Giulio Prisco

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Giulio Prisco, born in Naples (Italy) in 1957, is an Italian information technology virtual reality consultant;[1][2][3] as well as a writer, futurist,[4] and transhumanist.[5] He is an advocate of cryonics[6] and contributes to the science and technology online magazine Tendencias21.[7] He produces teleXLR8, an online talk program using virtual reality and video conferencing, and focused on highly imaginative science and technology.[8][9] He writes and speaks on a wide range of topics,[10] including science, information technology, emerging technologies, virtual worlds, space exploration and futurology.[11] Prisco's ideas on virtual realities, technological immortality, mind uploading, and new scientific religions are extensively featured in the OUP book "Apocalyptic AI - Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality".[12]

Formerly a senior manager in the European Space Agency, 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 continues to serve as a member on the board of directors of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies [13] and of the Associazione Italiana Transumanisti.[14] He is also a founding member of the Order of Cosmic Engineers, and the Turing Church, 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.[15][16][17][18][19][20]

Prisco has been repeatedly at odds with technocritic Dale Carrico who argues that transhumanism is technological utopianism turned into a new religious movement.[21] Prisco agrees but counters that transhumanism is an “unreligion” because it offers many of the benefits of religion without its drawbacks.[22]

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  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".
  5. ^ "Giulio Prisco's blog".
  6. ^ "La eternidad no empieza aquí… por ahora".
  7. ^ "Tendencias21".
  8. ^ "TeleXLR8 wants to be the "TED" for virtual worlds".
  9. ^ "MIND and MAN: Getting Mental with Giulio Prisco".
  10. ^ "Future and You podcast, Feb 20th 2008".
  11. ^ "Globalization and Open Source Nano Economy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-29.
  12. ^ Geraci, Robert M. Apocalyptic AI - Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality. ISBN 978-0-19-539302-6.
  13. ^ "Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies bio page for Giulio Prisco".
  14. ^ "Associazione Italiana Transumanisti: Umanesimo Scientifico: intervista a Giulio Prisco".
  15. ^ "Order of Cosmic Engineers". Archived from the original on 2008-09-14.
  16. ^ "Secondhand Smoke: Give Me That New Transhumanist Religion".
  17. ^ "Giulio Prisco To Present in Second Life Conference on the Future of Religion". Archived from the original on 2008-08-20.
  18. ^ "Un universo paralelo (y digital)".
  19. ^ "Technological Transcendence: An Interview with Giulio Prisco".
  20. ^ "Ten Cosmist Convictions (Mostly by Giulio Prisco)".
  21. ^ "Amor Mundi: Giulio Prisco's Defense of Superlative Nonsense".
  22. ^ "Transhumanist spirituality, again".

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