Virtual Reality Will Change Horror Forever (NSFW)

My following article below was originally published by SERIOUS WONDER:

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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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Ex Machina: A Sci-Fi Thriller Turns Sexual Turing Test

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With decades of Hollywood producing films that evoked robots and A.I. with seemingly demonic caricatures, these last few years have been a breath of fresh air. Whether it was a friendly A.I. who could fall in love (Her), an uploaded artificial mind who went to great lengths to achieve his wife’s dream of saving Earth (Transcendence), or a sentient robot saving her maker from an evil military corporation (The Machine), films today that feature robots and A.I. have clearly turned tides.

That tide appears to be keeping pace with the new upcoming sci-fi film Ex Machina. Having no relation to the comic book series of the same name, Ex Machina was directed and written by Alex Garland, who was also the screenplay writer for 28 Days LaterSunshine, and Dredd.

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Your Future Home Will Be Mind-Controlled

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Every morning you woke up, didn’t you just wish that your house knew your routine and prepared itself for you? Or when you’re about to go to bed and you’re having to turn everything off, ever wish the house would do it for you instead? Fret not, for your future home will be mind-controlled! Don’t believe me? Just ask Dr. Dean Aslam.

Dr. Aslam is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Michigan State University, and his current research is on mind-controlled appliances. This may not seem all too surprising to you anymore, given the recent spike in news stories of mind-controlled breakthroughs – from robotic limbs to actual thoughts – but in this case, Dr. Aslam hopes to turn your entire home into a mind-controlled appliance. How does he plan on doing this? With his biomedical inexpensive micro systems (BIMS).

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The Transhumanist Future of Sex (Crimes?)

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

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On August 31 of this year, nearly 200 celebrities had their private images hacked and released for the entire world to see. These images ranged from the normal day-to-day activities, to their utmost private moments – from nudity to sex. This event hit both mainstream and social media airwaves, flooding the online sphere under the hashtags #Celebgate and the #Fappening.

In response, both celebrities and non alike went into uproar, calling this breach of privacy a sex crime. Whether one agrees with the charge or not, it certainly raises the question of how we’re to define “sex crimes” in the increasingly growing technological age, and subsequently as we fast approach a Transhuman future.

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Lehar: India’s Futurist Architecture Lights Up

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As grand as the second industrial revolution was, resulting in magnificently large and complex structures in all regions of the world, where it lacked was in beauty. Granted, beauty is a subjective observation, but in this case beauty is being defined insofar as a sense of wonder and awe. Certainly large skyscrapers, reaching thousands of feet in the air, developed a sense of awe, but not so much in wonder.

The aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, is a great example of the juxtaposition of both wonder and awe. It not only forces you to stare at its awesome strangeness, but also forces you to wonder of its natural properties and of what other beauties preside in the sky. Until recently, when it comes to architecture, unfortunately, we were left with very little to wonder about. Thanks to architecture and design company Orproject, however, we’re witnessing a shift in tides with their latest piece – Lehar.
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Cellphones Are A Prepubescent Transhumanism

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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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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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