Posts Tagged ‘singularity’

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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The Transhumanist Political Party was born on October 7th, 2014.

Putting Science, Health, and Technology at the Forefront of US Politics” is their motto.

Their #1 goal? Overcome death using science and technology.

Aubrey de Grey believes we have a 50/50 chance of being able to bring death and well-being itself to a manageable state in the next 25 years. This means that death itself will no longer be a worry for some. Healthcare costs will decline, as will cancer itself due to technology (along with big data) to predict disease before it arises. Death itself is considered a disease, and a treatable one at that.

Zoltan Istvan happens to be running for President as Transhumanist Political Party member? Ever heard of him? Me neither. But this just means that we are at the beginning stages of what could become a much larger indication of where the world is headed.

When asked why he is running for President:

“It’s not just a political party — that’s a small part of it. It’s a movement, a bunch of activists trying to raise science and technology issues in parts of the country that really haven’t heard of some of these things.”

This party is far from being able to protect our country or deal with real issues like healthcare, gay rights, or immigration. But in a world where technology rules all and allows one to be super-intelligent, will there even be a need for politicians any more?

I had a crazy idea that politicians themselves could be transhuman one day. They themselves will have supreme intelligence and perhaps will have access to that technology before the masses. Will the cost of superior technology and intelligence be available to the masses?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the bad people of the world. They are fighting to retrieve weapons of mass destruction in order to take over certain parts of countries. Information controls all, and once intelligence is made available for brains to upgrade via the cloud, who is to say that cannot be hacked just like anything else? Anonymous could find a way.

Imagine a terrorist getting the ability to become super intelligent. How will we fight that? Clearly if super intelligent good people were fighting super intelligent bad people, this would result in a stalemate. An endless stalemate of warring between countries and political ideas. But we all know language and rhetoric controls people. With the onset of global communication, will someone in Syria be able to control the masses of people in America depending on their outreach to us? Can someone from Asia turn Central American citizens from their governments?

Scientists and politicians are promoting the fusion of humans and computers in order to achieve the next set of technological advancements. These advancements will not only keep us alive and healthy for as long as we want, it will help us get to the next world for us to populate. There are so many implications to think about here. We are already playing chess for the ‘land’ in space (Mars, the moon).

The Transhumanist Political Party (which I will write about in another post) is a way to introduce forward thinking into politics. It’s not only a way to express the members’ thoughts on transhumanism but also introduces a way for the government to stray away from a two-dimensional party system. I’m wondering what sort of drawbacks the citizens will have on this party as time goes on, and especially as the movement itself grows momentum.

Another advocate of the transhumanism, futuristic utopia is none other than David Simpson, author of the Post-Human series.

The first is a story about a world that transhumanists could image: downloadable upgrades to improve muscle strength, intelligence, and eye sight, nanobots repairing any part of a damaged body, and “cellular clocks being reset to stay young”. The series itself is quite interesting and long, but what makes the first one so astonishing is the fact that it speaks to the reparations of having such great technology.

You have to ask yourself: If the world was like the one in Post-Human, is there another super intelligent species out there that would envy our evolution through technology? And thus, would it work to destroy us in order to feel safe. You could say that idea plays well into our current fears of terrorism, and wars in general where we strive to stay the best and be the best the world has even seen (on a geographical level).

The first book finds that humans are being murdered across the solar system and the main character along with companions find a way to fight back and learn what happened to our species.

There really is two sides to the story:

  1. Technology itself is man-made – in order for us to evolve as a species we must embrace technology so that we can supply the demand of faster everything
  2. Anything worthwhile for the human species to pursue is worth looking into the side effects

If being able to stay young forever, repair damaged bodies, and upgrade to superior ways of being human, what if that was made available to people likie Hitler, Stalin, Saddam, Osama Bin Laden, Napolean? These people who have frequently been thought of as the anti-christ could still be alive today and wreaking havoc on the world we know and love.

The more research I’ve done, the more it has been harder to justify the evolution of technology. As in all things, only if the good outweighs the evil of the world will anything ever be relevant and worthwhile pursuing. In the coming days I see a balance of evil getting closer to equaling the good, so perhaps this isn’t the time for humanity to experience such a privilege after all.

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!

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.

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.