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TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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Nicole Sallak Anderson

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Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

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Andy Miah

It’s not the end of the world, yet

by Andy Miah

It should be pretty well known by now that the Mayan’s never predicted the end of the world this Friday, but they have a reputation for doing so because the last day of their calendar had the 21st December 2012, or thereabouts, as the last one.

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Valerie Tarico

Celebrating Love and Light: 10 Holiday Tips for the Post-Religious

by Valerie Tarico

Is the holiday season more glitter than glow for you lately?  Are you a former Christian who finds that hymns don’t resonate anymore?  Do you roll your eyes about the “war on Christmas” manufactroversy?  Does the cherubic little Jesus-in-a-Manger fail to flood your body with sweetness?  Do you feel mixed about participating in a religious holiday now that you’re not religious? Get the scrooge out with these ten tips.

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2013 Conference to be held on “beating” the Blood Brain Barrier

Portuguese Biochemical Society

A workshop and conference will be held on February of 2013 to discuss types of ways to penetrate safely through the blood brain barrier. The Future of medicine, especially nano-bot type of cures and enhancements to the brain requires us to understand more thoroughly about the BBB. The conference is to be held at Lisbon, Portugal (School of Medicine, Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Lisbon).

“The blood–brain barrier (BBB) is a separation of circulating blood from the brain extracellular fluid (BECF) in the central nervous system (CNS). It occurs along all capillaries and consists of tight junctions around the capillaries that do not exist in normal circulation. Endothelial cells restrict the diffusion of microscopic objects (e.g., bacteria) and large or hydrophilic molecules into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), while allowing the diffusion of small hydrophobic molecules (O2, CO2, hormones). Cells of the barrier actively transport metabolic products such as glucose across the barrier with specific proteins. This barrier also includes a thick basement membrane and astrocytic endfeet.” -Wikipedia

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Ramez Naam

Nexus: Chapter 1 - The Don Juan Protocol (pages 9-18)

by Ramez Naam

Pages 9-18 of chapter 1 of the riveting science fiction book Nexus by Ramez Naam brought to you by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. This is the last installment of Chapter 1 to be published on the IEET. You can order Nexus via Amazon by clicking Here

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Hank Pellissier

#12 Andrej Pejic - Androgynous Model - heralding a post-gender future?

by Hank Pellissier

Gazing at the ravishing photos of Andrej Pejic, I’m stirred with envious confusion. Why does this tall skinny XY like me get to be so much prettier? Does his effeminate success - inflaming catwalks in both men and women’s high fashion - predict a fusion of two polarized genders, or a third construct? What does the androgynous Bosnian represent in post-genderism?

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Studying Brain-to-Computer Interfaces Only on Humans: with great results!

Albany Medical Center

Brain to computer interfaces that can actually tell you what people are thinking. The brain detail is said to be “amazing” today and is rapidly growing to understand how the brain functions. They can now tell from brain signals if one moves a hand to the left or to right, etc. The team says they have no clue how far this technology will go, only the future will tell.

Instead of experimenting on animals this team is working purely on understanding the human brain through the use of studying only on humans.

 

 

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Dick Pelletier

Will the elderly be taken care of by robots?

by Dick Pelletier

As we go forward into what promises to be an amazing “magical future,” robots will boost economies around the world, while raising living standards for the elderly.

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Valkyrie McGill

#13: The Radicalness Of 3D Printing

by Valkyrie McGill

Way back in February of 2011, I wrote an extensive article for H+ on 3D printing and how it would allow a transition between an economy based on material “value” and scarcity to one based on nonmaterial “value” and abundance.

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Ramez Naam

Nexus: Chapter 1 - The Don Juan Protocol (pages 1-8)

by Ramez Naam

First nine pages of chapter 1 of the riveting science fiction book Nexus by Ramez Naam brought to you by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Check back here tomorrow for another nine pages of this fascinating book!

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Robots Will Steal Your Job, but That’s OK

TEDxVienna

“The theme of TEDxVienna 2012 was “Instanity”. Derived from the words ‘instant’ and ‘insanity’, it symbolises the spirit of our technologically minted times: everything now. Technological development has become instant, but could that drive us insane?” - Pistono

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Ilia Stambler

The Brussels Summit of Longevity Activists

by Ilia Stambler

The recent Eurosymposium on Healthy Aging – that was organized on December 12-14 in Brussels by HEALES, the European Healthy Life Extension Society – was a smashing success!

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Some very funny sci-fi pranks and gags done on people

Just For Laughs Gags

The truth is out there! These pranks are out of this world! All the sci-fi you can shake a stick at, and then some. Beam me up because these might just be the droids you’re looking for!
This video will self-destruct in 10, 9, 8, 7, 6…

- NASA Satellite Falls On Car
- JFL Hidden Camera Gags: Flying Saucer
- Crashed UFO Prank
- Alien Autopsy Prank
- Sputnik Crashed!

A presentation of JustForLaughsTV, the official Just For Laughs Gags YouTube channel. Home of the funniest, greatest, most amazing, most hilarious, win filled, comedy galore, hidden camera pranks in the world!

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Arthur Caplan

Treat violence as public health issue

by Arthur Caplan

The mass murder of 20 children and six adults Friday in Newtown, Conn., has provoked yet another round of recrimination, finger pointing and breast-beating. Was the shooter mentally deranged? If there was more gun control, would this have happened? Did violent video games play any role? What we fervently want as we continue to reel from a story whose misery seems to know no bounds is to find a clear cause - a reason why this happened - so that we can fix it.

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Katherine McCarthy

Nexus by Ramez Naam, Reviewed by IEET’s Katherine McCarthy

by Katherine McCarthy

If it isn’t the cinematic handling of some very futuristic images or the curious immersion of cybernetic pondering into the narrative flow; Ramez Naam’s Nexus will impress a reader with one very unusual device: it is the unadulterated humanity with its entire heritage that is the most alien and unfamiliar of this world.

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Clean Cook Stove App

Freeworld Media

“The Clean Cook Stove app solves an important issue that impacts millions of African women. Compared to traditional cooking methods—clean cookstoves reduce fuel consumption and exposure to cook stove smoke. The mobile app will connect and educate women on how to locate and use clean cook stoves and fuel tanks.

This concept video is presented by Freeworld Media (freeworldmedia.com) in partnership with Applied Systems Intelligence, Inc, (asinc.com) as part of the mobile Brand App Challenge sponsored by GSMA, mWomen and Vodafone. mobileappchallenge.com/challenges/brands/”

Clean Cook Stove App from Freeworld Media on Vimeo.

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Lee-Roy Chetty

Promoting the Use of Clean Stoves in the Developing World

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Promoting the use of clean stoves in the developing world can contribute to the broader development objectives of reducing poverty, improving health and gender equality, and mitigating climate change.


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Dick Pelletier

Christmas 2062: a glimpse of changes to expect in the next 50 years

by Dick Pelletier

Hot chocolate, warm clothes, and wrapped presents under a tree, ‘tis once again the season to be jolly! We are familiar enough with the holidays as they are now; but what might Christmas be like in 50 years?

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Andrea Kuszewski

#14 Solutions For A Creativity Crisis: A Look At Cuba’s Technological Disobedience

by Andrea Kuszewski

When you think of the ideal creative environment, what comes to mind?  We may imagine a place where you have freedom of expression, a place that encourages breaking convention, somewhere that is abundant in resources that are readily accessible for innovative development of technology, and exposure to many different cultures for inspiration and collaboration. So as you imagine this ultimate creative playground, does Cuba come to mind?

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Frozen In Time in Sci Fi Science: How can we get another galaxy or solar system?

DNA Tube

How do you freeze people without killing them? How do you transport a community in an enclosed space with the friction that will arise between people. This is the real Sci Fi science in ‘Frozen In Time’

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Excellent video on the workings of microtubules

DNA Tube

Cytoskeleton Microtubules : Cell Biology

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Jonathan Lin

Technology and the Changing Landscape of Journalism

by Jonathan Lin

For general and investigative journalists, social media has become a significant means of obtaining news, fact-checking, and reaching out to audiences. Internet-based applications such as Facebook and Twitter count as social media, where they can be used to receive and then share content, resulting in an exchange of ideas, headlines, and discussion on what can be written.

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Evan Selinger

Augmented-Reality Racism

by Evan Selinger

The tech world is brimming with optimism for our augmented-reality future. But what will happen when flawed, prejudiced people get their hands on these tools?

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George Dvorsky

#15 Why Humanists Need to Make the Shift to Post-Atheism

by George Dvorsky

I’m getting increasingly annoyed by all the anti-religious propaganda that litters my Facebook newsfeed. Look, as a fellow humanist and atheist, I get it. Organized religion is a problem on so many levels that I don’t even know where to begin. I’d be the first person to say that something needs to be done about it and I’m delighted to see atheism become normalized in our society and culture. But seriously, folks, what are you hoping to achieve by posting such facile and inflammatory material?

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Jonathan Dotse

#16: 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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Melanie Swan

Application of Complexity Theory: Away from Reductionist Phase Transitions

by Melanie Swan

Reductionism persists as a useful node in the possibility space of understanding and managing the world around us. However the possibility space is now expanding to higher levels of resolution such as a focus on complex systems. Learning and tools are ratcheting in lock-step.

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Could maternally inherited DNA gather harmful mutations that only affect men?

Alex Dainis

Mitochondrial DNA: Bite Sci-zed
Could maternally inherited DNA gather harmful mutations that only affect men?

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Lee-Roy Chetty

A new season of cooperation between ICANN and ITU

by Lee-Roy Chetty

A number of high ranking officials and dignitaries are in attendance at the conference, including Mohamed Nasser Al-Ghanim, Director-General of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and Chairman of the Conference; Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); and ITU Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré.

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Humans Are Disgusting!

Aaron Rogers

Many biological facts about your body you probably don’t want to know!
Designed and Animated in AE. Music by John Parsons.

Humans Are Disgusting! Infographic from Aaron Rogers on Vimeo.

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Giulio Prisco

Slow progress of fast McSingularity? Or what?

by Giulio Prisco

“We will not become immortal cyborgs with superintelligent computer friends in the next twenty years,” writes Annalee Newitz on io9.  “There is strong evidence that humans first began exploring the oceans by boat about 50 thousand years ago… What if our space probes and the Curiosity rover are the equivalent of those reed boats thousands of years ago? It’s worth pondering. We may be at the start of a long, slow journey whose climactic moment comes thousands of years from now.” My short answer: So what?

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David Brin

Last-minute breakthroughs and remembrances, before the “end of the world”

by David Brin

As for the recent launch of a satellite by North Korea, upon a rocket with clear intercontinental potential, I can only repeat my earlier recommendation to the U.S. Administration.  One important part of the solution to the “North Korea problem” would arise by announcing that the Hermit Kingdom’s actions will all be attributed and accounted to the legal responsibility of its biggest supporter, enabler and protector.

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