Cellphones Are A Prepubescent Transhumanism

My following article below was originally published by SERIOUS WONDER:

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In June of this year, during the conclusions of landmark Supreme Court case Riley v. California, Chief Justice John Roberts, who’d written for all eight justices of the Supreme Court, noted that modern cellphones were “such a pervasive and insistent part of daily life that the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy.”

What an amazing, thought provoking thing to say! Is Chief Justice John Roberts correct, however? Are our cellphones such an important facet of our daily lives that we might as well consider them extensions of our biological selves? If techno-philosopher Jason Silva has anything to say about it, it’s a big, fat “HELL YES!”

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Our Future Celebrities Will Be Technologists

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The celebrities of today range anywhere from actors to athletes. They’re amazing at what they do, but in the end they can greatly disappoint us. After all, what they do is purely to entertain you, despite whatever message they may be giving. But what if our future celebrities not only entertained us, but uplifted us out of our socio-economic conditions? What if our future celebrities helped change the world via science and technology?

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Taiwan Bedazzles Humans With Robot Superiority

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Robot superiority

It should be of no surprise by now as to the efficiency automation has above human labor. In today’s workforce, either a company is fully automated or there’s a conjoined working relationship between human and robot workers. Either way, robots are most certainly the ones on top. And for good reasons: they’re built that way!

Most people, however, aren’t able to see what exactly a robot does which maximizes efficiency in the workforce, and subsequently society as a whole. They’re either too small to see, or they work in large factories that can only be accessed if you, yourself, worked there. It’s a shame, really, because knowing that a robot is doing its job more efficiently than you is only half the fun. The other half is actually seeing it.

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Morphological Freedom Is Everyone’s Civil Right

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ed. note: The subject of this article, Jasmine Tridevil, has been recognized as a fraud since she made the airwaves with her third-breast-prosthesis last month. 

Morphological Freedom

“We face an open-ended future looming large with potential for defining and transforming ourselves to an extent unthinkable in all past human history.” – Max More, “Technological Self-Transformation

The time is right, I believe, that we all start talking about what has become a fundamental tenet to the Transhumanist movement: Morphological Freedom. Coined in 1993 by Transhumanist philosopher Max More, who is now the President and CEO of cryonics facility Alcor, what this term basically entails is:

A civil right to each individual to either maintain their original biological form or to modify their body however they so wish, so long their means of doing so doesn’t harm other individuals.

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Soft Robotics Take First Steps On Their Own

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Robotics have been a major aspect of the 21st century in more ways than one, and will soon be taking up even larger roles as they become more sophisticated and, for some, when their cords are finally severed. For soft robotics, however, the latter has been their latest development – the untethering of soft robots, taking their first steps without human assistance.

This major development in robotics is the result of hard work by developers from Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. The quadruped – the first ever untethered soft robot – not only severed its cords, but also has the ability to be engulfed in flames and come out of it unscathed. With the subsequent abilities to crawl through snow and be run over by a car, these super strengths were developed for a reason – future disaster relief scenarios.

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The Nostalgist: Upcoming Short Film Explores Augmented Reality

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“Everything about the old man was natural and wrinkled except for his Eyes™ and Ears™, thick glasses resting on the creased bridge of his nose and two flesh-colored buds nestled in his ears. They were battered technological artifacts that captured sights and sounds and sanitized every visual and auditory experience. The old man sometimes wondered whether he could bear to live without these artifacts. He did not think so.” – Daniel H. Wilson, The Nostalgist

What if everything you saw, and everything you heard, were mere techno-induced manifestations, and the real world hidden beneath the augmented veil was something worth hiding? This very question is now being explored in the upcoming sci-fi short film The Nostalgist.

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Your Future Car Will Be 3D-Printed

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3D-printed-car-Strati

If you were to visit the homepage of car manufacturer Local Motors, you’d be surprised with an interesting pop up of an animation. The animation depicts the 3D-printing of an entire car, and then invites you to take a peak into the future of automobiles – the very first 3D-printed car known as the Strati!

This isn’t merely a concept design, nor wishful thinking of how we might manufacture cars in the coming decades; this is the here and now, with a fully operational, ready-to-be-tested vehicle. As shown in the video shared below (the Strati can be seen at the 0:55 mark), people are already giving it a test run, albeit with police escorts and security detail to ensure the safety of both the drivers and nearby passersby. But how much of this vehicle is 3D-printed (see graphic below)?
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Engineering Panpsychism: A possibility?

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My view of consciousness, as it stands today, is with that of the mainstream, materialist understanding of consciousness – an internal byproduct of the brain, and likely the result of combined synaptic feedback, rather than any single area of the brain. In turn, this also means that I completely reject the asinine concept of consciousness adhering to Panpsychism – the belief that consciousness is everywhere, in everything that is made up of matter.

Having said that, as I think more about the likely prospect of reverse engineering the brain, and thus developing an artificial brain with all of its internal structures (including consciousness), I wonder if Panpsychism – while currently bullshit, IMHO – could eventually be engineered!?

This is a strange idea, and no doubt would cause a good amount of heads to turn in confusion and doubt, but once we’re able to develop artificial consciousness, the issue of ‘how’ and ‘where’ would no longer surmount our way of thinking and engineering. Meaning, once we can develop artificial consciousness into implants, or even nano-sized and femto-sized robotics, what’s stopping us from engineering Panpsychism?

Print the Legend: The Growing World of 3D-Printing

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Print the Legend


Print the Legend Synopsis

Print the Legend, the newest Netflix Original Documentary, is a story of innovation and technology, of controversy and change. For the first time in history, the building of an industry and its inevitable social upheaval has been filmed. The result is Print the Legend, a documentary which chronicles the race to bring 3D printing to the forefront of society. It’s a compelling look at an industry in the midst of its “Macintosh Moment,” chronicling the infinite and unlimited potential of 3D printing… as well as the dark possibilities that could lie underneath.


The Netflix Original Documentary Print the Legend will be ready to be streamed on September 26.

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