FTP019: Vinay Gupta - Hakuna Matata, Space Pharaoh! Quantum Mechanics, Space Exploration, and Enlightenment

In this second half of our conversation with Vinay Gupta, we get into exploring some out-there ideas, including space exploration and enlightenment. We start off talking about consumerism, and how many aspects of Western culture are still based around old Christian ideas. We also discuss quantum mechanics, probability, and how those concepts may fit into evolution, or even drive it.

Space Exploration and Elon Musk

Elon Musk and his space exploration ambitions make it into the conversation, and we talk about the existential threat of developing artificial intelligence and nanotechnology on our planet as opposed to doing it on an off-planet space base on Mars or elsewhere.

Finally, we get into the intersection of spirituality and science, and talk about Vinay’s own path to enlightenment.

To check out Part 1 of our Vinay Gupta conversation, go here.

In this episode of The Future Thinkers Podcast:

  • How consumerism and capitalism are informed by religion
  • Going outward (space exploration) vs. Going inward (meditation / virtual reality)
  • Elon Musk and “our future in the stars”
  • AI and artificial life studies
  • Quantum mechanics and probability as parts of evolution
  • The potential existential threat of nanotech and biotech
  • Separating biological and post-biological evolution
  • DNA as memory storage
  • Extreme life extension
  • The path to enlightenment

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