February 7, 2011 Technology Roundup: DIY Transhumanism, Aronofsky’s Noah, Anti-Semitism & the ‘Syrian Revolution’, Glenspeed you! Black Emperor, Universal Translator, Student-Robot, Tree Octopus, Predictions for 2030, Samsung Real Time Translator
Transcending the Human, DIY Style (Source: Wired, December 30, 2010)
I love how in the 21st century self mutilation is called “transhumanism”. The Singularity’s only a potato masher, ladle, six mixing bowls, and a pair of good tongs away. “Lepht Anonym wants everyone to know the door to transcending normal human capabilities is no farther away than your own kitchen. It’s just going to hurt like a sonofabitch.”
Darren Aronofsky Reveals ‘Noah’ as Next Project (Source: Film Stage, February 5, 2011)
Looks very cool, as I was one of the ?few? who really, really, enjoyed The Fountain… “DA: I think it’s really timely because it’s about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme, for me, right now for what’s going on on this planet. So I think it’s got these big, big themes that connect with us. Noah was the first environmentalist. He’s a really interesting character. Hopefully they’ll let me make it.”
“REVOLUTION?” ALERT: The photo album from the Syrian Revolution Facebook group contains a shocking number of anti-semitic photos. Hopefully this is not a sign of things to come. Because as everyone knows, if you’ve got rising food prices and a lack of jobs, it’s not bad economic policies by your autocratic ruler, but the Jews’ fault. I guess that’s what happens when your second biggest political party is a Nazi spin-off from the 1930s…
Goddamn, after watching that all I have to say is: sign me up for that one way mission to Mars… Based on the incomparable Glen Beck and the music of Godspeed you! Black Emperor. Very, very clever mashup.
Student Attends School as a Robot – A Sign of Things to Come (Source: Singularity Hub, February 2, 2011)
“Freshman Lyndon Baty’s immune system is so fragile he can’t risk being surrounded by people his own age, yet he attends classes at his high school in Knox … Baty can drive the Vgo telerobot around his school, switching between classes just like regular students.”
Endangered tree octopus proves students believe everything they read on Internet (Source: Daily Mail, February 3, 2011)
One of my favourite stories so far this year. “The creature was concocted in a research ‘laboratory’ to test how so-called ‘digital natives’ evaluate information they find on websites … The students not only believed all of the fabricated information, but also insisted on the existence of the tree octopus, even when researchers explained all the information had been made up.” Haha, a tree octopus? I don’t think the experiment is necessarily conclusive, but posted it here more because it’s an article about students insisting on the existence of a tree octopus.
Russia poised to breach mysterious Antarctic lake (Source: Reuters, February 4, 2011)
Some serious sci-fi, The Thing, type stuff going down in Antarctica. “For 15 million years, an icebound lake has remained sealed deep beneath Antarctica’s frozen crust, possibly hiding prehistoric or unknown life. Now Russian scientists are on the brink of piercing through to its secrets.”
11 Predictions for the World in 2030 That May Sound Outrageous Today but not in the Future (Source: I lLook Forward To, December 2010 – a little late, but still interesting)
Some very interesting ideas here including a tiny computer that fits in your ear, and translates what you hear into your own language.
Brain’s Clock Influenced by Senses (Science Daily, January 20, 2011)
Important research being done on our perceptions of time: ” ‘Our sense of time is affected by outside stimuli, and is therefore highly mutable, which is something that resonates with people’s feeling about the passing of time,’ said Dr Sahani.”
Samsung does amazing things with impossibly thin AMOLED prototype (Source: DVICE, January 6, 2011)
A bendy digital display offering the possibility of all sorts of new kinds of devices. “All the flexibility comes from fact that the display is very, very, very thin. At about 0.3mm in cross-section, it’s so thin that it basically disappears when you view it edge-on”
The Staggering Size of the Internet [INFOGRAPHIC]
Ever wondered how big the internet is? Mindbogglingly big! Check out this graphic to get some kind of idea.
Samsung Real Translator will clear the linguistic barriers (Source: Gizmowatch, February 1, 2011)
A second Samsung shout out: “Whether it is Chinese, German or Spanish or any other language, it will take years of time to learn them. But electronic device maker Samsung is working on the real-time translation device that will resolve the language barrier issues.” Tower of Babel-ish, no?