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America’s best-kept sex secret: lots of us don’t want it

Living Machines 2015

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

Vita-More, Rothblatt, Hughes @ Juniata H+ Conference

Will Transhumanism Lead to Greater Freedom?

The Yuck Factor — What Planned Parenthood Smears, Homophobia, & Middle School Have in Common


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Envisioning Politics 2.0
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David Wood and Alexander Karran eds.

The Future of Business
Ed. Rohit Talwar

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

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach
Roman Yampolskiy


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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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P. Tittle

Making Certain Words Illegal

by P. Tittle

Hate speech.  Libel.  Slander.  Threat.  Intimidation.  Blasphemy.

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When Robotic Warfare Goes Wrong - Do We Need New Rules of Combat?

ForaTV

High tech weaponry, aka “Drones” are now active on battlefront lines around the word. Author P.W. Singer of “Wired for War” discusses the urgency of redefining to the archaic rules of war agreed upon at the 1949 Geneva Convention. Should the global community examine Star Trek’s “Prime Directive” for guidance?

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A History of Science Fiction

GhostWatching

The British Library presents a Science Fiction Exhibition, that this video documents.

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Edmund Zagorin

Privateer

by Edmund Zagorin

This is the first piece of fiction that we are publishing, submitted in response to our call for short science fiction reflecting “on the social, moral, political, economic or philosophical consequences of future technologies, in particular pieces that touch on the IEET’s core issues - the ethics and policy dimensions of life extension, human enhancement, moral enhancement, non-human personhood, structural unemployment and catastrophic risks.”  We will be publishing at least four of the twenty submissions we have received so far, one a week, and will continue reviewing submissions for consideration. - J. Hughes

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Freedom, Science Fiction and the Singularity: conversation with Vernor Vinge

ReasonTV

Vernor Vinge is a former mathematic professor at San Diego State University math and a Hugo award-winning sci fi novelist. He also coined the term “The Singularity” in a 1993 essay.

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Martine Rothblatt

The Geoethics of Frankenfolk

by Martine Rothblatt

I’m going to examine the intertwined histories of the rights of artificial life and civil rights as seen through the eyes of Mary Shelley. Of course, Mary Shelley is not here to lend us her eyes, but I hope she won’t be too angry about my interpretation of her story.

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Athena Andreadis

The Persistent Neoteny of Science Fiction

by Athena Andreadis

“Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can’t talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful.”  – Philip K. Dick

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Mutant Rights

Radio Lab

Reporter Ike Sriskandarajah tells Jad and Robert a story about two international trade lawyers, Sherry Singer and Indie Singh, who noticed something interesting while looking at a book of tariff classifications. “Dolls,” which represent human beings, are taxed at almost twice the rate of “toys,” which represent something not human - such as robots, monsters, or demons. As soon as they read that, Sherry and Indie saw dollar signs. it just so happened that one of their clients, Marvel Comics, was importing its action figures as dolls. And one set of action figures really piqued Sherry and Indie’s interest: The XMEN, normal humans who, at around puberty, start to change in ways that give them strange powers.

So Sherry and Indie went down to the customs office with a bag of XMEN action figures to convince the US government that these mutants are NOT human. That argument eventually became a court case that went on for years. Joe Liebman, former international trade attorney for the US Department of Justice, helps us understand the government’s side. And Ike, with help from director and producer Bryan Singer, reflects on the story of the XMEN, and tells us why this case is so poignant for anyone who’s fought to be different without being cast as an outsider.

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Michelle Borkin: Astronomical Medicine

TEDxTalks

Michelle Borkin says, “we can solve the mysteries of the universe and save human lives, at the same time.”

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Life expectancy of U.S. women dropping

CBS

A University of Washington study reveals that in 25% of the USA, the life expectancy for women is dropping.

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Life Expectancy Declining in Large Parts of USA

VOA video

The obesity epidemic is worldwide. Data from the World Health Organization shows that 1 billion adults around the world are overweight, nearly a third of them obese. This creates chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease and declines in longevity around the world, in poor countries and rich ones, including the United States.

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Hank Pellissier

Why is the USA slipping behind in Life Expectancy?  Is it Obesity? Health Care? Car Crashes?

by Hank Pellissier

Living in the USA is killing people, quite early. Prodigious wealth and scientific achievement isn’t keeping Americans around very long. Quite the opposite. Longevity rankings tabulated by the United Nations show the North American behemoth wheezing behind in 36th place, with a croak-time of 78.3 years, dying nearly four years earlier than the durable Japanese (82.6). Cubans live as long as Americans; Chileans and Costa Ricans live longer; so do workaholic South Koreans (2,357 person-hours) and hard-drinking Finland, where alcoholism is the #1 cause of death.

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Maria Konovalenko

We Are Developing a Diagnostic Platform of Aging

by Maria Konovalenko

Aging biomarkers are parameters that always, and in all people, change during aging. It is possible to evaluate and improve therapies that are aimed at slowing down aging, using the biomarkers of aging.

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Global Cyber War Is Inevitable Without Cyber Treaty

Forbes

Hamadoun Toure, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), is interviewed by Forbes’ Randall Lane about the global-wide threat of CyberWar.

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Steve Burgess

CyberWar “Baby Steps” - Israelis vs. Saudis in Credit Card Hacking Battle

by Steve Burgess

On January 3, a Saudi hacker group claimed that it had stolen half a million Israeli credit cards. The Bank of Israel claims their exposure is information on only 15,000 credit cards, all of which were immediately blocked. The hacker group’s stated purpose was to see Israeli cards fall into disrepute, “like the Nigerian cards.” The cracker, “0xOmar” is identified as the individual performing the hack, and says he plans to publish information on an additional 200 cards per day.

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Vincent Walsh - Neuroscience and Creativity

TEDxTalks

British scientist Vincent Walsh delivers a TED lecture on creativity

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Andrea Kuszewski

The Neuroscience Of Creativity And Insight—The Good, The Bad, & The Absolutely Ridiculous

by Andrea Kuszewski

—A Critical Look at Recent Studies of Creativity and Insight—

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Welcome to Codecademy

techtutorialsbykyle

New York City Mayor Bloomberg is taking this course.  Doug Rushkoff recommends it. Do you know how to code? This will teach you.

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Doug Rushkoff

CNN: Why I am learning to code and you should, too

by Doug Rushkoff

(CNN)—This week, New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg tweeted his intent to learn computer code by the end of the year. He joined about 300,000 other people who have signed up at CodeYear to receive free interactive programming lessons each week from the Codecademy, a web-based tutorial. I am greatly relieved.

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US millionaires ask Congress to “raise our taxes”

AlJazeeraEnglish

A group of 200 USA wealthy individuals (the “Patriotic Millionaires”) want their taxes raised, but Congress is unwilling.

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Nanotechnology Takes Off

KQEDondemand

A nanotechnology report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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David Brin

Do You Despise Congress? (If not, you’re probably not paying attention)

by David Brin

Do you despise Congress? You’re not alone.  The current Congress’s 11% approval rating is the lowest since polling began. Yet, because of gerrymandering and the resulting hyper-partisanship, people tend to support their own particular Representative, and to heap the blame on the other party.

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Hank Pellissier

Nanotechnology Artist - Murray Robertson

by Hank Pellissier

I first encountered the meticulous, gorgeous nanotechnology and molecular computer art of Murray Robertson in 2009, while perusing jpegs at the Foresight Institute’s online Nanomedicine Gallery. My favorite image was vibrant and visionary; it depicted a glorious techno-future where minuscule robots navigate our bloodstreams, to silently combat viruses, toxins, free radicals, fungi and other malevolencies.

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Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech

l80omarlllomar08l's Channel

Martin Luther King Jr’s eloquent and historic speech in Washington D.C.

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Iran and Disaster

Sentient Developments

In this week’s episode I talk about the assassination of an Iranian nuclear physicist and how scientists are increasingly coming to be seen as military targets. In addition, I discuss the Stuxnet worm, and the devastating potential for solar storms, EMP, and botulinum attacks.

Tracks used in this episode:
Sepalcure: “Pencil Pimp”
Todd Terje: “Snnoze 4 Love”
Harald Grosskopf: “Synthesist” (Blondes remix)
The Reflecting Skin: “Traffikers”

iTunes people can subscribe here. Or you can just subscribe to the RSS. You can download the episode directly here (mp3).

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Ytasha L. Womack

Dorothy Roberts Debunks Race as Biological in “Fatal Invention”

by Ytasha L. Womack

Dorothy Roberts is author of the book Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century (New Press, 2011). She is also the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, with appointments in the departments of Sociology and African American Studies. Here she discusses the rise in identifying race as biological among some scientists.

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Stokely Carmichael - Black Power Speech

The Film Archive

A rousing Stokely Carmichael speech depicting one of the first usages of the term “Black Plower”

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James Felton Keith

Why the #Occupy Movement has No Chance, Yet

by James Felton Keith

I’ve spent some time thinking about what the #Occupy movement is really representing. I’ve attended the camps as I’ve traveled, and I’ve interviewed people in the camps, as well as their formidable opponents - the 1% - in the ownership positions of society.

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Vanishing Grasslands: Fighting China’s growing sands

jonahkessel's Channel

Over 400 million people in China are affected by Desertification today.

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Future of Asia and Singapore

pvjdixon's Channel

Futurist Patrick Dixon discusses the enormous economic and technological potential of Asia, and especially Singapore.

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