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Transhumanism: there are [at least] ten different philosophical categories; which one(s) are you?
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Patrick Hopkins

The DVR and the Manufacture of Discontent

by Patrick Hopkins

Not too long ago I decided to add on a digital video recording unit to my home cable system. I don’t watch all that much television, but for the few programs that did interest me, or that I at least wanted to try out, having to be home at a certain time or programming my clumsy old VCR was wearying. DVR seemed the way to go.

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David Brin

Milestones leading up to the Good Singularity?

by David Brin

A “Good Singularity” will rely more on vigorous self-improvement than on external factors.

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IEET Readers Take Climate Change Seriously

Fewer than one in eight of those who responded to a recently concluded IEET poll are confident that emerging technologies will easily be able to manage climate change. Almost three-fourths of our readers say that urgent steps should be taken to replace fossil fuels and/or prepare mitigation strategies.

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Kyle Munkittrick

The AI Singularity is Dead. Long Live the Cybernetic Singularity!

by Kyle Munkittrick

The nerd echo chamber is reverberating this week with the furious debate over Charlie Stross’ doubts about the possibility of an artificial “human-level intelligence” explosion – also known as the Singularity.

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Mike Treder

Race for the Future

by Mike Treder

Our future depends on the outcome of a three-way race between: 1) the development and implementation of emerging technologies; 2) the evolution of improved methods of governance; and 3) systemic breakdowns in the world economy and the global ecosystem.

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Choice

Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralyzing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice. Does the freedom to be the architects of our own lives actually hinder rather than help us? Does our preoccupation with choosing and consuming actually obstruct social change?

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Thoughts on Managing Change

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond is a world-renowned expert on ancient societies. His now famous book, Collapse, is a study of the choices societies have made throughout history in the face of change—climate change, as well as others—and the consequences of such choices.

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Melanie Swan

Emerging Health Technologies: Interventional anti-aging

by Melanie Swan

The focus of the 40th annual meeting of the American Aging Association, held a few weeks ago in North Carolina, was emerging concepts in the mechanisms of aging.

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Vacation in Libertarian Paradise

AntiSchiff

May not be as good as living on a floating barge of garbage in the middle of the ocean, harassed by pirates. But in Somalia you get cholera….

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Kyle Munkittrick

Form Follows Function: Prosthetics and Artificial Organs that Break the Human Mold

by Kyle Munkittrick

As we are exposed to more and more prosthetics that get the job done instead of acting as awkward disguises, the more our brains flex and flow around the idea of what a human looks like.

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The Artificial Ape pt1

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 1 of 2.

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Kim Solez & Nikki Olson

The Evolving Dynamic of Evil and Love

by Kim Solez & Nikki Olson

The nature of evil is evolving — and love is changing too.

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David Brin

Sousveillance: A New Era for Police Accountability

by David Brin

Police are waging a futile war against camera-toting citizens. In several states, you can be arrested for filming police, even in a public place. With cameras growing ever smaller, conflicts are going to arise more and more often. There can only be one outcome. Police are just going to have to get used to it.

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Tech for People, not for Corporate Control

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Kalle Lasn, founder of Adbusters Magazine, The Media Foundation, and The Powershift Ad Agency, TV Turnoff Week and Buy Nothing Day, author of Culture Jam: How to Reverse America’s Suicidal Consumer Binge—And Why We Must and co-author of the spoof Cyborg Manifesto. (Originally broadcast February 11, 2005)

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10 Future Technologies That Already Exist

From human organ printing to hologram TV, here are ten technologies that come straight from the future.

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Patrick Lin

What If Your Robot Is the Devil?

by Patrick Lin

Should we regulate the creation of autonomous robots? If yes, then why not also regulate the creation of autonomous humans?

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Kyle Munkittrick

Euthanasia, Immortality, and The Natural Death Paradox

by Kyle Munkittrick

Dying is a touchy subject. Euthanasia makes people upset. Whichever side of the debate you are on, you are caught between the hard place of human suffering and the rock of informed autonomous free choice.

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R. Dennis Hansen

Let the geoengineering research begin!

by R. Dennis Hansen

Who says we can’t do anything about the weather or the climate?

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The TechnoHuman Condition

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Braden R. Allenby, Professor of Engineering and Ethics, and Founding Chair of the Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations, and National Security, at Arizona State University. Dr. Allenby is author of The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Engineering, and The Techno-Human Condition , co-authored with Dan Sarewitz. They discuss the different levels at which the risks and benefits of human enhancement technologies should be assessed.

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George Dvorsky

Primal Transhumanism

by George Dvorsky

Primal transhumanism. Oxymoron? Maybe. Burgeoning lifestyle choice for a growing number of futurists? Most definitely.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Our Discomfort with the Ungendered

by Kyle Munkittrick

A couple in Toronto has decided to keep the gender of their baby, named Storm, private. Good for them!

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Kris Notaro

Panpsychism and Multiple Realization: The Posthuman Mind pt3

by Kris Notaro

In the event that Panpsychism is true, can Multiple Realization also be true for AI and the posthuman?

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David Brin

My Top Choices in Science-Oriented WebComics

by David Brin

We all need a break from time to time. Where can you turn for a bit of lighter side of science online?

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Bina & Martine Rothblatt on RadioLab

RadioLab

From the RadioLab site: Can a machine have a life of its own? Last year, Jon Ronson got an assignment from GQ to interview robots. He soon found himself in Vermont, sitting across from what’s purported to be the world’s most sentient robot: Bina48. Bina48 is modeled after an entirely human woman named Bina Rothblatt, whose partner Martine Rothblatt commissioned a robot capable of capturing the real Bina’s essesence and bringing it to life. If Bina48 succeeds, Jon explains that it will mark the third time one of Martine’s ideas has changed the world. David Hanson, Bina48’s creator, argues that robots like Bina48 will be so lifelike within his lifetime that we’ll be unable to distinguish them from real humans. In the meantime, Jon experiences one profound moment with Bina48 that hints at what the future may have in store. 



Also see New York Times reporter Amy Harmon’s interview with Bina48.

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What Will Replace the Tablet Computer?

The current big thing is the tablet computer, but as with anything in tech, this won’t last forever. At some point there will undoubtedly be some new technology that will make the tablet, and consequently everything before it, obsolete. Tech analyst Chris Pirillo offers his insights on what’s coming next.

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Mixed Results on Living in a Simulation

What’s the takeaway here? That a quarter of our readers think we’re nuts for even asking this question? Or that almost half of our readers seriously think we probably are living in a simulation?

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Debating Animals as Legal Persons

On January 5, 2008, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) held an Open Program on Debating Animals as Legal Persons as part of the AALS annual conference. Defining personhood for purposes of allocating legal rights is a highly problematic endeavor. Nonhuman animals, although sentient beings, are treated as property under the law. They are legal things and thus excluded from legal personhood. This session explored the legal and normative basis for personhood and why nonhuman animals have been excluded from its ambit.

This is Part 1. Part 2 is here.

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Kyle Munkittrick

If Doctors Need Pit Crews, Tricorders Should Be Part of the Team

by Kyle Munkittrick

Health care is broken. In the U.S., quality of care is tanking. Even in countries with successful universal health care systems, costs are rising too fast for the systems to cope. So what do we do?

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George Dvorsky

Designer Psychologies: Moving Beyond Neurotypicality

by George Dvorsky

Designer psychologies, or customized cognitive processing modalities, describes the potential for future individuals to selectively alter the specific and unique ways in which they take in, analyze and perceive the world. Cognitive modalities are the psychological frameworks that allow for person-to-person variances in subjectivity, including such things as emotional responses, social engagement, aesthetics and prioritization. The day is coming when we’ll be able to decide for ourselves how it is exactly that we want to process our world.

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Ben Goertzel

Wendell Wallach on Machine Morality

by Ben Goertzel

Wendell Wallach, a lecturer and consultant at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics—and recently appointed as an IEET Fellow—has emerged as one of the leading voices on technology and ethics.

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