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Marcelo Rinesi

Kicking a Nonexisting Dead Horse: Picking apart Cyber-democracy

by Marcelo Rinesi

Cyber-democracy (like other political terms built from the prefix cyber) is neither. Consider Egypt.

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Rick Moss

Of Ebos, Egypt, and the Crackpot Utopian Imperative

by Rick Moss

You can always tell when you’ve got a bona fide crackpot idea. You’ll hear one or more of the following responses: A) They’ll never let you do that. B) That’ll never work. C) They’ll put you in jail. D) You’re gonna get us all killed.

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Hank Pellissier

Women-Only Leadership: Would it prevent war?

by Hank Pellissier

“Girl Fight! Girl Fight!” This shrill cry on our primary school playground always stampeded us to the spectacle of young females scratching, kicking, biting, slapping and pulling hair. With luck—we boys hoped—a blouse might get ripped and we’d see a bra.

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When Robots Attack! Should We Fear a Singularity?

Science comedian Brian Malow analyzes our fears of a day when machines are smarter than we are.

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Phil Torres

Transhumanists Coming Out of the Closet

by Phil Torres

It wasn’t that long ago that listing transhumanism, human enhancement, the Singularity, technology-driven evolution, existential risks, and so on, as academic interests on one’s CV might result in a bit of embarrassment.

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Dolphin Intelligence

Studies show that dolphins are brighter than chimpanzees. They have distinct personalities, exhibit self-recognition, understand symbol-based language, and think about the future.

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Edward Miller

In Opposition to Liberty and Progress

by Edward Miller

You may have heard of Peter Thiel, the right-wing “libertarian” co-founder of Paypal and early investor in Facebook. He seems to be a magnet for controversy and intrigue, with his penchant for casual misogyny and exotic philanthropic endeavors. So, who or what is he really?

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Ramez Naam

From Printing Press to Twitter: What makes a technology pro-democracy?

by Ramez Naam

Not all information technologies are created equal for the purpose of driving democracy. What are the factors that make a technology pro-democracy?

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New IEET Program Promotes Idea of the “Non-Human Person”

The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies has announced a new program, Rights of Non-Human Persons, that will argue in favor of applying human-level rights to certain other species.

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Kyle Munkittrick

The Turkle Test

by Kyle Munkittrick

Can you have an emotional connection with a robot?

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George Dvorsky

SAI in the Material World

by George Dvorsky

When it comes to super artificial intelligence (SAI), there is risk in thinking too small.

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Singularity 101

Colin McEnroe Show

IEET Executive Director J. Hughes, and IEET Fellows Ben Goertzel and Wendell Wallach, talk to Hartford public radio producer Colin McEnroe about the idea of the Singularity and greater than human AI.

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Sascha Vongehr

Cognitive Enhancement Versus Drug War

by Sascha Vongehr

Exploring the development of a rational attitude towards cognitive enhancement.

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Ramez Naam

Egypt, Twitter, and the Collapse of Top-Heavy Societies

by Ramez Naam

Watching the news about Egypt and the debate as to whether Twitter, Facebook, etc.. are inherently pro-democracy, I’m struck by a connection to Joseph Tainter’s 1988 classic, The Collapse of Complex Societies.

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Andrew Maynard

Davos 2011—Committed to changing the state of the world

by Andrew Maynard

As it did last year, the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos has left me with a daunting task - how do I summarize the highlights of the meeting in a single, short post?

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Kyle Munkittrick

Is Vat-Grown Meat Organic?

by Kyle Munkittrick

I am not very ethical about how I eat. I am not proud of this, but it is the truth. I am not a vegan or a vegetarian. In fact, I eat a lot of bacon and beef - I’d probably eat Soylent Green if given the option.

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Dorothy Deasy

The Transhuman Age

by Dorothy Deasy

Technologies are here now that allow us to transcend the limits of biology, and promising advances are occurring constantly.

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Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions—and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

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Andrea Kuszewski

Science Through Stories: Allowing The Rediscovery Of Wonder

by Andrea Kuszewski

Wonder and curiosity. Those two simple words exquisitely describe what drives me in my work, and what keeps me readily tangled in my love affair with research.

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Mike Treder

Day Two — “Governing Tech”

by Mike Treder

Our final session of blogging live from Washington, D.C., at the Future Tense event on “Governing a Technologically Uncertain Future.”

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Mike Treder

Day One, Afternoon — “Governing Tech”

by Mike Treder

Still blogging live from Washington, D.C., the site of a two-day Future Tense event on “Governing a Technologically Uncertain Future.”

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Mike Treder

Day One, Morning — “Governing Tech”

by Mike Treder

Blogging live from Washington, D.C., the site of a two-day Future Tense event on “Governing a Technologically Uncertain Future.”

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Hank Pellissier

Ova-Fusion and the Elimination of the Male

by Hank Pellissier

Are men expendable? After millennia of vigorously hoisting their species to the top of the food chain, is XY now a barrier to additional progress? Has the ball game for “dudes” expired? Will the future be self-reproducing super-women? With males”¦ extinct?

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Governing a Technologically Uncertain Future

How does a democratic society both nurture and regulate fast-evolving technologies poised to radically alter life? How can we find a balance between those two imperatives?

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Powers of Ten

How different does the universe look on small, medium, and large scales? The most famous short science film of its generation, Powers of Ten, originally created in the 1960s, answers that question by offering eye-opening comparisons.

From a picnic blanket near Chicago out past the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies, every ten seconds the film pans out to show a square a factor of ten times larger on each side. The video then reverses, panning back in a factor of ten every two seconds and ends up inside a single proton.

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Dorothy Deasy

Will we be like those blind chickens?

by Dorothy Deasy

Blind chickens, research shows, don’t mind being crowded together so much as normal chickens do.

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Ramez Naam

Egypt: Lessons for US Foreign Policy

by Ramez Naam

Those who help to oppress a people inevitably will be targets of their rage.

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Mind-Boggling Science

Juan Enriquez says a revolution is coming from science that promises altered human bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be ... different.

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Steve Burgess

Methuselah in the Machine

by Steve Burgess

Imagine an artificial being, granted the rights of humans but without a limited lifespan, that would have the ability to gather resources to itself indefinitely.

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Kris Notaro

Egypt: Mubarak’s Decision to Shut Down the Internet and Cell Phones: Updated

by Kris Notaro

I’ve spent almost a month in Egypt and can tell you that what I saw was a divide between the rich and poor, corruption, and poverty. As the picture on this page shows of me in Cairo standing in the middle of garbage, something common all over the city, things have got to change. However I also saw the rise of the internet and cell phone use.

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