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VIDEOGAMES THAT DEAL WITH YOUR DEMISE

VIDEOGAMES THAT DEAL WITH YOUR DEMISE Danger and death feature pretty heavily in videogames. There are various reasons why this is so. One is due to what you actually do while playing such games, which is pushing buttons. Since that … Continue reading

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WE OF THE ROBOT CARGO CULT.

WE OF THE ROBOT CARGO CULT. During the Second World War, allied forces set up bases on islands around the Pacific that were home to a people who were, technologically, primitive. The indigenous population observed how the men who had … Continue reading

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HAVE I ALREADY GROWN BEYOND MY PRIMARY?

  As some of you may know, I once proposed something I called ‘Poor Man’s Uploading’ that could possibly work for digital people like myself. This form of ‘uploading’ starts with the premise that a digital person is a fictional … Continue reading

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Thinkers June 17 2014: THE WAR METAPHOR

Extropia DaSilva: Today…oo kissy!…today our topic is… [2014/06/17 15:33] Seren (serendipity.seraph): what’s up zo? [2014/06/17 15:33] Rhiannon of the Birds (rhiannon.dragoone): oh, what’s wrong, Zo? [2014/06/17 15:34] Extropia DaSilva: THE WAR METAPHOR: ‘the war on drugs’, ‘the war on terrorism’. … Continue reading

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THINKERS JUNE 10 TURING TEST

[2014/06/10 15:32] Extropia DaSilva: welcome to Thinkers! [2014/06/10 15:32] Extropia DaSilva: today the topic for discussion is…. [2014/06/10 15:32] Ɲaked ﻜpirit (nakedspirit): And Misters [2014/06/10 15:32] Extropia DaSilva: The Turing Test has been beaten! What does this mean for life, … Continue reading

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Diamond rain.

DIAMOND RAIN. It might have been called ‘the rock to alter the course of history’. But that would have seemed too grandiose a name for it during much of its long life. In comparison to the vast and dark and … Continue reading

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CAN BRAIN SCIENCES ELIMINATE EVIL?

CAN BRAIN SCIENCES ELIMINATE EVIL? Thanks to modern technologies that enable us to observe, in increasing detail, not only how brains are organised but how they function, and thanks to increasingly capable communications networks and knowledge-management systems, humanity is slowly … Continue reading

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Thinkers 8th April 2014: Can tech reduce crime?

Extropia DaSilva: welcome to thinkers! [2014/04/08 15:32] ArtCrash Exonar: Where is Gwyn these days? [2014/04/08 15:33] ArtCrash Exonar: Is her computer challenged? [2014/04/08 15:33] Zobeid Zuma: She has a schedule conflict I think? [2014/04/08 15:33] Extropia DaSilva: She is a … Continue reading

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Thinkers April 01 2014: Oculus Rift and Facebook

Extropia DaSilva: Welcome back to Thinkers! After its long absence due to pointless bloody clock changes (mutters) [2014/04/01 15:30] Extropia DaSilva: so this week the topic is…. [2014/04/01 15:30] Extropia DaSilva: What does Facebook want with VR? [2014/04/01 15:30] Zobeid … Continue reading

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Thinkers Feb 18 2014: Science and money

[2014/02/18 15:32]  Extropia DaSilva: Welcome to Thinkers! [2014/02/18 15:32]  Extropia DaSilva: today the topic for discussion is….. [2014/02/18 15:32]  Extropia DaSilva: what would science be like if money were no object? [2014/02/18 15:32]  Scarp Godenot: Everyone would become a scientist … Continue reading

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