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Jamais Cascio

New Rules for the Photoshop Era

by Jamais Cascio

Don’t believe everything that you read. Or pictures that you see. Or videos.

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The Posthuman Possibility Space

The Guardian

Nick Bostrom, chair of the IEET, offers a 20 minute overview of the posthuman possibility space, including catastrophic risks and the concept of the Singularity.

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Mike Treder

Making Dogs Smarter Than Humans

by Mike Treder

It’s long been assumed in transhumanist circles that eventually a computer program, a robot, a cyborg, or a genetically engineered human will achieve a far greater level of intelligence than the smartest human.

Why not Fido?

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Marcelo Rinesi

Creating Ecosystems for the Planet - and for Profit

by Marcelo Rinesi

Conserving ecosystems is not enough. Too much of the global ecosystem has already been damaged beyond recognition, and the economic and demographic pressures driving this deterioration are still present and, if anything, strengthened.

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Mike Treder

Fast Moving Sidewalks

by Mike Treder

The concept of a megalopolis based on high-speed walkways is common in science fiction. How long, if ever, until it becomes reality?

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Is a Fascist Movement Emerging in the USA?

Changesurfer Radio

Most of the show is taken up with my rant about the right-wingnuts disrupting Democratic town halls, and reading a bit of the essay “Is the U.S. on the Brink of Fascism?” By Sara Robinson.  (MP3)


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Truth-telling and Plastic Surgery

Dave Ross Show

Kristi appeared on Seattle’s Dave Ross show to discuss her JET essay Cheating Darwin: The Genetic and Ethical Implications of Vanity and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. (MP3)

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Kristi Scott

Andy Miah, Sports Doping, and the Enhancement Enlightenment

by Kristi Scott

Andy Miah is the Renaissance man of the enhancement enlightenment. While best known for defending “doping” (performance enhancement) in sports, as a professor in Ethics and Emerging Technologies at the University of the West of Scotland, his work draws from law, philosophy, art, cultural studies, sociology, bioethics, human enhancement, social media, life-extension, ethical culture, climate change, synthetic biology, and artificial life. As if that isn’t enough, Miah says he’s now looking at architecture and the future, extraterrestrial ethics, and ideas about biocultural capital. (And just for fun, he’s also a graphic designer and film connoisseur.)

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Ben Scarlato

True Blood and Personhood

by Ben Scarlato

[Contains spoilers.] How far does personhood and the rights associated with it reach across species? True Blood gives us an intelligent exploration of some aspects of this issue, specifically when that other species is perceived as dangerous, cruel, unnatural, and unholy. Unfortunately though, too often even those who support vampire rights refer to them as not being persons, instead emphasizing that they are essentially human or that vampires are a second species deserving of rights. A much more adaptable framework of rights could be built based on emphasizing the characteristics of personhood, such as intelligence and capacity to feel.

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Mike Treder

Creationism, Birtherism, Singularitarianism, and Other Fantasies

by Mike Treder

What do Orly Taitz, Ken Ham, Eliezer Yudkowsky, and Max More have in common?

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Jamais Cascio

The “End of Politics” Delusion

by Jamais Cascio

You have my express permission to kick the next person—especially someone advocating the embrace of radical forms of technological advancement—who tells you that they wish nothing more than to get rid of, move beyond, or otherwise avoid “politics.” Kick them hard, and repeatedly. They have adopted a profoundly ignorant and self-serving position, one that betrays at best a lack of understanding of human nature and society, and at worst a malicious desire to preemptively shut down any opposition to their goals.

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Edward Miller

Intellectual Property Overreach

by Edward Miller

Continuing our effort to flesh out the parameters of technoprogressive policy ideas by building our “Technoprogressive Policy Wiki”, we turn now to the problems created by the push to patent everything, including human genes, and shut down all fair use and copying of music, texts and film. IEET intern Ed Miller has been engaged with open source and intellectual property issues for some time, and has taken a crack at a general policy statement on this issue. We welcome feedback. - J. Hughes

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Achieving Friendly Artificial Intelligence

Fastforward Radio

Are the robots going to take over?

The Matrix and Terminator movies present a nightmare world in which artificially intelligent machines pit themselves against humanity with devastating consequences. Could something like that really happen?

Fastfroward’s Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon welcome a panel of leading thinkers on artificial intelligence to explore these issues:

In the near future, is machine intelligence going to equal or overtake human intelligence in terms of speed and capability?

If so, what can we do to make sure these new intelligences are on our side?

Eliezer Yudkowsky is the world’s foremost researcher on Friendly AI and recursive self-improvement. He is a research fellow with the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

James Hughes is the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and he is the producer and host of the weekly syndicated public affairs talk show Changesurfer Radio

Ben Goertzel is a Fellow of the IEET, the chief science officer and acting CEO of Novamente and Director of Research for the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

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Mike Treder

What’s the Harm?

by Mike Treder

What’s the big worry if some choose not to use critical thinking? The tragic answer is: at least 368,379 people killed; 306,096 injured; and over $2,815,931,000 in economic damages.

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Jamais Cascio

How America Will End

by Jamais Cascio

A week-long thought experiment on the United States’ demise.

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Natasha Vita-More

Human Enhancement Aesthetics

by Natasha Vita-More

Of all the new media impacting the arts, the media of human enhancement may be receiving the most socio-political attention but the least artistic enthusiasm. Recently there has been an increase in the number of formal discussions of human enhancement technologies amongst artists, designers and curators. In 2008, “Human Enhancement Technologies: The Role of Art and Design” spearheaded social and ethical implication of enhancement technologies. In 2009, “Human Enhancement & Nanotechnology Conference” and FACT’s “Human Futures” programme breached a gap in science and art with discussions of aesthetics norms and ethics. Nonetheless, the elements of aesthetics in engaging human enhancement were of less consequence.

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Mike Treder

“Food Fight” or substantive debate?

by Mike Treder

In the Editor’s Blog of his online transhumanist magazine, h+, RU Sirius describes the recent and ongoing debate between technoprogressives and some radical libertarians as a “Political Food Fight.”

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Emergence - IEET News for August 2, 2009

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Cascio’s Laws of Robotics

Open the Future

Last March, Jamais gave a talk in Menlo Park entitled “Cascio’s Laws of Robotics.” I’ve already posted a link to the slides I used, and to essays and interviews covering related topics. Now—finally—the video of the talk is available.

 


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The ‘Public Option’, Rising Unemployment, Longer Lives

Changesurfer Radio

Why the single payer is a far better bet than a public option. Why the jobs may not come back. Why a 35 hour 4 day week is even better than a 40 hour 4 day week. Why seniors need to be biotechnologically enabled and encouraged to work longer.

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Who, us worry?

IEET readers appear to be mostly optimistic about our civilization’s chances for survival by the end of the 21st century. In a recent poll, every multiple choice response that was either positive or neutral was selected more often than any of those that were negative.

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Jamais Cascio

Autonomy Without Intelligence?

by Jamais Cascio

Competition requires speed. Wisdom requires patience. In a hyper-computerized world, which one wins?

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Converging Emerging Technology Ethics

Science Progress:

Nanoethics. Neuroethics. Synbioethics. How many bioethics subfields do we really need to grapple with the issues at the cutting edge of contemporary science? Maybe just one, suggest the authors of a recent report from the Hastings Center and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars: an ethics of emerging technologies.  Gregory Kaebnick and Andrew Light talk with Managing Editor Andrew Pratt About the Ethics of Emerging Technologies. Read the article here. Listen to the interview here.

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Mike Treder

Catching Planet Killers

by Mike Treder

If whatever hit Jupiter last week—and astronomers might never know what it was—had instead struck Earth, it would have caused catastrophic damage to human civilization.

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Robot Attack Insurance

Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live sends up a Fox News/GOP scare story about military robots designed to use human bodies as fuel.

And a compilation of real GOP scare tactics around alleged mandatory advance care planning in the health care reform proposals:

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J. Hughes

Social Pressures for Technological Mood Management

by J. Hughes

Abstract: The prospect of neurotechnologies for mood manipulation alarms some people who worry about the pernicious effects they might have. In particular there is a concern that individuals will be pressured to make themselves inauthentically happy, and tolerant of things that should make them sad or angry. The most common result of social pressures to adjust mood will likely be far more beneficial both for the individual and society. This essay reviews research on the stresses of “emotion work” and the personality correlates of “subjective well-being” to argue that social pressures will generally encourage individuals to be happy by encouraging them to be more friendly, patient, and engaged. Several more pernicious kinds of social pressures for mood control are then reviewed to illustrate the need for democratic scrutiny of the use of neurotechnologies, guided by a goal of encouraging an engaged, dynamic, flourishing personality in each citizen.

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Google on the Brain

Public Affairs with Lovell Dyett

Jamais discusses Google on the Lovell Dyett show. (MP3)

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Audio Awesomeness on Death

Radiolab

Radio Lab is one of the most awesome podcasts/radio programs in the audiosphere. Here Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich work their magic again, this time on the topic of death.

Contents:

1. Soul Has Weight, Physician Thinks: Biologist Lee Silver tells us the story of a physician’s ambitious 1907 experiment to discover the weight of the soul.

2. Metamorphosis: One possibility of the afterlife from David Eagleman, read by actor Jeffrey Tambor.

3. When Am I Dead?: Is life over when your heart stops beating? When you take your last breath? When your brain fizzles out? Author and researcher Gary Greenberg and John Troyer explore these questions.

4. Anyone for Tennis?: We ask neuroscientist Adrian Owen, can the dead play tennis?

5. 4 Seconds Down: Soren Wheeler tells the story of Ken Baldwin, a man who is looking for death but finds a new view on life.

6. Am I Dead?: Neurological psychologist Paul Broks introduces us to a patient who thinks she’s dead.

7. If I Only Had A Brain: If you don’t have one anymore, David Eagleman tells Jad and Robert he knows the next best thing.

8. Ineffable: A story on the afterlife by David Eagleman from his book SUM, read by actor Jeffrey Tambor.

9. Booyah Mozart: Producer Lulu Miller brings us a conversation with geologist Jan Zalasiewicz about what we’ll leave behind … in a hundred million years.

10. Cyberternity: Producer Emily Voigt tells a story about a guy named Wyatt, fixed in time.

11. Goodbye: Paleontologist and professor Peter Ward describes the ultimate death, the death of the universe ... THE END.

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Mark Walker and James Hughes on Cognitive Enhancement in Free Inquiry

Pick up a copy of Free Inquiry. They have a special issue out on Designer Moods: The Ethics of Neurochemical Enhancement with pieces by IEET ED James Hughes and IEET Board member Mark Walker.

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Mike Treder

Blurring Lines

by Mike Treder

An article I posted here two days ago apparently gave an impression different from what I intended to convey. To begin with, the title (“Drawing Lines”) was poorly chosen, since it implies that I’m in favor of making sharp distinctions between what technoprogressives should and should not believe. The title was only meant to indicate the subject matter—i.e., whether such lines should be drawn—and not to suggest that they definitely ought to be.

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