MachineMachine /stream - search for human en-us LifePress <![CDATA[Review: ‘The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity’ - The Atlantic]]>

Many years ago, when I was a junior professor at Yale, I cold-called a colleague in the anthropology department for assistance with a project I was working on. I didn’t know anything about the guy; I just selected him because he was young, and therefore, I figured, more likely to agree to talk.

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 07:51:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Ancient bone carving could change the way we think about Neanderthals]]>

The design may be simple, but a chevron pattern etched onto a deer bone more than 50,000 years ago suggests that Neanderthals had their own artistic tradition before modern humans arrived on the scene, researchers said Monday.

Thu, 08 Jul 2021 23:55:26 -0700
<![CDATA[The Rotting Internet Is a Collective Hallucination - The Atlantic]]>

Too much has been lost already. The glue that holds humanity’s knowledge together is coming undone. Sixty years ago the futurist Arthur C. Clarke observed that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Thu, 08 Jul 2021 23:55:19 -0700
<![CDATA[The Changing Ontology of the Image | The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics]]>

Traditionally we think of images as relatively individualized or delimited phenomena that, in one way or the other, appear to the human mind and apparatus of perception. Currently, however, we are witnessing an intensification of what we might call thenetworkedness of the image along with a proliferation of machine imagery that operates independently of human perception and cognition. These “operative images” are, in Harun Farocki’s oft-cited formulation, “images without a social goal, not for edification, not for reflection”—they “do not represent an object, but rather are part of an operation.” In fact, one might claim that one of the characteristics of the contemporary image-space is its increasing integration of operational images and machine vision.

Sun, 04 Jul 2021 22:36:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Exiting The Anthropocene and Entering The Symbiocene. | Psychoterratica]]>

It has been proposed that humans are now living within a period of the Earth’s history appropriately named ‘The Anthropocene’ (Crutzen and Stoermer 2000).

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 21:55:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Neanderthals helped create early human art, researcher says | Archaeology | The Guardian]]>

When Neanderthals, Denisovans and homo sapiens met one another 50,000 years ago, these archaic and modern humans not only interbred during the thousands of years in which they overlapped, but they exchanged ideas that led to a surge in creativity, according to a leading academic.

Mon, 17 May 2021 23:55:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Humans Can't Contain Superintelligent Machines | Super AI]]>

In a new study, researchers from Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Human Development say they’ve shown that an artificial intelligence in the category known as “superintelligent” would be impossible for humans to contain with competing software. That ... doesn’t sound promising.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:56:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Scientists grow human-neanderthal hybrid 'minibrains' in petri dishes | Live Science]]>

Sesame seed-size brains created from a mix of human and Neanderthal genes lived briefly in petri dishes in a University of California, San Diego laboratory, offering tantalizing clues as to how the organs have evolved over millennia.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:55:54 -0700
<![CDATA[The other humans: The emerging story of the mysterious Denisovans | New Scientist]]>

The existence of the Denisovans was discovered just a decade ago through DNA alone. Now we're starting to uncover fossils and artefacts revealing what these early humans were like TODAY, there is only one species of human alive on the planet. But it wasn’t always so.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:55:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Fossil evidence of mysterious 'southern Denisovans' yet to be found | Natural History Museum]]>

Island Southeast Asia contains one of the world's richest fossil records documenting human evolution. Some of these fossils date to at least 1.3 million years ago. 

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:55:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Humans Will Probably Evolve to Be Venomous]]>

Could future humans evolve to have venom glands? In new research, scientists close a long-open door by causally linking early salivary glands with what eventually became venom glands in many animals.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:55:11 -0700
<![CDATA[The Digital Condition: Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age]]>

UPDATE: Due to circumstances the Winter School will be held virtually. Please note that the programme follows the EET Eastern European Time UTC+2 timezone!

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 10:39:28 -0800
<![CDATA[Organisms are not passive recipients of evolutionary forces | Aeon Essays]]>

Humans are shaping the evolutionary future of life on Earth.

Mon, 18 Jan 2021 06:55:20 -0800
<![CDATA[Can anyone suggest me a book wherein a character undergoes a SLOW/ GRADUAL permanent transformation into a creature/animal/monster/ hybrid]]>

I've seen my fair share of novels wherein characters transform into werewolves or animals but the transformations I've encountered almost always seems to happen rather instantaneously and in the case of shapeshifters, well they could always revert back to their human forms so its not as damning/consequential. Personally I'm more interested in seeing a transformation unfold slowly (over months or years) as you get to see more of the character's thought processes as the transformation happens. You get to see their emotional turmoil, denial and their struggle to come to terms with their inevitable fate It doesn't have to be some sort of supernatural/magical transformation. it could be something manufactured like the altering of the dna or body modification. I'd prefer it though if the transformation was unwilling. But basically I'm more interested in the ongoing process of the transformation itself rather than the aftermath. submitted by /u/dgotan22 to r/printSF [link] [comments]

Fri, 01 Jan 2021 23:03:02 -0800
<![CDATA[Otherkin Are the Internet’s Punchline. They’re Also Our Future]]>

Rhia is queer, trans, and nonbinary. They are also otherkin, or an individual who identifies as nonhuman on a non-physical level, according to the Otherkin Wiki.

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 01:19:44 -0800
<![CDATA[The Racist Legacy of Computer-Generated Humans - Scientific American]]>

Computer-generated imagery is supposed to be one of the success stories of computer science. Starting in the 1970s, the algorithms for realistically depicting digital worlds were developed in a monumental joint effort between academic, commercial and federal research labs.

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 01:19:41 -0800
<![CDATA[An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried]]>

Human extinction. The coordinated release of various strains of a human sterilization virus.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:13:06 -0700
<![CDATA[How Humanity Came To Contemplate Its Possible Extinction: A Timeline | The MIT Press Reader]]>

It is only in the last couple of centuries that we have begun to grasp that our existence might one day cease to exist forever. Today's attempts to measure and mitigate existential threats are the continuation of a project initiated over two centuries ago.

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:13:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Revolutionary archaeology reveals the deepest possible Anthropocene | Aeon Essays]]>

Humanity’s transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture is one of the most important developments in human and Earth history. Human societies, plant and animal populations, the makeup of the atmosphere, even the Earth’s surface – all were irreversibly transformed.

Fri, 02 Oct 2020 06:13:20 -0700

How can we imagine communities that are not shaped by the human superiority? Who are we in the light of eco-critical imaginaries? What constitutes us? Who are the others that are to be included in our community?

This two-day online symposium seeks to address the aforementioned questions by engaging the dialogue between philosophy, neuroscience, anthropology and art. It will take place on 17 & 18 September 2020. The symposium will be held in English, fully streamed online, participation is free.


17 SEPTEMBER, Thursday

11:00—11:15 Opening & Welcome Speeches: Rimvydas Petrauskas (Rector of Vilnius University); Jonas Dagys (Director of the Institute of Philosophy, Vilnius University), Kristupas Sabolius (organizer, Institute of Philosophy, Vilnius University).

MORNING SESSION Moderated by Daina Habdankaitė

11:15 —12:00 Catherine Malabou (Kingston University / University of California Irvine) Not Mandatory: When Addiction Replaces Law

12:00 —12:45 Vittorio Gallese (University of Parma / Columbia University / Humboldt Universität) The Empathic Body. Embodied Simulation and Experimental Aesthetics

12:45—13:00 Break

13:00—13:45 Kristupas Sabolius (Vilnius University / MIT) We Are Milieus

13:45—14:30 Panel discussion: Catherine Malabou, Vittorio Gallese, Kristupas Sabolius, Scott F. Gilbert, moderated by Elizabeth A. Povinelli

14:30 —15.30 Break

AFTERNOON SESSION Moderated by Ignas Šatkauskas

15:30 —16:15 Rita Šerpytytė (Vilnius University) The Challenge of the Subject in the Face of the Real

16:15 —17:00 Ruslanas Baranovas (Vilnius University) Grammatology and the Sadness of Being Human

17:00—17:45 Chiara Bottici (The New School for Social Research) Rethinking the Human Through the Philosophy of Transindividuality

17:45 —18:30 Panel discussion: Rita Šerpytytė, Ruslanas Baranovas, Chiara Bottici moderated by Catherine Malabou

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:08:12 -0700