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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

1. INTRODUCTION

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

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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 ...

Rights > Fellows > Douglas Rushkoff
Doug Rushkoff
Open Source Democracy: How online communication is changing offline politics by Doug Rushkoff

1. Introduction 2. From Moses to modems:Demystifying the storytelling and taking control 3. Electronic community:From birth to backlash 4. The opportunity for renaissance 5. Networked democracy 6. Open source:Imagining network democracy 7. Conclusion

Download the PDF version of Rushkoff’s book for UK policy thinktank Demos.

Vision > Directors > Mark Walker > CyborgBuddha
Mark Walker
Genetic Virtue by Mark Walker

Trinity College, University of Toronto

Department of Philosophy, McMaster University

Comments welcome: mark@permanentend.org

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Fellows > Milan Ćirković > Futurism
Milan Ćirković
On the Importance of SETI for Transhumanism by Milan Ćirković

It is argued that astrobiology in general, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in particular, are of foremost importance for the transhumanist endeavor. It is sketched how one can show incompleteness, at best, of the arguments usually cited in support of the uniqueness of human intelligence in the Galactic context. In addition to the arguments conventionally cited in support of SETI, and which can be easily cast in the form in which their significance for the future of humanity is manifest, a specific class of phase-transition m...