This is a place for exploring Singularity related ideas and inspirations.
This includes Transhumanism, Posthumanism, The Nature of Technology and the Technology of Nature. It is a basic assumption here that innovation is in strata and built on the ground of previous innovations, though sometimes obscured.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Communion of the Mind

Communion of the Mind

            "That's our cue." Erin nudged Eli with her shoulder.
            Her mind shifted in low gear, percolating thoughts faded into the soft vibrant substance of her body. Then her awareness moved into a quiet place called the Lobby, a living room sized space with soft light and a couple of ferns. Eli appeared beside her, a softly glowing ghost of an avatar who turned to her and smiled. They reached out and when their hands touched, their minds connected and they were once again two selves in a chorus of feelings, thoughts and perceptions. Feelings of curiosity and excitement gave way interest and nurturing. Call and response then harmony, a plainsong of presence, of shared awareness. They blended and complemented each other, like the intervals of major chords. Feelings rising and falling and slowly blending, soft clouds drifting through the clear sky of awareness.
            Once they were comfortable with their twoness they reached for the door and passed into the Theater, a large hall with indistinct boundaries. Before them stretched a softly murmuring sea of voices and the feeling of being in a large cavern. Pulsing lights drifted in the waters, the slow ballet of shimmering clouds. The ocean of awareness was turbulent, chaotic and fragmented. Brooding ambient churnings and subduction currents of confusion pulled new aggregates of connected minds down into the depths of uncertainty. Some of the groups experienced moments of beauty and exultation but it dissolved around them back into a turbulent autumn of confusion and longing that echoed the grandeur they had attained. Echoes of new ideas spun away into the darkness and distant laughter was consumed by sadness. Tides of determination slithered amongst the broiling waters of consciousness.
            Intimations of clarity and inspiration grew around luminous individuals and groups. The body of the collective mind rose up from chaos and was brooding, dark and driven but waves of kindness and compassion washed through everyone. And for a time the chorus of minds arose in a long sought harmony into something remarkable, expansive and divine. It filled everyone in the collective with something more than hope but less than bliss. In a brief and wonderful moment they had awakened to and had become something beyond description and limitation. Everything was vibrant, luminous and clear. A collective sigh occurred and they had found peace. And out of that peace they saw the unfolding of events from the present into possible futures. The primordial patterns of mind structured the tsunami flow of information into what could only be called wisdom.
            Through the net they searched and glimpsed other Minds struggling to awaken. A few were luminous and clear, welcoming their connection though most were dark motes of confusion. They tried to inspire those struggling to awaken but most were lost beneath their own event horizon unable to awaken. Eventually the vision of creating Indra's Net of a planetary Mind weakened and their community fell back exhausted into their own. And even though the vision faded and they realized they could not individually hold what they had found together, everyone was left with the recognition that they had attained something remarkable.
            Erin and Eli withdrew from the Theater back into the Lobby and disentangled from their embrace. From there they moved back into their bodies. She reached out to take his hand and smiled.
            "Not bad." He turned to her and shrugged.
            "Bastard." She whispered loudly and hit him gently.

            "That's my middle name." He smiled and pulled her closer.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Charter of Transhuman Rights

Whereas the human race as a species has evolved and gained the capacity to control our own evolution through the use of technology we find it necessary to ordain and establish this Charter of Transhuman Rights. In order to continue our evolution into a more actualized species, we reserve certain fundamental rights. Those rights include the freedom to develop and take advantage of advanced technologies in order to be free of suffering, poverty, death and disease. Along with these rights we maintain the universal values of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity.


1. The Right to Health
All humans have the right to be free of disease and attain optimal health. Where technology exists to correct defective genetic and infectious diseases, we reserve the right to utilize those technologies to work toward greater health and well being.

2. The Right to Longevity
Death is a result of the deterioration of organic processes. As technologies and sciences advance we reserve the right to eliminate the causes of death and deterioration and establish indefinite lifespans.

3. The Right to Reproductive Freedom
Since the advent of civilization human sexuality and reproduction have been deeply rooted in personal, cultural and religious beliefs, ethics and attitudes. Even as reproductive and neonatal technologies have evolved, reproduction has continued to be complicated for couples and individuals for various reasons of medical, personal and sexual origin. As reproductive technologies evolve we reserve the right to raising a fetus outside the human body in an artificial womb with the same care as children are nurtured within and born from a human womb.

4. The Right to Enhance Performance
Human performance is the result of millennia of evolution. The human neuromuscular, skeletal, circulatory and respiratory systems are wonderful organic structures but can be dramatically improved with the careful application of various technologies. Where the technology exists we reserve the right to enhance and modify these organic structures.

5. The Right to Enhance Intelligence
The human brain and nervous system has evolved into a complex organ system that in many ways defines our humanity. Human brains are composed of unique structural, electrical and chemical constituents with distinct limitations and capacities. As related sciences and technologies continue to develop we reserve the right to utilize these resources to make improvements in these constituents to improve our capacities and intelligence.

6. The Right to Evolve
Whereas humanity has evolved from primitive ancestors to our current state of physical, cultural, ecological and spiritual being, we do not see our current condition as and end state or final destination. We envision that humans will continue to merge with technology and that the division between natural and artificial will eventually disappear. While some will maintain the right to continue as humans with an expanded and growing range of available options others will exercise the fundamental right to grow into new forms of intelligence far beyond the human domain.

7. The Right to Cryonic Preservation
Where current medical technology does not have cures for various diseases or aging or we simply wish to be revived in a future time, we reserve the right to cryonically preserve our bodies in whole or part. It is our hope and expectation that resuscitation, healing and longevity technologies will be possible and practical in the future and we will have the ability to live extended and healthy lives in other times and places.