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Ben Scarlato

True Blood Season 3 and Morphological Freedom

by Ben Scarlato

This summer True Blood, now in its third season, continues to explore the issues that it has in the past, such as personhood and the coexistence of humans with a species that has many advantages over humans. However, with the introduction of werewolves and the greater focus on shapeshifters, this year there are even better opportunities to relate True Blood to morphological freedom.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Futurisms Takes My Favorite Picture at H+

by Kyle Munkittrick

Our frienemies over at Futurisms went to the H+ summit at Harvard and had lots to say. So many that after more than ten posts on the topic, there are still some scraps on the side.

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Andrea Kuszewski

The 2010 H+ Summit: Conference 2.0

by Andrea Kuszewski

Ten days ago, Boston was taken over by the transhumanists, for the gathering of the 2010 Humanity Plus (H+) Summit at Harvard University. The H+ Summit was two glorious days of information loading, idea sharing, and networking—among scientists, techno-geeks, and futurists from all domains—with one common goal: to enhance the human condition.

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Dr. J. Holds Forth

World Affairs Monthly

A joint production of Changesurfer Radio & World Affairs Monthly. Thomas Pochari interviewed Dr. J. for his podcast. They discuss technology, politics and the future. (48min)  MP3

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The History and Future of Medical Technology

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J chats with Ira Brodsky, author of The History and Future of Medical Technology. They chat about prosthetics, military medicine, nanorobotics and the FDA.  MP3

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My Daddy’s Name Is Donor

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Alana Sveta, who is a child conceived with the assistance of donor sperm, and a participant in a study by the conservative Institute for American Values called “My Daddy’s Name is Donor.” They discuss the psychological consequences of biological ties between parents and children.  MP3

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The Pattern Behind Self-Deception

Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things—from alien abductions to dowsing rods—boils down to two of the brain’s most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.

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Giulio Prisco

Workshop on Advancing Substrate Independent Minds Held in Teleplace

by Giulio Prisco

The First Online Workshop on Advancing Substrate Independent Minds, ASIM2010-1, was held in Teleplace on June 5, 2010. It was a very intense workshop with 10 talks and lively discussions.

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Ben Goertzel

Work and Play

by Ben Goertzel

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy; but so does all play and no work.

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Is SETI Downloading an AI an X-Risk?

Humanity+ 2010 Summit

In this talk Alexey Turchin argues that the program of the search of extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is a source of extinction risk. The main idea is that passive SETI is much more dangerous activity than messaging to stars because we could download Alien AI (that is a scheme of a computer and program to it) which will use the Earth to send its copies further. The following is based on two premises:
First is that extraterrestrial civilizations do exist in the distances which allow radio communication, but do not allow interstellar travel (which is from one thousand to one million light years).
Second is that artificial intelligence is possible as a self-evolving classic computer program.



Alexey Turchin was born in Moscow, Russia in 1973. Alexey studied Physics and Art History at Moscow State University and actively participated in the Russian Transhumanist Movement. He has translated many foreign Transhumanist works into Russian, including N. Bostrom and E.Yudkowsky. He is an expert in Global Risks and wrote the book “Structure of the Global Catastrophe: Risks of Human Extinction in the XXI Century,” as well as several articles on the topic. Since 2010, he has worked at Science Longer Life where he is writing a book on futurology.

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A Revolution in Time

Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships, and how we act in the world.

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Mike Treder

Why Slow Matters

by Mike Treder

If we are on a slow, winding, and undependable road to tomorrow, as I assert, how does that change things?

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Tallest Mountain to Deepest Ocean

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Click image above the see the full fascinating infographic.

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J. Hughes

Day 2 Afternoon Liveblogging H Summit

by J. Hughes

The Humanity+ Summit is winding down to a close. Ben’s fingers are tired, so Dr. J. is in the house to do some snarky blogging.

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Ben Scarlato

Day 2 Afternoon Liveblogging H+ Summit: Ray Kurzweil

by Ben Scarlato

Ray Kurzweil didn’t cover much new this afternoon. As one wag said on Twitter, “Shouldn’t Ray’s five year-old stump speech be 10,000 times more interesting and only five minutes long?” But Ben does his best to summarize. By the way, check out Kurzweil, J. Hughes, and a cast of thousands in this New York Times story on the Singularity University - J.

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Martine Rothblatt’s Lifenaut Project Featured in New Scientist

The Terasem Foundation, a project of IEET Trustee Martine Rothblatt, is working with IEET Senior Fellow Bill Bainbridge on capturing human personality for later instantiation. Their free Lifenaut and CyBeRev services have just received a positive review from New Scientist.

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Ben Scarlato

Day 2 Morning Liveblogging H+ Summit

by Ben Scarlato

We’re here for day 2 of the H+ Summit: Rise of the Citizen Scientist. Ray Kurzweil will be keynoting at the end of the day, but first we’ll hear talks from a bunch of other great speakers, including the IEET’s George Dvorsky, Aubrey de Grey, James Hughes, Patrick Lin, and Natasha Vita-More.

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Ben Scarlato

Day 1 Afternoon of H Summit: Stephen Wolfram

by Ben Scarlato

Stephen Wolfram is the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, the creator of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha, and the author of A New Kind of Science.

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Ben Scarlato

Day 1 Afternoon of H+ Summit: Rise of the Citizen Scientist

by Ben Scarlato

J. Hughes: This afternoon’s session started with a robot demonstration by the charming roboticist Heather Knight.  [Watch the conference live]

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Ben Scarlato

Day 1 Morning of H+ Summit: Rise of the Citizen Scientist

by Ben Scarlato

The IEET will be providing coverage of the H+ Summit today. We’re a few minutes away from Alex Lightman’s opening speech. I’m here with James Hughes and we’ll posting updates after every few talks. The first day is packed with exciting speakers. [Watch the conference live]

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Doug Rushkoff

Too Big to Fail? The BP Bailout as Corporatism

by Doug Rushkoff

Nowhere have I seen a clearer example of the perils of corporatism playing out than in the current handling of the BP oil spill. If only Obama understood the context of the decisions he’s about to make, he might be able to use this as an opportunity to turn all this around, and put people and the planet before profits. (Will someone please tell him to read my book Life Inc?)

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Kyle Munkittrick

From Gears to Genes: A Sea Change in Transhumanism

by Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanism is the idea of guiding and improving human evolution with intention through the use of technologies and culture. If those technologies are not robotic and cybernetic but, instead, genetic and organic, then so be it.

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Global Peace Index

“The Global Peace Index not only ranks nations for their peacefulness, but also seeks to understand the drivers of peace.”

Click here to see an interactive Global Peace Index map of the world.

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Reaction to Venter’s Creation is Mixed

Showing a broad range of opinions, IEET readers who answered a recently concluded poll say the development of the first synthetic organism is either a very good thing, a very bad thing, or more likely neither.

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David Brin

Can Libertarian Conservatism Find Its Way?

by David Brin

The conservative movement in the United States badly needs a counter reformation. Is there any hope that this might happen?

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The Fermi Paradox

Closer to the Truth

What could be more fascinating than discovering life that had evolved entirely independently of life here on Earth? Many people would also find it heartening to learn that we are not entirely alone in this vast cold cosmos. IEET Chair Nick Bostrom thinks otherwise in this chat with Robert Lawrence Kuhn on Closer to the Truth.

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Jamais Cascio

Opening the Future

by Jamais Cascio

As an overview of my work, here are links to some articles I’ve written during the last few years that best illustrate what I’m thinking about…

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Mike Treder

Looking for the End of the Rainbow

by Mike Treder

On my way through life, I’ve traversed a range of different paths, trying to find something that would satisfy a deep internal desire for ultimate meaning and happy outcomes.

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The Decline of Utopianism and the Public Intellectuals

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Russell Jacoby, professor of history at UCLA, and author of Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age (2005), The End of Utopia (1999), and The Last Intellectuals (1987). They talk about the decline of both public intellectualism and utopianism, and the prospects for a return of both. MP3

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The Empathic Civilization

Bestselling author, political adviser, and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways it has shaped our development and our society.

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