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Published on Nov 5, 2013, by the Singularity University channel:
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FM-2030: Are You A Transhuman?
FM-2030, born Fereidoun M. Esfandiary, changed his name to FM-2030 because he felt that conventional names “define a person’s past – ancestry, ethnicity, nationality, religion. I am not who I was ten years ago and certainly not who I will be in twenty years.” He believed that in the year 2030, humanity would be ageless – immortal.
FM-2030 was an optimistic futurist. His strong convictions around immortality were accompanied by his belief that in the future, as technology strengthens, the world will become a more abundant place. He believed that if humanity were rid of its primal “survival emotions” (inherent through our fragile mortality but dismissible through the acceleration of technology) we could become more accepting, loving, and peaceful. In his writing, his technological predictions were quite prescient – some of his early predictions include the widespread use of bionics, smartphones, telemedicine and telebanking.
This video features real audio of FM recorded at UCLA in 1994, six years prior to his death from pancreatic cancer. Since 2000, FM has been cryogenically suspended, per his wishes, at Alcor Life Extension Foundation in hopes that someday soon, we’ll have the technology to reanimate him.
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Published on Nov 5, 2013 by British Institute of Posthuman Studies
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We investigate three dominant areas of transhumanism: super longevity, super intelligence and super wellbeing, and briefly cover the ideas of thinkers Aubrey de Grey, Ray Kurzweil and David Pearce.
PostHuman: An Introduction to Transhumanism is the first of our planned video series on transhumanism, titled PostHuman.
Written by: Peter Brietbart and Marco Vega
Animation & Design Lead: Many Artists Who Do One Thing
Animation Script: Mihai Badic and Peter Brietbart
Narrated by: Holly Hagan-Walker
Music and SFX: Steven Gamble
Design Assistant: Melita Pupsaite
Additional Animation: Nicholas Temple
Other Contributors: Callum Round, Asifuzzaman Ahmed, Steffan Dafydd, Ben Kokolas
Special Thanks: David Pearce, Dino Kazamia, Ana Sandoiu, Dave Gamble, Tom Davis, Aidan Walker, Hani Abusamra, Keita Lych