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, with Zoltan Istvan among the speakers.
A scientific paper announcing that the universe is slowly dying is making waves on the Internet. But don’t worry, intelligent life will be able to do something about that.
The Modern Cosmism Conference on October 10 in New York City promises to be a super must-go event dedicated to a fresh, modern interpretation and formulation of Cosmism. I will be there, and I hope to see you there.
Andy Weir, the author of The Martian (soon to become a movie), also wrote a delightful short story about Open Individualist resurrection. Highly recommended.
As a child of the 60s I spent most of my life regretting that we didn’t build those cities on the Moon and the planets. Now I realize that the Apollo adventure was too far from our supply lines to be sustainable. But we are still doing space, and someday (not soon) we will go back to the Moon, and then to Mars, to the planets, and to the stars.
My friend Ben Goertzel has written an awesome must-read post titled “Paranormal Phenomena, Nonlocal Mind and Reincarnation Machines.” As usual, I agree with all that Ben says. Read his post now, then my comments below.
Writing on The Guardian, Damien Walter says that science fiction has evolved into a religion for modern times. His interesting and thoughtful article covers much of the same ground explored in my essay “Religion Fiction Inspires Real Religion.”
Legendary cyberculture icon (and iconoclast) R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell have written a delicious funcyclopedia of the Singularity, transhumanism, and radical futurism, just published on January 1. The book includes a short chapter dedicated to my favorite interpretation of these things – Cosmism – with a short and accurate high-level summary.
Editor’s note: this delightful short story is a new year present from Stephen Kagan, the author of the mystically beautiful VR/AI novel “Augmented Dreams, the Singularity Palimpsest “. Stephen says: “This story has taken extensive thinking, imagination and meditation to craft. It was inspired by some of your work, beginning with Religion for the Cosmic Frontier, combined with some of Ben’s Manifesto, and some of my conversations with you. My goal was to create the grandest vision I can build for our cosmic future, in some ways beyond even what Stapledon created in StarMaker… Becoming godlike and becoming God…”
My friend Nupur asked me to write a short Turing Church introduction for her new Facebook page “India Awakens,” a community page for discussion of our ideas with an Indian slant. The page is mainly aimed at Indian but open to seekers from everywhere, so please Like the page and join the discussion.
In “Cosmology is not Geography” (please read it first) I argue that we need a new form of religion, based on awesome cosmic visions and enlightened spirituality (cosmology), without “provincial” mythologies and rituals (geography) and petty lifestyle prescriptions (zoning norms).