Douglas Rushkoff - How Digital Media Finally Enables Distributed Enterprise; Response: Astra Taylor
Nov 27, 2015
The Revenge of the Pagans: Ovid as prophet of the posthumanby Rick Searle
I would argue that as far as imagining the future is concerned many of us, in the West at least, have had our vision blurred from what amounts to a 2,000 year philosophical hangover called Christianity. But no one ever seems to care about this point. The most common response I’ve gotten from a certain sect of singularitarians and transhumanists upon pointing out that both their goals and predictions seem to have been ripped from a man on the street’s version of Christianity has been- who cares?
Nov 26, 2015
Theory and Application of the Extended Mind (Series Index)by John Danaher
In the past year, I have written several posts about Chalmers and Clark’s famous extended mind thesis. This thesis takes seriously the functionalist explanation of mental events, and holds that the mind is not confined to skull. Instead, it can extend into artefacts and objects in the world around it.
Nov 22, 2015
Christians Should Support Scientists and Technologistsby Christopher J. Benek
It is often articulated in society that Christianity and science/technology are at odds. While most people of faith do not hold this belief, it is imperative that the church universal continue to dispute this negative stereotype. The most effective way that Christians can do so is by actively affirming their support for people called to work in the fields of science and technology.
Nov 19, 2015
Artificial Intelligence is Already Here—Artificial Consciousness is What Eludes Us - See moreby Nicole Sallak Anderson
“I’m trying to throttle back, because particularly the triplets are starting to gain consciousness.
They’re almost two.” Elon Musk in a “Wait, But Why” interview with Tim Urban
Nov 13, 2015
Post-Human is an indie proof of concept film short for David Simpson’s Post-Human novel, which is part of a best-selling eBook series (the Post-Human Series) about Transhumanism and future technology. Invasive nanobots, greater-than-human AI, terraforming, and more, the novels explore philosophical and ethical components of advanced technology and are fast-paced and full of suspense. The film was shot in Vancouver Canada by a crew of just three in only three hours.
Nov 12, 2015
Buddhism and Robot EthicsAgainst the Grain
IEET Executive Director James Hughes thinks Buddhist psychology and cosmology can and should inform the creation and design of AI beings. For one thing, Hughes doesn’t believe it’s ethical to create self-aware machine minds geared only toward the satisfaction of human needs.
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A discussion of the essay “Compassionate AI and Selfless Robots: A Buddhist Approach” in Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics Patrick Lin, Keith Abney, George A. Bekey eds. 2011. MIT Press.
Nov 11, 2015
Religious TranshumanismChristian Transhumanist Podcast
Micah Redding talks to IEET Executive Director James Hughes about cyber-Buddhism, religious transhumanism, and the longevity dividend. Subscribe or download additional episodes of the Christian Transhumanist Podcast here
- Projects from Dr Hughes: Citizen Cyborg, Cyborg Buddha and the IEET
- The experience of being an unusual transhumanist
- Pentecostalism and altered states of consciousness
- The longevity dividend
- Technological unemployment & Universal Basic Income
- The Christian theology of personal identity - and how it connects to transhumanism and Buddhism
- Why it's better to read a book than to do meth
- Ted Peters & the soul, or…Substance Dualism, and why robots might go to heaven
- Jesus, the imago dei, and the ultimate limits of human transformation
- The "rapture of the nerds", Christian millennialism, and the good apocalypse
- Nick Bostrom's contribution to theology
- "Smug atheists should read more science fiction" - Charlie Jane Anders
- What religious transhumanists can do for the world
- "Without a vision, the people perish" - Proverbs 29:18
Nov 10, 2015
Transhumanism’s Goal is to Increase Our Capacity for Love - interview with James Ledfordby Hank Pellissier
Transhumanists have multiple goals - to live longer, to be more intelligent, to enhance the physical body physically. But what about our feelings? Do we want to “upgrade” our emotional capacity? James McLean Ledford believes the primary goal of transhumanism is to “increase our capacity to love.” I interviewed him via email below:
Nov 6, 2015
Altered States of Consciousness through Technological InterventionAdam Ford
A mini-documentary on possible modes of being in the future – Ben Goertzel talks about the Singularity and exploring Altered States of Consciousness, Stelarc discusses Navigating Mixed Realities, Kent Kemmish muses on the paradox of strange futures, and Max More compares Transhumanism to Humanism