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2009
 
Conferences / Lectures

 

Melbourne, Australia
Munich, Germany
Lisbon, Portugal
Phoenix, Arizona
Valencia, Spain
Vancouver Canada

 

2008 NOVEMBER 

[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

Silicon 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


OCTOBER 

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.’ (Ulam n.d.)
          What does it mean that human affairs as we know them could not continue?  The literature on theoretical views concerning any number of technological relationships with social unrest, environmental devastations, war or, alternatively, beneficial breakthroughs, are vast and broad.  This paper offers a brief account of theories about what the singularity is apart from the field of physics and in regards to an acceleration of technological change.  However, what if a technological singularity were approached as: who is the singularity rather than what is the singularity?  This paper is not interested in the mechanics of technological progress for its own sake, but for its potential in benefiting human life and how humans choose to use technological advances.  In particular, one use might be radical life extension of biological life, artificial life, and other life forms yet to be identified.
          As such, the term human use refers to the idea of human innovation being at the root of technological acceleration.  In The Human Use of Human Beings, Norbert Wieners states, ‘[t]he human species is strong only insofar as it takes advantage of the innate, adaptive, learning faculties that its physiological structure makes possible.’ (1954, p. 57-58)  And, specifically that a ‘cybernetic view of human nature emphasized the physical structure of the human body and the tremendous potential for learning and creative action that human physiology makes possible.’ (Bynum 2008)


A P R I L

LABORAL CENTRO DE ARTE Y CREACTION INDUSTRIAL  /  LABORAL CENTER OF ART AND INDUSTRIAL CREATION

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 MEMPHIS
Workshop paper:  The Law of Intended Consequences: Designing Possible Futures