Monthly Archives: March 2013

Dark Matter of Transhumanism

Enjoy watching my talk at Stanford Advancing Humanity Symposium. In this talk I am sharing our wonder about why haven’t the ideas of life extension won. It is not clear why isn’t every person on Earth concerned with their longevity. There are several serious reasons that I mention in my presentation, but even all of them combined don’t give the answer to this question. I am also looking at different possible scenarios of how the extending longevity ideas could rise to power. I’d like to know which scenarios you think is the most likely one. Please, share your thoughts.

Here’re the slides.

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Longevity Party Manifesto

Longevity Party is an international union of people, who believe the main goal of each and everyone is development of scientific and technological progress, significant life extension and supporting unlimited enhancement of capabilities of a personality.

Longevity Party is the party of common sense.

Everyone has their own values in life – family, children, creativity, love, beauty, freedom, money, traveling, sex, power… But all these things can only make sense if the person is alive. The basic condition for existence and implementation of all values is life. Its significant extension by rational, scientifically proven methods is the wisest strategy for every one of us.

Longevity Party strives to fairness and happiness.

There is nothing more unfair than death. People don’t deserve death. Death, senility and diseases make a person unhappy. Fight for fairness and happiness for everyone is a fight against diseases, suffering, pain, aging and fighting for radical extension of human life.

Longevity Party advocates acceleration of human evolution.

Life is a form of organization of matter, focused in the first place on self-preservation. Life is an anti-entropy process. The essence of evolution is in development and a human being is the best example of it. It’s human nature to strive to enhance capabilities, expand and increase the scope of the personality. Humans are endowed with capacity to self-improvement. They can gain new knowledge and skills and use those to improve their organisms and the world around them. Human evolution has long been happening not only on the biological level, but also on scientific and technological and social levels. All people are interested in positive changes to happen as soon as possible.

Longevity Party is the party of progress.

The entire the history of humanity is the history of improved capabilities and increased life expectancy. Everything that makes our life better, longer, more comfortable and more replete is the result of progress. Nonetheless, there are dangers and risks associated with science and technology development. They reflect the forces of regress and entropy. These phenomena must be seen as unsolved problems of progress.

Longevity Party strives to preserve the civilization.

One of the problems of humanity is the global risks – events, as a result of which the civilization may be destroyed. It is necessary to evaluate these risks well in advance and prevent any possible negative scenario from happening. Longevity Party sets the goal of indestructibility of humanity.

Longevity Party proposes the absolute hierarchy of goals.

Given the conditions of limited financial and intellectual resources, it is crucial to identify the most important tasks and focus on solving them. Certainly, the most important task for the civilization is radical human life extension.

The following areas are most promising for developing scientific methods and technologies for radical life extension: regenerative medicine, personalized medicine, neuromodeling, aging diagnostics, gene therapy, creating artificial organs, improving methods of studying molecular biological processes, cryonics, mathematical modeling of biological processes, creating Artificial Intelligence, nanorobots, evolutionary biology of aging, development of futurology.

Longevity Party advocates proactive approach to life.

Given the current time limitations of human life, it is shortsighted to passively wait for technological achievements. It is crucial to do everything possible to extend your own lifespan – use methods of disease diagnostics and preventing, lead a healthy life style, improve your own scientific competence, actively support scientific research, aimed at reaching physical immortality, support cryonics as a means of restoring life-sustaining activities of the dead in the future.

Longevity Party sets the goal of rising to power in the majority of countries of the world in order to implement projects on significant human life extension.

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Stop Discriminating the Serene Ideas of Transhumanism

Yesterday the website for Global Future 2045 congress went live and I looked at the Speakers page. Credible researchers, like Dr. George Church, Dr. Marvin Minsky, Dr. Ed Boyden, Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro and Dr. Peter Diamandis, are mixed with self-realized Siddha masters, jewish mystical meditators and mahatmandaleshwars of the Juna Akhara Order of Hindu monks. This is beyond unacceptable.

This combination of researchers and religious activists will allow the organizers to promote their religious ideas whatever those may be. Substrate-Independent Minds has nothing to do with religion and faith. It is crucial not to transform Substate-Indipendent Minds in some sectarian idea of finding a soul.

Combining religious leaders and credible researchers discredits both the work of those scientists and transhumanist ideas.

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