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Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
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A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
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A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century
Ilia Stambler

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Nick Bostrom


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Review of Michio Kaku’s, Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century
Dec 15, 2014
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What Will Life Be Like Inside A Computer?
Dec 7, 2014
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Bitcoin and Science: DNA is the Original Decentralized System
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Andrew Maynard

Building Trust Between Science and Society

by Andrew Maynard

Having recently finished Robert Winston’s Bad Ideas? An Arresting History of our Inventiveness, I was rather taken by his concluding “Scientist’s Manifesto” – a fourteen-point guide to help strengthen the relationship between science and society.

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Human Past, Present and Future Cast in Doubt

Changesurfer Radio

Could everyone but Africans be the result of miscegenation with Neanderthals? Will we be able to develop global rules for geoengineering in time? And good news for brains but bad news for global, gender and racial health equity.

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Jamais Cascio

Rogue Geoengineering Project Underway?

by Jamais Cascio

Last week, Kyle Vandercamp, an atmospheric scientist, blew the whistle on a rogue geoengineering project funded by billionaire Harrison Wyld. Vandercamp was a senior scientist at the Bluebird Lab, and managed to get hold of some pretty damning documents laying out the extent of what the Bluebird project intends to do.

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Mike Treder

What matters is WHO makes the choice, NOT the choice that’s made

by Mike Treder

In the big debate over whether and how we should make ourselves known to possible ETIs, the decision itself may not have much consequence at all. But in deciding who should choose, we may be setting a crucial precedent.

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David Brin

Perspectives on SETI and Aliens

by David Brin

Nobody knows a damned thing about aliens—but that doesn’t keep almost everyone from behaving like children, weighing in with their “of course” explanations for how advanced sapient races would “naturally” behave, or why ETs haven’t been seen, or what they would do if we encountered them.

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Phil Torres

Scientific Fallibilism and SETI

by Phil Torres

Just because one is convinced that transmitting signals into space is safe doesn’t mean he or she has the right to transmit such signals.

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Ben Goertzel

OpenCog Bot: Achieving Generally Intelligent Virtual Agent Control and Humanoid Robotics…

by Ben Goertzel

We describe an integrative cognitive architecture for human-like, human-level, embodied general intelligence, founded on integrating the OpenCogPrime framework for cognition, language and high-level learning with a hierarchical temporal memory for lower-level perception and action. The core conceptual principle of the architecture is “cognitive synergy”, wherein di erent components are speci cally integrated in such a way as to compensate for each others scalability weaknesses. The current, preliminary implementation of the architecture to control a Nao robot is described, and contrasted with prior work using OpenCogPrime to control virtual agents in virtual worlds; and future plans for achieving greater intelligence via instructing the Nao in a “robot preschool” context are reviewed.

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Mike Treder

Are space aliens a threat to Earth?

by Mike Treder

How concerned are you about the “alien threat”?

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Majority Favors Human Cloning, Plurality Urges Caution

More than 60% of those who voted in a recently concluded IEET reader poll say that human cloning should be allowed. However, two-thirds of those in the affirmative (42% overall) say it should take place only after being proven safe.

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Are aliens a threat?

In response to Stephen Hawking’s new Discovery Channel program, IEET Fellow David Brin was a guest recently on Larry King Live, where he debated the “alien threat” with Michio Kaku, Seth Shostak, and actor Dan Aykroyd. This is Part One. See Part Two here, and Part Three here.

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John Lewis

Climate Change — A Call to Awareness

by John Lewis

How can we encourage change in policy and decision making?

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Andrew Maynard

Power to the People

by Andrew Maynard

Should citizens be more involved in assessing emerging technologies?

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Make Your Own Chaos Machine

In mathematics, in the area of dynamical systems, a double pendulum (also known as a chaos machine) is a pendulum with another pendulum attached to its end, and is a simple physical system that exhibits rich dynamic behavior.

In the video below, inventor and author William Gurstelle offers instructions on building a simple chaos machine for classroom study or just for personal enjoyment.

More information is available here, and a computerized animation of a double pendulum is here.

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George Dvorsky

Why Stephen Hawking—and everyone else—is wrong about alien threats

by George Dvorsky

Stephen Hawking is arguing that humanity may be putting itself in mortal peril by actively trying to contact aliens (an approach that is referred to as Active SETI). I’ve got five reasons why he is wrong.

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Open Individualism

The purpose of this episode of Cybernetik Free Radio is to address the difficult questions of Open Individualism, and explore its interesting and complex notions. The program begins with an interpretation of what transhumanism means and what it has to do with our future, then moves into an interview with IEET intern Edward Miller on Open Individualism, and concludes with some reflections on the Singularity.

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Jamais Cascio

Building a Resilient Tomorrow

by Jamais Cascio

In a 21st century world of uneven growth, disruptive technology, climate danger, and chaotic politics, we must build a society that’s transparent, diverse and able to look ahead—and embracing a philosophy of resilience will help get us there.

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David Brin

The Other Kind of Aliens

by David Brin

In response to a flurry of interest that’s been stirred by Stephen Hawking’s new Discovery Channel show—specifically, his lead-in episode about extraterrestrials, wherein he recommended against our calling attention to ourselves—I’ll offer a hurried little riff here, about Hawking and aliens, with added contributions by and about Paul Davies, Robin Hanson, and others.

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Alex Steffen

Putting the Future Back in the Room

by Alex Steffen

The future that my parents’ generation warned us about forty years ago looks an awful lot like our present.

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Mike Treder

The Tragic Difference Between Easy and Hard

by Mike Treder

Actions have consequences. But sometimes, unfortunately, it can be far easier to initiate the action than to understand the consequences.

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Dumbpiphany

Hat tip to Pop Transhumanism.

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Cartoon credit: SMBC

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Jamais Cascio

Futures Thinking: A Bibliography

by Jamais Cascio

So you want to be a futurist? Better be prepared to do a lot of reading.

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Phil Torres

The Plastic Elastic Cyborg

by Phil Torres

Modern humans use technology to constantly modify our morphology, physiology, and behavior in response to our environments—to increase our plasticity.

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Kris Notaro

Postmodern Regression Towards the Mean

by Kris Notaro

This is a humorous look (or not) on both postmodernism and structuralism, in a deferential way.  The regression towards the mean concept is used metaphorically.

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The Unbroken Thread

Symphony of Science

“The Unbroken Thread” is the fourth video in the Symphony of Science series, and it features David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, and Carl Sagan. The clips used in this installment come from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, David Attenborough’s Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life, The Life of Mammals, The Living Planet, BBC Life, XVIVO Scientific Animations, IMAX Cosmic Voyage, Jane Goodall’s TED Talk, and a clever Guinness commercial. The themes present in “The Unbroken Thread” attempt to explore the wild diversity of life on our planet, the intricacy and origin of its mechanisms, and its close relation to all other life forms.

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David Brin

Concerning Robert Heinlein

by David Brin

In some other places, the topic of legendary science fiction author Robert Anson Heinlein has repeatedly come up, along with shouting matches — “He was a libertarian!”  “No, a socialist!”  “No, a fascist!” — I’ve finally had enough and will weigh in.

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New York Top City for IEET, Seattle Second

Of the nearly 2,000 people who have signed up via Facebook to follow the activities of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, New York is the city most represented, followed by Seattle, Atlanta, London, and Los Angeles.

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Russell Blackford

In Support of Boobquake

by Russell Blackford

Good for Jen McCreight of Blag Hag for coming up with the idea of Boobquake. UPDATED

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Jamais Cascio

Imagining Earth Day, 2020

by Jamais Cascio

As we commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, let’s take a moment to think about the 50th anniversary.

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Michael Gold

More Springtime Projects for Citizen Scientists

by Michael Gold

Doesn’t spring make you antsy to go outside, get moving, and act all scientific? (Or maybe those are real ants you’re feeling—this season does bring out all sorts of little critters.)

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The Internet of Living Things

Andrew Hessel reasons that Synthetic Biology will be the next big IT industry.

 

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