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Life After Extinction: Posthuman Enhancements for a Neo-Human Species

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For Royal College of Art, Feb 2016.

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Life After Extinction: Posthuman Enhancements for a Neo-Human Species

  1. 1. Life After Extinction: Posthuman Designs for the Neo-Human Royal College of Art | 2016.02.04 PROFESSOR ANDY MIAH, PHD | @andymiah Stelarc, Extra Ear, Ear on arm
  2. 2. YOUR world is on the verge of extinction... What will you do to save it?
  3. 3. The nature of the threat Bangs Crunches Shrieks Whimpers (Bostrom) malicious use of nanotechnology, nuclear war, and the possibility that the universe is a simulation that will end Humanity survives but civilization is irreversibly destroyed. The most likely causes of this…are exhaustion of natural resources, a stable global government that prevents technological progress, or dysgenic pressures that lower average intelligence undesirable futures. For example, if a single mind enhances its powers by merging with a computer, it could dominate human civilization, which could be bad gradual decline of human civilization or current values…the most likely cause would be evolution changing moral preference, followed by extraterrestrial invasion
  4. 4. The appropriate response will depend on the nature of the threat But...
  5. 5. There is a lot we could change to adapt
  6. 6. What to ENHANCE? COGNITIVE ENHANCEMENTS INCREASE RESILIENCE BEYOND HUMAN/ NATURE i) flight ii) Teleportation PHYSICAL More/less height life-span intelligence memory drugs health-span PGD (non-disease) cosmetic surgery innoculations flouridization of water ritalin Energy generating capacities Expanded mind
  7. 7. Brandon Ballengee, DFA 19, Io Scanner Photograph of Cleared and Stained Multi-limbed Pacific Tree frog from Aptos, California in Scientific Collaboration with Dr. Stanley K. Sessions. MALAMP titles in collaboration with the poet KuyDelair. Nature provides enough inspiration to design all possible futures
  8. 8. TRANSGENIC enhancements Image by Eduardo Kac If our genes don’t work, then find another’s
  9. 9. The Amazing Spiderman (2014)
  10. 10. The future of ‘spider silk’?
  11. 11. Spider silk used for violin strings
  12. 12. ENHANCING OUR BODIES
  13. 13. A close look at genetics
  14. 14. Genetic Selection for Perfect Pitch?
  15. 15. Genetic selection Image from GATTACA courtesy of the director
  16. 16. GATTACA (1997) – a look at genetic selection for enhancement
  17. 17. What can prosthetics do for us?
  18. 18. Image courtesy of Nike disability ability
  19. 19. Meet the Superhumans (2012)
  20. 20. How technology enables new abilities Eyeborg, 2014
  21. 21. Stelarc Extra Ear, Ear on Arm
  22. 22. ENHANCING OUR MINDS
  23. 23. Eternal Sunshine – Memory deletion
  24. 24. COGNITIVE ENHANCEMENTS MODAFINIL improves some aspects of working memory, such as digit span, digit manipulation and pattern recognition memory, but the results related to spatial memory, executive function and attention are unclear
  25. 25. Engineering Immortality
  26. 26. The Immortalists (2014)
  27. 27. Image by: Michael Burton The Digital Solution
  28. 28. Upload yourself to the network Mission Eternity, eToy
  29. 29. Her (2014)
  30. 30. Computers taking control
  31. 31. If all else fails….
  32. 32. Cryonics
  33. 33. The future in the past: Impressions of human enhancement

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