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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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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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John Danaher

Piketty on Free Higher Education and the Value of Meritocracy

by John Danaher

I have worked hard to get where I am. I come from a modest middle class background. Neither of my parents attended university. They grew up in Ireland in the 1950s and 1960s, at a time when the economy was only slowly emerging from its agricultural roots. I and my siblings were born and raised in the 1970s and 1980s, in an era of high unemployment and emigration. Things started to get better in the 1990s as the Irish economy underwent its infamous ‘Celtic Tiger’ boom. I did well in school and received a (relatively) free higher education, eventually pursuing a masters and PhD in the mid-to-late 2000s.

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Daniel Faggella

Taming the Human Data Stream

by Daniel Faggella

“Big Data” is more of an opportunity than it is a benefit in and of itself. This might hold even more true for data gleaned from the human body itself as it does from the information streams from stock markets and eCommerce.

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George Dvorsky

Ancient Campfires May Have Unleashed Humanity’s Top Bacterial Killer

by George Dvorsky

The ability to control fire brought our ancestors countless benefits, but as a new study by Australian researchers suggests, it may have also triggered the spread of one of the worst blights to afflict our species: tuberculosis.

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Karen Levy on the Rise of Intimate Surveillance

Algocracy and Transhumanism podcast

This is the eighth episode in the Algocracy and Transhumanism podcast. In this episode, IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher talks to Karen Levy about the topic of intimate surveillance. Karen is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University, and associate member of the faculty of Cornell Law School. Tracking and surveillance are now ubiquitous. They track the number of steps we take per day, the number of calories we consume, the number of likes we get on our facebook posts and much more. Governments and corporations also track information about what we like, what we buy and what we do. What happens when we use the same technology to track and surveil aspects of our intimate relationships? That’s what they discuss in this podcast.

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John Danaher

Is Death the Sculptor of Life or an Evil to be Vanquished?

by John Danaher

My friend Michael Hauskeller recently recommended a paper on academia.edu. It was by Davide Sisto and it was entitled “Moral Evil or Sculptor of the Living? Death and the Identity of the Subject”. I was intrigued. Longtime readers will know that I have, for some time now, been half in love with the philosophy of death. I am always keen to read a new perspective or take on the topic.

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What If Artificial Intelligence Was Enlightened? Deep Breath #1

Future Thinkers

There are many dystopian theories about Artificial Intelligence taking over the world, as many cultural narratives portray - from Terminator and The Matrix.

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George Dvorsky

Most Americans Fear a Future of Designer Babies and Brain Chips

by George Dvorsky

Most American adults are nervous about the prospect of enhancing humans beyond normal capacities, a new Pew Research Center poll reveals. But while many of those surveyed expressed concerns about brain-boosting chips and designer babies, a significant number had a positive view of technology’s ability to transform humans and society.

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What Makes You YOU? Individuality, Consciousness and The Borg

Future Thinkers

Many people today would say that you are the things you like: what clothes you wear, which car you drive, what type of coffee you drink, which bands you listen to. But when you really think about it, all those things are just the stuff you buy. Companies just encourage us to “express ourselves” through our purchase decisions, so we get emotionally attached to their products and buy more stuff.

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Phil Torres

Op-ed: Climate Change Is the Most Urgent Existential Risk

by Phil Torres

Climate change and biodiversity loss may pose the most immediate and important threat to human survival given their indirect effects on other risk scenarios.

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Transhumanism and Technological Evolution, with Jesse Lawler

Future Thinkers

As humans, we have been modifying our environment, the organisms in it, and ourselves for millennia. Transhumanism, although a relatively new concept, has existed as a practice for thousands of years. It’s the idea of modifying ourselves beyond what nature gave us, and becoming more than human.

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Khannea Suntzu

The friction between necessity and special interests

by Khannea Suntzu

Societal disparity is a hot button topic sure to arouse emotions. Those who currently have or make comparatively more money as always follow heir self-interest and stick to decennia old post cold war talking points best summarized as “anyone who works hard will eventually be successful”. This is clearly a self-validating and wealth consolidating statement and it’s completely understandable from a zero sum perspective. For the lucky few at the top of the economic food chain any compelling statement that “if most people who work hard in life will not be successful”, pretty much means that society is injust and is subject to renegotiation. And we have been at a collective consensus in western society for centuries now that for statistical majorities of the population – society must be just.

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The Future of Human-Machine Relationships, HER Movie Review

Future Thinkers

Science fiction can be awesome for imagining the future. Everybody loves a good story, and movies are one of the best mediums to tell stories. Though sometimes they aren’t as scientifically accurate as they could be, movies are still great at visualizing futurist ideas and communicating them in a way that is accessible to everyone.

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What Is Universal Basic Income and Why Support It?

Future Thinkers

A simple video explaining why we need universal basic income, what it is, and what it can do for society.

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Alexandre Maurer

Évolution naturelle ou évolution technologique ?

by Alexandre Maurer

Ce parallèle est-il pertinent ? Oui… et non. Dans cet article, nous tenterons d’en cerner les limites. Puis nous expliquerons pourquoi une évolution technologique (dans le cadre du transhumanisme) nous semble largement préférable.

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Giulio Prisco

Consciousness, Reality, and the Simulation Hypothesis

by Giulio Prisco

Yesterday a post in the Turing Church Facebook group (h/t Martin C.) mentioned a Skeptico interview with filmmaker Kent Forbes, the creator of “The Simulation Hypothesis,” a recent film about the reality-as-a-sim concept, consciousness and quantum physics. Review and related thoughts below.

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Algorithms and Online Dating Won’t Change Your Ancient Brain

Big Think

Anthropologist Helen Fisher weighs in on how dating apps like Tinder and online dating sites change the way we love.

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How To Make A Living When Robots Take Our Jobs

FW: Thinking

One of the big questions left to answer is how will we make a living in a world where more of our work is left to the cold, robotic hands of automated machinery? The robots aren’t exactly poised to displace everyone tomorrow but that day is coming. So what then? How do we make ends meet? How do we buy the things we want or have the experiences we dream about?

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Rick Searle

A World Ruled by Networks

by Rick Searle

One of the more confusing characteristics of our age is how it trucks in contradiction. As a prime example: the internet is the most democratizing medium in the history of humankind giving each of us the capability to reach potentially billions with the mere stroke of a key. At the same time this communication landscape is one of unprecedented concentration dominated by a handful of companies such as Facebook Google, Twitter, and in China Baidu.

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George Dvorsky

Record-Setting Hard Drive Writes Information One Atom At a Time

by George Dvorsky

Researchers working in the Netherlands have developed an atomic-scale rewritable data-storage device capable of packing 500 terabits onto a single square inch. Incredibly, that’s enough to store every book written by humans on a surface the size of a postage stamp. Holy shit.

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Edible Electronics

FW: Thinking

Would you want to swallow electronics? New research and developments might make you say… YES! Edible electronics have all sorts of potential applications and advances by researchers at MIT and Carnegie Mellon University are pushing the envelope even further. From ingestible origami robots to password pills, this week we take a look at the weird future of literal technology consumption!

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George Dvorsky

Medical Harpoon Reduces Need for Open-Heart Surgery

by George Dvorsky

An experimental medical device called the Harpoon TSD-5 is proving its worth in clinical trials, repairing heart valves with perfect success—and without the need to perform open-heart surgery.

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Cognitive Buildings!

FW: Thinking

The next generation of architecture won’t just be smarter by design, it’ll actually BE smart. Cognitive buildings are structures that utilize the internet of things to anticipate our needs. Not only that, they greatly reduce our carbon footprints by autonomously reducing energy consumption in spaces that aren’t in use. No need to turn off the lights or air conditioning before you leave a room!

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Will We Ever Be Able to Vacation in Space?

Seeker Daily

Space travel is only 55 years old, but soon tourists may be able to take a vacation among the stars. So how can you become a space tourist?

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George Dvorsky

Crazy Detailed Brain Map Finds Nearly a Hundred New Regions

by George Dvorsky

Neuroscientists working on the Human Connectome Project have compiled the most accurate map yet of the human cerebral cortex. The researchers identified 180 distinct areas of the brain’s outer layer—effectively doubling the previous number of known regions.

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