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Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality

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

How America’s Obsession With Bad Birth Control Hurts and Even Kills Women

A decade of uncertainty in nanoscale science and engineering

Longevity Gene Therapy – Updated Projects

Does Religion Cause More Harm than Good? Brits Say Yes. Here’s Why They May be Right.


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Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
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Martine Rothblatt

A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
Keith Wiley

A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century
Ilia Stambler

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Nick Bostrom


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Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

Hottest Articles of the Last Month


Why Running Simulations May Mean the End is Near
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Kyle Munkittrick

No Concept of “Perfect” in Transhumanism

by Kyle Munkittrick

I’d like to take a moment to correct the record on perfection.

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Ben Goertzel

Water Worlds, Naive Physics, Intelligent Life,  and Alien Minds

by Ben Goertzel

Intelligence is about achieving complex goals in complex environments; and it follows that the nature of a specific intelligent system is bound to be highly dependent on the nature of the environment in which it finds itself. Here we explore some of the ways in which human intelligence appears to be dependent on particular broad aspects of the environment in which we evolved, and discuss some possible differences that might be seen in alien intelligences adapted to radically different environments such as worlds comprised entirely of water. As a case in point, possible characteristics of intelligences adapted to complex-fluid-dominated rather than solid-object-dominated environments are discussed in detail.

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Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?

Colin McEnroe Show

Colin McEnroe chatted with J. Hughes and Robin Hanson on Connecticut Public Radio about Nick Bostrom’s Simulation Hypothesis.  MP3

Also check out George Dvorsky’s excellent five part discussion of the Simulation Hypothesis:

“Welcome to the Machine, Part 1: The ethics of simulated beings”

"Welcome to the Machine, Part 2: Descartes’s malicious demon"

"Welcome to the Machine, Part 3: The Simulation Argument"

"Welcome to the Machine, Part 4: Kurzweil’s nano neural nets"

"Welcome to the Machine, Part 5: Simulation taxonomy"

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Mike Treder

Religion, Politics, Death, and Hope

by Mike Treder

Can you see the future? The overall arc of the 21st century? How does it appear to you?

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J. Hughes

Problems of Transhumanism: Atheism vs. Naturalist Theologies

by J. Hughes

The dominant trajectory of Enlightenment thought over the last three hundred years has been towards atheism. Most transhumanists are atheists. But some transhumanists, like many of the original Enlightenment thinkers, are attempting to reconcile naturalism and their religious traditions. Some transhumanists even believe that the transcendent potentials of intelligence argue for a new form of scientific theology.

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Phil Torres

Will cognitive enhancement technology make us dumber?

by Phil Torres

Knowledge is like a sphere: the greater its volume, the larger its contact with the unknown. - Blaise Pascal

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Mike Treder

Avatar 3D: The Experience

by Mike Treder

First, there was 2001. Then there was Star Wars. Then there was Av  —  no, I’m not gonna go there.

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Richard Eskow

Elvis Presley, Transhumanist?

by Richard Eskow

Let’s look at the evidence…

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Chart Wars

Alex Lundry on “The Political Power of Data Visualization”

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Mike Treder

Tools Are Not the Same as Solutions

by Mike Treder


Q: Why does it take five men to put in a light bulb?

A: One to hold the bulb, and four to turn the ladder.

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Vinge and Brin: Reflections

What are the most significant things that happened over the last decade? Did the 2000s live up to expectations? And, what are the predictions for the next decade? KPBS Radio speaks to David Brin and Vernor Vinge about the 2000s and beyond.

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Russell Blackford

Implausibility, Transcendence, and Atheism

by Russell Blackford

Science is implausible to untutored human common sense, but that in no way casts doubt on the correctness of well-established scientific findings. Feelings of transcendence are simply that—feelings—and, as such, have no capacity to reveal truths about a world external to the people who have them.

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A Long Bright Future

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Laura Carstensen, professor of psychology at Stanford University and founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, about her book A Long Bright Future.  MP3

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Do We Own Our Bodies?

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Gowri Ramachandran, a professor of Law at the Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles California, and author of “Against the Right to Bodily Integrity: Of Cyborgs and Human Rights.”  MP3

 

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J. Hughes

Problems of Transhumanism: The Unsustainable Autonomy of Reason

by J. Hughes

Reason is not self-legitimating. Like all Enlightenment advocates for reason, transhumanists find that the project of Reason erodes all premises including the superiority of reason over unreason. Consequently transhumanists, like Enlightenment advocates in general, need to defend our values with nonrational a prioris. Unfortunately some transhumanists continue to advocate a naïve conception of pure rationality as an end in itself.

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IEETers step down from and up to the Humanity+ Board

After eight years of service—since the founding of the World Transhumanist Association’s Board of Directors in 2001—IEETers Nick Bostrom, James Hughes, George Dvorsky and Mike Treder are stepping down from the Board. IEETers Ben Goertzel and Mike LaTorra will remain on the Board, and Ben will be Chair of the Board in 2010. IEET intern Kristi Scott and IEET fellow Natasha Vita-More are running in the Humanity+ Board election next week.

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George Dvorsky

Five Reasons the Copenhagen Climate Conference Failed

by George Dvorsky

I’m still reeling from the rather anticlimactic finish to the recent Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen. Like so many others, I was hoping for an internationally binding deal that would, at the very least, compel and motivate the nations of the world to address the climate crisis in a meaningful and precedent setting way.

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Samuel Kenyon

Why You Should Care About (Post)Human Factors

by Samuel Kenyon

Your experiences and interactions were designed.

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Russell Blackford

Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms

by Russell Blackford

The current issue of the Journal of Evolution and Technology, a peer-reviewed electronic journal published by the IEET, features a set of essays in response to Stefan Sorgner’s “Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism” (JET March 2009).

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Mike Treder

So much for high tech—what about high touch?

by Mike Treder

In a recently concluded poll, IEET readers showed a mix of attitudes toward the “scientific discoveries and technological accomplishments” of the last ten years. Now we want to know what you think about the social and political developments of that same period.

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Differing Opinions of Tech Progress

IEET readers have a decidedly mixed view of the scientific and technological accomplishments of the past ten years, according to a recently completed poll.

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Kristi Scott

Big hairy hobbit feet are OK by me

by Kristi Scott

I always like watching movies I haven’t seen in a while. Life changes you and your perspectives, so when you watch a movie again later you bring something new to the viewing experience. Potentially a perspective you didn’t think about the first time you went.

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J. Hughes

Problems of Transhumanism: Introduction

by J. Hughes

What are the current unresolved issues in transhumanist thought? Which of these issues are peculiar to transhumanist philosophy and the transhumanist movement, and which are more actually general problems of Enlightenment thought? Which of these are simply inevitable differences of opinion among the more or less like-minded, and which need decisive resolution to avoid tragic errors of the past?

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Good Magazine Asks Jamais about the Pace of Modern Life

GOOD magazine asked “some of the world’s most prominent futurists”—including Esther Dyson, Bruce Sterling, and Jamais Cascio—“to explain why slowness might be as important to the future as speed.”

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Kyle Munkittrick

Dolphins as Non-Human Persons

by Kyle Munkittrick

I have been lucky enough to swim with dolphins twice in my life. Once it was as a “swim with dolphins” experience in Mexico where I was pushed around by the dolphins in an awesome little display of power and warned not to “pet them on the tummy, or they might get horny, and, by extension, violent.” It is a strange thing to be cautious not to arouse a cetacean.

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Mike Treder

Time Traveler’s Map, 2010-2050

by Mike Treder

Got a working time machine you can use? Planning a quick trip into the near future to check things out? Might be a good idea to take along this handy map to make sense of where you find yourself.

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Russell Blackford

Voicing Our Disbelief

by Russell Blackford

In recent years, we have witnessed a flood of books, aimed at the popular market, issuing robust challenges to theistic religious belief. A rather puzzling expression, “the New Atheism”, has been applied to this body of work, particularly the contributions of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens. They, in turn, are sometimes referred to, apparently with affection, as “The Four Horsemen”.

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Becoming More Artificial

The Examined Life

In The Examined Life, Zizek argues that we need to embrace the whole world including our artificial, technological, created self and products. Pastoral romanticism and New Age mysticism are a form of ideological mystification and alienation.

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IEET Year in Review

A look back at our accomplishments in 2009.

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Natasha Vita-More

Transhuman Statement and Extropic Art Manifesto

by Natasha Vita-More

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