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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

What is the Zero State (ZS)? [ARG / MetaFiction]

[MetaFiction][Alternate Reality Game][Social Futurism]* The Great Filter Looking back over the history of the 21st Century, we can see that turbulence was present from the outset. Weapons of Mass Destruction, resource shortages and climate change, civil conflicts and international tension,… Continue Reading →

The Social Futurist Worldview (4/4)

This piece is part of a series exploring salient aspects of the philosophy known as “Social Futurism” (a term coined and idea developed by myself from 2011-2018). For more full and systematic exploration of these ideas, see http://socialfuturist.party & http://socialfuture.institute…. Continue Reading →

The Social Futurist Worldview (3/4)

This piece is part of a series exploring salient aspects of the philosophy known as “Social Futurism” (a term coined and idea developed by myself from 2011-2018). For more full and systematic exploration of these ideas, see http://socialfuturist.party & http://socialfuture.institute…. Continue Reading →

The Social Futurist Worldview (2/4)

This piece is part of a series exploring salient aspects of the philosophy known as “Social Futurism” (a term coined and idea developed by myself from 2011-2018). For more full and systematic exploration of these ideas, see http://socialfuturist.party & http://socialfuture.institute…. Continue Reading →

The Social Futurist Worldview (1/4)

This piece is part of a series exploring salient aspects of the philosophy known as “Social Futurism” (a term coined and idea developed by myself from 2011-2018). For more full and systematic exploration of these ideas, see http://socialfuturist.party & http://socialfuture.institute…. Continue Reading →

Build Your Own Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)!

So you want to build your own Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)? Well then, you’ve come to the right place! Obviously I’m being rather glib, but let’s take a very quick tour of the essential elements you’d need to create a… Continue Reading →

Obstacles to Mind Uploading

Sing The Body Electric “Mind Uploading” is the idea that the pattern of information which constitutes your perceptual awareness, memories, personality, and all other cognitive functions can be abstracted from the brain it developed in, and “run” on a different… Continue Reading →

From Smart Cities to Posthuman Architecture

Beyond Smart Cities The concept of “Smart Cities” has been around for the better part of a decade, referring to a city which uses sensors and other data collection methods to better manage its assets and resources. From a Transhumanist… Continue Reading →

Transhumanism, Optimism, & the Meaning of Life

The Central Meme of Transhumanism “I believe in Transhumanism: once there are enough people who can truly say that, the human species will be on the threshold of a new kind of existence, as different from ours as ours is… Continue Reading →

Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”, Social Justice, & Transhumanism

Steven Spielberg’s new blockbuster, “Ready Player One” (RP1) is a return to form which trades on around a million (very knowing) 1980s pop-culture references, while also managing to connect those references to a larger narrative about future society and how… Continue Reading →

Ready Player One: AR Gaming Meets Transhumanism

If you are looking for the accompanying TNET article about Steven Spielberg’s new movie “Ready Player One”, you will find it here.  [ARG6 Order of the Inner Court] This post is the last in a six part series, links to… Continue Reading →

Naive Faith versus Naive Realism

As I mentioned in an earlier TNET article (“Must H+ ALWAYS be Optimistic?”), I take issue with “painfully superficial and/or literal criticism of religion, mythology, and the arts”. I would like to take this opportunity to explore what I mean… Continue Reading →

ARG5 Houses of the Outer Court

Welcome to a Rabbit Hole for TNET‘s March-April 2018 Game Event.  The following piece is FRActal MEtafiction (FRAME); a Futurist Arts & Culture paradigm which draws upon the concepts of Culture Mining and Gamification, and is inspired by artists such… Continue Reading →

Must H+ ALWAYS be Optimistic?

The text below is mine, derived from comments on the TNET article “Futurist Arts & Culture”. My words are in response to a clear, calmly offered comment advocating consistent and total optimism in Transhumanist messages. I must admit, that is… Continue Reading →

ARG4 MONTSALVAT

Welcome to a Rabbit Hole for TNET‘s March-April 2018 Game Event. 

ARG3 Cataclysmic Renewal

Welcome to a Rabbit Hole for TNET‘s March-April 2018 Game Event.  The following piece is FRActal MEtafiction (FRAME); a Futurist Arts & Culture paradigm which draws upon the concepts of Culture Mining and Gamification, and is inspired by artists such… Continue Reading →

ARG2 Twenty Thousand Years

Welcome to a Rabbit Hole for TNET‘s March-April 2018 Game Event.  The following piece is FRActal MEtafiction (FRAME); a Futurist Arts & Culture paradigm which draws upon the concepts of Culture Mining and Gamification, and is inspired by artists such… Continue Reading →

ARG1 Zone of Nothing

Welcome to a Rabbit Hole for TNET‘s March-April 2018 Game Event.  The following piece is FRActal MEtafiction (FRAME); a Futurist Arts & Culture paradigm which draws upon the concepts of Culture Mining and Gamification, and is inspired by artists such… Continue Reading →

Technology is Nothing…

…in the absence of minds to appreciate its benefits. Futurism is therefore not only about technology, but also about people. More to the point, it is about the effects of technology on ourselves and our communities. The Process Technology is… Continue Reading →

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