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Overview of technopolitics


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Beyond Resistance: The Story of 2016

The Science of Bias, Empathy, and Dehumanization

Algocracy as Hypernudging: A New Way to Understand the Threat of Algocracy

Techno-Anxiety? We’ve Been Afraid of Disruptions Since the Printing Press

Short story: Rush Hour

To solve old problems, study new species


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TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
Author
Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
John G Messerly

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow





JET

Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life


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Richard Eskow

Beyond Resistance: The Story of 2016

by Richard Eskow

This is the time of year when people try to make sense of the preceding twelve months. It’s a fool’s errand, in one sense. A year is an arbitrary division of time. We decide what it means in retrospect, and we never get it exactly right. But the meaning we give it will guide our actions in the future, in thousands of conscious and unconscious ways.

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The Science of Bias, Empathy, and Dehumanization

Big Think

Empathy moves us, but it may move us to make an unethical decision. Conversely, says Bloom, dehumanization is not the ultimate evil we typically assume it to be.

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John Danaher

Algocracy as Hypernudging: A New Way to Understand the Threat of Algocracy

by John Danaher

It is a noticeable feature of intellectual life that many people research the same topics, but do so using different conceptual and disciplinary baggage, and consequently fail to appreciate how the conclusions they reach echo or complement the conclusions reached by others.

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Techno-Anxiety? We’ve Been Afraid of Disruptions Since the Printing Press

Big Think

Is the technology of the future more radical than the technology of the past? Alison Gopnik provides some historical perspective.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Short story: Rush Hour

by Marcelo Rinesi

Three minutes ago you were in a traffic jam, one of dozens of drivers impatiently waiting for their cars to reboot and shake off whatever piece of malware had infected them through the city network. Now you’re moving.

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To solve old problems, study new species

TED Talks

Nature is wonderfully abundant, diverse and mysterious — but biological research today tends to focus on only seven species, including rats, chickens, fruit flies and us. We’re studying an astonishingly narrow sliver of life, says biologist Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, and hoping it’ll be enough to solve the oldest, most challenging problems in science, like cancer. In this visually captivating talk, Alvarado calls on us to interrogate the unknown and shows us the remarkable discoveries that surface when we do.

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Richard Eskow

The Dullest Moment In Trump’s Press Conference Was Also The Most Shocking

by Richard Eskow

“I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way, believe me.”

Try not to think too much about the story that led to this comment from the President-Elect of the United States. It’s not easy, I know. We’re only human, after all, and that story is so ... so out there. It’s hard to turn away.

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The next step in nanotechnology

TED Talks

Every year the silicon computer chip shrinks in size by half and doubles in power, enabling our devices to become more mobile and accessible. But what happens when our chips can’t get any smaller? George Tulevski researches the unseen and untapped world of nanomaterials. His current work: developing chemical processes to compel billions of carbon nanotubes to assemble themselves into the patterns needed to build circuits, much the same way natural organisms build intricate, diverse and elegant structures. Could they hold the secret to the next generation of computing?

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David Brin

Perceptive and myopic views of our transparent future. Especially police cameras.

by David Brin

Let’s veer from either science fiction or politics into our politically science-fictional new world of light. Starting with a reminder that my new anthology (with Stephen Potts) Chasing Shadows, is released this week by Tor Books, featuring contributions by William Gibson, James Gunn, Neal Stephenson, Vernor Vinge and many others, offering stories and insights into a future when light flows almost everywhere. Prepare yourself!  This might be a good start.

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IEET Affiliate Scholar Steve Fuller @ University of Birmingham

IEET affiliate scholar Steve Fuller recently spoke on ‘Transhumanism and the Future of Capitalism’ to the Centre for Contemporary Philosophy of Technology at the University of Birmingham, UK. The video of the talk, including the Q&A, may be found here

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The world doesn’t need more nuclear weapons

TED Talks

Today nine nations collectively control more than 15,000 nuclear weapons, each hundreds of times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We don’t need more nuclear weapons; we need a new generation to face the unfinished challenge of disarmament started decades ago. Nuclear reformer Erika Gregory calls on today’s rising leaders — those born in a time without Cold War fears and duck-and-cover training — to pursue an ambitious goal: ridding the world of nuclear weapons by 2045.

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Arthur Caplan

Healthcare and Healthcare Ethics in the Trump Era

by Arthur Caplan

Hi. I am Art Caplan from the Division of Medical Ethics at the New York University Langone School of Medicine in Manhattan.

We have a newly elected president, Donald J. Trump. He will be making many changes to the policies of the Obama years. What will his election mean for healthcare? What will it mean for ethical issues that come up in the context of healthcare?

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If Scientific Discoveries Are Dangerous, Should They Be Censored?

Big Think

There is censorship in science, admits Bill Nye – but not nearly as much as there should be.

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Alexandre Maurer

Une vie plus longue

by Alexandre Maurer

Vivre beaucoup plus longtemps en bonne santé : est-il raisonnable d’y croire ? Et pour quoi faire ?

Published on 16 November 2016 on Technoprog

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Mental Health of Smart Cities

by Marcelo Rinesi

Not the mental health of the people living in smart cities, but that of the cities themselves. Why not? We are building smart cities to be able to sense, think, and act; their perceptions, thoughts, and actions won’t be remotely human, or even biological, but that doesn’t make them any less real.

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John G. Messerly

Can We Evolve Fast Enough to Survive?

by John G. Messerly

In response to my post, “Yes, America Is Descending Into Totalitarianism,” the computer game designer Chris Crawford, shared some good news in yesterday’s post—Trump may be impeached. Later he shared his bad news:

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Dr. James Hughes On Moral Enhancement Through Neurotech & Uploading The Mind To Computers

Warrior Radio

One of IEET’s projects is Cyborg Buddha, which explores the role neurotechnology will have on spirituality, happiness, and alternate states of mind. In this interview, Warrior pick Dr. Hughes’ brain on how technology can be used to engineer virtue – something all religions throughout time have stressed is the key to a good life. They also get into technology allowing us to upload our minds computers, a possibility available sooner than most realize.

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IEET affiliate scholar Steve Fuller published on The Sociological Review

The Sociological Review

IEET affiliate scholar Steve Fuller has just published ‘Transhumanism and the Dialectics of Progressivism’ on The Sociological Review website, which considers transhumanism as a struggle between ‘Liberalism 2.0’ and ‘Socialism 2.0’ for the soul of progressive politics.

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B. J. Murphy

Yolk: Paper-Thin Solar Panels Are Here #CES2017

by B. J. Murphy

The age of solar energy is upon us. Last year alone, we witnessed solar energy prices drop lower than that of coal. As we move along into 2017, how might this ever-expanding industry continue moving along its own current of change.

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Is Incomplete — There’s a Final, Forgotten Stage

Big Think

Many people think that Maslow’s hierarchy of needs stopped with self-actualization. And that’s not actually true. He had another piece that was on top of self-actualization and that was self-transcendence.

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John G. Messerly

Will Trump Be Impeached?

by John G. Messerly

Yesterday’s post, “Yes, America Is Descending Into Totalitarianism,” elicited a thoughtful response from Chris Crawford. I will publish his reply in two parts.

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The Science of Political Judgment and Empathy

Big Think

Empathy has come into its own of late, held on a pedestal as one of the most glorified emotional skills – but Bloom argues that at times it can cloud our judgement. When it comes to political debates, typically the debate isn’t all over whether or not to empathize, it’s over who to empathize with, he says.

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B. J. Murphy

2016 Isn’t to Blame for Deaths, Aging Is.

by B. J. Murphy

The year 2016 has been rife with unexpected deaths by some of our most beloved celebrities. Whether it’s Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, comedian Ricky Harris, or pop star George Michael, there has been no shortage of death this year that has left our hearts aching. Many (including myself) have turned this into a meme of sorts, blaming these deaths on the year 2016 itself.

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The Science of Brain Health and Cognitive Decline

Big Think

There are two major forms of learning: implicit or explicit or declarative and non-declarative. The simple form of learning, which I studied in Aplysia, which holds true for all invertebrate animals, is learning of perceptual and motor skills. More complex learning involves the hippocampus requires conches participation and it involves learning about people, places and objects….

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John G. Messerly

Yes, America is Descending in Totalitarianism

by John G. Messerly

“In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. … Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie …

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Blockchain Tech Can Redistribute Power and Erase Borders

Big Think

Imagine a world where governments compete for your citizenships. Bitcoin and Blockchain expert Toni Lane Casserly explains how this technology could anoint people over institutions.

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Melanie Swan

Cognitive Easing: Human Identity Crisis in a World of Technology

by Melanie Swan

Cognitive Easing is the aim of much of our endeavor, whether explicit or implicit. We have never wavered from trying to create a life of ease, enjoyment, and fulfillment. The definition of Cognitive Easing is spending less mental effort to achieve a result.

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Bernie Sanders Warns About Dangers Of Corporate-Controlled Media

The Young Turks

Speaking to Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman just a few weeks after the Presidential election, Bernie Sanders warned of the dangers that the corporate-controlled media poses to our democracy. The Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

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Menu to Mars

FW: Thinking

In space, no one can hear you order pizza. Getting to Mars involves overcoming many challenges, not the least of which is figuring out what food to bring. It has to be nutritional, take up as little room as possible and preferably not have a negative impact on crew morale. Learn how NASA is developing the space food of the future!

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Alexandre Maurer

Donald Trump, les mexicains et les robots

by Alexandre Maurer

Donald Trump a promis de ramener ses emplois à l’Amérique profonde. Mais qui les a vraiment “volé” ? Et si c’était en fait un faux problème ?

Published on 15 November 2016 on Technoprog

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