Posted: Fri, December 07, 2012 | By: Rachel Haywire
Rachel Haywire is producing her second annual Extreme Futurist Festival in Los Angeles, on December 21st. Here’s our Transhumanity.net interview with her:
Question: Rachel, would you be happy or angry if the Mayan Apocalypse showed up and upstaged your event?
Rachel: I would be angry because that would be too much competition. One apocalypse at a time! After XFF the Mayan Apocalypse can happen but we want to do it first.
Question: have you seen that Mel Gibson Mayan film Apocalypto?
Rachel: Only saw the cool violent parts.
Question: How did you find those Vortex Domes, where you’re having XFF? Will you turn them into nipples?
Rachel: I support domes, nipple augmentations, sex robots, evolution, and Mutant power.
Question: If Mark Pauline’s machines in SRL run amok and kill Aubrey de Grey, do you have Alcor there to deep-freeze him?
Rachel: Alcor is encouraged to attend XFF. You’re right, the SRL machines are quite dangerous, but Aubrey is immortal.
Question: Can you send me the speaker list? Who do you think will talk too much, and will you have robots there to pull them offstage?
Rachel: I am still finalizing the schedule. I will probably talk too much because I am, myself, a loquacious robot.
Question: In the future, will robots invent all the best new dance moves?
Rachel: Absolutely not. That is idiotic, techno-utopian nonsense. Ask me a serious question.
Question: Its a shame there won’t be any drugs at the event, right?
Rachel: Do you work for the police? You are being watched by Anonymous.
Question: Do you think people will get bored watching all the public sex at XFF?
Rachel: Yes, that’s what XFF is all about. We are indeed bored watching all the public sex and we want to deliver a manifesto on this.
Question: Will Burning Man steampunks be depressed if the future is shiny positive and they have to buy clean clothes?
Rachel: Who cares? Do people actually think about these things? I would rather watch anime dystopia with tyrannical dialogue.
Question: Will there be Bio-Conservatives thrown into a pit for SRL robots to slay?
Rachel: I can neither confirm nor deny this.
Question: Max More is very hunky. Is he helping out as a bouncer?
Rachel: I heard that his muscles were the hot new thing now. He is not a bouncer but maybe he likes to bounce sometimes. Know what I mean?
Question: I don’t know what you mean. But - I want my brain chemically-preserved. Do I have to wait until I am dead? Will this important question be addressed at your Festival?
Rachel: You need talk to Randal Koene about that.
Question: I believe there won’t be any music in the future. What’s your opinion? I think it will just be algorithms. Aren’t I smart?
Rachel: There will always be music because life without music is life without passion. If music is dead then we are dead inside.
Question: Transhumanists will be recruited at this event, right? What does the baptismal ceremony entail?
Rachel: Secret cult rituals. They have to think they are indigo children just to advance as transhumanist warriors. Media allegations of mind control have gotten out of hand.
Question: I want to see an Interpretive Dance performance of Grey Goo enveloping the Earth. Please.
Rachel: I personally will tell my crew at XFF that this needs to happen. Without that, we are all in peril.