MachineMachine /stream - tagged with transhumanism https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[The Abolition Of Man (No, Really) | The American Conservative]]> https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-abolition-of-man-no-really/

My libertarian friend Conor Friedersdorf has stared into the abyss, and has been jolted by what stared back. He writes about it in a must-read essay with the deceptively anodyne title “The Limits of Diversity”. Conor begins by laying out his own openness to diverse experience.

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Sat, 10 Aug 2019 13:20:54 -0700 https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-abolition-of-man-no-really/
<![CDATA[Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand | News | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/feb/15/why-silicon-valley-billionaires-are-prepping-for-the-apocalypse-in-new-zealand

How an extreme libertarian tract predicting the collapse of liberal democracies – written by Jacob Rees-Mogg’s father – inspired the likes of Peter Thiel to buy up property across the Pacific by If you’re interested in the end of the world, you’re interested in New Zealand.

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Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:03:12 -0700 https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/feb/15/why-silicon-valley-billionaires-are-prepping-for-the-apocalypse-in-new-zealand
<![CDATA[Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Business | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods

A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of Ame

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:31:02 -0800 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods
<![CDATA[Silicon Valley’s Radical Machine Cult - Motherboard]]> https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kz7jem/silicon-valley-digitalism-machine-religion-artificial-intelligence-christianity-singularity-google-facebook-cult

We are witnessing the beginning of Silicon Valley institutionalizing its religious beliefs.

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:30:57 -0800 https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kz7jem/silicon-valley-digitalism-machine-religion-artificial-intelligence-christianity-singularity-google-facebook-cult
<![CDATA[When man meets metal: rise of the transhumans | Technology | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/29/transhuman-bodyhacking-transspecies-cyborg

Earlier this year I went to an event in Austin, Texas, billed as a sneak preview of the evolution of our species.

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:30:47 -0800 https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/29/transhuman-bodyhacking-transspecies-cyborg
<![CDATA[Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Business | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods

A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of Ame

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:51:02 -0800 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods
<![CDATA[Silicon Valley’s Radical Machine Cult - Motherboard]]> https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kz7jem/silicon-valley-digitalism-machine-religion-artificial-intelligence-christianity-singularity-google-facebook-cult

We are witnessing the beginning of Silicon Valley institutionalizing its religious beliefs.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:50:57 -0800 https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kz7jem/silicon-valley-digitalism-machine-religion-artificial-intelligence-christianity-singularity-google-facebook-cult
<![CDATA[Yuval Harari's New Book Feeds the Tech Czars' God Complex]]> http://www.thedailybeast.com/yuval-hararis-new-book-feeds-the-tech-czars-god-complex

What do the most powerful people in the world read? For Donald Trump, the depressing but familiar answer is nothing beyond tweets and headlines.

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Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:49 -0700 http://www.thedailybeast.com/yuval-hararis-new-book-feeds-the-tech-czars-god-complex
<![CDATA[Ghost in the Cloud | Issue 28 | n+1]]> https://nplusonemag.com/issue-28/essays/ghost-in-the-cloud/

“ Ido plan to bring back my father,” Ray Kurzweil says. He is standing in the anemic light of a storage unit, his frame dwarfed by towers of cardboard boxes and oblong plastic bins. He wears tinted eyeglasses.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:01:30 -0700 https://nplusonemag.com/issue-28/essays/ghost-in-the-cloud/
<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Would Rather Cure Death Than Make Life Worth Living | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/2017/03/silicon-valley-rather-cure-death-make-life-worth-living/

Silicon Valley is coming for death. But it’s looking in the wrong place. After disrupting the way we love, communicate, travel, work, and even eat, technologists believe they can solve the ultimate problem.

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:49:22 -0700 https://www.wired.com/2017/03/silicon-valley-rather-cure-death-make-life-worth-living/
<![CDATA[Singularities panel, Transmediale 2017]]> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd1LHsnlVC8

With Luiza Prado & Pedro Oliveira (A parede), Rasheedah Phillips, Dorothy R. Santos Moderated by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke

A singularity is a point in space-time of such unfathomable density that the very nature of reality is brought into question. Associated with elusive black holes and the alien particles that bubble up from quantum foam at their event horizon, the term ‘singularity’ has also been co-opted by cultural theorists and techno-utopianists to describe moments of profound social, ontological, or material transformation—the coming-into-being of new worlds that redefine their own origins. Panelists contend with the idea of singularities and ruptures, tackling transformative promises of populist narratives, and ideological discrepancies that are deeply embedded in art and design practices. By reflecting on Afrofuturism and digital colonialism, they will also question narcissistic singularities of 'I,' 'here,' and 'now', counter the rhetoric of technological utopias, and confound principles of human universality.

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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:10:50 -0800 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd1LHsnlVC8
<![CDATA[Singularities panel, Transmediale (5th Feb 2017)]]> http://additivism.org/post/157310071576

Singularities panel, Transmediale (5th Feb 2017)The video of our #Singularities panel at Transmediale is now online:Featuring the extraordinary talents of Luiza Prado & Pedro Oliveira (A parede), Rasheedah Phillips, and Dorothy R. Santos speaking (and performing) on refiguring techno-colonialist and heteronormative pasts, presents, futures and identities.The introduction to the panel - written by Morehshin and myself - can be found here. Photos from the panel are here.Stick around for the discussion and Q&A

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:02:15 -0800 http://additivism.org/post/157310071576
<![CDATA[The Abolition Of Man (No, Really) | The American Conservative]]> http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-abolition-of-man-no-really/

My libertarian friend Conor Friedersdorf has stared into the abyss, and has been jolted by what stared back. He writes about it in a must-read essay with the deceptively anodyne title “The Limits of Diversity”. Conor begins by laying out his own openness to diverse experience.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:50:53 -0800 http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-abolition-of-man-no-really/
<![CDATA[The combination of human and artificial intelligence will define humanity’s future | TechCrunch]]> https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/12/the-combination-of-human-and-artificial-intelligence-will-define-humanitys-future/

Through the past few decades of summer blockbuster movies and Silicon Valley products, artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly familiar and sexy, and imbued with a perversely dystopian allure.

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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:56:18 -0700 https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/12/the-combination-of-human-and-artificial-intelligence-will-define-humanitys-future/
<![CDATA[The Silicon Valley billionaires who want to live forever - The i newspaper online iNews]]> https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/silicon-valley-billionaires-want-live-forever/

Throughout history, the world’s greatest minds have been obsessed with immortality. The scientists and entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley are no exception “I’ve already lowered my biological age and upgraded my IQ,” says Silicon valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey.

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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:28:35 -0700 https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/silicon-valley-billionaires-want-live-forever/
<![CDATA[Will A.I. Harm Us? Better to Ask How We'll Reckon With Our Hybrid Nature - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus]]> http://nautil.us/blog/will-ai-harm-us-better-to-ask-how-well-reckon-with-our-hybrid-nature

Photo by Ars Electronica / FlickrLittle Lewis, my son, I see some evidence that you have the ability to learn science, number and proportions, and I recognize your special desire to learn about the astrolabe… — Chaucer’s Astrolabe Treatise, 1391.

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Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:09:44 -0700 http://nautil.us/blog/will-ai-harm-us-better-to-ask-how-well-reckon-with-our-hybrid-nature
<![CDATA[Embracing the Horror of The Anthropocence (plenary talk)]]> http://machinemachine.net/portfolio/embracing-the-horror-of-the-anthropocene/

This talk was delivered as the plenary paper for The 11th Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference, Imperial College, London, 2nd August 2016. You can find the full content of the talk beneath the slides in the comments section, or click the gear icon below and select ‘Open speaker notes’ It is presented here under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence – please use as you wish, but always reference and refer back to this post or the slide show.

“Any sufficiently advanced civilisation is indistinguishable from its garbage.” – Bruce Sterling

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 04:50:49 -0700 http://machinemachine.net/portfolio/embracing-the-horror-of-the-anthropocene/
<![CDATA[Why Euro Transhumanism Has Morphed Into a 'Technoprogressive' Fight for Equality | Inverse]]> https://www.inverse.com/article/17300-why-euro-transhumanism-has-morphed-into-a-technoprogressive-fight-for-equality

If the transhumanists have their way, technology will, slowly but surely, erase metaphorical and physical borders.

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:37:06 -0700 https://www.inverse.com/article/17300-why-euro-transhumanism-has-morphed-into-a-technoprogressive-fight-for-equality
<![CDATA[Transhumanists are searching for a dystopian future - The Washington Post]]> https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/05/17/transhumanists-are-searching-for-a-dystopian-future/

Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week, we’re talking about transhumanism. Need a primer? Catch up here. Charles T. Rubin is author of “Eclipse of Man: Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress.

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:00:03 -0700 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/05/17/transhumanists-are-searching-for-a-dystopian-future/
<![CDATA[Technology won’t undermine human dignity. Fear of change will. - The Washington Post]]> https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/05/20/technology-wont-undermine-human-dignity-fear-of-change-will/

Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week, we’re talking about transhumanism. Need a primer? Catch up here.

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:59:57 -0700 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/05/20/technology-wont-undermine-human-dignity-fear-of-change-will/