Category Archives: Transhumanism

Calling All Transhumanists

Transhumanism received a major tip of the hat from one of the biggest players in business news, Forbes.com. In his articleCalling All Transhumanists, reporter Courtney Boyd Meyers describes the fourth annual Singularity Summit happening in New York this weekend. Here are some outtakes from the article: Singularists fall into optimist and pessimist camps. Optimists, such […]

Alex In Charge

Big news in an e-mail from James Hughes: Alex Lightman Appointed Executive Director of Humanity+ Los Angeles, August 3, 2009 – The Board of Directors of Humanity+ is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Alex Lightman as its new Executive Director. “Mr. Lightman brings to the job significant experience in the technology world and […]

Addition, Subtraction

Talking about human augmentation the other night, we ended on a kind of down note when the subject turned to potential “augmentations” that inhibit or eliminate certain characteristics. We’re all for adding strength, mental focus, whiteness of tooth, and so forth, but what about taking things away? Generally speaking, subtraction is as good a method […]

More on Sexy Immortal Etc.

I started writing a comment in the thread on my Better All the Time piece from Friday when I realized that, length-wise, it was growing into a post of its own. So here we go. Leo wrote: Until humans know that happiness results from virtuous behavior and that such knowledge informs and directs our own […]

Where We’re Headed

  Dispatches from a rapidly changing, rapidly improving world Special Dispatch April 17, 2009 Inspired by some extraordinarily positive developments from last week, we are running a series of Better All the Time special dispatches this week and next. Articulating the Future of Humanity I’m a big believer in the Human¬†Imperative, which states that human […]

Where We’re Headed

  Dispatches from a rapidly changing, rapidly improving world Special Dispatch April 17, 2009 Inspired by some extraordinarily positive developments from last week, we are running a series of Better All the Time special dispatches this week and next. Articulating the Future of Humanity I’m a big believer in the Human Imperative, which states that […]

Fascinating Topics

I missed this last week: Michael Anissimov provides a thorough run-down of what went on at the Terasem Movement 4th Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons in Melbourne, Florida. Topics ranged from the legal rights of people in biostasis to how to teach robots right from wrong. The focus is on putting together the […]

When I Grow Up…

Karl Hallowell comments on Stephen’s review of Iron Man: Hmmm, this is pretty pro-transhumanist. The hero has an awesome robot suit, an interesting gadget built in his chest, and a friendly AI. He also has an intriguing collection of modern and near future technology. All of this is portrayed in a mostly positive light. One […]

Lemonade

In a recent post, Stephen remarks: Our current level of technology and civilization is not just the product of our scientific, political, and religious heroes. Fools and villains had a role too. Without the advancements the U.S. had to make to wage World War II – and those of captured Nazi scientists – it would […]

The Genetic Debate

George Dvorsky wrote a great blog post last February entitled “Neugenic Nation.” In his post Dvorsky described the various memes that surround the subject of human genetic mutability. Broadly, these are: Humanity is such a danger to itself and/or to this planet that it should either devolve to become more like animals, or it should […]