Author of Team Human, Present Shock, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, and host of the Team Human podcast http://medium.com/team-human

Human beings are not the problem; we are the solution

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The transhumanist movement is less a theory about the advancement of humanity than a simple evacuation plan. Techno-utopians like to think of themselves as orchestrating a complete break from civilization — a leap into outer space, cyberspace, machine consciousness, or artificial life. But their ideas just extend our same blind addiction to consumption, destruction, progress, and colonization. Cyber-wettiko.

European colonialists ignored the peoples and places they overran in their conquest of the planet in the belief that they were working toward some greater endpoint, some ordained destiny. If some people were exploited or their ecosystems annihilated, well, you can’t make…


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Playing for Team Human today, R. U. Sirius, Nick Philip, Annie P.O, and Jody Radzik, look back on the magical explosion at the intersection of art and technology in the early-1990s rave scene.

This episode was recorded in High Fidelity, a real-time spatial audio software developed by Second Life co-founder Philip Rosedale.

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How Russians, robots, and dolphins spawned a movement at Esalen

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The ultimate goal of personal transcendence was to leave the sinful, temporary body behind and float as a free, perfected consciousness. All that prior consumption was just fuel for the rocket, and the regrettable destruction something to leave behind with the rest of physical reality.

This wasn’t a break from consumer capitalism, but the fulfillment of its ultimate purpose. And, by the 1970s, many other sectors and industries seemed to be coalescing around the same set of potentials. Computer scientists were pondering artificial intelligence; personal transformation gurus were helping people walk over burning coals; specially phased audio tapes helped people…


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Playing for Team Human today, social innovator, writer, and host of, “What Could Possibly Go Right?” Vicki Robin.

Robin will be helping us find ways to emerge from this moment of social and economic despair, so we can reckon — together — with the consequences of confusing monetary wealth with human freedom.

In his monologue, Rushkoff explains the difficulty the United States has coordinating a Covid-19 vaccine response. “The biggest threat to our collective health is our alienation from the underlying cycles.”

Additionally, you can listen to Robin and Rushkoff speak on Robin’s, “What Could Possibly Go Right?” Podcast.

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Playing for Team Human today, former Global Head of Elections Integrity Operations for Political Advertising at Facebook, diplomat, corporate social responsibility advisor, and technology activist, Yaël Eisenstat.

Eisenstat helps us distinguish between the conscious and the automatic malfeasance of our social infrastructure. What can we do to improve our social media platforms, and where does accountability fall?

In his monologue, Rushkoff explores how the people on r/WSB delivered cybernetic feedback to those who deserve it.

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Playing for Team Human today, futurist, inventor, and author of “Augmented Reality,” Mark Pesce.

Pesce augments our understanding of the many interfaces between ourselves and whatever it is that’s out there. Does cybernetics break the western conception of linear time, arrow-for-progress, colonial expansion thing?

In his opening monologue, Rushkoff discusses why elected officials should not be on social media platforms. “The minute we put banks and other real stuff on here is the minute it started to go wrong.” Further, he looks at how early-stage internet fan fiction crept into reality and ended up addicted to fractalnoia.

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Playing for Team Human today, porn star, sex workers’ rights activist, lecturer, and host of the Against Everyone Podcast, Conner Habib

Conner takes us from the case against PornHub to the living, thinking current constituting human existence. How is sexual energy one way to understand our organismic relationship to life energy and one another? What are ways this gets repressed or cut off?

“The war on sex is the longest and oldest running war on consciousness. Sex creates an altered state of consciousness.”

In his opening monologue, Rushkoff reflects on 2020 and explains how Black Rock executives and neoliberal…


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Playing for Team Human today, social systems scientist, cultural historian, and author of “Nurturing Our Humanity,” Riane Eisler.

Eisler helps us see how to transcend the dominator model in economics, politics, and our personal interactions to find new ways to partner with one another, and everything. How we can tell an integrated story to combat a regressive economic and social agenda?

In his opening monologue, Rushkoff explores how intimacy and uncertainty help make podcasting a special and unique medium. …


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Playing for Team Human today, designer, activist, academic, and author of Lo-Tek, Design by Radical Indigenism, Julia Watson.

Watson discusses how we can respond to climate change by utilizing millennia-old knowledge about how we can live in symbiosis with nature through lo-tek radical design. What are the cultural preconditions required to implement a living bridge and other indigenous technologies ? How can western society better create technology through the elements in our surrounding environment?

In his opening monologue, Rushkoff explains how progress became associated with colonialism and advocates for us to retrieve circular and advanced mechanisms for human and…


How the counterculture surrendered communal well-being to individual enlightenment

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Many Westerners have come to understand the problems inherent in a society obsessed with growth and have struggled to assert a more timeless set of spiritual sensibilities. But, almost invariably, such efforts get mired in our ingrained notions of personal growth, progress, and optimism.

Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz, embodied this dynamic. He was not only a devoted follower of Russian spiritualist Madame Blavatsky but also the founder of the first magazine on window dressing and retail strategies for department stores. Dorothy’s journey down the Yellow Brick Road combined the esoteric wisdom of his teacher with…

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