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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 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).

March 10, 2014

"A thrilling, new adventure across space and time begins."

February 24, 2014

A central question of this book, “How weakly or strongly should we embrace technology?”

February 6, 2014

This is a super panel discussion from last year featuring David Brin, Phil Osborn, Vernor Vinge, and Mitch Wagner. The panel discusses the technological singularity with a live audience at LOSCON 39. The panel drop some pretty interesting ideas and facts along the way, so this is one to listen to in its entirety rather […]

January 29, 2014

“There are only four questions of value in life, Don Octavio. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same: only love.”
[This piece includes spoilers for the movie Her and also for Don Juan DeMarco, but that one is 20 years old, so come on: you’ve had your chance.]

January 15, 2014

Spike Jonze‘s film Her, a love story between a human and one of the first artificial intelligences (AI), received several Golden Globe nominations and won the award for best screenplay.

January 1, 2014

‘Personhood beyond the human’: Reflections on a very important conference Steve Fuller   [The issues discussed here will be taken forward at my keynote address to the British Sociological Association in Leeds, in April 2014.]   On 6-8 December 2013, Yale University played host to one of the most interesting and, I believe, significant conferences […]

December 31, 2013

Authored by the leading scientist of the biotech century, Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life is an authoritative work introducing the possibilities emerging from synthetic biology to the public.

December 11, 2013

Jupiter Ascending is a new film in production by Lana and Andy Wachowski, a science fiction space opera, that seemingly also includes some transhumanist elements. The trailer looks pretty great.

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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