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The Technological Singularity as Religious Ideology

The Technological Singularity as Religious Ideology

As a child, I would often go to national parks populated by diverse and exotic (to a city dweller) flora and fauna. My family members and I would be driving through Yellowstone in a large RV, or along a stretch of highway in Rocky Mountain National Park when one of my siblings or parents would exclaim: “Look, a deer!” Soon, another would shout “Hey, look, a beaver dam with beavers on it!” or “W...

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The Cyborg Scenario – Solution or Problem?

The Cyborg Scenario – Solution or Problem?

There are three main human ideological groups in the debate over species dominance – the Cosmists, who want to build godlike artilects (artificial intellects), the Terrans, who are opposed to building artilects and the Cyborgists, who want to become artilects themselves by adding the necessary components to their own brains. Whether the third vision can prevail, negating the possibility of a devas...

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This Year, Transhumanism Will Stop Sounding Crazy

This Year, Transhumanism Will Stop Sounding Crazy

Tell your friends, family or co-workers you're a transhumanist. Explain what it means. You might try telling them you've arranged to be cryogenically preserved after death (or expect to live for hundreds or thousands of years). You might explain that your idea of an existential threat is not of rogue nations, loose nukes or pandemics, but rather that posed by a super-intelligent AI. Or, you might ...

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Cities on the Edge

Cities on the Edge

H+: So what is “Cities on the Edge”? Waldemar: Cities on the Edge is a sourcebook for the role-playing game Transhuman Space, published by Steve Jackson Games and written by noted transhumanist Anders Sandberg and I. The primary purpose of the book is to give Transhuman Space players good entertainment, but some of the best entertainment also makes you think about important issues. We also...

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Dreams of a Succubus

Dreams of a Succubus

My friend Extropia DaSilva is a digital person -- and she is one of the inspirations for this article, as she brings to the fore a rather interesting question. Who are "You”?

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“Transcendent Man” Movie Comes to San Francisco, April 14

“Transcendent Man” Movie Comes to San Francisco, April 14

I’m not going to try to write a review of “Transcendent Man”, since I myself am in the movie, albeit just for 4 or 5 minutes. But nevertheless I’d like to encourage you to watch it – not because of the chance to see my smiling face, but because in my opinion it’s a rather well-made film … and both instrumental in, and symbolic of, the mainstreaming of transhumanist ideas, which is happening full f...

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João Pedro de Magalhães’ Path to Ending Aging

João Pedro de Magalhães’ Path to Ending Aging

The quest to end aging and prolong human life indefinitely has stepped outside the worlds of religion and science fiction, and is now the stuff of serious science. The number of research biologists consciously and intently working toward this once-outrageous-sounding goal increases year after year. Exactly when we’ll get to the end goal remains quite unclear – but the steady march of progress in...

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A Meditation On Transcendent Man

A Meditation On Transcendent Man

Some time in my 16th year, I was lying in bed late at night waiting for sleep to overtake me and listening to the radio when a song called “Darkness Darkness” by the Youngbloods came on. The song evokes a desire to be extinguished — to be covered in darkness so as not to have to face some nameless dread. Something about it kept me awake most of the night thinking. I remember deciding that the situ...

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Everyone’s Guns: Tech, Terror, and the 2nd Amendment

Everyone’s Guns: Tech, Terror, and the 2nd Amendment

In the months before 9/11, I had a chat with a pal about toting heat: Me: “So you think everyone should have a gun?” Him: “Yes. Everyone has the right to carry any weapon. The right to bear arms.” Me: “What if someone wanted to tote a fully-automatic in the shopping mall?” Him: “Even a machine gun. We’ve got the right. You should be able to have a motherfucking nuclear bomb if you want t...

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