THE DEHUMANIZATION of Planet Earth continues as we make way for Humanity 2.0. In the news this week: Treating depression with emojis, robots designed with free will, and robots for search and rescue (funded by the Defense Department)–or to replace a spouse who might one day take all your stuff in a divorce.
Also: Mass cloning of animals in China for food and pets, social media replacing actual human contact, and multiple murder at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.
WE’RE ALL going to live forever. Transhumanists just want to do it without dying. Today we discuss the drive for immortality through technology, which to us–living forever with unregenerate hearts–sounds like a recipe for Hell on Earth.
We also discuss several stories related to Russia: Putin’s goals in the Middle East, a possible partnership with Israel to develop the Leviathan natural gas field, the ongoing investigation into the crash of Metrojet flight 9268 in the Sinai, Russian programmers plant viruses on sensitive Pentagon computer networks, and the founder of Russia Today (RT) found dead in Washington, D.C.
TRANSHUMANISTS AIM, generally speaking, to fulfill the promise made in the Garden: You shall be as gods. Today we discuss a variety of memes and news items related to the topic: A new theory of memory storage in the brain, research on connecting our brains to the cloud (and to a hive mind), and occult themes in the Johnny Depp film Transcendence.