Category Archives: Science / Technology

Terasem GN8 Virtual Workshop in Second Life, July 20, 2012

I look forward to seeing you at the Terasem virtual workshop in Second Life on July 20. The workshop tales place every year in Second Life on the anniversary of the first Apollo landing on the Moon. Let’s develop Geoethical Nanotechnology, go back to the Moon, and then onward to the stars and beyond! This year’s program is very interesting and you will meet some great visionaries and thought leaders. See this post for practical help. I am Eschatoon Magic in Second Life, feel free to text me if you need help. Continue reading Terasem GN8 Virtual Workshop in Second Life, July 20, 2012

Terasem update, online Hangouts and Second Life conference (July 20)

Terasem holds its yearly conference in Second Life on July 20, and its monthly gathering on the 10th of each month via Google+ Hangouts. I thought yesterday’s hangout was at 9am EST as usual, and didn’t realize it was one hour later. I had a scheduled conference at 10am EST, so unfortunately I could not attend. But thanks to Hangouts On Air technology, I can watch the recording on YouTube. Continue reading Terasem update, online Hangouts and Second Life conference (July 20)

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+

Happy birthday Alan, I hope to meet you someday

Today, June 23,  is the Centenary of Alan Turing’s birth in London. During his relatively brief life, Turing made a unique impact on the history of computing, computer science, artificial intelligence, developmental biology, and the mathematical theory of computability. Continue reading Happy birthday Alan, I hope to meet you someday

The physics of miracles and the problem of evil

We may be bots in a reality-wide simulation, and perhaps the player(s) from above can violate our simulated physics when they want. In a more popular formulation of the same concept, called Religion, the player(s), called God(s), created our reality and can perform miracles. The two formulations are equivalent for all practical purposes. Many religions assume that Gods are omnipotent and benevolent, but then we have the problem of evil: how can omnipotent and benevolent Gods permit evil and suffering?

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Talk on Turing Church unlimited – Transhumanist Religions 2.0, London, July 14, 2012

On Saturday, July 14, 2012, in London, I will give a talk on Turing Church unlimited – Transhumanist Religions 2.0, organized by David Wood and the London Futurists Meetup group. The talk is free to attend – no charge. I look forward to seeing all my friends in the area, and meeting new friends. Continue reading Talk on Turing Church unlimited – Transhumanist Religions 2.0, London, July 14, 2012

The first Terran shots against the Cosmists

Hugo de Garis, author of The Artilect War, agrees that our cosmic destiny is to transcend biology and build/become “Artilects”, but thinks that flesh-and-blood humans (the “Terrans”) will resist and wage bloody wars against those who want to move on (the “Cosmists”). De Garis fears that “species dominance” wars may result in billions of deaths, and perhaps he is right. Continue reading The first Terran shots against the Cosmists

Biological intelligence is only a transitory phenomenon

I support the space program, and I hope to see people walking on the Moon again, and then Mars. We need to see people in space to reboot our dreaming engine. At the same time I am persuaded that, ultimately, space will be colonized by our post-biological mind children, who will leave their flesh and blood bodies behind and become cyber angels living as pure software in robotic or virtual bodies. Many astronomers and space enthusiasts share this view. Continue reading Biological intelligence is only a transitory phenomenon

We need to go back to space and start dreaming again

We need to go back to space. We need to go back to the Moon now. We need to see people working and living in space for our mental health as a species. In the video We Stopped Dreaming (Episode 1), Neil deGrasse Tyson says that when we came back from the Moon we stopped dreaming. He is right, and we need to go back and start dreaming again. Continue reading We need to go back to space and start dreaming again

Mind uploading, vitology, and crystal minds

In A Window of Opportunity, Dr. Randal A. Koene says that the long term future will either not involve us or will demand that we become vastly more adaptable. “Ultimately, that is where the solution to adaptability lies, in the ability to move functions of the mind to many different types of substrates — to be substrate independent minds (SIM)… Almost every religion attempts to address the problem of Being, and most espouse some form of adaptable existence whereby experience can be carried on in another substrate,” he says. I agree, and I think our ultimate cosmic destiny is to leave biology behind and become cyber angels. Continue reading Mind uploading, vitology, and crystal minds