Evocative of, but Only Moderately Neurdian-esque Disposition

Final poem about you.

You.
You bestow your essence upon my need.
Tenderly caressing my desires,
Hastily digging your sword into quixotic hope. 

You.
You are not a “you” at all to me.
Just a mere concept I entertain,
A dithering of reason aspiring inspiration.

You.
You are the ink inside my pen.
Bleeding out onto words unwritten,
Smearing through lives you aren’t living.

You.
You are a dream.
You are a dream and I,
I…I don’t sleep.

Eyes are open, mind’s awoken.
Too aware to fall victim to the sway of your despondency.

And so,
As you are You,
As I AM me,
We’ll see all that we see— independently.

Towards an Ethically Driven Techno-Society

Scientific progress is reaching an extraordinary period. Deep brain stimulation to manipulate behavior and alter memories, genetic engineering of food supply and living organisms, and human-techno immersion are just a few of the new facets of the modern world (see Cyranoski, Dick, Qiu, & Shen). In effect, there are many positives and negatives that need be addressed.

Thanks to mobile devices and Internet, the ease of communication between people across countries is quite remarkable. New advances in medicine certainly have their benefits in society. Still, these emerging technologies can also lend themselves to ethical misconduct. It is necessary to begin to discuss the implications of these developments and attempt to implement the necessary ethical principles.

Earlier this week, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues convened to debate the ethical issues at the intersection of advances in biology and technology. However,
the only conclusion reached was that the public and academics should be educated on bioethical issues.

Although this is a start, much more effort is needed.

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Cyranoski, D. (21 Aug 2013). Stem Cells: Egg Engineers. Nature, Retrieved from http://www.nature.com/news/stem-cells-egg-engineers-1.13582
Dick, S. (18 Aug, 2013). Could Robot Aliens Exist? PopSci, Retrieved from http://www.popsci.com/popsci-staff/article/2008-08/could-robot-aliens-exist

Qiu, J. (16 Aug 2013). Genetically Modified Crops Pass Benefits to Weeds. Nature, Retrieved from http://www.nature.com/news/genetically-modified-crops-pass-benefits-to-weeds-1.13517
Shen, H. (14 Aug 2013). US Brain Project Puts Focus on Ethics. Nature, Retrieved from http://www.nature.com/news/us-brain-project-puts-focus-on-ethics-1.13549
Wang, B. (20 Aug 2013). Ethical Issues at Intersection of Bio and Tech. The Daily Pennsylvanian, Retrieved from http://www.thedp.com/r/65ebf19c

Poem #2 About You

Cold.
Chill stemming from bones,
Rippling out onto skin as though fractal tones.
Without sound these notes construe a vibratory melodic hue.
Upon the staff of body,
Pitch coloring, brush strokes- now warm, become gaudy.

Heat rises.
Anticipation, precipitation.
Stemming forth and from light driven frequency.
Harmoniously, intersensorily, redundantly.
Like song, like poetry.

Warming.
Invoking the known remaining still unknown.
We roll like a stone.
We roll like a stone.
We roll…
Begging for the moment,
Waiting for the the time,
For touch’s condone.

Virtually Real: Integrating Minds with Technology

For the past couple decades, mobile phones and the internet have facilitated the communication between individuals, propelling us towards an interactive digital-socio-ecology. More and more people are citizens of the cyber-state. Social media networks have certainly catalyzed this migration. Facebook, Twitter and the like are even influencing the structure of language, forcing people to adapt styles and character restrictions to engage in social transactions. Yet, this is only the beginning.

Current advances in neuroscience are driving society towards a more integrative and dynamic system of interaction. BCI’s (Brain-Computer Interfaces) may allow people to send messages and control device with their thoughts. The Human Connectome Project, a research initiative to map the brain’s connections, is among the propelling forces of this enterprise. The field of synthetic biology is expected to significantly modify the human experience with developments ranging from the growing of organs to the creation of entire ecosystems.

Although all this sounds like works of science fiction, companies are hard at work to get this technology into the market. However, there are many ethical concerns about these technologies considering they are largely invasive, both biologically and interpersonally. These advances also raise many questions about human nature.

“new media provide the contextual regulations under which human interaction occurs, and it is ultimately something about this human interaction—engagement, however mediated, between living, breathing beings—that will demonstrate old patterns or will suggest new possibilities”     -Joseph B. Walther

What are we to expect? How are we to respond?

[See: “Interaction Through Technological Lenses“, “Privacy by Design in Brain-Computer Interfaces“, “It’s Like They’re Reading My Mind“, “Trekking our evolutionary maze: powerful bodies, end of death“, “Mind reading and brain computer interface technology: the future is coming, fast”]

Interested in this stuff? I will be writing about this subject matter bi-monthly on “JUST Media and Social Change,” please stay tuned for more info!