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Nina Anissimov (33)
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    A series of rambles by SpaceCollective members sharing sudden insights and moments of clarity. Rambling is a time-proven way of thinking out loud,...

    The great enhancement debate
    What will happen when for the first time in ages different human species will inhabit the earth at the same time? The day may be upon us when people...
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    I'm thankful to Elementary School for...
    I realized some years ago as I was typing that, much like speaking english, I articulate ideas via my keyboard onto the computer without pre-thinking their content. I was very pleased, then, to be able to say that in some sense I was fluent in two "languages," one verbal and one as physical as sign language. I'm certain that others have put two and two together and used the same terminology as I to describe this, but what's important is understanding its underlying meaning. By removing the noise, the stuttering, the translation between mind and computer, we make ourselves more present and more available to the internet's vast social network. I'm so thankful that a portion of my elementary and middle school education went toward learning such a valuable skill, and i'm upset that elderly individuals who still "peck" at their keyboards are hindered not only in their speed of internet relation but also symbolic depth.

    As long as we're humans occupying our current physical form, transcending the mind-digital interface begins by achieving fluency in typing. Assuming one is fluent in typing, WPM better defines speed of thought than speed of typing, ignoring dexterity limitations.


    Next step, ditch the keyboards!



    In other news, did you know that some adults pay their administrative assistants to do their internet research, because they don't know how? I think we take our navigatory skills for granted...lost in the internet and unable to find your way. How sad!

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    lateral     Tue, Dec 11, 2007  Permanent link
    I agree. Even though I bought myself a split keyboard to teach myself touch. School didn't really teach it in an enticing way. The benefits of real world use was what got me to learn it.

    I'm looking forward to the next interface. Wacom has it's range of tablet screens, Microsoft the Surface, Apple the iphone multitouch screen. Then there are all the experimental prototypes of various ways to control, make and compose music: Music Table

    But yeah, the brain implant is the one I'm looking forward to as well.
    rene     Wed, Dec 12, 2007  Permanent link
    Hey Nina, great post. Hope you like your ramble and your introduction videos to the Great Enhancement Debate. If you feel like it, we'd love to have you help kick off that debate. I'm very much impressed by the way you articulate these subjects. Thanks, Rene
    folkert     Fri, Dec 14, 2007  Permanent link



     
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