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Mike Treder

A Guide to the Top 31 of 2010

by Mike Treder

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that all during December 2010, we counted down the 31 most popular articles posted on our blog during the previous eleven months. Now, here’s a handy guide for your re-reading pleasure.

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George Dvorsky

#1: 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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Martine Rothblatt

What if “mindclones” are as buggy as software I buy for my PC?

by Martine Rothblatt

It is natural to feel that software development will never get things right. We all feel frustrated by software that doesn’t work as it should. People in industry are constantly bemoaning the lateness and incompleteness of software projects. But the facts are better than they seem, and are improving rapidly.

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Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

#2: The Evil Futurists’ Guide to World Domination

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. You can be successful, famous, and wrong.

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Ben Goertzel

Will Decreasing Scarcity Allow us to Approach an Optimal Meta-Society?

by Ben Goertzel

When chatting with a friend about various government systems during a long car drive the other day, it occurred to me that one could perhaps prove something about the OPTIMAL government system, if one were willing to make some (not necessarily realistic) assumptions about resource abundance.

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George Dvorsky

#3: Five Reasons the Copenhagen Climate Conference Failed

by George Dvorsky

I’m still reeling from the rather anticlimactic finish to the recent Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen.

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Patrick Lin

#4: On Wrestling with a Pig, or Getting Dirty in a Debate

by Patrick Lin

With some people, you just can’t win. Do you engage them in a debate, or do you hold your tongue and save yourself the frustration from beating your head against a brick wall? That is the dilemma I face.

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Jamais Cascio

#5: Give My Creation… Life!

by Jamais Cascio

The Venter Institute announcement that it has successfully crafted the first self-replicating synthetic organism caused quite a stir, even among people who are otherwise pretty jaded about emerging tech. It’s useful to understand exactly what is-and what isn’t-going on here.

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Russell Blackford

#6: In Support of Boobquake

by Russell Blackford

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

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Kyle Munkittrick

Graphing Transhumanism and Human Enhancement

by Kyle Munkittrick

I thought it might be fun to play with Google’s endlessly entertaining Ngram viewer and see if we live up to our reputation as rogue scientists from the future.

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Phil Torres

#7: Will posthumans all be atheists?

by Phil Torres

There is good reason for thinking that posthumans will, on the whole, be atheists. And there is good reason for thinking that widespread apostasy would, on the whole, be desirable.

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Robert Ingersoll

What I Want for Christmas

by Robert Ingersoll

If I had the power to produce exactly what I want for Christmas, I would have all the kings and emperors resign and allow the people to govern themselves.

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Kyle Munkittrick

#8: Dolphins as Non-Human Persons

by Kyle Munkittrick

I have been lucky enough to swim with dolphins twice in my life.

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Jamais Cascio

Open the Future

by Jamais Cascio

Those who see the possibility of a revolutionary future of abundance and freedom are right, as are those who fear the possibility of catastrophe and extinction. But where they are both wrong is in believing that the future is out of our hands, and should be kept out of our hands. We need an open singularity, one that we can all be a part of.

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Andrew Maynard

#9: Nanotechnology and Cancer Treatment

by Andrew Maynard

Do we need a reality check?

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Jamais Cascio

World, Changed.

by Jamais Cascio

It seemed a little thing, at first.

“Hey, let’s start a blog.”

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Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Nicholas Agar, professor of philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and author of Liberal Eugenics: In Defence of Human Enhancement and Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement. They discuss Agar’s arguments for a moderate position on human enhancement that embraces some enhancements but rejects the creation of “posthumans.”  Part 2 of 2.

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Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Nicholas Agar, professor of philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and author of Liberal Eugenics: In Defence of Human Enhancement and Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement. They discuss Agar’s arguments for a moderate position on human enhancement that embraces some enhancements but rejects the creation of “posthumans.” Part 1 of 2.


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J. Hughes

#10: Problems of Transhumanism — Introduction

by J. Hughes

What are the current unresolved issues in transhumanist thought? Which of these issues are peculiar to transhumanist philosophy and the transhumanist movement, and which are more actually general problems of Enlightenment thought? Which of these are simply inevitable differences of opinion among the more or less like-minded, and which need decisive resolution to avoid tragic errors of the past?

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Darlene Cavalier

Why We Need Participatory Technology Assessments

by Darlene Cavalier

2011 promises to be a year chock full of complex legislative debate over the policies of emerging technologies like synthetic biology and geoengineering, to name only two. Fortunately, three elements are brewing to create what might just be a perfect storm in terms of getting all the right folks to huddle together so the best policies are set forth.

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David Brin

#11: A Primer on Supply-Side vs Demand-Side Economics

by David Brin

Let’s step back and examine how, in the U.S., Democrats and Republicans have become identified with two quite opposite economic theories.

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The Challenges of a Graying World

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Ted Fishman, author of China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World, and Shock of Gray, The Aging of the World’s Population and How it Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival, and Nation Against Nation. They talk about the economic and political consequences of global aging.

 

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George Dvorsky

Not So Superficial: Rethinking cosmetic enhancements

by George Dvorsky

In a world where everyone is beautiful, we will simultaneously be able to enjoy it and move past it so that we can get on with some of the more important and meaningful aspects of life and existence.

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Andrea Kuszewski

#12: Sex Makes You Smarter — Can ‘Virtual Sex’ Do The Same?

by Andrea Kuszewski

If sex makes you smarter via changes in synaptic strength following the act, can you get the same benefit from virtual sex, as long as your brain is convinced it is real at the time?

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Marcelo Rinesi

How School Testing is Crippling Children

by Marcelo Rinesi

It’s probably not the worst thing it does to them, but the end result is clear. How this happens is also very simple: we overwhelmingly test children without access to networked computers.

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Jeremy Weissman

Unmanned War Systems and American Society

by Jeremy Weissman

Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S. has moved rapidly from activating only a handful of unarmed unmanned flying systems to currently deploying over 7,000 unmanned systems in the air and over 12,000 on the ground, many of these heavily armed. There is every reason to suspect this rapid incorporation of military robotics will only accelerate.

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Phil Torres

#13: If Only We Were Smarter!

by Phil Torres

While we tend to believe that more smarts would help us solve the formidable mass of problems we have created, the empirical data seems to disagree with us.

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George Dvorsky

How to Engineer a Zombie Virus

by George Dvorsky

Much to my surprise, I’ve become a bit of a zombie junkie.

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Hank Pellissier

#14: State-by-State Gay Marriage Acceptance

by Hank Pellissier

How is gay marriage in America proceeding down the aisle? This question concerns all transhumanists because persecution of homosexuality is an anti-Enlightenment human rights violation that is rooted in archaic religious superstition and anti-scientific thought. Actively supporting gay marriage is the ethically responsible position for all progressive transhumanists.

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