Welcome to H+, an open research project about human enhancement technologies like artificial intelligence, augmented reality, biohacking, bionic prosthetics, genetic engineering, nanorobotics, wearable technology, and ultimately transhumanism*.
My name is Alessandro Perilli and I currently serve as GM, Management Strategy at Red Hat.
In a past life, I created a similar endeavour with virtualization.info and cloudcomputing.info, pioneering this format of information sharing and web curation, and tracking for seven years how the virtualization industry came to be and so provided the foundation for cloud computing.
Every seven years or so, I expand my interests, extending my focus to new technologies and industries I know very little about but that I consider potentially groundbreaking. I started with IT security at the beginning of my career, moved to virtualization, then to cloud computing, and now it’s time for the broadest expansion ever.
My initially unrelated interests in AI, AR, bioengineering, brain interfaces, evolutionary psychology and wearable devices eventually led me to notice how all these efforts are leading us to the same, converging point. The way we are transforming ourselves is both exhilarating and terrifying, opening the mind to deep and extremely challenging questions.
I created H+ to reflect on this transformation in an open, public way.
What’s special about H+
From a content standpoint, H+ aims to offer the big picture of how humans progress towards a new era of development, by narrating the journey of a few different angles, or macro-disciplines, highlighting how they interconnect anytime the opportunity arises.
Each macro-discipline is, in turn, explored from a commercial and academic standpoint, tracking whatever is interesting about startups and mainstream players, as well as research organizations and published papers.
The companies mentioned in the articles are added to a database visible in the footer section of the website.
Initially incomplete, it will become an increasingly more accurate and reliable map of who is doing what.
From an implementation standpoint, H+ aims to offer an uncluttered experience. There are no banners, popups, or other flashy UI elements distracting the reader. It’s a clean, fast, minimalist reading experience.
You’ll also notice that there’s no comment section. I hope to see a conversation that goes beyond the instantaneous “like” or the brief inline comment. I encourage you to send your comments over email, through Twitter, or by publishing them on your own blog.
How is this related with Red Hat
H+ is a personal project, formally unrelated to Red Hat or my role there. Red Hat doesn’t support, endorse, or sponsor H+ in any way.
That said, it’s not excluded that in the future there will be some sort of connection between the two. It is, in fact, possible to envision how the brain, and the whole body, will become the application platform and the infrastructure humans will focus much of their development effort in the future. A significant portion of that development will be open source, to guarantee the transparency that is critical in this phase of our evolution. Maybe one day Red Hat will extend its reach to become the open source champion of the technologies I talk about here.