Category Archives: Society / Culture

Future Day

In my talk at the lively Future Day event yesterday at Terasem in Second Life, I said:

Future Day should be all about a positive can-do attitude, a great excitement about a sexy, radically better future enabled by emerging technologies, and the drive to get out of bed in the morning, roll our sleeves up, and actually go and build this future. Some lucky people are natural born optimists, but most of us find positive thinking difficult and need a little motivational boost now and then. I think Future Days can play an important role. Continue reading Future Day

The Perils and the Promises of Mind Uploading

Science fiction authors Richard Morgan and Greg Egan have described mind uploading  and “backup copies” as a practical technology for immortality. Of course, “carbon chauvinists” often speak against mind uploading, and some have interesting things to say. Continue reading The Perils and the Promises of Mind Uploading

Interview with venusplusx — Alison Gardner and Dan Massey

I interviewed venusplusx.org polymaths Alison Gardner and Dan Massey on sexual freedom, the occupy movement, transhumanism, the singularity, physics, religion and spirituality, and their forthcoming book. LGBT rights and quantum entanglement in the same talk. Continue reading Interview with venusplusx — Alison Gardner and Dan Massey

Apocalyptic AI: Visions of heaven in robotics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality

Oxford University Press – Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality, by Robert M. Geraci – Buy on Amazon.

From the publishers’ site: “Description: Apocalyptic AI, the hope that we might one day upload our minds into machines or cyberspace and live forever, is a surprisingly wide-spread and influential idea, affecting everything from the world view of online gamers to government research funding and philosophical thought. In Apocalyptic AI, Robert Geraci offers the first serious account of this “cyber-theology” and the people who promote it.

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