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Armageddon Science: The Science of Mass Destruction

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Dr. J. chats with Brian Clegg, author of a dozen books on science, mostly recently Upgrade Me and Armageddon Science: The Science of Mass Destruction. We discuss the challenge of educating the public about, and mitigating the risks of, asteroids, supervolcanoes, nuclear war, bio- and cyberterrorism, the Singularity and civilizational “unraveling.” Along the way he dismisses a couple catastrophic risks such as black holes from the LHC.

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Andrew Maynard

Small Gods and the Art of Technology Innovation

by Andrew Maynard

There’s something rather liberating about being asked to give a no-holds talk on your perspective on life, the universe, and everything. So when the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center asked if I would speak as part of their “Where do we go from here?” series, I jumped at it.

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Mike Treder

#24: The Uncertain Future of Transhumanism

by Mike Treder

Let’s consider four distinct scenarios of technological development and transhumanist assimilation that might take place over the next 15 to 20 years.

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Melanie Swan

Key Themes in Aging Research

by Melanie Swan

With the aging of populations worldwide, increasing health care costs, and complexities inherent in conducting medicine in a data-rich era of genomics and personalized medicine, the understanding and potential re-engineering of human biological processes is critical.

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Kyle Munkittrick

#25: How To Make Sex Better

by Kyle Munkittrick

Sex, on its own, in the wild, natural and unadorned, is still complicated. Don’t believe me? Look at a peacock or a bird of paradise. Salmon die after they procreate. Sea slugs penis joust. Now throw in evolved human biology, history, culture, technology, and science and you have a real disaster on your hands.

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Mike Treder

The Definition of Emerging Technologies

by Mike Treder

In an article titled “The Long Journey From Nanotechnology To Emerging Technologies,” Tim Harper attempts a definition of ‘emerging technologies’.

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J. Hughes

#26: Liberal Democracy vs. Technocratic Absolutism

by J. Hughes

Transhumanists, like Enlightenment partisans in general, believe that human nature can be improved but are conflicted about whether liberal democracy is the best path to betterment.

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Backwardness of WikiLeaks

by Marcelo Rinesi

The most surprising feature of “Cablegate” is how throughly old-fashioned it is. Like a WWI cavalry battle, it’s loud, it’s interesting, and it makes for a good story, but it’s also a painfully traditional conflict between fundamentally obsolete forces.

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Mike Treder

#27: Life in a Virtual World

by Mike Treder

If you could live in a world that was just the way you wanted it to be, with specifications you’d chosen, customized and personalized to meet your every need and fulfill your fondest desires, would you spend all your time there? Or would you prefer to stay here, in the real world?

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Kyle Munkittrick

Another Tiny, Exciting Step Toward Life Extension

by Kyle Munkittrick

With the headlines screaming “age-reversing” possibilities regarding the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University’s results with mice telomerase manipulation, I felt a bit of cold water was in order.

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J. Hughes

Final Transforming Humanity talk: Can Humanity Survive Evolutionary Engineering?

by J. Hughes

Maxwell Mehlman is a professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, and author of Wondergenes: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Society and The Price of Perfection: Individualism and Society in the Era of Biomedical Enhancement. Max is final speaker of the Transforming Humanity conference held this weekend at the University of Pennsylvania by the Center for Inquiry. He is speaking here on Can Humanity Survive Evolutionary Engineering?.

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J. Hughes

Live-blogging from the Transforming Humanity Conference: Emerging Tech, Hybrid Mice and Smart Drugs

by J. Hughes

These are the last three papers of the Center for Inquiry’s Transforming Humanity conference before Max Mehlman’s closing talk.

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J. Hughes

Live-blogging from the Transforming Humanity Conference: What do we do with Posthumans?

by J. Hughes

In the final stretch of this exciting conference on “Transforming Humanity” we start with an excellent overview of the enhancement debate by Ronald Lindsay the new director of the Center for Inquiry, a lawyer and bioethicist, and author of Future Bioethics.

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Ben Goertzel

A world survey of artificial brain projects, Part II: Biologically inspired cognitive architectures

by Ben Goertzel

A number of leading cognitive architectures that are inspired by the human brain, at various levels of granularity, are reviewed and compared, with special attention paid to the way their internal structures and dynamics map onto neural processes. Four categories of Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICAs) are considered, with multiple examples of each category briefly reviewed, and selected examples discussed in more depth: primarily symbolic architectures (e.g. ACT-R), emergentist architectures (e.g. DeSTIN), developmental robotics architectures (e.g. IM-CLEVER), and our central focus, hybrid architectures (e.g. LIDA, CLARION, 4D/RCS, DUAL, MicroPsi, and OpenCog). Given the state of the art in BICA, it is not yet possible to tell whether emulating the brain on the architectural level is going to be enough to allow rough emulation of brain function; and given the state of the art in neuroscience, it is not yet possible to connect BICAs with large-scale brain simulations in a thoroughgoing way. However, it is nonetheless possible to draw reasonably close function connections between various components of various BICAs and various brain regions and dynamics, and as both BICAs and brain simulations mature, these connections should become richer and may extend further into the domain of internal dynamics as well as overall behavior.

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J. Hughes

Live-blogging from the Transforming Humanity Conference: Neuroethics and Biopolitics

by J. Hughes

After the exciting bath of left vitriol directed at enhancement and explicitly at my efforts to articulate a technoprogressive approach to enhancement, we turn to a friendly set of papers on neuroethics and biopolitics. (Live-blogging this weekend from the conference on the ethics of human enhancement, organized by the humanist Center for Inquiry and being held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. You can follow George Dvorsky’s thoughts over at Sentient Developments.)

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J. Hughes

Live-blogging from the Transforming Humanity Conference: The Left Bio-Cons Open Fire

by J. Hughes

This morning of the second day of the conference on the ethics of human enhancement, we’re getting a full double barrel blast of bioconservatism from Adrienne Asch as our opening talk. You can follow George’s thoughts over at Sentient Developments, and mine are below.

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Kris Notaro

#28: Can We Be Happy Forever In Robot Bodies?

by Kris Notaro

Eventually, we may reach a point where humans are immortal, hyperintelligent, and don’t suffer from mental illnesses. However, we will still probably argue with those we love, want things we don’t have the ability to get, and experience stress from most of the same factors that have caused it since the dawn of time.

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J. Hughes

Live-blogging from the Transforming Humanity Conference Day 1 Part 2

by J. Hughes

We’re now in the first afternoon of the conference on the ethics of human enhancement, organized by the humanist Center for Inquiry and being held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. You can follow George’s thoughts over at Sentient Developments, and I’ll be appending him here as well.

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Ben Goertzel

A world survey of artificial brain projects, Part I: Large-scale brain simulations

by Ben Goertzel

Driven by rapid ongoing advances in computer hardware, neuroscience and computer science, Artificial Brain research and development are blossoming. This article constitutes the first half of a two-part world survey of artificial brain projects: this part dealing with large-scale brain simulations, and the second part with biologically inspired cognitive architectures (BICAs). The large-scale brain simulations we consider in depth here include those by Markram, Modha, Boahen, Horwitz, Edelman, Izhikevich, and Just. As well as reviewing the particulars of these simulation projects, we position them in a broader perspective, comparing at the different underlying definitions of the concept of ‘‘simulation,’’ noting that in many ways the projects are modeling neurosystems at different levels as well as using different methodologies.

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Life in 2050: Discreet Technology Transforms Cities

Cities won’t look like “some sort of science-fiction fantasy,” but it’s likely that technological advances and information overlays will change the way we live in significant ways.

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J. Hughes

Live-blogging from the Transforming Humanity Conference Day 1 Part 1

by J. Hughes

Today George Dvorsky and I are live-blogging from the conference on the ethics of human enhancement, organized by the humanist Center for Inquiry and being held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. We’re in the Biomedical Research building with about fifty people in attendance. You can follow George’s thoughts over at Sentient Developments, and I’ll be appending him here as well.

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David Brin

#29: On Surveillance and Privacy

by David Brin

We are in for a time of major decision-making as the Moore’s Law of Cameras (sometimes called “Brin’s Corollary to Moore’s Law”) takes hold and elites of all kinds are tempted to utilize surveillance in Orwellian/controlling ways, often with rationalized good intentions.

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Mike Treder

A Year of Exciting Activity for the IEET

by Mike Treder

Three new Program Directors, the appointment of three additional Fellows and nine Affiliate Scholars, a dozen new contributing writers, over 600 articles published - and we have still have another month to go in 2010!

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Marcelo Rinesi

#30: Peak Oil and Climate Change — Between Too Soon and Not Soon Enough

by Marcelo Rinesi

We are going to burn all of the oil and coal we have, because their benefits as energy sources are concrete, immediate, and local, while their costs are gradual, delayed, and global.

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Andrew Maynard

Emerging Technologies at the World Economic Forum

by Andrew Maynard

In an interconnected world, global issues demand integrative solutions.

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Andrea Kuszewski

#31: Your Brain On Sexual Imagery

by Andrea Kuszewski

Sexual images trigger chemical reactions in your brain, which in turn compel us to act in specific ways, or be drawn to certain things, or motivated to engage in particular behaviors.

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Ben Goertzel

Sentence generation for artificial brains: a glocal similarity matching approach

by Ben Goertzel

A novel approach to sentence generation - SegSim, Sentence Generation by Similarity Matching - is outlined, and is argued to possess a number of desirable properties making it plausible as a model of sentence generation in the human brain, and useful as a guide for creating sentence generation components within artificial brains. The crux of the approach is to do as much as possible via similarity matching against a large knowledge base of previously comprehended sentences, rather than via complex algorithmic operations. To get the most out of this sort of matching, a certain amount of relatively simple rule-based processing needs to be done in pre- and post-processing steps. However, complex algorithmic operations are required only for the generation of sentences representing complex or unfamiliar thoughts. This, it is suggested, is the sort of sentence generation approach that makes sense in a system that - like a real or artificial brain - combines the capability for effective local application of logical rules with the capability for massively parallel, scalable, inexpensive similarity matching.

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David Brin

Science!

by David Brin

Assorted recent stories of interest, with commentary.

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Top 31 Countdown

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2010?

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Jamais Cascio

Eschatological Taxonomy Poster

by Jamais Cascio

Being a scale for comparing, contrasting, and understanding the sundry manners in which the Apocalypse may arise, as structured by me.

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