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April 16, 2014

Should we be optimistic? Is optimism rationally justified? Is it practically justified?

April 11, 2014

“Get creative about the future!”

April 11, 2014

If every instrument could accomplish its own work, obeying or anticipating the will of others, like the statues of Daedalus, or the tripods of Hephaestus, which, says the poet, ”of their own accord entered the assembly of the Gods;”if, in like manner, the shuttle would weave and the plectrum touch the lyre without a hand to guide them, chief workmen would not want servants, nor masters slaves.

April 8, 2014

Distributed sousveillance to counter the hierarchy of surveillance.

April 3, 2014

Feel free…

March 26, 2014

In a March 2nd, 2014 New York times article, Susan Schneider used the recent film 'Her' to analyze some of the philosophical challenges to the concept of mind-uploading, whereby a person's mind is transferred from a brain to some sort of computer. She presented some common (although admittedly fascinating) hypothetical thought-experiments, drawing conclusions to match. I offer alternative explanations for these scenarios.

March 25, 2014

Who is more “luddite”: the individual or the state?

March 25, 2014

Should we leave open the possibility that religious traditions may have something to offer to the transhumanist movement?

March 20, 2014

The origins of any new idea are unknown and can never be proven definitively

March 17, 2014

I would discourage people from trying to hasten the singularity because of a personal fear of their own death, as this would probably lead to irrational behavior (as occurs with the traditions that promote transcending death by supernatural means).

Ben Goertzel and Hugo de Garis
January 18th, 2011

Ben Goertzel converses with Hugo de Garis on his transhumanist argument for the reality of a Creator.

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