The merger of Humans and Machines has Already Begun

The oldest surviving great work of literature tells the story of a Sumerian king, Gilgamesh, whose historical equivalent may have ruled the city of Uruk some time between 2800 and 2500 BC.

A hero of superhuman strength, Gilgamesh becomes instilled with existential dread after witnessing the death of his friend, and travels the Earth in search of a cure for mortality.

Twice the cure slips through his fingers and he learns the futility of fighting the common fate of man.

Merging With Machines

Transhumanism is the idea that we can transcend our biological limits, by merging with machines. The idea was popularised by the renowned technoprophet Ray Kurzweil (now a director of engineering at Google), who came to public attention in the 1990s with a string of astute predictions about technology. Continue reading

English will not be an official EU language after Brexit, says senior MEP

Danuta Hübner, the head of the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO), warned Monday that English will not be one of the European Union’s official languages after Britain leaves the EU.

English is one of the EU’s 24 official languages because the U.K. identified it as its own official language, Hübner said. But as soon as Britain completes the process to leave the EU, English could lose its status.

“We have a regulation … where every EU country has the right to notify one official language,” Hübner said. “The Irish have notified Gaelic, and the Maltese have notified Maltese, so you have only the U.K. notifying English.” Continue reading

Arabic now Sweden’s 2nd most spoken language, research says

Research published by a Stockholm University linguist has found that Arabic has overtaken Finnish and is now Sweden’s second most spoken language. Mikael Parkvall’s study was based on sources such as the National School Agency and the country’s migration authority because the Swedish government refuses to conduct formal research on the topic. Continue reading

Moscow ‘Concerned’ Over Treatment Of Russians In Estonia

Whether a similar move that was done with Crimea will take place with Estonia is up in the air. It should be important to know, however, that Estonia is a NATO member. This means an attack on one member is an attack on all, which also might reduce the likelihood of a repeat. Perhaps a new trick can be played in this case by Russia as it did with Georgia and Ukraine, which caught everyone off guard, though.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Russia signaled concern on Wednesday at Estonia’s treatment of its large ethnic Russian minority, comparing language policy in the Baltic state with what it said was a call in Ukraine to prevent the use of Russian.

Russia has defended its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula by arguing it has the right to protect Russian-speakers outside its borders, so the reference to linguistic tensions in another former Soviet republic comes at a highly sensitive moment. Continue reading

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