The Ethics of Immortality




The improbable technology aside, I don’t think copying your mind and uploading it to a MindCloud(tm)  would be you, it would be a copy.  Gradually adding memory and processing, growing the space your mind runs in,  eventually making the original bio part a small easily replaced unit– that strikes me as portable to a MindCloud(tm) .   Expanding the hardware a human mind runs on and outgrowing the original biology was an awesome subplot in John Barnes’ Mother of Storms.

What are the ethical consequences of immortality technology? – Francesca Minerva & Adrian Rorheim | Aeon Ideas

Immortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it’s now the subject of serious investment – both intellectual and financial – by philosophers, scientists and the Silicon Valley set. Several hundred people have already chosen to be ‘ cryopreserved ‘ in preference to simply dying, as they wait for science to catch up and give them a second shot at life.

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Alan Turing – June 23, 1912

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Alan Turing June 23, 1912

Cool equations from On Computable Numbers With An Application To The Entscheidungs Problem, 1936. Wherein he described the mathematics of computing machines. What he does with Godel’s Theorem is remarkable. Historic paper– it founds computer science.

Cow spots from The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis wherein he lays out the math that describes the evolution of pattern in nature. Like cow spots. And galaxies. His last paper. Math the predicts nature is mystical.

The rainbow because he was gay. Which got him chemically castrated, imprisoned and assassinated. Excuse me he committed suicide. (He was assassinated.)

Scott Kelly & NASA: Abstract Artists

Scott Kelly, American hero and badass space artist.

Scott Kelly, American hero and badass space artist.

NASA got Scott Kelly to the International Space Station where he made amazing art. He also spent a year there, and he got back safely.  A historic achievement. Non fiction science fiction. We were obsessed with the smallness of the 2016 presidential campaign so it wasn’t particularly talked about.

Kelly always points out that the accomplishment is not his alone, that the NASA community deserves equal credit.  Still, he was the one floating in space for a year.

While floating in space he created a series of abstracts, Passing Over the Land Down Under. They’re shots of Australia.

I think they’re among the great artworks this century.

One of them:

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Many of them:

Passing Over the Land Down Under

Astronaut Scott Kelly took these photos of Australia from the International Space Station and posted them to Twitter.

Badass return from outer space:



Cyborgs Move Among Us

They’re on the weird side, but with a fascinating notion: their “art lies in the creation of their own senses.”

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This is Neil Harbisson. That thing on his head is an antennae he had planted IN HIS SKULL.

The antenna allows him to perceive visible and invisible colours such as infrareds and ultraviolets via sound waves. The antenna’s internet connection allows him to receive colors from space as well as images, videos, music or phone calls directly into his head via external devices such as mobile phones or satellites.

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This is Moon Ribas (way to go, mom and dad).  She has connected her elbows to global seismic sensors.  She is developing a “motion sense” for planetary movement.

She gives performances, Waiting for Earthquakes, where she stands, waiting for earthquakes. If there is no earthquake she just stands.

It’s hard to describe this without snark because WTF. BUT… amazing. And bold.

And there are civil rights issues. Apparently people see them and freak the fuck out. WHICH IS BIGOTRY and they’re fighting it.

Hopefully they don’t aspire to Star Trek villainy.

To advance the cause of cyborgery Moon and Neil have a Cyborg Foundation.

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