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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

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Abstract

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.

Rights > J. Hughes > ReproRights
J. Hughes
Cloning As A Valid Reproductive Choice by J. Hughes

Reproductive cloning should be a legal reproductive option once it is safe, even if the right to clone is not a very important right.

Vision > Fellows > Milan Ćirković > Futurism
Milan Ćirković
Cosmological Forecast and Its Practical Significance 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 except perhaps in the extremely distant future, when the question of heat death (in an ever-expanding universe) becomes actual. In this note, an attempt is made to show that it may become a practical issue much sooner, if humanity wishes to maximize its creative potential. Newer developments in fields of anthropic self-selection and physical es...

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Blockbuster Depression: Drug Deals for Drug Makers by Wrye Sententia

On July 14, in an unprecedented alchemy of corporate drug deals synthesized behind closed doors, a $60 billion transaction allowed Pfizer Inc. to acquire Pharmacia Corporation, creating the largest pharmaceutical company in the world. With anticipated annual revenues of $48 billion, the newly concocted Pfizer-Pharmacia mega company will have unsurpassed global dominance on some of the most lucrative pharmaceutical drugs available on the market. The potential side effects of the merger on consumers seem to have gone unnoticed.