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Whatever a transhuman is, xe (a pronoun to encompass all conceivable states of personhood) will have to live in a world that enables xer to be transhuman. I’ll explore the impact of three likely-seeming aspects of that world: ubiquitous interconnected smart machines, continuous classification, and virtualism.
Ubiquitous Interconnected Smart Machines
[…] High Frequency Traders aggressively trade in the direction of price changes […and…] may compete for liquidity and amplify price volatility.
(Kirilenko, Kyle, Samadi, and Tuzun 2011)
Newton’s theory of gravity was initially ridiculed for its “action at a distance” mysticism, particularly by those who were beginning to see the universe as a mechanical analog, built from atoms that kept causes close to effects (Kearney 1971). It was the clockwork philosophy of Galileo and many others that led to much of the technology we now take for granted, ultimately co-opting Newton’s ideas.
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Are you a Futurist? Are you assured that we are going to burn ourselves out as a species in the next century? Are you an artist set on using these tools we have while we have the time, or an optimist set to create an army of Nanobots (or Nanobats, if you live in Gotham) that will cure cancer?
There is room for all these perspectives and more at this years Extreme Futurist Festival (XFF for short) being held in Los Angeles.
And December 21 and 22 2012! What a time for it. End of the world, man!
This even will feature
- Speakers (Randal A. Koene, Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Dr. Ben Goertzel, …)
- Music (Lydia Lunch, Negativland, …)
- Art (Kevin Mack, Shayna Yates, James Curcio, …)
- Films (H+ the Digital Series, Surf Now Apocalypse Later, Tragos, …)
- Vendors (Grindhouse Wetwares, Re/Search Publications, Mythos Media including the recent Words of Traitors and Rachel Haywire’s Acidexia, …)
- …and, you guessed it, a great deal more.