During our conversation Natasha covers a wide variety of topics such as: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the effect it had on transhumanism, science fiction and science in general; the negative perception and fear of transhumanism stemming from some more recent publications such as Bill Joy’s Why The Future Doesn’t Need Us and Francis Fukuyama’s Post-Human Future; Natasha’s definition of transhumanism; similarities and differences between transhuman, posthuman and cyborg; critical thinking as one of the basic tenets of transhumanism; important writings such as Max More’s Towards a Futurist Philosophy, Eric Drexler’s Engines of Creation and Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World; her PhD dissertation on human enhancement and life expansion; some of the reasons that people fear transhumanism and how to turn that around; some of her upcoming projects such as The Transhumanist Reader and H+TV as well as artistic events and conferences that she supports. One of my favorite quotes that I will take away from this interview with Natasha is her call to “Get creative about the future!”
The Singularity meets Eastern mysticism in Human+, by U.K.-based writer and journalist Martin Higgins, a just-published science-fiction page-turner inspired by of futures studies, psychic spy research, and the transhumanist movement.
After the Pakistani actress Veena Malik appeared on Indian television, the clerics in her homeland criticized her behavior in the film as inappropriate for a Pakistani Muslim woman. Watch her enraged rebuttal here, in a 2011 interview. Today, she lives in India where she feels appreciated for her work. She also supports gay rights.
In less than three months the U.S. will elect a President, 435 members of Congress and approximately one third of the Senate. Those who support “Indefinite Life Extension” need to become involved - silence and apathy are not rewarded.
Fall is prayer season. Some folks think of it as football season, and indeed, images of football players circled with heads bowed or pointing to the big guy in the sky are almost as familiar lately as birds flying south.
Transhumanism needs an Enhancement. A Facelift, an Upgrade, some Serious Augmentation. H+ espouses the utopian potential of accelerating technology, but philosophically-culturally-ethically, it’s stale. Flailing weakly like a Shiny Android Paralyzed in a Tar Pit.
The internet at its current growth rate and development stands to be the greatest machine ever built in the history of humanity. Extract of a keynote presentation at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre on Thursday, June 21 2012.
In some crucial areas of human cognition, we don’t know and we can’t fully trust ourselves. On the bright side, Nobel Prize-Winning Psychologist Daniel Kahneman’s work shows that the kinds of errors we tend to make are extremely predictable.
(CNN) —Last time around, humanity’s savior came in the form of a human messiah. This time, if technology analysts, bankers and venture capitalists are to be believed, it will take the form of a handheld computer otherwise known as a smartphone.