Is the Dalai Lama a transhumanist singularitarian? Watch this video to find out yourself!
Aug 27, 2012
How Do We Care For Future People? Buddhist and Jain Ideas for Reproductive Ethics (Part 1)by J. Hughes
Buddhists and Jains believe there is moral and evolutionary continuity between animals, humans and “gods,” and that all creatures can evolve from animal to posthuman. This places them closer to the progressive optimist and posthumanist aspects of European Enlightenment thought, than followers of the Abrahamic faiths. The Buddhist emphasis on anatta or no-self is also close to neuroscientific reductionism. From a Keynote Address delivered at the International Jain Conference at Claremont Lincoln University, August 24-25, 2012.
Aug 19, 2012
The Praxis, by Dirk Bruere (Book Review)by Giulio Prisco
I have known Dirk Bruere online for many years, but I only met him in person a few weeks ago in London. He came to my talk on Turing Church unlimited - Transhumanist Religions 2.0, on July 14 in London, and gave me a copy of his book The Praxis.
Aug 13, 2012
Taiwan’s first same-sex Buddhist weddingITN
Lesbian couple Huang Mei-yu and You Ya-ting marry in Taiwan’s first same-sex Buddhist wedding ceremony. for more information on Buddhism and sexual orientation see Buddhism and sexual orientation.
Aug 6, 2012
Tibet’s Forgotten War: Cursed by the Cold Warby Paiden Gyal
How and why did CIA suddenly withdraw its covert military assistance to Tibetan Resistance Movement in 1969?
Aug 1, 2012
“From Eliza to Watson to Passing the Turing Test”Singularity Summit's channel
The Singularity Summit 2011 was a TED-style two-day event at the historic 92nd Street Y in New York City. The next event will take place in San Francisco, on October 13 & 14, 2012.
Aug 1, 2012
Extreme Futurist Festival 2012 promovimeo
Extreme Futurist Festival is a 2 day arts and technology festival focusing on radical voices of the new evolution. Last year we had a great event and were called “a TED conference for the counterculture” by the LA Weekly. This year we seek to make XFF an even more epic experience.
Jul 22, 2012
Consciousness and Thinking MachinesThe Rational Future
Dr. Goertzel is a leader in the AI field, with a dozen academic books and 100+ papers published; and the chief individual behind the Artificial General Intelligence conference series, which has played a key role in the overall advent of AGI technology in the past few years. He is Vice Chair of nonprofit organization Humanity+; chief founder of AI consulting firm Novamente LLC and bioinformatics consulting firm Biomind LLC; and co-founder and chief cognitive architect of the OpenCog open-source AGI project. He has also pioneered the application of advanced AI to life extension genomics. Currently he is focusing efforts on his role as Chief Scientist at Hong Kong financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings.
Jul 21, 2012
Creating/Discovering New States of Mindby Ben Goertzel
Our society puts a fair bit of energy, these days, into creating new technologies and discovering new scientific facts. But we don’t put hardly any effort at all into creating/discovering new states of mind. I think maybe we should – at the end of this blog post I’ll suggest a specific type that synthesizes spiritual mindfulness and intense scientific creativity.
Jul 20, 2012
Interview - Jeffery Martin - Hacking Your EnlightenmentThe Rational Future
Interview with Jeffery A. Martin - “Hacking Your Enlightenment”. Focusing on parallels and differences between Transhumanism and Enlightenment, states of consciousness after we expand upon human physiology, designing our experience, offloading our minds onto different substrates, and parallel existences. Questions are raised such as “Can robots be conscious?” and “Are we living in a simulation?”