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  • The future of work is medically enhanced ‘elite super-workers,’ report says

    08/10/2017 6:23:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    The Ladders ^ | August 9, 2017 | Monica Torres
    In the future, we will be competing against medically-enhanced workers who can work longer and harder than us. Artificial intelligence will make it easier to monitor our every move in the office. This may sound like science fiction, but it’s a likely reality, according to a new report by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • Cyborgs at work: employees getting implanted with microchips

    04/03/2017 7:20:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    AP ^ | April 3, 2017 | James Brooks
    The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee's hand. Another "cyborg" is created. What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish startup hub Epicenter. The company offers to implant its workers and startup members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.
  • Super humans that are sexier, stronger and smarter will arrive by 2029 as brains [tr]

    03/16/2017 6:13:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2017 | Phoebe Weston
    Technological singularity will turn us into super humans some time in the next 12 years, according to a Google expert. This might sound like science fiction, but Google's Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil has made 147 predictions since the 1990s and has an 86 per cent success rate. Kurzweil says when we live in a cybernetic society we will have computers in our brains and machines will be smarter than human beings. He claims this is already happening with technology - especially with our addiction to our phones - and says the next step is to wire this technology into...
  • Elon Musk: Humans must merge with machines or become irrelevant in AI age

    02/13/2017 6:23:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 12, 2017 | Arjun Kharpal
    Billionaire Elon Musk is known for his futuristic ideas and his latest suggestion might just save us from being irrelevant as artificial intelligence (AI) grows more prominent. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said on Monday that humans need to merge with machines to become a sort of cyborg.
  • Cyborg Woman Can Sense the World's Earthquakes

    06/25/2016 6:28:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    sputniknews.com ^ | 05/11/2016
    "I want to perceive movement in a deeper way," said Ribas, a 30-year-old choreographer, according to Quartz. "The planet moves, constantly shaking and moving every day. I thought it would be amazing to translate the massive and natural movements of the planet in a different way." ... The abstract dancer had a small magnet implanted on the inside of her elbow. Wirelessly connected with an iPhone app that takes seismic recordings from accelerometers and seismometers stationed all over the world, Ribas, who has lived predominantly in geologically quiet regions of the planet, now feels recorded earthquakes in real time. The...
  • Remote-Controlled Insects Could Replace Drones

    03/31/2016 6:06:36 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 21 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 31 Mar 2016 | Ben Kew
    Cyborg beetles could become an alternative to drones, as scientists have revealed they can remotely control insects with cybernetic implants. Engineers at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore are now testing the use of real insects which they can control remotely. “Unlike man-made legged robots for which lots of tiny parts, sensors and actuators are manufactured, assembled and integrated, the insect–computer hybrid robots directly use living insects as nature’s ready-made robot platforms,” the researchers wrote in the journal Royal Society Inferface. The beetles are fitted with electrodes in specific parts of their legs, optic lobes, and flight muscles which can...
  • A New Kind of Eternal Life: The Growing Christian Transhumanism Movement [Hebrews 9]

    08/19/2015 5:56:14 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 4 replies
    Outer Places ^ | 8/14/2015 | Janey Tracey
    Transhumanism, the movement which aims to use science fiction-esque methods such as brain uploading, cyborgism, and cryogenics to achieve immortality and/or a higher state of evolution, is strongly associated with atheism. Not only is there a strong emphasis on science, which is often considered to be at odds with religion to a certain extent, but this particular brand of science seems particularly opposed to the notion that God should have control over life and death. But according to transhumanist Micah Redding, there's a growing contingent of Christians in the transhumanist movement who are seeking a slightly different type of eternal...
  • 'Cyborg' spinal implant could help paralysed walk again

    01/09/2015 1:26:03 PM PST · by Mellonkronos · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 8, 2015 | Sarah Knapton
    [For me, these kinds of stories are inspirational and show what human beings are capable of!] Paralysed patients have been given new hope of recovery after rats with severe spinal injuries walked again through a ‘groundbreaking’ new cyborg-style implant. In technology which could have come straight out of a science fiction novel or Hollwood movie, French scientists have created a thin prosthetic ribbon, embedded with electrodes, which lies along the spinal cord and delivers electrical impulses and drugs. The prosthetic, described by British experts as ‘quite remarkable’, is soft enough to bend with tissue surrounding the backbone to avoid discomfort....
  • ‘Bionic man’ walks, breathes with artificial parts

    10/11/2013 1:25:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 11, 2013 3:03 PM EDT | Barbara Ortutay
    Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, after all. We have the technology. The term “bionic man” was the stuff of science fiction in the 1970s, when a popular TV show called “The Six Million Dollar Man” chronicled the adventures of Steve Austin, a former astronaut whose body was rebuilt using artificial parts after he nearly died. Now, a team of engineers has assembled a robot using artificial organs, limbs and other body parts that comes tantalizingly close to a true “bionic man.” For real, this time. The artificial “man” is the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary that airs Sunday, Oct....
  • (Operation Acoustic Kitty) The CIA's Secret Experiments to Turn Cats into Spies

    03/13/2013 6:22:13 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 13, 2013 | Annalee Newitz
    The CIA's secret experiments to turn cats into spies Want to know what's going to happen to animals in the next century? Then you must read science journalist Emily Anthes' new book Frankenstein's Cat, about how the animals of tomorrow will be transformed by high tech implants and genetic engineering. We've got an amazing excerpt from the book -- about how the CIA tried to create cyborg cat spies. "Robo Revolution," an excerpt from Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts, by Emily Anthes In the 1960s, the Central Intelligence Agency recruited an unusual field agent: a cat....
  • Seattle dive bar becomes first to ban Google Glass

    03/11/2013 12:40:02 PM PDT · by JOAT · 14 replies
    Cnet ^ | 3-8-2013 | Casey Newton
    Owner says "it's because it's kind of a private place that people go." Will other businesses follow?Google Glass won't be available to consumers for months, but there's at least one Seattle bar where the eyewear will not be welcome. The 5 Point, a self-described dive bar in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, posted a notice to its Facebook page this week telling Glass Explorers looking to grab a pint that they will need to remove their $1,500 spectacles. The story was noted today on GeekWire. "For the record, The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses,"...
  • Dystopia U.S.A. - Camden, New Jersey is ready for a Robocop police force

    10/01/2012 7:07:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    IO9 ^ | October 1, 2012 | Annalee Newitz
    Looks like Camden, New Jersey is ready for a Robocop police force I have seen the future of law enforcement, and recent news suggests that it could be coming to New Jersey. First of all, we are closer to having Robocops than ever. Over at C|Net, Tim Hornyak reports on a new project to deploy remote-controlled robotic police: Researchers at Florida International University's Discovery Lab are working with a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves to build telepresence robots that could patrol while being controlled by disabled police officers and military vets. In a sense, they would be hybrid man-machine...
  • Cyborg Steve Mann Details Alleged McDonald’s Assault

    07/21/2012 10:03:19 AM PDT · by gitmo · 16 replies
    Laptop ^ | July 17, 2012 | Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
    No shirt. No shoes. No augmented reality glasses. No service. Earlier this month, human cyborg and University of Toronto Professor Steve Mann, claims he was brutalized and kicked out of a Paris McDonald’s after employees objected to his headset and its ability to record photos and videos of his experiences. Update: McDonald’s issued a statement confirming that Mann had been ejected, but denying that there was physical contact. In response, Mann released a photo which appears to show an employee grabbing his glasses. “I’m not sure why the perpetrators attacked, but ‘Perp. 1′ [Mann's name for one of his...
  • The Cyborg in Us All

    09/21/2011 6:29:28 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 9/14/11 | PAGAN KENNEDY
    “Fingers!” Gerwin Schalk sputtered, waving his hands around in the air. “Fingers are made to pick up a hammer.” He prodded the table, mimicking the way we poke at computer keyboards. “It’s totally ridiculous,” he said. I was visiting Schalk, a 40-year-old computer engineer, at his bunkerlike office in the Wads­worth Center, a public-health lab outside Albany that handles many of New York State’s rabies tests. It so happens that his lab is also pioneering a new way to control our computers — with thoughts instead of fingers. Schalk studies people at the Albany Medical Center who have become, not...
  • Obama's Senior Moment: 'I'll be turning 50 in a week.'

    07/17/2011 10:39:51 AM PDT · by waus · 61 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7-17-11 | waus
    Actually…he’ll be turning 50 in three weeks. His birthday is August 4, two days after the debt ceiling deadline. Senior moment?
  • Terminator Has Arrived

    03/30/2011 2:14:49 PM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 7 replies
    Product Design Daily 2.0 ^ | March 30, 2011 | Inderscience Publishers
    Human Blood Simplifies Cyborg Circuitry Could electronic components made from human blood be the key to creating cyborg interfaces?... Circuitry that links human tissues and nerve cells directly to an electronic device, such as a robotic limb or artificial eye might one day be possible thanks to the development of biological components. Writing in the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics, a team in India describes how a "memristor" can be made using human blood. Memristors were a theoretical electronic component first suggested in 1971 by Berkeley electrical engineer Leon Chua and finally developed in the laboratory by scientists...
  • Scientists Successfully Embed Silicon Chips Inside Human Cells

    03/17/2010 4:41:32 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 18 replies · 617+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 17 March, 2010 | Gizmodo
    Scientists have already created mini-cyborgs out of living cells and semiconductor materials, but now biological cells can also contain tiny silicon chips, which could become sensors that monitor microscopic activities, deliver drugs to target cells or even repair cell structures. According to Nanowerk, experiments found that living human cells can ingest or receive injections of silicon chips and continue functioning as usual for the most part. More than 90 percent of chip-containing HeLa cells — the first immortal human cell line derived from a poor, cancer-stricken woman – still survived a week after receiving their silicon loads. Other studies have...
  • Researchers Remote Control Flying Beetles Via Electrodes(cyborg beetle recon)

    09/28/2009 9:03:13 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 860+ views
    Switched ^ | 09/27/09 | Terrence O'Brien
    Computers Researchers Remote Control Flying Beetles Via Electrodes by Terrence O'Brien (RSS feed) — Sep 27th 2009 at 3:01PM The military and researchers across the country have been working on putting tiny bots in the air for quite some time. They've talked robotic spy-bats, dreamed up cyborg crickets, dragonflies, and all matter of other bug-sized bots. In fact, they've successfully implanted electrodes into the brains of crickets, moths, and beetles to exercise some control over their movements -- they even got a beetle to briefly take flight. But until now, the amount of control over motions has been very limited....
  • British scientists develop a cyborg arm that is controlled by thoughts alone

    07/13/2009 10:08:20 AM PDT · by Stoat · 5 replies · 1,177+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | July 13, 2009
    A Terminator-like cyborg arm could offer new hope to amputees and victims of paralysis.   The mechanical limb, which is controlled by thought alone, has a fully mobile shoulder and elbow, and a sensitive 'gripper' that mimics a human hand.  A microchip implanted in the brain is linked to a sensor in the prosthetic, which 'reads' the signals and reacts instantaneously.Professor Kevin Warwick, a professor of cybernetics at the University of Reading and pioneer of the amazing new technology, said: 'It has the potential to radically change the lives of the disabled, and revolutionise the way we treat those...
  • Cyborg insects 'born' in DARPA project

    03/19/2008 9:43:58 AM PDT · by BGHater · 25 replies · 951+ views
    FlightGlobal ^ | 18 Mar 2008 | Rob Coppinger
    Insects with modified body structures and embedded micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) have survived to adulthood in a US Defense Advanced Reseach Projects Agency (DARPA) programme. DARPA wants to develop inexpensive micro air vehicles to find weapons and explosives inside buildings or caves. Mechanical and fluidic microsystems would allow remote control, could extend insect life, and provide for gas, audio and even imaging sensors. In the latest work a Manduca moth had its thorax truncated to reduce its mass and had a MEMS component added where abdominal segments would have been, during the larval stage. Images taken by x-ray of insects with...