Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
a weekly, syndicated public affairs radio show transmitting a sexy, high-tech vision of a radically democratic future



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Dr. J. Hughes


Kristi Scott

Seeing the Future in a Robot’s Face pt2

Dr. J. chats with Kristi Scott, Rights of the Person program director for the IEET and a doctoral student in Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her work focuses on how popular culture presents issues of identity, body modification, cosmetic surgery, robots and emerging technologies. Along the way they discuss transhumanism’s maleness, the effect of pornography on vaginal rejuvenation, and how to tell your kids they will have to serve the Robot Overlords. (Part 2 of 2)  The last third of the podcast is the 2nd installment of Cory Doctorow’s “Clockwork Fagin,” which appears in Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories from Candlewick Press at candlewick.com. Cory’s podcasts can be found at his website craphound.com.



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Kristi Scott

Seeing the Future in a Robot’s Face pt1

Dr. J. chats with Kristi Scott, Rights of the Person program director for the IEET and a doctoral student in Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her work focuses on how popular culture presents issues of identity, body modification, cosmetic surgery, robots and emerging technologies. Along the way they discuss transhumanism’s maleness, the effect of pornography on vaginal rejuvenation, and how to tell your kids they will have to serve the Robot Overlords. (Part 1 of 2) 



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Timothy Taylor

The Artificial Ape pt2

Dr. J. chats with Timothy Taylor, lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Bradford, and author of The Prehistory of Sex, The Buried Soul: How Humans Invented Death, and The Artificial Ape: How Technology Changed the Course of Human Evolution. They discuss the role of baby slings, tools, meat and language in the evolution of human intelligence. Part 2 of 2.  The last half of the podcast is the beginning of Cory Doctorow’s short story “Clockwork Fagin,” a young adult steampunk story appearing in the anthology Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories from Candlewick Press.

 



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Timothy Taylor

The Artificial Ape pt1

Dr. J. chats with Timothy Taylor, lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Bradford, and author of The Prehistory of Sex, The Buried Soul: How Humans Invented Death, and The Artificial Ape: How Technology Changed the Course of Human Evolution. They discuss the role of baby slings, tools, meat and language in the evolution of human intelligence. Part 1 of 2.



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Kalle Lasn

Tech for People, not for Corporate Control

Dr. J. chats with Kalle Lasn, founder of Adbusters Magazine, The Media Foundation, and The Powershift Ad Agency, TV Turnoff Week and Buy Nothing Day, author of Culture Jam: How to Reverse America’s Suicidal Consumer Binge—And Why We Must and co-author of the spoof Cyborg Manifesto. (Originally broadcast February 11, 2005)



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Braden Allenby

The TechnoHuman Condition

Dr. J. chats with Braden R. Allenby, Professor of Engineering and Ethics, and Founding Chair of the Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations, and National Security, at Arizona State University. Dr. Allenby is author of The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Engineering, and The Techno-Human Condition , co-authored with Dan Sarewitz. They discuss the different levels at which the risks and benefits of human enhancement technologies should be assessed.



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Robert Vamosi

When Gadgets Betray Us

Dr. J chats with security consultant Robert Vamosi, author of When Gadgets Betray Us: The Dark Side of Our Infatuation With New Technologies. They talk about the spread of identity theft and cybercrime, and the inadequacy of existing approaches to cybersecurity. Also, remembering the technoprogressive and cyborg-buddhistic awesomeness of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.



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Andrew Cvercko

Will Enlightened Posthumans Establish Post-Capitalist Utopias? pt2

Dr. J. chats with IEET contributing writers Kris Notaro and Andrew Cvercko about their working out of the connections between philosophy of the mind, Buddhism, radical politics and transhuman possibilities. (Recorded in a closet-sized studio with a reggae party rocking next door. But legible.) Part 2 of 2.



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Kris Notaro

Buddhism, Politics and the Future of the Mind pt1

Dr. J. chats with IEET contributing writers Kris Notaro and Andrew Cvercko about their working out of the connections between philosophy of the mind, Buddhism, radical politics and transhuman possibilities. Part 1 of 2.



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William Grassie

Transhumanism, Religion and Science

Dr. J. chats with William Grassie, founder and former director of the Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science, author of The New Sciences of Religion and Politics by Other Means, and editor with Gregory Hansell of Transhumanism and Its Critics. They discuss the relationship of religion to science and transhumanism.



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Kevin Kelly

What Technology Wants

Dr. J. chats with Kevin Kelly, the former publisher and editor of the late and lamented Whole Earth Review, co-founder and Senior Maverick of Wired magazine, and author of New Rules for the New Economy and Out of Control.  They talk about his new book What Technology Wants, which argues that technology is the universe’s tendency to evolve more diverse forms of intelligence.



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Mark Stevenson

An Optimist’s Tour of the Future

Dr. J. talks Mark Stevenson about his new book An Optimist’s Tour of the Future. Mark is a British comedian, a consultant to museums around the communication of scientific ideas, and a Fellow of the “RSA,” the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.



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Erik Helzer

Dirty Liberals! Cleanliness Priming of Moral Cognition

Dr. J. chats with Erik Helzer (Dept of Psychology, Cornell University) co-author of the paper “Dirty Liberals!: Reminders of physical cleanliness influence moral and political attitudes” in Psychological Science. They discuss the growing literature on the ways that political attitudes are driven by disgust sensitivity, and by disgust priming such as bad smells and sticky hands.  Listen also to the 2004 Changesurfer interview with Martha Nussbaum about her book Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame and the Law.



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Thomas White

In Defense of Dolphins pt2

The second part of Dr. J.‘s chat with Thomas White about the defense of the rights of non-human persons in general, and dolphins in particular. Professor White teaches ethics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, is author of In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier (indefenseofdolphins.com) and co-author of the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans: Whales and Dolphins (cetaceanconservation.com.au/cetaceanrights). Part 2 of 2. Also includes a reading of Cory Doctorow’s short story “Other People’s Money.”



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Thomas White

In Defense of Dolphins pt1

Dr. J. chats with Thomas White about the defense of the rights of non-human persons in general, and dolphins in particular. Professor White teaches ethics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, is author of In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier and co-author of the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans: Whales and Dolphins.



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