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Supercomputing the Brain’s Secrets

Henry Markram says the mysteries of the mind can be solved—soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they’re made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain’s 100,000,000,000,000 synapses.

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Sascha Vongehr

Global Suicide: No Singularity, Just Evolution of Deadly Rationality

by Sascha Vongehr

Why should technology stop at this point and not go on and accelerate like it has before? Why should humanoids not get ever brighter, democracy not grow until true communism emerges?

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Hank Pellissier

Hey Kids, Don’t Forget to Take My Brain Out of the Freezer

by Hank Pellissier

“Daddy, when are you going to die?” asks my daughter Zenobia, age six.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Live More, Sleep Less

by Kyle Munkittrick

You will spend a third of your life asleep. And if you don’t, your waking hours will be of reduced quality and productivity.

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David Brin

The Difference Between Science Fiction and Fantasy

by David Brin

Why are SF and Fantasy so often grouped together? Obviously, because they share readership and so are placed together in bookstores. And… heck… some of us write both! Still, there are very real differences.

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James Felton Keith

Ethical Problems From Technology Efficiency

by James Felton Keith

We’re trending towards a day where it will be impossible to create jobs in the traditional sense, and the taunting question of our time will be: How do we value human lives without livelihoods?

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Living With Robots

IEET Fellow Wendell Wallach is featured in this short-form documentary from Honda about the future of robots.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Mood Manipulation is not Mind Control

by Kyle Munkittrick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner‘s dead-tree forebear) opens with Deckard arguing with his wife about whether or not to alter her crummy attitude with the “mood organ.” She could, if she so desired, dial her mood so that she was happy and content.

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Kristi Scott

Human enhancement technologies are nothing new: It’s what humans do

by Kristi Scott

Phillip Brey wrote an article titled “Human Enhancement and Personal Identity” that was published as a chapter in the book New Waves in Philosophy of Technology. This is my critique of Brey’s ideas.

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George Dvorsky

Revisiting Yevgeny Zamyatin’s “We” (1921)

by George Dvorsky

Everybody knows the dystopian novels Brave New World and 1984, but few remember Yevgeny Zamyatin’s seminal work, We.

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Dirty Liberals! Cleanliness Priming of Moral Cognition

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Erik Helzer (Dept of Psychology, Cornell University) co-author of the paper “Dirty Liberals!: Reminders of physical cleanliness influence moral and political attitudes” in Psychological Science. They discuss the growing literature on the ways that political attitudes are driven by disgust sensitivity, and by disgust priming such as bad smells and sticky hands.  Listen also to the 2004 Changesurfer interview with Martha Nussbaum about her book Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame and the Law.

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In Defense of Dolphins pt2

Changesurfer Radio

The second part of Dr. J.‘s chat with Thomas White about the defense of the rights of non-human persons in general, and dolphins in particular. Professor White teaches ethics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, is author of In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier (indefenseofdolphins.com) and co-author of the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans: Whales and Dolphins (cetaceanconservation.com.au/cetaceanrights). Part 2 of 2. Also includes a reading of Cory Doctorow’s short story “Other People’s Money.”

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David Brin

Internet Access as a Human Right

by David Brin

President Obama has declared that access to the world of information, via the Internet, should be considered a basic human right.

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Jamais Cascio

Evolution

by Jamais Cascio

At the Institute for the Future‘s 2011 Ten Year Forecast event in late March, I presented a long talk on ways in which evolutionary and ecological metaphors could inform our understanding of systemic change. The head of the Ten Year Forecast team, IFTF Distinguished Fellow Kathi Vian, thought that the ideas it contained should get a wider viewing, and asked me to put the talk on my blog. Here it is. It’s lightly edited, and only contains a fraction of the slides I used; let me know what you think.

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Rising Productivity and Inequality, Stalled Jobs

Alyona Show

Richard Eskow appeared on Russia Today television’s “The Alyona Show” to talk about today’s job numbers, slow-rising wages vs. fast-rising CEO pay, and the fact that 25 hedge fund managers made $22 billion each. 

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Nikki Olson

Transhumanism for Children

by Nikki Olson

Are children capable of contemplating transhumanism?

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Ramez Naam

Can we capture all of the world’s carbon emissions?

by Ramez Naam

In 2011, the world will emit more than 35 billion tons of carbon dioxide. Every day of the year, almost a hundred million tons will be released into the atmosphere. Every second more than a thousand tons - two million pounds - of carbon dioxide is emitted from power plants, cars, trucks, ships, planes, factories, and farms around the world.

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Big Support for Anonymous from IEET Readers

Three out of four respondents to a recently concluded IEET reader poll say they strongly support the activist work of groups like Anonymous.

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Mike Treder

Which technology will have the biggest impact on human life in the next 30 years?

by Mike Treder

Over at New Scientist, they’ve chosen five emerging technologies that may have a big impact on the future of humanity during the next 30 years and have asked their readers to choose which will be the most significant of all. I’d like to find out how our readers’ opinions would compare with theirs.

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The Rise of Personal Robots

As a grad student, Cynthia Breazeal wondered why we were using robots on Mars, but not in our living rooms. The key, she realized: training robots to interact with people. Now she dreams up and builds robots that teach, learn—and play.

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V.R. Manoj

Misleading Perceptions of Improving “The Human Condition”

by V.R. Manoj

It is time to take a step back and examine how we view “technology” and “progress” and the potential creation of a utopian future society.

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George Dvorsky

Mourning the Death of Her Baby

by George Dvorsky

Part of the struggle in persuading people that some animals deserve to be recognized as persons is convincing them that the emotional responses, inner psychological life, and social bonds of these animals are similar to our own. Are there non-human animals who, for example, demonstrate human-like grief?

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Kyle Munkittrick

Why I Want A Male Birth Control Pill

by Kyle Munkittrick

The 50th Anniversary of the Pill was last year. Lots and lots of people mentioned how good, bad, unimportant, or essential the Pill has been. Our society changed the way it thought about sex, about reproduction, even about love and relationships.

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In Defense of Dolphins pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Thomas White about the defense of the rights of non-human persons in general, and dolphins in particular. Professor White teaches ethics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, is author of In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier and co-author of the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans: Whales and Dolphins.

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David Brin

The Nuclear Crisis in Japan…and Yucca Mountain in Nevada

by David Brin

It is time to re-open the matter of Yucca Mountain and view it as an investment in our children’s future.

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Michio Kaku on Physics of the Future

Dr. Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and cofounder of string field theory, describes the revolutionary developments taking place in the fields of medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy, and astronautics. Appearing as a guest on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show, Kaku also tells who the winners and losers of the future will be, who will have jobs, and which nations will prosper.

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Hank Pellissier

Happiness, Freedom, Equality, Rudeness: Welcome to Denmark!

by Hank Pellissier

The miniscule Scandinavian nation is a world leader in multiple best-nation categories. But is it a role model for technoprogressives?

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Ramez Naam

Key Trends of the Next 25 Years

by Ramez Naam

“Envisioning technology” is a work in progress, researched and designed by technologist Michell Zappa. IEET Fellow Ramez Naam offers his opinions on the effort: where it seems accurate, where it might not be, and what it all means.

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Ode to the Brain

Symphony of Science

“Ode to the Brain” is the ninth episode in the Symphony of Science music video series. Through the powerful words of scientists Carl Sagan, Robert Winston, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jill Bolte Taylor, Bill Nye, and Oliver Sacks, it covers different aspects the brain including its evolution, neuron networks, folding, and more. The material sampled for this video comes from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED Talk, Vilayanur Ramachandran’s TED Talk, Bill Nye’s Brain episode, BBC’s “The Human Body”, Oliver Sachs’ TED Talk, Discovery Channel’s “Human Body: Pushing the Limits”, and more.

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United We Rise

Peop1e.org

I always cry when I hear this speech by Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator.  This is an excellent re-mix with scenes from the ongoing Arab Renaissance.

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