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2018 16/Mar

I’ve been cajoled into watching Netflix’s Black Mirror, and a friend of mine recommended watching the San Junipero episode next. As I mentioned in my last Black Morror reflection, and I didn’t plan on watching anything that wasn’t worth 40 minutes. San Junipero was a good pick, and it’s nice to know that the class of […]

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2013 22/Sep

In the future, will technology deconstruct or reconstruct gender identities as culturally represented and understood by society today?   In a recent interview, Dr. Patrick Hopkins, a professor of Philosophy at Millcaps College, provides some interesting insights into the crossroads of technological influences on gender roles, societal values, and the implications for humanity. The intersection of […]

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2013 28/Jun

After flying between myriad conferences on Ethics and Transhumanism, Dr. Stefan Sorgner caught up with me recently here at Sentient Potential to discuss “Metahumanism,” transhuman philosophy, and ethical considerations regarding human enhancement. Currently teaching medical ethics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Dr. Sorgner is on the board of directors for the Beyond Humanism Network, in […]

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2013 2/Jun

Will robots have morals? Will the world and it’s sentient technologies agree on any kind of ethical “code?” Will democracy still reign when intelligent technologies run essentially all aspects of life? Questions involving morality, ethics, and values in the future seem to me both immeasurably important, and inevitably senseless. On the one hand, our transition […]

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2013 14/May

I am still of the belief that two of the most important conversations we can have with regards to the future of humanity and of sentient life in general are (a) how the transition to transhumanism could / should take place, and (b) where we would like this transition to inevitably leave us. This short […]

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2013 24/Apr

Dr. Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity is Near peaked my interest when he posited his reasoning for why there is likely no intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. By a mere matter of odds, most of us assume (likely myself included) that there simply must be some kind of super-intelligent species “out there somewhere.” One of […]

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2013 13/Mar

Staying on the path of digging into Nietzsche, I was able to catch up recently with Professor Mark Anderson of Nashiville’s Belmont University. Specializing in Nietzsche and the ancient greeks, Prof. Anderson shared some if his insights into Nietzsche’s potential views of human enhancement. Our correspondance is below. Daniel Faggella: 1) If Nietzsche had known of the idea […]

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2012 30/Dec

Let me again, preliminarily state a few short points. First, this article is an exploration – and so has no initial agenda or objective outside of discovering potential and interesting connections / thoughts through a look at transhumanism. Second, like most philosophies, Transcendentalism was not created with the thought in mind that one day man […]

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2012 22/Dec

In my writing about superintelligence, I often openly wonder about the values, ideals, and preferences of such an entity. In fact, my initial series of interviews with ancient philosophy professors (most of which are still published on this blog) aimed at exactly this purpose: To explore how different philosophical schools of thought might manifest (i.e. […]

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