Hall of mirrors, Petrin Hill, Prague. 1998

Welcome To The Mirror

By Valkyrie Ice, posted on December 29, 2011

“Such lenses — when coupled with a next generation smartphone — will enable us to simultaneously exist in both the “Real” and the “Mirror,” with a plethora of “superpowers” at our disposal, all enabled by augmented reality apps as well as real time mapping to virtual space…”   Welcome to the Mirror. You are probably […]

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Will Joel Garreau & Jamais Cascio Prevail — Along With The Rest Of Us?

By R.U. Sirius, posted on December 26, 2011

Joel Garreau’s Prevail Project (joined by advocate Jamais Cascio) declares as its slogan a William Faulkner quote: “I decline to accept the end of man” — which, as our many transhumanly-inclined readers will note — now has at least two possible meanings. And yes, they do mean it in both ways. But I’ll let them […]

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Gibson & Leary Audio (MONDO 2000 History Project)

posted on December 23, 2011

Here’s a little treat for the Christmas season. In the process of organizing the MONDO 2000 History Project, I’m gathering up some rich media to post on the website version when it’s all complete.  What you have here is a fragment of a conversation between Timothy Leary and William Gibson.  Warning: You may need to […]

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Positively Eschatology

By Woody Evans, posted on December 20, 2011

In the 1850’s Auguste Comte (famous now as the father of sociology) worked out an elaborate system of religious observance based on humanism, positivism, and rational scientific progress. If it was just a phase, it would be Comte’s last.  He died in 1857 — but his influential ideas about the application of reason to cultural […]

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Conjurations in the Element of Flesh: Balancing the Transhuman and the Transpersonal

By Jason Louv, posted on December 18, 2011

What are the critical disciplines by which 21st century humanity will initiate itself? How will those who wish to move from reality’s spectator seats to the middle of the ring do so? How has humanity done so in the past? The ancients represented the hall of initiation into the Mysteries as being flanked by two […]

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Robots, Christmas, Japanese People = ?

posted on December 16, 2011

He sees you when you’re sleeping/He knows when you’re awake. Zuckerberg is Santa Claus!

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Quadrotors Will Do Everything (Well, Almost)

By Valkyrie Ice, posted on December 13, 2011

About a year ago I wrote an article for H+ magazine on the use of quadrotors for a variety of purposes, ranging from VR telepresence units to sensor platforms for dangerous environments to construction. So, you can imagine my reaction on reading this article on Singularity Hub.  In short, it’s about a demonstration of robotic […]

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Brain Magick Exercises

By Philip Farber, posted on December 11, 2011

“Am I processing  my sensory  information  via Circuit Four: • Am I concerned or motivated by my family or sexual relationships? • Am I  horny? • Am I motivated by the way I appear to others, in regard to my masculinity, femininity, or androgyny?” The following excerpt is from BRAIN MAGICK: EXERCISES IN META-MAGICK AND INVOCATION by Philip Farber .  Check out the entire book! The Nature […]

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Everything Is Amazing Right Now & Nobody Is Happy

posted on December 9, 2011

“When I was a kid we had a rotary phone and you had to stand next to it and dial it.”

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Why Second Life Has Succeeded Beyond Anybody’s Wildest Expectations

By Valkyrie Ice, posted on December 6, 2011

A recent article on Slate proclaims “Why Second Life Failed.”  Assuming you buy into the author’s overall viewpoint, it makes a decent case. In essence, SL was touted as a “revolutionary solution” for a job it really wasn’t qualified to do. The problem is that this viewpoint shows a profoundly limited understanding of what Second […]

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