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Beyond Bionics: Transhumanism and Virtual Worlds

We are cyborgs!  We may not be able to run faster than a speeding locomotive, but our selves are already deeply linked with technology. What's the next step for the human species?  Will we become Jamie Summers, with onboard hardware?  Will we be able to upload ourselves into a server farm? Will we re-engineer our biology to let us become in First Life everything we can be in SL: eternally beautiful and young, any sex, dragons or furries?  Or are we turning ourselves into Frankenstein's monster, and debasing our genetic heritage?

Come join us for a *spirited* discussion of what's next for humans and technology!  Don't miss this one, people - it's going to be *legendary*!

Saturday October 17, 1-3:30 SLT, The Diversionarium

Invited panelists include:

Giulio Perhaps: Giulio Prisco of the World Transhumanist Association
Extropia DaSilva: Transhumanist and essayist
dandellion Kimban: blogger and digital philosopher
Alexander Burgess: blogger and digital philosopher
Esteban Moody: blogger and digital philosopher
Argent Bury: blogger and digital philosopher





The Diversionarium is a non-commercial spot for social games, creative play, and miscellaneous horsing around. It's located in beautiful Pandora's Peace Park, with a mer-friendly lagoon, and includes some well-known games, like chess and Othello, as well as exclusive games you won't find anywhere else: word games, building games, and more.

SLURL: The Diversionarium in Pandoria

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sophrosyne_sl
Oct. 17th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Ooooh...
WOOOT!

I just popped in-world to send out the remaining invites, and was about to email yours!

People will be talking about this one for *ever*....!
vidaltripsa
Oct. 17th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
I reckon I'll be there in the front row, wolf-whistling Argent. ;P

It looks like a fantastic topic this week. I'm particularly fond of this idea of First Life alteration. Goodness knows the fun and sheer fulfilment I could have living as an autonomous doll for a day. Naturally, I'd be on the first plane out to the U.S. should we somehow wake up in that fleshy realm! Mmmmyum.

Er, perhaps I'd best look upon the event from underneath that cold waterfall in the photo, just to keep myself calm. >.>

Meanwhile, I'll try to remember what documentary it was I saw that really captured my imagination on this subject. About 6 years ago I saw a film suggesting we may one day have DNA machines to change our appearance. I remember the woman modelling it in a very eye-catching gold catsuit, as you'd expect from any sci-fi product!
sophrosyne_sl
Oct. 17th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
I love your... intellectual enthusiasm! ;)
ext_63861
Oct. 18th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
October 17th?
Is that the next October the 17th that falls on a Saturday, I know we all hope that SL may be around a long time but to start announcing things for 2015 seems very optimistic ;)

But this might be interesting, might actually bring some extra people along :D

*hugs*

lexi
sophrosyne_sl
Oct. 18th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
Re: October 17th?
Whoopsie! :)

Definitely bring people - I guarantee it'll be interesting! :)

(Anonymous)
Oct. 19th, 2007 07:37 am (UTC)
Merge with other H+ meeting?
Hi there,
there is going to be also another transhumanist meeting on sat 1pm slt:
http://postbiota.org/pipermail/tt/2007-October/001625.html

This is about relaunching the WTA-SL group in SL. We used to organize monthly conference - Kevin Warwick etc, see
http://transumanar.com/index.php/site/kevin_warwicks_talk_in_second_life/
http://transumanar.com/index.php/site/seminar_on_h_and_religion_in_sl/
the idea is to relaunch, hopefully with a few new volunteers.

Should we merge the two groups for Sat?

Giulio
sophrosyne_sl
Oct. 19th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Merge with other H+ meeting?
Let's do it! I think there's a natural integration between the Saturday Salons and your monthly conferences, so let's explore the possibilities....
(Anonymous)
Oct. 19th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
http://transumanar.com/index.php/site/two_transhumanist_meetings_tomorrow_in_second_life/

Giulio
(Anonymous)
Oct. 21st, 2007 09:19 am (UTC)
Great salon!
My report and comments:

http://transumanar.com/index.php/site/saturday_20_transhumanist_meetings_in_second_life/
ext_67390
Oct. 21st, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
Re: Great salon!
That was me (Giulio) - trying to sign with openid, hope it works
sophrosyne_sl
Oct. 21st, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Great salon!
It worked!

Thank you for your support, your ideas, and your constant good humor in dealing with me - I really do appreciate that, and you, and I'm looking forward to continuing our collaboration!
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