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On the Right Side of Futurology: A Look at the Struggle Ahead

The Future of Property

VR Chains and DAC Brains: Upload your Mind as a VR AI DAC

Gene Therapy is NOT a Monstrous Science / Singularity 1on1

Why Superintelligence May Not Help Us Think about Existential Risks — or Transhumanism

Sleep Drug Modafinil Affirmed by Scientists as a Safe and Effective Brain Booster


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The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity
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Ben Goertzel

Humans and Automata A Social Study of Robotics
Riccardo Campa

The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse
Phil Torres

Envisioning Politics 2.0
David Wood and Alexander Karran eds.


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Darin Robbins on 'Transhumanism: there are [at least] ten different philosophical categories; which one(s) are you?' (Sep 2, 2015)

Giulio Prisco on 'The Political Voice of a Transhumanist - An Interview with Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan' (Sep 2, 2015)

Steve Fuller on 'The Political Voice of a Transhumanist - An Interview with Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan' (Sep 2, 2015)

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Lincoln Cannon on 'The Political Voice of a Transhumanist - An Interview with Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan' (Sep 1, 2015)

Laurence Hitterdale on 'Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?' (Aug 31, 2015)







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Phil Torres

On the Right Side of Futurology: A Look at the Struggle Ahead

by Phil Torres

Dan Barker, echoing an idea expressed by many atheists, describes theology as “a subject without an object.” Since there’s little reason for thinking a God exists – much less the God of the Bible – the entire field is ultimately vacuous, despite the grandiloquent rigamarole of, as Jerry Coyne puts it, Sophisticated Theologians(TM). Theology studies nothing. Its heart and soul is a phenomenon that almost certainly doesn’t exist.

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Enrique Lescure

The Future of Property

by Enrique Lescure

Within the Anglo-American, and then specifically American political discourse, the dominant paradigm for around two generations right now is that the main guarantor of liberty (defined as the absence of physical force) is the institution of private property, and the main threat against private property and thence liberty is the state. While the purest expression of these sentiments reside amongst Market Libertarian elements, these thoughts have come to dominate a lot of the thinking within political economics in the west, and thence in the world.

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Melanie Swan

VR Chains and DAC Brains: Upload your Mind as a VR AI DAC

by Melanie Swan

Blockchain thinkers or DAC Brains are the notion of having DAO/DAC entities running with smart contracts on blockchains for the purpose of conducting thinking operations. The genesis of blockchain thinkers could be organic or inorganic: human mindfile lifelogs and uploads, and any variety of brain emulations  and AI ML/DL algorithms (artificial intelligence machine-learning deep-learning algorithms). One idea is to instantiate your mindfile on the blockchain as a lifelogging tracker and standalone ideation tool: your own mind as an AI DAC.

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Gene Therapy is NOT a Monstrous Science / Singularity 1on1

Nikola Danaylov

BioViva‘s CEO Liz Parrish is a fire-starter and probably not everyone’s favorite person. But if your goal is as bold as defeating aging then you’ll have to break some eggs. And so feel as you might but I have to admit that Parrish is definitely one of my favorite people – not only for the scientific work that she does but also because she is a fun, passionate and fully committed individual that inspires me. Thus it was no surprise that, despite some technical difficulties with my set up, I had a total blast interviewing Liz for my Singularity 1on1 podcast.

During our 80 min conversation with Liz Parrish we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: her personal goals and motivations; how she started with the intent to cure childhood disease and ended up in the campaign to defeat aging; BioViva and its mission; being a fire-starter, vegetarian, not everyone’s favorite person and sticking to your choices; the campaign to cure Alzheimer’s Disease; what is gene therapy, how it works and why it is so promising; the definition of aging; the ethics in genetics; medicine and human rights; why telomerase therapy in humans is the most exciting therapy…

My favorite quote from this interview with Elizabeth Parrish is this:

“There is no time like the present. We can’t wait another 20 years… Starting now is the time to start.”

 

 

 

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Steve Fuller

Why Superintelligence May Not Help Us Think about Existential Risks — or Transhumanism

by Steve Fuller

Among transhumanists, Nick Bostrom is well-known for promoting the idea of ‘existential risks’, potential harms which, were they come to pass, would annihilate the human condition altogether. Their probability may be relatively small, but the expected magnitude of their effects are so great, so Bostrom claims, that it is rational to devote some significant resources to safeguarding against them. (Indeed, there are now institutes for the study of existential risks on both sides of the Atlantic.) Moreover, because existential risks are intimately tied to the advancement of science and technology, their probability is likely to grow in the coming years.

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George Dvorsky

Sleep Drug Modafinil Affirmed by Scientists as a Safe and Effective Brain Booster

by George Dvorsky

Off-license users of modafinil—a drug developed to treat various sleep disorders—have known for some time that it doubles as a surprisingly effective cognitive enhancer, and with very few side effects. A new systematic review shows it’s true, raising some important ethical questions about the use of smart drugs.
Modafinil, which is sold under such brand names as Alertec, Provigil, and Modavigil, is a wakefulness-promoting drug used to treat conditions such narcolepsy, the effects of shift work, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders. But it’s also used off-license by people—especially students—hoping to exploit its nootropic qualities.

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Identity: In & Beyond the Gender Binary

Dave Naz

Filmmaker Dave Naz’ new hour-long documentary Identity: In & Beyond the Binary interviews trans, genderqueer, butch and queer people on their varied experiences with gender identity, from hormones to employment to growing up.

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George Dvorsky

How SETI Will Understand Messages Broadcast by an Alien Intelligence

by George Dvorsky

Imagine the day when we finally receive a signal from an extraterrestrial intelligence, only to find that there’s a message embedded within. Given that we don’t speak the same language, how could we ever hope to make sense of it? We spoke to the experts to find out.

Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence, aka “CETI”, is the branch of SETI concerned with both the transmission and reception of messages between ourselves and an alien civilization. Scientists have been trying to detect signals from an extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) since the 1960s, but haven’t found anything.

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Russell Blackford

Philosophy versus Science versus Politics

by Russell Blackford

We might hope that good arguments will eventually drive out bad arguments – in what Timothy Williamson calls “a reverse analogue of Gresham’s Law”  – and we might want (almost?) complete freedom for ideas and arguments, rather than suppressing potentially valuable ones.

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John G. Messerly

Rethinking Work - Wasting Half of our Waking Lives is Terrible

by John G. Messerly

Swarthmore College Professor Barry Schwartz just published an op-ed in The New York Times, “Rethinking Work.”  The essay begins by noting that a “survey last year found that almost 90 percent of workers were either “not engaged” with or “actively disengaged” from their jobs.” So 9 out of 10 “workers spend half their waking lives doing things they don’t really want to do in places they don’t particularly want to be.” But Why?

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Ramez Naam

How Steady Can Wind Power Blow?

by Ramez Naam

NREL recently released data showing that next-generation wind turbines could reach an incredible capacity factor of 60% over 2 million square kilometers of the US, or enough to provide roughly 10x as much electricity as the US uses. If true, this would be a game-changer in wind power, as I explain below.

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This New Telescope Might Show Us the Beginning of the Universe

TedTalks

 

 


When and how did the universe begin? A global group of astronomers wants to answer that question by peering as far back in time as a large new telescope will let us see. Wendy Freedman headed the creation of the Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in South America; at TEDGlobal in Rio, she shares a bold vision of the discoveries about our universe that the GMT could make possible.

 

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John Danaher

A Rawlsian Approach to Intoxicated Consent to Sex?

by John Danaher

People are often mildly to severely intoxicated when they have sex. This creates a problem. If someone signals consent to sex whilst voluntarily intoxicated, should that consent be treated as morally/legally valid? I have been very slowly working my way through Alan Wertheimer’s excellent paper on this topic (cleverly entitled ‘Intoxicated Consent to Sexual Relations’).  So slow has been my progression that I have actually written three previous posts examining the complex web of moral claims associated with it. But in doing so I have yet to share Wertheimer’s own view. Today, I finally make up for this deficit.

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Valerie Tarico

42 Splices and Counting: Nine Facts You Should Know About the Planned Parenthood Smear Campaign

by Valerie Tarico

Imagine that someone hated you (or your company) and wanted to make you look bad. So, he pretended to be a friend or colleague, went to your events, repeatedly asked you to meetings or lunch, gained your trust, and then spent two years recording private conversations. Could he find stuff that would make you sound like a heartless monster? If you’re like me, the answer is a resounding yes. In fact, there’s no way it would take years.

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John G. Messerly

Oliver Sacks Has Died in Peace

by John G. Messerly

I have written previously (here and here ) about the great author and neurologist Oliver Sacks, who died recently at his home in New York City. (Here is the link to the story from the New York Times.)

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The Future of Business

Future Grind

Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea discusses the future of business with writer B.J. Murphy, an experienced futurist working with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Serious Wonder, Planetary Resources, & more.

 

 

 

 

 

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John Danaher

Beginning to Exist and the Kalam Cosmological Argument

by John Danaher

The Kalam Cosmological Argument (KCA) opens with the following premise:

(1) Whatever begins to exist has a cause of its existence

From there, the argument continues with the observation that the universe began to exist and ends with the conclusion that God must be the cause of the universe’s existence.

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Geoffrey Woo

Humans: The Next Platform

by Geoffrey Woo

Biohacking and transhumanist advances (including nootropics, extended longevity, cybernetic implants, better behavioral and genetic self-understanding) will materially advance our quality of life and productivity in the coming decade, but we need to be thoughtful about the potential social and ethical pitfalls as we transform. Google Trends shows a marked uptick in searches for “nootropics” and related biohacking fields, so now is the time to have the conversation about the direction we’re headed.

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Daniel Faggella

The Political Voice of a Transhumanist - An Interview with Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan

by Daniel Faggella

About a year from today, Americans will line up at the polls to vote for the 45th President of the United States.  Whether Zoltan Istvan will represent the Transhumanist Party on that ballot remains to be seen, but it seems likely that he’ll be the first Transhumanist candidate to run for office.

Fringe political parties are not new, though ‘Transhumanist’ does have a novel ring to it. In a recent TechEmergence interview, I asked Zoltan, why is this the time, the 2016 election, for the Transhumanist party to make an entrance?

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Maria Konovalenko

Genome Stability Leads to Negligible Senescence

by Maria Konovalenko

What would you say if I told you that aging happens not because of accumulation of stresses, but rather because of the intrinsic properties of the gene network of the organism? I’m guessing you’d be like: o_0.

So, here’s the deal. My biohacker friends led by Peter Fedichev  and Sergey Filonov in collaboration with my old friend and the longevity record holder Robert Shmookler Reis published a very cool paper.

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Bipolar Disorder Is Like Having Two Serious Illnesses at Once

Big Think

Most people are casually familiar with bipolar disorder, although few understand the colossal strain it can have on the lives of sufferers and their loved ones. It’s vital for people diagnosed as bipolar to open themselves up to treatment and for people close to them to be aware of the illness’ ramifications. What’s most important is to understand that no one chooses to be bipolar; you must learn to be calm and patient with people who suffer from it. It’s not their fault that they lack mental wellness and their behavior during manic episodes is not reflective of who they really are.

Dr. Nicole Foubister is a professional psychiatrist with a background in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry, as well as board certified forensic psychiatrist. She is currently on faculty at NYU School of Medicine and has been an attending psychiatrist at the NYU Medical Center, where she served three years as the Director of the Young Adult Unit. Dr. Foubister has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of many areas of concern including but not limited to anxiety, OCD, depression, attentional disorders, acting out behaviors as well as issues concerning relationships, career and identity.

 

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Steven Umbrello

Nicotine’s Cognitive Benefits – Six Ways to Ingest It

by Steven Umbrello

In 1560 the French ambassador in Portugal, Jean Nicot de Villemain, sent newly discovered seeds to the French king. These seeds would grow a plant that we today know as tobacco, or more properly Nicotiana Tabacum (named after the ambassador).

Although it would take a while for the hobby of smoking tobacco to catch on in the old world, it was already a popular practice amongst the native inhabitants in the western hemisphere.

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Danko Nikolic

Practopoiesis - a Theory on How Life Organizes, including the Mind

by Danko Nikolic

Practopoiesis

A thought results primarily from an adjustment of the brain hardware, and not from a computation executed by that hardware.

(Download open-access manuscript at Journal of Theoretical Biology.)

The reason you should be interested in practopoiesis if you are a: 

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Ilia Stambler

International Longevity Day - October 1, 2015

by Ilia Stambler

Dear Friends -

There has been emerging a tradition by longevity researchers and activists around the world to organize events dedicated to promotion of longevity research on or around October 1 – the UN International Day of Older Persons.

This day is sometimes referred to in some parts of the longevity activists community as the “International Longevity Day”. As this is the official UN Day of Older Persons, this provides the longevity research activists a perfect opportunity, perhaps even a perfect “excuse”, to emphasize the importance of aging and longevity research for the development of effective health care for the elderly, in the wide public as well as among decision makers.

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Digital Stroke

Brian Garvey Films

Soon, perhaps in less than 50 years, something we’ll call a “digital stroke” will be commonplace around dinner tables. As our consciousness rapidly becomes more reliant on the smart technology we hold so dear, our naturally functioning brains will suffer the consequences.

Those Unattended from Brian Garvey on Vimeo.

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What is the Future of Your Mind?

Galactic Public Archives

“The most fundamental assumption on which this thesis depends is that the human mind and its conscious experiences are purely a computational phenomenon…Although in principle there may be some deep flaw in this analogy between a human and a mechanical robot, it is an analogy that rests at the core of all of our research in cognitive science, neuroscience, and even biology itself.”

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Technology Made Us Human

Shots of Awe

“Humanity [...] is an extruder of technological material. We take in matter that has a low degree of organization; we put it through mental filters, and we extrude jewelry, gospels, space shuttles. This is what we do.” - Terence McKenna

Join Jason Silva every week as he freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz. New episodes every Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

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George Dvorsky

ETER9: The Social Network That Turns Your Personality Into an Immortal Artificial Intelligence

by George Dvorsky

By learning everything there is to know about you and your online habits, social network ETER9 promises a kind of digital immortality wherein an artificially intelligent agent continues to post on your behalf long after you’re dead. The future is creepier than we ever imagined.

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Rick Searle

Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?

by Rick Searle

Last time I attempted to grapple with R. Scott Bakker’s intriguing essay on what kinds of philosophy aliens might practice and remaining dizzied by questions.

Luckily, I had a book in my possession which seemed to offer me the answers, a book that had nothing to do with the a modern preoccupation like question of alien philosophers at all, but rather a metaphysical problem that had been barred from philosophy except among seminary students since Darwin; namely, whether or not there was such a thing as moral truth if God didn’t exist.

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William Sims Bainbridge

Transhumanist Therapy IV: The Current Crisis in Psychiatry

by William Sims Bainbridge

Although largely ignored by the mass media and traditional intellectuals, a major drama began in 2013 when Tom Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, posted a blog attacking the American Psychiatric Association for the self-serving stupidity of the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

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