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Reading robots’ minds

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

A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
Keith Wiley

A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century
Ilia Stambler

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Nick Bostrom


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The Poetry of Reality

An Anthem for Science

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Kyle Munkittrick

A Twist On Anti-Aging

by Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanists like to talk about immortality, anti-aging, and life-extension. These three ideas are often used interchangeably and for most debates, such as over issues of Malthusian catastrophes or existential boredom, they apply. But what if we only conquered the middle of the three; what if we could only slow the aging process, but not add years to our lives? What would the world look like? What would life be like?

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Is Citizenship only for Humans?

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Alastair Hunt, professor of English at Portland State University, about the attempts to ground citizenship in humanness. This episode also contains the second half of an interview with Gary Greenberg about his book The Manufacturing of Depression. MP3

 

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Warcraft Civilization

On Point

From On Point: In the age of the Internet, new worlds have flowered online — and giant communities engaged in virtual environments and role-playing games. The biggest of the massive multi-player online role-playing games is “World of Warcraft.” More than eleven million enthusiasts pay a monthly fee to immerse themselves in a vast digital world of elves and orcs and trolls and warfare. One of them is sociologist William Sims Bainbridge. Now he’s come out to say he may have found the future of human civilization in an online game.

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Manufacturing Depression

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Gary Greenberg, author of Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease.. MP3

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Russell Blackford

Moral by definition? (Some slightly technical philosophy.)

by Russell Blackford

The recent TED talk by Sam Harris brings important metaethical issues into the popular arena. Is there a way to establish the objectivity of morality, and in particular the objective bindingness of utilitarian morality?

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Ben Hyink

Uploading for Life Extension Will Be Valid

by Ben Hyink

While it may be impolitic now for technoprogressives to focus on uploading, for radical life extension advocates it is invaluable to have access to brief and compelling arguments in favor of the efficacy of such a process.

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Mike Treder

Getting to Know Kyle Munkittrick

by Mike Treder

We’ve announced today that Kyle Munkittrick is joining the IEET in the position of Program Director: Envisioning the Future. So that you can get a better idea of who Kyle is and what he will bring to our organization, I conducted a brief online dialog with him.

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IEET appoints Munkittrick as Program Director

We are pleased to announce that Kyle Munkittrick has accepted a position with the IEET as Program Director: Envisioning the Future.

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Phil Torres

(Post)Human-Technology Relations

by Phil Torres

Understanding human-technology relations is a project of significant import, both for transhumanists aiming to overcome our limitations through technological means and for ethicists interested in questions concerning technology’s influence on the human condition.

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Ten Commands for a Digital Age

SXSW

“If you aren’t a programmer you are one of the programmed.” A snippet of Doug’s talk at SXSW calling for engaged technocitizenship.

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Ilia Stambler

Life Extension – a conservative enterprise?

by Ilia Stambler

The beginning of the modern period in the pursuit of radical human enhancement and longevity can be traced to fin-de-siècle/early twentieth-century scientific and technological optimism and therapeutic activism.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Processing Beauty

by Kyle Munkittrick

Oh, computer scientists, is there nothing they won’t try to quantify?

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Smart Girl

Balancing fifteen books on her head and reciting Pi to the 100th digit, all while solving a Rubik’s Cube. Oh, yes.

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Russell Blackford

Reviewing “Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion”

by Russell Blackford

Biologist and former Catholic priest Francisco J. Ayala has been awarded this year’s Templeton Prize for his work in affirming spirituality. His best-known popular book is probably Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion, published in 2007.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Frankenstein

by Kyle Munkittrick

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of those wonderful stories that everyone knows and that no one has read, much like Dracula and War of the Worlds.

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Linda MacDonald Glenn

A Lesson Learned the Hard Way (updated)

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

The ‘Octomom’ shares the lessons she’s learned the hard way—with PETA helping her out, too.

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Jamais Cascio

World Water: Three projects that are changing the future

by Jamais Cascio

In the developing world, a billion people go without clean water. Across the developed world, storms and failing infrastructure threaten to contaminate water supplies. Is there any hope to be found?

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The Transparent Society: Part 1

How do we maintain privacy when cameras are becoming smaller and more prevalent? IEET Fellow David Brin discusses issues of transparency and accountability in an age of surveillance.

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Russell Blackford

Science, Morality, and Sam Harris

by Russell Blackford

Sam Harris argues in this TED talk that science can be an authority on moral issues. It’s a superb performance, and I think he’s got it approximately right.

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Kristi Scott

Women and Posthumanity: The future looks large and sexy

by Kristi Scott

The body has a lot of change to go through on the path to post-humanity. There is a lot of room for improvement and enhancement. Even with all of these cool improvements and enhancements though, my cynical side emerges. While these would be great, are we giving ourselves too much credit that the choices we will make on the route to post-humanity will be practical? Isn’t society a little more vain that that? Seriously? The desire for youth and beauty is by no means a new phenomenon.

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Nature by Numbers

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Ben Goertzel

Joy, Growth and Choice

by Ben Goertzel

What general values can we identify as important, beyond culture-specific or species-specific or otherwise context-specific moral codes or ethical values?

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Linda MacDonald Glenn

Does this mean Philosophers (or Bioethicists) are happier people?

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

Think deeply, be happy?  wink

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Jamais Cascio

Getting It Right

by Jamais Cascio

Five key steps that can steer us away from the worst potential results of geoengineering.

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Mike Treder

Closing the Mainstream > < H+ Gap

by Mike Treder

A major objective of the technoprogressive agenda is to close the gap between popular presentations of transhumanism and the mainstream of social/political thought.

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Linda MacDonald Glenn

Bioethicists Weigh In On the Healthcare Reform Vote

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

I have posted about universal health care coverage many, many times as an ethical and moral imperative. In the last year, my hopes (along with many other bioethicists, I’m sure) of attaining universal coverage have gone up, down and sideways, like a roller-coaster ride, exhilarating and frightening, with emotions ranging from inspiration to resignation.    Now that the US House of Representative has finally passed a health reform bill, I’ve requested several bioethicists (and friends of the WBP) to share their thoughts on the ethical implications of the passage of this bill.

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Jamais Cascio

A Survival Guide to Geoengineering

by Jamais Cascio

Despite its potential to trigger conflict, geoengineering will likely be part of the global response to climate change. Be prepared.

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Science Can Answer Moral Questions

Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can—and should—be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.

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Ben Goertzel offering accredited summer course on The Singularity through Rutgers University

This summer IEET Fellow Ben Goertzel will teach the distance learning course “Special Topics in Sociology: Singularity Studies, the first accredited college course on the Singularity and associated technologies, through Rutgers University. The three-credit summer course will feature online lectures and discussions every Monday and Wednesday evening throughout the summer and is available to students internationally. The IEET’s J. Hughes, Natasha Vita-More and Aubrey de Grey will be among the guest lecturers.

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