transhumanism, humanity plus, and the future of biotechnology
/ curated by Gabriel Hudson

 

Amplified Intelligence: Machines as Brain Boosters
We think of AI as meaning “Amplified Intelligence.” The interesting thing is that many traditional AI technologies in fact are being used in just this way. We like to refer to it as building cognitive prostheses, computational systems that leverage and extend human intellectual capacities, just as eyeglasses are a kind of ocular prosthesis.

Amplified Intelligence: Machines as Brain Boosters

We think of AI as meaning “Amplified Intelligence.” The interesting thing is that many traditional AI technologies in fact are being used in just this way. We like to refer to it as building cognitive prostheses, computational systems that leverage and extend human intellectual capacities, just as eyeglasses are a kind of ocular prosthesis.

(Source: the-promised-wlan)

Pay with your hand using vein scanning

Paying for a coffee or lunch by simply scanning your palm still sounds like science fiction to most of us. However, an engineering student at Lund University in Sweden has made it happen - making his the first known company in the world to install the vein scanning technique in stores and coffee shops.

(vía PCMag.com)

Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

(Source: ted)

Krzysztof Wodiczko: Dis-Armor II, 1999
Dis-Armor is a psychocultural prosthetic equipment, designed to meet the communicative need of the alienated, traumatized, and silenced residents of today’s cities. It connects contemporary research in two fields: wearable communication technology and prosthetics.
Specifically, Dis-Armor is an instrument designed to focus on the psychological difficulties of Japanese high school students and “school refusers,” who live in silence and lack facial expression.It is designed for particular individuals among urban youth who have survived overwhelming life events (violence, neglect, and abuse) and who now wish to overcome their false sense of shame, to break their silence, and to communicate their experience in public space.

Krzysztof Wodiczko: Dis-Armor II, 1999

Dis-Armor is a psychocultural prosthetic equipment, designed to meet the communicative need of the alienated, traumatized, and silenced residents of today’s cities. It connects contemporary research in two fields: wearable communication technology and prosthetics.

Specifically, Dis-Armor is an instrument designed to focus on the psychological difficulties of Japanese high school students and “school refusers,” who live in silence and lack facial expression.It is designed for particular individuals among urban youth who have survived overwhelming life events (violence, neglect, and abuse) and who now wish to overcome their false sense of shame, to break their silence, and to communicate their experience in public space.