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“The Stem Cell Hope” and Our Indefinitely Delayed Future

by Kyle Munkittrick

Medicine is the next frontier of the future… Alice Park’s new book The Stem Cell Hope, convinced me it is time to retire, “Where is my jetpack!?” once and for all. After reading her new book, Park will have you screaming, “Where are my stem cells?” from every rooftop.

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Breaking the “Disney Princess” Tradition - why the film “Brave” is a Big Deal

by Kyle Munkittrick

Brave is a much richer and more important film than most people realize. Context as they say, is everything. And to understand why Brave matters, we have to look at it within the context of animated films up to this point.

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The Avengers Help You Understand Your Fears About Transhumanism

by Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanism is a big, complicated, sprawling idea. The central concept – that humans can be made better with technology – touches on a lot of hopes and fears about the future of humanity. Though I’m always going on about how great human enhancement could be, I’ve got my fair share of fears myself. But my fears are probably way different than many of your fears. But how in the world can we represent those concerns? As it turns out, I’ve found a pretty good set of archetypes that represent our hopes and fears: Marvel Comic’s Avengers.



Why Mass Effect is the Most Important Science Fiction Universe of Our Generation

by Kyle Munkittrick

Mass Effect is epic. It’s the product of the best parts of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and more with a protagonist who could be the love-child of Picard, Skywalker, and Starbuck. It’s one of the most important pieces of science fiction narrative of our generation. Mass Effect goes so far beyond other fictional universes in ways that you may not have yet realized. It is cosmic in scope and scale.

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The Ethics of Zombie Killing

by Kyle Munkittrick

Zombies are a strange source of ethical inspiration, but as I mentioned to io9′s Lauren Davis, if academic ethicists get to spend all day talking about trolleys, I see no reason we can’t banter about the ethics of the undead.

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Neanderthals are as Unprepared for Modernity as We Are

by Kyle Munkittrick

Lauren Davis reopens the debate started by Zach Zorich at Archeology and continued by yours truly over whether or not we should clone a Neanderthal. She does a nice job compiling a list of yays and nays, including this gem I hadn’t much considered:

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Are Exoskeletons “Ableist?”

by Kyle Munkittrick

Over at Cyborgology (a blog I am amazed I didn’t discover sooner, given its sister site is Sociological Images) Jenny Davis attempts to figure out if the assistive devices built by Ekso Bionics are “ableist” or if they represent genuine progress. She makes a pretty good case:

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We Don’t Know How to Get Old Anymore

by Kyle Munkittrick

I am an advocate of pursuing anti-aging medicine. But what does that mean?

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What Do We Do With The Results of Unethical Experimentation?

by Kyle Munkittrick

When knowledge has been acquired at a horrific price, is it more ethical to use it or ignore it?

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Kyle Debates Human Enhancement Over at Slate

IEET’s Kyle Munkittrick debated human enhancement with Brad Allenby, author of The Techno-Human Condition, and Nick Agar, author of Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Life Enhancement, over at Slate. Check out the fascinating results.

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What Would Humanity Be Like Without Aging?

by Kyle Munkittrick

The cover of The Postmortal is one of the coolest images I’ve seen in a long time. Death impaled by his own scythe – be not proud, indeed.

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A Conversation on the Ethics of Transhumanism

by Kyle Munkittrick

Recently I had a chat with Mary DeMarle, the lead writer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, about how the ethics of enhancement and augmentation were considered when crafting the game’s story and characters.

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Animal Enhancement as a Tool of Liberation

by Kyle Munkittrick

Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens tomorrow, August 5th. Does it have anything important to say about human enhancement and/or animal uplift?

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When Will We Be Transhuman?

by Kyle Munkittrick

I propose seven changes as indicators that transhumanism has been attained.

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Your Body, Your Choice: Fight for Your Somatic Rights

by Kyle Munkittrick

“My body, my choice.” We hear that slogan constantly, but what the hell do those four words mean?

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Captain America’s Enlistment and Experimentation: Was It Ethical?

by Kyle Munkittrick

Steve Rogers, the man who would become Captain America, was not subjected to an accidental burst of gamma radiation or the bite of a radioactive spider. Instead, he willingly enlisted and subjected himself to an experimental process for the creation of super-soldiers. His superpowers were deliberate and intended. However, the circumstances of Captain America’s enlistment into the army are, at best, questionable.

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The AI Singularity is Dead. Long Live the Cybernetic Singularity!

by Kyle Munkittrick

The nerd echo chamber is reverberating this week with the furious debate over Charlie Stross’ doubts about the possibility of an artificial “human-level intelligence” explosion – also known as the Singularity.

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Form Follows Function: Prosthetics and Artificial Organs that Break the Human Mold

by Kyle Munkittrick

As we are exposed to more and more prosthetics that get the job done instead of acting as awkward disguises, the more our brains flex and flow around the idea of what a human looks like.

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Euthanasia, Immortality, and The Natural Death Paradox

by Kyle Munkittrick

Dying is a touchy subject. Euthanasia makes people upset. Whichever side of the debate you are on, you are caught between the hard place of human suffering and the rock of informed autonomous free choice.

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Our Discomfort with the Ungendered

by Kyle Munkittrick

A couple in Toronto has decided to keep the gender of their baby, named Storm, private. Good for them!

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If Doctors Need Pit Crews, Tricorders Should Be Part of the Team

by Kyle Munkittrick

Health care is broken. In the U.S., quality of care is tanking. Even in countries with successful universal health care systems, costs are rising too fast for the systems to cope. So what do we do?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why I Want A Male Birth Control Pill

by Kyle Munkittrick

The 50th Anniversary of the Pill was last year. Lots and lots of people mentioned how good, bad, unimportant, or essential the Pill has been. Our society changed the way it thought about sex, about reproduction, even about love and relationships.

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Do Superhero Movies Make Us More or Less fearful of Transhumanism?

by Kyle Munkittrick

The short answer: Superhero movies are far more inclined to make us fearful of transhumanism.

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