by Carl Bartecchi, M.D. and Robert W. Schrier, M.D.
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Flux will give you a taste of the torrent of new technological developments advancing on us: from the energy issue to human enhancement, from information technology to nanotechnology. This magazine is compiled on the occasion of the conference ‘Inspiring Future Politics’ to be held by the EPTA (European Parliamentary Technology Assessment) on Monday 27 October and Tuesday 28 October in The Hague, the Netherlands. The keynote speakers at this conference – chemist Michael Braungart, toxicologist Ellen Silbergeld, sociologist Nikolas Rose and climate expert Pier Vellinga – are interviewed in Flux. No one is more aware of the shifts taking place in our society. They have, furthermore, succeeded in formulating these issues aptly and getting them on to the (political) agenda. More information about the conference is available at www.eptaconference.eu. Because we want you to share in the speakers’ stories and the conference themes, you’ll find inspiring interviews, background stories and columns in ‘Flux’. […]
Humanity Plus (formerly the World Transhumanist Association) has launched h+, a stylish, web-based quarterly magazine that focuses on transhumanism, covering the scientific, technological, and cultural developments that are challenging and overcoming human limitations.
Edited by the legendary RU Sirius, co-founder and editor of the seminal Mondo 2000 magazine, and beautifully designed by virtual worlds artist D.C. Spensley, the magazine’s first issue features cutting-edge ideas and interviews with leaders in longevity, neuroengineering, nanofabrication, open-source robotics, science fiction, and other breakthrough areas. [...]
Essays on Infinite Lifespans (2004) Edited by Immortality Institute
Chapter I: SCIENCE: Biomedicine, Nanotechnology and other strategies
- Biological Immortality – Rose
- The War on Aging – Grey
- The Dream of Elixir Vitae – Magalhes
- Therapeutic Cloning – West
- Nanomedicine – Freitas
- Human Body Version 2.0 – Kurzweil
- Progress Toward Cyberimmortality – Bainbridge
- Will Robots Inherit the Earth? – Minsky
- Medical Time Travel: A Question of Science – Wowk
Chapter II: PERSPECTIVES: Ethics, Sociology and Philosophy
- Some Ethical and Theological Considerations – Mellon
- Superlongevity without Overpopulation – More
- Upsetting the Natural Order – Treder
- The Self-Defeating Fantasy – Rabkin
- Time Consciousness in Very Long Life – Clynes
- Confessions of a Proselytizing Immortalist – Vyff
- Some Problems with Immortalism – Best
- An Introduction to Immortalist Morality – Geddes
- Should We Fear Death? – Blackford
- Who Wants To Live Forever? – Bostrom
Chapter III: Resources
J.B.S. Haldane: Daedalus, or, Science and the Future. A paper read to the Heretics, Cambridge, on February 4th, 1923. Einer der wichtigsten historischen Referenztexte des Transhumanismus.
J.B. Bernal: The World, the Flesh & the Devil. An Enquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul, 1929 Wichtiger historischer Referenztext des Transhumanismus.
Julian Huxley: Transhumanism, in: New Bottles for New Wine, London: Chatto & Windus, 1957, pp. 13-17. (““I believe in transhumanism”: once there are enough people who can truly say that, the human species will be on the threshold of a new kind of existence, as different from ours as ours is from that of Pekin man. It will at last be consciously fulfilling its real destiny.”) Erste Nennung des Begriffs “Transhumanismus”. Julian Huxley – Bruder des berühmten Aldous Huxley – ist der Gründer des Evolutionären Humanismus.
Robert C.W. Ettinger: Prospect of Immortality (“The following is from the dust jacket of the British hard cover edition, 1965. Would you like to live for ever, here on this earth? In the very near future this may become a real possibility. Indeed, in theory it is possible now, for if one was to be deep-frozen and stored away it is inevitable that in fifty, or a hundred, or a thousand years (time becomes meaningless in this context) surgery will have progressed to the point where damage to the cells which is at present irreparable will be able to be repaired. The difficulty at the moment is that present methods of freezing and unfreezing are so crude that a great deal more damage is done in the process. But this again is something which will soon be overcome.”) Einer der wichtigsten Referenztexte von dem wohl wichtigsten Autor in Sachen Cryonic.
Robert C.W. Ettinger: Man Into Superman (“After immortality … comes transhumanity. And OUR Generation can be part of it.”)
Robert C.W. Ettinger: YOUNIVERSE. Toward a Self-Cetered Philosophy [PDF, Download startet sofort! 1,6MB] (“Most people realize some of the time, and a few people realize most of the time, that the most important part of the universe is you, to a near certainty. The most important things are all in your head–literally–and in your own calculations you should be not just number one, but every other number too. Certainly it will take a bit of doing to explain how you can (usually) be selfcentered without being selfish or uncooperative, how you can (usually) reject altruism and still be kind and even generous, and how you can (usually) be calculating without being cold. Just stay with me for a few hundred pages–if your enemy permits.”)
K. Erik Drexler: Engines of Creation (“FOREWORD by Marvin Minsky. K. Eric Drexler’s Engines of Creation is an enormously original book about the consequences of new technologies. It is ambitious and imaginative and, best of all, the thinking is technically sound.”) Mit diesem Buch began der Nano-Hype.
Ronald Bailey: The Most Dangerous Idea? Why striving to be more than human is human. Reason Fundation, 2004. Available from http://www.reason.com/rb/rb082504.shtml.(Reaktion auf Francis Fukuyamas Artikel: Transhumanism, in: Foreign Policy, Sep2004 Issue 144, 42-43.)
Nick Bostrom: Transhumanism: The World’s Most Dangerous Idea? Available from http://www.nickbostrom.com/papers/dangerous.html. (Reaktion auf Francis Fukuyamas Artikel: Transhumanism, in: Foreign Policy, Sep2004 Issue 144, 42-43.)
Nick Bostrom:Transhumanist Values. Available from http://www.nickbostrom.com/ethics/values.html
Nick Bostrom: In Defense of Posthuman Dignity. Bioethics, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 202-214. Available from http://www.nickbostrom.com/ethics/dignity.html.(“Positions on the ethics of human enhancement technologies can be (crudely) characterized as ranging from transhumanism to bioconservatism. Transhumanists believe that human enhancement technologies should be made widely available, that individuals should have broad discretion over which of these technologies to apply to themselves, and that parents should normally have the right to choose enhancements for their children-to-be.”)
David Pauls: Transhumanism: 2000 Years in the Making. The Center for Bioethics and Cultural Network. Available from http://www.thecbc.org/redesigned/research_display.php?id=189.
Max More: Proactionary Principle V. 1.0 (“People’s freedom to innovate technologically is highly valuable, even critical, to humanity. This implies several imperatives when restrictive measures are proposed: Assess risks and opportunities according to available science, not popular perception. Account for both the costs of the restrictions themselves, and those of opportunities foregone. Favor measures that are proportionate to the probability and magnitude of impacts, and that have a high expectation value. Protect people’s freedom to experiment, innovate, and progress.”) Viel und kontrovers diskutierter Grundsatzartikel, der sich gegen das Vorsorgeprinzip (Precautionary Principle) (Wikipedia) wendet.
Robert A. Freitas Jr. and Ralph C. Merkle: Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines. © 2004. All Rights Reserved. (“Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines (Landes Bioscience, 2004). This book offers a general review of the voluminous theoretical and experimental literature pertaining to physical self-replicating systems and self-replication. The principal focus here is on self-replicating machine systems. Most importantly, we are concerned with kinematic self-replicating machines: systems in which actual physical objects, not mere patterns of information, undertake their own replication. Following a brief burst of activity in the 1950s and 1980s, the field of kinematic replicating systems design received new interest in the 1990s with the emerging recognition of the feasibility of molecular nanotechnology. The field has experienced a renaissance of research activity since 1999 as researchers have come to recognize that replicating systems are simple enough to permit experimental laboratory demonstrations of working devices.”)