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Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Business | The Guardian
A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of Ame
abundance  additivism  ai  economics  employment  evolution  futurism  posthumanism  religion  robotics  robotos  robots  singularity  transhumanism  work  stream 
november 2017 by therourke
Silicon Valley’s Radical Machine Cult - Motherboard
We are witnessing the beginning of Silicon Valley institutionalizing its religious beliefs.
additivism  digital  digitalism  internet  paradise  religion  silicon  valley  singularity  transhumanism  utopia  stream 
november 2017 by therourke
When man meets metal: rise of the transhumans | Technology | The Guardian
Earlier this year I went to an event in Austin, Texas, billed as a sneak preview of the evolution of our species.
additivism  augmentation  body  hacking  prosthetics  technology  transhumanism  stream 
november 2017 by therourke
The Augmented Human of the Future - The Atlantic
What Will Our Lives Be Like as Cyborgs?

A case for embracing the “augmentation” of human minds and bodies
cyborgs  transhumanism  augmentation  atlantic 
november 2017 by jorgebarba
I WANT WINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“We’re quick to associate body modification with primitive cultures—the stereotypical savage with the bone in his nose—but that’s a self-flattering fancy, a way to feel enlightened and civilized at the expense of others. When it comes to fiddling with the human body, we make even the most brutish of our ancestors look like amateurs. We go under the blade for nose jobs, tummy tucks, breast augmentations, hair transplants, face lifts, butt lifts, liposuctions, and myriad other cosmetic surgeries. We smooth our skin with dermabrasion brushes or chemical peels, conceal wrinkles with injections of botulinum toxin or hyaluronic filler. We brighten our smiles with whiteners and veneers, implants and orthodontia. We tattoo, pierce, and scarify our flesh. We swallow drugs and other potions to fine-tune our moods, sharpen our thinking, bulk up our musculature, control our fertility, and heighten our sexual prowess and pleasure. If to be transhuman is to use technology to change one’s body from its natural state, for ornamental or functional purposes, then we are all already transhuman.”

“Transhumanists are technology enthusiasts, and technology enthusiasts are not the most trustworthy guides to the future.”

“The perception of gender as a matter of inclination rather than biology, as a spectrum of possibilities rather than an innate binary divide, remains culturally and scientifically contentious. But its growing acceptance, particularly among the young, reveals how eager we are, whenever science grants us new powers over our bodies’ appearance and workings, to redefine human nature as malleable, as a socially and personally defined construct rather than an expression of biological imperatives.”

“Other transhumanists take a subtly different tack in portraying their beliefs as part of the humanistic tradition. They suggest that the greatest benefit of radical enhancement is not that it allows us to transcend our deepest nature but rather to fulfill it. “Self-reconstruction” is “a distinctively human activity, something that helps define us,” writes Duke University bioethicist Allen Buchanan in his book Better Than Human. “We repeatedly alter our environment to suit our needs and preferences. In doing this we inevitably alter ourselves as well. The new environments we create alter our social practices, our cultures, our biology, and even our identity.” The only difference now, he says, “is that for the first time we can deliberately, and in a scientifically informed way, change our selves.” We can extend the Enlightenment into our cells.”
october 2017 by crbassett

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