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Overview of technopolitics


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Value Conflicts surrounding the Meaning of Life in the Trans/Post/Human Future

Will AI make us immortal?

Trump’s Lying Reveals That He Is Empty Inside

This Country Is Leading The Robot Revolution

What Do Technoprogressives Believe in 2017?

Is Class War as Inevitable as the Return of Karl Marx?


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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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George Dvorsky

7 Best-Case Scenarios for the Future of Humanity

by George Dvorsky

Most science fictional and futurist visions of the future tend towards the negative — and for good reason. Our environment is a mess, we have a nasty tendency to misuse technologies, and we’re becoming increasingly capable of destroying ourselves. But civilizational demise is by no means guaranteed. Should we find a way to manage the risks and avoid dystopic outcomes, our far future looks astonishingly bright. Here are seven best-case scenarios for the future of humanity.

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John Niman

Cyborg Possibilities – The Head (Part One)

by John Niman

It has been a while since I last talked about prosthetic devices. For reference, see here, here, and here. This is part one in a several part series, but I intend to put out the whole series over the next week. What are the hottest new things to come out in the last year or so? Let’s start from the top, make our way down, and pretend this is Deus Ex.

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Kelly Hills

The Difference Between Citizen and DIY Science

by Kelly Hills

As some folks know, I’m leading a discussion this afternoon on citizen/DIY science and research ethics, with my co-moderator, Dr. Judy Stone. One of the things that Judy and I have been talking about lately is whether or not there’s really a concern with ethical research in citizen science, or if the concern is with DIY science, a related yet independent concept.

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James Hughes: Automation & the Decline of Human Employment

Adam Ford

Why the Fight Against Austerity Today Lays the Foundation for a Sexy, High-Tech Future

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Video Interview of Nick Bostrom by Adam Ford

Adam Ford

Nick Bostrom is a Swedish philosopher at St. Cross College, University of Oxford known for his work on existential risk and the anthropic principle. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics (2000). He is currently the director of both The Future of Humanity Institute and the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology as part of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University.

In addition to his writing for academic and popular press, Bostrom makes frequent media appearances in which he talks about transhumanism-related topics such as cloning, artificial intelligence, superintelligence, mind uploading, cryonics, nanotechnology, and the simulation argument.

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Jamais Cascio

A Survival Guide to Geoengineering

by Jamais Cascio

Despite its potential to trigger conflict, geoengineering will likely be part of the global response to climate change. Be prepared.



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360-degree video of a volcano flyover that lets you control the camera

spiegel.de

Click on the image below to watch and control the video!

 

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Leo Igwe

Witch Killing and Africans

by Leo Igwe

There is a growing incident of lynching and murder of suspected witches in different parts of Africa. This wave of witch hunting targets elderly people particularly women. In Nigeria, a court has rejected the bail application of three persons accused of killing a 70-year old woman, Mrs Rebecca Adewumi, for witchcraft.

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Updated Video From NASA

NASA Video Gallery

Future High Data-Rate Laser Communication Systems and Other Nifty Stuff





On February 15 a small asteroid named 2012 DA-14 will whiz by, only 17,200 miles from Earth. It doesn’t pose any threat to us, but it is sure to create a buzz around the world.





Landsat Monitors Chesapeake Bay Change





The International Space Station update video for Jan. 31, 2013.

 

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Rick Searle

Life is already eternal, sort of…

by Rick Searle

What often strikes me when I put the claims of some traditionally religious people regarding “eternal life” and the stated goals of the much more recent, I suppose you could label it with the oxymoronic phrase “materialist spirituality”, next to one another is just how much of the language and fundamental assumptions regarding human immortality these very different philosophies share.

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George Dvorsky

Why getting physically stronger will help you live longer

by George Dvorsky

Fitness trends come and go, but weight training in particular never seems to come into style. Part of the problem is that most people associate it with bodybuilding culture, and women in particular are reluctant to join the guys at the back of the gym.

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David Swanson

Drones Are a Local Issue

by David Swanson

In the absence of state or federal laws, localities around the United States are proceeding to put unmanned aerial vehicles in our skies as they see fit.  The federal government has authorized the flight of 30,000 drones, and the use of drones up to 400 feet by police departments, at least 300 of which already have surveillance drones in operation.

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Andy Miah

Lance Armstrong should be celebrated as a pioneer in human enhancement

by Andy Miah

Although Lance Armstrong has broken the rules, we shouldn’t be so quick to judge him. In many ways he’s a pioneer in human enhancement, and history books may forgive him, argues Professor Andy Miah, Director of the Creative Futures Institute at the University of the West of Scotland.

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Dick Pelletier

Mind-Boggling Future

by Dick Pelletier

Five possibilities in what promises to be a mind-boggling future!



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Colin Farrelly

The Resilient Brain (great example of Positive Biology)

by Colin Farrelly

In general, I’m not a betting man. Intellectual humility cautions against sticking one’s neck out too far into terrain that is too complex to understand, let alone reasonably predict with any confidence.

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Why I changed my mind about gay marriage

The Glenn Show

On The Glenn Show, guest host Glenn II and David tackle the issue of marriage equality. David sees a crisis in the institution of marriage in America. Glenn and David discuss the generational divide over the public and private meanings of marriage, and explore the chicken-and-egg reasons for the declining marriage rate.

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Let’s teach kids to code!

TEDx


Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab—it’s for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies—but also create them. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

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Jønathan Lyons

The Personhood of the Technologically/Differently Sentient

by Jønathan Lyons

Around the world, a handful of projects are in the process, specifically, of attempting to duplicate, simulate, or in some way technologically reproduce the human brain. And we, as a species, do not appear to be even remotely prepared for the implications that success from those projects could bring.

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Mapping the Human Brain with Supercomputers

Human Brain Project

Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing 21st century science. If we can rise to the challenge, we can gain fundamental insights into what it means to be human, develop new treatments for brain diseases, and build revolutionary new Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

HBP-videoverview from Human Brain Project on Vimeo.

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V.R. Manoj

Technology getting under your skin and the ethical scratches therein

by V.R. Manoj

An Overview of Bioethical Issues stemming from Implantable RFID microchips.

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Sebastian A.B.

The New Fourth Estate: Anonymous, Wikileaks, and –archy

by Sebastian A.B.

As government and industry collude, the interests of the powerful trample the rights of the multitude. Technology has granted invasive new eyes and ears to government agencies, spurning the right to privacy. Felicitously, the individual has also been empowered with two new tools to check the corporate state: hacktivism and leaks. The press has been captured by a handful of news corporations that are generally uncritical of government and fail to expose corporate injustice. The techno-libertarian culture has birthed the do-it-yourself fourth estate—usurping the illegitimate media and furnishing a viable alternative to the cartelized press. Two entities, Wikileaks and Anonymous, have emerged under this banner. This inquiry seeks to understand their history, methods, and to ascertain whether use of the discrete figurehead is efficacious.

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Ramez Naam Talks about his New Book, Nexus at Google

At Google Talks

Ramez Naam speaks at Google HQ in Mountain View on January 14th, 2013.

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Wendell Wallach

Terminating the Terminator: What to do About Autonomous Weapons

by Wendell Wallach

“The Terminator” is clearly science fiction, but it speaks to a deep intuition that the robotization of warfare is a slippery slope—the endpoint of which can neither be predicted nor fully controlled. Two reports released soon after the November 2012 election have propelled the issue of autonomous killing machines onto the political radar.

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David Swanson

A New Model Drone Resolution

by David Swanson

In the absence of state or federal laws, localities around the United States are proceeding to put unmanned aerial vehicles in our skies as they see fit. The federal government has authorized the flight of 30,000 drones, and the use of drones up to 400 feet by police departments, at least 300 of which already have surveillance drones in operation.

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Entangled dolphin ‘asked me for help’

BBC News: Science & Environment

“If animal behavior is mostly instinctual, why do animals need to communicate? Is it possible that there is a universal language spoken and understood by all animals on earth, including humans? Do barks, growls, rumbles, chirps, yips, and meows have communicative meanings?” - Amazon

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Uppinder Mehan

Doubling Down on the Posthuman

by Uppinder Mehan

In December of 2011 a podcast produced by Radiolab discussed a legal issue involving Marvel characters, including the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man (although the episode focuses on the X-Men). The "attorneys for a company that imported Marvel character action figures noticed that imported dolls were subject to a higher tax than toys, per the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. More importantly, dolls were distinguished from toys by “representing only human beings and parts and accessories thereof.”

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Dick Pelletier

‘Big Brother’ watching: creating a safer world; or goodbye privacy

by Dick Pelletier

In gambling casinos, cameras spot a card counter, thief, or blacklisted player, and a database instantly confirms identification. The suspect is quickly escorted from the facility, or arrested. Intelligent cameras that can observe people and react to events are advancing exponentially. At a White House briefing, counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said, thanks to the U.S. military's latest facial recognition technology, he was "99 percent" certain that the commando team had killed bin Laden.

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Ricardo Barretto

The Problem of Other Motives – The Greatest Existential Risk to Humankind

by Ricardo Barretto

We’re toast.  Among hydrogen bombs, asteroid strikes, supervolcanoes, rogue artificial intelligence, nanotechnological war, grey goo, superviruses, biological weapons, runaway global warming, strangelets, mini-black holes, probabilities will eventually catch up to us and we’ll become extinct. It is an impossible obstacle course.

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Federico Pistono

Forget 1984 and Conspiracy Stories, This is the Real Thing

by Federico Pistono

Imagine a world where a network of 147 'super-connected' companies control forty percent or more of the global financial network. Imagine a world where as much as 80% of the countries systematically censor and restrict communications and access to information.


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Ilia Stambler

Celebrating Longevity on the International “Future Day” March 1

by Ilia Stambler

Since 2012, there has been a global initiative to institute March 1 as an international “Future Day” dedicated to envisioning and working for a better future.

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