humanity is the awkward prepubescent phase between animal and machine

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Whenever we think about things being weird, we actually mean that our descriptions of those things are incomplete and flawed. Since the beginning not one unusual thing has ever happened.

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frequency: Gazelle Twin - The Entire City: Concrete Mother

17714 1931

It appears that there are no usable HDF5 libraries for Haskell. This is very disappointing.

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frequency: Oxyde Noir - Construct: Axiom

17714 1813

Par tikumības krustnešiem mūsdienu sabiedrībā.

Atklātā vēstule arhibīskapam Zbigņevam Stankevičam par tikumību un aplamām vērtībām.


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frequency: Rome - Die Æsthetik Der Herrschaftsfreiheit: Petrograd Waltz

7714 0250

Šī gada 10. jūlijā notiks jau piektā Latvijas Transhumānistu asociācijas pilnsapulce.

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frequency: I:Scintilla - Optics: Machine Vision

2714 0732

Apstiprināja pieejas pieprasījumu HCP datubāzei. 8 TB of MRI & MEG data incoming now.

29614 0036

Pateicoties G. Stoļerova interesei un labajai gribai, Latvijas Transhumānistu asociācijas rīcībā ir nonākuši vairāki desmiti viņa grāmatas/brošūras "Death is Wrong" eksemplāru. Ja vēlies iegūt sev vai citiem kādu no tiem (bez maksas un ierobežojumiem), dod ziņu šeit, komentāros, vai arī manā e-pastā. Vari šo ziņu droši padot tālāk, jo sūtījuma mērķis ir tieši ideju apmaiņa un brīva izplatīšana.

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frequency: Carina Round - Slow Motion Addict: January Heart

11614 1052

Neuroscience is like:

  • Trying to learn computer graphics by playing lots of video games (behavior studies);
  • Trying to explore the file system by looking at a computer with night-vision goggles (fMRI);
  • Trying to learn network architecture from a packet stream without knowing what a computer is (electrophysiology);
  • Trying to learn CPU architecture by soaking a laptop in acid, slicing it with a bandsaw, and then studying the pieces under a microscope (connectomics);
  • Trying to construct cohomology theories by using nothing but the category of sets (explanations of high level cognition by studying raw neural circuits);
  • etc.

And, despite all that, all of these things have yielded great results and have led us, over just the course of a century, from practically zero to brain simulations. Science works.


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frequency: Tenhi - Saivo: Surunuotta

10614 1143

Labs raksts par antivakcīnistiem un kā/kādēļ ar viņiem [ne]komunicēt, no [info]simbel (for one, I think the title could have been even stricter, since anti-vaxxers represent a proper subset of conspiracy theorists).

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10614 1027

Holy. Fuck. The side-effects from immunosuppressants (one fucking pill so far, fortunately one out of just three) alone are enough to stand up for in vitro organ fabrication. Seriously, this is not fun. At all.

Update: I'm officially not doing anything productive today, nāciet ciemos un nesiet dāvanas un ātras atlabšanas vēlējumus or something. Papers say lorazepam counteracts some of this fuckery on symptom-level but I'm really not sufficiently crazy to take benzodiazepines as well.

9614 0536 : Roadmap to immortality

Marijas Konovaļenko, Krievijas "Science for Life Extension Foundation" vadītājas, prezentācija par paralēli attīstāmām tehnoloģijām, kuru mērķis ir indivīda funkcionāla nemirstība (bioloģiski neierobežots mūža ilgums). Pārpublicēts ar M. Konovaļenko atļauju.

... tālāk ... )

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frequency: Rome - Die Æsthetik Der Herrschaftsfreiheit: Automation

8614 2125

Konsekvenciālisms par ētiskiem spriedumiem pakļaujamo kategoriju izvirza darbību iznākumu kontrafaktus, deontoloģiskā metaētika - darbības, virtuisms - darbību aģentus. Pēc inducētas uzskatu krīzes es secinu, ka joprojām domāju par konsekvenciālismu kā par praktiskāko un relevantāko no šīm metaētikas teorijām.

Papildus ieskatam: #1, #2.


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frequency: Dernière Volonté - Devant Le Miroir: Douce Hirondelle

2614 0133

"In my opinion, the main problem [in WBE] is data acquisition, not so much representation/emulation" /R. Koene/

Spot on.


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frequency: Qntal - Qntal VI/Translucida: Sumer

1614 1438

After some uncertainty, we (R&D at LH+A) have decided to transition to Haskell as our primary implementation language.

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frequency: Deied - Poisoned Wisdom: I Am the Center

1614 1320

There is a dark, disturbing and possessive aspect of motherliness. Perhaps calling oxytocin the "motherly hormone" has some merit after all.

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frequency: Gazelle Twin - The Entire City: Men Like Gods

29514 2328

Ignorance is a warming peace until its a cold war, with an unknown enemy.

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frequency: Headscan - Pattern Recognition: Zero Sun

24514 0039

So, I have a healing mass of cells growing in my spine and a program is doing some third of my research on its own? Fuck the hoverboards.

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frequency: Diary Of Dreams - If: King Of Nowhere

22514 2202

That moment when someone asks, "Seriously, what kind of arsehole says "conditional on the hypothesis that" when "if" would be enough?" and you go, "Well...".

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frequency: Feindflug - Hirnschlacht: Sturmwalzer

21514 1649

Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enamelling [..]

/W. B. Yeats, on what he would do when no longer "fastened to a dying animal"/


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amplitude: awake
frequency: Elend - Winds Devouring Men: The Poisonous Eye

20514 1501

Mans mugurkauls joprojām jūtas jēls un pavisam ne stabils, taču citādi pašsajūta ir laba un šķiet, ka atkopšanās pēc vāciešu iebrukuma tajā nu jau tuvojas beigām. Pēc nedēļas nogales analgētiķu kūres man joprojām ir viegli miglaina galva, taču vēl viena nogulēta nakts ar to varētu tikt galā. Ko lai saka, nākotne ir šodien.

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frequency: Collide - Beneath The Skin: Falling Up

18514 0232

And now, of course, the fever. Biology is not unlike the Net, in the sense that it's impressive it so much as works in the first place.

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amplitude: jittery
frequency: Elend - Winds Devouring Men: Away From Barren Stars
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