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What, Me Worry? - I Don’t Share Most Concerns About Artificial Intelligence
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The Artificial Ape pt2

Changesurfer Radio

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.

 

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J. Hughes

Some Brief Thoughts on How to Ensure a Good Future

by J. Hughes

When Phil Bowermaster asked for some pithy thoughts about how to prepare for one of the Next Big Future Things coming down the pike, I suddenly sounded like a frothing street-corner Ranter.

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Sad News: IEET Affiliate Len Sassaman Has Died

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.

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Hank has a new book out

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.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Your Body, Your Choice: Fight for Your Somatic Rights

by Kyle Munkittrick

“My body, my choice.” We hear that slogan constantly, but what the hell do those four words mean?

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George Dvorsky

Hear that? It’s the Singularity coming

by George Dvorsky

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.

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Understanding Our Technological Future

Equal Time For Freethought

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.

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Captain America, Voluntary Amputation, and Rogue Scientists

Bloggingheads

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.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Captain America’s Enlistment and Experimentation: Was It Ethical?

by Kyle Munkittrick

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.

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Jamais Cascio

Not Giving Up

by Jamais Cascio

What both critics and cheerleaders of technological evolution usually miss is that emerging technologies will, as always, make us who we are—make us more human.

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Patrick Hopkins

The DVR and the Manufacture of Discontent

by Patrick Hopkins

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.

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David Brin

Milestones leading up to the Good Singularity?

by David Brin

A “Good Singularity” will rely more on vigorous self-improvement than on external factors.

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IEET Readers Take Climate Change Seriously

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.

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Kyle Munkittrick

The AI Singularity is Dead. Long Live the Cybernetic Singularity!

by Kyle Munkittrick

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.

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Mike Treder

Race for the Future

by Mike Treder

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.

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Choice

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?

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Thoughts on Managing 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.

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Melanie Swan

Emerging Health Technologies: Interventional anti-aging

by Melanie Swan

The focus of the 40th annual meeting of the American Aging Association, held a few weeks ago in North Carolina, was emerging concepts in the mechanisms of aging.

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Vacation in Libertarian Paradise

AntiSchiff

May not be as good as living on a floating barge of garbage in the middle of the ocean, harassed by pirates. But in Somalia you get cholera….

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Kyle Munkittrick

Form Follows Function: Prosthetics and Artificial Organs that Break the Human Mold

by Kyle Munkittrick

As we are exposed to more and more prosthetics that get the job done instead of acting as awkward disguises, the more our brains flex and flow around the idea of what a human looks like.

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The Artificial Ape pt1

Changesurfer Radio

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.

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Kim Solez & Nikki Olson

The Evolving Dynamic of Evil and Love

by Kim Solez & Nikki Olson

The nature of evil is evolving — and love is changing too.

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David Brin

Sousveillance: A New Era for Police Accountability

by David Brin

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.

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Tech for People, not for Corporate Control

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Kalle Lasn, founder of Adbusters Magazine, The Media Foundation, and The Powershift Ad Agency, TV Turnoff Week and Buy Nothing Day, author of Culture Jam: How to Reverse America’s Suicidal Consumer Binge—And Why We Must and co-author of the spoof Cyborg Manifesto. (Originally broadcast February 11, 2005)

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10 Future Technologies That Already Exist

From human organ printing to hologram TV, here are ten technologies that come straight from the future.

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Patrick Lin

What If Your Robot Is the Devil?

by Patrick Lin

Should we regulate the creation of autonomous robots? If yes, then why not also regulate the creation of autonomous humans?

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Kyle Munkittrick

Euthanasia, Immortality, and The Natural Death Paradox

by Kyle Munkittrick

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.

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R. Dennis Hansen

Let the geoengineering research begin!

by R. Dennis Hansen

Who says we can’t do anything about the weather or the climate?

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The TechnoHuman Condition

Changesurfer Radio

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.

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George Dvorsky

Primal Transhumanism

by George Dvorsky

Primal transhumanism. Oxymoron? Maybe. Burgeoning lifestyle choice for a growing number of futurists? Most definitely.

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