> #transhumanism is the emancipation of biology
Entropy must be maximized. The negative #entropy of increasingly complex living organisms must fulfill the requirement of the #physics engine running the universe. Fortunately, life didn't stop evolving at bacteria. Bacteria ARE still around and we need them to survive. On the other hand, Neanderthals only exist as DNA remnants. Perhaps the jump to the next level of #evolution will be so extreme that, to future generations, #humans are more like bacteria and less like Neanderthals. #transhuman
Cooperative groups tend to be more competitive than non-cooperative ones. #GameTheory
Compassion is an evolved #superweapon. Jeff Stibel is deluded. There is no stopping this process. He can hold back his #patents for BrainGate™ Co. all he wants, but the physical world will continually yield up its mechanisms of action to the prying minds of restless humans. His discoveries will be reproduced and amplified. Life will keep evolving. #neural #transhuman #ai #capitalism
Francis Bacon did an experiment and and it killed him. On a wintry day in March 1626, while traveling from London to his home in St. Albans, in an attempt to find out whether freezing could help to preserve meat, he stopped his carriage, bought a chicken, and stuffed it full of snow. The result of his exertions in the cold and damp was not the early invention of the frozen TV dinner but his rapid demise from pneumonia. #science #history #cryogenic
"If, one day we can think of nothing more to do and our current activities seem pointless, we will have the option of ending our lives. Alternatively, we might change ourselves so radically that, although someone continues to live, it’s unclear that it’s us. But we cannot know in advance when we will reach that point. To throw away what may be a vastly long stretch of joyful living on the basis that forever must bring boredom and stagnation would be a terrible error." #futuristic
-- Max Moore
More proof we live in a #cyberpunk novel: if Hal Finney is #SatoshiNakamoto, that means the creator of the first usable #cryptocurrency is presently cryogenically frozen (usually at -196 °C) of in liquid #nitrogen.
Plot twist: since Alcor switched to #vitrification early this millennium which requires controlled temperatures higher than LN₂, his head is actually cryogenically frozen in a freezer in which air is gaseous.
Watching the feature documentary "Immortality or Bust," which follows #ZoltanIstvan and his #ImmortalityBus on the roads across America. The film is directed by Daniel Sollinger has won the Breakout Award at Raw Science Film Festival.
Zoltan visits Max More's #Alcor, Martine Rothblatt's #Terasem, Jacque Fresco's #VenusProject, and the Church of Perpetual Life in Florida. He also makes a detour on the virtual roads of the #Metaverse to speak at the Terasem Colloquium in #SecondLife.
> The main lesson of 35 years of AI research is that the hard problems are easy and the easy problems are hard. The mental abilities of a 4-year-old that we take for granted in fact solve some of the hardest engineering problems ever conceived... As the new generation of AIs appears, it will be the stock analysts, petrochemical engineers and parole board members who are in danger of being replaced by machines. The gardeners, receptionists, and cooks are secure in their jobs for decades to come.
Encoded in the large, highly evolved sensory and motor portions of the human brain is a billion years of experience about the nature of the world and how to survive in it. The deliberate process we call reasoning is the thinnest veneer of human thought, effective only because it is supported by much older and much more powerful, though usually unconscious, sensorimotor knowledge. We're all prodigious olympians in perceptual and motor areas, so good that we make the difficult look easy.
The difficulty of reverse-engineering any human skill is likely to be roughly proportional to the amount of time that skill has been evolving in animals.
The oldest human skills are largely unconscious and seemingly effortless.
Therefore, we should expect skills that appear effortless to be difficult to reverse-engineer, but skills that require effort may not necessarily be difficult to engineer at all.
"I want an RTS game that will give me a stress headache after an hour and an ulcer after a week. I want to identify experienced players on the street by their 1,000-yard stares."
E Nomine Simulātiōnem
What's the prospect of forming a future-perfect religion dedicated to setting people free from the simulation?
Presently Silicon Valley tends toward the Night City that William Gibson described so well in Neuromancer:
> like a deranged experiment in social Darwinism, designed by a bored researcher who kept one thumb permanently on the fast-forward button. Stop hustling and you sank without a trace, but move a little too swiftly and you’d break the fragile surface tension of the black market; either way, you were gone, with nothing left of you but some vague memory in the mind of a fixture like Ratz…
> We talk about our IPO like it's the deus ex machina coming down from on high to save us — like it’s an inevitability, like our stock options will lift us out of our existential dread, away from the collective anxiety that ebbs and flows. Realistically, we know it could be years before an IPO, if there’s an IPO at all; we know in our hearts that money is a salve, not a solution.
Nietzschean nihilistic living online
A certain sort of philosophically-minded culture critic might pause here to ask why Heidegger isn't a better guide than Nietzsche. Heidegger's pessimistic critique of modern technology - that it makes us subservient to its logic of instrumentality, so that everything begins to appear to us as nothing but a resource to be used - may seem like a better fit for Gertz's project.
Techno-hypnosis, the familiar act of zoning out while half-consuming online content, gives us a welcome escape from both wakefulness and sleep. Data-driven activity centers on strangely impersonal performance aggregates - steps climbed, calories burned. Pleasure economics revolves around the pathos of passing professional or erotic judgment on an endless stack of profiles. Herd networking turns us into brands servicing followers at the expense of our personhood.
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