October 29, 2006

Terasem, Ben Goertzel, etc.

Bruce Klein of the Immortality Institute was kind enough to send me some links related to the Terasem Movement's 2nd Annual Workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology which was held back in July of this year.

You can read more about Terasem here.

Check out this excellent photograph (click to see a larger version) taken at the Green Mountain Center Retreat in Lincoln, Vermont. Bruce is at bottom centre beside the dude with the long hair who happens to be Ben Goertzel of Novamente. Directly above Ben is Ray Kurzweil who is standing beside Wrye Sententia of the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics (who had a baby girl last week! She and hubby Richard Glen Boire gave her the lovely name of Tesla. Congratulations!). And behind Wrye is Martine Rothblatt, the founder of Terasem.

Be sure to check out Ben's AGI talk. If you're interested in what he has to say, check out some more videos here and listen to his recent speech, "Artificial General Intelligence and the Singularity," as presented on Changesurfer Radio. In this speech Goerzel explains the problems that AI research has faced, its importance in changing human society, and the idea of an AI-driven historical discontinuity or “Singularity.”

As an aside, my animal uplift paper, "All Together Now," will be featured in Terasem's November journal.

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