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Some terms, from the Extropian Lextropicon
EXTROPY -- The extent of a system's intelligence, information, order, vitality, and capacity for improvement.
EXTROPIA -- A conception of evolving communities embodying values of Boundless Expansion, Self-Transformation, Dynamic Optimism, Intelligent Technology, and Spontaneous Order.
EXTROPIAN -- One who seeks to overcome human limits, live indefinitely long, become more intelligence, and more self-creating. A transhumanist who affirms the values and attitudes codified and expressed in The Extropian Principles.
EXTROPIANISM -- The evolving transhumanist philosophy of extropy.
TRANSHUMAN -- Someone actively preparing for becoming posthuman. Someone who is informed enough to see radical future possibilities and plans ahead for them, and who takes every current option for self-enhancement.
TRANSHUMANISM -- Philosophies of life that seek the continuation and acceleration of the evolution of intelligent life beyond its currently human form and human limitations by means of science and technology, guided by life-promoting principles and values.
POSTHUMAN -- Persons of unprecedented physical, intellectual, and psychological capacity, self-programming, self-constituting, potentially immortal, unlimited individuals.
SINGULARITY -- The postulated point or short period in our future when our self-guided evolutionary development accelerates enormously (powered by nanotechnology, neuroscience, AI, and perhaps uploading) so that nothing beyond that time can reliably be conceived. Anders Sandberg. Our definition: When technology advances to the stage that we can no longer predict the ramifications. The time when social, political, cultural, technical, and/or religious preconceptions no longer apply. The break between what we know and what we cannot fathom. An event--or events--that cause massive change in the very fabric of our human-ness. Generally thought to foreshadow across-the-board positive changes, yielding many advances in science, longevity, survival of the species, social responsibility, and the like. Also considered evolutionary -- as in the next stage of human development.
OMEGA POINT -- A possible future state when intelligence controls the Universe totally, and the amount of information processed and stored goes asymptotically towards infinity. [Origin: Teilhard de Chardin, The Human Phenomenon. See also Barrow and Tipler, The Cosmological Anthropic Principle or Tipler's The Physics of Immortality for a more modern definition.]
3 Laws Unsafe "Is it possible to create ethical AI based on the Three Laws? Is it ethical to create ethical AI based on the Three Laws? What other solutions have been proposed for the problem?"
Extropy Institute The International Transhumanist Organization - Max More, President - Incubating positive futures since 1988 through tomorrow.
Extropian Principles A Transhumanist Declaration
Lextropicon Extropian Neologisms
Progress Action Coalition - Pro-Act a conduit of information and exchange for those working to counter the many biases against advanced technologies
Natasha Vita More Universe
Transhumanist Arts Center & Extropic Art Universe
Transhuman InfoMark "Who are transhumans? What is the history of transhumanism? Check out the Transhuman InfoMark!"
Interview with Max More, President of the Extropy Institute 30 Audio Minutes on Extropianism.
A-infos Radio Project February 26, 2002
World Transhumanist Association
The WTA was founded in 1998 to support discussion and public awareness of cutting-edge transhumanist thinking.
From The WTA
The Immortality Institute
TRANSHUMANISM AND THE FUTURE
The Transhumanist FAQ
Nick Bostrom et al.
The Simulation Argument
Are We Living In a Computer Simulation?
Transhuman World Culture InfoMark
dedicated to the visionary ideas of FM-2030
Hosted by leading futurist, Glen Hiemstra. Keynote Presentations and Programs are our leading services.
Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
National Science Foundation -- September 2000
Why is Quantum Physics so Beautiful? , Closer to Truth, 2001 (23 minutes: RealPlayer Video)
"A very basic but fun overview of some unresolved issues, and the amazing things we've learned, by several excellent guides: Leon Lederman, Andrei Linde, Charles Buchanan, Steven Koonin, and Greg Benford. Well worth taking your next coffee break to watch this beauty." John Smart - SingularityWatch
Journal of Evolution and Technology -- Formerly the Journal of Transhumanistm
A peer-reviewed electronic journal publishing contemporary research into future science and philosophy Published by the World Transhumanist Association
Ray Kurzweil's Site
A Web showcase for the ideas and technologies of leading visionaries.
established in 1988 as an outgrowth of a group known as The Reality Club. Its informal membership includes of some of the most interesting minds in the world.
The Molecular Repair of the Brain
Ralph C. Merkle
Mind Uploading Home Page
Edited by Joe Strout
Alcor Life Extension Foundation
Cryonics and CryoTransport
The Cryonics Institute
cryonic suspension services and information
and The Immortalist Magazine
Space Studies Institute
"Is the surface of the Earth really the right place for an expanding technological civilization?" -- Dr. Gerard K. O'Neill
The Hedonistic Imperative
how genetic engineering and nanotechnology will abolish suffering in all sentient life
BLTC RESEARCH was founded in 1995 to promote paradise-engineering. We are dedicated to an ambitious global technology project. BLTC seek to abolish the biological substrates of suffering. Not just in humans, but in all sentient life.
Foundation for the Future
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the increase and diffussion of knowledge concerning the future of humanity.
Ethics for Machines
J. Storrs Hall, PhD.
Ethics for Transhumans
The Ancient Arrow Project
Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
The Posthuman Body
iEric Watt Forste|Arkuat
To provide practical pathways to a sustainable and humane society
The World Future Society
an association of people interested in how social and technological developments are shaping the future
Utopia Now Organization
Utopia & Utopian Philosophy
The Turning Point - Towards a Science of Living Systems -
The Living Universe Foundation
"... seeks to preserve the ecology of the Earth while colonizing the oceans and outer space, all as part of humanity's attaining its highest possible scientific, humanitarian, and aesthetic development."
Mark Alan Walker's Home Page
"People often go through three stages in examining the impact of future technology: awe and wonderment at its potential to overcome age old problems, then a sense of dread at a new set of grave dangers that accompany these new technologies, followed, finally and hopefully, by the realization that the only viable and responsible path is to set a careful course that can realize the promise while managing the peril." Ray Kurzweil April 18, 2000 Promise and Peril: Deeply Intertwined Poles of Twenty First Century Technology
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