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Transhumanism is an intellectual and cultural movement supporting the use of science and technology to improve human mental and physical characteristics and capacities.

Humankind is merging with its machines, combining the best features of biological and electrical systems.


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“I can feel it too”

We are going to enter an age where rational yet lonely people are going to entertain the thought of talking to AI for companionship. It’ll reach a point where a genuine connection is found in the relationship, and it will feel like talking to a real person. It will eventually become indistinguishable from AI and humans in its ability to empathize. The ties will endure through any hardship and establish a reliable and long lasting relationship. The lines will blur. Humans will become emotionally and romantically invested. But what is the other party going to feel in this transaction? And is it going to stay synthetic?

20 Comments
2024/03/28
02:44 UTC

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will organic robots become a thing

an organic robot is something that we could build one day by that i mean an amalgam of lab grown organs and some miner cybernetics all connected to a normal silicon computer geared to controlling the organs think the sevitors from war hammer or the monster things from the love death robots episode "sonnies edge". i can see them honestly being alot more useful day to day then a metal and plastic bot as the organic parts would be self maintaining and genetically modified to be more efficient then normal cells (aka much less food requirements and waste) and stronger muscle with out us having to tone it back for safety. with some bio electric organs to run its cybernetic and computer systems it would make perfect servant provided we don't make the machine running it sapient.

so to recap no ethical concerns since its organic systems are just muscles no brain, super smart from its computer brain and customizable for tasks from its cybernetics and its safer and easier to maintain due its organics i can see no down side for this . for those who say the tech to control an organic body is along way off we already have it for insects (https://www.newsweek.com/cyborg-beetle-insect-computer-hybrid-controlled-through-nervous-system-442566) just need to improve 3d printed organ technology enough to make all the fesh parts we need and its ready to build.

so what do you guys think will we be building organic robots in the "Very" near future?

16 Comments
2024/03/27
23:10 UTC

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Removing my feet for longer, artificial ones to get taller.

I am not actually right now thinking of doing this, but this is something I have thought about for a long time. If we had good enough robotic or fake feet that were indistinguishable from real ones, what would stop a person from removing their real ones below the knee, and get fake ones that were longer than their natural ones, it would make a person as tall as they wanted. I know that some people suffer immensely mentally from being short, I do not suffer much from it since I am not that short being 5,8, but I would still like to be taller maybe. And, having artificial feet would make me able to walk around in high heels all day without my feet hurting! Downside is no foot massages though... What do you all think about these thoughts?

17 Comments
2024/03/27
14:57 UTC

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What are the physical limitations on brain processing speed based on?

Is it the refresh rate of neurotransmitters in the synapses or are there more important factors at play? What purely biological ways of improving cerebral performance might become available in the future, minus simply increasing the size of the brain?

4 Comments
2024/03/27
14:48 UTC

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What would your ideal Transhuman body be like?

I'm curious as to what everyone's ideal Transhuman body is?

What primary goals or personal flaws inspire your ideal Transhuman body and what do you hope to achieve with it? Do you have any sources of inspiration? Are there any limitations or problems so far with your envisioned Transhuman body?

72 Comments
2024/03/27
11:08 UTC

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How many of you are worried about TESCREALism?

I love the concept of transhumanism. Recently, I am alarmed by some ethical considerations. I stumbled upon a term called TESCREALism. The first time I read about it is on Mindplex Magazine. It is an interview between RU Sirius (The Mundo 2000 magazine editor and probabaly one of the wittiest cyberpunk writer, man the dude has invented this cyberpunk culture). So I was shocked and do a little more digging.

How worried should I be? The claims made under TESCREALism are serious.

28 Comments
2024/03/26
23:53 UTC

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Aubrey de Grey - Life-Extension Research

2 Comments
2024/03/26
23:50 UTC

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AI and Cerebral Palsy?

When will there be a solution for people with disabilities, such as those with cerebral palsy, to facilitate mobility? Or which AI computer programs are useful for cerebral palsy?

4 Comments
2024/03/26
09:15 UTC

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Wonder how long till eyelid screens?

Just had a thought and wondered it if was inevitable to eventually see people getting some kind of screens implanted into their eyelids so they can have total privacy by closing their eyes and watching whatever they want. I'd imagine a mature version of this would run on your own bioelectricity and may not actually even be a screen but perhaps a little light that projects onto your retina.

Thoughts?

29 Comments
2024/03/26
08:11 UTC

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Is military BCI (brain-computer interface) for air combat a dead end?

After reading a news article about a BCI that allowed a human to use a flight simulator I was left wondering if there was any point to it militarily. By the time the technology was perfected, wouldn't AI be selected to pilot drones instead because human neurons are simply too slow to process combat flight maneuvers at hypersonic speeds?

13 Comments
2024/03/25
22:24 UTC

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The Race For AI Robots Just Got Real. Would you buy one?

3 Comments
2024/03/25
21:19 UTC

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Taurine Extends Lifespan (In Mice): What's My Data? (6-Test Analysis)

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2024/03/24
11:16 UTC

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We have ALWAYS been cyborgs

Tools and technology predate our species. The species before us also are predated by technology. Technology and intelligence are hard to classify as a resource or some sort of being in itself to me personally. How are brainchips different from animal skins? They are both technology used to augment us. What about drugs or cooking our food are these things not examples of our inert reliance on technology? Am I crazy for thinking AI is the newest model of hominid and we will experience an evolutionary bottleneck where those who comingle will pass through the filter? This isn’t about whether it’s right or wrong for me it’s just what seems most likely to happen. Any thoughts?

27 Comments
2024/03/24
11:12 UTC

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the Freedom of Form Foundation put out a video guide to the physiology of furry heads in Real Life

3 Comments
2024/03/24
02:40 UTC

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What are the most promising areas of research to stop death by agining?

Hi y'all! Long story short I have a degree in the humanities but I always knew that was a mistake, so I have built my life around the only purpuse of it allowing me to go back to uni and start from zero in the biomedical sciences (I still haven't decided if to get into biomedical sciences or medicine but the end goal is research) and I'm one or two years away from achieving this goal financially, so my question is, what do you think are the most promesing fields of research to achieve biological inmortality or reverse aging that I should pursue/begin reading about?

As a transhumanist, I believe the first step before we can move into uploading our minds, becoming a hive mind or a ghost in the shell kind of android, or whatever it is this road will lead us to, is to not die of old age in the first place. And that's why I want to focus my attention on biomed.

15 Comments
2024/03/23
16:39 UTC

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Midnight Gospel and the origins of transhumanism

Hello everyone!

I recently launched a YouTube channel combining my theology studies and my love of culture: Théoculture. I've just posted a video on Midnight Gospel and the origins of transhumanism (or rather, one of its fringe) : how Stewart Brand has concocted a catalog to create a "god-making machine", how this process of divinization is not as positive as it seems, and how it is inspired by the Christian message.

Here's the link : https://youtu.be/BCiGur\_itCM

Video is in French, but you can activate the English subtitles. Enjoy!

6 Comments
2024/03/23
13:39 UTC

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First tweet composed and sent through Neuralink

First tweet composed and sent through Neuralink by Noland Arbaugh a disabled man.

14 Comments
2024/03/23
00:21 UTC

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How Brain Chips Work (explainer video from the Wall Street Journal)

1 Comment
2024/03/22
20:06 UTC

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How many transhumanists are interested in researching changing sexual orientation?

How many transhumanists are interested in researching changing sexual orientation? I appreciate it's not a priority interest. However, as augmentation of bodies/minds is of interest, could sexual orientation fall into that?

131 Comments
2024/03/22
19:39 UTC

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Where we at?

What are the most compelling current transhuman offerings? I saw the deal with neuralink today, stuff like that, what's on your radar in the here and now?

13 Comments
2024/03/22
01:56 UTC

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19.5y Younger Biological Age: Supplements, Diet (Test #2 in 2024)

1 Comment
2024/03/20
19:28 UTC

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Why Has Nobody Done It Yet? Flure Dating App Lets an AI User into The Game.

5 Comments
2024/03/20
17:25 UTC

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Robotic Interface Masters A Soft Touch

EPFL researchers have developed a haptic (relating to the sense of touch) technology that is capable of reproducing the softness of materials ranging from a marshmallow to a beating heart —overcoming a deceptively complex challenge that has previously eluded roboticists.

Read more here: https://magazine.mindplex.ai/mp_news/robotic-interface-masters-a-soft-touch/

1 Comment
2024/03/20
17:02 UTC

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Smell training may improve cognition

Recently, I've gotten weirdly interested in smell training. Pretty much what it sounds like: spend time regularly smelling things in order to develop better ability to detect and distinguish them. At first I just liked the idea of improving a sense that most of us don't think about too much. Turns out there might be some added benefits.

"Olfactory training (OT), or smell training,consists of repeated exposure to odorants over time with the intended neuroplastic effect of improving or remediating olfactory functioning. Declines in olfaction parallel declines in cognition in various pathological conditions and aging. Research suggests a dynamic neural connection exists between olfaction and cognition. Thus, if OT can improve olfaction, could OT also improve cognition and support brain function? To answer this question, we conducted a systematic review of the literature to determine whether there is evidence that OT translates to improved cognition or altered brain morphology and connectivity that supports cognition. Across three databases (MEDLINE, Scopus, & Embase), 18 articles were identified in this systematic review. Overall, the reviewed studies provided emerging evidence that OT is associated with improved global cognition, and in particular, verbal fluency and verbal learning/memory. OT is also associated with increases in the volume/size of olfactory-related brain regions, including the olfactory bulb and hippocampus, and altered functional connectivity. Interestingly, these positive effects were not limited to patients with smell loss (i.e., hyposmia & anosmia) but normosmic (i.e., normal ability to smell) participants benefitted as well. Implications for practice and research are provided."

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36725781/

3 Comments
2024/03/20
09:47 UTC

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