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Mike Treder

Is extinction in your future?

by Mike Treder

In the next 24 hours, more than 150,000 individual humans will become extinct. Over the past three decades, upwards of 1.6 billion people have disappeared from the Earth forever.

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Ben Goertzel

Some Cosmist Principles

by Ben Goertzel

If Cosmism could be fully summarized in a list of bullet points, I wouldn’t write a whole manifesto about it, I’d just write a few bullet points.

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Dear News Media

A proper understanding of statistics…

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Russell Blackford

Does a child need both a mother and a father?

by Russell Blackford

Does a child need both a mother and a father? Apparently not, according to this report in ScienceDaily, which summarises a new article in the Journal of Marriage and Family.

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J. Hughes

Problems of Transhumanism: Liberal Democracy vs. Technocratic Absolutism

by J. Hughes

Transhumanists, like Enlightenment partisans in general, believe that human nature can be improved but are conflicted about whether liberal democracy is the best path to betterment. The liberal tradition within the Enlightenment has argued that individuals are best at finding their own interests and should be left to improve themselves in self-determined ways. But many people are mistaken about their own best interests, and more rational elites may have a better understanding of the general good. Enlightenment partisans have often made a case for modernizing monarchs and scientific dictatorships. Transhumanists need to confront this tendency to disparage liberal democracy in favor of the rule by dei ex machina and technocratic elites.

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Ben Goertzel

Sexuality and Beyond

by Ben Goertzel

A futurist friend of mine likes to tell people of his aspiration to somehow remove all sexuality from his brain.

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Doug Rushkoff

Corporations as Uber-Citizens

by Doug Rushkoff

Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling was positive in one respect: it made law out of what was already happening. While corporations earned “personhood” back in the 1860’s when a court clerk (likely bribed) added this language into the margins of another court decision, they never quite had the rights of citizenship before. They already write our laws (through lobbies) elect our leaders (with money) and create public opinion (with money and PR).  If you’re interested in how and why that happened, please read my book Life Inc.  But they have always tended to do so by working around government’s efforts to limit their influence.

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Doug’s Frontline Series ‘Digital Nation’ Airs February 2 at 9pm

Over a single generation, the Web and digital media have remade nearly every aspect of modern culture, transforming the way we work, learn and connect in ways that we’re only beginning to understand. FRONTLINE producer Rachel Dretzin (Growing Up Online) teams up with one of the leading thinkers of the digital age, IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff (The Persuaders, Merchants of Cool), to continue to explore life on the virtual frontier.

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Mike Treder

Sex and Gender: Women, Men, and Androids

by Mike Treder

How much are things going to change between the sexes during the next four decades?

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Last Decade Not Good: IEET Readers

According to the results of a recently concluded poll, IEET readers are decidedly down on the “social and political developments” of the past ten years.

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Looking Backward to See the Future of Technology

Lift

All technological innovation requires legal and political facilitation. Technological innovation in turn drives changes in intellectual property law.

Dominique Pestre “Technology & Society: Know your History!” from Lift Conference on Vimeo.

Dominique Pestre, historian of science, has worked on the relationship between physics and technology in the XXth century. Part of his work is also dedicated to understanding the heritage of the war on scientific methods such as game theory, system analysis, operative research.

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Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

The Evil Futurists’ Guide to World Domination: How to be Successful, Famous, and Wrong

by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

You want to be a futurist, but you’re afraid of being wrong. Don’t worry. Everyone has that concern at first. But here, I’ve brought together ideas drawn from a number of books and articles that will help you succeed without having to be right. All you have to do is follow the simple principles laid out below.

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George Dvorsky

Intersex Athletes and the IOC

by George Dvorsky

Who is the IOC to determine what is physically normal in sport? Why should the attainment of fitness peaks (natural or otherwise) be prevented or constrained? And how could they ever come to describe the perfectly ‘normal’ human athlete?

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Kristi Scott

An Imperfect Organic Woman’s Perspective on the “Perfect Robot Woman”

by Kristi Scott

When it comes to the perfect, what is it that we want? Is it one woman, or is it several?

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Andrew Maynard

“No Small Matter” – A connoisseur’s guide to delicate work

by Andrew Maynard

How do you write a book about something few people have heard of, and less seem interested in? The answer, it seems, is to write about something else.

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Congrats to Kristi and Natasha

Congratulations to IEET Fellow Natasha Vita-More and IEET intern Kristi Scott on their election to the Humanity+ Board of Directors.

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Russell Blackford

Danger: Teleologist at work! Robert Wright’s “The Evolution of God”

by Russell Blackford

The Evolution of God is a fascinating account of the development of god-concepts over time, from pre-agricultural societies to the spread of Christianity and the rise of Islam. However, there’s a problem.

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Kyle Munkittrick

No Concept of “Perfect” in Transhumanism

by Kyle Munkittrick

I’d like to take a moment to correct the record on perfection.

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Ben Goertzel

Water Worlds, Naive Physics, Intelligent Life,  and Alien Minds

by Ben Goertzel

Intelligence is about achieving complex goals in complex environments; and it follows that the nature of a specific intelligent system is bound to be highly dependent on the nature of the environment in which it finds itself. Here we explore some of the ways in which human intelligence appears to be dependent on particular broad aspects of the environment in which we evolved, and discuss some possible differences that might be seen in alien intelligences adapted to radically different environments such as worlds comprised entirely of water. As a case in point, possible characteristics of intelligences adapted to complex-fluid-dominated rather than solid-object-dominated environments are discussed in detail.

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Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?

Colin McEnroe Show

Colin McEnroe chatted with J. Hughes and Robin Hanson on Connecticut Public Radio about Nick Bostrom’s Simulation Hypothesis.  MP3

Also check out George Dvorsky’s excellent five part discussion of the Simulation Hypothesis:

“Welcome to the Machine, Part 1: The ethics of simulated beings”

"Welcome to the Machine, Part 2: Descartes’s malicious demon"

"Welcome to the Machine, Part 3: The Simulation Argument"

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

"Welcome to the Machine, Part 5: Simulation taxonomy"

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Mike Treder

Religion, Politics, Death, and Hope

by Mike Treder

Can you see the future? The overall arc of the 21st century? How does it appear to you?

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J. Hughes

Problems of Transhumanism: Atheism vs. Naturalist Theologies

by J. Hughes

The dominant trajectory of Enlightenment thought over the last three hundred years has been towards atheism. Most transhumanists are atheists. But some transhumanists, like many of the original Enlightenment thinkers, are attempting to reconcile naturalism and their religious traditions. Some transhumanists even believe that the transcendent potentials of intelligence argue for a new form of scientific theology.

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Phil Torres

Will cognitive enhancement technology make us dumber?

by Phil Torres

Knowledge is like a sphere: the greater its volume, the larger its contact with the unknown. - Blaise Pascal

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Mike Treder

Avatar 3D: The Experience

by Mike Treder

First, there was 2001. Then there was Star Wars. Then there was Av  —  no, I’m not gonna go there.

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Richard Eskow

Elvis Presley, Transhumanist?

by Richard Eskow

Let’s look at the evidence…

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Chart Wars

Alex Lundry on “The Political Power of Data Visualization”

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Mike Treder

Tools Are Not the Same as Solutions

by Mike Treder


Q: Why does it take five men to put in a light bulb?

A: One to hold the bulb, and four to turn the ladder.

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Vinge and Brin: Reflections

What are the most significant things that happened over the last decade? Did the 2000s live up to expectations? And, what are the predictions for the next decade? KPBS Radio speaks to David Brin and Vernor Vinge about the 2000s and beyond.

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Russell Blackford

Implausibility, Transcendence, and Atheism

by Russell Blackford

Science is implausible to untutored human common sense, but that in no way casts doubt on the correctness of well-established scientific findings. Feelings of transcendence are simply that—feelings—and, as such, have no capacity to reveal truths about a world external to the people who have them.

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A Long Bright Future

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Laura Carstensen, professor of psychology at Stanford University and founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, about her book A Long Bright Future.  MP3

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