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A Commitment for More Than One Lifetime - The New York Times
“He leaned as far back as he could go in his chair in these crazy pants with his arms crossed,” she said, and wore a T-shirt that said “I Am John Galt” (a nod to the hero of the Ayn Rand novel “Atlas Shrugged’’) and wild yoga pants with flames, moons and stars.

“I loved the idea of seasteading and wrote about it for part of my thesis,” said Ms. Benjamin... taking cryogenics and life-extension technology into consideration.
silicon-valley  ayn-rand  libertarian  transhumanism 
february 2018 by jomc
Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in | World news | The Guardian
Yet for decades longer than more orthodox contemporary thinkers, accelerationists have been focused on many of the central questions of the late 20th and early 21st centuries: the rise of China; the rise of artificial intelligence; what it means to be human in an era of addictive, intrusive electronic devices; the seemingly uncontrollable flows of global markets; the power of capitalism as a network of desires; the increasingly blurred boundary between the imaginary and the factual; the resetting of our minds and bodies by ever-faster music and films; and the complicity, revulsion and excitement so many of us feel about the speed of modern life.
accelerationism  transhumanism  fringe  futurism  theory 
may 2017 by jomc
Purity First - YouTube
mstrmnd - "why do most vidgames play dumb with great ideas?"
games  transhumanism 
december 2011 by jomc
A House Not for Mere Mortals - New York Times
In 1997 the SoHo branch of the Guggenheim Museum put on a retrospective of the couple’s works. Roberta Smith, writing in The New York Times, noted that “their philosophical or linguistic puzzles can stretch the mind in briefly pleasant ways,” but did not applaud their efforts to build real-world buildings: “Theoretical follies, one of the plagues of contemporary architecture, have their place, and it’s on paper,” she wrote.

For the couple, though, “one building is worth a decade of theoretical exploration,” Ms. Gins said. In 1998 they won a competition, sponsored by the city of Tokyo, to build a vast housing project on 75 acres of landfill. The project was never realized, but a group of supporters in Tokyo arranged to build nine loft-style units, which in many ways resemble the house in East Hampton. More recently, they said, they have been trying to find backers — an effort that has included failed overtures to Russian oil billionaires — for a reversible destiny hotel.
architecture  homes  transhumanism 
february 2010 by jomc

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