XFF proudly presents the VENDORS for 2012:
Grindhouse evolved from a group of highly driven individuals on the biohack.me forums, to a dedicated team working towards a common goal - augmenting humanity using safe, affordable, open source technology.
"What would you like to be today?" Grindhouse hardware and software are designed with the hacker in mind. The hardware and software are open source, which allows the user to reconfigure code, add on or take off sensors, and generally explore. Though all hardware can be purchased from the Grindhouse website, all schematics for our implants and cyberware are open source - the user can either use our schematics to build their custom model from scratch, or purchase our model with a breakout board to get started.
There are many excellent organizations that are doing very important financial and scientific work for transhumanism. The groundwork for the technology and science we use has been in existence for decades, it is not nanotechnology or advanced Synthetic biology (the technologies that most excite futurists), but anatomy, electrical engineering, and programming. At Grindhouse we firmly believe that with imagination and drive, any of us can feel and touch EMF fields, explore its contours, sense the temperature of objects across a room, navigate a room using a sonar sense, or even connect your body to the Internet - right now. It is that dream above all that drives us to create.
Grindhouse Wetwares will be performing a live demonstration of magnetic finger implants at Extreme Futurist Festival 2012.
RE/Search Publications is an American magazine and book publisher, based in San Francisco, founded and edited by V. Vale in 1980. It was the successor to Vale's earlier punk rock fanzine Search & Destroy (1977–1979), and was started with $100 from Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. RE/Search itself began as a tabloid-sized magazine.
The first issue had photographs by Ruby Ray and articles on Factrix, The Slits, conspiracies (written by Jay Kinney), Young Marble Giants, Boyd Rice's Non, Cabaret Voltaire, Sun Ra, flashcards, Japan, J. G. Ballard, Julio Cortázar, rhythm & noise, Soldier of Fortune Magazine, Throbbing Gristle, nuclear disaster, Situationism, Octavio Paz, and punk prostitutes. It was distributed by Rough Trade. Following the third issue, issues 4 and 5 were collected as a single volume, a "special book issue". Subsequent issues all retained the book format.
RE/Search has published books on various underground topics. Titles include Pranks, Incredibly Strange Films, and Modern Primitives, and the subject matter includes profiles ofWilliam S. Burroughs, J. G. Ballard, and others.
RE/Search created new markets with Incredibly Strange Music, which sparked the reissue of hundreds of out-of-print recordings. Incredibly Strange Films revived careers and helped spawn a still-thriving B-movie niche industry. Angry Women was used as a feminist text on college campuses, as was the RE/Search illustrated edition of JG Ballard's Atrocity Exhibition. Besides books, RE/Search has released videos, audio recordings, T-shirts -- see www.researchpubs.com Many of the best RE/Search books will be available at Extreme Futurist Festival, including the brand-new DATING A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) which can be autographed by author Alex Zhavoronkoff, PhD and publisher V. Vale, in person.
Zac Finger is an illustrator, writer, and web designer based in Tucson, AZ. He makes comic books and web sites and loves thinking about the future. His work will be featured at the Extreme Futurist Festival this year, including a graphic novel adaptation of Rachel Haywire's "Acidexia" as well as a comic book collaboration with writer Tony Cancr. His work deals with issues related to society, technology, spirituality, and the intersection thereof. He has self-published over ten books, two of which are available in the Kindle Store online. He has attended comic book conventions and art festivals to showcase his titles since 2010. He now works as a technology consultant for small businesses and is pursuing a degree in computer science from the University of Arizona. He enjoys coffee. You can see his work at www.zacfinger.com.
Rather than avoiding the unsettling, the unusual, the intense, the arcane, we embrace it. There is nothing "cookie-cutter" about any of our the media we support or produce: they are all home-grown and independently produced. There are no focus groups. There is no formula aside from pushing our boundaries. You will find yourself entertained, edified, horrified, aroused and even possibly disgusted. In other words, everything you hoped to get out of college, for a fraction of the price. Take a trip with us.
We will be selling signed copies of “Acidexia” by Rachel Haywire which we have just published.
THE LOVELACE READER
The Lovelace Reader are, as stated in their title, providers to the underground of various forms of literature ranging from the rebellious to the esoteric and everything in between. Specializing in readables of interest to the Steampunk movement, it is rumored that the hidden revolutionaries of the current Aeon are actually collecting every book sold by TLR to uncover some sort of hidden ritual. However, the Lovelace Reader would like to make it clear that it is not our goal to summon Cthulhu or anything suchly nefarious, but rather the appropriate and eloquent goal to destroy the modern world and build a new one from its ruins.
SmartAction supplies intelligent call automation – like Siri for business. We use our artificial general intelligence (AGI) engine to make automated calls much more intelligent – so that callers get faster and better self-service. SmartAction provides this service to a great variety of call centers, including many Fortune 500 sized companies. www.SmartAction.com
Adaptive A.I. Inc (a2i2) was formed in 2001 as a R&D company dedicated to developing truly intelligent systems. Over the first 6 years a2i2 developed several prototypes, including an intelligent personal assistant. Part of this technology formed the basis for SmartAction’s Smart Call Agents. After several years in hiatus, a2i2 recently re-started its artificial general intelligence (AGI) research. www.AdaptiveAI.com