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Filling in the gaps – understanding white space spectrum

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Technological innovation and information communication technologies (ICTs) represent a way for developing world nations to foster economic growth and development, improve levels of education and training, as well as address gender issues within society.

Justifying Human Enhancement: The Case for Posthumanity

by Andy Miah

This paper argues on behalf of a posthuman future that is intimately tied to the use of human enhancement technology. It presents three principal justifications for enhancement, which focus on functionality, creative expression, and the ritual of re-making the self through biological modification. Collectively, these aspirations articulate the values surrounding posthuman life and the pursuit of biocultural capital.

Stem cells could rejuvenate oldest humans to indefinite lifespan

by Dick Pelletier

Centenarians, people who have reached 100 years of age boast about 450,000 members worldwide; but super-centenarians, those 110 years and older, total just 58 as of May 5, 2013. Current title of the world's oldest person goes to Japan's Misao Okawa at 115. See Wikipedia Oldest People List.

Why the Global Brain needs a Therapist

by Rick Searle

The idea that the world itself could be considered an overarching form of mind can trace its roots deep into the religious longings of pantheism- the idea that the universe itself is God, or the closest thing we will ever find to our conception of God. In large part, I find pantheists to be a noble group.

Ethical Technology - Is That Even Possible?

by Benjamin Abbott

At present iconic modern technologies – computers, cars, phones, etc. – entail environmental devastation and vast human suffering. The harm caused by actually existing industrial manufacturing and resource extraction constitutes a core dilemma for transhumanist and technoprogressive thought. Assuming that innovation within the capitalist context will resolve the problem strikes me as far too sanguine. I argue for taking the horrors of technological production seriously and for using combined technical and social approaches to create genuinely ethical technology, ever acknowledging the uncertainty and difficulty involved.

Doping, Slippery Slopes and Moral Virtues

by John Danaher

Mike McNamee Sports, Vices and Virtues: Morality Plays: Part one of this essay discusses SSAs in general; part two looks at McNamee’s SSA against doping; and part three looks at McNamee’s complaints about the vices of athletes who dope. Just note that although “doping” has a particular meaning in sport, one that may be thought distinct from “performance enhancement”, the terms are used interchangeably in what follows.

Year 2500: the new humans take their place as a space-faring society

by Dick Pelletier

After rising from the primordial soup 3.5 billion years ago, Earth life began an evolutionary trip that has produced today’s amazing humans. Positive futurists now ponder what’s next. Hawking, Kurzweil, Kaku, Drexler, and other visionaries see technologies advancing exponentially in the coming centuries, which could provide peace, affluence, and increased intelligence, with lifespans approaching immortality.

Alternating Current, Ante Christum, and Artificial Consciousness

by Monika Gordon

This essay will not only focus on the mathematics, engineering and science behind AI, but also the philosophical reasoning and problems of artificial design. It delves into science, socio-science and art to find a new way in which to view the problems surrounding artificial design.

Why Metaphysics Matters in the Gene Patenting Decision, (and why science is safe, for now)

by David Koepsell

A few weeks have passed now since the Supreme Court struck down Myriad’s patents on mutations in BRCA genes 1 and 2 correlating to higher rates of breast and ovarian cancers, and the airwaves and blogosphere are still awash with a plethora of incriminations, congratulations, and musings about what it all means, I want to address what is to me a central lesson: philosophy matters.

The Algorithms Are Coming!

by Rick Searle

It might not make a great b-movie from the late 50’s, but the rise of the algorithms over the last decade has been just as thrilling, spectacular, and yes, sometimes even scary.

A Review of the 2nd Global Future 2045 Conference in New York City

by Daniel Faggella

The weekend of (June 15th and 16th) marked the date of the 2nd international 2045 Congress. With it’s first international event being held in Moscow in 2012, this year’s transition to New York City seemed to mark a sign of serious expansion for the “2045 Initiative,” which was more or less unknown in the united states until earlier this year. Touting some of the biggest names in transhumanism, technology, business and research, a prestigious and modern auditorium in NYC’s Lincoln Center, and a serious price tag around $800.00, most of the nearly 800 attendees seemed as uncertain and curious as I was as we walking into the big glass doors.

Human enhancement: does nature know best?

by George Deane

An ardent objection common to human enhancement and transhumanism is that it is both perilous and foolhardy to try to ‘play God’, or to question the wisdom of Mother Nature. As with most mental shortcuts, there is some truth in the ‘nature knows best’ argument. Cognitive enhancement, perhaps the most challenging and promising of all, is no mean feat. Naïve intervention into the mechanisms of the most complex system in the known universe could disrupt the delicately poised equilibrium struck by evolution over millions of years with unknown consequences.

Abortions, Conception, and Gender Binary Politics

by B. J. Murphy

At the end of last month, I'd argued that our fixations on gender binaries resulted in a continuing line of cultural patriarchy, i.e. the commonly-held notion that "hitting women, under all conditions, is never okay," which can be read here. Though, as I look back over the last 24 hours during the heated conflicts of Texas legislators trying to limit, and essentially ban, abortion rights to women, I find myself falling back into gender binary politics. This will not do.

One Woman’s War on Teen Pregnancy and Poverty in Memphis

by Valerie Tarico

Claudia Haltom was a juvenile court judge in Memphis who, as she puts it, got tired of taking babies away from teenagers. The final straw came when a 17-year-old mother of three stood in front of her, pregnant. “Who is taking care of your other children while you’re here?” Haltom asked. The girl didn’t know.

Would you copy your mind to a robotic body-double?

by George Dvorsky

A central theme of the recently concluded GF2045 Congress was the idea of achieving a kind of immortality by transferring our minds to avatars or robots. Indeed, as Japanese professor Hiroshi Ishiguro’s presentation clearly showed, our robotic doppelgangers will truly be made to look and act like the real thing.


by Khannea Suntzu

Eugenics is a curse word. The very idea of Eugenics can no longer be disassociated from the atrocities waged in its name. On account of this idea people were imprisoned, tortured, mutilated and murdered, all throughout the western world.

Crux, by Ramez Naam Reviewed by Brenda Cooper

by Brenda Cooper

Crux is the sequel to the Ramez Naam’s successful debut novel, Nexus. In both Nexus and Crux, Naam is exploring the cutting edge of neuroscience.

Fear of a Geo-engineered Planet

by Wesley Strong

The climate crisis demands our immediate attention. Climate change could devastate thousands of at-risk communities beyond repair and leave the face of the earth scarred. We cannot be alarmist enough about continued climate change and the threat it poses to life on this planet. This is the first time in the history of this planet that a species altered global climate to such a degree. The future of life on this planet is entering a period of extreme risk and few are offering rational solutions.

We Seek Not To Become Machines, But To Keep Up With Them

by Franco Cortese

This article attempts to clarify four areas within the movement of Substrate Independent Minds and the discipline of Whole-Brain-Emulation that are particularly ripe for ready-hand-misnomers and misconceptions.

My Brain, Life, Future

by Dick Pelletier

My brain contains up to 100 billion neurons, each connecting to other nerve cells through thousands of synapses. These interactions process signals coming into the nervous system, and then produce output responses that stimulate my body’s biological functions, everything from thinking to walking to kissing.

5 ways Augmented Reality will make us Transhuman

by Clyde DeSouza

Transhumanism is all about the creative and ethical use of technology to better the human condition. Futurists, when discussing topics related to transhumanism, tend to look at nano-tech, bio-mechanical augmentation and related technology that, for the most part, is beyond the comprehension of lay-people.

Scientists explore ways to transform hostility into peaceful thoughts

by Dick Pelletier

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to understand the science behind human violence; and then find ways to alter an enemy's thoughts by implanting false, but believable stories in their brains. The goal is to create a more peaceful scenario: We're your friend, not your enemy.

Can we upload our minds? Hauskeller on mind-uploading (Part Two)

by John Danaher

Could we achieve digital immortality by uploading our minds? Would such a process prolong our existence? Those are the questions being asked in this series of posts. The series is looking at Michael Hauskeller’s article “My Brain, My Mind and I: Some Philosophical Assumptions of Mind-Uploading”, which casts a sceptical eye over the notion of mind-uploading.

A Transhumanist’s Journey To Becoming Gods, Angels, and Ghosts

by B. J. Murphy

At the end of the documentary Transcendent Man, Ray Kurzweil says, “Does God exist? Well, not yet.” I agree. It certainly brings up a topic that isn’t easily understood, nor well received by those dictated under dogmatic belief systems. Does God exist? Not yet. Do angels exist? Not yet. Do ghosts exist? Not yet. These questions are long-term byproducts of a single question in general: What exists and when?

Understanding Cancer Mutations Makes Testing and Prevention Necessary – Same for Aging

by Maria Konovalenko

Did you know that there are only 138 mutations that play the major role in making a cell cancerous? Well, 138 found so far, however, the number of these driver mutations inside the genes won’t grow significantly, at least that’s not anticipated. Obviously there are thousands of mutations in cancer cells, but not all of them give the selective grow advantage.

Can we upload our minds? Hauskeller on Mind-Uploading (Part One)

by John Danaher

A lot of people would like to live forever, or at least for much longer than they currently do. But there is one obvious impediment to this: our biological bodies break down over time and cannot (with current technologies) be sustained indefinitely. So what can be done to avoid our seemingly inevitable demise? For some, like Aubrey de Grey, the answer lies in tweaking and re-engineering our biological bodies. For others, the answer lies in the more radical solution of mind-uploading, or the technological replacement of our current biological bodies.

Science Fiction and the occulted canvass of time

by Rick Searle

In a recent interview the ever insightful and expansive Vernor Vinge laid out his thoughts on possibility and the future. Vinge, of course, is the man who helped invent the idea of the Singularity, the concept that we are in an era of ever accelerating change, whose future, beyond a certain point,- we cannot see. For me, the interesting thing in the Vinge interview is just how important a role he thinks imagination plays in pulling us forward into new technological and social possibilities.

Transhumanism, Technology, and Science: To Say It’s Impossible is to Mock History Itself

by Franco Cortese

One of the most common arguments made against Transhumanism, Technoprogressivism and the transformative potentials of emerging, converging, disruptive and transformative technologies may also be the weakest: technical infeasibility. While some thinkers attack the veracity of Transhumanist claims on moral grounds, arguing that we are committing a transgression against human dignity (in turn often based on ontological grounds of a static human nature that shan't be tampered with) or on grounds of safety, arguing that humanity isn't responsible enough to wield such technologies without unleashing their destructive capabilities, these categories of counter-argument (ethicacy and safety, respectively) are more often than not made by people somewhat more familiar with the community and its common points of rhetoric.

Key variables which impact the demand for labor in Africa

by Lee-Roy Chetty

The structure of many African economies is unbalanced and unable to deliver labor intensive and inclusive growth. Most African economies are characterized by both excessive dependence on export revenues from a few commodities and external financial flows (FDI, aid and remittances) and a weak industrial base and predominance of subsistence agriculture.

The Transhumanist Wager: book review

by Giulio Prisco

Zoltan IstvanThe Transhumanist Wager is an epic story of radical libertarian ideas, their enemies, and the violent global conflict that ensues, painted in strong saturated colors with little room for intermediate shades and character development. After reading cover to cover, and then reading it more carefully, I have mixed love/hate feelings about this novel.

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