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How Will Merging Minds and Machines Change Our Conscious Experience?

One of the most exciting and frightening outcomes of technological advancement is the potential to merge our minds with machines. If achieved, this would profoundly boost our cognitive capabilities. More importantly, however, it could be a revolution in human identity, emotion, spirituality, and self-awareness.

Brain-machine interface technology is already being developed by pioneers and researchers around the globe. It’s still early and today’s tech is fairly rudimentary, but it’s a fast-moving field, and some believe it will advance faster than generally expected. Futurist’Ray Kurzweil‘has predicted that by the 2030s we will be able to’connect our brains to the internet via nanobots‘that will ‘provide full-immersion virtual reality from within the nervous system, provide direct brain-to-brain communication over the internet, and otherwise greatly expand human intelligence.’ Even if the advances are less dramatic, however, they’ll have significant implications.

How might this technology affect human consciousness? What about its implications on our sentience, self-awareness, or subjective experience of our illusion of self?

Consciousness can be hard to define, but a holistic definition often encompasses many of our most fundamental capacities, such as wakefulness, self-awareness, meta-cognition, and sense of agency. Beyond that, consciousness represents a spectrum of awareness, as seen across various species of animals. Even humans experience different levels of existential awareness.

From psychedelics to meditation, there are many tools we already use to alter and heighten our conscious experience, both temporarily and permanently. These tools have been said to contribute to a richer life, with the potential to bring experiences of beauty, love, inner peace, and transcendence. Relatively non-invasive, these tools show us what a seemingly minor imbalance of neurochemistry and conscious internal effort can do to the subjective experience of being human.

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  • Publisher: Singularity Hub
  • Date: 2018-04-12T08:00:45-07:00
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Furious Conservative MPs told EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier to keep his nose out of UK politics after he said we have until 2020 to change our minds

FURIOUS Tories told EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier to keep his nose out of UK politics after he said we have until the end of 2020 to change our mind on quitting the single market.

In comments designed to sew deeper division between Brexiteers and Remainers, Mr Barnier said the EU would be open to rethinking its red lines if Britain wanted to change its position.

But Iain Duncan Smith shot back: ‘Whatever he thinks is irrelevant – we’re leaving on March 29th next year. The UK has chosen quite categorically to leave the single market and the customs union.

‘It would do Barnier and the rest of the Commission a lot of good to stop trying to interfere in UK democratic processes.

‘Instead they should get on and do their damn job and do what he’s supposed to do, which is to make a good arrangement for both the UK and the EU.’

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  • Publisher: The Sun
  • Date: 2018-04-12T00:13:31+00:00
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Our minds have the most leverage
on 14th of Apr 2018 OUR mind is our guide. No matter what is on our mind, it leads our thoughts, speeches and conducts. That is why we ought to care about our mind that finally forms our value, the “right view” we hold, which is our guide. People are led by their thoughts and

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How Will Merging Minds and Machines Change Our Conscious Experience?
(Apr 2018) One of the most exciting and frightening outcomes of technological advancement is the potential to merge our minds with machines. If achieved, this would profoundly boost our cognitive capabilities. More importantly, however, it could be a revolution in

Furious Conservative MPs told EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier to keep his nose out of UK politics after he said we have until 2020 to change our minds
(Apr 2018) FURIOUS Tories told EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier to keep his nose out of UK politics after he said we have until the end of 2020 to change our mind on quitting the single market. In comments designed to sew deeper division between Brexiteers and

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