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Advanced Materials – What’s the big deal?

Ontological Realism and Creating the One Real Future

Indefinite Lifespan and Risk Aversion: A Short-Lived Problem

Intracortical Recording Devices

On Parfit’s view that we are not Human Beings (50 min)

Under the ice: Looking for Life


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Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
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by Martine Rothblatt

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

Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies
by Ben Goertzel ed.

Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution
by Ted Chu


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Transhumanism and Marxism: Philosophical Connections

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Hottest Articles of the Last Month


What is the Difference between Posthumanism and Transhumanism?
Jul 28, 2014
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Is using nano silver to treat Ebola misguided?
Aug 16, 2014
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“Lucy”: A Movie Review
Aug 18, 2014
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IEET Readers Pick Europe, With Outer Space Close Second

When asked in a recently concluded poll, where they would choose to live if they had to leave their current nation of residence, IEET readers made Europe their top choice, at 19%, but outer space was just behind, at 18%.

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Andrew Maynard

Ten Emerging Technology Trends of the Next Ten years

by Andrew Maynard

What can we expect as we enter the second decade of the twenty first century?  What are the emerging technology trends that are going to be hitting the headlines over the next ten years?

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Mike Treder

Are You Amazed Yet?

by Mike Treder

Have the last ten years filled you with awe at the pace of scientific discovery? Or are you more, like, meh…

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Giulio Prisco

Advocating Visionary Futurism and Practical Technoprogressivism

by Giulio Prisco

It is possible to both be a practical technoprogressive, working for safe, equitable consequences of emerging technologies today, and a visionary inspired by a future with immortal lives among the stars.

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Phil Torres

Rational Capitulationism

by Phil Torres

As far as I can tell, contemporary society—from pop culture to academia—is infused with a paradoxical mixture of technological optimism and pessimism.

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Biopolitics of Culture Diavlog

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Science Saturday: Visions of the Future

Cataloging stuff white people like before it was cool (02:30)
The hidden meaning of zombies (03:39)
The ever-changing apocalypse (04:29)
A puzzle about culture analysis (02:08)
Is science fiction gaining cultural market share? (03:09)
The posthuman in pop culture (10:36)

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Kyle Munkittrick

Could Gonzo Vote?

by Kyle Munkittrick

My family has the tradition (as do a lot of other families, I think) of watching The Muppet Christmas Carol at some point the week of Christmas. I got to overthinking things per the usual and now am worried about whether or not The Great Gonzo could cast a vote.

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Martine Rothblatt

Will Uploaded Minds in Machines be Alive?

by Martine Rothblatt

Mindclones—consciousness in post-biological media—will feel as full of life as we biological creatures.

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Cascio Receives Special Recognition

IEET Senior Fellow Jamais Cascio has been granted the honorary title of Research Fellow at the Institute for the Future (IFTF) in Palo Alto, California.

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Jurassic Simulation Hypothesis

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Andrew Maynard

Scientist just wants to have fun – a compendium of mindless games for the holiday season!

by Andrew Maynard

Here’s some sciency fun for a long holiday weekend. Enjoy!

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George Dvorsky

Avatar: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

by George Dvorsky

Great science fiction films are few and far between, so it was with great anticipation that I went to see Avatar on opening night…

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Researcher Translation

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Kyle Munkittrick

Tinkering With Libido

by Kyle Munkittrick

The human sex drive is complicated (duh). It is closely tied with mental processes, both biologically and by association within our culture, that we often forget how simple hormonal or physical “problems with the plumbing,” as it were, can mess things up.

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Two New Articles in the Journal of Evolution and Technology

Mark Walker thinks through the ethics of Americans being denied both the right to health care and the right to self-medicate, while Philippe Verdoux suggests that taking the transhumanist path to the future may only be the best of a lot of very bad options.

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Cinema’s Amazons and Cyborgs

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Dominique Mainon (dominiquemainon.com), an author, screenwriter, and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She is author of, among others, Cinema of Obsession: Erotic Fixation and Love Gone Wrong in the Movies, Femme Fatale: Cinema’s Most Unforgettable Lethal Ladies, and The Modern Amazons: Warrior Women On-ScreenMP3

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Russell Blackford

What About the Children?

by Russell Blackford

At a time when the Australian government has announced its decision to introduce a new regime to censor the Internet, it’s worth thinking again about the argument that exposure to certain kinds of speech and expression might be harmful to children. The problem is that it is difficult to find evidence as to what kinds of material are actually likely to produce that kind of harm.

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The Known Universe

The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010.

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Open Source Warfare and Resilient Communities

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with John Robb, a former USAF pilot in special operations and author of Brave New War. He writes the blog Global Guerrillas at globalguerrillas.typepad.com. MP3

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Mike Treder

Making the Best of a Messy Real World

by Mike Treder

We face an uncertain future. And there are no easy answers.

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Andrea Kuszewski

Creativity: A Crime Of Passion

by Andrea Kuszewski

Creativity seems to be the “buzz word” of the 2000s. Society values it, companies need it, and employers want it. Or do they?

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Kristi Scott

The Second Self through Second Life: Mask or Mirror?

by Kristi Scott

Kristi Scott has published her essay The Second Self through Second Life: Mask or Mirror? as part of the book The Real and the Virtual.

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Abstraction, by xkcd

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Ben Goertzel

Dialoguing with the US Military on the Ethics of Battlebots

by Ben Goertzel

Today I gave a brief invited talk at the National Defense University, in Washington DC, about the ethics of autonomous robot missiles and war vehicles and “battlebots” (my word, not theirs!) in general. The talk came about as a consequence of my role in the IEET, but I wound up bringing in a number of explicitly H+ themes.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Fringe and the Neutrality of Technology

by Kyle Munkittrick

In keeping with the theme of talking about my favorite TV shows under the pretense of some sort of analysis, I’d like to talk a little bit about Fringe.

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Human Enhancement: Bioliberation or Biothreat?

Oxford Program on Ethics of the New Biosciences

Professor Julian Savulescu, Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, addressed the UK Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors on October 1, 2009, at the Natural History Museum, University of Oxford.

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Remembering Doc Savage

Changesurfer Radio

Jess Nevins, author of The Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes, gave the paper “Those Who Cannot Remember Doc Savage Are Condemned To Repeat Him: The 20th Century Backlash Against Posthuman Bodybuilders” at the December 4, 2009 IEET seminar on the Biopolitics of Popular Culture in Irvine California. MP3

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Mike Treder

Love, Virtually

by Mike Treder

As opposed to love, actually…

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Russell Blackford

Why Singer is Wrong About Radical Life Extension

by Russell Blackford

Peter Singer has argued that we should not proceed with a hypothetical life-extension drug, based on a scenario in which developing the drug would fail to achieve the greatest sum of happiness over time. However, this is the wrong test.

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Jamais Cascio

A Cold War Over Warming

by Jamais Cascio

What happens if global efforts to set and abide by strong carbon emissions cuts fail?

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