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The Principles of Social Futurism (pt.1/5)

The Principles of Social Futurism define Social Futurism itself, which is a movement for Positive Social Change Through Technology. As such, Social Futurism represents the intersection of social, political, and economic concerns on the one hand, and technological issues on… Continue Reading →

Incremental Steps To Nowhere

In this edition, the top news starts with:  AI systems are now spotting heart attacks on emergency calls, improving the time it takes to identify cases.  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-20/the-ai-that-spots-heart-attacks  A real AI scientist thinks Elon Musk’s fears about the future of AI… Continue Reading →

Better Control Over Humans By The Machine Overlords

In this edition, the top news starts with:  NASA is making progress with growing plants in space, mostly focused on small experiments on small scales.  https://www.popsci.com/nasa-growing-food-in-space  A new startup is looking at some kind of centrifuge mass driver to put… Continue Reading →

Know Your ABCs (pt.2): Convergence

The previous article introduced the concepts of Asterion and Blackstar, being the ZS–ARG formulations of Technological Singularity and its Transhuman “Event Horizon”, respectively. Part 2, below, will now explain what Convergence means to ZSers.   Top-Level Goal (TLG)   As… Continue Reading →

Physicist Max Tegmark on Life 3.0: What We Do Makes a Difference

Aome people say that renowned MIT physicist Max Tegmark is totally bonkers and refer to him as “Mad Max”. But, to quote Lewis Carroll from Alice in Wonderland, “All the best people are.” Furthermore, I am not sure if Tegmark is “mad” but I am… Continue Reading →

Sideways TV… Because It’s Better, I Promise…

In this edition, the top news starts with:  More nonsense from a company that apparently is not paying attention to the AI industry and other emotional computing systems, claiming they did it first…   http://techcompanynews.com/bpu-holdings-delivers-artificial-emotional-intelligence-computing-platform-zimos/  The American Medical Association has announced… Continue Reading →

Speed Humps and Securities

In this edition, the top news starts with:  Bitcoin and Ethereum are officially not securities according to the SEC, primarily because they are too decentralized.    https://www.wired.com/story/sec-ether-bitcoin-not-securities/  Google’s (er… I mean “Alphabet’s”) Deepmind is able to decompose a 3D space from… Continue Reading →

Know Your ABCs (pt.1): Asterion & Blackstar

We live in a world which is rapidly coming to a head. Not only are promising technologies converging at an accelerating pace, but so are a number of serious risks whose convergence could easily spell global annihilation. The necessary conclusion… Continue Reading →

“Worlds Without End” Oil On Relief – Transhuman House Art Acquisition

We had another art piece acquired and put into the Transhuman House.  A great oil relief called ‘Worlds Without End’ by the Artist Karl Hale.  Karl is a local to the Transhuman House member of the MTA (Mormon Transhumanist Association).  He… Continue Reading →

AI is Getting Bigger, Better, Faster and as an Added Bonus, More Power Efficient…

In this edition, the top news starts with: Liberal Arts are important for humans to learn, so they have something to do once their AI overlords take over and the humans lose their jobs…

Transhumanist Anders Sandberg: Embrace Strangeness

Dr. Anders Sandberg is a well known transhumanist, futurist, computational neuroscientist and currently a research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute in Oxford University. I enjoyed talking to him last time he was on Singularity 1 on 1 and was happy to have… Continue Reading →

Feasibility Study and Practical Applications Using Independent Core Observer Model AGI Systems for Behavioral Modification in Recalcitrant Populations (preview)

BICA 2018 Review Board gave the ok for the next AGI Laboratory paper titled: “Feasibility Study and Practical Applications Using Independent Core Observer Model AGI Systems for Behavioral Modification in Recalcitrant Populations (preview)“.  The paper will be published by BICA… Continue Reading →

60 Year old Airplanes and new roles for AI…

In this edition, the top news starts with: AI is increasingly helping to integrate group or company processes. http://www.brinknews.com/ai-integration-a-better-approach/ All Tesla cars will get ‘full self-driving features’ with new software updates. Surely this will make driving safer… http://www.businessinsider.com/teslas-will-get-self-driving-features-with-autopilot-update-elon-musk-2018-6 Microsoft is… Continue Reading →

The Policy Overwatch Drones are Coming…

In this edition, the top news starts with: A South African university is working on an AI system designed to analyze causation. https://phys.org/news/2018-06-artificial-intelligence-causation.html Ushering in the police state and big brother, the next frontier is police and surveillance drones.  Look… Continue Reading →

We Need “Strategically Unprecedented Moves,” From AI

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, in an essay in June’s issue of The Atlantic, joined a growing chorus of people warning us against a future shared between humans and advanced (i.e. so-called “general” or “superintelligent”) artificial intelligence (AI). This group includes the… Continue Reading →

AI will never amount to anything, get out now so we can better ensure no one can compete with our awesome AI…

In this edition, the top news starts with:  As we build up the new machine big brother state, the US is helping with facial recognition AI, providing the added bonus of being able to implement racial profiling.      https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2018/06/06/dhs-to-deploy-facial-recognition-ai-at-us-mexico-border/ … Continue Reading →

Liberal Democracy, the Third Way, & Social Futurism

Liberal Democracy, the Third Way, & Social Futurism   1.0 The Flaws of Liberal Democracy   The developed nations of the Western world are currently characterised by a political-economic system typically referred to as “Liberal Democracy“*. Up until very recently,… Continue Reading →

Social Futurist revolution & toolkit

1.0 Social Futurist Revolution We have recently seen increased interest in the issues of workplace automation, technological unemployment, and Basic Income Guarantee (AKA Universal Basic Income). Some observers have been perplexed by visceral and sharply divided public opinion, with people viewing… Continue Reading →

Transhumanist Manifesto Inspires WIRED Article on Transhumanism

A couple of weeks ago Joi Ito – head of the MIT Media Lab and contributor to WIRED Magazine, interviewed me about my Transhumanist Manifesto and related topics such as life-extension, immortality, cryonics, speciesism, and ethics. Some people have said that this is the best… Continue Reading →

Google Modifying Human Behavior And Forcing Humans Into Right Thinking

In this edition, the top news starts with:    A somewhat disconnected group that has been around for a while, called ‘transhumanists’, seems to be picking up a bit of speed, along with supporting our coming machine overlords.    https://www.wired.com/story/the-responsibility-of-immortality/  A way… Continue Reading →

Philosopher Peter Singer on AI, Transhumanism and Ethics

Peter Singer is arguably the most influential living philosopher of our day. His book on Animal Liberation basically started the animal rights movement and his textbook on Practical Ethics is the standard philosophy text of first-year students. No wonder that in 2005 Time Magazine called Peter Singer… Continue Reading →

The Great Filter: ASI Will Save Humanity (pt.3 of 3)

This piece is part 3 in a three-part series about the Great Filter concept, with a particular focus on the risks and challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century. Part 1 introduced the Great Filter idea, and part 2 reviewed… Continue Reading →

Don’t worry AGI is a long way out, this is not the AI you’re looking for

In this edition, the top news starts with:  It turns out that the adoption of global AI, or really Machine Learning, is creating more value than competitive advantage.  Most companies are not mass adopting Machine Learning and there is still a… Continue Reading →

The Great Filter: Singularities Good & Bad (pt.2 of 3)

This piece is part 2 in a three-part series about the Great Filter concept, with a particular focus on the risks and challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century. Part 1 introduced the Great Filter idea, and part 3 argues… Continue Reading →

Google Helping Build Pentagon War Machine

In this edition, the top news starts with: More overhyping as General AI of what is really a narrow AI with a minor improvement in machine learning and vision processing out of Maryland https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/may/29/maryland-researchers-say-they-discovered-holy-grai/ The Google is expanding its relationship… Continue Reading →

The Great Filter: Fermi, Bostrom, Kurzweil (pt.1 of 3)

Is the survival and flourishing of humanity important to you? If so, you should read on. Humanity now faces the greatest period of intense promise and risk that it has ever known. Over lunch one day in 1950, physicist Enrico… Continue Reading →

Episode 44 – The Early 21st Century Cyber Wars

In this edition, the top news starts with: Thwarting the dark web at every turn, the EU has adopted the new GDPR rules which Facebook appears to be embracing; which is probably a good PR move on their part.  What… Continue Reading →

Three Songs of Transhuman Mythos

Three Songs of Transhuman Mythos Imagine a future in which humanity and civilization have undergone radical, rapid change by the late 21st Century. Around the middle of the Century a lot of bad things culminated in serious, interlocking problems with… Continue Reading →

Outreach & Subculture: What Does Success Look Like?

Futurist values and ideals are obviously not universally shared. Far from it; despite our ideas becoming much better known in technologically advanced societies over recent years. However, concepts such as Transhumanism, Intelligence Explosion, and even Technological Singularity are increasingly handled… Continue Reading →

SAPNA: Logic of the Zero State [ARG / MetaFiction]

[MetaFiction][Alternate Reality Game][Social Futurism]* The Zero State (ZS) is a Posthuman, distributed, virtual State (among other things). Its philosophical foundation is the ideology of Social Futurism. All of these concepts can be taken together as existing on a single axis,… Continue Reading →

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