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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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John G Messerly

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

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

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eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow


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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
Sep 1, 2016
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Here’s Why The IoT Is Already Bigger Than You Realize
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A Free Education for all the World’s People: Why is this Not yet a Thing?
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Defining the Blockchain Economy: What is Decentralized Finance?
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Melanie Swan

Defining the Blockchain Economy: What is Decentralized Finance?

by Melanie Swan

The aim of this article is to explore the intersection of blockchain technology and finance from a practical, theoretical, and conceptual standpoint.

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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Adam Ford Interviews

Steve fuller discusses the new book Homo Deus, how it relates to the general transhumanist philosophy and movementfactors around the success of these ideas going mainstream, Yuval Noah Harari’s writing style, why there has been a bias within academia (esp sociology) to steer away from ideas which are less well established in history (and this is important because our successfully navigating the future will require a lot of new ideas), existential risk, and we contrast a posthuman future with a future dominated by an AI superintelligence.

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Stephen Yearwood

A Way Forward

by Stephen Yearwood

In its “Vision”statement IEET says that the “liberal democratic revolution” is “still growing strong.” These days, it is difficult to find evidence in support of that statement.

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IEET Affiliate Scholar Franco Cortese Published New Paper

Rejuvenation Research

IEET Affiliate Scholar Franco Cortese has published a new paper in the August Issue of Rejuvenation Research with co-author Dr. Giovanni Santostasi of Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.

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Born Poor, Stay Poor: The Silent Caste System of America

Big Think

There’s a lot missing from debates and policy surrounding poverty but the biggest deficit, according to Dr C. Nicole Mason, is in honesty. Impoverished people aren’t poor because they’re lazy, they’re poor because social mobility is institutionally suppressed.

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George Dvorsky

Skeletal Analysis Suggests Lucy Died After Falling From a Tree

by George Dvorsky

The world’s most famous human ancestor, an extinct hominid named Lucy, died after falling from a tall tree, according to scientists. It’s a revelation that points to tree-dwelling behavior in recent evolutionary history, but some scientists aren’t convinced.

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IEET Affiliated Scholar Nikola Danaylov Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Singularity1on1

Singularity 1on1 is an experiment in both podcasting and creative infopreneurship; an opportunity for real growth - both for you and for me. An invitation to challenge me, you and our friends. And a gift of something non-material, something you cannot touch but can be powerfully touched by none-the-less. Something I cannot mail to you right after you press the ‘donate’ button. But something you can choose to receive and carry in your heart. [Just like all truly precious gifts are.]

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Caffeine? That’s So Analog. Introducing Electric Neural Stimulation.

Big Think

Computer-brain interface technology is progressing faster than medical research can reliably understand how it affects human health over the longterm. Still, the technology is really cool.

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IEET Affiliate Scholar Franco Cortese appointed an Affiliated Researcher of the BGRF

The Biogerontology Research Foundation (BGRF), a UK-based charity founded to support ageing research and address the challenges of a rapidly ageing population, announces the appointment of Franco Cortese as a new Affiliated Researcher of the BGRF.

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George Dvorsky

Alien Hunters Spot Freaky Radio Signal Coming From Nearby Star

by George Dvorsky

Astronomers using the RATAN-600 radio telescope in the Russian Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia have detected an unusual signal emanating from a star located about 94 light-years from Earth. It’s not clear if the signal is being transmitted by aliens, but the researchers say we should keep a close watch on this intriguing new extraterrestrial candidate.

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The Ways That Technology Has Changed the Definition of Death

Vox

In a video for Vox, Nadja Oertel explains the ways technology has changed the definition of death. As technology develops, humans have improved ways to prevent death, or even bring people back to life.

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George Dvorsky

Mylan’s New Generic EpiPen is Still Too Goddamned Expensive

by George Dvorsky

Pharmaceutical company Mylan has announced plans to launch its first generic EpiPen. But at a cost of $300—which is half of the branded product’s list price—it’s still a heap of money for this critically important medicine.

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Will Robots Be Made of Living Tissue?

FW: Thinking

Making robots that move like living things is hard. Why not make robots out of living things? Although biomimicking robots may be the wave of the future, our technology isn’t quite there yet. Until we make a few major breakthroughs in shrinking and powering portable mechanical parts, there’s just no way that our robots can compete with the movement we see in swimming bacteria or rippling muscles.

 

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David Brin

Science Fiction! Science Fiction!

by David Brin

An apropos moment for a SF’nal posting, as I report to you all from the World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, MO. Many fascinating people saying an doing interesting things. Lots of discussion of “da future.” And congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Hugo Award! But that will wait a bit. For now…

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Hacking People For Good

FW: Thinking

In the future a wave of biologic super-enhancements will make you and me faster, smarter, stronger and healthier… but what about BETTER? Can science enhance our moral character the same way it can enhance our physical character? Imagine a world where people are hard wired for good, where crime, greed and war cease to exist. In a sense, we’d all be superheroes! But who decides what’s moral? Are concepts of morality too fluid to force on a society? And what about free will? This week we look at the thorny issue of moral bioenhancements!

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Is It Time To Build Floating Airports?

FW: Thinking

Imagine this: entire airports that FLOAT on water. I know what you’re thinking, ‘Cool idea, Jonathan, but that will never actually happen!’ Well maybe… but maybe not! Floating airports would solve some major problems that plague their land-bound cousins, offering virtually unlimited runway expansion to cities with very limited land area. Recently we’ve seen some serious efforts to turn floating airports into reality. From the experimental Mega-Float project in Japan, to the proposed London Britannia Airport in the Thames Estuary, today we’re looking at the crazy engineering ideas that could be the future of airports!

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Alexandre Maurer

Transhumanisme et quête de sens

by Alexandre Maurer

Le transhumanisme peut être un moyen de donner plus de sens à l’humanité. Essayons d’expliquer pourquoi.

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Nicole Sallak Anderson

Calling All Parents: Don’t Let Calculus I Be the End!!!!

by Nicole Sallak Anderson

In a recent article published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), author Maggie Kuo wrote,

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Deus Ex x Open Bionics

Open Bionics

Deus Ex and Open Bionics partner to make Deus Ex inspired bionics a reality. The Adam Jensen arm will be worn by amputees.

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Human by Design - Ethical Framework for Human Augmentation

Human by Design

See the first ever Ethical Framework for Human Augmentation, inspired by Deus Ex and presented earlier this month at the Human by Design conference. http://humanxdesign.com/

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David Brin

Science: A long, long road to… us

by David Brin

== Lottsa Luca ==

Luca, the Last Universal Common Ancestor, is estimated to have lived some four billion years ago, when Earth was a mere 560 million years old.  For a long time the three great domains of life—bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes—seemed to have no common point of origin. But now scientists have zeroed in on 355 genes that probably originated in Luca, the joint ancestor of bacteria and archaea (and hence us eurkaryotes)… and thus they stumbled onto strong indications of conditions for the origin of all Earthly life.  Because those 355 genes point very strongly at deep sea volcanic vents – “the gassy, metal-laden, intensely hot plumes caused by seawater interacting with magma erupting through the ocean floor.”

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Giulio Prisco

Akashic Physics Aand Engineering, Video Q/A with Ralph Abraham And Sisir Roy

by Giulio Prisco

I hosted an online VR/video chat with mathematician Ralph Abraham and physicist Sisir Roy, authors of “Demystifying the Akasha: Consciousness and the Quantum Vacuum.” Full video, slides, and first impressions below.

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Why Doesn’t the U.S. Have a Multi-Party Political System?

Big Think

Princeton professor Sean Wilentz explains why America has such a staunch two-party system, which was never part of the Framers’ plan.

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Break Anxiety and Addiction By Examining Your Patterns

Big Think

Who are you? Good question. Harvard professor Michael Puett explores the idea of the “self”, and how what you believe to be your true nature may actually just be patterns you’ve fallen into.

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John Danaher

Who knows best? Personal Happiness and the Search for a Good Life

by John Danaher

I would like to be happier. I would like to live a good life. But I often get it wrong. Once upon a time I thought that getting a PhD would make me happy. It didn’t. It made me painfully aware of my own ignorance and more anxious about the future. Another time I thought that going on holidays to Spain for a week would make me happy: what could be better than a week relaxing in the sunshine, without a care in the world? Surely it would be just the balm that my overactive mind needed? But it didn’t make me happy either. It was too hot and I quickly got bored. By the end of the week I was itching to get home.

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John G. Messerly

The “Transcension Hypothesis” and the “Fermi Paradox”

by John G. Messerly

John Smart, a colleague of mine in the Evolution, Cognition and Complexity Group, has advanced the transcension hypothesis. In Smart’s words:

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The next manufacturing revolution is here

TED Talks

Economic growth has been slowing for the past 50 years, but relief might come from an unexpected place — a new form of manufacturing that is neither what you thought it was nor where you thought it was. Industrial systems thinker Olivier Scalabre details how a fourth manufacturing revolution will produce a macroeconomic shift and boost employment, productivity and growth.

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IEET Affiliate Scholar Roland Benedikter et al. Publish New Article on Head-Transplanting

Addleton Academic Publisher

This article discusses the philosophical implications and potential social consequences of two experimental – and at the present moment still widely speculative – topics at the intersection between scientific and medical advances, the human body, the human mind, and the globalized health care sector.

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How the blockchain is changing money and business

TED Talks

What is the blockchain? If you don’t know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.

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John Danaher

Phenomenological Coupling, Augmented Reality and the Extended Mind

by John Danaher

Contrast these two scenarios. First, I’m in the supermarket. I want to remember what I need to buy but I’m not the kind of guy who write things down in lists. I just keep the information stored in my head and then jog my memory when I arrive at the store. If I’m lucky, the list of items immediately presents itself to my conscious mind. I remember what I need to buy. Second, I’m in the supermarket. I want to remember what I need to buy. But I’m hopelessly forgetful so I have to write things down in a list. I take the list from my pocket and look at the items. Now, I remember what I needed to buy.

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