Link: Africa Is A Hotspot For Digital Health – The Medical Futurist

Digital health in Africa is booming, and that’s the greatest news since the invention of broadband internet connection. The flourishing of disruptive solutions might go down to the fact that instead of relying on traditional infrastructure and a conventional healthcare system, populations in Africa need cheap, easily accessible and genuinely problem-solving technologies. Why, when and how have they got there?

Source: Africa Is A Hotspot For Digital Health – The Medical Futurist

Link: The Cyborgs Are Here: Researchers Put Living Cells In A Robotic Finger

Researchers from the University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science have now created a biohybrid robot — a robotic device that incorporates living tissue — that remained functional for more than a week

Source: The Cyborgs Are Here: Researchers Put Living Cells In A Robotic Finger

Link: The Wizard and the Prophet: On Steven Pinker and Yuval Noah Harari – Quillette

Mann maintains that intellectual life in the 21st century is defined by a civil war between Wizards, who believe that technology will save us, and Prophets, who see various kinds of disaster on the horizon…

Source: The Wizard and the Prophet: On Steven Pinker and Yuval Noah Harari – Quillette

Link: ICE just abandoned its dream of ‘extreme vetting’ software that could predict whether a foreign visitor would become a terrorist – The Washington Post

Immigration officials originally wanted artificial intelligence that could continuously track foreign visitors’ social media. They’re giving the job to humans instead.

Source: ICE just abandoned its dream of ‘extreme vetting’ software that could predict whether a foreign visitor would become a terrorist – The Washington Post

New business: Store biological and ‘mind’ samples for online afterlife or later resurrection

By combining a LifeNaut Bio File™ account with a LifeNaut Mind File™ account, there is a chance that future technology will be able to grow you a new body from your stored live cells and allow you to then download your conscious mindfile into that body.

via Learn More About BioFile – LifeNaut

Link: Rise in Population Genomics: Local Government in India Will Use Blockchain to Secure Genetic Data – The Medical Futurist

Blockchain will secure a DNA database for 50 million citizens in India. The move falls in line with a trend for governments turning to population genomics.

Source: Rise in Population Genomics: Local Government in India Will Use Blockchain to Secure Genetic Data – The Medical Futurist

Link: Uber and Self-Driving Cars Have More Than a ‘Trolley Problem’ – The Atlantic

A 50-year-old philosophical thought experiment has been central to the debate about autonomous vehicles. It’s time to give it up.

Ian Bogost: “When engineers, critics, journalists, or ordinary people adopt the trolley problem as a satisfactory (or even just a convenient) way to think about autonomous-vehicle scenarios, they are refusing to consider the more complex moral situations in which these apparatuses operate.”

Source: Uber and Self-Driving Cars Have More Than a ‘Trolley Problem’ – The Atlantic

Technology Overview: Ethics and Philosophy

Technology Overviews

Questioned Humanity

  • Fourth revolution of fuman self-understanding (Floridi, 2016): humans are (no longer) the most intelligent entity on the planet;
  • Discoveries in neuroscience: human consciousness is a myth; new material for old quarrels over about freedom of will, the problem of Other Minds;
  • Consciousness/life as information; humans as complicated algorithms (to be deciphered, copied, emulated, downloaded, upgraded);
  • Upgraded humans: enhancing bodies and minds through genetic manipulation, computer-brain interfaces, mind uploading; post-humanism;
  • Human-machines mixing: computers simulating brains, brains extended by artificial networks;
  • Godly humans (death of carbon death) v superintelligent machine(s).