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Sex Work, Technological Unemployment and the Basic Income Guarantee

Technological Unemployment but Still a Lot of Work…

Technological Growth and Unemployment:  A Global Scenario Analysis

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The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears
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Yes, let’s go to space!

In a recently concluded poll, IEET readers overwhelmingly supported human/posthuman expansion into space.

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Mike Treder

Luck of the Draw

by Mike Treder

If you had been born with your exact genetic makeup, but in another time and place, would you still have achieved whatever success you’ve had? Is the happiness you’ve gained mostly a matter of effort and determination, or do you owe a lot of your accomplishments to a fortunate but accidental combination of timing and location?

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Technology is Political

FreedomLab

More snippets of the FreedomLab interview with Jamais.

Technology is Political

Technology is Political from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.



Nature is No Longer Natural

Nature is No Longer Natural from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.



Three Futures

Three Futures from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.



Foresight as Society’s Immune System

Foresight as Society’s Immune System from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.

 

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Kyle Munkittrick

Is Anti-Aging a Moral Good, continued: Response to Pigliucci

by Kyle Munkittrick

Dr. Massimo Pigliucci critiqued my arguments against aging on his blog, Rationally Speaking. Pigliucci is a trained philosopher, so I’m going to go into hyper-academic mode for a while on this post. If you’re into long-winded, nuanced logical deconstructions of arguments and overly dry chest-beating, please read on. If not, check out these awesome warning signs of the future from Anders Sandberg. Make your choice now.

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Mike Treder

Implanting a Telescope Inside the Eye

by Mike Treder

A tiny telescope, already approved for use in Europe, can be implanted in one eye to help people with an advanced form of macular degeneration. The device takes the place of the natural lens.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Harry Potter and the Negotiation Table

by Marcelo Rinesi

There’s a dark magic in every negotiation table. No matter what the stakes — political, economical, personal — there’s a sinister spell worthy of a Voldemort clouding minds and making what should be impossible a daily occurrence.

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Augmented Reality and Ethical Futurism

Blog Talk Radio: Tactical Transparency

Jamais Cascio talks to John C. Havens about Augmented Reality, the intersections of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, cultural transformation, The Semantic Web, and the ethical implications of technology and media moving forward. (45 min)

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Capitalism, for Dummies

Life Inc.

Is capitalism just an elaborate shell game, an attempt to sell economic growth as a grand Ponzi scheme?

Life Inc. Dispatch 08: Capitalism, for Dummies from Douglas Rushkoff on Vimeo.

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Doug Rushkoff on the Colbert Report

Colbert Report

Douglas Rushkoff discusses the downfalls of operating the world like a corporation and how to weaken corporate influence. (05:58)

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
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Real Terminators

That's Impossible

Jamais talks to That’s Impossible about “real terminators.”

Jamais Cascio segments from That’s Impossible: Real Terminators from Jamais Cascio on Vimeo.

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Mike Treder

No More Libertarians

by Mike Treder

Can you remember when libertarians stood for something good? Okay, maybe you can’t, but let’s at least acknowledge the arguably reasonable notions that libertarianism once represented.

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News of the Future: Atheism, IQ, Longevity, Sperm

Changesurfer Radio

Atheists are smarter. Purpose in life predicts longevity. The coming crisis of aging and arguments for the Longevity Dividend. Artificial sperm: a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle?  (MP3)

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News of the Future: Bad Thoughts

Changesurfer Radio

Why trying to suppress bad thoughts make them worse. Lying takes brain work, but truth doesn’t. What the Supreme Court confirmation hearings should be asking (enhancement, uplift, cognitive liberty, etc.) What do Americans think about science and climate change today?  (MP3)

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Crossed Genres Interview with IEET’s Athena Andreadis

Athena Andreadis, Associate Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, author of To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek, and IEET Fellow, talks about human-hybrids, werewolves, settling on other planets, and human evolution both past and future in this interview posted at Crossed Genres.

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Athena Andreadis

Eldorado Desperadoes I: Of Mice and Men

by Athena Andreadis

About a week ago, the Internet went wild with the announcement that a “fountain of youth” drug had been found that extends life by about 10%.  I picked a site at random and read the report, knowing full well what I would find buried somewhere in the story.  Sure enough, there it was, tucked at the end of a paragraph halfway down: the study was done on mice.

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RIP Walter Cronkite

CBS News

On this 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, a fitting tribute to a great journalist who will be sorely missed.

(Hat tip to BoingBoing)

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Mike Treder

Singing the Singularity

by Mike Treder

Like many a useful concept, the Technological Singularity has become over-invested with emotion, ideological leanings, and tangential agendas. Can its value be recovered?

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Jamais Cascio

The Desktop Manufacturing Revolution

by Jamais Cascio

The end of the current production-manufacturing economic model may be on the horizon. But what if nothing’s ready to replace it?

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Mike Treder

Reliving Apollo 11

by Mike Treder

Where were you on July 20, 1969? Many of us can recall exactly where we were and what we were doing when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. (Of course, a good number of our readers probably were not even born then.)

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George Dvorsky

A pill for longer life?

by George Dvorsky

A drug commonly used in humans to prevent transplanted organs from being rejected has been found to extend the lives of mice by up to 14%.

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Mike Treder

Should off-Earth expansion be a high priority for humanity?

by Mike Treder

Modern humans have walked the Earth for about 200,000 years. In that time, we have colonized, inhabited, and “tamed” diverse environments on many continents. Unfortunately, our heavy footprint has seriously impacted the planet and fundamentally altered the biosphere. We have destroyed rainforests, depleted fisheries, burned huge amounts of fossil fuels, sucked water aquifers dry, and given Earth a fever in the form of global warming. So, should we stay here and work to repair or mitigate the damage we’ve done? Or should we try to move most of the human population off-Earth and let the planet heal itself?

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Defining ourselves as TP, H+, or other

In a recently concluded poll, almost half (49%) of IEET readers identified themselves as Technoprogressive and Transhumanist, while 24% called themselves Transhumanist (H+) only, and 12% said Technoprogressive only.

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Mike Treder

Climate Change Explained

by Mike Treder

Predictions of melting ice caps, receding glaciers, thawing permafrost, rising sea levels, longer and more frequent droughts, hyper-powerful storm systems, species depletion, refugee migration, disease outbreaks, economic disruption, and other catastrophic results are becoming more plausible with each passing year. Unless something changes very fast, the future does not look very bright.

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Harold Brackman

Martine Rothblatt’s The Apartheid of Sex 15 Years Later

by Harold Brackman

Martine Rothblatt’s former history professor at UCLA, Dr. Harold Brackman, has written a forward for the new edition of her The Apartheid of Sex.

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Kristi Scott

Jon & Kate plus Plastic Surgery

by Kristi Scott

I have watched Jon & Kate plus 8 since the beginning. For those of you who don’t know this is a show about a mother and father who had a set of twins and then a set of sextuplets, totaling eight children. For those of who are wondering why I am doing a two-part musing of this show and don’t like reality TV I say give it a chance, again. There is a lot to see in reality TV other than people making a debacle of their lives and I have watched my fair share of it.

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Chris Phoenix

Draconian measures for molecular manufacturing?

by Chris Phoenix

If molecular manufacturing has to be controlled, how much of society needs to be controlled to accomplish that?

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The Nanotechnology Revolution

FastForward Radio

Nanotechnology promises to change our world in ways that are difficult to predict, or even imagine: Star Trek style replicators that allow you to make almost anything you want… artificial robotic blood cells will turn an Average Joe into a world-class athlete, or allow you to hold your breath under water for an hour at a time… programmable “smart” matter than can take whatever form you desire. Advanced nanotechnology promises all of this plus a lot more.

A distinguished panel of guests, including IEET Managing Director Mike Treder, explain the benefits—and risks—of this powerful technology that could be here sooner than most expect.

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Mike Treder

Self-Designed Evolution

by Mike Treder

A lecture given by Stephen Hawking and reprinted in Scientific American has been gathering a lot of attention recently in cyberspace.

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George Dvorsky

The ‘end of science’ my ass

by George Dvorsky

The reports of the death of science have been greatly exaggerated.

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Mike Treder

Treder on FastForward Radio

by Mike Treder

This evening (July 7) at 7:30 PDT (10:30 EDT) I will be a guest on FastForward Radio, a weekly 90-minute online audio program. The topic for discussion tonight is “The Nanotechnology Revolution.”

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