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The Ethics of Intimate Surveillance (2): A Landscape of Objections

Unnecessary Supplement Use is Rising, Even Among the Elderly

Is your phone part of your mind?

The Deeper Meaning of the Anthropocene

MIT Journal, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments Call for Papers

Capitalism Mandates a Basic Income Guarantee


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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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John G Messerly

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow


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How Augmented and Virtual Realities Might Change Productivity Forever in the Next 10 Years
Apr 14, 2016
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Christianity and Transhumanism Are Much Closer Than You Think
Apr 10, 2016
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Bruce Sterling urges us not to panic, just yet
Apr 6, 2016
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Is The Singularity A Religious Doctrine?
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Arthur Caplan

A Modest Proposal: to solve health spending crisis, Tax Cats

by Arthur Caplan

Lots of Americans buy the argument that we should ration health care according to lifestyle. So do many employers who are trying to charge their obese employees more for health insurance.  But if we are going to penalizing the health care sinners amongst us, shouldn’t we target all of those who raise our collective health care bill through poor lifestyle choices? This means you, cat owners.

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P. Tittle

The Humanist View of Animal Rights

by P. Tittle

The question I’m trying to answer in this paper is ‘What is the humanist view of animal rights?’ I am taking to be ‘the humanist view’ that which is expressed in pamphlets issued by the Humanist Association of Canada.[1] I include in ‘animal rights’ both positive rights, such as the right to pursue interests, and negative rights, such as the right not to be tortured.

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IEET Looking for Short Science Fiction

IEET wants short science fiction pieces that reflect on the social, moral, political, economic or philosophical consequences of future technologies, in particular pieces that touch on the IEET’s core issues - the ethics and policy dimensions of life extension, human enhancement, moral enhancement, non-human personhood, structural unemployment and catastrophic risks. 

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Think Small (as in Nano Small)

University of Michigan School of Public Health

Andrew Maynard, Ph.D., focuses on the responsible development and use of emerging technologies, and on innovative approaches to addressing emergent risks. An international expert on nanotechnology, he is a professor of risk science and environmental health sciences at University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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Dick Pelletier

Earth 2062: a brief look at how our Future could unfold in 50 years

by Dick Pelletier

Flying cars, super-smart robots, conquering death, heading for the high frontier

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piero scaruffi

Why Russians don’t like the West

by piero scaruffi

Russia’s hostility towards the West (both towards the USA and towards the European Union) makes no geographic, ethnic, genetic, linguistic or strategic sense… so why the hostility?

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‪Epigenetics, or Why DNA Is Not Your Destiny‬

University of Michigan School of Public Health

How do our lives shape our genes? Factors like nutrition and environmental stressors affect the ‘epigenomic software’ (above or in addition the gene) rather than the ‘genomic hardware’ of our bodies, with huge potential for better health. Images and explanation by researcher. Learn more in plain language with slides from Dana Dolinoy, Ph.D., Searle Assistant Professorship in Public Health at University of Michigan School of Public Health

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Hank Pellissier

Andrej Pejic - Androgynous Model - heralding a post-gender future?

by Hank Pellissier

Gazing at the ravishing photos of Andrej Pejic, I’m stirred with envious confusion. Why does this tall skinny XY like me get to be so much prettier? Does his effeminate success - inflaming catwalks in both men and women’s high fashion - predict a fusion of two polarized genders, or a third construct? What does the androgynous Bosnian represent in post-genderism?

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Sohail Inayatullah

Alternative Futures of the University

by Sohail Inayatullah

In this essay, four critical drivers creating the futures of the university are reviewed and assessed. Using these drivers of change, alternative university scenarios are presented. [1]

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RU Sirius

When I Called Charlie Stross a Dirty Name… “Transhumanist”

by RU Sirius

editor’s note: IEET prefers what Charlie Stross says in this 2009 interview, far more than what he’s said recently.  Two days ago on his blog, Stross labeled H+ as “sordid… rotten… blind.. smugly self-satisfied hypercapitalists.” We regard these attacks as inexcusably sloppy. (interview by RU Sirius)

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IEET’s Top Essays and Videos in May

What did IEET visitors read, watch, and bicker about in May? Sex & gender, religion & atheism, robots, psychopaths, death, space, and the self were all popular topics. Statistics with links are provided to the Top 12 in three categories:

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John Niman

Rebuilding The Human Body

by John Niman

Today I’m going to focus on medical technologies that are available or being researched now that can be implanted into (or onto) humans. Specifically, I am going to talk about tech that promises to restore (and one day replace) faulty biological systems. We will start at the top:

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‪Graduating? Things every High School Senior Should Know‬

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Reflecting on his son’s graduation from high school, Science Fiction author 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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Leo Igwe

Atheism and Human Rights Abuses in Africa

by Leo Igwe

Today around the globe too many atrocities are being committed with impunity in the name of god, allah and other constructs, which have over the ages, been identified or associated with the so called supreme being. The dream of a secular peaceful world where people of all faiths and none can coexist in harmony - continues to elude many across the region. Millions of people- theists and atheists- continue to suffer and are abused due to superstition, religious fundamentalism and supernaturalism. In this piece I will focus on two of such areas.

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IEET Readers Want Immortality

In a recent survey, 63.43% of IEET readers claimed that they wanted to live for eternity.

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‪Sonia Arrison on Singularity 1 on 1‬

Singularity 1 on 1

Sonia Arrison is the author of “100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith.”
In this video, Sonia discusses: how and why she got interested in technology in general and transhumanism and regenerative medicine in particular; how science and technology will allow us to live longer and healthier lives; the most common objections against increased longevity; the implications thereof on major religions; cryonics; her take on the technological singularity and our chances of surviving it; the fact that we cannot simply sit down and wait for longevity to happen.

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Peter Wicks

Technology and Fear: Obstacles to Progress

by Peter Wicks

For technoprogressives it can be excruciating to witness the persistence with which spurious objections to promising technologies wield massive influence over public policy, law and attitudes. This article explores what is arguably the main underlying reason for this—namely fear—and what are the options for addressing this underlying fear.

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Travis James Leland

“Personhood” for Beginners

by Travis James Leland

One of the most difficult and polarizing concepts for my non-transhumanist friends to discuss is non-human personhood.  For those who haven’t kept up on it or need a refresher, here are the basics:

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“Free Will”

(Skeptic) Michael Shermer

Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, The Moral Landscape, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation. His new book is short (96) pages, to the point, and will change the way we all view free will, as Oliver Sacks wrote: “Brilliant and witty — and never less than incisive — Free Will shows that Sam Harris can say more in 13,000 words than most people do in 100,000.” UCSD neuroscientist V.S, Ramachandran notes: “In this elegant and provocative book, Sam Harris demonstrates — with great intellectual ferocity and panache — that free will is an inherently flawed and incoherent concept, even in subjective terms. If he is right, the book will radically change the way we view ourselves as human beings.”

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Annalee Newitz

Will Armed Drones be Policing American Cities?

by Annalee Newitz

Could the next wave of Occupy protests be ripped apart by rubber bullets and tear gas launched by remote-controlled robots hovering overhead, steered by police officers miles away? It’s not a futurist scenario anymore. According to CBSDC:

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Natasha Vita-More

The Aesthetics of Transhumanism

by Natasha Vita-More

The current socio-political discussion on transhumanism concerns human use of NBIC [1] technologies and sciences to enhance human biology and to radically extend human life. I address this concern by bringing art and design into the discussion.

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Alex McGilvery

Here Is Irony – Arguing that We Have No Free Will

by Alex McGilvery

Free will is becoming the subject of ever greater amounts of research. I want to look at the ethical questions that arise from the discussion.

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‪Optimism is a Self-Amplifying Feedback Loop‬

Big Think

Filmmaker and futurist Jason Silva explains his belief in the self-reinforcing power of optimism.

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Ben Goertzel

How Dangerous is Artificial General Intelligence? - SI’s Luke Muehlhauser Interviews Ben Goertzel

by Ben Goertzel

What will advanced AI systems — Artificial General Intelligences — be like?   How will they relate to human beings?  How will they help transform human beings into post human forms?  Might they turn against their creators?

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Russell Blackford

The Avengers Need More Women on Their Team

by Russell Blackford

I’m not the only one making this point. See here for an interview with Joss Whedon and the Avengers cast. Scarlett Johansson’s comments are very salient (one of the good things about The Avengers was the portrayal of The Black Widow as a strong, sexy, ass-kicking superheroine who was not overly sexualised - no fighting semi-nude or in high-heels, or with huge breasts leading the way).

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‪A Brief History of Sexism in Science‬

Big Think

What’s the “women in science” problem, again? From the grad student whose thesis advisor stole her Nobel-winning ideas to the once-ridiculed theorist of dark matter, female scientific excellence has long been snubbed.

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P. Tittle

Philosophy – Misunderstood

by P. Tittle

I think philosophy is one of the most misunderstood subjects. That it took so long to become a high school course, I think, attests to this. Even within academia, however, there seems to be confusion.

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Melanie Swan

Next Node Foment: my favorite elegant explanation

by Melanie Swan

What’s your favorite “elegant explanation” of a specific science problem? Here’s mine:

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Jamais Cascio

Nine Meditations on Complexity

by Jamais Cascio

Complexity not as a mathematical concept, but as an almost intuitive sense of both complication and interconnectedness. Both are necessary components of a truly complex system or situation.

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‪Will We Still Have Sex After the Singularity?‬

Big Think

Once humans and machines merge—in 2045, according to Kurzweil—reproduction will no longer be a biological necessity. So why and how will we continue to have sex?

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