So these are my Turing Church projects. Feel free to start yours.
1) – An anthology of short science fiction stories about technological resurrection, coming back to life in the far future universe, the life of immortal uploads among the stars and all that stuff. The book will be professionally edited and formatted, and published in e-book format (.epub and .mobi).
These days books are easily found on the Torrent networks. What happens is that:
a) – If nobody reads your book, you don’t make money because nobody reads the book.
b) – If a lot of people read your book, you don’t make money because someone puts the book on The Pirate Bay.
So, I am inclined to just distribute the book as a free download, and ask for donations instead of payment.
I will contact the authors who have published suitable short stories on the Turing Church and skefi’a websites, and of course I will be delighted to receive submissions.
2) – A virtual gathering place and services/talks program using advanced virtual reality and videoconferencing systems. I tried to launch similar projects in the past (see Turing Church Talks and Turing Church Workshops), but previous attempts were not very successful. Perhaps the technologies used were not yet robust or user-friendly enough?
A related consideration is that the really new thing brought by the Internet has been powerful asynchronous communication, so perhaps insisting on synchronous communication feels like going back, sort of. In fact, a problem in organizing online gatherings is choosing a date/time suitable for participants in different timezones. Another problem is that many participants pay attention only at the last moment, to realize that they didn’t read the instructions and don’t know what to do to participate.
However, I will try again, perhaps with new technologies and ideas. Of course, I will be delighted if others want to collaborate, doing this well requires too much time and effort for one person.
3) – My own book, (tentatively) titled “Tales of the Turing Church,” has been for years in the making and won’t be finished anytime soon. Perhaps in one or two years. Some draft chapters have been published on this and other websites (see for example here and here).
I hope to put together a more or less consistent (but without insisting too much on consistency) account of my favorite ideas and hopes about life, the universe and everything. As in 1) I plan to distribute a professionally edited and formatted e-book online as a free download.
Before publication, I will ask a group of friends familiar with the subject matter to criticize the book and help me to find/correct weak arguments and all sorts of mistakes.