H+: The Digital Series is a web series produced by Bryan Singer and created by John Cabrera and Cosimo De Tommaso. The series is based on the subject of Transhumanism. This series is talk about future where one-third of the world’s population has an implanted computer based chip, named H+. It connect each implanted human mind to the Internet permanently. The implant was developed an Irish biotechnology company founded with the intent of improving the medical sector with technology but the main story begins when H+ implant infected from a virus.
“Quantified Self” means self-knowledge in numbers. The Quantified Self movement was founded by the two US-american journalists Kevin Kelly and Gary Wolf. A goal of the Quantified Self is to capture by means of self-tracking as much data as possible about oneself and save it in digital form. This may be someone’ s weight, but also their finances, the number of calories they gain per day or the kilometers they jog, the amount of sent or received emails, the pulse rate, the sleep patterns, the number of sexual partners or even the quality of sexual intercourse. Data are registered inter alia with special gadgets, for example fitness bracelets or smartphone applications. The once digitally recorded data can then be in next step assessed.
Now most of the data could certainly be gathered without gadgets or apps. In order to measure the weight, we only need a scale. However, by using new, digital technologies it is possible to also measure what otherwise escapes our clutches. This includes, for example, sleep behavior (our deep sleep or our REM phase). Digital technologies enable us so to capture things that were hidden from us previously.
The increased self-control, which aims at self-knowledge, is a significant aspect of the Quantified Self and Self-Tracking. Another aspect is self-optimization. As a rule, it is not enough for us just to collect data about ourselves. The processing this data is often about assessing. Assessment tends to some norms. These may be social ones (in the case of the weight that would be e.g. the body mass index), but it is also conceivable that the norm is an individual one. Assessing the data is therefore a matter of whether we meet the self-imposed standards, whether we are satisfied or we still see room for improvement. By using Self-Tracking, we can make the improvement visible and optimize our next step. Self-control, self-knowledge and self-optimization can be understood as expressions of autonomy. Thus, the ” Quantified Self” potentially leads to more autonomy.
Joseph Coughlin is director of the AgeLab at MIT. He notes that elderly people rarely use systems, which manage illnesses and secure life processes. In his view, this has to do with the increasing physical fragility of the elderly. No one looks with pleasure in a digital mirror, only to see their physical decay. In fact, studies point out that foremost young and middle-aged people engage in the quantified self. And if they do, it is mainly used for self-optimization.
Senior people, as opposed to younger ones, are not really apt to optimization. They rather have to contend with the fact that the physical aging is often accompanied by a loss of autonomy. The term autonomy has at least three dimensions: independence, self-determination and self-responsibility. By independence is meant the ability to be able to care for oneself and to be as little as possible dependent on the help of others. Self-determination means being able to live one’ s life on their own terms. To live responsible means especially for older people to take precautions for the fact that they are not able to enjoy an independent and self-determined life. This can take, for example, the form of a Patient Decree.
The US company CarePredict offers since the summer of 2015 a product that has a lot to do with the Quantified Self. It is a gadget, aiming specifically at senior citizens. The name of the product is “Tempo” and it looks like a wristwatch. In fact, it is a tool, delivered together with beacons and a hub. “Tempo” is worn on the wrist and detects the motion profile for about 7 days. The data is forwarded to a server and evaluated. After 7 days, a complete reference profile is available. Now, if significant deviations in the motion patterns are detected, when e.g. the senior lingers exceptionally longer than usually at the stairs, a message is sent to a predetermined person. CarePredict advertise the product with the slogan “empowering independent living for seniors”. For the purposes of self-responsibility “Tempo” could actually be seen as an improvement of autonomy for the elderly.
So “Tempo” is related to the “Quantified Self” in a somewhat broader sense. What actually takes here place is self-survey and self-control. However, self-optimization is also realized, but only in an indirect sense. Self-optimization takes the form of an improvement in the autonomy within the fact of its age-related loss. The optimization, however, does not go beyond the normal level. Therefore, “Tempo” is not about human enhancement or not even about a curative intervention. “Tempo” can rather be understood as a warning. The term “tempo” stems from the Latin word “tempus”, meaning “time”. Time is this, which is directed against life, against the human autonomy and existence. At the end of time awaits death.
The product “Tempo” may help us to cope better with the pressure of time and the loss of autonomy, but “tempo” does not prevent this loss. This fact points out that the Quantified Self appeals to optimization, but this optimization is accomplished only within certain limits. To overcome these limitations, Self-tracking applications technologies are needed, which enable optimization beyond the limits. Quantified Self can therefore be seen as a means to an end for the transhumanist project.
Enzymes like Telomerase and Resveratrol, though not the Fountain of Youth unto themselves, offer tantalizing clues to how we might someday soon unravel the aging process.
On the question to Michio Kaku: “Do you think the enzyme Telomerase could be used to reverse the aging process in our lifetime? by Paul Cellura. Michio Kaku answered: Telomerase hit the headlines; however, I think we have to put it into perspective. It is not the fountain of youth; however, it is a significant breakthrough. We have to put it into a much larger perspective….
Several founder/inventor of tech giant like Google, Facebook, eBay, Napster, Netscape using their billions to rewrite the nation’s science agenda and transform biomedical research. They are using technological tools like the chips, artificial intelligence software programs, sophisticated algorithms and machine learning in creating an information revolution — to understand and upgrade what they consider to be the most complicated piece of machinery in existence: the human body.
The Entrepreneurs are continuing working toward inventing new ways and toll to rebuild, regenerating and reprogramme better and robust organs, limbs, cells and DNA which will enable people to live longer and better. They also trying to understand complex mechanism of human body and it’s living organisms and seeing engineering solution such as microscopic nanobots that can fix your body from the inside out, figuring out how to reprogram the DNA you were born with, and exploring ways to digitize your brain based on the theory that your mind could live long after your body expires.
Read the full story at Washington Post: The Human Upgrade
Holidays provide a fantastic way of channelling peoples’ attention and energy. Most of our holidays are focused on past events or individuals, or on the rhythms of nature. History and nature are wonderful and should be honoured — but the amazing future we are building together should be honoured as well.
This future day conference is a way of focusing and celebrating the energy that more and more people around the world are directing toward creating a radically better future. India Future Society is celebrating this conference with following futurist and speakers this year:
Jose Cordeiro, PhD (MIT)
Faculty at Singularity University, USA
Coordinator of Anti-Ageing Research and International Longevity Alliance, Russia
Author of “Think in 3D”, “Memories with Maya” and Tech Evangelist, UAE
The Singapore Futurist and Founder of Stratserv Consultancy, Singapore
First Advance Artificial Bionic Arm Man, UK
Writer at Psychology Today and Times of India, India
Ilia Stambler, PhD
Author and Outreach Coordinator at ISOAD, Israel
Trainer and Technology Evangelist, India
Avinash Kumar Singh
Founder at India Future Society, India
Other Information are as follows:
Venue of Conference : Google Hangout
Timing: 16:00-20:30 (GMT+ 5:30)
You can also watch live and join Q/A directly from there
We could get to the singularity in ten years says AGI pioneer Ben Goertzel, but we needed a strategy to reach this goal. Such goal can be achieve if right kind of people focus on right things. He gave some ways and examples to achieve this goal like….
Dantzig’s solution to ‘unsolvable’ statistics problems, where Dantzig’s solved a unsolvable problem juts because he thought problem was a part of assignment and he need to submit soon. In the same way of thinking can solve some of unsolvable problem in Singularity too and a positive Singularity get launched in 10 years from now.
Some of high end technology to achieve Singularity is Nanotechnology, Genome Engineering, Artificial Intelligence(AI) where AI is more like software work than hardwork work but of course very hard and two of most basic approach according to Ben Goertzel is Copy the human brain, which seems so far as it needed understanding human brain itself which may take next 10 years or Come up with something cleverer which seems to more feasible approach but also uncertain but right hit could help us to achieve singularity in next 10 years.
Ben Goertzle gave a detail prospective on this at TransVision 2006 futurist conference
A team of scientist developed an implanted interface called “e-Dura” which could help in partially damaged spinal cord through a combination of electrical and chemical stimulation. They are going to soon test it to improve or enhance the existing state of partially damage spinal cord in human. Their e-Dura implant is designed specifically for implantation on the surface of the brain or spinal cord. The small device closely imitates the mechanical properties of living tissue, and can simultaneously deliver electric impulses and pharmacological substances without any kind of risks of rejection and/or damage to the spinal cord.
The researchers tested the device prototype by applying their rehabilitation protocol — which combines electrical and chemical stimulation – to paralyzed rats. Not only did the implant prove its biocompatibility, but it also did its job perfectly, allowing the rats to regain the ability to walk on their own again after a few weeks of training.
This implant can also be used to monitor electrical impulses from the brain in real time. When they did this, the scientists were able to extract with precision the animal’s or probably in future with human motor intention before it was translated into movement. Future of such implant has tremendous application specially for the enhancement of human life like in paralysis or locked-in-syndrome. Such new development day-by-day is increasing societies interest more in more in Transhumanist Ideas of such future technology and it’s appear that “Singularity is arrived”.
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Dr. José Cordeiro is a member of Nasa’s Singularity University and global think-tank The Millennium Project, and one of an increasing number of researchers encouraging everyone from schoolchildren to business leaders to think big – very big – about the future.
He said, do you want mental powers of calculation that make the most powerful supercomputer of today seem like an abacus? No problem. Do you want to beam your thoughts directly into the minds of others? Technology will provide the means to do so. It will even, Cordeiro proclaims, grant us immortality. What’s more, it may be coming sooner than many of us ever imagined.
The internet is rife with chatter about the transhumanist age we are entering, where radical science and technology are already changing the way we live. Everything fromrobotic hearts to personal drones to mind-reading headsets are here. The new tech coming in just a few years will touch nearly every aspect of our lives, including one of the most personal ones: sex.
Mammals use sex as a means to generate offspring, to experience pleasure, and for bonding with partners. Throughout the last few centuries, humans have embraced tools, drugs, and even surgical operations in an attempt to improve sex.
To date, the list of transhumanist-themed tools and apparatuses our species has created for sex is practically endless. Perhaps the best known one is the condom, where descriptions of their use and composition begin to appear in 16th century writings. The writings of 16th century physician Gabriele Falloppio includes one of the first documented references to condoms, and describes them as linen sheaths soaked in a chemical solution. Today, the condom is one of the leading life extension tools in the world, due to the protection it offers from disease, such as HIV.
Over 300,000 Americans underwent breast augmentation via plastic surgery, which typically aims to enhance sex appeal, in 2011. In the last century, one of the most sensationalized applications for sex is Viagra, whose name is almost as recognizableas Coca-Cola or Rolls Royce. Along with other options like Levitra and Cialis, erection drugs have helped return sexual health to millions of men (and their partners) around the world.
Today, sex—and technology for sex—is all around us, 24/7. The internet provides a continual stream of pornography, for better or worse, to millions of users everyday. AForbes article citing neuroscientist Ogi Ogas says that between July 2009 and July 2010, 13 percent of web searches were for erotic content. It’s not just computers, though. Many people routinely use their cell phones for sexting. And the sex toy industry is a multi-billion dollar business, with thousands of workers and engineers dedicated to it.
Yet, whatever has happened so far in the history of sex is not going to be nearly as exciting or bizarre as what’s coming next. Whether by drugs, technology, or surgery, the future of sex is set to explode. Look for virtual sex and foreplay to become commonplace, where partners are linked into brain wave headsets and virtual reality goggles.
Some will take it further, and use full body haptic suits—a friend of mine called it the future hump suit—to experience full sexual immersion. Virtual worlds and Second Lives will keep people experiencing sexual acts they might not feel comfortable doing in real life—all without the risk of pregnancy or STDs.
I recently was asked by my wife what I wanted for Christmas. I replied: I want an exoskeleton suit. They’re going to be all the rage soon.
Indeed, exoskeleton technology is significantly improving every year. Panasonic is getting ready to sell the first mass-produced robotic exoskeleton for just under $5,000. They are still crude, but in 5-10 years time, they are likely to make us faster runners, stronger climbers, and better athletes. I surmise an entire sporting and recreational culture will develop around them, similar to motorcycles and ATVs. Can you imagine the growing discipline of Parkour in one? Eventually, exoskeleton suits will look like the ones in the blockbuster movie Elysium starring Matt Damon.
But what about sex? Will they help? Yes! Potentially, a lot. Especially for disabled, obese, or unfit persons. Harvard is working on a soft exoskeleton suit. Someday soon, we will strap on exoskeleton suits and put ourselves in sexual positions once only possible for Bikram yoga experts—and then go at it. And we won’t be tiring very easily, either, not with the suits doing much of the work.
Almost as strange is the new internal skeletal stuff being developed, which combines structures inside your body to external artificial limbs. In a recent article forExtremeTech, engineer and neuroscientist John Hewitt writes:
In order to wield any artificial limb with full strength and confidence we are going to need to plug it in properly, so that it becomes a real part of our musculoskeletal system. Researchers at the Royal National Orthopedic hospital have now created an implant that does just that by interfacing a leg prosthesis directly to your endoskeleton.
We’ve already seen penile implants and surgical modifications of sexual organs. But this new musculosketelal technology is much more revolutionary. If scientists can connect internal human parts to external bionic parts, (and they’re already connecting robotic arms to the nervous system) then the age of the cyborg is truly here. Surely biohackers will remove body parts and limbs in an attempt to become a stronger, more agile entity.
Read full story at http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-transhumanist-future-of-sex
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), USA is developing 14 Transhumanist technologies for upcoming future. They are developing technologies like Prosthetic Leg, Wireless Brain Computer Interface, Synthetic Tissue, Cartilage Regeneration, Implantable Sensor etc. They have just launched an app for demonstration of their technologies as Bionic Man.