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Nikola Danaylov Soars to No. 1 Best Seller for Conversations With The Future
(Feb 12, 2017)

Singularity.FM Podcaster and author, Nikola Danaylov was recently recognized as an Amazon #1 International Best Seller for his new book, “Conversations with the Future: 21 Visions for the 21st Century.”

CFP for Beyond Humanism Conference
(Jan 28, 2017)

Via the following link you can access the CFP’s of the 9th Beyond Humanism Conference which will take place from the 19th until the 22nd of July 2017 at John Cabot University in Rome. It is a meeting of scholars from all parts of the world who are interested in and excited about dealing with the challenges related to emerging technologies. This year’s event will be dedicated to the topic “Posthuman Studies”. During the conference, the newly established “Journal of Posthuman Studies” will be launched. It is being edited by IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner and the director of IEET James Hughes:

IEET affiliate scholar Steve Fuller published at the London School of Economics (Jan 27, 2017)

Posthuman Perspectives by IEET Fellow Prof. Dr. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner (Jan 20, 2017)


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John G. Messerly Trump’s Lying Reveals That He Is Empty Inside
by John G. Messerly
Feb 19, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late. ~ Jonathan Swift

In response to my recent post “Why Truth Matters,” Chris Crawford provided a biological explanation for Trump’s lying.

J. Hughes What Do Technoprogressives Believe in 2017?
by J. Hughes
Feb 18, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In December and January we surveyed the IEET audience about a wide range of topics, and 455 of you responded. This was a follow up to a 2013 survey we conducted (for instance “Who are the Technoprogressives?“Who are the IEET’s audience?”). As we continue to focus the IEET on building the emerging technoprogressive ideological current, we are again looking at what the self-described technoprogressives believe.

David Brin Is Class War as Inevitable as the Return of Karl Marx?
by David Brin
Feb 18, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

I’ve long written how we should envision America as a continuing revolution against the failed feudal model that crushed human hope in 99% of human societies, across 6000 years. Indeed, our major issues today have little to do with the hoary, lobotomizing “left-right axis.” Not when Enterprise, markets, entrepreneurship and national defense all do vastly better across Democratic administrations, and the state gathers more power into its hands, across Republican ones.

Alexandre Maurer Le syndrome de Stockholm de la mortalité
by Alexandre Maurer
Feb 17, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

L’un des objectifs du transhumanisme est l’allongement de la durée de vie en bonne santé, voire l’amortalité (vivre sans limitation de durée). De nombreuses personnes rejettent cette idée de façon brutale, presque instinctive, comme si l’on s’attaquait à leurs valeurs les plus intimes.

David Brin Start planning the revolution! In real life and in sci fi
by David Brin
Feb 16, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

First items you all have probably heard by now - news that Donald Trump’s senior staff all use the same RNC email server that mysteriously disappeared 22 million messages during George W. Bush’s administration and one that U.S. intelligence services believe was compromised by the Russians at the same time as the DNC’s. The Trump campaign hammered Hillary Clinton for her using a private email server, during her tenure as Secretary of State.  Also five members of DT’s staff turn out to have been registered to vote in more than one state.  Ah, consistency.

John G. Messerly The USA Overthrows Democracies Abroad, Will They Overthrow Their Own?
by John G. Messerly
Feb 15, 2017 • (3) CommentsPermalink

All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage—torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians—which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side.
~ George Orwell

John Danaher Symbols and Consequences in the Sex Robot Debate (TEDxWHU)
by John Danaher
Feb 14, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

[Note: This is (roughly) the text of a talk I delivered at TEDxWHU on the 4th February 2017. A video of the talk should be available within a few weeks.]

There is a cave about 350km from here, in the Swabian Jura. It is called the Hohle Fels (this picture is the entrance to it). Archaeologists have been excavating it since the late 1800s and have discovered a number of important artifacts from the Upper Paleolithic era. In June 2005, they announced an interesting discovery.

John G. Messerly Douthat’s “How Populism Stumbles” and Frum’s “How To Build An Autocracy”
by John G. Messerly
Feb 13, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

(I keep intending to return to my existential concerns about the meaning of life, but the troublesome situation in my home country keeps bringing me back to politics.)

In today’s New York Times conservative columnist Ross Douthat penned, “How Populism Stumbles.” Douthat argues that movements like Trump’s fail because of bigotry, extremism and, especially, hubris. With this in mind Douthat dismisses my worries about authoritarianism:

Nikola Danaylov Why the Future adds 0 and what “Conversations with the Future” is about
by Nikola Danaylov
Feb 12, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

This is the introduction to my bestselling book Conversations with the Future. If you like it, you can buy the book on Amazon:

Why the Future adds 0 and what “Conversations with the Future” is about

“If someone needs directions, don’t give them a globe. It’ll merely waste their time. But if someone needs to understand the way things are, don’t give them a map. They don’t need directions; they need to see the big picture.” Seth Godin

David Brin Want to Investigate Electoral Fraud? Start with whistle blowers and judo!
by David Brin
Feb 11, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

== Calling all henchmen! ==

I’ve called for this since way back in the last century, illustrating it in The Transparent Society and in novels like Earth. We must unleash whistleblowers on the world. Envision Edward Snowden and the Panama Papers revealer, only far more extensively, with protections and rewards that lure secrets out of shadows.

Cyril Gazengel La lente évaporation du travail
by Cyril Gazengel
Feb 10, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Entre fantasme et réalité

Depuis le début de l’ère industrielle, l’idée du remplacement de l’homme par la machine dans le milieu du travail a fait du chemin, au point de paraître crédible aujourd’hui. En effet, les percées en intelligence artificielle lèvent une inquiétude : et si l’humain devenait obsolète.

David Brin Transparency, Privacy and Surveillance in a new era
by David Brin
Feb 9, 2017 • (4) CommentsPermalink

Surviving Surveillance: My co-editor of the Chasing Shadows anthology - Stephen W. Potts - has written a “5 books” contribution to the Tor web site, taking you on a tour of (almost) half a dozen great science fictional portrayals of surveillance.

John G. Messerly Why Truth Matters
by John G. Messerly
Feb 8, 2017 • (3) CommentsPermalink

“It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care about how you got your money as long as you have got it.”
~ Edmund Way Teale

B. J. Murphy Republican Congressmen Order DARPA to Halt Construction of Space Robot
by B. J. Murphy
Feb 7, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Believe it or not, President Donald Trump has repeatedly noted interest in space research and exploration. I don’t shy away from my various disagreements with the new President, but I’m also willing to admit that I particularly enjoy his pro-space venture policies. Which is why I find it a bit disconcerting to hear that Republican members of Congress are now ordering DARPA to end their work on Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites.

John G. Messerly Harry Frankfurt on Bullshit And Lying
by John G. Messerly
Feb 6, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Emeritus professor of philosophy at Princeton Harry Frankfurt‘s book, On Bullshit, was a surprise best seller a few years ago. Given the public musings of our recently installed President, I thought it time to revisit the main idea of the book.

Doug Rushkoff How Donald Trump Skillfully Taps into Twitter’s “Ocean of Emotional Chaos”
by Doug Rushkoff
Feb 5, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Author Douglas Rushkoff, who coined the term “viral media,” reveals how POTUS successfully pushes buttons on the social media site, which “rewards those who can generate an immediate response.”

John G. Messerly Summary of Maslow on Self-Transcendence
by John G. Messerly
Feb 4, 2017 • (3) CommentsPermalink

It is quite true that [we live] by bread alone—when there is no bread. But what happens to [our] desires when there is plenty of bread and when [our bellies are] chronically filled?
~ Abraham Maslow

Doug Rushkoff Fast Company - the Silver Lining of Anti-Globalism Might be the Creation of a True Digital Economy
by Doug Rushkoff
Feb 3, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

The folks at Davos this week are trying to behave as if everything is normal. Sure, England is Brexiting from Europe and the United States appears to be retreating from the global stage altogether. But somehow the word from Switzerland is that a mix of the right interest rates, investment strategies, and business optimism will keep free trade and globalization on course and safe from this boorish surge of populism.


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Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
by David Brin

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
by John G Messerly

eHuman Deception
by Nicole Sallak Anderson

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