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



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January 4-5
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January 27-30
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February 12-16
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Brain @ North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress
February 26-1
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Human in the Meshes of the Digital Web. Ethical Challenges of Info and Communication Technologies
March 11-14
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Cognition and Neuroethics in Science Fiction
March 20-21
Flint, Michigan, USA


Wallach, Hughes @ Governance of Emerging Technologies
May 26-28
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MULTIMEDIA: Topics

From German Idealism to American Pragmatism

Smart Cities, Smart Sports

What is the Future of Virtual Reality?

What Is A Theory of Everything, And Why Should We Want One?

Humanity Beyond the Human

Is Ferguson like Mockingjay?

Noam Chomsky on Syria, China, Capitalism, and Ferguson

Rachel Maddow’s Enthusiasm Explodes on Recent News about the Economy and Civil Rights Protests Dec5

The Shaky Foundations of Science: An Overview of the Big Issues

An update on Cosmology and thoughts on Education - Cosmologist with Attitude

THE IMMORTALISTS

“What is Technoprogressive Thought? Origins, Principles, Agendas”

“Unequal access to technology: what can we learn from smartphones?” (50min)

“Demystifying visionary technology” (1hr)

“What is a fair distribution of brains?” (1hr)




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#11: A Primer on Supply-Side vs Demand-Side Economics

by David Brin

Let’s step back and examine how, in the U.S., Democrats and Republicans have become identified with two quite opposite economic theories.

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Not So Superficial: Rethinking cosmetic enhancements

by George Dvorsky

In a world where everyone is beautiful, we will simultaneously be able to enjoy it and move past it so that we can get on with some of the more important and meaningful aspects of life and existence.

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#12: Sex Makes You Smarter — Can ‘Virtual Sex’ Do The Same?

by Andrea Kuszewski

If sex makes you smarter via changes in synaptic strength following the act, can you get the same benefit from virtual sex, as long as your brain is convinced it is real at the time?

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How School Testing is Crippling Children

by Marcelo Rinesi

It’s probably not the worst thing it does to them, but the end result is clear. How this happens is also very simple: we overwhelmingly test children without access to networked computers.

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Unmanned War Systems and American Society

by Jeremy Weissman

Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S. has moved rapidly from activating only a handful of unarmed unmanned flying systems to currently deploying over 7,000 unmanned systems in the air and over 12,000 on the ground, many of these heavily armed. There is every reason to suspect this rapid incorporation of military robotics will only accelerate.

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#13: If Only We Were Smarter!

by Phil Torres

While we tend to believe that more smarts would help us solve the formidable mass of problems we have created, the empirical data seems to disagree with us.

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How to Engineer a Zombie Virus

by George Dvorsky

Much to my surprise, I’ve become a bit of a zombie junkie.

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#14: State-by-State Gay Marriage Acceptance

by Hank Pellissier

How is gay marriage in America proceeding down the aisle? This question concerns all transhumanists because persecution of homosexuality is an anti-Enlightenment human rights violation that is rooted in archaic religious superstition and anti-scientific thought. Actively supporting gay marriage is the ethically responsible position for all progressive transhumanists.

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Hey, Barbie — Show Me The Science!

by Andrea Kuszewski

While Christmas shopping with my sister and my little three year-old niece, I noticed something that rather disturbed me. And as difficult as it is for me to say this - it was Barbie.

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#15: The Future Looks Large and Sexy

by Kristi Scott

The body has a lot of change to go through on the path to post-humanity. There is plenty of room for improvement and enhancement.

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Neodicy

by Jamais Cascio


Technology will save us. Technology will destroy us.

The Future will save us. The Future will destroy us.

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#16: Science, Morality, and Sam Harris

by Russell Blackford

Sam Harris argues in this TED talk that science can be an authority on moral issues. It’s a superb performance, and I think he’s got it approximately right.

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Epoch of Plasticity

by Natasha Vita-More

A new paper on “the metaverse as a vehicle for cognitive enhancement.”

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#17: Cerebral Imperialism

by Richard Eskow

Could it be that there is no intelligence without a body? That there’s only computation? That cognition is the byproduct of biological processes, and never the driver of them?

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IEET Readers Say They Value Fairness Over Abundance

By a large margin, respondents to a recently concluded poll chose fairness, equality, and social justice as higher values than material comforts.

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Tops of the Year in Science, Technology, and Cheerleading

by Mike Treder

Here we have a roundup of the roundups - a collection of various collections of top stories from 2010 in science, technology, astronomy, engineering, and even cheerleading!

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#18: Will gender exist 100 years from now?

by Kris Notaro

Traditional values of looking at gender in binary fashion grow less and less important as scientists show that gender identity is diverse in nature and is caused by many biological and social conditions.



An Appeal for Support

Join those who are committed to a future of hope and reason, of science and optimism, of flourishing and sustainable societies.

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#19: 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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Justice, Abundance, and Emerging Technologies

by Mike Treder

Is the choice between lots of consumer comforts and lots of liberal democracy a false dichotomy?

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#20: Vatican Condemns Nobel Prize to Robert Edwards

by Russell Blackford

British biologist Robert Edwards, who developed the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF), has won a Nobel Prize. But the Vatican says the choice of Professor Edwards was “completely out of order.”

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The Quest for Individual Immortality

by David Brin

The quest for individual immortality is admittedly tempting yet fundamentally irrelevant to the great project we have inherited: to build and improve the Enlightenment Civilization.

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#21: There’s More to Singularity Studies Than Kurzweil

by George Dvorsky

I’m finding myself a bit disturbed these days about how fashionable it has become to hate Ray Kurzweil - because it’s not all about Ray.

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Let Designer Kids Be Kids

by Kyle Munkittrick

Could it be that genetic engineering might be part of what cures us of the hyper-parenting pandemic?

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#22: The Real Struggle Behind Climate Change = A War on Expertise

by David Brin

The schism over global climate change (GCC) has become an intellectual chasm, across which everyone perceives the other side as Kool-Aid drinkers. Although I have mixed views of my own about the science of GCC and have closely grilled a number of colleagues who are front-line atmospheric scientists, I’m afraid all the anecdotes and politics-drenched “questions” flying about aren’t shedding light. They are, in fact, quite beside the point. That is because science itself is the main issue: its relevance and utility as a decision-making tool.

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#23: Belief in Progress vs. Rational Uncertainty

by J. Hughes

Most Enlightenment thinkers believed in the inevitability of human political and technological progress, transforming the Christian expectation that history was predetermined to end in the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth into a conviction that humanity would be able to continually improve itself. But the scientific worldview does not support historical inevitability, only uncertainty.

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Small Gods and the Art of Technology Innovation

by Andrew Maynard

There’s something rather liberating about being asked to give a no-holds talk on your perspective on life, the universe, and everything. So when the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center asked if I would speak as part of their “Where do we go from here?” series, I jumped at it.

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#24: The Uncertain Future of Transhumanism

by Mike Treder

Let’s consider four distinct scenarios of technological development and transhumanist assimilation that might take place over the next 15 to 20 years.

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Key Themes in Aging Research

by Melanie Swan

With the aging of populations worldwide, increasing health care costs, and complexities inherent in conducting medicine in a data-rich era of genomics and personalized medicine, the understanding and potential re-engineering of human biological processes is critical.

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#25: How To Make Sex Better

by Kyle Munkittrick

Sex, on its own, in the wild, natural and unadorned, is still complicated. Don’t believe me? Look at a peacock or a bird of paradise. Salmon die after they procreate. Sea slugs penis joust. Now throw in evolved human biology, history, culture, technology, and science and you have a real disaster on your hands.

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