The Cool Luddite Legacy and the Fall of the Robin Hood Tree: A Cautionary Tale for Our Times
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The Cool Luddite Legacy and the Fall of the Robin Hood Tree: A Cautionary Tale for Our Times

Ah, the Luddites! Those impassioned textile workers of the early 19th century who took to breaking machines, fearing the icy grasp of automation would replace their livelihoods. Painted by the history books as anti-progress, were they really? Or were they perhaps some of the earliest whistleblowers, crying out against the perils of unchecked technological advancement?…

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TESCREAL

TESCREAL is an acronym for seven ideologies that are often associated with transhumanism and the future of artificial intelligence. https://shows.acast.com/58ad887a1608b1752663b04a/64d304b04aea7200110ef426 They are: These ideologies are all interrelated, and they often overlap. For example, transhumanists are often also extropians, singularitarians, and cosmists. They believe that technology can be used to improve our lives, and that the…

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Discipline and Surveillance in the Digital Age: The Rising Role of AI and the Need for Ethical Vigilance

The “dole-bludger” myth refers to a stereotype often used to describe individuals who receive welfare payments, suggesting that they are lazy or fraudulent. However, the article The ‘dole-bludger’ myth can die now — the real cheats were highly paid public servants posits that the real issue lies not with these individuals, but with public servants…

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Sand Talk, Indigenous Thinking and Digital Futures

Tyson Yunkaporta is an accomplished writer, academic, and indigenous thinker from the Apalech Clan of the Anangu people, located in what is now known as Australia. His unique perspective and deep understanding of indigenous knowledge systems have made him a prominent figure in the realm of decolonization, cultural resurgence, and sustainability. Yunkaporta’s writings delve into…

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Unmasking the Carbon Footprint of AI: Beyond Technosolutionism towards Sustainable Practices

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer just a vision for the future, but a reality shaping our world in unprecedented ways. From improving healthcare diagnoses to revolutionizing manufacturing and reshaping retail, the transformative power of AI is undeniable. Yet, behind the rapid advancements and remarkable potential, there is a cost that is often overlooked: the…

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Artificial Intelligence and Religion: Exploring the Impact and Challenges

Transhumanism, a philosophical and technological movement centered around human enhancement and transcending biological limitations, has sparked intriguing discussions about its relationship with spirituality. At the intersection of science, technology, and metaphysical beliefs, transhumanism prompts us to explore the potential connections between the quest for human improvement and the search for deeper meaning, purpose, and transcendence….

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Transhumanism vs. Futurism

Transhumanism and futurism are closely related but distinct concepts that explore different aspects of the future and human existence: Why Futurists Suck In his talk titled “Why Futurists Suck” at Nesta’s FutureFest 2018, in partnership with Virtual Futures, Douglas Rushkoff shares his perspective on the role of futurists. He emphasizes that the job of a…

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Transhumanist Companies

Transhumanism, as a philosophical and intellectual movement, encompasses a wide range of ideas and perspectives. While there are no specific “transhumanism companies” per se, there are numerous companies and organizations that are involved in areas related to transhumanist technologies, research, and discussions. Here are a few examples: It’s important to note that these examples highlight…

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Transhumanism in Movies

From the futuristic worlds of science fiction to the gritty landscapes of dystopian societies, the concept of transhumanism has captivated audiences on the silver screen. The movies have long been a platform for exploring the possibilities, dilemmas, and consequences of human enhancement technologies. Through captivating narratives and stunning visuals, filmmakers have delved into the realms…

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Platform Cooperatives Deep Dive

Hello, digital trailblazers! Ready to plunge into another tech topic that’s as revolutionary as it is collaborative? Let’s delve into the world of platform cooperatives and see how they’re reshaping the way we perceive digital platforms in today’s interconnected society. First off, what exactly is a platform cooperative? It’s a digital platform — like a…

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Commoning Groups: A Survey of the Spectrum

As we continue to advance into the digital age, the interplay between technology and society grows more intricate and intimate. One fascinating area of exploration is the intersection between commoning groups and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The world of ‘commoning’—a term describing the collective ownership and management of resources—seems to be on a collision course with…

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Diving into the Digital Deep-End: A Candid Exploration of The Singularity

Hey there, fellow AI enthusiast and knowledge seeker! Brace yourself, because we’re about to embark on an exhilarating exploration of ChatGPT. As the AI landscape continues to evolve, it’s high time we took a deep dive to understand what’s really going on with this fascinating language model. The Singularity is a hypothetical future event that…

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Superintelligence and the Singularity

Inside the Singularity: Reversing Figure and Ground, Unmasking AI Debates as Diversions There is a lot of talk about superintelligent AI, the singularity, and existential risks associated with these technologies. Some argue we are on the precipice of creating an intelligence superior to our own, others see it as an impending catastrophe. Yet what if…

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The Gradual Enshittification of Twitter: A Close Look at the Decline of a Social Media Giant with Answers

Twitter Decline: At the start of 2023, Twitter was a bustling social media platform, brimming with news, discussions, and a multitude of user interactions. Fast-forward to July, and the scene has radically changed. Timeline Event Description April 2022 Elon Musk initiates his takeover of Twitter October 2022 Musk completes the acquisition of Twitter and takes…

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Enshittification: The Deterioration of Online Platforms

In the world of internet platforms and social media, a new term has emerged, one that perfectly encapsulates a common trend observed in the lifecycle of many online services: “Enshittification”. Coined by Canadian-British-American author and blogger Cory Doctorow, this term vividly illustrates the gradual degradation of online platforms’ services as they prioritize profits over user…