Our next evolution (part 3) : Brave New World.

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“As long as man has roamed this world, we’ve sought and invented new means to augment our minds and bodies. Evolution is painstakingly slow, but in our DNA is writ of imagination and the will to be smarter, better, faster, stronger. Man has learned to define its own evolution by building. And the most elemental of the things we build are our tools.” from the article ‘We Are What We Use’ – Ryan Block

Man’s long standing relationship with technology has been an attempt to transform not only our lives but ourselves, our very being. We  envied the birds so we built machines to help us fly to break the speed barrier and to enter the void of space,

The human body is a remarkable work of natural engineering. But for all its grace and sophistication like all things, it decays with time and through the trials and tribulations of life, it can be broken. With a mix of medical and technological advancements, a great change is coming.

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Human enhancement refers to any attempt to temporarily or permanently overcome the current limitations of the human body through natural or artificial means. The term is sometimes applied to the use of technological means to select or alter human characteristics and capacities, whether or not the alteration results in characteristics and capacities that lie beyond the existing human range.

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Human Augmentation is already here, and the future of what is possible with human body is almost limitless.

As it happens, most of us have been alive to witness the single greatest revolution and expansion of individual capabilities man has ever known. Not even twenty years ago it was still unclear the role technology would play in our personal lives — or if it would play one at all. After all, the “personal” in your personal computer was in reference to the fact that it didn’t need to be housed in a university’s mainframe complex. Otherwise there was simply nothing personal or individual about it. Everything has changed, and is continue to change in the most subtle of ways.

Transhumanism

We are becoming something more..

At some point within our life time it is theorized that we will cause our next evolutionary leap.

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the current reality

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Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.

On the other hand, what Transhumanism heralds is the point at which the current model of humanity becomes obsolete.

This Brave new world poses problems.

However, with this leap will come problems and that is of those we leave behind. Unfortunately access to technology is always been a case of wealth disparity. For those who are in the working class section of society, these technologies will be a barrier to entry into our new society. These technological augmentations will make those on the upper strata of society physically faster, stronger, smarter and more mentally agile. This would lead to an ever greater stratification of wealth as these advantages will make it so those who can not afford these augmentations can not compete with those who do.

Even in today’s world, technology is already creating a gap and that gap is growing. Those who have access to computers at a young age surrounded by the wares and devices are granted an edge in today’s tech and I.T focused world.

Into the great unknown.

Humans are physiologically well-adapted to life on Earth. Consequently, space-flight has many negative effects on the body. The most significant adverse effects of long-term weightlessness are muscle atrophy and deterioration of the skeleton (space-flight osteopenia). Other significant effects include a slowing of cardiovascular system functions, decreased production of red blood cells, balance disorders, and a weakening of the immune system. Lesser symptoms include fluid redistribution (causing the “moon-face” appearance typical in pictures of astronauts experiencing weightlessness), loss of body mass, nasal congestion, sleep disturbance, and excess flatulence. Most of these effects begin to reverse quickly upon return to Earth.

The engineering problems associated with leaving Earth and developing space propulsion systems have been examined for over a century, and millions of man-hours of research have been spent on them.

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one can only hope…

What Transhumanism does give us a species is the ability to venture deeper into the deepest recesses of space. The vast distances of our cosmos have not only limited our aspirations in terms of speed, but its effects on our current fragile bodies. A new kind of human will however have the capacity to endure the immense distances and gruelling void of interstellar  travel. Our newly designed bodies will have nothing to fear from the bone degredating effects of zero-gravity or the harmful radiation of nearby stars. This could be a great step in our final frontier.

The Human Revolution.

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For the first time in our history we will be the force driving our own evolution, we have become more connected in our lives as the power and the ubiquity of internet has freed us from the binds of information restrictions . We have used the net to connect to our external tools and made the net and all its machinations a part of us. And finally in the logical next step, we change our bodies to better incorporate these technologies. There will be obstacles and gulfs to bridge, but this progress can bring us endless possibilities.

We can change positively, what it means to be Human. 

 This series of blogs was inspired by Deus EX: Human Revolution by Eidos Montreal (check it out if you get the chance).
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  As you can see from our stories, we believe positive evolution is the progress of global culture, environmental awareness and action, collective intelligence, disruptive policy, innovative technology, life-saving science, conflict resolution and above all, kindness.
 
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Let’s accelerate the positive progress of people kind.

You can’t take the sky from me

Image We live on a planet with finite resources; commodities such as oil and gas will not last forever. In realizing this the world’s largest energy conglomerates have been setting themselves up for the game of the next century; a defining break-through in end to end renewable energy. The race is on for the big investment opportunity of the next decade and this race is in the energy business. A prime candidates we have turned to is the Sun, a readily available, infinitely renewable nuclear reactor 95 million miles in space.

On the other side of this is the consumer’s stake in the access, viability and cost of renewable energy. As fossil fuels become scarcer the price for energy increases a lot of which will be coming from nature for the very first time.

As far back as 10,000 BC, history is abundant with carvings and writing depicting people’s respect and adoration for this object and it is easy to understand why. As the Sun would rise it brought vision, warmth, light, and security saving man from the cold, blind predator-filled darkness of the night.

These realities assured that for countless civilizations the Sun would become the most adored object in all of history from Babylonian to ancient Egyptian to Greek mythography, history has worshipped the Sun as a deity.

Because of the bounties of the Sun, man is now blessed with light heat, electricity, and magnetism even the power that drives the winds; all the abundant energies of the universe he so required to dominate the world.

How much energy comes from the Sun?

The possibilities are amazing.

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In 2011, the International Energy Agency said that “the development of affordable, inexhaustible and clean solar energy technologies will have huge longer-term benefits. It will increase countries’ energy security through reliance on an indigenous, inexhaustible and mostly import-independent resource, enhance sustainability, reduce pollution, lower the costs of mitigating climate change, and keep fossil fuel prices lower than otherwise. These advantages are global. Hence the additional costs of the incentives for early deployment should be considered learning investments; they must be wisely spent and need to be widely shared”

the People and their Sun.

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In 30 October 2012 Oxford researchers have developed a photovoltaic (PV) technology that has the potential to deliver low cost, efficient solar cells that can be readily incorporated into glass building façades.

According to consumer reports, Two thirds of UK households benefiting from solar energy say their bills have been significantly reduced since investing in the technology, with most making an average annual savings of hundreds of pounds and as technology and energy capture becomes more efficient, households will save more and more.

with continuing breakthroughs happening all the time, we can look forward to an energy secure future that is cheap and safe for the environment and future generations. Solar energy will play a part in helping to reduce the increasing burden on dwindling fossil fuel reserves.

The prospect that 2/3 of the world’s population have no access to have access to the light energies that come from our nearest star affirms the need to innovate in this field. And to ensure that the energies of the universe should not become corporate commodities, especially that which comes from the sky.

The solar array in Spain.

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the human kind

kindness“Imagine that you’re asleep, and you then you wake up, you’re not sure where you are, you’re not sure if anyone else is around.

What would you probably do first?

You would likely look around and say ‘hello’? ‘hello’? – You’re attempting to find out (AM I ALONE?)” – Richard Berendzen

Asking that question ‘Am I alone’? throws into sharp relief the importance of people, and the relationships we form. humans are social mammals we need each other and there is no greater demonstration of this dependence than how we treat each other.

In light of the recent tragic events in Boston (the family and friends of whom our deepest condolences extend)  and what will be the continued torrent of media frenzy for the upcoming weeks, I feel this week’s on-line journal (because using the term ‘blog’ makes it seem like an alien being what made of mucus and lives in a cave) is as good as any to talk about why I ‘write’ for pplkind.

I used to believe that there was no greater indication of our positive evolution than our technological advancement further punctuated by our venture into space. Since the early 19th century we have been unknowingly beaming radio waves (television, radio) into vastness of space at the speed of light. I have always wondered with my nerdy curiosity that to any technologically intelligent life forms that may stumble across these inter-stellar ‘messages’ the Earth would seem like a very scary place.

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This is not the case.

Let it never be said that I am against the reporting of negative news, I write for pplkind to try and balance out the proliferation of negative news in our everyday lives. It serves to blind us to the oft unreported positive deeds of the many all around us (from the mundane to the monumental).

Contrary to what popular media would have us all believe, we don’t live on a world teetering on the edge of oblivion where anything worthy of mention is centred around war, crime, poverty and terror, but the rolling 24 hour nature of coverage of the world around in which we live often feels like being trapped in some cynical puppet-master’s ‘hunger games’. With the help of bombastic news graphics and Hollywood tier theme music, the previous week in particular has felt like the end of the season finale to ’24’.

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from our stories, we believe evolution is the progress of global culture, environmental awareness and action, collective intelligence, disruptive policy, innovative technology, life-saving science, conflict resolution and above all, kindness.

The Future is Ours

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pplkind wants to bring you undeniable proof that even in these times of uncertainty there lies an opportunity for change in the most profound way. A change that can push our evolution as a species.

People say good news doesn’t sell? Well we’re not selling it.

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I and founder of pplkind (Clare Saxon) believe we are living in very exciting times, times where technology in communications can allow the free sharing of ideas in economic, political or environmental solutions and innovations. I have rambled on for about 400 words now about people, kindness and progress the such, but if that has left you still baffled as to what I am rambling about kindly visit the pplkind website for a better understanding.

I must confess, I have never actually seen ’24’.