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I am an evolutionary anthropologist, futurist, and science writer. These interests collide on The Advanced Apes, my website and channel. With The Advanced Apes I attempt to explore the intersections between biological, cultural, and technological evolution in order to better understand the future of our species on the scale of deep time. I spend a lot of time on hubski and twitter. If you want to contact me, my email is: cadell.last@gmail.com.

"For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And along the way, lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you." - Neil deGrasse Tyson (Astrophysicist)


"The purpose of science is not to cure us of our sense of mystery and wonder, but to constantly reinvent and reinvigorate it."

- Robert Sapolsky (primatologist)


“Science, evolution, anthropology, and history are all on the same side. The other side is where the anti-intellectuals and ideologues are, and have always been, the ones who either don’t understand evolution themselves, or are knowingly misrepresenting its implications to the public.”

– Jonathan Marks (biological anthropologist)


"Cosmologists argue about whether the [universe] will end in [a Big Crunch or a Big Rip], but this does not take into account the power of intelligence, as if its emergence were just an entertaining sideshow to the grand celestial mechanics that now rule the universe."

- Ray Kurzweil (futurist)


"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."

- Charles Darwin (evolutionary biologist)

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Thanks b_b -- I'm all good. Actually the scary thing is that the Maelbeek/Schuman metro area is a line I take everyday. Luckily I have a pretty bad flu today so I decided to stay in...

Ya, I share a practically identical perspective.

Agreed. As soon as I read that I had the same reaction.

    Have you listened to the other conversation in that post? it goes into a lot more detail.

I know what I'm going to do tonight! Thanks for the link :)

    I think that this is basically the best argument for "mincome" or something like it. There are, in the not too distant future, going to be people who aren't just unemployed, they are unemployable. We will be in a "post-scarcity economy"

I, of course -- (I am not a monster!) -- I support Universal Basic Income (UBI). But I think the whole notion and societal conversation of a UBI suggests to me that there is something far more serious and fundamental that is wrong with our socioeconomic system (not that that is news...) and that we need to go beyond money, whatever, post-money, eventually. I think eventually it will be unnecessary and there will be a more effective and humane ways to build trust and collaboration between humans and the networks of AI/AGI that emerge throughout the century. Even sharing economy and gift economy models of organization are surprisingly varied and abundant, I have been looking more into different entities that function without money, and there are many of them! One of my favourite examples is, and I have used it quite a lot now, is couch surfing. It totally functions, it could of course function better, but it totally functions just on altruism and reputation systems, which enable a type of social trust without any money exchanging hands. I think there are signs for optimism here.

I think C.G.P Grey's "Humans Need Not Apply" video was a cultural moment. For people who had been following general singularity theory for some time all this is not news, but now that the wave of technological innovation is disrupting basic functioning of civilization in regards to -- I think the key categories of disruption include labour, property, and state -- now it will affect the way people in general imagine themselves and their relation to society.

The processes of change is on our side!

Shouldn't be too long... I even don't care about paywalls for the journals I've published in, I anyway make the paper available for free and no one at the journal has ever contacted me.

EDIT: but maybe if I was a bigger name in academia etc. they would pay more attention to that act of rebellion...

    The truth of the matter is that our national identities are competing with our identities that don't benefit from geopolitical boundaries.

I agree, but now the burden falls on us to affirm that this process, of our national (bounded) societal identity undergoing a processual transition towards an online (open) societal identity, is irreversible. In this sense what is important is not ultimately the identity but rather guiding the process of differentiation leading to higher degrees of freedom and expression.

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    Absolutely. Not necessarily bitcoin specifically, but something like it.

This is my general impression as well. It seems like a general case with a big innovation that the particular content of the innovation is not that important (i.e. in this case bit coin), but that the universal property (i.e. in this case digital currencies supported on a system of open, transparent trust) nonetheless presents us with an immanent emergence.

    replacing traditional agents of trust

Would be nice. Of course it is ironic to consider our current "agents of trust" as such. I think the existence of money itself is an explicit sign of mistrust.

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I am more interested in what you think of blockchain technology. Do you think it could facilitate a transition to a world of trade that can more accurately track value of human interactions with a foundation of trust and reputation?


It's a good point. And the idea of the mind as a quantum field metaphor is now getting more attention in cognitive psychology.

It's a pretty ambitious prediction, and not your typical crazy prediction, i.e. "sometime in the next 20 years" (short enough to peak our attention but long enough away to be forgotten if it doesn't happen) -- so we can see if they succeed! Would be amazing!

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What's your speculation on the reason?

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