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Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies
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Roko Mijic

Will becoming a yokel improve your life and save the planet?

by Roko Mijic

(Response to Edward Miller’s “How to Redesign our Communities for the Internet Age” on open source ecology.) If we are to reliably produce good ideas about changing the world here in the blogsphere, then we must prune out the bad ideas; open source ecology is a bad idea if ever I saw one.

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Mike Treder

Dropping Bombs

by Mike Treder

Barack Obama is in Moscow this week, holding talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and—perhaps more importantly—with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is regarded by many as still holding the crucial keys of power inside that nation’s opaque political structure. In any case, the leaders are discussing, among other things, nuclear disarmament. Between them, Russia and the United States possess more than 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads. And so, any negotiations that can lower those numbers significantly can only be viewed as positive.

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Life Inc. video dispatches and audiobook available

IEET Fellow Doug Rushkoff is posting brief videos and MP3s encapsulating key concepts from his Life Inc for de-corporatizing our lives, abandoning the speculative economy, and rebuilding both commerce and community from the bottom up.

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Blackford and Schuklenk interviewed about 50 Voices

The Examiner conducted a very nice interview with IEET Fellow Russell Blackford, and his co-editor Udo Schuklenk, about their new volume 50 Voices of Disbelief

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Edward Miller

How to Redesign our Communities for the Internet Age

by Edward Miller

(IEET intern Edward Miller is guest blogging at Sentient Developments this month.) There is a long list of crises that we need to face and I won’t waste time boring you by listing them. As our brightest minds admit they were wrong, I hope that I can say, without qualification, that big changes in our thinking are required. Unfortunately, we haven’t made that “Change” even though we now have some new faces in power, and a bunch of old faces out of business or in prison.

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Randall Mayes

Don’t become a Cyborg by Accident (literally) - It can be Fatal

by Randall Mayes

Imagine these hypothetical situations; you are injured and lying on the battlefield or are involved in a serious automobile accident and require a blood transfusion. What are the medical treatment options in these scenarios?

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Marcelo Rinesi

From Space, Watts, Bits, and Dreams

by Marcelo Rinesi

Space travel is very cheap. There’s no friction in the vacuum of space, so once you get something to move, it just keeps moving without spending any energy. The problem lies in getting things away from the gravity well of a planet.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanism F.A.Q. : Is Aging A Moral Good?

by Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanism’s niche (some would say “cult”) status causes those of us who support it to answer a lot of the same questions over and over. Those questions were asked in droves on Marginal Revolution in response to my three-landmarks of transhumanism effort. I’m going to do my best to answer them here. Cowen himself actually asked one I hadn’t heard before, so I’m going to let that one ruminate the longest. Let’s start with the classic: aging.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Postapocalyptic Gardens

by Marcelo Rinesi

Growing your own food might be fun, but it’s not the best survival strategy.

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Mike Treder

The Difficult Questions of ‘Personhood’

by Mike Treder

Every human is a person, right? And anyone we call a person must be a human, correct? Well, no, not necessarily.

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Ben Scarlato

True Blood: Coexistence

by Ben Scarlato

[Contains spoilers] True Blood is a fascinating HBO series about vampires living with humans, now in its second season. It follows Sookie Stackhouse, a human that has fallen in love with the vampire Bill Compton. While the vampires’ fight for marriage rights and the intense religious opposition reflects the gay rights struggle, True Blood’s depiction of an ageless species with several enhanced powers also provides an exploration of how society might deal with transhumans, and perhaps more importantly how society views such possibilities.

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Mike Treder

Progress on the Technoprogressive Wiki

by Mike Treder

What is a ‘technoprogressive’? What do they believe? And what the heck’s a ‘TP Wiki’??

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George Dvorsky

Exploring transhumanist themes in Battlestar Galactica: Caprica

by George Dvorsky

Good news for Battlestar Galactica fans: the new Caprica series is excellent. I finally caught the two-hour pilot and was quite impressed with the new direction. If this first episode is any indication, this is going to be a provocative and fascinating series—one that will touch upon many topics near and dear to transhumanists, including artificial intelligence, whole brain emulation, consciousness transfer, virtual reality and even immortality.

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Jamais Cascio

Hacking the Earth

by Jamais Cascio

Some of the most thoughtful work on the topic of climate change appears in Jamais Cascio’s new e-book, Hacking the Earth. Cascio is a Bay Area futurist who worked with Global Business Network during the 1990s and is currently a research affiliate at the Institute for the Future, a global futures strategist at the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, and a fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

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Science Fiction and Tech Innovation

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io9’s head honcho Annalee Newitz talks about the relationship of science fiction and technological innovation at Webstock09. “Just two decades ago, the Web and public internet were the stuff of science fiction. Creators like William Gibson, who coined the term “cyberspace” in his novel Neuromancer, helped define the terms of social life online, as well as inspiring many of the inventions (like smartphones) that we take for granted. But what is today’s science fiction telling us about where our technology will go tomorrow? I’ll talk about the stories today’s scifi creators are telling about the Web and internet, and how their ideas create a fantastical map of what people are seeking in their online lives.”

Annalee Newitz at Webstock 09 from Webstock on Vimeo.

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IEET Readers Cool Toward Geoengineering

Only a third of IEET readers who responded to our recently concluded poll agree that geoengineering is a good idea and should be started as soon as possible. Almost half (47%) of respondents are “on the fence” and believe that more study is needed before they can say for sure, while a small but significant percentage definitely oppose it.

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Mike Treder

Technoprogressives and Transhumanists: What’s the difference?

by Mike Treder

Nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science—the so-called “NBIC” technologies—have the potential, especially as they converge, to radically transform both human beings and human societies.

Let’s consider a couple of questions raised by the powerful possibilities that loom in the near future.

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J. Hughes

On Democratic Transhumanism

by J. Hughes

The political journal Re-Public has published two special issues on the politics of transhumanism. The first collection included IEET Executive Director J. Hughes’ article “Transhumanist politics, 1700 to the near future”. This second collection of essays includes IEET Fellow Riccardo Campa’s “Toward a transhumanist politics”, an interview with IEET Fellow Andy Miah on “Human enhancement and the accumulation of biocultural capital,” and this interview with Dr. Hughes about democratic transhumanism and technoprogressivism.

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Ben Goertzel

AI And What To Do About It: Invest in human obsolescence

by Ben Goertzel

Of all the amazing technologies on the brink of creation, one has implications far beyond any others: the establishment of superhuman artificial intelligence, or AI.

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Nick Bostrom

When Will Computers Be Smarter Than Us?

by Nick Bostrom

Intelligence is a big deal. Humanity owes its dominant position on Earth not to any special strength of our muscles, nor any unusual sharpness of our teeth, but to the unique ingenuity of our brains. It is our brains that are responsible for the complex social organization and the accumulation of technical, economic and scientific advances that, for better and worse, undergird modern civilization.

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Riccardo Campa

Toward a transhumanist politics

by Riccardo Campa

The central transhumanist idea of self-directed evolution can be coupled with different political, philosophical and religious opinions. Accordingly, we have observed individuals and groups joining the movement from very different persuasions. On one hand such diversity may be an asset in terms of ideas and stimuli, but on the other hand it may involve a practical paralysis, especially when members give priority to their existing affiliations over their belonging to organized transhumanism.

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Systemic Theory on the Inevitability of World Government

Big Ideas

Ohio State Political Science professor Alexander Wendt lectures in 2002 on why he believes a one state world is inevitable. (UPDATE: Ondra alerts us that Wendt published the piece he was preparing in this talk as “Why a World State is Inevitable: Teleology and the Logic of Anarchy” European Journal of International Relations 9(4): 491-542. Thanks Ondra!)

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George Dvorsky

Transhumanism and the ‘Intelligence Principle’

by George Dvorsky

“In sorting priorities, I adopt what I term the central principle of cultural evolution, which I refer to as the Intelligence Principle: the maintenance, improvement and perpetuation of knowledge and intelligence is the central driving force of cultural evolution, and that to the extent intelligence can be improved, it will be improved.”—Stephen J. Dick

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JET - issue 20(1) now complete

Issue 20(1) of JET is now complete, with Jamie Cullen’s article on the Chinese Room thought experiment, plus reviews of Watchmen and Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution Is True.

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TransAlchemy interviews Mike Treder, Part 1

TransAlchemy

Part One of a lengthy interview with IEET Managing Director Mike Treder.

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Who Owns You?

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with David Koepsell, Asst. Prof. of Philosophy, Delft University of Technology, about his book Who Owns You? The Corporate Gold Rush to Patent Your Genes. They discuss the absurd legal rationales for the patenting of the human genome, and disastrous consequences for biotech innovation that the patent mess has wrought. (MP3)

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Emergence - IEET News for June 20, 2009

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Jamais Cascio

The Dark Side of Twittering a Revolution

by Jamais Cascio

The same technologies that have allowed for a potential democratic revolution in Iran could emerge just as readily in support of something far more sinister.

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Markets Love Selfish People

Life Inc.

For all the ability of genes and even memes to battle for survival against one another, human beings are just as likely to share and cooperate as they are to cheat and compete. But the ascendance of market rhetoric in America and Britain was accompanied by the assertion of some decidedly antiromantic science. University anthropologists seemed determined to correct the hopeful impressions that so many still clung to of peaceful, vegetarian gorillas enjoying one another’s company in the jungle. Like stories of supposedly peaceful aboriginal tribes as yet untainted by corrupt Western civilization, such visions—according to the new social Darwinists—were pure fantasy.

Life Inc. Dispatch 05: Markets Love Selfish People from Douglas Rushkoff on Vimeo.

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Russell Blackford

The great accommodationism debate

by Russell Blackford

Over the past few weeks, the blogosphere has been alive with a passionate debate about the extent to which science should accommodate religion, leaving it an area in which it has authority - whether it be in respect of truths about morality or truths about a supernatural realm - while denying it authority over empirical claims.

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