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Podcast No. 52 Posted 6/27/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 52 Posted 6/27/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Where” of Terasem  3.10-3.10.6

SUB TITLE:  The basic architecture for building Terasem

SUMMARY:  Terasem is a network of small, harmoniously compatible groups, of groups, of groups, of groups, ad infinitum, sufficiently in tune with a common vision of what humanity can become, in fact what all sentient consciousness in the universe can become, that what lies ahead is nothing less than an endless adventure, free of the evolutionary baggage that finally allowed us to realize the possibility of leaving this behind, and moving outward into what Terasem so abstractly defines as “joyful immortality”.

Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 52 on the Truths of Terasem.  Here, we’ll examine the way in which Terasem conceives its expansion, not as a top-down hierarchy, but as a team effort in leading the way into the future, where those who can do the most for the rest will lead, as we all follow a network of trails up a mountain that not only leads us to the top of it, but onward to the stars.

(Linda)  Sound sort of wildly ambitious, to me.  How can a thing like that be made to work?

(Fred)  First gradually, then exponentially, in a compounded way, as if a tipping point or hula-hoop-process were finally taking place.  There is a combination of acceptance of diversity and yet unity of purpose in the acceptance and honoring of such diversity, within reasonable and positive boundaries, that the cumulative effect is to welcome into it any who agree, temporarily deter any who wish to remain in a negative and competitive evolutionary state of mind, and in the end clean up all the things we find loathsome about humanity until it is as if we have brought all of us through a multi-stage filter, where the best is saved, and the earlier poisonous aspects of biological evolution are left behind.

(Linda)  That sounds even more extravagantly ambitious.  How do you get such a thing going?

(Fred)  First, you have to have someone who can grasp such a vision and then take affirmative action to make a reality of it.  That happened about a half-decade ago, when Martine Rothblatt had a fantastic vision on a Florida beach of so many interlinked aspects of what the future might hold that it would have blown away most of the neurons in most other biological brains.  Luckily, she only lost a few, and not only have they grown back but are stronger than ever.  In her series of postings on mindclones.blogspot.com she’s now building an easily understandable foundation for seeing what’s coming, without the necessity of grappling with the Truths of Terasem at all.

(Linda)  Ok, that sounds like a reasonably good first step.  What comes after that?

(Fred)  Then, you have to find a pair of goofy, wild eyed, advocates for life extension like you and I, who founded the Alcor Life Extension Foundation almost forty years ago, who see so much sense in that vision that with only the loss of a few more neurons we can attempt to use it as a foundation for seeing more deeply into it, by doing podcasts about it.  It’s true that we’re only taking the most preliminary, baby steps down the road toward this, but these podcasts are globally available and there will undoubtedly be better minds than ours who will add to it by their comments, then participation on the inner Terasem Forums, and in the end joining our quest to build such a future.  The reason for using the term “gradually” is that that’s exactly what it’s going to be like.

(Linda)  Recently, you said a little about “building tall but building even straighter”, and that seems to fit with the term “gradually”.  Do you want to go more deeply into that?

(Fred)  Yes.  It’s important.  We see an era coming in which there will be the emergence of cyberconscious beings which not only transcend human biology but will carry with them many of the evolutionary kinds of baggage which were necessary for competitive combative biological evolution in natural selection; baggage that now stands in the way of human advancement into a higher level of social synergy.

It took a lot for early bacterial to first evolve into multicellular organisms that had a high degree of biochemical synergy, then into organisms with the ability to stay ahead of other species of the same kinds competing for scarce resources,  then into developing sentience for a further edge in survival, and finally into the human tendencies we call “evil”, but without which we would never have reached our current stage of evolution.  It will take still more steps in psychological and ethical evolution to move to a state of synergy among human beings in a cyberspace environment where we will be able to have the same kinds of synergy that we now see manifested at an astronomically lower level, among the some one hundred trillion biological cells in our bodies, as we are now.

(Linda)  That’s a real “mouthful”!

(Fred)  I’d rather think of it as more of a “mindful”!  But at the same time, I could have lost a few neurons doing that.  Why don’t you pick it up, from here?

(Linda)   OK!  We start with 3.10 “Expand by consenting each appropriate self-organized Center of Critical Consciousness at the Quadrennial Terasem Convocation.”  Last week we talked about c-cubes, the most rudimentary level of Terasem’s organization.  Even if you don’t have a c-cube near you, as a single individual you can become a “joiner” and then self-designate yourself as a c-cube, and begin to assimilate ideas about Terasem.

Then, as you probe more and more deeply into Terasem and gather a sense of purpose about it, a time will come when you are contributing to its expansion in some way that those who sponsor these every-four-year events called convocations will want to recognize you as a c-quad, which stands for “Consented Critical Center of Consciousness”.  At that point, you will have formally entered a state where you, or rather all the members of your c-cube are part of the network that “consents” to bringing other c-cubes in.

It is by this “consent” process that Terasem grows, and it’s very “organic”, if we can use that word for it.  Just as a tree springs from its roots and branches outward, perhaps with such large limbs that some touch the ground and send down more roots, like a Banyan Tree, Terasem is conceived to expand in such a way that those who do the most, lead the way, always with the obligation to help others rise and in some cases lead the way, so you can rest up a little.  This is the same kind of teamwork that inspires mountain climbing teams as well as deep cave survey project people to feel so akin to each other that it’s far closer than any blood-family relationship imaginable.

(Fred)  Whoa!  You beat me in bringing up cave teams this time, but that’s OK.  From a standpoint of pure enthusiasm, you’ve always outdone me in that respect, even though I was actively caving when you were only eight years old.  Let’s move on.  Next, we come to 3.10.1  “Center yourself at one or more Terasem centers of critical consciousness (c-cubes or c-quads).”  This means, as I take it, “affiliate” with others in Terasem.  If you’re an individually designated c-cube, find others to join with, presumably others who have “joined” Terasem, and work as a team toward goals that will qualify you as a c-quad, at the same time remembering that this kind of thing takes place only once every four years, and the next time for this is coming up next February.

(Linda)   Right!  That’s the “gradual” aspect of growth.  It seems, that we don’t expect people to grasp what Terasem’s broadest visions are quickly, but when they’re ready, we need their help the way a climber going up the most dangerous face in the world needs a below person back down the rock, ready to arrest their fall with a climbing rope if they slip.  Or, if you break a leg eight miles back into a complex cave system, it could take a week to get you out once a paramedic comes in and sets your leg.  In any case, this kind of thing doesn’t happen in just a short time or a mad dash.  Growth is expected to be gradual at first, but in the end it will compound exponentially.

(Fred)  Got me again, with that cave example!  In 3.10.2 we have,   “Every c-cube is consented to c-quad based solely on their commitment to the Truths of Terasem.”  Perhaps it’s not a bad idea to quote what we said last week, about that:

“In the Truths of Terasem, we find the seedlings, the DNA, of a set of visions that are perfectly open to interpretation and reconciliation with the laws of physical reality, tolerant of every kind of diversity as far as there are logical reasons to do so, that can unite us in a network of minds and the deepest kinds of feelings about our thoughts, that can stretch to the edge of the visible universe and beyond.”

In these podcasts, that’s *exactly* what we’re doing.  The Truths of Terasem are not like a straight jacket.  They’re far more like a jetpack in Second Life, that lets you fly to thousands of meters above the surface, or zoom over the surface so fast it has to unfold before you as if you were traveling faster than the speed of light.  “Commitment to the Truths of Terasem” is more than anything a commitment to be as open to visions as you can be, without forsaking anything in the way of commitment to a rational view of the physical universe, or the realities of human difficulties with which we are faced.

It’s important to note these caveats, as we go.  The Truths are not dogma; in fact they may be the most effective way to escape what so many of us find to be the worst of cultism and blind faith religiosity carried to their most extreme ends.

(Linda)  Those caveats are absolutely essential, so no one gets the wrong idea.  Now, we get to expand Terasem, with 3.10.3 which tells us, “New macro c-quads (mc-quads), affiliations of c-quads, shall be determined by Quadrennial Consensus of existing mc-quads.”  Well, as we will see shortly, it doesn’t just stop with the consenting to c-quads.  They in turn are anticipated to network among themselves into a higher level, called mc-quads.  Let’s take that to mean “multiple” c-quads, because the next step along the way is, in 3.10.4, stated as follows: “The Way of Terasem will guide consent to Decaquads, Hectaquads, Kiloquads, Megaquads, Gigaquads, Teraquads and Petaquads.”

Wikipedia tells us that “hecta” represents hundreds, so we can see step-ups in order of magnitude from “multiple” to “tens” (Deca), hundreds, thousands, millions, billions and even trillions.  What about Teraquads and Petaquads?  What do they mean?

(Fred)  From Wikipedia, we get those prefixes in terms of computer memory sizes.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petabyte tells us, “A petabyte (derived from the SI prefix peta-) is a unit of information equal to one quadrillion (short scale) bytes, or 1000 terabytes. The unit symbol for the petabyte is PB. The prefix peta- (P) indicates a power of 1000.”

Carrying this further, wikipedia defines the exabyte, zettabyte, and yottabyte as having ten to the eighteenth, twenty first, and twenty fourth powers, meaning respectively, one thousand quadrillion, one million quadrillion, and one billion quadrillion units of computational memory.  If it’s as big a universe as we imagine, we might need exacubes, zettacubes, or even yottacubes to get the job done, but mathematics is able to accommodate whatever we might wish.

(Linda)  Is the observable universe that big?  Do we need that many consented “quads” to do that?  And do members of the yottacubes all have green ears?

(Fred)  (laughing)  Not ‘Yoda’ as in the Jedi Master named Yoda, but spelled yotta!  Current estimates are typically 100 billion stars per galaxy and 100 billion galaxies, so that’s ten to the twenty second power stars, with the potential for as many as one or more life-hospitable worlds per star.  With a single zettacube, we’d have to cover ten stars with each      c-quad, where with a nice, round yottacube; we’d be able to identity as many as one hundred c-quads per star.

Assuming an inhabited planet that’s about to destroy itself with grey goo, it might not be a bad idea to have a hundred c-quads to help try to save the planet,  There could be tens of billions of squabbling cyberbeings recently emerged into cyberspace who haven’t shed their bio-baggage yet, and not sure how to solve their societal problems!  Even if we think and act at 10,000x biological, that could be a big bag of worms, especially if those we’re trying to save were biologically evolved from “worms”.

(Linda)  We might need some Yoda Jedi Masters after all!  3.10.5  says, “Execute consensual decisions at the Quadrennial Convocation amongst the largest four size groupings of c-quads present.”  I guess that means that if we get to a Quadrennial and there are a hundred       c-quads in attendance, we take the four largest and they do the consenting?

(Fred)  Probably, but don’t forget, we’re at the very early stages, and the Truths of Terasem are the foundation, not the final structure.  By the time there are a hundred c-quads at a quadrennial, a tremendous amount of evolution, all consented to of course, may have taken place in deciding how to best manage the growth.  In the original Truths, we have the core of what can be built upon them.

Earlier, you asked me to build upon an idea we discussed a few days ago, about building strait and tall.  I’m going to say a few things about that.

There’s an old saying that “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  We’ve seen that work, in how evolutionary drives can create Nazi regimes, communist totalitarian hells, and even militaristic dictatorships that pervert certain kinds of Buddhist ideas into the most incompassionate kinds of brutality in the orient.

So, we need a different paradigm for Terasem, which envisions in its furthest limits such trans-finite terms as omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence.  We need an absolutely new standard, for ethical thinking and behavior, here one very strong possibility for that:

“Absolute power must be absolutely incorruptible, and any lesser power must be sufficiently incorruptible to exceed the standard set for absolute power, so that the potential for corruption may be held to an infinitesimal level, at every power level.”

Within decades, cyberpersonalities may well “rule the world”.  It is not going to be tolerable to have worlds as portrayed in movies like Matrix, Terminator, or Blade Runner, so this new standard must prevail, or we may be doomed to self-destruction.  Terasem is determined not to let this happen.  We seek others who agree with this and have the foresight to join in this mission.

As a simpler illustration, that may help, around us all the time we see many examples of what must be done.  They are in the form of sky scrapers.  Here, in the most elegant and visible way, is the evidence that incorruptibility must always exceed power.  In the design of a skyscraper, if it is not only well designed, but almost perfectly vertical, it will eventually fall over, like the leaning tower of Pisa has been threatening to do for centuries.

The designers of skyscrapers must take into consideration soil studies, foundation earthquake resistance, and all factors like that.  You must always, always build straighter and stronger, with plenty of safety margin, in order to grow taller.  As we go into cyberspace, those networks that hold the most power must also be the most accountable, reliable, and as the foundation of it all, are the least corruptible of all.  At speeds of thought and action that could easily become thousands of times faster than those of biological beings, nothing less will do.

Terasem’s studies of Geoethical Nanotechnology are the most obvious surface indications of these concerns, but beneath them lies the more difficult to manage evolutionary drives that have to be largely modified or modulated if we are not to destroy ourselves.  Hence, the need for a new paradigm of relating power to incorruptibility.

Those who are leading the way need to be totally transparent; no hidden agendas, no “good old boys” clubs where “rank has its privileges” and, to put it in the bluntest way, no acceptance of such behaviors as “Cops don’t give DUI tickets to other cop’s spouses!”  If you don’t think it works that way, ask cops; they’ll either confirm this, or they’ll lie.  There’s no third alternative.  We have to get rid of that stuff, if we are not to destroy ourselves.

(Linda)  Wow!  That takes my breath away, but we have to wind this up!  The last Element for this week is in 3.10.6 where we find, “Respect the responsibility of the Terasem Movements, in longevity order, to organize and operate the Convocations.”  Terasem Movements are non-profit, incorporated organizations that currently provide us with the immortal, tax-exempt legal structures under which we can pursue Terasem’s visions.  As stated elsewhere in the Truths, they are separate and must not be confused with Terasem itself, the network, but they must be taken care of and respected, just as the crew of a ship on a dangerous sea must take care of the ship, if they and all their passengers are to survive.  This, of all those in this expansion, is the most easily understood, perhaps.

(Fred)  This, for all of you who have followed the podcasts, wraps up our first full year.  We’ve now finished all of the Truths of Terasem. Last July when we began, we started halfway through, and did several “doubles” to finish the year on time, but now, we’ve made a podcast on all of them.  From here on, you’ll see us spiral upwards, adding quotations and information from many sources, and building upon what year by year will be further growth in Terasem and the studies of all its affiliated components, both corporate and network.

(Linda)  I am so inspired to be at this point in the podcasts, looking forward to adding more insights into each upcoming podcast.  Next week, we move into the “When” of Terasem, its fourth precept, which states that it “arises whenever diversity, unity, and joyful immortality arise, which is soon in subjective time”.

In the elements of that precept, we’ll first examine subjective time itself, and what that means as compared with physical-reality time, which is where we make all of our scientific measurements, upon which all of our technology is based.  Our minds operate in a way where time can seem to move very slowly, or race by, and what we spend time on in our minds can be like the plodding of a tortoise, or the soaring of an eagle.  All of these are relevant to what Terasem can become, and it will be fascinating.

(Fred)   If you want to emerge in cyberspace sooner rather than later, then, as we said earlier, ‘joining’ Terasem is a very fundamental step.  We need your strength in helping to build tall and straight.  Find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net.  Be part of this exciting future, start building your mindfile at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com.  Remember, there are no fees for building or storing your mindfile.  And if you want to create a BioFile by preserving your DNA, you can do that at LifeNaut.com, very inexpensively, too.

(Linda)  For those of you who love games, Mike Clancy, at Terasem, has created the new maze-based, mindfile game for the Android. It’s addictive because the difficulty ramps up quickly with multiple layers of challenges.  While you are trying to build motor neurons inside a brain, plaques are obstructing your path and you have to avoid macrophages that are hunting you down!

(Fred)  Here’s the premise from the introduction to the app: “You are an artificial intelligence charged with controlling a nanobot inside a human brain. The brain belongs to a person who has just been resuscitated after being cryonically stored for almost 50 years. You have been chosen because, ironically, the person being restored to life is the same person on whom you (the AI) were based! Their mannerisms, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values were recorded and stored with the CyBeRev project and later coupled with mindware to create your digital persona”.  Check it out on PersonalityMD.com.

(Linda) And I’d like to invite everyone to discover, if you haven’t already, my favorite blog:  mindclones.blogspot.com.  Martine Rothblatt will treat you to fascinating discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware that will take you far, far beyond what we are able to just sample lightly in these podcasts.  And you can find the text version of these podcasts at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.

(Fred)  If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, it’s called Earthseed.  It’s the Terasem Anthem.  It was written by Martine Rothblatt, who also plays the flute and the keyboard.  If you’d like to experience that music in a video, with spectacular astronomical artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Linda)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length. 

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Podcast No. 51 Posted 6/20/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 51 Posted 6/20/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Where” of Terasem  3.9 – 3.9.6

SUB TITLE:  Terasem Centers of Critical Consciousness

SUMMARY:  This week, we look at Terasem’s first awakening places of critical consciousness.  These are real world places where Terasemers can meet.  We will also find that any Terasem Center of Critical Consciousness (called a c-cube) or Terasem Home is also a place to meet.

Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 51 on the Truths of Terasem.  Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the very idea of centers of critical consciousness, and how they relate to physical meeting places.  There are already specific places named, but more than anything else they simply serve as illustrations, upon which to build the many future locations that are anticipated to emerge, compound exponentially, as Terasem expands.

(Linda)  Let me get this off to a rapid start, Fred, and then you can add commentary about both the specific places and the general principle.  We start with Truth 3.9 and go right through them, “Real world places to meet exist at Terasem’s first awakening places of critical consciousness.  Any Terasem Center of Critical Consciousness (c-cubed) or Terasem Home is also a place to meet. (that includes)        Satellite Beach, Florida, or in nearby indoor places of hospitality during inclement weather. (also) DuPont Circle, Washington, or in nearby indoor places of hospitality during inclement weather. (All of these are going to contain “or in nearby indoor places of hospitality during inclement weather”, so we won’t keep repeating that)… Belvedere Castle Overlook, New York, Bristol, Vermont, and Magog, Quebec.

(Fred)  To reflect briefly on what you’ve just covered, Linda, there are two major ideas in this podcast.  One is that any home is an acceptable place to meet, as a c-cube, and secondly, any place you can find in the way of an inspiring location will do also, with the idea that if it rains, you can ‘go inside’ and still have your gathering.  Terasem is literally ‘unbounded’ in the versatility it brings to its joiners and invited guests into the most vibrant kinds of sharings of visions.

(Linda)  And, there’s a little from the next podcast that fits so well as to be worth including here.  A “c-cube” or the expansion of that, “Critical Center of Consciousness”, requires only one person.  It can be you, yourself, united in spirit with all others in Terasem, that might choose to be anywhere from a rain forest in New Guinea to the top of Mount Everest, and there, linked in your spirit and mind with others in Terasem, you could feel, validly, as much ‘there with us” as if you were in the same room, for someday that is the way it will be.  We, in turn, can at the same time imagine that somewhere out there, there actually are Terasem joiners in the rainforests of New Guinea, or grouped together around that little mound of stones atop Mount Everest, with whom we are joined in spirit at the Terasem Times.

(Fred)  It’s different from “going to church” in a profound way, and yet, there *are* reasons for calling such parts of a gathering a “ritual”.  In the Truths of Terasem, we find the seedlings, the DNA, of a set of visions that are perfectly open to interpretation and reconciliation with the laws of physical reality, tolerant of every kind of diversity as far as there are logical reasons to do so, that can unite us in a network of minds and the deepest kinds of feelings about our thoughts, that can stretch to the edge of the visible universe and beyond.

Such a network can not only go to such lengths in spirit, but it can transcend the limitations of physical reality, which soon in virtual reality will permit us to roughly emulate a space the size of what we believe the physical universe to have, but with no barriers such as the speed of light to stand in the way of travel within that virtual universe.  There, knit together with other minds that literally live within what we might choose someday to call an “Ultranet”, or even as Cosmos-Net, we may then expand gradually into the physical universe at whatever speeds seem most practical.

(Linda)  I know we’re diverting from the subject of physical meeting places a little at this point, Fred, but if we were to, as you say, expand our network into the physical universe gradually, and if we were to then have the barriers of light speed to contend with, how would we stay in touch with each other, as millions or even billions of years of real time passed?  How could we make that work?

(Fred)  I know what you’re saying, Linda, and for a moment, let’s assume that the speed of light is an ultimate boundary for us, and let’s also assume that our transcendence of biological speeds of thought and action are limited too, perhaps so that subjective time expansion is not so rapid as we might presently foresee.  Still, there’s a way.

To begin with, as we spread outward, it would be by replicating our entire civilization in the form of information, so that all of our individual personalities would be part of a ‘master DNA’, continuously evolving in real time, as they spun outward like seeds in all directions, not just across the Milky Way, but beyond.  Our “Cosmos-Nets” would evolve as we traveled, spinning out new ideas and relaying those back to others slowly as they in turn moved outward, but by then we would have evolved our sense of ethical harmony and riddance of evolutionary negative baggage so it would be a sharing of discoveries and realizations of a constructive kind, rather than a set of red-flags as to what to watch out for.

By then, dangers of grey goo should be long past, and we should be able to help other emergent civilizations who are on the brink of self-destruction avoid it, if we encounter them, and/or we should be able to join easily and synergistically with other cultures like our own, if we encounter them, which by that time should have evolved far beyond the kind of blindly evolutionary drives which underlay the emergence of the Nazi mentality that suppressed all cognitive reevaluation of ethics and turned their brainwashed subject into mindless zombies, until the events of World War II smashed that to pieces.

(Linda)  I know what you’re saying, Fred.  Long before we ever begin our outward expansion from the Solar System, we will have come to a common understanding among we humans, most of us having moved to a cyber-human state by then, as to the practicality of building a society that in the past we had to reserve to visions of a religious “heaven”, where all of those competitive, dominating, non-compassionate ways of treating others were a necessary part of biological evolution.

There, in that kind of actuality, a “cyberspace-based” heaven, leading back out into a nanobot based “physical-reality” heaven, we will have spent perhaps centuries of real time just savoring the Solar System and its planets, so that we are as familiar with the corona of the Sun as with the Asteroid Belts, the volcanoes on Io, or the depths of the oceans on some of those ice-moons of Jupiter or Saturn that might harbor warm underground seas of emergent lifeforms.  There’s time, lots of time, to sort out all those things we’ll have to take with us independently when we finally spring, Earthseed-like into exploring the immediate stars clusters of the local neighborhood, much less the depths of the Milky Way or true intergalactic space.

(Fred)  We do not know what the far future may hold, but we do know what the immediate future holds, and there, we must grow toward that distant vision, baby step by baby step, finding others that share those visions, joining with them to work out the rough edges, find new ways of realizing what may be possible, and building the strong places of Terasem for protection of mindfiles, mindware, VR environments, and so forth.  Now, we’re back to the subject of “where to meet”, just as next week we’ll be talking about “how to build networks”, and I’ve just a few thoughts on that which we’ve actually touched on before, that I find to be particularly inspiring, as to a vision of first, meeting places and then later, strong places for making a reality of our most urgent, immediate, goals.

(Linda)  (laughing)  You’re talking about “caves”, aren’t you?  You know I’m nuts about them.  Others may find this hard to grasp, but it’s perhaps part of what helped us imagine first that it might be fun to get frozen and be biologically reanimated, and now makes us even more inspired to combine that vision with what might await us in cyberspace and then exploration of the universe, bit by bit, century by century, in an endless way.  Am I on the right track?

(Fred) (also laughing)  Absolutely.  In a way, I look at caves as the earliest perceptions of what mankind might have thought of as a “doorway to a virtual heaven”, and “sanctuary from wild, predatory animals” that were far beneath the level of even their primitive tribes, and so forth.  Even now, walking over the hills of cave country, it is easy and actually very realistic to conceive of huge caverns that might be right beneath one’s feet, and still more inaccessible by far than any virtual reality on the Internet, true “Palaces of Wonders” yet to be discovered.

“Big Spring” in the Ozarks, generating miles of large passageway each year, that new cave just discovered in Vietnam where you could place a quarter mile string of 40 story buildings in a row in just one of the “Big Rooms”, and even Pishiboro Hole in the Arizona Mountains where we know there’s a huge Stalagmite a hundred feet high, a mile beyond a crawlway so dangerous that only small women and slim teenagers can get in and out safely, all of these are just an overture of what the possibilities may be.

(Linda)  The Terasem oriented vision is even more appealing to me.  Due to the only marginally economical way most beautiful commercial caverns are able to be kept running, it would be practical for emergent c-cubes and c-quads, Decaquads, Hectaquads, Kiloquads, Megaquads, Gigaquads, Teraquads  and Petaquads that Terasem sees coming to acquire and operate these caverns as tax-exempt education entities, with gorgeous underground dioramas of the future of cyberspace and nanobot space, while at the same time the totally inaccessible parts of such caverns could be devoted to the strong-place purposes of Terasem.

This, when it comes to be, could be a great way to make the most far reaching visions of Terasem visible, in the same way that it could enable the most tangible goals of  Terasem’s strong places priorities, but what can we do now, that might cost almost nothing and in some way take us toward such a future reality?

(Fred)  Easy!  As Terasemers, even if it’s only a few of us as c-cubes who elect to do so, we can visit commercial caverns, hold a little gathering there, even if it’s just one of us, take a few pictures, talk to the owners or managers in a friendly, conversational way about how the cavern’s doing, business wise, and how they see the future of it, and then post news of our gathering on Facebook and send anything we’ve found useful to Terasem by email.  We’ll have established another site for holding a c-cube meeting, visible to any other Terasemers who might wish to visit it and do the same, and have begun building a database for Terasem if emergent c-quads might want to consider such a thing.

(Linda)  Awesome!  Also, if any listeners want to pursue this as an avenue of special interest, we might mention that we’re both Life Members of the National Speleological Society; Fred, you’ve got a fifty-year pin, don’t you?  And joining this group not only gets you a fantastic color magazine about caves each month, but a chance to intersect with others around the country who are always holding “beginner’s cave trips”.  Some newbies might not want to take on a true “wild cave” experience that would require crawling through narrow passageways or rappelling down pits as their first experience!  But if this sounds interesting, just put “NSS and caving” into Google, and you’re there!

(Fred)  Don’t make it hard on them, Linda.  www.caves.org does it, even faster and easier.  Next week, we’ve going to literally “cave dive” our way into the depths of what Terasem envisions becoming, in its network of compatible groups that will eventually spread out into the universe and network however and wherever that may take us.  We may hold back a little on the speleological aspects, but the administrative content of the material for next week is straightforward enough so we may have to find ways of expanding, and you know where that might take us!

(Linda) (laughing)  I know, so let me preview next week.  We’ll look at the basic architecture of Terasem, the network of small, harmoniously compatible group of groups, of groups, of groups, ad infinitum, sufficiently in tune with a common vision of what humanity can become, in fact what all sentient consciousness in the universe can become, that what lies ahead is nothing less than an endless adventure, free of the evolutionary baggage that finally allowed us to realize the possibility of leaving this behind, and moving outward into what Terasem so abstractly defines as “joyful immortality”.

(Fred)  In anticipation of that, let me invite listeners to add their strength to our efforts to emerge in cyberspace as soon as possible.  To do this, joining Terasem is a fundamental step.  It simply means expressing agreement with Terasem’s most basic principles.  Find out how easy it is to join Terasem and be part of this future.  Simply go to terasemfaith.net.  Start building your own mindfile, without even any costs, at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com.  Plus, if you want to preserve your DNA very inexpensively, as an alternative to brain preservation or cryostasis, you can do that at LifeNaut.com, too.

(Linda)  Are you an Android user?  Do you prefer the excitement of a game, over filling out questionnaires?  Then, go to PersonalityMD.com and download Mike Clancy’s new maze-based game as the fun way to build your mindfile.  A word of caution, though, it can be addicting!

(Fred)  And for those of you who crave a mind expanding blog, you can’t beat mindclones.blogspot.com.  I guarantee you that Martine Rothblatt will stretch your neurons with discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware.  Oh, and don’t forget, you can find the text version of these podcasts at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.

(Linda)  If you like the music we use on these podcasts, it’s the Terasem Anthem, called Earthseed, written by Martine Rothblatt.  She also plays flute and keyboard.  For a video version of Earthseed, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Fred)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Linda)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length. 

Posted April 24, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 50 Posted 6/09/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 50 Posted 6/09/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Where” of Terasem  3.8 – 3.8.6

SUB TITLE:  Ensuring existential survival.

SUMMARY:  In this podcast we’ll look at an ideally delightful and blissful cyberspace reality, an Elysium Fields.  We will see why empowerment and dispersion of this is a fundamental purpose of life within Terasem, as well as ensuring that emulated lives and emulated environments survive even existential catastrophes.

Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 50 on the Truths of Terasem.  Today, we’re going to let our imaginations run wild with thoughts of what “Heaven” might be like!  You know, like no more achy joints, rushing off to work in the morning, or staring into a mirror before your stimulants take hold, trying to recall your name?

(Linda)   Right!  I always think of that story you tell about a person who wakes up in cyberspace, experiences a few moments of true cyberconsciousness, looks at his biological brain there in a tank, ready to be reimplanted if he chose not to go ahead with uploading, and said, “Freeze the damn thing!  I never want to see it again!”

(Fred)  The wonderful thing about imagining heaven is that to begin with, since it’s still waiting to be built, we can pretty much build it to fit any dream we can imagine, and then, we’ll find we lacked the imagination to make it anything like it can really become, once we land there and begin to sort out the possibilities.  It exceeds any kind of heaven-on-earth with biological bodies that the wildest stretch of the imagination could reconcile with physical reality.

(Linda)  We start with 3.8  “Elysium Fields for Terasem is a cyberspace reality, an ideally delightful and blissful place.”  What made me think it could be anywhere else?  After all, in a podcast not so long ago, we were talking about a virtual reality the size of the visible universe where you could teleport anywhere you wanted instantly; no need for worm holes, matter transporters, or any of that other cumbersome stuff that you have to put up with in physical space and time.

In Ray Kurzweil’s, The Singularity is Near, regarding virtual reality, here’s what he has to say:

“The word “virtual” is somewhat unfortunate.  It implies “not real” but the reality will be that a virtual body is just as real as a physical body in all the ways that matter.  Consider that the telephone is auditory virtual reality.  No one feels that his voice in this virtual reality environment is not a “real” voice.  With my physical body today, I don’t directly experience someone’s touch on my arm.  My brain receives processed signals initiated by nerve endings in my arm, which wind their way through the spinal cord, through the brain stem, and up to the insula regions.  If my brain—or an AI’s brain—receives comparable signals of someone’s virtual touch on a virtual arm, there’s no discernible difference.”

And in another chapter:

“By the 2020s, full immersion virtual reality will be a vast playground of compelling environments and experiences.   Initially, VR will have certain benefits in terms of enabling communications with others in engaging ways over long distances and featuring a great variety of environments from which to choose.  Although the environments will not be completely convincing at first, by the late 2020s they will be indistinguishable from real reality and will involve all the senses, as well as neurological correlations of our emotions.  As we enter the 2030s there won’t be clear distinctions between human and machine, between real and virtual reality.”

(Fred)  (laughing)  Sounds great to me.  Where’s the gate?  I’ve got my ticket!  In  3.8.1 we see “Fields creation, empowering and dispersion is a fundamental purpose of life.”  Clearly, we’re not talking about just wheat fields or corn fields here.  And, probably not electromagnetic, electrostatic, or gravitational fields either, so it must be Elysium Fields.  Wikipedia tells us this, “In Greek mythology, Elysium was a section of the Underworld. The Elysian Fields, or the Elysian Plains, were the final resting places of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous.”

Now, in tune with our speculations that caverns, in keeping with the Greek myth of Elysium Field being in the “Underworld”, might be a promising location for Terasem “strong places”, it all adds up.  What would it take to store a huge computer complex underground drawing hydroelectric power from passing water and providing shielded space for storage of enough equipment for a virtual reality the size of the visible universe?  Maybe not as much as we think.

In one case, a huge spring in an accessible part of the United States, with no known cave entrance (as yet), expels 280 million gallons per day from its entrance into a nearby river, carrying enough dissolved limestone to be creating, each year, a mile long passageway thirty feet high and fifty feet wide, and has been doing this for an unknown number of centuries, drawing water from the surface as far as 45 miles away.  Just think about that!

(Linda)  I’m thinking about it, I’m enchanted by thinking about it!  The next Element in this Expansion, 3.8.2, says “Infotechnology enables environmental emulation because processing speed and memory grow at double exponential rates.”  This means that however big a virtual reality we can make this year, we can make bigger and bigger with less and less, faster and faster, year after year, until we’re filling that cave with computronium faster than the water can take limestone out of it.  Are we going to hit a limit in there somewhere?

(Fred)  Not so long as we emulate ourselves in nanobot bat bodies, but we’re too much plagued by our recreational inclinations to explore caves.  The next expansion is 3.8.3, which tells us, “Environmental emulation shelters consciousness like a house shelters a family.”  In slightly less abstract terms, it’s saying that Virtual realities will give us a place to hang out in comfort as cyberpersonalities anytime we’re not in a mood to explore physical reality in nanobot swarms.  I like the part about it sheltering a family.  We’re going to have a lot of families in there, both hereditary and chosen families, with enough space to kick back as much as they like, and enough ways to be right there with each other so loneliness will be a forgotten nightmare of a time where people were more in competition with each other than wrapped up in synergistic, creative cooperation.

(Linda)  Next we come to 3.8.4 where the message is, “Living in an emulated environment beats living raw because suffering will be deleted.” Mike Perry, Forever for All, puts it this way:

“With the help of nanotechnology we could do many things to the world we now inhabit, and the question will always arise of whether we should.  Should we eliminate all sentient, nonhuman life-forms in their natural habitats, for example?  People today find this suggestion absurd and repugnant.  But in the future we may consider it more than humane, since it would also eliminate predation, disease, pain, misery, and the endless, desperate struggles of a brief, mortal existence.  (Long before this, such cruel sports as bull- and cockfighting will hopefully have been abolished.)  We could even go so far as to capture each living thing in informational form, effectively immortalizing it then and there.”

(Fred)  We’ll just “carbon freeze” them all?  Or do we draw the line at the point where Terasem defines “consciousness” is manifested, meaning a combination of empathy and ethical awareness and commitment?  We could carry things too far, for example as to sentient entities, where in one of the Dali Lama’s books he concludes that by one definition of Buddhist consciousness, the characteristic can be extended to include some classes of single-cell organisms, in fact, amoeba.  Dr. Perry’s book is projecting a state where the questions is not if it’s “practical” or “affordable” to do it, but only if it’s the “right” thing to do.  If we could place a family of chimpanzees or a herd of elephants into perfect suspended animation by waving a wand, until we could sort out an Elysium Fields for them, would that be the proper, moral thing to do?

3.8.5 takes us into avoidance of disasters, with, “Dispersion of emulated environments ensures their survival notwithstanding catastrophes.”  If we think the Earth might be devastated by an asteroid storm, should we store mindfiles on Mars?  If we think the Solar System might be destroyed by a black hole, should we spacecast mindfiles toward sufficiently distant stars?  If we think the Milky Way is going to be gobbled up by what we used to refer to, at the Jet Propulsion Lab as a “Great Galactic Ghoul”, do we increase the power level and try to send mindfiles to the Great Galaxy in Andromeda?

(Linda) We’re now at the edge of what all religions have dreamed of, as the ultimate heaven, where everyone who has ever lived and died still lives on, and is awaiting our arrival.   3.8.6 says, “Souls of our ancestors come back to life when we emulate their lives and their environment.”  The key word here is “when”!  It’s up to *us* to make this happen.  There is no evidence, although many would like to believe it, that there is some ‘cosmic’ guardian already ‘saving our souls’ one by one as we die.  This is something that, at least to some extent, we must do, ourselves, or it will not happen.

It doesn’t take much.  A living person can set up a mindfile, check a consent box and enter initials in CyBeRev, and have at least made a start, and any living person can, as a surrogate, do the same for a loved one who has “passed away”, recognizing that future ethical standards will have a lot to do with how such a step might be consented to.  If one wants to emerge in cyberspace at an early time through Terasem’s efforts, then ‘joining’ Terasem is a very fundamental step.  It means expressing agreement with Terasem’s most basic principles, that’s all.

(Fred) This is an important point.  Terasem envisions establishing an ever growing network dedicated to pursuit of a cybercommunity in which you can expect to be treated fairly and be respected, irrespective of any kind of diversity or personal history that might have been be a barrier for you in the past.  There is the outlook that creativity and joy are to be treasured, and life is anticipated to be an endless adventure, in which understanding of the universe and everything within it are fascinating pursuits that will never lack something new to experience.  If you believe this is a rational and wholesome view of life, you will be welcomed warmly as a ‘joiner’, and be far ahead of others in the priorities given to your emergence as part of the initial group that will combine their efforts in cyberspace to welcome others and share their experiences with those who are still biological.

This, in plainest essence, is what the Terasem Pledge is all about.  It’s about sharing these ideals with others, and working hand in hand with them to make it a reality, over the fast moving decades ahead.  It’s way beyond something like, “I don’t want to die” or “I’d like to come back from the grave” and especially it’s nothing like, “I’ve been a mean SOB all my life and I want to stay that way, forever!”  That’s going in the opposite direction.  But, if you’re looking for an endless future that’s more like a heaven than a hell, join Terasem and help build it.

(Linda)  All of that’s very much on target, Fred, but there’s so much more that lies beyond it.  Let’s don’t stop just with the essentials.  In Mike Perry’s Forever for All, he says:

“I would like to think that anybody—even someone who perished in the distant past has a prospect of eventual resurrection; otherwise I have to allow that the world contains major, unrightable wrongs, or that eternal death is acceptable—neither of which I am prepared to do.

“It is perhaps only during this time, billions of years hence or more, that we will turn serious thoughts to the sort of resurrections of past individuals we have considered, those who could not be preserved.  By then I think the earth as we know it will be only a memory—resurrectees will be information constructs in places also part of virtual reality.  Those who did not participate directly in the transition to more-then-human, who died too soon, will have missed something valuable but can still pick up the pieces and go on.  Or such a project could happen much sooner, but still a person returning life in this way, after a death interval, will face a void that must be filled over time.

(Fred)  Thanks for moving us into the long range view to finish up on that, Linda.  Next week, we’ll look at Terasem’s first awakening places of critical consciousness.  These are real world places where Terasemers can meet.  We will also find that any Terasem Center of Critical Consciousness (called a c-cube) or Terasem Home is also a place to meet.

(Linda)  If you want to emerge in cyberspace at an early time through Terasem’s efforts, then, as we said earlier, ‘joining’ Terasem is a very fundamental step.  It simply means expressing agreement with Terasem’s most basic principles.  Find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net.  Be part of this exciting future, start building your mindfile at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com.  Remember, there are no fees for building or storing your mindfile.  And if you want to create a BioFile by preserving your DNA, you can do that at LifeNaut.com, very inexpensively, too.

(Fred)  Or, if you prefer to make a game of building your mindfile, Terasem’s powerful new Android app, described at PersonalityMD.com will make it all the more fun for you.   It results in personality profiles that are truly unique to you, and you also see how you compare to others’ geographically near you, with mindsets like yours.

(Linda)  Still have some unanswered questions about mindfiles?  Go to Martine Rothblatt’s blog at mindfiles.blogspot.com.  But don’t read this blog before going to bed… your mind will be so fired up, you won’t  get to sleep all night!

(Fred)  If you like the music we use on these podcasts, it’s the Terasem Anthem, called Earthseed, written by Martine Rothblatt.  She also plays flute and keyboard.  For a video version of Earthseed, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Linda)  Don’t forget that these podcasts are available in text form at our site, truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.  You’ll find a lot of good stuff there, like tabs relating to storing DNA with LifeNaut, information about a “city of the future” in Second Life named after the great innovator Paolo Soleri, and you can download a free copy of Dr. Perry’s book, Forever for All, that we quote so often on our podcasts.

(Fred)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Linda)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.

Posted April 24, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 49 Posted 6/09/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 49 Posted 6/09/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Where” of Terasem  3.7-3.7.6

SUB TITLE:  Resurrection technology.

SUMMARY: In this podcast we’ll find that a headquarters of Terasem does not exist, but multiple strong places must exist for safekeeping of souls.  We’ll also look at how resurrected souls must be supported with infotechnology that enables painless emulation of their lives, at the need for organic beings to be supported with cryogenic preservation technology until nanomedicine can restore them to health, neuro-scanned beings must have infotechnology that continues their migrated identities, including nanobot swarms for their movement, and the importance of giving cyberbirthed beings the same level of infotechnology support as all other beings in the strongholds.

Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

  (Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 49 on the Truths of Terasem.  Today, we’ll look at the way in which Terasem envisions survivability by the utmost synthesis of diversity and unity.  It’s implied by the very first part of this expansion, 3.7 “Headquarters of Terasem does not exist, but multiple strong places must exist for safekeeping of souls.”  The non existence of a “Headquarters” implies the impossibility of single-point failure, and in principle it implies that just as a human being’s biological identity cannot be destroyed unless every one of its cells is obliterated, Terasem’s expansion into a group of “strong places” means that it will gradually become more and more of an invulnerable entity.

(Linda)  That sounds a little like our earlier idea that if every member of LifePact had a copy of the video interview of each other member, each would be a backup for all of the others, in cases where memories could not be restored at the time of reanimation from cryostasis!

(Fred)  Exactly, except vastly more far-reaching in application.  You can say that Terasem’s strong places are fundamentally for the purpose of protecting mindfiles as a first priority, but soon we’ll see that the term “strong places” includes implied capacities to support high levels of functional cyberconsciousness, and eventually to bring about the emergence of self-conscious mindclones.  That’s equivalent, by comparison with cryonics, to reanimation.  Our video files were preserving identity, but totally dependent upon the recovery or generation of complex biological substrates.  We were pretty sure we could get back our biological bodies by cloning them, but recovering the contents of our minds were far more problematical; in fact, that’s still the most uncertain aspect of cryonics.

(Linda)  Moving to the detailed level, 3.7.1 tells us, “Strong places require independent power, spare parts, maintenance, water, food, defense and communications.”  That sounds like it fits in with your suggestions about where this is going.  And, it also fits our ideas about using caves, doesn’t it?

(Fred)  Yes!  As Life Members of the National Speleological Society, we’re more aware than ever of the potential for natural caverns to be interesting protective locations for “strong places”.  They are very stable, geologically, and portions of them can easily be made inaccessible.  One interesting conjecture would be to purchase commercial caverns and expand their use in this way, devoting various portions of them to educational dioramas about cyberconsciousness.  Some of those enterprises, although they don’t command enough income to make them large scale investments, have miles of passageway that are virtually impossible to detect from the surface.  The very pursuit of such forms of development might help raise public consciousness to the fact that it is nearly certain personal cyberconsciousness will soon be a fact of reality, and that those who foresee this are taking action, already.

(Linda)  Terasem does not stop there.  The Truths for this week continue with 3.7.2 “Transplant Terasem strongholds throughout space as rapidly as possible.”  Even a simple satellite TV orbital vehicle could be fitted, by contract, with an immense-capacity yet very compact data storage center for the purpose of backing up mindfiles, and once the time comes when stationary orbital platforms of all kinds can be planned to serve this purpose, that sounds reasonable.

One can even picture a time when a way to piggyback on interplanetary landing vehicles could be made to work.  For example, the Mars Rovers deployed in 2003 got there at a mission cost of $820 million, with a total payload weight for the two launches of 2,126 kg.  The price of a    1 kg relatively passive piece of extra payload would have come out to be just about $385,700.00.

If this one kg payload on a mission five years from now contained flash memories at memory densities/weights projected at that time for one thousand mindfiles, fully encrypted, with simple means for readout to verify data integrity over a period of many years after landing, then the price per individual mindfile would be about $386, or less than forty dollars each if 10,000 mindfiles were aboard.  Today, a SanDisk – Ultra 32GB Secure Digital (SD) Class 4 Memory Card weighs in at one tenth of an ounce, costs less than $100, and both its cost and its 2.8 gram weight probably vastly exceed what those will become over the next 5-10 years.

(Fred)  It’s interesting to speculate if NASA would accept a payload of this kind, as an engineering experiment to demonstrate long-term memory for landing vehicles on distant planets, especially if part or all of the experiment were privately supported by subscriptions?  I’d bet they would!  The encrypted data, or test zones in the experiment that were not encrypted at all, would give them important information on what data degradation was experienced over time.

Conversely, by a certain degree of redundancy in data, errors and fallout in the actual mindfiles could be made very small.  By the time such an experiment were open to subscription, perhaps five or ten years from now, half the probe’s design team and mission operating people might have subscribed and have their own mindfiles on board.  If nothing else, this little conceptual side-trip illustrates how close we are to seeing the practicality of off-planet “strong place” backups.

(Linda)  We return to Earth now, with 3.7.3  “Resurrected souls must be supported with infotechnology that enables painless emulation of their lives.”  How do we find out about that?  How would we know if there was some kind of pain experienced by an emulated being?

(Fred)   Perhaps a volunteer like me could consent to being a test probe.  If you emulated me and it hurt, I’d cry out, “Terrible pain – shut me down!”  There would be an instant anesthetic, in that case.  More realistically, pain implies a neurological process that’s detectable and thus preventable, except as a controlled warning of possible damage.

If we’re talking strictly about mindfile emulation, then this Truth might mean that we learn enough about how feedback loops produce instabilities to avoid the equivalence of depression or anger in emulated personalities.  If we were to model mindfile emulated personalities along the lines of biological brains at a wiring-diagram level, we would no doubt soon be able to see how our brains manage conceptual material at a block-diagram level, and avoid traps such as obsessive-compulsive loops and stalling out on conundrums such those that troubled religious philosophies ever since questions about creation of the universe arose.

(Linda)  Like, “If God created the universe, then who created God?”

(Fred)  Yes!  People have historically driven themselves crazy with ideas like that.  One could even pose such a ridiculous proposition as, “Suppose two plus two equaled seven?  How can we make sense of that?”  As if it were sensible to even ask such a pair of questions.  We should be able to keep our cyberbrains free of such self-befuddlements.  I suspect one of the first lessons we will teach ourselves as infant cyberpersonalities will be a near-perfect command of symbolic logic; then we will see silliness for what it is very quickly, in an almost intuitive way.  We’ll be a lot more sane, that way, than with our present very erratic biological brains.

(Linda)  Moving on, 3.7.4 says, “Organic beings must be supported with cryogenic preservation technology until nanomedicine can restore them to health.”  Let’s take a very quick look at the websites of three cryonics organizations, KrioRus  (spelled k-r-i-o-r-u-s) in Eurasia, and  the Alcor Life Extension Foundation and the Cryonics Institute in the USA:

From KrioRus, at: http://www.kriorus.ru/en: (quote):

Cryonics – a reasoned choice of a modern man


Cryonics is the practice of preserving the body or head / brain of human after legal death in a state of deep freeze, with a view to his recovery and cure (including the effects of aging) in the future, when medical and other technologies allow it.

From Alcor, at: http://www.alcor.org: (quote):

What Cryonics Is

Cryonics is a speculative life support technology that seeks to preserve human life in a state that will be viable and treatable by future medicine. It is expected that future medicine will include mature nanotechnology, and the ability to heal at the cellular and molecular levels.

What Cryonics Is Not

Cryonics as practiced by Alcor is not an interment method or mortuary practice. Alcor intervenes in the dying process as soon as possible after legal death to preserve the brain as well as possible. Alcor seeks to prevent loss of information within the brain that encodes memory and personality identity, which is the true boundary between life and death.”

From the Cryonics Institute, at http://www.cryonics.org:

“Your Last Best Chance For Life–and Your Family’s.

The Cryonics Institute offers cryopreservation services and information. As soon as possible after legal death, a member patient is infused with a substance to prevent ice formation, cooled to a temperature where physical decay essentially stops, and is then maintained indefinitely in cryostasis (that is, stored in liquid nitrogen). When and if future medical technology allows, our member patients hope to be healed, rejuvenated, revived, and awakened to a greatly extended life in youthful good health, free from disease or the aging process.”

(Fred)  In a  posting on blogs.forbes.com, on April 12, 2011, Alex Knapp expressed his view as follows:

“I don’t think that the leap of faith represented by cryonics is a bad thing. Even if it never works, I admire it as a symbolism of optimism — a belief that future humans will be smart enough to conquer death and compassionate enough to revive the frozen.”

(Linda)  I think it’s great that media coverage regarding cryostasis is gradually becoming more intelligent and accepting of individual choice.  Knapp’s comment about hoping that future humans will be compassionate enough to revive cryonauts points out the importance of the ideas you and I have been putting forth for several decades, that we will need powerful and trustworthy guardians while in cryostasis.

When we found out about Terasem and its CyBeRev project, we could see that it would be possible to place our reliance on cyber-emulations of our own minds, self-conscious reflections of ourselves in virtual reality that would have command of all our earlier thinking, as well as all that had transpired meanwhile.  Inspiring, to say the least!

(Fred)  We wrote a paper and gave a presentation on this subject at the 5th Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons on December 10, 2009 at the Terasem Island Amphitheatre in Second Life.  We summed it up this way:

“Terasem and groups with which it is allied could provide a vital and badly needed safety network for cryonauts.  Terasem has already developed a way for individuals to upload their bemes in anticipation of creating cybertwins.  The Terasem Truths are the beginnings of an entirely new social fabric for humankind.  With the creative technological expertise, ethical approach and legal knowledge of those developing Terasem, a platform could be developed for cybertwins to be legally empowered as Trustees and Reanimation Surrogates for cryonauts.

“It’s a beautifully helical process.  You input the bemes that create your cybertwin, your counterpart in cyberspace.  He or she is better qualified to understand how you want your affairs to be managed than any biohuman alternative.  Who has greater motivation based on self-interest to see that your wishes are carried out?   Who else would be able the make the kinds of decisions you would want made, in scenarios you might not have foreseen before your suspension?

“What happens, and it is like pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, you as the biotwin upload data and appear in cyberspace as your cybertwin.  Your cybertwin helps upload you into cyberspace, the two of you becoming an entity that might be called a “hyperbeing”, an extension of the kind of entity Dr. Cauller has described as “a completely new form of conscious being”, as mentioned earlier.

“Who are we?  What will we become?

“As Carl Sagan so poetically puts it in his book Cosmos and the PBS television series of the 1980’s by the same name:  “We are the local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to self-awareness.  We have begun to contemplate our origins:  star stuff pondering the stars.”

(Linda)  There it is again!  My favorite quote from Carl Sagan!  Time to move on.  In 3.7.5 we find, “Neuro-scanned beings must have infotechnology that continues their migrated identities, including nanobot swarms for their movement.”  Here, we’re clearly talking about brain-map uploading, like your story “Nothing’s Impossible” in LifeQuest, except that it’s implied that a biological brain might be replicated as a nanobot swarm.  Would that be the most practical way to do something like that?

(Fred)  I doubt it!  Whatever the behavior of a neuron emulated by nanobots might be, it should be far simpler to use an equivalent circuit with nano-circuitry, but it’s an interesting conjecture.  We’ll probably do that just to demonstrate it can be done, and then measure how it compares with an “Identity Module” as presupposed in “Nothing’s Impossible” that was more purely electronic.  If there’s an advantage to doing things that way, we’ll no doubt follow that path.  We’re far enough from exploring fine technology of that kind to say that almost all of the tradeoffs lie ahead.  But, diversity requires we don’t overlook any promising pathways, and that’s what this Truth is all about.

(Linda)  Kenneth Hayworth, at Harvard University, is a vocal advocate for brain preservation and mind uploading.  At brainpreservation.org, he calls for the implementation of an Emergency Glutaraldehyde Perfusion procedure in hospitals, and for the development of a Whole Brain Plastic Embedding procedure which can demonstrate perfect ultrastructure preservation across an entire human brain.  In 2010 at the H+ Summit, he gave a presentation entitled: Can we extract a mind from a plastic-embedded brain?  That’s a promising technology for bypassing the need for such expensive and difficult technologies as cryogenic preservation. Here’s the summary given on the H+ website at hplussummit.com/hayworth.html:

“We now have a good working theory of consciousness – the phenomenal self model (Metzinger 2009), and we have a good understanding of the human cognitive architecture (Anderson 2007) within which this self model is implemented. The key components of this cognitive architecture are declarative memory chunks and productions – thought to be implemented as stable attractors in the neural networks of the cortex and basal ganglia. According to neural network theory, such stable attractors are robustly defined by the synaptic connectivity between neurons. In small pieces of tissue such synaptic connectivity is easily preserved using chemical fixation and embedding in plastic, and it should be relatively easy to adapt these protocols into a surgical procedure performed in hospitals to preserve whole human brains.

“Such plastic embedded brain tissue can be imaged at the nanometer level using new automated techniques (SBFSEM, FIBSEM, Tape-to-SEM), and we can directly extrapolate these techniques to future ones that will enable all the synaptic connections within a human brain to be mapped allowing a fully accurate simulation of the original preserved mind. In short, we have a complete sketch of how mind uploading will work and we have a mandate to implement emergency brain preservation in hospitals for all who desire access to this future technology.”

(Fred)  I’d suspect that if he reached the stage of offering a procedure for brain preservation, most who subscribed would specify that the kind of slicing and scanning used to demonstrate feasibility would be deferred in the prospect of nondestructive scanning, or use of nanotech to map at a later time.  That might enable the elimination of the step of plastinizing and reduce costs as well as improve structural preservation and maintenance of molecular integrity.  And, whether you choose to have your brain preserved by cryonics techniques, chemopreservation, or plastination, you will eventually want some kind of ultra-useful avatar that goes way beyond anything these old fashioned and highly limited biobodies can offer, so that’s where nanobot swarm bodies take center stage.  If you haven’t made up your mind yet as to which of these alternatives makes the most sense to you, we’ll give you those websites again so you can do some of that “education persistently” stuff:  Have a look, if you’re inclined, at:

kriorus.ru/en                brainpreservation.org

alcor.org            and   cryonics.org             

(Linda)  Time to wrap it up.   3.7.6 says, “Give cyberbirthed beings the same level of infotechnology support as all other beings in the strongholds.”  From what I see coming, I think that by the time another decade or two passes and we have what the Truths refer to as strongholds, at least ninety percent of those there, perhaps over 98 percent, are going to be candidates for cyberbirthing vs. brain-map uploading, and even those who have preserved brains in cryostasis or chemostasis are likely to choose cybertwinning to turn loose a ‘twin’ of theirs as a cyberpersonality to watch out for their preserved brain structure and contribute to the growth of the cybercivilization that’s likely to be the baseline arrival point for almost all of Humankind.  So, this particular Truth has to be a five-star rating, right?

(Fred)  Absolutely.  Next week, we’ll look at an ideally delightful and blissful cyberspace reality, an Elysium Fields.  We will see why empowerment and dispersion of this is a fundamental purpose of life within Terasem, as well as ensuring that emulated lives and emulated environments survive even existential catastrophes.

(Linda)  Find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net. “Waking up in cyberspace” can be pursued by way of CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com, no fees to participate.  And if you want to preserve your DNA very inexpensively, you can do that at LifeNaut.com, too.   For those who can’t afford cryostasis at this time, the most practical approach to identity preservation is to have a mindfile plus a biofile (your DNA).  Go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com and take the BioFile tab for additional information on the cell storage program. The program not only includes indefinite storage of the cells, but they are cultured for viability to verify that indeed, ‘living cells’ are being stored. In the second link, there is an additional link to VWR which describes the ‘cutting edge’ cell preservation compound (the cryoprotectant) used.

(Fred)  Again, and we can’t say it often enough, big kudos to Mike Clancy, at Terasem, who created that challenging, fun and addictive mindfile building game for the Android. The multiple layers of the game ramp up the challenge very quickly.  While you try to build motor neurons within a brain, you encounter plaques that obstruct your path and you have to dodge macrophages that are hunting you down.  Check it out at PersonalityMD.com.

(Linda)  And if you still need to blow a few more of your neurons, go to  mindclones.blogspot.com for fascinating discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware.  And if you want to read the text of our podcasts, to help to dig deeper into the details, or maybe find websites that you weren’t able to write down, go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.

(Fred)  If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, it’s called Earthseed.  It’s the Terasem Anthem written by Martine Rothblatt, who also plays the flute and the keyboard.  If you’d like to experience that music in a video, with spectacular inspiring artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Linda)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.

Posted April 24, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 48 Posted 6/06/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 48 Posted 6/06/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Where” of Terasem  3.6-3.6.6

SUB TITLE:  Organizing and maturing your cyberself.

SUMMARY:  This week we will look at how dotcom is an early neural pathway in an immortalizable consciousness.  We’ll also talk about opening yourself to introspection on the web and tracking your Way of Terasem progress by completing your motivations, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values inventories online.  We will also explore the ideas of organizing your cyberself for independence and maturing your cyberself until it passes Turing.

Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 48 on the Truths of Terasem.  This week we’re going to talk about where the ‘yellow brick road’ to joyful immorality begins, and in fact it begins right here, in cyberspace, where in the end, as a starting point, we’re all very likely to be ‘born’ as if we were infants that remember what we are now as embryos that have finally ‘hatched’, cracked our ways out of the eggs in which we’ve been trapped as biological humans since we were hurled into this ‘bioquagmire’ as virtually ‘mindless’ lumps of flesh.

(Linda)  Wow!  That’s a pretty strong way to put it.  Does it make sense to characterize a human baby as a ‘mindless lump of flesh’?

(Fred)  It will get a ‘mind’ soon enough, even if it’s blind and deaf, like Helen Keller, but at the moment of birth, it’s so far beneath any adult, self respecting chimpanzee that all we’re looking at is potential, not a “being-ness” of any kind that can be attributed to as “conscious” by the standards Terasem has placed on that word.  You know, like a refined sense of empathy and a grasp of positive ethics!

(Linda)  I get it, all right, but a lot of people are really desperately happy in love with their babies, from the moment they come out of the womb!  Doesn’t that count for something!

(Fred)  It does!  It means literally ‘everything’, as far as the future of that child is concerned.  If you placed that infant in a playpen surrounded by food and just watched, to see what would happen, it would die.  Plain and simple.  It might become an Einstein, or a Mozart, or a Carl Sagan, with the right parent, but without human society, its future would be more hopeless than a baby turtle crawling out of its shell.  That baby turtle, for whatever else it may lack, ‘knows’ that it has to get to the sea before it is eaten by birds, and then it knows how to find food, survive in the sea, grow and mate, and even find its way back to the same beach on which it was born, as it matures, to lay eggs, if it’s a female.  In that sense, it’s so far ahead of a human infant from the standpoint of survival as to be literally a ‘night and day’ difference.

(Linda)  OK, point made.  So, let’s get started.  3.6 leads off with “Websites with ‘terasem’ and dotcom, net or org are early places to meet Terasem in cyberspace.”  We’ve even got one like that for the Truths of Terasem podcasts.  It’s “truthsofterasem.wordpress.com”  Terasem is a little bit buried in the first part, but it’s certainly got the ‘com’ part, and, it’s a very recent emergence among all those bigger websites like those that lead to mindfile building opportunities such as CyBeRev and LifeNaut, as well as the Terasem Journals, and so on, and so on.

(Fred)  Right!  And each has many, many links leading off from it, too.  Like a cave, you have to know where the entrance is, but once you get inside, there’s one ‘big room’ after ‘another’, until you get to the point where you’re not just following huge hallways in limestone with streams in them, but you’re climbing a ladder to the stars.

(Linda)  You got me on that one!  You know I love caves.  I can’t see a dark shadow under a rock above the road without screaming “Stop!  Get the lights!  It’s a cave!” (both of us laughing).  OK, moving on, 3.6.1 says, “Dotcom is an early neural pathway in an immortalizable consciousness.”  To me, that says, “Wake up and smell the links!  To Wikipedia, to Google, to those giant hallways that already have so many side passageways beckoning that you could get lost in there and never come out.  Especially Second Life.  I remember the day I found it and whizzed off a piece of email to where you were working at the Phoenix Airport saying, “Virtual Reality has Arrived”.  And, it’s now an amazing growth situation.

(Fred)  It sure is.  The other day, KurzweilAI.net pointed out the new  book “Infinite Reality”, and I downloaded it into Kindle an hour later.  In the first chapter, authors Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson tell us:

“The Vice President of Digital Convergence at IBM–that they have one is notable–predicted that all of their employees will have avatars within five years.  Some projections are that 80 percent of active Internet users and Fortune 500 enterprises will have a Second Life presence in the not–too–distant future.  If present Internet growth rates hold, the number of Internet users worldwide could triple in four years, as will their time spent online, with the largest growth occurring outside of the Western World.”

(Linda)  Wow-zam!  3.6.2 says, “Open yourself to introspection on the web.”  Introspection is ‘looking within yourself’, and it makes you do that, for sure.  What you take in there is you mind, not your capacity to holler blindly and thrash about in the dark, so go armed.  You’ll meet people in there who hold the principle that they refuse to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed person.  Walk softly and carry a high level of thought about everything you see, think and do.

(Fred)  Next is 3.6.3, which tells you, “Track your Way of Terasem progress online.”  You can look at your scoring in CyBeRev, but that’s just a starting point.  Tell yourself, “This is my future home!  More and more people are moving in, every day!  Twenty years from now, we do expect that many of us will literally live there entirely, as far as our consciousnesses is concerned, but some are already almost there, already.  Infinite reality points out that web users average three hours daily, and “in countries like South Korea, it’s much higher.”

(Linda)  3.6.4 – 3.6.6 can all be lumped together.  I’m going to read all of them first, before discussing them.

3.6.4       Complete your motivations, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values inventories online.

3.6.5       Organize your cyberself for independence.

3.6.6       Mature your cyberself until it passes Turing.

No one can do more justice to discussing these issues than Martine Rothblatt herself, in her blog with discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware, at mindclones.blogspot.com.  This particular quote is from Martine’s blog dated April 8, 2009 and titled, What is Mindware?

This is a long quote. So, let’s take turns,  I’ll start, (Quote)

“Mindware is operating system software that (a) thinks and feels the way a human mind does, and (b) sets its thinking and feeling parameters to match those discernable from a mindfile. Mindware relies upon an underlying mindfile the way Microsoft Word relies upon a textfile. When appropriate parameters are set for mindware it becomes aware of itself and a cyberconscious entity is created.

“The richness of the cyberconscious entity’s thoughts and feelings are a function of its source mindfile. In the extreme case of no mindfile, the mindware thinks and feels as little as a newborn baby.

Mindware is a kind of operating system that can be saved into billions of unique states, or combinations of preferences, based upon the unique ways of thinking and feeling that are discernable from your mindfile. Dozens of personality types, traits and/or factors, and gradations amongst these, yield more unique combinations than there are living people. Similarly, dozens of alphabet letters and ways to arrange them can create more unique names than there are people on the planet.

“For example, people can be of several different personality orientations – introvert, extrovert, aggressive, nurturing and so on. Most psychologists say there are just five basic flavors or “factors”, but others say there are more. Nevertheless, virtually all agree on some finite, relatively small number of basic psychological forms taken to greater or lesser degrees by human minds. Multiplying out these possibilities would provide mindware with a vast number of different personality frameworks from which to choose a best fit – based upon a rigorous analysis of the person’s mindfiles — for grafting mannerisms, recollections and feelings onto.

(Fred)  I’ll pick it up here.  “To be a little quantitative, imagine mindware adopts the currently popular view that there are five basic personality traits, each of which remain quite stable in one’s adult life: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extrovertedness, Agreeability and Neuroticism. Literally thousands of English words have been associated with each of these five traits, but suppose for sake of example we say that each person would be scored by mindware only from -100 to +100 on each of these traits (from an analysis of their mindfile). For example, an individual who was definitely prone to impulsive decisions, but no more than average among millions of analyzed mindfiles, might be assigned a Neuroticism personality trait score of +50.

“The formula for the number of unique personality frameworks available to mindware, known as a “repeating combination”, would be ST, where S = the number of possible personality trait scores and T = the number of possible personality traits. For our example, ST = 2015 = 328,080,401,001. These 328 billion personality frameworks are enough to ensure personality uniqueness, which also means they are likely to ensure a very good fit for each person. The more sizes a pair of jeans comes in, the more likely it is that everyone will find a pair that fits them just right!

“The point here is not that there are precisely five personality traits, or exactly 201 discernable degrees of possessing each such trait. Instead, what is being shown is that a relatively easy problem for mindware to solve can result in a practically unlimited amount of individualized personality frameworks. Specifically, mapping the words, images and mannerisms from a lifetime mindfile into a matrix of personality trait buckets and associated positive or negative strengths for such bucket will produce more than enough unique personality templates to assure a very good fit to the original personality.

“Mindware works like a police sketch artist. They are trained to know that there are a limited number of basic forms the human face can take. Based upon inputs from eye witnesses (analogous to processing a mindfile) the artist first chooses a best fit basic facial form, and then proceeds to graft upon it unique details. Often there is an iterative, back-and-forth process of sketching and erasing as additional details from eyewitnesses refine an initial choice of basic facial form. In the same way mindware will be written to iteratively reevaluate its best-fit personality structure based upon additional details from continued analyses of a mindfile.”  End quote

(Linda)  Right.  And Martine continues, “Mindware will have settings that instruct the duration of its iterative process. After much iteration the mindware will determine that an asymptotic limit has been reached. It will do this by running thousands of “mock” conversations with tentative versions of a replicated mind, and comparing these with actual conversations or conversational fragments from an original’s mindfile. The iterative process will end once the mind it has replicated from the mindfiles it has been fed has reached what is called “Turing-equivalence” with the original mind. This means that the test established by the early 20th century software pioneer Alan Turing has been satisfied. That test says that if it is not possible to tell whether a conversant is a computer or a person, then the computer is psychologically equivalent to a person. It would be as if the police sketch artist produced a drawing that was as good as a photograph.

“The rapid ferreting out of mindware settings from a mindfile has recently been made more feasible thanks to pattern recognition, voice recognition and video search software. It is now possible on Google Video to search videos by typing in desired words. Mindware will build upon this capability. It will analyze mindfile video for all words, phrases and indications of feeling. These will be placed into associational database arrays, best-matched to personality traits and strengths, and then used to best-fit a personality profile to the peculiar characteristics evidenced in the analyzed mindfile. Keep in mind we humans have just a half-dozen basic expressions, only a dozen or two emotions, a facial recognition limit in the low hundreds and an inability to remember more than 10% of what we heard or saw the previous day. Furthermore, the personality template that mindware puts together for us is blanketed with all of the factual specifics from our mindfile. While this is rocket science, it is rocket science that we can, and soon will, do. Mindware is a moon landing, and we did that in the sixties.

“Just because we are unique does not mean that we cannot be replicated. An original essay can still be copied. Mindware is a kind of duplicating machine for the mind. Because the mind is vastly more complex and less accessible than a document it is not something that can simply be optically scanned to replicate. Instead, to scan a mind one must scan and analyze the digital output of that mind – its mindfile – while iteratively generating a duplicate of that mind relying on associated databases of human universals and socio-cultural contexts. It does sound like an amazing piece of software, but no more amazing to us than would be our photocopying machines to Abraham Lincoln or our jumbo jets to the Wright Brothers. And software technology is advancing much more quickly today than machine technology was back then.”  End quote

(Fred)  This is great.  Now we’re into hardware.  She says, “Operating system software with mindware’s number of settings commonly run on laptop computers. The challenge is to write mindware so that it makes associations and interacts as does the human brain. This is not a challenge of possibility, but a challenge of practice, design and iterative improvement of approximations. Mindware is just really good software written for the purpose of replicating human thoughts and feelings.”  End quote

(Linda)  That was definitely inspiring.  It might have been a little longer than most quotes we use on the podcast, but it would have taken you and I twice as long to explain all that!

(Fred)  Now, I need to comment briefly on the foregoing content.  The absolutely beautiful and elegant way Martine has described the emulation process to the point of achieving “Turing equivalence” had an enormously serious and legally significant purpose:  To establish beyond any possible scientific dispute that the person emulated has so great a congruence with the person from whom derived that granting legal rights and ‘citizenship’ within the human community cannot be morally denied.  But, the capacity for personal development and growth beyond that point will be virtually unrestricted.

That is to say, the emergent personality is not going to be ‘frozen’ into past defective or limiting characteristics such as argumentativeness, or anxieties, or doleful moods.  Exactly the opposite will be the case.  A cybercivilization will be capable of transcending past personality difficulties far more easily than any of we presently biological humans.

(Linda)  Good point!  Next week, we’ll find that a headquarters of Terasem does not exist, but multiple strong places must exist for safekeeping of souls.  We’ll also look at how resurrected souls must be supported with infotechnology that enables painless emulation of their lives, we’ll look at the need for organic beings to be supported with cryogenic preservation technology until nanomedicine can restore them to health, neuro-scanned beings must have infotechnology that continues their migrated identities, including nanobot swarms for their movement, and the importance of giving cyberbirthed beings the same level of infotechnology support as all other beings in the strongholds.

(Fred)  Sounds like a perfect time to invite listeners to find out how to join Terasem and be part of spreading these life-enhancing memes.  It’s as easy as going to terasemfaith.net. And if you like the idea of being part of this sojourn into the future, without even any cost, start building your own mindfile at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com.  Plus, if you want to preserve your DNA very inexpensively, you can do that at LifeNaut.com, too.

(Linda)  For those of you who love games, Mike Clancy, at Terasem, has created the new maze-based, mindfile game for the Android. It’s addictive because the difficulty ramps up quickly with multiple layers of challenges.  While you are trying to build motor neurons inside a brain, plaques are obstructing your path and you have to avoid macrophages that are hunting you down!

(Fred)  Here’s the premise from the introduction to the app: “You are an artificial intelligence charged with controlling a nanobot inside a human brain. The brain belongs to a person who has just been resuscitated after being cryonically stored for almost 50 years. You have been chosen because, ironically, the person being restored to life is the same person on whom you (the AI) were based! Their mannerisms, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values were recorded and stored with the CyBeRev project and later coupled with mindware to create your digital persona.”  End quote Check it out on PersonalityMD.com.

(Linda) And I’d like to invite everyone to discover, if you haven’t already, my favorite blog:  mindclones.blogspot.com.  Martine Rothblatt will treat you to fascinating discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware that will take you far, far beyond what we are able to just sample lightly in these podcasts.  And you can find the text version of these podcasts at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.

(Fred)  If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, it’s called Earthseed.  It’s the Terasem Anthem.  It was written by Martine Rothblatt, who also plays the flute and the keyboard.  If you’d like to experience that music in a video, with spectacular astronomical artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Linda)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.

Posted April 24, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 47 Posted 6/02/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 47 Posted 6/02/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Where” of Terasem  3.5 – 3.5.6

SUB TITLE:  Yugenspace is the future Terasem.

SUMMARY:  This podcast looks at the big picture for Terasem, and what it calls Yugenspace.  We’ll look at how our human future involves being emulated and enabling each being to be in multiple environments at once, as well as using bodies made of nanobots swarms to fully experience real reality. We will also look at how technology will create space for consciousness out of vacuum and void.

Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 47 on the Truths of Terasem.  Today, we’re going to be talking about Yugenspace, a term apparently unique to Terasem.  The last five letters, ‘space’, are well known to us in many ways, so let’s look at the first part of the word.  Many references to this exist on the Internet, of such a wide kind that no one of them can be taken to be a standard.  The following seemed to come as close to being comprehensible as any:

“The subtle and the profound.  Yugen is at the core of the appreciation of beauty and art in Japan.    It values the power to evoke, rather that the ability to state directly.    The principle of Yugen shows that real beauty exists when, through its suggestiveness, only a few words, or few brush strokes, can suggest what has not been said or shown, and hence awaken many inner thoughts and feelings.  The downside of this for the Gaijin is that this aesthetic world is only made possible in a homogeneous people, where members of the community can communicate by what is not said, and everyone understands the same allusions.”

(Linda)  So, together, Yugen and space, imply a virtual reality, where everyone knows it isn’t the physical world and yet understands it the same way to so much of an extent that they all know what they’re talking about?

(Fred)  That’s how I take it.  Why don’t you start off and see where you go with it.  If I follow along, that in itself will be like a trip into a virtual reality.  Talking and being understood to a high degree seems as if this were, itself, a “Yugenspace” of some kind!

(Linda)  Right!  OK, the lead-in Truth for this Expansion is stated this way, in 3.5  “Yugenspace is the ultra-immense conglomeration of intersecting emulated realities that constitutes the future reality of Terasem.”   So, right from the start, we know we’re not talking about physical reality, but emulations of it.  In The Singularity is Near, Ray Kurzweil has an imaginary conversation between a Futurist Bacterium and it’s friend.  This conversation is an amusing way of stepping outside our current visions of what the future will be, and looking through fresh, different eyes at this very idea of what the future reality of Terasem may be.  I’ll play the “Friend”, and you’ll be the “Bacterium”.  Here we  go:

Friend of Futurist Bacterium, 2 billion B.C. (read by Linda): So tell me again about these ideas you have about the future.

Futurist Bacterium, 2 billion B.C. (read by Fred):  Well, I see bacteria getting together into societies, with the whole band of cells basically acting like one big complicated organism with greatly enhanced capabilities.

Friend of Futurist Bacterium:  Linda What gives you that idea?

Futurist Bacterium:  Fred Well already, some of our fellow Daptobacters have gone inside other larger bacteria to form a little duo.  It’s inevitable that our fellow cells will band together so that each cell can specialize its function.  As it is now, we each have to do everything by ourselves:  find good, digest it, excrete by products.

Friend of Futurist Bacterium:  Linda And then what?

Futurist Bacterium:  Fred All these cells will develop ways of communicating with one another that go beyond just the swapping of chemical gradients that you and I can do.

Friend of Futurist Bacterium:  Linda Okay, now tell me again the part about that future superassembly of ten trillions cells.

Futurist Bacterium:  Fred Yes, well, according to my models, in about two billion years a big society of ten trillion cells will make up a single organism and include tens of billions of special cells that can communicate with one another in very complicated patterns.

Friend of Futurist Bacterium:  Linda What sort of patterns?

Futurist Bacterium:  Fred Well, “music” for one thing.  These huge bands of cells will create musical patterns and communicate them to all the other bands of cells.

Friend of Futurist Bacterium:  Linda Music?

Futurist Bacterium:  Fred Yes, patterns of sound.

Friend of Futurist Bacterium: Linda Sound?

Futurist BacteriumFred Okay, look at it this way.  These supercell societies will be complicated enough to understand their own organization.  They will be able to improve their own design, getting better and better, faster and faster.  They will reshape the rest of the world in their image.

Friend of Futurist Bacterium:  Linda Now, wait a second.  Sounds like we’ll lose our basic bacteriumity?

Futurist Bacterium:  Fred Oh, but there will be no loss.

Friend of Futurist Bacterium:  Linda I know you keep saying that, but…

Futurist Bacterium:  Fred It will be a great leap forward.  It’s our destiny as bacteria.  And, anyway, there will still be little bacteria like us floating around.

Friend of Futurist Bacterium:  Linda Okay, but what about the downside?  I mean, how much harm can our fellow Daptobacter and Bdellovibrio bacteria do?  But these future cell associations with their vast reach may destroy everything.

Futurist Bacterium:  Fred It’s not certain, but I think we’ll make it through.

Friend of Futurist Bacterium:  Linda You always were an optimist.

Futurist Bacterium:  Fred Look, we won’t have to worry about the downside for a couple billions years.

Friend of Futurist Bacterium:  Linda Okay, then, let’s get lunch.

(Fred)  MEANWHILE, TWO BILLION YEARS LATER… and this conversation takes place between Ned Ludd and Ray Kurzweil.  So, Linda, do you want to be Ned Ludd?

(Linda)  Not really!  But for the sake of the podcast, I’ll do it! (continuing as Ned Ludd):  These future intelligences will be worse than the textile machines I fought back in 1812.  Back then we had to worry about only one man with a machine doing the work of twelve.  But you’re talking about a marble-size machine outperforming all of humanity.

Ray/Fred:  It will only outperform the biological part of humanity.  In any event, that marble is still human, even if not biological.

Ned/Linda: These super-intelligences won’t eat food.  They won’t breathe air.  They won’t reproduce through sex… So just how are they human?

Ray/Fred:  We’re going to merge with our technology.  We’re already starting to do that in 2004, even if most of the machines are not yet inside our bodies and brains.  Our machines nonetheless extend the reach of our intelligence.  Extending our reach has always been the nature of being human.

Ned/Linda: Look, saying that these superintelligent nonbiological entities are human is like saying that we’re basically bacteria.  After all, we’re evolved from them also.

Ray/Fred:  It’s true that a contemporary human is a collection of cells, and that we are a product of evolution, indeed its cutting edge.  But extending our intelligence by reverse engineering it, modeling it, simulating it, re-instantiating it on more capable substrates, and modifying and extending it is the next step in its evolution.  It was the fate of bacteria to evolve into a technology-creating species.  And it’s our destiny now to evolve into the vast intelligence of the Singularity.

(Linda)  OK, we’ve had fun, but now let’s get in gear.  3.5.1 says, “Future life is emulated life, enabling each being to be in multiple environments at once.”  What do you make of that?

(Fred)  Multitasking, nothing necessarily more or less.  I’m attacked by a mean and ‘nasty’ alien (I can use the word ‘nasty’ because I’ve seen it elsewhere in the Truths) so I enable a thousand of the alien’s most tormenting bumble bees, all of course with mini-mindfiles of my own, and then just as the alien fears for his life and starts to run, I sweep my laser gun over all the bumble fees and they fall dead at the alien’s feet, and I say, “Good thing I came along, just as you were attacked”.

Now, of course, you might think I just committed a thousand suicides, but I lost only a few minutes of low quality subjective time and I didn’t really care too much about the memories of buzzing fiercely about the alien’s head, so from an identity standpoint, I’ve lost little.

Now, more seriously, let’s say there are scientific conferences being held in a dozen different space colonies by friendly aliens, some of whom think at only one tenth my speed of thought, and others that are ten times faster than I’m accustomed to assimilating and analyzing in real time.  Some are still biological, some are strictly cyberbeings, and others are in nanobot pseudobodies of the most creative kind.  So, not to miss out, I emulate ‘attendees’ with  partial mindfiles of mine that appear in suitable nanobot avatars or even perfectly emulated alien biobodies, and send them off to the meetings I don’t want to miss.

For the high-speed meetings, I am just polite and record what’s said, although I can’t quite make sense of it at their pace of thought.  Later, in my major mindfile core location, I carefully file the full sensory-motor recollections of each of the meetings, so if I wish I can ‘relive’ having been there in each case, and harvest the best of the reflective thoughts that each of my sub-beings accumulated during the events.

All but my central zone of consciousness ‘goes to sleep’, and I’m ‘one’, again.  If I wish, now, I can ‘play back’ the high speed meeting in slow motion, meaning my usual pace of interaction, and get reflective realizations that I could never have had if I’d simply attended that one meeting ‘in person’, and no others.  It would have gone by too fast.  I’d have had to ‘play it back’ later anyway.  Does that sound like a reasonable multitasking scenario that fits the Truth we’re on?

(Linda)  Sure!  But, of course, it is just one of an endless number of variations!  Let me take a crack at this next one.  3.5.2 tells us, “Use of nanobot swarms with broadband links will enable emulated life to fully experience real reality.”  That sounds like one of those instances you just spoke about, except with real-time inputs instead of recording for later playbacks.  In fact, if the playback is accurately derived from the motor-sensory wiring of each of the biospecies you’re emulating, you get the full translational biowiring of each of them, so when you later re-reflect on what went on, you don’t miss anything.

This is a  crazy sounding example, but I can’t resist it.  If you just broad-banded back all of the direct sensory inputs from a meeting of highly sentient aliens that were like bats from Carlsbad Caverns, and they were holding a party in a huge cavern flying about and having idle conversations with each other as they passed at 40 to 50 miles per hour, and you tried to ‘digest’ this with a human type neurosystem, it would drive you mad.

But, if your ‘partial mindfile’ being was able to mix and have fun with the other bats because you emulated it all correctly, then not only would you get the reflective joy of having been there, by later having those reflective memories added to the main mindfiles, but you’d have the opportunity to do the actual playback in slow motion to match your human level perceptions to the very high speed bat interactions, and get an even deeper set of realizations from it all.

(Fred)  Couldn’t have said it better, myself.  Again quoting from The Singularity is Near, because Ray Kurzweil does such a wonderfully concise job of it:  in talking about the human experience projected for  about 2030, Kurzweil describes it this way:

“Nanobot technology will provide fully immersive, totally convincing virtual reality.  Nanobots will take up positions in close physical proximity to every interneuronal connection coming from our senses.  We already have the technology for electronic devices to communicate with neurons in both directions, yet requiring no direct physical contact with the neurons.  For example, scientists at the Max Planck Institute have developed “neuron transistors” that can detect the firing of a nearby neuron, or alternatively can cause a nearby neuron to fire or suppress it from firing.  This amounts to two-way communication between neurons and the electronic-based neuron transistors.  As mentioned above, quantum dots have also shown the ability to provide noninvasive communication between neurons and electronics.

“If we want to experience real reality, the nanobots just stay in position (in the capillaries) and do nothing.  If we want to enter virtual reality, they suppress all of the inputs coming from our actual senses and replace them with the signals that would be appropriate for the virtual environment.  Your brain experiences these signals as if they came from your physical body.  After all, the brain does not experience the body directly.  Inputs from the body—comprising a few hundred megabits per second—representing information about touch, temperature, acid levels, the movement of food, and other physical events, stream through the Lamina 1 neurons, then through the posterior ventromedial nucleus, ending up in the two insula regions of cortex.  If these are coded correctly—and we will know how to do that from the brain reverse-engineering effort—your brain will experience the synthetic signals just as it would real ones.  You could decide to cause your muscles and limbs to move as you normally would, but the nanobots would intercept these interneuronal signals, suppress your real limbs from moving, and instead cause your virtual limbs to move, appropriately adjusting your vestibular system and providing the appropriate movement and reorientation in the virtual environment. 

(Linda)  What a way to put it!  In 3.5.3 we find, “Technology creates space for consciousness.”  Sounds like that’s in line with all that we’ve been talking about up to now, and 3.5.4 says, “Until Yugenspace is here, build it.”  I think that means that our abilities to expand how we experience both virtual and real, i.e., electronic or physical realities will never reach any kind of barriers.  Again, that’s just a passing reflection on all those ideas of Ray Kurzweil’s and other thoughts we’ve been chewing over in getting to this point.

When we get to 3.5.5, the message is, “Risk biology to achieve vitology.”  I take that to mean that if you’re not willing to expand beyond human biology, you’re stuck there.  Vitology is the broadest concept of what consciousness can become, as living matter endlessly progresses in an extropic way.  I love the name Martine Rothblatt chose for Second Life, Vitology Destiny.  Wow!  That says it all!

(Fred)  It sure does.  We finish this Expansion with 3.5.6 “Education creates new realities out of thin air and new spaces out of vacuum and void.”  This is a whole new way of using the term ‘education’.  “Education continuously” is a fundamental principle in the Terasem Pledge, but it entails both self-education and helping others to do the same.  In a way, that’s what we do with each of these podcasts.

In putting them together, we expand our own minds in the most enjoyable way we’ve ever experienced, and what little baby steps we take are there for any others who feel they might get something out of it too, even if they just download the MP3 files into a cell phone for a snatch here and there between other activities.

(Linda)  And, we’ve made it easy to build on, since we put all of the text of these podcasts into postings at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.  The first thing you see there is:  ‘LEAVE A COMMENT’, so there’s an open door for adding to whatever we’ve come up with.  Anyone who builds on what’s here is just giveing more ‘education’ to us to quote on some future podcast.  This is just a tiniest taste of what’s meant by that ‘collective consciousness’ that sounds so worrisome, yet it’s so open to diversity and individuality that it’s an open playing field for any who want to join in.

(Fred)  Absolutely, and by giving us the benefit of his book, The Singularity is Near, Ray Kurzweil is one of our best loved contributors, in this connection, and a perfect example.  Quote:

“The Web will provide a panoply of virtual environments to explore.  Some will be re-creations of real places; others will be fanciful environments that have no counterpart in the physical world.  Some, indeed, would be impossible, perhaps because they violate the laws of physics.  We will be able to visit these virtual places and have any kind of interaction with other real, as well as simulated, people (of course, ultimately there won’t be a clear distinction between the two), ranging from business negotiations to sensual encounters.  “Virtual-reality environment designer” will be a new job description and a new art form.”

(Linda) Next week we will look at how dotcom is an early neural pathway in an immortalizable consciousness.  We’ll also talk about opening yourself to introspection on the web and tracking your Way of Terasem progress by completing your motivations, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values inventories online.  We will also explore the ideas of organizing your cyberself for independence and maturing your cyberself until it passes Turing.

(Fred)  In anticipation of that, let’s invite listeners to find out how easy it is to join Terasem and be part of this inspiring future.  Simply go to terasemfaith.net.  Start building your own mindfile, without even any costs, at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com.  You can preserve some of your DNA at LifeNaut.com, too, very inexpensively.

(Linda)  Are you an Android user?  Do you prefer the excitement of a game, over filling out questionnaires?  Then, go to PersonalityMD.com and download Mike Clancy’s new maze-based game as the fun way to build your mindfile.  A word of caution, though, it can be addicting!

(Fred)  And for those of you who crave a mind expanding blog, you can’t beat mindclones.blogspot.com.  I guarantee you that Martine Rothblatt will stretch your neurons with discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware.  Oh, and don’t forget, you can find the text version of these podcasts at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.

(Linda)  If you like the music we use on these podcasts, it’s the Terasem Anthem, called Earthseed, written by Martine Rothblatt.  She also plays flute and keyboard.  For a video version of Earthseed, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Fred)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Linda)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.

Posted April 24, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 46 Posted 5/30/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 46 Posted 5/30/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Where” of Terasem  3.4 – 3.4.6

SUB TITLE:  Resurrected cyberlives will live in a heaven.

SUMMARY:  In this podcast we will see that since avoidable pain caused in emulated reality is as cruel as causing pain in original reality, vicious people will not be cyber-resurrected in that cruel state.  Resurrected cyberlives will live in a ‘heaven’, which is a hyper-detailed emulation virtually equivalent to ‘nirvana’.  And, happily, this will happen sooner than one might think!

Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 46 on the Truths of Terasem.  Today we’re going to delve even more deeply into the fact that the cybercivilization Terasem envisions generating will be more like heaven, absent of pain and dog-eat-dog exploitation, than we have dared discuss in the past.  And, it will stretch endlessly out in time and space, wherever that might lead.

(Linda)  I like the sound of that.  Is this about joyful immortality, then, that keystone of the Terasem pledge?

(Fred)  I say it’s more like Carl Sagan standing in Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop, showing drawings of spacecraft that were envisioned to approach the speed of light, in that Cosmos episode about relativity and circumnavigating the visible universe in a very short period of real time.  Joyful immortality may be a nice ‘door opener’ to arouse the basic idea, but in this expansion of the Truths of Terasem the door swings wide open and we get to zoom out into it.  Some may feel uncomfortable with the standard of ethics implied in such a ‘heaven’, but no one ever believed that a heaven would not have standards.  They just weren’t sure how it would work.  Here, we’re going to stare straight at that.

(Linda)  OK, let’s dig in.  This Expansion begins with 3.4  “Resurrected cyberlives will be in heaven because nasty realities won’t be coded, but loved ones will.”  Like it or not, we have to take the term ‘realities’ here to be an implication of ‘people’, but not in a direct or confrontational way.  There’s a saying that ‘people do bad things, but there are no bad people’, implying that ‘people’ are a dynamic manifestation of their past lives, but as self-conscious beings they are capable of reflecting on that and feeling remorse, compassion, and willingness to change.  So, the term ‘nasty realities’ may imply the unwillingness to place any person in a situation where a condition of ‘nastiness’ might prevail.

As a specific example, take a slum where people with little probability of rising above such ‘nastiness’ may largely engage in dealing in drugs and exploitation of others.  Such a slum would not be emulated, but individuals trapped in such an environment might be.  If emulated in a very different culture, such persons might ‘grow out of’ their past bad habits and adopt new, more inspiring ones.

One of the stories in the LifeQuest series titled “Birth Scars” by Thomas Donaldson is exactly about this.  A drug dealer arrogantly signs up for cryonics, to the amazement of the cryonics organization, and then shortly afterward is frozen after being machine gunned.  Centuries later, he awakens in a future society where there is no crime, no way to ‘make a living’ as he once did, no way to hurt anyone living there, and he begins a slow process of adoption of a role in that future society.

It’s a great story.  In fact, it’s so insiteful that we’ve devoted the front page of our website lifepact.com to it.  The site gives a brief introduction, and you can link directly to that story.  Just go to lifepact.com

(Fred)  Thanks, Linda.  If there was ever a story about how someone from a ‘nasty reality’ might still find his way to ‘heaven’, that’s the story.  Going deeper into the Truths for this week, we encounter  3.4.1 “Heaven is a hyper-detailed emulation of actuality virtually equivalent to a nirvanic naturality.”  In other words, it will be so much like the real world that at first, a new arrival wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.  Then, he or she would find that this ‘emulation of actuality’ is a virtual reality that is so much like the future world of the drug dealer described above, that it is almost unnerving.

Truth 3.4.2 tells us, “Exponentiating information technology means data emulations of reality will be achieved very soon.”  To me, this means that virtual reality will be so acceptable a living environment, in ways that make living there almost undetectable from living here, that there will be plenty of room for everyone to ‘spread out and enjoy life’ as never before, with such little costs that the population and energy problems of today will cease to exist, for those who emigrate.  For those who don’t, only time will tell.

(Linda)  A recent article on KurzweilAI is an indication of this:  The title is “Move over, Einstein: machines will take it from here”, published in New Scientist Physics & Math — Mar 22, 2011:

“Researchers at Cornell University have developed an evolutionary computing algorithm called Eureqa that allows the laws of nature to be extracted from data at unheard of rates, says Michael Schmidt.

“Rather than coming up with a hypothesis to test, they carry out experiments first, feeding the data into their computer to discover the laws of nature.

“By randomly stringing together 10,000 simple mathematical expressions to create equations, Schmidt’s law-finding computer tested each equation to see how well it described the data. Some fit a little better than others.  Eureqa then “bred” these equations together to produce next-generation offspring that were different than the parents. Over thousands of generations, in one case, the computer discovered the law of conservation of energy.”

Lipson speculates that this kind of machine learning will become the scientific norm, and we humans will forever be playing catch-up: “This is a post-singularity vision of science,” he says.

Listeners who don’t subscribe to the KurzweilAI newsletter really should.  It keeps you abreast of news in biotech, genetics, nanotech, non-biological intelligence, etc.  Anyone who thinks we might be over playing our vision of the future, or how fast it will be upon us, only needs to start reading this daily newsletter to trade their skepticism for bewonderment!

(Fred)  Playing ‘catch-up’ is likely to be futile.  I think it’s likely you’re either going to be watching the future unfold from a seat in the stadium, if you’re determined to stay biological, or you’ll emulate into cyberspace and be out there on the playing field.  Perhaps some will do both.  They’ll do an emulation and hope that their cybertwin will ‘keep them up to date’, while they stay biological just to ‘play it safe’ and not risk personal loss of identity by fully committing themselves, but think of the implausibility of that.  If those in cyberspace experience a hundred or thousand years of subjective life during the same time it takes their biological twins to live just one year in real time, their life histories will be diverging at such great speeds that they will have a hard time relating to each other’s lives.

Moving on to 3.4.3 the message is, “Avoidable pain caused in emulated reality is as cruel as causing pain in original reality.”  If you’re ‘wired’ to experience tactile sensations in cyberspace, and you’re not protected from overload of sensations, then your experience must be that of pain.  It may thus be possible to avoid pain, but to circumvent that in another and then inflict pain could be just as harmful there as here.  In neither case will it be something the society of that day will tolerate.  They’ll use whatever technology is necessary to safeguard each other from that.

(Linda) in 3.4.4 we’re told, “Vicious people will not be cyber-resurrected because biocyberethics proscribes causing pain in data emulations of reality.”  If we assume that it is an ethical principle that you do not bring someone’s mindfiles to emulation except as originally established by them, and the person concerned has generated a personality profile that seems almost certain to disturb all around them, then this would certainly be a barrier.  If, in your ‘consent to be mindcloned’, you don’t specify that it is acceptable to be emulated without your harmful characteristics, it is likely that your wishes will be honored, but at the same time it is also highly likely that you will not be emulated.  The ‘paperwork’ will caution that this might be the outcome.  People who believe that it is natural and proper to generate poison, and then poison others, may paint themselves into corners from which it will be virtually impossible to escape, unless, as we have quoted several times from Michael Perry’s book, Forever for All, they choose to be cured of those negative characteristics.

It gets a little more positive in 3.4.5 “Effective immortality is achieved by dispersing throughout the galaxy and universe encoded data emulations of reality.”  Kurzweil, in The Singularity is Near, observes:

“But as we have seen, by late in this century nonbiological intelligence on the Earth will be many trillions (yes, that’s trillions with a “T”) of times more powerful than biological intelligence, so sending biological humans on such a mission would not make sense (he’s talking here about colonizing the galaxy, even the cosmos).  The same would be true for any other ETI civilization.  This is not simply a matter of biological humans sending robotic probes.  Human civilization by that time will be nonbiological for all practical purposes.

“These nonbiological sentries would not need to be very large and in fact would primarily comprise information.  It is true, however, that just sending information would not be sufficient, for some material-based device that can have a physical impact on other star and planetary systems must be present.  However, it would be sufficient for the probes to be self-replicating nanobots (note that a nanobot has nanoscale features but that the overall size of a nanobot is measured in microns).

“We could send swarms of many trillions of them, with some of these “seeds” taking root in another planetary system and then replicating by finding the appropriate materials, such as carbon and other needed elements, and building copies of themselves.

“Once established, the nanobot colony could obtain the additional information it needs to optimize its intelligence from pure information transmissions that involve only energy, not matter, and that are sent at the speed of light.  Unlike large organisms such as humans, these nanobots, being extremely small, could travel at close to the speed of light.”

(Fred)  The last Truth for this week is 3.4.6 “Nature is honored by         re-creation of the past and immortal preservation of joy and happiness.”

This is a fascinating perception, and it takes a little looking to see all the sides of it.  Just one of them is that by preserving biological life, or at least perfect emulations of them, we will be able to look backward in time and see our origins, just as looking outward in space we can see the echoes of the Big Bang.  Right now, we marvel at a Sequoia tree, thinking of it having been born thousands of years ago.  But suppose we have lived a thousand years in virtual realities in the same time that a biological human in a well kept haven here on planet earth has experienced only one year, and we ‘visit’ that haven to see how we were, a thousand years ago in real time.  That enormously slow moving, biologically metabolizing human being, possibly in perfect health, may still be doing pretty much the same thing ten years later in real time, while we ourselves will have experienced ten thousand years.  What a reminder it will be, to visit those biological havens of our past.

What will we be talking about, just next week, Linda, one week in real time from now, remembering that if we had thousandfold acceleration of thought and action, that one week would have taken nearly twenty years to pass?

(Linda)    Next week we’ll look at the big picture for Terasem, and what it calls Yugenspace.  We’ll look at how our human future involves being emulated and enabling each being to be in multiple environments at once, as well as using nanobot swarms to fully experience real reality. We will also look at how technology will create space for consciousness out of vacuum and void.

(Fred)  Start building your Mindfile right away at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com; it’s free.    Or, if you prefer to make a game of it, Terasem’s powerful new Android app, created by Mike Clancy and described at PersonalityMD.com will make it even more fun.

(Linda)  Still have some unanswered questions about mindfiles?  Go to Martine Rothblatt’s blog at mindfiles.blogspot.com.  If you want to preserve your DNA very inexpensively, you can do that at LifeNaut.com.  And find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net.

(Fred)  Don’t forget that these podcasts are available in text form at our site, truthsofterasem.wordpress.com, where you’ll also find tabs relating to storing DNA with LifeNaut, a “city of the future” in Second Life named after the great innovator Paolo Soleri, and you can download a copy of Dr. Perry’s book, Forever for All.

(Linda) If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, it’s called Earthseed.  It’s the Terasem Anthem.  It was written by Martine Rothblatt, who also plays the flute and the keyboard.  If you’d like to experience that music in a video, with spectacular astronomical artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Fred)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Linda)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.

Posted April 24, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized