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  • cyborgblog: Better living - and smarter rats - through nanotechnology
    to study the reactions of snail neurons sections of rat brain and a few other types of nerve cells The group is not close at all to delivering a product but the technology creates the possibility that the movements of mind can be mapped or guided by computers The real goal is to make content addressable memory in living beings said Peter Fromherz speaking at the International Congress of Nanotechnology this week in San Francisco You can really look at brain dynamics with a CMOS chip he said referring to complementary metal oxide semiconductors Even though this article presents the technology in a positive light it s interesting that the opening lines play up the taking over your mind aspect of nanotechnology even in direct contrast to the quotation of Fromherz who says the goal is to create a map of memory That s got nothing to do with smarter rats or guided minds The rest of the article is about nanotechnology such as research into regenerating human nerve tissue microchips that can detect dangerous biological agents from small samples of air synthetic biology such as bacteria that manufacture fuels or antimalarial drugs Is the goal simply to attract attention with the old technology will take over your mind scheme or has it become a sort of shorthand cliche for the inherent and potential dangers of technology posted by Allison Muri at 8 06 AM 0 Comments Post a Comment Home Headlesschicken Allison Muri University of Saskatchewan Previous Posts Unrelated The Job of Art 2001 A Space Odyssey Putting a face on Big Brother Brave New World Here we Come Manufacturing the Pe Animal genes in tomatoes Computer Scientists Studying the Social Effects of This Must be the Official Week of Cyborg Brains B Cyborgs Will Damage their Brains Live

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  • cyborgblog: Unrelated
    one was fired in the making of this social statement You might also want to try the same moves with another phrase Go to google type in miserable failure and click I m feeling lucky By the way clicking I m feeling lucky simply takes you directly to the first page you would see on the google searched had you used the regular search button 1 32 PM Allison Muri said very funny But I wonder why if I hit the back button on my browser I end up at www empirepoker com With one of those evil javascript alert windows that won t go away unless you click a button or force quit the application 7 13 PM Post a Comment Home Headlesschicken Allison Muri University of Saskatchewan Previous Posts The Job of Art 2001 A Space Odyssey Putting a face on Big Brother Brave New World Here we Come Manufacturing the Pe Animal genes in tomatoes Computer Scientists Studying the Social Effects of This Must be the Official Week of Cyborg Brains B Cyborgs Will Damage their Brains Live to Tell Ab Cyborg Monkeys I guess I could just turn Spell Check off www cyborgblog Other Cyborg Info

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  • cyborgblog: The Job of Art
    philosophy that is dedicated to producing aesthetic technology is pretty interesting Technology is less frightening if it is fun cool pretty unthreatening At the moment I am suffering from a severe fel d 1 reaction see the Perfect Cat post so I don t have the mental chutzpah to tackle the idea right away I ll have a nap and get back to you I think my brain sneezed right out posted by Meshon at 1 33 PM 2 Comments Dustin said How then would you explain Edgar Allan Poe or for that matter The Shining art that focuses on the hideous morbid and bizarre I think it s more that the job of art is to escape normality whether is presents a world that is better or worse than the real one it should be different otherwise what s the point What about art that portrays a negative ugly in order to send a message Brave New World for example 7 40 PM Meshon said I think these two views are compatible Art does not necessarily have to avoid ugliness to chase the same away Barthes The New Citröen has some things to say about beautiful technology maybe we can talk about this more today 10 42 AM Post a Comment Home Headlesschicken Allison Muri University of Saskatchewan Previous Posts 2001 A Space Odyssey Putting a face on Big Brother Brave New World Here we Come Manufacturing the Pe Animal genes in tomatoes Computer Scientists Studying the Social Effects of This Must be the Official Week of Cyborg Brains B Cyborgs Will Damage their Brains Live to Tell Ab Cyborg Monkeys I guess I could just turn Spell Check off How to Make a Cyborg in Poser and Photoshop www cyborgblog Other Cyborg Info Wikipedia Cyborg entry Futures Wiki

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  • cyborgblog: 2001: A Space Odyssey
    person I used to work with actually proved this to me over a few too many beers one night Apparently there are some cave drawings from thousand of years ago After we developed that really big telescope I want to say hubble but that just feels wrong Anyone How embarrasing anyways we discovered that these drawings are actually identical to a star chart or map that we only very recently developed the technology to see in space for ourselves so how DID those drawings get there if they weren t left as a map by an alien race 1 09 PM Dustin said Apparently there are some cave drawings from thousand of years ago that are actually identical to a star chart or map that we only very recently developed the technology to see in space for ourselves Apparently I have a hard time standing people who think things like these Really And then they say that the only reason the public doesn t know about it is that it has been covered up I read a giant book by two academics researchers that proposed a much more sane interpretation of the popularity of the idea of aliens rather than they literally existed or exist In it they steamrolled and that is a good word for it the wacky claims of legions and legions of crazy people I think the thing people cannot understand is that the architects of the ancient world were very clever people ingenius even I ve been to Egypt and apparently the ancient Egyptians knew about magnetic fields and also some of the basic functions of the brain and I also learned some of the methods which they used to build their pyramids and temples exceedingly clever and I will even admit that some of the pyramids are built to a degree more accurate than what we could do today showing an acute awareness of astronomy and advanced mathematics But does any of this or the existence of stonehenge or the wheel within a wheel thing in the bible or the existence of cave paintings appearing to show weird things coming down from the sky does ANY of that suggest to a reasonable person that a bunch of 3 foot tall gray aliens with black eyes and oversized noggins created or collaborated with the ancient civilizations My answer to that is no 5 56 PM Allison Muri said Any theories as to why technology is so often associated with the alien I guess one obvious answer is that if you are imagining an encounter there can be no interaction with an alien race without it but why is there this long lived assumption that advanced human technology in ancient history can be explained only as the result of alien interference Is it again because we have deep seated cultural assumptions about technology and science being foreign 7 23 PM Allison Muri said With a quirky serendipity my google news alert has just sent me notice of

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  • cyborgblog: "Putting a face on Big Brother"
    something as being inherently safe or good I think we have a small problem I think we ve had a not so small problem for a very long time But I really would want something to turn on the lights for me at such an hour Have you ever stubbed your toe at night Or fell while fumbling for the light switch Or jumped up to answer the phone when it rung in the middle of the night only to realize once having answered the phone that all your limbs are still asleep and that you have that pins and needles sensation all over Times like that you really appreciate things working automatically for you and well Also times like that a smile really helps make your day a bit better If Big Brother is my buddy I don t think I ll have a problem with him right 8 05 PM Dustin said Brave New World kind of implies that inconvenience struggle and yes even pain are nessecary for healthy human beings I agree with that A house governed by an artificial being that looks after ever single convenience for you I think will cause some problems A lot of technological innovations are based on convenience and they ve brought us a long way For example commercial airlines make it possible to visit areas of the world that would have taken years and years to get to otherwise and you don t have to be ridiculously rich to do so On the other hand I can t see what s so appealing about a vision of the future where you never have to even press a button with your own hand Isn t laziness already a rampant problem in our society Why increase it This doesn t even begin to touch on the potential security hazards of having a centralized computer operating system running everyone s home Someone hacks your PC and suddenly your basement is flooding 9 18 PM Meshon said If I could hack someone s house I would make them some nice lemon tea Jer sounds very benevolent I wouldn t mind him watching I could probably get him to glare if I was supposed to be working on a paper and I started playing Halo 2 instead The problem would be of course that I would spend hours trying to surprise him just to see that look on his face But then we would be friends again The place where dystopia emerges is the point when people forget not just how to turn on the lights but that they even can 10 16 PM Warren said Isn t that one of the beautiful things about being human Having a body and mind that interact to tell us what is going on I think that is one of the big problems with anti depressant abuse smoothing everyone out so that they are on a level playing surface all the time Aren t the ups and downs

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  • cyborgblog: Brave New World Here we Come: Manufacturing the Perfect Cat
    produce the protein Other genetic methods may produce allergen fee cats but these procedures rely on nuclear transfer cloning and may result in associated known risks prevalent in cloned animals The gene silencing method adopted by ALLERCA is regarded as the most effective method of producing healthy hypoallergenic animals and is considered harmless to the cat posted by Allison Muri at 4 00 PM 2 Comments Warren said Holy moly I wonder what cats think about all of this It would be better if they spent their time and money figuring out how to breed cats that could talk and then they could ask them if they want to be hypoallergenic 6 27 PM Warren said and what is with the eerie picture At the very least it must be foreshadowing whats to follow 6 39 PM Post a Comment Home Headlesschicken Allison Muri University of Saskatchewan Previous Posts Animal genes in tomatoes Computer Scientists Studying the Social Effects of This Must be the Official Week of Cyborg Brains B Cyborgs Will Damage their Brains Live to Tell Ab Cyborg Monkeys I guess I could just turn Spell Check off How to Make a Cyborg in Poser and Photoshop Upcoming

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  • cyborgblog: Animal genes in tomatoes
    of Cyborg Brains B Cyborgs Will Damage their Brains Live to Tell Ab Cyborg Monkeys I guess I could just turn Spell Check off How to Make a Cyborg in Poser and Photoshop Upcoming Film NY Times Review of Digital People From Bionic Hu Westinghouse s first workable robot comes back to Cyborg Names www cyborgblog Other Cyborg Info Wikipedia Cyborg entry Futures Wiki on Cyborgisation Wikipedia entry on Fictional

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  • cyborgblog: Computer Scientists Studying the Social Effects of Ad-Hoc Mobile Networks
    space our work is an attempt to reunite the two At first approximation we define a Wearable Community as a social network created by or maintained through the use of wearable computing devices A collection of wearable computer users becomes a Wearable Community when enough people use their wearable computers to form webs of personal relationships posted by Allison Muri at 3 48 PM 0 Comments Post a Comment Home Headlesschicken Allison Muri University of Saskatchewan Previous Posts This Must be the Official Week of Cyborg Brains B Cyborgs Will Damage their Brains Live to Tell Ab Cyborg Monkeys I guess I could just turn Spell Check off How to Make a Cyborg in Poser and Photoshop Upcoming Film NY Times Review of Digital People From Bionic Hu Westinghouse s first workable robot comes back to Cyborg Names Cybernetic Sharks steered by remote control www cyborgblog Other Cyborg Info Wikipedia Cyborg entry Futures Wiki on Cyborgisation Wikipedia entry on Fictional Cyborgs Wikipedia entry on Gynoids List of Apocalyptic and Post Apocalyptic Fiction on Wikipedia Cyborg Echoes and Cyborgopoulos Thoughts of a Greek Cyborg EyeTap Personal Imaging Lab Cyborg Democracy a nexus for techno progressives transmitting a sexy high tech vision

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