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UPCOMING EVENTS: Virtuality



MULTIMEDIA: Virtuality Topics

Is the Universe a Giant Computer Simulation?

The Outsourcing Illusion: Why Tempting Technology Can Lead to Dangerous Delegation

Review of VRLA Expo 2015

Identity, Digital

Identity, Virtual

Identity Engineered

Dreaming as Virtual Reality (1hr)

What is the Future of Virtual Reality?

The Singularity Is Near Movie Trailer

The Colbert Report /w Martine Rothblatt and BINA48

Back To The Future In The Metaverse

Bionic connections: Interfacing with the nervous system

IBM’s Nanofluidic Circuit

Forever Alone? Maybe Not: Technology and Loneliness

Neuromorphic Hardware - Better Tech Through Nature




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Patterns All the Way Down!

by Ben Goertzel

You’ve probably heard the story…

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We’re All Alone and No One Knows Why

by Mike Treder

Does this mean humanity is trapped inside an expansion boundary from which we can never escape?

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First, Second, Third

by Ben Goertzel

Patterns are relationships of a particular sort: a relationship between one entity and a set of others, where the first is judged to represent and simplify the others.

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Would mindclones be part of the human family?

by Martine Rothblatt

We have been brainwashed to believe that “blood is thicker than water.” But we lack familial shared genes with spouses and best friends. In reality what is most important is shared thoughts, experiences and feelings. Affinity based upon genes is as obsolete as loyalty based upon melanin. The beme is mightier than the gene.

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The Theater of Reflective, Deliberative Consciousness

by Ben Goertzel

Our reflective, deliberative “theater of consciousness” is the way that primal awareness manifests itself in one part of our mind/brain.

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Causality (A Convenient Construct)

by Ben Goertzel

We humans like to think in terms of causality ... but causality seems not to be an intrinsic aspect of the universe.

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Transhumanism and Phenomenological Reduction

by Kris Notaro

What properties of consciousness and mind will remain the same in a posthuman world? Will enhanced minds look at themselves and reality like we do? What can we learn from cognitive science and consciousness studies to help answer these questions? What are some ethical consequences of enhancing the brain/mind?

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The Phenomenal Self

by Ben Goertzel

What is this thing called “self”—this inner image of “Ben Goertzel” that I carry around with me (that, in a sense, constitutes “me”), that I use to guide my actions and inferences and structure my memories?

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Why Cyberconsciousness Won’t Take Aeons to Evolve

by Martine Rothblatt

Humanity is devoting some of its best minds, from a wide diversity of fields, to helping software achieve consciousness. The quest is not especially difficult as it is a capability that can be intelligently designed; there is no need to wait for it to naturally evolve.

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I am You, and You are Me…. Maybe

by Edward Miller

Pretty early on in my philosophical journey I decided that I was a pantheist, of the naturalist sort. Pantheism is all about the one-ness and unity of everything… and I do mean everything.

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Examining Free Reign over Vacant Eyes

by Kristi Scott

Based on the amount of interest in my previous article, and conversations I’ve had or seen in the interim, I thought it was necessary to go back to sex, robots, and ethics.

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Some Cosmist Principles

by Ben Goertzel

If Cosmism could be fully summarized in a list of bullet points, I wouldn’t write a whole manifesto about it, I’d just write a few bullet points.

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Doug’s Frontline Series ‘Digital Nation’ Airs February 2 at 9pm

Over a single generation, the Web and digital media have remade nearly every aspect of modern culture, transforming the way we work, learn and connect in ways that we’re only beginning to understand. FRONTLINE producer Rachel Dretzin (Growing Up Online) teams up with one of the leading thinkers of the digital age, IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff (The Persuaders, Merchants of Cool), to continue to explore life on the virtual frontier.

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Problems of Transhumanism: Atheism vs. Naturalist Theologies

by J. Hughes

The dominant trajectory of Enlightenment thought over the last three hundred years has been towards atheism. Most transhumanists are atheists. But some transhumanists, like many of the original Enlightenment thinkers, are attempting to reconcile naturalism and their religious traditions. Some transhumanists even believe that the transcendent potentials of intelligence argue for a new form of scientific theology.

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Avatar 3D: The Experience

by Mike Treder

First, there was 2001. Then there was Star Wars. Then there was Av  —  no, I’m not gonna go there.

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Kristi Scott: Best and Worst

by Kristi Scott

Contributors to h+ magazine were invited to submit their choices for the best and the worst of the 2000-2009 decade.

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Changes and Trends, For Better or For Worse

by Mike Treder


In the year 2025, if man is still alive, if woman can survive, they may find…

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IEET Readers Pick Europe, With Outer Space Close Second

When asked in a recently concluded poll, where they would choose to live if they had to leave their current nation of residence, IEET readers made Europe their top choice, at 19%, but outer space was just behind, at 18%.

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Will Uploaded Minds in Machines be Alive?

by Martine Rothblatt

Mindclones—consciousness in post-biological media—will feel as full of life as we biological creatures.

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The Second Self through Second Life: Mask or Mirror?

by Kristi Scott

Kristi Scott has published her essay The Second Self through Second Life: Mask or Mirror? as part of the book The Real and the Virtual.

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Love, Virtually

by Mike Treder

As opposed to love, actually…

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Large Hadron Collider Working Again

IEET readers have weighed in with their opinions about why the LHC project kept running into seemingly endless delays on its way to running protons into each other. Now that it’s back up and operating, perhaps some of our more far-fetched conjectures will be proved wrong.

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I Can Has Singularity?

by Jamais Cascio

IBM’s new cat brain simulation is both more—and less—than it seems.

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Memory and Insanity

by Mike Treder

How much do we need to remember about our past to be considered sane? If we remembered too much, would that drive us crazy?

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Slim Majority of IEET Readers Want Life Recording

Slightly more than half of respondents to a recently concluded IEET poll said, “Yes,” they would like to have a recording of their whole life. About a third said, “No, thanks,” and 12% were not sure.

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What is Techno-Immortality?

by Martine Rothblatt

Cyberconsciousness implies techno-immortality.  Immortality means living forever.  This has never happened in the real world, so we think of immortality as a spiritual existence (as in heaven) or as a non-personal existence (as in ‘Bach’s music will live forever’).  With cyberconsciousness it will be possible, for the first time, for a person to live forever in the real world.  This unique, technologically empowered form of living forever is called techno-immortality.

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Life-recording: Are you game?

by Mike Treder

Assuming the technology was robust, reliable, non-intrusive, and affordable—would you want to record your whole life?

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Google’s Velvet Rope

by Doug Rushkoff

Rather than make its new telephone service available to the masses, Google Voice will be invitation only. Douglas Rushkoff asks if you block them, will they come?

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The Telepathic Communication Era

by Giulio Prisco

Many people, including me, are now used to being always online. With my smartphone powered by Google’s Android operating system, I am used to sending and receiving email and IMs anytime, from anywhere. It is easy to see how this trend will evolve: most routine computing applications will migrate to smartphones, the coverage and bandwidth of wireless networks will go up, and their price will go down. In only a few years, we will be used to being permanently plugged in the global Internet, and of course the user interfaces will improve. For example, as described by the visionary science fiction author Charlie Stross in his novel Halting State, augmented reality technology based on smart glasses will soon permit overcoming the limitations due to the small size of phones. A first generation of suitable smart glasses is already available, but there is something much better on the horizon: instant telepathic communication.

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Artificial Friends

by Mike Treder

DI/DO (Drop In, Drop Out) connotes a lifestyle consisting almost entirely of online activity, but in place of a focus on interaction with actual friends and family, the vast majority of time is spent engaging with artificial digital companions.

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