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How Evolution Gave Us Mathematics

The Ethics of Robot Sex: Interview on Robot Overlordz Podcast

Is novelty in nanomaterials overrated when it comes to risk?

A New York Judge Has Granted Legal Person Rights To Chimpanzees (Updated)

Germ-Line (inheritable) human “improvement” via genetic engineering? The “Heinlein Solut

The Epistemic Costs of Superintelligence: Bostrom’s Treacherous Turn and Sceptical Theism


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The Second Intelligent Species
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Marshall Brain

Anticipating Tomorrow’s Politics
Ed. David Wood

Post- and Transhumanism: An Introduction
Robert Ranisch and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner eds.

How “God” Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith
Marshall Brain


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Russell Blackford

What you can’t say about Islam - The backlash against Elizabeth Moon

by Russell Blackford

Here is the thoughtful, rather temperately-worded blog piece by Elizabeth Moon that led to her being disinvited as a guest of honour at the feminist science fiction convention, Wiscon 35 (to be held in May next year in Madison, Wisconsin).

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George Dvorsky

Designing Lions to Lie with Lambs

by George Dvorsky

This is one of the most important and thought-provoking articles I’ve read in the New York Times in quite some time: The Meat Eaters by Rutgers philosopher Jeff McMahan.  In the article, McMahan asks the question, “Would the controlled extinction of carnivorous species be a good thing?” His conclusion is yes:

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New Articles in JET

JET has published two new essays: Stefan Sorgner’s “Beyond Humanism: Reflections on Trans- and Posthumanism ,” a response to the essays responding to his original JET essay on Nietzsche and posthumanism, and Edgar Dahl’s “Gendercide? A Commentary on The Economist’s Report About the Wordwide War on Baby Girls.”

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Singularity: Distraction or Legitimate Scenario Exercise?

Pictures for Sad Children

Is the Singularity simply a subcultural distraction for affluent male techno-geeks from all the actual suffering in the world? Is it for some, but a legitimate futurist scenario exercise for others?

Rapture of the Nerds

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Year Doesn’t Matter Anymore

by Marcelo Rinesi

We don’t live in scientifically or technologically advanced times. We live in a scientifically and technologically patchy world, one in which different societies, industries, individuals, and even specific roles of individuals have all adopted widely separated levels of technology.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Sir, Could I See Your Breeding License?

by Kyle Munkittrick

The whole discussion about what we’ll find immoral in the future got me thinking about that little group often described as our collective “future”: children. We often hear about children as our future when someone says, “Think of the children!” or “We shouldn’t leave this problem for our children to solve!”

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We Are From the Net and We’re Here to Help

BBC Superpower Series

It wields enormous influence, acts as a catalyst for social change and empowers its users to become both consumers and creators of information on a global scale. This March, the BBCs international news services - BBC World Service, BBC World News and BBC.com - are exploring the ways in which the internet is transforming the world in a special season of programming called Superpower - go to www.bbc.com/superpower to find out more.

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Mike Treder

At TransVision 2010 in Milan, Italy

by Mike Treder

I am attending today’s session of the transhumanist conference, Euro-style, where I will speak this afternoon. I will also offer brief reports throughout the day on other presentations.

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Andrew Maynard

Limited resources and emerging technologies: China does the math

by Andrew Maynard

New technologies depend on uncommon materials, and society depends on new technologies. Which means that economies that develop the former and control the latter have something of an upper hand in today’s interconnected and technology-dependent world.

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Surviving the Future

This week, CBC TV (Canada) will show Surviving the Future, an hour-long documentary on the major challenges facing humanity over the next half-century and the amazing technologies and social shifts underway to meet those challenges.

Directed by the award-winning documentarian Marc de Guerre, Surviving the Future is an intense piece of work, featuring interviews with a wide variety of scientists, writers, and other thinkers, including the IEET’s Jamais Cascio.

Edited down, here are the thoughts that Jamais contributed, adding up to about 5 minutes out of the (commercials subtracted) 43 minutes of the documentary.

Surviving the Future: Jamais Cascio excerpts from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.

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George Dvorsky

It’s a control thing: Religion and human reproduction

by George Dvorsky

Christianity is, like many other religions, a reproduction control system.

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Jamais Cascio

Terraforming the Earth, Taken Seriously

by Jamais Cascio

It’s amazing what can happen in five years.

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Natasha Vita-More

Zone of Life Prolongation

by Natasha Vita-More

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Unaugmented Consumer is Obsolete

by Marcelo Rinesi

There is no part of our daily thoughts that is more relentlessly, skillfully, and resourcefully manipulated than our decisions on whether and how we spend or invest our money.

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Kris Notaro

How Can Human V2.0 Find Meaning?

by Kris Notaro

This article is not about nihilism, but about epistemology and ontology, the end result in the form of scientific value of existence. Ethics from a nihilist-like world makes sense in light of current theories of existence.  Human V2.0, or posthumans, will have to deal with the same scientific paradigms as we do today.  Their sped-up cognition may allow for paradigms to come and go quickly, but let’s imagine that the meaning to existence is still not answered, that it all comes down to agnostic, atheistic value.

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Andrew Maynard

Rehabilitating “Risk”

by Andrew Maynard

Now that I’ve had some time to get to grips with my new position as Director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, I thought it was high time I started letting people know something about where the Center will be heading over the next few years.

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Life in 2050

By mid-century there will likely be 9 billion people on the planet, consuming ever more resources and leading ever more technologically complex lives. What will our cities be like? How will we eat? Will global warming trigger catastrophic changes, or will we be able to engineer our way out of the climate crisis?

In part one of a ten-part series, urban theorist Richard Florida says the changes to our urban and rural areas will reinvent our education system. Our economy will be less real estate driven, people will be more flexible, and the divisions between home and work and life will all fade away.

Faster, More Urban, More Diverse

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George Dvorsky

Dedication to Healthy Foods Considered an Eating Disorder

by George Dvorsky

It almost sounds like the headline from an Onion article.

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I am my connectome

In the brain, neurons are connected into a complex network. Sebastian Seung and his lab at MIT are inventing technologies for identifying and describing the connectome, the totality of connections between the brain’s neurons—think of it as the wiring diagram of the brain. We possess our entire genome at birth, but things like memories are not “stored” in the genome; they are acquired through life and accumulated in the brain. Seung’s hypothesis is that “we are our connectome,” that the connections among neurons is where memories and experiences get stored.

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Russell Blackford

Fundamentalism

by Russell Blackford

What is fundamentalism? What is wrong with fundamentalism, anyway? Is there such a thing as a fundamentalist atheist? What would such a creature be like?

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Becoming Gods pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Terryl Givens, professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond and a scholar of Mormon theology. They discuss the doctrine of theosis, the Mormon Transhumanist Association, and the Mormon’s church’s position on women, homosexuality and race.






Part 1:

Part 2:

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Becoming Gods pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Terryl Givens, professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond and a scholar of Mormon theology. They discuss the doctrine of theosis, the Mormon Transhumanist Association, and the Mormon’s church’s position on women, homosexuality and race.





Part 1:

Part 2:

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IEET Fellow Patrick Lin on NPR

Dr. Patrick Lin, a Fellow of the IEET and an assistant professor of philosophy at California Polytechnic State University, was a featured guest on a recent edition of the NPR program “Talk of the Nation,” discussing the ethics of robot warfare.

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Edward Miller

What is Progressive in the 21st Century?

by Edward Miller

I have often referred to myself as a progressive but I have felt increasingly uneasy doing so. The word -progressive’, like virtually every other term which refers to a political ideology, has become so broadly applied as to become virtually meaningless.

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Every Sperm is Sacred

From Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

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Mixed Results on Robot Honesty

We asked our readers whether they think laws are needed to stop robots and computers from lying, and the results are decidedly mixed.

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Mike Treder

What to do about drugs?

by Mike Treder

In the USA, the decades-long “war on drugs” has, according to most, been an abject failure. In Portugal, meanwhile, drug decriminalization has, according to some, been a resounding success. Is there a lesson to be learned?

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Jack Lundee

The Clinton Global Initiative on Long Term Viability

by Jack Lundee

Bringing food and providing shelter to victims of flooding and other natural disasters is one form of aide, but there also are long-term preventative measures that require attention.

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Richard Eskow

Social Security Cuts Would Increase Inequity and Keep Deficits, Er, High

by Richard Eskow

Get this: Republicans on the Deficit Commission aren't just refusing to consider any tax increases. Now they're proposing tax decreases designed to help the rich while taking benefits from everyone else. Dealing with people like that is like negotiating with somebody who's high on drugs.

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Ben Scarlato

Caprica: Artificial Heavens

by Ben Scarlato

This week saw the return of Caprica. In its world with technology not too far beyond our own, Caprica jumped right back into action with a premiere remarkably relevant to transhumanism. While Sister Clarice seeks to attract followers to her religion with an artificial heaven, Daniel Graystone wants to win back his company with software to remove the pain of a loved one’s death.

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