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A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
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Lively Debate re Geoengineering as “Futurological Greenwashing”

As the concept of geoengineering moves from the fringe toward the mainstream, it is beginning to generate some lively arguments. We’ve rounded up links to some of the latest point-counterpoint melee.

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Wide Range of Opinions on Living in VR

The attitudes of IEET readers toward spending time in a future idealized version of virtual reality cover a broad spectrum, from very little interest to a readiness for 100% immersion.

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Mike Treder

How much do politics really matter?

by Mike Treder

Radical transhumanists, singularitarians, and other technophilic transcendentalists are sometimes heard to say things like, “Soon we’ll see the end of politics.” Are they right, or are they clueless?

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Map of the Future 2010

Jamais Cascio presents a condensed, thirty-minute version of the Institute for the Future’s forecast for the next ten years.

This video is Part 1. Links to Parts 2, 3, and 4 are below.

Watch Part 2 — Part 3 — Part 4

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V.R. Manoj

Saving the “Humanism” in Transhumanism

by V.R. Manoj

Should a person become a transhumanist before he is a humanist or is she to become a humanist first before becoming a transhumanist? A well-crafted question but one that deserves serious thought as to its purpose.

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Russell Blackford

Catching up with the X-Universe

by Russell Blackford

A philosopher and sometime science fiction author takes a look at what’s happening with his old favorite comic book series.

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Kelly Hills

Is there any wisdom in repugnance?

by Kelly Hills

The main value of repugnance is for it to function as a starting point for a conversation.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Too Much Ado About Genetic Testing

by Marcelo Rinesi

Most of the hopes and fears about genetic testing are based on a mistaken idea, not of what it does, but of what genes do.

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Ben Scarlato

True Blood & the Darker Side of Enhancement

by Ben Scarlato

True Blood seems to continuously illustrate all the things that could go wrong with human enhancement. Whether it’s non-humans being taken advantage of by humans, or non-humans being unable to control their powers, it all looks pretty bleak.

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Fellows Model Transhuman Diligence

A brief update on some of our busy fellows.

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Andrew Maynard

Smart Science for the 21st Century

by Andrew Maynard

Can current approaches to doing science sustain us over the next one hundred years? An increasing reliance on technological fixes to global challenges demands a radical rethink of how we use science in the service of society.

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V.R. Manoj is Newest IEET Affiliate Scholar

We are pleased to announce the appointment of V.R. Manoj as an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET.

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Why We Think About the Future

IEET Senior Fellow Jamais Cascio spoke recently at the “Futuro è Sostenabilita” (Futures and Sustainability) conference in Rome. He gave a short interview there to discuss the difference between predicting the future and thinking usefully about it.

You can also watch a video recording of his full talk, beginning with Part 1 here.

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Russell Blackford

The Californian Gay Marriage Decision

by Russell Blackford

I’ve now read the full (138 page) judgment in the case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger. To be candid, just reading it with a degree of care took me quite a bit of time, so I won’t be spending a similar amount of time writing a detailed commentary. Let me make just a few quick points.

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Chris Mooney

The Most Important Technology Nobody’s Ever Heard Of

by Chris Mooney

There’s a dangerous gap between the importance of geoengineering as a possibility on the one hand, and the complete lack of public awareness about it on the other.

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Kyle Munkittrick

The Sci-Fi Explanation of Why Gay People Must Be Allowed to Marry

by Kyle Munkittrick

In many of the sci-fi futures that we know and love, racism, sexism, and homophobia are often scrubbed out of existence. Caprica/BSG, Star Trek, Torchwood, Mass Effect, even less thoughtful fare like Starship Troopers, depict residents of the future who are less interested in the permutations of human identity and more interested in the qualities of a person’s mind and spirit. Even Futurama’s “Proposition Infinity,” concerning the fake-contentious “robosexual marriage” controversy, spoofs this tendency.

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J. Hughes

Seventeenth Century Scientist Illustrates the Courage of the Transhumanist Imagination

by J. Hughes

In the 1660s the scientist and philosopher Robert Boyle (1627-1691) revealed the importance of the transhumanist imagination when he penned a wishlist for the Royal Society, one of the first scientific organizations in the world.

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Hopes and Fears for the Future

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At this TED talk technologist and futurist Bill Joy talks about several big worries for humanity—and several big hopes in the fields of health, education and future tech.

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Kris Notaro

Cochlear Implants: Journey from deafness to the world of hearing

by Kris Notaro

I recently had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Jason Beard, a 25 year old man that received a cochlear implant in May of 2009.  Jason was hearing impaired from birth but was able to hear some sounds with the help of a hearing aid however he was not able to carry on conversations. With the help of a CI his life has changed.

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Darlene Cavalier

Listen to the Sounds Around You

by Darlene Cavalier

The Acoustics Research Centre at the UK’s University of Salford is building a sound map of the world as part of a new study into how sounds in our everyday environment make us feel.

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Falling Birth Rates and Virtual Sex

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Phllip Longman, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and author of The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birth Rates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do About It. They discuss the factors behind the (liberal, secular) birth dearth, the effects of a growing old-age dependency ratio problem throughout the world, and the effects of greater fundamentalists’ fertility. Then a bit of an essay by IEET Affiliate Scholar Andrea Kuszewski on the beneficial effects of sex, and potentially virtual sex, on the brain. Part 2 of 2.

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The Progressives and the Virtue of the Small

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Phllip Longman co-author of The Next Progressive Era: A Blueprint for Broad Prosperity, and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. They discuss the need for progressive policies to break up the concentrations of industrial and financial capital, and to support small, local banks and businesses. They also discuss the proposal for all American youth to receive “stakeholder accounts” as proposed by Thomas Paine. Then a short essay by Robert Reich, and a piece from Marcelo Rinesi on “Peak Oil and Climate Change.” Part 1 of 2.

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David Brin

Solving World Debt Through Transparency

by David Brin

Is there a way out of the world debt spiral?

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The History and Future of TechnoPolicy

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Nigel Cameron, director of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies and Research, founder of several other biopolicy organizations such as the Center on Nanotechnology and Society and the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future, and author of Human Dignity in the Biotech Century, and The New Medicine: Life and Death After Hippocrates. They talk about the political marginalization of bioethics, the history of the enhancement debate, and the importance of engaging the business community and inventors in technopolicy discussions.

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Translating Genomics into Longer Healthier Lives

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Melanie Swan, a futurist and entrepeneur, and principal of MS Futures Group and DIYGenomics. She is involved with Equal Rights Advocates, Lifeboat Foundation and Accelerating Studies Foundation, and the Singularity University. We discuss her recent work on direct-to-consumer genetic testing, electronic patient-driven health tracking, anti-aging research and the future of intelligence.

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Jamais Questions Cartoon Simulations

Diesel Sweeties

DieselSweeties

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Crises of Capitalism

Renowned academic David Harvey looks at the roots of capitalism’s current troubles. Can we envision a new social order that would be responsible, just, and humane?

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Mike Treder

Convergence, Disruption, and Resilience

by Mike Treder

Recently I was contacted by a reporter for a major newspaper and asked to answer a few questions about “future trends in emerging technologies.” Here is what I said.

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Akansha Bhargava

Five Reasons Not To Clone Yourself

by Akansha Bhargava

Given the current state of technology, reproductive cloning is not a safe and effective means of human reproduction. Cloning reduces genetic diversity, is beneficial neither for the child nor the parent, and without restrictions could create many legal and social problems.

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David Brin

Clarifications re Climate Skeptics and Deniers

by David Brin

Keith Kloor’s recent blogged description of my “Climate Skeptics and Deniers” article from Skeptic magazine (based on this earlier blog article I wrote) drew hundreds of comments.

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