Each Tuesday\u00a0Nikolas Badminton, Futurist, summarizes 3 to 5 future looking developments\u00a0in the realm of \u00a0transhuman and cyborg-related technologies.In Transhuman Tuesday \u2013 Daft and Empowering Visions\u00a0we look at some visions and thoughts for transhumanism, brain-controlled devices, and digging into Rhizome.Humans review\u200b \u2013 simultaneously daft and affectingIt\u2019s tiresome being human. Terrible posture, the fuel that incessantly has to go in, the bodily waste that won\u2019t stop coming out, reasoning skills stuck in the mire of feelings, being rubbish at fighting. But\u00a0enough about me. One of the most touching aspects of the second series of Humans (Channel 4) is the human children who aspire to become, not train drivers or astronauts, but synthetic beings.Sophie has taken to asking her mother for the milk in a robotically affectless voice, and continues breakfast in a monotone. This is accompanied by sub-Peter Crouch robo-celebration-dance gestures until even her long-suffering if sympathetic mother (Kathryn Parkinson) howls across the table for her one-time human daughter to knock it off. Sophie\u2019s brother\u2019s girlfriend even wears a robo-wig and green contacts in her quest to become what she isn\u2019t.But while some humans want to become synths, this series ended with\u00a0a more bracing notion of transformation. All the synths in this near future gained consciousness after Mattie, a coding whizz, did something on her laptop that I don\u2019t pretend to understand. Being all-too-human, I think it unlikely that a captivatingly surly teen\u00a0from Enfield, rather than, say, computer geniuses from Imperial and\u00a0MIT, would\u00a0catalyse this revolution in robotics, but what do I know? Plus, near the end of this episode, when Mattie had killed off synths Mia, Hester\u00a0and Niska by activating the microchips in their heads, would it really be so easy to bring them back, not just to synth-like life, but to quasi-human consciousness, seconds later?Read more at The GuardianJeremy McKeehen’s Vision of a Transhuman FutureRead more at The Creator’s Project\u2018Here\u2019s to Cyborgs!\u2019 10 Things We Learned at Rhizome + New Museum\u2019s Tech SummitLast Saturday, several groups of artists, scholars, entrepreneurs, writers, and more gathered in the basement of the New Museum for the second annual Open Score symposium, where they delved into topics like artificial intelligence, how memes relate to blackness, and ways the internet can\u00a0create social infrastructures. The afternoon was\u00a0co-presented by Rhizome, a contemporary arts organization centered on intersections of art and technology.Open Score, which aimed to \u201cdiscuss how technology is transforming culture [and] consider how \u2026 digital forms are called upon us to assist with tasks that range from the most banal to the most urgent,\u201d was easily able to both adhere to and explode perceptions of academic panels and conferences. Each panel was populated with well-educated, articulate people who dutifully engaged with a complex topic, but instead of centering only people with fancy degrees spouting academic jargon, both panelists and panel attendees were a fairly diverse and accessible bunch.The majority of panelists were also people of color, many of whom were artists or creators and discussed their own work in the panel. This\u00a0seems like a significant improvement to last year\u2019s Open Score: In a writeup for ArtNews, writer Alex Greenberger\u00a0mentions that a panelist at last year\u2019s Open Score remarked that hardly any works by artists of color were discussed at the symposium. In fact, award-winning artistic duo Mendi + Keith Obadike, whose conceptual eBay piece \u201cBlackness for Sale\u201d came up in last year\u2019s Open Score, was a panelist this year.Read more at Bedford and BoweryHow to control a robotic arm with your mind \u2014 no implanted electrodes requiredResearchers at the University of Minnesota have achieved a \u201cmajor breakthrough\u201d that allows people to control a robotic arm in three dimensions, using only their minds. The research has the potential to help millions of people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.The open-access study is\u00a0published online today\u00a0in\u00a0Scientific Reports,\u00a0a Nature\u00a0research journal. Read more at KurzweilAI ***Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.