My Blog Posts

2018 21/Oct
Grand Trajectory

The “Grand Trajectory” refers to the direction of development of intelligence and sentience. If the following two hypotheses are true: The moral worth of an entity can be measured – as best we can – by the richness of its intelligence and sentience (consciousness). Humans have a wider range of emotion, creativity, memories, and capabilities than chimpanzees, […]

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2018 27/Aug
Monkey Suit

The “Monkey Suit” is a term used in jest (and absurdism) to refer to the human form. As all humans are thrown into existence (Heidegger’s idea of Geworfenheit) without a say about their conditions, genetics, and surroundings, our existence is somewhat arbitrary. We find ourselves in a “monkey suit” (or a flawed vessel) with: Strange emotions […]

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2018 25/Aug
Political Singularity

“Political singularity” is a hypothetical event where global and national politics centers almost exclusively on issues related to post-human intelligence and power. Most of the attention will likely center around a single set of related questions: Will we decide to enhance human brains (will super-intelligent cyborgs be created)? Will we decide to create post-human artificial […]

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2018 28/May
Brain-Machine Interface

Human nature has always been to gain control over the physical world — both in maximizing its output for our benefit (farming, mining, etc), and in lessening the risks it poses to human life and wellbeing (medicine, construction, etc). This same drive for control compels us to manipulate the virtual world, with the emergence of […]

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2018 16/Mar

I’ve been cajoled into watching Netflix’s Black Mirror, and a friend of mine recommended watching the San Junipero episode next. As I mentioned in my last Black Morror reflection, and I didn’t plan on watching anything that wasn’t worth 40 minutes. San Junipero was a good pick, and it’s nice to know that the class of […]

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2014 16/Sep
UPENN Dan Faggella

The Aim of Positive Psychology Positive Psychology’s founder Dr. Martin Seligman has undertaken the “moon-shot” endeavor to have 51% of the human population psychologically flourishing by 2051. It’s an audacious goal intended to unite positive psychology’s forces in making the grandest impact on the whole of humanity, though some might argue it is an impossible aim. Along […]

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2014 13/Jun
Man to diety

1) Augmentation is nothing new Until recently, “augmented reality” seemed to only have a place in video games and science fiction movies. Though at the time of this writing, “AR” has yet to permeate our day-to-day experiences, the number of burgeoning technologies in this field is staggering. With simulated “sampling” of everything from couches to […]

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2014 14/Apr

In the coming decades ahead, we’ll likely augment our minds and explore not only a different kind of “human experience”, we’ll likely explore the further reaches of sentience and intelligence itself, and it’s a process that I believe is starting now. My TEDx video below is an attempt to encapsulate my argument for the inevitability […]

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2014 8/Apr
tear from humanity

I. Ideals Have Taken Us Here Could the yearning to improve the quality and efficiency of our daily human experience also bring us to abandon much of what we consider “human”? Before making such a bold proposition, let us look at modern “first world” society in comparison to life in Europe in the year 1200. […]

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