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J. Hughes
Beyond Gay Marriage by J. Hughes

Forget the tyranny of “the natural” and build human institutions that serve human needs

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Neurocops: Policing the Borders of Human Cognition TV2003

Wrye Sententia speaking at the Transvision conference at Yale University on June 28, 2003. Until recently, the idea of Brain Police patrolling and controlling a free individual through the use of drugs has remained the lexicon of the clinically paranoid, or of sci-fi authors.  In 1932, Aldous Huxley imagined his brave new world of self-medicated happiness through Soma, and much of 20th century science fiction is steeped in technologies that impose state-sponsored mind control. In “The Futurological Congress” (1971), Stanisla...

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William Sims Bainbridge
Challenge and Response by William Sims Bainbridge

Dr. Bainbridge’s address to the JBS Haldane award ceremony dinner June 25, 2003 at Yale University.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Fellows > Ramez Naam > HealthLongevity > Implants
The Wired Brain TV2003

Naam speaking at the Transvision conference at Yale University, June 28, 2003. Researchers in the burgeoning field of neural prosthetics have now used electrodes implanted in the brain to restore sight to blind man, given quadriplegics the ability to control a computer simply by thinking, and more.

Rights > Fellows > Linda Glenn
Linda MacDonald Glenn
A Legal Perspective on Humanity, Personhood, and Species Boundaries by Linda MacDonald Glenn

While debates about the morality of therapeutic versus reproductive cloning or whether human beings should be genetically enhanced are currently in vogue, Jason Scott Robert and Françoise Baylis (2003) are correct in noting that little is being said about chimeras and the creation of new species. As I have previously written (Glenn 2003), further advances in the blending of nonhuman animal and human embryonic tissue could result, intentionally or not, in chimeric entities possessing degrees of intelligence or sentience never before seen...

Vision > Fellows > Russell Blackford
Russell Blackford
Who’s Afraid of the Brave New World? by Russell Blackford

THE BIOETHICIST Leon R. Kass, who has been one of the most persistent opponents of human cloning, argues that we must ban it totally as a tactical step to head off the emergence of a truly horrible society something like that depicted in Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World (1932). For Kass, it is not enough to ban reproductive cloning; to ensure that this cannot be done; we must also ban any creation of human embryos by somatic cell nuclear transfer, even for research or therapeutic purposes. In a lengthy article in the May...

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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.

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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...

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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).