Advances in biotechnology and micro-robotics have shrunk the industrial base of society down to the scale where anyone can make almost anything. With self replicating matter printing systems, and adolescent with a biological printer and laptop becomes a species level threat. Additionally, such systems place an unprecedented burden of self control...
The Aesthetics of Failure's 10 basic principles:
1. Failure is a shade of beauty born from imperfection - yet is a portrayal of perfection
2. Failure is an involuntary consciousness - as well as a manner of comprehending and apprehending reality
3. Failure is organic - never a deliberate mechanical process or a technical effect alone
What would it be like if there was no night sky? What if the only thing up there was just blackness?
Would we have ever tried to cross the oceans? Would we have ever landed on the moon?
Would we ever look up?
"Can surgery cure obesity?"
It does several more wonders, pointing to the activity of hunger hormone Ghrelin.
"Ghrelin plays a significant role in neurotrophy, particularly in the hippocampus, and is essential for cognitive adaptation to changing environments and the process of learning."
Since at least the fifth century, generations of Buddhists have memorized and chanted the Diamond Sutra, a short Mahayana Buddhist scripture. The work, which offers meditations on illusion and perception, was originally written in Sanskrit and first translated into Chinese in 402 A.D. Despite the text’s longevity, Stanford religious studies...
Apparently the RZA had a very valid vision of the future circa 1997? Pick apart and appraise at will. Lots of truth in here and it reads (and listens) like wonderful poetry. Your thoughts? You can also listen if you have it on your hard drive/mind drive. Just click le link.
Wu-Tang Clan - Impossible
Fusion of the five...
With all the hype flying around Augmented Reality lately, it's easy to assume the nascent tech is just another flash-in-the-pan destined to burn out in a fury of marketing gimmickry & sensational posturing. Yet, it's informative to consider the drivers pushing this trend and to tease out the truly adaptive value percolating beneath the...
The Serious ARG (Alternate Reality Game)
In a 2007 article, columnist Chris Dahlen (of Pitchfork Media) voiced a much-discussed ARG concept: if ARGs can spark players to solve very hard fictional problems, could the games be used to solve real-world problems? Dahlen was writing about World Without Oil, the first ARG centered on a serious...
Recently I came across a very interesting article by Timothy Lenoir, bringing a fresh perspective on the concept Singularity and posthumanist future.
In the introductory note Lenoir writes:
Most researchers agree that there is no reason in principle why we will not eventually develop conscious machines that rival or surpass human...
'An ultimate simulation needs an ultimate computer, and the new science of digitalism says that the universe itself is the ultimate computer — actually the only computer. Further, it says, all the computation of the human world, especially our puny little PCs, merely piggybacks on cycles of the great computer. Weaving together the...
Attention - interest - sync - time passage, now there might be a measurement of the correlation by observing blinking.
"Worried you'll blink and miss a crucial piece of the action? Then you can relax. While watching a film, we subconsciously control the timing of blinks to make sure we don't miss anything important. And because we tend to...
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 21, 2008 – Intel Corporation's chief technology officer took a fascinating look at how technology will bring man and machine much closer together by 2050.
Cutting the Last Cord, Wireless Power
Programmable Matter: Computers that Change Shape
Robots: From the Factory Floor to Your Kitchen