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Friday, 29 July 2016

TED Talk Tuesday: Can We Create New Senses for Humans?

(Originally published on Oct 27, 2015) (Tuesday)

I'm scared of technology. I'm one of those people who feels like we're making new technology faster than we can how to use it. I see stories all the time about new technology that can make us super-human or allow us to live forever. I worry that that will in turn make us inhuman - that we'll slowly strip back our own humanity until we essentially become The Matrix.

On the flip side, I don't want to halt progress completely. Just because I'm worried that Wall-E will come true doesn't mean we should accept every shortcoming we have. That robotic pair of legs that can allow a human to jump 50 feet in the air... It can also give a soldier new life when his own legs are blown off in battle.

So where's the line? I have a theory that we should establish what it is that an average human can and can't do. Any technology that helps those below the average to join the rest of us (people in wheelchairs, blind, deaf, dumb etc) should be supported and encouraged. Any technology that helps the average human become decidedly above average should be discouraged.

The thing that's talked about in this video falls squarely into both of those areas.

And I'm ALL for it.



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This post is now part of our Flashback Friday series - a day we set aside to revisit an old post that needs to be revisited,

I used to do this series - TED Talk Tuesday - because I would often see TED Talks that really opened my eyes to new ideas (as is the intention). I stopped after a little while because they were getting very few hits and really ever any comments. But not before I found this gem that taught me the new word "umwelt" and helped me to apply it to much more psychological situations.

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12 comments:

  1. This reminds me of an old song. ☺ Seriously though, I agree with you about helping the disabled to function more like the rest of us.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izQB2-Kmiic

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    1. I'm surprised at how much I liked that song.

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  2. Unfortunately, there will always be those who want to be more and they will be willing to pay for it.
    For some reason, your blog isn't updating in my Feedly. Sorry if I've missed some posts!

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    1. Haha it's not your fault. I haven't uploaded a post in about two weeks!

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  3. It is a fine line between helping and advancing, but I fear as long as people can pay for it, that line will always be crossed. Great post. Thanks again for putting together this hop.

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    1. I think it's more about science going "I think we can make this possible" without stopping to think whether it should be.

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  4. This brings to mind Darth Vader for me. There's no telling what direction new technology is going to take us. I didn't see Pokemon Go coming, but at least it's getting people to visit state parks, eh? I hope there's not one on top of Everest though. That would be too dangerous.

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    1. I have to admit, I'm very excited by the idea of there being an Articuno on top of Mount Everest :P

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  5. Fascinating TED Talk! One part of me is saying 'No Way!" and another part of me is say "What's taking them so long?" Customizing our experience of the universe through technology! I'm visiting for Flashback Friday!
    https://meinthemiddlewrites.com/2016/07/29/me-in-the-middle-of-looking-back-flashback-2/

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    1. Yep, that was my reaction. But this seems like a great use of new technology.

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  6. Interesting, but yes, the idea that some will abuse it for greater powers over the rest of us is probably real. Why else do we have all these superhero stories? I'm uncomfortable with the way our Paralympians are branded (as in product branding) as superheroes. What does that make the Olympians?

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