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Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
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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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Does Religion Cause More Harm than Good? Brits Say Yes. Here’s Why They May be Right.
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Crises of Capitalism

Renowned academic David Harvey looks at the roots of capitalism’s current troubles. Can we envision a new social order that would be responsible, just, and humane?

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Mike Treder

Convergence, Disruption, and Resilience

by Mike Treder

Recently I was contacted by a reporter for a major newspaper and asked to answer a few questions about “future trends in emerging technologies.” Here is what I said.

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Akansha Bhargava

Five Reasons Not To Clone Yourself

by Akansha Bhargava

Given the current state of technology, reproductive cloning is not a safe and effective means of human reproduction. Cloning reduces genetic diversity, is beneficial neither for the child nor the parent, and without restrictions could create many legal and social problems.

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David Brin

Clarifications re Climate Skeptics and Deniers

by David Brin

Keith Kloor’s recent blogged description of my “Climate Skeptics and Deniers” article from Skeptic magazine (based on this earlier blog article I wrote) drew hundreds of comments.

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Linda MacDonald Glenn

Policy, Places, & People: Feminist Bioethics in Singapore

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

The FAB Congress in Singapore looks at the global aging population and feminization of it, which includes issues of migrant women elder care workers in a global economy, notions of ecological citizenship and human and nonhuman interdependency.

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Richard Eskow

Moral Questions in the Ancient Art of Human Enhancement

by Richard Eskow

Since I’ve just been named an Affiliate Scholar here at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, I thought I’d think about where I fit within the Humanist/Transhumanist matrix.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Peak Oil and Climate Change: Between Too Soon and Not Soon Enough

by Marcelo Rinesi

We are going to burn all of the oil and coal we have, because their benefits as energy sources are concrete, immediate, and local, while their costs are gradual, delayed, and global.

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Human v2.0

There is a moment in the near future that scientists believe will transform the notion on WHAT it is to be HUMAN.

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Mike Treder

Life in a Virtual World

by Mike Treder

If you could live in a world that was just the way you wanted it to be, with specifications you’d chosen, customized and personalized to meet your every need and fulfill your fondest desires, would you spend all your time there? Or would you prefer to stay here, in the real world?

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IEET Readers Mostly Optimistic About Living Long Lives

More than half of those who responded to a recently concluded poll of IEET readers expect to be alive in the year 2100, aided by one or more forms of advanced technology.

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Andrea Kuszewski

Sex Makes You Smarter — Can ‘Virtual Sex’ Do The Same?

by Andrea Kuszewski

If sex makes you smarter via changes in synaptic strength following the act, can you get the same benefit from virtual sex, as long as your brain is convinced it is real at the time?

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Giulio Prisco

Book Review - A Cosmist Manifesto: Practical Philosophy for the Posthuman Age, by Ben Goertzel

by Giulio Prisco

A Cosmist Manifesto: Practical Philosophy for the Posthuman Age, by Ben Goertzel, published by Humanity+ Press, is now available on Amazon.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Twilight, or Bram Stoker’s Final Triumph

by Marcelo Rinesi

The Twilight series of books and movies is the latest stage, and perhaps the culmination, of a daring philosophical exploration that began in its most public aspect with Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Phil Torres

How Certain Should We Be?

by Phil Torres

Given the complexity of the world today, plus the risks associated with current and emerging technologies, it behooves everyone on all sides of the biopolitical spectrum to be open to opposing points of view.

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When Ideas Have Sex

British author Matt Ridley argues that, through history, the engine of human progress and prosperity has been, and is, “ideas having sex with each other.”

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Kyle Munkittrick

Yes, We Should Clone Neanderthals

by Kyle Munkittrick

Knowing where Neanderthals fit into the evolution of Homo sapiens is essential to understanding the development of the human mind.

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IEET Announces Creation of Affiliate Scholars Group

The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies is pleased to announce the appointment of six accomplished individuals as charter members of our newly created Affiliate Scholars program.

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Akansha Bhargava

All’s Fair in Botox and Evolution

by Akansha Bhargava

Cosmetic plastic surgery (CPS) gets a bad rep for the obvious reasons. It brings to mind superficial wealthy women living in glamorous places and spending someone else’s money on self-beautification. In a way it seems to be cheating—reversing the normal Darwinian structure of survival based on genetic fitness. However, cosmetic plastic surgery is an inevitable and expected outcome given psychology, natural selection, and changes in technology.

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The Making of the Unabomber

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with philosopher and journalist Alston Chase, author of In a Dark Wood: The Fight over Forests and the New Tyranny of Ecology and Harvard and the Unabomber: The Education of an American Terrorist. In this second half of the interview they discuss Dr. Chase’s biography of Ted Kaczynski, the ecoterrorist “Unabomber,” linking his extremism to his having been the subject of CIA-connected research on brainwashing and interrogation as an undergraduate at Harvard. (Part 2 of 2)

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The Culture of Despair

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with philosopher and journalist Alston Chase, author of In a Dark Wood: The Fight over Forests and the New Tyranny of Ecology and Harvard and the Unabomber: The Education of an American Terrorist. In this first half of the interview they discuss Dr. Chase’s concept of the “culture of despair” that he believes has produced radical environmentalism among other pathologies. (Part 1 of 2)

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The Vaccine Song

What would old-timey folks think about vaccination? If they knew then what we know now, what would they choose to do?

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Ben Scarlato

The Policy Implications of Happiness Research

by Ben Scarlato

Over the past several years, a handful of books have attempted to use happiness research as a basis for policy recommendations. Two of those books, Happiness: Lessons from a New Science by Richard Layard, and Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America—and How We Can Get More of It by Arthur C. Brooks, present a broad set of recommendations for society, from liberal and conservative perspectives, respectively.

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Andrew Maynard

Reflections on the Safety of Nanotechnology-Based Sunscreens

by Andrew Maynard

A few weeks ago, I set Friends of the Earth a challengeWhat is your worst case estimate of the human health risk from titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide nanoparticles in sunscreens?

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The Global Super Ruling Class

Carnegie Endowment

Two great talks on the rise and rule of the global ruling class, by David Rothkopf. How a select, insular group of the six thousand most powerful people on the planet make daily decisions that impact the lives of millions across borders and develop ideas that are shaping the history of our times.


 

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Mindfulness, Acid & Neuropolitics

Changesurfer Radio

What are we finding about the effects of meditation on the brain? Can software save us from digital distractions? Are psychdelics helpful on the road to Enlightenment? Is our innate empathic response to others’ pain suppressed by racism, classism and capitalist hyperindividualism? MP3

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Kristi Scott

Body parts get options: which one will you choose?

by Kristi Scott

Designer body parts took a step closer a reality this week.

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George Dvorsky

Gelernter’s ‘dream logic’ and the quest for artificial intelligence

by George Dvorsky

Internet pioneer David Gelernter explores the ethereal fuzziness of cognition in his Edge.org article, “Dream-logic, the internet and artificial consciousness.” He’s right about the imperfect and dream-like nature of cognition and conscious thought; AI theorists should certainly take notice.

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The Challenge of Global Aging

Lifestar Institute

IEET Fellow Aubrey de Grey and IEET Trustee Arthur Caplan are both advisors to this Lifestar initiative to promote anti-aging research.

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Sitting in the Park in a Bright Libertarian Future

Fabian Brunsing

Why should cities build park benches for any old bum to use for free?

PAY & SIT: the private bench (HD) from Fabian Brunsing on Vimeo.



Resist the commodification of everything.

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Kris Notaro

Can Technology Bring on a World Wide Social Revolution?

by Kris Notaro

“The antiscience tendency in anarchism, which does exist, is completely self-defeating on this score [questions of technology and revolution]. I mean, it is going to take, it is going to require sophisticated technology and scientific discoveries to create the possibility for human society to survive—I mean, unless we decide, well, it just shouldn’t survive, we should get down to, you know, 100,000 hunter-gatherers or something. Okay, except for that, if you’re serious about, you know, the billions of people in the world who—and their children and grandchildren, it’s going to require scientific and technological advances.” – Noam Chomsky

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