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The ‘Public Option’, Rising Unemployment, Longer Lives

Changesurfer Radio

Why the single payer is a far better bet than a public option. Why the jobs may not come back. Why a 35 hour 4 day week is even better than a 40 hour 4 day week. Why seniors need to be biotechnologically enabled and encouraged to work longer.

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Who, us worry?

IEET readers appear to be mostly optimistic about our civilization’s chances for survival by the end of the 21st century. In a recent poll, every multiple choice response that was either positive or neutral was selected more often than any of those that were negative.

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Jamais Cascio

Autonomy Without Intelligence?

by Jamais Cascio

Competition requires speed. Wisdom requires patience. In a hyper-computerized world, which one wins?

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Converging Emerging Technology Ethics

Science Progress:

Nanoethics. Neuroethics. Synbioethics. How many bioethics subfields do we really need to grapple with the issues at the cutting edge of contemporary science? Maybe just one, suggest the authors of a recent report from the Hastings Center and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars: an ethics of emerging technologies.  Gregory Kaebnick and Andrew Light talk with Managing Editor Andrew Pratt About the Ethics of Emerging Technologies. Read the article here. Listen to the interview here.

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Mike Treder

Catching Planet Killers

by Mike Treder

If whatever hit Jupiter last week—and astronomers might never know what it was—had instead struck Earth, it would have caused catastrophic damage to human civilization.

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Robot Attack Insurance

Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live sends up a Fox News/GOP scare story about military robots designed to use human bodies as fuel.

And a compilation of real GOP scare tactics around alleged mandatory advance care planning in the health care reform proposals:

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J. Hughes

Social Pressures for Technological Mood Management

by J. Hughes

Abstract: The prospect of neurotechnologies for mood manipulation alarms some people who worry about the pernicious effects they might have. In particular there is a concern that individuals will be pressured to make themselves inauthentically happy, and tolerant of things that should make them sad or angry. The most common result of social pressures to adjust mood will likely be far more beneficial both for the individual and society. This essay reviews research on the stresses of “emotion work” and the personality correlates of “subjective well-being” to argue that social pressures will generally encourage individuals to be happy by encouraging them to be more friendly, patient, and engaged. Several more pernicious kinds of social pressures for mood control are then reviewed to illustrate the need for democratic scrutiny of the use of neurotechnologies, guided by a goal of encouraging an engaged, dynamic, flourishing personality in each citizen.

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Google on the Brain

Public Affairs with Lovell Dyett

Jamais discusses Google on the Lovell Dyett show. (MP3)

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Audio Awesomeness on Death

Radiolab

Radio Lab is one of the most awesome podcasts/radio programs in the audiosphere. Here Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich work their magic again, this time on the topic of death.

Contents:

1. Soul Has Weight, Physician Thinks: Biologist Lee Silver tells us the story of a physician’s ambitious 1907 experiment to discover the weight of the soul.

2. Metamorphosis: One possibility of the afterlife from David Eagleman, read by actor Jeffrey Tambor.

3. When Am I Dead?: Is life over when your heart stops beating? When you take your last breath? When your brain fizzles out? Author and researcher Gary Greenberg and John Troyer explore these questions.

4. Anyone for Tennis?: We ask neuroscientist Adrian Owen, can the dead play tennis?

5. 4 Seconds Down: Soren Wheeler tells the story of Ken Baldwin, a man who is looking for death but finds a new view on life.

6. Am I Dead?: Neurological psychologist Paul Broks introduces us to a patient who thinks she’s dead.

7. If I Only Had A Brain: If you don’t have one anymore, David Eagleman tells Jad and Robert he knows the next best thing.

8. Ineffable: A story on the afterlife by David Eagleman from his book SUM, read by actor Jeffrey Tambor.

9. Booyah Mozart: Producer Lulu Miller brings us a conversation with geologist Jan Zalasiewicz about what we’ll leave behind … in a hundred million years.

10. Cyberternity: Producer Emily Voigt tells a story about a guy named Wyatt, fixed in time.

11. Goodbye: Paleontologist and professor Peter Ward describes the ultimate death, the death of the universe ... THE END.

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Mark Walker and James Hughes on Cognitive Enhancement in Free Inquiry

Pick up a copy of Free Inquiry. They have a special issue out on Designer Moods: The Ethics of Neurochemical Enhancement with pieces by IEET ED James Hughes and IEET Board member Mark Walker.

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Mike Treder

Blurring Lines

by Mike Treder

An article I posted here two days ago apparently gave an impression different from what I intended to convey. To begin with, the title (“Drawing Lines”) was poorly chosen, since it implies that I’m in favor of making sharp distinctions between what technoprogressives should and should not believe. The title was only meant to indicate the subject matter—i.e., whether such lines should be drawn—and not to suggest that they definitely ought to be.

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Mediocre Returns of Extraordinary Technologies

by Marcelo Rinesi

Disruptive technologies change the world, but they don’t necessarily make investors rich.

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Mike Treder

Drawing Lines

by Mike Treder

To be a “true” technoprogressive, must one also be an affirmed atheist?

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Charlie Stross

Institutional Longevity

by Charlie Stross

Over on Hacker News, GraffitiTim points out something interesting: “The first civilization started in Mesopotamia around 5000 BCE (more or less), which is 7,000 years ago. If you live until age 80, that’s more than 1% of the history of civilization.” So you can expect to live for more than 1% of the life span of human civilization to this date.

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Kristi Scott

Cheating Darwin: The Genetic and Ethical Implications of Vanity and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

by Kristi Scott

If mating is partly about choosing half the genome of your children, do your potential partners in parenting have an obligation to disclose that they have had so much “work” done on their face and body that they now look nothing like their original phenotype? Will cosmetics and plastic surgery blunt the selection of more beautiful women via sexual selection?

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Marcelo Rinesi

Education and Learning: Still in the Middle Ages

by Marcelo Rinesi

We invest money, time, and effort in procuring the best possible hardware and software for our projects. In the same manner, we want the people in our teams to have the necessary knowledge and skills. We can be quite vocal in our beliefs that people are the most important asset, and ongoing education a necessity of the modern economy. Except that when it comes to learning, we are really, really bad.

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Planetary Praxis

Changesurfer Radio

Dan Novak teaches about The Sixties, philosophy and futurism at the University of Rhode Island. A veteran of the spiritual counterculture and the political Left, Dan talks with Dr. J. about globalization, spirituality, the Marxist writer Ernst Bloch, and the concept of a “planetary praxis,” uniting personal spiritual growth with global social change. (MP3)

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Randall Mayes

In Defense of Patenting DNA: A Pragmatic Libertarian Perspective

by Randall Mayes

Although biotechnology patents existed prior to the 1980s as the biotechnology era officially began, they soon became a divisive public policy issue. Perhaps a culture war issue is more appropriate as the free market approach of using DNA patents in biomedical research is under fire from strange bedfellows, a bioconservative-technoprogressive axis. The bioconservative criticisms are on moral grounds and the technoprogressive criticisms for economic reasons based on values.

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Proclaiming Four Environmental ‘Heresies’

TED Talks

Stewart Brand, who helped usher in the environmental movement in the 1960s and ‘70s, has been rethinking his positions on cities, nuclear power, genetic modification and geoengineering. This talk at the US State Department, a foretaste of his major new book, is sure to provoke widespread debate.

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Emergence - IEET News for July 2009

1. A Note From Dr. J.
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Ben Scarlato

Technoprogressive Thoughts on Space Policy

by Ben Scarlato

Marking the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, we present some thoughts on a technoprogressive approach to space policy. One of the IEET’s projects is to begin a discussion among technoprogressives about the parameters of technoprogressive policy ideas, using our “Technoprogressive Policy Wiki”. The policy wiki is outlined, but empty, and we have provided our interns with some parameters for how to begin filling it in. The goal is not to express “the IEET’s position” on any specific topic, but to explore our own internal agreements and diversity about policy topics, while pointing to relevant websites, documents, and policies. Ben’s piece here on space policy was developed after conversation with the executive director, and then review and extension by the IEET Fellows and staff. Like the rest of the wiki we expect it to continually evolve. We present it here for further critique and extension before we add it to the policy wiki. - J. Hughes

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Mike Treder

Transhumanism as Religion

by Mike Treder

Do transhumanists hold a set of beliefs that effectively offer an alternative to traditional religions? And if so, is that necessarily bad?

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The Ethics of Health Insurance

Bill Moyers Journal

During almost 20 years inside the health insurance industry, Wendell Potter saw for-profit insurers hijack the U.S. health care system and put profits before patients. Here, he speaks with Bill Moyers about how those companies are standing in the way of responsible health care reform.


RELATED: “For-profit health insurance is an obscenity”

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Kyle Munkittrick

On the Importance of Being a Cyborg Feminist

by Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanism’s relationship with postmodern philosophy and critical theory is a strange one. For example, Nick Bostrom’s influential “A History of Transhumanist Thought” spans centuries, covering the gamut from Utnapishtim to the President’s Council on Bioethics, but makes little mention of those who radically challenge the core Enlightenment narrative upon which he builds his history. Figures like Nietzsche, Marx, and Donna Haraway do all receive a nod in Bostrom’s essay, including Haraway’s cyberfeminist motto, “I’d rather be a cyborg than a goddess,” but their ideas go unanalyzed. Of course, the context for these thinkers is often ignored and their works simply mined for epigraphs and potent, argument-punctuating lines such as Haraway’s.

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Mike Treder

Can you see ahead 90 years?

by Mike Treder

Give us your best guess about the state of the world in the year 2099.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Cyberwarfare is for Individuals, not States

by Marcelo Rinesi

We are used to scale being the telltale characteristic of state involvement in warfare. Individuals can go on shooting sprees, and terrorist cells can put bombs, but only states can engage in large-scale warfare. But, as most metaphors of the ‘cyber-’ kind, this intuition breaks down with so-called cyberwarfare.

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Yes, let’s go to space!

In a recently concluded poll, IEET readers overwhelmingly supported human/posthuman expansion into space.

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Mike Treder

Luck of the Draw

by Mike Treder

If you had been born with your exact genetic makeup, but in another time and place, would you still have achieved whatever success you’ve had? Is the happiness you’ve gained mostly a matter of effort and determination, or do you owe a lot of your accomplishments to a fortunate but accidental combination of timing and location?

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Technology is Political

FreedomLab

More snippets of the FreedomLab interview with Jamais.

Technology is Political

Technology is Political from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.



Nature is No Longer Natural

Nature is No Longer Natural from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.



Three Futures

Three Futures from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.



Foresight as Society’s Immune System

Foresight as Society’s Immune System from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.

 

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Kyle Munkittrick

Is Anti-Aging a Moral Good, continued: Response to Pigliucci

by Kyle Munkittrick

Dr. Massimo Pigliucci critiqued my arguments against aging on his blog, Rationally Speaking. Pigliucci is a trained philosopher, so I’m going to go into hyper-academic mode for a while on this post. If you’re into long-winded, nuanced logical deconstructions of arguments and overly dry chest-beating, please read on. If not, check out these awesome warning signs of the future from Anders Sandberg. Make your choice now.

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