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

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
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Martine Rothblatt

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


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Transhumanism and Marxism: Philosophical Connections

Sex Work, Technological Unemployment and the Basic Income Guarantee

Technological Unemployment but Still a Lot of Work…

Hottest Articles of the Last Month


Enhancing Virtues: Caring (part 1)
Aug 29, 2014
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An open source future for synthetic biology
Sep 9, 2014
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MMR Vaccines and Autism: Bringing clarity to the CDC Whistleblower Story
Sep 14, 2014
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Mike Treder

The Uncertain Future of Transhumanism

by Mike Treder

Let’s consider four distinct scenarios of technological development and transhumanist assimilation that might take place over the next 15 to 20 years.

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Ben Goertzel

A Probabilistic Characterization of Fuzzy Set Membership…

by Ben Goertzel

A simple probabilistic grounding of the “fuzzy set membership degree” is presented, and used to provide de nitions of the absolute and conditional probabilities of fuzzy sets. Among other possible applications, this allows fuzzy membership values to be coherently incorporated into probabilistic reasoning processes.

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Andrew Maynard

Nanotechnology and Cancer Treatment

by Andrew Maynard

Do we need a reality check?

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Ben Goertzel

Artificial Brains: a Review of the State of the Art and a Roadmap for Future Development

by Ben Goertzel

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Giulio Prisco

Future Evolution of Virtual Worlds as Communication Environments

by Giulio Prisco

Virtual worlds are persistent online computer-generated environments where people can interact, whether for work or play, in a manner comparable to the real world. The most popular current example is World of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online game with eleven million subscribers. However, other virtual worlds, notably Second Life, are not games at all but Internet-based collaboration contexts in which people can create virtual objects, simulated architecture, and working groups.

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Occult America

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation. They talk about the Freemasons, theosophy, Gandhi, Edgar Cayce, the Third Reich and the New Deal, and the eventual occultification of contemporary Christianity. MP3

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The Science of Earthquakes

Science Saturday

IEET Managing Director Mike Treder interviews Arizona State University Professor Ramon Arrowsmith about the what, why, and how of earthquakes.

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Ben Goertzel

Joy and Pain

by Ben Goertzel

Joy and pain as Firsts are, like all Firsts, raw and unanalyzable. They simply are what they are.

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Jamais Cascio

Augmented (Fashion) Reality

by Jamais Cascio

Earthquakes, global warming, patent lawsuits… it’s all a bit much, sometimes. Even a sober-minded “moral guide to the future” needs a break. So today, we talk about fashion.

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Ben Goertzel

Patterns All the Way Down!

by Ben Goertzel

You’ve probably heard the story…

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Ben Goertzel

Uncertain Spatiotemporal Logic for General Intelligence

by Ben Goertzel

Spatiotemporal reasoning is an important skill that an AGI is expected to have, innately or not. Much work has already been done in defining reasoning systems for space, time and spacetime, such as the Region Connection Calculus for space, Allen’s Interval Algebra for time, or the Qualitative Trajectory Calculus for motion. However, these reasoning systems rarely take adequate account of uncertainty, which poses an obstacle to using them in an AGI system confronted with an uncertain reality. In this paper we show how to use PLN (Probabilistic Logic Networks) to represent spatiotemporal knowledge and reasoning, via incorporating existing spatiotemporal calculi, and considering a novel extension of standard PLN truth values inspired by P(Z)-logic. This “PLN-ization” of existing spatiotemporal calculi, we suggest, constitutes an approach to spatiotemporal inference suitable for use in AGI systems that incorporate logic-based components.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Why Do We Accept Aging?

by Kyle Munkittrick

When I was in undergrad, a professor asked our whole class a strange question. The question was strange because it seemed totally out of context, but I think he had a point, so I present it here as a worthy thought experiment.

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Ben Goertzel

Toward a Formal Characterization of Real-World General Intelligence

by Ben Goertzel

Two new formal definitions of intelligence are presented, the “pragmatic general intelligence” and “efficient pragmatic general intelligence.” Largely inspired by Legg and Hutter’s formal de nition of “universal intelligence”, the goal of these de nitions is to capture a notion of general intelligence that more closely models that possessed by humans and practical AI systems, which combine an element of universality with a certain degree of specialization to particular environments and goals. Pragmatic general intelligence measures the capability of an agent to achieve goals in environments, relative to prior distributions over goal and environment space. E cient pragmatic general intelligences measures this same capability, but normalized by the amount of computational resources utilized in the course of the goal-achievement. A methodology is described for estimating these theoretical quantities based on observations of a real biological or artificial system operating in a real environment. Finally, a measure of the “degree of generality” of an intelligent system is presented, allowing a rigorous distinction between “general AI” and “narrow AI”.

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David Brin

Water and Wrenches, Belts and Suspenders

by David Brin

A rational approach to exploring Mars…

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Mike Treder

We’re All Alone and No One Knows Why

by Mike Treder

Does this mean humanity is trapped inside an expansion boundary from which we can never escape?

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Ben Goertzel

A General Intelligence Oriented Architecture for Embodied Natural Language Processing

by Ben Goertzel

A software architecture is described which enables a virtual agent in an online virtual world to carry out simple English language interactions grounded in its perceptions and actions. The use of perceptions to guide anaphor resolution is discussed, along with the use of natural language generation to answer simple questions about the observed world. This architecture has been implemented within the larger PetBrain system, which is built on the OpenCog open-source AI software framework and architected based on the OpenCogPrime design for integrative AGI, and has previously been used for nonlinguistic intelligent behaviors such as imitation and reinforcement learning.

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Andy Miah

The Cultural Politics of Celebrity, Cultural Politics

by Andy Miah

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J. Hughes

Problems of Transhumanism: Belief in Progress vs. Rational Uncertainty

by J. Hughes

Most Enlightenment thinkers believed in the inevitability of human political and technological progress, transforming the Christian expectation that history was predetermined to end in the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth into a conviction that humanity would be able to continually improve itself. But the scientific worldview does not support historical inevitability, only uncertainty.

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Ben Goertzel

Grounding Possible Worlds Semantics in Experiential Semantics

by Ben Goertzel

Probabilistic Logic Networks (PLN), a comprehensive framework for uncertain inference currently in use in the OpenCog and Novamente Cognition Engine AGI software architectures, has previously been described in terms of the ¨experiential semantics” of an intelligent agent embodied in a world. However, several aspects of PLN are more easily interpreted and formulated in terms of ¨possible worlds semantics”; here we use a formal model of intelligent agents to show how a form of possible worlds semantics can be derived from experiential semantics, and use this to provide new interpretations of several aspects of PLN (including uncertain quanti ers, intensional inheritance, and indefinite probabilities.) These new interpretations have practical as well as conceptual bene ts, as they give a unified way of specifying parameters that in the previous interpretations of PLN were viewed as unrelated.

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Ben Goertzel

First, Second, Third

by Ben Goertzel

Patterns are relationships of a particular sort: a relationship between one entity and a set of others, where the first is judged to represent and simplify the others.

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Kyle Munkittrick

How To Make Sex Better

by Kyle Munkittrick

Sex, on its own, in the wild, natural and unadorned, is still complicated. Don’t believe me? Look at a peacock or a bird of paradise. Salmon die after they procreate. Sea slugs penis joust. Now throw in evolved human biology, history, culture, technology, and science and you have a real disaster on your hands.

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Ben Scarlato

Nip/Tuck: Ethics and Beauty

by Ben Scarlato

While it’s common to look at transhumanist themes through the lens of science fiction, I think it’s at least as fascinating to consider the ethical issues and themes explored in controversial, well-written dramas such as Nip/Tuck.

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Living Longer in an Extreme Future

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Jayme Canton, CEO of the Institute for Global Futures (globalfuturist.com) and author of The Extreme Future. They discuss the convergence of personalized genomic medicine with human enhancement, and the prospects for employment recovery in the global economy. MP3

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Mike Treder

A Tale of Two Earthquakes

by Mike Treder

Lessons we can learn from recent disasters in Haiti and in Chile.

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Jamais Cascio

Futures Thinking: Writing Scenarios

by Jamais Cascio

So what do scenarios actually look like? Here are some real-world examples.

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Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Futures 2.0: Rethinking the Discipline

by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

If the field of futures were invented today, what would it look like? What would its intellectual foundations be? Who would it serve and influence? And how would its ideas and insights be put into practice?

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Scale of the Universe

From the tiniest of possible sizes—quantum foam—to beyond the reaches of the visible universe, this extraordinary interactive flash presentation puts everything into perspective.


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Mike Treder

What takes the place of the nation-state?

by Mike Treder

The nation-state as a primary locus of power in the world is a paradigm that dates back only a few hundred years. Could that model be replaced in our lifetimes by something different?

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IEET Readers See China as Future Power

By a wide margin, respondents to a recently concluded poll chose China as the nation most likely to displace the United States as the leading power in the world by 2050.

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Natasha Vita-More on Transhumanism

The Scavenger

The only way for us to survive is to evolve. Transhumanism - a movement supporting the use of science and technology to improve the mental and physical characteristics and capacities of humans - is the way forward, writes Natasha Vita-More.

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