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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 →

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 →

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