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Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
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Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds
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Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies
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Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution
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Nick Bostrom

Human Enhancement Ethics: The State of the Debate

by Nick Bostrom

Are we good enough? If not, how may we improve ourselves? Must we restrict ourselves to traditional methods like study and training? Or should we also use science to enhance some of our mental and physical capacities more directly?

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J. Hughes

An Epistle on H+ to the Italian Catholics

by J. Hughes

This essay will be translated and made part of the materials at this meeting of Italian Catholics considering radical life extension and human enhancement.

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Mike Treder

Artificial Friends

by Mike Treder

DI/DO (Drop In, Drop Out) connotes a lifestyle consisting almost entirely of online activity, but in place of a focus on interaction with actual friends and family, the vast majority of time is spent engaging with artificial digital companions.

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Jamais Cascio

Awareness Is Everything

by Jamais Cascio

As our various electronic devices gain more and more sensory awareness, we open up the potential for entirely new forms of interaction. Not just new interfaces—tapping and shaking and whatnot—but a shift in presence. With few exceptions, we use these new technologies in rather familiar ways. We might speak instead of type, or tap instead of click, or wave a control wand instead of mash a control pad, but these are essentially the same kinds of direct input processes we’ve done for years, just dressed up in a new look.

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Artificial Wisdom

Buddhist Geeks

Buddhist Geeks has up the second half of their two part interview with Ben Goertzel on his non-fiction story “Enlightenment 2.0”.  This precipitates a conversation about whether consciousness is a result of the mechanisms of the brain, or whether it is fundamental.  And connected to that, what are the ethical implications of creating an artificial intelligence, if we do indeed see it as having BuddhaNature? Finally, Ben shares what he has discovered while exploring the notion of “artificial wisdom”—including what difference there is between intelligence and wisdom.  He also talks about the seeming incompatibility between intense scientific thinking and enlightenment, and how that might be rectified by creating a more wise and intelligent super-mind. Listen to Part One here.

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Mike Treder

The Next 100 Years

by Mike Treder

Japan and Turkey form an alliance to attack the United States. Poland becomes America’s closest ally. Mexico makes a bid for global supremacy, and a third world war takes place in space. Sounds strange? It could all happen. . .

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Law of the People, to the People

by Marcelo Rinesi

Although US case law is in the public domain, in practice access to it can be very expensive. The AltLaw project is an attempt to provide free access to it.

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Obligatory Treatment for Being a Jerk

Interior Traces

This is the sixth episode of Interior Traces, a new radio play with accompanying video works and new musical score exploring how different ways of looking at the brain change how we think about the mind, madness, and responsibility. The project was funded by the Wellcome Trust, LCACE, and UCL.

Episode 6, 2030

Mike was identified with callous and unemotional traits in childhood, and put on a life-long course of drugs and behavioural therapies to prevent him from expressing the antisocial behaviour associated with psychopathy. On reaching adulthood, he must report to a clinic every six months, to have a brain scan and be cleared to return to society. Unhappy with these restrictions, Mike becomes involved with a campaigning group who are planning to mount a legal challenge against obligatory treatment.  (MP3)

Interior Traces: Episode 6, 2030 from Interior Traces on Vimeo.

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Mike Treder

Links Of Required Clicking

by Mike Treder

In Rob Reiner’s classic The Princess Bride, we learned about ROUSs (Rodents Of Unusual Size). Now we present a new feature from the IEET: LORCs (Links Of Required Clicking).

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Doug Rushkoff

How the World Became a Corporation

by Doug Rushkoff

Jon Lebkowsky reviews Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back, by IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff.

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Mike Treder

Ethics of Human Enhancement

by Mike Treder

An important new report titled Ethics of Human Enhancement: 25 Questions & Answers has just been released.

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Fundamental Uncertainty of Long-Term Healthcare Investment

by Marcelo Rinesi

Improved life expectancy across the developed and most of the developing world is one of the main triumphs of medicine. But although the expected lifetime of an individual is slowly increasing in most countries, the maximum lifespan isn’t.

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Mike Treder

Climate Change Conundrums

by Mike Treder

At least four big conundrums must be confronted if we are to make anything close to sufficient progress in preventing the worst outcomes from global warming.

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New JET article: The Psychology of Cloning

The Journal of Evolution and Technology has published “Psychological and Ideological Aspects of Human Cloning: A Transition to a Transhumanist Psychology,” by Nestor Micheli Morales.

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Geoengineering and the Gaia Theory of Global Equilibrium

Tech Nation

Moira Gunn speaks with author and scientist James Lovelock, the creator of the Gaia Theory. Once controversial, it has reached mainstream acceptance. In his new book he predicts sudden and extreme shifts in global climate equilibrium, and advocates for geoengineering to attempt to prevent them. (MP3)

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Jamais Cascio

Social Transition Stress Disorder

by Jamais Cascio

In 2002, I wrote Broken Dreams, a guidebook for the Steve Jackson Games “Transhuman Space” role-playing game series. Broken Dreams covered global traumas such as conflict, social disorder, economic decline, and intellectual property. Part of the book concerned how various societies reacted to the big changes underway in the world, and in that section I included a brief description of a common response: Social Transition Stress Disorder, or STSD.

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Enlightenment 2.0

Buddhist Geeks

This week we speak with Ben Goertzel, an artificial intelligence researcher and Zen-dabbling spiritual seeker.  Ben shares with us his introduction to Zen and his on-going relationship to spiritual practice.  He also explains what is meant by “strong artificial intelligence” and AGI (artificial general intelligence) and explains why he thinks a fully functioning AI may be as little as a decade away.

Finally, we explore the overlap between his work as an AI researcher and his experiences with Zen and other spiritual practices, through discussing a story he wrote entitled, “Enlightenment 2.0” about an enlightened AI being who determines that it is possible to construct a more enlightened mind, what Ben calls a “super mind”, but isn’t sure whether or not it is possible for us.

This is part 1 of a two-part series.  Listen to part 2, Artificial Wisdom (airing next week).

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Mike Treder

IEET Issues and Ethics

by Mike Treder

At this blog, we often write about the ethical considerations of various issues. Sometimes, but less frequently, we’ll discuss cutting-edge transformative technologies, usually designated as Nano (advanced nanotechnology), Bio (genetic engineering and biotechnology), Info (information technology, including artificial intelligence), and Cogno (cognitive technology, including virtual reality). But since we are the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, it is important for us to do both—to connect our ethical concerns with projected technological developments.

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IEET Site Banned in China

It has come to our attention that the censors running the “Great Firewall” on China’s access to the internet have blocked access to ieet.org, transhumanism.org and humanityplus.org.

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J. Hughes

Bioethics and Health Insurance

by J. Hughes

Bioethicists might prefer to be seen as wise non-partisan sages, dispensing timeless wisdom. But now, albeit with great reluctance, they are forced to take an active role in the increasingly divided biopolitical landscape.

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Emergence - IEET News for August 30, 2009

1. A Note From Dr. J.
2. IEET News
3. Articles
4. Multimedia
5. Events

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Mike Treder

Making the Crazy/Sensible Choice

by Mike Treder

When it comes to other people’s views on controversial issues, they should be classified within a two-dimensional parameter space, not just on a single line of agree/disagree. The other dimension is the all-important sensible/crazy axis.

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Why Should the U.S. Adopt a Public Health Insurance Option?

The US Needs Health Care Reform

A cartoon explanation of why we need a public health insurance option.

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Jamais Cascio

Three Possible Economic Models (Part II)

by Jamais Cascio

Life in three different economic futures: Resilience Economics, Just-in-Time Socialism, and Robonomics. Where do you want to live?

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Mike Treder

Are you a vegan, a vegetarian, or an omnivore?

by Mike Treder

That’s the question we’re asking in our current IEET reader poll.

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And the winner is ... Gattaca

In a recently concluded poll, IEET readers conclusively selected Gattaca (1997) as the science fiction movie that “portrays the future most believably.”

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J. Hughes

Are Libertarians For Intellectual Property?

by J. Hughes

Intellectual property, like biopolitics, is not a simple left-right issue. There are arguments for and against patents on human genes, and patents in general, from both progressives and libertarians. Stephan Kinsella, for instance, is a libertarian critic of intellectual property.

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Mike Treder

Of Armchairs and Vegans

by Mike Treder

Should we all stop driving cars and become vegans? And while you’re at it, get up out of that comfy armchair!

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Jamais Cascio

Three Possible Economic Models (Part 1)

by Jamais Cascio

Although it’s easy to think otherwise, the structure of the modern global economy is not terribly old, arguably dating back to the collapse of the gold standard in 1971, or the post-World War II “Bretton Woods” conference in 1944. Earlier versions of what we would nonetheless still call “capitalism” had very different degrees (and kinds) of government intervention, roles for labor and capital, even rules about currencies. Add to that the mention more extreme variants such as socialism and communism, corporatism (fascism), and the sundry experiments in anarchism, and you have quite a menagerie of all-but-extinct economic models.

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The Healing of America

NPR: Fresh Air

Journalist and author T.R. Reid set out on a global tour of hospitals and doctors’ offices, all in the hopes of understanding how other industrialized nations provide affordable, effective universal health care. The result: his book The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care.

Reid is a foreign correspondent for The Washington Post — in whose pages he recently addressed five major myths about other countries’ health-care systems — and the former chief of the paper’s London and Tokyo bureaus.

Reid was the lead correspondent for the 2008 Frontline documentary Sick Around the World, which examined five other capitalist democracies, looking for lessons on health-care delivery. His books include Confucius Lives Next Door: What Living in the East Teaches Us About Living in the West and The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy.

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