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Dr. Michael Greger on How Not to Age (Episode 229)

There are two people who caused me to become vegan and switch to a whole-plant-based diet. The first is Prof. Peter Singer who put the idea in my head many years ago when I started studying ethics. The second person is Dr. Michael… Continue Reading →

Stuart Russell on Artificial Intelligence: What if we succeed? (Episode 228)

Stuart Russell is a professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley as well as co-author of the most popular textbook in the field – Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach. Given that it has been translated into 13 languages and is… Continue Reading →

Technological unemployment rolls on with the arrival of autonomous long-haul trucks.

A recurring theme we witness as our technological progress continues is the inevitable loss of jobs formerly performed by human beings. It has been a frequent part of our lives since we first invented the wheel. This one will have… Continue Reading →

Episode 0087 – Onyx Ashanti (Part 2) on Open Source P2P Concrescence vs The Realm of Loud Dumb…

This week we continue the ecstatically futural mind-jazz duet with cyborg performance artist and body-machine interface master hacker Onyx Ashanti, exploring the frontiers of new meta-languages emerging at the intersection of the born and manufactured, and creative possibilities thereof. 0087_-_Onyx_Ashanti_Part_2_on_Open_Source_P2P_Concresence_vs._The_Realm_of_Loud_Dumb_Sh_t.mp3… Continue Reading →

Episode 0084 – Armin Ellis on Organizing Visionary Projects

Former NASA-JPL Mission Architect and founder of the Exploration Institute, Armin Ellis helps people think big and execute visionary projects for a living. He’s also now the Mission Architect for the Arch Mission Project, a group committed to getting long-lasting civilizational… Continue Reading →

A Treatise On Transhumanism – The Foreseeable Future (Part 11)

By now the reader should have some opinion on the contents of this discourse and the arguments it puts forward; indeed, a response is encouraged, as this text has emphasised autonomy and the optimisation of all things that support it…. Continue Reading →

A Treatise On Transhumanism – In Retrospect (Part 10)

Having achieved the aim of this treatise, a truly civilized society, it seems only fitting that it now proceeds to disprove it. Such is long overdue in fact, as much of this text is generalized, axiomatic and empirical; civilization, labour,… Continue Reading →

Episode 83 – Michael Strong on The Future of Education

One third of American adolescents are on medication – half of that number, on psychoactive prescriptions. We have an educational system that not only can’t prepare young people for the rapidly evolving future world we’re creating for them to inhabit – it… Continue Reading →

Future Fossils – Lydia Violet on Community, Ecology, & Music As Medicine (Episode 82)

Lydia Violet Harutoonian is a badass Armenian-American violinist and folktronica artist who has played with some of today’s juiciest crossover acts, including Rising Appalachia and The Polish Ambassador, in addition to launching her own solo project this year. She also… Continue Reading →

A Treatise On Transhumanism – Failures of Transhumanism (Part 7)

Despite this apparent and hypothetical success, Transhumanism is still susceptible to failure on certain grounds; for instance, one has made several assumptions, such as a majority of citizens accepting augmentations in pursuit of civilization. This assumption is fundamentally flawed in… Continue Reading →

A Treatise On Transhumanism – Transhumanist Solutions to Societal Problems (Part 6)

Previously, one established the failures of human faculties as such concerns as lack of sustenance, wellbeing, intelligence, autonomy and productivity, either causing or caused by each other, and resulting in uncivilization. Augmentation of human faculties, physical, mental and/or autonomous, aims… Continue Reading →

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 →

At the Heart of Intelligence: A Film by Gerd Leonhard & Telia Finland

At the Heart of Intelligence is an emotionally compelling and well-made short film discussing artificial intelligence. It was produced in collaboration between popular futurist Gerd Leonhard and Telia Finland. The movie employes powerful visuals, fantastic music and high-quality production but not at the… 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 – The Nature of Civilization (Part 2)

To begin, one considers the fundamentals of any society, the most foundational of which population, of which society is comprised. Conventionally, population has been classed as the human populace of a society, which provides an acceptable definition for population, at… 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 →

Futurist Arts & Culture

What is Futurism? What isn’t? When people hear the word “Futurism”, a number of possible associations may spring to mind. One may be prognostication, which is to say secular oracles telling us what they think will or will not happen… 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 →

Build Future Communities Now at the Transhuman House

(Provo, UT) Building future communities has had a lot of talk, and a lot of trials, a lot of experiments and more.  At the Transhuman House we have been building out infrastructure, building community locally and documenting other groups and projects. … 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 →

Autognosis: Cities 3 (part 4)

Grid Scale Energy Storage So far in Autognosis: Cities we’ve discussed how growth curves of cities could be brought into alignment with other life forms, how a city could be fitted with a smart grid which behaves functionally like a nervous system,… Continue Reading →

Psychopaths, Violence, Intelligence, Civilization

Author David Louis Edelman wondered why mass killings didn’t happen in the past. See his 2 Oct 2017 Facebook post. His “pet theory” is modern communication regarding “instant fame and notoriety” make perpetrators more likely to express their “inherent craziness.” Speculation… Continue Reading →

Emerging Social Mesh Network Powered Business

One of the most interesting trends I’ve seen in our sort of post-industrial world is a move to a more self-driven world where manufacturing and services and just about everything that used to be driven by governments, corporations, and large economic factors are… Continue Reading →

TRIBALISM AND HOW IT THREATENS OUR SURVIVAL

Introduction Throughout the European and wider western world, tribalism is once again emerging, through the lens of mainstream xenophobic parties, CounterJihad activism, the emergent Alt-Right and outright militant neo-Nazis. This phenomenon is however not only confined to the western world… Continue Reading →

AI Paranoia

Paranoid fear of #artificialintelligence will historically been seen in the same light as the house arrest of Galileo. Historic Catholic Church repression (suppression of the heliocentric solar system model) is identical in essence to the fear of AI. In fact,… Continue Reading →

Musk has the Fundamental Technology for a 1G Colony on Mars

(8 April 2017) I was watching a PBS special called “Space Time – The First Humans on Mars” [1] and found that in the discussion they talked about building a city that essentially would be an over-sized Gravitron [2].  In… Continue Reading →

Launching the Church of Transhumanism?

(2 MAR 2017) Seattle, WA – Amal DT Graffstra CEO of DangeriousThings.com launched a campaign on gofundme to start a ‘Transhumanist Church’.  While this is not a uni-formally supported idea and goes outside of the more academic areas of the… Continue Reading →

Extreme Futures and Technology Forecasting Work Group – Winter 2017 (March 11th, Provo, Utah)

EFTF and the EFTF Manual is a TNC (Transhuman National Committee) Fundraiser. Get Tickets Here for the Saturday March 11th in Provo, Utah: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/extreme-futures-and-technology-forecasting-work-group-winter-2017-tickets-28855253841  This is a work group that will be an all day workshop on the EFTF book and… Continue Reading →

State of the Transhuman National Committee 2017

2016 has been a long year for me personally but a great year in terms of progress in making the success of the TNC possible.  The TNC is an important part of my vision for where we as transhumanists need… Continue Reading →

Future Technology from Films

Whether it be a hoverboard from Back to the Future, some top of the range memory loss tools from MIB or, of course, a lightsaber from Star Wars, all of us have watched a movie and truly wished the wonderful… Continue Reading →

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