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Nick Bostrom
A Proactive Response to the Tsunami Disaster by Nick Bostrom

In the wake of the tsunami disaster, The Lancet (Vol 365, January 15, 191-193) has an editorial calling for the creation of a “World Institute for Risk Evaluation” (WIRE), noting that “a piecemeal approach to determining human risks would be an understandably reactive but deeply flawed response to this latest catastrophe.”

Fellows > Russell Blackford
Russell Blackford
The Supposed Sin of Defying Nature: Part One by Russell Blackford Why are policy debates still plagued by an irrational idea that refuses to die? By Russell Blackford     Betterhumans     1/19/2005

Appeals to what is "natural" have a long history in policy debates about unpopular practices-such as homosexual acts, technological innovations and, particularly in recent times, manipulating DNA. The assumption is that there is something wrong morally ...

Fellows > Mike Treder
Mike Treder
The Meaning of Nanotechnology by Mike Treder

Virtually every previous technological improvement has been accomplished by making things smaller and more precise. But as the scales at which we work get smaller and smaller, we approach limits imposed by physics. The smallest unit of matter we can build with is the atom, or combinations of atoms known as molecules. The earthshaking insight of nanotechnology  is that, when we reach this scale, we can reverse direction and begin building from the bottom up, making...

Rights > J. Hughes
J. Hughes
Drawing a Stem Cell Line in the Sand by J. Hughes

Former lefty Wesley J. Smith is now a right-wing bioconservative, says James Hughes, and Consumer’s Guide to a Brave New World will make you nostalgic for when progressives believed in progress

Fellows > Jamais Cascio
Jamais Cascio
Innovation and Development by Jamais Cascio

Leapfrog Nations -  Emerging Technology in the New Developing World

The United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Science,  Technology and Innovation thinks there’s a better way to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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Technoprogressives (parts 1 &2) Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Dale Carrico, the Human Rights fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He writes the “Progressive Futures” column for, and blogs at Cyborg Democracy and Amor Mundi. (Originally broadcast January 2005) Part 1:

Part 2:

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An Ravelingien
Earning points for moral behaviour. Organ allocation based on reciprocity by An Ravelingien
Vision > Fellows
Dale Carrico
Progress as a Natural Force Versus Progress as the Great Work by Dale Carrico

(Or; How Do You Like Your Progress, Maam, Faith-Based Or Reality-Based?)

Even occasional readers of the blog likely know already (via the wonders of relentless self-promotion) that I write a regular column called Progressive Futures, and have already noticed that although I am probably best described as a social, radical, or liberal democrat (depending on my mood or my company) its also true I have often taken on the label progressive to describe myself.

Fellows > Mike Treder
Mike Treder
Nanotechnology Priorities and the Developing World by Mike Treder Michael Lerner of Tikkun has published a sobering commentary  on how funds are spent to relieve suffering. Here is an excerpt:

Fellows > Jamais Cascio
Jamais Cascio
Artificial Intelligence, Real Rights by Jamais Cascio

Should a "thinking" machine have human rights? The question is less absurd—and less distant—than some may assume. We may be getting very close to the point of being able to build machines able to emulate (or display,  depending upon one’s perspective) consciousness. Thinking about what that might imply is useful now, before the reality confronts us, argues Columbia University’s Benjamin Soskis in the current edition of Legal Affairs.  ...