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The Scientific Method is a Scientific Idea that is Ready for Retirement
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We Should Consider The Future World As One Of Multi-Species Intelligence
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‘Let’s Kick Islam & Christianity out of Africa’ - interview with Nigerian activist Jd Otit
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Transhumanism and Virtue pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Max More, founder of the Extropy Institute and one of the founders of contemporary transhumanism. They discuss the relationship of transhumanism and religion, virtue theory versus utilitarianism and the ethical and political underpinnings of the extropian worldview. Part 2 of 2. (Part 1 is here)

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Faith and Science pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with neuroscientist William Church about his exploration of the relationship of religion and science, and his hope that the two can eventually be mutually enriching instead of antagonistic. Part 2 of 2. (Part 1 is here)

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George Dvorsky

The Most Significant Tech of the Next 20 Years

by George Dvorsky

I was recently interviewed by Christian Nesheim of the I Look Forward To blog, who asked: “What will be the single most significant technological development of the next 20 years?”

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Rushkoff’s Rules for the Digital Age

WBUR On Point

WBUR’s On Point talked with big thinker Douglas Rushkoff about his “ten commands” for living right in the digital age.

The digital world around us - Facebook, Google, and all the rest - has grown so big, so fast, that people come to think of it as a given, like gravity or the speed of light. Of course, it’s not. The digital world is thoroughly engineered, by human hands, and for human ends, like making money.

Big media critic and theorist Douglas Rushkoff wants to be sure we don’t forget that. Otherwise, he warns, as lives migrate to the digital realm, we run the risk of being slaves, not masters, of its power.

And the thing that gets programmed may be us.

Here are Rushkoff’s “10 commands,” as summarized by SXTXState.com:

1. Time. Thou shall not be always on. We are turning an asynchronous net as always on. He encouraged saying “My time is mine.”

2. Distance. Thou shalt not do from a distance what can be done in person. Using long distance in short distance situations. Don’t use distance learning in localized context.

3. Scale - the Internet is biased to scale up. Exalt the particular. Not everything scales, should scale or needs to scale.

4. Discrete - everything is a choice. You may always choose none of the above. Sites like Facebook promote forced choice, you have to choose from a set of options.

5. Complexity - the net reduces complexity. Thou shalt never be completely right.

6. Non-corporeal - out of body. Thou shalt not be anonymous. Rushkoff says “work against tendency of the net to promote anonymity.” Anonymity encourages becoming part of polarized mobs with no sense of consequence, it side steps prejudices. It is liberating to promote yourself online.

7. Contact is king (not content). Remember the humans. “Social marketing is an oxymoron.”

8. Abstraction - as above, so not below. Print abstracts text from the scribe. Hypertext takes it a step further.

9. Openness. Thou shalt not steal. When there is no social contract, openness can continue until there is no one left to give things away. Nothing is free.

10. End users - technology is biased toward consumers. Programmed or be programmed.

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Natasha Vita-More

Epoch of plasticity: The metaverse as a vehicle for cognitive enhancement

by Natasha Vita-More

This article discusses simulation as an optimal vehicle for brain plasticity, a primary and distinct area of neuroscience and essential to human enhancement. By speculating on second-order enhancement cybernetics, the article links the 3D, virtual world of the metaverse to an epoch of plasticity, and also frames the practice of enhancement as taking place in this epoch. An arguable key issue of simulation and enhancement is the tension between desire and feasibility: a desire for greater than human attributes and what is technologically feasible for designing and developing such post-biological attributes. For example, a person may desire to have 24-hour remote brain integration with the metaverse but this is not feasible because (1) the technology has not been developed to do this safely; (2) the costs of research and development of artificial general intelligence and nano-robots to build a metabrain integration with the metaverse is vastly expensive; (3) patents have to be secured and take time; (4) the FDA may intervene preventing a human from integrating the brain with the net or metaverse. Further, while a person may desire to be an upload he or she has to face similar circumstances: (1) the technology has been developed to integrate the brain and computer safely; (2) the costs of R and D are enormous; (3) the ethical and moral issues are predominant; (4) this new construct for personhood may have a social and ideological impact.

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Kelly, Johnson & Krulwich on the Singularity

Fora TV

In this talk, sponsored by the New York Public Library and FORA.tv, science commentators Kevin Kelly, Steven Johnson, and Robert Krulwich discuss accelerating technologies and whether they will benefit or harm our society.

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Akansha Bhargava

Biopolitics and the “Culture of Life”

by Akansha Bhargava

Many of the controversies in bioethics and medicine today stem from differing views on life: when it begins, when and how we should protect it, and what our views on life say about our culture and society as a whole.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Does Technology Help Us Be More Ethical?

by Kyle Munkittrick

Ronald Bailey over at Reason Magazine has noticed a trend. When a new technology comes out, particularly if it impacts birth or death, people have a very powerful initial reaction: “Yuck!” However, within a few years, that “yuck” quickly shifts to “yippie!”

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George Dvorsky

Is low sex drive a disorder? It is if you think it is

by George Dvorsky

Lots of fuss these days over Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), particularly as it pertains to women’s health. The disorder, which used to be called Inhibited Sexual Desire Disorder, is in the DSM-III-R and is characterized as a lack or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity for some period of time. It’s important to note that, for this to be regarded as a disorder, it must cause marked distress or interpersonal difficulties and not be better accounted for by another mental disorder (i.e. depression), a drug (legal or illegal), or some other medical condition.

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Ben Goertzel

The Singularity Institute’s Scary Idea (and Why I Don’t Buy It)

by Ben Goertzel

I recently wrote a blog post about my own AI project, but it attracted a bunch of adversarial comments from folks influenced by the Singularity Institute for AI‘s (rather different) perspective on the best approach to AI R&D. I responded to some of these comments there.

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Kurzweil, Turkle, Arkin, Hughes on being a Human Being in an Inhuman Age

Hannah Arendt Center for Ethical and Political Thinking at Bard College

Bard College’s Hannah Arendt Center had a two day conference on Human Being in an Inhuman Age: What does it mean to be human amidst super-human technological advances?”. The entire conference video is online, Ray Kurzweil’s (hard to hear) keynote (min26), Ron Arkin’s excellent talk on ethical controls on autonomous military robots (min493) and Sherry Turkle’s marvelous talk about the effect of constant connectedness on kids (min425). The IEET’s J. Hughes spoke (min594) as part of the panel “Will Machines Realize Their Potential as the Masters of Man?”

 

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How close are we to being replaced by robots?

PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on efforts to engineer robots that are eerily similar to humans and animals.

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Kris Notaro

The Posthuman Mind Continued: On Simulating Conscious Awareness of Homeostasis

by Kris Notaro

When we sit back and think about how matter in its simplest stable macro form like protons, neutrons, and electrons, with properties that have the ability to retain information about how to carry on its complexity within different environmental factors, we reach a point where we can imagine these stable forms of matter becoming processes of life. We naturally use our mind to create conceptions of the nature of physical and chemical processes.

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IEET Readers Would Relax Drug Laws

Only 5% of IEET readers would keep drug laws as they are or would make them even more restrictive, according to a recently concluded poll. A large majority favors more liberal approaches.

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Brains are to Minds as Birds are to Flight

Here are the slides presented by IEET Trustee Martine Rothblatt at the recent TransVision 2010 conference in Italy.

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Andrew Maynard

Beyond the Obvious – Lessons from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

by Andrew Maynard

The immediate lessons from the Deepwater Horizon disaster are pretty obvious - we (or at least somebody) messed up!  But what about the less obvious lessons, especially those concerning technology innovation and how it’s handled?

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Faith and Science pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with neuroscientist William Church about his exploration of the relationship of religion and science, and his hope that the two can eventually be mutually enriching instead of antagonistic. Part 1 of 2.

 

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Mike Treder

Are we in the future yet?

by Mike Treder

This is a version of the talk I delivered at the recent TransVision 2010 conference in Milan, Italy.

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Russell Blackford

What you can’t say about Islam - The backlash against Elizabeth Moon

by Russell Blackford

Here is the thoughtful, rather temperately-worded blog piece by Elizabeth Moon that led to her being disinvited as a guest of honour at the feminist science fiction convention, Wiscon 35 (to be held in May next year in Madison, Wisconsin).

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George Dvorsky

Designing Lions to Lie with Lambs

by George Dvorsky

This is one of the most important and thought-provoking articles I’ve read in the New York Times in quite some time: The Meat Eaters by Rutgers philosopher Jeff McMahan.  In the article, McMahan asks the question, “Would the controlled extinction of carnivorous species be a good thing?” His conclusion is yes:

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New Articles in JET

JET has published two new essays: Stefan Sorgner’s “Beyond Humanism: Reflections on Trans- and Posthumanism ,” a response to the essays responding to his original JET essay on Nietzsche and posthumanism, and Edgar Dahl’s “Gendercide? A Commentary on The Economist’s Report About the Wordwide War on Baby Girls.”

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Singularity: Distraction or Legitimate Scenario Exercise?

Pictures for Sad Children

Is the Singularity simply a subcultural distraction for affluent male techno-geeks from all the actual suffering in the world? Is it for some, but a legitimate futurist scenario exercise for others?

Rapture of the Nerds

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Year Doesn’t Matter Anymore

by Marcelo Rinesi

We don’t live in scientifically or technologically advanced times. We live in a scientifically and technologically patchy world, one in which different societies, industries, individuals, and even specific roles of individuals have all adopted widely separated levels of technology.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Sir, Could I See Your Breeding License?

by Kyle Munkittrick

The whole discussion about what we’ll find immoral in the future got me thinking about that little group often described as our collective “future”: children. We often hear about children as our future when someone says, “Think of the children!” or “We shouldn’t leave this problem for our children to solve!”

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We Are From the Net and We’re Here to Help

BBC Superpower Series

It wields enormous influence, acts as a catalyst for social change and empowers its users to become both consumers and creators of information on a global scale. This March, the BBCs international news services - BBC World Service, BBC World News and BBC.com - are exploring the ways in which the internet is transforming the world in a special season of programming called Superpower - go to www.bbc.com/superpower to find out more.

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Mike Treder

At TransVision 2010 in Milan, Italy

by Mike Treder

I am attending today’s session of the transhumanist conference, Euro-style, where I will speak this afternoon. I will also offer brief reports throughout the day on other presentations.

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Andrew Maynard

Limited resources and emerging technologies: China does the math

by Andrew Maynard

New technologies depend on uncommon materials, and society depends on new technologies. Which means that economies that develop the former and control the latter have something of an upper hand in today’s interconnected and technology-dependent world.

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Surviving the Future

This week, CBC TV (Canada) will show Surviving the Future, an hour-long documentary on the major challenges facing humanity over the next half-century and the amazing technologies and social shifts underway to meet those challenges.

Directed by the award-winning documentarian Marc de Guerre, Surviving the Future is an intense piece of work, featuring interviews with a wide variety of scientists, writers, and other thinkers, including the IEET’s Jamais Cascio.

Edited down, here are the thoughts that Jamais contributed, adding up to about 5 minutes out of the (commercials subtracted) 43 minutes of the documentary.

Surviving the Future: Jamais Cascio excerpts from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.

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George Dvorsky

It’s a control thing: Religion and human reproduction

by George Dvorsky

Christianity is, like many other religions, a reproduction control system.

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Jamais Cascio

Terraforming the Earth, Taken Seriously

by Jamais Cascio

It’s amazing what can happen in five years.

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