I’ve Bina round the world…and eye, eye, eye…

Posted by on Jul 16, 2010 in Akbar Lightning, TheMachine, Transhumanism



  1. globatron
    July 16, 2010

    Maybe I could put peanut butter on my macbook and see if a new globatron is born. Seems like it’s worth a shot.

    A talking hard drive. Pretty silly. All this thing does is run searches from database entries. Matching words to try and get an answer.

    This can be done better online I feel. Google is more AI than this thing is for sure.

  2. Logocentric
    July 18, 2010

    are you saying that because she’s black?

  3. globatron
    July 19, 2010

    She’s rubber. She could be covered in mustard for all I care.

    Am I the only one not impressed. Her voice makes for good sampling for mixing though.

  4. Logocentric
    July 19, 2010

    no dude, it’s ridiculous. the obsession with reproducing ourselves electronically has become quite a spectacle.

  5. Greg
    July 19, 2010

    Well come on think about this people. What is the end goal here?

    Really simple, im mor tal ity. Period. We are always seeking ways to stave of death and the inevitability of being gone forever. Eventually people will put enough money forward that if they think there is a way to transfer human conscienceness into a artifiscial life form they will try and do this. I hate to say this but too many are not paying attention to the warnings brought forth by people seeing where this future takes us.

  6. globatron
    July 20, 2010

    well. i like immortality Greg. Either way. Why put all your eggs in one basket? I’m down with trying to back up my memories. Isn’t that what we do with photo albums? Aren’t we passing those memories down to our kids as well? What would be the difference between that and being able to save our father or mother’s consciousness (or personality really plus memories) to be able to access? I know I’d love to ask my father hard drive a few questions about the Korean War and his childhood.

    And on top of that I’d like to turn Globatron into A.I. as well.

  7. Greg
    July 20, 2010

    I get your vibe on this Globa, and while I could agree with your sentiments it just feels wrong. I know this is weird coming from me, Christ I work in technology, but it feels unnatural. To me that is. Death is a part of the cycle and the constant chase to cheat death seems like we are playing with forces that are beyond our understanding. I can understand wanting to store videos, photos, and other things of sentimental importance. But trying to save someone’s conscienceness? Isn’t that paramount to trying to save their soul, artificially? I don’t know, it just creeps me out a bit where this might go.

    Did you know that genetic engineers are examining and working on the genetic analysis of a species of jellyfish that is considered immortal? It naturally sheds dead or used tissue and regenerates new tissue at an amazing rate. They believe the key to us incorporating that genetic sequence into ourselves is not far behind.

    Anyway, that is my weird take on this. I am not sure how I would feel about immortality.

    Personally I love the most poetic thoughts from Bruce Lee. “The first step to being immortal is living a life worth remembering.”

  8. Akbar Lightning
    July 20, 2010

    it’s important to point out that there is a vast difference between immortality and radical life extension…eventually i do think i will want to face the great adventure of death…but i wouldn’t mind a few hundred extra years to continue playing at the creative arts, a set of skills i have only begun to tap into…

    there are lots of types of satisfaction i would like to explore, i will let you speculate on what those might be…suffice it to say, that i am incredibly desirous of many things…as an example, i would love to spend 10 years exploring dance…and although i am happy with the sacrificial choices i have made, i see no moral problems in my own heart with having access to more creative time…

    there are many ethical problems that such technology will present us with…but i am enthusiastic about such challenges…i am not one who feels moral horror has some direct tie to technological waxing or waning…Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity is Near is quite convincing that much of those things we find morally reprehensible have been steadily declining in the last 100 years….


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