Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Quick overview of biopolitical points of view



UPCOMING EVENTS:

Brin @ In the Year 2525: Big Science, Big History, and the Far Future of Humanity
February 18-
Pasadena, CA USA


Brain @ North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress
February 26-1
New York, NY USA


Technology, Policy & Ethics Lecture Series: Ethics for Software/App Design
March 5
Santa Clara University


Mikey Siegel on “Transformative Technology: An Evolution of Contemplative Practice”
March 5
Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA


Human in the Meshes of the Digital Web. Ethical Challenges of Info and Communication Technologies
March 11-14
Strasbourg, France


Ted Chu @ Europe Trend Day
March 11
Zurich, Switzerland


The Work of Cognition and Neuroethics in Science Fiction
March 20-21
Flint, MI, USA




MULTIMEDIA: Topics

Interview on Robot Overlordz: Tech Unemployment and Enhancement

Future Day Online

A Simulated Mouse Brain in a Virtual Mouse Body

The Power Of Ideas

4 Psychology Myths You Probably Thought Were True

The Need for Cognitive Privacy

Mark Lewis on “Have We Reached Peak Education?”

7 surprising facts about silver nanoparticles and health

Futurology, Future Day & the Millennium Project

Progress in Regenerative Medicine

Attitudes to the Future

Alan Watts: Who Am I?

Identity, Digital

Identity, Virtual

Identity Engineered




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Emerging Health Technologies: Interventional anti-aging

by Melanie Swan

The focus of the 40th annual meeting of the American Aging Association, held a few weeks ago in North Carolina, was emerging concepts in the mechanisms of aging.

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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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The Evolving Dynamic of Evil and Love

by Kim Solez & Nikki Olson

The nature of evil is evolving — and love is changing too.

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Sousveillance: A New Era for Police Accountability

by David Brin

Police are waging a futile war against camera-toting citizens. In several states, you can be arrested for filming police, even in a public place. With cameras growing ever smaller, conflicts are going to arise more and more often. There can only be one outcome. Police are just going to have to get used to it.

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What If Your Robot Is the Devil?

by Patrick Lin

Should we regulate the creation of autonomous robots? If yes, then why not also regulate the creation of autonomous humans?

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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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Let the geoengineering research begin!

by R. Dennis Hansen

Who says we can’t do anything about the weather or the climate?

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Primal Transhumanism

by George Dvorsky

Primal transhumanism. Oxymoron? Maybe. Burgeoning lifestyle choice for a growing number of futurists? Most definitely.

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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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Panpsychism and Multiple Realization: The Posthuman Mind pt3

by Kris Notaro

In the event that Panpsychism is true, can Multiple Realization also be true for AI and the posthuman?

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My Top Choices in Science-Oriented WebComics

by David Brin

We all need a break from time to time. Where can you turn for a bit of lighter side of science online?

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Mixed Results on Living in a Simulation

What’s the takeaway here? That a quarter of our readers think we’re nuts for even asking this question? Or that almost half of our readers seriously think we probably are living in a simulation?

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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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Designer Psychologies: Moving Beyond Neurotypicality

by George Dvorsky

Designer psychologies, or customized cognitive processing modalities, describes the potential for future individuals to selectively alter the specific and unique ways in which they take in, analyze and perceive the world. Cognitive modalities are the psychological frameworks that allow for person-to-person variances in subjectivity, including such things as emotional responses, social engagement, aesthetics and prioritization. The day is coming when we’ll be able to decide for ourselves how it is exactly that we want to process our world.

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Wendell Wallach on Machine Morality

by Ben Goertzel

Wendell Wallach, a lecturer and consultant at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics—and recently appointed as an IEET Fellow—has emerged as one of the leading voices on technology and ethics.

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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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“Transhumanism Meets Design” Conference Recap: Beyond enhancement

by George Dvorsky

I recently returned from New York City where I attended the Humanity+ @ Parsons conference on May 14th and 15th. I always have a great time at these events, and this conference was no exception.

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A Majority of IEET Readers Oppose Parental Licensing

In a poll that was split almost exactly evenly between five different answers, only 40% of respondents said they were in favor of requiring prospective parents to first obtain licenses. Another 40% oppose licensing but would like to see more parental education opportunities, while the remaining quintile says we’re out of line even to discuss the matter.

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FDA Bans Gender Selection Procedure

by Edgar Dahl

The American Food and Drug Administration has required the Genetics and IVF Center in Fairfax, Virginia, to stop offering MicroSort for family balancing. Currently, the procedure is available only for “couples attempting to prevent sex-linked or sex-limited disease.”

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Egalitarian Planet: Five proposals to elevate society by reducing disparity

by Hank Pellissier

Is inequality the primary cause of human suffering? Does disparity in wealth, power, opportunity, and education inevitably lead to despair and social discontent?

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Could Our Universe Be a Fake?

by David Brin

Does the emperor exist, when he dreams that he is a butterfly? Does the butterfly dream of being an emperor?

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Anders Sandberg on Progress in Mitigating Asteroid Impact Risks

by J. Hughes

Anders Sandberg, a friend of the IEET and postdoctoral fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University, recently gave the keynote address at the May 9-12, 2011, Planetary Defense Conference in Bucharest sponsored by the International Academy of Astronautics. He has kindly sent us a summary of encouraging progress documented at the meeting on mapping the trajectories of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and figuring out ways to deflect them if they will hit the Earth.

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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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This grass is great for the globe!

by Hank Pellissier

What can stop eco-disasters? Advanced technology? Perhaps, but the savior also might be a 40-million-year-old plant…

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Summary of Advances in Medical Nanotechnology

by Melanie Swan

Recent developments in nanomedicine could allow the focus of treatment to shift from cure to prevention—and ultimately to enhancement.

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An Epidemic of Paranoia

by David Brin

Self-delusion is the greatest of all human talents.

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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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Tax the Churches and Give the Revenue to Hungry Children

by Hank Pellissier

Billions of dollars are lost every year, plucked out of Joe and Jane Taxpayer’s pockets, because religious groups are allowed to be parasites.

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IEET Readers and New Scientist Readers Disagree on Tech Impact

In identical polls conducted simultaneously during April 2011, readers at the two sites gave different answers regarding the potentially most powerful emerging technologies.

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Criticism of the IEET’s Rights of Non-Human Persons Program

by George Dvorsky

The blog One Green Planet has chimed in on our Rights of Non-Human Persons Program.

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