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Overview of technopolitics


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Kevin LaGrandeur published new book Artificial Slaves

Tech marvels and wonders

Can Universal Basic Income / Social Democracy Fix America’s Inequality?

Hope: A Defense

How Human Consciousness Evolved

It’s a tough world out there: and now a drumbeat for war on Iran.


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Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
Author
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





JET

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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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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John G. Messerly

Harry Frankfurt on Bullshit And Lying

by John G. Messerly

Emeritus professor of philosophy at Princeton Harry Frankfurt‘s book, On Bullshit, was a surprise best seller a few years ago. Given the public musings of our recently installed President, I thought it time to revisit the main idea of the book.

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Police Unions Want Obamas Reforms Gutted

The Young Turks

Police unions didn’t like the reforms President Obama implemented, so now they want Trump to do away with them. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you what the reforms do.

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Liberalism Under Siege: Mark Blyth, Margaret Weir with Ed Steinfeld

Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Edward Steinfeld, director of Brown’s Watson Institute, queries political scientist Margaret Weir and political economist Mark Blyth about the rise of illiberalism across the globe.

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Doug Rushkoff

How Donald Trump Skillfully Taps into Twitter’s “Ocean of Emotional Chaos”

by Doug Rushkoff

Author Douglas Rushkoff, who coined the term “viral media,” reveals how POTUS successfully pushes buttons on the social media site, which “rewards those who can generate an immediate response.”

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John G. Messerly

Summary of Maslow on Self-Transcendence

by John G. Messerly

It is quite true that [we live] by bread alone—when there is no bread. But what happens to [our] desires when there is plenty of bread and when [our bellies are] chronically filled?
~ Abraham Maslow

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Jonathan Pugh on Bio-Conservatism and Human Enhancement

Algocracy and Transhuman Podcast

In this episode IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher talks to Jonathan Pugh about bio-conservatism and human enhancement. Jonny is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Applied Moral Philosophy at The University of Oxford, on the Wellcome Trust funded project “Neurointerventions in Crime Prevention: An Ethical Analysis”. His new paper, written with Guy Kahane and Julian Savulescu,  ‘Bio-Conservatism, Partiality, and The Human Nature Objection to Enhancement’ is due out soon in The Monist.

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Einstein’s Persistence, Not Genius, Is the Reason We Know His Name

Big Think

In 1905, Albert Einstein’s mother thought he was a genius, his sister thought he was a genius, his father thought he was a genius – but that was about it, says author David Bodanis.

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Doug Rushkoff

Fast Company - the Silver Lining of Anti-Globalism Might be the Creation of a True Digital Economy

by Doug Rushkoff

The folks at Davos this week are trying to behave as if everything is normal. Sure, England is Brexiting from Europe and the United States appears to be retreating from the global stage altogether. But somehow the word from Switzerland is that a mix of the right interest rates, investment strategies, and business optimism will keep free trade and globalization on course and safe from this boorish surge of populism.

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The ethical dilemma of designer babies

TED Talks

Creating genetically modified people is no longer a science fiction fantasy; it’s a likely future scenario. Biologist Paul Knoepfler estimates that within fifteen years, scientists could use the gene editing technology CRISPR to make certain “upgrades” to human embryos — from altering physical appearances to eliminating the risk of auto-immune diseases. In this thought-provoking talk, Knoepfler readies us for the coming designer baby revolution and its very personal, and unforeseeable, consequences.

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John Danaher

Algorithmic Freedom as Non-Domination

by John Danaher

Freedom is important. Modern liberal societies are built around it. Citizens fight for their fundamental freedoms — rights to speech, thought, religious expression, education, work and so on — and governments are evaluated relative to their success in securing these freedoms. But liberal freedom is a highly contested concept.

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Where is cybercrime really coming from?

TED Talks

Cybercrime netted a whopping $450 billion in profits last year, with 2 billion records lost or stolen worldwide. Security expert Caleb Barlow calls out the insufficiency of our current strategies to protect our data. His solution? We need to respond to cybercrime with the same collective effort as we apply to a health care crisis, sharing timely information on who is infected and how the disease is spreading. If we’re not sharing, he says, then we’re part of the problem.

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Doug Rushkoff

CNN - Trump as A Job Creator - Hope or Hoax?

by Doug Rushkoff

The power of the tweet is in full force.

Corporations give the appearance of buckling under pressure from Donald Trump to create more jobs in America. GM just announced it will be investing $1 billion more in US factories, and hiring as many as 7,000 workers over the next two years. Walmart claims it will add 10,000.

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