A Treatise On Transhumanism – Failures of Transhumanism (Part 7)

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A Treatise On Transhumanism – Failures of Transhumanism (Part 7)

Despite this apparent and hypothetical success, Transhumanism is still susceptible to failure on certain grounds; for instance, one has made several assumptions, such as a majority of citizens accepting augmentations in pursuit of civilization. This assumption is fundamentally flawed in its reasoning as, even with automated faculties, one must accept augmentation of one’s body for the sake of a civil economy; this is a similar infringement of autonomy as previous contracts, as the imposition of augmentation constitutes the imposition of a civil contract, which one may disagree with. To ensure agreeable terms, declination of augmentations must be a viable option;

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A Treatise On Transhumanism – Transhumanist Solutions to Societal Problems (Part 6)

Previously, one established the failures of human faculties as such concerns as lack of sustenance, wellbeing, intelligence, autonomy and productivity, either causing or caused by each other, and resulting in uncivilization. Augmentation of human faculties, physical, mental and/or autonomous, aims to redeem such failures; in the case of physical faculty, to improve one’s constitution and physical utility, of mental faculty, to improve one’s computational and intellectual abilities, and of autonomy, to improve one’s maturation and self-realisation. Each of these pertains to the economy and civilization, as each modifies the human nature of the citizenry in some way. To this end,

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SHALL WE PLAY A GAME? (pt.2 of 3)

SHALL WE PLAY A GAME? (pt.2 of 3) Part 1 of this article introduced the Zero State (ZS) and its philosophical foundation. Now Part 2, below, will begin to outline some “Breadcrumbs and Rabbit Holes”, which is to say ideas and links which you may use to begin to chart your own path into the expanding world of ZS, if you so choose… 2. Wyrd & Fyrd = Reality & Balance “Don’t you think the world’s greatest game artist ought to be punished for the most effective deforming of reality?” – eXistenZ Moving beyond our philosophical underpinning, next we must

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“Oracle of Silicon Valley” Tim O’Reilly on WTF: Do Work That Matters

Inc Magazine called Tim O’Reilly the “Oracle of Silicon Valley.” Wired called him “The Trend Spotter.” Others have noted that “the Internet was built on O’Reilly books.” All in all, Tim O’Reilly is as perfect of a guest for my Singularity.FM podcast as I can ever imagine. So, I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. During our 90 min conversation with Tim O’Reilly we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: why Tim sees himself as a change-maker; the change he is after; the aesthetic and the useful; the importance of story; Tim’s background in Latin and Ancient Greek;

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A Treatise On Transhumanism – In Pursuite of Transhumanism (Part 5)

Thus far, one has established a basic model of society with which to identify failures in guaranteeing and maximising satisfaction and stability of society. Summarily, society, comprised of population, labour, capital and agreement, and its economy, the relations between them, pursues civilization as a means of guaranteed and optimal satisfaction, productivity and profit of the citizenry, thereby ensuring sustainability, referred to as civilization. Failures in achieving civilization vary but are considered fundamentally the fault of human faculty and its inabilities. Supplementary development of human faculty lacks adequate improvement to ensure civilization, and so one considers Transhumanism and the augmentation of

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SHALL WE PLAY A GAME? (pt.1 of 2)

SHALL WE PLAY A GAME? (pt.1 of 2) Welcome to the Zero State (ZS). ZS is an activist community, part of the Social Futurist movement, and – depending on who you ask – it may or may not be a game. As noted here, just because something is a game, that does not mean it doesn’t have very real consequences. In any case, ZS wants you to join the fun. Who knows, perhaps you are already playing the game. ZS tells a story In the ZS mythos-narrative, acceleration of technological development and societal trends comes to a spectacular and rather

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At the Heart of Intelligence: A Film by Gerd Leonhard & Telia Finland

At the Heart of Intelligence is an emotionally compelling and well-made short film discussing artificial intelligence. It was produced in collaboration between popular futurist Gerd Leonhard and Telia Finland. The movie employes powerful visuals, fantastic music and high-quality production but not at the expense of also asking some vital questions about intelligence – in general, and artificial intelligence – in particular. Hope you enjoy it. Synopsis: What will happen to humans when machines get more and more intelligent? Futurist Gerd Leonhard and the Helsinki Data Center are figuring it all out… to learn more check it out here: https://www.singularityweblog.com/at-the-heart-of-intelligence/

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Don’t Underestimate the Space Force

US President Donald Trump’s demands for a “Space Force” as a new branch of the US Armed Forces is contrary to international treaties and may also be part of the anachronistic desire for national dominance. However, military competition could be the only driving force that will stimulate rapid space exploration where markets and pure scientific idealism fail. Sun Tzu told that he who is skilled in attack strikes from the highest heaven. Indeed, much of human history – and not merely its more violent chapters – has been the story of the advancement of missiles and the vantage points from

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Living Architecture And The Transhuman House

Many of you know about the Transhuman House in Provo Utah.  Part of the job of the Transhuman House is a sort of museum of the future from Transhuman Art to the Foundation’s ‘Transhuman’ Book Collection.  But while your at the Transhuman House there are other things to visit along the way like The Roots of Knowledge is a permanent stained glass exhibit in the Ira A. and Mary Lou Fulton Library at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Or you might be interested in the Hylozoic Veil @ The Lenardo an example of living breathing architecture.  Everyone month new things are added to the Transhuman

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A Treatise On Transhumanism – Conventional Solutions to Societal Problems (Part 4)

Throughout history, such issues have been addressed by conventional solutions, that is, improvements of human nature that do not overly alter human faculties. However, historically, it is clear that humanity has always struggled to implement these solutions and reconcile its nature, the nature of its society and the works it has sought to construct. Initially partaking of simple tools and tasks, humanity’s efforts complicated over time, given enough development and consideration; this sophistication of society made it unintuitive, beyond the capability of the uninitiated. To solve this this lack of available aptitude, society introduced means of instruction, though this in

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