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What does your utopian future look like?

Is your utopia a capitalist or socialist economy? Doyou allow freedom? Is the world you know embrace technology but still in touch with culture and tradition and religion? Are yoir people left brained robots, right brained artist, or both.? Do you have a world federation or an earth confederacy? What is your world like by the year 2150?

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    May 17 2013: I just traveled back in time from 2150 to reply to your message, because I thought it was a great question. The singularity as you now refer to it really will happen for you. The global intelligence emerged out of our interconnected minds, aided with advanced computing devices and material science in its infancy in your time. Shortly after the global intelligence emerged, we discovered the cure to all diseases and aging, all the energy we could need, and we discovered how to move our consciousness into the cloud. At that point humanity divided into two. Half opted for immortality in the cloud - we call ourselves Immortals now, and the other half opted to live and die of natural causes - they call themselves Naturals.

    We've just figured out how to incarnate as developing humans fetuses - the ideal time is right around week 6 or 7. Once incarnated, we are born, live a whole life, and then recover the consciousness upon death. Some of us are choosing to reincarnate in human form now and live among the Naturals. Our rule though is that when incarnated, you lose all memory of your immortal soul, and no immortal can communicate with you.

    We've become a level 1 civilization and are starting to explore the nearby galaxy, as we can travel at high rates of acceleration now in cyber bodies which let's us travel using relativistic time dilation. I won't ruin the surprise for you about what we've discovered out there so far.

    We've reached the point where we have enough ways of backing up consciousness, that you don't need to worry about losing it. You've always got a good backup.

    Our social structure in the cloud is so different from Naturals' social structures that it's hard to describe concisely, but you might think of it as a world wide civilization in realtime touch with everyone else at the same time, and a culture of living in harmony and love. And such adventures!
    • May 17 2013: This gives me the chills... wish I could be there to see it all.
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        May 17 2013: If you are young enough, it's quite possible you could be there to see it all, if you opt for the immortality part. Many people don't want that for themselves. Ray Kurzweil, the guy who popularized the term 'The Singularity', thinks he may be young enough at age 65.
        • May 18 2013: No thank you, D! Immortality would not be part of my utopia, that's for sure!!
          Perhaps I could see it on a different level, not as a separate human being, but as a unified part of the earth...
    • May 18 2013: i seek understanding....in 2150, there is still the perception of a separate Self?.....separate from others? separate from nature? Separate from the universe and, in a sense, the Center of the Universe? What is its function? I like Ray. :-)
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        May 19 2013: Here in 2150 we have found that maintaining the illusion of a separate self is necessary for evolving consciousness. The global mind also has its own illusion of a separate self, as being separate from the rest of the universe. The whole universe is conscious, every rock and tree and moon, even empty space.

        When we disconnect from the global consciousness to go exploring, the sense of self is invaluable. Also, we have found that each consciousness will evolve differently and that diversity gives the whole global consciousness strength.
    • May 19 2013: I use to call it cyber-world to my kids. Long before any cloud but the principal was immortality on a chip. Living in a virtual world gave you unlimited power to replicate anything you wanted to experience. At some point you would become so bored, wonder about death and curse the back up systems that disabled any opportunity to pull the plug.
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        May 19 2013: Hi Thor,

        Cyber-world is a good word for it, but we are not limited to living a virtual reality. We are exploring our galactic neighborhood and what we have discovered so far is more interesting than the cyber-worlds we create. There is so much out there to explore, experience, and learn that I can't imagine being bored any time soon. But then again time is infinite, so we have a few choices should someone choose de-animation, or death.

        Although your consciousness is backed up, we do not need to restore that backup should all the living, functioning copies of yourself cease (die). We also have a way of hitting the pause button on your consciousness, which effectively gives you death.

        There is another option too which some find compelling. They choose incarnation in a human body and when that body eventually dies, we recover your consciousness and we ask you if you would like to return to the cloud and global consciousness, or if you choose, we can pull the plug at that point.

        So you've got the plug in your own hands and can pull it whenever you like.
    • May 19 2013: Our world's seem different but for some reason it doesn't sound like much changed!

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