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Personality Capture and Emulation
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Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies
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Marcelo Rinesi

Pirates (Digital and Otherwise)

by Marcelo Rinesi

There are useful, if unexpected, lessons to be learned from pirates: progressive management from the pirates of the sea, and how to run a media business from the ‘pirates’ of the net.

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Mike Treder

Technoprogressives Should Favor Progressive Gains

by Mike Treder

Many in the United States see evidence of a tectonic shift in public opinion over major issues that have gone nowhere for years.

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George Dvorsky

A World Without Suffering?

by George Dvorsky

“If it was possible to become free of negative emotions by a riskless implementation of an electrode—without impairing intelligence and the critical mind—I would be the first patient.” - The Dalai Lama

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Mind Control Fad Ready to Sweep College Campuses

Washington Post

The Washington Post’s Joel Garreau, a friend of the IEET, takes a look at an upcoming Star Wars-themed toy that uses new technology to allow the user to levitate an object…with their mind!

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Bailey on Transhumanism and the Limits of Democracy

George Dvorsky writes: Reason Online‘s science correspondant Ronald Bailey has published a paper he presented at the Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict Workshop on Transhumanism and the Future of Democracy last week.

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Mike Treder

Who Wants to Live Forever?

by Mike Treder

Do you want to live forever?

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Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better

UK Guardian

Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, academic epidemiologists at Nottingham and York universities respectively, are authors of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better.  They explain why relatively unequal societies such as Britain and the United States are more likely to suffer from a range of problems, including low life expectancy, illiteracy, stress, and a high crime rate. Even climate change is less of a challenge for a society with a narrow gap between rich and poor. (MP3) (Hat tip to Thoughtware TV)

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George Dvorsky

What is a Person?

by George Dvorsky

A number of Sentient Developments readers have asked what I mean when I refer to non-human persons and the personhood spectrum. It’s a fair question, and to be honest, I have yet to see a satisfying personhood taxonomy with an attendant list of traits that fully circumscribe the personhood continuum. I consider this an incredibly important issue as we move into a ‘transhuman condition’ and as we work to give non-human animals greater moral consideration. If I ever go back to school I think this will be a likely topic for a thesis.

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Russell Blackford

Should Scientists Accomodate Religious Sensibilities?

by Russell Blackford

At his Why Evolution is True site, Jerry Coyne has been posting about the accommodation of religious sensibilities in materials and statements by American science organisations such as the National Academy of Sciences, National Center for Science Education, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. In all cases, these (valuable) organisations have considered it necessary to calm the fears of American religionists that science, particularly evolutionary biology, undermines religion.

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Saviour Siblings Film

Jodi Picoult

(Hat tip Genetics and Health) “My Sister’s Keeper” is the story of two sisters, Kate, who suffers from acute promyelocytic leukemia, and her sister Anna, who was genetically engineered and conceived to be a genetic match for Kate. In general, the few savior siblings that have been born around the world only provide one or a few bone marrow transplants for their sick older sibling, and they are not genetically engineered, only selected for from among a number of fertilized embryoes. In this film Anna is genetically modified and apparently provides multiple tissues, including cord blood, blood, bone marrow. When her sister needs a kidney she sues her parents for rights to her body. Starring Cameron Diaz as Mom, the amazing Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) as the reluctant donor, and Sofia Vassilieva as the sick sister. An adaptation from a novel by Jodi Picoult, “My Sister’s Keeper” gets released to US theaters on 26 June 2009.

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Mike Treder

The Ethics of Valuing Human Lives

by Mike Treder

When—if ever—is it right to choose a policy that will consign certain numbers of a population to a likely death, while presumably giving far greater numbers the opportunity to live a better life?

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Metaphysics of Suffering and Ethics of Torture

Rock Cookie Bottom

The torture memo set to music. From Rock Cookie Bottom. (Hat tip to Boing Boing)

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Esalen’s Tantric Transhumanism part 2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Jeffrey Kripal, author of Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion, a history of the Big Sur retreat center that helped create the human potential movement. Part 2 of 2.

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Esalen’s Tantric Transhumanism part 1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Jeffrey Kripal, author of Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion, a history of the Big Sur retreat center that helped create the human potential movement. Part 1 of 2.

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Mike Treder

Screw the small steps and simple things: here are ten Earth Day goals that matter

by Mike Treder

Traditionally, April 22—Earth Day—is a day devoted to making green accessible to all. It’s a day when each of us is invited to take small, individual steps toward reducing our carbon footprints, limiting our waste, or restoring the environment. See how easy it is—and how fun—to do your part to save the planet? Whether Earth Day does any good, however, is a subject of some real debate.

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Happy Earth Day

Takashi Taniguchi

An English-subtitled version of Takashi Taniguchi’s delightfully absurd “Mr. Ando of the Woods” has made its way online. Hat tip to Pink Tentacle.

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Mike Treder

Conflicted Over Majestic Architecture

by Mike Treder

As a lover of majestic architecture, I am acutely conflicted, because many of the most amazing building projects on the planet are taking place in Dubai, a location where conditions for workers are uncomfortably close to those of ancient Egypt. Is it possible to foresee a time when a progressive egalitarian society might produce brilliant, stately, inspiring structures?

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Doug Rushkoff’s New Radio Show and NPR TV Series

IEET Fellow Doug Rushkoff has a new radio show, the Media Squat, and a new series on Frontline, Digital Nation.

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Rushkoff chats with Steven Johnson

Media Squat

Doug Rushkoff talks with guests Steven Johnson and Bob White. The Media Squat is freeform, bottom-up, open source radio looking towards similarly open source, bottom-up solutions to some of the problems engendered by our relentlessly top-down society. Each show will initiate a series of discussions, which will themselves comprise part of an expanding wiki of resources, support material, and community-generated content. This isn’t pure ‘60s or Whole Earth radicalism and self-sufficiency (though it’s certainly related) but a 21st Century, cyberpunk reclamation of all technologies and social contracts as essentially open source, up for discussion, and open to modification. It’s an application of the hacker ethic and net collectivism to everything, done in the spirit of fun and adventure. (MP3)

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Doug Rushkoff

In Defense of the Dark Ages

by Doug Rushkoff
When I was in the process of editing my new book Life Inc., my copyeditor pulled a paragraph out, in which I had explained that the so-called “Dark Ages” didn’t exist - that the ten centuries between the fall of Roman Empire and the beginning of the Renaissance had many good ones among them. And that, in fact, the Late Medieval Era - the 10th through 13th Centuries - were a great age of prosperity and economic development.

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Jamais Cascio

The Next Big Thing: Resilience

by Jamais Cascio

If the financial crisis has taught us anything, it is that brittle systems can fail catastrophically. With increasing fervor since the 1980s, sustainability has been the watchword of scientists, environmental activists, and indeed all those concerned about the complex, fragile systems on the sphere we inhabit. It has shaped debates about business, design, and our lifestyles.

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Doug Rushkoff

Stimulus, Ass-Backwards

by Doug Rushkoff

I’ve been trying to figure out exactly why President Obama’s approach to the economic crisis upsets me so much, so regularly, and I think I figured it out. His impulse—perhaps as someone with more faith in the power of centralized, top-down decision-making than I have—is to fix our economic problems by supporting existing institutions.

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Transition to a Resilient Civilization

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Shaun Chamberlin about his new book The Transition Timeline For a Local, Resilient Future. Chamberlin is the founder of the Dark Optimism site.  (MP3)

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Jamais Cascio

Social Networking and the Brain: Continuous Partial Empathy?

by Jamais Cascio

Human beings are social animals; we devote a significant portion of our brain just to dealing with interactions with other humans. It should come as no surprise, then, that social Web technologies have a complex relationship with brain function. When these platforms work in concert with our social brains, they can enable persistent relationships or provide emotional/social augmentation. When social web technologies clash with brain function, however, the results can be surprising.

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Jon Kabat Zinn’s Science of Mindfulness

Speaking of Faith

Krista Tippett interviews secular meditation teacher and clinical researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn. (MP3)

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George Dvorsky

Welcome to the Machine, Part 4: Kurzweil’s nano neural nets

by George Dvorsky

As previously noted in this series, our entire world may be simulated. For all we know we’re sitting on a powerful supercomputer somewhere, the mere playthings of posthuman intelligences. But this is not the only possibility. There’s another way that this kind of fully immersive ‘reality’ could be realized—one that doesn’t require the simulation of an entire world. Indeed, it’s quite possible that your life is not what it seems—that what you think of as reality is actually an illusion of the senses. You could be experiencing a completely immersive and totally convincing virtual reality right now and you don’t even know it.

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Mike Treder

A Black-Swan-Robust World

by Mike Treder

While the United States and the world struggle through the worst economic times since the 1930s, advice is coming in from all sides on how to prevent a repeat of the current debacle. Neoliberal Chicago school economic ideas championed for decades by Milton Friedman and his followers—and brought to full bloom under George W. Bush—are now in well-deserved disrepute, but where do we go from here?

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J. Hughes

Embodiment, Compassion and Secular Ethics

by J. Hughes

Does championing Enlightenment values require complete rejection of collaboration and dialogue with the religious? Could technoprogressives even learn something from Easter about how to design moral machines?

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Poll: We Think The Gray Goo Video Was Funny

A majority of you thought the gray goo video that was circulating last month was hilarious.

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Mike Treder

Cops Beware: Little Brother is Watching

by Mike Treder

Some call it sousveillance. Some call it the participatory panopticon. John Naughton gives it maybe the most evocative and memorable name, “Little Brother.”

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