Why Nothing Matters

Why Nothing Matters

The ZS Mythos is algorithmic, which is to say it is a structured, computational Process. As in the geometric schemes of ancient Pythagoreans, Platonists and Gnostics, it starts with a singularity and develops through increasingly complex stages toward infinite multiplicity. In this post I will briefly outline the four principal stages of that process. 1. Singularity “Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted”. – Hassan-i Sabbah / William S. Burroughs A recurrent motif in the ZS Mythos is the idea that the only true and ultimate unity is that of nothingness, understood by Buddhists as Śūnyatā, which is to say that

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Catch Foundation Agents at CES 2018 & Win $5,000.00 USD

This is Us – It Begins! Spread the Word! http://transhumanity.net/catch-foundation-agents-at-ces-2018-and-win-5000-00-usd/ Catch Foundation Agents at CES 2018 and Win $5,000.00 USD (Las Vegas, NV, USA – Jan 2018) The Foundation has announced that there will be two agents on the floor of CES 2018 (The Consumer Electronics Show) the largest such conference in the world. The first person to spot both agents (which will be visible by having a Foundation Seal on their badge and an NFC chip on the back) that links back to the announcement post on transhumanity.net about this contest will be the winner. You’ll need 3 keywords

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KEYSTONE DAY [27-12-17]

PAST IS PROLOGUE This blog post follows up “Foundation Day [7-11-17]”, fifty days ago. The end of the fifty day period between “Foundation” and “Keystone” is a kind of secular Pentecost or Shavuot, marking the completed drawing together of ZS’ 144 Founding Members. The other important date in the early ZS calendar is May Day (May 1st), marking a combination of ancient equinox spirituality, worker & community solidarity, and the initial ZS establishment / publication of the Principles of Social Futurism on 1st May 2011 (235 years to the day after the establishment of the Order of Perfectibilists, AKA the

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Killer AI, Black Mirrors, & Murphy’s Law

Debate over the risk and promise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies can be depressingly simplistic, often polarised into two camps with views that are extreme to the point of caricature. On the one hand we have those whose understanding of AI seems to have been predominantly informed by 1980s movies like The Terminator and Wargames, in which killer AI is bent on destruction of the human race. At the other end of the spectrum we have those who seem to believe that AI can do no harm, and that left unregulated it will lead to a risk-free cornucopia

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Big Data Knows You, Better Than You Do

No Such Thing As A Free Meal There are always strings attached, they say. Perhaps this is nowhere more true than in the human mind, which believes itself to be in charge of its own conscious decisions when evidence frequently suggests otherwise. We, humans, tend to at least implicitly believe that we have “free will”, which is to say the ability to make choices with them being in some sense intrinsically determined in advance. Tor Nørretranders is just one of many researchers who has argued (in his book “The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size”) that humans have an

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ZS Directive 1

As explained on the “Fractal Law” ZS webpage (http://fractal-law.zerostate.net), at “Level 1” – i.e. the Zero State as a whole – decisions can be made in two ways, briefly outlined below. Decisions are only made at that level when necessary to keep the peace and move ZS closer to achieving its goals. Where possible, decision-making is decentralized across the twelve Houses and the networks associated with them. The two L1 decision modes are known as Resolution and Directive. Resolution is a committee decision made by irregular gatherings of the twelve House Leaders, which can be requested by the Houses and

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The Seven “Keys”

The Zero State is organised into twelve Houses, and each of those Houses began with twelve Founding Members. The first five of those are the Core members, each of whom leads their own crew of “subsid” (subsidiary/affiliated) members. The five Core members of each House together comprise a kind of meta-team, known as the House’s Core Team. That Core Team is tasked with establishing their House in the years 12017-12018, by recruiting, developing the House’s internal culture and traditions, and working on projects known as Missions. The remaining seven Founding Members in each House are known as the Keys, individually

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A Manifesto In Support Of Social Futurism

A Manifesto In Support of Social Futurism Author: Mark Nuzzolilo This manifesto is as much of an expression of my personal belief, as it is an assertion of what we are really about as a cultural movement. I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and thinking about my involvement with the Social Futurism movement, and Zero State. It’s important to distinguish the Zero State from back then, to the Zero State that exists now in 2017. I was indeed involved in the early days. Back then, Zero State was shrouded in tiers of secrecy, much like the Bavarian Illuminati

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241117 *** ACTION ALERT YELLOW ***

This is a YELLOW ACTION ALERT from the Zero State. ALERT ZS needs a full complement of active core members now, so that its work can begin in earnest. In order to do that, we need our current members to reach out and RECRUIT ONE PERSON EACH. Respond to this alert in the ZS email discussion list or main FB group, noting your action. TIME-FRAME & REQUIREMENTS: Yellow Action Alerts require a response from all ZS members within 24 hours. 1. If you are a subsid member (i.e. using the ZS Facebook group, mailing list etc but not a full

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ZS Action Alerts

Yesterday we discussed the necessity of a minimum standard of participation in all effective activist movements and organizations. That post did unfortunately have to emphasise “sticks” over “carrots”, because it was about ensuring that we have “No Passengers” at the core of ZS. Of course that does not mean that we prefer punitive approaches to motivation… in fact we vastly prefer approaches that encourage creativity, open information sharing, voluntarism, personal fulfillment, compassion, and joy. There will be myriad projects, initiatives and systems to pursue such higher ideals as ZS develops. Often, however, an effective organization must be ready to act

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