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Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient AI – Terasem Colloquium in Second Life, December 10

Check this out (Second Life meetings are interesting):

The 2015 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons, themed “Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient AI” will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on December 10, with Zoltan Istvan and Jack Sarfatti among the speakers.

Each year on December 10th, International Human Rights Day, Terasem conducts a Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons.
The event seeks to provide the public with informed perspectives
regarding the legal rights and obligations of “futuristic persons” via
VR events with expert presentations and discussions. Terasem hopes to
facilitate development of
“a body of law covering the rights and obligations of
entities that transcend, and yet encompass, conventional conceptions of
It’s more and more evident that humanity and technology will
co-evolve, with organic life enhanced by synthetic biology and
artificial intelligence, and artificial life powered by mind grafts from
human uploads, blending more and more until it will be impossible – and
pointless – to tell which is which. The first generations of futuristic
persons – sentient Artificial Intelligences (AIs), human mind uploads,
and hybrids – are coming, and it’s important to prepare the way.
Current-generation virtual worlds like Second Life are, of course,
very primitive compared with the future virtual worlds where many
futuristic persons will live. Next-generation platforms like Philip
Rosedales High Fidelity and Linden Lab’s Project Sansar
are coming in 2016 with support for immersive Virtual Reality (VR)
headsets and interfaces, which is likely to trigger a new, massive wave
of interest in virtual worlds. Come to the 2015 Colloquium in Second
Life, and get ready for future Terasem events in next-generation virtual

The 2015 Colloquium will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2015, 10AM
– 1PM PST / 1PM – 4PM EST / 6PM – 9PM GMT. Like other events sponsored
by Terasem, the Colloquium is professionally organized by Terasem
founder Martine Rothblatt and a team led by Loraine Rhodes.
The impressive list of speakers includes Zoltan Istvan, author of “The Transhumanist Wager” and Candidate for the US Presidency with the Transhumanist Party USA, which recently stirred controversies in the futurist community, and Jack Sarfatti, the maverick physicist featured in “How the Hippies Saved Physics” – quantum physics and the psychedelic youth culture of the seventies rolled together, with a dazzle of faster-than-light communications and time travel via quantum weirdness.
We will post frequent updates with more detailed information, help
for newcomers to Second Life, complete speakers list, schedule,
abstracts, profiles and interviews with the speakers. I look forward to
seeing you in Second Life on December 10, and I am available for live


I was at the meeting, but suffered technical problems that disallowed me to listen to the speakers all the time. Fortunately, a YouTube video of the event was released recently:

Especially the last speaker brought up some interesting ideas about extending the mind through the cloud, but of course that’s my own preference. You may find a lot of value in all of the presentations, depending on your fields of interest.