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Transcendence

The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity

R.U. Sirius, Jay Cornell

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Transcendence

The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity

R.U. Sirius, Jay Cornell

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"A deceptively light treatment of mind-blowing technologies and their cultural, social and political impact. This book will put your mind on fire."—Giulio Prisco, Hacked.com Transhumanism is an international movement that advocates the use of science and technology to overcome the natural limitations experienced by humanity, through such developments as:

  • the Singularity—the creation of machine intelligences that exceed the capacities of our biological brains
  • the ability to replicate individual minds and put them into solid-state bodies or virtual environments
  • individual control over mental and emotional states for enhancing functionalities and/or ecstasies


Some of this is happening now. Some it is still in the minds of dreamers. In nearly ninety A-Z entries, Transcendence provides a multilayered look at the accelerating advances in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, genomics, information technology, nanotechnology, neuroscience, space exploration, synthetic biology, robotics, and virtual worlds that are making transhumanism a reality. Entries range from Cloning and Cyborg Feminism to Designer Babies and Memory-Editing Drugs. In addition, the book notes historical predecessors and personalities, both in mythology and history—ranging from Timothy Leary to Michael Jackson to Ray Kurzweil. It also introduces the culture around Transhumanism, covering all the geeky obsessions of the Transhumanist movement. "A new book deciphering the surreal truths, questionable fictions, and high weirdness of the Singularity... Infotaining, irreverent, and frequent piss-taking paperback."— Boing Boing "RU Sirius and Jay Cornell present us with their own psychedelic guide to the galaxy in this adventurous idea-rich book, bootstrapping on emerging technologies that beckon us to take control of our evolutionary destiny and lead humanity towards radical new landscapes of mind, of dream, of cosmos, of possibility."—Jason SilvaTranshumanism is an international movement that advocates the use of science and technology to overcome the natural limitations experienced by humanity, through such developments as: the Singularitythe creation of machine intelligences that exceed the capacities of our biological brainsthe ability to replicate individual minds and put them into solid-state bodies or virtual environmentsindividual control over mental and emotional states for enhancing functionalities and/or ecstasiesSome of this is happening now. Some it is still in the minds of dreamers. In nearly ninety A-Z entries, Transcendenceprovides a multilayered look at the accelerating advances in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, genomics, information technology, nanotechnology, neuroscience, space exploration, synthetic biology, robotics, and virtual worlds that are making transhumanism a reality. Entries range from Cloning and Cyborg Feminism to Designer Babies and Memory-Editing Drugs. In addition, the book notes historical predecessors and personalities, both in mythology and historyranging from Timothy Leary to Michael Jackson to Ray Kurzweil. It also introduces the culture around Transhumanism, covering all the geeky obsessions of the Transhumanist movement.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  7. INTRODUCTIONS
  8. ABOLITIONISM
  9. ARTIFICIAL GENERAL INTELLIGENCE
  10. ARTIFICIAL HIPPOCAMPUS
  11. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
  12. ARTIFICIAL LIFE
  13. AUBREY DE GREY
  14. AUGMENTED REALITY
  15. BIOHACKING
  16. BRAIN-BUILDING PROJECTS
  17. BODY SCULPTING
  18. CALORIC RESTRICTION
  19. CITIZEN SCIENTISTS
  20. CLONING
  21. COGNITIVE ENHANCEMENT
  22. COGNITIVE SCIENCE
  23. CONSCIOUSNESS
  24. COSMISM
  25. CRITICISMS OF TRANSHUMANISM
  26. CRYONICS
  27. CYBORGS
  28. DARPA
  29. DESIGNER BABIES
  30. DISTRIBUTED COGNITION
  31. EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY
  32. EXOSKELETONS
  33. EXTROPIANISM
  34. F.M. ESFANDIARY/F.M. 2030
  35. FRIENDLY AI
  36. FORESIGHT INSTITUTE
  37. FUN THEORY
  38. GAMIFICATION
  39. GENOMICS
  40. GEORGE CHURCH
  41. GRAPHENE
  42. GRINDERS
  43. HUMANITY+
  44. IMPLANTS
  45. IN VITRO MEAT
  46. INSTITUTE FOR ETHICS AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGY (IEET)
  47. LAW OF ACCELERATING RETURNS
  48. LIBERTARIAN TRANSHUMANISM
  49. LONGEVITY/IMMORTALITY
  50. MARTINE ROTHBLATT
  51. THE MATRIX
  52. MAX MORE AND NATASHA VITA-MORE
  53. MEMORY-EDITING DRUGS
  54. THE METHUSELARITY
  55. MIND-READING BOTS
  56. MIND UPLOADING
  57. MOORE'S LAW
  58. MORMON TRANSHUMANIST ASSOCIATION
  59. NANOTECHNOLOGY
  60. NBIC
  61. NEUROBOTICS
  62. NEUROTECHNOLOGY
  63. NUTRACEUTICALS
  64. OPEN SOURCE
  65. OPTOGENETICS
  66. PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT
  67. PETER THIEL
  68. POST-DARWINIAN
  69. POSTHUMANITY
  70. POST-SCARCITY
  71. PROACTIONARY PRINCIPLE
  72. PROSTHETICS
  73. PSYCHEDELIC TRANSHUMANISM
  74. QUADCOPTERS
  75. QUANTIFIED SELF
  76. QUANTUM COMPUTING
  77. RAPTURE OF THE NERDS
  78. RAY KURZWEIL
  79. ROBOTICS
  80. SCIENCE FICTION
  81. SENS RESEARCH FOUNDATION
  82. SEXBOTS
  83. SIMULATION THEORY
  84. THE SINGULARITY
  85. SINGULARITY UNIVERSITY
  86. SOUSVEILLANCE
  87. SPACE COLONIZATION
  88. STEAL THIS SINGULARITY
  89. STEM CELLS
  90. SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
  91. TELOMERES
  92. 3D PRINTING
  93. TIMOTHY LEARY
  94. TRANSBEMANISM
  95. TRANSGENDER
  96. TRANSHUMANIST TV, FILM, AND GAMES
  97. VIRTUAL REALITY
  98. WARBOTS
  99. XPRIZE
  100. ZERO STATE
  101. ADDENDUM
  102. RECOMMENDED READING
  103. ABOUT THE AUTHORS