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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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George Dvorsky

Demand for human trait selection creates a market

by George Dvorsky

The Wall Street Journal published an article last week on the topic of human trait selection—a pending reproductive procedure that’s more commonly (and pejoratively) referred to as designer babies. In the article, “A Baby, Please. Blond, Freckles—Hold the Colic”, writer Gautam Naik describes those laboratory techniques that screen for diseases in embryos and how those techniques will soon be offered to prospective parents.

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Inhuman Thoughts

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. spoke with Asher Seidel, a professor of philosophy at Miami University and author of Inhuman Thoughts: Philosophical Explorations of Posthumanity. (MP3)

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When Technofixes Work

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. spoke with Daniel Sarewitz about his Nature magazine (Dec 2008) essay “Three Rules for Technological Fixes.” (MP3)

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Athena Andreadis

Snachismo, or: What Do Women Want?

by Athena Andreadis

Between the approach of Valentine’s Day and recent discussions in a forum where a lot of stale sociobiological doctrines about women were put forward, I thought I’d put this up… planting a flag, as it were.

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Milan Ćirković

Sailing the Archipelago

by Milan Ćirković

We live on a small island. We have not yet ventured much beyond our immediate locale on this small island; even our own inconspicuous location still holds great mysteries for us. It seems that we find ourselves near the mountain peak on our island, but even that is uncertain. Only recently we have discovered that there are other islands besides our home scattered in a vast (possibly infinite) ocean. And the ocean is dead. It is not just devoid of fishes, algae or anything similar – it is empty of any conceivable form of life, it epitomizes the absence of life itself. But recently we have made our first attempt at mapping our surroundings and, in particular, sketching the outline of the ocean shores. In this, some of us bear similarities to the great adventurers of the European Age of Exploration in XV and XVI centuries; only in this case the explorers are not sea-captains and conquistadors, but theoretical physicists, cosmologists and philosophers.

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Should We “Hack the Earth” to Fix Climate Change?

Jamais’ collection of essays about geoengineering, Hacking the Earth, is available from Lulu.

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Ben Scarlato

Blood on the Scales

by Ben Scarlato

[Warning: Contains spoilers for the Battlestar Galactica episode Blood on the Scales]  A lot of stories have fairly simple, obvious morals. These can seem like a clear guide for illustrating a moral rule, but they present moral dilemmas in an artificially isolated way. The problem is that in the real world, nobody lies, cheats, or kills for reasons that, at least in their own mind, aren’t important. I would argue that more complex, realistic narratives are more useful for exploring our ethics as they present moral dilemmas that are genuine dilemmas. Only by examining what we should do when faced with two unpalatable choices, which both present horrific consequences, can we really parse out what our values are and which ethical principles we must stand by, and what we must be willing to sacrifice.

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Scivestor Emerging Technologies Workshop

Singularity Summit 2008

Jamais writes of his October 25, 2008 talk: This may be the best talk I’ve given so far. I just watched it and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it all came together.

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Neuroscientist David Eagleman guest blogging on George’s Blog next week

Neuroscientist David Eagleman will be guest-blogging at George’s Sentient Developments next week, presumably sharing his thoughts on transhumanism and prospects for ‘silicon immortality.’

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EMERGENCE - IEET News for Feb 6, 2009

1. A Note From Dr. J.  2. IEET News. 3. Articles. 4. Multimedia. 5. TechEthx News. 6. Events.

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Global Spiral Publishes Ten Defenses of Transhumanism

In its “Special Issue on Transhumanism”, the magazine Global Spiral gave guest editor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and five other authors - Ted Peters, Katherine Hayles, Don Ihde, Jean-Pierre Dupuy, and Andrew Pickering - all participants in a Templeton Foundation-funded project on transhumanism - an opportunity to critique transhumanism’s alleged faults. This responsive second Special Issue on Transhumanism is an opportunity for ten transhumanist authors - seven of them members of the IEET community - to evaluate the criticisms and address concerns.

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Edward Miller

Civilizational Resilience and Limitless Modes of Consciousness

by Edward Miller

Decentralization is the key to the survival of humanity. This should be common sense. We all know that you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket. There are many examples one could point to. With industrial farming we are now beginning to realize that monocultures are especially susceptible to disease or changes in the environment. Fitness is a fluid concept because environmental conditions are not static. This is true on a civilizational level as well.

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Jamais Cascio

Flunking Out

by Jamais Cascio

Singularity University is now up and running (and has evidently fixed its web hosting problem). I’ve had a few people already ask me what I think of it. Based on what I’ve seen so far, I can just say:

This is about as close to getting it wrong as I could imagine.

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Congratulations to Goertzel and de Grey for Participation in Singularity University

IEET fellows Ben Goertzel and Aubrey de Grey have been tapped to be faculty of the new Singularity University.

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Bostrom and Savulescu Issue “Human Enhancement” Collection

We are pleased to announce the release of “Human Enhancement”, edited by IEET Chair Nick Bostrom and Julian Savulescu, with contributions from many important leaders in bioethics, including Arthur Caplan and Peter Singer.

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