Dr. J. chats with Timothy Taylor, lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Bradford, and author of The Prehistory of Sex, The Buried Soul: How Humans Invented Death, and The Artificial Ape: How Technology Changed the Course of Human Evolution. They discuss the role of baby slings, tools, meat and language in the evolution of human intelligence. Part 2 of 2. The last half of the podcast is the beginning of Cory Doctorow’s short story “Clockwork Fagin,” a young adult steampunk story appearing in the anthology Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories from Candlewick Press.
Thirty-one years old, Len was an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET since 2010. He was an internationally acclaimed cypherpunk and privacy advocate, a PhD candidate at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and a researcher with the COSIC research group. Suffering from depression, Len ended his own life on July 3, 2011.
This startling, controversial collection of essays by pundit/provocateur and IEET Affiliate Scholar Hank Pellissier promotes his hedonist-transhumanist-egalitarian vision of the future. The articles, backed by data and optimistic imagination, examine numerous bio-ethical and politically flammable topics: sexbots, in-vitro meat, Israel, parent licenses, women-only leadership, public nudity, artificial wombs and cryonics. With a forward by IEET’s Dr. J.
The idea of a pending technological Singularity is under attack again with a number of prominent futurists arguing against the possibility—the most prominent being Charlie Stross and his astonishingly unconvincing article, ”Three arguments against the singularity.” While it’s not my intention to write a comprehensive rebuttal at this time, I would like to bring something to everyone’s attention: The early rumblings of the coming Singularity are becoming increasingly evident and obvious.
Dr. J. joined host Arnell Dowret on WBAI’s Equal Time for Freethought on July 2, 2011:
Humans are inextricably linked to the technology we create, and the technology we create in turn shapes us. In the next few decades a confluence of high technologies including nano-tech, bio-tech, info-tech, and cognitive science will bring humankind into territory previously unimagined, and largely still unimaginable.
Future technologies may empower human kind to eliminate or significantly reduce the serious existential threats we presently face such as environmental collapse, nuclear disaster, and worldwide pandemic. On the other hand, our new technologies themselves could bring an entirely new set of challenges with which we will have to struggle.
Do you ever worry that Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) wasn’t really giving informed consent when he agreed to become enhanced? Or are curious as to why someone might choose a bionic hand over a real one? The awesome Maggie Koerth-Baker of boingboing.net and I had some of the same questions. We chat about the ethics of superheroes and our perception of science in this week’s Science Saturday on bloggingheads.tv.
Steve Rogers, the man who would become Captain America, was not subjected to an accidental burst of gamma radiation or the bite of a radioactive spider. Instead, he willingly enlisted and subjected himself to an experimental process for the creation of super-soldiers. His superpowers were deliberate and intended. However, the circumstances of Captain America’s enlistment into the army are, at best, questionable.
Not too long ago I decided to add on a digital video recording unit to my home cable system. I don’t watch all that much television, but for the few programs that did interest me, or that I at least wanted to try out, having to be home at a certain time or programming my clumsy old VCR was wearying. DVR seemed the way to go.
Fewer than one in eight of those who responded to a recently concluded IEET poll are confident that emerging technologies will easily be able to manage climate change. Almost three-fourths of our readers say that urgent steps should be taken to replace fossil fuels and/or prepare mitigation strategies.
The nerd echo chamber is reverberating this week with the furious debate over Charlie Stross’ doubts about the possibility of an artificial “human-level intelligence” explosion – also known as the Singularity.
Our future depends on the outcome of a three-way race between: 1) the development and implementation of emerging technologies; 2) the evolution of improved methods of governance; and 3) systemic breakdowns in the world economy and the global ecosystem.
Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralyzing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice. Does the freedom to be the architects of our own lives actually hinder rather than help us? Does our preoccupation with choosing and consuming actually obstruct social change?
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond is a world-renowned expert on ancient societies. His now famous book, Collapse, is a study of the choices societies have made throughout history in the face of change—climate change, as well as others—and the consequences of such choices.
Dr. J. chats with Timothy Taylor, lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Bradford, and author of The Prehistory of Sex, The Buried Soul: How Humans Invented Death, and The Artificial Ape: How Technology Changed the Course of Human Evolution. They discuss the role of baby slings, tools, meat and language in the evolution of human intelligence. Part 1 of 2.
Police are waging a futile war against camera-toting citizens. In several states, you can be arrested for filming police, even in a public place. With cameras growing ever smaller, conflicts are going to arise more and more often. There can only be one outcome. Police are just going to have to get used to it.
Dying is a touchy subject. Euthanasia makes people upset. Whichever side of the debate you are on, you are caught between the hard place of human suffering and the rock of informed autonomous free choice.
Dr. J. chats with Braden R. Allenby, Professor of Engineering and Ethics, and Founding Chair of the Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations, and National Security, at Arizona State University. Dr. Allenby is author of The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Engineering, and The Techno-Human Condition, co-authored with Dan Sarewitz. They discuss the different levels at which the risks and benefits of human enhancement technologies should be assessed.