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Wave: What Is Our Goal? How Can You Help?

The following questions were recently asked on the Doctrine Zero mailing list: What are our practical aims? What do we want the membership to do or help with? Where are we going? Having a structure and ideology is necessary, but… Continue Reading →

The Human Machine

This is a 15 minute documentary project created as part of a post graduate course in science communications at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. Any views documented here, or techniques shown, are in no way to be considered… Continue Reading →

Artificial Intelligence & The Singularity – conference September 20

“Artificial Intelligence and The Singularity” – Futurist Conference, September 20, from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm at Piedmont Veterans Hall, 401 Highland Avenue, in Piedmont, California. Tickets are available at EventBrite. Cost is $20 – $35. The event is co-produced… Continue Reading →

Lifeboat Foundation Projects/Activities Campaign

Our goal is to raise $25,000. Summary of current Lifeboat Foundation activities 1) We are working with Sara Gardephe to create a documentary about the Lifeboat Foundation. 2) Our financial and media support for Kickstarter/Indiegogo campaigns has generated the following… Continue Reading →

The Coming of Digital Crack…

Have you ever been in public, sitting and looking at those around you when you realize everyone around you is all looking at their phones? IPhones, Android maybe a black berry or a windows phone now and then, and now… Continue Reading →

Of All Possible Future Worlds: Global Trends, Values, and Ethics

Overview:  According to policymakers in the US, EU, Russia, and NATO, trends may bend in many potential directions, ranging from the rise of technologically empowered individuals; to an aging, more crowded, urbanized, and resource-stressed planet; to a more equal, interdependent,… Continue Reading →

Opinion: The Right to Life Versus Earning a living

It struck me the other day that many people hold two beliefs that are incompatible with one another. Those beliefs are the idea that people have a fundamental right to life, and the notion that everybody should earn a living…. Continue Reading →

New Vulcanism… and Our Moral Obligation as technologist to Transhumanism

The past few months I’ve contemplated somewhat the geek culture and some of the mental characteristics that make a software engineer great or the qualities that make the best technologist and a lot of those things that bring greatness seem… Continue Reading →

ARTIFICIAL WOMBS AND THE INDIVIDUALISTIC SOCIETY

Today, thanks to modern medicine, surgical techniques, biotechnologies like IVF and social services like surrogate motherhood, people who in previous years would have died in infancy, childbirth, or would never have been born at all are able to live a full life.

It is an abiding characteristic of transhumanists to be simultaneously in admiration for the human body, impressed with what evolution achieved, while also considering the body as very much work in progress that needs fixing. One aspect of life that… Continue Reading →

Selections for the Manual of Civilization

For me, the Manual of Civilization could be one of the most important projects of our time. The idea is to collect the most important 3000 books required to rebuild civilization from the ground up. It is an idea that… Continue Reading →

OPINION: Singularity Disputes, Turing Test Turmoil – An Interesting Discussion

There is a lot of dispute regarding human level artificial intelligence. Some critics think it will never happen. They compare super-intelligent AI to religious belief. Publishing Singularity critical articles shortly before a narrow-AI passed the Turing Test was exceptionally bad… Continue Reading →

Clean Water For All! Top 7 Technologies Making This A Reality

Life Sack has a dual purpose of food transporter and water purifier.

#7 The Life Sack is a device that purifies water using Solar Water Disinfectant Process technology. This technology involves killing deadly contaminants through thermal treatment and UV-A-radiation.     Life Sack has a dual purpose of food transporter and water purifier…. Continue Reading →

Eradicating Poverty needs to be on the Transhumanist To-Do List

Eradicating Poverty – worldwide – needs to be on the Transhumanist To-Do List. We need to utilize new technology and new ideas to alleviate the hunger, disease, malnutrition, and despair that are caused by poverty. We need to be philanthropic,… Continue Reading →

3-D-Printed Food May Potentially End World Hunger

NASA has granted researchers $125,000 to further develop 3D-printed food. Such technology is said to be the potential solution for long-distance space exploration, as well as world hunger. Mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Systems and Materials Research… Continue Reading →

Technologies of Abundance and the Fairytale of Jobs

As robots slowly become more capable, the realization that our relationship with work must undergo radical review is spreading. Mostly, thoughts turn to the link between jobs and wages. Proposals are put forward, such as the introduction of a guaranteed… Continue Reading →

Transhumanist Philanthropy?! Yes! MTA Sets up KIVA Account

Transhumanists, in my experience, are cheap. Penny pinchers. Stingy. When I was Managing Director at IEET in 2012, I launched a cellphone drive to help destitute Africans communicate with each other. My goal was to collect 1,000 cellphones. Hummpph!  After… Continue Reading →

Opinion: Egalitarian Planet: Six Proposals to Elevate Society by Reducing Disparity

“the fundamental inequalities are intelligence, imagination, ambition, and action. Someone with 10% more of all four than his chiral twin could have four orders of magnitude more wealth over a lifetime.”

Egalitarians believe inequity leads to a plethora of social ills. For example: 1. Inequity corrodes trust, community life, and social mobility 2. Inequity increases anxiety and excessive consumption 3. Inequity contributes to mental and physical illness, drug use, imprisonment, obesity, teen… Continue Reading →

What Should Transhumanity regard as it’s Primary Goal?

Here is a question for transhumanists: What is the number one goal we should be pursuing? Judging by the essays and arguments put forward on the topic, it seems that most of us deem ‘achieve immortality’ as the top priority…. Continue Reading →

Empathy, Mirror Neurons, and the Empathy Pathology

Overview of empathy The process by which one’s affective experience is shared by another person is known as empathy. In order to understand empathy using the scientific method it is imperative to first define empathy. There are a wide range… Continue Reading →

The Impact of Mobile Money in Africa

The success of Mobile Money Services (MMS) has led many Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) around the world to venture into offering similar products, thus making revenue streams within the mobile environment incredibly competitive. In Africa, the dwindling revenues in the… Continue Reading →

Ideas Are Free: The Case Against Intellectual Property

[Lightly edited transcript of speech given at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Property and Freedom Society, June 6, 2010. This essay is reposted from HERE] In addition to defense, security, education, money and banking, scientific research, providing for the poor, space exploration,… Continue Reading →

Opinion: Is it Time to call “Capitalism” an Existential Threat?

A few years ago I argued that rampant disparity in terms of affluence and poverty (or opportunity versus marginalization) in the world might be interpreted as an existential risk. In other words, a very large number of human beings might… Continue Reading →

BioHack Diabolical Plot #1 – Implant “Defiance” via Mass DBS to Topple Authoritarian Regimes

This article was partially inspired by, and can be seen as a follow-up to, one of Rich Lee’s excellent articles.  Near the end, he briefly describes one of his diabolical plots, in which he would set up an elaborate system… Continue Reading →

The Importance of Social Safety Nets on the African Continent

Social safety nets are on the rise in Africa, and continue to evolve from scattered stand-alone programs into dependable safety net systems. Until recently, many African countries approached social protection on a largely ad hoc basis. However, when the global… Continue Reading →

Opinion: The Abolitionist Project – suffering and how to get rid of it

INTRODUCTION This talk is about suffering and how to get rid of it. I predict we will abolish suffering throughout the living world. Our descendants will be animated by gradients of genetically preprogrammed well-being that are orders of magnitude richer… Continue Reading →

Parasites, Predators and Serial Killers (Part 2 of “Reprogramming Predators”)

[Part 1 of this essay appearsHERE) Suffocationinduces a sense of extreme panic. It’s a comparatively rare experience in contemporary human life, althoughpanic disorder, an anxiety disorder characterized by recurring severe panic attacks, is extremely unpleasant and quite common. Whatever its... Continue Reading →

Freedom of Information Will Change the World

So, 2012 has ended and everywhere you look, despite our having survived the “end of the world” you see pessimism, gloom, doom and negativity. No matter where you live, it seems everyone is convinced that there’s just no hope. So… Continue Reading →

“We Can Hear You Now!” – 12 Ways Cell Phones Accelerate Africa

Africa is Rising! Technology, like cell phones, is aiding Africa’s fantastic leap forward. But are the poorest of the poor left behind? Africa is often demeaned as the “Lost” or “Hopeless” continent due to 1st World Afro-pessimism that’s gorges itself… Continue Reading →

Nine Ways In-Vitro Meat Will Change Our Lives

Future Flesh is squatting on your plate. Are you nervous? Stab it with a fork. Sniff it. Bite! Chew, swallow. Congratulations! Relax and ruminate now because you’re digesting a muscular invention that will massively impact the planet. In-Vitro Meat—aka tank… Continue Reading →

Opinion: The Abolitionist Project: Can Biotech Abolish Suffering Throughout the Living World?

David Pearce is an independent researcher and vegan animal activist based in Brighton UK. In 1995, he wrote an online manifesto, The Hedonistic Imperative, advocating the use of biotechnology to abolish suffering throughout the living world. Here’s a videotape of… Continue Reading →

The Problem of Predation (Part 1 of “Reprogramming Predators”)

“And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the
 calf and the young lion and the yearling together and a little child shall lead them.”  
Isaiah 11:6 “The total amount… Continue Reading →

Is Humanity Accelerating Towards… Apocalypse? or Utopia?

Will the future provide us with a genetically preprogrammed blissful paradise, or a global catastrophe? Will there be cessation of all suffering, or annihilation of all sentient life?   The history of futurology is not encouraging. Most “predictions” by futurists… Continue Reading →

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