Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

Do transhumanists and their companies market themselves? What do their email campaigns look like?

If we were to look at Apple as a company that is an advocate for transhumanist concepts, you would think that they take the integration of technology devices seriously in the way they want people to use their products.

We can see this in their email campaigns, where their imagery shows a person using their phone in conjunction with their Mac book. Not only does the campaign showcase the device integration, it also shows how that integration makes life easier for the user. The main benefits and features of each technology is listed in those campaigns, as well as links to those products to find more information and purchase. After clicking through to the website, the website is very futuristic and simple. Think about how uncluttered their website is. The main focus is the technology, what features it has, and how those features will make your life easier.

Since technology is the biggest aspect of the transhumanist movement, Apple is a front runner in the corporate transhumanism universe. They are typically the first to release technologies that the world has never seen before. They create devices that are becoming closer and closer to our bodies.

Google also employs this same type of strategy. I received an email regarding their release of the first editions of Google Glass, which were wearable glasses that could tell you about things you were looking at. You could watch videos and take pictures just by blinking. Their email campaigns were very straight to the point, and did not give you the price of the product. Since the brand is so huge and the technology was so different, not showing the price enticed the reader to click through to their website to not only see the price, but also watch a video on what you can actually do with the technology.

Apple and Google are both very good at getting people to their website.


Customer lifecycle analysis in Transhumanism? Won’t they live forever?

It’s interesting to think of how transhumanists become transhumanist. Of course, we weren’t born that way. So what happened?

Perhaps it all begins with being engaged by the concept of transhumanism. It comes with learning about technology while also having a love for technology. Transhumanists do not wish to cease to exist, whether it is through art or simply living forever. Maybe it is a pseudo-science approach, but transhumanists may understand the concept before they know it has a word or a movement to describe it. Transhumanists learn first, and then discover the movement. They read about transhumanism, who are experts in the concept, and what companies are employing those concepts to real life problems. Google hired Ray Kurzweil a few years ago in order to run their artificial intelligence department. R.K. is a man who explained the concept of the Singularity, which describes the point in time when technology will exceed human biology. This is one concept of transhumanism, but is an important one nonetheless.

After transhumanists learn about the concepts and discover real world examples of transhumanism, they take part in the integration of technology as it relates to making life easier. They are open to trying new health treatments. These are early initiators of technology. They are the first to use new phones, grab smart watches, advocates of virtual technology. Transhumanists also keep up to date with science fiction, because most science fiction is based on worlds we have not yet been able to attain. So far we have learn, discover, use, and then transhumanists are advocates of the movement. We try to spread the knowledge about what it means to be healthier and more intelligence human beings.

But perhaps the lifecycle never ends. Because transhumanists, if given the chance, will never cease to exist!

Who are transhumanists and who are the stakeholders?

Transhumanists are people who want to transcend the current human experience. Humanists move at their own leisurely pace, while transhumanists advocate for the merger of man and machine in order to live remarkably longer than what our human biology allows us to. Transhumanists are people who love technology and what it means for our human existence. Not only are transhumanists keen on being healthy physically, but allowing technology to increase our intelligence. Also, removing the length it takes for humans to evolve. Transhumanists believe in prolonging our existence by moving to new worlds and discovering new, Earth-like planets. transhumanists are environmentally friendly, as technology that we believe in will one day be able to reverse the carbon emission effects that humans have disgraced the world with. We believe in the fact that little nano bots will be able to eliminate cancerous cells without one symptom of a side effect. Genetic manipulation is a must for transhumanists, as currently all humans have limits. Transhumanists believe in limitless human conditions, both physically and intelligently. Transhumanists are educated about current technology and its relation to biology, and work towards a goal that has bigger implications than saving for retirement.

Stakeholders include companies such as Google, Facebook, and Apple, which are currently some of those popular and well-regarded companies in the world. They are deep into technology and are increasingly coming out with gadgets that are becoming closer and closely integrated with our human bodies. Although wearable technology is not necessarily transhumanist, this is one step closer to that end.

Ray Kurzweil is a promoter of transhumanism and believes that one day technology will exceed human biology, and thus, in order to survive, humans will have to integrate themselves with the technology around them in order to move forth in the world.

It is interesting to note that perhaps some of us alive today won’t be able to make it to the point where we will have the option to live forever. However, it will one day be possible to do so, assuming humanity doesn’t destroy itself or be destroyed by an asteroid or something.

When did the celebration of birthdays begin? In what culture did the celebration of birthdays begin?

Today is my father’s birthday, and today he is now a senior citizen. He has never been one to celebrate a birthday. From what I hear, when he joined the Navy when he was 19, he never received too many gifts except from his mother. Not receiving gifts isn’t what disheartened him about birthdays, to him it’s another day. I think I’ve grown up to enjoy that sense of non-receiving as well, as I don’t want much for my birthday other than the usual pat on the back or whatever. Let’s make it an occasion to get together, that’s all.

One of the purposes of this blog is to think about where humanity will be in the 22nd century. Why look so far ahead in the future, instead of looking at the issues that will hit us within the next 9 decades? Well, for one, I don’t think there is much I can do to change the fact that we have global warming, deepening hatred between religions and cultures, and Mother Nature just not giving a f***.

I think humanity will prevail. Perhaps we may have many setbacks in these coming decades, but I think in the 22nd century we will finally see a Utopia-like environment for humanity. But what about birthdays?

In Ray Kurzweil’s “The Singularity” he discusses the fact that humans will be able to basically transplant themselves from one physical body to another. The body acts as an encasing of the mind, essentially allowing the individual to live forever.

Birthdays in the 22 Century: The birthday party supplies business will thrive. Cakes will still be made (who knows out of what, though), and abundant prodigy children will no longer receive hand rattles for their first birthdays, but instead books that they can read before they can talk. Damn technology…just keeps making everything easier for us! And already grown folks will, like I said, essentially live forever. SO maybe the birthday business will actually die, because birth no longer has meaning in the 22nd century, as humans are cultivated as soon as they are conceived to live without fear of death.

I know that I am a thinker, one that thinks all the time. I drive a lot, for long durations, with thought-making music blasting. I think about love, evil, work, art, the future, past, and present, among other things. Sometimes I think about puppies running in the wind. I like the ones on the Viagra commercials. Or is it Cialis? I have a dry sense of humor, but it depends on my mood.

What will philosophers think in the 22nd century, less than 9 decades away? How will they produce logic with human biology and man-made technology influencing their thoughts from the beginning of their birth? Exponentially, we are achieving the one goal man has searched for since the beginning: the route to God, or whatever you want to call him regarding your own beliefs. But hey, what do I know, it’s 2013!

I think about myself, too. But I’m not selfish. I just like to think, and analyze, and determine, and conclude.

Anyways, as for the future, whether one second into it or one century, things will be different. More words will have been written, more years will have passed. More faces becoming wrinkled and more children losing their innocence to the effects of adulthood. But it has happened forever since we have existed, and will continue until we are extinct.

I’m excited for the 22nd century. You know why? Because Ray Kurzweil thinks anyone will be able to live forever. In a machine!

Hehe, maybe I can continue this forever! And Ever! AND EVER!!

Whether I live forever or not, the fact of the matter is that one day people WILL live forever if they choose. Enough of that “we live forever because of God…” stuff, we really will live long enough to become Gods. Too soon?