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Introduction to Transhumanism:

 

What Is Transhumanism?
(5:18)

 

Transhumanism is an international cultural and intellectual movement with an eventual goal of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as the ethics of developing and using such technologies. They speculate that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label "posthuman." British transhumanist philosopher

Dr. David Pearce promotes the idea that there exists a strong ethical imperative for humans to work towards the abolition of suffering in all sentient life. In this video, he briefly overviews the three dominant areas of transhumanism: Super longevity, super intelligence, and super well-being.

 

 

Post-Human: An Introduction to Transhumanism
(11:11)
 
 

Produced by the British Institute of Posthuman Studies , this video investigates three dominant areas of transhumanist thought: Super-longevity, super-intelligence and super-wellbeing. It briefly covers the ideas of

Dr. Aubrey de Gray, 
Dr. Ray Kurzweil, and
Dr. David Pearce.  BIOPS is a critical forum for transhumanist thought which aims to: 1) Highlight the ethical and philosophical consequences of implementing transhumanist ideas 2) Raise public awareness of the technological and intellectual trends within transhumanism 3) Produce informative and educational videos that investigate transhumanist topics 4) Create a platform for discourse, new ideas, and constructive disagreement 5) Organize events to bring speakers and thinkers together.

 

 

Max More: The Singularity & Transhumanism
(20:43)

 

Dr. Max More, a transhumanist philosopher, speaks into the subjects of the singularity and transhumanism in this interview.

 

  

Transhumanism 101
(56:10)

 

Transhumanism is both misunderstood and feared. Some have labeled it "the most dangerous idea."

Dr. Nathasha Vita-More is the world’s first female transhumanist philosopher.  In this interview, she attempts to bring some basic intellectual clarity on the subject by covering a wide variety of topics, such as: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the effect it had on transhumanism, science fiction and science in general; the negative perception and fear of transhumanism stemming from some more recent publications such as Bill Joy's  "Why The Future Doesn't Need Us" and Francis Fukuyama's  Our Post-Human Future ; Dr. More's definition of transhumanism; similarities and differences between transhuman, posthuman and cyborg; critical thinking as one of the basic tenets of transhumanism; important writings such as Max More's Towards a Futurist Philosophy, Eric Drexler's Engines of Creation and Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World ; her Ph.D dissertation on human enhancement and life expansion; some of the reasons that people fear transhumanism and how to turn that around; some of her upcoming projects such as The Transhumanist Reader and H+TV as well as artistic events and conferences that she supports.

 

 

Transhumanist Manifesto
(5:15)

 

Dr. David Wood has endeavored in this video to update the "Transhumanist Declaration."  This new manifesto maintains that humanity is on the brink of a momentous leap forward in evolution. If we are wise and strong, we can--and should--make that leap.

 

 

Transcendence

 

 

Although a fictional film, Transcendence serves as a visual primer on the world of transhumanism. It portrays some of the promising technologies, the ambitions and motivations of transhumanists, and also the fears surrounding these technologies. The film focuses on a scientist whose drive to develop artificial intelligence leads him to upload his consciousness into one of his programs.

Trailer #1  (2:30)

Trailer #2  (2:34)

 

 

 

Supercomputing, Artificial Intelligence, & the Singularity:

 

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
(3:23)
 

Neil Jacobstein is Co-Chair of AI and Robotics at Singularity Institute . Here he briefly overviews the three main vectors in artificial intelligence.

 

 

Ray Kurzweil: What Does the Future Look Like?
(1:02:05)
 
 

Dr. Ray Kurzweil, is an inventor, futurist, author several books including The Singularity Is Near and How to Create a Mind, and Director of Engineering at Google . In this presentation at Abu Dhabi's Manarat Al Saadiyatas part of the Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Forum for New Ideas, Dr. Kurzweil explains the nature of exponential growth in technology and shares his vision for mankind’s future.

 

 

Interview with Dr. Hugo de Garis After the Singularity Summit Australia 2010
 

Former researcher in evolvable hardware and Director of the Artificial Brain Lab at Xiamen Univerity in China,

Dr. Hugo de Garis is best known for his use of genetic algorithms to evolve neural networks which he claims will enable the creation of "artificial brains" that could quickly surpass human intelligence. In this highly informative and mind-blowing interview, Dr. Hugo de Garis manages to make the complex simple regarding the singularity  and its pragmatic consequences. He argues that if Moore's Law can be sustained until 2020, then computers could conceivably become a trillion trillion times more powerful than the human brain. When this technology is merged with the body, it will dramatically overpower the biological element of our humanity and grant mankind god-like powers. But before this occurs, Dr. de Garis argues that the prospective impact of this technology will lead mankind into a existential war between those who wish to embrace this technology and those who reject it. The casualty rate of this war could measure in the billions—something Dr. de Garis refers to as gigadeath .  

Hugo de Garis Interview - Part 1  (12:35)

(Reversible Computing)
 
(Terrans, Cosmists, & Cyborgs)
 
(Future War and the Global State)
 
(Contrasting Ideologies and Politics)
 
(Further on Ideologies)
 
(Terran vs. Cyborg/Cosmist Ideology)
 

Hugo de Garis Interview - Part 9  (13:54)

(To Be a God or Not to Be a God?)

Hugo de Garis Interview - Part 11  (4:24)

(Species Dominance)

Hugo de Garis Interview - Part 13  (13:54)

Hugo de Garis Interview - Part 14  (13:23)

Hugo de Garis Interview - Part 15  (13:55)

Hugo de Garis Interview - Part 16  (4:12)

Hugo de Garis Interview - Part 17  (13:54)

Hugo de Garis Interview - Part 18  (13:54)

Hugo de Garis Interview - Part 19  (13:54)

Hugo de Garis Interview - Part 20  (13:54)

Hugo de Garis Interview - Part 21  (7:09)

 

 

Supercomputing & the Human Brain
(46:48)
 

 

Dr. Larry Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering . In this presentation at the Singularity University , Dr. Smarr discusses supercomputers, how current computation compares to the human brain, and when supercomputers will surpass human processing power.

 

 

Transcendent Man

In Transcendent Man, film director Barry Ptolemy follows

Dr. Ray Kurzweil, around the globe as he presents the daring arguments from his best-selling book, The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology. Dr. Kurzweil predicts that with the ever-accelerating rate of technological change, humanity is fast approaching an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly non-biological and millions of times more powerful. This will be the dawning of a new civilization enabling us to transcend our biological limitations. In Dr. Kurzweil's post-biological world, boundaries blur between human and machine, real and virtual. Human aging and illness are reversed, world hunger and poverty are solved, and we cure death.

Trailer  (2:58)

 

 

The Singularity

 

The Singularity is defined as the point in time when computer intelligence exceeds human intelligence. This notion of superhuman machines has long served as fodder for tales of science fiction. Yet most scientific leaders argue that these changes are inevitable, based on the great strides being made in fields such as nanotechnology , artificial intelligence , and molecular biology .  These technologies will radically alter the way we live. Inevitably, the question arises: what kind of humans do we want to become?

Trailer  (1:16)

 

 

Is the Turing Test a Reliable Method of Determining Artificial Intelligence?
(52:05)

Dr. Ben Goertzel answers the question in this interview, "Is there significance to the chatbot 'Eugene Goostman' passing the Turing Test ?" Dr. Goertzel addresses the limitations of the Turing Test and discusses whether there might be a more reliable method of determining artificial intelligence.

 

 

The Perils of Prediction
(58:15)

 

As part of the Singularity Summit Australia 2011, a panel consisting of

Dr. Lawrence Krauss,
Dr. Steve Omohundro, and
Dr. Ben Goertzel
 anticipate the future while also recognizing the perils of prediction.

 

 

  

Synthetic Biology:

 

What Is Synthetic Biology?
(10:42)
 
 

It has been referred to as extreme genetic engineering and the new frontier of biotechnology. What is "SynBio," and how will it affect the food we eat and the farmers who provide it?

 

 

Introduction to Synthetic Biology
(57:12)
 
 

A pioneer in synthetic biology, Andrew Hessel discusses the similarities between computing and biology during a talk at Singularity University .

 

 

Synthetic Biology: Inventing the Future
(42:31)
 
 

Inventing the Future is a live news program featuring coming trends that will shape society. Lead by Robert Tercek, Inventing the Future offers insight into the future of the world after tomorrow. Joining Robert Tercek in this discussion are Andrew Hessel, Distinguished Research Scientist with the Bio/Nano Programmable Matter Group at Autodesk , and Dr. William Hurlbut, Physician and Consulting Professor at Stanford University . Scientists can now re-program life at the cellular level, just like a computer program. Syn-bio experts, sometimes called bio-hackers, are re-programming the DNA in viruses and creating novel life forms that can replicate and grow just like natural single cell organisms.

 

 

Hacking Life's Code: Designer Genes
(1:13:30)

 

Should the use and knowledge of genetics be limited in the case of conception? What about using genetic engineering to make humans healthier—or even enhancing humanity by manipulating DNA? Geneticist

Dr. George Church,  fertility specialists Paula Amato and Jamie Grifo, and bioethicists Sheldon Krimsky and Nita Farahany mull our fast-approaching genetic engineering horizon in this program of the 2014 World Science Festival.

 

 

Homo Sapiens 2.0: Genetic Enhancement & the Future of Humanity
(1:05:01)

 

Moderator Jamie Metzl is joined by

Dr. George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School ; Columbia University bioethicist, Dr. Robert Klitzman; New York Stem Cell Foundation Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Susan Solomon; and Princeton Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Policy, Dr. Lee Silver to discuss the opportunities and challenges of human genetic engineering.

 

 

Programming Life: The Revolutionary Potential of
Synthetic Biology
(1:29:33)

In an event co-sponsored by Synberc and Discover Magazine , an expert panel discussed the topics: 1) Near-term applications of synthetic biology for creating new drugs, chemicals, and fuels 2) The social and economic implications of synthetic biology 3) Ethical and environmental challenges of synthetic biology 4) Training tomorrow's innovators in synthetic biology 5) Future possibilities—a look ahead at what might be possible in 20 years. The panel in this video consists of

Dr. Chris Voight, 
Dr. Douglas Densmore, and
Christian Smolke.

 

 

Programming Nature: Entrepreneurs Are
Transforming Synthetic Biology Into Real Dollars
(1:20:53)

Synthetic biology was once reserved for big pharma and the multimillion dollar chemical manufacturing industry, but today startups and hackers in their garages and basements are using cloud based services and low cost labs, tools, and equipment to manipulate organisms to produce materials and products of economic value. Startups like Lygos are altering the DNA of yeast and e-coli to produce nylon, polyester, and polypropylene for clothing. RefactoredMaterials is transforming proteins to create materials that mimic spider silk. All of this is possible because cloud-based services and low cost tools are enabling these companies to quickly and cheaply build and iterate through multiple DNA blueprints to discover the right formula to produce these materials. The panel in this video speak into the questions: 1) What are the tools and cloud services that enable synthetic biology for startups? 2) What are the keys to low cost innovation that will democratize synthetic biology and create profitable ventures? 3) How do movements like Biohacking and Biocurious help shape this new movement? 4) Can backyard biologists have the same impact that the homebrew computer clubs did in the 1980s? 5) Is there a Moore's Law equivalent for this space and what do investors see as the next big opportunities?

 

 

 

Nanotechnology:

 

How Big is a Nanometer?
(3:33)
 
 

This is a short cartoon which helps to bring perspective to the question, "How big is a nanometer?"

 

 

Introduction to Molecular Nanotechnology
(1:13:50)

 

In this presentation at the inaugural Executive Program at the Singularity University ,

Dr. Ralph Merkle, leading expert in nanotechnology, gives a non-technical introduction to nanotechnology and the future of manufacturing at the atomic level.