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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.

Turing Church Online Workshop 1, Teleplace, Saturday November 20, 9am-1pm PST

UPDATE: Turing Church Online Workshop 1, Teleplace, Saturday November 20, with workshop report, pictures and videos.

Turing Church Online Workshop 1, in Teleplace, Saturday November 20, 9am-1pm PST (noon-4pm EST, 5pm-9pm UK, 6pm-10pm EU). The workshop will explore transhumanist spirituality and “Religion 2.0” and it will be a coordination-oriented summit of groups and organizations active in this area.

Turing Church Workshop 1 in Teleplace

Format:
Online-only workshop in Teleplace. Those who already have Teleplace accounts for teleXLR8 can just show up at the workshop. There are a limited number of seats available for others, please contact Giulio Prisco if you wish to attend.

Panelists:

Agenda:

  • Talks by the panelists in the first 2 hours.
  • Discussion between the panelists in the last 2 hours, with the participation of the audience.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Luke Robert Mason on Coding Consciousness: Transhuman Aesthetics in Performance, Teleplace, 17th November 2010 at 10.45 am PST

UPDATE: see Luke Robert Mason on Coding Consciousness: Transhuman Aesthetics in Performance, Teleplace, 17th November 2010, with pictures and full video coverage.

Coding Consciousness

Luke Robert Mason will present 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). Those who already have Teleplace accounts for teleXLR8 can just show up at the talk. There are a limited number of seats available for others, please contact Giulio Prisco if you wish to attend.

This is a mixed event – Facebook: PHYSICALLY – Milburn House, Warwick Uni, 18:30. VIRTUALLY – TelePlace 18.45.

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.

Anders Sandberg on Neuroselves and exoselves: distributed cognition inside and outside brains

Anders Sandberg has inaugurated the teleXLR8 beta program in Teleplace on Sunday, April 18, with a great talk on Neuroselves and exoselves: distributed cognition inside and outside brains. After the talk there has been a lively questions and answers session.

The talk and Q/A video is available on blip.tv. Some of the participants, including Anders himself, had intermittent Internet connection problems. Other technical problems were solved in real time, and the video, which has been recorded using the native Teleplace recording feature without post-processing and editing, includes some very useful advice on how to properly set up sound devices and PPT presentations.

At the end of the talk Anders, following Kevin Warwick, said that the really important cognitive enhancements will be communication enhancements able to boost our collective intelligence, and that any method that improves communication is going to have a tremendous practical and ethical importance. I think this talk, enabled by modern interactive telepresence technology, has provided a good example of this concept.

Anders Sandberg in Teleplace

Date and time: Sunday April 18 at 6pm continental EU (5pm UK, 9am PST, noon EST)

Title: Neuroselves and exoselves: distributed cognition inside and outside brains

Abstract: In the past the human mind was seen as atomic and clearly distinguished from the body and environment. As cognitive science has advanced this view has become increasingly untenable. The emerging view is instead that our minds are composed of networks of simpler parts. As we understand our brains better new possibilities for enhancing cognition biologically open up, but also intriguing possibilities to offload or copy our mental processes into external systems such as software. This talk will discuss the possibilities for distributed cognition inside our brains and computers and across society.

Anders Sandberg has a background in computer science, neuroscience and medical engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. in computational neuroscience from Stockholm University, Sweden, for work on neural network modeling of human memory. His research at the Future of Humanity Institute centres on societal and ethical issues surrounding human enhancement and new technology, as well as estimating the capabilities and underlying science of future technologies.

Anders Sandberg in Teleplace

Teleplace is one of the best 3D applications for telework, online meetings, group collaboration, and e-learning in a virtual 3D environment (v-learning). It is a powerful telepresence environment where multiple participants can stream their webcam video to interactive 3D online meeting areas and workspaces. The virtual 3D space permits effectively organizing the work areas and creates the impression of “being there”, which is fundamental for effective remote collaboration. One of the main features of Teleplace is its ability to immediately import Office documents from the desktop for presentations and collaborative editing.

The talk has been sponsored by Teleplace and Italsat.

Coordination meeting of European Transhumanist Associations in Teleplace

Following the opening meeting in Milan last November, a second coordination meeting of European Transhumanist Associations has taken place today in a Teleplace virtual workspace. Online 3D technologies and workspaces for videoconferencing and deeply interactive collaboration already permit productive e-meetings for distributed workgroups. Online meetings, which can be especially productive for pre-existing groups, are not (yet) a full replacement of physical meetings, but can be a very useful complement to physical meetings and permit saving money and time.

Euro Transhumanists meeting in Teleplace

Agenda: VR meetings and seminars in Teleplace, Transvision 2010 conference (draft program and logo almost finalized), H+ UK 2010conference (very good progress, I look forward to attending), collaboration with various European research groups and projects, and an onlinetranshumanist art exhibition under development.

Besides the agenda, I was also interested in studying the first reactions of newcomers to Teleplace: all participants besides David Orban and myself had never been in a Teleplace before. All newcomers learned how to use the basic functions of Teleplace (moving, talking, streaming webcam video, adding and editing documents) in a few minutes, and one (Marc) set up a complex presentation without help. I think everyone had a very positive impression and could see the potential of Teleplace for professional online meetings and presentations.

Euro Transhumanists meeting in Teleplace

Besides working group meetings, we are also planning a beta version of an ambitious e-learning initiative (much more at due time). We will start with monthly seminars in Teleplace, and the one-and-only Anders Sandberg has accepted to give the first lecture on advanced neurotechnology wizardry and mind-boggling future prospects.

Euro Transhumanists meeting in Teleplace

I look forward to hosting other virtual meetings, and I wish to thank Teleplace for their support.


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