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Ben Scarlato

Day 1 Afternoon of H Summit: Stephen Wolfram

by Ben Scarlato

Stephen Wolfram is the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, the creator of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha, and the author of A New Kind of Science.

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Ben Scarlato

Day 1 Afternoon of H+ Summit: Rise of the Citizen Scientist

by Ben Scarlato

J. Hughes: This afternoon’s session started with a robot demonstration by the charming roboticist Heather Knight.  [Watch the conference live]

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Ben Scarlato

Day 1 Morning of H+ Summit: Rise of the Citizen Scientist

by Ben Scarlato

The IEET will be providing coverage of the H+ Summit today. We’re a few minutes away from Alex Lightman’s opening speech. I’m here with James Hughes and we’ll posting updates after every few talks. The first day is packed with exciting speakers. [Watch the conference live]

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Doug Rushkoff

Too Big to Fail? The BP Bailout as Corporatism

by Doug Rushkoff

Nowhere have I seen a clearer example of the perils of corporatism playing out than in the current handling of the BP oil spill. If only Obama understood the context of the decisions he’s about to make, he might be able to use this as an opportunity to turn all this around, and put people and the planet before profits. (Will someone please tell him to read my book Life Inc?)

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Kyle Munkittrick

From Gears to Genes: A Sea Change in Transhumanism

by Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanism is the idea of guiding and improving human evolution with intention through the use of technologies and culture. If those technologies are not robotic and cybernetic but, instead, genetic and organic, then so be it.

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Global Peace Index

“The Global Peace Index not only ranks nations for their peacefulness, but also seeks to understand the drivers of peace.”

Click here to see an interactive Global Peace Index map of the world.

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Reaction to Venter’s Creation is Mixed

Showing a broad range of opinions, IEET readers who answered a recently concluded poll say the development of the first synthetic organism is either a very good thing, a very bad thing, or more likely neither.

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David Brin

Can Libertarian Conservatism Find Its Way?

by David Brin

The conservative movement in the United States badly needs a counter reformation. Is there any hope that this might happen?

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The Fermi Paradox

Closer to the Truth

What could be more fascinating than discovering life that had evolved entirely independently of life here on Earth? Many people would also find it heartening to learn that we are not entirely alone in this vast cold cosmos. IEET Chair Nick Bostrom thinks otherwise in this chat with Robert Lawrence Kuhn on Closer to the Truth.

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Jamais Cascio

Opening the Future

by Jamais Cascio

As an overview of my work, here are links to some articles I’ve written during the last few years that best illustrate what I’m thinking about…

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Mike Treder

Looking for the End of the Rainbow

by Mike Treder

On my way through life, I’ve traversed a range of different paths, trying to find something that would satisfy a deep internal desire for ultimate meaning and happy outcomes.

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The Decline of Utopianism and the Public Intellectuals

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Russell Jacoby, professor of history at UCLA, and author of Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age (2005), The End of Utopia (1999), and The Last Intellectuals (1987). They talk about the decline of both public intellectualism and utopianism, and the prospects for a return of both. MP3

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The Empathic Civilization

Bestselling author, political adviser, and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways it has shaped our development and our society.

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Pathways to Beneficial Artificial General Intelligence

Singularity Summit 2009

IEET Fellow and CEO of Novamente LLC, Ben Goertzel spoke at the 2009 Singularity Summit on the challenge of designing beneficial artificial general intelligence.

Ben Goertzel at Singularity Summit 2009—Pathways to Beneficial Artificial General Intelligence from Singularity Institute on Vimeo.

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Democratic Transhumanism and Empowerment Through Technology

Tunxis Community College

Dr. J. spoke at Tunxis Community College in Farmington Connecticut on February 18, 2010.

Part 1Part 2Part 3 | Q & A | Slides


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Martine Rothblatt

Would Mindclones Have Rights?

by Martine Rothblatt

What is the path of philosophical and political struggle ahead of us to secure the rights of virtual, uploaded persons?

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Richard Eskow

Cerebral Imperialism

by Richard Eskow

Could it be that there is no intelligence without a body? That there’s only computation? That cognition is the byproduct of biological processes, and never the driver of them?

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Transhumanist Aesthetics: A Theoretical Approach to Enhanced Existence

MetaNexus Institute

Natasha Vita-More spoke at the MetaNexus Institute conference July 18-21, 2009.

The emergent course of our human bio-technological transition is leading toward a species transformation. In light of this, approaches to transhumanism are varied and some are without clear conceptual apparatus; people want to extol its far-out promise or decry its fearful premise. How can the forecasts of converging sciences and technologies be better understood? Discussions need to include how we might experience an enhanced existence. I suggest aesthetics as a means by which we can gaze onto the topography of human enhancement and into the core of transhumanist experience.

Human enhancement aesthetics pursues a perceptual grasp of human futures, including the cyborg, transhuman, posthuman, and possible whole-brain emulation upload. The qualities of each of these transitional stages must be gauged by the uniqueness of each stage. The elements of aesthetics that cultivate perception are brought about by new experiences. The aesthetics of human enhancement suggests that the link toward understanding enhanced existence is located in the “experience”, not in a proviso for human preconditions as critical reflections on the current state of existence. That would be like a shamanistic Bushman preconsidering a human life by his standards and needs, without any awareness of a thing called the Internet. Therefore, if we are to discuss transhumanism, we must engage in transhumanist experiences in order to perceive what the transhuman or posthuman might value.

The basic concepts of aesthetics of enhanced existence could be imagined by introducing new media’s immersive, interactiverole in constituting experience (Dewey). This offers an opportunity to partially, if not naively, experience the sentiment of what enhanced existence might be like.In media aesthetics, logical description cannot replace personal participation (Schirmacher).Yet, there still remains a tension between the act of experiencing the world and a need that it depict a world worth living (as a precondition) (Nozick).

Enhanced existence evokes dramatic narratives, which generate uncertainty. Taking it from one posthumanist perspective, embodiment will give way to its reconfigurement by the machine (Hayles); from another it would upload (Kurzweil). Taking it from alate-transhumanist perspective, identity will give way to multiple selves or distributed selves (Vita-More). The scenarios, if approached like events, forgo the experiential exploration into aesthetics of enhanced existence. Life simply is not a blatant shift in materiality; it includes sensory and emotional experiences along the way.

Nevertheless, the issue remains: How can we thoughtfully assess an enhanced human existence if we cannot identify and gauge the existence through our current sensory-emotional apparatus? My task is to address this question.

2009 07 19 Transhumanism-PerilsAndPromises Vita-More-H.264 800Kbps from Metanexus Institute on Vimeo.

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Free book on automation and structural unemployment

Martin Ford and his publishers have decided to make the PDF version of his The Lights in the Tunnel free to download and free to share.

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Andy Miah

The DREAM Gene for the Posthuman Athlete

by Andy Miah

I have a chapter in a new scholarly anthology just published. The book is The Anthropology of Sport and Human Movement: A Biocultural Perspective, and my piece is titled “The DREAM Gene for the Posthuman Athlete: Reducing Exercise-Induced Pain Sensations Using Gene Transfer.”

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Phil Torres

Will posthumans all be atheists?

by Phil Torres

There is good reason for thinking that posthumans will, on the whole, be atheists. And there is good reason for thinking that widespread apostasy would, on the whole, be desirable.

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Ben Goertzel

Goals and Meta-Goals

by Ben Goertzel

Ever have the experience that you seriously think you’re trying to achieve one thing, but then in hindsight, years later, you look back and feel like your past self was actually trying to achieve something else entirely?

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J. Hughes

Defining Disability in an Age of Enhancement

by J. Hughes

Last week I made a presentation at a conference on disability rights held at Union College in Schenectady, New York. I was invited by my former student, Joe Stramondo, who is now teaching philosophy in Michigan. The topic that our panel addressed was the impact of enhancement technologies on the understanding of disability.

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Russell Blackford

Teenage births and abortions - responsibility is better than moralism

by Russell Blackford

Citing a new study in The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, The Globe and Mail reports that Canada experienced a significant drop (36.9 per cent) in teenage births and abortions between 1996 and 2006. This is attributed to better access to contraception, better sex education, and changing social norms, but not to a decline in actual sex among teenagers. Rather, Canadian teenagers are now more likely to use condoms and/or the contraceptive pill than was the case in the mid-1990s.

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Giulio Prisco

Telepresence Education for a Smarter World

by Giulio Prisco

(co-authored with J. Simone Riccardi)  There can be no doubt that the explosion of Internet technology started in the 90s has had a huge impact on our culture. For the first time in history, geographically distributed large groups of people have been able to interact in near-real time. Usenet groups and mailing lists, and then the Web, message boards, blogs, social networks, IP voice and video conferencing, have enabled and empowered global communities held together by common interests and world-views instead of geographical proximity.

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Join Us At H+ Summit at Harvard

Humanity+

The H+ Summit June 12-13, 2010 at Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts will explore how humanity will be radically changed by technology in the near future. Visionary speakers - including the IEET’s James Hughes, George Dvorsky, Aubrey de Grey, Ben Goertzel, Natasha Vita-More, Patrick Lin and Ramez Naam - will be speaking.  What will it mean to be a human in this next phase of technological development? How can we prepare now for coming changes?

We foresee the feasibility of redesigning the human condition and overcoming such constraints as the inevitability of aging, limitations on human and artificial intellects, unchosen psychology, lack of resources, and our confinement to the planet earth. The possibilities are broad and exciting. The H+ Summit will provide a venue to discuss these future scenarios and to hear exciting presentations by the leaders of the ongoing H+ (r)evolution.

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Christian Groups: Biblical Armageddon Must Be Taught Alongside Global Warming

The Onion Network News

Constitutional debate continues over whether public schools should include biblical Armageddon alongside global warming in end-of-world curriculum. (The Onion News)

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Kris Notaro

Technological and Political Progressivism in Historical Buddhist Thought

by Kris Notaro

An overview of the history of progressive politics and Buddhism written by Andrej Cvercko and edited by Kris Notaro.

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Andrew Maynard

The Future Safety of Synthetic Biology

by Andrew Maynard

Last week’s announcement from the J. Craig Venter Institute that scientists had created the first-ever synthetic cell was a profoundly significant point in human history, and marked a turning point in our quest to control the natural world. But the ability to use this emerging technology wisely is already being dogged by fears that we have embarked down a dangerous and morally dubious path.

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Bugs, Bits and Engineering Bioforms

Warring Futures: How Biotech and Robotics are Transforming Today's Military

George Poste, Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Arizona State University gives the keynote address to a May 24th, 2010 meeting on “Warring Futures: How Biotech and Robotics are Transforming Today’s Military—and How That Will Change the Rest of Us.” Dr. Poste’s talk was titled “Bugs, Bits and Engineering Bioforms: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” The meeting was sponsored by Arizona State University, New America Foudnation, and Slate magazine.

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