Will Gattaca Become The Norm?


I wanted today to broadcast in English this excellent article, originally published in French by FIGAROVOX with Laurent Alexandre, on transhumanism, artificial intelligence, robots, and the « dark » vision of Elon Musk on our future. Even if I don't agree with the pessimist point of view on the supposed AI nightmare coming, this interview is really interesting to better understand the challenges that we are going to face in the next 20 years and over. From my point of view, humans will only decide of their future … decisions that could be the most crucial since the beginning of humanity … to move towards a better life thanks to technological progress related to artificial intelligence … or to go to … Gattaca! FIGAROVOX / GREAT INTERVIEW – Should we be afraid of transhumanism? Between fantasies and reality, Laurent Alexandre answers all the questions we ask ourselves about artificial intelligence.

The Surgeon Who Wants to Connect You to the Internet with a Brain Implant

MIT Technology Review

It's the Monday morning following the opening weekend of the movie Blade Runner 2049, and Eric C. Leuthardt is standing in the center of a floodlit operating room clad in scrubs and a mask, hunched over an unconscious patient. "I thought he was human, but I wasn't sure," Leuthardt says to the surgical resident standing next to him, as he draws a line on the area of the patient's shaved scalp where he intends to make his initial incisions for brain surgery. "Did you think he was a replicant?" "I definitely thought he was a replicant," the resident responds, using the movie's term for the eerily realistic-looking bioengineered androids. "What I think is so interesting is that the future is always flying cars," Leuthardt says, handing the resident his Sharpie and picking up a scalpel.

Black Mirror explores chilling brain implant for kids

Daily Mail

There are countless ways technology can improve our daily lives – but, when it comes to parenting, it may be best to err on the side of caution. A chilling new trailer for the Netflix hit Black Mirror taps into the worries known by every parent; in just an instant, a child can disappear from sight. The new season is set to explore the desperate move of a mother who, after a scare at the playground, decides to get her daughter fitted with a brain implant. But, if the previous seasons are any indication, the device will bring unintended consequences. A chilling new trailer for the Netflix hit Black Mirror taps into the worries known by every parent; in just an instant, a child can disappear from sight.

When man meets metal: rise of the transhumans

The Guardian

Earlier this year I went to an event in Austin, Texas, billed as a sneak preview of the evolution of our species. The #Bdyhax Conference, which took place in a downtown exhibition complex, promised a front-row insight into the coming "singularity" – that nirvana foretold by science fiction in which biology and technology would fuse and revolutionise human capability and experience. The headline acts of the conference were mostly bodyhackers – DIY experimenters who, in their basements and garages, seek to enhance their own flesh and blood with biometric implants and cognitive enablers. These brave pioneers were extending their senses, overcoming physical limitation, Dan-Daring themselves and the rest of us into the future. At least that was the idea.

Overcoming Disabilities

Communications of the ACM

Michel Fornasier, one of the presenters of the Cybathlon, uses his bionic hand prosthesis to demonstrate one of the Cybathlon disciplines. In the movie Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker is given a mechanical hand that moves and perform functions as well as his real hand. Konrad Kording, an avid Star Wars fan, has no doubt that advances in brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) will make this bit of science fiction a reality; he just doesn't know when. "We have applications for one channel and a few channels," says Kording, a neuroscientist and professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiology, and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. "The question is, what are the BMI applications with hundreds of thousands of channels, and no one knows that at the moment." The channels he's referring to are electrical wires or optical connectors that can be attached to the brain and can be controlled and measured.

Phone calls can be beamed right into your central nervous system

New Scientist

Just what you need in the age of ubiquitous surveillance: the latest cochlear implants will allow users stream audio directly from their iPhone into their cochlear nerve. Apple and implant manufacturer Cochlear have made "Made for iPhone" connectivity available for any hearing implants that use the next-generation Nucleus 7 sound processor. While some cochlear implants already offer Bluetooth connectivity, these often require users to wear extra dongles or other intermediary devices to pick up digital signals, and then rebroadcast them to the hearing aid as radio. That's unlikely to be a problem for cochlear implant users, as these devices can only stimulate a limited number of frequencies in the ear anyway -- because of this low sound quality, cochlear implants are reserved for those with profound hearing loss.

Humans With Amplified Intelligence Could Be More Powerful Than AI


With much of our attention focused the rise of advanced artificial intelligence, few consider the potential for radically amplified human intelligence (IA). One day, we may be able to make ourselves superintelligent with futuristic biotechnology.… Unlike efforts to develop artificial general intelligence (AGI), or even an artificial superintelligence (SAI), the human brain already presents us with a pre-existing intelligence to work with. The next step will be to develop brain-computer interfaces that augment the visual cortex, the best-understood part of the brain. Even in the case of perfect sanity, side effects might include seizures, information overload, and possibly feelings of egomania or extreme alienation.

In new leap for AI: Computer chips that can smell


ARUSHA, Tanzania: Nigerian neuroscientist Oshiorenoya Agabi may have found a way to solve one of life's puzzling dilemmas: how to make air travel pleasant again. While those in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are working furiously to create machines that can mimic the brain, or - like tech entrepreneur Elon Musk - implant computers in our brains, Agabi has found a way to merge lab-grown neurons with electronic circuitry. So he and a team of geneticists, physicists, bio-engineers, molecular biologists and others set about doing just that, focusing on the problems that were particularly hard for silicon devices to solve. "We want to build a brain of biological neurons - an autonomous system that has intelligence.


Daily Mail

Automation and Artificial Intelligence will affect every level of businesses and its people whatever the case, the report warns. Automation and Artificial Intelligence will affect every level of businesses and its people whatever the case, the report warns (stock image). In it, Ethan Hawke's character Vincent Freeman dreams of becoming an astronaut but the society in which he lives is determined by eugenics. In it Ethan Hawke's character Vincent Freeman (pictured) has to beat a society which views people like him, who have not had their genes enhanced, as inferior Overall, nearly three quarters (73 per cent) believe technology will never replace the human mind and the majority (86 per cent) say human skills will always be in demand.

A Treatment for Blindness? NHS to Install Bionic Eyes in 10 Patients


The National Eye Institute estimates that one in 4,000 people around the world suffer from the disorder. The Argus II Bionic Eye implant works in tandem with a small camera mounted on a pair of glasses that is worn by the patient. Half of the patients receiving the implant will be treated at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, while the remaining half will have the procedure at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2017. Among those, around 160 to 320 are possibly eligible for a bionic eye procedure.