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Ilia Stambler Publishes New Text on Longevity Promotion
(Sep 10, 2017)

This book considers the multidisciplinary aspects of longevity promotion, from the advocacy, historical, philosophical and scientific perspectives. The first part on longevity advocacy includes examples of pro-longevity campaigns, outreach materials, frequent debates and policy suggestions and frameworks that may assist in the promotion of research and development for healthy longevity. The second part on longevity history includes analyses of the definition of life-extensionism as a social and intellectual movement, the dialectics of reductionism vs. holism and the significance of the concept of constancy in the history of life extension research, an historical overview of evolutionary theories of aging, and a tribute to one of the founding figures of modern longevity science. The third part on longevity philosophy surveys the aspirations and supportive arguments for increasing healthy longevity in the philosophical and religious traditions of ancient Greece, India, the Middle East, in particular in Islam and Judaism, and the Christian tradition. Finally, the fourth part on longevity science includes brief discussions of some of the scientific issues in life extension research, in particular regarding some potential interventions to ameliorate degenerative aging, some methodological issues with diagnosing and treating degenerative aging as a medical condition, the application of information theory for aging and longevity research, some potential physical means for life extension, and some resources for further consideration. These discussions are in no way exhaustive, but are intended to simulate additional interest, consultation and study of longevity science and its social and cultural implications. It is hoped that this book will contribute to broadening, diversifying and strengthening the academic and public deliberation on the prospects of healthy life extension for the entire population. The setting and careful consideration of a goal may be seen as a first step toward its accomplishment.

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9th Beyond Humanism Conference Wrap Up
(Aug 11, 2017)

Here you find a video summary of the 9th Beyond Humanism Conference which took place at John Cabot University in Rome ( in July 2017 and during which the launch of the “Journal of Posthuman Studies” was celebrated:

Inaugural Issues of the Journal of Posthuman Studies Now Available! (Jun 28, 2017)

Why we should create artificial offspring: meaning and the collective afterlife (Jun 15, 2017)


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Roland Benedikter Digitalisierung der Gefühle?
by Roland Benedikter
Sep 25, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

An der in Sachen Informationstechnologie weltweit führenden Stanford-Universität wurde Januar 2017 die Digitalisierung der Gefühle diskutiert. Forscher stellten ihren baldigen Zusammenschluss mit Technik – wenn auch nicht notwendigerweise als wünschenswert –, doch als unvermeidlich dar.

Keith B. Wiley The Obligatory Mind Uploading Blockchain Crossover
by Keith B. Wiley
Sep 24, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In 2017, the world lost its collective bananas over Bitcoin and its supporting technology, blockchains, aka distributed hashed transaction ledgers (a mouthful that simply means a history of transactions that can’t be altered, thus enabling verification of any historical inquiries).  As blockchain mania swept the summer headlines, briefly eclipsed by an actual bonafide eclipse (one of the seminal spiritual moments of the author’s life), everyone started connecting blockchains to everything.  In addition to Bitcoin’s application of blockchains to digital currency, blockchains have recently been assigned relevancy on topics including data storage, passports, birth certificates, mortgages, voting, notary, internet-of-things, car keys, healthcare, etc.  Blockchain’s moment has surely arrived.  This article adds another item to the venerable list of blockchain applications: resolving the metaphysical question of the nature of personal identity and what happens to it during reduplication, wherein two versions of a single person come into being.

Alexandre Maurer Religion, transhumanisme et quête de transcendance
by Alexandre Maurer
Sep 23, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Et si religion et transhumanisme recherchaient une même forme de transcendance par des moyens différents ?

Roland Benedikter MENSCH & MASCHINE
by Roland Benedikter
Sep 22, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Die Digitalisierung hat in nur wenigen Jahrzehnten unsere Lebenswirklichkeit bis fast in den letzten Winkel durchdrungen. Und viele ihrer Errungenschaften sind uns heute unentbehrlich. Doch wir stehen auch an einer Schwelle. Schon bald könnten Algorithmen und künstliche Intelligenz bestimmen, was es bedeutet, Mensch zu sein. Es ist also Zeit, dass wir uns neu bewusst zu werden, wer wir sind und warum wir den Computern und Cyborgs nicht unsere Zukunft überlassen wollen.

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John Danaher New papers on Moral Enhancement and Brain-Based Lie Detection
by John Danaher
Sep 21, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I have a couple of new papers available online. The first looks at the moral freedom objection to moral enhancement. The second tries to rebut an interesting philosophical objection to the use of brain-based lie detection. Both papers are set to appear in edited books in 2018. Details and links to pre-publication versions below (just click on the paper title):

Marcelo Rinesi Tesla (or Google) and the risk of massively distributed physical terrorist attacks
by Marcelo Rinesi
Sep 18, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

You know, an autonomous car is only a software vulnerability away from being a lethal autonomous weapon, and a successful autonomous car company is only a hack away from being the world’s largest (if single-use) urban combat force. Such an event would easily be the worst terrorist attack in history.

John Danaher The Reality of Virtual Reality: A Philosophical Analysis
by John Danaher
Sep 18, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

There is an apple in front of me. I can see it, but I can’t touch it. The reason is that the apple is actually a 3-D rendered model of an apple. It looks like an apple, but exists only within a virtual environment — one that is projected onto the computer screen in front of me. I can interact with the apple. I have an avatar that I can control on the screen. That avatar is a virtual projection of my self. It can pick up the apple, throw it around the virtual room, or eat it. But I can’t touch it and interact with it using my own physical hands.

Roland Benedikter Homo deus? The convergence of man and machine
by Roland Benedikter
Sep 17, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

People have always tried to develop techniques that expand their skills. What is new is that man and machine are fusing together: prostheses and orthoses strengthen physical strength, computers support intellectual performance, and artificial intelligence has the potential to expand human consciousness. Much of it sounds utopian, some is already reality. It is high time to deal with the consequences: Will these techniques change our humanity? What needs to be done to minimize risks? And what opportunities open up?

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Alexandre Maurer Objections #4 : Transhumanisme et quête de sens
by Alexandre Maurer
Sep 16, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Cette partie du livre (Partie 4) liste les objections qui sont faites au transhumanisme, et tente d’y répondre. Dans cet article : les craintes d’ennui, de perte de sens, de déshumanisation…

David Brin Cheating, gerrymandering and other threats
by David Brin
Sep 15, 2017 • (2) CommentsPermalink

I penned an important article on gerrymandering, offering new insights, and I’m waiting to hear from various journals and zines.  Alas, in this hyper-political era, editors choose according to their polemical tastes and pals… so you can expect it will likely be posted here, soon.  Meanwhile…

Alexandre Maurer Faut-il devenir complémentaire de l’IA ? Une réponse à Laurent Alexandre
by Alexandre Maurer
Sep 9, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Dans son dernier talk, Laurent Alexandre prend des positions plus tranchées qu’à l’accoutumée sur certains sujets, notamment : contre le revenu universel, et contre le posthumanisme. Voici une réponse argumentée.

David Brin How did humans “overshoot” in intelligence? Plus a Tech Roundup!
by David Brin
Sep 9, 2017 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Phew. The news cycle has slowed enough to get our heartbeats down just a tad.  So how about some stimulus on the positive-hopeful side? You are still a member of a spectacular, scientific civilization. The War on Science (and all other fact-using professions) will not succeed if we keep our spirits up. So let’s roll up our sleeves and dive into some amazing stuff.

Rick Searle Are freedom and complexity incompatible?
by Rick Searle
Sep 6, 2017 • (4) CommentsPermalink

One of the most salient facts of the modern world is that what the individual gains in terms of power she simultaneously loses in terms of control and understanding over the mechanisms through which that power is bought. Given enough money in my pocket, I can fly to the ends of the earth while at the same time possessing no control over how I am brought there. Nor do I have anything deeper than a childlike understanding of how this miracle of flight has been brought about.

David Brin Exit strategies Part II: Surprising aspects of the 25th Amendment
by David Brin
Sep 3, 2017 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Is there an exit strategy, in case the crazy gets even worse? Given the rapidity of events, I decided to offer a second weekend posting with some urgent perspectives.

Terence Ericson Les révolutions biotech : 4 / Un été à suspens pour la technologie miracle CRISPR-Cas9
by Terence Ericson
Sep 2, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Mutations incontrôlées suite aux thérapies géniques, découverte d’une protéine virale pour y remédier… Replonger au coeur de l’aventure CRISPR-Cas9.

Laurens Vaddeli Récits apocalyptiques et finitude : la fin de l’homme comme la fin de soi
by Laurens Vaddeli
Sep 1, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Cet article interroge la vision sous-jacente de la mort et de la finitude présente dans les récits apocalyptiques au cinéma et en littérature. Il la met en confrontation, en perspective finale, avec la conception propre des transhumanistes de l’anéantissement.

Alexandre Maurer Objections #1 : Transhumanisme et folie des grandeurs
by Alexandre Maurer
Aug 25, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Cette partie du livre (Partie 4) liste les objections qui sont faites au transhumanisme, et tente d’y répondre. Dans cet article : les accusations d’hubris, d’orgueil, de folie des grandeurs, etc.

Marcelo Rinesi Big Data, Endless Wars, and Why Gamification (Often) Fails
by Marcelo Rinesi
Aug 24, 2017 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Militaries and software companies are currently stuck in something of a rut: billions of dollars are spent on the latest technology, including sophisticated and supposedly game-changing data gathering and analysis, and yet for most victory seems a best to be a matter of luck, and at worst perpetually elusive. As different as those “industries” are, this common failure has a common root; perhaps unsurprisingly so, given the long and complex history of cultural, financial, and technological relationships between them.


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A.I. Taking Jobs
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Podcast - Why we should create artificial offspring
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John Danaher

AI in Society - Ethics, Safety, Industry & Governance
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The Ethics of Moral Enhancement
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John Danaher

Raising good robots
(Jul 24, 2017)

James Hughes and the Transhumanist Zeitgeist
(Jul 22, 2017)

Who’s a Technoprogressive?
(Jul 20, 2017)


Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life


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