Entries from March 2008 ↓

OpenCog in 2008 Google Summer of Code

SIAI and OpenCog are recruiting people for Google Summer of Code. GSoC is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects.

Want to work on AI/language-processing over the Northern Hemisphere summer? Here are some of the ideas for projects proposed. Applications to Google open on the 24th of March.

“Artificialisation Of Culture: Challenges to and from Posthumanism”

Reading an interesting article by Kurmo Konsa, “Artificialisation Of Culture: Challenges to and from Posthumanism”. I particularly like the following quote, because it summarises a bit about me. I’ve always identified with being a transhumanist (even if the methods of improvement available right now are somewhat crude) but at the same time I’ve had flirtations with tattoos, piercings, body building, nootropics, crazy hair, acrobatics and other things…

In modern Western culture the view that the human body is a means of self-expression, and because of that the place for cultural experiments, is widespread. Body perforation, cosmetic surgery, physical training programs, etc., have been created to change the human body according to the requirements of the individual. This implies the objectification of the human body (in other words, the human body is turned into an object), but on the other hand individual human nature will be tied more closely to the body, and therefore what a person thinks and feels will be directly expressed in the body. Art, especially performance art, is actively engaged in defining the body and finding the borders of corporal existence.