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The daily grinding of evolution, as accelerated by technology, churns out more and more complex organisms, with higher rates of energy use, and with increasing specialization. Minds are the ideal way to express complexity, energy density, increasing specialization, expanding diversity — all in one system. Mindedness is what evolution produces. Mindedness is what technology wants, too. Inevitable Minds
The CB2 baby robot has begun to grow up, and can now learn like a toddler. The two-year-old, four-foot-tall, 73-pound robot is now interacting with humans and “developing social skills,” just as its creators at Osaka University hoped it would. Japan’s “Child Robot” Learns to Walk
the same logic apply to allocating attention to the various stimuli that bombard us. Assuming a spotlight view of attention, and assuming that there are limited attentional resources, one is constantly faced with the problem of finding which stimuli in the world are salient and need to be attended to. Now, the leap I am making is that attention-allocation just like choosing to act volitionally is an operant and not a reactive, but pro-active process Action-selection and Attention-allocation: a common problem and a common solution?
Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence damaged his right eye in a childhood accident and was later given a prosthetic replacement. Like any other false eye, it was designed to be purely an aesthetic replacement, but he realised that the vacant bit of face real estate could be put to better use in his art. Now Spence is attempting to build a wireless video camera into his synthetic eye, turning himself into a self-proclaimed “Eyeborg”. Bionic eye cam to shine a light on society
in un era in cui il web 2.0 invade profondamente le nostre vite.. parimenti lo fa con la nostra morte. […] Ma se domani dovessi morire all’improvviso, cosa accadrebbe della mia vita web? "Io sono i miei dati, voglio fare testamento digitale"
As science and technology advance further, it will become increasingly possible to enhance basic human capacities to increase or modulate cognition, mood, personality, and physical performance, and to control the biological processes underlying normal aging. Some have suggested that such advances would take us beyond the bounds of human nature. These trends, and these dramatic prospects, raise profound ethical questions. They have generated intense public debate and have become a central topic of discussion within practical ethics. Should we side with bioconservatives, and forgo the use of any biomedical interventions aimed at enhancing human capacities? Should we side with transhumanists and embrace the new opportunities? Or should we perhaps plot some middle course? Human Enhancement presents the latest moves in this crucial debate: original contributions from many of the world’s leading ethicists and moral thinkers, representing a wide range of perspectives, advocates and sceptics, enthusiasts and moderates. These are the arguments that will determine how humanity develops in the near future. Human Enhancement
The experience of growing up online will profoundly shape the workplace expectations of “Generation F” – the Facebook Generation. At a minimum, they’ll expect the social environment of work to reflect the social context of the Web, rather than as is currently the case, a mid-20th-century Weberian bureaucracy. the Facebook Generation
In a world without technology, we would not be living, and we would not be human. The World Without Technology
Researchers from the University of York and the University of Warwick, both UK, are working on plans for a device able to manipulate five of a person’s senses, to given them the sensation of being somewhere else. But while systems to control what a person sees and hears are well-established, touch, smell and taste are much harder to control realistically. The video above shows how the team intend to do that, for example by capturing smells from the real world to be “played back” later. Ultimate virtual reality will trigger five senses
She showed volunteers a computerised image of a right arm on a 3D display while their own right arm was stretched out in front of them but hidden from view. The volunteers felt as if the virtual arm was projecting out in front of them from their right shoulder. As in the rubber hand illusion, Slater touched and stroked the real arm with a wand that relayed images of a virtual wand performing the same touches and strokes on the virtual arm. The virtual body