Conferences / Lectures
[F.A.q. 2] Sincretismo dos Sentidos and SESCSP - blog
Sao Paulo, Brazil November 2008.
nano-bio-info-cogno Skin: What is more intimate to each person than the very skin of the body—the sensuous touch, taste and smell of our skin? The skin visible and exposed, as it displays our character and emotions; yet, it is also hidden and private, as it covers the curves and creases of our bodies and responds to each breath, sigh and quiver. While skin has sensory characteristics, we forget that it is an organ and serves a precise function of our physiology, without which we could not exist in our current biological form. Skin is also vulnerable to the environment as skin cancer is on the rise and while our skin has protected us for eons, now we must protect it. How can we use applicable technology and visionary science to protect our skin while still maintaining its integrity as an intimate part of our identity, our presence in the world, and our experience of the world around us? This paper takes a look at the nano-bio-info-cogno futures of human skin.
CONVERGENCE 08 - COMPUTER MUSEUM
Valley, California 17-19 October 2008.
H+ LAB: What are media artists, telematic scientists, and others at the edge of creation / design actually producing behind the scenes?
From Electronics and Biomedia to the converging of nano-bio-info-cogno (NBIC Media) — not just new molecular synethetic life -
but radical life extension of the transformative human is drawing considerable attention! Are we genetic purebreds or an open system of matter and energy of 1,000 different species? For more information at H+Lab
FESTIVAL OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY: TRONDHEIM MATCHMAKING
Trondheim, Norway 16-18 October 2008.
Hybrid Futures - The Convergence Art and NBIC
What is the purpose of creating hybrids if not to improve upon or enhance the current condition of a species? Natural selection offered one means for improving upon a species in order to better adapt to the environment and reproduce. Artificial selection is another means. This paper takes a look at what possibilities lie ahead for the human at the convergence of NBIC and radical life extension.
J U L Y
UNIVERSITÄT FÜR ANGEWANDTE KUNST WIEN / UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED ARTS VIENNA Consciousness Reframed 9
Eight decades ago in the mid 1940s, scientist John von Neumann
revolutionized the budding field of computing memory. His idea for
computing memory was in storing programs by describing bytes of computer
code as if they were neurons, thereby framing an analogy between the
digital computer and the human brain. (Aspray 1990) Von Neumann noted
the importance of the storage capacity of computer memory could parallel
the importance of memory of the biological nervous systems. (Aspray
1990) He also described the idea of a technological singularity as a
crucial moment in the evolution of the human. While no reference is
given as to when von Neumann said this, it is reported in numerous
papers that on one particular day in the 1950s while walking with
Stanislaw Ulam, he said that technological acceleration ‘gives the
appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of
the race beyond which human affairs as we know them could not continue.’
A P R I L
LABORAL CENTRO DE
ARTE Y CREACTION INDUSTRIAL / LABORAL CENTER OF ART AND INDUSTRIAL
Paper: "The Design War: Humanish vs. Postbiologicals – game-playing that may affect humanity"
M A R C H
SECOND LIFE, "Human Right for Morphological Freedom"
AGI-08, UNIVERSITY OF
Workshop paper: The Law of Intended Consequences: Designing Possible Futures