A critique of Martine Rothblatt’s illuminating assessment of how cyber consciousness will evolve and come to be adjuncts, even replacements for ourselves. Here I contrast it with my DNA based approach, as the two paths are parallel now, but could meet at infinity.
The Singularity is here, and it’s not about artificial intelligence. It’s about our species’ character in the face of impending extinction.
This is a definitive article by a profound scholar, R. Joseph Hoffmann, written when the “brights” really thought they were. Humanists, that is.
It’s one thing to know we live in a military plutocracy. When we tolerate it, year in, year out, we invite desperate times.
The absence of a responsible press in the West is unforgivable, and now the Internet is gone too . Sorry, but this is what fascism looks like.
One of the world’s largest slums in Nigeria has more than 70 million people living in absolute poverty. An opportunity exists to offer them Internet access affordably.
Torture is the ultimate crime. Pain is even dirtier than sex. Much dirtier.
If you asked Canadians if they supported this- no. But politicians court the Inuit vote, to allow them to “harvest” bears for export.
Humanism must embrace the legacies and history of Asia, to become critics and defenders of our species. Here three Asian intellectuals are recalled with their anti-colonial burdens.
Immortality has always been of interest to humanists, as the logical endpoint of taking up our station in the Universe, under our own terms. But the author abandons ship just when it starts to get (very) interesting, as academics do – feigning wisdom.