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Mike Treder

Drawing Lines

by Mike Treder

To be a “true” technoprogressive, must one also be an affirmed atheist?

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Charlie Stross

Institutional Longevity

by Charlie Stross

Over on Hacker News, GraffitiTim points out something interesting: “The first civilization started in Mesopotamia around 5000 BCE (more or less), which is 7,000 years ago. If you live until age 80, that’s more than 1% of the history of civilization.” So you can expect to live for more than 1% of the life span of human civilization to this date.

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Kristi Scott

Cheating Darwin: The Genetic and Ethical Implications of Vanity and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

by Kristi Scott

If mating is partly about choosing half the genome of your children, do your potential partners in parenting have an obligation to disclose that they have had so much “work” done on their face and body that they now look nothing like their original phenotype? Will cosmetics and plastic surgery blunt the selection of more beautiful women via sexual selection?

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Marcelo Rinesi

Education and Learning: Still in the Middle Ages

by Marcelo Rinesi

We invest money, time, and effort in procuring the best possible hardware and software for our projects. In the same manner, we want the people in our teams to have the necessary knowledge and skills. We can be quite vocal in our beliefs that people are the most important asset, and ongoing education a necessity of the modern economy. Except that when it comes to learning, we are really, really bad.

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Planetary Praxis

Changesurfer Radio

Dan Novak teaches about The Sixties, philosophy and futurism at the University of Rhode Island. A veteran of the spiritual counterculture and the political Left, Dan talks with Dr. J. about globalization, spirituality, the Marxist writer Ernst Bloch, and the concept of a “planetary praxis,” uniting personal spiritual growth with global social change. (MP3)

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Randall Mayes

In Defense of Patenting DNA: A Pragmatic Libertarian Perspective

by Randall Mayes

Although biotechnology patents existed prior to the 1980s as the biotechnology era officially began, they soon became a divisive public policy issue. Perhaps a culture war issue is more appropriate as the free market approach of using DNA patents in biomedical research is under fire from strange bedfellows, a bioconservative-technoprogressive axis. The bioconservative criticisms are on moral grounds and the technoprogressive criticisms for economic reasons based on values.

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Proclaiming Four Environmental ‘Heresies’

TED Talks

Stewart Brand, who helped usher in the environmental movement in the 1960s and ‘70s, has been rethinking his positions on cities, nuclear power, genetic modification and geoengineering. This talk at the US State Department, a foretaste of his major new book, is sure to provoke widespread debate.

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Emergence - IEET News for July 2009

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Ben Scarlato

Technoprogressive Thoughts on Space Policy

by Ben Scarlato

Marking the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, we present some thoughts on a technoprogressive approach to space policy. One of the IEET’s projects is to begin a discussion among technoprogressives about the parameters of technoprogressive policy ideas, using our “Technoprogressive Policy Wiki”. The policy wiki is outlined, but empty, and we have provided our interns with some parameters for how to begin filling it in. The goal is not to express “the IEET’s position” on any specific topic, but to explore our own internal agreements and diversity about policy topics, while pointing to relevant websites, documents, and policies. Ben’s piece here on space policy was developed after conversation with the executive director, and then review and extension by the IEET Fellows and staff. Like the rest of the wiki we expect it to continually evolve. We present it here for further critique and extension before we add it to the policy wiki. - J. Hughes

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Mike Treder

Transhumanism as Religion

by Mike Treder

Do transhumanists hold a set of beliefs that effectively offer an alternative to traditional religions? And if so, is that necessarily bad?

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The Ethics of Health Insurance

Bill Moyers Journal

During almost 20 years inside the health insurance industry, Wendell Potter saw for-profit insurers hijack the U.S. health care system and put profits before patients. Here, he speaks with Bill Moyers about how those companies are standing in the way of responsible health care reform.


RELATED: “For-profit health insurance is an obscenity”

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Kyle Munkittrick

On the Importance of Being a Cyborg Feminist

by Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanism’s relationship with postmodern philosophy and critical theory is a strange one. For example, Nick Bostrom’s influential “A History of Transhumanist Thought” spans centuries, covering the gamut from Utnapishtim to the President’s Council on Bioethics, but makes little mention of those who radically challenge the core Enlightenment narrative upon which he builds his history. Figures like Nietzsche, Marx, and Donna Haraway do all receive a nod in Bostrom’s essay, including Haraway’s cyberfeminist motto, “I’d rather be a cyborg than a goddess,” but their ideas go unanalyzed. Of course, the context for these thinkers is often ignored and their works simply mined for epigraphs and potent, argument-punctuating lines such as Haraway’s.

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Mike Treder

Can you see ahead 90 years?

by Mike Treder

Give us your best guess about the state of the world in the year 2099.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Cyberwarfare is for Individuals, not States

by Marcelo Rinesi

We are used to scale being the telltale characteristic of state involvement in warfare. Individuals can go on shooting sprees, and terrorist cells can put bombs, but only states can engage in large-scale warfare. But, as most metaphors of the ‘cyber-’ kind, this intuition breaks down with so-called cyberwarfare.

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Yes, let’s go to space!

In a recently concluded poll, IEET readers overwhelmingly supported human/posthuman expansion into space.

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Mike Treder

Luck of the Draw

by Mike Treder

If you had been born with your exact genetic makeup, but in another time and place, would you still have achieved whatever success you’ve had? Is the happiness you’ve gained mostly a matter of effort and determination, or do you owe a lot of your accomplishments to a fortunate but accidental combination of timing and location?

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Technology is Political

FreedomLab

More snippets of the FreedomLab interview with Jamais.

Technology is Political

Technology is Political from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.



Nature is No Longer Natural

Nature is No Longer Natural from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.



Three Futures

Three Futures from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.



Foresight as Society’s Immune System

Foresight as Society’s Immune System from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.

 

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Kyle Munkittrick

Is Anti-Aging a Moral Good, continued: Response to Pigliucci

by Kyle Munkittrick

Dr. Massimo Pigliucci critiqued my arguments against aging on his blog, Rationally Speaking. Pigliucci is a trained philosopher, so I’m going to go into hyper-academic mode for a while on this post. If you’re into long-winded, nuanced logical deconstructions of arguments and overly dry chest-beating, please read on. If not, check out these awesome warning signs of the future from Anders Sandberg. Make your choice now.

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Mike Treder

Implanting a Telescope Inside the Eye

by Mike Treder

A tiny telescope, already approved for use in Europe, can be implanted in one eye to help people with an advanced form of macular degeneration. The device takes the place of the natural lens.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Harry Potter and the Negotiation Table

by Marcelo Rinesi

There’s a dark magic in every negotiation table. No matter what the stakes — political, economical, personal — there’s a sinister spell worthy of a Voldemort clouding minds and making what should be impossible a daily occurrence.

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Augmented Reality and Ethical Futurism

Blog Talk Radio: Tactical Transparency

Jamais Cascio talks to John C. Havens about Augmented Reality, the intersections of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, cultural transformation, The Semantic Web, and the ethical implications of technology and media moving forward. (45 min)

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Capitalism, for Dummies

Life Inc.

Is capitalism just an elaborate shell game, an attempt to sell economic growth as a grand Ponzi scheme?

Life Inc. Dispatch 08: Capitalism, for Dummies from Douglas Rushkoff on Vimeo.

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Doug Rushkoff on the Colbert Report

Colbert Report

Douglas Rushkoff discusses the downfalls of operating the world like a corporation and how to weaken corporate influence. (05:58)

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Douglas Rushkoff
www.colbertnation.com
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Real Terminators

That's Impossible

Jamais talks to That’s Impossible about “real terminators.”

Jamais Cascio segments from That’s Impossible: Real Terminators from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.

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Mike Treder

No More Libertarians

by Mike Treder

Can you remember when libertarians stood for something good? Okay, maybe you can’t, but let’s at least acknowledge the arguably reasonable notions that libertarianism once represented.

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News of the Future: Atheism, IQ, Longevity, Sperm

Changesurfer Radio

Atheists are smarter. Purpose in life predicts longevity. The coming crisis of aging and arguments for the Longevity Dividend. Artificial sperm: a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle?  (MP3)

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News of the Future: Bad Thoughts

Changesurfer Radio

Why trying to suppress bad thoughts make them worse. Lying takes brain work, but truth doesn’t. What the Supreme Court confirmation hearings should be asking (enhancement, uplift, cognitive liberty, etc.) What do Americans think about science and climate change today?  (MP3)

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Crossed Genres Interview with IEET’s Athena Andreadis

Athena Andreadis, Associate Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, author of To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek, and IEET Fellow, talks about human-hybrids, werewolves, settling on other planets, and human evolution both past and future in this interview posted at Crossed Genres.

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Athena Andreadis

Eldorado Desperadoes I: Of Mice and Men

by Athena Andreadis

About a week ago, the Internet went wild with the announcement that a “fountain of youth” drug had been found that extends life by about 10%.  I picked a site at random and read the report, knowing full well what I would find buried somewhere in the story.  Sure enough, there it was, tucked at the end of a paragraph halfway down: the study was done on mice.

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RIP Walter Cronkite

CBS News

On this 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, a fitting tribute to a great journalist who will be sorely missed.

(Hat tip to BoingBoing)

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