Vision > Bioculture > Fellows > Russell Blackford
Russell Blackford
Hollywood versus the Mutants by Russell Blackford

When Hollywood movies depict mutated human beings — sometimes beautifully, grotesquely, or bizarrely transformed in appearance from the Homo sapiens norm — they draw upon traditions that are thousands of years old. Throughout recorded history, human myths, legends, and folktales have described recognisably anthropomorphic beings that nonetheless deviate from species-typical human morphology and/or possess greater than human powers.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Fellows > Jamais Cascio > Eco-gov
Jamais Cascio
Who Decides the Ideal Climate? by Jamais Cascio

Who gets to determine the “right” climate for the Earth?

Vision > Bioculture > Interns > HealthLongevity > Enablement > Kristi Scott
Kristi Scott
The Pistorius Effect by Kristi Scott

A lot of discussion has been going around regarding Pistorius. Should he or shouldn’t he be allowed to compete for a spot in the Beijing Olympics? If he makes it, should he or shouldn’t he be allowed to compete. There’s concern over what this will do to sports in general; what kind of message is it sending out to others; and how it could throw off future comparisons within the sport, making some sports records incomparable.

Rights > Economic > Fellows > Mike Treder
Mike Treder
The Invisible Hand Needs Some Help by Mike Treder

Over 200 years ago, Adam Smith proclaimed, "I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good." Rather, he asserted that when any given business owner or consumer "intends only his own gain, [he] frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it." Thus, in "pursuing his own interest," he will be "led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention."

Rights > Fellows > Russell Blackford > PostGender
Russell Blackford
Same-sex marriages today, polygamous marriages tomorrow? by Russell Blackford

Over at the Bad Idea Blog, “Bad” notes that advocates of same-sex marriage often simply dismiss slippery slope arguments such as the claim that judicial rulings in favour of same-sex marriage would lead to the legal recognition of polygamy.

Vision > CyborgBuddha
The science of happiness All in the Mind

The enchanting Natasha Mitchell on why the pursuit of happiness is a global obsession. Can science investigate happiness? What are the metrics—self report, brain activity, or the good deeds we do? Five world leaders in the field join Natasha Mitchell in conversation—neuroscientist Richard Davidson, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist scholar B. Alan Wallace, psychologist Daniel Gilbert and philosopher David Chalmers.  (MP3)  (Transcript)

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Fellows > Ben Goertzel > Cyber
Past and Present of Research on Artificial General Intelligence Artificial General Intelligence 2008

IEET Fellow Ben Goertzel organized the first Artificial General Intelligence conference, which was held FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis, March 1-3, 2008. This talk was his opening overview of the field.  Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) research focuses on the original and ultimate goal of AI—to create intelligence as a whole, by exploring all available paths, including theoretical and experimental computer science, cognitive science, neuroscience, and innovative interdisciplinary methodologies. (vi...

Rights > HealthLongevity > Directors > George Dvorsky > Disability > Enablement
George Dvorsky
Why I think Pistorius should not be allowed to compete at the Olympics by George Dvorsky

Shocking, you say? How could I, an unabashed proponent of human enhancement, be opposed to seeing disabled athlete Oscar Pistorius compete at the Olympic Games?

Vision > Fellows > Jamais Cascio > Futurism
Jamais Cascio
How Many Earths? by Jamais Cascio

It’s a standard trope in environmental commentary: we would need more than one Earth to support the planet’s population, especially if everyone lived like Americans. The number of Earths needed can vary greatly, depending upon who’s doing the counting. 1.2? Two? Three? Five? Ten?

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Fellows > Mike Treder > SciTech
Mike Treder
Nanotechnology and the Potential for Global Governance by Mike Treder

Since founding CRN five years ago, we’ve been concerned that the unprecedented power of molecular manufacturing and the potential for exponential proliferation of nanofactory technology may make it essential to create an international administration to regulate it. Half a decade later, have global political conditions changed in any way to make this outcome seem more likely?