Friday, March 24, 2006

What are YOU doing to get there?

During these last days I have been browsing across a number of transhumanist blogs and websites. The funny thing is that most of what can be found is just hype and unrealistic babble. Most of the people are just supporters. Transhumanism seems to be a heavily backed ideology, at least in verbal terms. However, there doesn't seem to be much real activity, at least from these enthusiastic supporters that seem to abound. It's okay not to be able to help. It's okay even to only do advocacy. But it would be much more useful and satisfying to contribute in more substantial ways to make true one's beliefs. Some substantial contributions can be:

  • Economical (money donations, if you have no ideas you can try the Methuselah Mouse Prize)
  • Intellectual (sound ideas for feasible developments)
  • Service (direct work on scientific or technologic advances)
So, if you say that you are a transhumanist, which kind of transhumanist are you? And, if you are the kind of transhumanist that is less effective, which can you do to change this situation?

YOU can make the difference, but only if you go and do what has to be done. Don't wait for someone else to do it.

If you believe that something needs to be done, go and do it.

And, if you are one of those most effective transhumanists, be sure that you are not alone, and that you count with my sincere respect.

1 Comments:

At 11:24 AM, Blogger James Garry said...

I share your frustration. Here's my stance, for what it's worth. A long long time ago I was an academic. I littered the solar system and thought little of the Earth. Repeated exposure to Drexler/Kurzweil and much thought has led me to start my own firm so that I can become independently wealthy enough to actively work on Singularity technologies. But these can and should be cooperative projects - too many lone workers leads to a lot of thrashing and little progress.

Thoughts welcome - especially around diy AFMs and mechanism design at nanoscales.

 

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