Archive for the ‘philosophy’ category

Jan 29, 2015

Dr. Ken Hayworth, Part 3: If we can build a brain, what is the future of I?

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, entertainment, existential risks, futurism, neuroscience, particle physics, philosophy, physics, quantum physics, science, singularity

The study of consciousness and what makes us individuals is a topic filled with complexities. From a neuroscience perspective, consciousness is derived from a self-model as a unitary structure that shapes our perceptions, decisions and feelings. There is a tendency to jump to the conclusion with this model that mankind is being defined as self-absorbed and only being in it for ourselves in this life. Although that may be partially true, this definition of consciousness doesn’t necessarily address the role of morals and how that is shaped into our being. In the latest addition to The Galactic Public Archives, Dr. Ken Hayworth tackles the philosophical impact that technologies have on our lives.

Our previous two films feature Dr. Hayworth extrapolating about what radical new technologies in neuroscience could eventually produce. In a hypothetical world where mind upload is possible and we could create a perfect replica of ourselves, how would one personally identify? If this copy has the same memories and biological components, our method of understanding consciousness would inevitably shift. But when it comes down it, if we were put in a situation where it would be either you or the replica – it’s natural evolutionary instinct to want to save ourselves even if the other is an exact copy. This notion challenges the idea that our essence is defined by our life experiences because many different people can have identical experiences yet react differently.

Hayworth explains, that although there is an instinct for self-survival, humanity for the most part, has a basic understanding not to cause harm upon others. This is because morals are not being developed in the “hard drive” of your life experiences; instead our morals are tied to the very idea of someone just being a conscious and connected member of this world. Hayworth rationalizes that once we accept our flawed intuition of self, humanity will come to a spiritual understanding that the respect we give to others for simply possessing a reflection of the same kind of consciousness will be the key to us identifying our ultimate interconnectedness.

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Jan 5, 2015

Christiane Amanpour’s Misunderstanding “…Crisis …”

Posted by in categories: education, innovation, philosophy

Christiane Amanpour’s Misunderstanding “…Crisis …”



CNN Journalist Christiane Amanpour: “…How does the Chinese government consider the Ebola Crisis in Africa and the world, Mr. Ambassador? …”

Chinese Ambassador: “…Things are no so bad as you and the so-called ‘West’ suggest.… You see, in English crisis is a one word expression, but in Traditional Chinese, Crisis is a two-word term, meaning: Danger and Opportunity …”

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Jan 3, 2015

Legal Consulting Firm Believes Artificial Intelligence Could Replace Lawyers by 2030

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Quoted: “Tony Williams, the founder of the British-based legal consulting firm, said that law firms will see nearly all their process work handled by artificial intelligence robots. The robotic undertaking will revolutionize the industry, “completely upending the traditional associate leverage model.” And: “The report predicts that the artificial intelligence technology will replace all the work involving processing information, along with a wide variety of overturned policies.”

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Jan 3, 2015

QUESTION: Reality Is A Consensual, Consensual, Conditionalized, And Assimilated Hallucination? By Lifeboat Foundation’s Andres Agostini — Amazon — LinkedIn

Posted by in categories: disruptive technology, economics, education, futurism, lifeboat, philosophy, physics, science

QUESTION: Reality Is A Consensual, Consensual, Conditionalized, And Assimilated Hallucination?



As I have mentioned elsewhere, beyond everything else, I am also an evidence-based researcher and to that end I must study tons and tons of literature.

In the United States, there is a nice thing. When someone is remarkable, his or her I.Q. is measured and made public.

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Jan 1, 2015

The Transition from One Year to the Next is a thundering metaphysical Experience

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“Blood-stained cut versus tender interface” – everyone is tied to a living body and a living Now: Why?

This question is not addressed by science even though it is the most incisive one of them all. Right?

Dec 30, 2014

The Blockchain is the New Database, Get Ready to Rewrite Everything

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Quoted: “If you understand the core innovations around the blockchain idea, you’ll realize that the technology concept behind it is similar to that of a database, except that the way you interact with that database is very different.

The blockchain concept represents a paradigm shift in how software engineers will write software applications in the future, and it is one of the key concepts behind the Bitcoin revolution that need to be well understood. In this post, I’d like to explain 5 of these concepts, and how they interrelate to one another in the context of this new computing paradigm that is unravelling in front of us. They are: the blockchain, decentralized consensus, trusted computing, smart contracts and proof of work / stake. This computing paradigm is important, because it is a catalyst for the creation of decentralized applications, a next-step evolution from distributed computing architectural constructs.

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Dec 21, 2014

The Lost Honor of a she-Professor and a Constant: A two-tiered Rehabilitation

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A whole nation found it fitting that a university professor with a lifetime call for endocrinology (hormonal diseases) was turned into a university professor of gastroenterology (diseases of the digestive tract) for which she had never specialized: by state decree. Her conscientious “no” stripped her of her honor, her title, her pension and her inherited house. The book she wrote while hoping for the courts to help, on the biological foundations of ageing with a prestigious publisher, did not prevent the raiding of her house in the presence of watchful police. State TV defamed her as “Germany’s laziest professor.”

The same resilience shown here by a human being I can attribute for once to a mere brainchild – Einstein’s most famous natural constant c. She, too, got degraded, stripped of her global validity to retain only her local validity. A bit like the non-removed M.D. of a degraded professor. Here, too, the whole profession decided to play it low and not come to the rescue of the honor of the unjustly defamed one.

There is a difference, of course. The honor of a person ranks much higher than the dignity of a constant. The scandal nonetheless is even bigger here: The physical survival of every person and the planet itself is tied to the rehabilitation of the poor constant.

The hatred displayed by a nation towards a person, paralleled by the hatred displayed by a globe-wide profession towards a constant? The poor Einsteinian constant c–global has been shown to make black holes unsafe. Therefore, the prestigious attempt to produce black holes down on earth, (#1) has become undetectable at first if successful and (#2) makes the planet with a probability in the percentage-range get shrunk to 2 cm after a few years’ delay.

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Nov 23, 2014

BitCoin, Cryptocurrency, and Blockchain Technology — The Ethereum Primer

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Quoted: “Ethereum will also be a decentralised exchange system, but with one big distinction. While Bitcoin allows transactions, Ethereum aims to offer a system by which arbitrary messages can be passed to the blockchain. More to the point, these messages can contain code, written in a Turing-complete scripting language native to Ethereum. In simple terms, Ethereum claims to allow users to write entire programs and have the blockchain execute them on the creator’s behalf. Crucially, Turing-completeness means that in theory any program that could be made to run on a computer should run in Ethereum.” And, quoted: “As a more concrete use-case, Ethereum could be utilised to create smart contracts, pieces of code that once deployed become autonomous agents in their own right, executing pre-programmed instructions. An example could be escrow services, which automatically release funds to a seller once a buyer verifies that they have received the agreed products.”

Read Part One of this Series here » Ethereum — Bitcoin 2.0? And, What Is Ethereum.

Read Part Two of this Series here » Ethereum — Opportunities and Challenges.

Read Part Three of this Series here » Ethereum — A Summary.

Nov 20, 2014

Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, and Blockchain Technology — Voting Systems

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Quoted: “Bitcoin technology offers a fundamentally different approach to vote collection with its decentralized and automated secure protocol. It solves the problems of both paper ballot and electronic voting machines, enabling a cost effective, efficient, open system that is easily audited by both individual voters and the entire community. Bitcoin technology can enable a system where every voter can verify that their vote was counted, see votes for different candidates/issues cast in real time, and be sure that there is no fraud or manipulation by election workers.”

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Nov 13, 2014

FM-2030: What is the Future of Democracy? Part 2

Posted by in categories: futurism, lifeboat, philosophy, science

The audio in this archive file was compiled from a 1984 meeting of futurists, transhumanists, and progressives. The main topic of the meeting was the most appropriate ways to engage or advance these philosophies within government. For example, one significant point of discussion centered around whether running for office was an effective way to drive change.

In the course of the discussion, the primary viewpoint FM-2030 espoused was that some aspects of government — especially the concept of leadership — would become obsolete or be replaced by other aspects of society (see Part 1). However, he also expressed what he believed the core of a ‘true’ democracy might look like. This archive file is assembled from excerpts of that section of the discussion.

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