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A Cure for Our Deflated Sense of The Future

Nick Bostrom Testifies on Cognitive Enhancement for Obama BRAIN Initiative

Advanced Materials – What’s the big deal?

Ontological Realism and Creating the One Real Future

Indefinite Lifespan and Risk Aversion: A Short-Lived Problem

Intracortical Recording Devices


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Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
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by Nick Bostrom

Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
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Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds
by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds.

Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies
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Martine Rothblatt

Can Consciousness be Created in Software?

by Martine Rothblatt

“Some men see things as they are and wonder why.  Others dream things that never were and ask why not?” Robert F. Kennedy

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Conceding to the Right on Healthcare Reform

Changesurfer Radio

In which Dr. J. issues a formal concession to the right-wing-nuts that progressives have removed mandatory euthanasia, nationalizing hospitals, etc. from reform proposals. Also the cost-effectiveness of anti-aging therapies, and life happiness and wisdom increase with age. (MP3)

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NetRoots Nation Report and Brain News

Changesurfer Radio

Mike Treder reports in from Pittsburgh PA on NetRoots Nation, an annual gathering of the progressive blogging community. Moneyshot Cosmonauts send up the Octomom with a parody of “Poker Face.” The broken part of psychopaths’ brain may be located. Jamais Cascio’s fantastic “Get Smarter”.  (MP3)

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Mike Treder

Blogging as Political Action

by Mike Treder

How widespread is the “netroots” movement outside the United States?

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Kyle Munkittrick

Subversive Movie Ad Campaigns

by Kyle Munkittrick

One of the glorious parts about living in NYC is that we get some of the more intense ad campaigns, particularly in the form of viral posters.

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Design Issues Concerning Extreme Life Extension

What Sorts of People

Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the IEET’s Natasha Vita-More’s talk at April 11 meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association.

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Aubrey de Grey

Can regenerative medicine defeat aging?

by Aubrey de Grey

The relevance of nearly all biogerontology research to combating aging is restricted to the potential for slowing down the accumulation of molecular and cellular damage that eventually leads to age-related ill-health. Meanwhile, regenerative medicine has been progressing rapidly and is nearing clinical applicability to a wide range of specific conditions. My view is that we are approaching the point where regenerative medicine can be used against aging. This would entail not retarding but actually reversing the accumulation of damage. If successful, this would obviously be a far more valuable technology than mere slowing of aging. However, in order to be successful it must be comprehensive, and some aspects of aging may seem impossible to address in this way. In fact, however, it seems that all types of molecular and cellular damage which contribute to age-related ill-health are realistic targets of regenerative interventions.

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The Singularity Film

Doug Wolens

This feature length documentary will include interviews with the IEET’s James Hughes, Jamais Cascio, Aubrey de Grey, Ben Goertzel, Nick Bostrom and Marshall Brain, as well as dozens of others from both inside and outside the S^ and H+ community. Coming December 2009.

“The Singularity – Will we survive our technology?” is a comprehensive documentary showcasing the promises and perils of future technologies such as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and robotics.

Serious thinkers in the science community are wowed by the techno-utopia promises of transcending our biology, merging with our machines, and creating greater than human intelligence.

This film illustrates how these technologies may be achieved within the next two decades then questions what these technologies could mean to humanity.  Not only should we be concerned with the unintended consequences of these powerful technologies, we should pause to think about what happens if these technologies actually pan out as anticipated.

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IEET Readers’ Top Fear: Theocracy

Asked what they fear most, IEET readers named ‘Theocracy’ as their top choice by a surprisingly wide margin in a recently concluded poll. Coming in second was ‘Totalitarian world government’. In third place was ‘Ecological collapse’ followed closely by ‘Global thermonuclear war’. No other answer was chosen by more than 10% of respondents.

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Mike Treder

Cloning Neanderthals

by Mike Treder

Neanderthals are the closest evolutionary cousins to modern humans. We shared the planet with them until about 30,000 years ago when we probably killed them off. Now, as genetic and cloning technologies continue to advance rapidly, we are gaining the ability to actually bring back the Neanderthals—to resurrect them as it were. Should we?

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Jamais Cascio

New Rules for the Photoshop Era

by Jamais Cascio

Don’t believe everything that you read. Or pictures that you see. Or videos.

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The Posthuman Possibility Space

The Guardian

Nick Bostrom, chair of the IEET, offers a 20 minute overview of the posthuman possibility space, including catastrophic risks and the concept of the Singularity.

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Mike Treder

Making Dogs Smarter Than Humans

by Mike Treder

It’s long been assumed in transhumanist circles that eventually a computer program, a robot, a cyborg, or a genetically engineered human will achieve a far greater level of intelligence than the smartest human.

Why not Fido?

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Marcelo Rinesi

Creating Ecosystems for the Planet - and for Profit

by Marcelo Rinesi

Conserving ecosystems is not enough. Too much of the global ecosystem has already been damaged beyond recognition, and the economic and demographic pressures driving this deterioration are still present and, if anything, strengthened.

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Mike Treder

Fast Moving Sidewalks

by Mike Treder

The concept of a megalopolis based on high-speed walkways is common in science fiction. How long, if ever, until it becomes reality?

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Is a Fascist Movement Emerging in the USA?

Changesurfer Radio

Most of the show is taken up with my rant about the right-wingnuts disrupting Democratic town halls, and reading a bit of the essay “Is the U.S. on the Brink of Fascism?” By Sara Robinson.  (MP3)


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Truth-telling and Plastic Surgery

Dave Ross Show

Kristi appeared on Seattle’s Dave Ross show to discuss her JET essay Cheating Darwin: The Genetic and Ethical Implications of Vanity and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. (MP3)

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Kristi Scott

Andy Miah, Sports Doping, and the Enhancement Enlightenment

by Kristi Scott

Andy Miah is the Renaissance man of the enhancement enlightenment. While best known for defending “doping” (performance enhancement) in sports, as a professor in Ethics and Emerging Technologies at the University of the West of Scotland, his work draws from law, philosophy, art, cultural studies, sociology, bioethics, human enhancement, social media, life-extension, ethical culture, climate change, synthetic biology, and artificial life. As if that isn’t enough, Miah says he’s now looking at architecture and the future, extraterrestrial ethics, and ideas about biocultural capital. (And just for fun, he’s also a graphic designer and film connoisseur.)

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Ben Scarlato

True Blood and Personhood

by Ben Scarlato

[Contains spoilers.] How far does personhood and the rights associated with it reach across species? True Blood gives us an intelligent exploration of some aspects of this issue, specifically when that other species is perceived as dangerous, cruel, unnatural, and unholy. Unfortunately though, too often even those who support vampire rights refer to them as not being persons, instead emphasizing that they are essentially human or that vampires are a second species deserving of rights. A much more adaptable framework of rights could be built based on emphasizing the characteristics of personhood, such as intelligence and capacity to feel.

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Mike Treder

Creationism, Birtherism, Singularitarianism, and Other Fantasies

by Mike Treder

What do Orly Taitz, Ken Ham, Eliezer Yudkowsky, and Max More have in common?

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Jamais Cascio

The “End of Politics” Delusion

by Jamais Cascio

You have my express permission to kick the next person—especially someone advocating the embrace of radical forms of technological advancement—who tells you that they wish nothing more than to get rid of, move beyond, or otherwise avoid “politics.” Kick them hard, and repeatedly. They have adopted a profoundly ignorant and self-serving position, one that betrays at best a lack of understanding of human nature and society, and at worst a malicious desire to preemptively shut down any opposition to their goals.

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Edward Miller

Intellectual Property Overreach

by Edward Miller

Continuing our effort to flesh out the parameters of technoprogressive policy ideas by building our “Technoprogressive Policy Wiki”, we turn now to the problems created by the push to patent everything, including human genes, and shut down all fair use and copying of music, texts and film. IEET intern Ed Miller has been engaged with open source and intellectual property issues for some time, and has taken a crack at a general policy statement on this issue. We welcome feedback. - J. Hughes

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Achieving Friendly Artificial Intelligence

Fastforward Radio

Are the robots going to take over?

The Matrix and Terminator movies present a nightmare world in which artificially intelligent machines pit themselves against humanity with devastating consequences. Could something like that really happen?

Fastfroward’s Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon welcome a panel of leading thinkers on artificial intelligence to explore these issues:

In the near future, is machine intelligence going to equal or overtake human intelligence in terms of speed and capability?

If so, what can we do to make sure these new intelligences are on our side?

Eliezer Yudkowsky is the world’s foremost researcher on Friendly AI and recursive self-improvement. He is a research fellow with the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

James Hughes is the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and he is the producer and host of the weekly syndicated public affairs talk show Changesurfer Radio

Ben Goertzel is a Fellow of the IEET, the chief science officer and acting CEO of Novamente and Director of Research for the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

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Mike Treder

What’s the Harm?

by Mike Treder

What’s the big worry if some choose not to use critical thinking? The tragic answer is: at least 368,379 people killed; 306,096 injured; and over $2,815,931,000 in economic damages.

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Jamais Cascio

How America Will End

by Jamais Cascio

A week-long thought experiment on the United States’ demise.

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Natasha Vita-More

Human Enhancement Aesthetics

by Natasha Vita-More

Of all the new media impacting the arts, the media of human enhancement may be receiving the most socio-political attention but the least artistic enthusiasm. Recently there has been an increase in the number of formal discussions of human enhancement technologies amongst artists, designers and curators. In 2008, “Human Enhancement Technologies: The Role of Art and Design” spearheaded social and ethical implication of enhancement technologies. In 2009, “Human Enhancement & Nanotechnology Conference” and FACT’s “Human Futures” programme breached a gap in science and art with discussions of aesthetics norms and ethics. Nonetheless, the elements of aesthetics in engaging human enhancement were of less consequence.

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Mike Treder

“Food Fight” or substantive debate?

by Mike Treder

In the Editor’s Blog of his online transhumanist magazine, h+, RU Sirius describes the recent and ongoing debate between technoprogressives and some radical libertarians as a “Political Food Fight.”

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Emergence - IEET News for August 2, 2009

1. A Note From Dr. J.
2. IEET News
3. Articles
4. Latest from JET
5. Multimedia
6. Events

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Cascio’s Laws of Robotics

Open the Future

Last March, Jamais gave a talk in Menlo Park entitled “Cascio’s Laws of Robotics.” I’ve already posted a link to the slides I used, and to essays and interviews covering related topics. Now—finally—the video of the talk is available.

 


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The ‘Public Option’, Rising Unemployment, Longer Lives

Changesurfer Radio

Why the single payer is a far better bet than a public option. Why the jobs may not come back. Why a 35 hour 4 day week is even better than a 40 hour 4 day week. Why seniors need to be biotechnologically enabled and encouraged to work longer.

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