Giulio Prisco

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Giulio Prisco (born in Naples in 1957) is an Italian information technology virtual reality consultant;[1][2][3] as well as a writer, futurist,[4] transhumanist, [5] and cosmist.[6][7] He is an advocate of cryonics[8] and contributes to the science and technology online magazine Tendencias21.[9] He produced teleXLR8, an online talk program using virtual reality and video conferencing, and focused on highly imaginative science and technology.[10][11] He writes and speaks on a wide range of topics,[12] including science, information technology, emerging technologies, virtual worlds, space exploration and futurology.[13]

Prisco's ideas on virtual realities, technological immortality, mind uploading, and new scientific religions are extensively featured in the OUP books "Apocalyptic AI - Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality"[14] and "Virtually Sacred - Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life".[15] Prisco's ideas are also extensively featured in the 2017 book "Dynamic Secularization - Information Technology and the Tension Between Religion and Science"[16] and the 2019 book "Transhumanism - Engineering the Human Condition: History, Philosophy and Current Status",[17] both published by Springer.

Formerly a researcher at CERN, a staff member at the European Space Agency, and a senior manager at the European Union Satellite Centre Prisco is a physicist and computer scientist. He served as a member on the board of directors of World Transhumanist Association, of which he was temporarily executive director, and the board of directors of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies,[18] from which he resigned in 2021.[19] He is currently the president of the Associazione Italiana Transumanisti.[20] He is also a founding member of the Order of Cosmic Engineers, and the Turing Church,[21][22] fledgling organizations which claim that the benefits of a technological singularity, which would come from accelerating change, should or would be viable alternatives to the promises of major religious groups.[23][24][25][26][27][28]

Prisco has been repeatedly at odds with technocritic Dale Carrico who argues that transhumanism is technological utopianism turned into a new religious movement.[29] Prisco agrees but counters that transhumanism is an “unreligion” because it offers many of the benefits of religion without its drawbacks.[30]

Published works[edit]

Books[edit]

Prisco has published two books. The first, published in 2018 and again in 2020 with its second edition, is titled, "Tales of the Turing Church: Hacking religion, enlightening science, awakening technology".[31] The second book, published in 2021, is titled "Futurist spaceflight meditations".[32]

Book chapters[edit]

Prisco has also written the chapter "Transcendent Engineering" for the 2013 book "The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future"[33] and the chapter "Future Evolution of Virtual Worlds as Communication Environments" in the 2010 Springer book "Online Worlds: Convergence of the Real and the Virtual".[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mi otra vida virtual, El Pais".
  2. ^ "Mondes virtuels, Web de demain ?".
  3. ^ "SECOND LIFE : PUBLICIDAD DE PÍXEL". Archived from the original on 2007-11-02.
  4. ^ "The Ci'NUM Designers of Tomorrow". Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
  5. ^ "Giulio Prisco's blog".
  6. ^ Sirius, R.U. Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity. ISBN 978-1938875090.
  7. ^ "Everything That Rises".
  8. ^ "La eternidad no empieza aquí… por ahora".
  9. ^ "Tendencias21".
  10. ^ "TeleXLR8 wants to be the "TED" for virtual worlds".
  11. ^ "MIND and MAN: Getting Mental with Giulio Prisco".
  12. ^ "Future and You podcast, Feb 20th 2008".
  13. ^ "Globalization and Open Source Nano Economy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-29.
  14. ^ Geraci, Robert M. Apocalyptic AI - Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality. ISBN 978-0-19-539302-6.
  15. ^ Geraci, Robert M. Virtually Sacred - Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life. ISBN 9780199344697.
  16. ^ Bainbridge, William Sims. Dynamic Secularization - Information Technology and the Tension Between Religion and Science. ISBN 978-3-319-56502-6.
  17. ^ Manzocco, Roberto. Transhumanism - Engineering the Human Condition: History, Philosophy and Current Status. ISBN 978-3-030-04958-4.
  18. ^ "Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies bio page for Giulio Prisco".
  19. ^ "I have resigned from the IEET Board of Directors".
  20. ^ "Associazione Italiana Transumanisti: Umanesimo Scientifico: intervista a Giulio Prisco".
  21. ^ "Turing Church - WRSP".
  22. ^ "'Blessed by the algorithm': Theistic conceptions of artificial intelligence in online discourse (2020)".
  23. ^ "Order of Cosmic Engineers". Archived from the original on 2008-09-14.
  24. ^ "Secondhand Smoke: Give Me That New Transhumanist Religion".
  25. ^ "Giulio Prisco To Present in Second Life Conference on the Future of Religion". Archived from the original on 2008-08-20.
  26. ^ "Un universo paralelo (y digital)". Archived from the original on 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  27. ^ "Technological Transcendence: An Interview with Giulio Prisco".
  28. ^ "Ten Cosmist Convictions (Mostly by Giulio Prisco)".
  29. ^ "Amor Mundi: Giulio Prisco's Defense of Superlative Nonsense".
  30. ^ "Transhumanist spirituality, again".
  31. ^ Prisco, Giulio. Tales of the Turing Church: Hacking religion, enlightening science, awakening technology. ISBN 979-8610545066.
  32. ^ Prisco, Giulio. Futurist spaceflight meditations. ISBN 979-8514323104.
  33. ^ More, Max. The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future. ISBN 978-1118334317.
  34. ^ Bainbridge, William Sims. Online Worlds: Convergence of the Real and the Virtual. ISBN 978-1-84882-825-4.

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