If we could identify a gene for creativity — let’s call it the “creativity gene” — you would be hard pressed to find many people who would consider it a negative gene or a hazard to possess or carry.
But what if, purely hypothetically, we could identify a gene for Schizophrenia? Or Bipolar Disorder? Or Depressive Disorder? Or ADHD? Would you select for those traits if you could genetically engineer your offspring at will? If you want to give birth to a creative child, the answer should be yes.
The premise of the cyborg infers that posthuman evolution is taking place with every new technology; that the human being is in a constant state of flux, changing shape as technology advances. We are at point X in a continuum of cybernetic evolution, and will continue to evolve according to the pace of technological innovation. Our particular genus is distinct in behaviour from even the cyborg of a decade ago, and the cyborg of 20 years ago is further removed still.
The latest model of cyborg, CY-2010, is of genus electronomad. It shares characteristics and is built on similar tools as its predecessors, but the important additions of mobile technology, WiFi and the cloud have made it more mobile, more agile. It is finding new ways to inhabit and use the city, and the city is adapting to support it. This is a practical mini-guide for designing the cities of today’s cyborg.
In 1998, Kevin Warwick became what some people call “the world’s first cyborg.” To be exact, Warwick, a professor of cybernetics at Reading University, had a radio frequency ID chip implanted in his arm. Years before RFID chips became common, this small implant allowed him to turn on lights by snapping his fingers, or open doors without touching them.
Today we are releasing the source code for Diaspora. This is now a community project and development is open to anyone with the technical expertise who shares the vision of a social network that puts users in control. From now on we will be working closely with the community on improving and solidifying Diaspora.
The active ingredient of magic mushrooms, psilocybin, has been shown to reduce anxiety and improve mood in people with cancer. Charles Grob from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, and colleagues, recruited 12 people with advanced-stage cancer who also suffered from anxiety.
Zachary Neal found that although America’s largest cities once had the most sophisticated economies, today that honor goes to cities with many connections to other places, regardless of their size. The study was published online Aug. 30 in the research journal City and Community.