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

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Nick Bostrom


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Google’s Cold Betrayal of the Internet
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Web 3.0

In this compelling 15-minute documentary, NYU Journalism/Psychology major Kate Ray explores the future of the information explosion.

Web 3.0 from Kate Ray on Vimeo.

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Andrew Maynard

At the Dawn of a New Technology

by Andrew Maynard

One of the most anticipated technological breakthroughs in years hits the streets, and I’m completely off the web – holed up in an Italian hotel with no Internet and no phone.

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The Great Singularity Debate

Science Saturday

Research Fellow Eliezer Yudkowsky of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy Professor Massimo Pigliucci of the City University of New York debate the meaning of intelligence and the possible limits of AI.

The Singularity and the outer limits of physical possibility (08:38)
Do human brains run software? (09:58)
Consciousness, intelligence, and computation (03:14)
What could minds be made of? (13:08)
Is mind-uploading a dualist dream? (19:18)
Would the Singularity be a Vonnegut-style catastrophe? (10:56)

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Arthur Caplan

Now ain’t that special? The implications of creating the first synthetic bacteria

by Arthur Caplan

What seemed to be an intractable puzzle, with significant religious overtones, has been solved. J Craig Venter, Ham Smith, Clyde Hutchinson, Daniel Gibson and a team of scientists at the Venter Institute in Rockville, Md., have made a new living bacterium from a set of genes they decoded, artificially combined and then stuck into the cored out remains of the bacterium of another species.  In other words, they created a living thing from man-made parts.  Or, in more important words, they created a novel lifeform from man-made parts.

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Volcano Time Exposure

Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull - May 1st and 2nd, 2010 from Sean Stiegemeier on Vimeo.

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Phil Torres

Is Progress always progress?

by Phil Torres

As the historian Robert Nisbet writes, “No single idea has been more important than, perhaps as important as, the idea of progress in Western civilization for nearly three thousand years.” But let’s understand what we mean by progress.

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Jamais at Lift

Lift

Foresight from three different perspectives: aspirational foresight as a way of setting challenges and goals for ourselves; evaluative foresight as a way of testing our strategies; and anticipatory foresight as a kind of civilizational immune system, sensitizing ourselves to the disruptive changes ahead.

Watch live streaming video from liftconference at livestream.com

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Russell Blackford

Sam Harris on a science of morality

by Russell Blackford

In his recent contribution to The Huffington Post, Sam Harris offers a detailed defence of his proposal for a science of morality, writing in the aftermath of reactions to his TED talk back in March. A great deal of his defence concentrates on answering the latest criticisms from Sean Carroll.

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Aubrey at Lift

Lift

“There won’t be generations anymore,” says Aubrey de Grey of tomorrow’s world where anti-aging treatments will give us at least 30 extra years of life. You’ll be able to keep up with your granddaughter on the ski slopes, he told his host at the Lift 2010 conference in Geneva Thursday 6 May. And for de Grey, the future is close: we can expect to see such treatments within our lifetimes, he believes….Link

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David Brin

Saving Capitalism from Neo-Feudalism

by David Brin

Regarding the current mess on Wall Street, billionaire Mark Cuban and I have joined the chorus for a securities trade tax, that would both bring in needed revenue and apply incentives for investors to care, just a little, about the stocks they buy, rather than viewing them as chits in a fast-paced game that only giants can play.

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Kyle Munkittrick

A Clone of My Own continued

by Kyle Munkittrick

The poor cloning debate has turned into a thoroughly-beaten dead horse and yet, here I find myself, brandishing a fresh cudgel and eying the rhetorical equestrian corpse for some worthy target. Let me begin by doing something people rarely do when debating issues like this:  state what I am actually defending.

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Announcing Our New Roster of Interns

We are pleased to introduce the five members of our revised IEET intern program: Akansha Bhargava, Diana Deca, Kris Notaro, Ben Scarlato, and Priyamvada Sivasubramanian.

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Who Owns You?

Who Owns You?

Over the last 20 years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has been issuing patents to universities and private companies on raw human genes. One company or university is given a legal monopoly over a molecule that is inside every human being and many other animals. This soon-to-be-finished documentary explores the legal, ethical, and clinical ramifications of human gene patenting.

Who Owns You? - A Documentary - Trailer from Taylor Roesch on Vimeo.

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Inequality, Basic Income, the Brain

Changesurfer Radio

Progressive economist Samuel Bowles is heading the behavioral science program at the complexity theory thinktank Santa Fe Institute. He thinks we could become more prosperous if we ended inequality, and that a basic income would help. Our brains would like it too, says recent research. And a little bit on “human-racism.”  MP3

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Aimee Mullins on Colbert

Aimee Mullins, who has two prosthetic legs, says the average pinup model has more prosthetics in her breasts than she has on her body.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Aimee Mullins
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorFox News

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Mike Treder

Slow Road to the Future

by Mike Treder

Not too many years ago, I was among those anticipating a rapid acceleration of “progress” in which a future transformed by excitingly exotic new technologies would soon welcome us.

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How Might Our Great-Great-Grandchildren Think (and Will They Still Be Human?)

UPenn Take Your Brain to Lunch

As part of the spring 2010 Take Your Brain to Lunch Lecture Series, Martha Farah, Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences in the Department of Psychology and Director of Penn’s new Center for Neuroscience and Society, led conversations with Penn faculty members about the brain. In this video, Susan Schneider, Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and Assistant Professor of Philosophy, discusses Future Brains: How Might Our Great-Great-Grandchildren Think (and Will They Still Be Human?).

 

 

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Text 2.0 Will Blow Your Mind

Imagine this: What if the book you were reading knew what you were looking at?

 

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Jamais Cascio

Your Posthumanism is Boring Me

by Jamais Cascio

We will never be posthuman, because we have always been posthuman.

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J. Hughes

Beyond the Human Race — and “Human-Racism”

by J. Hughes

The problem with the idea of posthumanity is that the thing it is supposed to be beyond, “humanness,” is an imagined community to begin with. So why imagine posthumanity at all?

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Should We Fear Contact With Aliens?

Changesurfer Radio

David Brin and George Dvorsky respond to Stephen Hawking’s warning, in his Discovery channel special Into The Universe, that we should avoid making aliens aware of our presence since they may destroy us. Also, what do Americans really think about “socialism” and “capitalism?” (MP3)

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Amateur Science in Our Modern Age

Amateurs have always played a significant role in scientific discovery, particularly in astronomy and the natural sciences. In the last century, we’ve seen an increasing trend toward professionalization of all aspects of society; IEET Fellow David Brin, however, forecasts a counter-trend toward an Age of Amateurs.

The sheer number and complexity of our challenges, says Brin, will demand a wider proliferation of skills than just one-per-person. We may be returning to a greater emphasis on amateurs, even in areas like national defense and self-reliance. The scope of SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, will be enhanced by thousands of amateur dishes scanning the skies, sharing their results through the Internet.

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Andrew Maynard

Building Trust Between Science and Society

by Andrew Maynard

Having recently finished Robert Winston’s Bad Ideas? An Arresting History of our Inventiveness, I was rather taken by his concluding “Scientist’s Manifesto” – a fourteen-point guide to help strengthen the relationship between science and society.

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Human Past, Present and Future Cast in Doubt

Changesurfer Radio

Could everyone but Africans be the result of miscegenation with Neanderthals? Will we be able to develop global rules for geoengineering in time? And good news for brains but bad news for global, gender and racial health equity.

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Jamais Cascio

Rogue Geoengineering Project Underway?

by Jamais Cascio

Last week, Kyle Vandercamp, an atmospheric scientist, blew the whistle on a rogue geoengineering project funded by billionaire Harrison Wyld. Vandercamp was a senior scientist at the Bluebird Lab, and managed to get hold of some pretty damning documents laying out the extent of what the Bluebird project intends to do.

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Mike Treder

What matters is WHO makes the choice, NOT the choice that’s made

by Mike Treder

In the big debate over whether and how we should make ourselves known to possible ETIs, the decision itself may not have much consequence at all. But in deciding who should choose, we may be setting a crucial precedent.

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David Brin

Perspectives on SETI and Aliens

by David Brin

Nobody knows a damned thing about aliens—but that doesn’t keep almost everyone from behaving like children, weighing in with their “of course” explanations for how advanced sapient races would “naturally” behave, or why ETs haven’t been seen, or what they would do if we encountered them.

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Phil Torres

Scientific Fallibilism and SETI

by Phil Torres

Just because one is convinced that transmitting signals into space is safe doesn’t mean he or she has the right to transmit such signals.

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Ben Goertzel

OpenCog Bot: Achieving Generally Intelligent Virtual Agent Control and Humanoid Robotics…

by Ben Goertzel

We describe an integrative cognitive architecture for human-like, human-level, embodied general intelligence, founded on integrating the OpenCogPrime framework for cognition, language and high-level learning with a hierarchical temporal memory for lower-level perception and action. The core conceptual principle of the architecture is “cognitive synergy”, wherein di erent components are speci cally integrated in such a way as to compensate for each others scalability weaknesses. The current, preliminary implementation of the architecture to control a Nao robot is described, and contrasted with prior work using OpenCogPrime to control virtual agents in virtual worlds; and future plans for achieving greater intelligence via instructing the Nao in a “robot preschool” context are reviewed.

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Mike Treder

Are space aliens a threat to Earth?

by Mike Treder

How concerned are you about the “alien threat”?

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