Jan 102012
 
The Disabled Wage War Against the Wheelchair and Begin Test-Piloting Transhumanism

Disabled pioneers are living examples of how technology is blurring the lines between what is considered practical, necessary augmentation and what, someday soon, might be just a nice alternative to flesh – a voluntary upgrade.

Jan 072012
 
ROM for Right & Wrong: Teaching Humans Vs. Coding Machines

It might be a good idea to encourage non-biological intelligences (NBIs) to be, as we are, only vaguely moral. A self-aware & morally pure machine might not be so kind to human nature. Just saying.

Jan 062012
 
WarBot Update:  WarBots in the News, WarBots Here, There, Everywhere.

The U.S. is going to seriously cut ground forces (Army & Marines, particularly). The monkey pony show of politics calls it budget cuts and such, but they neglect to point out that grunts are being obviated by bots, man.

Dec 072011
 
A Human Soul: Gift from Spooky Father Figure Above, or Just a Complex Recursive Pattern?

Soul? Electrical Pattern? Are we monumentally arrogant to even wonder if we are anything other than an inevitability of chemistry and physics? [author shrugs] Let’s see what Sebastian Seung, author of “Connectome,” has to say.

Dec 062011
 
Leaping Across Mori’s Uncanny Valley: Androids Probably Won’t Creep Us Out

We WANT to see human traits in other entities. Androids aren’t going to reach that point where they’re just human enough to be creepy, yet not quite human enough to accept – they’re going to leap past it.

Nov 222011
 
The Brain During Orgasm: fMRI Knows Exactly How Women Feel

What are people thinking in the lead-up to an orgasm? Could be a fascinating, lucrative, or a potentially horrifying reveal on human nature. A PhD candidate at Rutgers climbed into an MRI machine an rubbed one out for science. Go science, go!

Nov 172011
 
Digital Privacy, Facial Recognition, and Streamlined Bar Hopping in the Windy City

Anyone who moans and complains about Facebook privacy has got to be partially brain damaged. But faces are not something we can share selectively – well, unless we go all hijab on ourselves or something…