Implant Makes Researcher Part Cyborg

"Kevin Warwick, professor of cybernetics and researcher at England's University of Reading has chosen to become a cyborg: part human, part machine.... For Warwick's experiment, a neurosurgeon fired a 100-electrode pin implant into the medial nerve of his arm. A research team then linked his nervous system to a computer via the implant.... From a laboratory at Columbia University in New York, Warwick moved a mechanical hand in England by thinking about it and moving his own fingers. As if it were his own hand pressing down, he also felt the surface tension experienced by the mechanical hand thousands of miles away. His favorite aspect of the experiments was the ultrasonic sense he acquired. Blindfolded and hooked up to a device that transmitted ultrasonic pulses onto his nervous system, Warwick could tell how far or near objects were to him. The technology has radical implications for helping the vision-impaired."

Open Spectrum: A Vision of a World with True Freedom of Communications

"Imagine that every American had the same access to the public airways as broadcasters do today. Imagine everyone living within reach of a radio signal had the ability to communicate with everyone else. Imagine rather than having to worry about how much 'bandwidth' is enough, everyone had unlimited access to bits so that the size of what you communicate simply didn't matter. You know the effect the Internet has had on how we live and work together? Multiply it by hundred. Opening the spectrum would turn a federally-managed permissions system into an open market for ideas and creativity. The effects on our democracy and economy should not be underestimated."

Stop Palladium

"This site serves as a portal to educate users about TCPA and Palladium, and how it is a threat to computing freedom. We hope to evolve into a powerful force towards bringing an understanding among users and developers about these two devastating initiatives....In simple terms, if these two initiatives take effect, then the user will lose control on what he or she does with computing today. Logon to the Forums for your questions and views regarding TCPA and Palladium."

Societies of Cooperating Cognitive Solutions

Jock Gill writes, "It's time we upgraded our approaches to both communications and energy. It is time to apply everything we have learned in the last 100 years, including the lessons provided by the internet and its new architectural approaches, to the core of the operating system for our democratic and civil society. The question at the very root of the Open Spectrum issue, politically, is this: Connections and communications for the many or the few? Democracy of opportunity or strictly controlled privilege? Do you need the central government's permission be connected and communicate? A permission system means only the few may participate. This is blatantly against the grain of our democratic goals. On the other hand, we can offer everyone Connection and Communications without permission, the pro democracy approach, if we adopt OS-WE [Open Spectrum - Wireless for Everyone] We can build this as part of a system of new ideas." Discuss this exciting concept in Greater Democracy.

Can Technology Perfect Our Democracy?

In the end, I hope the first election of the 21st century serves as a reminder: no matter how advanced our technology gets, neither our technology – nor we – will ever be perfect. And for Democracy to survive for another 224 years, we must use all of our human capacities to reason, to think – and most importantly – to listen.