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“End Of The Wicked” - sermon by Helen Ukpabio

FalseProphetNigeria's Channel

Religious fanatic Helen Ukpabio creates these films to brainwash people into believing that child witches exist. Parents in Nigeria actually believe their children could be witches as a direct result of such videos and do the cruelest things such as burn, kill, bury, and maim them. Helen Ukpabio is a fraud and needs to be brought to justice - she makes money by causing child suffering.

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Leo Igwe

Stop Helen Ukpabio from Bringing her Witch-Hunting campaign to the USA

by Leo Igwe

In March, Nigeria’s notorious witch hunter, Helen Ukpabio, is organizing a Deliverance Session in the United States, according to the information posted on the web site of the Liberty Gospel Church. The event is slated for March 14-25 at Liberty Gospel Church in Houston Texas (Tel +1 832 880 8406 +1 713 530 2080). The program is said to be ’12 days of battling with the spirit for freedom.’

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Luna, a wild orca boy, tries to communicate with humans by imitating their boat’s motor

dreadfin

“Luna was a little wild orca-boy who lost his family and, after that, started to look for contact with people which, in my opinion, is the best example of orca’s demand for social intercourse. Just like people.”

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George Dvorsky

PETA names plaintiffs in their suit against SeaWorld: Five Orca Whales

by George Dvorsky

Back in October I covered the story of PETA’s intent to sue SeaWorld under U.S. slavery laws. Well, it appears that they’re going to be able to go through with it thanks to U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller who is considering their complaint.

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‪Nnedi Okorafor on The Africa Channel’s “Behind the Words” Part 1‬

HammerkopLady's Channel

The Africa Channel features Nigerian American science fiction novelist Nnedi Okorafor on “Behind the Words.”

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Jonathan Dotse

Developing World: Beyond the Frontiers of Science Fiction

by Jonathan Dotse

The future will not be a monopoly of the current superpowers, but lies in the hands of tech-savvy youth from around the world, trying desperately to survive at all costs in an increasingly asymmetrical world.

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2057: Human Civilization

You're at

Dr. Michio Kaku talks about different types of human civilizations

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Moving Forward - Technological Unemployment

Linguistic Team International

A short segment of the movie Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

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Federico Pistono

Robots will steal your job, but that’s OK: how to survive the economic collapse and be happy

by Federico Pistono

You are about to become obsolete. You think that you are special, unique, and that whatever it is that you are doing is impossible to replace. You are wrong.

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Mike Treder

Multi-Tasking

by Mike Treder

I should mention that the IEET staff read the fiction submissions without the authors’ names on them. So the fact that a submission from our former Managing Director was selected was not the nepotism that it might otherwise appear to be. Mike reflects here thoughtfully on the generation gap we already see playing out between those accustomed to more-or-less attentive face-to-face communication, and the younger generation who are growing used to a fragmented attention that makes little distinction between face-to-face and virtual presence. - J. Hughes

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MIT Media Lab’s folding CityCar

The Next Web Video

This ‘folding car’ from MIT Media Lab could change the way we travel in cities.

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‪BMW shows off their semi-autonomous driving system‬

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BMW announced their ConnectedDrive Connect (CDC) semi-autonomous driving system in August. This clip is in German, but it shows relaxed engineers taking their hands off the steering wheel and letting the car drive itself. CDC works on pre-mapped highways by pinpointing the car’s position and the location of surrounding objects. Once everything has been determined, CDC controls the braking and acceleration like an advanced cruise control system.

When the car senses it is behind a slowpoke, it looks for an open lane where it can safely merge at speeds up to 130 km/h (81 mph). If an opening is found, the system will steer the vehicle into that lane, pass the slower vehicle and return to its original lane.
As Dr. Nico Kaempchen explains, “Our main challenge was to develop algorithms that can handle entirely new situations. In principal, the system works on all freeways that we have mapped out beforehand with [a] centimeter accuracy.” He goes on to say CDC ensures the car “adheres to all traffic laws” and sticks to the speed limit.

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Patrick Tucker

Autonomous Transportation for the Year 2030

by Patrick Tucker

Sometimes an idea comes along that is so startling, well executed, complex and yet intuitive that it serves as both a perfect reflection of—and fitting compliment to—nature. And an idea like that can eat up your whole morning. If you never believed that design was an act of futurism then allow me to introduce you to Autonomo 2030, an integrated self-driving car system from Australian designer Charles Rattray.

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John Niman

Automated Cars: Redux

by John Niman

Last year I linked to an article that detailed a proposed law in Nevada allowing artificially intelligent cars on the road and offered some thought about what a future with A.I. cars might look like. Recently, A.I. cars have been in the news again.

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Russell Blackford: Freedom of Religion

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In his new book, “Freedom of Religion and the Secular State”, Russell Blackford argues that religious freedom is more than a crude quid pro quo arrangement - “We won’t persecute you if you don’t persecute us.” Instead, it goes to the heart of what we think state power is really for. Do we think it’s to give citizens spiritual guidance, or is the state an essentially secular institution? That question lies at the heart of many intransigent
hot-button issues that cause so much angst in current societies. What, if anything, should we do about the burqa? Should anti-religious satire be allowed? Should our laws enforce religious notions of morality - as with abortion restrictions, attacks on gay rights, and opposition to stem-cell research? Dr. Blackford proposes a way ahead that should be acceptable to most religious people, as well as to non-believers.

 

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‪Jason Silva on Psychedelic Rapture, Ecstatic Awe‬ and Technology

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LUCID NYC is like TED at a Bar… Jason Silva speaking at LUCID NYC, which he describes as “like TED at a bar” - he talks about inspiration, techno-rapture, the mind-expanding aspects of technology and rapturous AWE.

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David Brin

Must the Rich be Lured into Investing? Who are the Real “Job Creators?”

by David Brin

Why should Mitt Romney and the fabled “one-percent” pay only a 15% marginal tax on investment income ... half the rate charged to a dentist or auto mechanic on wages earned from work?  This was not the case until recent Republican Congresses slashed taxes on passive, unearned dividends and capital gains.

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Hank Pellissier

I Want a God-Like Brain

by Hank Pellissier

Is the human brain a magnificent, near-miraculous organ?  Or a flawed, forgetful, feeble-minded, under-achieving blob? My POV is the latter.  Brain 1.0 is laughably dysfunctional, teeming with weaknesses even in our finest specimens. Memories are dust in a hurricane, logic is lunatic, empathy thinner than the neocortex on a sociopathic toddler. I want Brain 2.0. Are you with me? Eager for an upgrade?

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SENS5 - Collective advantages of Life Extension

SENS Foundation

A longer, healthier life is positive for the whole society, and a catalyst for non-violence. This speech by Didier Coeurnelle gives a quick description of positive political, economical and sociological aspects of a world with a largely delayed senescence: lower health costs, lower level of violence, higher level of happiness.

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Malcolm Gladwell on Income Inequality: We’re Off the Rails

ForaTV

Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell discusses America’s dramatically changing notions of wealth and income inequality since the mid-20th century.

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piero scaruffi

Facebook’s Brave New World

by piero scaruffi

Facebook always knows who you are

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Martine Rothblatt

Vitology is Life

by Martine Rothblatt

To avoid confusion we need a new, more appropriate term for the study of life than biology – which is now more properly understood as the study of life built from organic cellular chemistry.  A better term for the study of life is Vitology.

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Rick Falkvinge, founder of Swedish Pirate Party

thomhartmann's Channel

Rick Falkvinge, Founder of Pirate Party movement, honored as Top Global Thinker / IT entrepreneur, is interviewed about the Swedish Pirate Party and its influence in other European countries and the SOPA legislation.

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Naomi Wolf on Third Wave Feminism

Big Think

Naomi Wolf says third wave feminism is far more pluralistic about sexuality and personal expression.

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Giulio Prisco

Bankers and Bureaucrats vs. Internet Freedom

by Giulio Prisco

The bankers and the bureaucrats have discovered the Internet, 20 years too late, and they don’t like it

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P. Tittle

The Future of Women

by P. Tittle

What do I see on the horizon, for women?  I am not a prophetess - a “Cassandra” - but as a lifelong member of the XX gender, I’m deeply curious, invested, and opinionated about this topic. When Hank Pellissier (IEET managing director) sent me questions that he and James Hughes (executive director) compiled asking for predictions on the future of females, I couldn’t resist. Here are their questions and my responses:

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“‪How Drugs Helped Invent the Internet & The Singularity: Jason Silva on “Turning Into Gods”

ReasonTV

Current TV’s Jason Silva, the director of the documentary - “Turning into Gods” -  interviewed by Reason’s Zach Weissmueller.  Silva looks at how technological progress allows humans to direct their own evolution.

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A Bright and Shining Future Awaits

TVO

We’ve looked into the future, and it’s dark. Increasingly, we’ve lost a progressive view of our future. Instead of seeing promise and lives made better by technology, we’re seeing lives filled with cyborgs and an uninhabitable society. Should we be afraid? Or are we being unnecessarily pessimistic? TVO’s The Agenda invited science fiction authors Robert Sawyer and Madeline Ashby, internet critic Jesse Hirsh, and the IEET’s James Hughes to address these topics.

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Alex McGilvery

Transformation, Transcendence and Human 2.0

by Alex McGilvery

It is the nature of transhumanism to work to make humans better.

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Leo Igwe

Women’s Rights in Traditional African Practices and Islam

by Leo Igwe

Africa is a deeply patriarchal society; this is the part of the “Traditional African Value System.” Men dominate the socio-economic and political machinery and organizations. Men are regarded as natural leaders, who are superior and born to rule over women. Women are considered weaker vessels-extensions of men and secondary human beings. The pride and dignity of women are derived from and dependent on men.

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