ZS Black Book update (July 2018)

ZS Black Book update (July 2018)

Regarding the Black Book; To All Core ZS members – I do apologise for the delay and confusion regarding the release of the “Black Book”, Part 1 of which was originally intended for release six months ago. I’m going to be contacting all core ZSers to explain the situation today, in addition to a brief post across our lists, but I have posted updates. The short version is that the task has unfortunately been much bigger than anticipated, and so yes we have been delayed over the last six months. I hope you have seen the recent announcements regarding the

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Why all ZSers need to join Discord, now!

Why all ZSers need to join Discord, now!

Greetings Citizens – This is a short, important announcement, that will be followed up with further details later today (covering matters related to our ZS Mythos, the Sessions we will be holding in Discord, and the Black Book). For now, I want to make it clear what we’re doing, how, and why. 1. What We’re Doing: We are building an activist network in the guise of a game. ZS exists across various platforms, but right now we need every ZSer to join our Discord server, here: https://discord.gg/R4t7V8U For those who are already in ZS, this is now the focus of

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Slight delay, important announcement today

Hello All – Just a quick ZS update to cover a few key bases: 1. ZS Sessions & Discord Server I intended to start the first core ZS-ARG Session today, but am going to wait until Saturday as there are details still being put in place. We have started configuring & populating our Discord server (https://discord.gg/R4t7V8U), and I strongly encourage you to log in & say hi there. 2. Important announcement later today One of the details still being worked out – to be announced later today – is a change to when Sessions will be held, along with a

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IMPORTANT issue re: the ZERO STATE name

The following message was received via the ZS security channel: These guys are using our name. https://zerostate.io/#overview I think this is not a good thing for us. Can we get a C&D? I have thoughts, that I would like to offer to the group for discussion before we take action (decisively, and soon). Each key point in my thinking is numbered, below: (1) In the past I have ignored other entities using (variants of) the name “Zero State” or the ZS symbol, for various reasons; That the endless proliferations of TLDs means we can’t squat all possible domains, that some

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Brief ZS event update for this week

Greetings All – I’ve been a little sidelined by other matters this weekend, but the week from Tuesday 24th April onward promises to be a busy one for me, re: all matters ZS. After multiple delays, revisions, and modest changes of plan (all of which I apologise for), the Black Book (Part 1) will be released next Saturday, April 28th. There will simultaneously be an event which both catches up on the various weekly wiki entries in one fell swoop, plus a few key unresolved issues I’m aware of, and initiation of a new series of realtime online ZS events

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Transhumanism, Optimism, & the Meaning of Life

The Central Meme of Transhumanism “I believe in Transhumanism: once there are enough people who can truly say that, the human species will be on the threshold of a new kind of existence, as different from ours as ours is from that of Peking man. It will at last be consciously fulfilling its real destiny.” – Julian Huxley, ‘Transhumanism’, in “New Bottles for New Wine” “What is a human being, then?’ ‘A seed.’ ‘A … seed?’ ‘An acorn that is unafraid to destroy itself in growing into a tree.” ― David Zindell, “The Broken God” The “Central Meme of Transhumanism”

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Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”, Social Justice, & Transhumanism

Steven Spielberg’s new blockbuster, “Ready Player One” (RP1) is a return to form which trades on around a million (very knowing) 1980s pop-culture references, while also managing to connect those references to a larger narrative about future society and how it should best be managed. You can find a full description of the film’s plot here. What’s in a Game? The essential logic underlying RP1 is that games matter. Events and entities within games may be fictional, but they can have consequences serious enough to raise the question: In what senses can fictions also be realities? That, of course, is

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Why ASI Will Need Mankind

Mankind has come closer than any other lifeform to answering the “Why” because of our supreme level of intelligence.   The enhancement of this intelligence is the only way to enhance our understanding of the universe. Developing AI is, in itself, the essence of enhancing the capabilities that define mankind.  However, because this tool would solve more problems than we ever could, it would also have the capability of carrying out mankind’s fundamental purpose of existence (as an entity composed of matter) in a more efficient way (to accelerate the growth of matter).  What use is mankind, as we are now

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Ready Player One: AR Gaming Meets Transhumanism

If you are looking for the accompanying TNET article about Steven Spielberg’s new movie “Ready Player One”, you will find it here.  [ARG6 Order of the Inner Court] This post is the last in a six part series, links to and information about which you can find below. Be here, ready to refresh this page when the timer below reaches zero, and – if you have read the six articles carefully – then you may see a door open… [EDIT: Timer now lapsed. Your QueSt begins in the Black Room. Look behind the easter egg.] Welcome to a Rabbit Hole

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The Singularity Depends on Mining (AGI and Rare Earth Minerals)

In this special edition:  The rare earth elements have been in the news lately and we thought it would be good to discuss the background and current state of affairs in this matter, given the worldwide importance of these minerals in modern technology. This might also give you context as to why this is included in the computational model of the Singularity Index or S.I..   As detailed in Hobart M. King’s excellent article on geology.com, the uses for these materials span the gamut across industries in our modern world from aerospace to consumer electronics, defense to medical devices. Nearly every

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