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Video – 2016 Annual Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

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.

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VIDEO – William Sims Bainbridge on spaceflight and cosmic religions – Second Life, January 10

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.

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VIDEO – Terasem Colloquium in Second Life, December 10, 2015

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.

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VIDEO: Hangout on Air: Futurists discuss The Transhumanist Wager, with Zoltan Istvan

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.

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Science fiction is important

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.

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Hangout On Air: Transhumanists discuss Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’

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.

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