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The Brain: The Story of You
David Eagleman

Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence
Calum Chace

The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity
Ben Goertzel

Humans and Automata A Social Study of Robotics
Riccardo Campa


Rick Searle on 'Obfuscation: protect privacy by destroying the Web!' (Nov 27, 2015)

Mahee on 'Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system to monitor women’s movements' (Nov 27, 2015)

John139 on 'Tech Company Humai Wants to Resurrect the Dead Using A.I.' (Nov 26, 2015)

spud100 on 'Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient A.I. - Terasem Colloquium in Second Life Dec. 10th' (Nov 25, 2015)

spud100 on 'Christians Should Support Scientists and Technologists' (Nov 25, 2015)

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spud100 on 'A Multifaceted Strategy to Defeat ISIS' (Nov 24, 2015)

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Why it matters that you realize you’re in a computer simulation
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The Future Business of Body Shops
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Crypto Enlightenment: A Social Theory of Blockchains
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Jamais Cascio

The Pink Collar Future

by Jamais Cascio

The claim that robots are taking our jobs has become so commonplace of late that it’s a bit of a cliché. Nonetheless, it has a strong element of truth to it. Not only are machines taking “blue collar” factory jobs—a process that’s been underway for years, and no longer much of a surprise except when a company like Foxconn announces it’s going to bring in a million robots (which are less likely to commit suicide, apparently)—but now mechanized/digital systems are quickly working their way up the employment value chain.

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Every Major’s Terrible


what should you study in college?
here’s one answer

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Owen Nicholas

The Top Ten Best Science Fiction Movies

by Owen Nicholas

Since the arrival of the internet innumerable lists have been made of the greatest science fiction films of all time, and reading them has provided a pretty good indication of how diverse and multi-faceted the genre is. As countdowns like these will always be essentially personal and subjective assessments on form, theme, cinematic style and general aesthetic appreciation, it’s an almost foregone conclusion that drawing up such lists entails waiting for the wave of criticism, scorn, refutations, approval and ambivalence which inevitably follow. Well I happily cry ‘bring it on!’

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Brain Magic


Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies—in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic.

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Phil Torres

Will Future Generations Listen to Music?

by Phil Torres

Answer: probably not; it seems destined for obsolescence

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Travis James Leland

The InVitro Meat Debate

by Travis James Leland

Why doesn’t everyone get excited about transhumanism? Why aren’t all people fascinated by augmented and virtual reality, radical life-extension, brain-uploading, and The Singularity? This essay is the first in a series of articles, entitled “The Casual Transhuman” - it will examine h+ topics from the layman’s perspective and give suggestions on how transhumanists can spread their ideas without looking like crackpots to the world-at-large.

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George Dvorsky

How Will We Build an Artificial Human Brain?

by George Dvorsky

There’s an ongoing debate among neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, and even philosophers as to whether or not we could ever construct or reverse engineer the human brain. Some suggest it’s not possible, others argue about the best way to do it, and still others have already begun working on it.

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Robots Hard at Work on the Dairy Farm

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

About 20 Minnesota dairy farms are now using robots to do their daily milking chores. One such farm is the Johnson Dairy Farm near South Haven, MN, where four high tech robots milk 220 cows every day.

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Dick Pelletier

Robots taking Human Jobs may Require a New Kind of Capitalism

by Dick Pelletier

Are humans becoming obsolete in the workforce? Many experts believe the answer is yes. The amazing win for IBM’s Watson computer over humans on the quiz show Jeopardy, proved that automated systems are getting closer to reaching human intelligence levels.

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Ode to the Brain!

Melody Sheep - Remixes for the Soul

“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.

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Giulio Prisco

In Praise of Soft Rationality and Rational Spirituality

by Giulio Prisco

I cultivate the excellent habit of rationality and consider it as a very useful tool. But rationality is indeed a tool (a useful means to achieve a desired result), and not an end in itself. Far from being the enemies of science, religion and spirituality often drive scientific advances. Open-minded soft rationality is a much better approach to science than dull, fundamentalist rationalism.

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Carol Lloyd

Surveillance parenting

by Carol Lloyd

How many times have parents worried that something deeply wrong was going on in their child’s school, but didn’t have the intel to know for sure? Last week’s story of a father who slipped an audio recorder into the pocket of his son, then posted excerpts of the recordings of the classroom on YouTube, has – for better or for worse – given parents everywhere a new strategy for finding out exactly what is happening at their child’s school.  

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IEET Readers Want to Eliminate Sleep

In a recent IEET poll, 50% of responders claimed that if they had the ability to function optimally without sleep, they would abandon repose altogether.

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The Ethics of What We Eat

Williams College

Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne, Peter Singer takes a hard look at the food we eat, where it comes from, and how it is produced.

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Nikki Olson

How Safely Can You Practice DIY Drugs?

by Nikki Olson

The demand is rising for enhancement technologies. A recent article at Forbes argues the market is ripe for a means of cognitive augmentation, hypothesizing “IQ” as the next trillion dollar business. And culturally, more are becoming comfortable with the idea of using technology to improve their mood, physiological well-being, creativity, and performance.

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Amara D. Angelica

Cellphones that can See through Walls and Detect Cancer

by Amara D. Angelica

University of Texas at Dallas researchers have designed an imager chip that could one day turn mobile phones into devices that can see through walls, wood, plastics, paper and other objects.

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How to build a Solar Panel from Solar Cells DIY

mixcatcom The Power is the People!

A great DIY “do it yourself” Green power project.
These solar panels are very powerful and following these steps you will be able to make them for 1/3 of what they sell them for in the stores.
If your looking to get off the grid or just drop your electric bill this is perfect for you!

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Pellissier Awarded Terasem Movement, Inc. Grant

IEET Managing Director Hank Pellissier was notified that he will be soon be given a $3,000 grant from Terasem Movement, Inc. for an “immortality project.” Volunteers Needed!

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Life after Death (Cryonics)

AmericanCryonicsSoc's channel

Short feature featuring some excellent footage of suspensions, and the capabilities of the American Cryonics Society.

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George Dvorsky

Will Sweden abolish the concept of gender?

by George Dvorsky

Sweden, it would seem, is doing its darndest to abolish the idea of gender. Their latest effort comes with the introduction of a new gender-netural pronoun, called “hen.” But while some see it as a huge victory in the struggle to achieve gender equality, others see it as yet another imposition brought on by the political correctness police.

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Loraine (Lori) Rhodes

The Medico-Legal Need for a Cryonics-Friendly Autopsy

by Loraine (Lori) Rhodes

As a staunch supporter of one’s right to elect cryopreservation over traditional cremation or burial, the following represents an ongoing research focus toward minimizing the impedance of an optimal cryopreservation by the medical and/or legal requirements of a forensic autopsy.

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Kris Notaro

Correlation and Resemblance Between Human and Animal Consciousness (CRHAC)

by Kris Notaro

A rough draft of a proposal for a book about the ethical treatment of animals based on current and future philosophy and science.

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Ten Most Censored Nations


Press Freedom Online’s List of the Ten Most Censored Nations

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“‪Renewing Our Commitment to Progress‬”


On April 14, 2012 IEET Executive Director gave the closing talk at Connecticut College’s Tedx, which was on the theme of “Rethinking Progress.” Dr. Hughes’ describes the origins of the Enlightenment idea of social and scientific progress, the reasons for skepticism about the idea of progress, and proposes recommitment  to a chastened idea of progress as a “great work.” (Slides here)

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Rachel Armstrong

Better Than Nature?

by Rachel Armstrong

At the turn of the millennium, miniaturized canines acquired the cherished status of living, designer handbag ornaments.  These teeny tiny photogenic doggies, which had been shrunken from generations of in breeding, were snapped up by fashionistas who pouted alongside them in front of seas of clicking cameras.

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IEET’s Top Essays and Videos in April

What did IEET visitors read, watch, and comment on last month? Space, drugs, sex, death, religion and urban design provided high traffic. Statistics with links are provided.

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Joern Pallensen

“Crimethink” – the Legacy of Totalitarianism

by Joern Pallensen

In the Western – post-Breivik – world, there appears to be an increasing support for anti-hate speech / “crimethink” legislation. The idea  that you can – and should – control people’s minds – and thus behavior – through prohibitive measures, in combination with proper re-education, is taking hold.

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Your Faith is a Joke

Pat Condell

British comic and youtube atheist sensation presents his POV

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Hank Pellissier

“God” is Cruel - we must conquer his “Nature”

by Hank Pellissier

Traditional-Religious Transhumanists like “Pastor” Alex McGilvery and Lincoln Cannon have articulated their views extensively at IEET in recent months, in essays followed by contentious debates. McGilvery and Cannon believe there’s easy compatibility between their creeds and H+. I welcome them, happily, because I want H+ to be a “Big Tent” with acceptance for everybody. That said, I fervently disagree with their theistic opinions. Wildly, totally, absolutely, passionately, face-squinched-up-in-an-angry-scowl Disagree.

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piero scaruffi

The Asian Miracle

by piero scaruffi

Asian economies managed to progress from starvation in the 1960s to the top tier of development and wealth. In 1981 East Asia had the highest poverty rate in the world, higher than Africa. In 2011 two of the top three economies in the world were from East Asia, and very soon they might have three out of four including the number one.

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