Category Archives: Extie Classics

SNOWCRASHING INTO THE DIAMOND AGE (PART 2)

SNOWCRASHING INTO THE DIAMOND AGE 2 (PART 2): An essay by Extropia DaSilva. IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID. The ability to replicate the means of production themselves from cheaply available elements is what underlies most of the utopian expectations of a … Continue reading

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CTRL-Q QUANTUM TIME

CTRL-Q: QUANTUM TIME. (This essay was used as my 2013 Thinkers Lecture). Have you ever stopped to consider how the impossibility of logging off from SL might ultimately reveal the quantum physical nature of time? Probably not. Quite a few … Continue reading

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RISE OF THE ROBOTS AND THE JESSIE-SIM UNIVERSE.

CTRL-ALT R 3: RISE OF THE ROBOTS AND THE JESSIE SIM UNIVERSE. ‘Pierre goes cross-eyed, trying to understand the implications of the slug’s cosmology’-Charles Stross.   Science fiction stories can occasionally predict the future.  However, like most forecasts they are … Continue reading

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GOOGLE AND THE RED QUEEN

GOOGLE AND THE RED QUEEN. (Here is a transcript of a lecture I presented way back in 2008.  Now, years later, people with iPhone 4s have ‘Siri’ , an AI personal assistant that ‘lets you use your voice to send … Continue reading

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OFFLINE IN THE AFTERLIFE

OFFLINE IN THE AFTERLIFE. ‘I’m the urban spaceman baby, here comes the twist: I don’t exist’- Bonzo Dog Doo-dah Band. On the 23rd June 2009 at 3:23 pm (pst) , Gwyneth Llewelyn said something rather strange. It probably did not … Continue reading

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TRANSHUMANIST THINKING AND THE NECESSARY REJECTION OF THE BIG BANG

TRANSHUMANIST THINKING AND THE NECESSARY REJECTION OF THE BIG BANG: Transhumanist thinking sometimes stands opposed to scientific orthodoxy. Nowhere is this more apparent than when questions regarding our importance in the grand scheme of things are raised. According to most … Continue reading

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SNOWCRASHING INTO THE DIAMOND AGE (PART ONE)

SNOWCRASHING INTO THE DIAMOND AGE 2 (PART ONE) BY EXTROPIA DASILVA Ever since Drexler established the field of molecular nanotechnology with his books ‘Engines Of Creation’, ‘Unbounding The Future’ and ‘Nanosystems’, there have been no end of speculations regarding how … Continue reading

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