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SHALL WE PLAY A GAME? (pt.2 of 3)

SHALL WE PLAY A GAME? (pt.2 of 3) Part 1 of this article introduced the Zero State (ZS) and its philosophical foundation. Now Part 2, below, will begin to outline some “Breadcrumbs and Rabbit Holes”, which is to say ideas… Continue Reading →

SHALL WE PLAY A GAME? (pt.1 of 3)

SHALL WE PLAY A GAME? (pt.1 of 3) Welcome to the Zero State (ZS). ZS is an activist community, part of the Social Futurist movement, and – depending on who you ask – it may or may not be a… Continue Reading →

The ZS Calendar (pt.1)

“Sṇtējō, dō mejnō daitis atqe legs…” – First Hierophant, 0 HE     The “pulse” or activity-level of any movement can best be measured by looking at its events calendar, since that is likely to give you information about organizational capability,… 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 new ‘human’ and the Human Peripheral

A Man Turned Inside Out: The Externalized Social If someone told you that their friends were all in their head, you’d probably think they were crazy or singing a Nirvana song. Friends exist out in the world after all, don’t… Continue Reading →

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 →

The Architect Is Coming For You – the After Math… (ARG)

(Provo, Utah) (ZS ARG) It appears that in a brief clash between employees at AI systems controlled by the Architect at the Artificial Intelligence Lab on campus that there is one confirmed dead and virtually all the employees are now… 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 →

Gamified Transhumanism? The Foundation, The Hunt, and The Cash – Can a well financed Role Playing approach improve involvement in important causes?

Recently there was a post to Transhumanity.net by a group that refers to itself as ‘the foundation’. The post, (linked here: http://transhumanity.net/catch-foundation-agents-at-ces-2018-and-win-5000-00-usd/ ) suggests a game to be played at a conference taking place from the 9th to the 12th of January… Continue Reading →

Catch Foundation Agents at CES 2018 and Win $5,000.00 USD

(Las Vegas, NV, USA – Jan 2018) The Foundation has announced that there will be two agents on the floor of CES 2018 (The Consumer Electronics Show), the largest such conference in the world… The first person to spot both… 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 →

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 →

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