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Rights > Economic > Vision > Virtuality > Contributors > Keith B. Wiley
Keith B. Wiley
The Obligatory Mind Uploading Blockchain Crossover by Keith B. Wiley

In 2017, the world lost its collective bananas over Bitcoin and its supporting technology, blockchains, aka distributed hashed transaction ledgers (a mouthful that simply means a history of transactions that can’t be altered, thus enabling verification of any historical inquiries).  As blockchain mania swept the summer headlines, briefly eclipsed by an actual bonafide eclipse (one of the seminal spiritual moments of the author’s life), everyone started connecting blockchains to everything.  In addition to Bitcoin’...

Vision > Virtuality > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
The Reality of Virtual Reality: A Philosophical Analysis by John Danaher

There is an apple in front of me. I can see it, but I can’t touch it. The reason is that the apple is actually a 3-D rendered model of an apple. It looks like an apple, but exists only within a virtual environment — one that is projected onto the computer screen in front of me. I can interact with the apple. I have an avatar that I can control on the screen. That avatar is a virtual projection of my self. It can pick up the apple, throw it around the virtual room, or eat it. But I can’t touch it and interact with it using my own physic...

Vision > Virtuality > Fellows > William Sims Bainbridge
William Sims Bainbridge
Is Reality Winner “One of Us?” by William Sims Bainbridge

Amidst the raging chaos in modern advanced nations, aggravated or rendered more visible by emerging technologies, an occasional individual person stands out, now notably Reality Winner.  Her Wikipedia page begins: “Reality Leigh Winner (born December 1991) is an American intelligence specialist employed by Pluribus International Corporation. Winner was arrested on June 3, 2017, on suspicion of leaking an intelligence report about Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections to the news website The Intercept. The report sug...

Vision > Virtuality > Affiliate Scholar > Steve Fuller
Steve Fuller
What Does the Campaign to Make Internet Access a Human Right Say about Who We Are? by Steve Fuller

What follows is not an argument for rejecting internet access as a human right. I have no problem with internet access being made available to all humans. But I believe that the enthusiasm attached to this campaign speaks to the Realpolitik that often lay behind ‘human rights’ campaigns. After all, in terms of Abraham Maslow’s famed ‘hierarchy of needs’, which defines the stages of human self-actualisation, internet access would be located near the very top – certainly on top of meeting the basic material conditions of life, whic...

Vision > Virtuality > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
Can we derive meaning and value from virtual reality? An Analysis of the Postwork Future by John Danaher

Yuval Noah Harari wrote an article in the Guardian a couple of months back entitled ‘The meaning of life in a world without work’. I was intrigued. Harari has gained a great deal of notoriety for his books Sapiens and Homo Deus. They are ambitious books, both in scope and intent. Harari’s subject is nothing less than the entire history and future of humanity. He wants to show us where we have come from, how we got here, and where we are going. He writes in a sweeping, breathless and occasionally grandiose style. As you read, you can’...

Vision > Virtuality > Contributors > Steven Parton
Steven Parton
Let the Masses Live In VR–A Socioeconomic Exploration by Steven Parton

As technology continues its exponential gains and catapults us into the realms of augmented and virtual reality, a chasm is forming between those who are looking to live unplugged as they cultivate a life of digital detoxing and those who are anxiously awaiting the moment they can live a majority of their life exploring alternate realities from the comfort of their own home.

SciencePolicy > Neuroscience > Vision > Virtuality > Advisory Board > Brian Hanley
Brian Hanley
Quantum Biology – Wandering where the edge is by Brian Hanley

I have had thoughts about quantum mechanics and biology for many years - ever since my thermodynamics class in chemistry as an undergrad. I discussed and developed them over the years. When I thought it was ready, decades ago, I wrote to Linus Pauling about my speculation that the most important differentiator for life is that from the molecular scale to the organization of organs, chaos (in the mathematical chaos theory sense) is the organizing principle. This means that living organisms are all potentially sensitive to quantum events. He w...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Vision > Virtuality
Posthuman Perspectives by IEET Fellow Prof. Dr. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner

IEET Fellow Prof. Dr. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner gave a talk on Posthuman Perspectives in Bratislava in December in 2016. The spoken presentation is longer than the written text, as it also provides a brief historical insight into the movements of the posthuman debates. Both provide a summary of many of his positions, and how they relate to various posthuman issues. http://questionofwill.com/en/stefan-lorenz-sorgner/

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Vision > Virtuality > Affiliate Scholar > B. J. Murphy
B. J. Murphy
Plantoids: The Birth of a Block-Chain-Based Lifeform by B. J. Murphy

In the age of robotics, the question of life continues to be a puzzling matter of debate. As creatures of biological code, are we more alive than those made up of digital code? Questions like this are debated more so today than at any other time in history.

Vision > Virtuality > Fellows > Andy Miah
Andy Miah
Directions in Virtual Reality by Andy Miah

As part of the BBC Digital Cities week, I was delighted to take part and open the VR/AR Show and Tell event at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Digital Innovation hub last week. It brought together some really amazing pioneers in VR, demonstrating how it can be an interface for research, industry, art, and entertainment. It was a fantastic affirmation of England’s vibrant North West VR/AR network!