Tag: Humane-Technology

The modular body
Augmented Bodies

The Modular Body

The Modular Body is an online science fiction story by Floris Kaayk about the creation of OSCAR, a living organism built from human cells. Its inventor is Cornelis Vlasman, a versatile and innovative biologist. Together with a like-minded team of professionals, he starts an independent laboratory in which he experiments with organic materials.

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Silk Pavilion
Wild Systems

The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it. We have outgrown the distinction between the natural and the artificial. We are what we make. We are our thoughts, whether they are created by our neurons, by our electronically augmented minds, by our technologically mediated social interactions, or by our machines themselves. We are our bodies, whether they are born in womb or test tube, our genes inherited or designed, organs augmented, repaired, transplanted, or manufactured.

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pay more securely through selfies
Intimate Technology

Goodbye Password, Hello Selfie!

Amazon has proven to be a pioneer in innovations and originality. After patenting the 1-Click Ordering system they plan to implement a new payment system, the pay-by-selfie, a technology that enables users to pay for items by taking selfies to confirm their identities.

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hitech in sports
Suburban Utopia

How Is Hi-Tech Changing Sports?

Business and sports go hand by hand, but also hi-tech is now stepping in. A group of entrepreneurs from the Silicon Valley, such as Google, Apple, Facebook, PayPal and Yahoo, will start a professional soccer team in San Francisco, The San Francisco Deltas. They hope to use virtual reality to improve athletes’ performances – for example, the goalkeeper’s reflex – first in training and then in the actual game. Their ultimate goal is to have a new format in order to improve the show for the public.

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first cyborg olympic games
Augmented Bodies

The World’s First Cyborg Olympics

The Olympic Games have evolved a lot over the years, the inaugural games in Athens in 1896 only offered nine sports. Many changes have been made since then, but every one of them is carefully thought through. While the Olympics and Paralympics are against the use of technological and motorized enhancements, the upcoming cyborg Olympics want to encourage people with disabilities to benefit from these hi-tech appliances, investigating if electronically enhanced humans have an unfair advantage.

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Most important inventions have been made, unlike the flying car
Intimate Technology

“Everything Is Already Invented”

After the publication of the book The Rise and Fall of American Growth by economist Robert Gordon our technology-studded society was tread on its toes once more with his, historically repetitive, conviction that all major technologies have already been invented. In his book he quotes PayPal founder Peter Thiel on the disappointing innovations of today: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters”. Gordon rejoices the economic growth after the second industrial revolution and the prosperity it brought the average joe, but on the flip side argues that we have arrived at a period of technological stagnation. Although his discourse is valid and substantiated, his point of view is essentially flawed simply because he is a human being.

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Negative consequences of technology
Society of Simulations

Technology: Intrusive or Supportive?

Is the use of personal devices becoming a replacement for the spectrum of emotions that make us all humans? This discussion started a long while ago but opinions are still controversially parted. We buy the latest gadgets expecting them to make our life easier, but it seems they do more than just that. Most of the technology we use today can either be intrusive or supportive; how can we enjoy the benefits of our technologies while avoiding the negative consequences?

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