Transhumanism, Optimism, & the Meaning of Life

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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The Language of Power

I just had an interesting experience. Small, and mundane, but telling all the same. So I’m trying to get into a supermarket just before it closes. It is clearly ten minutes before closing time, people are inside still shopping like aimless invertebrates, but the guy on the door doesn’t want me to come in. I worked in supermarkets as a teenager; I get it. The guy wants to go home, and that’s just how things are done. But the way he speaks to me is interesting, strangely passive in that way that has taken over our entire society: “Hello Boss,

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I Believe…

1. IDEALISM I believe that there is an ultimate Good, just as Plato did1. I believe that it is approached – but can never be truly reached – via the twin paths of non-attachment and selfless love. These ideas are the closest I come to religious Faith in the modern sense2, and they are most definitely views that would have been familiar to the ancient Greeks. 2. BALANCE In the world of everyday concerns, I believe in balance. I believe that imbalance is a sign of irrationality and sickness. We are all imbalanced in many ways, at many times in

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eXistenZ & the ZS-ARG

Nearly twenty years later, here are a few quotes from David Cronenberg‘s classic 1999 Body-Horror movie eXistenZ, which more or less sum up the intended mood of the ZS–ARG, going forward: Allegra: You have to PLAY the game, to find out WHY you’re playing the game. Ted: We’re both stumbling around together in this unformed world, whose rules and objectives are largely unknown, seemingly indecipherable or even possibly nonexistent, always on the verge of being killed by forces that we don’t understand. Allegra: That sounds like my game, all right. Ted: That sounds like a game that’s not gonna be

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The five ZS Channels

The following ZS event page was posted two weeks late, because it proved a lot of work to get just right. It outlines the core organizational structure of ZS with explanations of the logic behind its various parts: https://sites.google.com/view/zero-state/3-0-myriad/3-3-events/12018/3-3-0021-feb12018/799-dialectic-synthesis-unity-sections-5-7 Perhaps the most important thing to note on that page is a set of five email addresses which constitute the sum of all “proper channels” by which I might be reached re: ZS matters. If you need to have a conversation with me in a timely manner about some issue clearly relevant to a particular core function within ZS, then this

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On Democracy: Value and Limits

The following post is related to Social Futurism (SF) and the Zero State (ZS), but only reflects the views of the author (Ámon Ásentír, AKA Dr. M. Amon Twyman). Within the SF/ZS sphere of influence, the basic logic is that anyone can say or do anything they want as long as they are acting in accord with the Principles of Social Futurism. ON DEMOCRACY Value and Limits What is Democracy? Everybody thinks they know what Democracy is. Most of them are wrong. “Democracy” is not actually any single form of governance, but is instead a word covering a wide range

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