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Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild & precious life....
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Kvernufoss, Iceland. Photo by Jason John Fenton (www.instagram.com/jjfenton77)
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Aurora over Uummannaq
"The high speed solar wind stream from the recent coronal hole arrived as announced this September 25. I managed to capture some beautiful Aurora from Uummannaq, in the high Greenlandic Arctic. Uummannaq is a small island and community located at 70°N."

"Geomagnetically speaking, I believe that this is equivalent to Helsinki or Stockholm in Europe, except that here, we need to look South to spot the Aurora! So tonight's display, coupled with a perfectly clear sky, was a really nice event."

"The display started when the northwestern sky was still glowing red and orange from sunset!"

"This is not the most spectacular Aurora that I have ever seen, however, seeing it in such a unique place, with the resident icebergs of the harbour in the distance, make them one of the most special display for me."

"Now hopefully the next stream that is planned on 28/29 September is not delayed, and I'll still be in Greenland to witness it!"

Credit: Rayann Elzein
Rayann's website: http://rez-photography.com
Location: Uummannaq, Greenland
Image Date: September 25, 2016

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#Astronomy #Space #Science #Earth #Aurora #Borealis
#NorthernLights #Astrophotography #Art #Uummannaq #Greenland #Grønland #Denmark #STEM #Education 
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Augmented Humanity

In the 70s technology was expensive, the purview of those with deep pockets and deeper agendas (re: government agencies) which meant that what was possible was also not easy to discover or aquire. The Six Million Dollar Man (https://goo.gl/D4glJh) was the closest we could come to thinking about the possibility of cyborgs and their capabilities.

Today, we live in an age where the digital space is all around us. We are, each, already cognitively augmented somewhat through the use of search on our devices, that has become so ubiquitous as to be virtually invisible. The notion of cyborgs is now so easy to visualize that the more real considerations of having “the technology being part of the biology” begins to surface: http://goo.gl/U0msql.

The notion is part of the transhumanism movement (https://goo.gl/WYdVuL) where being part man, part machine is simply what the future looks like: (https://goo.gl/N1N96H). The inevitability of that, argues one school of thought has already began. Our mobile devices are just the thin edge of the wedge: http://goo.gl/D7Ofp2. Yuval Harari (https://goo.gl/LqdpSb), thinks that our transformation into part man, part machine is inevitable. Driven by our need to overcome the limitations of our biology and use the wealth we have to further augment our abilities we will separate into those who can, and will, take advantage of the opportunities: http://goo.gl/kicCec and those who will resist them, either because they cannot afford them or because they will be guided by a belief system that proscribes such a move.

One could of course argue that the steps that Harari predicts are being taken already: http://goo.gl/Gl6t4M though, clearly, we are some way from being completely successful into transforming ourselves into machine men: http://goo.gl/h3dtIQ. Cyberware is already a thing: http://goo.gl/4Ndh7l and any misgivings that there may be, aside, in a very broad way we seem to be inexorably marching towards the synthesis of flesh and technology, man and machine.

The key question here is why? Why are we so bent towards this change that so many thinkers actually take the fact it will happen for granted? Are we really so disappointed with our biological selves that we want to somehow supersede them? Are we really ready to become a sort of earthbound deity or is the current degree of connectivity and transparency social media has given us driving us towards the ultimate customization? http://goo.gl/AqMFbe.

Part of the answer might be found if we were to take a global view of humanity. From the dawn of time to the present we have, as a species, strived to do two things: A. Overcome the limitations of our biology and B. Connect with others. Our bodies and minds, marvelous as they are, are both too primitive and too limited to allow us to do the first efficiently and to do the second in a better, more widespread practice than has ever been possible.

One could argue that something as seemingly marginal and exotic as the Dionysian Mysteries (https://goo.gl/06WDkJ) or the trance rites that are still preserved in some African cultures (http://goo.gl/gafzcJ) are a very similar attempt. When connectivity drives us as anthropologist Amber Case suggests in her TED talk: http://goo.gl/u3XSJ4 we actually yearn towards the possible, wanting it to happen as soon as possible.

Nature and biology have indeed got us this far but technology has played a crucial part in natural selection. We seem now, quite capable, of driving our own evolution and however frightening that thought may be in its entirety, however enormous our responsibility may appear and however little we may think of our readiness to actually do it, the truth is that part of is already there, that we are ready whether we have thought about it deeply or not.

Many of us, yours truly included, are already busy living lives which are simply impossible without connected devices and fast laptops. The question of further enhancements, more augmentation is really not so much of “if” or “why” but “when?| (http://goo.gl/iKOO) and the answer to that, most thinkers on the subject say, is “as soon as humanly possible”.

We may then, be cyborgs lite, already and we may become a little more cyborg-proper in the not too distant future but coffee and donuts, croissants and cookies and chocolate cake will always have a special place in our lives on a Sunday. Have a great Sunday, wherever you are. 
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