CLAWING AT SPECIALNESS: THE SOUL.
“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling… experience”.
So said Carl Sagan, but what did he mean by this? It is almost certainly a reference to the Copernican revolution and subsequent advances in astronomy, which have served to reveal just how vast and ancient the universe is, and how small, short-lived and insignificant the Earth and the life that crawls, swims and flies over it, is, in comparison.
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All seems to indicate that the next decade, the 20s, will be the magic decade of the brain, with amazing science but also amazing applications. With the development of nanoscale neural probes and high speed, two-way Brain-Computer interfaces (BCI), by the end of the next decade we may have our iPhones implanted in our brains and become a telepathic species. Ramez Naam’s great sci-fi novel NEXUS is a fascinating preview. Continue reading The coming Golden Age of neurotech
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It is the year 2113. It is a very strange future, and one that has been shaped by the world we are already forming. 2113 is a the result of good 21st century where people didn’t die, and there was no major collapse or instability, and very few people died. There was no “great reset” and humanity made it through a number of massive challenges. This 2113 is the best world we could have inherited out of many.
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The 2013 conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association will be held on 5 April 2013 from 9:00am to 5:45pm in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the level four conference room of the Salt Lake City Public Library. Speakers will address the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion. Continue reading 2013 conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association
The 2nd International Global Future 2045 congress will cover global challenges and science mega-projects to address them, as well as insights on these matters from various spiritual traditions. The premise is that humanity needs a scientific revolution and significant spiritual changes that will be inseparably linked, supporting and supplementing each other. Continue reading Science and spirituality at Global Future 2045
The Transhumanist Reader (April 2013) is the first authoritative and comprehensive survey of the origins and current state of transhumanist thinking, with an emphasis on the fresh, solar, energetic, irreverent and optimistic spirit of early transhumanism. Continue reading The Transhumanist Reader, edited by Max and Natasha, to be published in April
Both the Brain Activity Map (BAM) and the Human Brain Project (HBP) emphasize scientific results and medical applications, which of course are very important, but I hope that this race to the brain will produce real, game-changing breakthroughs and take the first steps toward whole brain emulation, new mentality substrates, and mind uploading. Continue reading The REAL importance of brain mapping research
According to Martine Rothblatt, our minds will be uploadable in good enough shape to satisfy most everyone by reconstructing them from information stored in software mindfiles. The reconstruction process will be iteratively achieved with AI software designed for this purpose, dubbed mindware. Mindfiles recorded with today’s not-so-advanced technology are necessarily incomplete, but an incomplete mindfile can be completed with information available in the cloud.
Continue reading Incomplete mindfiles can be completed with information available in the cloud