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What would a full-spectrum superintelligence do to the biosphere?
http://uk.businessinsider.com/when-artificial-intelligence-turns-scary-2015-5
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But will post-human superintelligence be our biological descendants...
http://www.biointelligence-explosion.com/parable.html
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Artificial consciousness? The first synthetic phenomenal minds may be created in vitro rather than in silico.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150529144727.htm
If we start creating lots of such of such artificial minds, then the philosophically-minded may apply the principle of mediocrity and start to wonder if they are most likely one of them. Especially if one's consciousness seems bizarre...
Scientists have perfected mini cultured 3-D structures that grow and function much like the outer mantle -- the key working tissue, or cortex -- of the brain of the person from whom they were derived. Strikingly, these 'organoids' buzz with neuronal network activity. Cells talk with each other in circuits, much as they do in our brains.
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+Michael Newman Why not? You've found it easy to call me obtuse, irrationally thick headed, hypocritical and stubborn. You began with suggesting that if I didn't agree with your position that I might be slightly sociopathic. 

All I did was ask you a simple question that you have no answer for. Go bug someone else. 
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"One is always alone", said T.S. Eliot. Escaping solitary confinement and skull-bound ignorance won't be easy:
http://aeon.co/magazine/psychology/do-we-really-want-to-fuse-our-minds-together/
New research places us on the cusp of brain-to-brain communication. Could the next step spell the end of individual minds?
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What a great read thanks!
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A genetic cause of a rare inherited condition that leaves people with an inability to feel physical pain has been discovered by scientists.
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I have a high pain tolerance, by the time something bothers me ALOT, I'm about to give birth or pass a kidney stone
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What you see is only what you see.
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Excellent contributions +Tory Wright ! Not included for discussion is any metaphysical conjecture, thankfully. However this said, I am very much an artist and creative, so I experience a few colors rather spiritually. We can call it philosophy or some other term, yet for subjective experience I do feel cobalt blue on a personal level others may not understand. Lots of room for research in the future. And who knows now what better understanding in years to come will bring?
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For me it's just aesthetics - suffering is ugly, so I want to improve the world on that front.

I'm just barely enough of a realist to realize I'm never gong to convince 6 billion people to stop eating meat (and I probably won't stop myself).

Instead, we need meat without the animal. In vitro meat.
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See too: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/55893.stm
though rather more discrimination will be needed.
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As the oldest person in the world, Gertrude Weaver was making the best of her time in the limelight. When I called the 116-year-old Arkansas resident two days into her reign on a Friday in early Ap...
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If you ask me, I'm not interested in being preserved when I'm in sharp decline of my abilities.. 
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Should gene therapy be used to create monogamous or polyamorous humans rather than today's miserable hybrids?
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/opinion/sunday/infidelity-lurks-in-your-genes.html
Oxytocin and vasopressin affect trust and bonding.
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I want to be wedded - in every possible way - to my Virtual Personal Assistant.
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What should be the outer limits of our expanding circle of compassion?
http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/pearce20150520
“May all that have life be delivered from suffering”, said Gautama Buddha. The vision of a happy biosphere isn’t new. Jains, for instance, aim never to hurt another sentient being by word or deed. But all projects of secular and religious utopianism have foundered on the rock of human nature. Evolution didn’t design us to be happy.
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+Tory Wright Maybe I should stick to physics. :P
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What will transhuman and posthuman selves be like? What kind of self-conception has an AI digital zombie?
http://lareviewofbooks.org/review/self-with-or-without-selfies
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Contra the reviewer, my head contains lots of homunculi.
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  • BLTC Research
    2013
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Birthday
April 3
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Paradise Engineering.
Introduction
I am interested in the use of biotechnology to abolish suffering throughout the living world:
http://www.abolitionist.com/

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co-founder: World Transhumanist Association / Humanity Plus
http://www.hedweb.com/transhumanism/index.html

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 and
 the motherlode site: http://www.hedweb.com (1996)
 
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FAVOURITE QUOTATION
"May all that have life be delivered from suffering"
( Gautama Buddha )
 
BOOKS I LIKE:
Candide (Voltaire)
The Selfish Gene (Richard Dawkins)
Sociobiology (E.O Wilson)
The View From Nowhere (Thomas Nagel)
Inner Presence (Antti Revonsuo)
The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics (Goodman and Gilman)
PiHKAL (Alexander Shulgin)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell)
Animal Farm (George Orwell)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Mind, Brain and the Quantum (Michael Lockwood)
Quarantine (Greg Egan)
The Foundation Series (Isaac Asimov)
The Trouble with Physics (Lee Smolin)
Engines of Creation (Eric Drexler)
Phantoms in the Brain (VS Ramachandran)
The Moral Animal (Robert Wright)
The Essential Difference (Simon Baron-Cohen)
Legitimation of Belief (Ernest Gellner)
Ecstasy the Complete Guide (ed. Julie Holland)
The Conscious Mind (David Chalmers)
Animal Liberation (Peter Singer)
Confessions of a Philosopher (Bryan Magee)
The Fabric of Reality (David Deutsch)
Universes (John Leslie)
The Mating Mind (Geoffrey Miller)
Spent (Geoffrey Miller)
The Language Instinct (Stephen Pinker)
Evolutionary Psychology (A. Stevens and J. Price)
What on Earth Evolved (Christopher Lloyd)
What Is History? (E.H. Carr)
Sommerhill (E.S. Neill)
Ending Aging (Aubrey de Grey)
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Thomas Kuhn)
Powers of Ten (P. Morrison)
A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
Life Ascending (Nick Lane)
Guinness World Records
Psychiatric Drugs Explained (David Healy)
Storming Heaven: LSD And The American Dream (Jay Stevens)
The End of Time (Julian Barbour)
Reasons and Persons (Derek Parfit)

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