Yesterday, April 9, the 2016 Annual Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association was held in in Provo, Utah, at the Provo City Library. The Conference reaches beyond Mormonism and is the de-facto annual conference of the religious/spiritual transhumanist community. The Conference was live-streamed and the recording of the stream is online on YouTube. You can watch more than nine hours of awesome talks at the intersection of transhumanism and religion.
The Turing Church meeting in Second Life on Sunday, February 14, featured a discussion of the recent Brain Preservation Foundation announcement: the Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize has officially been won.
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.
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.
Watch the full video recording of the 10th Annual Workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology, held by Terasem on July 20, the anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon, in the Terasem Island in Second Life.
Robert Geraci presented and discussed his new book published by Oxford University Press: “Virtually Sacred – Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life” in Second Life, on Sunday June 29, in Soleri City. Watch the full video below.
The Back to the future in the Metaverse event, on May 15, started as a major clusterf###, but continued as a very interesting event thanks to the fast reaction of my good friend David Orban. Watch the video below.
Yesterday I participated in a London Futurists Hangout on Air with Ramez Naam, Randal Koene, Michell Zappa (part time), and organizer David Wood. We discussed Ramez’ awesome techno thrillers NEXUS and CRUX.
Yesterday I participated in a London Futurists Hangout on Air: Futurists discuss The Transhumanist Wager, with Zoltan Istvan. Besides Zoltan, organizer David Wood, and myself, the two other panelists were Chris Armstrong and Rick Searle, who both wrote reviews of the book. Many viewers watched the streaming video of the discussion on Google+ and Youtube and submitted interesting questions, some (especially those upvoted by many viewers) answered in real time. Watch the full video recording below.
BBC News has a good article on the importance of science fiction, featuring Peter Thiel, Peter Diamandis, neuroscientist Susan Greenfield and her science fiction novel 2121 – A Tale from the Next Century. In one of his great short videos, Jason Silva talks of the fundamental psychological importance of the awe and wonder inspired by good science fiction, which can give us the sense of purpose and drive that we need to do great things. The article mentions Project Hieroglyph, started by Neal Stephenson‘s article on “Innovation Starvation“, calling for a return to inspiration in contemporary science fiction.
It’s easy to predict that Dan Brown’s Inferno will be a bestseller, probably followed by a successful film, and the first introduction to transhumanism for millions of readers. This is an important moment in the history of transhumanism – but good or bad? I participated in a discussion organized by London Futurists via Hangouts On Air.