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Turing Church Online Workshop 1, Teleplace, Saturday November 20

The Turing Church Online Workshop 1, on Saturday November 20 2010 in Teleplace, explored transhumanist spirituality and “Religion 2.0” as a coordination-oriented summit of persons, groups and organizations active in this area.

Turing Church Online Workshop 1 in Teleplace

Panelists (in the pictures):

Many other “interested observers” of transhumanist spirituality and “Religion 2.0” partcipated in the workshop, including the writers Robert Geraci and Remi Sussan.

Turing Church Online Workshop 1 in Teleplace

About 20 participants attended the workshop and contributed to the discussion with very interesting questions and comments.

For those who could not attend we have recorded everything (talks, Q/A and discussion) on video. There are 3 different videos on blip.tv:

VIDEO 1 – Part 1, 600×400 resolution, 43 min, speaker Giulio Prisco, recorded by Fred and Linda Chamberlain
VIDEO 2 – Part 2, 600×400 resolution, 1 hour 28 min, speakers Mike Perry and Ben Goertzel
VIDEO 3 – Part 3, 600×400 resolution, 1 hour 7 min, speakers Lincoln Cannon and Martine Rothblatt

NOTES: To download the source .mp4 video files from blip.tv, open the “Files and Links” box.

Turing Church Online Workshop 1 in Teleplace

Topics and issues discussed:

  • To discover parallels and similarities between different organizations and to agree on common interests, agendas, strategies, outreach plans etc.
  • To discuss whether it makes sense to establish a umbrella organization, or to consider one of the existing organizations as such.
  • To develop the idea of scientific resurrection: our descendants and mind children will develop “magic science and technology” in the sense of Clarke’s third law, and may be able to do grand spacetime engineering and even resurrect the dead by “copying them to the future“. Of course this a hope and not a certainty, but I am persuaded that this concept is scientifically founded and could become the “missing link” between transhumanists and religious and spiritual communities.
  • And of course, how to make our our beautiful ideas available, understandable and appealing to billions of seekers.

Turing Church Online Workshop 1 in Teleplace

The workshop made evident that the participants, persons and groups, share very similar, overlapping and compatible ideas. It is also evident that there are different approaches to transhumanist spirituality, each with its own focus and priorities. Some participants observed that, since all of the spiritual transhumanist groups represented at the workshop are inclusive, it makes sense joining all. The idea of establishing a umbrella organizations for spiritually inclined transhumanists was discussed. An alternative is one of the existing groups, or perhaps Humanity+ (subject to their interest of course) as umbrella organization. The MTA and Terasem reported significant growth.

Turing Church Online Workshop 1 in Teleplace

The Turing Church Online Workshop 1 was held in teleXLR8, a telepresence community for cultural acceleration. We produce online events, featuring first class content and speakers, with the best system for e-learning and collaboration in an online 3D environment: Teleplace. Join teleXLR8 to participate in online talks, seminars, round tables, workshops, debates, full conferences, e-learning courses, and social events… with full immersion telepresence, but without leaving home.

Luke Robert Mason on Coding Consciousness: Transhuman Aesthetics in Performance, Teleplace, 17th November 2010

Luke Robert Mason presented an artist’s work-in-progress talk in Teleplace on “Coding Consciousness: Transhuman Aesthetics in Performance” on Wednesday 17th November 2010 at 10.45 am PST (1.45pm EST, 6.45pm UK, 7.45pm CET).

Luke Robert Mason in Teleplace

This was a mixed event in brickspace and cyberspace, with a 2-way link between the two spaces. Event listings on Facebook: PHYSICALLY – Milburn House, Warwick University, 18:30. VIRTUALLY – TelePlace 18.45. Luke gave a great talk and interactive performance on transhumanist themes such as mind uploading from an artistic and aesthetic perspective.

Besides the participants in Milburn House, about 20 participants attended the talk in Teleplace and contributed to the discussion with very interesting questions and comments. The sound system had been professionally set up and remote participants have been able to listen not only to the main speaker, but also to the questions and comments of other participants in Milburn House. For those who could not attend we have recorded everything (talk, Q/A and discussion) on video. There are 2 different videos on blip.tv:

VIDEO 1 – 600×400 resolution, 1 hour 18 min
VIDEO A – 600×400 resolution, 1 hour 22 min, taken (mostly) from a fixed point of view by Phillip Galinsky

NOTES: To download the source .mp4 video files from blip.tv, open the “Files and Links” box.

Luke Robert Mason in Teleplace

Abstract: I aim to practically explore and challenge the performance of identity as mediated by current and potential technological advance. We have reached a ‘second modernity’ where we are able to enter the digital realm and simultaneously augment our own reality, allowing us to process and explore multiple identities through the ‘coding’ of our conscious experience onto digital avatars, such as those in Second Life. However, this serves to challenge the politics of our bio-representation.

I want to explore, through creative performance techniques, the possibility of being able to ‘upload’ our consciousness. Ann Weinstone comments, on artificial life, “[c]ode is coming to function as the transcendental, unifying, and ideal substance of life-for the non-referential, the unmediated-while at the same time, it retains attributes, or the trace if you will, of writing, replacing the body with a less mortal letter. ” We already see ourselves in the 20th Century as alpha- numerical data (i.e. DNA) with our bio-metrics becoming our bio-identity.

‘Coding Consciousness’ represents both the great challenge and great limitation of technology. My aim is to look at how performance can transcend these current technological limitations and utter suggestions as to the creative application of life without boundaries – creating a mind free to transcend positional limits by embodying technology.”

Luke Robert Mason is a University of Warwick, Theatre and Performance Studies Undergraduate Student and Live Artist. He will share some of his current research with the aim to provoke debate. There will be an extensive Q&A session following the talk and he is eager to capture participant’s views and opinions.

teleXLR8 is a telepresence community for cultural acceleration. We produce online events, featuring first class content and speakers, with the best system for e-learning and collaboration in an online 3D environment: Teleplace. Join teleXLR8 to participate in online talks, seminars, round tables, workshops, debates, full conferences, e-learning courses, and social events… with full immersion telepresence, but without leaving home.

TransVision 2010, October 22-24, 2010

TransVision 2010 (Milan, October 22-24, 2010) is over. The conference has been a full 2-way “mixed-reality” event, with speakers and participants in both Milan and Teleplace. Please see the first conference report on Giulio Prisco’s blog and the more detailed article on KurzweilAI.

TransVision 2010 in Teleplace

Video coverage – The HD videos taken in Milan will be available on the conference’s DVD and online on blip.tv, see the index on the TransVision 2010 website. Some participants have also recorded videos from Teleplace. The videos are available on telexlr8.blip.tv. Thanks to Phillip Galinsky, Next Dila Dreamhacker, G. Stephens and others.

VIDEO 1A: Day 1, Part A – 360×240 resolution, 1 hour 35 min. Francesco Verso (last part of his talk), Riccardo Campa on Italian Futurism, Antonio Saccoccio, Roberto Guerra (also with contributions from Graziano Cecchini and Vitaliano Teti).
VIDEO 2A: Day 2, Part A – 600×400 resolution, 1 hour 10 min. Aubrey de Grey (last part of his talk), Max More.
VIDEO 2B: Day 2, Part B – 600×400 resolution, 1 hour 44 min. Martine Rothblatt, Giuseppe Vatinno, David Orban.
VIDEO 2C: Day 2, Part C – 360×240 resolution, 1 hour 45 min. Mike Treder, Giulio Prisco, Emanuele Ratti.
VIDEO 2D: Day 2, Part D – 360×240 resolution, 2 hours 10 min. From Teleplace: Eugen Leitl, Robert Geraci, Natasha Vita-More.
VIDEO 2E: Day 2, Part E – 360×240 resolution, 23 min. From Teleplace: David Styles.
VIDEO 3A: Day 3, Part A – 360×240 resolution, 3 hours 29 min. Miriam Ji Sun, Dan Massey, Roberto Marchesini, Remi Sussan, David Pearce.
VIDEO 3B: Day 3, Part B – 360×240 resolution, 2 hours 59 min. Polytopia project, Anders Sandberg, Marta Rossi and Jacopo Tagliabue, Randal A. Koene, Fiorella Terenzi (by proxy).
VIDEO 3C: Day 3, Part C – 600×400 resolution, 2 hours 59 min. Polytopia project, Anders Sandberg, Marta Rossi and Jacopo Tagliabue, Randal A. Koene, Fiorella Terenzi (by proxy). Same as Day 3 part b with higher resolution.

NOTES: To download the source .mp4 video files from blip.tv, open the “Files and Links” box.

TransVision 2010 in Teleplace

We had about 30 remote participants in the TVirtual online extension of TransVision 2010, hosted by the teleXLR8 project based on the Teleplace online telepresence platform. Remote participants have been able to watch all talks in realtime, and interact with speakers and other participants. We used two Teleplace workstations, one to stream the video and voice of the speaker and to interact with remote participants, and one to stream the speaker’s slides. For those speakers without presentations in .ppt or .pdf, we used the second Teleplace workstation to show the audience in Milan to the audience in Teleplace. In the afternoon of the second day we have reversed the procedure outlined above and shown remote talks from speakers in Teleplace to the audience in Milan.

Max Hodak on Brain-machine interfacing: current work and future directions, Teleplace, October 17

Max Hodak gave an ASIM Expert Series talk in Teleplace on “Brain-machine interfacing: current work and future directions” on Sunday October 17.

Max Hodak in Teleplace

About 30 participants attended the talk and contributed to the discussion with very interesting questions and comments. For those who could not attend we have recorded everything (talk, Q/A and discussion) on video. There are 4 different videos on blip.tv:

VIDEO 1: 600×400 resolution, 57 min
VIDEO 2: 600×400 resolution, 58 min, taken (mostly) from a fixed point of view
VIDEO A: 360×240 resolution, 61 min, recorded by Phillip Galinsky
VIDEO B: 600×400 resolution, 68 min, recorded by Next Dila Dreamhacker

NOTES: To download the source .mp4 video files from blip.tv, open the “Files and Links” box.

Max Hodak in Teleplace

Abstract: Fluid, two-way brain-machine interfacing represents one of the greatest challenges of modern bioengineering. It offers the potential to restore movement and speech to the locked-in, and ultimately allow us as humans to expand far beyond the biological limits we’re encased in now. But, there’s a long road ahead. Today, noninvasive BMIs are largely useless as practical devices and invasive BMIs are critically limited, though progress is being made everyday. Microwire array recording is used all over the world to decode motor intent out of cortex to drive robotic actuators and software controls. Electrical intracortical microstimulation is used to “write” information to the brain, and optogenetic methods promise to make that easier and safer. Monkey models can perform tasks from controlling a walking robot to feeding themselves with a 7-DOF robotic arm. Before we’ll be able to make the jump to humans, biocompatibility of electrodes and limited channel counts are significant hurdles that will need to be crossed. These technologies are still in their infancy, but they’re a huge opportunity in science for those motivated to help bring them through to maturity.

Max Hodak in Teleplace

Max Hodak is a scientist-in-training working on brain-machine interfacing at Duke. He founded Quantios to use computing, machine learning to improve life. American, French dual citizen.

Teleplace is one of the best 3D applications for telework, online meetings, group collaboration, and e-learning in a virtual 3D environment (v-learning).

Paul McGlothin on Calorie Restriction in Humans at ImmInst 2010 via Teleplace

Paul McGlothin has given a talk on “Calorie Restriction in Humans” at the Immortality Institute International Conference 2010 on Sunday October 10 via Teleplace.

Paul McGlothin at ImmInst 2010 via Teleplace

VIDEO: 600×400 resolution, 54 min

Paul McGlothin at ImmInst 2010 via Teleplace

Paul McGlothin is Vice President for Research and Director of the Calorie Restriction Society and co-author of “The CR Way“.

Michael Rose on A New Immortalist Strategy at ImmInst 2010 via Teleplace

Prof. Dr. Michael Rose has given a talk on “A New Immortalist Strategy” at the Immortality Institute International Conference 2010 on Saturday October 9 via Teleplace.

Michael Rose at ImmInst2010 via Teleplace

VIDEO: 600×400 resolution, 1h 11 min

Michael Rose at ImmInst2010 via Teleplace

Prof. Dr. Michael Rose is one of the most eminent evolutionary biologists specialized in aging. He has written several books including “The long tomorrow“. Prof. Rose is Chief Scientist at Genescient.

Ben Goertzel on The Cosmist Manifesto in Teleplace, September 12

Ben Goertzel gave a talk in Teleplace on his recent book “A Cosmist Manifesto: Practical Philosophy for the Posthuman Age” on Sunday September 12, 2010.

Ben Goertzel in Teleplace

This talk was somewhat different from previous talks, and centered on a high level philosophical vision rather than on specific emerging technologies. But these are two sides of the same coin and, as it is well known, cultural and philosophical trends have a deep influence on technology development and vice versa. Thanks Ben for the great talk and thanks to the (about 25) participants who contributed to the discussion with very interesting questions and comments. For those who could not attend we have recorded everything (talk, Q/A and discussion) on video. There are 2 different videos on blip.tv:

VIDEO 1: 600×400 resolution, 1h 08 min
VIDEO 2: 600×400 resolution, 1h 09 min, taken (mostly) from a fixed point of view

NOTES: To download the source .mp4 video files from blip.tv, open the “Files and Links” box.

Ben Goertzel in Teleplace

A Cosmist Manifesto: Practical Philosophy for the Posthuman Age, by Ben Goertzel, has been published by Humanity+ Press and is available on Amazon. See the review A Cosmist Manifesto, an Advocacy on H+ Magazine. See also the online version of the Cosmist Manifesto.

The term Cosmism was introduced by Tsiolokovsky and other Russian Cosmists around 1900. Goertzel’s “Cosmist Manifesto” gives it new life and a new twist for the 21st century. Cosmism, as Goertzel presents it, is a practical philosophy for the posthuman era. Rooted in Western and Eastern philosophy as well as modern technology and science, it is a way of understanding ourselves and our universe that makes sense now, and will keep on making sense as advanced technology exerts its transformative impact as the future unfolds. Among the many topics considered are AI, nanotechnology, uploading, immortality, psychedelics, meditation, future social structures, psi phenomena, alien and cetacean intelligence and the Singularity. The Cosmist perspective is shown to make plain old common sense of even the wildest future possibilities.

Ben Goertzel

Ben Goertzel, Chair of Humanity+, is founder and CEO of two computer science firms Novamente LLC and Biomind LLC, and of the non-profit AGIRI (Artificial General Intelligence Research Institute). He has served as a university faculty in several departments of mathematics, computer science and cognitive science, in the US, Australia and New Zealand. He is author of two books focused on the future of technology and society Creating Internet Intelligence (Plenum, 2001) and The Path to Posthumanity (Academica, 2006). He serves as Director of Research for the Singularity Institute for AI.

Teleplace is one of the best 3D applications for telework, online meetings, group collaboration, and e-learning in a virtual 3D environment (v-learning).


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