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Bionic Eyes - by Mark | January 18, 2008, 09:27:19 PM
The Singularity creeps forward ever so slightly, but getting closer every day.  Engineers have now created Bionic Eyes with electronic contact lenses.   Sign me up!!!

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Engineers at the UW have for the first time used manufacturing techniques at microscopic scales to combine a flexible, biologically safe contact lens with an imprinted electronic circuit and lights.

"Looking through a completed lens, you would see what the display is generating superimposed on the world outside," said Babak Parviz, a UW assistant professor of electrical engineering. "This is a very small step toward that goal, but I think it's extremely promising." The results were presented today at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' international conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems by Harvey Ho, a former graduate student of Parviz's now working at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif. Other co-authors are Ehsan Saeedi and Samuel Kim in the UW's electrical engineering department and Tueng Shen in the UW Medical Center's ophthalmology department.
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Cyborgs are coming - by Mark | November 13, 2007, 11:15:55 PM
Check this out.

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In the Brain2Robot project, an international team of researchers has developed a robot control system that works on the basis of electroencephalograph (EEG) signals. This new idea could enable patients with severe motor disabilities to regain some of their lost autonomy.

The patient controls the robot arm with their thoughts: If they think about wanting to move their right hand, the robot arm is activated. If they imagine themselves moving their left hand, the robot arm will, for instance, lift up a cup of coffee.

Here's a question for you...if your significant other were paralyzed from the neck down and were outfitted with a device such as this that controlled a robot body that looked, acted, and felt just like your significant other....would you be able to tell the difference?  Would you even care?  Hell, for that matter, how do you know your significant other is not already doing this?  Humanity will be taking on a whole other meaning in the next two decades.  Are you ready?
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New Technology Can Be Operated By Thought - by Mark | November 11, 2007, 11:04:10 AM
Man and Machine become one.  Still think the Singularity is crazy scifi nonsense?

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ScienceDaily (Nov. 9, 2007) — Neuroscientists have significantly advanced brain-machine interface (BMI) technology to the point where severely handicapped people who cannot contract even one leg or arm muscle now can independently compose and send e-mails and operate a TV in their homes. They are using only their thoughts to execute these actions.

The best part of this is that the early uses will enable millions of disabled people to reconnect with the world, their loved ones, and even themselves.  Of course, soon other nefarious uses will come into play.  I for one am a bit leary about hooking my brain directly to a computer that is on the Internet.  Biofeedback loops, internet viruses, and synaptic overload come to mind right away.  Of course as with most technology, there will be mistakes and a learning curve that ultimately will give way to a whole new concept of what it is to be 'human'.  Having ones brain hooked up to a computer that can send and receive emails also allows for really annoying spamming opportunities.   I cannot wait for those Viagra emails.  Shocked
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The first near emergent Artificially Intelligent Being? - by Mark | November 10, 2007, 09:42:15 PM
I have really been slacking on blogging about the Singularity....now all of sudden I seem to be finding articles everywhere with more evidence of its arrival.  We are entering a brave new world.  I cannot wait for the arrival of 'Technical Jesus'.

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Storm size and capabilities may, or may not, be exaggerated. Some observers have estimated that Storm may have as much as a petabyte of memory at its disposal. The human brain may have as much as a petabyte of storage available to it.

For those paying attention.....a computer virus program now commands nearly as much if not more memory than a single human brain.  And keep in mind computers are doubling in power at about an 18 month interval give or take.  You think your puny carbon based Grey matter underneath your skull can keep up?  I doubt it....in a few years you will be lining up with everyone else for silican implants...it is inevitable.  Evolution marches onward...where will we all end up?  Only one logical place....Can you guess where?  I know where....it is called Heaven my friends....we will either get their alive or we will kill ourselves trying.  Immersive VR anyone?  Hell of a lot better than getting blown up by some religious whack job...ehh?
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The Singularity creeps forward - by Mark | November 09, 2007, 06:33:08 PM
Amazing stuff here:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/GMQ2hKfAMXY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/GMQ2hKfAMXY</a>
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The Singularity is near - by Mark | February 25, 2007, 01:49:16 PM
We are near the point where computers are as powerful as a monkey's brain.  It will not be much longer until they reach the level of human brains.  Just what exactly is humanity will be forever changed very shortly.  Are you ready?  DARPA is certainly already planning things.

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Well, in Darpa fashion, we stopped in the late '80s or early '90s. Since the '90s to now, our ability to create algorithms that can reason -- can more abstractly reason -- about a problem and come up with answers, and also remember what they did using Bayesian techniques and changing values, has really advanced. I mean, it tremendously advanced in the past -- from the '90s to, say, the early 2000s. At the same time, computers became more powerful. We're on the verge of having computers with densities approaching a monkey's brain, and it won't be long before we'll have a computer with the density of transistors, or equivalent to neurons and almost human. What we're missing is the architecture. So it seemed like it was time. We had great advances in algorithms for reasoning and in algorithms that learned in general. At the same time, the computers, the actual intrinsic hardware, was really approaching the density of a human brain. And so it seemed like it was time to try again. We've had some great success. This cognitive program I told you about is actually showing that it is learning, and it is learning in a very difficult environment. This is the program Stanford Research runs for us.
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I, Nanobot - by Mark | December 17, 2006, 09:53:40 AM
Dr. Alan H Goldstein discusses the coming revolution in life.

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Scientists are on the verge of breaking the carbon barrier — creating artificial life and changing forever what it means to be human. And we're not ready.

And yet most of us walk around in a haze each day, wondering when Paris Hilton or Britney Spears will reveal their "special purpose" again.  Everyone needs to start thinking about the coming revolution in humanity now, before things spin wildely out of control.
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Meet the $4 million woman - by Mark | September 14, 2006, 08:23:02 PM
Here come the cyborgs.

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First, plastic surgeon Greg Dumanian of Northwestern Memorial Hospital moved the targeted nerves into muscles in Mitchell's chest. Then, the nerves that cause the motion of those muscles were disconnected. Mitchell can no longer send a signal to flex her pectoral muscle, but when she wants to close her hand or bend her elbow, the nerve impulse moves her "pec."

When that muscle moves, it sends a signal strong enough for a sensor on the skin to detect. After some rewiring by Dumanian, six muscles in Mitchell's chest now move six motors in the bionic arm.

And nerve data flow up, too. When Kuiken touches a certain spot on Mitchell's chest, she feels him touch her hand, even though it's no longer there.

There is much still to sort out. Though Mitchell can perform a simple task such as folding a pair of pants without first stretching them out on a flat surface, Kuiken calls the arm clumsy. Both he and Mitchell say they are optimistic about making the prosthetic — hers and future versions — more sensitive and precise.

"We hope to be able to close the loop with Claudia and have the sensation be there so that when she touches something, she feels a touch of her hand," Kuiken says.

Integration of man and machine is progressing at an ever more rapid pace.? How much longer until people start "upgrading" their body parts even when there is nothing wrong with them?? The disabled will be the first to adopt this tech for obvious reasons, but athletes, the military, and eventually everyday people will jump on the bandwagon once the price falls low enough.

Are you ready for your cybernetic neighbors?
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Google on your brain - by Mark | July 28, 2006, 09:47:08 AM
The stories on the Singularity keep coming faster and with more detail.

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It's fascinating to consider some of the potential social and even political ramifications of such a turn toward ubiquitous information availability. The necessity to learn languages might disappear. If the devices necessary to participate in this information revolution were cheap enough, and the network truly ubiquitous and global, the economic playing field could be leveled. If information is power, everyone would have it. That's the kind of breakthrough the developing world needs.

Even moral codes and behavior might alter, if all that available information led to a profound transparency in human conduct. One of my beliefs is that people will routinely record their entire lives on some equivalent of video.

Sharing your personal history - warts and all - might then become routine, in order to improve your perceived trustworthiness. Computing is now so important that to talk of its future is inevitably to consider the future fate of mankind.

Pay attention to the part in bold.  For those not paying attention....moral codes and behavior have already begun to alter and people like myself already record and publish much of their personal life.  This is why places like myspace and others are experiencing so much growth.  Whether any of this is ultimately good or bad for humankind will not be known for sometime....assuming we do not blow ourselves up first.
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Brave new world update - by Mark | July 27, 2006, 03:20:58 PM
The Singularity marches closer.

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By that time, we'll have super fast, super tiny computers that make today's machines look like typewriters. The desktop will be dead, says Wolf, and the headband will dominate.

"We already know we can trigger neurons mechanically," he says. "You can interact directly with the brain without implanted electrodes. Then the next step is being able to think something and have it happen: Flying a plane, driving a car, operating household machinery."

Controlling devices with the mind is just the beginning. Next, Wolf believes, is what he calls "network-enabled telepathy" - instant thought transfer. In other words, your thoughts will flow from your brain over the network right into someone else's brain. If you think instant messaging is addictive, just wait for instant thinking.

The only issue, Wolf says, is making sure it's consensual; that's a problem likely to tax the minds of security experts.
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