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.

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

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