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12 Technologies We Need To Stop Stalling On And Develop Now

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Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
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A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
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A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century
Ilia Stambler

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Nick Bostrom


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Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

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Google’s Cold Betrayal of the Internet
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Dawkins and the “We are going to die” -Argument
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Russell Blackford

What About the Children?

by Russell Blackford

At a time when the Australian government has announced its decision to introduce a new regime to censor the Internet, it’s worth thinking again about the argument that exposure to certain kinds of speech and expression might be harmful to children. The problem is that it is difficult to find evidence as to what kinds of material are actually likely to produce that kind of harm.

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The Known Universe

The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010.

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Open Source Warfare and Resilient Communities

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with John Robb, a former USAF pilot in special operations and author of Brave New War. He writes the blog Global Guerrillas at globalguerrillas.typepad.com. MP3

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Mike Treder

Making the Best of a Messy Real World

by Mike Treder

We face an uncertain future. And there are no easy answers.

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Andrea Kuszewski

Creativity: A Crime Of Passion

by Andrea Kuszewski

Creativity seems to be the “buzz word” of the 2000s. Society values it, companies need it, and employers want it. Or do they?

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Kristi Scott

The Second Self through Second Life: Mask or Mirror?

by Kristi Scott

Kristi Scott has published her essay The Second Self through Second Life: Mask or Mirror? as part of the book The Real and the Virtual.

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Abstraction, by xkcd

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Ben Goertzel

Dialoguing with the US Military on the Ethics of Battlebots

by Ben Goertzel

Today I gave a brief invited talk at the National Defense University, in Washington DC, about the ethics of autonomous robot missiles and war vehicles and “battlebots” (my word, not theirs!) in general. The talk came about as a consequence of my role in the IEET, but I wound up bringing in a number of explicitly H+ themes.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Fringe and the Neutrality of Technology

by Kyle Munkittrick

In keeping with the theme of talking about my favorite TV shows under the pretense of some sort of analysis, I’d like to talk a little bit about Fringe.

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Human Enhancement: Bioliberation or Biothreat?

Oxford Program on Ethics of the New Biosciences

Professor Julian Savulescu, Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, addressed the UK Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors on October 1, 2009, at the Natural History Museum, University of Oxford.

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Remembering Doc Savage

Changesurfer Radio

Jess Nevins, author of The Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes, gave the paper “Those Who Cannot Remember Doc Savage Are Condemned To Repeat Him: The 20th Century Backlash Against Posthuman Bodybuilders” at the December 4, 2009 IEET seminar on the Biopolitics of Popular Culture in Irvine California. MP3

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Mike Treder

Love, Virtually

by Mike Treder

As opposed to love, actually…

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Russell Blackford

Why Singer is Wrong About Radical Life Extension

by Russell Blackford

Peter Singer has argued that we should not proceed with a hypothetical life-extension drug, based on a scenario in which developing the drug would fail to achieve the greatest sum of happiness over time. However, this is the wrong test.

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Jamais Cascio

A Cold War Over Warming

by Jamais Cascio

What happens if global efforts to set and abide by strong carbon emissions cuts fail?

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J. Hughes

TechnoProgressive Biopolitics and Human Enhancement

by J. Hughes

A principal challenge facing the progressive bioethics project is the crafting of a consistent message on biopolitical issues that divide progressives.

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Space Station Baby Due First

According to IEET readers who answered a recently concluded poll, the first human baby born off-Earth is very likely to appear in a space station, rather than on the Moon, on Mars, or somewhere else.

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Andrew Maynard

Science and Technology Innovation: Looking to the Future

by Andrew Maynard

How do we ensure that our dependency on science and technology works for us, rather than against us?

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New Milestone for Visitors to IEET Site

Total hits on the IEET site for November 2009 have surpassed two and a half million. That’s a new high by a long way.

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Richard Eskow

Objects In The Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear

by Richard Eskow

Last Friday’s IEET seminar on Biopolitics and Popular Culture has come and gone. What were the take-aways?

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“Everything is amazing and nobody is happy”

Comedian Louis C.K. puts it all in perspective.

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Mike Treder

Pop-Bio-Culture Seminar Totally Rocked

by Mike Treder

Yesterday, December 4, 2009, the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies convened an intimate but ambitious seminar to explore the “Biopolitics of Popular Culture.” We heard from a remarkable collection of speakers, including movie directors, screenwriters, science fiction authors, game designers, culture critics, and entrepreneurs.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Artie’s Wheels

by Kyle Munkittrick

I really, really like the show Glee. I like it because it stops pretending that people who live in small cities in western and mid-western states are somehow more wholesome than their metropolitan counterparts. I like it because it exposes the high school ruling class for the terrified, soon-to-be-townie losers they usually are. I like it because it admits high schoolers have sex and drink and smoke weed and still manage to function. I like it because it obliterates the myth that marrying your high school sweet heart is a good idea. I like it because it is the sunshiniest, saccharine dark comedy I’ve ever seen.

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Mike Treder

Sex Slaves, Polls, and Ethics

by Mike Treder

In a recently concluded poll, we asked, “If you had a personal robot that could do only one thing, which ability would you prefer it to have?” Is the question itself unethical?

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Aubrey de Grey on CNN

CNN

(Hat tip to humanpl.us)  This morning, Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed geneticist and anti-aging expert Aubrey de Grey and author Dan Buettner, who spoke about “how to live longer.” Buettner provided tips based on his research of long-lived groups around the world, while de Grey discussed regenerative medicine that will be able to radically extend the human lifespan to several hundred years or more.

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Jamais Cascio

Futures Thinking: Scanning the World

by Jamais Cascio

Looking for the distant early warnings of tomorrow…

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Mike Treder

Getting Used to Hideousness

by Mike Treder

We have learned to accept differences in appearance caused by nature or by accident. And we are getting better about appreciating the diversity of bodily expression that modern society has brought. But all this is only the beginning.

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List of “Top 100 Global Thinkers” includes two from IEET

Foreign Policy taps Nick Bostrom and Jamais Cascio among the world’s most influential thinkers in 2009.

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Charlie Stross

The Myth of the Starship

by Charlie Stross

As starships do not in fact exist, no starships were harmed in the production of this essay. Also, this is just words. If they upset you, go lie down in a dark room for half an hour then drink a glass of water; you’ll feel better.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Data Collection Where It’s Needed The Most

by Marcelo Rinesi

Data gathering usually requires an extensive infrastructure, but open mobile technologies could change that. An interview with Yaw Anokwa of the Open Data Kit project.

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Andrea Kuszewski

We Perform Best When No One Tells Us What To Do

by Andrea Kuszewski

How can companies get the best possible performance out of their employees? Let them do whatever they want! And furthermore, don’t offer incentives. Sound counter-intuitive? Not if you look at what research has shown regarding the economics of motivation.

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