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Thursday, December 16, 2010


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Arcadia Codesmith

Give me universal avatars that I can take into any of my virtual worlds or online games, and I will be well-pleased.


This is better than some crappy avatar. This is science.

Hamlet Au

I believe in science!

Ignatius Onomatopoeia

Very exciting, this. I'll take 2, Arcadia, if you are correct about avatars we could take to any VW that is compatible with some new Googloid scheme.

For Hamlet, I have this:

"She blinded me with science
She blinded ME with science!
And hit me with technology

"Good heavens Miss Sakamoto - you're beautiful!"

Enter lab-coated dancing scientists, one with jetpack. If you are too young or old to get that reference, point your time machine to 1980 and start there.

cube inada

no. this is technology.. science would give us new knowledge and demos like this have been done online years ago.

at best... a kid with the right technology could use this presentation to assist in the learning of a few scientific facts/theories....

Hamlet Au

Haha, Iggy, checkit:


Ignatius Onomatopoeia


Now I have a reason to see Nacho Libre.

Laetizia Coronet

Since Cube mentions kids, has any of the usual American rightwing anti-education, anti-information born-again think-of-the-children idiots protested yet?
'Exploring the human body' sounds positively adult now don't it.

Arcadia Codesmith

Probably about the same number that want to take a rotary sander to Michelangelo's "David" -- that is, the fruitcakes that even the other fruitcakes think are going a little too far.

Extropia DaSilva

Someone called Natalia Alexandrov wrote an article for New Scientist called 'Your Virtual Twin', in which she spoke of future medical technologies involving avatars. She reckoned that the models of organs and systems we have today- such as 'network models of the metabolic, immune, nervous and circulatory systems' and 'structural models of the heart and other muscles' would grow in fidelity, and that there would be "the integration of subsystem models into one systematic model". In other words, the avatar would become a working model, emulating all the functions of the original.

My Second Life profile reads:

"Co-evolution applied to people and search engines implies...A decentralized thinking substrate that contains your mind within itself. Avatars will become increasingly autonomous as this evolution unfolds, until they are 'mind children': Artificial intelligences that are, at least, equivilent in mental capacity to human beings".

Perhaps it is not too unreasonable to suppose Google's latest venture may be the bare beginnings of Alexandrov's biologically-accurate models of humans. Although she describes its usefulness in terms of medical treatment (the simulation mimics your body, so virtual drugs are tried out on your avatar body, to test for short and long-term effects), this may ultimately be used to give uploaded minds a recognizable body map, easing them into posthuman existence.

Extropia DaSilva

Haiku time!

Believe in science

And technology will flow

Carry us downstream.

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