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Technology Made Us Human

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

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Transhumanist Therapy IV: The Current Crisis in Psychiatry

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The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity
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Humans and Automata A Social Study of Robotics
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The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse
Phil Torres

Envisioning Politics 2.0
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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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The Social Fabric of a Technically Advanced Society
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Kyle Munkittrick

Is Being “Too Short” a Disability?

by Kyle Munkittrick

How short is “too short?” Why is 5’2” too short for a man, but not for a woman?

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The Compatibility of Religion and Transhumanism

Transhumanism and Spirituality Conference

IEET’s Executive Director James Hughes spoke on “The Compatibility of Religion and Transhumanism” at the Transhumanism and Spirituality 2010, held 1 October 2010 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City,

Abstract: Transhumanism - the proposition that human beings should use technology to transcend the limitations of the body and brain - is a product of the Enlightenment humanist tradition. As a consequence most avowed transhumanists are secular, and many religious are skeptical or hostile towards the transhumanist project. However there are also many religious transhumanists who find the project of human enhancement at least consistent with, and sometimes a fulfillment of, their metaphysics, soteriologies and eschatologies. Transhumanism appears to be especially compatible with religious traditions that emphasize human agency and evolution to a transcendent state, such as Buddhism, or that have incorporated Enlightenment values, such as liberal Christianity. But elements of the transhumanist worldview and enhancement technologies are compatible with one element or another of most world faiths, even the most fundamentalist. We can thus expect that human enhancement technologies will be adopted creatively into the theologies of groups within all the world’s faiths, producing many flavors of “trans-spirituality.”

The Compatibility of Religion and Transhumanism by James Hughes from Mormon Transhumanist Association on Vimeo.

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Martine Rothblatt

Can We Develop and Test Machine Minds and Uploads Ethically?

by Martine Rothblatt

A fundamental principle of bioethics requires the consent of a patient to any medical procedure performed upon them. A new patient will exist the moment a conscious mindclone arises in some academic’s laboratory or hacker’s garage. At that moment, ethical rules will be challenged, for the mindclone has not consented to the work being done on eir mind. Does this situation create a catch-22 ethical embargo against developing cyber-consciousness?

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David Brin

Why Obstinate Humans Find It Hard To Believe Science

by David Brin

Human psychology being what it is, even the smartest scientists must be open to accountability and criticism. For the rest of us, it’s even more essential.

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New Yorker Article Features IEET Fellow David Eagleman

How does the human mind subjectively measure time?

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Geo-Engineering and Consequences of Global Warming

Fora TV

On April 4th, 2011 philosopher Slavoj Zizek spoke in New York City on “The Situation Is Catastrophic, but Not Serious.” This is our attitude towards the ongoing crisis: we are aware of the looming (ecological, social) catastrophes, but we somehow don’t take them seriously. What ideology sustains such an attitude?

In the seventh segment he asserts that we need to embrace geo-engineering as a global responsibility.

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Kyle Munkittrick

If It Ain’t Broke… Improve It!

by Kyle Munkittrick

Raise your hand if every aspect of your body and mind is as good as it could possibly be.

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The Kids Today

SMBC Theater

Biggest rock is best rock.



Created and Written by: Zach Weiner and James Ashby
Executive Producers: Marty Weiner, Zach Weiner, James Ashby

SMBC Theater is updated every Monday with one new sketch, or two “ultrashorts.”

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Hank Pellissier

Ban Baby-Making Unless Parents Are Licensed

by Hank Pellissier

For the sake of the children, let’s control human breeding. No one should be permitted to reproduce until they pass a battery of tests.

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Open Source Blueprints for Civilization

Marcin Jakubowski, a Polish-American farmer and founder of Open Source Ecology, believes that the only way humanity can transcend its continuing decay of equitable wealth distribution is by endorsing “open source” economic development.

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Cathi Woodward

Growing into the Light

by Cathi Woodward

Fear is an opportunity to learn, anger is a motivator to bring about the change desired. Technology brings the connection and light that we need to grow into our potential.

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Andy Miah

What has the Internet ever done for art?

by Andy Miah

The Google Art Project and the Missing Net Art Movement

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David Brin

Our Worst Frailty: An Electro Magnetic “Hit”

by David Brin

The EMP-vulnerability of our electric grid, our machines, transportation systems, tools, and homes is probably the most glaring “acute-impact” threat on our horizon.

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Ben Goertzel

The Global Brain, Existential Risks, and the Future of AGI

by Ben Goertzel

The future of humanity involves a complex combination of technological, psychological, and social factors – and one of the difficulties we face in comprehending and crafting this future is that not many people or organizations are adept at handling all of these aspects.

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Pellissier Appointed as IEET Affiliate Scholar

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Hank Pellissier as an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET.

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Technology, Life, and Ethics in 2035

In this presentation given at a recent Center for Inquiry meeting, the IEET’s Mike Treder talked about the importance of an ethical perspective in an era of stunning advancements in technology.

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R. Dennis Hansen

Technology and the Loss of Privacy

by R. Dennis Hansen

I work for a US federal agency. Recently I attended a government-mandated class dealing with the use of computers during working hours. The instructor pointed out that emails that leave our Department’s network are being scanned for content. What they are scanning for was left vague.

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Supercomputing the Brain’s Secrets

Henry Markram says the mysteries of the mind can be solved—soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they’re made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain’s 100,000,000,000,000 synapses.

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Sascha Vongehr

Global Suicide: No Singularity, Just Evolution of Deadly Rationality

by Sascha Vongehr

Why should technology stop at this point and not go on and accelerate like it has before? Why should humanoids not get ever brighter, democracy not grow until true communism emerges?

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Hank Pellissier

Hey Kids, Don’t Forget to Take My Brain Out of the Freezer

by Hank Pellissier

“Daddy, when are you going to die?” asks my daughter Zenobia, age six.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Live More, Sleep Less

by Kyle Munkittrick

You will spend a third of your life asleep. And if you don’t, your waking hours will be of reduced quality and productivity.

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David Brin

The Difference Between Science Fiction and Fantasy

by David Brin

Why are SF and Fantasy so often grouped together? Obviously, because they share readership and so are placed together in bookstores. And… heck… some of us write both! Still, there are very real differences.

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James Felton Keith

Ethical Problems From Technology Efficiency

by James Felton Keith

We’re trending towards a day where it will be impossible to create jobs in the traditional sense, and the taunting question of our time will be: How do we value human lives without livelihoods?

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Living With Robots

IEET Fellow Wendell Wallach is featured in this short-form documentary from Honda about the future of robots.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Mood Manipulation is not Mind Control

by Kyle Munkittrick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner‘s dead-tree forebear) opens with Deckard arguing with his wife about whether or not to alter her crummy attitude with the “mood organ.” She could, if she so desired, dial her mood so that she was happy and content.

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Kristi Scott

Human enhancement technologies are nothing new: It’s what humans do

by Kristi Scott

Phillip Brey wrote an article titled “Human Enhancement and Personal Identity” that was published as a chapter in the book New Waves in Philosophy of Technology. This is my critique of Brey’s ideas.

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George Dvorsky

Revisiting Yevgeny Zamyatin’s “We” (1921)

by George Dvorsky

Everybody knows the dystopian novels Brave New World and 1984, but few remember Yevgeny Zamyatin’s seminal work, We.

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Dirty Liberals! Cleanliness Priming of Moral Cognition

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Erik Helzer (Dept of Psychology, Cornell University) co-author of the paper “Dirty Liberals!: Reminders of physical cleanliness influence moral and political attitudes” in Psychological Science. They discuss the growing literature on the ways that political attitudes are driven by disgust sensitivity, and by disgust priming such as bad smells and sticky hands.  Listen also to the 2004 Changesurfer interview with Martha Nussbaum about her book Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame and the Law.

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In Defense of Dolphins pt2

Changesurfer Radio

The second part of Dr. J.‘s chat with Thomas White about the defense of the rights of non-human persons in general, and dolphins in particular. Professor White teaches ethics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, is author of In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier (indefenseofdolphins.com) and co-author of the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans: Whales and Dolphins (cetaceanconservation.com.au/cetaceanrights). Part 2 of 2. Also includes a reading of Cory Doctorow’s short story “Other People’s Money.”

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David Brin

Internet Access as a Human Right

by David Brin

President Obama has declared that access to the world of information, via the Internet, should be considered a basic human right.

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