​Peter Singer and David Brin to speak at animal personhood conference

The final list of speakers has been announced for Personhood Beyond the Human, a conference devoted to the issue of granting human-like legal protections to a select group of highly sapient nonhuman animals. » 11/22/13 2:34pm 11/22/13 2:34pm

Watch George Dvorsky and Nick Bostrom talking live about risks to the…

Put your doomsday caps on, everyone. Starting tonight at 9pm EST (6pm PST) to 10pm EST (7pm PST), I'll be on Huffington Post Live talking about existential risks to the future of humanity. I'll be joined by Nick Bostrom of the Future of Humanity Institute, James Hughes from the Institute for Ethics and Emerging… » 2/26/13 5:30pm 2/26/13 5:30pm

Meet io9's new staffer, George Dvorsky

Say hello to io9's new staff writer George Dvorsky. We've installed his brain implant, and today he's ready to begin a new life as part of our hive mind, where he'll be writing about futurism, culture, and science. » 6/04/12 7:45am 6/04/12 7:45am

Controlling the Galaxy with Von Neumann Probes

It's time to start controlling the galaxy, and the best tool for the job is a self-replicating probe. Space probes that can go incredibly long distances, replicate themselves, and carry things like surveillance devices or molecular foundries, are the brainchild of mid-twentieth century futurist John Von Neumann. Often… » 3/06/08 9:42am 3/06/08 9:42am