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Transcendence vs. Her: Clash of Two Wimpy Future Visions

Transcendence vs. Her: Clash of Two Wimpy Future Visions

My friend and sometime collaborator Hugo DeGaris was looking forward to the movie “Transcendence” with great enthusiasm… With its theme of anti-technology terrorists attacking scientists and provoking a sort of war between pro-Singularity and anti-Singularity forces, the movie plot reflects many of the ideas from Hugo’s book The Artilect War and his related articles. Hugo was hop...

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Beyond Money

Beyond Money

Offer Networks, like Bitcoin, would be enabled by Internet technology and advanced computer algorithms. Using Offer Networks, people would be able to make bids to provide one good or service in exchange for getting (not necessarily from the recipient of said good or service) some other good or service that they want. A computer algorithm would reconcile different peoples’ offers and try to find ...

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Mormon Transhumanist Conference coming up, April 4

Mormon Transhumanist Conference coming up, April 4

The 2014 conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association will be held on 4 April 2014 from 9:00am to 6:00pm in Salt Lake City, Utah. Speakers and artists will present on the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion.

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Saving the World with Analytical Philosophy

Saving the World with Analytical Philosophy

Stuart Armstrong, a former mathematician currently employed as a philosopher at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute, has recently released an elegant little booklet titled Smarter Than Us. The theme is the importance of AGI to the future of the world....

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The War on the War on Death Begins

The War on the War on Death Begins

When Google launched their Calico project aimed at working toward the end of aging and the radical extension of the human lifespan, I figured that – quite apart from any scientific progress this might lead to – it would serve to project life extension into the public eye, and start some interesting discussions.

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Femto-engineering for Dummies

Femto-engineering for Dummies

I'll give a high-level recipe for building arbitrarily complex femtostructures inside quark matter, thus reducing the problem of femtotech to a few minor engineering challenges

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Is the Pigularity Near?

Is the Pigularity Near?

What we'd have, then, is some super-smart pigs jacked into calculators, Mathematica and the Internet, and with the capability to neurally connect to a diversity of sensors and actuators. What happens when their brains start adapting to the hardware that's been wired into them?

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