C. James Townsend holds an M.A. in Liberal Arts from California State University Sacramento and a B.A. in Integrated Studies and a minor in physics from the same institution. He is seeking to obtain his Doctorate in Future Studies in the near future. His interests include: physics, Complexity Theory, political and economic philosophy, Marxism, Techno-Optimism, comparative mystical religions-Gnosticism, Taoism, Zen Buddhism and the Russian Cosmists, Transhumanism and Future Studies. His physical interests include Cheng Man Ching style Tai Chi Chuan and Aikido. The Singularity and Socialism is his first published work and he is presently working on a companion book that takes up the ramifications of the coming economic singularity and the financial instruments that will need to be invented in order to stave off the coming inevitable collapse of the welfare-warfare state and burgeoning technological unemployment.

Direct download: The_Economics_of_the_Singularity.mp3
Category:economics -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT

 

 

 

In this podcast Micah Blumberg and Alexandre Calil Sicchieri Silva join me to discuss current VR systems, possible trajectories the technology will take, opportunities for game and film makers, and VR's applications to education, job training, and science.

Direct download: Virtual_Reality_A_Tour_with_Micah_Blumberg_and_Alexandre_Silva.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

 

In this podcast Nicole and I discuss quantum neural networks. Beginning with classical NNs, then moving on to quantum effects in biology, the implications of the afformentioned effect's for neuroscience, information theory, and, finally quantum neural networks. This recording is at once mind-bending and accessible. Nicole is extremely gifted when it comes to presenting difficult ideas.


 


Dr. Mani’s Story

In search of a meaningful path to move beyond traditional drugs and psychiatry, Dr. Mani is a Harvard-trained neuroscientist, author and visionary leader.  He is the author of the upcoming book Break The Cage, MD: The Physician’s Guide to Transcendental Self Medication which helps doctors craft  a lifestyle dominated by their passion instead of by clinical; medicine.  He co-founded- Mindful360 with the goal of applying neuroscience to real world problems and understanding.  Break The Cage, MD  takes that mission further by focusing on Doctors and their desires.

After working with several fortune 500 organizations, including WebMD and Motorola, Dr Mani turned his attention to helping doctors make sense of the rapidly changing digital medical landscapes.

His brain-slapping style of research attracts clients from around the world to actively discover how their minds work and how to think their way to success (without shame). A true polymath, he’s brought much-needed science to the fuzzy world of self-improvement, and he’s equally at ease with everyone from billionaires to Tibetan throat singers.

Graduating from UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine, followed by an intense Psychiatry residency at University of Miami (the busiest psychiatric trauma center in the United States). Dr. Mani is also passionate about helping fellow physicians understand and benefit from the opportunities of emerging digital trends.

 

He helps docs get more personal time while earning more money by understanding the fundamentals of creating digital media products.  He helps them to position themselves to benefit from a global market by discovering rich niches based on their expertise and crafting celebrity personal brands to attract affluent-loyal clientele.

Professional Collaborations


 

In this podcast we discuss Aristotle, science fiction cinema, Heidegger, friendly AI, the threats and promises of superintelligent software, technology’s impact on society, surveillance states, and cyborg citizens.

 

 

 

 

 Peter Joseph Moons has a wide academic background and has spent over a dozen years outside the United States. Among his travels, he was in Panama for the tail end of the dictatorship under General Noriega. He also was in Kosovo, Yugoslavia, just after another political strongman, Slobodan Milošević, vacated his military forces from that province. Both of these experiences give him a unique perspective on governmental power. 



 


Peter's current interests include international relations, politics, understanding power and control within dictatorships, complex humanitarian emergencies, conflicts, crisis management, and ethics of technology. His analysis on these topics can be found at www.straterian.com or on Twitter, @Straterian. Peter's academic research papers are available at https://salve.academia.edu/PeterMoons and his complete professional profile is at www.linkedin/in/petermoons.

 

   COL Clark H. Summers, Ret. (USAR) is a doctoral candidate at Salve Regina University. His dissertation research considers aspects of American citizenship as an expression of the classical English militia tradition. Recent projects include article publications in Military Review, US Army Chemical Review, andInter-Disciplinary.Net.

 

 

 


"BioViva is engaging in a bold implementation of genetic rejuvenation therapies - a first step on a path that I have been proposing for 15 years"
-Aubrey de Grey
"Elizabeth Parrish has taken the bull by the horns to spearhead an approach to cure aging using gene therapy that no one has ever had the guts to do before. Her gene therapy approach at BioViva makes all of the previous theoretical iterations of telomerase activation nearly obsolete. It will finally deliver on the promise of my team’s discovery of the hTR and hTERT genes at Geron Corporation and take that promise to the next, powerful and groundbreaking level. THIS is the future of Telomere Biology and therefore human longevity."
-Bill Andrews
Elizabeth Parrish is the Director of Outreach at the Complex Biological Systems Alliance (CBSA), Founder at BioTrove Investments, Secretary of the Board at the Regenerative Technology Alliance, and Admin Management at 3 Circles LLC
 
Liz is a leading voice of progress, reason, and education for the advancement of biotechnology and serves as a Motivational Speaker for the Life Sciences. She is actively involved in international educational media outreach and works with the International Longevity Alliance (ILA).
 
The Complex Biological Systems Alliance (CBSA) is an international multidisciplinary team of researchers investigating fundamental questions in biology and medicine. The CBSA is a unique platform for advanced scientific discourse and discovery. The mission of the CBSA is to further scientific understanding of biological complexity and the nature and origins of human disease.
 
To this end, the CBSA is developing novel mathematical, statistical, and experimental models to uncover fundamental threads of molecular information essential to key cellular functions and biological processes. CBSA members are afforded access to these tools to expedite scientific publication of their research. Moreover, these models provide the means to establish a new paradigm in evolutionary biology.


BioTrove Investments is committed to offering a meaningful way for people to fund research in biotech. This research will help alleviate disease caused by cellular degeneration. New evidence supports the important role of genetics, stem cells, and biotech on health, longevity, and curing of disease. BioTrove Investments wishes to advance research throughout the world to accomplish cures and improve resistance to defects and disease, as well as to achieve physical improvements in the human body. They intend to create a voice for progress, reason, and education for the advancement of biotech.
 
The Regenerative Technology Alliance (RTA) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit trade association that brings together individuals, companies, and organizations who work in advancing the emerging field cell & regenerative medicine. 
 
The mission of the RTA is to be a strong and unifying voice in the emerging field of regenerative technologies; to bring together the leaders of this field to develop true global standards for the processing of human tissues & cells used in the field of regenerative medicine; to provide leadership to effectively self-manage & self-police the industry; and to actively engage with regulators & health agencies to develop a third way model for the safe translations of cell therapies from the bench to the bedside.

 



 

Direct download: Younger_Smarter_Stronger_BioViva_and_the_Promise_of_Gene_Therapy.mp3
Category:life extension -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

From their website: 

What is Robots Without Borders?

Let us imagine a common scenario in the third world today. A teenage kid lives in a war torn country like South Sudan in Africa, or Kashmir, or Thailand. The teenager is the primary breadwinner of the family, and they are subsistence farmers. They carry water, fuel, and food large distances. Nearly every waking moment is spent surviving, rather than living. This young man takes care of his mother and sister, and together they scrape by as best they can. They are mostly illiterate and uneducated because of circumstances of their environment, but they are intelligent, caring Human beings with ambition and aspirations of a better life. They work too hard to have any time for education, beyond an elementary level; every hand is needed for work. They subsist on $10/month income doing menial, dangerous, or unsustainable jobs. The family is one illness, armed conflict, or natural disaster away from extinction. This scenario is a current reality for millions of people around the world. It is a Humanitarian crisis that has gone unresolved for thousands of years. In 2015- the age of the intelligent machine, the self-driving car, the golden age of space exploration, the suffering of such a large percentage of Humanity is still largely ignored by the “civilized” world.
What can we do about it? Do we give money to charitable organizations? It’s a noble gesture that often doesn’t help to solve the problem. Sometimes these organizations actually cause more problems for the people they’re trying to help. Why? In reality most of the money donated to charities is diverted into operating expenses, MOST of the money ends up being spent on keeping the charity’s doors open. It’s complex and expensive to provide assistance to people in remote and often hostile environments. Office space, employees, travel, and material expenses eat away the resources of even the most well intentioned and ethically managed charities. On the darker side of the spectrum, some organizations registered as charities send little or no money to the causes they’re fundraising for. They spend on lavish fundraising parties and $1000/plate dinners while people starve. They pay obscene CEO and management salaries rather than vaccinate millions for the same amount of money.
Any organization that overcomes these obstacles faces the diversion of resources and money by hostile local forces. Food and medicine is taken by local warlords and dictators to feed their armies rather than their citizens. Money is used to buy weapons to oppress the people rather than to empower the people. It’s a bleak and ineffective way to help.
Here’s what we want to do about it:
It’s a common misconception that people in the direst of poverty don’t have access to any technology at all. Technology of various kinds like old computers, cheap cellphones, home-made radio, and solar power are ubiquitous in the third world. A cheap phone you need to buy once, or a computer that you recycle and refurbish, is much easier to acquire than three consistent meals every single day of your life.
We want to send this kid a program that works on nearly any technology platform that creates an artificially intelligent friend and guardian using a simple interface. The kid and his well being and family are now bonded to the A.I. The kid is the A.I.’s “Family” and cares about this individual in particular. The kid is the reason it was created for. It “cares” about him.
On the first day it’s a useful and fun application that plays games, integrates social media, and is a handy and intelligent tool. On the second day, when the boy picks up his bucket to fetch water, the A.I. friend suggests a better route that is 70% closer. He also suggests that the scrap aluminum lying around be gathered into a solar oven, so his mom doesn’t have to walk as often for firewood.
The relationship develops and the A.I. assists the boy in his daily practical life. Identifying plants, teaching literacy, math, and science. Eventually, the A.I. asks the kid: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”; “A carpenter” the kid says. The A.I. then proceeds to educate the kid in the different methods of carpentry, the types of wood available in the local environment, and the tools needed for the job. After a short time the boy is making chairs, tables, and furniture that he sells in the local market, creating an income for the family.
One day the A.I. friend sounds an alarm and wakes up the boy. “Soldiers are headed this way from the north! It’s all over Twitter. We have to get out of here. Get your mother and your sister and head southwest to the UN refugee protection area! You’ll be safe there”.
Since the A.I. has been wisely managing the money the family earns through the businesses it helped them start, and the conditions at the refugee camp are unacceptable, the AI suggests the family take a flight to a friendly country and secure temporary housing in a more appropriate environment. With the family’s permission the AI books the flights and makes all of the arrangements for their safe passage.
Eventually when the chaos dies down the family returns to their homeland. The family now has the resources and skills to rebuild their home.
A few years later the AI greets it’s Human as he wakes in his comfortable “Good morning, happy 21st birthday old friend! As a birthday gift, I’ve reorganized your 401k and investments. We’ve achieved financial security and stability, your mother’s AI is keeping her healthy and happy in her golden years, your sister has taken her A.I. to university with her. It’s just me and you for a while. So, what do you really want to do with your life next?”
Please DONATE NOW to help Robots Without Borders make this vision a reality!

Robots Without BordersA project to bring Artificial Intelligence to the third world to help those who need it most.ROBOTSWITHOUTBORDERS.ORG


 

Christine Gaspar, R.N. is a registered nurse and the president of the Cryonics Society of Canada. Her educational background is a diploma in nursing with an emphasis on emergency and trauma nursing. She has worked in a variety of hospitals in the Greater Los Angeles and the Greater Toronto area, where she currently resides. She has served in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves as a medical assistant in the infantry and artillery.

 

Her current employment is with William Osler Health System where she provides emergency care in one of Canada's largest and busiest hospitals. Christine has participated in the Alcor Southern California standby team as well and is currently working towards developing greater standby capabilities for cryonics patients in the Toronto region.


She advocates for cryonics in the press, and has published essays and articles on transhumanism and cryonics for Humanity+ magazine, KurzweilAI, and IEET. She is also an entrepreneur who participates in a family-run specialty farming business and cares for her family at home. Her interests lie in developing cryonics in Canada, transhumanism, and subsistence farming. Christine earned her diploma in Nursing at Georgian College in 1998.

Direct download: On_Cryonics_A_Discussio_with_Christine_Gaspar_.mp3
Category:life extension -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

 In this podcast Mr. Stolyarov and I discuss the psychology, biology and economics and necessity of unlimited life extension. We also toss around some ideas for an upcoming video game to accompany his children's book, Death is Wrong.

About Gennady Stolyarov II:

Gennady Stolyarov II (G. Stolyarov II) is an actuary, science-fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. Mr. Stolyarov regularly produces YouTube Videos discussing life extension, libertarianism, and related subjects.

In December 2013, Mr. Stolyarov published Death is Wrong, an ambitious children’s book on life extension, illustrated by his wife Wendy StolyarovDeath is Wrong can be found on Amazon inpaperback and Kindle formats, and can also be freely downloaded in PDF in the English,Russian, and Spanish languages.

Mr. Stolyarov has contributed articles to the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET),The Wave ChronicleLe Québécois LibreBrighter Brains Institute, Immortal LifeEnter Stage Right,  Rebirth of ReasonThe Liberal Institute, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Mr. Stolyarov holds the professional insurance designations of Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA), Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS), Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Regulation and Compliance (ARC), Associate in Personal Insurance (API), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE), and Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF).

Mr. Stolyarov has written a science fiction novel, Eden against the Colossus, a philosophical treatise, A Rational Cosmology,  a play, Implied Consentand a free self-help treatise, The Best Self-Help is Free.

In an effort to assist the spread of rational ideas, Mr. Stolyarov published his articles on Associated Content (subsequently the Yahoo! Contributor Network and Yahoo! Voices) from 2007 until Yahoo! closed this venue in 2014. Mr. Stolyarov held the highest Clout Level (10) possible on the Yahoo! Contributor Network and was one of its Page View Millionaires, with over 3,191,000 views. Mr. Stolyarov’s selected writings from that era have been preserved on this page.

 

 Mr. Stolyarov can be contacted at gennadystolyarovii@gmail.com.

Direct download: Adam_and_Gennady.mp3
Category:life extension -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

 

Synopsis

[View Crash, Boom, Pop! here.]

Economics is full of BS -- but there is an alternative. Bank bailouts, quantitative easing, housing bubbles, austerity, etc. - are all economic policies putting most of us in the poorhouse. You can fight back...but how? Knowledge is power! This series is all about common sense, humor and great illustrations. It's 100% bull free.

Too many of us are living paycheck to paycheck. Income inequality is a worldwide problem. Students are graduating with record debts. Trillion dollar wars are charged to the national credit card of debt. We’re inheriting economies in crisis, with endless money printing, dismal job opportunities, sky high tuition fees and a housing market no one can afford.

 

These are baffling questions for many...including actual economists. Yes, that’s right. Much of what economists actually believe - and teach in their incredibly boring textbooks - is wrong.

 

As a team with a background in finance, education and economics, we read a copious amount of books that cut through the confusion: Steve Keen’s “Debunking Economics”, Ann Pettifor’s "Just Money - How to Break the Despotic Power of Finance" and Ha-Joon Chang's "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism", just to name a few. With the help of our advisor and friend Steve Keen, we can now share what we’ve learned.

 

About Suzie and Miguel:

 

Miguel Guerra

An obscenely talented artist and writer whose dedication and ability to get [expletive] done on time warps the boundaries of time and space. It’s his art that you see on every page. Miguel was born in Spain, but his family later moved around the U.S. and settled in Canada. He speaks fluent English and Spanish. Miguel has worked on projects for various small and large organizations, including the National Book Foundation and Heavy Metal:

Together with his co-writer Suzy, they published the following short stories in Heavy Metal:
Bedbugs (July 2007)
• Insomnia (January 2010)
A Lonely Cry in Space (May 2010)

Miguel also creates original t-shirt designs and commissioned art (including book covers, comic covers, illustrations, avatars, web art, clip art, etc...). Have a special request? Let us know and he'll design something personal just for you. Click here to contact Miguel directly. You can also see his portfolio at www.MiguelGuerra.com.

 

Suzy Dias

A nose to the grindstone writer, Suzy works on comics, graphic novels, children's books, short stories, and novellas (usually comedy, sci-fi, and action). She also works as a webmaster, graphic designer, letterer, and a cartoonist. Suzy was born in Canada, speaks fluent Portuguese, advanced Spanish, and can order a meal in French. She started her career in finance and worked her way out of the pits and into the media industry, including the Globe and Mail in Toronto and Bloomberg in New York City, where she worked as a writer and editor for the better part of 10 years.

 

Kindred Spirits

Miguel and Suzy found they were kindred spirits and perfect co-creators and writing partners. They decided to tie the knot and have been writing and creating new worlds ever since. Together and individually, they've written comics, graphic novels, movie scripts, TV episodes, and novellas.

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Crash_Boom_Pop.mp3
Category:economics -- posted at: 6:45pm EDT



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