Extending Ourselves

Extending Ourselves

How cognition works, why we are maladapted to the ecological niche we ourselves helped construct, and what technology could contribute to change that. (Inspiration Talk at JvM Academy, September 2018)


Wolfgang Wopperer-Beholz

September 27, 2018


  1. Extending ourselves Wolfgang Wopperer-Beholz @ JvM Academy September 27th, 2018

  2. A chicken is an egg’s way to make another egg.

  3. Intelligence is behavior that promotes survival and reproduction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be8Gbqdox68

  4. Nature is a miserly accountant. https://www.deine-tierwelt.de/magazin/zirpen-klopfen-stridulieren-das-liebesleben-der-insekten/

  5. We think with our body. https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/long-story-short/video/is-the-octopus-an-alien-1239436355974

  6. We think with our tools. http://i.imgur.com/B4u0FNS.gif

  7. http://historicalhoney.com/true-!re-globe-theatre/ Cognition is distributed across the entire system.

  8. Perception is a 
 controlled hallucination. https://vimeo.com/132700334

  9. https://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/people/matt.davis/sine-wave-speech/ https://www.ricardjorge.com/hardy-visible/

  10. https://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/people/matt.davis/sine-wave-speech/ https://www.ricardjorge.com/hardy-visible/

  11. https://www.wired.com/2016/04/magic-leap-vr/ Media are 
 extensions of man.

  12. Figure 1: We present an ownership-preserving direct manipulation technique in

    augmented reality, which allows interaction with remote devices in a ubicomp environment with the help of a long virtual arm. While the user’s real hand is close to the body the virtual arm is of normal length (A) and by simply reaching out the user can make it extend to access remote devices in the room. For instance we allow adjusting the height of a table (B), opening and closing a curtain (C) and adjusting the angle of a tilting surface (D). ABSTRACT In this paper, we explore how users can control remote de- vices with a virtual long arm, while preserving the perception that the artificial arm is actually part of their own body. In- stead of using pointing, speech, or a remote control, the users’ arm is extended in augmented reality, allowing access to de- INTRODUCTION Our rooms and environment are filled with an ever increas- ing number of interactive devices and embedded computers. These range from permanently installed devices such as auto- mated blinds and smart light bulbs, automatic doors and win- dows, ventilators and air conditioning, to actuated furniture Extending the Body for Interaction with Reality https://pure.au.dk/ws/!les/114634151/pn2199_feuchtnerA.pdf
  13. Expanding the Sense of Touch Outside the Body https://www.christophercberger.com/#/expandingthesenseoftouch/

  14. Seeing vital signs 
 in real-time

  15. We are maladapted to the rapid changes we cause in

    our own environment. http://futureswewant.net/mckenzie-wark-anthropocene/
  16. But do we have to be? http://www.globaia.org/

  17. Thanks. @wowo101 mail@wolfgangwopperer.com wolfgangwopperer.com