Dystopian Fiction's Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future Ed Kashi Dystopian fiction is hot right now, with countless books and movies featuring decadent oligarchs, brutal police states, ecological collapse, and ordinary citizens biting and clawing just to survive. For bestselling author Naomi Klein, all this gloom is a worrying sign. “I think what these films tell us is that we’re taking a future of environmental catastrophe for granted,” Klein says in Episode 129 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “And that’s the hardest part of my work, actually convincing people that we’re capable of something other than this brutal response to disaster.”
The real cyborgs - in-depth feature about people merging with machines Ian Burkhart concentrated hard. A thick cable protruded from the crown of his shaven head. A sleeve sprouting wires enveloped his right arm. The 23 - year-old had been paralysed from the neck down since a diving accident four years ago. But, in June this year, in a crowded room in the Wexner Medical Centre at Ohio State University, Burkhart’s hand spasmed into life. At first it opened slowly and shakily, as though uncertain who its owner was. Amanda Cummings’ Memorial Facebook Page Peppered with Insults, Obscenities As of Friday morning, the R.I.P. Amanda Cummings Facebook page contains obscene and mocking images, videos and comments; some of them made fun of her for fatally jumping in front of a bus. Most of the comments on the page, however, were sympathetic towards Cummings and against those who are insulting her. I hope all of you posting the bus pictures are having fun because I will sit here all day if I have to and report every single one of you!
Technology & the Future Humanity+ @ Conferences Our Humanity+ conferences explore innovations of science and technology and their relationship to humanity. Recent conferences have been held at San Francisco State University, Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, California Technology Institute, and Harvard University. Why 20-Something Women Need To Stop Thinking Like 30-Something Women I’m never getting married. I’m never going to have kids. I’m going to be alone for the rest of my life. I am never going to be in love again. I, Robot I, Robot is a collection of nine science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov, first published by Gnome Press in 1950 in an edition of 5,000 copies. The stories originally appeared in the American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction between 1940 and 1950. The stories are woven together as Dr.
Disney Meets Orwell With These Super Cute Surveillance Cameras Trevisanutto developed these camera's as her senior thesis in partnership with a security system manufacturer looking to move into the consumer market. Parson Instead of anonymous grey boxes, Trevisanutto has created a menagerie of animals to house security cameras. Pourquoi les meilleurs esprits de Tech sont très inquiets de l'internet des objets Illustration: Pat Kinsella The Internet of Things is coming. And the tech cognoscenti aren’t sure that’s a good thing. For years, the prospect of an online world that extends beyond computers, phones, and tablets and into wearables, thermostats, and other devices has generated plenty of excitement and activity. But now, some of the brightest tech minds are expressing some doubts about the potential impact on everything from security and privacy to human dignity and social inequality.
Technological singularity The technological singularity is the hypothesis that accelerating progress in technologies will cause a runaway effect wherein artificial intelligence will exceed human intellectual capacity and control, thus radically changing civilization in an event called the singularity. Because the capabilities of such an intelligence may be impossible for a human to comprehend, the technological singularity is an occurrence beyond which events may become unpredictable, unfavorable, or even unfathomable. The first use of the term "singularity" in this context was by mathematician John von Neumann. Proponents of the singularity typically postulate an "intelligence explosion", where superintelligences design successive generations of increasingly powerful minds, that might occur very quickly and might not stop until the agent's cognitive abilities greatly surpass that of any human.
Tall poppy syndrome The tall poppy syndrome is a pejorative term primarily used in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and other Anglosphere nations to describe a social phenomenon in which people of genuine merit are resented, attacked, cut down, or criticised because their talents or achievements elevate them above or distinguish them from their peers. Australia and New Zealand's usage of the term has evolved and is not uniformly negative. In Australia, a long history of "underdog" culture and profound respect for humility in contrast to that of Australia's English feudal heritage results in a different understanding of "tall poppy syndrome".
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick. First published in 1968, the book served as the primary basis for the 1982 film Blade Runner.