If the soteriological goal of Buddhism is to alleviate one’s own suffering, and the perfection of virtue is merely a tool to that end, is it possible to skip the enhancement of virtue and just use neurotechnology to eliminate suffering?
Will new tech in genetics and neurology be successfully used to suppress vices and enhance happiness and virtue? Will this accelerate spiritual progress and liberation in the Buddhist traditions? Is it dangerous to manipulate moods?
Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We’re fascinated by what you’re doing. So tell us about it—in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audience.
Why peer into this far-future? As scientists forecast significant catastrophes for our solar system, galaxy, and universe, it seems fitting that we should focus on solutions for these disruptive events…
The cashless society is approaching: Money is starting a life of it’s own. It may act as it’s own escrow, means of surveillance and control, substrate of reputation and in many other functions not yet discovered.
Warner Bros. has the rights to Stephan Zloetescu’s mesmerizing short sci-fi film True Skin and will turn the project into a full feature. Zloetescu, who wrote and directed the original short, is set to direct this version as well, and Chris Sewall, who produced the short, will be a co-producer on the feature, too. The story is set in a Blade Runner-esque world where everyone purchases robotic body parts and shuns “naturals,” following a man who implants a dangerous prototype into his head and goes on the run from those who want it back. Watch!
When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience—and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.
Humanity+ conference in San Francisco, December 2012, at San Francisco State University. IEET’s Executive Director James Hughes will speak at the event, along with IEET Fellows Jamais Cascio, Natasha Vita-More, and Ben Goertzel.
Need blue skin, four arms, or a tail? Want to augment and extend what you already have? I am here to help you become your own avatar. Does this idea sound too weird or far fetched? The basic technology already exists to print out custom organs, augment the body with its own cells, and much more.
The University of Minnesota’s Momentum magazine has featured IEET Jamais Cascio in its Fall 2012 cover article. Cascio - “one of the most sought-after speakers in the world today” - discusses the future of government, jet packs, oil, urban infrastructure, and other topics.
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