think harder about how technology is changing society, "Cyborg Cabaret" will feature talent from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics InstituteSchool of ArtEntertainment Technology Center and the broader Pittsburgh community including Assemble, VIA and Hack Pittsburgh.

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Cyborgs are a combination of people and machine, but Knight said she and Wilcox sought to make the show about much more than robots.

"It's about the relationship between society and technology, about our expectations for what technology might do for and to us," she explained. "We want to explore the ways this has worked out and the ways it hasn't."

Among the acts are:

  • a Robot Arm Quartet, a group of robotic arms assembled by Golan Levin, director of CMU's Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, that perform as a barbershop quartet;
  • an exploration by Knight of what makes robots come alive that features choreography by several robots from Professor Manuela Veloso's research lab, known as Crebots; and
  • Cyborlesque, a burlesque performance by graduating senior fine arts student Julia Cahill in which human and machine parts are revealed — or are they?

Wilcox will direct the Robot Rumble, which pits an unlikely array of real-life robots — including the CMU Crusher,Honda ASIMOBoston Dynamics BigDog and the Google Self-driving Car — against each other in one-on-one WWE-style wrestling matches.

The show takes place in the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh's North Side at 8 p.m., Friday, April 27.

The "Cyborg Cabaret" is another example of how CMU bridges technology and the arts to create new innovations and solutions. CMU continues its celebration of "National Robotics Week" in Washington D.C. today and inPittsburgh on Friday, April 20, 2012.

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BioSocieties - Abstract of article: How cultural is /`cultural neuroscience/'[quest] Some comments on an emerging research paradigm

BioSocieties - Abstract of article: How cultural is /`cultural neuroscience/'[quest] Some comments on an emerging research paradigm | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
BioSocieties is an interdisciplinary journal for the social studies of life sciences. BioSocieties is committed to the scholarly exploration of the crucial social, ethical and policy implications of developments in the life sciences and biomedicine.

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Greg Downey's curator insight, December 14, 2012 11:42 PM

I share the authors' concern with cultural neuroscience, although I think part of the problem is a set of pragmatic limits on the sorts of research that can be done given the distribution of the necessary research infrastructure and the questions that have shaped cultural psychology. From an anthropological perspective, the first wave of cultural neuroscience may be worrying, but I believe that constructive engagement can really help to shape a more expansive and exciting cultural neuroscience, one that I already see some positive signs of emerging.

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Cyborgs, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, England, Kevin Warwick discussed his research in artificial intelligence, robotics and cyborgs. While ...
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According to (selon, dizque): Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Being Developed - Technology News - redOrbit

According to (selon, dizque): Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Being Developed - Technology News - redOrbit | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich are creating one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever.Roboy, a tendon-driven robot modeled on human beings, had the help of over 40 engineers and scientists to help bring it to life. The robot is expected to be able to move almost as elegantly as a human.Roboy will be a “service robot,” capable of executing services independently for the convenience of human beings.Roboy is based on another, older anthropomorphic robot with a tendon system known as Ecce. Unlike Ecce, Roboy will be more comfortable looking to humans, as Ecce looked like a scary Cyclops robot.

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The Most Popular Stories from THE FUTURIST magazine in 2012 | World Future Society

The Most Popular Stories from THE FUTURIST magazine in 2012 | World Future Society | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
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Noahpinion: Rise of the cyborgs

Noahpinion: Rise of the cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism_NBIC | Scoop.it
Bot 'ethics': 'They learn more quickly but they don't have a good intuitive or introspective sense about why' http://t.co/K8SOrFjB
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