Posts Tagged ‘transhumanism’
Japan, the world’s second largest economy, is facing a demographic crisis that will shrink the population dramatically. The Japanese aren’t having babies, and the country won’t accept immigrants to help bolster the population. But Japan may have a unique solution — Robots!
For further context, here’s a handy page full of articles exploring the philosophical implications of AI and other Singularity technologies.
For even further context, here’s this:
Sega Toylet: Become a video game whiz – at the urinal
Just a reminder that we are all still hurtling towards technological omnipresence.
When anyone with an internet connection can fly their digital body anywhere in the world, and view live streaming video and data metrics of what is happening there, how will the global zeitgeist respond? How can these technologies be used for the benefit of all beings?
TURNING INTO GODS is a new feature length documentary exploring mankind’s journey to ‘play jazz with the universe’… it is a story of our ultimate potential, the reach of our intelligence, the scope of our scientific and engineering abilities and the transcendent quality of our heroic and noble calling.
As the exponential curve of Moore’s law ascends, so too do our avenues of expression. In this TED video, artist Natasha Tsakos fuses live performance with projected backgrounds and digital animation for an inspiring vision of the future present.
As digital art programs become more intuitive, user-friendly and portable, whole new modes of fully-immersive communication and performance will allow people to manifest and share their wildest flights of imagination. The legos, dolls and action figures of this era’s children will increasingly occur on the planes of virtual reality, to be exchanged and remixed among friends, giving rise to waves of cultural novelty the likes of which the modern world has never seen.
‘The main components of the Leonar3Do interactive desktop VR (virtual reality) hardware are: a spatial input device (the ‘bird’) with six degrees of freedom, 3D glasses and monitor-mounted sensors. The bird operates in six degrees of freedom, which means that you can not only move the individual objects or the whole space, but also rotate them. The 3D glasses allow users to perceive a stereoscopic image displayed before the monitor area as three-dimensional object. The sensors continuously track the position of both the bird and the glasses, and send information through the central unit to the Leonar3Do system software.’
Re-envision the image of the One-Man-Band for the present day’s technology, a single person radiating mesmerizing fields of symphonic sound, light and form. Imagine whole classrooms, neighborhoods and protest rallies joining forces to project holographic visualizations in full view of the public and media coverage. How might these newfound means of being seen and heard catalyze a Revolutionary Renaissance?
When it rains, it pours. And right now it’s pouring Singularity like sweet, hot maple syrup all over the fluffy stack of flapjacks that is humanity.
An editor from the transhumanist magazine H+ sums it all up very nicely with a compilation of recent developments on everything from nanofactories to 3D human tissue printers to plasma fusion. The asymptote is in view.
Meanwhile, American researchers have successful produced an amazing breakthrough in the creation of artificial life. Pre-programmed DNA “software” implanted in a surrogate cell. The cell then reads the new, synthetic DNA, produces the proteins encoded therein and converts the surrogate into the cell species specified by the genetic code. The newly minted cell species then copies itself billions of times – all containing the same synthetically programmed DNA. New life.
“I think they’re going to potentially create a new industrial revolution,” Dr Venter said.
“If we can really get cells to do the production that we want, they could help wean us off oil and reverse some of the damage to the environment by capturing carbon dioxide.”
Simultaneously, we don’t know the risks of launching vast synthetic organisms into the wild. It’s kind of an organic grey goo quandry.
However, we will have the machines on our side! Newly developed transistors allow biological proteins to communicate with to nano-electronic circuits.
First, researchers built the backbone of the transistor out of a carbon nanotube between two electrodes. Next, they insulated the electrodes and covered the nanotube with a mixture of fatty molecules called lipids and proteins. The covering formed a lipid “bilayer” — a double lipid membrane — much like those that make up the outer membranes of biological cells.
The researchers then poured a solution of sodium ions, potassium ions and adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, over the transistor while running a voltage through it. In cells, ATP is the primary source of energy. It fulfilled the same role in the transistor, powering the proteins embedded in the lipid bilayer.
These proteins began working, transferring sodium and potassium ions across the bilayer. The charges from the ions created an electrical field around the transistor, which then changed the ability of the transistor to conduct electricity by as much as 35 percent. The higher the concentration of ATP, the more the conductivity changed.
Getting a biological molecule to control the electric current in a transistor is a first step toward computers that would interface directly with the brain.
This new piece was inspired by the yoga studies he is focusing on
while visiting India. I couldn’t help to notice that, the new piece carries the same
lessons you can find in the work of the french occultist from the late 1800′s, Eliphas Levi.
Imagery of the Hexagram/Merkaba holds timeless wisdom
no matter when what era it is applied to.
Also a new portait
this time of his good friend and instructor Sivadas
whom he met on his trip.
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A MEDITATION ON THE WILL TO BECOME IMMORTAL… a love letter to science and philosophy that explores the idea of engineered radical life extension and biological immortality featuring Ray Kurzweil among others… by Jason Silva.