Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity

By Jay Cornell

Transhumanism is a global circulate that advocates using technology and expertise to beat the "natural" barriers skilled by means of humanity via such advancements as:

  • the Singularity--the construction of computing device intelligences that exceed the capacities of our organic brains
  • the skill to duplicate person minds and placed them into solid-state our bodies or digital environments
  • individual regulate over psychological and emotional states for boosting functionalities and/or ecstasies

Some of this can be occurring now. a few of it really is nonetheless within the minds of dreamers.

In approximately 90 A-Z entries, Transcendence offers a multilayered examine the accelerating advances in man made intelligence, cognitive technological know-how, genomics, details expertise, nanotechnology, neuroscience, house exploration, artificial biology, robotics, and digital worlds which are making transhumanism a fact. Entries variety from Cloning and Cyborg Feminism to dressmaker infants and Memory-Editing medications. moreover, the ebook notes ancient predecessors and personalities, either in mythology and history--ranging from Timothy Leary to Michael Jackson to Ray Kurzweil. It additionally introduces the tradition round Transhumanism, masking all of the geeky obsessions of the Transhumanist stream.

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From that time on, whatever like immortality turns into believable, or so your pleasant local immortalist might say. within the phrases of Aubrey de gray, “The Methuselarity is a reputation my pal Paul Hynek has given to the purpose at which we succeed in what i've got known as sturdiness break out pace. toughness get away pace (LEV), in flip, is the speed at which cures to fix the molecular and mobile harm of getting older have to be superior in an effort to cease their recipients from changing into biologically older. ” 126 Transcendence_forthpages. indd 126 TRANSCENDENCE 10/28/14 1:14 PM MIND-READING BOTS (See additionally Neurotechnology) On April 22, 2010, a quick cryptic assertion seemed in Japan’s biggest enterprise newspaper, Nikkei Asian evaluation, asserting a aim to make to be had advertisement mind-reading units and private assistant bots in the subsequent ten years. It’s now not extraordinary that the japanese govt and personal area may collaborate on a brand new initiative to enhance bots with AI able to detecting whilst you’re hungry, chilly, or wanting counsel, and electronics that may be managed through suggestion on my own. BMI (Brain-Machine Interface) know-how normally includes an EEG sensor hooked up to a working laptop or computer that may be managed in simple terms through notion (or, extra adequately, brainwaves). examine and early prototypes comprise complete helmets, headbands, and direct mind implants to seize and interpret brainwaves. whereas the USA military actively pursues “thought helmets” that will sometime bring about safe mind-to-mind verbal exchange among infantrymen, the japanese are going after the shopper marketplace. the purpose is to supply BMI expertise to alter television channels or to take advantage of cell phones to ship textual content messages composed by way of inspiration on my own. Hitachi is pursuing thoughtcontrolled television, promising whatever in years, now not many years. The Nikkei article urged that Honda and Toyota may also be curious about the japanese brainwave initiative. this would comprise robots that be aware of while an aged or bodily disabled individual wishes aid wearing a heavy load. The Honda ASIMO robotic is already billed because the world’s such a lot complicated humanoid advertisement robotic. Toyota already has a thought-controlled wheelchair with a classy EEG cap procedure, which has already created fairly a stir. MIND-READING BOTS Transcendence_forthpages. indd 127 127 10/28/14 1:14 PM W HAT ’ S TH E B I G I D E A ? the assumption in the back of BMI is to manage brainwaves and detected mind blood-flow styles via ever extra refined and commercially on hand sensor-mounted headsets. different functions pointed out within the Nikkei declaration comprise a automobile navigation approach that searches for eating places whilst the driving force thinks of getting a meal, and air-conditioners that change the temperature whilst humans within the room think too hot or chilly. N E T WO RK E D BOTS The ATR clever Robotics and verbal exchange (IRC) lab is especially attention-grabbing in its study concentration. The lab makes cool stuff that portends a way forward for networked jap social robots aiding outdated humans of their thought-controlled Toyota wheelchairs (let’s wish the brake pedals paintings competently!

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