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A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
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Does Work Undermine our Freedom?
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Martine Rothblatt

Why Should We Extend Human Rights to Mindclones?

by Martine Rothblatt

Even if we want to extend human rights to software beings, is it practical to do so?

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The Science of Immortality

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Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Jonathan Weiner talks on WNYC Radio about the quest for eternal youth and the scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs who believe that human immortality is not only possible, but attainable in our own time. In his new book, Long for this World: The Strange Science of Immortality, Weiner meets the leading intellectuals in the field and delves into the science behind the latest research.

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Ben Goertzel

The End of Education

by Ben Goertzel

As civilization has advanced, education has become increasingly important—and increasingly pervasive. This trend will continue until “education” as a separate categories dies, replaced for those who choose to grow by learning that thoroughly pervades life.

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J. Hughes

Apocalypse No

by J. Hughes

I’ve always had a bit of an apocalyptic bent, and over the last couple of weeks I’ve been feeding it with some fiction and some non-fiction reading.

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The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

This lively animation, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

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Andrew Maynard

Welcome to real science!

by Andrew Maynard

The way science is taught, the way it’s portrayed on TV and in the press, the way it’s promoted by science-advocates and science bloggers, often seems to adhere to a rather pompous and hubristic view of science as the ultimate bastion of truth and certainty. So it’s been rather refreshing this week to see a group of real-world scientists shattering this image in the online event I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here!

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Phil Torres

Why “Why Transhumanism Won’t Work” Won’t Work

by Phil Torres

There is nothing wrong with someone not knowing about a given subject. But there is something wrong with someone not knowing about a subject and pontificating about it as if he does.

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The Human Genome at Ten

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer talks with Katherine Harmon, Scientific American online reporter, about the 10th anniversary of the Human Genome Map.

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Most Say BP Disaster Shouldn’t Slow Emerging Tech

When asked if the ongoing oil drilling blowout in the Gulf of Mexico makes them less or more supportive of emerging technologies, three out of four respondents to a recent IEET reader poll said it’s either irrelevant or it means we should push ahead even more. Less than one in five are concerned that our growing technological power has outgrown our ethical sensibility.

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Mike Treder

Human Extinction Up For Grabs

by Mike Treder

Is it really possible that Homo sapiens could go extinct in this century?

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IEET appoints Dr. Sean Hays as Securing the Future Program Director

Sean Hays Ph.D. has accepted appointment as the director of the IEET’s Securing the Future program.

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The President Wants Your Ideas

Here is an opportunity to provide input on how government can help support the development of emerging technologies.

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Things Every College Freshman Should Know

Reflecting on his son’s graduation from high school, IEET Fellow David Brin offers inspiration and advice for students going on to college. Broaden your perspectives and take full advantage of the wealth of educational experiences awaiting you during the next four years. The key is curiosity: explore what is happening in those buildings on campus.

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Kris Notaro

Will gender exist 100 years from now, or does it already not exist?

by Kris Notaro

It has been claimed by biologists that the brains of females and males are different in obscure ways. However, physical differences in adults may be due to psychological and sociological pressures on the brains of each gender, because cultures and societies may exaggerate roles and stereotypes, having an impact on brain plasticity.

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Ben Scarlato

True Blood Season 3 and Morphological Freedom

by Ben Scarlato

This summer True Blood, now in its third season, continues to explore the issues that it has in the past, such as personhood and the coexistence of humans with a species that has many advantages over humans. However, with the introduction of werewolves and the greater focus on shapeshifters, this year there are even better opportunities to relate True Blood to morphological freedom.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Futurisms Takes My Favorite Picture at H+

by Kyle Munkittrick

Our frienemies over at Futurisms went to the H+ summit at Harvard and had lots to say. So many that after more than ten posts on the topic, there are still some scraps on the side.

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Andrea Kuszewski

The 2010 H+ Summit: Conference 2.0

by Andrea Kuszewski

Ten days ago, Boston was taken over by the transhumanists, for the gathering of the 2010 Humanity Plus (H+) Summit at Harvard University. The H+ Summit was two glorious days of information loading, idea sharing, and networking—among scientists, techno-geeks, and futurists from all domains—with one common goal: to enhance the human condition.

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Dr. J. Holds Forth

World Affairs Monthly

A joint production of Changesurfer Radio & World Affairs Monthly. Thomas Pochari interviewed Dr. J. for his podcast. They discuss technology, politics and the future. (48min)  MP3

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The History and Future of Medical Technology

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J chats with Ira Brodsky, author of The History and Future of Medical Technology. They chat about prosthetics, military medicine, nanorobotics and the FDA.  MP3

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My Daddy’s Name Is Donor

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Alana Sveta, who is a child conceived with the assistance of donor sperm, and a participant in a study by the conservative Institute for American Values called “My Daddy’s Name is Donor.” They discuss the psychological consequences of biological ties between parents and children.  MP3

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The Pattern Behind Self-Deception

Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things—from alien abductions to dowsing rods—boils down to two of the brain’s most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.

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Giulio Prisco

Workshop on Advancing Substrate Independent Minds Held in Teleplace

by Giulio Prisco

The First Online Workshop on Advancing Substrate Independent Minds, ASIM2010-1, was held in Teleplace on June 5, 2010. It was a very intense workshop with 10 talks and lively discussions.

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Ben Goertzel

Work and Play

by Ben Goertzel

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy; but so does all play and no work.

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Is SETI Downloading an AI an X-Risk?

Humanity+ 2010 Summit

In this talk Alexey Turchin argues that the program of the search of extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is a source of extinction risk. The main idea is that passive SETI is much more dangerous activity than messaging to stars because we could download Alien AI (that is a scheme of a computer and program to it) which will use the Earth to send its copies further. The following is based on two premises:
First is that extraterrestrial civilizations do exist in the distances which allow radio communication, but do not allow interstellar travel (which is from one thousand to one million light years).
Second is that artificial intelligence is possible as a self-evolving classic computer program.



Alexey Turchin was born in Moscow, Russia in 1973. Alexey studied Physics and Art History at Moscow State University and actively participated in the Russian Transhumanist Movement. He has translated many foreign Transhumanist works into Russian, including N. Bostrom and E.Yudkowsky. He is an expert in Global Risks and wrote the book “Structure of the Global Catastrophe: Risks of Human Extinction in the XXI Century,” as well as several articles on the topic. Since 2010, he has worked at Science Longer Life where he is writing a book on futurology.

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A Revolution in Time

Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships, and how we act in the world.

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Mike Treder

Why Slow Matters

by Mike Treder

If we are on a slow, winding, and undependable road to tomorrow, as I assert, how does that change things?

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Tallest Mountain to Deepest Ocean

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Click image above the see the full fascinating infographic.

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J. Hughes

Day 2 Afternoon Liveblogging H Summit

by J. Hughes

The Humanity+ Summit is winding down to a close. Ben’s fingers are tired, so Dr. J. is in the house to do some snarky blogging.

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Ben Scarlato

Day 2 Afternoon Liveblogging H+ Summit: Ray Kurzweil

by Ben Scarlato

Ray Kurzweil didn’t cover much new this afternoon. As one wag said on Twitter, “Shouldn’t Ray’s five year-old stump speech be 10,000 times more interesting and only five minutes long?” But Ben does his best to summarize. By the way, check out Kurzweil, J. Hughes, and a cast of thousands in this New York Times story on the Singularity University - J.

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Martine Rothblatt’s Lifenaut Project Featured in New Scientist

The Terasem Foundation, a project of IEET Trustee Martine Rothblatt, is working with IEET Senior Fellow Bill Bainbridge on capturing human personality for later instantiation. Their free Lifenaut and CyBeRev services have just received a positive review from New Scientist.

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