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Technoprogressive Declaration - Transvision 2014

Transhumanism: A Glimpse into the Future of Humanity

Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality

Hughes, Vita-More, de Grey, Roux @ TransVision 2014

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A decade of uncertainty in nanoscale science and engineering


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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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To Age or Not to Age?

To Age or Not to Age

Aubrey de Grey will be speaking at the nationwide premiere of TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 in New York City.

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The New York City screening will be followed by a live panel discussion which will be simulcast to venues screening the film nationwide and will stream live online.

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

Dr. Leonard P. Guarente, Novartis Professor of Biology, MIT; Director, Paul F. Glenn Lab for Science of Aging

Dr. Gordon Lithgow, Biomolecular Geneticist; Head of the Lithgow Lab, Buck Institute on Aging

Moderated by Robert Kane Pappas, director of TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE

The scientists featured in TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE have found the means to postpone and possibly mitigate diseases tied to aging, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and diabetes. Genes that control aging, among them SIRT2/SIRT1 genes, when altered, may, as a side effect, increase our lifespans.
New York City, NY USA

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George Dvorsky

Rebooting Haiti: Eliminating poverty to reduce the impacts of disasters

by George Dvorsky

With the search and rescue efforts officially called off in Haiti, the time has come for reconstruction. But with nearly 200,000 dead and one in nine Haitians currently homeless, it’s easy to get caught up in the numbers and lose sight of the primary lesson learned from the catastrophe. That poverty kills. And it kills big time.

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Captain Picard on Digital Life

Digital Nation

Digital Nation – Doug Rushkoff’s new PBS documentary – airs Tuesday February 2 on PBS

Doug will be hosting a series of roundtable discussions following each broadcast. One per month, with invited guests and running commentary from the viewing audience. The above clip – Patrick Stewart on Twitter, the iPhone, and his passion for gaming – is not in the show. But it is an example of the kind of conversations and guests Doug will be having in the Roundtables – both by text and video.

So please, go to pbsdigitalnation.org after the show and share your thoughts with the people who were in it, see the discussion in progress, and push the participants to go deeper. Most important, suggest topics and guests – including yourself – you’d like to see on there.

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Andrew Maynard

Owning the Carbon Cycle

by Andrew Maynard

For past 100 years—from the tail end of the industrial revolution, through the chemicals revolution and into the digital revolution—we have been passive observers of our effects on the planet. Over the next 100 years, we will need to take an active role in managing these effects if we are to avoid potentially catastrophic impacts on large numbers of the world’s population.

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Cascio and Treder on Bloggingheads.tv

IEET Managing Director Mike Treder in conversation with noted futurist Jamais Cascio about climate chaos and other issues.

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Martine Rothblatt

Why Cyberconsciousness Won’t Take Aeons to Evolve

by Martine Rothblatt

Humanity is devoting some of its best minds, from a wide diversity of fields, to helping software achieve consciousness. The quest is not especially difficult as it is a capability that can be intelligently designed; there is no need to wait for it to naturally evolve.

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Andy Miah

Extraterrestrial Ethics

by Andy Miah

Are there no ethical principles we can share to help guide our colonization of outer space? If not, then how do we deal with some of the fundamental questions that govern such work? For instance, what obligations do we owe to the various life forms we send there, or those we might discover? Can we develop a more considerate approach to colonizing outer space than we were able to achieve for various sectors of Earth?

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Adventures of Spirit



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David Brin

Defending the Enlightenment

by David Brin

Associating the Enlightenment with abstract reasoning runs smack up against what should be considered the Enlightenment’s greatest insight—that humans are inherently delusional beings, able to talk ourselves into anything at all.

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Edward Miller

I am You, and You are Me…. Maybe

by Edward Miller

Pretty early on in my philosophical journey I decided that I was a pantheist, of the naturalist sort. Pantheism is all about the one-ness and unity of everything… and I do mean everything.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Misunderstanding Sex

by Kyle Munkittrick

If sex is messy and imperfect, we need to improve it, not get rid of it.

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Latest Update on the iPad

Mad TV had the “lowdown” three years ago…

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Kristi Scott

Examining Free Reign over Vacant Eyes

by Kristi Scott

Based on the amount of interest in my previous article, and conversations I’ve had or seen in the interim, I thought it was necessary to go back to sex, robots, and ethics.

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Russell Blackford

Blame it on Nietzsche

by Russell Blackford

In her book A History of God, Karen Armstrong notes that atheistic ideologies can lead to atrocities as readily as theologies. But then she smears Nietzsche by repeating the falsehood that he was somehow an inspiration for Nazism, and that his atheism somehow contributed to Nazi atrocities. The accusation is an insult not just to Nietzsche but to the victims of the Holocaust.

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Campa Publishes Book on Transhumanism in Italian

IEET Fellow Riccardo Campa has just published a new book on transhumanism in Italian, as part of Bergamo University Press’s new book series “Transumanisti.”

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Mike Treder

Is extinction in your future?

by Mike Treder

In the next 24 hours, more than 150,000 individual humans will become extinct. Over the past three decades, upwards of 1.6 billion people have disappeared from the Earth forever.

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Ben Goertzel

Some Cosmist Principles

by Ben Goertzel

If Cosmism could be fully summarized in a list of bullet points, I wouldn’t write a whole manifesto about it, I’d just write a few bullet points.

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Dear News Media

A proper understanding of statistics…

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Russell Blackford

Does a child need both a mother and a father?

by Russell Blackford

Does a child need both a mother and a father? Apparently not, according to this report in ScienceDaily, which summarises a new article in the Journal of Marriage and Family.

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J. Hughes

Problems of Transhumanism: Liberal Democracy vs. Technocratic Absolutism

by J. Hughes

Transhumanists, like Enlightenment partisans in general, believe that human nature can be improved but are conflicted about whether liberal democracy is the best path to betterment. The liberal tradition within the Enlightenment has argued that individuals are best at finding their own interests and should be left to improve themselves in self-determined ways. But many people are mistaken about their own best interests, and more rational elites may have a better understanding of the general good. Enlightenment partisans have often made a case for modernizing monarchs and scientific dictatorships. Transhumanists need to confront this tendency to disparage liberal democracy in favor of the rule by dei ex machina and technocratic elites.

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Ben Goertzel

Sexuality and Beyond

by Ben Goertzel

A futurist friend of mine likes to tell people of his aspiration to somehow remove all sexuality from his brain.

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Doug Rushkoff

Corporations as Uber-Citizens

by Doug Rushkoff

Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling was positive in one respect: it made law out of what was already happening. While corporations earned “personhood” back in the 1860’s when a court clerk (likely bribed) added this language into the margins of another court decision, they never quite had the rights of citizenship before. They already write our laws (through lobbies) elect our leaders (with money) and create public opinion (with money and PR).  If you’re interested in how and why that happened, please read my book Life Inc.  But they have always tended to do so by working around government’s efforts to limit their influence.

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Doug’s Frontline Series ‘Digital Nation’ Airs February 2 at 9pm

Over a single generation, the Web and digital media have remade nearly every aspect of modern culture, transforming the way we work, learn and connect in ways that we’re only beginning to understand. FRONTLINE producer Rachel Dretzin (Growing Up Online) teams up with one of the leading thinkers of the digital age, IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff (The Persuaders, Merchants of Cool), to continue to explore life on the virtual frontier.

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Mike Treder

Sex and Gender: Women, Men, and Androids

by Mike Treder

How much are things going to change between the sexes during the next four decades?

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Last Decade Not Good: IEET Readers

According to the results of a recently concluded poll, IEET readers are decidedly down on the “social and political developments” of the past ten years.

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Looking Backward to See the Future of Technology

Lift

All technological innovation requires legal and political facilitation. Technological innovation in turn drives changes in intellectual property law.

Dominique Pestre “Technology & Society: Know your History!” from Lift Conference on Vimeo.

Dominique Pestre, historian of science, has worked on the relationship between physics and technology in the XXth century. Part of his work is also dedicated to understanding the heritage of the war on scientific methods such as game theory, system analysis, operative research.

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Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

The Evil Futurists’ Guide to World Domination: How to be Successful, Famous, and Wrong

by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

You want to be a futurist, but you’re afraid of being wrong. Don’t worry. Everyone has that concern at first. But here, I’ve brought together ideas drawn from a number of books and articles that will help you succeed without having to be right. All you have to do is follow the simple principles laid out below.

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George Dvorsky

Intersex Athletes and the IOC

by George Dvorsky

Who is the IOC to determine what is physically normal in sport? Why should the attainment of fitness peaks (natural or otherwise) be prevented or constrained? And how could they ever come to describe the perfectly ‘normal’ human athlete?

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Kristi Scott

An Imperfect Organic Woman’s Perspective on the “Perfect Robot Woman”

by Kristi Scott

When it comes to the perfect, what is it that we want? Is it one woman, or is it several?

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Andrew Maynard

“No Small Matter” – A connoisseur’s guide to delicate work

by Andrew Maynard

How do you write a book about something few people have heard of, and less seem interested in? The answer, it seems, is to write about something else.

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