Category Archives: Info science / technology

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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Martin Gardner on religion and mysterian science

Researching Carl Sagan’s thoughts on religion I stumbled upon a Washington Post article titled “Carl Sagan denied being an atheist. So what did he believe? [Part 1].” The article led me to the “mysterian” thoughts of the late and very lamented Martin Gardner.

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Life extension, cryonics and mind uploading on Swiss Italian TV

On March 22 the Swiss Italian TV (RSI) aired a documentary on ife extension, cryonics and mind uploading titled “Ho deciso di diventare immortale” (I decided to become immortal). I appear in the film with friends Linda Chamberlain, Aubrey de Grey, Randal Koene, and Max More.

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Suzanne Gildert on Thinking about the hardware of thinking: Can disruptive technologies help us achieve uploading?

Suzanne Gildert gave a talk in Teleplace on “Thinking about the hardware of thinking: Can disruptive technologies help us achieve uploading?” on November 28, 2010, at 10am PST (1pm EST, 6pm UK, 7pm continental EU).

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My MTA 2013 talk: Life and The Computational Problem of Evil

I gave a talk on “The Computational Problem of Evil” at the 2013 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. I argued that the Problem of Evil has a simple solution when examined with a rigorous approach based on the physics of computation and I used animations featuring Joe Glider, an inhabitant of Conway’s Game of Life, to illustrate my argument.

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The coming Golden Age of neurotech

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

The REAL importance of brain mapping research

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

Incomplete mindfiles can be completed with information available in the cloud

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.

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Recommended Hangouts On Air: MTA and Q+

Last Saturday I had the pleasure to participate in the first Hangout On Air of the Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA). I also recommend the Q+ Hangouts, a series of online seminars on quantum information and quantum foundations on Hangouts On Air, and I hope also the Terasem Hangouts will be taken On Air soon. Continue reading Recommended Hangouts On Air: MTA and Q+