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Transhumanism 101

a 40-minute overview of Transhumanism

Willow Brugh

on 2 October 2010

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PostHumanism TransHumanism "beyond human" grey area what is recommended back channel
@willowbl00 / #willdex
Russian Cosmism Therapy

Advancement what for? conscious evolution
individual / social cochlear implants viral / cancer vision treatment anemia narcolepsy lacking limb deafness nanobots health services increase O2 modafinil eyeborg prosthetics nootropics magnetic implants gene therapy
permanent productivity performance productivity perception Alzheimer's post-geographical Tribe
Life Logging
altering environment
external augments
issues bio v mech
implant hacking
genetic remnants
brain alterations
new senses
performance gaps
thank you we are making a Future F The next stage of human evolution? You mean the abolition of war and poverty, the mutual toleration of religion, and a globally harmonious way of living that is holistic and sustainable? A world where the arts, sciences and spirituality are valued above commerce and exploitation? Where the sanctity of our enfleshed existence as a part of nature is respected? Where past wrongs have been redressed and everyone enjoys equality of opportunity and dignity?

- e sheep comix
(http://www.electricsheepcomix.com/blog/?p=9) A Transhumanist actively trend-spots technological trajectories with special emphasis upon feasible applications toward radical yet relatively safe human enhancements. A Transhuman proper accelerates artificial selection by early-adopting resultant enhancements, thereby willfully functioning as bio/non-bio sub-species set on transitioning into a Posthuman. A Posthuman is post, that is to say no longer strictly human... i.e. Homo evolutis. A vitally important take-away assumption of all this: Clearly, we go from growing ourselves to building ourselves.
- Shane Hope
(http://www.rhizome.org/editorial/2721) Transubstrational
Not certain I've coined the term “transubstrational,” but I use it to concisely communicate the likelihood of living/thinking/existing in or across substrates. By substrate, I mean the material within or upon which our default, for now human, general intelligence system operates, i.e. biology. As we technologically augment ourselves, we'll ontologically wiggle our way out of the current default substrate of biology and into/across novel material structures. Most are warily familiar with the concept of uploading, that is, the transfer of a personality from the biological human brain to a suitable synthetic computing device in order to allow easier upgrading of intelligence, self-modification, and backup of the self. To counteract the reactionary yet somewhat justifiable concern over what could be considered an essentialization of our ridiculously complex human personalities, some amend that uploading will be gradual, almost unnoticeable, proceeding update by update, right up until we upgrade. Personally, I prefer to explain it in this willful way: We will think our way across.
- Shane Hope (http://www.rhizome.org/editorial/2721)
http://venturebeat.com/2008/08/08/defcon-excuse-me-while-i-turn-off-your-pacemaker/ http://www.wired.com/wired/images.html?issue=13.11&topic=bolero&img=1 http://eyeborgproject.com/about/ http://www.cyberpunkreview.com/cyberpunked-living/experiences-in-body-modification/ conscious evolution through technology Human anyway? / / follow-up
less wrong
Shane Hope
Universal Immortalism
m1k3y at grinding
alephnought at teslasexual
lion kimbro
noah at improbablecog
@ramez and @egon_
gnomedex (clearly) integration diabetes http://openprosthetics.org/ http://www.cyberpunkreview.com/news-as-cyberpunk/prosthetics-in-the-mainstream-dolphins-bionic-women/ http://news.bmezine.com/2010/08/10/who-needs-an-itouch-when-your-body-can-do-the-same-job/ Oh, no, you just mean the same shit with people who look weirder. integrated augments prevention / youth extension interactive tattoos http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/547-Scott-Summit-The-Future-of-3D-Printing.html http://www.nwabr.org/studentbiotech/winners/studentwork/2007/WB_BA_TRONGTHAM/9_developingcures.htm Do you remember how, in the future, we
were all going to be punks?
Do you remember how technology
wasn’t going to homogenize us, it was
going to customize us?
Do you remember when we were going
to live in alleys and in cathedrals and
everything was going to be accompanied
by bass synths?
Do you remember when there wasn’t
going to be a mainstream? We were all
going to be part of six hundred thousand
different cliques and subcultures?

Fuck flying cars, I just want shit to be weird.
-I Feel Betrayed by the Future
(soon available for free download
at Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness) Do you remember when science was
going to address questions like “how do
I make people more than human?” in-
stead of questions like “how do I make
it easier to never go outside?” http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/aimee_mullins_prosthetic_aesthetics.html http://freakangels.com/whitechapel/comments.php?DiscussionID=1740&page=1#Item_0 http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20051029 http://hypatia.ca/2010/06/magnetic-fingernails/ More Than Human - Ramez Naam p90 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000196 http://dana.org/printerfriendly.aspx?id=28786 http://www.rdmag.com/News/2010/07/life-sciences-fda-clears-first-implantable-telescope-for-vision/ http://www.imminst.org/forum/topic/36691-ten-months-of-research-condensed-a-total-newbies-guide-to-nootropics/ otologics.com
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