Category Archives: Cosmic visions

Terasem Colloquium in Second Life, December 10, 2016: Program and Speakers

The 2016 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on Saturday, December 10, 2016. There are two main themes: “Legal Aspects of Futuristic Persons: Cyber-Humans,” and “A Tribute to the ‘Father of Artificial Intelligence,’ Marvin Minsky, PhD.” This is a can’t miss event with stellar speakers and content. You are invited!

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Terasem Colloquium in Second Life, December 10, 2016

The 2016 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on Saturday, December 10, 2016. There are two main themes: “Legal Aspects of Futuristic Persons: Cyber-Humans,” and “A Tribute to the ‘Father of Artificial Intelligence,’ Marvin Minsky, PhD.” This is a can’t miss event with stellar speakers and content. You are invited!

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Merlin Speaks – Arthur C. Clarke on technological resurrection

Sir Arthur C. Clarke wasn’t a believer in any traditional religion, but he had a “Possibilian” open mind – he was open to the wonders of the possible. Sir Arthur’s disciplined but visionary scientific imagination included technological resurrection – the possibility that future super-advanced science and technology could bring the dead back to life.

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Review of ‘Against Transhumanism’ by Richard Jones

Physicist Richard Jones, author of the (highly recommended) nanotechnology book “Soft Machines: nanotechnology and life” and editor of the Soft Machines blog, has written a short book provocatively titled “Against Transhumanism – The delusion of technological transcendence.” The book, an edited compilation of essays previously published on Soft Machines and IEEE Spectrum, is free to download.

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VIDEO – William Sims Bainbridge on spaceflight and cosmic religions – Second Life, January 10

William Sims Bainbridge – the renowned sociologist and author of seminal papers on space colonization, virtual worlds, and new cosmic religions – gave a talk at the Turing Church meeting in Second Life on Sunday, January 10, 2016, followed by a Q/A session. I recorded a video via Facebook live streaming.

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William Sims Bainbridge on spaceflight and cosmic religions – Second Life, January 10

The next Turing Church meeting in Second Life on Sunday, January 10, will feature a short talk by William Sims Bainbridge – the renowned sociologist and author of seminal papers on space colonization, virtual worlds, and new cosmic religions – followed by a Q/A session.

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Everything That Rises – Modern Cosmism featured in Harper’s Magazine

The prestigious Harper’s Magazine features the recent Modern Cosmism conference (New York, October 10, 2015) in an article titled Everything That Rises, published online and in the January 2016 issue of the print magazine.

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The Turing Church Preaches the Religion of the Future | Motherboard

A balanced and informative article by Andrew Paul titled “The Turing Church Preaches the Religion of the Future,” published on Motherboard, describes the Turing Church as a transhumanist group that wants to “curate the crowdsourcing of a techno-rapture” and “provide a literal faith in the future.” Paul interviewed yours truly, Micah Redding, and Eliezer Yudkowsky (who declined to comment on the Turing Church).

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VIDEO – Terasem Colloquium in Second Life, December 10, 2015

The 2015 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons, themed “Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient AI” took place place in Second Life – Terasem sim – yesterday, December 10, 2015, with stellar speakers and content. Here is the full video recording of the event.

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Terasem Colloquium in Second Life, December 10, 2015

The 2015 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons, themed “Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient AI” will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on Thursday, December 10, 2015. This is a can’t miss event with stellar speakers and content. You are invited!

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Terasem Colloquium in Second Life, December 10 – Speakers

The 2015 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons, themed “Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient AI” will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on December 10. This is a can’t miss event with top class speakers! The confirmed speakers are:

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