We live in a time where passports officially recognize “cyborgs”, easily accessible/affordable tech can live-output your emotions to screen, and dream imagery as detailed as letters can be saved to digital files. Organs (and guns) can be 3D printed, and quadriplegics are walking through human/machine convergence. The future will demand…

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We’ve been imprinted by all manner of popular culture around the dangers of artificial intelligence – from Skynet’s Terminator to the Matrix. AI represents a beloved trope of science fiction, whether as helper, adversary, tyrant, or in the marriage/evolution of humanity. Although many think that a human equivalent artificial intelligence…

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If there’s any technological advance that represents the compete change in all aspects of culture, economics, politics, etc., it’s the ability to synthesize memory into and out of a human being. Since every cell in our bodies is “new” (90% within a year, the rest not long after), the one…

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The of “cyborgs” often evokes a visceral kind of response from people – whether a carryover from movie antagonists or the seeming rejection of that which makes us human. Although some dictionaries would define cyborgs as a fictional fusion between human and machine to extend [physical] abilities through machine convergence,…

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I remember fondly the endless afternoons of cafe-debate from when I was young: How can we know we’re not just brains in jars? Is the universe an illusion? This was before the days of carrying the internet around in your pocket – we “worked” at fumbling through the answers back…

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Before we look forward to an impending golden age of enhanced post humans, we need to pay attention to the lessons of the past. Since the 70s, there was an undercurrent in Silicon Valley that if humans were linked by webs of computers, they would be able to create a…

Read the PostA Lens to Amplify Failings

“The evolution of computers and embeddable techs will be sized on a cellular level and injected into the bloodstream to communicate with your brain.” When a SXSW panel starts on those lines and there’s a real time projection of one of the presenter’s brain frequencies on screen, you know you’re…

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One of the great things about SXSW is that there is an influx of powerful thinkers and sub-genre leaders. Often, they’ll present a reality that culture has no way to prepare for. One of the primary themes this year is about digital privacy, surveillance and “sousveillance” – a termed coined…

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If you’re like most, you’ve heard of Bitcoin, but probably don’t know much outside that it’s a digital currency and recently had a couple of high profile scandals associated with online exchanges. Bitcoin has been around since 2009 and is gaining traction with a growing market cap of $8 billion+. It…

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Some of the best/brightest in the field offered a panel at SXSW Interactive to discuss multiple visions of a future with humanity intertwined with Robots – from dystopian Terminator/Skynet apocalypses to a benign Jetsons landscape with (sexy) helper companions. The truth and trends are a curious blend of both. But…

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