Mar 072012
Bionic & Biological:  The Ferocious Conundrum of Being 50/50

We are going to be redefining notions of life and intelligence and awareness and consciousness and pretty much every facet of human existence. Barring global cataclysm, of course.

Feb 292012
Transhumanism Test Pilots: Fly-by-Tongue

The primitive yet practically necessary prosthetics and human augmentation implements of today could easily evolve into the voluntary upgrades of tomorrow. Here’s a very good example of human body as input device.

Feb 212012
DARPA’s James Cameron Mashup: Unsurprising, but Existentially Bananas

Predators and Packbots already function as primitive avatars for pilots and bomb squads, and DARPA’s new Avatar project aims to turn up the resolution. Delineating the consciousness container could get trickier…

Feb 032012
Where the Human Ends & the Machine Begins: Getting Unclearer…

What we conceptualize as our discrete Physical Self isn’t nearly as cut and dried as we might think, and the non-corporeal Mental Self seems to have some blurry boundaries as well. We’re Cyborgs, man. Philosophical Cyborgs.

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.

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.