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Archives February 2011 - Page 2 of 2 - h+ Magazine

Adding Our Way to Abundance

Adding Our Way to Abundance

How 3D Printing Will Obsolete the Economy of Scarcity and the Corporations that Rely On It. One concept you'll be hearing about a lot in the next decade is Additive Manufacturing....

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Mixed Messages: Tantrums of an Angry Sun

Mixed Messages: Tantrums of an Angry Sun

When examining the delicate balance that life on Earth hangs within, it is impossible not to consider the ongoing love/hate connection between our parent star- the sun- and our uniquely terraqueous home planet. On one hand, Earth is situated so perfectly, so ideally, inside the sun’s habitable zone, that it is impossible not to esteem our parent star with a sense of ongoing gratitude. It is, after all, the onslaug...

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Technological Transcendence: An Interview with Giulio Prisco

A host of transhumanist thinkers have explored the connections between transhumanism and spirituality, seeking to do so in a manner that pays proper respect to both. One of the most prominent among these has been Giulio Prisco, an Italian physicist and computer scientist, who is the author of the much-read transhumanist/spiritual essay “Engineering Transcendence”, and the leader of the online transhumanist/spiritua...

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Best of H+: Gesture Recognition, Mind-Reading Machines, and Social Robotics

Best of H+: Gesture Recognition, Mind-Reading Machines, and Social Robotics

“Domo Arigato, Mister Roboto.” Recall the classic Styx song and ask yourself a simple question: how can you tell that the band members are pretending to be robots? It’s the stiff, jerky movements, right? When we think of a gesture or a voice as “robotic,” we mean that it’s abrupt, rigid, emotionless. To be “robotic” is the opposite of “human.” Human and animal motion is fantastically complex and responsive to ...

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Mutate or Die: a W.S. Burroughs Biotechnological Bestiary

Mutate or Die: a W.S. Burroughs Biotechnological Bestiary

 "When you cut into the present, the future leaks out.”
  from the Brion Gysin/W.S. Burroughs Third Mind
 “Mutate or Die” is a bioart project being conceived of and executed by Tony Allard and Adam Zaretsky. Bioart tends to use cutting edge biotechnology as an art making device and specializes in presenting living organisms as art. In this project, a DNA sample from William S. Burrou...

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Itamar Arel on the Path to Artificial General Intelligence

Whether or not you not agree with me that Artificial General Intelligence is likely to be the core technology driving progress in the next century -- I guess you have to concur that IF we could achieve advanced AGI, the implications would be pretty damn profound. So it’s exciting that an increasing number of AI researchers believe we could have human-level AGI within decades (or even years), not centuries...

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The Uncertain Future Forecasting Project Goes Open-Source

We are proud to announce the open-sourcing of The Uncertain Future, the first web-based application for making rigorous, scientific forecasts of transhumanist technologies. The Uncertain Future was started in early 2008 with funding from the Singularity Institute, to allow anyone interested in futurism to form their own, mathematically consistent model of what the future of technology and civilization holds. The ...

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H+ Magazine Undergoing Overhaul

H+ Magazine is undergoing a temporary overhaul, as we change servers and switch to a new content management system. This overhaul should make the website faster, better-designed, more responsive and easier to use. However, over the next few days, there will probably be bugs or other problems with the site as we change over to the new architecture. If you see any problems with the website, please email Humanity+ Assis...

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