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Sickness and Wealth pt1 Changesurfer Radio

CSR presents Part One of a Feb. 9, 2004 speech by Dr. Stephen Bezruchka, author of a series of books on the Himalayas, and a series of articles on the connections between inequality, globalization and health. Dr. Bezruchka set up SCALPEL, which links Nepali surgeons to medical officers posted to rural hospitals. Currently he teaches in the International Health Program at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine in the University of Washington, where he directs the Population Health Forum. Dr. Bezruchka has an essay in the forthcomi...

Vision > Fellows > Milan Ćirković > Futurism
Milan Ćirković
Forecast for the Next Eon: Applied Cosmology and the Long-Term Fate of Intelligent Beings by Milan Ćirković

Cosmology seems extremely remote from everyday human practice and experience. It is usually taken for granted that cosmological data cannot rationally influence our beliefs about the fate of humanity—and possible other intelligent species—except perhaps in the extremely distant future, when the question of heat death (in an ever-expanding universe) becomes actual. Here, an attempt is made to show that it may become a practical issue much sooner, if an intelligent community wishes to maximize its creative potential. New developmen...

Rights > Economic > J. Hughes
J. Hughes
Embrace the End of Work by J. Hughes

Unless we send humanity on a permanent paid vacation, the future could get very bleak

Fellows > Jamais Cascio
Jamais Cascio
Open the Future by Jamais Cascio

Very soon, sooner than we may wish, we will see the onset of a process of social and technological transformation that will utterly reshape our lives—a process that some have termed a "singularity." While some embrace this possibility,  others fear its potential. Aggressive steps to deflect this wave of global transformation will not save us, and would likely make things worse. Powerful interests desire drastic technological change; powerful cultural forces drive it. The see...

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Fellows > Ben Goertzel > CyborgBuddha > Cyber
Ben Goertzel
Encouraging a Positive Transcension: Issues in Transhumanist Ethical Philosophy by Ben Goertzel The (Probably) Coming Transcension The Ethics and Meta-Ethics of Transcension AGI and Alternative Dangers Singularity Stewardship and the Global Brain  Mindplex Pragmatic Politics of Transcension Research Creating Joyously Growing, Volition-Respecting AI Encouraging a Positive Transcension


Rights > HealthLongevity > Personhood > J. Hughes > Implants
J. Hughes
The Death of Death by J. Hughes


The current definitions of brain death are predicated on the prognostic observation that brain dead patients would quickly die even with intensive care. But this is now shown to be untrue[1],[2],[3],[4].

Neuroremediation technologies and advances in intensive care will make it increasingly possible to keep alive the bodies of patients who would currently be classified as brain dead, and recover much of the memories and capabilities that we currently consider irrecoverable.

Fellows > Interns > HealthLongevity > Innovation > Implants
An Ravelingien
Proceeding with clinical trials of animal-to-human organ transplantation. A way out of the dilemma by An Ravelingien

Abstract The transplantation of porcine organs to humans could in the future be a solution to the worldwide organ shortage, but is to date still highly experimental. Further research on the potential effects of crossing the species barrier is essential before clinical application is acceptable. However, many crucial questions on efficacy and safety will ultimately only be answered by well-designed and controlled solid organ xenotransplantation trials on humans. The question then rises of what conditions are necessary in order to resum...

Vision > Bioculture > J. Hughes
J. Hughes
Monsters in the Media by J. Hughes

Popular books, movies and television shows are some of the few places addressing human-racism and the citizenship of nonhumans

Andy Miah
(e)Text: Error…404 Not Found! Or the Disappearance of History by Andy Miah

The possibility of e-texts becoming the dominant medium of delivering information is alarming specifically because it threatens enlightenment values of recording and documenting. The obsession with preserving historical actions, biography and autobiography are complicated by the fluidity of information within e-text. The challenge for e-texters is therefore to ascertain how to re-define what constitutes the making of history. The keeping of records requires radical re-theorising. Indeed, the concept of a ‘record’ might require re...

Rights > HealthLongevity > Directors > Nick Bostrom
Nick Bostrom
Human Genetic Enhancements: A Transhumanist Perspective by Nick Bostrom

1. What is Transhumanism?

          Transhumanism is a loosely defined movement that has developed gradually over the past two decades. It promotes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and evaluating the opportunities for enhancing the human condition and the human organism opened up by the advancement of technology. Attention is given to both present technologies, like genetic engineering and information technology, and anticipated future ones, such as molecular nanotechnology and artificial ...