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The Mind, Body and Brain Connection

Bostrom on Superintelligence (3): Doom and the Treacherous Turn

Bring It On! — Why It’s Tme For Over the Counter Oral Contraceptives.

Hacking the world, public health style

9 Obvious Steps to Immortality

3.8 Billion Years of Wisdom: Intelligence in Nature (1 hr)


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Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
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Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds
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Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies
by Ben Goertzel ed.

Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution
by Ted Chu


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Transhumanism and Marxism: Philosophical Connections

Sex Work, Technological Unemployment and the Basic Income Guarantee

Technological Unemployment but Still a Lot of Work…

Hottest Articles of the Last Month


Nanomedical Cognitive Enhancement
Jul 11, 2014
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Interview with Transhumanist Biohacker Rich Lee
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What is the Difference between Posthumanism and Transhumanism?
Jul 28, 2014
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Virtually Sacred, by Robert Geraci – religion in World of Warcraft and Second Life
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Kyle Munkittrick

We Have Always Been Transhuman

by Kyle Munkittrick

There is an absolutely stellar article in the New York Times about Dr. Richard Wrangham’s essay “Catching Fire.” Go read it now. If you finish it and want to know even more, like I did, go read the Slate review as well.

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Mike Treder

Existential Movie War

by Mike Treder

Over on his Sentient Developments blog, IEET board member George Dvorsky has compiled and posted a list of what he calls “The Top 10 Existential Movies of All Time.” As a serious film buff, I was immediately prompted to respond by naming a few important—and great—existential movies that George left off his list. I’ll get to my own favorites in a moment, but first we should lay down some ground rules.

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Emergence - IEET News for June 7, 2009

1. A Note From Dr. J.
2. IEET News
3. Articles
4. Multimedia
5. JET
6. Events

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Randall Mayes

Openness and Biosecurity: Can They Co-exist?

by Randall Mayes

Our growing ability to decode and re-encode genomes has enabled rapid responses to emerging diseases, but also potentially empowers would-be bio-terrorists. It is urgent that we develop national and international policies to regulate this dual use technology to ensure its benefits and minimize its risks.

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George Dvorsky

The Top 10 Existential Movies of All Time

by George Dvorsky

Browsing through my DVD collection recently I realized that I have a fairly decent selection of what can be called ‘existential movies’—philosophical films that study the nature of existence and what it means to be alive. It’s debatable as to what defines the ‘quintessential’ existential movie, but ultimately it must speak to the human condition and reframe it in such a way that the viewer gains an enhanced appreciation of their own existence and situation in life. These are the kinds of films that you find yourself reflecting back upon time and time again as you engage in your own day-to-day life, struggles and relationships.

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Building Local Resistance to Commodified Life

Changesurfer Radio

IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff is author of, among his dozen books, Playing the Future,  Open Source Democracy and Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out, the novels Ecstasy Club and Exit Strategy, and the graphic novels Club Zero-G and Testament. He has written and hosted two award-winning Frontline documentaries, and is working on a third, Digital Nation. He hosts a weekly radio show the Media Squat. We discuss his most recent book Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back (lifeincorporated.net). (Part 2 of 2)

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The Origins of Corporate Alienation

Changesurfer Radio

IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff is author of, among his dozen books, Playing the Future,  Open Source Democracy and Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out, the novels Ecstasy Club and Exit Strategy, and the graphic novels Club Zero-G and Testament. He has written and hosted two award-winning Frontline documentaries, and is working on a third, Digital Nation. He hosts a weekly radio show the Media Squat. We discuss his most recent book Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back (lifeincorporated.net). (Part 1 of 2)

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Mobile Intelligence

Mobile Monday

In this video Jamais Cascio talks about Mobile Intelligence (”Your Brain’s Future, Mobilized”). This is about the Augmented Future: augmented awareness, augmented society, augmented environments… He sketches 3 possible futures: participatory, interconnected and leapfrog - all with different features and also why it is matters to be aware of this.

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Doug Rushkoff

How Google Trained Your Brain

by Doug Rushkoff

With Bing, Microsoft has created a faster search engine, says Douglas Rushkoff. But also a greedier one. Why Google’s information-based ethos will trump Microsoft’s commerce-driven approach.

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Mike Treder

Moral Relativism vs. Moral Authority

by Mike Treder

Born in Hawaii—a crossroads of culture between Far East and Far West—of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya and raised partially in Indonesia by a Muslim stepfather, an African-American man with an unlikely background and an even more unlikely name, Barack Hussein Obama, arose to become President of the United States. Does that globalized pedigree, along with a prodigious intellect, give him a unique moral authority?

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Doug Rushkoff

Obama’s Internet Misfire

by Doug Rushkoff

The president’s announcement Friday of a new czar to protect our cybersecurity misses the point, says Douglas Rushkoff. We need a generation of hand-to-hand digital soldiers, not armchair generals.

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Call for Papers - Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms

Issue 20(1) of the Journal of Evolution and Technology contains Stefan Sorgner’s article “Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism”. This argues (contrary to the published views of Nick Bostrom, for example) that there are significant and fundamental similarities between the posthuman and the Nietzschean “overhuman”.

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Everything Incorporated

Life Inc.

Social critic Douglas Rushkoff is ready to think big in response to the economic crisis still rocking the U.S. and the world. Really big.

Rushkoff thinks we got off track as a society a ways back. About 400 years back.

He’s not against capitalism. But the form we fell into –corporate capitalism – is killing us, he says. Killing values and communities. Turning us into the “brand that is me.” Turning homes into investments and 401k balances into cold barometers of success or failure.

It doesn’t have to be this way, he says.

This hour, On Point: Douglas Rushkoff rethinks our corporatized lives.

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How the Web Ate the Economy and Why This Is Good for Everyone

IT Conversations

A few “bugs” in society from hundreds of years ago have had profound consequences for society today, according to author Douglas Rushkoff.  In this presentation from the Web 2.0 Expo he points out two false assumptions about the world, their medieval origins, and how the internet has provided a brief window where we can fix them.

One myth is that corporations promote free market capitalism, but they were originally monopolies granted by royalty to prolong and fund monarchy.  The other myth is that currency is money, but national currency has prevented thriving trade among peers that existed in ancient times.  The new opportunity the internet provides is to make a living by building and keeping businesses that create value for other people, rather than large corporations.

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George Dvorsky

Welcome to the Machine, Part 5: Simulation taxonomy

by George Dvorsky

As shocking as the Simulation Argument is, it’s (arguably) a revelation that’s no less shocking than previous existential paradigm shifts. While undoubtedly disturbing to the people alive at the time, previous civilizations have come to grips with the knowledge that they do not live on a flat Earth nor at the center of the Universe.

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Treder, Goertzel, Scott in Summer Issue of h+ Magazine

IEET Managing Director Mike Treder, IEET Fellow Ben Goertzel and IEET intern Kristi Scott have articles in the summer issue of h+ Magazine.

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Open Source Genetically Engineered Food

Long Now Seminars

“The real key to genetic engineering is control of intellectual property of the food crops that we depend on,” says author Michael Pollan of companies like Monsanto. He advocates an open source GE model.

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Conservatives Move to Close TGTS Loophole to Gay Marriage Bans

Onion News Network

Although this is an Onion news piece (ergo parody) the issue is real. In some states couples that want to get married have to have been different genders at birth, while in others they only have to be different genders when asking for the permit, which has meant that trans-women can only marry women in some states, but can only marry men in others.


Conservatives Warn Quick Sex Change Only Barrier Between Gays, Marriage

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A Singularity Public Service Announcement

Utopian Playland

This public service announcement is brought to you by Dr. Steel™

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Mike Treder

Not ‘more!’ Not ‘enough!’ We want BETTER!!

by Mike Treder

Over the next two or three decades, our world will change dramatically and in many different ways: we should expect political, economic, social, technological, and environmental uplifts and quite possibly revolutions. Understanding where we’ve come from, where we might go—and what our choices could be—is a first step toward taking active control over our lives and the world in which we live.

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Emergence - IEET News for May 29, 2009

1. A Note From Dr. J.
2. Technoprogressive Poetry
3. IEET News
4. Articles
5. Multimedia
6. Events with IEET Speakers

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Are Humans Still Evolving?

Fora TV

Christopher Dye spoke at Gresham College in London March 26, 2009. It was thought that the dramatic extension of life spans during the 20th century eliminated natural selection, but new evidence shows that to be false. Will selection always be natural, or could postmodern also mean posthuman?  Christopher Dye is Director of Health Information in the Office of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization and Gresham Professor of Physic in the City of London.

 

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Mike Treder

Awaiting the Sixth Paradigm

by Mike Treder

It’s been an interesting few weeks for the announcement of potentially dazzling new online applications, from Microsoft’s search engine Bing, and Google’s collaborative communication tool Wave, to the giant killer of them all, Wolfram Alpha, supposedly the biggest thing since, well, Google.

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Evil Genes Part 2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Barbara Oakley about her book Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother’s Boyfriend (evilgenes.com), a sweeping review of the emerging neuroscience of psychopathy and Machiavellianism, and their relationship to history, politics and evolution. (Part 2 of 2)

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Evil Genes Part 1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Barbara Oakley about her book Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother’s Boyfriend (evilgenes.com), a sweeping review of the emerging neuroscience of psychopathy and Machiavellianism, and their relationship to history, politics and evolution. (Part 1 of 2)

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Mike Treder

Toward a Technoprogressive Manifesto

by Mike Treder

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Swans are Black, not Invisible

by Marcelo Rinesi

A collective failure of judgment is not the same thing as a freak accident.

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Poll: Life Extension Choices

By a wide margin, IEET readers say they would like to stay youthful indefinitely.

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Jamais Cascio

The Transparency Dilemma

by Jamais Cascio

Last week’s and this week’s “Open Future” columns for Fast Company make up a two-part examination of the dilemmas surrounding transparency.

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Ben Scarlato

Terminator: Salvation and the Sarah Connor Chronicles

by Ben Scarlato

[Contains spoilers.] Overall, although Terminator: Salvation was a well produced and enjoyable movie, it wasn’t particularly deep. I was at least hoping for a more interesting exploration of Marcus Wright’s identity and the meaning he found in his existence after discovering he was the first genuine cross between a human and a machine, but even that was handled predictably. The movie evaded any of the complexity that the recently canceled Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles television series had been beginning to develop.

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