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The Social Fabric of a Technically Advanced Society

America’s best-kept sex secret: lots of us don’t want it

Free Will Does Not Exist - Should it be a Transhumanist Enhancement?

Will Transhumanism Lead to Greater Freedom?

The Yuck Factor — What Planned Parenthood Smears, Homophobia, & Middle School Have in Common


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A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control
Wendell Wallach

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach
Roman Yampolskiy


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If We Can Achieve Gay Marriage and Legal Pot, We Can Fix Climate Change Too
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Transhumanism: there are [at least] ten different philosophical categories; which one(s) are you?
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Transhumanism – The Final Religion?
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The World of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

In this promo trailer for the computer game Deus Ex: Human Revolution the anti-augmentation group Purity First takes attacks the corporations Tai Yong Medical and Sarif Industries for ensalving humanity with drugs and devices.

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George Dvorsky

The Ethics of Animal Enhancement

by George Dvorsky

By increasing the rational faculties of animals, and by giving them the tools to better manage themselves and their environment, they stand to gain everything that we have come to value as a species.

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Eagleman on Colbert Report

Colbert Report

IEET Fellow David Eagleman likens the brain to a neural Parliament with different political parties that are battling it out to steer the ship of state.


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R. Dennis Hansen

The Increasing Obsolescence of Institutional Churches

by R. Dennis Hansen

Is rapidly advancing science and technology making institutional religion obsolete?

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Brainstorm (1983)

IMDB

This is the trailer for Natalie Wood’s last motion picture “Brainstorm” with Christopher Walken and Louise Fletcher.


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Kristi Scott

Emerging Threats and Challenges, Bible-Style

by Kristi Scott

This is a report from the first annual Future Congress on Emerging Threats and Challenges, held July 22-24, 2011, in Branson, Missouri, which I am attending on behalf of the IEET.

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How the Curiosity Mars Rover Will Land and Navigate

Steven Lee, the guidance, navigation, and control manager for the Mars Science Laboratory mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, describes how NASA plans to land and navigate its new Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars in 2012.

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Trailer for TechnoHorror Web Series “H+”

Bryan Singer

In Bryan Singer’s new web-ipsoded film “H+” , which looks pretty cool, nano-neural implants leave a majority of the planet open to a lethal computer virus or glitch or something. Of course this is as much of an argument against neural prostheses as an apocalyptic plague movie is against living in a human body, or an asteroid apocalypse film is against living on Earth. What it points to, once the hubbub dies down, is the need to ensure that there are prudent failsafes and firewalls built into all neural prostheses, something we are already doing with wireless pacemakers and biomonitors. 


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Dorothy Deasy

Narrow vs. General Transhumanism

by Dorothy Deasy

Transhumanism is not simply something that will happen in the future; it is a general byproduct of modernity. Thinking of transhumanism narrowly, only as a future state, jeopardizes the development of desirable ethics and societal changes.

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Kyle Munkittrick

When Will We Be Transhuman?

by Kyle Munkittrick

I propose seven changes as indicators that transhumanism has been attained.

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Andrea Kuszewski

Increase Your Intelligence: Five ways to maximize your cognitive potential

by Andrea Kuszewski

Intelligence is being able to approach a new problem, recognize its important components, and solve it—then take that knowledge gained and put it towards solving the next, more complex problem. It’s about innovation and imagination, and about being able to put that to use to make the world a better place.

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Surgery’s Past, Present, and Robotic Future

Surgeon and inventor Catherine Mohr tours the history of surgery (and its pre-painkiller, pre-antiseptic past), then demos some of the newest tools for surgery through tiny incisions, performed using nimble robot hands. Fascinating—but not for the squeamish.

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Hank Pellissier

Why is the IQ of Ashkenazi Jews so high?

by Hank Pellissier

Ashkenazi Jews are smart. Shockingly brilliant, in general. Impressively greater in brain power than the bulk of the human population. How did they get that way?

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Kristi Scott

Transhumanism vs. /and Posthumanism

by Kristi Scott

After several years of using the terms ‘transhumanism’ and ‘posthumanism’, I have decided that their points of difference and contention are too much to bear. This past May at the Humanity+ conference in New York, I decided I was no longer going to sit on the sidelines and hope that the terms would work themselves out. I wanted to understand what was going on.

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Robopocalypse

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Daniel Wilson, who holds a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, and is the author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising, How to Build a Robot Army, Where’s My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived and most recently Robopacolypse, which is being made into a feature film by Steven Spielberg.

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Future Factors Poll Shows Split Among IEET Readers

One third of those responding to a recent IEET reader poll expressed confidence that emerging technologies “will transform the world, leading to a fabulous future.” But a slightly higher number of respondents believe that some form of “progressive global governance” will be necessary to manage and regulate our technologies and the companies that create them, so that we can avoid various kinds of disaster.

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Andrea Kuszewski

The Educational Value of Creative Disobedience

by Andrea Kuszewski

What is supposed to be the most critical learning period for shaping children into the leaders of tomorrow has evolved over the years into a stifling of the creative instinct—wasting the age of imagination—which we then spend the rest of our lives trying to reconnect with.

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The Future of Freedom pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with journalist Ron Bailey about the libertarian perspective on biotechnology, drugs, economics and contemporary politics. Bailey writes a weekly science and technology column for Reason magazine and is the author of Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution. Part 2 of 2. The last part of the podcast is the fourth installment of Cory Doctorow’s short story “Clockwork Fagin,” which appears in the anthology Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories from Candlewick Press.  Cory’s podcasts can be found at his website craphound.com.

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The Future of Freedom pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with journalist Ron Bailey about the libertarian perspective on biotechnology, drugs, economics and contemporary politics. Bailey writes a weekly science and technology column for Reason magazine and is the author of Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution. Part 1 of 2. The last part of the podcast is the third installment of Cory Doctorow’s short story “Clockwork Fagin,” which appears in the anthology Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories from Candlewick Press.  Cory’s podcasts can be found at his website craphound.com.

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Seeing the Future in a Robot’s Face pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Kristi Scott, Rights of the Person program director for the IEET and a doctoral student in Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her work focuses on how popular culture presents issues of identity, body modification, cosmetic surgery, robots and emerging technologies. Along the way they discuss transhumanism’s maleness, the effect of pornography on vaginal rejuvenation, and how to tell your kids they will have to serve the Robot Overlords. (Part 2 of 2)  The last third of the podcast is the 2nd installment of Cory Doctorow’s “Clockwork Fagin,” which appears in Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories from Candlewick Press at candlewick.com. Cory’s podcasts can be found at his website craphound.com.

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Seeing the Future in a Robot’s Face pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Kristi Scott, Rights of the Person program director for the IEET and a doctoral student in Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her work focuses on how popular culture presents issues of identity, body modification, cosmetic surgery, robots and emerging technologies. Along the way they discuss transhumanism’s maleness, the effect of pornography on vaginal rejuvenation, and how to tell your kids they will have to serve the Robot Overlords. (Part 1 of 2) 

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The Artificial Ape pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Timothy Taylor, lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Bradford, and author of The Prehistory of Sex, The Buried Soul: How Humans Invented Death, and The Artificial Ape: How Technology Changed the Course of Human Evolution. They discuss the role of baby slings, tools, meat and language in the evolution of human intelligence. Part 2 of 2.  The last half of the podcast is the beginning of Cory Doctorow’s short story “Clockwork Fagin,” a young adult steampunk story appearing in the anthology Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories from Candlewick Press.

 

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J. Hughes

Some Brief Thoughts on How to Ensure a Good Future

by J. Hughes

When Phil Bowermaster asked for some pithy thoughts about how to prepare for one of the Next Big Future Things coming down the pike, I suddenly sounded like a frothing street-corner Ranter.

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Sad News: IEET Affiliate Len Sassaman Has Died

Thirty-one years old, Len was an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET since 2010. He was an internationally acclaimed cypherpunk and privacy advocate, a PhD candidate at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and a researcher with the COSIC research group. Suffering from depression, Len ended his own life on July 3, 2011.

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Hank has a new book out

This startling, controversial collection of essays by pundit/provocateur and IEET Affiliate Scholar Hank Pellissier promotes his hedonist-transhumanist-egalitarian vision of the future. The articles, backed by data and optimistic imagination, examine numerous bio-ethical and politically flammable topics: sexbots, in-vitro meat, Israel, parent licenses, women-only leadership, public nudity, artificial wombs and cryonics. With a forward by IEET’s Dr. J.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Your Body, Your Choice: Fight for Your Somatic Rights

by Kyle Munkittrick

“My body, my choice.” We hear that slogan constantly, but what the hell do those four words mean?

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George Dvorsky

Hear that? It’s the Singularity coming

by George Dvorsky

The idea of a pending technological Singularity is under attack again with a number of prominent futurists arguing against the possibility—the most prominent being Charlie Stross and his astonishingly unconvincing article, ”Three arguments against the singularity.” While it’s not my intention to write a comprehensive rebuttal at this time, I would like to bring something to everyone’s attention: The early rumblings of the coming Singularity are becoming increasingly evident and obvious.

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Understanding Our Technological Future

Equal Time For Freethought

Dr. J. joined host Arnell Dowret on WBAI’s Equal Time for Freethought on July 2, 2011:

Humans are inextricably linked to the technology we create, and the technology we create in turn shapes us.  In the next few decades a confluence of high technologies including nano-tech, bio-tech, info-tech, and cognitive science will bring humankind into territory previously unimagined, and largely still unimaginable.

Future technologies may empower human kind to eliminate or significantly reduce the serious existential threats we presently face such as environmental collapse, nuclear disaster, and worldwide pandemic.  On the other hand, our new technologies themselves could bring an entirely new set of challenges with which we will have to struggle.

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Captain America, Voluntary Amputation, and Rogue Scientists

Bloggingheads

Do you ever worry that Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) wasn’t really giving informed consent when he agreed to become enhanced? Or are curious as to why someone might choose a bionic hand over a real one? The awesome Maggie Koerth-Baker of boingboing.net and I had some of the same questions. We chat about the ethics of superheroes and our perception of science in this week’s Science Saturday on bloggingheads.tv.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Captain America’s Enlistment and Experimentation: Was It Ethical?

by Kyle Munkittrick

Steve Rogers, the man who would become Captain America, was not subjected to an accidental burst of gamma radiation or the bite of a radioactive spider. Instead, he willingly enlisted and subjected himself to an experimental process for the creation of super-soldiers. His superpowers were deliberate and intended. However, the circumstances of Captain America’s enlistment into the army are, at best, questionable.

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