Transhuman Crypto Cloudminds

Essay Winner: Humanity Plus Essay Competition, “Mutual Benefits of Blockchain and Transhumanism” (2018)

12 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2018

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Melanie Swan

Purdue University; Institute for Blockchain Studies

Date Written: October 21, 2018


Considering the mutual benefits of blockchain and transhumanism, this essay proposes crypto cloudminds as a safe mechanism by which the human mind might transcend its unitary limitations by permissioning partial resources to join a multi-party mind (comprised of human and machine minds) in a cloud-based environment. Cloudminds could have diverse purposes including problem solving (addressing future-of-work issues with Maslow Smart Contracts), learning, experience, exploration, innovation, artistic expression, and other personal development activities. Crypto cloudminds could be multicurrency, operating with payment remuneration, security, and (especially) ideas as the denominations of measure. For thriving in the future, mind node peers could enter “Yes-and” Payment Channels with one another for collaborative idea development. For surviving in the future, good-player behavior could be game-theoretically enforced with the simultaneous privacy-transparency property of blockchains, together with the immutable peer-confirmed consensus algorithm and audit-log checks and balances system. Overall, blockchains might serve as an institutional technology that is the basis for treaties and progress in a multi-species society of human, algorithm, and machine, guiding the way to positive transhuman futures.

Keywords: cloudmind, blockchain, smart contract, posthuman, transhuman, smart networks

Suggested Citation

Swan, Melanie, Transhuman Crypto Cloudminds (October 21, 2018). Essay Winner: Humanity Plus Essay Competition, “Mutual Benefits of Blockchain and Transhumanism” (2018) , Available at SSRN:

Melanie Swan (Contact Author)

Purdue University

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West Lafayette, IN 47907

Institute for Blockchain Studies


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