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AI, Immortality and the Future of Selves

Martine Rothblatt and Bina48 interviewed by Joe Rogan

My daughter, my wife, our robot, and the quest for immortality

Is The Ebola Crisis (in the US) As Severe As The Media is Making It Out To Be?

The Singularity Is Near Movie Trailer

The Colbert Report /w Martine Rothblatt and BINA48

Back To The Future In The Metaverse

Dr. Martine & Bina Rothblatt Speak at Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit

Sirius Inventor Martine Rothblatt on Howard Stern

Two Stars for Peace - Palestine and Israel join USA as 51st and 52nd states

‪8th Annual Virtual Workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology in Second Life‬

‪Martine Rothblatt - Transexual Philosopher‬

Beyond the Soul

Ethics of Erasing Memory

Brains are to Minds as Birds are to Flight

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Human Rights for Cyberconscious Beings

by Martine Rothblatt

Even if they aren’t flesh, “mindclones” deserve protection.

For much of the 20th century, capital punishment was carried out in most countries. During the preceding century many, like England, had daily public hangings. Today, even Russia, with a mountainous history of government-ordered executions, has a capital-punishment moratorium. Since 1996, it has not executed a criminal through the judicial system.

If we can learn to protect the lives of serial killers, child mutilators, and terrorists, surely we can learn to protect the lives of peace-loving model citizens known as mind clones and bemans—even if they initially seem odd or weird to us.

excerpt from Virtually Human: The Promise and Peril of Digital Immortality

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Bioethicist: Why Connecticut Teen Can’t Say No to Chemo

by Arthur Caplan

A 17-year-old girl, listed in court papers only as Cassandra C., is in protective custody at a Connecticut hospital where she is being forced to undergo chemotherapy treatment that she says she does not want. Americans strongly value the right to refuse medical care.

CBS Approves Pilot of TV Drama Based on Work of IEET Advisor Arthur Caplan

CBS will produce a pilot of “Austen’s Razor,” a drama inspired by the career of bioethicist and IEET Advisor Arthur L. Caplan.

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CBS Gives Pilot Production Commitment to Drama Based on Bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan

CBS has given a pilot production commitment to “Austen’s Razor,” a drama from Legendary Television and CBS Television Studios that’s inspired by the career of bioethics expert Arthur L. Caplan.

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Aviation Regulation As A Model For Nanotech Regulation

by Martine Rothblatt

Dr. Martine Rothblatt discusses the geoethical benefits of private and public aviation regulation toward creating a similarly based safe harbor for nanotechnology regulation.

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Bioethicist Arthur Caplan receives 2014 Public Service Award for an individual

Caplan’s work fosters greater understanding of science, medicine and ethics. On March 24, 2014 the National Science Board (NSB) announced that renowned bioethicist and IEET Trustee Arthur Caplan, a global leader in medical ethics, is the 2014 recipient of its Public Service Award for an individual.

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Three-Parent Babies Are an Ethical Choice

by Arthur Caplan

The FDA is considering approving an experiment to repair a genetic disease in humans by creating embryos with DNA from three parents. Genes would be transferred from a healthy human egg to one that has a disease and the “repaired” egg then fertilized in the hope that a healthy baby will result. The goal of the experiment in genetic engineering is not a perfect baby but a healthy baby.

Caplan: The case against care for those who are brain dead

by Arthur Caplan

Thirteen-year-old Jahi McMath died on Dec. 12 at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Yet about a month later, Jahi is still on a ventilator because her parents refuse to accept her death. Aided by a misguided legal decision, she has been moved to another facility to be kept on artificial life support, which makes no medical or moral sense. What’s being done to her corpse is wrong, but a bigger issue is the threat her case poses to the rational and moral use of health care resources.

Genetically Modified Food: Good, Bad, Ugly

by Arthur Caplan

Genetically modified food has had a rough year in what has been a fairly miserable decade. In August, 400 farmers in the Philippines stormed a government-owned GM (as it is known) research field. The protesters destroyed 1,000 square meters of Golden Rice, a variety genetically engineered to cut down on vitamin A deficiency.

Geoethical Rules for Nanotechnological Advances

by Martine Rothblatt

Dr. Martine Rothblatt illustrates the principles of Geoethics toward the safe guidance of advances in nanotechnology on earth, as well as outer space.

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Get ready for the risks of genetic testing

by Arthur Caplan

Would you want to know your future if science could tell it to you?

Why It Is Ethical to Cure the Disease of Aging

by Maria Konovalenko

Arthur Caplan, renowned bioethicist, presents simply brilliant argumentation that aging is an unnatural process in this paper. It’s a must-read. I’d love to highlight the main thoughts that I find are profoundly important for the whole fighting aging field.

Treat violence as public health issue

by Arthur Caplan

The mass murder of 20 children and six adults Friday in Newtown, Conn., has provoked yet another round of recrimination, finger pointing and breast-beating. Was the shooter mentally deranged? If there was more gun control, would this have happened? Did violent video games play any role? What we fervently want as we continue to reel from a story whose misery seems to know no bounds is to find a clear cause - a reason why this happened - so that we can fix it.

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Giulio Prisco will discuss The Singularity, at conference in Madrid

IEET Director Giulio Prisco will deliver a lecture titled, “A Spectre is Haunting the World: Is the Singularity Near?” at a conference titled, “The Voice of Science” on September 22 in Madrid.

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‘But Everybody’s Doing It!’ Lance Armstrong and the Philosophy of Making Bad Decisions

by Evan Selinger

When body enhancement is the norm, is there any other way to be competitive?

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IEET Trustee Martine Rothblatt produces Ray Kurzweil film

The film adaptation of Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Singularity Is Near - produced by IEET Trustee Martine Rothblatt and Terasem Motion InfoCulture, will be released for download / purchase this summer.

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For Organ Donation, Facebook Beats the DMV

by Arthur Caplan

Right now, nearly 114,000 people in the United States are waiting for organ transplants to save their lives. Tens of thousands more are in need of tissue, bone and cornea transplants to restore their mobility or sight. Facebook has decided to do something about the constant shortage of donors. 

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German Doctors Apologize for Holocaust Horrors

by Arthur Caplan

The German Medical Association has issued a remarkably blunt and straightforward apology, more than six decades after the end of World War II, for the role it played during the Holocaust in the mass murder, sterilization and barbaric medical experiments done on Jews and many other groups.

A Modest Proposal: to solve health spending crisis, Tax Cats

by Arthur Caplan

Lots of Americans buy the argument that we should ration health care according to lifestyle. So do many employers who are trying to charge their obese employees more for health insurance.  But if we are going to penalizing the health care sinners amongst us, shouldn’t we target all of those who raise our collective health care bill through poor lifestyle choices? This means you, cat owners.

At-Home HIV Test Raises Ethical Questions

by Arthur Caplan

A test to determine if you are infected with HIV should be made available over-the-counter, a federal advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration has recommended.

The Legal Status of Multiple Revived Versions of a Person

by Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt. J.D., Ph.D., author, producer, entrepreneur and Founder/President of Terasem Movement, Inc., contemplates manners in which the legal system will accommodate multiple versions of our future selves, be it a single or multiple versions or across multiple substrates of the originating, conscious person.

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Billions of Sexes (Part 2)

by Martine Rothblatt

Professor Sylvia Law, a noted legal scholar, argued that “a core feminist claim is that women and men should be treated as individuals, not as members of a sexually determined class.” This is also a theme that Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg emphasized in her lawsuits as a women’s rights advocate: “Nurturing children in my ideal world would not be a woman’s priority, it would be a human priority.” This feminism rejects sex-based differences among people as wholly irrelevant to any socioeconomic purpose. As Simone de Beauvoir noted some four decades ago: “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”

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Billions of Sexes (Part 1)

by Martine Rothblatt

There are two sexes, male and female, right? Wrong! In fact, there is a continuum of sex types, ranging from very male to very female, with countless variations in between.

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The Bathroom Bugaboo

by Martine Rothblatt

If the law does bend and reform itself to eliminate the legal separation of people into males and females, what will become of sex-separate lavatories? Do not the genitals of a citizenry become a proper interest of the state when it comes to exercising excretory functions in public buildings? Is not the public restroom, with its separate urinals for men and makeup mirrors for women, proof that the apartheid of sex is necessary?

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The Transcendence of Life

by Martine Rothblatt

The third criterion of life, Transcendence, requires a potential life form to demonstrate that it can extend itself beyond its information processing capability to serve the purpose of life.  A fair test for Transcendence is compliance with the Second and Third Principles of Geoethics – the Principles of Equilibria and Assurance.  (Part 4 of Hybriduality and Geoethics)

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Vitology is Life

by Martine Rothblatt

To avoid confusion we need a new, more appropriate term for the study of life than biology – which is now more properly understood as the study of life built from organic cellular chemistry.  A better term for the study of life is Vitology.

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The Fiction of Biology

by Martine Rothblatt

Biology is said to be the study of life. But this is not really true. In fact, biology is only the study of some kinds of life. Biology, as practiced today, studies living things that are deemed similar to human life in one particular aspect – the possession of organic cellular chemistry characteristics. These characteristics are the use of six atoms (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur) to form molecules that build cellular membranes, metabolize nutrients and self-replicate in accordance with a chemical code.  (part 2 of Hybriduality and Geoethics)

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Hybriduality and Geoethics (part 1)

by Martine Rothblatt

Contrary to what we’ve been taught, and contrary to what we fervently believe to be true, there is not just one I. We are not individuals; we are hybriduals. Each of us is a compound, collective, hybrid being.

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The Geoethics of Frankenfolk

by Martine Rothblatt

I’m going to examine the intertwined histories of the rights of artificial life and civil rights as seen through the eyes of Mary Shelley. Of course, Mary Shelley is not here to lend us her eyes, but I hope she won’t be too angry about my interpretation of her story.

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Should scientists create deadly viruses?

by Arthur Caplan

One of the predictable consequences of science’s rapidly growing knowledge of genetics is that the knowledge can be put to use to kill, harm or terrorize.

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