Archive for the ‘transhumanism’ category

Apr 14, 2018

Becoming Transhuman: The Complicated Future of Robot and Advanced Sapient Rights

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI, transhumanism

My article for the Cato Institute via Cato Unbound is out. Cato is one of the leading think tanks in the world, so I’m excited they are covering transhumanism:

Zoltan Istvan describes a complicated future when humans aren’t the only sapients around anymore. Citizenship for “Sophia” was a publicity stunt, but it won’t always be so. Istvan insists that if technology continues on the path it has traveled, then there is only one viable option ahead for humanity: We must merge with our creations and “go full cyborg.” If we do not, then machines may easily replace us.

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Apr 13, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Illuminations Media — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, health, innovation, life extension, neuroscience, science, transhumanism

Apr 13, 2018

Announcing The Blockchain $5,000 Essay Prize

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, education, transhumanism

$5,000.00 USD will be awarded to the winner. $1,000.000 USD will be awarded to three runner-up papers, one of which could be the final winner.

About the Prize:

Humanity+, a 501©3 non-profit educational organization is sponsoring the Blockchain essay prize for papers that cover the topic of “Mutual Benefits of Blockchain and Transhumanism”.

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Apr 11, 2018

Podcast: transhumanism — using technology to live forever

Posted by in categories: evolution, life extension, transhumanism

We talk to Mark O’Connell about transhumanism, the evolution of the human species and his Wellcome Book Prize-shortlisted book To Be A Machine.

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Apr 9, 2018

Zoltan Istvan — Adventurer, Futurist, Politician

Posted by in category: transhumanism

#Chicago friends, I’m honored to be speaking at the University of Chicago via the Chicago Society on Thursday, April 19, at 6PM CDT, Cobb 106. The Chicago Society has hosted speakers like Bill Gates, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Nobel Laureate Gary Becker, and former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Join me for a free talk and Q & A—and ask me all questions about #transhumanism and our coming wild tech future!

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Apr 3, 2018

Transhumanism: advances in technology could already put evolution into hyperdrive – but should they?

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, evolution, genetics, nanotechnology, transhumanism

Advocates of transhumanism face a similar choice today. One option is to take advantage of the advances in nanotechnologies, genetic engineering and other medical sciences to enhance the biological and mental functioning of human beings (never to go back). The other is to legislate to prevent these artificial changes from becoming an entrenched part of humanity, with all the implied coercive bio-medicine that would entail for the species.

We can either take advantage of advances in technology to enhance human beings (never to go back), or we can legislate to prevent this from happening.

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Apr 2, 2018

Recording Artist, Puppeteer Among 27 Candidates for California Governor

Posted by in category: transhumanism

There are over 18 million registered voters in California. On the ballot for the primaries for CA Governor on June 5th you’ll see candidates names, as well as a designation next to their name (their current occupation). One of my two designations is “transhumanist lecturer.” This likely won’t win many votes, but I believe it might be an important first for the #transhumanism movement. Here’s the first news story I’ve seen mentioning it:

Former big city mayors, a puppeteer and a even a ‘transhumanist lecturer’ are all officially running for California governor. Voters will be able to select from 27 people on the recently published certified list of candidates.

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Mar 31, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Natural Awakenings Magazine — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bees, biological, biotech/medical, chemistry, cosmology, genetics, health, neuroscience, transhumanism

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Mar 27, 2018

The case for an artificially intelligent POTUS

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transhumanism

Some of my thoughts on AI politicians out in The Next Web:…ent-potus/ #transhumanism

The duties of the President of the United States of America could, arguably, be performed by a computer. Here’s how and why we should make that happen.

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Mar 27, 2018

A Peek Inside the Transhumanist Agenda

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transhumanism

Transhumanist thinking has gained a remarkable amount of traction and publicity this year. Powerful Silicon Valley interests have been mounting a charm offensive designed to persuade us of both the value and the inevitability of this transformation.

In a startling leap towards a future that many thought only existed in sci-fi, a Wisconsin high-tech company, Three Square Market, started microchipping its employees last year.

The announcement followed on the heels of a similar move by Swedish company Epicenter, the first to begin this practice. While Three Square Market’s approach is voluntary, the company is financially subsidizing the procedure.

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