[ExI] The Excitement-Disillusionment-Reorientation cycle of online transhumanism

Jimmy Adams jadams.neuro at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 5 19:30:52 UTC 2009

This is my first post here, it has been interesting to read the
emails.  A couple of years ago I wrote a screenplay'>http://www.simplyscripts.com/scripts/21stcenturykids.html">screenplay based on Shannon Vyff's book "21st Century Kids"  It is a story that has
transhumanic themes written for children. There was no interest for it in
Hollywood. I found a director who had a degree from UCLA Film School
and owns a Production company in Estonia, but he wants cash to make the
film. Nobody wants to buy the script or put it on "option". It is a fun
story that has aliens, cryonics, uploaded dolphins, uploaded humans and a space adventure. Natasha's PRIMO Posthuman is also a character in the script. Read it
and see what you think. If you know anybody who won the lottery or has
a few extra 100 million dollars (special effects aren't cheap, and this
screenplay has a lot of them!) let us know. Shannon's kids are the
right age to star in the movie now. :)

21st Century Kids screenplay: WGAE Registration code #VQEA1BD9428; July 2007

Please tell us more about your project. Do you have a screenplay?

Take Care

From: Florent Berthet <florent.berthet at gmail.com>
To: ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2009 10:42:55 AM
Subject: Re: [ExI] The Excitement-Disillusionment-Reorientation cycle of online transhumanism

Very true. We have to be effective. Maybe we should focus on discussions about what we can do and how we can do it?

So I'm asking everybody : according to you, what are the most important things you want to see achieved, and what are your plans to get them done ?

My idea, as I spoke about in the "I am now a creationist" thread, is to make "a great transhuman utopian movie, where things actually GO well, and about which people would think "Wow, if only we could have that!". Then, it could only be a matter of time before some rich folks start to fund things like the Singularity Institute and other AGI related projects. Because now, obviously, they are not moved by these ideas. It seems like we can't convince rich guys to give money using clever arguments. And since they don't think that funding an AGI project will make them earn money, the only way to make them give anyway is to use feelings. Indeed, they may see the act of giving money as charity. But you don't manage charity with arguments, you manage it with tears, whether they are tears of sadness, or tears of hope. You don't make people give money to the starving children by saying "thousands of them die each day". You make them give money by showing them a
 picture of ONE starving little girl. That's the way it is. We have to use the power of pictures. This would be the most effective way to expand this movement around the world."

It will take several years and a massive amount of work and money, but I'm currently on it.

Anyway that's my project. What's yours ?

- Florent Berthet

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