Dialogue between Thomas Lombardo and Victor V. Motti
One of the most frequently explored and important themes in science fiction is the future evolution of humanity and more broadly the conscious mind -- since in the future the human mind could be transcended by some type of intelligence and mentality beyond our present level. We begin in this YouTube dialogue a series of planned discussions on this provocative area of speculation. We examine "artificial intelligence" and computers/robots with conscious minds. We look at how we might purposefully evolve ourselves biologically and psychologically in the future. Tom discusses the giant brains postulated in Stapledon's Last and First Men and Nat Schachner's Ecco Homo, and the importance of envisioning holistic evolution, rather than simply intellectual evolution. We also discuss theories of consciousness, the mind, the physical world, and the connection of the brain with consciousness. We talk about alien minds/modes of intelligence based on biochemistries and physical forms very different than life on earth. More to come in later episodes.