We can never really know anything outside of its context, even things we are looking at with our eyes. After gasping at how easily our eyes can be fooled, I found myself thinking of the role of context in many other situations.
A potential break in the human continuum serves as the backdrop to filmmaker Ayoub Qanir's latest film project, Koyakatsi, equal parts science and art -- a mind-bending marriage of grit, fantasy and style.
PBS News Hour recently had a special on the main topic I've been writing about here on The Huffington Post and elsewhere: unemployment and inequality caused by technology and, in particular, automation.
This year things changed. This year people spoke about things that have actually happened. Things, which just a short while ago, were the stuff of speculation and science fiction. It looks like we will look back at 2011 as the year when the Singularity actually began.
Why are medical records -- simultaneously one of the most powerful resources and biggest sources of frustration for anyone trying to get a whole-systems view of their health -- stuck in the analog and disorganized at best?
In Darwin's Pharmacy, the transhumanist philosopher Richard Doyle focuses on his favorite technology: the psychedelic, "ecodelic" plants and chemicals -- read: drugs -- that can help make us process more information.
There is no basis at present for believing that medical interventions based on postulated but not-yet-realized nanobots will perform their duties without the side-effects associated with every other therapeutic agent ever employed.