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Carranca Extropianista

carranca (Portuguese, literally "scowl" with another definition as "figurehead";[1] pronounced cah-han-ka) is a type of figurehead attached to river craft which is attributed with power to protect the boatmen from the river's evil spirits. They were once commonly found on the lower Rio São Francisco in Brazil's Northeast Region (Nordeste). The carranca is most commonly a figure of a human or an animal. They were used to identify trader's operating on the São Francisco and, as with ancient figureheads, serve the superstitious as guardians on the river.[2]

Extropianism, also referred to as the philosophy of Extropy, is an evolving framework of values and standards for continuously improving the human condition. Extropians believe that advances in science and technology will some day let people live indefinitely. An extropian may wish to contribute to this goal, e.g. by doing research and development or volunteering to test new technology.

Extropianism describes a pragmatic consilience of transhumanist thought guided by a proactionary approach to human evolution and progress.

I was raised in São Francisco, a very small city at the margins of the river with the same name, and I'm fascinated by the carrancas since I was very young - I used to talk more with them than with other people, when I was 2-3 years old. :-)

I'm a computer scientist, and I worked for more than 10 years with the transhumanist researcher Dr. Ben Goertzel, in artificial intelligence projects (including one for the author and futurologist Ray Kurzweil). Nowadays I'm a hardware engineer at Nvidia. 

I'm pretty sure I want to create a new kind of Carranca - so I'm sure about the first half of each of my pairs! That's why I'm not explicitly doing this pairing here.

Illustrations by Brazilian artist Luciano Irrthum (used with permission):

These are scultpures I did in oil clay:

This is an actual carranca which I'm going to refurbish. 

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