Kevin Warwick - aka Captain Cyborg - will this afternoon be entertaining the crowds on Second Life's Uvvy Island with a chat on the benefits of linking your brain to "that of an intelligent machine network" entitled "Upgrading Humans: Why not?" The appearance has been organised by the "Second Life Chapter of the World …
Would you put your brain in a robot body? It would have the strength of five gorillas, but it'd only be 4 feet tall.
Less Warwick, not more
I think we should petition the transhumanists to change their url to say /less/warwick - not more...
Man this Warwick guy is some loser...
worse, he gives the Humanist association a bad name by calling his 'movement' (bowel movement more like) the Transhumanists.
The one good thing he gives us though, is that it's clear he'll be one of those 1960's style futurists in a few decades - someone people can quote on just how wrong people can get predictions...
4 feet tall?
Why so short?
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obviously none of you all have any clue as to what the talk was about. However its a democratic world and everyone is entitled to his opinion.
For those of you who will not rush into replying to me with **childish** answers, let me shed some light as to what the talk was really about.
The topic was upgrading humans:why not, and he talked about all those possibilities that we will be presented with when we finally manage to embed electronic aids into our bodies. And he refers not to simple external, add-on aids but aids that will directly connect to the nervous system either to correct a malfunction of the body (like treat Parkinson's decease) or to give us some of our missing senses (like an ultrasonic one for example).
However he dares take it even further and talks about the potential of being able to record and transmit human thoughts to other people or even recording them. If you laugh sarcastically at this point, just know that you can nowadays buy the so-called brain interfaces that you can use to control devices by the signals your brain emits or even play games on your gaming console. Travel back in time 20 years and find a guy playing with a spectrum and tell him that. Wont it be you the crazy guy?
And its not that he only dares talk about such things but for those unaware readers of this comment, he has actually taken the first steps and done them with success.
According to his website, back in 1998 he did his first implant. A simple, RFID capsule that would enable things around him to recognize him and "do" things like open doors etc. Naturally he could simply opted for simply wearing it but no, he decided to actually implant it and see how it goes! After 5 years or so, parents started using RFID technology to keep an eye on their children...Maybe in 10 years time, all newborns will feel the slight pain of a small injection of technological enhancements the moment they are born....who knows?
The point is the guy is leading the way...Crazy or not is irrelevant. The important thing is that this world goes forward by a handful of such pioneers and i think it would be much more productive if some of you didnt spend even a single brain cell into typing **childish**, the least, comments.
And as for Lester, Lester how come and you wrote so many things about Daleks and such, and only a few crude lines about this? Besides, there was a Dalek in the conference too!
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