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How “God” Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith
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Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
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A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
Keith Wiley

A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century
Ilia Stambler


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Bad luck and cancer – did the media get it wrong?
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Jamais Cascio

Eschatological Taxonomy Poster

by Jamais Cascio

Being a scale for comparing, contrasting, and understanding the sundry manners in which the Apocalypse may arise, as structured by me.

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New JET article by Nicholas Agar

Over at the Journal of Evolution and Technology we’ve published a new article by Nicholas Agar, in which he summarises some of the argument from his new book, Humanity’s End, which focuses on and critiques the work of Ray Kurzweil, and the IEET’s Nick Bostrom, James Hughes and Aubrey de Grey.

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Richard Eskow

If I said I’m thankful for the wisdom of the American people, would you think I’m crazy?

by Richard Eskow

There are a lot of things to be thankful for in this world, and I’ve got a pretty good list: A loving family, the glittering splendor of the cascading galaxies, Eddie Hinton’s guitar solo on the Staples Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” ... you know, the usual stuff. But here’s something you may not think warrants much gratitude this November: The wisdom and common sense of the American people.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Xenotransplants Might Wipe Out the Human Race

by Kyle Munkittrick

But probably not!

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Richard Eskow

I Am the Man Who Sees the Future

by Richard Eskow

Now available: My forecasts for the medium and long-range future of humanity. Really!

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The Ethical Robot

University of Connecticut professor emerita Susan Anderson and her research partner, husband Michael Anderson of the University of Hartford, a UConn alumnus, are teaching machines how to behave ethically.

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All I Need

Some things cost more than you realize.

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Mike Treder

What matters most, justice or comfort?

by Mike Treder

Would you give up some of the consumer comforts you presently enjoy in order to live in a society that places a very high value on fairness, equality, and social justice? Or are you okay with a certain amount of “bending the rules” so the privileged class can attain more benefits and accumulate much more power and wealth as long as you also enjoy a higher standard of living?

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Strong Consensus on Improving Human Morality

Two-thirds of those responding to a recently concluded poll of IEET readers say that human morality is not fixed, that it can be improved “” and that we see it happening all the time.

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Andrea Kuszewski

The Sexing Up Of Science (I’m Coming Out! And So Can You!)

by Andrea Kuszewski

A few weeks ago, The Science Cheerleaders grabbed headlines with their appearance at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, where they cheered for citizen science and science literacy as well as served to provide a new kind of role model for young girls, showing them they can be both cheerleaders and scientists.

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Mike Treder

A Rough Guide to the Future

by Mike Treder

There’s a new book out that I recommend giving as a holiday gift, or just purchasing for yourself.

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Curtis D. Carbonell

The Third Culture

by Curtis D. Carbonell

This article is in response to Russell Blackford’s piece, “Will science put the humanities out of business?

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Care and Feeding of Your AI Overlord

by Marcelo Rinesi

It’s 2010 — our 2010 —  and an artificial intelligence is one of the most powerful entities on Earth. It manages trillions of dollars in resources, governments shape their policies according to its reactions, and, while some people revere it as literally incapable of error and others despise it as a cathastrophic tyrant, everybody is keenly aware of its existence and power.

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Natasha Vita-More

We are Strong: Only Insofar As We Take Advantage of Our Innate Abilities and Build Smarter Tools

by Natasha Vita-More

Humans are animals that build tools to enhance physiology. It is the use of tools that helped to increase the human brain into a larger, more complex system than that of early hominids. “Tools and bigger brains mark the beginning of a distinctly human line of evolution.” (Kelly 2010, 22) According to Jared Diamond, early hominids lacked innovation: “In short, Neanderthal tools had no variation in either time or space to suggest that most human characteristics, innovation”. (Diamond 2006, 44) What will we do with nanotechnology and AGI?

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Taking Control of Our Cyberlife

Grit TV with Laura Flanders

Doug Rushkoff was interviewed by progressive journalist Laura Flanders for Grit TV about his new book Program or Be Programmed: We need to take control of the new computer networking tools all around us, argues author and thinker Douglas Rushkoff, or else we’ll wind up at the mercy of those who do take control. That’s part of the argument Rushkoff makes in his new book, Program or Be Programmed, out now from our friends at OR Books. With some basic computer and programming literacy, Rushkoff notes, we can take control of our lives, create value for ourselves, and perhaps let the big institutions that think they control us, from banks to media moguls, just wither away.

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George Dvorsky

A leftist reaction to the commercialization of space

by George Dvorsky

Peter Dickins has penned a provocative article in the Monthly ReviewThe Humanization of the Cosmos—To What End? Dickins approaches the subject of space colonization from a decidedly leftist perspective, and is wonders how the process can unfold without the exploitation of humans and the environment.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Four Loko and Our Irrational Fear of Cognitive Enhancement

by Kyle Munkittrick

Four Loko is in the news! For a caffeinated malt liquor drink that comes in an assortment of barely palatable flavors, it sure is generating a lot of controversy.

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Martine Rothblatt

Will Mindclones, AIs, and Uploads Ever Run Out of Cyberspace?

by Martine Rothblatt

The cybersphere will expand exponentially as life expands into the universe.

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V.R. Manoj

Love and Hope for Other Species in the Posthuman Future

by V.R. Manoj

I am writing this after having responded to a respected friend, a bioethicist with whom I am connected via Facebook. In his photo albums, he has a picture of a protected area for dogs in Thailand. This got me thinking.

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Ramez Naam

Top Five Reasons ‘The Singularity’ is a Misnomer

by Ramez Naam

I’m sometimes asked my view on the singularity. As the author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement, and a recipient of the H.G. Wells Award for Contributions to Transhumanism, people assume that I believe in this thing called The Singularity and can’t wait for it to occur.

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The End of the World: Are We Doomed?

David Brin Videos on YouTube

Every generation had legends of a coming downfall. Whether you call it The End Times, Armageddon, Apocalypse, Doomsday, Ragnorak, The Population Bomb….we’ve long been fascinated by prophecies of devastation and doom.

Scientist and best-selling novelist David Brin explores the concepts and facts behind end-of-the-world tales, and how modern civilization can start limiting the risk.

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George Dvorsky

The financial time bomb of longer lives?

by George Dvorsky

A rather sobering article from the New York Times: “The Financial Time Bomb of Longer Lives”.

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Kyle Munkittrick

We Need Gattaca to Prevent Skynet

by Kyle Munkittrick

In science fiction, when humanity is faced with existential crises, we turn to great minds attached to great hearts. While we aren’t under alien attack or facing sentient machines, our world has its own share of problems. Human cognitive enhancement might just be the solution from which all other solutions are born; or maybe it brings too many risks of its own.

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J. Hughes

Never Say Die: A Slate/New America Seminar on Radical Life Extension

by J. Hughes

Slate magazine and New America Foundation are holding a seminar on the biology and policy implications of radical life extension today, with help from the IEET’s Sean Hays and with IEET Fellow Aubrey de Grey as a speaker.

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Kris Notaro

On Capitalism and Politics in 2010

by Kris Notaro

Critical thinking leads the political thinker to socialism, anarchism, and a rejection of capitalism.

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Is Radical Life Extension Too Radical?

Patt Morrison Show, KPCC

How old is too old? Some scientists think the body has a metabolic stop-sign at about age 122; others think that through new technologies, genetics, and robotics we can expand our longevity to a quarter millennium. And one man, IEET Fellow Aubrey de Grey, thinks immortality is possible — that the first human who will reach 1000 years of age has already been born.

But with great age our assumptions of life, family, work, taxes, government, health, sex… our humanness…would change. Are you ready for the long life?

Click here to listen to an interview featuring Aubrey de Grey and Joel Garreau.

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Sharp Divisions on Religion and Science

When asked, in a recently concluded poll, whether science and religion can coexist peacefully, IEET readers responded with sharply different views.

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Russell Blackford

Will science put the humanities out of business?

by Russell Blackford

Nah, I don’t think so. Nor are they about to tell us everything we want for the development of public policy. The following is edited from an article I published in Quadrant about a decade ago.

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David Brin’s new graphic novel Tinkerers

What if America lost its knack for making things? IEET Fellow David Brin’s new graphic novel Tinkerers is set in the year 2024, and combines art with history and tech to explore where the U.S. went wrong.

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George Dvorsky

Revisiting the proto-transhumanists: Diderot and Condorcet

by George Dvorsky

Think transhumanism is a relatively new social and intellectual phenomenon? Guess again.

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