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Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. Other animals have stronger musclesExpand
Anthropic Bias: Observation Selection Effects in Science and Philosophy
Preface Content Acknowledgements Chapter1: Introduction Observation selection effects A brief history of anthropic reasoning Synopsis of this book Chapter 2: Fine- Tuning Arguments in Cosmology DoesExpand
Are We Living in a Computer Simulation
This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a "posthuman" stage; (2) any posthuman civilization isExpand
A history of transhumanist thought
This paper traces the cultural and philosophical roots of transhumanist thought and describes some of the influences and contributions that led to the development of contemporary transhumanism.
In defense of posthuman dignity.
  • N. Bostrom
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Bioethics
  • 10 June 2005
TLDR
This paper distinguishes two common fears about the posthuman and argues for the importance of a concept of dignity that is inclusive enough to also apply to many possible posthuman beings. Expand
Existential risks: analyzing human extinction scenarios and related hazards
Because of accelerating technological progress, humankind may be rapidly approaching a critical phase in its career. In addition to well-known threats such as nuclear holocaust, the propects ofExpand
Existential Risk Prevention as Global Priority
risks are those that threaten the entire future of humanity. Many theories of value imply that even relatively small reductions in net existential risk have enormous expected value. Despite theirExpand
Cognitive Enhancement: Methods, Ethics, Regulatory Challenges
TLDR
Present and anticipated methods for cognitive enhancement create challenges for public policy and regulation and raise a range of ethical issues. Expand
ARE YOU LIVING IN A COMPUTER SIMULATION ?
This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) any posthuman civilization isExpand
Human Genetic Enhancements: A Transhumanist Perspective
  • N. Bostrom
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • The Journal of value inquiry
  • 2003
TLDR
The transhumanist view is guided by an evolving vision to take a more active approach to technology policy, to create the opportunity to live much longer and healthier lives, to enhance the human condition. Expand
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