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Jamais Cascio

Get Smarter

by Jamais Cascio

Pandemics. Global warming. Food shortages. No more fossil fuels. What are humans to do? The same thing the species has done before: evolve to meet the challenge. But this time we don’t have to rely on natural evolution to make us smart enough to survive. We can do it ourselves, right now, by harnessing technology and pharmacology to boost our intelligence. Is Google actually making us smarter?

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The Case Against Gene Patents

Point of Inquiry

David Koepsell is an author, philosopher, and attorney whose recent research focuses on the nexus of science, technology, ethics, and public policy. He is Assistant Professor, Philosophy Section, Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management at the Technology University of Delft, in The Netherlands, and Senior Fellow, 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology, The Netherlands. He is also the author of The Ontology of Cyberspace: Philosophy, Law, and the Future of Intellectual Property, as well as numerous scholarly articles on law, philosophy, science, and ethics. His latest book is Who Owns You? The Corporate Gold Rush to Patent Your Genes.

In this interview with D.J. Grothe, David Koepsell discusses the implications of corporations patenting parts of the human genome, and how current patent practices negatively impact basic scientific research in genetics. He reviews the history of the practice of patenting genes and contrasts private ownership of gene sequences found in nature with that of the public ownership of the work of the Human Genome Project. He contrasts discovery with invention, and argues that patents should apply only to the latter. He details the relationship of human genes being patented with the practices of big agribusiness owning engineered crops, such as Monsanto’s “terminator corn.” He discusses the ACLU’s recent lawsuit against Myriad Genetics on behalf of scientists and cancer patients, and how it may lead to one of the most important legal battles in the history of biotechnology. He talks about “upstream” and “downstream” patents, and how this impacts genetic research. And he discusses various solutions currently proposed for the problems resulting from private ownership of naturally occurring gene sequences.

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Message to Our Descendants

TransAlchemy

A “video time capsule” containing messages to future humans, artificial intelligences, and posthumans…

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Randall Mayes

Can Synthetic Biology Cure Bad Air? (It’s not what you think)

by Randall Mayes

Treatments for some of the world’s biggest killers, such as malaria, can’t earn enough profits for pharmaceutical companies to attract research investments. The people they kill are just too poor to be worth the investment. Fortunately scientist-activists are attempting to find ways to support vital research through the non-profit sector.

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Mike Treder

Temporal Powers of Ten

by Mike Treder

Many IEET readers probably are familiar with the famous (and famously brilliant) “Powers of Ten” film created in 1977 by Charles and Ray Eames. What happens if we try a similar mental exercise with time instead of space?

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Geoengineering Debate Heats Up

In the cover story for a special Wall Street Journal report, IEET Senior Fellow Jamais Cascio admits he has become a reluctant advocate of “cooling the planet.” Our current IEET poll asks whether you agree on the merits of geoengineering.

We were planning to change the poll this week, but now that the issue is hitting the mainstream fan, so to speak, we’ll leave it up a bit longer. If you haven’t weighed in yet, make your vote count!

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Jamais Cascio

It’s Time to Cool the Planet

by Jamais Cascio

Cutting greenhouse gases is no longer enough to deal with global warming. We also have to do something more direct—and risky.

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Ben Goertzel

Classifier ensemble based analysis of a genome-wide SNP dataset…

by Ben Goertzel

The OpenBiomind toolkit is used to apply GA, GP and local search methods to analyze a large SNP dataset concerning late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD). Classification models identifying LOAD with statistically significant accuracy are identified, and ensemble-based important features analysis is used to identify brain genes related to LOAD, most notably the solute carrier gene SLC6A15. Ensemble analysis is used to identify potentially significant interactions between genes in the context of LOAD.

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Athena Andreadis

“Keeping an Open Mind is a Virtue, but not so Open that Your Brains Fall Out.”

by Athena Andreadis

– saying attributed to Jim Oberg, space journalist and historian

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What is Geoengineering?

FreedomLab

Jamais was interviewed on geoengineering by the Dutch group FreedomLab.

Here’s the first clip What is Geoengineering?:

 

What is Geoengineering? from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.

Four more videos—The Geoengineering Dilemma, The Political Aspects of Geoengineering, Catastrophe or Radical Action?, and The Anthropocene and Human Responsibility—below the fold.

 

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Brains - Military, Disgusted, Forgetful

Changesurfer Radio

Jonathan Moreno on The use of neuroscience by the US military, Douglas Rushkoff on the need to train citizens in digital combat arts, the relationship of disgust sensitivity to conservatism, and Greg Beato’s defense of memory deletion in the participatory panopticon. (MP3)

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Online Learning and the Future of Higher Education

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J chats with Ed Klonoski, the president of Charter Oak State College, a leading distance learning innovator. They discuss the way students use online learning, the changing and emerging technologies, and the challenge of open sourcing education.  (MP3)

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Michael Anissimov

What About the Animals?

by Michael Anissimov

(Michael Anissimov is guest blogging at Sentient Developments this month.)  In considering a possible transhumanist future where cybernetic implants and other enhancements must be designed for the use of billions of people, I worry about an associated slaughter—that of all the animals that must be used as test subjects for the enhancements before they can be made to work.  Considering that some modifications will surely involve replacing the limbs, organs, and just about every part of the body, and always be accompanied by the risk of immune rejection, it seems heartless to subject millions of test animals to excruciating death by torture.

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Mike Treder

Life sucks and then you die…

by Mike Treder

...but it doesn’t have to be that way!

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Small Machines, Big Choices, Catastrophic Risks

Global Catastrophic Risks

In July 2008 the Future of Humanity Institute hosted a number of leading experts on different global catastrophic risks.

The conference provided delegates with an overview of the key risks, and the state of current thinking on each of them. It brought scholars together from many different disciplines to discuss the common problems and methodologies which affect the study of global catastrophic risks.

Topics treated included nuclear terrorism, cosmic threats such as supernova, comets and asteroids, the long term fate of the universe, pandemics, nanotechnology, ecological disasters which drastically reduce biodiversity, climate change, biotechnology and biosecurity, the cognitive biases associated with making judgements in the context of global catastrophic risk, social collapse, and the role of the insurance industry in mitigating and quantifying risk.

In this talk Chris Phoenix of the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN) and IEET Managing Director Mike Treder, then Executive Director of the CRN, speak to the emerging risks and benefits of molecular manufacturing.

GCR 2008: Chris Phoenix & Mike Trender - Small Machines Big Choices from Future of Humanity Institute on Vimeo.

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Natasha Vita-More

Interpretive Dance of the Transhumanist Future

by Natasha Vita-More

A response to Athena Andreadis’ ”“If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution!”

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Mike Treder

For-profit health insurance is an obscenity

by Mike Treder

Do you think modern medicine is on the brink of eliminating disease forever? Not quite yet, it seems, which is why health insurance will remain a necessity for at least the next few decades. But just because we need insurance doesn’t mean we should allow corporations to steal from the healthy to cheat the unhealthy.

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Kyle Munkittrick

We Have Always Been Transhuman

by Kyle Munkittrick

There is an absolutely stellar article in the New York Times about Dr. Richard Wrangham’s essay “Catching Fire.” Go read it now. If you finish it and want to know even more, like I did, go read the Slate review as well.

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Mike Treder

Existential Movie War

by Mike Treder

Over on his Sentient Developments blog, IEET board member George Dvorsky has compiled and posted a list of what he calls “The Top 10 Existential Movies of All Time.” As a serious film buff, I was immediately prompted to respond by naming a few important—and great—existential movies that George left off his list. I’ll get to my own favorites in a moment, but first we should lay down some ground rules.

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Emergence - IEET News for June 7, 2009

1. A Note From Dr. J.
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Randall Mayes

Openness and Biosecurity: Can They Co-exist?

by Randall Mayes

Our growing ability to decode and re-encode genomes has enabled rapid responses to emerging diseases, but also potentially empowers would-be bio-terrorists. It is urgent that we develop national and international policies to regulate this dual use technology to ensure its benefits and minimize its risks.

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George Dvorsky

The Top 10 Existential Movies of All Time

by George Dvorsky

Browsing through my DVD collection recently I realized that I have a fairly decent selection of what can be called ‘existential movies’—philosophical films that study the nature of existence and what it means to be alive. It’s debatable as to what defines the ‘quintessential’ existential movie, but ultimately it must speak to the human condition and reframe it in such a way that the viewer gains an enhanced appreciation of their own existence and situation in life. These are the kinds of films that you find yourself reflecting back upon time and time again as you engage in your own day-to-day life, struggles and relationships.

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Building Local Resistance to Commodified Life

Changesurfer Radio

IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff is author of, among his dozen books, Playing the Future,  Open Source Democracy and Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out, the novels Ecstasy Club and Exit Strategy, and the graphic novels Club Zero-G and Testament. He has written and hosted two award-winning Frontline documentaries, and is working on a third, Digital Nation. He hosts a weekly radio show the Media Squat. We discuss his most recent book Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back (lifeincorporated.net). (Part 2 of 2)

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The Origins of Corporate Alienation

Changesurfer Radio

IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff is author of, among his dozen books, Playing the Future,  Open Source Democracy and Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out, the novels Ecstasy Club and Exit Strategy, and the graphic novels Club Zero-G and Testament. He has written and hosted two award-winning Frontline documentaries, and is working on a third, Digital Nation. He hosts a weekly radio show the Media Squat. We discuss his most recent book Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back (lifeincorporated.net). (Part 1 of 2)

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Mobile Intelligence

Mobile Monday

In this video Jamais Cascio talks about Mobile Intelligence (”Your Brain’s Future, Mobilized”). This is about the Augmented Future: augmented awareness, augmented society, augmented environments… He sketches 3 possible futures: participatory, interconnected and leapfrog - all with different features and also why it is matters to be aware of this.

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Doug Rushkoff

How Google Trained Your Brain

by Doug Rushkoff

With Bing, Microsoft has created a faster search engine, says Douglas Rushkoff. But also a greedier one. Why Google’s information-based ethos will trump Microsoft’s commerce-driven approach.

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Mike Treder

Moral Relativism vs. Moral Authority

by Mike Treder

Born in Hawaii—a crossroads of culture between Far East and Far West—of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya and raised partially in Indonesia by a Muslim stepfather, an African-American man with an unlikely background and an even more unlikely name, Barack Hussein Obama, arose to become President of the United States. Does that globalized pedigree, along with a prodigious intellect, give him a unique moral authority?

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Doug Rushkoff

Obama’s Internet Misfire

by Doug Rushkoff

The president’s announcement Friday of a new czar to protect our cybersecurity misses the point, says Douglas Rushkoff. We need a generation of hand-to-hand digital soldiers, not armchair generals.

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Call for Papers - Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms

Issue 20(1) of the Journal of Evolution and Technology contains Stefan Sorgner’s article “Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism”. This argues (contrary to the published views of Nick Bostrom, for example) that there are significant and fundamental similarities between the posthuman and the Nietzschean “overhuman”.

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Everything Incorporated

Life Inc.

Social critic Douglas Rushkoff is ready to think big in response to the economic crisis still rocking the U.S. and the world. Really big.

Rushkoff thinks we got off track as a society a ways back. About 400 years back.

He’s not against capitalism. But the form we fell into –corporate capitalism – is killing us, he says. Killing values and communities. Turning us into the “brand that is me.” Turning homes into investments and 401k balances into cold barometers of success or failure.

It doesn’t have to be this way, he says.

This hour, On Point: Douglas Rushkoff rethinks our corporatized lives.

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