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Hear that? It’s the Singularity coming.

Hear that? It’s the Singularity coming.

The idea of a pending technological Singularity is under attack again with a number of prominent futurists arguing against the possibility — the most prominent being Charlie Stross and his astonishingly unconvincing article, "Three arguments against the singularity." While it’s not my intention to write a comprehensive rebuttal at this time, I would like to bring something to everyone’s attention:...

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The Evolving Dynamic of Evil and Love

The Evolving Dynamic of Evil and Love

Bill Joy’s main thesis is to argue that as technology progresses, we experience the democratization of evil, where individuals with limited training and resources could bring about large evil events that would threaten all life as we know it. The evolution of man to post-humanity, then, can be said to contain a shift in both the potential power of the individual over other individuals, and the eco...

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Transhumanism Worldwide

Transhumanism Worldwide

Interested in meeting transhumanists in your area? Get yourself on this map with some contact info. Personal connections are the lifeblood of any movement! Started as an Accelerating Future blog post on June 3rd, this map now has over 100 people and 80,000 views.

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Digital Anthropology: is Web 2.0 an Idiocracy?

Digital Anthropology: is Web 2.0 an Idiocracy?

If you are like me you might come from a generation that was raised online before the boom of social networking sites. The Internet was once a secret room that only the freaks could experience. We were trolling before it was called trolling and we didn’t do it for mob sport but intellectual exercise. My first exposure to the Internet was through a free text-based service where you could view alt.n...

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Starting to Make SENS

Starting to Make SENS

SENS describes a whole battery of medical treatments that could theoretically defeat the aging process. These treatments range from relatively simple ones like injecting people with enzymes that can break down tough wastes inside of cells, to highly advanced ones like genetically altering trillions of somatic cells in full grown adults. Considering the differential technical challenges, what SENS ...

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Memory Enhancing Technology and Witness Testimony

Memory Enhancing Technology and Witness Testimony

Recently, scientists at USC implanted a memory enhancing chip into rats. By recording the transfer of signals between hippocampal regions (CA3 to CA1), scientists were able to bypass the normal neural connections mice use to encode long term memory. The chip, when activated, allowed the rats to remember how to perform a task despite being drugged to forget how to perform that task. Although the te...

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Longevity Science Needs Documentation

Longevity Science Needs Documentation

We all express the symptoms of a fatal, inherited degenerative condition called aging-or so the joke goes. It's a dark joke, but there's truth to be found in it, as is often the case in black humor. Unfortunately, all too few people think of themselves as patients suffering aging, and fewer still would call themselves patient advocates, agitating for research leading towards therapies and cures fo...

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Future Technology: Merger or Trainwreck?

Future Technology: Merger or Trainwreck?

You’ve been working for many decades, benefiting from advances in computing. The near miracles of modern spreadsheets, Internet search engines, collaborative online encyclopaedias, pattern recognition systems, dynamic 3D maps, instant language translation tools, recommendation engines, immersive video communications, and so on, have been steadily making you smarter and increasing your effectivene...

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