We’ve Already Achieved Techno-Telepathy via the Internet

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If you really think about it, the internet can be considered a very low-tech version of techno-telepathy. The internet acts as our medium in the transferring of thoughts to other people. Similar to how two different studies this year successfully showed the transferring of thoughts and commands via BCIs (brain computer interfaces).

The difference, however, is in its efficiency. When you think of something, and then encode it online, it takes a while for people to read it and then think about it themselves. Facebook is a great example, where you’d send a PM to someone, and then wait a long time to finally see “Read at 10:57pm” or something along those lines, meaning the person finally read what you’d sent. It’s especially amusing when you send someone a joke, and rather than an instant laugh or boo, as would occur in normal communications, you wait several minutes, if not several hours, to finally get either a “LOL” or “I don’t get it.” In real life, we’d consider that an über-lag in communications.

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Sci-Fi Art At Its Finest By Japanese Illustrator Shusei Nagaoka

My following article below was originally published by SERIOUS WONDER:

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78 years ago, on November 26 of 1936, an artist was born. Japanese illustrator Shusei Nagaoka has made a name for himself in the business of science-fiction art. Most prominently was his work as cover artist for several music albums throughout the 1970s and ’80s, winning him several awards as a result. Though his greatest achievement occurred in 1991 when his artwork was launched into space and orbited Earth via the Russian Mir Space Station.

The art shown below was only a fraction of his entire catalog, but it certainly paints a vivid understanding to Nagaoka’s style of sci-fi art. His illustrations represent a look into the eyes of a man who imagined nothing but a bright, beautiful future. If you wish to purchase any of his work, be sure to check out his homepage.

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A Sex-Positive Feminist’s Call Of Support For Dr. Matt Taylor

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Feminism has a problem, and I say this as a feminist myself. In fact, it has many problems – sexism, misogyny, and the “male-rights” movement being part of them. But it also has an internal problem which has been growing over the years. There are extremists within the movement, of which are trying to preach either absolute dominance or absolute submission. And they’re a minority to the overall movement, to be clear, but they’re also the loudest unfortunately.

I say this after witnessing the unfortunate attack on a Dr. Matt Taylor – a scientist who works for the European Space Agency – for simply wearing a shirt which featured half-naked women* (some not even to that extent), as shown in the above image. Dr. Taylor was celebrating the recent success of the Rosetta space mission landing the Philae on Comet 67P/C-G, in which he decided to wear the shirt his female friend designed for him for his birthday.

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Umami: Geometric Morphologies In Future Ornaments

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When we look at the simple things in which we use to decorate places we call home, they’re designed to give a sense of comfort, and equally a sense of connection. To people looking in from the outside, all they see are simple ornaments with no meaning behind them, but for the owner there’s a story of self. As we move closer to a future far more radical than originally dreamed of, those ornaments will no longer be simple things, but rather complex structures that’ll fit with a complex life of wonder and awe.

Thanks to the architecture and design company Orproject, your next vase or bowl that’ll compliment your future life and your future home will resonate just that. Say hello to Umami Series!

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AMBITION: Rosetta’s Comet Landing Inspires Sci-Fi Future

My following article below was originally published by SERIOUS WONDER:

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Yesterday the European Space Agency (ESA), and equally all of mankind, made history when the Rosetta spacecraft’s robotic lander Philae successfully landed on a comet named 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. This marked the first time in history for our species to ever successfully land on a comet. In inspiration to Rosetta’s 10-year-long journey and eventual success, the ESA helped produce a sci-fi short film, AMBITION, which integrated Rosetta’s mission with that of a futuristic scenario.


AMBITION Synopsis

In the distant future, an apprentice struggles to sculpt the geology of an alien planet. Upon failing, she demands that her enigmatic master give her another chance to prove her skills. Amused, he counters by reflecting on the very dawn of their home world, the origins of life there, and the enduring qualities of stubbornness, adaptability, and ambition that took them into the realm of the gods. Is she ready to take on the ultimate test?


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The Future Is Here! An Interview With Sci-Fi Author David Simpson

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Science-fiction has always sparked the imagination of millions of people throughout history. They always gave us that sense of wonder and curiosity, and equally a spark of innovative ideas and happenings that have changed the world as we knew it. It continues to be that driver of scientific and technological innovation, especially in the 21st century!

Which is why Serious Wonder was especially ecstatic to have a chat with sci-fi author David Simpson via email. He is one of many new sci-fi authors of today’s generation who are doing something in which most sci-fi authors throughout history weren’t able to achieve: bear witness the physical manifestation of the very work they’ve imagined and written. He is the author of what is famously known as the Post-Human novel series (Sub-Human, Post-Human, Trans-Human, Human Plus, and Inhuman), of which are all available on Amazon.com.

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Could A Robot Butler Be On Its Way?

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Whether it’s legitimate or a very unique marketing gimmick, something is on its way! On the streets of New York and San Francisco, people are noticing strange, empty boxes laying on the streets with a picture of a robot on it called Robot Butler. Since they appeared, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram alike have exploded with curiosity, suspicions, and outright denial. But all have been asking the same question: what is the Robot Butler?

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Why Transhumanists Should Support Suicide

My following article below was originally published by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET):

suicide 1On November 1, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard took medication to end her life. This wasn’t an act of cowardice, nor due to some psychological condition. She ended her life because she wanted to die on her own terms, rather than suffer the eventually-fatal torment of terminal brain cancer. Her ability to legally commit suicide – or what she referred to it as “death with dignity” – was due to the state of Oregon’s “Death With Dignity Act.”

As a result, the entire nation is starting to talk about the right-to-die, or what is also commonly referred to as physician-assisted suicide. This isn’t even a new idea, either. Indeed, this very topic was heavily debated and talked about throughout the country nearly 20 years ago after Dr. Jack Kevorkian was arrested for providing voluntary euthanasia for his terminal patients.

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Looking Glass: An Augmented Reality Platform For the Beauty Market

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If you’re in the online beauty business, get ready for some augmented reality (AR)! Over the last few months I’ve been covering the recent surge of advanced technologies being integrated into cosmetics, from 3D printing to AR. The virtual cosmetic company ModiFace has been at the forefront of this revolution, with its ModiFace app and the Beauty Mirror. Today ModiFace has now launched a new AR beauty platform called Looking Glass.

Serious Wonder was able to speak with Dr. Parham Aarabi, the CEO of ModiFace, where we discussed a little bit about their new platform Looking Glass.

“The Looking Glass platform will essentially allow every visual ad be capable of having a person’s own photo and simulating on top of that photo what they would look like with the product being advertised. This is a technology platform that any agency or any brand can use to make their ads interactive.” – Dr. Parham Aarabi

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Virtual Reality Will Change Horror Forever (NSFW)

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Today is Halloween and what better day than this to envelop yourself in nothing but absolute horror films and video games!? All my life I’ve watched and enjoyed horror films. In fact, one of the earliest memories that I can recall is me and my mother watching Bram Stoker’s Dracula when I was about 4-years-old. Since then, I can’t get enough of it.

It’s the very reason why I’m so excited about virtual reality – whether it be via Oculus Rift or other growing competitors in the VR film and gaming market. Yes, VR is going to basically transform everything, from films to the internet itself. But as a horror fanatic, I can’t help but feel that the horror genre will become the most engrossing facet of VR gaming and film. After all, where films and video games lacked in the horror genre was that sense of being submersed.

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