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TransVision 2010 Presentation by David Orban

TransVision 2010 Presentation by David Orban

Free to Be Human: the Coming Machine Revolution and Our New Role in the World

The majority of the researchers in the field of artificial intelligence agree that sooner or later we will be able to create systems that are as intelligent as humans, or more. What is our role going to be in a world where white collar work is commoditized, after the mechanization of agriculture, and of industry?

How will we organize our lives at the level of the individual, and that of society? The challenges of intermediate systems that are around the corner, from robotic cars, to 3D printing and manufacturing, to the Internet of Things, give us a glimpse of the immense task of adaptation we have in front of us.

David Orban David Orban is an entrepreneur and visionary. He is a former Chairman of Humanity+, Advisor of the Singularity University, a Founder of WideTag, Inc., a high technology start-up company providing the infrastructure for an open Internet of Things.

TransVision 2010 is a global transhumanist conference and community convention. The event will take place on October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy with many options for remote online access.

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TransVision 2010 Presentation by Max More

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Max More

The Expanded Self: The Past, Present, and Future of Being You

Transhumanists seek to survive and thrive into the indefinite future, and to enhance and expand themselves. But what is this “self” that we aim to preserve and develop? Does it exist? Or is it largely an illusion? I will argue that selfhood is much less real and substantial than commonly believed (even among sophisticated transhumanists). The human self is a kludge, a clumsy, accidental conglomeration of cognitive, emotional, and perceptual functions that is poorly and loosely integrated. The 15 billion year history of the universe is one of expanding awareness and self-awareness. We can, perhaps, catch glimpses of our posthuman selves as unprecedented beings of improved integration and integrity, greater virtue, and deeper meta-awareness, enabled by increasingly subtle and deep infusions of technology into our neural and biological substrate.

Max More Max More, the founder of Extropy Institute, has written many articles espousing the philosophy of transhumanism and the transhumanist philosophy of extropy, most importantly his Principles of Extropy (currently version 3.11). In a 1990 essay “Transhumanism: Toward a Futurist Philosophy”, he introduced the term “transhumanism” in its modern sense. More is also noted for his writings about the impact of new and emerging technologies on businesses and other organizations. His “Proactionary Principle” is intended as a balanced guide to the risks and benefits of technological innovation.

TransVision 2010 is a global transhumanist conference and community convention. The event will take place on October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy with many options for remote online access.

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TransVision 2010 Presentation by Suzanne Gildert

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Suzanne Gildert

Thinking about the hardware of thinking: Can disruptive technologies help us achieve uploading?

We are surrounded by devices that rely on silicon processors. But is this the only possibility? As we wish to run computations faster and more efficiently, we might we need to reconsider the underlying computer hardware that we all take for granted. As we begin to run larger and more brain-like emulations, will our current methods of simulating neural networks be enough, even in principle? Why does the brain, with 100 billion neurons, consume less than 50W of power, whilst our attempts to simulate tens of thousands of neurons (for example in the blue brain project) consumes tens of KW? In this talk I will discuss some possible ways of running AI algorithms on novel forms of computer hardware, such as quantum computing processors. These behave entirely differently to our current silicon chips, and help to emphasize just how important disruptive technologies may be to our attempts to build intelligent machines.

Suzanne Gildert Dr Suzanne Gildert is currently working as an Experimental Physicist at D-Wave Systems, Inc. She is involved in the design and testing of large scale superconducting processors for Quantum Computing Applications. Suzanne obtained her PhD and MSci degree from The University of Birmingham UK, focusing on the areas of experimental quantum device physics and superconductivity.

TransVision 2010 is a global transhumanist conference and community convention. The event will take place on October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy with many options for remote online access.

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Aubrey de Grey at TransVision 2010 on SENS and SENS Foundation: recent progress

Aubrey de Grey will give a talk at TransVision 2010 on SENS and SENS Foundation: recent progress.

Abstract: It is now ten years since the first workshop was held to discuss the counterintuitive possibility that reversing aging – comprehensive, bona fide rejuvenation of the human body – might be a more achievable medical goal than merely slowing aging down. This approach, which essentially amounts to the application of regenerative medicine to aging, has now gained widespread respect within the relevant expert scientific communities, and experimental work to make it a reality is proceeding at an ever-accelerating pace. SENS Foundation is spearheading this effort, with an emphasis on the most challenging components of it (which are the ones in most danger of being neglected by other funding sources). In my talk, I will report on our recent progress in this work.

Aubrey de Grey Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist, and the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation. The central goal of Aubrey de Grey’s work is the expedition of developing a true cure for human aging.

TransVision 2010 is a global transhumanist conference and community convention. The event will take place on October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy with many options for remote online access.

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TransVision 2010 Presentation by Anders Sandberg

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Anders Sandberg

Thermodynamics of advanced civilizations: living in a unsustainable universe

Civilizations are thermodynamic objects, fundamentally bound by considerations of energy, entropy and information. While their purposes for manipulating the physical world could be almost anything, they are constrained by available resources and physical laws. This gives us some bounds on what can be achieved in the truly long-term given our current understanding of the universe.

This talk will look at what constraints we are facing, giving some estimates for how much information processing, beings and activity can take place in the far future. I will also discuss the ethical consequences of these considerations here and now: how they force us to consider existential risk more seriously, how our current limitation to a single planet is an important opportunity for coordination, and the ethical problems of initiating radical interstellar expansion.

Anders Sandberg Anders Sandberg is a researcher, science debater, futurist, transhumanist, and author. He holds a Ph.D. in computational neuroscience from Stockholm University, and is currently a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. Sandberg’s research centres on societal and ethical issues surrounding human enhancement and new technology, as well as on assessing the capabilities and underlying science of future technologies.

TransVision 2010 is a global transhumanist conference and community convention. The event will take place on October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy with many options for remote online access.

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TransVision 2010 Presentation by Danila Medvedev

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Danila Medvedev

INCREASING COMPLEXITY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE WORLD

The human world is becoming more complex, catching up with the natural world. Our skills at management also improve at an exponential rate. Management lies at the core of any human activity and every day more resources are allocated towards management. Will we be able to achieve perfect harmony in the world through management? Or will the complexity overcome any our attempts at it?

Examples of complex systems

Some examples of complex systems that everyone is familiar with are:

Examples of large systems under human management are large companies (Russian Railroads has 1 mln people) and countries (China has 1 bln people).

Two problems with complexity

There are two problems with complexity – it’s more difficult to predict what complex systems will do and more difficult to affect them. Prediction often involves mathematical modelling and there clear limits to that (PNP, stopping theorem, Wolfram’s complexity). Affecting the systems involves analysing all possible interventions and choosing between them. These two types of problems form parts of a decision tree.

Solutions and tools

Managing complex systems can be seen as a cross between art and science. It can’t be fully formalized almost by definition. Mathematically it’s exemplified by NP complexity. We can use various methods of the theory of management decisions. We can make systems easier to manage by creating hierarchies (hiding the complexity within layers). We can create self-managing systems, including networks and markets (two examples of using emerging self-management in certain kinds of systems). We can make it easier to predict the behaviour of complex systems by influencing or controlling them, in effect substituting simplicity for freedom.

Alternatively we can rely on diversity to increase reliability or make sure some good systems emerge. Finally, over investing in something (creating reserves of any kind) always makes things easier to some extent.

Even as early as in 1953 there where ideas about using analogue computations in making business decisions (http://www.jstor.org/pss/166584). Technologies for managing complex systems become more accessible every year. They include information and communication systems, expert systems, etc.

There are more possibilities to manage complex systems, but the world is also becoming more complex. Also, the actions necessary to execute an intervention are becoming more complex – from pressing a button to writing a program to creating an entire automated system.

The growing complexity of required calculations also contributes. It might be that required actions will end up being too complex for management to occur.

Long term consequences

Planned economy is an application of management to complex systems. There are examples, which have achieved substantial results. Upgrades such as the Chilean Project Cybersyn were developed. Modern ERP systems bear some relation, but are less ambitious and less universal.

Isaac Asimov proposed the idea of “psychohistory”, a science of predicting actions of huge numbers of people. There are other similar fictional ideas (including in Nik Gorkavy “Astrovityanka” series), stories about organizations practicing regular interventions (again we see two types of problems!), and even real organizations developing similar methods.

Genrih Altshuller has proposed an idea of a Nonnatural artificial world, a transhumanist concept that assumes the need for humans to develop sufficiently complex systems to replace nature.

In the very long term the issue of humanity’s survival is possibly the most complex problem, from operating our “planet” to managing existential risks to solving “The Last Question” (Asimov again).

Danila Medvedev Danila Medvedev is a Russian futurologist (specializing in the science and future of Russia), a politician and a member of coordination council of the Russian Transhumanistic Movement. He is also one of founders and the general director of KrioRus (since May, 2005), the first cryonics company outside of the United States. Since August 2008 he works as a Chief Planning Officer and a Vice-President of the “Science for Life Extension” Foundation in Moscow, Russia. See the Interview with Danila Medvedev by Sky News.

TransVision 2010 is a global transhumanist conference and community convention. The event will take place on October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy with many options for remote online access.

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TransVision 2010 Presentation by Francesco Monico

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Francesco Monico

Extra Gender Perspective: Beyond Humankind Cultural Narcissism, a draft proposal

Facing an incredible technological acceleration, cultural cybernation’s effects drive humankind in an attempt to define an act to set himself. As a matter of fact, from one side computational acceleration brings primary complex feedback forms, art explored generativity principles, and we are waiting for the singularity. From another side the exploitation, the predation, the irresponsible management of the natural resources drive humankind in a new ecological Pentecost. Today, as said by George Gessert “We need the fellowship of the animals and plants in order to became ourselves”.i

Humankind’s poetical acknowledge was to set himself as narcissistic ‘subject’, this has drove humankind to see image of the self as mere reflection and not to gather the intimate relationship between the self and the Nature. Humankind becomes a being that bargains his identity between his natural dimension and his technological dimension, his tekné; this bargain is a cybernetic process generating a never ending dialectical strain. It’s a new integrated Ego that brings together different confines and psychological edges. Throughout the pragmatical experience of the conceptual Artwork – Is There Love in The Technoetic Narcissus? – produced by the Parco d’Arte Vivente -PAV- di Torino, a new concept of Human Cultural Narcissism is speculated in an enquiry open to various brilliant minds.

i George Gessert in Art Biotech a cura di J. Hauser Edizione Italiana a cura di P. L. Capucci e F. Torriani – pg.65

Prospettive straordinarie di genere: Oltre il Narcisismo Culturale Umano, una proposta preliminare

Da una parte, c’è l’incredibile accelerazione tecnologica data dall’informatica, gli effetti della cibernazione culturale portano l’uomo a tentare di ridefinire questo atto del porre se stesso; infatti da un lato l’accellerazione computazionale ha generato le prime forme di feedback complessi ai nostri output, l’arte ha affrontato e descritto i principi della generatività, e stiamo aspettando la singolarità tecnologica. Dall’altra il consumo delle riserve naturali, la sistematica predazione della natura e la sconsiderata gestione delle energie, hanno portato l’umanità a sviluppare una coscienza ecologica verso la natura. Oggi come dice George Gessert “Abbiamo bisogno della compagnia degli animali e delle piante per diventare noi stessi”i.

L’atto poetico dell’uomo è stato proprio quello di porsi narcisisticamente come ‘soggetto’ di sé stesso, e questo ha portato l’uomo a vedere la propria immagine come mero riflesso e non a cogliere l’intima relazione tra sé e la natura. L’uomo diventa un essere che patteggia la sua identità tra il suo essere naturale e il suo essere tecnologico, la sua tekné; questo patteggiamento non si interrompe, bensì è un processo cibernetico che genera una tensione dialettica senza mai esaurirsi. E’ un nuovo ego integrato che unisce differenti ambiti e tensioni psicologiche. Attraverso l’esperienza dell’Installazione concettuale C’è amore nel Narciso Technoetico? Prodotta dal parco d’Arte Vivente – PAV- di Torino, un nuovo concetto di Narcisismo Culturale Umano, viene speculato in una ricerca aperta a molte brillanti menti del contemporaneo.

i George Gessert in Art Biotech a cura di J. Hauser Edizione Italiana a cura di P. L. Capucci e F. Torriani – pg.65

Francesco Monico Francesco Monico has worked for ten years as a director, screenwriter and program chief in Italian broadcast, sperimental and interactive TV, is both a Technoetic Technoetic researcher and artist, today mainly engaged in directing the Media Design and New Media Art Department he founded at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano – NABA in Milan. He is a professor of Theory and Method of Mass Media at the same institution, as well as director of the PhD program M-Node[1], Planetary Collegium and a Senior Fellow of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology in Toronto. He is an alumnus of Derrick de Kerckhove, and is currently researching under Roy Ascott as part of the PhD CAiiA in the Planetary Collegium. A former member of the Scientific Committee of the Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum in Milan, with Giulio Giorello, Emanuele Severino, Enrico Bellone, he is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of Milano in Digitale [2], with Antonio Caronia, Paolo Rosa, Pier Luigi Capucci, Franco Torrani.

TransVision 2010 is a global transhumanist conference and community convention. The event will take place on October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy with many options for remote online access.

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