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Free Will Does Not Exist - Should it be a Transhumanist Enhancement?

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A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control
Wendell Wallach

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach
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If We Can Achieve Gay Marriage and Legal Pot, We Can Fix Climate Change Too
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Transhumanism: there are [at least] ten different philosophical categories; which one(s) are you?
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Robosapiens – merging with machines will improve humanity at an exponential rate
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Nicole Sallak Anderson

Book Review: Abundance—A Must Read for Any Futurist

by Nicole Sallak Anderson

Authors Peter H. Diamandis and Steve Kotler have created just about the perfect handbook when it comes to envisioning a technically advanced, democratic and thriving society. Written in 2012, this book is still an important read for anyone who’s interested in a technical future where humanity finally rises above the mire it has been tethered to for millennia.

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John G. Messerly

Evolution and Ethics

by John G. Messerly

I have been interested in the above topic since taking a wonderful graduate seminar in the subject about 30 years ago from Richard J. Blackwell at St. Louis University. Recently a friend introduced me to a paper on the topic, “Bridging the Is-Ought Divide: Life is. Life ought to act to remain so,” by Edward Gibney who argues (roughly) that the naturalistic fallacy has no force. Gibney is not a professional philosopher, but I found myself receptive to his argument nonetheless.

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Scott Jackisch

Effective Altruism, GiveWell, and GiveDirectly: How to Give Money to the Poor

by Scott Jackisch

I attended the 2014 Effective Altruism Summit, and this essay describes what I learned.  

Effective Altruism is the idea that charitable giving should actually produce measurable results.  It’s an evidence-based approach that is supposedly in contrast to more conventional charities.  

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Ramez Naam

Solar Cost Less than Half of What EIA Projected

by Ramez Naam

Skeptics of renewables sometimes cite data from EIA (The US Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration) or from the IEA (the OECD’s International Energy Agency). The IEA has a long history of underestimating solar and wind that I think is starting to be understood.

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ADHD U: CEO SONG (National Anthem of Income Inequality)

Animation Domination High-Def

Brought to you by ADHD University: The National Anthem of Income Inequality.
The Federal Minimum Wage in the U.S. is $7.25 per hour, while the Top 5 Paid CEOs all make more than $8.91 per second (over $30,000 an hour). So here’s a new version of The Star-Spangled Banner to fit the times we live in.

 

 

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The Singularity Song

Animation Domination High-Def

The Singularity is an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today. Or maybe it will be a dystopian hell where we receive liquid through our mouth, ears, nose, eyes, vaginapenis.

 

 

 

 

 

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Valerie Tarico

Conservatives Choose More Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion over Better Birth Control for Teens

by Valerie Tarico

Fewer pregnant teens, fewer abortions, fewer unwed mothers, fewer single-parent families on welfare, more balanced state budgets. Sounds like a set of goals that should be common ground for anyone who cares about America’s future, right?

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Hank Pellissier

Effective Altruism has Five Serious Flaws - Avoid It - Be a DIY Philanthropist Instead

by Hank Pellissier

In an earlier essay I recommended the Effective Altruism (EA) movement, the humanitarian crusade spearheaded by philosopher Peter Singer.

Today, I retract my support. Although EA’s core intention is morally commendable - donating “expendable income” to world-improving causes - there are multiple details in its strategy and organization that are sloppy, simplistic, ethically dubious and downright foolish.

It pains me to reach this conclusion. Here’s how it happened:

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Scott Jackisch

The Robot Lord Scenario

by Scott Jackisch

I just finished reading Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford. This is a nonfiction book in which Ford predicts that all jobs will soon be automated away, and that this will lead to an economic crash, since no one will have any money to buy anything.  I’ve written about this idea before, and Ford’s position hasn’t changed much since his previous book, Lights in the Tunnel.

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piero scaruffi

The cost of Greek austerity - what would Socrates think of this mess?

by piero scaruffi

In 2008 i was shocked to read that Lehman Brothers had accumulated a total debt of $613 billion: imagine what the world could do with that much money, money that just one firm managed to lose. At the time i was in Africa and i remember checking the GDP of African countries: i was amazed to realize that (in 2008) this amount was more than the GDP of any African country.

It is hard to believe, but in five years the money spent to save Greece from bankruptcy amounts to 350 billion euros (as calculated by the Greek statistics agency ELSTAT), which is about $400 billion.

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Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

TED

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

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You’re Wired for Anxiety. And You’re Wired to Handle It

Big Think

Big Think and the Mental Health Channel are proud to launch Big Thinkers on Mental Health, a new series dedicated to open discussion of anxiety, depression, and the many other psychological disorders that affect millions worldwide.

In our first video in the series, Dr. Anne Marie Albano, Director of Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, traces the biological and evolutionary origins of anxiety, the unique features of anxiety in the 21st century, and the powerful research and tech-driven treatments that have emerged in recent decades.

 

 

 

 

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John Danaher

The Case for a Marriage-Free State

by John Danaher

The last couple of months have seen major victories for marriage equality. In May, Ireland voted to legalise same-sex marriage in a national referendum — the first country in the world to do so by popular vote. In June, the US Supreme court issued a landmark 5-4 decision legalising same-sex marriage throughout the United States. These were important steps toward building a fairer and more just society. If marriage is to continue to exist as a legally-recognised relationship status, then it is important that it do so in an egalitarian and inclusive manner. I don’t think anyone should doubt this.

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Leo Igwe

Child Witchcraft Accusations in Ivory Coast

by Leo Igwe

Ivory Coast is one of the countries in Africa where belief is witchcraft is widespread. A Gallup Poll found in 2010 that up to 95 percent of the populations believed in “sorciellerie” – the French word for witchcraft. This means that witchcraft is more or less a ‘national religion’. Almost everyone in the country thinks as a matter of fact, not fantasy that witchcraft is real in its conception and consequences, that people can harm others using mystical means.

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Futurist Gray Scott on Artificial Intelligence

MyFoxNY

Gray Scott, futurist and techno-philosopher, talked to Fox 5 about his concerns about artificial intelligence and its implications for the future of humanity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rover’s-Eye View of Marathon on Mars

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Road trip! This compilation of images from hazard-avoidance cameras on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity between January 2004 and April 2015 shows the rover’s-eye-view of the Martian marathon covering 26.2 miles(42.2 kilometers) from its landing location. A map of the rover’s path is on the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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William Sims Bainbridge

Transhumanist Therapy I: Historical Case Studies

by William Sims Bainbridge

Transhumanists typically think of human enhancement in terms of biological and computational technologies that are physical in nature, and yet historically many schools of psychology have aimed to improve people through non-physical therapies, personality training, or methods of self-discovery based on relatively standard theories in social and behavioral science.  The diversity of such approaches is absolutely astonishing, but in their underlying ideologies and treatment practices, some are indistinguishable from religions, others are clearly tied to science, and still others apparently are based on extrapolations from popular notions about the human mind that may or may not be correct.

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Alexey Turchin

Human Extinction Risks due to Artificial Intelligence Development - 55 ways we can be obliterated

by Alexey Turchin

This map shows that AI failure resulting in human extinction could happen on different levels of AI development, namely:

1. before it starts self-improvement (which is unlikely but we still can envision several failure modes),
2. during its take off, when it uses different instruments to break out from its initial confinement, and
3. after its successful takeover of the world, when it starts to implement its goal system which could be unfriendly, or its friendliness may be flawed. 

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Futuristic Now Episode 001

SoundCloud.com

Is technology as a natural co-evolving emergent phenomena. What is technology and will it ever become conscious? Futurist Gray Scott on the Futuristic Now podcast.

 

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IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner interviewed by Philosophie Magazine

Philosophie Magazine

IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner was recently interviewed by Philosophie Magazine.  The interview deals primarily with his scholarly work on “weak Nietzschean transhumanism.” It appears in the widely-read special Nietzsche issue of the French version of the Philosophie Magazine, published on the 9th of July 2015.

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David Brin

It’s ALIVE! And it’s in Outer Spaaaace!

by David Brin

Excitement is building for the New Horizons Mission and its hurried swing past Pluto on July 14.  What a terrific way to celebrate Bastille Day!  Watch this terrific video - Fast and Light to Pluto  - about New Horizons, created by the NY Times.

I met Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh when I was 15…

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Andrew Maynard to direct the new Risk Innovation Lab at Arizona State University

Risk Science Center April Newsletter

After five years directing the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, popular IEET Contributor Andrew Maynard is leaving to take a position at Arizona State University.  There he will direct the Risk Innovation Lab, a new center for research and practice around creative approaches to risk.

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Christopher J. Benek

Virtual Reality Will Enable the Next Large Revival in the Global Church

by Christopher J. Benek

25 years ago most people didn’t imagine that the Internet would reshape the way that they existed on a day-to-day basis. 25 years from now people will think about Virtual Reality the same way we think about the Internet today – we won’t even be able to imagine our global existence without it. One of the largest beneficiaries of this technological development could be the global church because VR is going to change the way that Christians participate in worship.

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Thync: A Mood-Altering Wearable

The Guardian

Mood-altering wearables: is this the future of getting high?

If there was an electronic device that claimed it could make you feel relaxed or energised, would you buy it? Thync is a new breed of "mood-altering wearables" that promises it can do both. At Guardian US, we got one of these devices and strapped it onto resident guinea pig Adam Gabbatt. We then zapped him with calm over a 25-minute period. Maybe too much calm ...

David Swanson

Peace Lessons - effective strategies for revolutionary change in the world

by David Swanson

I just read what may be the best introduction to peace studies I’ve ever seen. It’s called Peace Lessons, and is a new book by Timothy Braatz. It’s not too fast or too slow, neither obscure nor boring. It does not drive the reader away from activism toward meditation and “inner peace,” but begins with and maintains a focus on activism and effective strategy for revolutionary change in the world on the scale that is needed. As you may be gathering, I’ve read some similar books about which I had major complaints.

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Valerie Tarico

Fox News Freaks Out Over Seattle Clinics that Give Teens Better Birth Control but not Coca-Cola

by Valerie Tarico

As right wing news outlets have it, untrained government workers in Washington State are doing secret gynecological procedures on 11 year old school girls, implanting dangerous and unhealthy birth control without consent from doting parents who have no idea they are losing their daughters! Liberal priorities are so messed up that it’s easier for an 11 year old to get an IUD than a Coca-Cola at a Washington school.

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Hank Pellissier

Transhumanism: there are [at least] ten different philosophical categories; which one(s) are you?

by Hank Pellissier

In Nick Bostrom’s essay, Transhumanist Values, he states in the first sentence that transhumanism is “a loosely defined movement.”  Further into the essay, he lists five “examples of currents within transhumanism.”

They are:

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Hank Pellissier

The “Immortality Bus” Will Soon Be Rolling Across America

by Hank Pellissier

The “Immortality Bus” - appearing as a 40-foot coffin - will soon be rolling down American highways as a “pro-science symbol of resistance against aging and death.”  The bus will stop at rallies and events to argue “for science and technology to overcome death.”

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Does Homosexuality Make Evolutionary Sense?

Big Think

An anonymous viewer asks Bill whether homosexuality makes sense from an evolutionary and genetic standpoint. Bill’s response? Homosexuality exists across species and none of them are dying out anytime soon.

 

 

 

 

 

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Peaceful Coexistence of Conflicting Ideologies

TEDxOxbridge

Born in 1945 in Kenfig Hill, a small Welsh coal-mining village near Bridgend, Howard Marks attended Oxford University where he earned a degree in nuclear physics and post graduate qualifications in philosophy.

Described by the Daily Mail (UK Tabloid) as ‘the most sophisticated drugs baron of all time’, Howard Marks has worked with the British Secret Service and has been connected with the Mafia, the IRA, MI6 and the CIA.
 

 

 

 

 

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