Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Post Humanity

5 years after my first post, I'm in Phuket where the 2004 Dusk uchronian branch went tragic. The disaster is still in the mind of the survivors. They will always remember exactly what little decision or what precise sequence of events made them be in a safe spot when the deadly wave came. The most hangovered one will praise their last booze; rich hill owners will put it on their ancestral tendency toward conservation.

The same thoughts sprout after all catastrophes. If you just passed close enough from it or even if you just think you did, whether you've gone with the feeling of grandiosity or eternal gratitude, you'll remember this moment with vivid sharpness for the rest of your life. Your memory slowly interlacing this point in time into its core will be the new land over which your new opinions, beliefs, and judgments grow. After half of this decade many things have looped back and got modified in the process.

SourceForge had a marketplace and the Web is not safe anymore. Dawn reappeared 1 week ago after 2 years of radio silence. WoW is having its cataclysm and Flash is dead again. The geometry of computation is back to parallelism, speculation is back on tracks, and I'm writing in human language again. Am I? I feel rusty after all this time but let's get to the nuts and bolts of this topic.

For the past 2 years I've been involved in the BeyondBhopal project. An independent inquiry built around experts who are working out an issue for the still unresolved 1984 Bhopal catastrophe dispute. That's where I discovered Upendra Baxi and his prospective work on Human Rights. Professor Baxi is introducing a legal framework in a "near future" he calls the Post-Human World. A world where what he calls techno-science is formatting the new narrative we are using to define ourselves. Where artificial intelligence, biotechnologies, and nano-technologies, are reformatting humans while forgetting to improve our right to development.

This brought me to think about being human in a post-human world. About feeling human again, trying to see things through the prism of one own super biased and limited consciousness, in order to apprehend the gap that emerged after half a decade of Nexus consolidation. So I started to remember everything I've heard around me for the past years. Some people are concerned about having an underclass arising from technological cleavages, like analphabetism in the past centuries. Some recognize that what we now identify as smart people are individuals who have learned how to harness artificial intelligences or massive information systems. Some very optimistic people think that information technology is just culture in a scientific dress and that if we need referential, we just need to look at ourselves and how it can help us to improve ourselves.

You may recognize who is saying what here. But what do I think about all these post, neo and trans?



Where these words and their definition try to stand as objective description of reality, I feel like they transpire too much political biases to be trustable and thus they are not ready to kick start anything meaningful for us. And I do feel concerned because if we can't discuss about it simply and if we let these issues slowly blend into our institutions, our bureaucracy, we'll all end up in a really weak position.

Because words evolve rapidly, especially when you're not paying attention to them, I do recommend to watch Professor Baxy's interviews here: http://www.beyondbhopal.org/interviews/upendra-baxi/99-upendra-baxi/186-upendra-baxi-biography and make your own opinion about whether we still live in a world where Humanity has a meaning.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Robots Are Coming

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Bigger...

The Bigger they are, the Stronger...

The Bigger they are, the Stronger they are, the Stupidest...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Pictcha

UTYP releases Pictcha for better Spam protection.

Pictcha is a new approach to online security using UTYP Human Computation Technologies. It is both using and feeding a database of picture/keywords associations.
The advantage of using inputs from Forms Validation is that real people have no time to lose when they fill an Online Form. Thus the description accuracy of the keywords is much higher than in game and voluntary environments.

To make it short, this is a simple version of the Voit-Kampf test in Blade Runner - an easy way to identify humans from modern day software.

You can visit the main web page of the subproject:
http://nthinking.net/miss/pictcha.html

Crepuscule's Blog section will be on the first users list and you can already check it working in the comment section of this article.

If you are interested in this technology you may directly contact UTYP project owners:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/utyp/

Friday, January 11, 2008

Lucky 2oo8

Friday, December 7, 2007

Ron Paul Has A Posse

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Exotoxic Movies

Friday, October 19, 2007

the 1968|2001 tunnel


2011 note: Damn this video is hard to host... I guess it's because of some copyright issue with the music...

Friday, October 12, 2007

I-dub-nubs

My studio is my dining room
Photograph Todd Deutsch

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Giant memetic war hatching 4

o why did HAL murder the discovery crew back in 2001?

Sudden trauma? Blown fuse, dislodged connector or cosmic rays? Emotional imbalance provoked by the stresses of the mission? Alpha version of Vista?
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