Category: Miscellaneous

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What Technology Wants. What Kevin Kelly Says. An interview with Kevin Kelly

Starting with his seminal book, Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World, Kevin Kelly has been showing us how biological evolution and technological evolution follow similar, intersecting patterns.

His current book, What Technology Wants, more closely explores his concept of “the technium” which Kelly describes as “…a word I’ve reluctantly coined to designate the greater sphere of technology – one that goes beyond hardware to include culture, law, social institutions, and intellectual creations of all types.  In short, the Technium is anything that springs from the human mind.  It includes hard technology, but much else of human creation as well.  I see this extended face of technology as a whole system with its own dynamics.”

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Humanity+ Board of Directors Elections

This January, Humanity+, the publisher of H+ Magazine, will hold its elections for the Board of Directors. Voting for the election will begin on Tuesday, January 18th, and will continue for two weeks until Monday, January 31st. Only paying members of Humanity+ are eligible to vote; in order to vote in the election, you must join Humanity+ by Monday, January 17th.

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8D Problem Solving for Transhumanists

Transhumanists are into improvements, and many talk about specific problems, for instance Nick Bostrom.  However, Bostrom’s problem statements have been criticized for not necessarily being problems, and I think largely this is why one must consider the problem definition (see step #2 below).

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Humanity+ @ London, January 29th – Theories and Possibilities for the future of humanity

People who are new to Humanity+ and to transhumanist thought in general might well be under the impression that the H+ movement is primarily an American beast.  Optimism with regard to the future seems to be part of the American psyche, so I was surprised when I learned that H+ began its existence as the World Transhumanist Association, founded in the UK by philosophers David Pearce and Nick Bostrom in 1998.  Ten years later, the organisation was renamed to Humanity Plus, and the first UK conference for H+ was held in London in April 2010.
 
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Esoteric Illuminations for Now People: an Interview with Erik Davis

Erik Davis is a marvelous writer whose project seems to be to invoke or evoke (or provoke) mystery and enchantment in the context of postmodern and transhumanist cultures that seem pretty much bent on hunting it down and draining it… one piece at a time.  He thrives on a world of odd hybrids and strange hidden subcultures.  At the same time, he has been known to delightfully illuminate such mainstream and semi-mainstream cultural expressions as The Matrix, Burning Man, and the works of P.K. Dick.

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The Nature of Identity: Part 3

We have seen how the identity is defined by the 0,0 point – the centroid or locus of perception.

The main problem we have is finding out how neural signals translate into sensory signals – how neural information is translated into the language we understand – that of perception. How does one neural pattern become Red and another the Scent of coffee.  Neurons do not emit any color nor any scent.

As in physics, so in cognitive science, some long cherished theories and explanations are having to change.

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Connecting All The Dots

Inspired by DEEP PATTERN STRUCTURE:
Consciousness and the articulation of the possible

by The Imaginary Foundation-  

I expect to see the coming decades transform the planet into an art form; the new man, linked in a cosmic harmony that transcends time and space, will sensuously caress and mold and pattern every facet of the terrestrial artifact as if it were a work of art, and man himself will become an organic art form. There is a long road ahead, and the stars are only way stations, but we have begun the journey.  – Marshall McLuhan, Playboy Interview

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Sociobiological Engineering: Harnessing compulsions otherwise exploited for the enrichment of the few to benefit all

Transhumanism does not begin and end with modifications we make to our own bodies and brains.  It also involves exerting the influence of our free wills on the structure of the societies in which we are embedded in order to generate an environment that will facilitate our goals.  It calls for change not only within, but without as well.  This can be accomplished in many ways.  The following essay is one such way.

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