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Humanity 2.0

Humanity 2.0 | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
What does it mean to be human? To have the capacity to ask the question, perhaps. However smart a chimp might be, none has had the audacity to leave its troop and ponder what it means to be Pan troglodytes.
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The Man Who Thinks He Never Has to Eat Again

The Man Who Thinks He Never Has to Eat Again | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it

His project has been derided as "dangerous," "ludicrous," and "a red flag for a potential eating disorder" by nutrition experts. Fortunately for Rob, the supporters of Soylent have been generous: a crowdfunding project for his fancy health goo raised almost $800,000 in under 30 days. Now Rob is the CEO ofthe Soylent Corporation; his hobby has officially turned into a career. His management team might look like the kind of technically minded nerds who'd want to consume most of their meals in the form of a beige, odorless powder mix, but they're also the potential forefathers of a famine cure.

 

With over $1 million in preorders already received for Soylent worldwide, it seems like this stuff is going to stick around. I caught up with Rob to ask how it's all going for Soylent—which some are already calling "the future of food."

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Meet Rex: the $1m bionic man with working heart, set of lungs and human face

Meet Rex: the $1m bionic man with working heart, set of lungs and human face | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
When Luke Skywalker received a perfect bionic replacement for the hand that was cut off in Star Wars Episode V, the idea of replicating human organs and body parts seemed far-fetched.
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Report raises ethical concerns about human enhancement technologies

Report raises ethical concerns about human enhancement technologies | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it

Drugs and digital technologies that will allow people to work harder, longer and smarter are coming soon, say scientists and ethicists, so we need to decide now how best to ensure they are used properly.

The comments are published on Wednesday in a report on human enhancement in the workplace written by experts from the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

 

Human Enhancement and the Future of Work considers everything that could be said to improve a person's ability to do work, including so-called smart drugs, which can enhance memory and attention, as well as physical and digital enhancements such as bionic implants or the ever-improving computer technology to store and access information.

 

Genevra Richardson, a professor of law at King's College London and chair of the steering committee that produced the report, said she defined "human enhancements" as technologies that improved a person beyond the norm. "They could influence our ability to learn or perform tasks, influence our motivation, they could enable us to work in more extreme conditions or into old age," she said.

 

"Although human enhancement technologies may benefit societies in important ways, their use at work also raises serious ethical, political and economic questions that demand broad consideration. These questions include, how do the public view these technologies, what are the consequences of their long-term use in individuals? There's the question of coercion. And who pays? If the private individual pays, then the rich will get cleverer."

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H+ Philosophers - David Pearce, Martine Rothblatt, and Ursela K. Le Guin

Transhumanism needs an Enhancement. A Facelift, an Upgrade, some Serious Augmentation. H+ espouses the utopian potential of accelerating technology, but philosophically-culturally-ethically, it’s stale.
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You, robot?

You, robot? | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
SPEAKING at a conference organised by The Economist earlier this year, Hugh Herr, a roboticist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, described disabilities...
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Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram

Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
A bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard's Wyss Institute have successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data -- around 700 terabytes -- in a single gram of DNA, smashing the previous DNA data density record by a thousand times.
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Why sex could be history

Why sex could be history | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
From artificial wombs to men and women being able to reproduce entirely alone, Aarathi Prasad says science is rewriting the rules of sex and human reproduction.
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Would it be boring if we could live forever?

Would it be boring if we could live forever? | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
Some futurists predict that we'll be able to halt the aging process by the end of this century — if not sooner.
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What Would Transhumanists Do With 100 Extra Years of Life? - Alien Sex? Space Travel?

What Would Transhumanists Do With 100 Extra Years of Life? -  Alien Sex? Space Travel? | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it

Radical Life Extension / Immortalism is a primary goal of the vast majority of transhumanists. But what, specifically, do they want to do with the extra time?

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Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing

Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
This may seem like something out of a science fiction movie: researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can't breathe anymore.
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Do All Transhumanists Want Immortality? No?  Why Not?

Do All Transhumanists Want Immortality? No?  Why Not? | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
Immortality is a primary goal of many transhumanists, but not all. How many do or don’t want eternal life, and why?
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Blade Runner for real: The days of augmenting human bodies with “mods” are coming

Blade Runner for real: The days of augmenting human bodies with “mods” are coming | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
Do you want legs that let you jump 10 feet high? Or a body that “impresses chicks”? Or a brain that can be electronically pulled back from extreme depression? Computer experts of today...
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More Than Human? The Ethics of Biologically Enhancing Soldiers

More Than Human? The Ethics of Biologically Enhancing Soldiers | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
Our ability to "upgrade" the bodies of soldiers through drugs, implants, and exoskeletons may be upending the ethical norms of war as we've understood them.
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Human evolution: the next stages

Human evolution: the next stages | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
Dean Burnett: If the modern world remains constant for long enough, human evolution could take some bizarre turns
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Will we ever… have cyborg brains?

Will we ever… have cyborg brains? | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
After recent studies show that implants could repair lost brain function, Martin W. Angler asks whether we can use this technology for creating enhanced humans. (Future - Technology - Will we ever… have cyborg brains?
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Hacking the President’s DNA

Hacking the President’s DNA | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting the DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of Barack Obama. Decoded, these genetic blueprints could provide compromising information. In the not-too-distant future, they may provide something more as well—the basis for the creation of personalized bioweapons that could take down a president and leave no trace.
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Abolishing Suffering via Bio-Engineering and Drugs - would this cripple social activism and art?

Abolishing Suffering via Bio-Engineering and Drugs - would this cripple social activism and art? | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
The abolition of suffering has been advanced for many years as a transhumanist ideal by IEET Fellow David Pearce. Recently, the Longevity Party engaged in a debate about it’s value.
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Hacking humans: Building a better you

Hacking humans: Building a better you | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
'Man is something that shall be overcome,' wrote Nietzsche. He may have never envisioned today's efforts to re-engineer the body, but he looks prophetic as pioneers aim to push the envelope of human capability.
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My cyborg sister: When life-saving gadgets break down

My cyborg sister: When life-saving gadgets break down | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it

A piece of silicone less than 2 inches wide keeps my sister alive. When a family member's life depends on a medical device, writes Crave editor Leslie Katz, technology takes on a whole new meaning. 

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“MindFile-Uploaded-into-Cyborg” is our Favorite Life-Extending Option, claim 800+ Transhumanists

“MindFile-Uploaded-into-Cyborg” is our Favorite Life-Extending Option, claim 800+ Transhumanists | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
“Mindfile-in-Fresh-Body” is close runner-up in Terasem Survey; “Inhabiting Different Types of Bodies” is third; Cryonics trails far behind...
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Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers

Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
Cannon led me down into the basement, which he and Sarver have converted into a laboratory. A long work space was covered with Arduino motherboards, soldering irons, and electrodes. Cannon had recently captured a garter snake, which eyed us from inside a plastic jar. "Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been telling people that I want to be a robot," said Cannon. "These days, that doesn't seem so impossible anymore." The pair call themselves grinders — homebrew biohackers obsessed with the idea of human enhancement — who are looking for new ways to put machines into their bodies. They are joined by hundreds of aspiring biohackers who populate the movement’s online forums and a growing number, now several dozen, who have gotten the magnetic implants in real life.
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Could exoskeletons help disabled people to be more active?

Could exoskeletons help disabled people to be more active? | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
New advances in 'Iron Man'-style suits could one day transform the lives of wheelchair users.
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Why Cognitive Enhancement Is in Your Future (and Your Past)

Why Cognitive Enhancement Is in Your Future (and Your Past) | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it
The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine.
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Transgender and Transhuman - the alliance, the complaints and the future

Transgender and Transhuman - the alliance, the complaints and the future | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it

Transhumanism and Transgenderism enjoy a close relationship due to mutual interest in enhancement technology. - an interview with Valkyrie Ice

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Moral Enhancement

Moral Enhancement | Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism | Scoop.it

Julian Savulescu and Ingmar Persson argue that artificial moral enhancement is now essential if humanity is to avoid catastrophe.

 

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