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Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution
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Rick Searle on 'The Problem with the Trolley Problem, or why I avoid utilitarians near subways' (Jul 30, 2014)

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Nanomedical Cognitive Enhancement
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Virtually Sacred, by Robert Geraci – religion in World of Warcraft and Second Life
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Kristi Scott

Jon & Kate plus Plastic Surgery

by Kristi Scott

I have watched Jon & Kate plus 8 since the beginning. For those of you who don’t know this is a show about a mother and father who had a set of twins and then a set of sextuplets, totaling eight children. For those of who are wondering why I am doing a two-part musing of this show and don’t like reality TV I say give it a chance, again. There is a lot to see in reality TV other than people making a debacle of their lives and I have watched my fair share of it.

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Chris Phoenix

Draconian measures for molecular manufacturing?

by Chris Phoenix

If molecular manufacturing has to be controlled, how much of society needs to be controlled to accomplish that?

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The Nanotechnology Revolution

FastForward Radio

Nanotechnology promises to change our world in ways that are difficult to predict, or even imagine: Star Trek style replicators that allow you to make almost anything you want… artificial robotic blood cells will turn an Average Joe into a world-class athlete, or allow you to hold your breath under water for an hour at a time… programmable “smart” matter than can take whatever form you desire. Advanced nanotechnology promises all of this plus a lot more.

A distinguished panel of guests, including IEET Managing Director Mike Treder, explain the benefits—and risks—of this powerful technology that could be here sooner than most expect.

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Mike Treder

Self-Designed Evolution

by Mike Treder

A lecture given by Stephen Hawking and reprinted in Scientific American has been gathering a lot of attention recently in cyberspace.

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George Dvorsky

The ‘end of science’ my ass

by George Dvorsky

The reports of the death of science have been greatly exaggerated.

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Mike Treder

Treder on FastForward Radio

by Mike Treder

This evening (July 7) at 7:30 PDT (10:30 EDT) I will be a guest on FastForward Radio, a weekly 90-minute online audio program. The topic for discussion tonight is “The Nanotechnology Revolution.”

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Roko Mijic

Will becoming a yokel improve your life and save the planet?

by Roko Mijic

(Response to Edward Miller’s “How to Redesign our Communities for the Internet Age” on open source ecology.) If we are to reliably produce good ideas about changing the world here in the blogsphere, then we must prune out the bad ideas; open source ecology is a bad idea if ever I saw one.

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Mike Treder

Dropping Bombs

by Mike Treder

Barack Obama is in Moscow this week, holding talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and—perhaps more importantly—with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is regarded by many as still holding the crucial keys of power inside that nation’s opaque political structure. In any case, the leaders are discussing, among other things, nuclear disarmament. Between them, Russia and the United States possess more than 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads. And so, any negotiations that can lower those numbers significantly can only be viewed as positive.

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Life Inc. video dispatches and audiobook available

IEET Fellow Doug Rushkoff is posting brief videos and MP3s encapsulating key concepts from his Life Inc for de-corporatizing our lives, abandoning the speculative economy, and rebuilding both commerce and community from the bottom up.

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Blackford and Schuklenk interviewed about 50 Voices

The Examiner conducted a very nice interview with IEET Fellow Russell Blackford, and his co-editor Udo Schuklenk, about their new volume 50 Voices of Disbelief

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Edward Miller

How to Redesign our Communities for the Internet Age

by Edward Miller

(IEET intern Edward Miller is guest blogging at Sentient Developments this month.) There is a long list of crises that we need to face and I won’t waste time boring you by listing them. As our brightest minds admit they were wrong, I hope that I can say, without qualification, that big changes in our thinking are required. Unfortunately, we haven’t made that “Change” even though we now have some new faces in power, and a bunch of old faces out of business or in prison.

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Randall Mayes

Don’t become a Cyborg by Accident (literally) - It can be Fatal

by Randall Mayes

Imagine these hypothetical situations; you are injured and lying on the battlefield or are involved in a serious automobile accident and require a blood transfusion. What are the medical treatment options in these scenarios?

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Marcelo Rinesi

From Space, Watts, Bits, and Dreams

by Marcelo Rinesi

Space travel is very cheap. There’s no friction in the vacuum of space, so once you get something to move, it just keeps moving without spending any energy. The problem lies in getting things away from the gravity well of a planet.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanism F.A.Q. : Is Aging A Moral Good?

by Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanism’s niche (some would say “cult”) status causes those of us who support it to answer a lot of the same questions over and over. Those questions were asked in droves on Marginal Revolution in response to my three-landmarks of transhumanism effort. I’m going to do my best to answer them here. Cowen himself actually asked one I hadn’t heard before, so I’m going to let that one ruminate the longest. Let’s start with the classic: aging.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Postapocalyptic Gardens

by Marcelo Rinesi

Growing your own food might be fun, but it’s not the best survival strategy.

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Mike Treder

The Difficult Questions of ‘Personhood’

by Mike Treder

Every human is a person, right? And anyone we call a person must be a human, correct? Well, no, not necessarily.

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Ben Scarlato

True Blood: Coexistence

by Ben Scarlato

[Contains spoilers] True Blood is a fascinating HBO series about vampires living with humans, now in its second season. It follows Sookie Stackhouse, a human that has fallen in love with the vampire Bill Compton. While the vampires’ fight for marriage rights and the intense religious opposition reflects the gay rights struggle, True Blood’s depiction of an ageless species with several enhanced powers also provides an exploration of how society might deal with transhumans, and perhaps more importantly how society views such possibilities.

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Mike Treder

Progress on the Technoprogressive Wiki

by Mike Treder

What is a ‘technoprogressive’? What do they believe? And what the heck’s a ‘TP Wiki’??

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George Dvorsky

Exploring transhumanist themes in Battlestar Galactica: Caprica

by George Dvorsky

Good news for Battlestar Galactica fans: the new Caprica series is excellent. I finally caught the two-hour pilot and was quite impressed with the new direction. If this first episode is any indication, this is going to be a provocative and fascinating series—one that will touch upon many topics near and dear to transhumanists, including artificial intelligence, whole brain emulation, consciousness transfer, virtual reality and even immortality.

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Jamais Cascio

Hacking the Earth

by Jamais Cascio

Some of the most thoughtful work on the topic of climate change appears in Jamais Cascio’s new e-book, Hacking the Earth. Cascio is a Bay Area futurist who worked with Global Business Network during the 1990s and is currently a research affiliate at the Institute for the Future, a global futures strategist at the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, and a fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

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Science Fiction and Tech Innovation

io9

io9’s head honcho Annalee Newitz talks about the relationship of science fiction and technological innovation at Webstock09. “Just two decades ago, the Web and public internet were the stuff of science fiction. Creators like William Gibson, who coined the term “cyberspace” in his novel Neuromancer, helped define the terms of social life online, as well as inspiring many of the inventions (like smartphones) that we take for granted. But what is today’s science fiction telling us about where our technology will go tomorrow? I’ll talk about the stories today’s scifi creators are telling about the Web and internet, and how their ideas create a fantastical map of what people are seeking in their online lives.”

Annalee Newitz at Webstock 09 from Webstock on Vimeo.

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IEET Readers Cool Toward Geoengineering

Only a third of IEET readers who responded to our recently concluded poll agree that geoengineering is a good idea and should be started as soon as possible. Almost half (47%) of respondents are “on the fence” and believe that more study is needed before they can say for sure, while a small but significant percentage definitely oppose it.

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Mike Treder

Technoprogressives and Transhumanists: What’s the difference?

by Mike Treder

Nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science—the so-called “NBIC” technologies—have the potential, especially as they converge, to radically transform both human beings and human societies.

Let’s consider a couple of questions raised by the powerful possibilities that loom in the near future.

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J. Hughes

On Democratic Transhumanism

by J. Hughes

The political journal Re-Public has published two special issues on the politics of transhumanism. The first collection included IEET Executive Director J. Hughes’ article “Transhumanist politics, 1700 to the near future”. This second collection of essays includes IEET Fellow Riccardo Campa’s “Toward a transhumanist politics”, an interview with IEET Fellow Andy Miah on “Human enhancement and the accumulation of biocultural capital,” and this interview with Dr. Hughes about democratic transhumanism and technoprogressivism.

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Ben Goertzel

AI And What To Do About It: Invest in human obsolescence

by Ben Goertzel

Of all the amazing technologies on the brink of creation, one has implications far beyond any others: the establishment of superhuman artificial intelligence, or AI.

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Nick Bostrom

When Will Computers Be Smarter Than Us?

by Nick Bostrom

Intelligence is a big deal. Humanity owes its dominant position on Earth not to any special strength of our muscles, nor any unusual sharpness of our teeth, but to the unique ingenuity of our brains. It is our brains that are responsible for the complex social organization and the accumulation of technical, economic and scientific advances that, for better and worse, undergird modern civilization.

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Riccardo Campa

Toward a transhumanist politics

by Riccardo Campa

The central transhumanist idea of self-directed evolution can be coupled with different political, philosophical and religious opinions. Accordingly, we have observed individuals and groups joining the movement from very different persuasions. On one hand such diversity may be an asset in terms of ideas and stimuli, but on the other hand it may involve a practical paralysis, especially when members give priority to their existing affiliations over their belonging to organized transhumanism.

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Systemic Theory on the Inevitability of World Government

Big Ideas

Ohio State Political Science professor Alexander Wendt lectures in 2002 on why he believes a one state world is inevitable. (UPDATE: Ondra alerts us that Wendt published the piece he was preparing in this talk as “Why a World State is Inevitable: Teleology and the Logic of Anarchy” European Journal of International Relations 9(4): 491-542. Thanks Ondra!)

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George Dvorsky

Transhumanism and the ‘Intelligence Principle’

by George Dvorsky

“In sorting priorities, I adopt what I term the central principle of cultural evolution, which I refer to as the Intelligence Principle: the maintenance, improvement and perpetuation of knowledge and intelligence is the central driving force of cultural evolution, and that to the extent intelligence can be improved, it will be improved.”—Stephen J. Dick

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JET - issue 20(1) now complete

Issue 20(1) of JET is now complete, with Jamie Cullen’s article on the Chinese Room thought experiment, plus reviews of Watchmen and Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution Is True.

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