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August 16, 2013

By 2029, computers will match human intelligence: Ray Kurtzweil

In an email interview with Subodh Varma, the 65-year-old Kurzweil throws light on the basics of Artificial Intelligence. (Times of India)

August 13, 2013

Cyborg Parts

Lab-made organs could do more than just serve as ready options for patients in need: with the right blend of biology and materials science, they might even be able to endow people with superhuman abilities. (MIT Technology Review)

July 12, 2013

What will the future hold for cyborgs, and fusion of humans and machines?

Cyborgs are gradually working their way into our lives. The general representation of a cyborg is that seen in science fiction films of a fusion between human and machine. (Science Daily)

June 20, 2013

We’ll be uploading our entire MINDS to computers by 2045

Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, believes we will be able to upload our entire brains to computers within the next 32 years – an event known as singularity. Our ‘fragile’ human body parts will be replaced by machine by the turn of the century. And if these predictions come true, it could make humans immortal. (Daily Mail)

June 17, 2013

The future of robotics: In a transhuman world, the disabled will be the ones without prosthetic limbs…

Bertolt Meyer’s amazing bionic hand controlled by an iPhone app is a glimpse of the advances being made in prosthetics. But in years to come, will everyone want one? (The Guardian)

June 7, 2013

Why you should fight for your right to die

It should be within our rights to take our own lives when the circumstances warrant it. That means we must be prepared to accept laws in favor of assisted suicide. This becomes even more important in light of potential technologies that could grant us extreme longevity. (Io9)

May 15, 2013

Dan Brown on ‘Inferno’: ‘I just spent 3 years in hell’

The villain in “Inferno,” Brown’s sixth novel, follows a movement called transhumanism. Brown, 48, who spent more than two years in Florence researching the book, has been interested in the controversial concept of transhumanism for years. (Today)

May 9, 2013

Intelligent robots will overtake humans by 2100

The idea of superintelligent machines may sound like the plot of “The Terminator” or “The Matrix,” but many experts say the idea isn’t far-fetched. Some even think the singularity — the point at which artificial intelligence can match, and then overtake, human smarts — might happen in just 16 years. (Discovery News)

May 3, 2013

Rise of the cybermen: The terminator-style bionic ear that could give people ‘superhuman’ hearing

A breakthrough bionic ear that can ‘hear’ radio frequencies beyond the range of normal human ears has been created by scientists at Princeton University. The researchers used a radical 3D printing technique to create the ear with the electronics of a hearing aid inside it. (Daily Mail)

April 25, 2013

Are bionic superhumans on the horizon?

We’re in the midst of a bionic revolution, yet most of us don’t know it. (CNN)

April 3, 2013

Spark of genius

Scientists have rediscovered a centuries-old procedure for supercharging your brain. Depending on how it’s used, it could improve anything from focus to motor control to mathematical or even moral reasoning. It’s simple. It’s relatively cheap. The known side effects are minimal. And it’s so easy that you can do it in your own home, anytime you want. All you need are a pair of electrodes and a power source. (Slate)

March 22, 2013

Frankenstein’s Cat: New book shines light on the ‘Brave New World’ of GMO animals

Is transhumanism—the possibility of enhancing human intellectual, physical and psychological capacities through biotechnology —a brave new world that we should welcome with open arms? (Forbes)

March 15, 2013

Choose your own sixth sense

Imagine for a moment that you could choose any superpower you wanted. If you’re the demonstrative sort, you might be tempted by something dramatic, such as Hulk-like strength or the ability to fly. Or perhaps you’d prefer something a little more discreet, like a self-healing body or the power to read minds. (Slate)

March 11, 2013

Will we all be like Superman soon?

Unless you’re the product of a feral childhood or a member of a hunter-gathering tribe from the third world, there’s a really good chance that you’re familiar with the comic-book legend of Superman. Even 74 years after he made his debut on the front page of Action Comics, he remains a powerful force in the American cultural landscape. In fact, the only thing that can match the power he exudes on pop culture is his godlike supernatural physical abilities. (Yahoo Sports)

March 5, 2013

The transhumanist reader is the first overview of transhumanist thought

It is the “first authoritative and comprehensive survey of the origins and current state of transhumanist thinking, according to the editors, and the anthology includes a roster of leaders in transhumanist thought. (Kurtzweil)

The age of enhancement

Technology is starting to give us superpowers once reserved for comic-book heroes. (Slate)

March 4, 2013

Bryan: The next big thing may be artificial intelligence

Over the longer term, perhaps in 20 years or more, we could even be talking about something called the “technological singularity,” a point when human history ends, to be replaced by whatever happens in a world run by computers or other devices whose intelligence exceeds our own. (Montreal Gazette)

March 1, 2013

A New Edition of Bioethics is now Available

A new edition of Bioethics (Vol. 27, Issue 3, March 2013) is now available online and in print.

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February 18, 2013

Why death is not the end of your social media life

Services such as LivesOn and DeadSocial plan to keep your friends and family updated on your Twitter and Facebook pages, even after you have passed away. (The Guardian )

February 7, 2013

‘Cyborg’ fears of bionic man team

The pair behind a new Channel 4 show about a ‘bioinic’ man, say that a future where living flesh and computer chips become one will arrive “sooner” than we expect. (Yahoo News, UK)

January 31, 2013

Lance Armstrong should be celebrated as a pioneer in human enhancement

Although Lance Armstrong has broken the rules, we shouldn’t be so quick to judge him. In many ways he’s a pioneer in human enhancement, and history books may forgive him, argues Professor Andy Miah, Director of the Creative Futures Institute at the University of the West of Scotland. (Wired)


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