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.
A crowd funding campaign was run by Maria Konovalenko to raise funds for a Longevity Cook Book. As the name suggests, the book aims to tell people about scientific approaches to Longevity. It will provide a longevity diet and provide recipes using life-extending products.
As expected, she was able to raise the full fund needed of $ 50, 000 and even exceed it to reach $ 52,997. It was a result of contribution of more than 500 funders, and each one of whom will get a perk as per their contribution amount. Different contribution amount set was- $ 5, $ 20, $ 35, $ 40, $ 60, $ 80, $ 150 and $ 5000. However, there was no upper limit to the contribution amount.
As per her website– she is studying biology of ageing in a joint PhD program between University of Southern California and the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing. Maria has been involved in fighting ageing since 2008 and as well as organizers of the Genetics of Ageing and Longevity Conference series. Maria has been part of team at the science for Life Extension Foundation, a Moscow-based non-profit, since 2008 and has been raising funding for longevity and regenerative medicine research from both government and private sources.
Indie Go Go page of Longevity Cookbook- https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/longevity-cookbook
As per the campaign website, she introduces the audience to different scientific aspects of longevity research and why it is so important at this point of time in history. It included quote and videos from popular Steve Aoki ( who is an American electro house musician, record producer and music executive) Dr. Daniel Promislow (PhD, Professor at University of Washington, Seattle), Anna Kozlova Mark McCormick, Zoltan Istvan (US Presidential candidate of Transhumanist Party, advisor to our website- India Future Society, author of award science fiction novel- The Transhumanist Wager, has written for Psychology Today, Vice’s Motherboard, The Huffington Post, worked as a reporter for National Geographic Channel and has studied from Columbia University).
Launch of Longevity Cookbook crowd funding campaign event page on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/events/1750304398529385/
Facebook page of Longevity Cook Book (with more than 4000 likes)- https://www.facebook.com/longevitybook?fref=ts
You tube link of Longevity Cook Book- https://youtu.be/91fFlXi-_7Q
You tube link of Longevity Cookbook Indiegogo Launch Party Invitation-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P63VDANRRaM
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
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.
While society at large considers the notion of “human enhancement” generally with human genetic engineering, the term usually refers to the “general applications of the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science to improve human performance” (p., 113). Since the 1990’s there has been growing advocacy particularly in the academic fields, but more importantly the rise of these ideas slowly into the general public. The individuals who work for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies have become some of the most potent activists for ethical human enhancement.
“Advocacy of the case for human enhancement is increasingly becoming synonymous with ‘transhumanism'(which this blog obviously is in favor of!), an ideology and movement which has emerged to support the recognition and protection of the right of citizens to either maintain or modify their own minds and bodies; so as to guarantee them the freedom of choice and informed consent of using human enhancement technologies on themselves and their children” (p., 113).
Many of the critics of transhumanism, or human enhancement for that matter, identify this with eugenic overtones. This is due to the possibility through the improvement
of human hereditary traits to “attain a universally accepted norm of biological fitness (at the possible expense of human biodiversity and neurodiversity” (p., 113). Some people take this as a negative notion, although there still will be plenty of diversity and neurodiversity. This will continue to occur because there will not be a “standard” by which humans will adapt themselves through enhancement. That’s the beauty of transhumanism= you can enhance and augment yourself anyway you see fit, as long as in the process there is no harm to others, that in itself will entail a variety of bio and neurodiversity. It just happens to be that some of these enhancements seem so alien to us now, that our initial reactions are negative. With this, human enhancement particularly those deemed self-evidently good, such as “fewer diseases” and slowing the aging process are beneficial to everyone.
The most common criticism of human enhancement, is that it will be practiced and used to such an extent, recklessly and selfishly and the movement will not consider the long-term consequences of those enhanced individuals and the rest of society. One example of this is the fear among those whom we called “Bio-Luddites”. They believe that there will be some enhancements which will “create unfair physical or mental advantages to those who can and will use them, or unequal access to such enhancements can and will further the gulf between the ‘haves’ and have-nots” (p., 114). What they fail to understand, that this “gulf” is already occurring, but will slow down with the increase of personalized 3D Printing and personalized, regenerative medicine (via, nanotechnology; one of the converging technologies state above). These technologies are going to converge whether people want this to happen or not.
Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo)
“A quantum computer (also known as a quantum supercomputer) is a computation device that makes direct use of quantum-mechanicalphenomena, such as superposition and entanglement, to perform operations on data. Quantum computers are different from digital computers based ontransistors. Whereas digital computers require data to be encoded into binary digits (bits), quantum computation uses quantum properties to represent data and perform operations on these data.- by Wikipedia:”
Back in month of May, Google bought Quantum Computer for AI and core machine learning applications. Google says that the quantum computer has generated algorithms faster than entire datacenters it had previously put to the task and Quantum machine learning may provide the most creative problem-solving process under the known laws of physics. Here is first Video recorded by Steve Jurvetson, founder of SpaceX.
And now they team up with NASA toward building “Google and NASA’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab“. The Google Quantum A.I. Lab team wrote, We’re still in the early, early days, but we think quantum computing can help to solve some of the world’s most challenging computer-science problems.
This is a list (incomplete list ) which may also be a bit biased since I picked the themes that either influenced my interests as a child (e.g. aeronautics and MS-DOS PCs) or the topics I frequently encountered in the context of my university studies and professional life (esp. related to biotech, neurotech, robotics, nanotech, green mobility, HET and ICT).
I wonder what kind of video I can create in 2020, 2030 as technology continue growing with fascinating rate.