The blog reviewed here is ‘Singularity Hub‘. The blog is described as ‘A Blog About the Singularity Longevity, Nanotech, Robotics, Genetics, AI, The Brain…’ and so covers quite a lot of areas although I was particularly interested in the coverage of the brain. The About section details the authors of the blog who have a variety of backgrounds including neuropsychology, physics and computing. The title pane has a wide background with a black text title and some adjacent adverts. Individual posts have black text on a white background and readers have the option of following the blog using an RSS feed, Twitter, e-mail or following the authors on facebook. On the right hand pane, the reader can navigate through the blog using archives, categories or popular posts.
The theme that I perceived on reading through the blog was one of augmenting biology with technology. There are various references to prosthetic devices, life extension and articles on how science might shape the future. The use of prosthetic devices almost seems to be the symbol of an emerging subculture paralleling that of cosmetic surgery although many of the discussion in this area are in principle alone. In this post, the movement is given a name – the transhumanist movement although it remains to see how this will develop. However one aspect of this philosophy is the emergence of continuous body monitoring which could have a number of applications in medicine. The arguments about augmenting the body with technology are countered by those in which it is argued that evolution has produced organic machinery of sorts which is so subtle, so refined that we will never perhaps come to understand how we came to be, nor indeed how we are but will rather have some approximation to these questions. The authors also comment on developments in other technologies. In terms of cloud computing (Wolfram Alpha is the most notable recent example of a cloud computing project – reviewed here) there are a number of references to this in posts including an announcement by three large companies reported on here. Some of the innovative devices I found interesting such as the ‘world’s fastest DNA sequencer‘ which processes a single strand of DNA in an hour. Another very useful resource in this post was OpenCog which makes available open access artificial intelligence software or else 3-d Lithography. This blog will appeal to those with an interest in developments in technology and some of those covered here have applications in medicine.
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