SuperHuman(ity): Optimizing Human Potential | Vivienne Ming | short film

Vivienne Ming – SuperHuman(ity): Optimizing Human Potential

Inspired by a remarkable personal transition, Vivienne Ming, CEO of Socos and self-proclaimed mad scientist, has set out to make people better versions of themselves. Whether she’s creating wearable technology to help autistic children learn empathy, or designing cutting-edge neuroprosthetics, her goal is the same—to augment human potential. While she believes technology can help us be our best selves, she also cautions of a future where some people are augmented and others are not. It’s imperative that we start these conversations now, so that all humans have the same opportunities to live out their full potential.

Length . . . 4m 12s

Coils of Living Synthesis | a short film

Short Film Poster by j.kiley

Visually abstract motion . Stimulating . No need to be High . but not necessarily a bad idea while watching ‘Coils of Living’. . . Personally . I recommend the latter . Whether in a normal state or High . the video makes everything feel acute and intensified . It is a visual and an auditory experience. A reliable explanation is written by the creator Max Cooper . below the video . and in more detail in the Vimeo web site. I love watching this video. – j.kiley


Max Cooper – Coils of Living Synthesis

Official Video by Mikhail Spivakov.
Csilla Varnai . Andy Lomas . Jennifer Tividad

DNA . what you see is still an indication of the types of molecules that control every cell in our bodies. It always amazes me how such a messy tangle of strings with a code running along them can direct and control something as complex as a human being!

Connected, but alone?

TED Talk
Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

Sherry Turkle studies how technology is shaping our modern relationships: with others, with ourselves, with it.

Why you should listen to her:

Since her pathbreaking The Second Self: Computers and The Human Spirit in 1984 psychologist and sociologist Sherry Turkle has been studying how technology changes not only what we do but who we are. In 1995’s Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet, Turkle explored how the Internet provided new possibilities for exploring identity.

Described as “the Margaret Mead of digital cuture,” Turkle has now turned her attention to the world of social media and sociable robots. As she puts it, these are technologies that propose themselves “as the architect of our intimacies.” In her most recent book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, Turkle argues that the social media we encounter on a daily basis are confronting us with a moment of temptation. Drawn by the illusion of companionship without the demands of intimacy, we confuse postings and online sharing with authentic communication. We are drawn to sacrifice conversation for mere connection. Turkle suggests that just because we grew up with the Internet, we tend to see it as all grown up, but it is not: Digital technology is still in its infancy and there is ample time for us to reshape how we build it and use it.

Turkle is a professor in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT and the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.

“What technology makes easy is not always what nurtures the human spirit.”
Sherry Turkle