Ep. 17 - William Gillis on Anarcho-Transhumanism

In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea is joined by anarcho-transhumanist William Gillis. William currently serves as Coordinating Director of the Center for a Stateless Society and an editor of “Anarcho-Transhuman - A Journal of Radical Possibility & Striving”. His writing can also be found on his personal page, Human Iterations. We discuss the concept of anarcho-transhumanism, William’s past as a primitivist, existential risk, AI, and more.

It’s time for your frequent disclaimer that the thoughts of the guests on this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views of Future Grind or myself. I disagreed with quite a bit of what William said, but I think that he’s addressing some very important topics, makes some great points, and is definitely worth learning from.

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Show Notes

  • What is anarcho-transhumanism? [2:00]
  • How William discovered transhumanism [3:03]
  • How William shifted from primitivism to transhumanism [5:05]
  • Anarcho-Transhuman: A Journal of Radical Possibility & Striving [7:50]
  • Anarcho-Transhuman Issue #4: Space? [9:04]
  • Ubiquitous nukes & printing AR-15s [10:50]
  • Choices: Primitivism, Authoritarianism, Extinction, or Anarchism [15:00]
  • Ryan's Opinion: the utopian anarchist future is unlikely and flawed [20:00]
  • Complexity & the Social Singularity [22:04]
  • Humans as predictable machines [26:26]
  • An anarchist’s thoughts on transhumanist politics [27:27]
  • Thoughts on an AI government [29:00]
  • The potential of blockchain, cryptocurrency, & DAOs [32:22]
  • Resources to learn more about anarchism & anarcho-transhumanism [34:55]
  • Where to find William and his work [37:23]

Mentioned

Fermi Paradox
Zoltan Istvan, The Transhumanist Party
Peter Gelderloos
- Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation
- Anarchy Works: Examples of Anarchist Ideas in Practice
Kevin Carson
- Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective
- The Desktop Regulatory State
- Studies in Mutualist Political Economy
Elinor Ostrom
Voltairine de Cleyre
Errico Malatesta
Blueshifted.net
"An Anarcho-Transhumanist Manifesto"

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Ep. 15 - Aaron Traywick of Ascendance Biomedical

In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Ascendance Biomedical CEO Aaron Traywick. Aaron is a controversial figure that seeks to democratize access to unregulated, experimental, and some would say potentially dangerous medical treatments and enhancements. An experimental HIV treatment that his company created is currently being tested in a human, and Aaron recently made headlines when he injected himself with an experimental herpes treatment while one stage at the BDYHAX human augmentation conference in Austin. He hopes to prove these treatments safe and them make them available to others who would like to access them.

Warning: Self-administering any type of unregulated gene-therapy or other treatment is risky. Anything that Aaron mentions during this interview should be viewed as experimental research compounds not intended for human use. I encourage you to consult your doctor with any questions.

Despite the controversy surrounding Aaron and his work, I feel that this conversation is an important one to have. I was very interested in his background and the philosophy behind his work, and I think that you will be as well. For better or worse, DIY gene therapy will only continue to grow. Aaron has positioned himself near the forefront of this movement, and I think we’d all be better served if we understood more about it.

Find Aaron on Facebook here.

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Show Notes

  • Aaron’s interest in tackling aging [2:02]
  • Exploring South America & the work of Timothy Leary [4:13]
  • Founding the Global Healthspan Policy Institute [6:01]
  • The goal of Ascendance Biomedical [12:55]
  • Aaron’s educational background [14:03]
  • Thoughts on transhumanism & transhumanist politics [15:51]
  • Aaron doesn’t identify as a transhumanist or biohacker [17:21]
  • Problems with traditional medicine & DIY home medicine for everyone [18:25]
  • Concern about human trials of experimental treatments [22:25]
  • The controversial injection onstage at BDYHAX [24:44]
  • Update on Tristan Roberts experimental HIV treatment [31:11]
  • Expansion to Venezuela; Metrics for success [33:03]
  • The FDA statement & regulation [36:14]
  • The future of Ascendance Biomedical [42:13]
  • Departure of talent & current team [45:08]
  • Future projects & public voting platform [45:39]
  • Personal steps Aaron is taking to combat aging [47:02]
  • How to reach out & follow along with Aaron [49:20]

Mentioned

Robert Anton Wilson
Timothy Leary
Global Healthspan Policy Institute
Edwina Rogers
Methuselah Foundation
Kevin Perrot
SENS Research Foundation
Dr. Nir Barzilai, Dr. Judith Campisi, Dr. Gordon Lithgow, Dr. S. Jay Olshansky
Metformin
Jonas Salk
Tristan Roberts
Ford Fischer's News2Share Live Stream
Josiah Zayner, The ODIN
FDA Statement - "Information About Self-Administration of Gene Therapy"
Tim Ferriss' book Tools of Titans
Dom D’Agostino
Rapamycin
Dr. James Kirkland Study

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Ep. 14 - Gene Editing and Nanorobotics with Justin Atkin of The Thought Emporium

In this episode of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Justin Atkin of The Thought Emporium. The Thought Emporium is a popular YouTube channel that shares videos exploring scientific concepts and cutting edge research on everything from nanotechnology to genetics and chemistry to biohacking. Justin also helps to operate Scihouse, the community science lab currently based in Jacksonville. He’s an entrepreneur and scientist with active projects involving nanorobotics, genetic engineering, and more.

Find Justin on Instagram here.

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Show Notes

  • What Justin Does [1:21]
  • What is The Thought Emporium? [2:44]
  • Supercapacitors, genetic engineering, & the desire to eat pizza [3:28]
  • Radio Telescopes, Planck’s Constant, & Kombucha Leather [4:53]
  • A replacement for magnet implants [6:14]
  • A possible treatment for lactose intolerance [10:39]
  • Solving incurable diseases & bringing a product to market [12:45]
  • The importance of open source [14:19]
  • Patents & the Fireflies project [16:4]
  • Scihouse [18:58]
  • How Justin discovered science & technology [23:23]
  • Molten sulfur, high explosives, & the risk of blowing yourself up [27:56]
  • Biohacking & technological augmentation [30:35]
  • YouTube channels to watch [31:38]

Mentioned

Gabriel Licina
Biohack.me
BDYHAX
Justin’s YouTube Recommendations
- NurdRage
- Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
- Clickspring
Ryan’s YouTube Recommendations
- Vsauce
- Cody’sLab
- G3AR - 'GreekGadgetGuru'
- Shots of Awe
Antikythera Mechanism

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Ep. 7 - The Ethics of Experimentation with Alex Pearlman

In this episode of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O'Shea interviews bioethicist and journalist Alex Pearlman about the ethics of experimentation, the future of gene editing technology (including CRISPR/Cas9), inclusivity in futurism, and more. Alex is currently receiving an advanced degree in bioethics from King's College London and has written extensively on the subject of gene editing and human enhancement for outlets such as New Scientist, International Business TimesBoston MagazineViceMotherboardAl JazeeraWBURPRI's The World, and more.

Note - Alex is a new mom, so you may hear some (remarkably cute) baby noises in the background of this podcast.

Find Alex online - alexpearlman.com@lexikon1

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Show Notes

  • What a bioethicist does  [1:09]
  • How do academics react to biohacking? [2:02]
  • Why Alex considers herself a biohacker [3:13]
  • The crossover between medicine & biohacking [5:35]
  • Alex’s experience with an implant and ultimate rejection [7:59]
  • How regimented should biohacking experimentation be? [11:37]
  • How CRISPR piqued her interest in human augmentation [14:53]
  • Which biohacking techniques will be most impactful? [16:34]
  • The precedent set by cosmetic surgery [18:40]
  • The risk of gene editing for nefarious purposes [21:25]
  • Risk of government & corporate overreach [27:40]
  • Accessibility and inclusivity in Transhumanism and Futurism [29:08]
  • America or the UK, which is more futurist friendly? [35:28]
  • The Ethics of Experimentation [37:45]
  • What’s next for Alex [39:37 ]
  • The future of reproductive health [40:24]
  • Where to find Alex [43:46]

Mentioned

Zoltan Istvan
The Transhumanist Party
Tim Cannon
Grindhouse Wetware
Motherboard, "DIY Cyborg"
CRISPR
George Church
Alex Pearlman, "The Ethics of Experimentation: Ethical Cybernetic Enhancements"

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Ep. 6 - Predicting the Future with Entrepreneur Rohit Bhargava

In this episode of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O'Shea interviews well known author and entrepreneur Rohit Bhargava about his strategies for curating trends and predicting the future. Rohit is also a professor at Georgetown University, and is known for coining the term Social Media Optimization. We dive into the new edition of his annual Trends Report, Non-Obvious, where we discuss the future of healthcare, invisible technology, self-aware data, the outsider effect, and more.

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Show Notes

  • How to collect ideas and cash them in. [1:20]
  • The added risk (and value) of near-term predictions [1:52]
  • What is a “Trend”? [3:45]
  • Benefit of the “outsider” & studying people [5:15]
  • Rohit’s method of finding trends [7:45]
  • Predicting the Trump phenomena [13:40]
  • Invisible Technology and Self Aware Data [15:19]
  • Interacting with Tech & Self-Driving Cars [17:10]
  • The E-Patient and Algorithm Healthcare [19:12]
  • Tips to prepare for and take advantage of the coming trends [21:35]
  • Moonshot Entrepreneurship and the social good [22:30]
  • The Hunger Games, Star Wars, & Fierce Femininity [22:50]
  • Keeping Focus & Making Time as an Entrepreneur [27:15]
  • The Value of Storytelling [28:05]
  • Importance of mental breaks [31:18]
  • How anyone can predict trends [32:25]

Mentioned

Elon Musk
Ray Kurzweil
Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants & The Inevitable
Martin Lindstrom, Small Data
James Gleick, Time Travel
Richard Branson
MIT Media Lab's DuoSkin
Amazon's Alexa, Google Home, Microsoft's Cortana, and Apple's Siri
Uber Advanced Technologies Center
Slate Organ Shortage Article

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