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 Post subject: The Once and Future Cylons
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http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health_medicine/4322539.html

No word yet on when our women will regain the glowing spine trait.

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If Cylon men ever got to have sex, maybe we'd know if they glow, too!


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Lots of interesting things but how many will finally see the light of day?

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If Cylon men ever got to have sex, maybe we'd know if they glow, too!
Still a pending question indeed :think:


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:11 pm 
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Robots that Understand Emotion

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327151.400-emotional-robots-will-we-love-them-or-hate-them.html

(Yours, at least)

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 2:57 pm 
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Scientists worry Robots may outsmart us one day.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/science/26robot.html?_r=2&hp

Maybe we should upgrade.

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Chris Taylor wrote:
Scientists worry Robots may outsmart us one day.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/science/26robot.html?_r=2&hp

Maybe we should upgrade.


Maybe it's just evolution ...

A tiny hope though ...
From http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/09/scien ... .html?_r=1
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The ultimate goal of the Willow Garage researchers is to build a Robot Operating System, or R.O.S., that would greatly facilitate the work of a generation of software developers.

Microsoft is developing a similar system based on a version of the Windows operating system


BSoD will save us :giggles:


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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/by-2040-you-will-be-able-to-upload-your-brain-1792555.html

By 2040 you might be able to upload your mind to a backup hard-drive. Now... what do we download to?

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very cool

I like the work in organ replacment and there are some things that definetly have application the battle field medicine

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http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4337160.html

Nanobot swarms to clear arteries, repair organs, and enhance our brain's computing power. No word on glowing spines yet.

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I read Vernor Vinge's book Marooned in Realtime (1986), where the [technology] "singularity" concept is present. Nice book.
Honestly, yeah, I think it's still SF. Medi-nanobots aren't for "tomorrow".

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Chris Taylor wrote:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/by-2040-you-will-be-able-to-upload-your-brain-1792555.html

By 2040 you might be able to upload your mind to a backup hard-drive. Now... what do we download to?

I love this idea; then every time my mother says "That never happened! I never did that!" I could just pull up the relevant memory on the DVR and smile, instead of glaring irritably and getting into an argument. I love my mother, but the memory loss is trying. Part of the stroke, I guess.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:17 pm 
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Pierre wrote:
I read Vernor Vinge's book Marooned in Realtime (1986), where the [technology] "singularity" concept is present. Nice book.
Honestly, yeah, I think it's still SF. Medi-nanobots aren't for "tomorrow".


Yes, I don't believe in The Singularity.

I've heard it described as the point in time where technology is changing more rapidly than we can understand and so we are no longer able to predict the future beyond it. Well, by that definition The Singularity must have happened before I was born because we can't predict the future now! We can make educated guesses, but often they are wrong. Much more often than those who try to make a career of "managing" society like to admit. Also, our ability to predict future developments (in technological innovation, social trends, etc.) is a technology in itself and so who is to say that our ability to predict some things might not keep pace with or even improve relative to other changes.

Another common layman's description of The Singularity that it is the "knee" in the exponential growth curves for technology where the line goes rapidly vertical. The problem with this is that there is no such "knee" in an exponential growth curve. Where the "knee" appears to be is entirely dependent on the scale you choose to graph the curve with, and if you chose a scale to put the "present" in the middle of the page it is very likely that the "knee" of fantastic technological development will be just to the right, almost within our grasp. But since it is a smooth curve it looks that way even if you do the graph in 1900 A.D. or 9 A.D. and probably it will be the same in 9000 A.D.

Not that I don't think we'll see some amazing tech developments in the next century (barring a massive setback like something out of Lucifer's Hammer, 12 Monkeys, Fallen Angels, The Plan, etc.), just that I don't see any point where people look around and go "hey, we're in the future now! Look at all the cool stuff!" More likely they'll be saying "What do you mean the signal lag is too much for me to eff-pee-ess on the Virtunet from above leo? This is totally lame. I want a refund."

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http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-03/worlds-first-commercial-brain-computer-interface


The world's first commercial effort at a patient-ready brain computer interface is on display over at CeBIT 2010, but don't go throwing out your keyboard and mouse just yet. Intended for patients suffering from locked-in syndrome and other communication-impairing conditions, the Intendix from Guger Technologies allows users to input text using only their brains.

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Chris Taylor wrote:
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-03/worlds-first-commercial-brain-computer-interface


The world's first commercial effort at a patient-ready brain computer interface is on display over at CeBIT 2010, but don't go throwing out your keyboard and mouse just yet. Intended for patients suffering from locked-in syndrome and other communication-impairing conditions, the Intendix from Guger Technologies allows users to input text using only their brains.


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It doesn't appear we're going to be mind-melding with our PCs anytime soon,
*sob* sounded promising though...


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:23 pm 
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Hmmm... :biggrin:

South Korean Scientists Transmit Broadband Signals Through Human Arm

http://www.brainicane.com/2010/03/15/south-korean-scientists-transmit-broadband-signals-through-human-arm/

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This may not seem all that surprising coming from South Korea, known as perhaps one of the most wired places on Earth for Internet. But we can’t help but wonder if the researchers hadn’t been watching some Battlestar Galactica goodness, given the tendency for a certain Cylon (played by Grace Park) to plug data cables into her arm for a bit of computer-on-computer consultation — not that we’re talking about brains communicating directly with devices just yet.


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