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Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
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Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

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Review of Michio Kaku’s, Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century
Dec 15, 2014
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What Will Life Be Like Inside A Computer?
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Bitcoin and Science: DNA is the Original Decentralized System
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Ben Goertzel

First, Second, Third

by Ben Goertzel

Patterns are relationships of a particular sort: a relationship between one entity and a set of others, where the first is judged to represent and simplify the others.

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Kyle Munkittrick

How To Make Sex Better

by Kyle Munkittrick

Sex, on its own, in the wild, natural and unadorned, is still complicated. Don’t believe me? Look at a peacock or a bird of paradise. Salmon die after they procreate. Sea slugs penis joust. Now throw in evolved human biology, history, culture, technology, and science and you have a real disaster on your hands.

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Ben Scarlato

Nip/Tuck: Ethics and Beauty

by Ben Scarlato

While it’s common to look at transhumanist themes through the lens of science fiction, I think it’s at least as fascinating to consider the ethical issues and themes explored in controversial, well-written dramas such as Nip/Tuck.

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Living Longer in an Extreme Future

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Jayme Canton, CEO of the Institute for Global Futures (globalfuturist.com) and author of The Extreme Future. They discuss the convergence of personalized genomic medicine with human enhancement, and the prospects for employment recovery in the global economy. MP3

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Mike Treder

A Tale of Two Earthquakes

by Mike Treder

Lessons we can learn from recent disasters in Haiti and in Chile.

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Jamais Cascio

Futures Thinking: Writing Scenarios

by Jamais Cascio

So what do scenarios actually look like? Here are some real-world examples.

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Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Futures 2.0: Rethinking the Discipline

by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

If the field of futures were invented today, what would it look like? What would its intellectual foundations be? Who would it serve and influence? And how would its ideas and insights be put into practice?

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Scale of the Universe

From the tiniest of possible sizes—quantum foam—to beyond the reaches of the visible universe, this extraordinary interactive flash presentation puts everything into perspective.


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Mike Treder

What takes the place of the nation-state?

by Mike Treder

The nation-state as a primary locus of power in the world is a paradigm that dates back only a few hundred years. Could that model be replaced in our lifetimes by something different?

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IEET Readers See China as Future Power

By a wide margin, respondents to a recently concluded poll chose China as the nation most likely to displace the United States as the leading power in the world by 2050.

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Natasha Vita-More on Transhumanism

The Scavenger

The only way for us to survive is to evolve. Transhumanism - a movement supporting the use of science and technology to improve the mental and physical characteristics and capacities of humans - is the way forward, writes Natasha Vita-More.

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Martine Rothblatt

Would mindclones be part of the human family?

by Martine Rothblatt

We have been brainwashed to believe that “blood is thicker than water.” But we lack familial shared genes with spouses and best friends. In reality what is most important is shared thoughts, experiences and feelings. Affinity based upon genes is as obsolete as loyalty based upon melanin. The beme is mightier than the gene.

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Atheism, Life Extension and the Singularity

Singularity Soup

Adam Ford of Singularity Soup interviewed Russell Blackford in October 2009 on his book 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists, atheism and secularism, indigenous spirituality, radical life extension, and technological change, including the Technological Singularity foreseen by Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil.

It’s divided into six parts, accessible from here:

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The Malthusian Catastrophe

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Ernesto Robles, author of The Malthusian Catastrophe, a novel that tells a story about the effects on the world of an anti-aging medicine.

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Technologies of Self-Awareness

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Jamie Hubbard, a professor of Buddhist Studies at Smith College, and organizer of a conference on the use of neurotechnology to enhance Buddhist practice, April 10, 2010 at Smith College.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Deus Ex

by Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanism spans a huge swath of intellectual territory, straddling bioethics, philosophy, science fiction, engineering, and computer science. Throw in conspiracy theories and cyberpunk nihilism and you have all the ingredients for Deus Ex.

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David Brin

A Primer on Supply-Side vs Demand-Side Economics

by David Brin

Let’s step back and examine how, in the U.S., Democrats and Republicans have become identified with two quite opposite economic theories.

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Ben Goertzel

The Theater of Reflective, Deliberative Consciousness

by Ben Goertzel

Our reflective, deliberative “theater of consciousness” is the way that primal awareness manifests itself in one part of our mind/brain.

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Energy Miracles

Bill Gates gave an electrifying speech at the recent TED conference on the need for new technologies to combat climate change.

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Andrew Maynard

Why I Don’t Believe in Technology Innovation

by Andrew Maynard

Sitting here in Denver Airport, I think I have finally lost my faith in technology innovation. And the reason? That fiendish creation of the Gates empire, Microsoft Word.

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Phil Torres

What are ‘biological limitations’ anyway?

by Phil Torres

The express aim of enhancement technologies is to overcome our biological limitations: cognitive, emotional and healthspan-related. But what is almost always tacit in discussions of human enhancement is the issue of what exactly constitutes a biological limitation.

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A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything

An art project created by a 17 year-old high school student…

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Andrea Kuszewski

The Next Decade of Science: Transdisciplinary Collaboration

by Andrea Kuszewski

I was asked the question, “What can we expect to see from science in the next decade?” My answer comes from the perspective of a social scientist, as I research social problems from the influence of cognitive neuroscience.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Had I World Enough, and Time

by Kyle Munkittrick

Say that I knew that medicine had advanced to the point where I could reasonably expect to live to be 350 years old, with the first two decades, of course, going to maturation, and the last two decades resembling our current aging process. What would I do with all of that time?

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Should We Tax the Banks?

Robin Hood Tax

British activists have launched a major campaign to push Gordon Brown’s government into adopting a “Robin Hood Tax” on financial transactions—a tiny tax that could raise hundreds of billions for public services and for tackling poverty and climate change. The campaigners unveiled a brilliant little sketch featuring British actor Bill Nighy as a squirming banker. 

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To Age or Not to Age

To Age or Not to Age

In this panel discussion moderated by Robert Kane Pappas, director of To Age or Not to Age, distinguished panelists debate the future of anti-aging research. Panelists include: Dr. Robert Butler, Gerontologist, Psychiatrist & Pulitzer-Prize Winner, President and CEO of the International Longevity Center; Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Biomedical Gerontologist, Chief Science Officer, SENS Foundation; and Dr. Leonard P. Guarente, Novartis Professor of Biology, MIT, Director, Paul F. Glenn Lab for Science of Aging.

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Science Valentine



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Reclaiming the Enlightenment pt 2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Dr. Stephen Eric Bronner, professor of political science at Rutgers University and author of Reclaiming the Enlightenment: Toward a Politics of Radical Engagement. Part 2 of 2. (Part 1)

 

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Buddhism and Cognitive Enhancement pt 2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Andrew Fenton who is a part of the Novel Tech Ethics Group at Dalhousie University and the author of “Buddhism and Neuroethics: The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Cognitive Enhancement.” Part 2 of 2. (Part 1)

 

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David Brin

Distinguishing Climate “Deniers” From “Skeptics”

by David Brin

A fair number of people have written in response to my previous posting—The Real Struggle Behind Climate Change: A War on Expertise—griping that I do not get a crucial distinction between climate change “Skeptics” and “Deniers.”

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