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A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century
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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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Hottest Articles of the Last Month


Why and How Should We Build a Basic Income for Every Citizen?
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Enhancing Virtues: Caring (part 1)
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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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Martine Rothblatt

Would mindclones be part of the human family?

by Martine Rothblatt

We have been brainwashed to believe that “blood is thicker than water.” But we lack familial shared genes with spouses and best friends. In reality what is most important is shared thoughts, experiences and feelings. Affinity based upon genes is as obsolete as loyalty based upon melanin. The beme is mightier than the gene.

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Atheism, Life Extension and the Singularity

Singularity Soup

Adam Ford of Singularity Soup interviewed Russell Blackford in October 2009 on his book 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists, atheism and secularism, indigenous spirituality, radical life extension, and technological change, including the Technological Singularity foreseen by Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil.

It’s divided into six parts, accessible from here:

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The Malthusian Catastrophe

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Ernesto Robles, author of The Malthusian Catastrophe, a novel that tells a story about the effects on the world of an anti-aging medicine.

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Technologies of Self-Awareness

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Jamie Hubbard, a professor of Buddhist Studies at Smith College, and organizer of a conference on the use of neurotechnology to enhance Buddhist practice, April 10, 2010 at Smith College.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Deus Ex

by Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanism spans a huge swath of intellectual territory, straddling bioethics, philosophy, science fiction, engineering, and computer science. Throw in conspiracy theories and cyberpunk nihilism and you have all the ingredients for Deus Ex.

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David Brin

A Primer on Supply-Side vs Demand-Side Economics

by David Brin

Let’s step back and examine how, in the U.S., Democrats and Republicans have become identified with two quite opposite economic theories.

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Ben Goertzel

The Theater of Reflective, Deliberative Consciousness

by Ben Goertzel

Our reflective, deliberative “theater of consciousness” is the way that primal awareness manifests itself in one part of our mind/brain.

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Energy Miracles

Bill Gates gave an electrifying speech at the recent TED conference on the need for new technologies to combat climate change.

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Andrew Maynard

Why I Don’t Believe in Technology Innovation

by Andrew Maynard

Sitting here in Denver Airport, I think I have finally lost my faith in technology innovation. And the reason? That fiendish creation of the Gates empire, Microsoft Word.

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Phil Torres

What are ‘biological limitations’ anyway?

by Phil Torres

The express aim of enhancement technologies is to overcome our biological limitations: cognitive, emotional and healthspan-related. But what is almost always tacit in discussions of human enhancement is the issue of what exactly constitutes a biological limitation.

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A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything

An art project created by a 17 year-old high school student…

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Andrea Kuszewski

The Next Decade of Science: Transdisciplinary Collaboration

by Andrea Kuszewski

I was asked the question, “What can we expect to see from science in the next decade?” My answer comes from the perspective of a social scientist, as I research social problems from the influence of cognitive neuroscience.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Had I World Enough, and Time

by Kyle Munkittrick

Say that I knew that medicine had advanced to the point where I could reasonably expect to live to be 350 years old, with the first two decades, of course, going to maturation, and the last two decades resembling our current aging process. What would I do with all of that time?

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Should We Tax the Banks?

Robin Hood Tax

British activists have launched a major campaign to push Gordon Brown’s government into adopting a “Robin Hood Tax” on financial transactions—a tiny tax that could raise hundreds of billions for public services and for tackling poverty and climate change. The campaigners unveiled a brilliant little sketch featuring British actor Bill Nighy as a squirming banker. 

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To Age or Not to Age

To Age or Not to Age

In this panel discussion moderated by Robert Kane Pappas, director of To Age or Not to Age, distinguished panelists debate the future of anti-aging research. Panelists include: Dr. Robert Butler, Gerontologist, Psychiatrist & Pulitzer-Prize Winner, President and CEO of the International Longevity Center; Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Biomedical Gerontologist, Chief Science Officer, SENS Foundation; and Dr. Leonard P. Guarente, Novartis Professor of Biology, MIT, Director, Paul F. Glenn Lab for Science of Aging.

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Science Valentine



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Reclaiming the Enlightenment pt 2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Dr. Stephen Eric Bronner, professor of political science at Rutgers University and author of Reclaiming the Enlightenment: Toward a Politics of Radical Engagement. Part 2 of 2. (Part 1)

 

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Buddhism and Cognitive Enhancement pt 2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Andrew Fenton who is a part of the Novel Tech Ethics Group at Dalhousie University and the author of “Buddhism and Neuroethics: The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Cognitive Enhancement.” Part 2 of 2. (Part 1)

 

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David Brin

Distinguishing Climate “Deniers” From “Skeptics”

by David Brin

A fair number of people have written in response to my previous posting—The Real Struggle Behind Climate Change: A War on Expertise—griping that I do not get a crucial distinction between climate change “Skeptics” and “Deniers.”

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Ben Goertzel

Will and Intention: Illusion and Reality

by Ben Goertzel

Nietzsche said that free will is like the commander who takes responsibility, after the fact, for the actions of his troops.

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Hacking the Earth (without voiding the warranty)

Green Business Forum

A talk given by IEET Senior Fellow Jamais Cascio last week at the State of Green Business Forum is now available on video. It runs about 22 minutes.

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Susan Schneider Wins Essay Award

The Swiss Society for Biomedical Ethics has awarded IEET Fellow Dr. Susan Schneider with the Future of Bioethics Essay Award for her neuroethics piece, “Transforming and Enhancing the Human Brain.”

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Mike Treder

Life is Not a Science Fiction Story

by Mike Treder

Many transhumanists are under the mistaken impression that the world they live in operates like a science fiction novel. It doesn’t.

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Beyond Human Talks

Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin Madison

On March 27, 2009 the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin Madison held a symposium titled “What is Human?” devoted to “exploring the limits and excesses of the human across the division of the humanities and the sciences.” These are some of the talks from that seminar.

Cary Wolfe, Professor of English, Rice University
“Introducing Posthumanism Again” MP3

Richard Davidson, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind” MP3

Jay Martin and Walt Schalick
“Engineering the Human Body” MP3

Alastair Hunt, Jon McKenzie, Stephanie Youngblood
“The Futures and the Pasts of the Posthuman”  MP3

Lewis R. Gordon, Professor of Philosophy, Temple University
“Theorizing the Human: A Pedagogical Imperative of a Philosophical Anthropology”  MP3

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