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Technology Made Us Human

ETER9: The Social Network That Turns Your Personality Into an Immortal Artificial Intelligence

Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?

Transhumanist Therapy IV: The Current Crisis in Psychiatry

Practopoiesis Tells Us Machine Learning Isn’t Enough

Ensuring Human Control Over Military Robotics


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The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity
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Ben Goertzel

Humans and Automata A Social Study of Robotics
Riccardo Campa

The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse
Phil Torres

Envisioning Politics 2.0
David Wood and Alexander Karran eds.


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Valkyrie Ice on 'Transhumanism will be a Victorious Revolution (my modest predictions)' (Aug 28, 2015)

Laurence Hitterdale on 'Do Extraterrestials Philosophize?' (Aug 28, 2015)

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Valkyrie Ice on 'Transhumanism will be a Victorious Revolution (my modest predictions)' (Aug 27, 2015)

Gear0Mentation on 'Transhumanism will be a Victorious Revolution (my modest predictions)' (Aug 27, 2015)

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8 Craziest Mega-Engineering Projects We Could Use to Rework the Earth
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Free Will, Buddhism, and Mindfulness Meditation - interview with Terry Hyland
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Beware Online “Filter Bubbles”

As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there’s a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a “filter bubble” and don’t get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview.

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A Majority of IEET Readers Oppose Parental Licensing

In a poll that was split almost exactly evenly between five different answers, only 40% of respondents said they were in favor of requiring prospective parents to first obtain licenses. Another 40% oppose licensing but would like to see more parental education opportunities, while the remaining quintile says we’re out of line even to discuss the matter.

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Edgar Dahl

FDA Bans Gender Selection Procedure

by Edgar Dahl

The American Food and Drug Administration has required the Genetics and IVF Center in Fairfax, Virginia, to stop offering MicroSort for family balancing. Currently, the procedure is available only for “couples attempting to prevent sex-linked or sex-limited disease.”

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Buddhism, Politics and the Future of the Mind pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with IEET contributing writers Kris Notaro and Andrew Cvercko about their working out of the connections between philosophy of the mind, Buddhism, radical politics and transhuman possibilities. Part 1 of 2.

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Who Will Win from Climate Change?

Laurence Smith, professor of geography and climate change at UCLA, explains in his fascinating new book The World in 2050 that not all parts of the world will necessarily suffer from rising global temperatures. Here Smith talks with Parag Khanna about how the contraction of Arctic sea ice is opening up new trade routes, promoting immigration in countries like Canada, and leading to the rise of new economic hubs in Scandinavia.

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Hank Pellissier

Egalitarian Planet: Five proposals to elevate society by reducing disparity

by Hank Pellissier

Is inequality the primary cause of human suffering? Does disparity in wealth, power, opportunity, and education inevitably lead to despair and social discontent?

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David Brin

Could Our Universe Be a Fake?

by David Brin

Does the emperor exist, when he dreams that he is a butterfly? Does the butterfly dream of being an emperor?

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TechnoLiteracy as Democratic Empowerment

Center for Communication and MEDIA CITY

IEET Fellow, media theorist, techno-visionary and author, Douglas Rushkoff, asks the question: Do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it? “Choose the former,” says Rushkoff, “and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you will get to make.” Rushkoff picks up where Marshall McLuhan left off, helping readers to recognize programming as the new literacy, and as a template through which we can see beyond long held social conventions and power structures. Hear from Rushkoff on his ten commands: guidelines to navigate the digital universe.

 

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J. Hughes

Anders Sandberg on Progress in Mitigating Asteroid Impact Risks

by J. Hughes

Anders Sandberg, a friend of the IEET and postdoctoral fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University, recently gave the keynote address at the May 9-12, 2011, Planetary Defense Conference in Bucharest sponsored by the International Academy of Astronautics. He has kindly sent us a summary of encouraging progress documented at the meeting on mapping the trajectories of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and figuring out ways to deflect them if they will hit the Earth.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law and the Movie ‘Thor’

by Kyle Munkittrick

Anytime some preposterous technology is injected into a narrative either as a McGuffin or a deus ex machina, that damned quotation from Clarke gets trotted out as the defense.

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Transhumanism, Religion and Science

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with William Grassie, founder and former director of the Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science, author of The New Sciences of Religion and Politics by Other Means, and editor with Gregory Hansell of Transhumanism and Its Critics. They discuss the relationship of religion to science and transhumanism.

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Hank Pellissier

This grass is great for the globe!

by Hank Pellissier

What can stop eco-disasters? Advanced technology? Perhaps, but the savior also might be a 40-million-year-old plant…

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Melanie Swan

Summary of Advances in Medical Nanotechnology

by Melanie Swan

Recent developments in nanomedicine could allow the focus of treatment to shift from cure to prevention—and ultimately to enhancement.

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Different Meanings of Freedom

Professor Hunter Rawlings, President Emeritus of Cornell University, explores the origins of the American idea of freedom. He explains that it arose from two conflicting schools of thought: the ancient Greek strand, which valued communal society over the individual, and the Enlightenment, which prioritized individual freedom.

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David Brin

An Epidemic of Paranoia

by David Brin

Self-delusion is the greatest of all human talents.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Know and Remember Everything, Always and Instantly

by Kyle Munkittrick

Imagine you know everything on Wikipedia, in the Oxford English Dictionary, and the contents of every book in digital form. When someone asks you what you did 20 years ago, on demand you recall with perfect accuracy every sensation and thought from that moment.

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What Technology Wants

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Kevin Kelly, the former publisher and editor of the late and lamented Whole Earth Review, co-founder and Senior Maverick of Wired magazine, and author of New Rules for the New Economy and Out of Control.  They talk about his new book What Technology Wants, which argues that technology is the universe’s tendency to evolve more diverse forms of intelligence.

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Hank Pellissier

Tax the Churches and Give the Revenue to Hungry Children

by Hank Pellissier

Billions of dollars are lost every year, plucked out of Joe and Jane Taxpayer’s pockets, because religious groups are allowed to be parasites.

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IEET Readers and New Scientist Readers Disagree on Tech Impact

In identical polls conducted simultaneously during April 2011, readers at the two sites gave different answers regarding the potentially most powerful emerging technologies.

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George Dvorsky

Criticism of the IEET’s Rights of Non-Human Persons Program

by George Dvorsky

The blog One Green Planet has chimed in on our Rights of Non-Human Persons Program.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Science Fiction and Sexuality

by Kyle Munkittrick

How sci-fi makes us more open to strange forms of sex and sexuality.

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Arthur Caplan

The Ethics of Assassination

by Arthur Caplan

Is the killing of Osama bin Laden an “assassination”? And if it is, is it morally right?

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No Clear Consensus on Talking to Kids About Immortality

Asked in a recently concluded poll whether parents should tell their children that “some in their generation may live forever,” IEET readers could not settle on a preferred response.

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Dorothy Deasy

Cells, Persons, and Emerging Technologies

by Dorothy Deasy

Awareness of anti-abortion legislation should be a priority for those who support the genetic sciences, autonomy, and libertarianism.

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Human+ Exhibit

Human+ : The Future of our Species

Science Gallery’s latest flagship exhibition HUMAN+ invites you to consider a future of augmented abilities, authored evolution, new strategies for survival and non-human encounters through a range of installations and laboratories exploring the future of our species. The exhibition opened at Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, on April 15th and runs until June 2011.



This major international exhibition draws together a range of installations ranging from a euthanasia roller coaster to the prosthetic head of Australian performance artist Stelarc. HUMAN+ also includes a children’s book illustrating the question on where babies come from in the IVF era to a vision of eternal life through digital means. It also features artist Eduardo Kac’s “plantimal” called the Edunia – a hybrid plant which includes the artists own DNA. HUMAN+ paints a somewhat ambiguous picture of the future of our species. What enhancements will we choose to become better humans? What happens when we live side by side with our robotic companions? How can we author our genetic futures? Find out at HUMAN+

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Darlene Cavalier

Our Changing Planet

by Darlene Cavalier

“Changing Planet” is a series of three televised town hall meetings, hosted by Tom Brokaw and Anne Thompson of NBC News, on what climate change means.

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The Relevance of God in a Transhuman Society

As we move further into the 21st century, humanity has within reach the ability to alter the body human to such an extent as to give rise to a new posthuman species. What is less clear is whether our ethical, moral, and spiritual development can keep pace with our technological prowess.

In this presentation, IEET contributing writer Dorothy Deasy says our faith communities are in a unique position to speak up for the need to hold both God and science together in our lives, to check human hubris and offset individual motives in exchange for ethical standards that support social justice.

Given at the “Transhumanism and Spirituality” conference, October 1, 2010, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Epiphany Endangered: The Relevance of God in a Transhuman Society by Dorothy Deasy from Mormon Transhumanist Association on Vimeo.

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An Optimist’s Tour of the Future

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks Mark Stevenson about his new book An Optimist’s Tour of the Future. Mark is a British comedian, a consultant to museums around the communication of scientific ideas, and a Fellow of the “RSA,” the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

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Jamais Cascio

Listening to Foresight

by Jamais Cascio

When people learn I’m a professional futurist, almost invariably the immediate response is the question, “What predictions have you got right?”

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Web 3.0

This lovely video shows the energy people have as they discover how the things they make change their world.

Web 3.0 from Kate Ray on Vimeo.

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