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Mike Treder

Life Values: Quantity, Quality, and Meaning

by Mike Treder

The current IEET reader poll asks: If you could be any age you desired, for as long as you chose, would you opt for it? To answer, we may have to consider whether we most value quantity, quality, or meaning in life.

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Doug Rushkoff

Life Inc. pt 1: Your Money or Your Life: A Lesson on the Front Stoop

by Doug Rushkoff

IEET Fellow Doug Rushkoff is posting online most of his book, Life Inc: How the world became a corporation and how to take it back, over the next two weeks. We won’t be able to put it all up here, but we will post links to the full text. Also check out his guest-blogging at Boing Boing, where he also posting these excerpts.

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Transhumanism: Does Enhancement Kill “You”?

UPenn Media Seminar on Neuroscience and Society

Dr. Susan Schneider, IEET fellow and assistant professor of philosophy and an affiliated faculty member with Penns Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, speaks at a UPenn Media Seminar on Neuroscience and Society on philosophical controversies surrounding cognitive enhancement.

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Debate on AGI: Utopia or Apocalypse?

Artificial General Intelligence conference, 2009

(Hat tip to Blogging the Singularity and a big thanks to Jeriaska for filming and posting the debate) Utopia or Artilect War? A debate between J. Storrs Hall and Hugo de Garis. J. Storrs Hall, president of the Foresight Institute, takes the position in this debate that the rise of artificial intelligence levels will create a utopia for humanity. Hugo de Garis, Wuhan University, China, takes the opposite position, namely that the rise of godlike massively intelligent machines will be catastrophic for humanity, leading to the worst, most passionate war humanity has ever known, using late 21st century weapons, killing billions of people.

This debate between J. Storrs Hall and Hugo de Garis took place at the 2nd AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) conference, 2009

First - J. Storrs Hall - Utopia

AGI: The Pathway to a Much, Much Better World from Jeriaska on Vimeo.

Second - Hugo de Garis - Artilect War

Engineered Utopia or Artilect War? from Jeriaska on Vimeo.


Rebuttals -

Future of AGI Debate - Rebuttal from Jeriaska on Vimeo.

 

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Russell Blackford

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

by Russell Blackford

The new Wolverine movie is dividing opinions even as it rakes in tens of millions of dollars day by day, and obviously makes the fans happy. The critical reviews may be bad to mixed, but the word-of-mouth is very different. Go out into the wilds of the blogosphere and you’ll find plenty of over-the-top glorying and raving (much of this from female science fiction fans expressing their admiration for Hugh Jackman’s muscled and much-revealed body).

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Sustainable Mobility

Art Center

The video of the talk Jamais Cascio gave at the Art Center Summit on Sustainable Mobility a couple of months ago is now available. It runs about 40 minutes, and plays only through their site (which is why there isn’t an embedded version here). They don’t make a point of showing every slide in his presentation, so if you’re interested, you can follow along at home with the slideshare version.

The talk weaves together several themes that run through much of my work—resilience, intelligence as adaptation, scenaric thinking, and, above all, agency:

I want you to think through these three scenarios as lenses, to understand the choices you’ll be making in your own designs, in your own businesses, in your own communities over the course of the next decade or so. Understand how the choices and the actions that you take fit with the choices and actions of others.

  Because one of the critical things I want you to walk away with is the recognition that the future is not a destination, it’s not some place we go to, it’s a process, and we enter the future minute by minute. The worst thing you can do is to give up your power to create that future, to leave it to somebody else and say, “well, it’s out of my hands.” When you give up that kind of agency, when you give up your capacity to shape and recreate and transform your own future, you’ve really given up your role in civilization.

  This is ultimately the most important thing you can do: to think through what you want to do, what you can do, to create the future you want.

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Mike Treder

Live from New York: Two Cultures, Part Two

by Mike Treder

In 1959 the prominent British scientist and novelist C.P. Snow gave a pivotal lecture before a crowd of his colleagues in Cambridge. The lecture focused on what he saw as a serious divide between the sciences and the humanities. As a researcher and creative writer he had a unique perspective on the problem and its impact on society at large. Now, 50 years after that famous lecture, a wide array of experts are gathered together to discuss whether or not the divide still exists and how it affects contemporary society.

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Mike Treder

Live from New York - It’s Two Cultures!

by Mike Treder

From the 40th floor of the 7 World Trade Center building in downtown Manhattan, I’m live-blogging today to cover an important symposium exploring the historic gulf between science and the humanities.

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Poll: What to do about North Korea?

IEET readers are more likely to want the US and UN to get tougher on North Korea than to ignore them.

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Transcendent Man

Transcendent Man

Transcendent Man introduces the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, the renowned futurist who journeys the world offering his vision of a future in which we will merge with our machines, can live forever, and are billions of times more intelligent ... all within the next thirty years.

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Jamais Cascio

Should Creative Workers Use Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs?

by Jamais Cascio

We may face a choice between altering our brain chemistries and falling behind in the global economy.

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Michael Anissimov

Nanofactory Regulation Revisited

by Michael Anissimov

I noticed that a post of mine was linked via the Wikipedia article on post-scarcity — my post about nanofactory regulation.  In it, I proposed a DRM-like system to prevent any old nanofactory from manufacturing things like bombs.  Radical and Luddite, I know.

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Mike Treder

Getting Past Us vs. Them

by Mike Treder

A stone age hunter-gatherer, coming upon a conflict where danger was present, didn’t have time to carefully analyze the situation, look for nuances, or seek points of commonality between combatants. Instead, driven by adrenalin, heart pumping, thoughts racing, pupils dilated—within seconds a choice was made: pick a side and join the fray, or turn and run away.

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Andy Miah

Make me a superhero: The pleasures and pitfalls of body enhancement

by Andy Miah

We should welcome with open arms the rich possibilities of technologically enhancing our bodies. Just so long as we don’t all end up looking, and thinking, and acting the same.

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Mike Treder

When Numbers and Words Collide

by Mike Treder

If we had unique words for ten thousand and a hundred thousand, for ten million and a hundred million, it might make understanding of really big numbers more intuitive.

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Martine Rothblatt

What Are Mindclones?

by Martine Rothblatt

A mindclone is a software version of your mind.  He or she is all of your thoughts, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values, and is experiencing reality from the standpoint of whatever machine their mindware is running on.  Mindclones are mindfiles being used and updated by mindware that has been set to be a functionally equivalent replica of one’s mind.  A mindclone is your software-based alter ego, doppelganger, or mental twin.  If your body died, but you had a mindclone, you would not feel that you personally died, although the body would be missed more sorely than amputees miss their limbs.

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Athena Andreadis

Forever Young

by Athena Andreadis

Eleven years ago, Random House published my book To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek.  With the occasion of the premiere of the Star Trek reboot film and with my mind still bruised from the turgid awfulness of Battlestar Galactica, I decided to post the epilogue of my book, very lightly updated — as an antidote to blasé pseudo-sophistication and a reminder that Prometheus is humanity’s best embodiment.  My major hope for the new film is that Uhura does more than answer phones.

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Mike Treder

The Two Cultures in the 21st Century

by Mike Treder

We live in a time when more scientists are being trained than ever before, yet scientists find themselves frustrated by inaccurate media coverage, poor science education, public science illiteracy, a resurgence of anti-evolutionism, and challenges to scientific expertise on issues like climate change. On May 9, 2009, visionaries, scientists, authors, and the media will join together in New York to explore the persistence of the “two cultures” gap—a serious divide between science and the humanities—and how it can be overcome.

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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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