“2045, Rapture of the Nerds!” A public lecture in Trondheim, Norway

Singularity Is Near KurzweilIf you’re in Trondheim next week, I am giving a public lecture on some aspects of the transhumanist movement. It’s organized by the excellent club- and lecture initiative Forum Nidarosiae. The lecture will be in Norwegian, but I attach an English translation of title and  blurb below:

2045: Rapture of the Nerds!

On the Transhuman Apocalypse and the New New Age.

What does nanorobots, artificial intelligence and space colonization got to do with the New Age? Increasingly more, according to Egil Asprem. That human beings possess the ability to transform their own nature to something higher, better, and more perfect has been a central conception in western esoteric religion. That such a transformation can be achieved through purely technological means has been a favourite topic for science fiction, and an expressed goal for self-professed transhumanists. What happens when esoterically oriented spirituality blends and mixes with a technologically oriented transhumanism?

This evening we will look closer at the emergence of a transhuman spirituality with apocalyptic and esoteric features. The list of contributors to this development includes a broad variety of people, from Silicon Valley technologists to well-known New Age prophets, a Russian billionaire, and a group of technophile Mormons. Central is the notion of a coming apocalyptic event, expected around the year 2045: The Singularity. But will we be transformed to godlike cyborg angels, or swallowed by grey goo?

There’s only one way to find out.

The lecture is based on material I presented as a conference paper at ESSWE4 earlier this year (you may find the draft ms here).

The evening is arranged by Forum Nidarosiae, and will take place in the basement of Tulla Fischer. Doors open at 19.00, and cc is 50,00 NOK. Check the event page on Facebook.


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  1. Wish I were in Trondheim to attend. I actually am a founding member of the Mormon Transhumanist Association and just moved from Oslo after a 3.5 year stint there.

    • Hi Carl, that’s very cool. Would’ve been great if you were there, as I would love to learn more about the fascinating organisation you helped found. It will be mentioned in the lecture.

  2. Hi, – your paper, “The Magus of..”, inspired, – or provoked.. me to write a short blog-post: http://transhumanisten.com/2013/09/05/transhumanist-existentialist-progressive-dreamer/

    A commenter is a little upset and says, for instance:

    “..at some point I have to seriously question whether these people even read Kurzweil before they smear him with such labels as ‘esoteric’ or ‘mystic’ or ‘techie evangelist’ or ‘nerd rapture-ist’

    Care to answer him yourself..?

    • I’ve replied on your blog. Thanks for notifying, and following up.

  3. […] a few annoyed transhumanist reactions) – several requests for spinoffs. First of this was a public lecture in the occulturally oriented Forum Nidarosiae in Trondheim. There’s also been interest from more old-fashioned humanists (the type […]

  4. […] take long in the vicinity of high tech’s ground zero, but here it is: my occasional work on transhumanism is getting a new spin. It appears I’m scheduled to speak at a transhumanist […]

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