I’m honored to have been appointed the Program Director for Envisioning the Future at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. Lots of exciting stuff in the works, can’t wait to share it with everyone!
Phillipe Verdoux has an illuminating post up on IEET about how we define “limitations:”
Take a closer look at what sort of things transhumanists identify as falling within the extension of “biological limitations.” In my perusal of the literature, I have often come across transhumanists complaining about such things as: the slow speed of […]
There have been a lot more dust-ups than usual among the transhumanists and that is an exciting thing for me. J. Hughes’ series and my AI post (btw Hughes just delivered a hay-maker) have drawn heavy fire. A few of the comments have often wondered why I and others get snarky, acerbic, and […]
Dr. Hughes is back with a new post in his “Problems of Transhumanism” series. The debates that have come out of these postings, both in the comments and in the larger intellectual sphere, make them some of the most productive transhumanist writing this year. Check out his newest “Moral Universalism vs Relativism.” Money quote:
Kris Notaro has an interesting post up at IEET, “Transhumansim and Phenomenological Reduction,” that is something of a meditation on a Singularity scale intelligence observing itself observing itself. For those not elbows-deep in phenomenology (Notaro cites Husserl, I prefer his successor, Merleau-Ponty), the definition of epoché is quite useful:
Those who study Existentialism or […]
J. Hughes has another one of his excellent posts up from his “Problems of Transhumanism” series. As usual he does a great job giving the discussion context and summarizing the variety of the Enlightenment mind:
In fact, Enlightenment philosophers were intensely conflicted about the virtues of powerful monarchies and technocratic elites versus popular democracy. […]
James Hughes has another great post up from his “Problems with Transhumanism” series. This time he’s tackling atheism and natural theology. The results from their survey of transhumanist beliefs didn’t exactly surprise me, but it was startling to see the results all the same:
Self-identified transhumanists today are mostly secular and atheist. In a […]
Dr. Hughes has a great summary of his upcoming series on the Enlightenment and transhumanism up on IEET. I am really excited to see where he goes with it. A taste:
My position here is that transhumanism—the belief that technology can transcend the limitations of the human body and brain—and techno-utopianism—the idea that humans […]
I think his guesses are pretty spot on, both in terms of where we’ll be technologically (I hope) and people’s opinions. If this is what the world looks like when I’m 40, I’m pretty psyched. Now where’s my jetpack?
Richard Eskow has a great post up on IEET about the Singularity Summit and the hurdles still faced by the transhumanists.
Objects in the rear-view mirror—those artifacts of human history that may seem archaic to some in the Transhumanist community—are likely to be sources of substantial public resistance. The artifacts in question include religion, patriotism, […]
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