Carl Teichrib, editor of the "Forcing Change" journal, drove for two days to attend the recent Transhumanism and Spirituality conference sponsored by the Mormon Transhumanist Association in Salt Lake City UT. Afterward, he wrote a review of the conference in his journal and discussed his experience in an interview on the "View from the Bunker" radio show hosted by Derek Bilbert. In both the written review and the radio interview, Carl demonstrates himself to be thoughtful and articulate. Most of the information he provides is accurate, even if he occasionally demonstrates an inclination toward sensationalism over completeness. Some of the observations he makes are also quite insightful, making for an interesting read. Below are some brief thoughts in response to portions of his review and interview.
Yesterday, I presented a case study on cloud computing security at the Cloud Security Alliance Congress 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Below are the notes I put together in preparation for my presentation. The conference was technically oriented, so I didn't comment on futurism or philosophy. However, it's worth noting here that cloud computing is a significant manifestation of accelerating technological change. Our computers are not only becoming individually faster and less expensive, but together (metaphorically as a cloud) they are also becoming increasingly redundant and distributed -- increasingly like biological brains. So, to make the technical read more philosophically interesting, you might consider whether this case study is a rudimentary example of how to ensure mental health in the future.