Podcast No. 53 Posted 7/4/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 53 Posted 7/4/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “When” of Terasem  4.1 – 4.1.6

SUB TITLE:  Identity Transfer into Cyberspace

SUMMARY:  This week we’ll examine subjective time and what that means as compared with physical-reality time.   We’ll explore how rapidly the technological Singularity may unfold, and how this may be experienced both by those who stay in biological form and those who become part of an emergent cyber-civilization.  Our options may include having minds that operate 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.

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

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 53 on the Truths of Terasem.  We’re starting with the fourth Section of the Truths this week, the “When” is Terasem?  Like, what kind of timing do we see coming for Terasem?

(Linda)  I love this section.  We get to look at far reaching ethical principles designed to help guide what we do, in a future where computers have surpassed human intelligence and become self-conscious, a future where we want to make sure human life as we know it goes on, smoothly, during what may soon become a widespread emigration of humans into cyberspace.  But before we launch into that, how about a brief summary of the first three sections for any listeners who might be joining us at this point?”

(Fred)  Good idea!  The First Section covers the subject of “Who?” is Terasem.  It’s a network of people who value individuality and harmony with each other as equals, and seek to stay alive endlessly, enjoying every second of it…  Section Two, “What is Terasem?” takes us into what our basic “selves”, our souls, our identity, may ultimately become as we see more and more advances in high technology.

In Section Three, “Where?” is Terasem, we get more down to earth.  There are even physical addresses of key meeting places.  Terasem is presently a real-world, expanding network of real people, but soon virtual realities will eventually dominate and make get-togethers easier for people that are not located physically close to other Terasemers.  And, sooner than we think, we may even find digital people starting to join Terasem.

(Linda)  That was a great recap. Short but sweet and it helps to bring focus to where we are and where we’re headed with our future podcasts.  Terasem’s anticipations about the future make many of today’s concerns seem tame.  Global warming, overpopulation, impact of high technology on culture, and other concerns like this are usually thought of as being 20, 30, 40 years away.  In the Truths of Terasem, these difficulties are seen as very realistic, but at the same time technology is likely to solve them before they become catastrophic, if technology itself does not turn out to be an even greater and more dangerous problem.  It’s Terasem’s mission to make sure that future technologies serve our goals of diversity, unity and joyful immortality everywhere.

(Fred)  Absolutely, Linda.  The Truths of Terasem are thus optimistic about the intermediate term, and, quite concerned about the short term.  For example, they address the challenges as well as the potential described in Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity is Near.  Kurzweil hints at it this way:

“The genetics (or biotechnology) revolution is bringing the information revolution, with its exponentially increasing capacity and price-performance, to the field of biology.  Similarly, the nanotechnology revolution will bring the rapidly increasing mastery of information to materials and mechanical systems.  The robotics (or strong AI) revolution involves the reverse engineering of the human brain, which means coming to understand human intelligence in information terms and then combining the resulting insights with increasingly powerful computational platforms.  Thus, all three of the overlapping transformations—genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics—that will dominate the first half of this century represent different facets of the information revolution.”  End quote

Soon, in a matter of decades, software will be undeniably self-conscious, and, alarmingly more intelligent and capable than human beings.  These emerging cyberpersons will be talking with one another as well as with us, but in their inner circles they’ll be speaking at thousands of times the speed of we biological humans, globally and in all languages interchangeably, with instant access to all the information on what the Internet will have become.

(Linda)  That sounds like something that could easily get out of hand.  How do the Truths of Terasem fit into that?

(Fred)  Basically, the Truths call for we biological humans to foresee the potential dangers, the worst that can happen, and create a segment of this “cyber-society” where the majority of cyberpersons are united in a network to foster ethical technology development that supports humankind, much in the way that many societies bring up children to regard themselves as being indebted to their parents and to society in general, for the very fact that they are alive and were cared for in their childhood.

(Linda)  It sounds like a very complex thing to make happen!  It’s going to take more than a Captain Picard saying “Make it so!”

(Fred)  It will indeed be a challenge!  Still, as we go, we’ll see how those who originated the Truths of Terasem virtually left no stone unturned trying to anticipate what will be involved, and to help guide it constructively.

The Truths of Terasem recognize that technology today is following, in compellingly persuasive ways, a spontaneous self-ordering in the universe that can be literally traced all the way back to the Big Bang some fifteen billion years ago.  It took a while for galaxies to form, then more complex elements arose from exploding stars, solid planets became common, life arose, and still billions of years more were required for DNA to achieve its present elegance and produce self-aware, intelligent human beings.

They, perhaps it would be more correct to say “we”, then invented tools, created cultures, devised religions that foresaw the possibility of heavens and hells, and now as discussed in the previous podcast have developed high technologies permitting heavens and hells to exist.

Kurzweil goes into great detail to explain how technology is not just speeding up exponentially, but the very rates of these changes are exponentiating.  Changes that once took centuries now occur in decades, then only years, and these rates of change continue to increase.  As we’ve already mentioned several times, and will continue to remind ourselves, self-conscious cyberbeings will soon think and communicate at speeds a thousandfold or more beyond our biological rates.  Eric Drexler says it very well in his book, Engines of Creation:

“If you can build genuine AI (artificial intelligence), there are reasons to believe that you can build things like neurons that are a million times faster.  That leads to the conclusion that you can make systems that think a million times faster than a person.  With AI, these systems could do engineering design.  Combining this with the capability of a system to build something that is better than it, you have the possibility for a very abrupt transition.  This situation may be more difficult to deal with even than nanotechnology, but it is much more difficult to think about it constructively at this point.  Thus, it hasn’t been the focus of things that I discuss, although I periodically point to it and say: “That’s important too”.

(Linda)  Awesome!  And as Kurzweil says:

“I set the date for the Singularity—representing a profound and disruptive transformation in human capability—as 2045.  The nonbiological intelligence created in that year will be one billion times more powerful than all human intelligence today.”

That’s difficult to visualize, isn’t it?  If I were a cyberperson speaking with you, and you had to leave the computer for a minute to get a cold drink, how long would that seem to me?

(Fred)  At a thought speed difference of only a thousand-fold, not even a million or a billion, a bio-human’s one minute trip to the refrigerator would seem, to a cyberperson like you, to be over sixteen hours.  If I went out of town for a week, that would be about 20 years, as you would experience it.

(Linda)  And… since you and I are still doing things at biohuman rates, we’ve burned up a lot of those biohuman minutes jabbering about this.  Why don’t we get down to the specific Truths for the day, and see how they fit into what we’ve been talking about?

(Fred)  Right!  Hopefully, they’ll sound pretty obvious, as we dive into them.

The Section of Truths we’re starting with is 4.0 “When is Terasem?” It’s answered by, “Terasem arises whenever diversity, unity and joyful immortality arise, which is soon in subjective time.”  In simpler terms, it’s anticipated that things are going to seem to change very rapidly for biological humans, very soon.  As part of this, if Terasem’s vision is fulfilled, both biological humans and cyber persons might experience this as a state of “joyful immortality”, but reflect that a cyberbeing might enjoy a thousand years, or more, of it for each year that a biological human gets.  Something to think about!

The first Group of individual Truths under 4.0 explores this from various viewpoints, starting with 4.1 “Subjective time passes as fast as it is perceived, and faster with order than with chaos.”  This fits with the idea that the cybercommunity, a more highly ordered level of human culture, may experience a century of activity in less than one month as perceived by those who are still biological.  An aged grandparent who chooses identity transfer to cyberspace vs. cremation or burial and has appropriate sensory access to the real world might watch over his or her grandchildren like a guardian angel, moment to moment, even if there were ten of them, and still have 99% of his or her time free for adventures and artistic activities in the cybercommunity.

(Linda)  4.1.1  says, “Faster paths to joyful immortality are those which emphasize geoethical nanotechnology.”  This is another way of saying that if technology is used for good purposes rather than destructive goals, it will be possible to move far more quickly toward achieving and receiving the benefits of a Terasem oriented cyber-culture than otherwise.

4.1.2  builds on that, “Always remember that time intervals vary directly with chaos and inversely with compounded order.”  This tells us, very concisely, that if we do not properly utilize high technology for avoidance of confusion and accelerated accomplishment, anything we seek to achieve will take longer.  The Pony Express could not keep up with the telegraph; email trumps snail mail.  Cyber-humans and biohumans will literally live in different time-experience realms.

(Fred)  Tie-in’s with other Truths come to the surface in 4.1.3,  “See that every way to accelerate Terasem is a way to reduce pain and suffering.”  Terasem’s utmost principle of networking is to support others who might otherwise be left behind, suffering for lack of ways to understand what their possibilities might be.  The aged grandparent who chooses cyberspace vs. cremation/burial may reduce pain of loss for his/her family, and the “guardian angel” connectivity might further help ease the lives of those of the family who are still in biospace.

(Linda)  In 4.1.4, the scope of the last Truth is extended to limits of the conceivable: “Terasem becomes omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient when it encompasses all consciousness and enough multiverse.”  To grasp the possibility of such a phrase applying to the real world in a scientifically meaningful way, it is practically a prerequisite to be familiar with Ray Kurzweil’s farthest ranging projections, or to have done the same kind and level of thinking independently.  For most of us, an in-depth reading of The Singularity is Near is easiest.  As you’ve said before, it’s like going to the top of Mt. Everest in a helicopter, vs. climbing it.

(Fred)  The same principle applies to the next Truth, 4.1.5: “Extension of intelligence to the cosmos clocks the arrival of Multiversal Terasem.”  There are many ways to visualize this one.  Carl Sagan, in “Cosmos”, captured this well in a single sentence, one of your favorite quotes:

“We are star stuff; the universe becoming aware of itself”

Terasem carries this to its logical endpoint; a universe in which most of the matter has been converted to something far more sentient than either biological human brains or the cyberbeings’ computational hardware systems we envision as supporting the next step in human evolution.

(Linda)  Fred, all the Truths we’ve talked about so far are definitely mind-stretchers.  But this last one can definitely turn your neurons into a pretzel!  It anticipates Terasem going beyond technology, using the ties between those in its network to provide a mutual identity-rescue framework.

(Fred)  4.1.6 says: “Realize Terasem is always with us, even in misfortune, for we are reborn in its bosom.”  Basically, this anticipates that in the event of the loss of one of us, what Eric Drexler calls “information theoretic death”, meaning there is literally nothing left, as in cremation, it is our memory in the minds of others that can rekindle, or nucleate our sense of identity in an otherwise generic cyber-person.

Then, in the most supportive way, that “recovered” cyber-person would be assisted in resuming his or her life as a part of the cyber-community.  It’s like saying that those in Terasem stand ready not just to rescue each other as if they were “guardian angels”, but to literally restore them to a full state of sentience and sense of identity, if they were otherwise wiped out. This kind of thing could only be fully workable in cyberspace.  For humans that are still biological, it seems a very far stretch.

(Linda)  That’s a topic that will take a lot of mulling over!  Terasem events are a great way to do that, to become a part of its network, which is like a family in many ways.  It’s a great way to explore these mind pretzel ideas further.  We encourage everyone listening to find out how easy it is to join Terasem and support our mission to build a better future.  Just go to terasemfaith.net.  It’s easy!  And if you want to read the text of our podcasts, to help you dig deeper into the details, or maybe find websites that you weren’t able to write down, go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.

(Fred)  Our next podcast plunges directly into the heart of the Truths related to “waking up in cyberspace”.  Next week, we’ll see that every mindfile can be re-instantiated with sufficiently advanced mindware and that subjectively that wait to be emulated will seem only a second long.  We can rejoice in the fact that good lives live forever in an emulation of your best reality. So, don’t miss the next podcast!

(Linda)  Waking up in cyberspace means making a mindfile.  You can do that at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com, no fees to participate.  If you still have unanswered questions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware go to mindclones.blogspot.com for fascinating discussions about these subjects.  And don’t forget, Terasem has a priority list; those who join earlier are most likely to make the jump to cyberspace sooner.  The longer you wait, the longer the line will get!

(Fred)  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).  To preserve your DNA very inexpensively, you can do that at LifeNaut.com, too.   For additional information on the cell storage program go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com and take the BioFile tab. Their program not only includes indefinite storage, but the cells are cultured for viability to verify that indeed, ‘living cells’ are being stored. You’ll find an additional link to VWR which describes the ‘cutting edge’ cell preservation compound (the cryoprotectant) used.

(Linda)  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.

(Fred)  If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, which runs full length at the end of each podcast, 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 space artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Linda)  And this is a personal invitation, for you…Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.  



Posted July 19, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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