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

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How the blockchain will radically transform the economy

TED Talks

Say hello to the decentralized economy — the blockchain is about to change everything. In this lucid explainer of the complex (and confusing) technology, Bettina Warburg describes how the blockchain will eliminate the need for centralized institutions like banks or governments to facilitate trade, evolving age-old models of commerce and finance into something far more interesting: a distributed, transparent, autonomous system for exchanging value.

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What Is Obama’s Legacy? Was There Hope and Change in A “Post-Racial” America

Big Think

Journalist Jelani Cobb considers the impact of Obama’s presidency on race in America. Did he make good on the promise of change that got him elected?

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Alexandre Maurer

Nous sommes des humains augmentés… depuis des siècles !

by Alexandre Maurer

L’idée d’humain « augmenté » suscite des peurs chez certains, qui affirment que cela remet en cause notre identité humaine.

Cependant, à partir de quel moment pouvons-nous dire que nous sommes « augmentés » ? Ne le sommes-nous pas déjà ? Et nul besoin de songer aux derniers accessoires technologiques : cela remonte très loin dans notre histoire !

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George Dvorsky

Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Woman to Spell Out Messages With Her Mind

by George Dvorsky

Researchers in the Netherlands have successfully tested a brain implant that allows a patient with late-stage Lou Gehrig’s disease to spell messages at the rate of two letters per minute.

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From Science Fiction to Physics: Does Time Actually Exist?

Big Think

Physicists’ ideas about the nature and existence of time may seem incongruent with our experience of it, but author James Gleick makes a case for why we need to keep an open mind.

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David Brin

Shining light on cyber-secrets

by David Brin

Okay. All right. I’ve posted my thoughts about moving forward after this election. And yes, with confidence in a future-oriented civilization that may, yet, save the planet and take us to the stars.

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Aaron Wright on Blockchains and the Law

Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast

In this episode IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher interviews programmer and lawyer Aaron Wright. Aaron is an expert in corporate and intellectual property law, with extensive experience in Internet and new technology issues. He is a professor at Cardozo Law School and the Director of the School’s Tech Startup Clinic. Danaher speaks to Aaron about the issues arising from his forthcoming book about blockchain technology and the law (co-authored with Primavera De Filippi) that will be published by Harvard University Press.

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George Dvorsky

This USB Stick Performs an HIV Test

by George Dvorsky

Scientists in the UK have developed a USB stick that can quickly and accurately measure the amount of HIV is in a patient’s blood.

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Toyota’s $1 Billion AI Investment

FW: Thinking

Over the next five years, Toyota will spend $1 billion to establish the Toyota Research Institute Inc. based in North America. The focus of that investment will be on advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence for vehicles and beyond.

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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!

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George Dvorsky

A Dreaded Superbug Has Officially Arrived in the United States

by George Dvorsky

The US Centers for Disease Control has released a report in which it identifies over a dozen cases of a deadly, antibiotic-resistant fungus called Candida auris. It’s the first time this super-strain has been found in the US, and disturbingly, four of the first seven patients infected with it have died.

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Robots vs Monsoons!

FW: Thinking

Scientists from India and the UK are collaborating on the largest study of India’s monsoon season and the results could improve the lives of over one billion people. The robots will gather data underwater as the conditions in the Bay of Bengal change during the monsoon season. When the robots surface, they’ll beam the information up to the research team.

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George Dvorsky

Disturbing Images Show the Extent of Delhi’s Extreme Pollution Emergency

by George Dvorsky

Delhi, the capital city of India and home to 25 million residents, is in the midst of an “extreme pollution event.” In other words the city has been overrun with smog—tons of it. Recent photographs show the extent of the problem, which is being blamed on everything from vehicle emissions and crop burning through to smoking and fireworks.

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Growing Bricks From Bacteria

FW: Thinking

We’ve talked about innovations in architecture and design in the past, and in this episode, we look at construction materials themselves and innovative technologies like growing bricks from bacteria or fungus! Technologies like this could have fantastic applications here on earth, primarily in reducing the energy consumption and carbon emissions for heavy construction, but think about the applications in places like Mars, where, let’s be honest, a good brick is hard to find.

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J. Hughes

Getting from 1932 to 1945

by J. Hughes

A piece I just wrote for the IEEE:

If the future is coming at an ever accelerating pace, then perhaps we can get from 1932 to 1945 in record time.

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The Coming Transhuman Era

TEDx Talks

Sosa is the founder and CEO of IMRSV, a computer vision and artificial intelligence company and was named one of “10 Startups to Watch in NYC” by Time Inc., and one of “25 Hot and New Startups to Watch in NYC” by Business Insider. He has been featured by Forbes, CNN, New York Times, Fast Company, Bloomberg and Business Insider, among others.

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Julien Varlin

Les robots volent-ils nos emplois ?

by Julien Varlin

Article invité de Julien Varlin (blog)

Toute une série d’articles de presse reprennent régulièrement ce thème vendeur des « robots tueurs d’emplois » : « Les robots, le chômage et les emplois de 2030 » (France Info, 10/05/2015), « Robots au travail : 3 millions d’emplois menacés en France d’ici 2025 » (La Voix du Nord, 25/05/2016)… En même temps, d’autres vont insister sur les nouveaux emplois créés (ingénieur-e-s, technicien-nes…) et soutenir qu’il n’y a pas de crainte à avoir : « Des centaines de milliers d’emplois créés par la robotique » (Monster, 16/04/2015), « La vérité sur les robots destructeurs d’emplois » (Slate, 06/06/2016).

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Phil Torres

What a Trump Presidency Means for Human Survival: One Expert’s Take

by Phil Torres

Since its inception, the field of existential risk studies has recognized “bad governance” as an important factor that could modulate overall existential risk — or constitute an existential risk in its own right, if such governance were to gain global control.

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Richard Eskow

12 Notes From a Political Autopsy

by Richard Eskow

Somebody once said that healing is the process of reclaiming our own biographies. Millions of people are trying to heal right now, but their stories remain unwritten.

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George Dvorsky

What a Trump Presidency Means for Your Health

by George Dvorsky

The future of public health in the United States was a hotly contested topic during the 2016 election, with the presidential candidates making bold promises and several important ballot initiatives up for grabs. Here’s how America voted, and what a Trump presidency means to your health.

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Can a divided America heal?

TED Talks

How can the US recover after the negative, partisan presidential election of 2016? Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the morals that form the basis of our political choices. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, he describes the patterns of thinking and historical causes that have led to such sharp divisions in America — and provides a vision for how the country might move forward.

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Rick Searle

Trump and the Iron Heel

by Rick Searle

Like many others, I am still absorbing the shock of Trump’s victory in the presidential election. For the last month I had been on a holding pattern on the blog in the remote chance the pundits and pollsters had gotten this election terribly wrong. They have. Rather than having elected Hillary Clinton who would have preserved the status quo with all its flaws, but also its protections, a large portion of the electorate has chosen to blow up the system and take a dangerous, potentially dystopian turn.

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Benjamin Abbott

Saving the White Working Class from Neoliberalism?

by Benjamin Abbott

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election, various class-struggle leftists have been emphasizing neoliberalism as the culprit and highlighting the plight of the white working class. Proponents of these analyses exhort us to organize with the white working class for economic justice as a key component of antiracism.

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How the Internet of Things Will Change the World

FW: Thinking

When we launched this channel, our very first episode was about the Internet of Things, and how this technology might affect our day-to-day lives at home. Now, over 100 episodes later (when did THAT happen?!) we felt it was time to give this topic an update. What happens when the Internet of Things goes global, and what will we need to do for us to reach this vision of the future?

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John G. Messerly

A Summary of Plato’s Political Theory and American Politics 2016

by John G. Messerly

Plato argued that we can’t have a good lives without good government, and he also believed that we can’t have good governments without intellectually and morally excellent leaders.

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David Brin

We are in it, all right. But “figuratively”? … or “literally”?

by David Brin

Tis the season for post-mortems… for pompous declamations and dissections, explaining to us all what the F— just happened. And so, across the next week or so, I’ll offer summaries and links to a panoply of rationalizations for this bizarre turn of events.  How liberals, conservatives and other pundits got it wrong… and what I think may be glimmers of actual insight.

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Create Anything You Want With Programmable Matter

FW: Thinking

What if you could fax someone a real, three-dimensional object? The solution might come in the form of programmable matter - a material that takes on predetermined shapes and can change its configuration on demand. We’re already seeing early prototypes coming from Carnegie Mellon and Intel in the form of “claytronics.” So what’s in store for this technology, and why should we be excited about it?

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George Dvorsky

Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Monkey to Walk Again

by George Dvorsky

For the first time ever, a neural device has been used to restore locomotion in paralyzed primates. It may be years before clinical trials can begin for humans, but this latest breakthrough marks an important step in that direction.

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David Wood

The missing vision

by David Wood

The United States of America have voted. In large numbers, electors have selected as their next President someone committed to:

  • Making it much harder for many types of people to enter the country
  • Deporting many of the current residents
  • Ramping up anti-Islam hostility
  • Denouncing global warming as a hoax
  • Undoing legislation to protect the environment
  • Reducing US support for countries facing hostile aggression
  • Dismantling the US deal with Iran over nuclear technology
  • Imposing punitive trade tariffs on China, likely triggering a trade war
  • Packing the Supreme Court with conservative judges who are opposed to choice.

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J. Hughes

Technoprogressivism Under Trump

by J. Hughes

This is from an interview I gave yesterday to a French journalist. Thought you might be interested.

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