heideg: 459. Turing farm. Let's think about Cyberpunk future of roachblood humans. It's obvious that even capsule housing is still a ridiculously expensive thing. Plus you have to pay for nutrients, sanitation, electricity, Internet connection, etc. So, you need to have some work, but in the modern world, the work can be done online, without leaving your living pod. Original idea of "The Matrix" was not humans as batteries, but humans as processing nodes. Unicorn Cookbook Found at the British Library A long-lost medieval cookbook, containing recipes for hedgehogs, blackbirds and even unicorns, has been discovered at the British Library. Professor Brian Trump of the British Medieval Cookbook Project described the find as near-miraculous. "We've been hunting for this book for years. The moment I first set my eyes on it was spine-tingling."
Is the Internet Really Making Me Stupid, Crazy, and Constantly Distracted? Okay, interesting questions indeed. Now, I am not an expert in neurology or anything, but I do have an MS in Biology and do know a little. Our brains have been shaped by millions of years of evolution. If you think your brain is going to get "wired" differently by using the internet, you are crazy. If the biggest technology-haters warning came true and we were all reduced to living without technology and having to fend for ourselves, do you think for a moment we cannot revert to providing for ourselves the basics of life?
Bionic Vision: “Sight” Short Movie Explores the Coming Future of Augmented Reality A picture of an eye with a google glasses style contact lens A pair of graduate students at the Bezaleal Academy of Arts, in Jeruselem, have created a fascinating short video that experiments with concepts of life in a world full of Augmented Reality technology. There is little doubt that Terminator-style AR is coming. Today’s vision, limited to mere biological functioning, will seem vastly primitive compared to the bionic eyesight of the future. Augmented reality began to capture the attention of mainstream consumers when Google released their Project Glass trailer showcasing their frames capable of layering digital information over a person’s field of vision.
How Much Longer Before Our First AI Catastrophe? As I distinctly recall, some speculated that the Stock Market crash of 1987, was due to high frequency trading by computers, and mindful of this possibility, I think regulators passed laws to prevent computers from trading in that specific pattern again. I remember something vague about about "throttles" being installed in the trading software that kick in whenever they see a sudden, global spike in the area in which they are trading. These throttles where supposed to slow down trading to a point where human operators could see what was happening and judge whether there was an unintentional feedback loop happening. This was 1987. This no-budget science fiction short looks better than most movies The Good: AMAZING effects and character design! The battle droids actually *looked* like devices built for live combat situations—heavily-armoured, heavily-ARMED, and just...heavy! The Bad: 1) WHEN will people finally drop the completely stupid "careful withdrawal of consciousness from virtual environment" trope? The rig on the interrogator's head is clearly a simple noninvasive magnetic-resonance device stimulating parts of his brain.
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. Basic concepts
Human enhancement An electrically powered exoskeleton suit in development as of 2010 by Tsukuba University of Japan. Human enhancement is "any attempt to temporarily or permanently overcome the current limitations of the human body through natural or artificial means. It is the use of technological means to select or alter human characteristics and capacities, whether or not the alteration results in characteristics and capacities that lie beyond the existing human range."  Technologies How consciousness works – Michael Graziano Scientific talks can get a little dry, so I try to mix it up. I take out my giant hairy orangutan puppet, do some ventriloquism and quickly become entangled in an argument. I’ll be explaining my theory about how the brain — a biological machine — generates consciousness. Kevin, the orangutan, starts heckling me.
The Art World Redefined Through Contemporary Slang A recent article in The Guardian brought attention to Urban Dictionary entries that redefine the giants of literature through contemporary slang. They range from the stupid (JK Rowling: being under the effects of cannabis (J) and ketamine (K)), to the sublime (Kerouac: to wander aimlessly for the giddy thrill). The New York Daily News cited the entries as being a “history of literature as seen by millions of 17-year-olds today,” but as The Guardian points out, some familiarity with the writer’s canon is required to make the quips successful — which means there has to be some literacy at play here.
Am I a cyborg now? — Idea of the day 28 July 2012 Some time ago I've read about a guy that had a magnet implanted in the pinky finger. The author seems to have made the implant mostly for fun only later he discovered that it sometimes "ticks" in and gives a "sixth sense": When people discuss magnet implants giving a “sixth sense,” this is what they’re talking about. Vernor Vinge on the Singularity Vernor Vinge Department of Mathematical Sciences San Diego State University (c) 1993 by Vernor Vinge (This article may be reproduced for noncommercial purposes if it is copied in its entirety, including this notice.) The original version of this article was presented at the VISION-21 Symposium sponsored by NASA Lewis Research Center and the Ohio Aerospace Institute, March 30-31, 1993. A slightly changed version appeared in the Winter 1993 issue of Whole Earth Review. Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence.
Humans, Version 3.0 Credit: Flickr user Suvcon Where are we humans going, as a species? If science fiction is any guide, we will genetically evolve like in X-Men, become genetically engineered as in Gattaca, or become cybernetically enhanced like General Grievous in Star Wars. All of these may well be part of the story of our future, but I’m not holding my breath.