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Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies
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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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Spring edition of h+ magazine released

The new issue of H+ Magazine is out and it looks great! Jamais Cascio has two pieces in it!

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Russell Blackford

Why don’t they talk about defamation of science?

by Russell Blackford

While we’re discussing the ludicrous concept of “defamation of religion”, I’m wondering why no one talks about defamation of science. Maybe we could try to ban Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and all those other books, movies, TV shows, etc., that present stereotyped images of irresponsible, hubristic scientists.

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Linda MacDonald Glenn

The Embryonic Personhood Debate Continues

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

The debate over the personhood and the legal/moral status of embryos (as well as other entities) continues: Even though the ‘personhood for embryos’ amendment in Colorado was resoundingly defeated, North Dakota is next in line to attempt to create a law that would give full moral and legal status to embryos.

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Exploring Transhumanism

EBRU - Matter and Beyond

Featuring Freeman Dyson and James Hughes.

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Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children For The Apocalypse?

Onion News Network

The Onion team debate whether video games like Fallout 3 are teaching our children the skills they’ll need, like gathering dew from human skulls, when their world eventually turns into a brutal hellscape.


Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children For The Apocalypse?

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J. Hughes Quoted in Article on Wired Website

IEET Executive Director was featured in an article on brain-machine interfaces on the Wired website.

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Natasha Vita-More featured in STAND-UP Art about Human Rights

IEET Fellow Natasha Vita-More will be presenting at the “Stand-up for Human Rights” conference and event in Pozan, Poland. Her campaign, “Human Rights for Human Enhancement” reflects the right to enhance and the right not to be coerced to enhance. STAND-UP is the collaborative effort of One World Association and Poznan Academy of Fine Arts which focuses on human rights issue by using film, narrative, interactive media, and digital arts as a medium.

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Jamais Cascio

Scaffolding, Redux

by Jamais Cascio

Mike Flynn of Opportunity Green attended Jamais Cascio’s Art Center College summit, and took these shots of the three futures presented in Jamais’ talk.

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Framing Aging

In Search of Enlightenment

In a perfectly rational world, consisting solely of rational agents, strategies for dealing with the diverse health risks facing populations would be governed by the maxims of expected utility theory. But we do not live in a rational world, and acknowledging this empirical fact is important as it can help us bridge the gap between “where we are” and the more fair and humane state of affairs that rational decision making would create. Prospect theory reveals that preferences are in fact dependent on whether particular outcomes of a choice are regarded as “a loss” or “a gain”, relative to a reference point. And this has significant implications concerning how we ought to frame ageing and the imperative to retard human ageing. More specifically, prospect theory reveals the importance of recognising the ultimate, rather than just proximate, causes of disease. Doing so will help ensure that the valuation of age retardation is more rational as greater attention will be placed on the prevention of losses (e.g. risk of cancer, heart disease, etc.) than on the “enhanced” benefits that might be construed as exceeding a person’s “aspiration level for survival”.«

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Ben Scarlato

Deadlock: Thousand-Year Relationships

by Ben Scarlato

[Warning: Contains spoilers for the Battlestar Galactica episode Deadlock ]  How would the human relationships we form evolve if instead of decades we had thousands of years to nurture them? Would we form deeper connections, strengthened by shared experiences we cannot yet imagine? Would we find find new ways of expressing love for one another, linked mind-to-mind with the sharing of emotions? Perhaps we would be able to work out the conflicts in relationships, and improve ourselves not only on the individual level but as a synergistic community. On the other hand, we could seek to preserve our relationships in their present form with all their eccentricities and flaws, much as Ellen and the Final Five Cylons seem to have done.

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The Vision of Sustainable Mobility

Art Center

Even if we stop all greenhouse gas emissions tomorrow, the world is still in for a certain amount of global warming—which Jamais Cascio believes is reason enough to take a serious look at geoengineering. “If you find yourself in a hole, the first step is to stop digging,” he says. “But stopping digging isn’t going to get you out of your hole.”

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George Dvorsky

The Immaculate Designer Prosthesis

by George Dvorsky

Something that’s always bothered me about traditional prostheses is the constant attempt to mimic normal human morphology. Artificial legs are supposed to look like real legs and artificial arms are supposed to look like real arms, right?

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Mike Treder

The Ethics of Killer Robots

by Mike Treder

What if they gave a war and nobody came? That was a popular slogan for peace demonstrators of the Vietnam era (including me). It might be repeated, with a slight revision, at some point during this century: What if they gave a robot war and nobody came?

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Ben Scarlato

No Exit

by Ben Scarlato

[Warning: Contains spoilers for the Battlestar Galactica episode No Exit] One of the most important issues regarding human enhancement is determining what novel traits we should seek to acquire, as well as which traits should be preserved, emphasized, limited, or discarded. It is particularly difficult when it comes to the many traits that exist along a continuum, for while if we eliminated our strong ingroup versus outgroup tendencies it would be refreshing to see the end of racism and xenophobia, at the same time we would lose some of the bonds that contribute to family closeness. That does not mean, however, that we should not attempt to eliminate our most detestable characteristics, and where they exist in a continuum with an admirable trait, we should carefully limit them along that continuum.

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Russell Blackford

The idiocy of “defamation of religion”

by Russell Blackford

Anti-liberal actors in the international arena, such as the Muslim states of the Middle East, are pursuing a path of attempting to suppress what they call “defamation of religion”. Their campaign is achieving some success, and I believe we must take it very seriously.

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