Nanotechnology…..the Most Important Aspect of Transhumanism Moving Forward?

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21854-3d-blood-vessels-could-aid-artificial-organs.html

In order to pursue effective nanotechnologies we have to develop artificial organs that are not to be rejected by the host body, and to be produced by 3D printing (a near future post will be made about this aspect of Transhumanism) which ensures a more effective and youthful body part being replaced.  In a recent article, two scientists injected human endothelial cells into tiny channels within a collagen gel.

Not only did the cells spread and form throughout the channels but they also helped form 3D miniature blood vessels that were able to let blood flow even at sharp 90 degree angles.  They additionally used this gel within human brain and muscles while using proteins to stimulate the growth of the blood vessels and these micro blood vessels were able to integrate into both types of cells that were present in the collagen gel.

Moving forward with this small breakthrough, the scientists go on to say

“Zheng says that the next step is to use the system as a starting point for an artificial organ. Drawing the channels in the right shape will allow the organ to have an adequate blood supply throughout.”

Journal reference: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1201240109

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What is Transhumanism anyway?

Transhumanism is an international intellectual and cultural movement supporting the use of science and technology to improve human mental and physical characteristics and capacities.  The movement regards aspects of the human condition, such as disability, suffering, disease, aging and involuntary death as unnecessary and undesirable.  Transhumanists look to biotechnologies and other emerging technologies for these purposes.

The term “transhumanism” is symbolized by H+ and is often used for “human enhancement”.  Transhumanist thinkers predict that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label “posthuman”.

Transhumanists engage in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and evaluating possibilities for overcoming biological limitations.  Many prominent transhumanist advocates, including myself refer to transhumanism’s critics on the political right and left jointly as “bioconservatives” or my favorite “bioluddites”, the latter term alluding to the 19th century anti-industrialisation social movement that opposed the replacement of human manual labourers by machines.

So in essence, the basic premise of Transhumanism is to take technologies and apply them to the human body to enhance our capacities and capabilities in an attempt to extend our lifespans for longer, healthier lives.

Hope you learned something in this post!

The information from this post was taken from the book, Transhumanism, Including by Hephaestus Books, 2012.

I have chosen the location for my next day hike

http://alltrails.com/trail/us/indiana/two-lakes-loop

For my next hike, which will be Wednesday May 31, 2012 (also my mom’s Birthday) I will be driving about 45 minutes to the east to a small town in Indiana called St. Croix.  The trail is called the Two Lakes Loop and is a loop trail that is approximately 13.5 miles long.  I will be attempting to do this is one day, so I will be needing to leave pretty early in the morning to be back in time for my mothers birthday celebration and dinner. I plan to be going to hiking somewhere once a week with pictures and a description of the hiking involved.  Anyone else love to go hiking, like myself?

Cheers to you all! Below are a few pictures of the trail that someone who has walked it has already taken, looks like a beautiful place!

Obama Orders Government Agencies to shift towards Mobile “Apps”

http://www.newsmax.com/SciTech/obama-mobile-/2012/05/23/id/440069

President Obama today ordered, “that each agency has to make at least two services relied upon by the public on mobile telephones within 12 months” This also will be able to be used on mobile computing devices such as laptops, tablets, and other devices.  After just taken a Government Information  Resources class through San Jose State, I found this article to be pertinent to my studies.

After having researched the current state of e-government content I found that there was a considerable amount of government related information in born digital form and also in digitized format, but this organization was spread across multiple, multiple different web pages, and very few of them were optimized in any way for access by my 3rd gen iPad, which is a mobile computing device. So I am quite happy to see a President make this a mandate for government information moving forward.

Obama states, “Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device”. Now I know that we disagree on many of the presidents ideas and propositions, but we can all agree that we need a government who is actively trying to give better access to its information.

Having a Computer Inside Your Bloodstream?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2148201/Sci-fi-reality-DNA-turned-living-drive-able-store-read-erase-data.html

The DNA Strand

We can now encode computer information on a DNA strand!! Awesome!~

For Transhumanism to really take hold, we must develop the ability of nanotechnologies and implement them into the human body, or as science calls is, ” a biological system” to enhance ourselves to better withstand the biosphere that we continue to damage at an almost exponential rate.

Researchers in the U.S. have created a method that is able to encode computational information in the strands of DNA within cells.  Also, this information encoded can be erased and re-written with new information. So this is important because our bodies change, and with time the doctors of the future can adjust the programs that are in the bloodstream. What an exciting proposition!  Each small step that we are able to make in implementing technologies into the human body the better chance we will be able to live, longer healthier lives!!

For those of you who do not want to have little computers monitoring your body from the inside, my question is why? I understand if you are nervous or not understanding of the concept, however I argue that this is just the beginning of large-scale charges on how we view ourselves as “biological systems” and what it means to be “human”. As a species we have already been extending our lifespans through medications, fasting, educated nutritional programs, blood testing and supplementation of high quality ingredients that our bodies cannot naturally produce.  This is just the beginning my friends.

What kinds of computer applications would you like to have in your bloodstream?

Cheers to you all!

Burning CD’s and DVD’s at your local library?

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505270_162-57438933/supreme-court-silent-on-illegal-music-downloads/

We all have become members in this group. Having worked in a public library for seven years and also at a community college library for almost a year along with my internship at a genealogy library I know for a fact that many people take out items and then copy them for their own use.  The music and downloading industry has been fighting illegal downloading and file sharing for as long as I can remember.

This PhD student described in the article above that came out today (May 22, 2012) will be filing for bankruptcy for songs he downloaded back in high school.

I understand the desire for the music industry to protect their investment of their artists and the content that they create, but is it really necessary to make people go bankrupt because they wanted to hear YOUR song anyway?  It just seems petty to me, especially the multi-million dollar artists who are arguing and taking people to court whether they downloaded legally or not?

I know many people use the library loophole, but until the music industry continues to lag behind the current computing trends, I am afraid they will continue to make attempts at random people to make an example of them and maybe in a way a deterrent. However, people will continue to use the libraries of the world in this fashion.  Even though the print collections of many libraries are diminishing, the need for physical collections is still important because it provides those with low incomes the resources for effective information gathering.

I present this article and discussion to you because I feel that the music industry is behind the times, and because of this wildly goes after people with no intentions other than to make people broke, not to re-organize their industry.

On a tranhumanism note to this article, I have found quite a few DVD’s at the library especially and through Interlibrary Loan that have been related to the subjects within transhumanism, and have made digital files from many. So in essence I will be able to create a small video library for resources dedicated to transhumanism. Cheers!! Comment please!

Radical Life Extension is Already Here!

When we consider that the average lifespan for an Americans in 1900 was roughly 37 years of age, and by the year 2000, the average lifespan for an American was 76, and in the 2010 that number was over 78.  So we have already been adding decades to the average life here in the Western hemisphere.

Then, why are we as a nation so afraid to put money into research that will understand, and then implement different methods which will slow or possibly even reverse the aging process itself?

This is a core question for a transhumanist such as myself to those who may have limited knowledge on the subject, or for those who just may be completely ignorant.  Although the topics that transhumanism cover includes:

Life Extenson
Biology
Augmented Intelligence
Biotechnology
Nanotechnology
Artificial Intelligence
Consciousness
Bodily Enhancement
Cognitive Science
Nutrition
Robotics
Cyborg
Anthropomorphism
Cryogenics
Liberal Eugenics
Genetics and Genetic Engineering
Space Exploration and Colonization

I will be uploading and discussing primarily books and educational resources related to the core concepts of transhumanism.   An excellent introduction to the basic premises about Transhumanism can be found here: http://www.singularityweblog.com/a-transhumanist-manifesto/

If any you have questions about Transhumanism, feel free to comment or e-mail me at Librarytech87@gmail.comImage