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Live-Blogging Morning of Day One of Humanity+ San Francisco

Kris Notaro

Ethical Technology

December 01, 2012

Dt. J. and I are at San Francisco State University today for the Humanity+ San Francisco.


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Posted by Kennita  on  12/01  at  08:42 PM

Thanks much for the recap!

Posted by CygnusX1  on  12/02  at  03:35 PM

Millennium Mythos

Forget the Greek tragedies!

This is my view of what “Technocracy” means.

Progressive interaction of online interconnected Human consciousness, crowd-sourcing, individual participation, Global democracy, supercomputers as hubs to provide for all Human needs, beginning with.. shared knowledge oracle for education and healthcare, (see also planned uses for IBM Watson), social democracy and transparency, accountability, the natural reduction in wealth as utilised for political power mongering, (as all Human wants and needs are met, then monies will no longer “buy” political powers, and status will no longer be attributed to monies)?

These supercomputers and advancing AI will be autonomous, and will be able to “emulate” Human consciousness through self-learning and speed of processing, and then from this learning form real-time strategies for providing for Human social and psychological needs, promote calm, peace, and ensure global security and a stable real-time economic strategy. By analysing individual online needs with perpetual data mining and understanding/learning what makes Humans “unhappy”, supercomputers connected to the global online collective will be able to mitigate global and local and individual crises, promote mindfulness and self-reflection, and through consequence increase Human happiness and contentedness, even without the use of drugs or external chemical stimulus.

The trans-human global society will be one that is reliant upon it’s machines, robotics and supercomputers, yet will be intimately connected through individual participation. Global unity will be promoted through expression of individualism, democracy, and the emergence of Universal values that our future technology will provide?


Heroic individualism

Again I would not take “Atlas shrugged” as critically literally as some, and heroic individualism and entrepreneurs, visionaries, and “mutant evolutionary genius” are all key to the progression of humanity? The analogy of the few who passionately pursue their ideals may indeed be seen as the real hero’s - Archimedes? Darwin? Brunel? Tesla? Einstein? Feynman? Gates?

Meritocracy and the acknowledgement of the “few” is important for the Global collective and progressive socialism, and in a “free” and democratic world vision, this talent should be rewarded and not merely commandeered?

Babylon 5 - never did get to see season 5

Star Trek no politics? It turned out it was all politics in DS9, never have so many commanders and captains fallen so foul of federation totalitarian militancy, (yes there is a downside to the typical federation viewpoint.. I do not deny this!) Perhaps the ST vision was a little too “sterile” and formulaic, and maybe this was the beginning of the end of the franchise.. “make it so” or just “do it!” (Seven of Nine was divine!) Bring it back!

BSG was tremendous, for it’s exploration into Human and Cyborg psychology and hypocrisies - shame about the ending and the rather anti-technology/singularity bent by Ronald, and yet, mitochondria Eve rather ties it up nicely - almost believable, (not for Star Wars fans)

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