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#21: Your nanorobotics future: life truly becomes ‘magical’

by Dick Pelletier

"You enter the wellness center and tell the receptionist avatar that you're here for an annual restoration, and though your real age is 110, you would like to be restored to the age of a 20-something. A nurse then injects billions of genome-specific 'bots non-invasively through the skin; you're now set for another year."



#23: Indefinite lifespan in our future; experts ponder responses

by Dick Pelletier

To begin this article on living longer, we focus on a fascinating TED talk where science writer David Duncan poses questions based on "When I'm 164".



#28 Imagine a time when aging, death no longer dominate our lives

by Dick Pelletier

If predictions by future thinkers such as Aubrey de Grey, Robert Freitas, and Ray Kurzweil ring true – that future science will one day eliminate the disease of aging – then it makes sense to consider the repercussions a non-aging society might place on our world.



#29: Life in the 2050s: Consciousness unraveled, non-bio brains improve life, Next-Gen human evolves

by Dick Pelletier

Of course, no one can predict the future with 100% accuracy, but by combining present day knowledge with anticipated advances, we can make plausible guesses about what life might be like in the 2050s. Over the coming decades, healthcare research will wield huge benefits for humankind. By 2050, stem cells, gene therapy, and 3-D bio printing promise to cure or make manageable most of today’s diseases.



Wendell Wallach and Nick Bostrom finalists for World Technology Award in Ethics

Nick Bostrom and Wendell Wallach are finalists for the World Technology Award in Ethics this year. Other finalists include Julian Savulescu and Pat Churchland.

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The Sad Passing of a Positive Futurist

I was just informed that Dick Pelletier, one the IEET’s most beloved writers, passed away this evening from Stage 5 Parkinson’s Disease. I have worked with Dick for the past two years and he taught me more about the next step in human evolution than most doctors and professors I have met. His Positive Futurist stance on humanity and mind will continue to inspire us all.

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IEET Affiliate Scholar, Dick Pelletier, Hospitalized for Stage 5 Parkinson’s Disease

We the Family first would like to thank each and every one of you for your positive thoughts and wishes.  We are asking for your assistance to keep Dick on a positive road to recovery.  At this time we just don’t have the means to assist Dick with all the finances for his recovery.

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Sad News: Ben Hyink

Ben Hyink was a passionate transhumanist and secular activist, and an intern and intern coordinator with the IEET. He helped organize and lead the Humanity+ Student Network (H+SN) and the Chicago chapter of Humanity+, co-wrote the “Humanity+ Student Leadership Guide,”, and was the recipient of the 2007 JBS Haldane award for outstanding Transhumanist Student of the year. Having struggled with depression he ended his life last week.

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In Favor of the Functional Separation of Uploaded Minds and Simultaneous Mind Clones

by Ben Hyink

Exposure to some types of information can constrain one’s real options and impose responsibilities one might rather avoid. To set the stage for a flourishing culture of mind uploads, we need to enable people to live with a freedom from some kinds of potentially harmful information.

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The Basic Income Is Dead

by Edward Miller

Technological progress is accelerating faster than ever before. Are robots going to “take our jobs?” Do we require a Basic Income to solve this? Let’s examine some basic principles.

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Which Strange Existence Do You Prefer?

by Edward Miller

Existence is the most fundamental thing which is taken for granted. When we actually think about it, we all find it pretty mysterious, but I wonder if you realize just how mysterious it really is. Here’s a few things to consider.
The first is Occam’s Razor. A simple logic tool, right?

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We Can Have It All: The Beauty of Value Capture

by Edward Miller

As anyone familiar with classical political economy knows, true property rights are rooted in self-ownership. You own yourself, and by extension you own what you make through labor or voluntary transactions thereof. Land, however, is not a fruit of labor.

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The Only Economic Reform Worth Talking About

by Edward Miller

The real solution has nothing to do with techno-utopianism, monetary reform, austerity, or any of the other ideological cul-de-sacs currently being promoted.

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Sad News: IEET Affiliate Len Sassaman Has Died

Thirty-one years old, Len was an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET since 2010. He was an internationally acclaimed cypherpunk and privacy advocate, a PhD candidate at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and a researcher with the COSIC research group. Suffering from depression, Len ended his own life on July 3, 2011.

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Advance Directives and Transhumanism

by Ben Scarlato

Advance directives are documents which give guidance on what should be done when your health deteriorates to the point where you can no longer make decisions for yourself. Sadly, these documents are often neglected by the general public until it is too late, but it’s even more crucial for transhumanists to think about and complete these documents.

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In Opposition to Liberty and Progress

by Edward Miller

You may have heard of Peter Thiel, the right-wing “libertarian” co-founder of Paypal and early investor in Facebook. He seems to be a magnet for controversy and intrigue, with his penchant for casual misogyny and exotic philanthropic endeavors. So, who or what is he really?

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What is Progressive in the 21st Century?

by Edward Miller

I have often referred to myself as a progressive but I have felt increasingly uneasy doing so. The word -progressive’, like virtually every other term which refers to a political ideology, has become so broadly applied as to become virtually meaningless.

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Uploading for Life Extension Will Be Valid

by Ben Hyink

While it may be impolitic now for technoprogressives to focus on uploading, for radical life extension advocates it is invaluable to have access to brief and compelling arguments in favor of the efficacy of such a process.

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LORCS Abound

by Mike Treder

Continuing our extraordinarily popular series of LORCs (Links Of Required Clicking), we’re back again with a new quartet of links that you simply must click.

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Humanity+ Board Elections

Some of you are members of our sister organization Humanity+ (formerly World Transhumanist Association), so I wanted to just drop a quick note about this week’s elections for the Humanity+ Board of Directors. (If you aren’t a voting member you have until Thursday to join and vote).  All the candidate statements are here.  There are four IEET folks in the running that I thought you should be aware of including IEET Board members Michael LaTorra and George Dvorsky, and IEET Fellows Mike Treder and Ben Goertzel.

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Thanks to Carrico and Corwin

IEET Fellow Dale Carrico and IEET intern Anne Corwin have given great service to the IEET project and we’re sad to report that they won’t be part of the IEET this year.

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De-Immanentize the Eschaton?

by Vladimir De Thezier

Since I ended my technoprogressive manifesto with a dire warning about “barbarians within our midst”, I’ve been asked by a few of my readers to more clearly identify the threat to democracy I am so concerned about. Two words: Christian fascism.

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The Technodevelopmental Quartet

by Dale Carrico

I am fascinated by a few broad concurrent “trends” (to use that awfully abused and debased word of the corporate-militarist Futurological Congress) that seem to me likely to articulate (but never to determine) especially forcefully (but always unpredictably) the politics of technoscientific change, and emerging longevity and modification medicine (so-called) is one of these.

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A Superlative Schema of Critiques of Transcendentalized Technology

by Dale Carrico

Believing that our technology will become, or make us, god-like is fundamentally undemocratic. We need to remain critical of this transcendentalizing tendency in techno-utopian discourse in order to work towards real liberatory uses of technology.

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The Singularity Won’t Save You

by Dale Carrico

Musing on a somber topic (the fraught “intersection of crisis-response thinking and transformational-future thinking”), but in a playful mood, fellow IEET Fellow Jamais Cascio has proposed a bumper sticker that pithily captures an attitude I endorse heartily myself: “Singularity is not a Sustainability Strategy.”

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Genetic Engineering and Space Exploration

by None

Genetic engineering has advantages that outweigh those of terraforming by a wide margin, in my opinion.

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Two Faces of Techno-Progress

by Dale Carrico

Technoprogressive analyses and campaigns take on wide-ranging (and not necessarily comfortably compatible) forms, but they all assume two definitive ideas about progress.

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TechnoRadicalism: An Ethic of Risk?

by Vladimir De Thezier

Today when we listen to conservative ethicists, whether they be bioethicists, infoethicists, nanoethicists, neuroethicists, roboethicists or technoethicists, one would think that ethics can be reduced to a taboo.

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TechnoProgressive: The Manifesto of a Technoscience-Focused Progressive Artivist

by Vladimir De Thezier

The IEET would like to re-introduce one of our contributors, Vladimir De Thézier.

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The Emerging Technoprogressive Mainstream and the New Democratic Agenda

by Dale Carrico

The New Year has provided the occasion for the usual spate of to-do lists, wish-lists, and so on for the upcoming Congress.  I for one am quite pleased to note how many of these lists have testified to what I have been calling here at Amor Mundi the politics of an emerging technoprogressive mainstream.

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