Ted Chu is a professor of economics and former chief economist for General Motors. Most recently, Dr. Chu is the author of Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision of Our Future Evolution. In my opinion Ted’s book is absolutely profound in the way it draws upon a dazzling variety of philosophical and scientific resources in order to place humanity within a cosmic evolutionary perspective. In that sense I will go as far as claiming that it is a one-of-a-kind book within my transhumanist library and, while it is definitely not an easy or quick read, I enjoyed it very much.
Sputniko! DoRadical Futures - Transmediale Keynote
Welcome to the world of Sputniko! transmediale invites you to explore technology’s impact on everyday life via the works of Sputniko!. Artist, performer, computer scientist and programmer, Sputniko! will present her seducing imaginative universe, the practice of a radical Doraemon which spreads technologies of the future into the world. Playing with the interconnections between art and gender taboos, imaginative design and the creative potential of technological artifacts, songs and videos about machines designed by herself, Sputniko! shows how design can be a tool for experiencing the controversies of our everyday life, and most of all, how we can open doors of playful imagination, even if dealing with serious topics. Her devices, such as The Moonwalk Machine — Selena’s Step (2013), Nanohana Heels — Healing Fukushima (2012), Crowbot Jenny (2011) and Menstruation Machine — Takashi’s Take (2010), bring together different critical scenarios by playing with Japanese mainstream entertainment, the art of coding, and the fascination of the experience of the possible