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Value Conflicts surrounding the Meaning of Life in the Trans/Post/Human Future

Will AI make us immortal?

Trump’s Lying Reveals That He Is Empty Inside

This Country Is Leading The Robot Revolution

What Do Technoprogressives Believe in 2017?

Is Class War as Inevitable as the Return of Karl Marx?


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Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
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David Brin

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

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
John G Messerly

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson





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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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Steve Fuller

Value Conflicts surrounding the Meaning of Life in the Trans/Post/Human Future

by Steve Fuller

Posthumanists and perhaps especially transhumanists tend to downplay the value conflicts that are likely to emerge in the wake of a rapidly changing technoscientific landscape. What follows are six questions and scenarios that are designed to focus thinking by drawing together several tendencies that are not normally related to each other but which nevertheless provide the basis for future value conflicts.

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Will AI make us immortal?

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John G. Messerly

Trump’s Lying Reveals That He Is Empty Inside

by John G. Messerly

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.

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This Country Is Leading The Robot Revolution

Seeker Daily

Reports show that more than half of the world’s workforce could be replaced by robots in the next five years. How do robots take human jobs?

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J. Hughes

What Do Technoprogressives Believe in 2017?

by J. Hughes

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.

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David Brin

Is Class War as Inevitable as the Return of Karl Marx?

by David Brin

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.

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The Dark History Of Immigration Bans In The U.S.

Seeker Daily

President Trump’s immigration ban has brought to light the U.S.’ history of restricting refugees. What’s the history behind this policy?

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Alexandre Maurer

Le syndrome de Stockholm de la mortalité

by Alexandre Maurer

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.

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Like It Or Not, Obamacare Affects Everyone

Seeker Daily

Before President Donald Trump vows to repeal Obamacare, what are some of the hidden benefits that have improved people’s lives?

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David Brin

Start planning the revolution! In real life and in sci fi

by David Brin

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.

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Americans Need Mexico, Here’s Why

Seeker Daily

President Trump has suggested a tax on Mexican imports in order to finance the wall. How would this tax affect everyday life in the U.S.?

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John G. Messerly

The USA Overthrows Democracies Abroad, Will They Overthrow Their Own?

by John G. Messerly

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

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The Secret To Germany’s Powerful Economy

Seeker Daily

Pointed to as an example of success, the German economy has thrived while the rest of Europe struggled. So what’s their recipe for success?

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John Danaher

Symbols and Consequences in the Sex Robot Debate (TEDxWHU)

by John Danaher

[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.

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Big Problems Brewing Between Trump And California…

The Young Turks

Most presidents don’t get into feuds with states. Trump isn’t most presidents. Ana Kasparian, Hasan Piker, and Grace Baldridge, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

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John G. Messerly

Douthat’s “How Populism Stumbles” and Frum’s “How To Build An Autocracy”

by John G. Messerly

(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:

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Trump’s Lawyers Unprepared For Muslim Ban

The Young Turks

Donald Trump’s Justice Department has so far been very unprepared to defend his Muslim ban. Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola, and Jayar Jackson, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you how the judges are responding.

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Nikola Danaylov

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

by Nikola Danaylov

This is the introduction to my bestselling book Conversations with the Future. If you like it, you can buy the book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kcseK9

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

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Nikola Danaylov Soars to No. 1 Best Seller for Conversations With The Future

Conversations with the Future: 21 Visions for the 21st Century

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.”

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Trump: Nobody’s Complaining About DAPL

The Young Turks

President Trump says that he’s not getting any calls about the Dakota Access Pipeline. Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola, and Jayar Jackson, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you why that’s not true.

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Elizabeth Warren On Why Republicans Attempted To Silence Her

The Young Turks

Elizabeth Warren spoke with TYT’s Ryan Grim outside of the capitol. Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola, and Jayar Jackson, the hosts of The Young Turks, discuss what she said.

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David Brin

Want to Investigate Electoral Fraud? Start with whistle blowers and judo!

by David Brin

== 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.

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Jeff Sessions Confirmed As Attorney General

The Young Turks

The most racist senator in the country is now Attorney General. Congrats America. Ana Kasparian, Francis Maxwell, and Aida Rodriguez, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

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Cyril Gazengel

La lente évaporation du travail

by Cyril Gazengel

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.

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David Brin

Transparency, Privacy and Surveillance in a new era

by David Brin

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.

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‘Hey Bill Nye, What Technology Can We Expect to Have 50 Years From Now?’

Big Think

If we could jump 50 years into the future, what will our world look like? Flying cars? Hologram phones? Bill Nye sees two technological paths ahead – and we’re in the fork between them at this very moment.

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John G. Messerly

Why Truth Matters

by John G. Messerly

“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

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Why Trump and Obama’s Travel Bans Are Not The Same

The Young Turks

Trump says that people be so upset with his Muslim ban because Obama did the same thing in 2011. Is that true? Cenk Uygur, the host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

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B. J. Murphy

Republican Congressmen Order DARPA to Halt Construction of Space Robot

by B. J. Murphy

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.

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Trump To Keep One Obama Policy In Place

The Young Turks

There is at least one Obama reform Trump seems likely to keep in place. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, tells you how Trump will keep Obama’s LGBTQ reform.

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