We need to separate the powers of economics and technology, not push them more tightly together. They’re the contemporary church’n’state — and they know it, too.
Jessica Walsh - Like Knows Like documentary
SOFLES | LIMITLESS
Peaceable assemblies are called unlawful mobs;
Distributed denial-of-service sit-ins on publicly available websites are called cyber-attacks;
Disclosing documents to a journalist or publisher, which reveal government and corporate wrong-doing and criminality is called espionage and computer fraud and abuse;
Aiding in the independent dissemination of large datasets of suppressed information onto the Internet is called wanton publication and aiding the enemy;
Reporting on the U.S. global war on terror by interviewing former GTMO detainees or providing proof of secret U.S. cluster bombing in Yemen is called “substantial support for terrorism”;
Making documentary films about one’s confinement at GTMO after being detained for years without charges or trial is called “terrorist recidivism”.
Well, I have good news: it turns out that technologies which extend, augment or otherwise improve human life are already here! You may have heard of some of them: clean water; urban sanitation; smokeless cooking facilities; free access to healthcare; a guaranteed minimum income; a good, free education. There are more – and you’d be surprised how many of them have been around in one form or another for decades, even centuries! But they’re unevenly distributed at the moment, so the first agenda item for all transhumanists should be looking for ways to get these technologies to everyone on the planet as soon as possible… because if you don’t, by your own logic, you are wilfully and consciously permitting millions if not billions of people to suffer totally avoidable misery, poverty, illness and death. Better still, you can start close to home; after all, what better test-case could there be for the even distribution of longevity improvement than the ~17 year lifespan differential between the wealthy and the poor in the United States itself?
littleBits Synth Kit, demoed by Reggie Watts