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Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
A Philosopher’s Lifelong Search for Meaning – Part 5 – Transhumanism and Meaning by John G. Messerly

16. A Fully Meaningful Cosmos

Thus there are plausible reasons to believe that individual and cosmic death might be avoided. Yet immorality doesn’t guarantee a meaning of life, as the idea of hell so graphically illustrates. Immortality is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for a fully meaningful reality. But what do we mean by fully meaningful?

Technopolitics > Futurism > Technoprogressivism > Affiliate Scholar > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
Citizenship as Fob Key by Rick Searle

One of the key conceptual difficulties faced by those grappling with the resurgence of nationalism today is to hold fast to the recognition that this return of the nation state occurs in an already globalized world. In other words, this isn’t our grandparents’ nationalism we are confronting but something quite new, and forgetting that fact leads to all kinds of intellectual mistakes, most notably imagining that the ghosts of the likes of Hitler, Tojo, and Mussolini have risen from the grave like Halloween ghouls.

Rights > HealthLongevity > Affiliate Scholar > Adam A. Ford
Adam A. Ford Wins 1st Prize in the Longevity Film Competition Longevity Film Competition

Synopsis

“Aging is a technical problem with a technical solution - finding the solution requires clear thinking and focused effort. Once solving aging becomes demonstrably feasible, it is likely attitudes will shift regarding its desirability.  There is huge potential, for individuals and for society, in reducing suffering through the use of rejuvenation therapy to achieve new heights of physical well-being.  I also discuss the looming economic implications of large percentages of illness among aging populations - an...

Technopolitics > Futurism > Technoprogressivism > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Survival of the Richest by John G. Messerly

Professor and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff recently penned an article that went viral, “Survival of the Richest.” It outlines how the super wealthy are preparing for doomsday. Here is a recap followed by a brief commentary.

SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
Is effective regulation of AI possible? Eight potential regulatory problems by John Danaher

The halcyon days of the mid-20th century, when researchers at the (in?)famous Dartmouth summer school on AI dreamed of creating the first intelligent machine, seem so far away. Worries about the societal impacts of artificial intelligence (AI) are on the rise. Recent pronouncements from tech gurus like Elon Musk and Bill Gates have taken on a dramatically dystopian edge. They suggest that the proliferation and advance of AI could pose a existential threat to the human race.

Rights > Economic > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Survival of the Richest by John G. Messerly

Professor and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff recently penned an article that went viral, “Survival of the Richest.” It outlines how the super wealthy are preparing for doomsday. Here is a recap followed by a brief commentary.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Steve Fuller
Steve Fuller
Must A Human Be An Ape?  The Ultimate Problem of Self-Classification by Steve Fuller

How humans came to descend from apes The Oxford English Dictionaries define ‘human’ in three ways, which are listed in the following order: (1) whatever distinguishes people from God, animals and machines; (2) whenever people behave in a highly desirable fashion; (3) whoever is a member of the genus Homo. These are really quite different definitions. The first has the greatest conceptual clarity, but its clarity is limited to the realm of the conceptual. Making that definition work in practice is diabolical. The second is unclear in both...

Technopolitics > Sociology > Rights > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Affiliate Scholar > Tsvi Bisk
Tsvi Bisk
The Future of the European Union by Tsvi Bisk

The present crises of the EU (70 years after its creation) are in large part a consequence of absorbing three former fascist countries (Greece, Portugal and Spain) and eleven former communist countries, whose economies, standards of living and political cultures lagged behind the 13 more politically and economically advanced countries. The internal migrations towards a better standard of living from the 14 to the 13, in addition to the refugee crisis, have been major contributors to the dissatisfactions that led to Brexit as well as the rise...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
Is Transhumanism A Religion? by John G. Messerly

Transhumanism is an intellectual movement that aims to transform and improve the human condition by developing and making available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physiological, and moral functioning. Transhumanists argue that humanity in its current form represents an early phase of its evolutionary development. A common transhumanist thesis is that humans may eventually transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities that they will have become godlike or posthuman. Notably, this incl...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > Roland Benedikter
Roland Benedikter Discusses Rights in a Post-Human World Cato Unbound

I agree with Rachel that the future of “serious” AI to be branded as such in the strict sense is still (far) ahead, as I have already stated in my lead essay. And I appreciate Rachel’s notion of “general intelligence” to be applied on the upcoming debates on rights for non-human “intelligence” within modern democracies. I regard this notion to be a potential “added value” to a more in-depth debate which hasn’t been taken into consideration sufficiently yet, at least in current Europe. Yet concrete legal proposal options o...