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Nikki Olson

Do We Need to Have a “Future Day”? Thumbnail

“In thinking about how to get people interested in and excited about Transhumanist ideas explicitly, one idea I thought about was to create a holiday for the future. You think about all these holidays we have they are all about past events, but what if there were a holiday specifically [...]

Visual Culture and Transhumanism Thumbnail

'Visual Culture’ has to do with the creation, transmission and perpetuation of ideas in culture by visual means. Imagery, including shapes, colors, logos, fonts, apparel, and more broadly, ‘styles’, become symbols acting to carry and transmit meaning in a particular culture, and communicate ideology. A culture’s symbols can originate in [...]

Who are the Heroes of Transhumanism? Thumbnail

Transhumanists identify scientists and theorists that have been especially important to the development of the movement. Among these are Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Richard Feynman. But could we identify hero figures that have done the same? And, what is the relationship between Transhumanism and heroism? I came to this [...]

How Do Transhumanists Party? Thumbnail

It's difficult for humans to 'live in the present'; we are wired to worry about the future, and to dwell upon the good things of the past. These instincts serve us well, since overestimating negative future possibilities better prepares us for them, and having nostalgia for the past suppresses memory [...]

The Singularity is Near! What’s Next? Thumbnail

Those who look ahead three or four decades and see a technological singularity taking place confront a future in which time appears to stand still. However, few look beyond 2045 because it is near-impossible to foresee what happens post-Singularity. So although we may be certain that the Singularity is Near, [...]

Transhumanism for Children Thumbnail

It is often pointed out that Transhumanism shares many features with religion. It answers questions regarding the nature of the world and humanity’s place in it, it offers guidance on how to live, and inspires hope. However, there are a number of important things distinguishing it from a religion, such [...]

A Turing Test Point of View: Will the Singularity be Biased? Thumbnail

Computers, by their very nature, don’t need to have a point of view. However, for our purposes, it is often preferred that they do. In the days before natural language processing, this manifested as a bias towards other computers. For example, Macintosh hardware didn’t run Windows software until 2006, and [...]

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