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Life: Inevitable or Accident?

The Vision Thing

The Problem of Personal Identity in Two Pages

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The Second Intelligent Species
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Post- and Transhumanism: An Introduction
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How “God” Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith
Marshall Brain


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The Kids Today

SMBC Theater

Biggest rock is best rock.



Created and Written by: Zach Weiner and James Ashby
Executive Producers: Marty Weiner, Zach Weiner, James Ashby

SMBC Theater is updated every Monday with one new sketch, or two “ultrashorts.”

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Hank Pellissier

Ban Baby-Making Unless Parents Are Licensed

by Hank Pellissier

For the sake of the children, let’s control human breeding. No one should be permitted to reproduce until they pass a battery of tests.

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Open Source Blueprints for Civilization

Marcin Jakubowski, a Polish-American farmer and founder of Open Source Ecology, believes that the only way humanity can transcend its continuing decay of equitable wealth distribution is by endorsing “open source” economic development.

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Cathi Woodward

Growing into the Light

by Cathi Woodward

Fear is an opportunity to learn, anger is a motivator to bring about the change desired. Technology brings the connection and light that we need to grow into our potential.

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Andy Miah

What has the Internet ever done for art?

by Andy Miah

The Google Art Project and the Missing Net Art Movement

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David Brin

Our Worst Frailty: An Electro Magnetic “Hit”

by David Brin

The EMP-vulnerability of our electric grid, our machines, transportation systems, tools, and homes is probably the most glaring “acute-impact” threat on our horizon.

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Ben Goertzel

The Global Brain, Existential Risks, and the Future of AGI

by Ben Goertzel

The future of humanity involves a complex combination of technological, psychological, and social factors – and one of the difficulties we face in comprehending and crafting this future is that not many people or organizations are adept at handling all of these aspects.

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Pellissier Appointed as IEET Affiliate Scholar

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Hank Pellissier as an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET.

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Technology, Life, and Ethics in 2035

In this presentation given at a recent Center for Inquiry meeting, the IEET’s Mike Treder talked about the importance of an ethical perspective in an era of stunning advancements in technology.

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R. Dennis Hansen

Technology and the Loss of Privacy

by R. Dennis Hansen

I work for a US federal agency. Recently I attended a government-mandated class dealing with the use of computers during working hours. The instructor pointed out that emails that leave our Department’s network are being scanned for content. What they are scanning for was left vague.

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Supercomputing the Brain’s Secrets

Henry Markram says the mysteries of the mind can be solved—soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they’re made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain’s 100,000,000,000,000 synapses.

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Sascha Vongehr

Global Suicide: No Singularity, Just Evolution of Deadly Rationality

by Sascha Vongehr

Why should technology stop at this point and not go on and accelerate like it has before? Why should humanoids not get ever brighter, democracy not grow until true communism emerges?

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Hank Pellissier

Hey Kids, Don’t Forget to Take My Brain Out of the Freezer

by Hank Pellissier

“Daddy, when are you going to die?” asks my daughter Zenobia, age six.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Live More, Sleep Less

by Kyle Munkittrick

You will spend a third of your life asleep. And if you don’t, your waking hours will be of reduced quality and productivity.

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David Brin

The Difference Between Science Fiction and Fantasy

by David Brin

Why are SF and Fantasy so often grouped together? Obviously, because they share readership and so are placed together in bookstores. And… heck… some of us write both! Still, there are very real differences.

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James Felton Keith

Ethical Problems From Technology Efficiency

by James Felton Keith

We’re trending towards a day where it will be impossible to create jobs in the traditional sense, and the taunting question of our time will be: How do we value human lives without livelihoods?

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Living With Robots

IEET Fellow Wendell Wallach is featured in this short-form documentary from Honda about the future of robots.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Mood Manipulation is not Mind Control

by Kyle Munkittrick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner‘s dead-tree forebear) opens with Deckard arguing with his wife about whether or not to alter her crummy attitude with the “mood organ.” She could, if she so desired, dial her mood so that she was happy and content.

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Kristi Scott

Human enhancement technologies are nothing new: It’s what humans do

by Kristi Scott

Phillip Brey wrote an article titled “Human Enhancement and Personal Identity” that was published as a chapter in the book New Waves in Philosophy of Technology. This is my critique of Brey’s ideas.

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George Dvorsky

Revisiting Yevgeny Zamyatin’s “We” (1921)

by George Dvorsky

Everybody knows the dystopian novels Brave New World and 1984, but few remember Yevgeny Zamyatin’s seminal work, We.

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Dirty Liberals! Cleanliness Priming of Moral Cognition

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Erik Helzer (Dept of Psychology, Cornell University) co-author of the paper “Dirty Liberals!: Reminders of physical cleanliness influence moral and political attitudes” in Psychological Science. They discuss the growing literature on the ways that political attitudes are driven by disgust sensitivity, and by disgust priming such as bad smells and sticky hands.  Listen also to the 2004 Changesurfer interview with Martha Nussbaum about her book Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame and the Law.

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In Defense of Dolphins pt2

Changesurfer Radio

The second part of Dr. J.‘s chat with Thomas White about the defense of the rights of non-human persons in general, and dolphins in particular. Professor White teaches ethics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, is author of In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier (indefenseofdolphins.com) and co-author of the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans: Whales and Dolphins (cetaceanconservation.com.au/cetaceanrights). Part 2 of 2. Also includes a reading of Cory Doctorow’s short story “Other People’s Money.”

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David Brin

Internet Access as a Human Right

by David Brin

President Obama has declared that access to the world of information, via the Internet, should be considered a basic human right.

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Jamais Cascio

Evolution

by Jamais Cascio

At the Institute for the Future‘s 2011 Ten Year Forecast event in late March, I presented a long talk on ways in which evolutionary and ecological metaphors could inform our understanding of systemic change. The head of the Ten Year Forecast team, IFTF Distinguished Fellow Kathi Vian, thought that the ideas it contained should get a wider viewing, and asked me to put the talk on my blog. Here it is. It’s lightly edited, and only contains a fraction of the slides I used; let me know what you think.

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Rising Productivity and Inequality, Stalled Jobs

Alyona Show

Richard Eskow appeared on Russia Today television’s “The Alyona Show” to talk about today’s job numbers, slow-rising wages vs. fast-rising CEO pay, and the fact that 25 hedge fund managers made $22 billion each. 

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Nikki Olson

Transhumanism for Children

by Nikki Olson

Are children capable of contemplating transhumanism?

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Ramez Naam

Can we capture all of the world’s carbon emissions?

by Ramez Naam

In 2011, the world will emit more than 35 billion tons of carbon dioxide. Every day of the year, almost a hundred million tons will be released into the atmosphere. Every second more than a thousand tons - two million pounds - of carbon dioxide is emitted from power plants, cars, trucks, ships, planes, factories, and farms around the world.

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Big Support for Anonymous from IEET Readers

Three out of four respondents to a recently concluded IEET reader poll say they strongly support the activist work of groups like Anonymous.

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Mike Treder

Which technology will have the biggest impact on human life in the next 30 years?

by Mike Treder

Over at New Scientist, they’ve chosen five emerging technologies that may have a big impact on the future of humanity during the next 30 years and have asked their readers to choose which will be the most significant of all. I’d like to find out how our readers’ opinions would compare with theirs.

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The Rise of Personal Robots

As a grad student, Cynthia Breazeal wondered why we were using robots on Mars, but not in our living rooms. The key, she realized: training robots to interact with people. Now she dreams up and builds robots that teach, learn—and play.

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