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Human Version 2.0 November 30, 2006

Posted by Unreasonable in Matters Nuerological, Matters Technological.
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BBC Horizon aired an episode called Human 2.0 in October 2006.

This is the story of how biology and technology will combine to create a new kind of human.

Major topics:

  • Ray Kurtzwiel – the 2029 singularity.
  • John Chapin – remote controlled rats.
  • Miguel Nicolelis – implanted electrodes into monkey’s brains to allow them to control robotic arms using their thoughts.  Here’s a short, slightly disturbing clip of that from another show:

  • Philip Kennedy – Eric Ramsey was paralyzed and lost the ability to speak. Kennedy has implanted electrodes into Eric’s brain to allow him to speak thru a computer.
  • Hugo de Garis – artilects (artificial intellects), god-like machines.
  • Henry Markram – copying a rat’s brain one nueron at a time. His virtual brain is about 1 year away from completion.
  • Seth Lloyd – quantum computers.
  • Ted Kosinski (unibomber) – the revolution against it all.

BBC’s program summary and short clips: BBC Horizon – Human 2.0

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