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Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach
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Transhumanism: there are [at least] ten different philosophical categories; which one(s) are you?
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29 year old hears herself for the 1st time

Sloan Churman's Youtube Channel

Sloan Churman’s husband captured her reaction the first time her new hearing device, Envoy Medical’s Esteem Implant, was turned on. On her Youtube page she says “I had an implant put in 8 weeks ago called The Esteem Implant by Envoy Medical. I was born deaf and have worn hearing aids from the age of 2, but hearing aids only help so much. I have gotten by this long in life by reading lips. This was taken as they were activating the implant.”

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The Ethics of Creating Conscious Beings

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Ted Chiang about his Hugo award winning novella “The Lifecycle of Software Objects,” the ethics of creating intelligent machine minds, and the state of science fiction. (Part 1 of 2)

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Hank Pellissier

Pirate Party captures big victory in Berlin, Germany!

by Hank Pellissier

An interview with party political director Marina Weisband.

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Andrew Maynard

Emerging Technologies and Sustainability: What’s risk got to do with it?

by Andrew Maynard

Q: What do you get if you place some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of technology innovation, risk, and sustainability in the same room for two days? A: One whopping headache!

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Most IEET Readers Expect Smarter-Than-Human AI Before Mid-Century

Some say it’s already here!

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David Brin

“Class War” and the Lessons of History

by David Brin

One aspect of our re-ignited American Civil War is getting a lot of air-play. It is so-called “class war.”

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Kyle Munkittrick

What Do We Do With The Results of Unethical Experimentation?

by Kyle Munkittrick

When knowledge has been acquired at a horrific price, is it more ethical to use it or ignore it?

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Kyle Debates Human Enhancement Over at Slate

IEET’s Kyle Munkittrick debated human enhancement with Brad Allenby, author of The Techno-Human Condition, and Nick Agar, author of Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Life Enhancement, over at Slate. Check out the fascinating results.

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Giulio Prisco

Transhumanist Avatars Storm Second Life

by Giulio Prisco

More than 80 transhumanist avatars stormed the virtual world of Second Life for a community event organized by Humanity+ on September 15. This has been by far the largest virtual transhumanist event that I have seen, and I believe I have seen them all.

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What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

A time-lapse video taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night.

This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries, and landmarks include (in order): Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix; multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico; Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador; lightning over the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon.

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David Brin

Libertarians and Conservatives must choose: Competitive Enterprise or Idolatry of Property

by David Brin

There is a cancer within American libertarianism and conservatism.

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Anthony Werner

Ethical Economics

by Anthony Werner

Economists pronounce with great confidence in the media and blind us with maths and jargon so that most of us switch off and leave it to the ‘experts’—but are we wise to do so when the evidence of the last four years suggests they do not know what they are doing? The voter who votes in ignorance forges the chains that bind him.

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The Case for Mars

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Robert Zubrin, author of the recently updated The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must (1996/2011), as well as How to Live on Mars and Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization. Zubrin helped found and helps lead the Mars Society, the principal lobby for a Mars mission.

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Miriam Jisun

The Maitreya and the Cyborg: Connecting East and West for Enriching Transhumanist Philosophy

by Miriam Jisun

In this essay I would like to reflect on Eastern and Western philosophy, their definition of enlightenment, and their connection to transhumanist thinking. How may Buddhist concepts like ‘Bodhi’ and the ‘Maitreya’ relate to the Western ‘Enlightenment’, human enhancement, and post/transhumanism?

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100 Plus: The Coming Age of Longevity pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Sonia Arrison, a futurist and policy analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies for the Pacific Research Institute (PRI). They discuss her new book 100+: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith. (Part 2 of 2)

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100 Plus: The Coming Age of Longevity pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Sonia Arrison, a futurist and policy analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies for the Pacific Research Institute (PRI). They discuss her new book 100+: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith. (Part 1 of 2)

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R. Dennis Hansen

The Earth Will Soon Be Sentient

by R. Dennis Hansen

It has been suggested that the whole Earth is a giant organism rapidly progressing toward sentience, and that humankind is the principal agent of this evolution. Such a belief requires that we go beyond the role of being stewards and take a more proactive stance as it relates to the Earth’s future.

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Ben Goertzel

Inorganic Macrocell Bots — A New Start for Intelligent Robotics?

by Ben Goertzel

Robotics technology is advancing wonderfully and rapidly — but is it advancing in the right direction?

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George Dvorsky

Exploring the potential for alternative worlds at Burning Man

by George Dvorsky

I recently returned to Toronto from my first Burning Man experience and I have to say that the trip was as close to science fiction as it gets.

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Class Analysis

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Erik Olin Wright,  professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a foremost scholar of class analysis, and author of many books including Class, Crisis and the State, Class Structure and Income Determination, and Classes, Class Counts and Deepening Democracy. (Originally broadcast Apr 2, 2005).

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Doug Rushkoff

Are jobs obsolete?

by Doug Rushkoff

We might want to stop thinking about jobs as the main aspect of our lives that we want to save. They may be a means, but they are not the ends.

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Hank Pellissier

Will “Smart Drugs” give me a sharp, fresh brain?

by Hank Pellissier

My head is not entirely hollow yet but it feels like it’s full of dusty cobwebs and half-eaten flies and I’m sick of it. What should I do?

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Kris Notaro

Why the October 6th D.C. Freedom Plaza Protest is Important to Technoprogressivism

by Kris Notaro

On October 6, 2011, protestors will converge on Washington D.C. to recreate Tahrir Square here in the United States. It is important to transhumanists and non-transhumanists alike because it calls for, in the end, the reduction of the use of money and technology to feed America’s imperial war efforts and to challenge those in charge to use our defense money for environmental purposes.

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How can we inspire young women to pursue careers in science?

Curiosity

Annabelle Pratt, Senior Power Research Engineer at Intel Labs, reveals how she believes we can inspire young women to pursue careers in science in this Discovery Channel video.

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Kristi Scott

Transhumanism and Neurophilosophy

by Kristi Scott

The recurrence of the word neurophilosophy in articles and appearing in my inbox made me think we should all know more about this fascinating field of study that allows us to peek inside the brain and answer some of history’s greatest theoretical ponderings.

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Kyle Munkittrick

What Would Humanity Be Like Without Aging?

by Kyle Munkittrick

The cover of The Postmortal is one of the coolest images I’ve seen in a long time. Death impaled by his own scythe – be not proud, indeed.

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David Brin

Wonders and Disburbances

by David Brin

Some have been discussing a grouchy missive by the brilliant linguistic philosopher George Lakoff—specifically Lakoff’s latest dismissal of reason as a tool of enlightenment decision making. It provokes me to respond.

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Jamais Cascio

Rise of the Teratocracy

by Jamais Cascio

Democracy as practiced in the post-industrial world is increasingly under threat.

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Lab Chimps Taste Freedom

This is the moment that a group of adult chimpanzees sees daylight for the first time, after 30 years of being locked in cages for medical testing.

More on the story here.

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Will you die? What you expect changes with age

A majority of IEET readers age 35 or older who answered our recently concluded poll say they expect to die within a normal human lifespan. In contrast, a plurality of readers under age 35 believe that radical life extension will enable them to stay alive in their current bodies “for centuries at least.”

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