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Sex Work, Technological Unemployment and the Basic Income Guarantee

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Amon Twyman

Social Futurist revolution & the Zero State

by Amon Twyman

We have recently seen increased interest in the issues of workplace automation,technological unemployment, and Basic Income Guarantee (AKA Universal Basic Income). Some observers have been perplexed by visceral and sharply divided public opinion, with people viewing these phenomena as inherently positive or negative.

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Kathryn Cave

Black Death for the Internet?

by Kathryn Cave

Will viruses be the digital era’s Black Death?

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On Consciousness

The Rational Future

David Pearce & David Zuccaro talk with Adam Ford of The Rational Future about theories of consciousness and AI. Published on Jan 1, 2014

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We Will Live Again: A Look Inside a Cryonics Laboratory

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We Will Live Again looks at the unusual and extraordinary operations of the Cryonics Institute. Follow Ben Best and Andy Zawacki as they maintain the ninety-nine deceased human bodies stored at below-freezing temperatures in cryopreservation. Meanwhile, cryonics movement founder Robert Ettinger, long-retired from overseeing operations at the Institute, still lives nearby, self-publishing books on cryonics, awaiting the end of this life and eagerly anticipating the next. Published on Apr 9, 2014.

 

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John Danaher

Should we bet on radical enhancement?

by John Danaher

This is the third part of my series on Nicholas Agar’s book Truly Human Enhancement. As mentioned previously, Agar stakes out an interesting middle ground on the topic of enhancement. He argues that modest forms of enhancement — i.e. up to or slightly beyond the current range of human norms — are prudentially wise, whereas radical forms of enhancement — i.e. well beyond the current range of human norms — are not. His main support for this is his belief that in radically enhancing ourselves we will lose certain internal goods. These are goods that are intrinsic to some of our current activities.

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George Dvorsky

Why Asimov’s Three Laws Of Robotics Can’t Protect Us

by George Dvorsky

It’s been 50 years since Isaac Asimov devised his famous Three Laws of Robotics — a set of rules designed to ensure friendly robot behavior. Though intended as a literary device, these laws are heralded by some as a ready-made prescription for avoiding the robopocalypse. We spoke to the experts to find out if Asimov's safeguards have stood the test of time — and they haven't.

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Implantable Technology - Pros and Cons

boydfuturist

IEET Affiliate Scholar, John Niman talks about implanted technology so that one can “feel wifi, magnetic forces, etc. Are you ready to be upgraded? Published on Apr 15, 2014

Alzheimer's Pacemaker: http://www.dvice.com/archives/2012/12…

Implant For North: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/08/tec…

My blog is here: http://boydfuturist.wordpress.com...
My Facebook is here: https://www.facebook.com/boydfuturist
My G+ is here: https://plus.google.com/+JohnNiman/
Twitter: boydfuturist

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John Danaher

Veridical Engagement and Radical Enhancement

by John Danaher

This is the second post in my series on Nicholas Agar's new book Truly Human Enhancement. The book offers an interesting take on the enhancement debate. It tries to carve out a middle ground between bioconservatism and transhumanism, arguing that modest enhancement (within or slightly beyond the range of human norms) is prudentially valuable, but that radical enhancement (well beyond the range of human norms) may not be.

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How Positive Psychology/Thinking is Concealing some of the Real Causes of our Collective Suffering

PEACE REBEL

This lecture shows how we blame the victims of poverty, unemployment, and racism for their lot rather than the real villain, the inequality of Imperial America, at home and abroad. The result is that it creates a faux narrative embraced by faux Liberals(conservatives masquerading and talking like REAL progressives) that ultimately end up blaming our fellow citizens, instead of this rotten, greedy, and immoral system we live in. Published on Mar 14, 2013

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The Next Captain America is YOU

Science Friction

Find out how science can create real super-soldiers with enhanced strength, unbreakable bones and inexhaustible endurance from Rusty of Youtube channel Science Friction. Do you have what it takes to become the next Captain America? Find out. Links to research below! Published on Apr 1, 2014

Become superhuman. Rusty’s series Science Friction breaks down the real science behind comic book and sci-fi superheroes and tells you how to attain those abilities for yourself


And I want to thank my good friend Tom Small for the awesome glowing green serum effect!

Check out the Science Friction Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/sciencefrict…

And follow me on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/rustyward

How does Gene Therapy work?
http://www.scientificamerican.com/art…

More on Gene Therapy
http://www.ama-assn.org//ama/pub/phys…

Myostatin and Super-Strength
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/...

Se-Jin Lee and Myostatin
http://www.jhu.edu/sejinlee/

Genetic Basis for Muscle Endurance
http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_R…

Unbreakable Bones
http://yalemedicine.yale.edu/autumn20…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DhEss…

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Andrew Maynard

Geeking Out on the Science of Risk

by Andrew Maynard

Danger and death are part and parcel of being alive. But with a few notable exceptions, it’s hard to find straightforward information online on how to make sense of stuff that potentially threaten our health and wellbeing. Which is a pity, because as well as being important for making smart decisions, there’s some really cool science behind how what we touch, breathe, eat, or otherwise come into contact with affects our health.

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Brenda Cooper

Soil as an Organism

by Brenda Cooper

I live in Washington State, and all the news for the last two weeks has been the unthinkable Oso mudslide.  Slides are not unusual here, although I have never heard of one with this much destructive force.  It got me reflecting about the relationship between earth and water.

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IEET’s George Dvorsky offers course on Introduction to Transhumanism

George Dvorsky, prominent futurist, writer on ethics and technology and Chairman of the IEET Board of Directors, is offering his Introduction to Transhumanism course during May, from May 1st to May 31st, 2014.

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Dick Pelletier

21st Century: a brief trek through our technology-rich future

by Dick Pelletier

Since the beginning of the 21st century, there’s no question that humankind has made tremendous strides in developing new technologies. While machines can replicate many movements and actions of humans, the next challenge lies in teaching them to think for themselves and react to changing conditions.

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The Future of Being Human

fora.tv

IEET Fellow David Eagleman discuses how we and other animals perceive reality. He referres to the umwelt in the context, of how our technologies will enhance our experience of the umwelt so that we can experience difference properties of the world.

“In the semiotic theories of Jakob von Uexküll and Thomas A. Sebeok, umwelt (plural: umwelten; from the German Umwelt meaning “environment” or “surroundings”) is the “biological foundations that lie at the very epicenter of the study of both communication and signification in the human [and non-human] animal.” The term is usually translated as “self-centered world”. Uexküll theorised that organisms can have different umwelten, even though they share the same environment.” - wikipedia

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John Danaher

The Objective and Anthropocentric Ideals of Enhancement

by John Danaher

Nicholas Agar has written several books about the ethics of human enhancement. In his latest, Truly Human Enhancement, he tries to stake out an interesting middle ground in the enhancement debate. Unlike the bioconservatives, Agar is not opposed to the very notion of enhancing human capacities. On the contrary, he is broadly in favour it. But unlike the radical transhumanists, he does not embrace all forms of enhancement.

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Evan Selinger

Why Goal Tracking Apps Are So Existentially Provocative

by Evan Selinger

Normally, if you asked me to free associate what comes to mind when I hear words like “productivity app” and “life hack,” you’d be treated an all out vent session—a combination of skepticism and cynicism directed at overly hyped products, overesteem for efficiency, and overblown attempts to delegate responsibility and willpower. But then I read a gushing review of Full, an app for tracking and measuring “what’s important to you.” I actually think it’s a good product and an excellent prompt for thinking about why goal track apps are so existentially provocative.

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William Gillis

Every Scientist Should Be An Anarchist

by William Gillis

The first time I encountered the claim that an anarchistic society would impede scientific progress I was too shocked — and later busy chortling — to sketch out a thorough response. It’s a surprising sentiment to me for a lot of reasons, not the least for the well known correspondence between scientific progress and social and material freedom in mass societies.

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Antispecism & Compassionate Stewardship

The Rational Future

In this episode of The Rational Future Adam Ford recorded IEET Fellow David Pearce talking about antispecism and compassionate stewardship, published on Apr 8, 2014.

On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds and confined to wire cages, gestation crates, barren dirt lots, and other cruel confinement systems. These animals will never raise their families, root around in the soil, build nests, or do anything that is natural and important to them. Most won’t even feel the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded onto trucks bound for slaughter. The green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes of years past are now distant memories.

The factory farming industry strives to maximize output while minimizing costs—always at the animals’ expense. The giant corporations that run most factory farms have found that they can make more money by cramming animals into tiny spaces, even though many of the animals get sick and some die. The industry journal National Hog Farmer explains, “Crowding pigs pays,” and egg-industry expert Bernard Rollins writes that “chickens are cheap; cages are expensive.”

Cows, calves, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and other animals live in extremely stressful conditions:

  • Kept in small cages or jam-packed sheds or on filthy feedlots, often with so little space that they can’t even turn around or lie down comfortably
  • Deprived of exercise so that all their bodies’ energy goes toward producing flesh, eggs, or milk for human consumption
  • Fed drugs to fatten them faster and keep them alive in conditions that could otherwise kill them
  • Genetically altered to grow faster or to produce much more milk or eggs than they naturally would (many animals become crippled under their own weight and die just inches away from water and food)

When they have finally grown large enough, animals raised for food are crowded onto trucks and transported over many miles through all weather extremes, typically without food or water, to the slaughterhouse. Those who survive this nightmarish journey will have their throats slit, often while they are still conscious. Many remain conscious when they are plunged into the scalding-hot water of the defeathering or hair-removal tanks or while their bodies are being skinned or hacked apart.

You can help end this abuse. Order a copy of PETA’s free “Vegetarian/Vegan Starter Kit” for tips and recipes to help you make the transition to an animal-free diet today

Images:
http://ecomerge.blogspot.com/2013/06/factory-farms-and-human-health-hazards.html
http://www.nrdc.org/water/pollution/nspills.asp

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Designing Compassionate Ecosystems and Genetically Engineering the Ending of Suffering

The Rational Future

Is it our responsibility to reduce suffering within our own species and others? In this video, filmed by Adam Ford of The Rational Future, IEET Fellow David Pearce states that because we will have the biotechnology to edit DNA to create minds that do not suffer, it is then logical to program all species against suffering. In fact, because we will have the ability to genetically engineer ourselves and other species, it is Pearce’s opinion that if we do not utilize biotech to reduce suffering, we can be considered psychotic as an intelligent species with the capacity to do so. Published on Apr 8, 2014.

Images:
http://nnm.me/blogs/serko23/aaron_limonick_artworks/
http://www.wiringthebrain.com/2010/10/colour-my-world.html

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The Binding Problem of Consciousness

The Rational Future

IEET Fellow David Pearce talks about consciousness and the binding problem. Can a classical computer figure out consciousness? Can AI, when computers become super-fast, become conscious? Why does Pearce believe in quantum coherence? Why does he reject epiphenomenalism and dualism?  Published on Apr 8, 2014.

Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v…

Binding Problem: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binding_…

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Science, Technology & the Future: http://scifuture.org

Images:
http://www.wiringthebrain.com/2010/10/colour-my-world.html

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Sebastian Pereira

The return to a metanarrative: a comeback to ideology

by Sebastian Pereira

Modernity was an age governed by one idea, the existence of a transcendental universal truth attainable trough reason. The laws of motion of Newton embedded in the mind of thinkers of all fields the idea that natural laws exists, which in turn rule over aspects of our world, and uncovering them would be of great benefit to humanity, and for the most part that was the case.

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Massimo Pigliucci

SpaceX, a somewhat critical look

by Massimo Pigliucci

I’ve been a bit baffled recently by the enthusiasm that so many friends and colleagues have been displaying for SpaceX and the whole idea of commercial space “exploration.”

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Leo Igwe

Kpatinga: Another ‘Witch’ Village in Ghana

by Leo Igwe

just returned from Kpatinga, another village in northern Ghana where alleged witches take refuge. One unique thing about witchcraft belief in Northern Ghana is that there are safe spaces for ‘witches’. A ‘witch’ must not be suffered to die as the scripture says. There are villages that welcome and rehabilitate victims of witchcraft accusations. Kpatinga is one of them. It is around 75 miles from the regional capital, Tamale. The major challenge to anyone visiting the ‘witch’ camp is access. Kpatinga is remotely located. To visit the village from Tamale one must stop over at Gushegu town. The journey from Tamale to Gushegu town is about 3 hours. Apart from the Metro Mass Buses, other commercial buses ply this route three times a day- in the morning, afternoon and evening especially on Gushegu market days. I arrived the bus station shortly before noon. I was told there were no more tickets. I stood there for some time contemplating cancelling the trip. I did not want to arrive Gushegu in the night.

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John Danaher

Equality, Fairness and the Threat of Algocracy: Should we embrace automated predictive data-mining?

by John Danaher

I’ve looked at data-mining and predictive analytics before on this blog. As you know, there are many concerns about this type of technology and the increasing role it plays in our lives. Thus, for example, people are concerned about the oftentimes hidden way in which our data is collected prior to being “mined”. And they are concerned about how it is used by governments and corporations to guide their decision-making processes. Will we be unfairly targetted by the data-mining algorithms? Will they exercise too much control over socially important decision-making processes? I’ve reviewed some of these concerns before.

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Tsvi Bisk

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

by Tsvi Bisk

“Putin plays chess; Obama plays marbles”; “Obama makes me nostalgic for Jimmy Carter”. These are some of the pejoratives being directed at Obama by the right and even some on the left. What am I missing? OK, Obama looks wimpy next to the bare-chested horseback riding Putin, I will grant that. And given that perception is reality in today’s 24/7 media circumstance this is a serious flaw in Obama’s presidency.

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Genetic Modification Outside The Food Context

boydfuturist

Published April 7, 2014, IEET Affiliate Scholar, John Niman talks about genetic engineering. Can we program mice or bees to find sniff out land mines, which kill many people to this day? Can we write genetic code in humans so that we can detect explosives for example? Can we program ourselves to have amplified senses eliminating the use for genetically modified animals?

Fruit Fly Article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/...

Mice article: http://singularityhub.com/2012/10/26/...

Honeybee Article: http://news.yahoo.com/honeybees-train…

Three-Parent-Baby Article: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commen…

HIV Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/06/hea…

Images:
http://glasshousetheology.com/wp-content/uploads/
2012/10/Human-Genetic-Engineering.png&h=275&w=599&zc=1

 

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Evan Selinger

Outsourcing Your Mind and Intelligence to Computer/Phone Apps

by Evan Selinger

When the Partially Examined Lifediscussion of human enhancement (Episode 91) turned to the topic of digital technology, the philosophical oxygen was sucked out of the room. Sure, folks conceded that philosopher of mind Andy Clark (not mentioned by name, but implicitly referenced) has interesting things to say about how technology upgrades our cognitive abilities and extends the boundaries of where our minds are located. But everything else more or less was dismissed as concerning not terribly deep uses of “appliances”.

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If Nature Had Been Kinder [Full]

The Rational Future

Adam Ford of The Rational Future talks with IEET Fellow David Pearce about aesthetics, beauty, and how it relates to nature and evolution, even speculating on the posthuman’s aesthetic appreciation.

Images:
http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/christian-hopkins-photography
http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/michal-macku-gellages

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On the Origin of Suffering

The Rational Future

IEET Fellow David Pearce discuses suffering with Adam Ford of The Rational Future, published April 6, 2014.

Does pain=suffering? Did suffering exist before complex muti-cellular life? Suffering on earth probably did not exist before the Cambrian Explosion or whenever we date the origin of multi-cellular life..
Single celled organisms may have felt pain as rudimentary experience, though this is distinct from unitary subjective experience of suffering.

Single celled organisms may have felt pain as rudimentary experience, though this is distinct from unitary subjective experience of suffering.

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http://img.wikinut.com/img/b5twc_jvhxx3d_68/jpeg/724x5000/Depression-CPaigePhotography.com.jpeg

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