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



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MULTIMEDIA: Topics

Transhumanism: A Glimpse into the Future of Humanity

John Danaher on “Will the Future be Ruled by Algorithm?”

What is Technoprogressivism?

The Future of Healthcare: Medicine 2064

SENS Foundation: 2014 Buck Institute Summer Scholars

Quantitative Metrics on Cancer

Is the Entropy (disorder) of the Universe Increasing?

Noam Chomsky on Capitalism

Solar Will be the Energy Source For Humanity in a Few Decades

Why science is NOT ‘Just a Theory’

The Fermi Paradox, Self-Replicating Probes, Interstellar Transport Bandwidth (22min)

Keith Wiley - A Brief Introduction to Mind Uploading

Tidal Flooding and Sea Level Rise: The Growing Impacts of Global Warming

What we need is a Tom Lehrer-style Elements of Risk Song

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence




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If I said I’m thankful for the wisdom of the American people, would you think I’m crazy?

by Richard Eskow

There are a lot of things to be thankful for in this world, and I’ve got a pretty good list: A loving family, the glittering splendor of the cascading galaxies, Eddie Hinton’s guitar solo on the Staples Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” ... you know, the usual stuff. But here’s something you may not think warrants much gratitude this November: The wisdom and common sense of the American people.

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Xenotransplants Might Wipe Out the Human Race

by Kyle Munkittrick

But probably not!

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I Am the Man Who Sees the Future

by Richard Eskow

Now available: My forecasts for the medium and long-range future of humanity. Really!

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What matters most, justice or comfort?

by Mike Treder

Would you give up some of the consumer comforts you presently enjoy in order to live in a society that places a very high value on fairness, equality, and social justice? Or are you okay with a certain amount of “bending the rules” so the privileged class can attain more benefits and accumulate much more power and wealth as long as you also enjoy a higher standard of living?

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Strong Consensus on Improving Human Morality

Two-thirds of those responding to a recently concluded poll of IEET readers say that human morality is not fixed, that it can be improved “” and that we see it happening all the time.

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The Sexing Up Of Science (I’m Coming Out! And So Can You!)

by Andrea Kuszewski

A few weeks ago, The Science Cheerleaders grabbed headlines with their appearance at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, where they cheered for citizen science and science literacy as well as served to provide a new kind of role model for young girls, showing them they can be both cheerleaders and scientists.

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A Rough Guide to the Future

by Mike Treder

There’s a new book out that I recommend giving as a holiday gift, or just purchasing for yourself.

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The Third Culture

by Curtis D. Carbonell

This article is in response to Russell Blackford’s piece, “Will science put the humanities out of business?

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The Care and Feeding of Your AI Overlord

by Marcelo Rinesi

It’s 2010 — our 2010 —  and an artificial intelligence is one of the most powerful entities on Earth. It manages trillions of dollars in resources, governments shape their policies according to its reactions, and, while some people revere it as literally incapable of error and others despise it as a cathastrophic tyrant, everybody is keenly aware of its existence and power.

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We are Strong: Only Insofar As We Take Advantage of Our Innate Abilities and Build Smarter Tools

by Natasha Vita-More

Humans are animals that build tools to enhance physiology. It is the use of tools that helped to increase the human brain into a larger, more complex system than that of early hominids. “Tools and bigger brains mark the beginning of a distinctly human line of evolution.” (Kelly 2010, 22) According to Jared Diamond, early hominids lacked innovation: “In short, Neanderthal tools had no variation in either time or space to suggest that most human characteristics, innovation”. (Diamond 2006, 44) What will we do with nanotechnology and AGI?



A leftist reaction to the commercialization of space

by George Dvorsky

Peter Dickins has penned a provocative article in the Monthly ReviewThe Humanization of the Cosmos—To What End? Dickins approaches the subject of space colonization from a decidedly leftist perspective, and is wonders how the process can unfold without the exploitation of humans and the environment.

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Four Loko and Our Irrational Fear of Cognitive Enhancement

by Kyle Munkittrick

Four Loko is in the news! For a caffeinated malt liquor drink that comes in an assortment of barely palatable flavors, it sure is generating a lot of controversy.

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Will Mindclones, AIs, and Uploads Ever Run Out of Cyberspace?

by Martine Rothblatt

The cybersphere will expand exponentially as life expands into the universe.

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Love and Hope for Other Species in the Posthuman Future

by V.R. Manoj

I am writing this after having responded to a respected friend, a bioethicist with whom I am connected via Facebook. In his photo albums, he has a picture of a protected area for dogs in Thailand. This got me thinking.

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Top Five Reasons ‘The Singularity’ is a Misnomer

by Ramez Naam

I’m sometimes asked my view on the singularity. As the author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement, and a recipient of the H.G. Wells Award for Contributions to Transhumanism, people assume that I believe in this thing called The Singularity and can’t wait for it to occur.

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The financial time bomb of longer lives?

by George Dvorsky

A rather sobering article from the New York Times: “The Financial Time Bomb of Longer Lives”.

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We Need Gattaca to Prevent Skynet

by Kyle Munkittrick

In science fiction, when humanity is faced with existential crises, we turn to great minds attached to great hearts. While we aren’t under alien attack or facing sentient machines, our world has its own share of problems. Human cognitive enhancement might just be the solution from which all other solutions are born; or maybe it brings too many risks of its own.

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Never Say Die: A Slate/New America Seminar on Radical Life Extension

by J. Hughes

Slate magazine and New America Foundation are holding a seminar on the biology and policy implications of radical life extension today, with help from the IEET’s Sean Hays and with IEET Fellow Aubrey de Grey as a speaker.

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On Capitalism and Politics in 2010

by Kris Notaro

Critical thinking leads the political thinker to socialism, anarchism, and a rejection of capitalism.

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Sharp Divisions on Religion and Science

When asked, in a recently concluded poll, whether science and religion can coexist peacefully, IEET readers responded with sharply different views.

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Will science put the humanities out of business?

by Russell Blackford

Nah, I don’t think so. Nor are they about to tell us everything we want for the development of public policy. The following is edited from an article I published in Quadrant about a decade ago.

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David Brin’s new graphic novel Tinkerers

What if America lost its knack for making things? IEET Fellow David Brin’s new graphic novel Tinkerers is set in the year 2024, and combines art with history and tech to explore where the U.S. went wrong.

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Revisiting the proto-transhumanists: Diderot and Condorcet

by George Dvorsky

Think transhumanism is a relatively new social and intellectual phenomenon? Guess again.

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Top Ten Transhumanist Movies

by Mike Treder

Counting down the ten best films ever made that comment on H+ themes…

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Not Just a Pretty Face:  Legal and Ethical Issues in Regenerative Nanomedicine

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

Revolutionary regeneration techniques will inevitably be used for enhancement.

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Paying to Make Red Lights Turn Green

by Richard Eskow

A smart idea, or a technolibertarian nightmare?

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In the Company of Monsters

by Marcelo Rinesi

There have been monsters in fiction ever since there was any fiction at all. They are — always — scary, and sometimes attractive. But during the last years they have also began to be something else, something never seen before: they are our colleagues.

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The quantified self: 6 tools to help you get started

by George Dvorsky

The quantified self movement is really starting to gain some steam, mostly on account of a slew of new technologies and services that are making personalized metrics easier and more meaningful. It’s truly a case where the dream is coming true; in short order we will be able to track the most minute details of our body’s functioning, have that data analyzed, and given a set of prescriptions to help us optimize our health based on a predetermined set of goals.

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Sam Harris on the illusion of free will

by Russell Blackford

One small part of The Moral Landscape (about 10 pages) consists of a discussion of free will, which is, according to Sam Harris, an illusion.

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The Most Significant Tech of the Next 20 Years

by George Dvorsky

I was recently interviewed by Christian Nesheim of the I Look Forward To blog, who asked: “What will be the single most significant technological development of the next 20 years?”

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