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The Maverick Nanny with a Dopamine Drip: Debunking Fallacies in the Theory of AI Motivation

Chiding CEOs at Walgreens and Other Corporate Defectors

Why We’ll Still Be Fighting About Religious Freedom 200 Years From Now!

Steven Wise of Nonhuman Rights Project on Colbert Report

How do you explain consciousness?

LEV: The Game – Play to Win Indefinite Life


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Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
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by Martine Rothblatt

Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds
by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds.

Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies
by Ben Goertzel ed.

Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution
by Ted Chu


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A Long Bright Future

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Laura Carstensen, professor of psychology at Stanford University and founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, about her book A Long Bright Future.  MP3

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Do We Own Our Bodies?

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Gowri Ramachandran, a professor of Law at the Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles California, and author of “Against the Right to Bodily Integrity: Of Cyborgs and Human Rights.”  MP3

 

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J. Hughes

Problems of Transhumanism: The Unsustainable Autonomy of Reason

by J. Hughes

Reason is not self-legitimating. Like all Enlightenment advocates for reason, transhumanists find that the project of Reason erodes all premises including the superiority of reason over unreason. Consequently transhumanists, like Enlightenment advocates in general, need to defend our values with nonrational a prioris. Unfortunately some transhumanists continue to advocate a naïve conception of pure rationality as an end in itself.

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IEETers step down from and up to the Humanity+ Board

After eight years of service—since the founding of the World Transhumanist Association’s Board of Directors in 2001—IEETers Nick Bostrom, James Hughes, George Dvorsky and Mike Treder are stepping down from the Board. IEETers Ben Goertzel and Mike LaTorra will remain on the Board, and Ben will be Chair of the Board in 2010. IEET intern Kristi Scott and IEET fellow Natasha Vita-More are running in the Humanity+ Board election next week.

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George Dvorsky

Five Reasons the Copenhagen Climate Conference Failed

by George Dvorsky

I’m still reeling from the rather anticlimactic finish to the recent Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen. Like so many others, I was hoping for an internationally binding deal that would, at the very least, compel and motivate the nations of the world to address the climate crisis in a meaningful and precedent setting way.

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Samuel Kenyon

Why You Should Care About (Post)Human Factors

by Samuel Kenyon

Your experiences and interactions were designed.

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Russell Blackford

Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms

by Russell Blackford

The current issue of the Journal of Evolution and Technology, a peer-reviewed electronic journal published by the IEET, features a set of essays in response to Stefan Sorgner’s “Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism” (JET March 2009).

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Mike Treder

So much for high tech—what about high touch?

by Mike Treder

In a recently concluded poll, IEET readers showed a mix of attitudes toward the “scientific discoveries and technological accomplishments” of the last ten years. Now we want to know what you think about the social and political developments of that same period.

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Differing Opinions of Tech Progress

IEET readers have a decidedly mixed view of the scientific and technological accomplishments of the past ten years, according to a recently completed poll.

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Kristi Scott

Big hairy hobbit feet are OK by me

by Kristi Scott

I always like watching movies I haven’t seen in a while. Life changes you and your perspectives, so when you watch a movie again later you bring something new to the viewing experience. Potentially a perspective you didn’t think about the first time you went.

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J. Hughes

Problems of Transhumanism: Introduction

by J. Hughes

What are the current unresolved issues in transhumanist thought? Which of these issues are peculiar to transhumanist philosophy and the transhumanist movement, and which are more actually general problems of Enlightenment thought? Which of these are simply inevitable differences of opinion among the more or less like-minded, and which need decisive resolution to avoid tragic errors of the past?

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Good Magazine Asks Jamais about the Pace of Modern Life

GOOD magazine asked “some of the world’s most prominent futurists”—including Esther Dyson, Bruce Sterling, and Jamais Cascio—“to explain why slowness might be as important to the future as speed.”

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Kyle Munkittrick

Dolphins as Non-Human Persons

by Kyle Munkittrick

I have been lucky enough to swim with dolphins twice in my life. Once it was as a “swim with dolphins” experience in Mexico where I was pushed around by the dolphins in an awesome little display of power and warned not to “pet them on the tummy, or they might get horny, and, by extension, violent.” It is a strange thing to be cautious not to arouse a cetacean.

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Mike Treder

Time Traveler’s Map, 2010-2050

by Mike Treder

Got a working time machine you can use? Planning a quick trip into the near future to check things out? Might be a good idea to take along this handy map to make sense of where you find yourself.

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Russell Blackford

Voicing Our Disbelief

by Russell Blackford

In recent years, we have witnessed a flood of books, aimed at the popular market, issuing robust challenges to theistic religious belief. A rather puzzling expression, “the New Atheism”, has been applied to this body of work, particularly the contributions of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens. They, in turn, are sometimes referred to, apparently with affection, as “The Four Horsemen”.

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Becoming More Artificial

The Examined Life

In The Examined Life, Zizek argues that we need to embrace the whole world including our artificial, technological, created self and products. Pastoral romanticism and New Age mysticism are a form of ideological mystification and alienation.

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IEET Year in Review

A look back at our accomplishments in 2009.

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Natasha Vita-More

Transhuman Statement and Extropic Art Manifesto

by Natasha Vita-More

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Mark Walker

The Anthropic Argument Against the Existence of God

by Mark Walker

Abstract: If God is morally perfect then He must perform the morally best actions, but creating humans is not the morally best action. If this line of reasoning can be maintained then the mere fact that humans exist contradicts the claim that God exists. This is the “anthropic argument.” The anthropic argument is related to, but distinct from, the traditional argument from evil. The anthropic argument forces us to consider the ‘creation question’: why did God not create other gods rather than humans? That is, if God is omniscient, omnipotent, and morally perfect then why didn’t He create a world populated exclusively by beings that are perfect in the same way that He is—ontological equivalents—rather than choosing to create humans with finite natures and all the suffering that this entails?

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Mike Treder

Mike Treder: Best and Worst

by Mike Treder

Contributors to h+ magazine were invited to submit their choices for the best and the worst of the 2000-2009 decade.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Kyle Munkittrick: Best and Worst

by Kyle Munkittrick

Contributors to h+ magazine were invited to submit their choices for the best and the worst of the 2000-2009 decade.

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Kristi Scott

Kristi Scott: Best and Worst

by Kristi Scott

Contributors to h+ magazine were invited to submit their choices for the best and the worst of the 2000-2009 decade.

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Mike Treder

Changes and Trends, For Better or For Worse

by Mike Treder


In the year 2025, if man is still alive, if woman can survive, they may find…

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Kyle Munkittrick

In Defense of the New

by Kyle Munkittrick

Ratatouille is a fantasy, but a fantasy so close to reality that the fantastic bits almost go unnoticed. The moments where the film asks us to suspend our disbelief are so few and so minor that we forget the film is about a talking rat who can cook. Remy’s unbelievable intelligence is what creates the conflict for the whole story.

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Russell Blackford

On Singer and Radical Life Extension

by Russell Blackford

Peter Singer argues that we should not proceed to develop a hypothetical life-extension drug, based on a scenario where developing the drug would fail to achieve the greatest sum of universal happiness over time. But that’s the wrong test.

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IEET Readers Pick Europe, With Outer Space Close Second

When asked in a recently concluded poll, where they would choose to live if they had to leave their current nation of residence, IEET readers made Europe their top choice, at 19%, but outer space was just behind, at 18%.

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Andrew Maynard

Ten Emerging Technology Trends of the Next Ten years

by Andrew Maynard

What can we expect as we enter the second decade of the twenty first century?  What are the emerging technology trends that are going to be hitting the headlines over the next ten years?

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Mike Treder

Are You Amazed Yet?

by Mike Treder

Have the last ten years filled you with awe at the pace of scientific discovery? Or are you more, like, meh…

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Giulio Prisco

Advocating Visionary Futurism and Practical Technoprogressivism

by Giulio Prisco

It is possible to both be a practical technoprogressive, working for safe, equitable consequences of emerging technologies today, and a visionary inspired by a future with immortal lives among the stars.

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Phil Torres

Rational Capitulationism

by Phil Torres

As far as I can tell, contemporary society—from pop culture to academia—is infused with a paradoxical mixture of technological optimism and pessimism.

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