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Friends and family make fun of me for my thoughts on the future of humanity. Most of them don’t believe me when I say they could literally be alive when the ability is made to have super intelligence or the ability to live forever (or at least 5x the current lifespan of a human). It doesn’t hurt my feelings one bit (probably because I don’t have many feelings), nor do I really care what others think anyways.

When I look into the year 2045, 30 years from now, I will be a 56 year old man. At that time, being in your 50s might be the new 30s. I will still be young, probably with a growing family, and if I am lucky, retired (right?).

But there will be one difference between the present me and the future me: I will be wiser, more intelligent, and more experienced. That’s a given, and that would happen whether or not I had the ability to gain super intelligence. My question for myself is how will I communicate and interact with those around me?

Social media has already destroyed the need for family or high school reunions. Who needs to go through the trouble of all that work when we can just shoot a quick Facebook message over to someone we probably don’t want to see anyways? We don’t even need to call them anymore. I’m confident, that if I survive between now and then, I WILL have the ability to be super intelligent AND live for a couple hundred years, if not forever.

My issue is will we lose what makes us human? Will we lose the feeling of happiness, if the feeling of stress, pain, and loss is no longer an issue. Humans who feel pain understand the difference between that and happiness. How can you be happy if you do not know how to be sad?

As part of the last generation that remembers what it was like without the Internet, I can see why kids have disappeared from the streets. They are inside in front of screens downloading games and stalking their enemies and friends on social media without any real interaction. I’m completely against social media for the purpose of being close to those you know. It’s ridiculous.

When I’m 56, I hope the abilities we will have will only bring us closer. And I hope we will still be able to feel pain and suffering. Being human, that’s required.

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One of Google’s leading technology advisers, experts, and cool dude is Ray Kurzweil.

How do you know he’s cool? He’s done remarkable things in terms of how technology can be used to better lives. Also, he’s been able to show us ways in which technology will help us in the future.

Ray first busted onto the scene in the 1960s on a game show, “I’ve Got A Secret“. <– Watch the video here!

What he did was quite astonishing: his secret was that he programmed a computer to play the piano. In the 60s! Hippies, Jimi Hendrix, and Vietnam were hot topics at this time.

From there, Kurzweil became well-known for his views of the future. In 1990 he published his first book, “The Age of Intelligent Machines“, in which he researched on the history of computer artificial intelligence and the future implications of such technology. Along the next few years, culminating in 2004, Kurzweil also writes The Age of Spiritual Machines, and The Singularity. The latter was written in 2004, while the others are pretty much based on the succeeding book.

The same themes are followed, yet each book is more of an update on the progress of artificial technology. In total, he’s written 6 books on artificial intelligence, computers, and biological and technological implication of AI progress.

Google recently hired Kurzweil in 2013 to head their AI division. In 2014, he made an astonishing statement when he said we should get ready for hybrid thinking, which is a concept that our brains will be able to access the cloud and gather information about anything we wanted.

He has been at the forefront of the technology field for generations, and will continue to be. Apparently, he takes so many supplements and vitamins that he truly thinks he will live to the point of time that he termed the Singularity, which means that technology will surpass human biology and will begin to mend itself with our biological forms.

Crazy? Or not? This isn’t Ripley’s, people!

I found it interesting that Amazon bids on the keyword “super intelligence”.

After searching for this term I found a paid advertisement on Google that led me to an Amazon landing page that had a list of all books with “Super Intelligence” in the title.

I’m wondering if someone there actually takes the time to bid on these keywords or if Amazon uses some sort of automated process to build keywords and change bids based on times of day, sort of like Kenshoo.

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As you can see above the keyword I searched for was in the title, followed by the Amazon brand name. Makes sense right? Amazon is a well-known brand and wants people to know this ad is coming from them, where that person likely already has an account created and can purchase something quite easily.

Below that you see the small yellow box that identifies that it is indeed a paid advertisement. Following this, you see a mock URL. If you were to type in that same URL it would not lead you to the same landing page. This technique is used by marketers to give you a general idea of what sort of product will be on the landing page if clicked.

Next, you see that Amazon has a 4.5 rating. Not bad, right? Who doesn’t love Amazon?

I’m unsure of what the basic message is of the advertisement: “Books to satisfy anyone from new learners to computer geeks”. I’m almost shocked at how basic this is. Surely no one is paying attention and manually creating these. But do you need to? I still clicked on the link.

Finally, you see that Amazon had perfect scores for shipping costs, selection, and prices. Well done.

What do you think?

How do you find out more information about the subject you love?

This blog was created because I love technology. More importantly, I love where technology will be going. I love the future and I am always thinking about how technology will change that future. I also love forming my own predictions of unknown technologies that will allow us to pass our intellectual prowess.

Research is key to making your knowledge of your subject more profound. How should you do research in relation to writing blog posts, or finding the best blogs to read about your subject?

In Moz’s The Beginner’s Guide to SEO, Chapter 5 takes you through keyword research. In this case, I will lay out some steps below that will help you research terms related to your blog. If you don’t like what you see below, feel free to jump over to Moz’s warehouse of SEO knowledge where I’m sure you could find more information on building traffic to your blog.

Step 1) Understand the value of that keyword: Using Google Keyword Planner, type in the most general term for your subject. Mine would be transhumanism. What do you see? I see terms related to transhumanism, values of transhumanists, and also well-known transhumanist resources.

Step 2) Gather insight into long tail keywords for your blog: The longer, or more specific, your keyword is, the more likely the person who uses that keyword to search for your subject will find you.

Step 3) After researching, analyze keyword difficulty:  Given the demand for a keyword, you may not want to use it because the search results will be saturated with other blogs that are more popular than yours.

Side note: If you are searching for people in your industry, utilize the same steps above but instead with the person’s name, and/or what industry they are an expert in.

Hope this helps!

A couple that I know had their second child, a baby boy. They already have a little girl, and I am proud to see them have a chance at being even greater parents by being challenged by the number of children.

The child is healthy, actually quite on the road to going home as soon as humanly capable. At times like this, I think of life and death. The poor guy was born and now has been sleeping ever since, the birth being too much of a workout: first breath, bright lights, noise not disguised by amniotic fluids!! Something so small and innocent, yet so capable of being something great.

Something that the world has never seen. Human life mirrors that of a flower. It is cultivated and grown from a sprout to a fully grown flower to withering and dying out, like a bell curve. We are nothing more than a freak of nature, something that went right with nature that provided a species with intelligence and reason. We can see it happening with apes, chimpanzees, or whatever ones are the smartest.

We evolved. We were born during evolution. A mutation allowed intelligence.

Or was it God? What do you think?

How will that intelligence evolve? How will future human beings give birth? Will it be like the Matrix where human beings are grown?

I love kids, mainly due to their innocence and not knowing the horrors that their fellow human beings are capable of making. I seen some things that I shouldn’t have when I was a child, but I am here today as someone that never regretted his actions or his beliefs. Life and death to me, are just cycles bound to never meet an end, with no means to an end.

With technology, humans will become more than human. But what about those skeptics out there who believe that robots will eventually take over the world and kill off humans? Could they be right?

I’m not sure, but I’d rather become half-robot than dead-human!

To transhumanists, technology will be the key to the survival of human existence and ultimately our immortality. But technology is also which caused today’s current epidemics in the world. Technology spurred overpopulation, if you follow the chain, and caused disease and greed and wealthy economies and poor economies and wealthy families and poor families and more!

Without technology, however, I wouldn’t be able to communicate with you via this blog post. I wouldn’t even exist in your memory. Maybe I’m blabbering, but the future of technology can only go in one direction, and that is UP!

Transhumanists need a way of relaying information to skeptics as to inform them of its benefits. Many of these skeptics believe we shouldn’t mess around with God’s plan for us to die eventually. But many transhumanists are also atheists or agnostics (not all). Transhumanists take their fate into their own hands and make a choice on whether to utilize the technology at their disposal for the good or bad of humankind.

Many technologies transhumanists look forward to can be used in evil ways. Nano-bots are looking to be used to cure cancer by inserting them into the body. These nano-bots would be programmed to “search-and-destroy” all cancerous cells. But….nano-bots could also be programmed by terrorists to spy on governments. Even worse, mass quantities could be programmed to wipe out a country’s entire ecosystem by destroying agriculture, poisoning water supplies, and even infecting specific populations with diseases.

This causes a major problem with speaking about the ethics of transhumanist thought.

With that being said, transhumanism needs help when it comes to the perception of its intentions. How can we make this experience better for the world to understand?

For those Ray Kurzweil’s, Aubrey de Grey’s, and David Pearce’s of the world, I would recommend aiming to change the perception of what transhumanist life could be like. You’ve already got some of us hooked, but let’s go for the skeptics.

First, those pushing a transhumanist agenda need to reach those skeptics by finding them. To do this, research needs to be conducted. Push surveys on websites with transhumanist, biotechnology, or subjects alike. Record demographics, record their views on humanity, record their views on transhumanism. And then find the groups of people based on that data that are skeptical of the intentions of transhumanists.

Second, start reaching out to those people that belong to the demographic you’re targeting as “non-transhumanist” and ask them why they don’t believe transhumanism to be a “good” thing. Ask open-ended questions to receive real responses. Find out their past experiences to understand why that aging and death should not be tampered with, or why humans should not have super-intelligence. Are they afraid that these abilities will get into the wrong hands?

Finally, analyze the data and figure out a way to address the concerns of these skeptics of transhumanism. Companies with technologies of a transhumanist stature should establish programs and processes not just for ethical reasons but because the concerns of skeptics are real and true concerns. We don’t want terrorists to have super-intelligence or access to world-destroying technology. Once there is a plan in place, stress and publicize this plan to those skeptics and the rest of the world on why we can still utilize the power of transhumanist tendencies and still be moral human beings.

Since technological advancement is inevitable (minus the world reaching the apocalypse), these are ethical dilemmas that governments should begin dealing with. But governments do already deal with technology and ethics, correct?

Take for instance the nuclear bomb. We have international governments that routinely make sure that countries with bad intentions do not acquire this technology. We have technology in place to protect our electrical grids from cyber attacks.

All of this is possible with any new technology that is born. The future is scary, but if you won’t have a future and decide to waive your immortality, then should you care about the future of those that do?