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Augmented Reality: Pokémon GO Is Only the Beginning

No Mans Sky: A Deist Simulated Universe

Interview with Gerd Leonhard and his New Book TECHNOLOGY vs. HUMANITY

Physics vs. Human Perception: Which Represents Reality?

This Is Where Europe’s Upcoming Rover Mission Will Explore Mars

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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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John G Messerly

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Nicole Sallak Anderson

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Augmented Reality: Pokémon GO Is Only the Beginning

Big Think

Could Pokémon GO be considered art? Journalist Virginia Heffernan believes the game bears the hallmarks of great art — exploration, movement (of the soul or the soles), and a call to instinct.

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Giulio Prisco

No Mans Sky: A Deist Simulated Universe

by Giulio Prisco

I don’t play No Man’s Sky (yet?), the pictures here were taken by my friend Extropia DaSilva who is busy exploring the simulated universe. Perhaps I will follow, but perhaps not: I am sure I would love No Man’s Sky and find it addictive, but I prefer to develop visions of hope for everyone to visit, one day, the big No Man’s Sky out there. However, No Man’s Sky is the richest simulation that we have developed so far, and an impressive technological feat.

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Gerd Leonhard

Interview with Gerd Leonhard and his New Book TECHNOLOGY vs. HUMANITY

by Gerd Leonhard

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello interviewed futurist and author Gerd Leonhard about his new book, Technology vs. Humanity.

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Physics vs. Human Perception: Which Represents Reality?

Big Think

What does a theoretical physicist do all day? Janna Levin shares some insight on perception vs. reality, and provides a glimpse of how she spends her time (hint: doing math)

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George Dvorsky

This Is Where Europe’s Upcoming Rover Mission Will Explore Mars

by George Dvorsky

In October, the joint ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 mission will land the Schiaparelli rover on the Red Planet. Here’s where the probe is scheduled to land, and why researchers chose this particular area.

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Meaning of Life TV Talks with IEET Exec. Director James Hughes

Meaning of Life TV

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George Dvorsky

Paralyzed Patients Learn to Walk Again Using Virtual Reality

by George Dvorsky

A groundbreaking new experiment shows that brain-machine interfaces, when used in conjunction with exoskeletons and virtual reality, can trigger partial recovery in patients recovering from spinal cord injuries.

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Is Dropping Out of College Throwing Your Life Away?

Big Think

Media strategist, writer, and college drop-out Ryan Holiday questions whether college is just an expensive way to go through the motions.

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IEET Affiliate Scholar Phil Torres Publishes New Paper in JET

Journal of Evolution and Technology

Imagine that someone points a gun to your head and threatens to pull the trigger. How would you assess the overall risk of your situation? One possibility is to examine the gun: to determine its various properties, how powerful it is, the speed at which bullets emerge from the barrel, and so on. This is what many existential risk scholars have focused on with respect to existential risks: the range of technologies that could be used for harmful ends.

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Valerie Tarico

Liberalism’s Great Challenge: How Can We Critique Ideas while Protecting People?

by Valerie Tarico

Secular and reformist Muslims plead that we learn to tell the difference between analyzing ideas and attacking people.

When Islam is at question, members of the American Left and Right race into opposite corners. After the Orlando nightclub massacre, to cite one recent example, conservatives spewed anti-Muslim invective to the point that ordinary American Muslims were afraid to leave home.

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A.I. Apocalypse: More Myth Than Reality

Big Think

Steven Pinker believes there’s some interesting gender psychology at play when it comes to the robopocalypse. Could artificial intelligence become evil or are alpha male scientists just projecting?

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Rick Searle

Our emerging culture of shame

by Rick Searle

remember a speech that the novelist Tom Wolfe gave on CSPAN or some such back in the 1990s in which he said something like “Nietzsche predicted that the 20th century would be the age of ideology, and that the century after the age of morality, and I believe him” I’ve never been able to find the source of the quote, but the more the 21st century rolls on, the more I’m finding it to increasingly, frighteningly true.

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The jobs we’ll lose to machines — and the ones we won’t

TED Talks

Machine learning isn’t just for simple tasks like assessing credit risk and sorting mail anymore — today, it’s capable of far more complex applications, like grading essays and diagnosing diseases. With these advances comes an uneasy question: Will a robot do your job in the future?

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Worrying about the Robo-pocalypse Is a First-World Problem

Big Think

Bill Nye laughs in the face of the robo-pocalypse. Or more accurately, he laughs at those who worry that AI might run amok. If we build robots that want to kill us, he says, we can just unplug them.

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George Dvorsky

Peter Thiel is Right About One Thing

by George Dvorsky

Billionaire douchebag Peter Thiel has plenty of crazy ideas, but his commitment to radical life extension isn’t one of them.

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Melanie Swan

Decentralized Crypto-Finance: Blockchains, Automatic Markets, and Algorithmic Trust

by Melanie Swan

A revolutionary set of concepts and underlying technology enablement has arisen in the form of blockchain technology. Blockchains allow the digital payments layer the Internet never had, and more broadly contemplate an era whereby all forms of secure value transfer could take place via the Internet. This includes all monetary assets (the cash or spot market) and all assets and liabilities over any future time frame (the futures and options market, mortgages, debt and equity securities, treasury issuance, and public debt).

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Can A Robot Feel?

TEDx Talks

If and when you encounter an AI, it is best to look beyond superficialities, like a humanlike appearance. Perhaps only biological beings can have experience, or perhaps superintelligent AI doesn’t need to be conscious. Susan Schneider proposes a test for determining whether AI can be conscious.

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George Dvorsky

Global Warming Will Make It Nearly Impossible to Hold the Summer Olympics

by George Dvorsky

Olympic organizers have made climate change a central theme at the current games—and for good reason. A sobering new study shows that by the 2084 Olympics, rising temperatures will make it practically impossible for most cities to host the summer games.

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Vote for IEET’s Managing Director’s Scholarship Competition

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello has entered a photo competition in order to be entered to win a scholarship for his graduate studies. In order to help him make the shortlist you can follow the link below to vote for his picture titled ‘Arrogance Dying’.

VOTE HERE

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Robots Must Pay For Their Crimes!

FW:Thinking

Traditionally when a robot injures someone or damages property we hold the robot’s creator or owner accountable. But that notion is changing. On May 31, 2016 the European Parliament received a report from the Commission on Legal Affairs saying that, depending on circumstances, the ROBOT might be held responsible for its own actions! But this raises some difficult questions. How do you make a robot pay? Do you put it in jail? Does it owe the victim monetary compensation? And most of all… does that make the robot a non-human person? On this episode of Fw:Thinking we explore all those ideas and more!

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Can We Use Genetics To Build NEW Species?

FW:Thinking

How do you learn to create organisms? You start small. Scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute sequenced the genome of the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides and coded it into a computer. After intensive study, they understood the genome well enough to create a synthetic version of the organism FROM SCRATCH. But why stop there? The scientists began tweaking the code, trying to see what the smallest possible sequence was to sustain life. After several versions, they succeeded in creating a synthetic organism with only 473 genes - the world’s smallest known viable life-form.

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Rick Searle

Shedding Light on Peter Thiel’s Dark Enlightenment

by Rick Searle

Lately I’ve been experiencing quite a bit of deja vu, and not in the least of a good kind. The recent bout was inspired by Ben Smith’s piece for BuzzFeed in which he struggled to understand how an Ayn Rand loving libertarian like the technologist Peter Thiel could end up supporting a statist demagogue like Donald Trump. Smith’s reasoning was that Trump represented perhaps the biggest disruption of them all and could use the power of the state to pursue the singularity and flying-cars Theil believed were one at our fingertips.

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Hey Bill Nye, Can We Bridge the Gap Between Science and Religion?

Big Think

Bill Nye answers the big one: Can faith and science can co-exist, or is religious belief dependent on ignoring science?

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IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher Publishes New Paper on Moral Enhancement

Neuroethics

IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher has a new paper coming out in the journal Neuroethics. This one argues that directly augmenting the brain might be the most politically appropriate method of moral enhancement. This paper brings together his work on enhancement, the extended mind, and the political consequences of advanced algorithmic governance. Details below:

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John G. Messerly

The Movie “Spotlight”: Philosophical Reflections

by John G. Messerly

Last night I watched “Spotlight,” one of the finest films I’ve seen in years.

The film follows The Boston Globe‘s “Spotlight” team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative journalist unit in the United States,[6] and its investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. It is based on a series of stories by the “Spotlight” team that earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.[7] … The film … was named one of the finest films of 2015 by various publications. Spotlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture along with Best Original Screenplay … (from Wikipedia)

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Why the Internet Is the Greatest Achievement of Any Civilization, Ever

Big Think

Cast off your Luddite gloom. The Internet is simply the greatest thing to ever happen to the world. It incorporates every element of art, culture, and ingenuity, taking humanity to a wholly new era.

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George Dvorsky

Clones Age Normally, So Relax

by George Dvorsky

It’s been 20 years since the birth of Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult. Because Dolly died prematurely, scientists have worried that cloning accelerates the aging process. But a new analysis of 13 cloned sheep—including a batch of Dolly’s genetic duplicates—shows this isn’t the case.

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Increase Your Productivity by Mastering Singular Focus and Mindful Meditation

Big Think

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D explains the flaws of multitasking, and how meditation can help you achieve mental clarity, increase productivity and even up your levels of charm.

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Hadrian Pourbahman

Vers une reconnaissance d’un droit à la longévité

by Hadrian Pourbahman

Hadrien Pourbahman, étudiant en Master 2 spécialisé en droit de la santé et des biotechnologies, a effectué un stage au sein de l’AFT Technoprog. Cet article synthétise ses travaux et fournit des références pour vous permettre d’approfondir les sujets.

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Climate Change Formula: Rising Sea Levels + Coastal Megacities = Forced Migration

Big Think

If global temperatures rise by just four degrees celsius, the forecast is cloudy with a chance of obliteration.

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