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Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Quick overview of biopolitical points of view




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Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies
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Mike Treder

Science, Religion and the Quest for Secular Morality

by Mike Treder

Can religion and science co-exist peacefully? Many wish they could. But alas, it isn’t so, for science and religion are not actually two sides of the same coin—as many desperately wish to believe—but they’re entirely different currencies. Where science limits its trade to the natural world, religion traffics in the supernatural, and the two just don’t mix.

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Gregory Trocchia

Re-Thinking the Singularity

by Gregory Trocchia

How long would it take you to count from 1 to 2^256, and how much energy would it require? The answer, which might surprise you, also may put a damper on the expectations of a Technological Singularity occurring any time soon.

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George Dvorsky

What is “Uplift?”

by George Dvorsky

As previously noted, David Brin will be guest blogging on Sentient Developments this week. The first topic that David will be addressing is one that is near and dear to both of our hearts: biological uplift. To get you primed for this discussion I can recommend a number of articles, books and resources.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Simple Problems

by Kyle Munkittrick

One of the great criticisms of the transhumanist movement is that it will only benefit wealthy, First World citizens and that the ones who need the most help, the impoverished and marginalized - including their children - will be forgotten. This is already a partial problem with current science and technology. Worse, some of those who try to help end up coming up with absurd solutions that aren’t really what the poorest and majority of disenfranchised need. Then again, some solutions, like Dean Kamen’s slingshot (if it actually does what he says) are exactly what is needed.

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Edward Miller

The Efficiency Paradox and Geo-Engineering

by Edward Miller

Nobody is a bigger supporter of energy efficiency than I am. Yet, it is urgent we understand that it is not a solution to our climate crisis.

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Mike Treder

21st Century Visionary Housing

by Mike Treder

Assuming we reach the middle of this century without destroying civilization in nano wars, bio wars, nuclear wars, or something else, and assuming that global climate chaos has not reduced us to a nasty, brutish remnant of what we are today, then how and where will we choose to live? In floating ocean cities, in space, undersea, or on land in towering mega-structures?

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Christopher Harris

Re-Engineering Our Motivations With Brain Implants

by Christopher Harris

Find it hard to motivate yourself to exercise or read Joyce’s Ulysses? What if you could toggle your brain chip to get more pleasure from virtuous, good-for-you activities than you do from watching television and goofing off on Facebook? IEET contributor Chris Harris points out that we need to start asking that question already.

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Future Perfect: Dreamers, Schemers and Visionaries Pt1

To the Best of our Knowledge

In the latter part of this episode of the NPR program To The Best of Our Knowledge the IEET’s J. Hughes talks with Steve Paulson about the Cyborg Buddha vision and transhumanism. The first parts of the show feature Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of One Laptop Per Child; musicians DJ Spooky and Gregg Gillis; open source theorist Lawrence Lessig; video game designer Jason Rohrer; psychologist of human-computer interaction Sherry Turkle. (MP3)

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Doug Rushkoff

Hack Money, Hack Banking

by Doug Rushkoff

First off, and I can’t stress this enough: Commerce is good. Commerce is not the problem. Monopolies are.

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Looking Forward: How Will Lives Change?

Day to Day

On the final episode of NPR’s Day to Day Joel Kotkin, who studies metropolitan development and urban planning, talks with Madeleine Brand about how people might be arranging their lives in the coming five years. And author Jamais Cascio talks with Alex Cohen about where technology might take us. (MP3) (Stream)

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Ben Scarlato

Battlestar Galactica’s Series Finale

by Ben Scarlato

[Warning: contains spoilers for the Battlestar Galactica series finale]  After five years, Battlestar Galactica finally brought itself to a close with a finale that did not disappoint. In the IEET’s poll, you were divided between whether the series was biocon or transhumanist, or whether we should wait for the end to determine its biopolitics. The final episode had both bioconservative and more technoprogressive elements, but after two hours it was quite refreshing to see some of our modern biopolitical issues quite explicitly addressed in the final five minutes.

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Mike Treder

What is a Technoprogressive?

by Mike Treder

What do technoprogressives want? Who are they? What does the word mean? Is it a political party, a club for geeks, both, or neither?

Let’s find out!

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Andy Miah

We’re All Activists Now

by Andy Miah

From recycling to mass protests on social networks like Facebook, having an ethical conscience is becoming part of our daily lives. Now it’s the turn of governments and companies to change.

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EMERGENCE - IEET News for March 20, 2009

1. A Note From Dr. J.
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Mike Treder

Capitalism, Optimism, and the Technoprogressive

by Mike Treder

To achieve our goals for the future, technoprogressives should accept that capitalism, properly managed and regulated, can be a powerful force for good, and we also must regain a deep sense of optimism and historical vision.

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New articles published in JET

The Journal of Evolution and Technology has published new articles by Stefan Lorenz Sorgner and Austin Corbett.

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David Brin guestblogging at George’s Sentient Developments

Science fiction writer, scientist and renowned futurist David Brin will be guest blogging at George Dvorsky’s Sentient Developments next week. Brin is a best-selling author whose future-oriented novels include Earth and Hugo Award winners Startide Rising and The Uplift War (a part of the Uplift Series—and yes, he coined the term “uplift”).

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Battlestar Galactica poll, essays and finale

We’ve been very interested in the biopolitical content of Battlestar Galactica (BSG) which concludes its final season tomorrow night, Friday March 20. Ben Scarlato has written an excellent series of biopolitical reflections on every BSG episode of this last season, and then we did a talk together on the bioethics of the show for the Hartford Ethics Group.  In our recently concluded IEET poll you all were very divided about whether the show reflected more bioconservative or transhumanist themes, or whether we would just have to wait for the conclusion to make an assessment.

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Jamais Cascio

Geoengineering: New Problems, Old Politics

by Jamais Cascio

I’ve been writing about geoengineering since 2005, and have even published a short book on the subject (Hacking the Earth), looking primarily at the ethics and politics of the issue. The political aspects are, in my view, the most important, yet they’ve received little attention.

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George Dvorsky

Risks posed by political extremism

by George Dvorsky

Below is a transcription of the talk I gave last year at the IEET’s symposium on Building a Resilient Civilization. The title of my presentation was: “Democracy in danger: Catastrophic threats and the rise of political extremism.”

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Mike Treder

The Psychology of Climate Change

by Mike Treder

Academics at Britain’s first conference on the psychology of climate change argued that the greatest obstacles to action are not technical, economic or political—they are the denial strategies that we adopt to protect ourselves from unwelcome information.

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Marshall Brain

How Medical Marijuana Works

by Marshall Brain

At this exact moment in American history, we find ourselves at a very interesting juncture. Near the center of that juncture is marijuana.

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Andy Miah

Prosthetic Surveillance: The medical governance of healthy bodies in cyberspace

by Andy Miah

Abstract: This paper examines how ‘surveillance medicine’ (Armstrong 1995) has expanded the realm of the medical gaze via its infiltration of cyberspace, where specific features of healthism are now present. Drawing on Foucault’s notion of biopower, we examine how digital health resources offer new ways through which to discipline individuals and regulate populations. The emergence of health regulation within and through cyberspace takes place in a context wherein the relationship between the body and technology is rendered more complex. Departing from early literature on cyberspace, which claimed that the body was absent in virtual worlds, we articulate a medicalized cyberspace within which the virtual and corporeal are enmeshed.

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Linda MacDonald Glenn

Nanotechnology and Human Performance

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

(With Jeanann Boyce) Legal institutions must try to avoid getting blinded by the hype and inappropriately sweeping in—and perhaps over-regulating—of both the novel and the mundane applications of this still relatively young technology. As nanotechnology progresses, and both humans and nonhumans receive therapeutic benefits and enhancements, it will be up to the policy makers, courts, and legal profession to delineate societal guidelines for regulation and privacy, as well as to determine individual culpability and responsibility.

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Mike Treder

As Oil is to Water, so Religion is to Reason

by Mike Treder

“One cannot be coherently religious and scientific at the same time. That alleged synthesis requires that with one part of your brain you accept only those things that are tested and supported by agreed-upon evidence, logic, and reason, while with the other part of your brain you accept things that are unsupportable or even falsified. In other words, the price of philosophical harmony is cognitive dissonance.”

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You’ve Been Slimed!

Are We Alone?

Hollywood horror flicks have captivated us with alien blobs, but the slime slithering on our own planet is as beguiling. From microscopic machines to life on ocean floors, new research reveals how essential slime is to life on Earth, and possibly other worlds. Plus, will nano-built slime—aka Gray Goo—threaten us in the future?

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George Dvorsky

Futurist thinking at the Pentagon

by George Dvorsky

Wondering how the U.S. military is planning for the future? A list of recent research articles by an internal Pentagon think tank shows where their collective head is at these days:

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How my legs give me super powers

TED Talks

Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs—she’s got a dozen amazing pairs—and the super-powers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height ... Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.

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Jamais Cascio

Geoengineering’s Drawbacks

by Jamais Cascio

Because I’m not reflexively opposed to geoengineering research, and because I increasingly suspect that some level of albedo-management geoengineering will be necessary simply due to climate disruption happening faster than previously expected, some people tend to assume that I’m a geoengineering advocate. I’m not—but as I’ve noted before, I do believe that it would be less disastrous than climate-driven depopulation. Nonetheless, geoengineering is all-but-certain to have undesirable consequences, both politically (see next post) and environmentally.

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Mike Treder

Participatory Panopticon’s Bumpy Road

by Mike Treder

Imagine living in a world where what you see, what you hear, and what you experience will be recorded wherever you go. Your day to day life is archived and saved, in perpetuity.

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