When chatting with a friend about various government systems during a long car drive the other day, it occurred to me that one could perhaps prove something about the OPTIMAL government system, if one were willing to make some (not necessarily realistic) assumptions about resource abundance.
With some people, you just can’t win. Do you engage them in a debate, or do you hold your tongue and save yourself the frustration from beating your head against a brick wall? That is the dilemma I face.
Those who see the possibility of a revolutionary future of abundance and freedom are right, as are those who fear the possibility of catastrophe and extinction. But where they are both wrong is in believing that the future is out of our hands, and should be kept out of our hands. We need an open singularity, one that we can all be a part of.
Dr. J. chats with Nicholas Agar, professor of philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and author of Liberal Eugenics: In Defence of Human Enhancement and Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement. They discuss Agar’s arguments for a moderate position on human enhancement that embraces some enhancements but rejects the creation of “posthumans.” Part 2 of 2.
Dr. J. chats with Nicholas Agar, professor of philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and author of Liberal Eugenics: In Defence of Human Enhancement and Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement. They discuss Agar’s arguments for a moderate position on human enhancement that embraces some enhancements but rejects the creation of “posthumans.” Part 1 of 2.
What are the current unresolved issues in transhumanist thought? Which of these issues are peculiar to transhumanist philosophy and the transhumanist movement, and which are more actually general problems of Enlightenment thought? Which of these are simply inevitable differences of opinion among the more or less like-minded, and which need decisive resolution to avoid tragic errors of the past?
2011 promises to be a year chock full of complex legislative debate over the policies of emerging technologies like synthetic biology and geoengineering, to name only two. Fortunately, three elements are brewing to create what might just be a perfect storm in terms of getting all the right folks to huddle together so the best policies are set forth.
Dr. J. chats with Ted Fishman, author of China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World, and Shock of Gray, The Aging of the World’s Population and How it Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival, and Nation Against Nation. They talk about the economic and political consequences of global aging.
Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S. has moved rapidly from activating only a handful of unarmed unmanned flying systems to currently deploying over 7,000 unmanned systems in the air and over 12,000 on the ground, many of these heavily armed. There is every reason to suspect this rapid incorporation of military robotics will only accelerate.
How is gay marriage in America proceeding down the aisle? This question concerns all transhumanists because persecution of homosexuality is an anti-Enlightenment human rights violation that is rooted in archaic religious superstition and anti-scientific thought. Actively supporting gay marriage is the ethically responsible position for all progressive transhumanists.
Ducked and Covered: A Survival Guide to the Post Apocalypse is a fake instructional public information film designed to assist the general population with surviving life in Australia after a nuclear war. Purported to have been produced by the Australian Board of Civil Defence during the early 1980s, the film has four chapters guiding wary survivors through the trials that will await them in the post apocalypse. From post-apocalyptic fashion and unique uses for surplus human skulls, to becoming a local warlord and avoiding radioactive mutants, there is something for all dwellers of the wastelands. With its dry methodical narration, brooding synthesizer, minimalist animation and erroneous guidance, Ducked and Covered is a dark humored parody/loving homage to the late cold war era, early 1980’s public information films, as well as a reminderâ€¦ OF WHAT STILL COULD BE. (Winner of multiple awards.)