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The Mind, Body and Brain Connection

Bostrom on Superintelligence (3): Doom and the Treacherous Turn

Bring It On! — Why It’s Tme For Over the Counter Oral Contraceptives.

Hacking the world, public health style

9 Obvious Steps to Immortality

3.8 Billion Years of Wisdom: Intelligence in Nature (1 hr)


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

Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds
by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds.

Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies
by Ben Goertzel ed.

Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution
by Ted Chu


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Nanomedical Cognitive Enhancement
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Interview with Transhumanist Biohacker Rich Lee
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What is the Difference between Posthumanism and Transhumanism?
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RSS feedETHICAL TECHNOLOGY

Aubrey de Grey

The singularity and the Methuselarity: similarities and differences

by Aubrey de Grey

Abstract: Aging, being a composite of innumerable types of molecular and cellular decay, will be defeated incrementally. I have for some time predicted that this succession of advances will feature a threshold, which I here christen the “Methuselarity,” following which there will actually be a progressive decline in the rate of improvement in our anti-aging technology that is required to prevent a rise in our risk of death from age-related causes as we become chronologically older. Various commentators have observed the similarity of this prediction to that made by Good, Vinge, Kurzweil and others concerning technology in general (and, in particular, computer technology), which they have termed the “singularity.” In this essay I compare and contrast these two concepts.

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Mike Treder

A Better World: Ten Big Ideas

by Mike Treder

Technology is a double-edged sword, but science and reason have made our lives immeasurably better overall—and only through science and reason can we hope to make a real difference in the future.

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IEET folks in latest h+ magazine

Lots of great stuff in the Fall 2009 issue of h+ magazine, including an interview with Martine Rothblatt, and these pieces from IEET folks.

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Mike Treder

How Atheists View Religion

by Mike Treder

The struggle between religion and reason for the hearts and minds of the people goes back at least as far as ancient Greece and has been played out time and again through the ages.

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Edward Miller

Thinking Outside the Box on Healthcare

by Edward Miller

The healthcare debate is shockingly narrow. We have the do nothing crowd, the privatize it more crowd, the single-payer people, and the public option folks. On the more radical end of the mainstream debates are those calling for more general practitioners, preventive care/incentives, and co-ops. Of the bills pushing through congress now, I have a feeling the public option is the only one with any teeth, but there are a million other non-mutually-exclusive ideas which could be implemented.

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Giulio Prisco

The Telepathic Communication Era

by Giulio Prisco

Many people, including me, are now used to being always online. With my smartphone powered by Google’s Android operating system, I am used to sending and receiving email and IMs anytime, from anywhere. It is easy to see how this trend will evolve: most routine computing applications will migrate to smartphones, the coverage and bandwidth of wireless networks will go up, and their price will go down. In only a few years, we will be used to being permanently plugged in the global Internet, and of course the user interfaces will improve. For example, as described by the visionary science fiction author Charlie Stross in his novel Halting State, augmented reality technology based on smart glasses will soon permit overcoming the limitations due to the small size of phones. A first generation of suitable smart glasses is already available, but there is something much better on the horizon: instant telepathic communication.

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We’re Number 37

Blog of War

The “Rock Tank” analysis of the healthcare reform debate. (Hattip Neuron Culture)

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George Dvorsky

New Assistive Walking Device

by George Dvorsky

So, get this: there’s actually a Cyberdyne Corporation out there working on a device called HAL. But it’s probably not what you think.

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California’s Real Death Panels

Democracy Now!

A look at California’s “real death panels,” the private insurers, as new data reveals they have denied one of every five claims in California over the past seven years. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! speaks with Charles Idelson of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee.

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Better Public Policy Via Brain Reading

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with California Institute of Technology economist Antonio Rangel about the paper from his neuroeconomics research group published in Science, “Using neural measures of economic value to solve the public goods free-rider problem.” They talk about the deconstruction of the idea of rational choices in politics and economics by neurological and behavioral research. (MP3)

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Mike Treder

More LORCs

by Mike Treder

Last week we brought you our first edition of LORCs (Links Of Required Clicking). Now we’re back with a new quartet of links that you simply must click.

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Andrew Maynard

Living in a Post-Chemistry World

by Andrew Maynard

Regulators around the world are currently grappling with how to manage the possible risks associated with first generation nanotechnologies.  But increasingly sophisticated nanotechnology-based products are coming—will the old regulations still cover these emerging nanotechnologies, or is a re-think in how substances are regulated in order?

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Omnivores and Vegans Together

The family of IEET readers comprises all sorts of eaters, from full-on vegans to unapologetic omnivores.

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Mike Treder

A Poll on Global Governance

by Mike Treder

Are you in favor of a world government?

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Jamais Cascio

Application Progamming Interfaces Are Not a Substitute for Ethics

by Jamais Cascio

As tempting as it is to rely on well-structured tools to prevent disastrous outcomes, even the best tools are ultimately insufficient. Good interfaces need to be accompanied by strong ethics.

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Mike Treder

The Democratization of Virulence

by Mike Treder

A mistake in a factory can result in scores of injuries or deaths. A mistake at a chemical plant can kill thousands. But a mistake in a biological laboratory could result in a pandemic.

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George Dvorsky

Postgendered athletes in sports: Should intersexed persons be allowed to compete?

by George Dvorsky

So, the mystery has been solved: world 800-meter champion Caster Semenya of South Africa has both male and female sexual organs.

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Comment Problem Fixed

Some IEET readers have been unable to submit comments for the past several days due to a glitch with our ‘captcha’ software. That problem is now fixed. We apologize for the temporary outage in two-way communication.

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Nick Bostrom

Human Enhancement Ethics: The State of the Debate

by Nick Bostrom

Are we good enough? If not, how may we improve ourselves? Must we restrict ourselves to traditional methods like study and training? Or should we also use science to enhance some of our mental and physical capacities more directly?

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J. Hughes

An Epistle on H+ to the Italian Catholics

by J. Hughes

This essay will be translated and made part of the materials at this meeting of Italian Catholics considering radical life extension and human enhancement.

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Mike Treder

Artificial Friends

by Mike Treder

DI/DO (Drop In, Drop Out) connotes a lifestyle consisting almost entirely of online activity, but in place of a focus on interaction with actual friends and family, the vast majority of time is spent engaging with artificial digital companions.

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Jamais Cascio

Awareness Is Everything

by Jamais Cascio

As our various electronic devices gain more and more sensory awareness, we open up the potential for entirely new forms of interaction. Not just new interfaces—tapping and shaking and whatnot—but a shift in presence. With few exceptions, we use these new technologies in rather familiar ways. We might speak instead of type, or tap instead of click, or wave a control wand instead of mash a control pad, but these are essentially the same kinds of direct input processes we’ve done for years, just dressed up in a new look.

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Artificial Wisdom

Buddhist Geeks

Buddhist Geeks has up the second half of their two part interview with Ben Goertzel on his non-fiction story “Enlightenment 2.0”.  This precipitates a conversation about whether consciousness is a result of the mechanisms of the brain, or whether it is fundamental.  And connected to that, what are the ethical implications of creating an artificial intelligence, if we do indeed see it as having BuddhaNature? Finally, Ben shares what he has discovered while exploring the notion of “artificial wisdom”—including what difference there is between intelligence and wisdom.  He also talks about the seeming incompatibility between intense scientific thinking and enlightenment, and how that might be rectified by creating a more wise and intelligent super-mind. Listen to Part One here.

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Mike Treder

The Next 100 Years

by Mike Treder

Japan and Turkey form an alliance to attack the United States. Poland becomes America’s closest ally. Mexico makes a bid for global supremacy, and a third world war takes place in space. Sounds strange? It could all happen. . .

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Law of the People, to the People

by Marcelo Rinesi

Although US case law is in the public domain, in practice access to it can be very expensive. The AltLaw project is an attempt to provide free access to it.

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Obligatory Treatment for Being a Jerk

Interior Traces

This is the sixth episode of Interior Traces, a new radio play with accompanying video works and new musical score exploring how different ways of looking at the brain change how we think about the mind, madness, and responsibility. The project was funded by the Wellcome Trust, LCACE, and UCL.

Episode 6, 2030

Mike was identified with callous and unemotional traits in childhood, and put on a life-long course of drugs and behavioural therapies to prevent him from expressing the antisocial behaviour associated with psychopathy. On reaching adulthood, he must report to a clinic every six months, to have a brain scan and be cleared to return to society. Unhappy with these restrictions, Mike becomes involved with a campaigning group who are planning to mount a legal challenge against obligatory treatment.  (MP3)

Interior Traces: Episode 6, 2030 from Interior Traces on Vimeo.

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Mike Treder

Links Of Required Clicking

by Mike Treder

In Rob Reiner’s classic The Princess Bride, we learned about ROUSs (Rodents Of Unusual Size). Now we present a new feature from the IEET: LORCs (Links Of Required Clicking).

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Doug Rushkoff

How the World Became a Corporation

by Doug Rushkoff

Jon Lebkowsky reviews Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back, by IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff.

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Mike Treder

Ethics of Human Enhancement

by Mike Treder

An important new report titled Ethics of Human Enhancement: 25 Questions & Answers has just been released.

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Fundamental Uncertainty of Long-Term Healthcare Investment

by Marcelo Rinesi

Improved life expectancy across the developed and most of the developing world is one of the main triumphs of medicine. But although the expected lifetime of an individual is slowly increasing in most countries, the maximum lifespan isn’t.

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