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Monday, July 07, 2014

More to the Point

Futurology peddles SF's poetry as prophesy to profiteers for profit.

More Futurological Brickbats here.


jimf said...

> Futurology peddles. . .

Hot off the presses:
_Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds_
Russell Blackford (Editor), Damien Broderick (Editor)
Publication Date: August 18, 2014

"_Intelligence Unbound_ explores the prospects, promises, and
potential dangers of machine intelligence and uploaded minds in
a collection of state-of-the-art essays from internationally
recognized philosophers, AI researchers, science fiction authors,
and theorists."

The "internationally recognized" luminaries include:
James J. Hughes, Michael Anissimov, Max More,
Natasha-Vita More, and Robin Hanson.

How much more state-of-the-art can you get?

jimf said...

> Futurology p[i]ddles. . .
Through the continuing mass media exposure, transhumanism. . .ha[s]
been criticized as being “escapist” or having “contempt for the flesh.”. . .
But has the subject been delivered to the public in the right way?
When approaching the public with radical topics, such as mind uploading
and immortality, . . . individuals may feel alienated or nervous.
These feelings are the result. . . of improper delivery, and
require a more palatable approach than what has previously been done.

It's all Pee Are, folks.