Volume 8, Issue 1 - Spring 2013

Towards Rights For All People
University of Nevada J.D. Candidate, John T. Niman, explores the criteria of cognitive abilities within the complexities of personhood in not only human beings, but also animals and artificial intelligences.
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Transhumanists: Who Are They, What Do They Want, Believe and Predict?
Through the World Future Society, author/writer, Hank Pellissier, in concert with Teresa Dal Santo, Ph.D., Research Associate with the University of California at San Francisco, conducted a 100-question survey (using surveymonkey.com) of 818 Transhumanists1 on what their (and in essence, our) future holds. The online survey took place over eight days during July 2012. An expert in qualitative and quantitative studies and statistical analysis, Dr. Teresa Dal Santo’s report illuminates what Transhumanists believe, hope for, and predict for the future with a particular focus is an inquiry into their ideas about radical life extension and immortality.
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Can A Machine Have A Soul?
Bill Lauritzen demonstrates that there is probably no such thing as an immortal soul or spirit. This result suggests that a conscious machine or android should have just as many rights as a human. It also raises the policy question of what should be done about the large numbers of people throughout the world who believe in an immortal soul.
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Modeling Intelligence
ROMsys Ltd applies computer and socio-technical analytical skills and techniques to the human mind toward understanding how intelligence works, may be modeled and ultimately, recreated.
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Terasem Mission
Educate the public on the practicality and necessity of greatly extending human life, consistent with diversity and unity, via geoethical nanotechnology and personal cyberconsciousness, concentrating in particular on facilitating revivals from biostasis.