GlobalDemocracySecurity > J. Hughes > Eco-gov
J. Hughes
Reconciling Humans, Nature and Technology by J. Hughes

Ecological destruction is bad because it hurts human interests and preferences. Solving the problem will take both more science and more democracy.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > J. Hughes > Eco-gov
J. Hughes
Reconciliando humanos, natureza e tecnologia by J. Hughes

Destruição ecológica é ruim porque fere os interesses e preferências humanos. Resolvendo o problema teremos mais ciência e mais democracia.

Vision > Directors > Nick Bostrom
Nick Bostrom
Astronomical Waste: The Opportunity Cost of Delayed Technological Development by Nick Bostrom

ABSTRACT. With very advanced technology, a very large population of people living happy lives could be sustained in the accessible region of the universe. For every year that development of such technologies and colonization of the universe is delayed, there is therefore an opportunity cost: a potential good, lives worth living, is not being realized. Given some plausible assumptions, this cost is extremely large. However, the lesson for utilitarians is not that we ought to maximize the pace of technological development, but rather that we o...

Vision > Fellows > Russell Blackford > HealthLongevity > Implants
Russell Blackford
Mutants, cyborgs, AI & Androids by Russell Blackford

What does it mean to be human? We are, of course, biological creatures, and the question allows a literal answer when approached at that level. Modern humans are classified biologically as Homo sapiens sapiens. We are definable by our genetic code, and are closely related to chimpanzees and bonobos—somewhat less so to gorillas, orang-outangs and gibbons. It is to our own species that Jared Diamond is alluding in the title—and text—of his book The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee (1991).

Vision > Virtuality > CyborgBuddha > J. Hughes > Futurism
J. Hughes
The Future of Sex by J. Hughes

What will happen when we can transcend erotic desire, romantic love and the human body?

Vision > Fellows > Mike Treder
Mike Treder
Applying the Precautionary Principle to Nanotechnology by Mike Treder by Chris Phoenix and Mike Treder

Vision > J. Hughes > Futurism
J. Hughes
Democratic Transhumanism 2.0 by J. Hughes

An earlier, but substantially different, version of this essay was published in Transhumanity, April 28, 2002

version française


Biopolitics is emerging as an axis of modern politics alongside economic politics and cultural politics. Transhumanists, people who embrace technologies that extend and enhance regardless of their effect on “natural” life spans, limitations or social institutions, are the progressive end of the new biopolitical continuum. BioLuddites, who call for bans on tec...

Vision > Bioculture > Fellows > Athena Andreadis
The Biology of Star Trek Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with Athena Andreadis, neurobiologist and author of The Biology of Star Trek, about the future of the human race.

Rights > Fellows > Douglas Rushkoff
Is Pornography Driving Technology? NPR

All Things Considered, November 29, 2002 ·  Brooke Gladstone, co-host of NPR’s On the Media produced at member station WNYC, examines how the pornography industry has been a key driver in the development of new technology—technology that eventually finds its way into widespread use. (9:30)

Rights > Fellows > Russell Blackford
Russell Blackford
The Supposed Rights of the Fetus by Russell Blackford

Issues arising from actual or proposed scientific research on human embryos have introduced a renewed urgency to the long-running public policy debate about the moral rights of human zygotes, embryos and fetuses. The debate inevitably provokes participants to make familiar claims about the ethical acceptability or otherwise of abortion, since the arguments about abortion and embryo research share some of the same logic.