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Transhumanism: Evolving the Human Body II

Human augmentation is a form of evolution that our species has taken in its own hands and it is not going to be stopped. Eventually it might end up in the creation of a new species through bio-engineering that modifies the genome. We are still far from that although the …

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Transhumanism: Evolving the Human Body I

We have started to augment our body long long time ago, probably the first augmentation go back 170,000 years ago when our ancestors started to wear clothes to protect themselves from cold weather. You might not consider that an “augmentation” but it actually made possible to extend significantly the human …

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The colours of sound

I hope you took the time to watch the clip in yesterday’s post. I have to say I watched it several times because of its power to make me think. As I explained yesterday he co-designed the skull implant to have the possibility of seeing the colours of the world …

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A more convincing Mixed Reality

The fading boundary between bits and atoms is “fading” more and more as technology finds better and better ways to trick our eyes, actually our brain. Varjo, a Finnish company, has presented a new visor that from a technological point of view is a marvel and from the experience point …

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AlterEgo: a step towards symbiotic intelligence

Have you ever dreamt of voicing a question in your head and hearing the answer without anyone around you noticing it? Researchers are working on Brain Computer Interfaces, BCI, but so far this requires bulky settings, wires connecting your head with a computer. Not exactly meeting the requirement of “unnoticed”. …

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An artificial lens for augmented vision

Researchers at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science -SEAS- have developed a meta-lens (to be layered on a lens) that it is similar in its characteristics to our eye’s lens but goes beyond it in terms of performances. Our eye’s lens changes its shape through compression and extension induced …

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It can be done, and that is the problem…

At IEEE FDC the Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative, SAS, is studying the interplay (symbioses) of machines and humans. There is a lot of technology involved but the real issues are not technological ones. Yes, there are plenty of technology hurdles but just wait a few more years (may be just …

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Material Robotics: morphing a robot into a shoe

Robots have evolved significantly, thanks to technology progress, and are now coming in a variety of shapes, from the iconic one -anthropomorphic robots- to autonomous ships, underground trains, manufacturing robots and even vacuum cleaners. As technology will progress further they will keep taking even more shapes, from micro to macro. …

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Extending the life of cells … and humans

Just the other day I discussed the concept of longevity escape velocity, casting my doubts that we will reach that point, but also stating that scientists are now addressing the biological reason(s) why we get older and eventually die. In a paper published on the Proceedings of the National Academy …

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The evolution of … Humans

Cleary humans have evolved. Our lost ancestors were different from us in shape and most notably in mental capabilities. The evolution occurred over hundreds of thousands of generations and it is only across these long periods of time that it becomes visible. Going back 2.000 years, or even 10.000 years …

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