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The Sacred Road to the Stars

My essay “The Sacred Road to the Stars,” which is also a section of my forthcoming book, has been published on The Transfigurist, the online magazine of the Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA). I argue that we should consider our first timid steps into outer space as the beginning of our journey on the sacred road to the stars.

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Video – Robin Hanson in Second Life on ‘The Age of Em’

Robin Hanson presented his new book “The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth” at the Turing Church meeting in Second Life on Sunday, June 26. The presentation was followed by a discussion.  Watch the full video of the talk and the discussion.

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The Age of Em – Robin Hanson in Second Life, Sunday June 26

Robin Hanson will present his new book “The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth” at the next Turing Church meeting in Second Life on Sunday, June 26. The presentation will be followed by a discussion, and everyone will be able to ask questions.

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Paradiso and Inferno in Robin Hanson’s ‘The Age of Em’

Robin Hanson’s future scenario in “The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth” reminds me of Dante. On the one hand, many people will transcend (current concepts of) humanity and “transhumanize” – a word invented by Dante in Paradiso, Canto 1 – to become uploaded souls running on high performance computing circuitry. On the other hand, they will live in red-hot metal cities that create strong hot winds to disperse the excess heat generated by billions of uploads computing their way to continued existence. The infernal city of Dis, described by Dante in Inferno, Canto 8, comes to mind.

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The Age of Em – Robin Hanson in Second Life, June 26

At the next Turing Church meeting in Second Life on Sunday, June 26, Robin Hanson will present his new book “The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth.” The presentation will be followed by a discussion.

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A for Almighty – Fred Hoyle’s Cosmic Theology

Fred Hoyle imagined a scientific theology with a hierarchy of Gods in the universe, from lower-case local gods all the way to an asymptotic cosmic God that emerges from the physical universe, comes into full being at the end of time, controls space and time with subtle quantum messages and time loops, seeds the universe with Life, and works through Life.

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Divine action and resurrection: something like that, more or less

I haven’t posted for a while because I have been studying and focusing on my forthcoming book, but I want to say something about my current studies and thoughts on physics, divine action, and resurrection, inspired by observations and comments by readers, especially Spud.

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Breakthrough Starshot: The first steps to the stars

On on the 55th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering space flight, Internet investor and science philanthropist Yuri Milner and physicist Stephen Hawking announced a plan for our firsts steps to the stars: Breakthrough Starshot.

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The Irrational Mechanics wiki

The Irrational Mechanics wiki is open to friends and collaborators, and partly open to the public. It contains several inter-related projects inspired by a positive attitude toward highly imaginative science and technology, including the Akashic Physics Roadmap (closed) and the India Awakens Conference (open). There is an open News page frequently updated with links and short summaries.

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