Networked Society ‘On the Brink’

“There has not been a time… in history that has enabled such rapid change… in the most optimistic view which is also simultaneously the most pessimistic view; a time that is enabling humans to be more of what we are.” Technologist and co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, David Weinberger, expresses this profound idea regarding the … Continue reading

Times are a changin’

So at the moment, there are 100,000 neurons connected to the robot through Bluetooth. It is living, it’s in an incubator at 37 degrees centigrade. We have to feed it every couple of days with minerals and nutrients. It actually excretes, we have to clear away waste products and whatnot. It is living material, living … Continue reading

World Wide Mind

Michael Chorost is a technology theorist with an unusual perspective: his body is the future. In 2001 he went completely deaf and had a computer implanted in his head to let him hear again. This transformative experience inspired his first book, Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human, in which he wrote about … Continue reading

How Engineers Learn from Evolution

One of the objectives of The Ever-Blurring Divide is to show examples of a larger trend in which technologies are increasingly being modeled after aspects of nature. At the time of posting, this talk, given by Robert Full, was already several years old and the technologies demonstrated had been replaced by newer generations. Nevertheless, I … Continue reading

Biology as Computation with Stephen Emmott

If you enjoy thinking about what life is, you’ll enjoy this.

We humans are capable of greatness

Beautiful music, stunning photography, and far-sighted wisdom from a hopeful Carl Sagan.  Take a deep breath.  The next 3:10 are worth it.

In the spirit of contemplating the internet…A link for you!

As the future of the internet goes, so goes the future of humanity.  The internet and world-wide web, which I admit I only recently learned are not exactly synonymous, affect society in many profound ways, not only providing certain conveniences and luxuries to individual people but also shaping discourses and spreading information en masse.  As … Continue reading