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Tapping the Transcendence Drive in All of Us

What do we want? No, I mean, what do we really want? Your eyes flick back and forth between your smartphone and your iPad; your coffee cools on the dusty coaster beside the yellowing PC monitor; you momentarily look to… Continue Reading →

Baggage Culture and Why Embracing Transhumanism Doesn’t Come Easy

Twenty years ago, while in college and wondering why everyone else in the world wasn’t hell-bent on trying to live indefinitely via the promising fields of transhumanist science, I began working on the idea of what mass culture is and… Continue Reading →

Mind Management: Researchers Explore New Ways to Influence Minds

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to understand the science behind what makes people violent, and then find ways to hijack their minds by implanting false, but believable stories in their brains, with hopes of evoking peaceful… Continue Reading →

Soldiers without Banners – Why the Future Doesn’t Need Transhumanists

It should not be a surprise to any of our readers that the Singularity is approaching. Perhaps the term ‘Singularity’ is incorrect – we cannot be certain that, specifically, strong AI will be invented in the near future. But what… Continue Reading →

New Zealand: A Future ‘Home Base’ for Transhumanists?

Is tech progess in your Luddite homeland too slow? You’d rather dwell in a Transhuman-Land? Here’s plans for a H+-friendly Home Base in the South Pacific, from “Zero State”… I recently interviewed Amon Kalkin, founder of the Zero State (ZS)… Continue Reading →

Does Enhanced Human Equal Transhuman?

Human enhancement and Transhumanism are common topics for futurists, and the two terms are often treated as if they’re interchangeable. While there is certainly overlap between the two concepts, and by definition a Transhuman would have to be the beneficiary… Continue Reading →

Building a Star Trek Economy

Our current socioeconomic system is unlikely to bring about a hi-tech transhumanist future in the long run if we just sit back and wait for it to happen. I propose that we build the foundations of a society that can… Continue Reading →

Remembering the 1950s-60s Futurists: What Went Wrong?

Futurism in the United States properly began during the late ‘50s, and took off—as one might guess —in the ‘60s with the Gemini space program and its ten manned flights. Then came Apollo. With Apollo, futurism became respectable; unfortunately with… Continue Reading →

Death Threats, Freedom, Transhumanism, and the Future

Last week, I published a guest post at Wired UK called It’s Time to Consider Restricting Human Breeding. It was an opinion article that generated many commentary stories, over a thousand comments across the web, and even a few death… Continue Reading →

Transhumanists unite to help Uganda AIDS Orphans via chicken farm

Transhumanist organizations and writers are collaborating with religious and humanitarian groups to feed, educate and make self-sufficient twenty children at a “boarding school” (orphanage) in Jinja, the second-largest city in Uganda. The school is called “COISER” (Community Intiative for Self… Continue Reading →

The question of religion and transhumanism (opinion)

All magical pantheons have become aspects of ourselves.We, like the Sun, do not die.Death, like night, is an illusion. Life is now seen as a process of continual growth and humanity is developing a consciousness of the continuity of existence… Continue Reading →

The Future is Scientific

“Thus the center of the system of the world is immovable.” – Isaac Newton, Principia Mathematica, (Book 111) (1687) Article originally published as “The Sunset of the Alchemy of Uncertainty” by the World Future Society – wfs.org. Gradually, the medieval… Continue Reading →

Dissolving the “Hard Problem” of Consciousness

Maybe I’m missing something, but it looks like everyone is overlooking the obvious when discussing the so-called “hard problem” of consciousness (per Chalmers [1995], the “explanatory gap” of “phenomenal consciousness” or “qualia” or “subjective consciousness” or “conscious experience”). So let’s… Continue Reading →

Transhumanism and Mind Uploading Are Not the Same

In what is perhaps the most absurd attack on transhumanism to date, Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com equates this broad philosophy and movement with “the entire idea that you can ‘upload your mind to a computer’” and further posits that the… Continue Reading →

Singapore and the Singularity

For many reasons, the tiny country of Singapore should be considered as a leading candidate to be the eventual epicenter of the Technological Singularity. Facts and Figures Despite being a very small country—in fact, a city-state—with only 4.7 million inhabitants… Continue Reading →

A World Future Society Conference Speech: Everyone Faces a Transhumanist Wager

Last weekend, I had the honor to give a speech at the World Futurist Society’s 2014 conference in Orlando, Florida. The World Futurist Society is the largest nonprofit organization of its kind with over 25,000 members in nearly 100 countries…. Continue Reading →

What Are Mindfiles?

A mindfile is the sum of saved digital reflections about you.  All of the stored emails, chats, texts, IMs and blogs that you write are part of your mindfile.  All of the uploaded photos, slide shows and movies that involve… Continue Reading →

H+: Bringing Arts/Sciences and Design Into the Discussion of Transhumanism

Introduction The current discussion on transhumanism concerns human use of NBIC1 technologies and sciences to enhance human biology and to radically extend human life. I address this concern by bringing arts/sciences and design into the discussion. Artists and designers have… Continue Reading →

Preserving your past to chat with your future

Turkish entrepreneurs turn to Kickstarter to crowdfund an ambitious business dream… Cagatay(Chad) Ozgur and Ekim Nazim Kaya are Turkish born businessmen on a mission to move humanity forward into the future. With past experience building, leading and growing high tech… Continue Reading →

The Aesthetics of Transhumanism

The current socio-political discussion on transhumanism concerns human use of NBIC [1] technologies and sciences to enhance human biology and to radically extend human life. I address this concern by bringing art and design into the discussion. Artists and designers… Continue Reading →

Singularity Rising: Surviving and Thriving in a Smarter, Richer, and More Dangerous World (Intro)

We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth. —Vernor Vinge Economic prosperity comes from human intelligence. Consider some of the most basic human inventions—the wheel, the alphabet, the printing press—and later, more complex and… Continue Reading →

Civil Rights Clash: Transhumanists Prepare to Challenge an Anti-Cryonics Law in Canada

British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada that is home to over 4 million people, has a law on the books that prohibits the marketing or sale of services for cryonics. You can still deep-freeze people after they die in… Continue Reading →

Charter of Transhuman Rights

Whereas the human race as a species has evolved and gained the capacity to control our own evolution through the use of technology we find it necessary to ordain and establish this Charter of Transhuman Rights. In order to continue… Continue Reading →

Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno Skin

What is more intimate to each person than the very skin of the body – the sensuous touch, taste and smell of our skin? The skin, visible and exposed, displays our character and emotions. Yet, it is hidden and private… Continue Reading →

Why Cyberconsciousness Won’t Take Aeons to Evolve

Humanity is devoting some of its best minds, from a wide diversity of fields, to helping software achieve consciousness. The quest is not especially difficult as it is a capability that can be intelligently designed; there is no need to… Continue Reading →

How Can a Mindclone Be Immortal If It’s Not Even Alive?

Mindclones—consciousness in post-biological media—will feel as full of life as we biological creatures. It is amazing that out of the countless trillions of ways molecules can be arranged, only a few million ways result in things that can reproduce themselves. … Continue Reading →

We Are Strong: Only Insofar As We Take Advantage of Our Innate Abilities and Build Smarter Tools

Humans are animals that build tools to enhance physiology. It is the use of tools that helped to increase the human brain into a larger, more complex system than that of early hominids. “Tools and bigger brains mark the beginning… Continue Reading →

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 →

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