August 17, 2009
Ned Vizzini is the author of It's Kind of a Funny Story, Be More Chill, and Teen Angst? Naaah.... He speaks at schools, universities, and libraries across the US about writing and mental health, he reviews young adult books for the New York Times Book Review, and he lives in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been has been translated into seven languages.
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Monkey grabs food using its brain and a mechanical arm (found by lj user thefloorismagma)
- MAN POSTS TWITTER MESSAGES USING ONLY HIS MIND
- BRAIN WAVES MOVE WHEELCHAIR
- "The Future Is Now? Pretty Soon, at Least"
Great primer about Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity, "that revolutionary transition when humans and/or machines start evolving into immortal beings with ever-improving software."
Kurzweil goes by the assumption that human intelligence doubles every year to predict that "by the 2020s we’ll be adding computers to our brains and building machines as smart as ourselves."
(I was actually going to say the squip would be here by 2015, but I amended it to 2020 based on Kurzweil, who's really accurate: he said a computer would be a human at chess in 1998; Deep Blue happened in 1997.)
- A more detailed article about how Kurzweil is preparing to live forever.
- If you dig that (the living forever stuff), HERE is Aubrey de Grey --
-- officially the coolest-looking scientist since Galileo. He has identified seven simple problems that we can fix to make ourselves immortal.
- "Drugs, Body Modifications May Create Second Enlightenment"
(Among other things, this article features a woman who had a magnet implanted in her finger and can now sense electricity in live phone cords.)
- VIRUS-BASED BATTERIES
- DNA-BASED COMPUTERS
- Robot discovers knowledge independent of creators...
- "Study takes steps toward easing bad memories..."
What is this? Well, since Be More Chill
came out in 2004, we've come a lot closer to having a squip.
In addition to breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and materials science, people around the world have accepted a creepy sort of familiarity with computers (I'm thinking Google Street, the read-all-your-email US anti-terrorism act, Facebook) that make for a much richer incubation climate for squips.
Ask me? Mark it: by 2020 there will be commercially available implantable/ingestable/wearable computers that give out social advice directly into your brain.
On this page, we are collecting evidence as it appears.
Note: this is an active process! If you
see evidence of the squip developing, please email me
or msg me through the blog and I'll add your link to the list!
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