Posts by Andre

L’Université Paris Descartes Area of specialty: Anticipatory rearrangements of tomorrow via the wealth of yesterday's experience. With Imaginary since 1979

Finding Joe

Rooted in deeply personal accounts and timeless stories, ‘Finding Joe’ shows how Joesph Campbell’s work is relevant and essential in today’s world and how it provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life–or as Campbell would simply state, how to "follow your bliss."

Cyber activists defy Feds with BitTorrent DNS

A group of cyber activists are working to create a decentralized, BitTorrent-powered DNS system that exchanges data via peer-to-peer, cross-platform transfers. By having this application, there will be a way to start combating DNS level based Government censorship and defend the Internet as a platform for free speech.

Unidentified Swiss participants of ‘What The Hack’ use their laptops in a camouflaged tent on a campground in Liempde, the Netherlands.

Living With Robots

Our obsession with robots is as much about the process of self-understanding as it is about the development of technology. Living With Robots, a short film by Joe Berlinger and Honda, ponders life with robots and explores robotics research, highlighting the evolution of their robot, Asimo.

Become a Tree

I write this at twilight from my mountain cabin in Vals. I’ve left the dull chatter of the Parisian gossip to dedicate myself fully to the special project the Directeur has assigned to me. After spending long nights researching the moral rights of all living beings under the new amendments to the Swiss and Equadorian constitutions I stumbled upon a truly moving, long time-scale artwork I thought worthy of reporting.

First, allow me to profess my admiration for the simple elegance of trees. They exist efficiently, so purely connected to the sun and are known to even communicate with each other in a language yet to be understood by human beings. Legend has it that the venerable Baobab trees are the widest in the world becuase they contain the collective souls of our ancestors. I dream everyday of what tomorrow might bring my grandchildren yet am no longer able to ingore my own mortality. I’ve come to accept it, as all humans must, and welcome the phase transition that awaits when my time is up.  Perhaps I will live much longer than I think, but when making plans for my final days here on Spaceship Earth I want to be remembered as a tree.

Thanks to Biopresence, it is now possible to create Human DNA trees by transcoding the essence of a human being within the DNA of a tree. They refer to these as "living memorials" or "Transgenic Tombstones." I would love to be found here on the hills of the Alps, gently swaying to and fro in the perfect Swiss air rather than on a slab of stone in a Parisian cemetary.

Wouldn’t you?