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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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Ben Scarlato

Daybreak, Part 1

by Ben Scarlato

[Warning: contains spoilers for the Battlestar Galactica episode Daybreak, Part 1]  When forced to choose between who should live and who should die, how should one take into account the ages and potentials of the people involved?

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SENS Progress Worldwide

Jeriaska

Though some areas of Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), such as stem cells and amyloid immunotherapy, are sufficiently mainstream not to need Methuselah Foundation funding, most are still relative backwaters that rely on the MF to progress. IEET fellow gives an overview of the research projects that the MF is now funding, their significance to SENS, and their potential to lead to accelerated progress towards the defeat of aging in 2009 and beyond.


SENS Progress Worldwide from Jeriaska on Vimeo.

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Nick and Aubrey featured in Time Magazine

Time Magazine’s special issue on 10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now promotes some great ideas such as light commuter rail, recycling empty suburban malls into libraries and town centers, and ecological intelligence. Idea Number Five is Amortality, engineering an end to aging.

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Mike Treder

Not Just a Desire but an Urgent Need

by Mike Treder

Renewable, sustainable, affordable energy—a goal humankind has sought for centuries—is no longer just a desire but an urgent need.

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Mike Treder

Fiction Author Speaks Truth

by Mike Treder

How much can we learn from science fiction authors? From their novels and short stories, sometimes a lot and sometimes a little, depending mostly on how deeply they think and how well they write. But what about from their non-fiction works?

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On the benefits of giant gene-tweaked crabs

The Onion

The folks at the Onion do to naive techno-boosterism what Jon Stewart has been doing to naive market fluffers this week, in this “news” segment on the benefits to the economy of an industrial army of giant crabs.


Experts Agree Giant, Razor-Clawed Bioengineered Crabs Pose No Threat

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Mike Treder

Adapt or Collapse

by Mike Treder

Apocalyptic thinking is frequently found in certain future scenarios, especially when those scenarios are created by people concerned with military conflict, climate change, artificial intelligence, disease outbreaks, or other scary possibilities.

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Use Cognitive Enhancement to Be a Better Christian

The Bioethics Podcast

William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD gave this very interesting talk to the usual bioconservative folks at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity: “Will the Next Great Awakening Begin with Caffeine? Cognitive Enhancing Drugs & the Church.” (MP3)

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EMERGENCE - IEET News for March 11, 2009

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Chris Phoenix

Destructive Nano Video

by Chris Phoenix

(Chris Phoenix, co-founder and Director of Research at the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, has recently returned from a sabbatical. )  Well, that’s a nice welcome-back-to-work for you. Two days into my new/old job, and I hear that there’s a nano video going viral. It’s hosted, no surprise, by none other than Wired, which also published Bill Joy’s anti-nano article in 2000.  Nanotechnologists, take note: Wired wants to destroy your funding.

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Brain Docs Debate Cognitive Enhancement

WNYC News

Most of us believe—or fear—that if you live long enough, your mind starts to go. But only recently have neurologists begun to understand how memory loss works.

Much of this knowledge has emerged while studying Alzheimer’s Disease, leading some researchers to wonder whether they should also be working on treatments for what is basically ‘normal aging’ and not just a condition that’s more clearly a ‘disease’.

WNYC Radio’s Fred Mogul listened in on a recent debate among researchers about where such lines should be drawn.

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Mike Treder

The secret of long life? It’s all down to how fast you react

by Mike Treder

Are you planning (or hoping) to live for a very long time? One key factor, according to new research, may be your reaction time.

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Jamais Cascio

Geoengineering Earth, Mars and the Galaxy

by Jamais Cascio

My guess is that 2009 will be seen as the year geoengineering hit the mainstream.

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J. Hughes on Designer Babies in Wired

Brandon Keim interviewed J. Hughes about reproductive autonomy and preimplantation genetic diagnosis for Wired magazine.

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How to Destroy the Earth with Gray Goo

(Hat tip to Boing Boing)  Director Ransom Riggs used motion capture for the animation. Dramatizes the fanciful “gray goo” scenario, in which a hapless would-be evil genius unleashes a plague of nanorobots to devour the earth.

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Mike Treder Appointed Managing Director of the IEET

The IEET Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of IEET Fellow Mike Treder as the IEET Managing Director.

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George Dvorsky

The ‘Rare Earth’ delusion

by George Dvorsky

In my experience, the most common solution given to the Fermi Paradox is the Rare Earth hypothesis—the idea that life in the Galaxy is exceptionally rare and that planets like ours are freakishly uncommon. For many, this conveniently explains why we haven’t been visited by little green men. Or more accurately, extraterrestrial machine intelligences.

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Marcelo Rinesi

There is no ‘Sustainability Solution’ to the Fermi Paradox

by Marcelo Rinesi

‘Sustainable’ doesn’t imply ‘stagnant.’

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Ben Scarlato

Islanded in a Stream of Stars

by Ben Scarlato

[Warning: contains spoilers for the Battlestar Galactica episode Islanded in A Stream of Stars]  In some instances, one should cling to hope and keep fighting even when that hope seems lost. At other times, it is necessary to accept defeat and loss, or abandon a goal towards which substantial resources have been dedicated. Distinguishing between these two situations is the challenging, yet crucial element.

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Doug Rushkoff’s Life Inc. Available for Pre-order

Life Inc: How the world became a corporation and how to take it back, is done, and ready for pre-order from your favorite online or offline bookseller.

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Michael Anissimov

On Wesley J. Smith’s Snarking About the IEET’s HETHR Conference

by Michael Anissimov

I’m reading the blog of Wesley Smith, a bioethicist with the Discovery Institute.  He mentions transhumanism frequently: at least 212 posts.  Unlike Charles Stross, he does seem to believe that the 21st century could bring radical changes with the manipulation of human beings and the creation of new human-like life-forms, including AGIs — he just doesn’t think we should go down that route.

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Jamais Cascio

The End of Long-Term Thinking

by Jamais Cascio

My intent, from this point forward, is to stop talking about the “long-term.” No more long-term problems, long-term solutions, long-term changes. No more long-term perspectives. In its place, I’m going to start talking about “multigenerational” issues. Multigenerational problems, solutions, changes. Multigenerational perspectives.

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Natasha Vita-More appointed Visiting Scholar at 21st Century Medicine

Details to follow.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Parsing Perinatal Personhood

by Kyle Munkittrick

If personhood ever becomes a basis for law, we will develop a set of rights structures for the stage between birth and personhood. Until then, we must understand personhood as a scale comprised of several traits. This scale is still being developed, but, as a concept, shows it’s usefulness over the reductionist “human species” as a category for rights. Just as our DNA doesn’t determine our identity and personality, neither should it determine our rights.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Probably Wrong

by Marcelo Rinesi

How likely is for people to make adequate probability judgments, and how much do intelligence and formal education help them? The answers will likely surprise you.

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The 2012 Hoax

Nova - ScienceNOW

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says that despite all those doomsday claims on the Internet, the world will NOT end in 2012. (MP3)

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Ben Scarlato

Someone to Watch Over Me

by Ben Scarlato

[Warning: Contains spoilers for the Battlestar Galactica episode Someone to Watch Over Me] How should systems of punishment differ when indefinite lifespans are achieved, or when there are many copies of an individual? Does capital punishment become meaningless when you can download to a new body, or does it become an even harsher punishment if it is instead instituted more thoroughly as the deletion of all instances of an individual?

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Stefan Sorgner

Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism

by Stefan Sorgner

Bostrom rejects Nietzsche as an ancestor of the transhumanist movement, as he claims that there were merely some “surface-level similarities with the Nietzschean vision” (Bostrom 2005a, 4). In contrast to Bostrom, I think that significant similarities between the posthuman and the overhuman can be found on a fundamental level. In addition, it seems to me that Nietzsche explained the relevance of the overhuman by referring to a dimension which seems to be lacking in transhumanism. In order to explain my position, I will progress as follows. First, I will compare the concept of the posthuman to that of Nietzsche’s overhuman,  focusing more on their similarities than their differences. Second, I will contextualise the overhuman in Nietzsche’s general vision, so that I can point out which dimension seems to me to be lacking in transhumanist thought.

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Jamais Cascio

John Henry was an Audiobook-Readin’ Man

by Jamais Cascio

You might remember the story of old John Henry. He built rail lines, and could work harder and faster than any man alive. When the company brought in a steam-driven rail driving machine, though, they announced that they were going to fire all of the human rail workers. John Henry stepped up and challenged that machine.

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