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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...

Rights > Fellows > Linda Glenn
Linda MacDonald Glenn
Biotechnology at the Margins of Personhood: An Evolving Legal Paradigm by Linda MacDonald Glenn

The last few years have seen scientific advancements that were thought to be possible only in the realm of science fiction.  From nuclear transfer to exogenous pregnancies, implantable brain chips to transgenic engineering, cyborg to chimera, we may be taking the next step in our own evolution. As barriers between the species begin to blur and blend, should humans retain special elevated status? How will these affect notions of “personhood”? Possible implications range from affecting the abortion debate to end-of-life decisi...

Rights > Fellows > Linda Glenn
Linda MacDonald Glenn
When Pigs Fly? Legal and Ethical Issues in Transgenics and the Creation of Chimeras by Linda MacDonald Glenn

The Walter C. Randall Biomedical Ethics Lecture

The following is a speech delivered by Linda MacDonald Glenn for the Walter C. Randall Lecture Award in Biomedical Ethics at Experimental Biology, 2003 in San Diego, CA.

The last few years have seen scientific advancements that we thought to be possible only in the realm of science fiction. From nuclear transfer to exogenous pregnancies, implantable brain chips to transgenic engineering, cyborg to chimera, we are forging the next step in our own evolution. Future developments wi...

Rights > Economic > J. Hughes
J. Hughes
Getting Paid in Our Jobless Future by J. Hughes

Only a guaranteed basic income can ensure economic growth, technological innovation and social welfare

Rights > HealthLongevity > Directors > George Dvorsky > Implants > Disability
George Dvorsky
And the Disabled Shall Inherit the Earth by George Dvorsky

Uninhibited about technological modification, they’re poised to be the first posthumans

Rights > HealthLongevity > CognitiveLiberty > CyborgBuddha > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Directors > Enablement > Nick Bostrom > Futurism > PostGender
Nick Bostrom
Transhumanist Values by Nick Bostrom

Wonderful ways of being may be located in the “posthuman realm”, but we can’t reach them. If we enhance ourselves using technology, however, we can go out there and realize these values. This paper sketches a transhumanist axiology.

Rights > Directors > Nick Bostrom > J. Hughes > CSR
Transhumanist Dignity Changesurfer Radio

Bostrom speaks on the illusiveness of “human dignity” and the dignity to be found in enhancements.

Vision > Bioculture > Fellows > Milan Ćirković
Milan Ćirković
Ancient Origins of a Modern Anthropic Cosmological Argument by Milan Ćirković

Ancient origins of a modern anthropic argument against cosmologies involving infinite series of past events are considered. It is shown that this argument - which in modern times has been put forward by distinguished cosmologists like Paul C. W. Davies and Frank J. Tipler - originates in pre-Socratic times and is implicitly present in the cyclical cosmology of Empedocles. There are traces of the same line of reasoning throughout the ancient history of ideas, and the case of a provocative statement of Thucydides is briefly analyzed. Moreover,...