We need you! To Make a Difference in Transhumanism…

030011dcAre you of the belief that we can use technology to be more then what we are?  Or that we can help those around us? That we can solve problems like old age?  That through science and technology humankind can take control of our own evolution and evolve as we see fit? Continue reading

Ex Machina Movie Review

version1After months of mind numbing patience, I finally managed to see ‘Ex Machina’ the movie (http://exmachina-movie.com/ ). There have been a few AI centered or Singularity related movies the past few years such as Transcendence with Johnny Depp (love hate relationship with this movie) but ‘Ex Machina’ I really, really wanted to be good; and on many levels it was spectacular.

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Seasteading Institute Reality TV Show

If its one thing that I appreciate is real work action and results, not all this internet talk… when it comes to the real world the Seasteading Institute is actually doing something.  please check it out and help where you can.

The Seasteading Institute is consulting with a new unscripted television series for a major cable network. The show is seeking a variety of experts and survivalists ready to create a new community on the ocean while building, engineering, and rehabbing residential quarters. If you have what it takes to survive challenging weather and sea conditions, if you have a yearning desire to experiment with ocean-based technologies, if you can bring a skill set that will add to the sea-villages development, then this is an opportunity for you.

If interested, email casting@optomenusa.com and please CC: info@seasteading.org by March 1, 2015 with:
• Your name and age
• A brief bio about your interest in seasteading and why you’d like to participate in the program
• The skills you could bring to this new society (survival, engineering, scientific, homesteading, environmental, etc.)
• A clear photograph
• Any video links or youtube channels you may have Break a sea-leg, The Seasteading Institute

Please make a donation and support our efforts to develop the first politically autonomous floating city by 2020.

See http://www.seasteading.org/?intro=close for more detail

Transhuman Design – Experience Focused Engineering

Perfection-945x536Transhuman Design IS ‘Experience Focused Engineering’. Why? Admittedly, I’m coining this definition or phraseology; but it goes to what I do for a living and helps explain that to people outside the field. Further, this definition quantifies a philosophical approach that has been developing in the fields of User Experience Design and Software Engineering and Industrial hardware design and the like. Numerous trends are coming together and the products and services that are standing out are the ones focused on design. Continue reading

Introducing the Singularity Index – A Market Index focused on the Companies helping drive us towards Singularity

Introducing the Singularity Index. The Singularity Index (also referred to as the SI) is part of a statistical approach to looking at market trends, as it relates to relative motion in the market, towards or away from ‘Singularity’.

As the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) for one of the fastest growing companies in America (according to Fortune 500 Magazine), a big part of my job is following trends and predicting industry trends up to about 5 years out9. To help me do my job, for well over the past 10 years, I’ve worked out a process that has helped predict trends such as the emergence of the high end slates; which, in part, has been through statistical analysis and this has been a great tool for me in being fairly accurate. As the technology around the components that go into making the ‘Singularity’ (as defined later on in this article) real become more and more important to business, it has become an interesting tool, if nothing else, for looking at where we are going. Continue reading

The Psychological Trend Towards Transhumanity

earlyadoptersA short excerpt from the article I published on transhumanity.net

“40k is nowhere near the 8% needed of a population to affect main stream thought for something to go effectively viral so this is not enough to drive interest.  So why are we talking about Transhumanism at all then you might ask?  Can they affect main stream thought or is main stream actually creating Transhumanism?

Why are all these disconnected groups forming then?

Let us go back and look at the early adopter information again.  Early adopters make up 20% which is way past the 8% needed to change society’s thoughts or creating a trend.  Let me hypothesize then that early adopters are the trend and creating these waves of change through the psychology of the modern world.  Further then, would not these psychological waves create a form of pressure like any wave and in this pressure in various groups we have Transhumanism coalescing.”

read the rest at:

http://transhumanity.net/articles/entry/the-psychological-trend-towards-Transhumanity

 

Ideas Need to Evolve for Mainstream Popularity

Transhumanists make me #TiredAllOver at least in that in academia they seem to fight all the time with each other and are all going in different directions… so I wrote an article on how they can get things moving in the same direction and http://www.Transhumanity.net  published it. We will see if they listen.  Here is a link and the first paragraph or so:

Why do you (transhumanists in general) care if mainstream thinking in modern civilization cares about ‘Transhumanism’?

If you talk to random people on the street about transhumanism, you will get eye-squinting and other strange responses.  For the most part, the response will be negative. Transhumanism is not anywhere close to anything the average person cares about.

However, if you could back a few decades and ask someone about being ‘Green’ you would get a similar response to what you get now regarding ‘Transhumanism.’

Read the rest here:

http://transhumanity.net/articles/entry/transhumanist-ideas-need-to-evolve-for-mainstream-popularity-how-can-this-b

Interview with an AI picked up by Transhumanity.net

A couple months back I thought it would be fun to work on what it would be like to interview an AI or emerging Artilect and so I put together this little project and it goes picked up by this popular transhunanity.net portal that is really kind of focus on academia.

The Article starts: “I was thinking about ideas for an article on my train ride home from the experience lab I work in, and it came to me that it would be interesting to actually have an interview with an AI only a little bit better than us, maybe one that is one of the first kinds of true AI and for fun let’s say it has lived with us for a few decades incognito. But how can we do that?

With the help of a few people in the computer science AI field and mental health professionals it turns out that it appears we could produce a psychological profile for such an AI and from that potentially a method for extrapolating what such a AI might say or how it might respond to a given line of questions, under certain circumstances, with certain assumptions put forward to develop said profile. Before you ask, it also appears that based on the DSM IV it turns out that this AI would likely be diagnosed with potentially a number of disorders including ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and/or Asperger’s. I find it interesting that a computer intelligence would fall into that category out of the gate.”

and you can read the rest here:  http://transhumanity.net/articles/entry/interview-with-an-ai-artificial-intelligence-a-subtle-warning