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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.

* Watch Online
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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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Susan Schneider

Future Minds: Transhumanism, Cognitive Enhancement and the Nature of Persons

by Susan Schneider

Abstract: After covering the basic tenets of Transhumanism, I discuss what I take to be the most important philosophical element of the transhumanist picture—its unique perspective on the nature and development of persons. Examining the enhancement issue through the vantage point of the metaphysical problem of personal identity presents a serious challenge to Transhumanism. Indeed, this is a pressing issue for any argument made for or against enhancement.

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IEET Receives Generous Gift from Dr. Rothblatt

The IEET does a lot with very little, and a lot of that little over the last couple of years has come from Dr. Martine Rothblatt. We are delighted to acknowledge her most recent gift of $5000. Her support means a lot to us, and we’re looking forward to the release of her new film Transbeman.

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Mind-Enhancers for All?

On Point

Attention-deficit drugs like Adderall and Ritalin have helped millions of ADHD kids get along. For a new generation, they’ve also fed a black market in college dorms and high-pressure labs, where off-label use by the non-ADHD gets term papers written and lab reports done. Now, pharmaceutical companies — and some scientists — are saying maybe we should consider “cognitive enhancers,” drugs like these, for the general population.

Some call it “cosmetic neurology,” and say it’s time. Others say it’s a bad, bad idea.

This hour, On Point: The debate over drugs for the mind.

Guests:

  Joining us from New York is Ellen Gibson at BusinessWeek magazine. She recently wrote the article “Mental Pick Me Ups: The Coming Boom.”

  From Philadelphia, we’re joined by Martha Farah, professor of psychology and director at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She is co-author of a commentary in the December issue of the journal Nature, “Towards responsible use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by the healthy.”

  From Garrison, N.Y., is Thomas Murray, president of The Hastings Center, a bioethics think tank. He was formerly the director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

  And from Washington, we’re joined by Nora Volkow, director of the National Insitute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health.

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Kristi Scott

Review of The Medicalization of Cyberspace

by Kristi Scott

As with any medical discovery, an in-depth look needs to be taken regarding the impact and effects on society. The Internet offers a new world of communication and opportunities for individuals to be in touch with one another. Andy Miah and Emma Rich do a commendable job with this in their recent publication The Medicalization of Cyberspace.

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Edward Miller

Applied Social Ecology

by Edward Miller

Social Ecology is a philosophy which states that environmental, social, and economic problems all have the same root: namely, the way people treat each other. By this same logic, if we can establish new structures and norms by which to operate, we can alleviate many of these problems.

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Welcome to New Intern Parijata Mackey

The IEET is delighted to welcome biohacker and democratic transhumanist Parijata Mackey.

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George Dvorsky

When 8 is more than enough: It’s time for some meaningful regulation

by George Dvorsky

Like a lot of people last week, I was shocked to find out that Nadya Suleman, the mother of the octuplets born last week in Los Angeles, already has 6 children—all between the ages of 2 and 7.

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Michael Anissimov

What are the Benefits of Mind Uploading?

by Michael Anissimov

Universal mind uploading, or universal uploading for short, is the concept, by no means original to me, that the technology of mind uploading will eventually become universally adopted by all who can afford it, similar to the adoption of modern agriculture, hygiene, or living in houses.

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George Dvorsky

Rethinking IQ: The rise of ‘rational intelligence’

by George Dvorsky

Our conceptions of intelligence certainly aren’t what they used to be—and they’re continuing to evolve. Prior to the advent of computers it was thought that number crunching and pure logic was the penultimate measure of intelligence. But after the invention of the calculator, which could suddenly do math thousands of times better than we ever could, we were forced to shift our definitions of intelligence to other seemingly more intractable cognitive functions.

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Ben Scarlato

The Oath

by Ben Scarlato

[Warning: Contains spoilers for the Battlestar Galactica episode The Oath] It can be easy when experiencing an engaging story to be wrapped up in a world where problems seem much bigger, much more exciting, and more a matter of life and death than real life. The fast-paced action seems to involve much more important issues than our trivial day to day problems. But that impression is a mistake, because even though the major problems we face aren’t as immediate, we all face problems just as big and important, and it is our responsibility to take action that affects them.

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Are We Born to Be Good?

Fora TV

(First Congregational Church of Berkeley, CA - Jan 21st, 2009) Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and director of the Greater Good Science Center, demonstrates that humans are not hardwired to lead lives that are “nasty, brutish, and short” - we are in fact born to be good.  He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: why have we evolved positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethical action are the fabric of cooperative societies?  Born to Be Good is a profound study of how emotion is the key to living the good life and how the path to happiness goes through human emotions that connect people to one another.

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Jamais Cascio

New Geoengineering Study: Can We Fix the Planet?

by Jamais Cascio

The article The radiative forcing potential of different climate geoengineering options is now out and available for download and discussion. As expected, it offers one of the first useful comparisons of different geoengineering techniques.

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George Dvorsky

Most parents not quite ready to have ‘designer babies’—but demand exists

by George Dvorsky

A new study by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center indicates that consumers are more interested in using genetic technologies to screen for life threatening diseases than in using the technologies to screen offspring for enhanced traits.

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Doug’s new radio show

Douglas Rushkoff will be hosting a show on New York City’s WFMU called The MediaSquat. It’ll be on live Monday evenings at 7pm Eastern, beginning March 16.

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Resveratrol and Anti-Aging Drugs

CBS: 60 Minutes

Scientists have found a substance in red wine that is slowing down the aging process in mice. Will it someday lengthen the lives of humans, too? Morley Safer reports.


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