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Transhuman Morality

Alarm Clocks, Geeks, Hippies and the Robot Revolution

Posted in Ego, Humor, Transhuman Morality, Transhumanism on May 27th, 2009 by leodirac – 1 Comment

I’m at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco today. It’s wonderful seeing my company doing great things for the world. Enabling people to build universally accessible applications that help people solve difficult problems together. It gets us closer to the ultimate solution. I’m also giving an Ignite talk. I wanted to make it something of a motivational speech. Encourage people to think about their own roles in helping bring about the robot revolution. I also wanted an excuse to share some of my thoughts on how to build an alarm bed. I’ll post my slides after the conference, or…

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How to stop getting phone books

Posted in Community, Transhuman Morality on February 1st, 2009 by leodirac – 2 Comments

A while ago I posted about how to stop getting Dex phone books delivered in Seattle. Unfortunately doing that wasn’t enough to stop all the dead trees from showing up on my doorstep. Now there’s a new grass-roots service called Yellow Pages Goes Green which handles this nation-wide across all providers of phone books. They liken themselves to a national do-not-call registry for dead trees. If you use the internet or your phone to look up people and businesses, I encourage you to visit http://www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org/stop-yellow-pages/ and stop the unsolicited deliver of unwanted phone books. Even if recycled, these books waste…

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Do We Live in a Simulation? Implications for Morality and the Beauty of Physics.

Posted in Analysis, Philosophy, Physics, Science, Transhuman Morality, Transhumanism, Uploading on August 24th, 2007 by leodirac – 3 Comments

There’s been a lot of fuss lately about Nick Bostrom’s ideas that we live in a simulation as a result of an article in the New York Times. Here I’ll provide some analysis of Bostrom’s bold claim, including a proposed mechanism to explain my grandfather’s assertion that mathematical simplicity and beauty were indicators of underlying truth. I’ll also explore the implications of this possibility to our daily lives, and show why this is another reason to follow Transhuman Morality. Simplified Simulation or Complete, Accurate Model? The simulations Bostrom describes would not be precise to the subatomic level, but rather use…

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Stephen Hawking is half right

Posted in Technology, Transhuman Morality, Transhumanism on April 27th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on Stephen Hawking is half right

My old pal Stephen Hawking has been in the news a lot today for going on a vomet-comet ride. (Okay, we’re not really old pals, but we’ve chatted a couple of times, notably at my grandpa’s memorial service where he gave a really touching eulogy.) At a press conference before his flight, Stephen said: “Life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers.” On this point I completely agree with him. This idea was a key point I made in…

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Ignite Video on Geeks & Hippies

Posted in Humor, Seattle, Transhuman Morality, Transhumanism, Uploading on March 10th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on Ignite Video on Geeks & Hippies

The nice folks at Ignite posted videos for the rest of our talks from the second Ignite night, including my presentation on Why only Geeks and Hippies can save the world. Watching it, I see that it’s a lot rougher than I remember. The text as I intended to deliver it is available here, which might be a bit more coherent. Anyway, here’s the video: Enjoy!

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Why only geeks and hippies can save the world

Posted in Seattle, Transhuman Morality, Transhumanism, Uploading on February 14th, 2007 by leodirac – 14 Comments

[Here is the full text of what I practiced for my talk at Ignite Seattle last night. I didn’t manage to cram it all into the 5 minute presentation, largely because the audience was reacting a bit too loudly in places. IMHO that’s a good thing. You can download my slides (slightly updated from the presentation). Video coming soon — check back.] I’m here to talk about a system of morality that’s based on the upcoming end of society as we know it. I’ll explain why only geeks and hippies can save the world. I’m serious — I’m talking about…

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Applying Transhumanist Morality to Career Choices

Posted in Education, Ego, Societal Values, Transhuman Morality, Transhumanism on November 17th, 2006 by leodirac – 2 Comments

Transhumanist Morality is the idea that we should consider the impact of our actions in the context of the millennium-scale history of humanity. Specifically, I think the only way we will avoid some kind of dystopian apocalyptic fate is by seeking salvation through technology. In this context, moral actions are those that increase the probability that as a species we achieve technological salvation before we blow ourselves up. I’d like to explore what this means in very practical terms by analyzing a number of jobs I’ve had and considered and seen my friends do over the years. SEO for e-Commerce…

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Transhumanism: Evolution beyond biology

Posted in Personal Growth, Societal Values, Technology, Transhuman Morality, Transhumanism, Uploading on October 4th, 2006 by leodirac – 1 Comment

I consider myself a transhumanist. I spend probably too much time thinking about very long-terrm trends of humanity. Some of the trends I see seem obvious to the point of being irrefutable, while others I’m sure are controversial. Nevertheless, I’ll lay out a few of the basic tenants of transhumanism, and begin to explain why they lead to the very deep and personal implications they have for me. Computers are getting faster and more powerful. As they do so, they’re helping humans be smarter. Maybe not invidual humans, as some studies have shown that things like e-mail and powerpoint can…

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