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Dr. Martine Rothblatt Speaks at 2016 MOOG Fest Protesting Transgender Bias Law

Gene editing can now change an entire species — forever

Futurespection: How do we get better?

Douglas Rushkoff joins IFTF as Research Fellow

This virtual lab will revolutionize science class

William James: Once Born and Twice Born People


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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
Author
John G Messerly

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow


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Ethicists Generally Agree: The Pro-Life Arguments Are Worthless
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Artificial Intelligence in the UK: Risks and Rewards
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Ben Hyink

In Favor of the Functional Separation of Uploaded Minds and Simultaneous Mind Clones

by Ben Hyink

Exposure to some types of information can constrain one’s real options and impose responsibilities one might rather avoid. To set the stage for a flourishing culture of mind uploads, we need to enable people to live with a freedom from some kinds of potentially harmful information.

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Dustin Eirdosh

If Cows Were Time Travelers - The BioPolitics of Animal Consciousness

by Dustin Eirdosh

If cows were time travelers - I would stop eating most meat! Let me explain…. the ability to be a time traveller is a critical defining marker in how we must practically interpret the nature of any given animal consciousness.

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How to Get to Mars

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NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission (MER) is an ongoing robotic space mission involving two rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, exploring the planet Mars. It began in 2003 with the sending of the two rovers—MER-A Spirit and MER-B Opportunity—to explore the Martian surface and geology.

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Michael Lee

Call of the Wild: Decoding Australia’s Long-Term Future

by Michael Lee

A generation of far-reaching social change lies ahead for Australia.  There will be a serious struggle to adapt to climate change as water security becomes a critical issue for many coastal cities and for agriculture.

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Valerie Tarico

India to Africa: Living in Hand-Me-Downs

by Valerie Tarico

Some years back, a group of anti-poverty advocates cast their lot in with Chevy and Ford to oppose higher gas taxes. “That’s just stupid,” said my ever-blunt brother Dan.

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Evan Selinger

Impatience as Digital Virtue

by Evan Selinger

Apple’s Siri commercials promise a perfectly anthropomorphized digital assistant; a virtual, voice recognition secretary programmed to serve every scheduling and questioning whim by celebrity and average citizen alike.

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Internet Rising (documentary film)

Internet Rising - documentary film

Released on 11.29.11, ‪http://internetRISING.net‬ is a digi-documentary investigating the evolving relationships between the Internet and collective consciousness of humanity. It provokes many questions about ancient and modern paradoxes of life, its pleasures and pains… and the gray area contrasts in between - but most of all it is meant to be an inspiring conversation starter.

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Hank Pellissier

Transhumanists: Who Are They? What Do They Want, Believe, and Predict? (Terasem Survey, Part 5)

by Hank Pellissier

You want increased intelligence, transparency, life expectancy and personal freedom? Curiosity is your primary motivation and you want to reduce or eliminate sleep? Welcome, you’re H+.

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Jamais Cascio

Lies, Damn Lies, and Twitter Bots

by Jamais Cascio

Bear with me—this is going to get twisted. I’ve been paying attention to the use of deception as a tactical method, from real-world grieving to deception as a means of protecting privacy.

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Leo Igwe

Traditional Values and Human Rights in Africa

by Leo Igwe

On March 24 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution titled, Promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms through a better understanding of traditional values of humankind in conformity with international human rights laws.’

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Cheetah Robot

Plastic Pals

Dr. Sangbae Kim and his team at MIT’s Biomimetic Robotics Lab are building a cheetah-inspired robot to compete with other fast running robots as part of a DARPA challenge.

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Dick Pelletier

Synthetic life: its Wonders could Revolutionize our Lives

by Dick Pelletier

Say goodbye to global warming, toxic waste, and dependency on fossil fuels, and get ready to enjoy perfect health with exotic drugs that could one day cure most diseases and extend lifespan indefinitely.

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George Dvorsky

Can Technology Help Us Put an End to Animal Experimentation?

by George Dvorsky

Nobody likes the idea of experimenting on animals. It seems like the definition of inhumanity, especially when you consider the growing evidence that animals have awareness just like us.

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Nikola Danaylov

Why I Am an Optimist

by Nikola Danaylov

People ask me why I am an optimist about the progress of technology and the technological singularity. My reply is simple. I choose to focus on the upside.

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How to Stop Robots From Killing Us

big think

Even if computer technology continues to double every 18 months—which is doubtful—we could put a chip in robots’ brains to shut them off if they start to get murderous.

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Maria Konovalenko

I am an “Aging Fighter” Because Life is the Main Human Right, Demand and Desire

by Maria Konovalenko

My name is Maria Konovalenko and I am an aging fighter. I would very much like to live forever, but most importantly I would like all the people in the world to have this opportunity.

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Jaap Boekestein

Turning off, Turning On (Science Fiction)

by Jaap Boekestein

Cyborg high-risk erotica… trusting each other intimately… turning off safety protocols… adjusting bio-levels… using non-recommended software…

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Jønathan Lyons

To Mindfile-Me, or Not to Mindfile-Me?

by Jønathan Lyons

Being a transhumanist parent has some unique challenges, for example…what if I die before I’m able to join the uploaded? Should I contact “LifeNaut” immediately?

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IEET Fellows Selinger and Blackford quoted in NYTimes

“Is Doping Cheating?” - a NYTimes essay on Lance Armstrong and the ethics of enhancement - referenced two IEET Fellows, Evan Selinger and Russell Blackford, with quotes from their recent IEET essays.

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Wendell Wallach Interview - Philosopher’s Podcast

Such That Cast - Philosopher's Podcast

In this second episode of SuchThatCast, I talk to Wendell Wallach, who is a consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He chairs the Center’s research group on Technology and Ethics and is a member of other research groups on Animal Ethics, End of Life Issues, Neuroethics, and PTSD. Wendell co-authored (with Colin Allen) the influential Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong (Oxford University Press 2009), which maps the new field of machine ethics.
Wallach talks about his extraordinary career, from being a spiritual guru in the 1960s to becoming one of today’s leading authorities on machine ethics. He also discusses his involvement in the transhumanist society, as well as his current project of developing a ‘silent ethics’, grounded in meditation practices.

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Pietro Speroni di Fenizio

Masturbation and Obesity - the Story Behind a Crowdsourcing “Good Guess”

by Pietro Speroni di Fenizio

The University of Vermont was running a crowdsourcing experiment. Can we crowdsource academic research? Not just the gathering of data but the proposal of the idea itself?

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Sohail Inayatullah

Beyond the Gold: creating alternative ways to measure Olympic success and failure

by Sohail Inayatullah

We love watching the Olympics, and are inspired by athletic and organisational excellence. However, the Olympics are not a neutral venue. Every medal is based on a stream of money, power, genes and deep culture. In this essay [1] we unpack the political-economy of the Olympics.

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Alex McGilvery

Progress for Immediate Profit - why can’t we consider the consequences?

by Alex McGilvery

A great deal of our behavior is determined by our instincts and prejudices, plus… Mental Laziness.

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Accelerating Change Isn’t Slowing Down

Singularity 1 on 1

John Smart is an advisor in Futures Studies and Forecasting for Singularity University. During our discussion we cover: the Foresight Education and Research Network (FERN); the story of how John got interested in futurism and technology; his Acceleration Studies Foundation as well as the meaning of accelerating change; his totally fascinating idea of STEM compression; the Barrow scale vs the Kardashev scale; cosmology, black holes and different interpretations thereof; Moore’s Law and the limits of Physics.

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Owen Nicholas

The Transcension Hypothesis: An Intriguing Answer to the Fermi Paradox?

by Owen Nicholas

Ever since Enrico Fermi questioned back in the 1950’s why, if a multitude of civilisations are likely to exist in the Milky Way, no sign of their existence in the form of probes or spacecraft has ever been detected, scientists and critical thinkers have struggled to resolve the problem by supplying a host of inventive arguments with mixed reception.

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Hank Pellissier

Abolishing Suffering via Bio-Engineering and Drugs - would this cripple social activism and art?

by Hank Pellissier

The abolition of suffering has been advanced for many years as a transhumanist ideal by IEET Fellow David Pearce. Recently, the Longevity Party engaged in a debate about it’s value.

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Russell Blackford

What is this Thing called Enhancement?

by Russell Blackford

In their introductory piece, “Well-Being and Enhancement”, to their edited collection Enhancing Human Capacities, Julian Savulescu, Ruud ter Meulen, and Guy Kahane attempt to define “enhancement” or “human enhancement”, settling on a conception related to well-being.

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Evan Selinger is our new IEET Fellow

Let’s welcome Evan Selinger as our newest IEET Fellow.

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Fabulous Life of Filthy Rich Billionaires

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Viral video depicting the lifestyle of billionaires.

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David Brin

Will the World’s Middle Class Rise Up to Reclaim $21 Trillion Hoard Hidden Offshore by Global Elite?

by David Brin

Consider this headline. $21 Trillion hoard hidden offshore by global elite. Consider that number and consider my prediction that the world’s middle classes will become radicalized, perhaps in the 2020s, or even sooner.

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