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George Dvorsky

There’s More to Singularity Studies Than Kurzweil

by George Dvorsky

I’m finding myself a bit disturbed these days about how fashionable it has become to hate Ray Kurzweil - because it’s not all about Ray.

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Phil Torres

A Paradox of Enhancement

by Phil Torres

Is it necessary first to enhance in order to decide whether or not enhancing is a good idea?

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Better Kids, By Design (The Movie)

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As part of the promotion of the forthcoming film “Jim” the producers have set up a site for a genetic enhancement firm Lorigen Engineering.



On the Lorigen site they have a parody of the IEET’s concern about universal access to enhancement technologies:

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We believe that everyone has the right to secure their genetic legacy and build a better future for themselves and their children. We also know that the kind of assurance we offer isn’t cheap, and that for some of the less fortunate among us it may even seem unattainable.

That’s why we’ve come up with some innovative assistance programs to help people in these difficult financial times achieve their dreams. Our new Genet-Assist® financial aid packages can help you design the child of your dreams within the budget you can afford. Our “Future Earnings Metrics” can help to determine the potential economic output of your enhanced child so you can make the tough decisions with confidence. In fact, we’re so confident in the predictive power of this new system that we’ll even help finance your package by taking equity out of your child’s projected value in the form of a loan and applying it toward the design and birth processes. And if that’s still not enough, we’re working with members of Congress right now on a new federal assistance program that will help you to defer the interest and offset some of the costs through tax credits and rebates. All so you can rest assured that your child’s future is secure and bright.

Not exactly what we have in mind when we talk about “access.”

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Kris Notaro

Zombies, Human Sonar, and Transhumanism: an Interview with Rutgers Professor Katalin Balog

by Kris Notaro

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Katalin Balog, an Associate Professor at Rutgers/Newark. Prior to her current position she taught at Yale for 10 years. Prof. Balog is primarily a philosopher of mind and psychology though her interests intersect with metaphysics and philosophy of language.  Her interest spans both Western psychology (cognitive and evolutionary psychology but also psycho-analysis) and Eastern (especially Buddhist) psychology. She is currently working on problems related to the nature of consciousness, personal identity and free will.

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Hank Pellissier

Israel’s Value to TransHumanism

by Hank Pellissier

Imagine this sci-fi scenario: A small tribe with unique literature, customs and myths believes they’ve been “chosen” for a glorious destiny. But they’re driven out of their native land, forced to wander the globe for aeons, persecuted and annihilated, until they’re impelled by a utopian novel to return to their homeland. They name their new city after the inspirational book and their country becomes a technological powerhouse… but still, they’re surrounded by enemies. They wage eternal war, they hover between hope and apocalypse”¦ their contributions to humanity are astounding but they continue to fear total extinction. Familiar? Of course. I’ve described Israel and the Jews.

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Ben Scarlato

Why We Need to Cheat Darwin

by Ben Scarlato

Last year, JET published Kristi Scott’s fascinating article Cheating Darwin: The Genetic and Ethical Implications of Vanity and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, which analyzed the implications of cosmetic plastic surgery (CPS) for relationships and genetics. It suggested that since “what one sees is not necessarily what one will get in regards to DNA” that “there is a responsibility on the part of the individual to disclose any previous CPS.” However, there are many other instances where we misrepresent our genetics or interfere with evolution. These range from other cosmetic enhancements, to medicines that allow the unhealthy to survive and the infertile to reproduce. But if we want a better future, we need to become comfortable with bending the principles of evolution to our will, and understand the risks and rewards of doing so.

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George Dvorsky

Making brains: Reverse engineering the human brain to achieve AI

by George Dvorsky

The ongoing debate between PZ Myers and Ray Kurzweil about reverse engineering the human brain is fairly representative of the same debate that’s been going in futurist circles for quite some time now. And as the Myers/Kurzweil conversation attests, there is little consensus on the best way for us to achieve human-equivalent AI.

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Ben Goertzel

AIs, Superflies, and the Path to Immortality

by Ben Goertzel

Why do we suffer poor health, disease, and limited healthspan?

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Milan Cirkovic

Anthropic Shadow: Observation Selection Effects and Human Extinction Risks

by Milan Cirkovic

(by Milan M Cirković, Anders Sandberg and Nick Bostrom)  We describe a significant practical consequence of taking anthropic biases into account in deriving predictions for rare stochastic catastrophic events. The risks associated with catastrophes such as asteroidal/cometary impacts, supervolcanic episodes, and explosions of supernovae/gamma-ray bursts are based on their observed frequencies. As a result, the frequencies of catastrophes that destroy or are otherwise incompatible with the existence of observers are systematically underestimated. We describe the consequences of this anthropic bias for estimation of catastrophic risks, and suggest some directions for future work. DOI: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2010.01460.x

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Technoprogressive Disaster Preparedness Pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Aton Edwards, executive director of the International Preparedness Network (readyforanything.org) and author of Preparedness NOW! They discuss simple steps to prepare for disasters, the types of threats to think about, and technologies that might help mitigate risks. Part 2 of 2.

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Technoprogressive Disaster Preparedness Pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Aton Edwards, executive director of the International Preparedness Network (readyforanything.org) and author of Preparedness NOW! They discuss simple steps to prepare for disasters, the types of threats to think about, and technologies that might help mitigate risks. Part 1 of 2.

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21st Century Enlightenment

Matthew Taylor explores the meaning of 21st century enlightenment, how the idea might help us meet the challenges we face today, and the role that can be played by organisations such as the RSA.

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Phil Torres

Overcoming the “Adaptive Lag” through Person-Engineering

by Phil Torres

The adaptive lag hypothesis seems to offer a reasonable argument for the transhumanist position that we ought to person-engineer.

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Building the Brain: From Simplicity to Complexity

What are the mechanisms by which neurons differentiate to achieve the spectacular complexity of the brain? Neurobiology Professor Nick Spitzer explains what we know about this process.

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Andrea Kuszewski

Your Brain On Sexual Imagery

by Andrea Kuszewski

Sexual images trigger chemical reactions in your brain, which in turn compel us to act in specific ways, or be drawn to certain things, or motivated to engage in particular behaviors.

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Russell Blackford

A Pathetic Attempt to Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

by Russell Blackford

At the New York Times site, Ross Douthat makes a pathetic attempt to oppose same-sex marriage as a legal option. It’s not “pathetic” as in unintelligent or ill-informed: on the contrary, Douthat is obviously a smart enough guy, and he makes some sensible concessions. It’s pathetic in the sense of a last-ditch effort doomed to failure. It shows how even the most rational repackaging of the arguments against same-sex marriage relies on assumptions that are now simply untenable.

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Kris Notaro

Can We Be Happy Forever In Robot Bodies?

by Kris Notaro

This may come as a surprise to many, but apparently near the end of last year golfer Tiger Woods found himself in the middle of a sex scandal that was covered extensively throughout almost every news outlet.  During all this, a sub-scandal erupted when Fox News correspondent Brit Hume said that Woods should convert from his previous religion of Buddhism to Christianity, as Christianity offers more forgiveness than Buddhism.  Woods did not convert and, in fact, during his public apology for all that had happened, discussed his adherence to Buddhism and an intention to reapply himself to its teachings in an effort to change how he was living his life.

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Hank Pellissier

The Abolition of Loneliness

by Hank Pellissier

Many humans feel that no one loves, cares, or understands them.  They deserve a better future.  I believe that transhumanists need to annihilate the sad, estranged, socially-disconnected emotion of loneliness by creating an abundance of cures.

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J. Hughes

What are Reproductive Rights?

by J. Hughes

Some responses to a journalist’s questions about reproductive rights.

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Lively Debate re Geoengineering as “Futurological Greenwashing”

As the concept of geoengineering moves from the fringe toward the mainstream, it is beginning to generate some lively arguments. We’ve rounded up links to some of the latest point-counterpoint melee.

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Wide Range of Opinions on Living in VR

The attitudes of IEET readers toward spending time in a future idealized version of virtual reality cover a broad spectrum, from very little interest to a readiness for 100% immersion.

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Mike Treder

How much do politics really matter?

by Mike Treder

Radical transhumanists, singularitarians, and other technophilic transcendentalists are sometimes heard to say things like, “Soon we’ll see the end of politics.” Are they right, or are they clueless?

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Map of the Future 2010

Jamais Cascio presents a condensed, thirty-minute version of the Institute for the Future’s forecast for the next ten years.

This video is Part 1. Links to Parts 2, 3, and 4 are below.

Watch Part 2 — Part 3 — Part 4

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V.R. Manoj

Saving the “Humanism” in Transhumanism

by V.R. Manoj

Should a person become a transhumanist before he is a humanist or is she to become a humanist first before becoming a transhumanist? A well-crafted question but one that deserves serious thought as to its purpose.

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Russell Blackford

Catching up with the X-Universe

by Russell Blackford

A philosopher and sometime science fiction author takes a look at what’s happening with his old favorite comic book series.

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Kelly Hills

Is there any wisdom in repugnance?

by Kelly Hills

The main value of repugnance is for it to function as a starting point for a conversation.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Too Much Ado About Genetic Testing

by Marcelo Rinesi

Most of the hopes and fears about genetic testing are based on a mistaken idea, not of what it does, but of what genes do.

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Ben Scarlato

True Blood & the Darker Side of Enhancement

by Ben Scarlato

True Blood seems to continuously illustrate all the things that could go wrong with human enhancement. Whether it’s non-humans being taken advantage of by humans, or non-humans being unable to control their powers, it all looks pretty bleak.

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Fellows Model Transhuman Diligence

A brief update on some of our busy fellows.

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Andrew Maynard

Smart Science for the 21st Century

by Andrew Maynard

Can current approaches to doing science sustain us over the next one hundred years? An increasing reliance on technological fixes to global challenges demands a radical rethink of how we use science in the service of society.

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