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New Products & Services

Neo Controllers—Now In Stock

We manufactured a new batch of Neo Controllers. Check product page for quantities.

Neo Sense

Introducing Neo Sense — Now available with optional Chartreuse Trim — Plus a built in sensor group for next-level gaming speed and control. (Specs + Sensor Group)

Neo Shell

Now you can build your own Neo Controller with our Neo Shell kit — Game On!!!

New FREE iPhone App for Blind Gamers

New eminent software pre-release announcement: Free Navigation Software For The Blind. Stay tuned for details.

Neo-Luna Demos

Book A Virtual or In-Person Demonstration Of The Neo-Luna Navigation & Game System.

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Annual Open House

Global Tactile — Open House — Friday, December 1st, 9:00am-9:00pm.

Save the date: Open House At Global Tactile LLC — Friday, December 1st — 9:00am to 9:00pm.

Bonus — City Of Hartland Tree Lighting event 4:00pm-9:00pm.

We are very excited to participate in this year’s “Hartland Lights” event during our Annual Open House.

Blind Navigation & Game System Demos with the Neo Controller

Check out the Neo Controller, the Luna Navigator, and the Neo-Luna Metasystem during our Open House. Or, you may Schedule a Free Demonstration of the Neo-Luna Navigation & Game System.

Cybernetic Navigation & Game System Demos

Here is the Neo-Luna Navigation & Game System and a few of its use cases being demonstrated:

Fine Art Sale

Plus, we are offering 10% off our extensive inventory of Fine Art from Local Artists!

*Macarons available while supplies last.

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Weekly Digest

Open House — Friday, December 1st

Come and check out our wares, at our 2nd annual open house. This year, we will be featuring:

Save the date: Open House At Global Tactile LLC — Friday, December 1st — 9:00am to 9:00pm.

Bonus — City Of Hartland Tree Lighting event 4:00pm-9:00pm.

Now Offering 3D Printing Services

Contact Us With Your Project For 3D Printing Service Pricing.

New Course Announcement

The Ultimate Cybernetic Experience: Camp Chloe.

Also check out our other Courses and Neo-Luna Products.

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Setting Up Your Scout Master Kit

Congratulations on your maiden adventure with the Neo-Luna Navigation & Game System. The Neo-Luna Scout Master Kit is our flagship product, and includes everything you need to become A Super-Human Cyborg Reality Gamer!

Are You Ready For The Next Challenge?

Step 1: Unboxing Your Neo-Luna Scout Master Kit

Slide Descriptions

  1. The Neo-Luna Scout Master Kit comes in two shipments, with the battery pack via USPS Ground Shipping and the rest via USPS Priority® Mail.
  2. Contents of Battery Pack — 1 Charger & 2 Batteries
  3. Unboxing Charger & Batteries. Batteries are pre-charged for your convenience. Trickle charge dead batteries for 5 hours.
  4. Contents of Neo-Luna Scout Master Kit: 1 Neo-Luna Field Bag w/ contents, & 1 Luna Control Pad
  5. Contents of Neo-Luna Field Bag: Inside: 1 Neo Rain Pouch w/ Neo Controller, 1 Neo-Luna Harness Kit w/ contents; Left-Hand Pockets (inner & outer): 3 Hardware Accessories, including 1 Screwdriver, 1 4-inch strip Velcro, & 1 spare Binding Post.
  6. Luna Control Pad Includes: 1 Felt Octagon, 1 Plywood Octagon, 1 Black Diamond, 1 White Diamond, and 1 Diamond Fastener. All or Parts of the Luna Control Pad can be placed inside on the bottom of the Neo-Luna Field Bag.
  7. The Neo Controller & a freshly charged battery pack ready to be inserted.
  8. Unscrewing the Binding Post can be done by hand (i.e., with thumb on Screw, and finger or thumb of opposite hand on opposing Binding Post. Alternatively, Binding Post can be unscrewed with supplied 2-in-1 screwdriver using slotted blade, or with a coin.
  9. View inside Neo Controller — Ready for battery insertion.
  10. Battery inserted — Note routing of battery wires. Wires must not overlap the major components or edges around lid.
  11. Aligning cover — Note that stud of Binding Post is aligned with lid. Snug screw with thumb, supplied screwdriver, or a coin.
  12. iPhone Pouch — works with any iPhone that does not have an Otter Box Clip.
  13. Setting up harness.
  14. Phone position (place phone inside iPhone Pouch.
  15. Otter Box Setup — Back View
  16. Otter Box Setup — Front View
  17. Otter Box Setup in place of iPhone Pouch
  18. iPhone Pouch clipped and ready to go (clip components after shoulder harness has been adorned.
  19. Accessory Hardware Location & View — 2-in-1 Screwdriver & Velcro: inner left pocket: Spare Binding Post: outer left pocket.
  20. Accessory Hardware — Velcro, Spare Binding Post, & 2-in-1 Screwdriver.

Video 1 — Starting up

Video 2 — Luna Control Pad

Video Descriptions

  1. Turning on, checking battery, system starting up, and calibration check.
  2. Choreography calibration and feed-forward play with Luna Control Pad.

Step 2: Using The Neo-Luna Navigation & Game System

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The Neo-Luna Scout Master Kit — Now Shipping!

Whether you are a True Outdoorsman, Love Cybernetics, or Wish to Become King Of The Wilderness or Queen Of Choreography & Dancing, you need the Neo-Luna Scout Master Kit.

The Scout Master Kit Includes:

Neo Controller or Neo Sense Sold Separately.

Be Super, Human.

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Chippewa Flowage Trip 2023

Vice-President Theresa and President Christopher went on Global Tactile’s 2nd Annual Chippewa Flowage trip for some more camping, fishing, and exploring with the Neo-Luna Navigation & Game System.

Luna screen cap and location image of campsite — 387 kilometers from Global Tactile headquarters.

Last year’s campsite is 490 meters from this year’s campsite.

Luna screen cap and location image from boat — 2.4 kilometers from camp.

Half of dinner caught 2 kilometers from camp.

We beached on some sandy shorelines for some barefoot wilderness exploring and shore fishing.

Fishing with the Neo-Luna Navigation & Game System

Motor Boating, Navigating, and Line-Sighting with the Neo-Luna Navigation & Game System

Our shore dinner featured wild-caught Northern Pike with organic home-made seasoned flour breading, organic home-made tarter sauce, and home-made pasta salad with garden-fresh veggies.

We also have footage using the Neo-Luna Navigator in the dark with walkie-talkies and communication between shore and vessel. Check back later for more film and pics with Teri and Chris using The Neo-Luna Navigation & Game System.

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The Cybernetic Manifesto

The purpose of a system is what it does

Stafford Beer

There has never been so much urgency in history for us to meet the systems we are elements of. The Cybernetic Manifesto is the first step towards that goal. It contains a series of claims about reality. Beware that these claims cannot be communicated without language: the application of language is not an idea, but an attempt of communicating that idea. Treat words wisely.

The Cybernetic Manifesto

Source: Principia Cybernetica

1. Philosophy

Philosophy is the putting of our thought and language in order. Philosophy is important. Philosophy is a part of our knowledge.

2. Knowledge

Cybernetic epistemology defines knowledge as the existence in a cybernetic system of a model of some part of reality as it is perceived by the system. A model is a recursive generator of predictions about the world which allow the cybernetic system to make decisions about its actions. The notions of meaning and truth must be defined from this perspective.

Knowledge is both objective and subjective because it results from the interaction of the subject (the cybernetic system) and the object (its environment). Knowledge about an object is always relative: it exists only as a part of a certain subject. We can study the relation between knowledge and reality (is the knowledge true or false, first of all); then the subject of knowledge becomes, in its turn, an object for another subject of knowledge. But knowledge in any form (a proposition, a prediction, a law), irrespective of any subject is a logical absurdity. A detailed development of cybernetic epistemology on the basis of these definitions is critical for the formalization of the natural science and natural philosophy, and the interpretation of mathematical systems.

3. Freedom, will, control

Cybernetic metaphysics asserts that freedom is a fundamental property of things. Natural laws act as constraints on that freedom; they do not necessarily determine a course of events. This notion of freedom implies the existence of an agency, or agencies, that resolve the indeterminacy implicit in freedom by choosing one of the possible actions. Such an agency is defined as a will. A will exercises control over a system when the freedom of that system is constrained by actions chosen by the will.

4. God

We understand God in the spirit of pantheism. God is the highest level of control in the Universe. God is for the Universe what human will is for human body. Natural laws are one of the manifestations of God’s will. Another manifestation is the evolution of the Universe: the Evolution.

5. Metasystem transition

When a number of systems become integrated so that a new level of control emerges, we say that a metasystem has formed. We refer to this process as a metasystem transition.

A metasystem transition is, by definition, a creative act. It cannot be solely directed by the internal structure or logic of a system, but must always comes from outside causes, from “above”.

6. Evolution

The metasystem transition is the quantum of evolution. Highly organized systems, including living creatures, are multilevel hierarchies of control resulting from metasystem transitions of various scales.

Major evolutionary events are large-scale metasystem transitions which take place in the framework of the trial-and-error processes of natural selection.

Examples include: the formation of self-duplicating macromolecules; formation of multicellular organisms; emergence of intelligent organisms; formation of human society.

7. Human intelligence

Human intelligence, as distinct from the intelligence of non-human animals, emerges from a metasystem transition, which is the organism’s ability to control the formation of associations of mental representations. All of specifically human intelligence, including imagination, language, self-consciousness, goal-setting, humor, arts and sciences, can be understood from this perspective.

8. Social integration

The emergence of human intelligence precipitated a further, currently ongoing, metasystem transition, which is the integration of people into human societies. Human societies are qualitatively different from societies of animals because of the ability of the human being to create (not just use) language. Language serves two functions: communication between individuals and modeling of reality. These two functions are, on the level of social integration, analogous to those of the nervous system on the level of integration of cells into a multicellular organism.

Using the material of language, people make new — symbolic – models of reality (scientific theories, in particular) such as never existed as neural models given us by nature. Language is, as it were, an extension of the human brain. Moreover, it is a unitary common extension of the brains of all members of society. It is a collective model of reality that all members of society labor to improve, and one that preserves the experience of preceding generations.

9. The era of Reason

We make a strong analogy between societies and neural, multicellular organisms. The body of a society is the bodies of all people plus the things made by them. Its “physiology” is the culture of society. The emergence of human society marks the appearance of a new mechanism of Universal Evolution: previously it was natural selection, now it becomes conscious human effort. The variation and selection necessary for the increase of complexity of the organization of matter now takes place in the human brain; it becomes inseparable from the willed act of the human being. This is a turning point in the history of the world: the era of Reason begins.

The human individual becomes a point of concentration of Cosmic Creativity. With the new mechanism of evolution, its rate increases manifold.

10. Global integration

Turning to the future we predict that social integration will continue in two dimensions, which we can call width and depth. On the one hand (width), the growth of existing cultures will lead to the formation of a world society and government, and the ecological unification of the biosphere under human control. The ethics of cybernetical world-view demands that each of us act so as to preserve the species and the ecosystem, and to maximize the potential for continued integration and evolution.

11. Human super-beings

On the other hand (depth), we foresee the physical integration of individual people into “human super-beings”, which communicate through the direct connection of their nervous systems. This is a cybernetic way for an individual human person to achieve immortality.

12. Ultimate human values

The problem of immortality is the problem of ultimate human values, and vice versa.

Living creatures display a behavior resulting from having goals. Goals are organized hierarchically, so that in order to achieve a higher-level goal the system has to set and achieve a number of lower-level goals (subgoals). This hierarchy has a top: the supreme, ultimate goals of a creature’s life. In an animal this top is inborn: the basic instincts of survival and reproduction. In a human being the top goals can go beyond animal instincts. The supreme goals, or values, of human life are, in the last analysis, set by an individual in an act of free choice. This produces the historic plurality of ethical and religious teachings. There is, however a common denominator to these teachings: the will to immortality. The animal is not aware of its imminent death; the human person is. The human will to immortality is a natural extension of the animal will for life.

13. Decline of metaphysical immortality

One concept of immortality we find in the traditional great religions. We designate it as metaphysical. It is known as immortality of soul, life after death, etc. The protest against death is used here as a stimulus to accept the teaching; after all, from the very beginning it promises immortality. Under the influence of the critical scientific method, the metaphysical notions of immortality, once very concrete and appealing, are becoming increasingly abstract and pale; old religious systems are slowly but surely losing their influence.

14. Creative immortality

Another concept of immortality can be called creative, or evolutionary. The idea is that mortal humans contribute, through their creative acts, to the ongoing universal and eternal process — call it Evolution, or History, or God — thus surviving their physical destruction. This uniquely human motive underlies, probably, all major creative feats of human history.

15. Cybernetic immortality

The successes of science make it possible to raise the banner of cybernetic immortality. The idea is that the human being is, in the last analysis, a certain form of organization of matter. This is a very sophisticated organization, which includes a high multilevel hierarchy of control. What we call our soul, or our consciousness, is associated with the highest level of this control hierarchy. This organization can survive a partial — perhaps, even a complete — change of the material from which it is built. It is a shame to die before realizing one hundredth of what you have conceived and being unable to pass on your experience and intuition. It is a shame to forget things even though we know how to store huge amount of information in computers and access them in split seconds.

16. Evolution and immortality

Cybernetic integration of humans must preserve the creative core of human individual, because it is the engine of evolution. And it must make it immortal, because for the purpose of evolution there is no sense in killing humans. In natural selection, the source of change is the mutation of the gene; nature creates by experimenting on genes and seeing what kind of a body they produce. Therefore, nature has to destroy older creations in order to make room for the newer ones. The mortality of multicellular organisms is an evolutionary necessity. At the present new stage of evolution, the evolution of human-made culture, the human brain is the source of creativity, not an object of experimentation. Its loss in death is unjustifiable; it is an evolutionary absurdity. The immortality of human beings is on the agenda of Cosmic Evolution.

17. Evolution of the human person

The future immortality of the human person does not imply its frozen constancy. We can understand the situation by analogy with the preceding level of organization.

Genes are controllers of biological evolution and they are immortal, as they should be. They do not stay unchanged, however, but undergo mutations, so that human chromosomes are a far cry from the chromosomes of primitive viruses.

Cybernetically immortal human persons may mutate and evolve in interaction with other members of the super-being, while possibly reproducing themselves in different materials. Those human persons who will evolve from us may be as different from us as we are different from viruses. But the defining principle of the human person will probably stay fixed, as did the defining principle of the gene.

18. How integration may occur

Should we expect that the whole of humanity will unite into a single super-human being?

This does not seem likely, if we judge from the history of evolution. Life grows like a pyramid; its top goes up while the basis is widening rather than narrowing. Even though we have seized control of the biosphere, our bodies make up only a small part of the whole biomass. The major part of it is still constituted by unicellular and primitive multicellular organisms, such as plankton. Realization of cybernetic immortality will certainly require some sacrifices — a vehement drive to develop science, to begin with. It is far from obvious that all people and all communities will wish to integrate into immortal super-beings. The will to immortality, as every human feature, varies widely in human populations. Since the integration we speak about can only be free, only a part of mankind — probably a small part – should be expected to integrate. The rest will continue to exist in the form of “human plankton”.

19. Integration on the Cosmic scene

But it is the integrated part of humanity that will ultimately control the Universe. Unintegrated humanity will not be able to compete with the integrated part. This becomes especially clear when we realize that the whole Cosmos, not the planet Earth, will be the battlefield. No cosmic role for the human race is possible without integration. The units that take decisions must be rewarded for those decisions, otherwise they will never take them. Can we imagine “human plankton” crowded in rockets in order to reach a distant star in ten, twenty or fifty generations? Only integrated immortal creatures can conquer the outer space.

20. Current problems

At present our ideas about the cybernetic integration of humans are very abstract and vague. This is inevitable; long range notions and goals may be only abstract. But this does not mean that they are not relevant to our present concerns and problems. The concept of cybernetic immortality can give shape to the supreme goals and values we espouse, even though present-day people can think realistically only in terms of creative immortality (although — who knows?).

The problem of ultimate values is the central problem of our present society. What should we live for after our basic needs are so easily satisfied by the modern production system? What should we see as Good and what as Evil? Where are the ultimate criteria for judging social organization?

Historically, great civilizations are inseparable from great religions which gave answers to these questions. The decline of traditional religions appealing to metaphysical immortality threatens to degrade modern society. Cybernetic immortality can take the place of metaphysical immortality to provide the ultimate goals and values for the emerging global civilization.

21. Integration and freedom

We are living at a time when we can see the basic contradiction of the constructive evolution of mankind very clearly: it is the contradiction between human integration and human freedom. Integration is an evolutionary necessity. If humanity sets itself goals which are incompatible with integration the result will be an evolutionary dead end: further creative development will become impossible. Then we shall not survive. In the evolving Universe there is no standstill: all that does not develop perishes. On the other hand, freedom is precious for the human being; it is the essence of life. The creative freedom of individuals is the fundamental engine of evolution in the era of Reason. If it is suppressed by integration, as in totalitarianism, we shall find ourselves again in an evolutionary dead end. This contradiction is real, but not insoluble. After all, the same contradiction has been successfully solved on other levels of organization in the process of evolution. When cells integrate into multicellular organisms, they continue to perform their biological functions–metabolism and fission. The new quality, the life of the organism, does not appear despite the biological functions of the individual cells but because of them and through them. The creative act of free will is the “biological function” of the human being. In the integrated super-being it must be preserved as an inviolable foundation, and the new qualities must appear through it and because of it. Thus the fundamental challenge that the humanity faces now is to achieve an organic synthesis of integration and freedom.

Source: Principia Cybernetica