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Online Companies Like Facebook Have Created a Meaningless Economy

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The Ethics of Intimate Surveillance (2): A Landscape of Objections

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Is your phone part of your mind?


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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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John G Messerly

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow


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John Niman

Some Brief Thoughts On Immortality

by John Niman

It’s difficult to delve far into transhumanist discussion without hearing people talk about immortality.

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Virtual Futures 2011

virtual futures

Life: The Ultimate Technology
The concept of ‘living technology’ calls attention to the fact that modern science is increasingly capable of engineering systems whose power is based on the core features of life (ISSP, online). My research investigates the development of ‘living materials’, a particular example of living technology, which exploits the energetics inherent in terrestrial matter to create design solutions for the built environment that are ‘programmable’ using chemistry and physics. Many of these properties are regarded as characteristic of ‘life’ but do not infer ‘aliveness’ on the system. The particular system that I am investigating is a dynamic oil in water droplet system, which is capable of emergent behaviour and demonstrates some complex properties that can be thought of as architectural: shedding skins, motility, modification of the environment, population scale behaviour and the production of complex structures. Speculative proposals for applications of these ‘living materials’ in the built environment are explored, particularly with respect to environmental interventions such as, the development of carbon fixing surfaces, reclaiming the city of Venice by growing an artificial limestone reef underneath it, oil producing solar panels and water producing claddings.

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Joern Pallensen

A Rant About Nothing(ness)

by Joern Pallensen

Ex nihilo nihil fit – from nothing, nothing comes, – so the saying goes. It is, however, conventional wisdom that hinges on the very definition of “nothing”, and a  “self-evident” truth which, upon closer examination, turns out to be not only deeply controversial, but  perhaps even beyond human comprehension..

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The Trouble with Confidence

big think

The trouble, says Nobel Laureate psychologist Daniel Kahneman, is that we’re often confident in our intuitive judgments even when we have no idea what we’re doing.

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Is there a place in Cryonics for Charity?

What about people who get a terminal diagnosis when they are young and don’t have the family funds to set up arrangements? In what cases should charity be extended?

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The Dalai Lama on Technological Change

What Is The Question That I Should Be Asking?

Is the Dalai Lama a transhumanist singularitarian? Watch this video to find out yourself!

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Values Without Religion

big think

Are shared human values possible and sustainable without religion? This is the subject of life philosopher Alain de Botton’s new book, Religion for Atheists.

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J. Hughes

How Do We Care For Future People?
 Buddhist and Jain Ideas for Reproductive Ethics (Part 1)

by J. Hughes

Buddhists and Jains believe there is moral and evolutionary continuity between animals, humans and “gods,” and that all creatures can evolve from animal to posthuman. This places them closer to the progressive optimist and posthumanist aspects of European Enlightenment thought, than followers of the Abrahamic faiths. The Buddhist emphasis on anatta or no-self is also close to neuroscientific reductionism. From a Keynote Address delivered at the International Jain Conference at Claremont Lincoln University, August 24-25, 2012.

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Michael Lee

Unmasking North Korea’s Future

by Michael Lee

Everyone can see that North Korea is trapped in a tragic time-warp, a kind of living museum of 1950s style Cold War socialism. Its political bubble of unreality is likely to burst open with great force well before mid-century.

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Evan Selinger

Why Do We Love To Call New Technologies “Creepy”?

by Evan Selinger

When we can’t find another way to explain our objections to facial-recognition software, for instance, creepy becomes a crutch.

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How to Accomplish High Goals

big think

Ray Kurzweil says set high standards and try to meet them, plus be your own worst critic.

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The End Is Not The End

Singularity 1 on 1

During our conversation we cover a wide variety of topics such as: how Giulio got interested in transhumanism and the singularity; the inspirational role of science fiction in general and Arthur C. Clarke in particular; the many definitions of the technological singularity; transhumanism and why he is a singularitiarian who doesn’t believe in the singularity; happiness as the ultimate motivation; religion, spirituality, unreligion and science; the Order of Cosmic Engineers; The Turing Church; hope and resurrecting the dead.

My favorite quote that I will take away from this interview with Giulio Prisco is:

“The end is not the end. Future science and technology may be able to resurrect us.”

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Nikola Danaylov

Top 10 Reasons We Should Fear The Singularity

by Nikola Danaylov

Why do we fear the technological singularity? Let me give you what I believe are the top 10 most popular reasons:

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Hank Pellissier

Wake Up, Deathists! - You DO Want to LIVE 10,000 Years!

by Hank Pellissier

The future won’t be boring. It will accelerate in excitement. Don’t fear radical life extension - embrace it.

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Valerie Tarico

When Science Teachers Don’t Believe in Evolution

by Valerie Tarico

Last week, as I was driving a carload of middle-schoolers to a movie, the kids started talking about their teachers.  I couldn’t help overhearing, “ . . . He’s a great science teacher, but he doesn’t believe in evolution.”  

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Memes and “Temes”

TEDxTalks

Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology—and invents ways to keep itself alive

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‪Are Memes & Internet Culture Creating a Singularity?‬

PBS Idea Channel

Here on the internet, we love us some memes. But where do they come from? Yes we know, they are user generated. But to an internet layman, they seem to just appear, in HUGE quantities, ready for cultural consumption. Are they a sign of a “cultural singularity”? Memes follow rules and code, are varied, self-referential, and seem to multiply at an ever increasing rate. It may seem like science fiction, but we’re close to a world where culture automatically and magically creates infinitely more culture.

Let us know what sorts of crazy ideas you have, about this episode and otherwise:
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Hosted by Mike Rugnetta (@mikerugnetta)
Made by Kornhaber Brown (‪http://www.kornhaberbrown.com‬)

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George Dvorsky

Prominent Scientists Sign Declaration that Animals have Conscious Awareness, Just Like Us

by George Dvorsky

An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are — a list of animals that includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus.

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Dick Pelletier

Rapid Population Growth: Past Benefits, Today’s Problems, Bold Solutions

by Dick Pelletier

University of Wisconsin anthropologist John Hawks recently discovered that Earth’s rapid population growth played a key role in human development by supercharging our evolutionary progress.

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Tom Mooney

Obtaining Political Support for USA Life Extension Research

by Tom Mooney

There are many ways to influence elected officials to support life extension. Here’s several suggestions on how become involved.

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Building Houses with 3D Printing

TEDxTalks

Behrokh Khoshnevis is a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering and is the Director of Manufacturing Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Southern California (USC). He is active in CAD/CAM, robotics and mechatronics related related research projects that include the development of novel Solid Free Form, or Rapid Prototyping, processes (Contour Crafting and SIS), automated construction of civil structures, development of CAD/CAM systems for biomedical applications (e.g., restorative dentistry, rehabilitation engineering, haptics devices for medical applications), autonomous mobile and modular robots for assembly applications in space, and invention of technologies in the field of oil and gas. His research in simulation has aimed at creating intelligent simulation tools that can automatically perform many simulation functions that are conventionally performed by human analysts. His textbook, “Discrete Systems Simulation”, and his simulation software EZSIM benefit from some aspects of his research in simulation. He routinely conducts lectures and seminars on invention and technology development.


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Robot Chefs taking over China’s Noodle Bars

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A Chinese restaurateur in Beijing has invented a robot chef to make sliced noodles. The robotic noodle expert is taking China’s noodle bars by storm.

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Jason Sussberg

Longevity Running: Life Extension Scientist Bill Andrew’s 138-mile Himalayan Ultramarathon

by Jason Sussberg

A funny thing happens when I film with biotech scientist and telomere expert Bill Andrews: I run a lot. This trend continued when I arrived in the Himalayas in Northern India to film Andrews racing in an impossibly cruel 138-mile ultramarathon at 18,000 feet.

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Gabriel Rothblatt

Are We Panspermia or Not? Does Knowing Matter?

by Gabriel Rothblatt

Did life on Earth arrive from outer space? Are we spawned by Von Neumann Probes sent from distant solar systems? Here’s pro and con arguments for both possibilities.

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Travis James Leland

“Singular” Chapter 1 (Fiction)

by Travis James Leland

IEET Contributor Travis James Leland offers the first chapter of his current work-in-progress, about the world’s first posthuman being and how he impacts the world. In this selection, we meet Alpha and his online girlfriend, ‘Loo. They are attracted to each other online. Should they risk a meat-meeting?

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Transhumanism, The Singularity and Skepticism

The Rational Future

Micheael Shermer is interviewed about his views on the future of AI, the Technological Singularity, Transhumanism, and skepticism.

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WikiLeaks Needs You

WikiLeaks

Profile of their organization, by WikiLeaks.

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Michell Zappa

The Smartphone of the Future - an Explosive Wealth of Possibilities

by Michell Zappa

Let’s look ahead a half-decade to predict what the smartphone might be like in 2017.

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George Dvorsky

Billionaire Peter Thiel Invests in the Development of 3D Printed Meat

by George Dvorsky

The prospect of lab-grown meat has intrigued both vegetarians and environmentalists for years - can this develop soon, aided by a 3D printer?

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Ilia Stambler

The Longevity Party - Who Needs it?  Who Wants it?

by Ilia Stambler

A few weeks ago, there began organizing efforts to create longevity parties in several parts of the world – in Russia, the US, Israel and Europe – dedicated to political promotion of life-extension research and practice.

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