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Automated Content & Culture Mining: Das Glasperlenspiel

Up until very recently, we have understood creativity to be the sole preserve of human beings. Over the last twenty years, however, we have seen signs that machines are catching up fast, and the range of creative machine activities is… Continue Reading →

RECOMBINANT DISRUPTION

How important is Artificial Intelligence to emerging 21st Century society? Before assessing the likely practical impact, we must first understand that its philosophical and moral impact already goes to the very heart of who we are, and what we believe… Continue Reading →

Shock Level 5: Epistemology and Future Shock (part 6 of 6)

The following article is part of a six-part Transhumanity.net series, comprising a single, previously unpublished paper delivered at the 2010 Humanity+ UK conference in London. The presentation was originally titled “Shock Level Five: Augmented Perception, Perceptuo-Centrism, and Reality”. Future Shock… Continue Reading →

Shock Level 5: Epistemology and Future Shock (part 5 of 6)

The following article is part of a six-part Transhumanity.net series, comprising a single, previously unpublished paper delivered at the 2010 Humanity+ UK conference in London. The presentation was originally titled “Shock Level Five: Augmented Perception, Perceptuo-Centrism, and Reality”. In the… Continue Reading →

Shock Level 5: Anthropic Implications (part 4 of 6)

The following article is part of a six-part Transhumanity.net series, comprising a single, previously unpublished paper delivered at the 2010 Humanity+ UK conference in London. The presentation was originally titled “Shock Level Five: Augmented Perception, Perceptuo-Centrism, and Reality”. If the… Continue Reading →

Shock Level 5: Anthropic Implications (part 3 of 6)

The following article is part of a six-part Transhumanity.net series, comprising a single, previously unpublished paper delivered at the 2010 Humanity+ UK conference in London. The presentation was originally titled “Shock Level Five: Augmented Perception, Perceptuo-Centrism, and Reality”. The anthropic… Continue Reading →

Shock Level 5: Perceptual Augmentation (part 2 of 6)

The following article is part of a six-part Transhumanity.net series, comprising a single, previously unpublished paper delivered at the 2010 Humanity+ UK conference in London. The presentation was originally titled “Shock Level Five: Augmented Perception, Perceptuo-Centrism, and Reality”. Many animals… Continue Reading →

Shock Level 5: Perceptual Augmentation (part 1 of 6)

The following article is part of a six-part Transhumanity.net series, comprising a single, previously unpublished paper delivered at the 2010 Humanity+ UK conference in London. The presentation was originally titled “Shock Level Five: Augmented Perception, Perceptuo-Centrism, and Reality”. Perceptual augmentation… Continue Reading →

AI Ethics and the Continuum of Sentience

Some years ago I gave a talk called “Consciousness and the Transhuman”, in which I discussed important connections between questions of neuroscience, advancing cognitive technologies, human augmentation and animal rights. Around the same time, philosopher David Pearce was beginning to… Continue Reading →

Upload Lives Matter… Or Else.

A long-time science fiction riff which may be on the verge of becoming reality is the idea of the Copy, which is to say the digital emulation of a human mind. The viability of that idea is still debatable, largely… Continue Reading →

Simulated News and Techno-Tribalism

We have reached a point in the early 21st Century at which media cannot be assumed to directly represent reality. This is both true in the general and older sense that we may distrust any narrative, but more importantly it is also now… Continue Reading →

Transhuman Gamification and Writing Contest

(WSRDC, Azure) By decree of the Architect, The Foundation’s Contest has been superseded; in its place, a new more logical contest designed around allowing a wider audience and higher participation with less friction to participation and the crypto from the Foundation… Continue Reading →

Burning Houses & Gaming the Future

Back in the distant, hazy days of 1998, Futurist Douglas Rushkoff published a book called “Playing the Future” (published in the UK as “Children of Chaos”). The book’s central thesis was that people born in the late 20th Century and early… Continue Reading →

Killer AI, Black Mirrors, & Murphy’s Law

Debate over the risk and promise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies can be depressingly simplistic, often polarised into two camps with views that are extreme to the point of caricature. On the one hand we have those whose… Continue Reading →

Foundation Underwrites ZeroState ARG Game (Press)

(London UK)  The Pratoriate Foundation seems to have quietly agreed to fund the ZeroState (ZS) ARG (Alternative Reality Game).  According to Foundation sources, the ZeroState ARG aligns with the Foundation on a number of points and that the funding is part… Continue Reading →

Big Data Knows You, Better Than You Do

No Such Thing As A Free Meal There are always strings attached, they say. Perhaps this is nowhere more true than in the human mind, which believes itself to be in charge of its own conscious decisions when evidence frequently… Continue Reading →

Futurist Dr. M Amon Twyman Joins Metric.Media

(London, UK; Provo, Ut) Earlier today a Provo, Utah based company announced they have brought on prominent futurist Dr. M. Amon Twyman as part of their media strategy.  From there website: “One of the key goals this coming year for… Continue Reading →

AI Transcends Human Cognitive Bias

What Is Human Cognitive Bias? When humans make intuitive judgments, they often make errors that don’t seem to make a lot of sense. The errors matter because they’re systematic, occurring again and again under similar circumstances. For example, people tend… Continue Reading →

Artificial Consciousness and Hybrid Society

Artificial Intelligence, and Artificial Consciousness Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a field which has historically focussed on narrow domains; i.e. machines and software that do specific things well, but which can’t do much else. Recently, as the availability of computational power… Continue Reading →

ZeroState 2.0 Reboot – Gamification of Real Life Virtual State…

(2 April 2017) ZeroState 2.0 finished removing all the members (More then 3000+ members) of the original Facebook group and effectively soft launched the new ZeroState 2.0 projects.  For those not familiar with ZeroState history this online group had ties… Continue Reading →

[press] Official Statement to the TNC Convention 2016 by Dr. Amon Twyman

[TPG] STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE (US) TRANSHUMAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE The following is an open letter being read as an address at the (US) Transhuman National Committee convention on 27th February 2016: My name is Amon Twyman, and I am… Continue Reading →

[Press] Official Summary of the TNC Convention 02016

The Official Summary of the TNC Convention for 2016 includes: The new official Board of directors includes: The Executive Committee: Chairperson: David J Kelley Vice Chair: John Warren Technology Chair: Mark Waser Social Media Chair: B.j. Murphy Compliance Chair: Daniel… Continue Reading →

ZOLTAN ISTVAN DOES NOT SPEAK FOR THE TRANSHUMANIST PARTY

EDIT: Please note that the first paragraph below has been expanded slightly, to make it perfectly clear who the author is, and in what official capacity this letter has been written. My name is Amon Twyman. This is an open… Continue Reading →

Policy Center Staff Appointments (press)

Pending formal/legal organization, the Foundation Board of Directors is appointing the following individuals to roles within the organization for assessments of white papers; relating to policy issues that will focus on Policy Center activities to drive sound policy on key… Continue Reading →

NO to blanket bans on Genetically Modified crops (press)

TRANSHUMANIST PARTY PRESS RELEASE NO TO BLANKET BANS ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS Why the Scottish ban on GM is bad for Scotland and the UK The recent announcement by MSP Richard Lochhead to ban the growing of Genetically Modified crops… Continue Reading →

Don’t mistake elections for political change!

I felt moved to write this post after seeing an article about the futility of Transhumanists standing in elections. As it happens I have already written a chapter addressing questions of strategy for the developing Transhumanist Party, but thought I’d… Continue Reading →

Working toward a new paradigm

This is an update on progress from the Transhumanist Party, but not a dry technical report. Instead, this is the first in what I intend to be a new style of message, combining news of our activity with the bigger… Continue Reading →

Holacracy and the Transhumanist Party

EDIT: The post below raised some questions, and apparently some minor misunderstandings which I would like to briefly address. If you haven’t read the post below already, I would recommend doing so before reading the note which follows at its… Continue Reading →

Holacracy and the Transhumanist Party

The Transhumanist Party represents a new branch of the Transhumanist movement, and as such is now taking the first steps in a long journey. Here at the beginning, we have the opportunity to consider how our movement will be organised,… Continue Reading →

The birth of Political Transhumanism

A footnote in History: The first explicitly Transhumanist candidate Political Transhumanism is beginning to coalesce, and will become a force to reckon with as accelerating technologies increasingly transform society, and people seek a new paradigm to handle the wave of… Continue Reading →

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