I am sitting in the freakiest lecture on Arificial Intelligence and Transhumanism at the World Futurist Society annual conference exposing creativity, imagination, ideas, streams of consciousness, soul, spirituality as coded patterns that can be recreated through perceptron and imagitrons and through addition of memory and chemistry like adrenaline or seratonin or dopamine. This guy, Dr Stephen Thaler, CEO of Imagination Machines Inc is now explaining how death occurs, including people who have had “afterlife” experiences in near death. It’s both fascinating and depressing. Our reality is basically all virtual!He is now explaining God or Deity as synaptic integration or cosmic schizophrenia resulting from faulty neural networks – a topological rift. Man, this is weird stuff but fascinating to contemplate this self-organizing synthetic brain which is predicted to be free of the faults that our brains have! ( apparently it’s not terribly ambitious to just simulate the human brain!) The ethics and judicial implications for arbitrarily complex systems and the pathologies therein are mind-boggling. Seems we could re-pattern through messianic capabilities of the Creativity Machines unsocial behavior and reinvent the economy and work. Pinch me, am I dreaming this?