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Don’t Underestimate the Space Force

US President Donald Trump’s demands for a “Space Force” as a new branch of the US Armed Forces is contrary to international treaties and may also be part of the anachronistic desire for national dominance. However, military competition could be… Continue Reading →

A Treatise On Transhumanism – Conventional Solutions to Societal Problems (Part 4)

Throughout history, such issues have been addressed by conventional solutions, that is, improvements of human nature that do not overly alter human faculties. However, historically, it is clear that humanity has always struggled to implement these solutions and reconcile its… Continue Reading →

A Treatise On Transhumanism – Inherent Inadequacies of Society (Part 3)

Using this approach, one now examines the conditions whereby humanity fails to achieve civilization; given the interdependency of economy, issues obstructing civilization are interrelated in similar ways. Labour, capital, agreement and population can succumb to such problems as corruption, debt,… Continue Reading →

A Treatise On Transhumanism – Introduction (Part 1)

Transhumanism is an ideological movement aiming to improve human intellect, physiology and society through technological and scientific means. It is due to this reliance on technology, and any relevant impedance of scientific progress, that it suffers a lack of implementation;… Continue Reading →

Radical Centrism vs. Spectacle/Dialectic

In a previous article, I recently said: “I believe that our society is governed by Spectacle; which is to say the modern equivalent of “bread and circuses”, designed as an array of deliberately false choices between options that don’t matter,… Continue Reading →

Fakebook Drones Losing their AI

In this edition, the top news starts with:  AI in drones is being used to predict violent individuals from on high…   https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/drones-predict-violent-individuals-from-sky/  Fakebook is closing down its spy drones… er, I mean solar powered Wi-Fi drone project, due to other… Continue Reading →

OpenAI and Spy Operations

In this edition, the top news starts with:  Adobe is working on a new AI that can detect image manipulation more effectively than humans.    https://newatlas.com/adobe-ai-detect-image-manipulation/55179/  OpenAI has built a game algorithm system that can interact as a team only through… Continue Reading →

I Believe…

The article below offers a worldview, starting with an abstract philosophical foundation, upon which increasingly pragmatic structures can be built. The framework presented here is deliberately compatible with the political philosophy known as Social Futurism, although it is not part… Continue Reading →

All Our Missing Baryonic Matter Was Found

In this edition, the top news starts with:  Sadly, Microsoft is focusing on VR for the PC and not the Xbox… this is a step back from statements to the opposite effect last year.   https://thenextweb.com/virtual-reality/2018/06/21/microsoft-says-no-to-vr-gaming-on-xbox/  GE, after more than 100… Continue Reading →

Puffing Smoke and Incremental Progress

In this edition, the top news starts with:  Hmmm… it seems some humans have figured out that deep learning is not real AI and is never going to take over the universe… unfortunately they might be on to something in… Continue Reading →

A Vision For Humanity

Let’s take a moment to consider the world in the early 21st Century. Some things are better than they’ve ever been, and getting better all the time, while other very dangerous trends are moving rapidly in the opposite direction. Something… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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