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The coming war on general computation

28c3

Cory Doctorow’s keynote at the 28C3, the Chaos Computer Congress in Berlin, entitled “The coming war on general computation.”

The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish. The coming century will be dominated by war against the general purpose computer, and the stakes are the freedom, fortune and privacy of the entire human race.



Here’s a transcript, courtesy of Joshua Wise.

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Sun Ra: Space is the Place (1974)

Space is the Place

a video introducing the classic Sun Ra jazz piece, “Space is the Place” an inspirational work that influenced the later Afrofuturist movement.

 

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Ytasha L. Womack

Afrofuturism: An Aesthetic and Exploration of Identity

by Ytasha L. Womack

The world of science fiction is known for its absence of cultural diversity.  While history texts are still recovering from the conspicuous absence of the contributions of non-European cultures across the world and in America, there’s an equal need to claim the future as well.

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Animal Enhancement

Sentient Developments

This week’s episode is themed around animal enhancement. Topics discussed include the recent film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, human-and-animal video game interaction, the ethics of animal uplift, and the recent report in the U.S. declaring chimps largely unessential as research subjects.

Tracks used in this episode:

  Panda Bear: “Scheherazade”
  Antlers: “Rolled Together”
  Snowman: “Snakes and Ladders”


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Why Don’t We Have Professional Jurors?

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The Blue Brain Project

Janne's Channel

the leader of the Blue Brain Project, Henry Markram, presents an explanatory speech

 

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Joern Pallensen

Did the Universe evolve the “Blue Brain Project” to become aware of itself ?

by Joern Pallensen

“Humans are the stuff of the cosmos examining itself”
Carl Sagan

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Lab Chimps see daylight for first time in 30 years

reallyabovetopsecret.com

chimpanzees held captive for laboratory experimentation are finally allowed to see the light of day.

 

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George Dvorsky

Report: Chimps ‘largely unessential as research subjects’

by George Dvorsky

A recently released report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council in the United States suggests that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) should dramatically curtail the use of chimpanzees as research subjects. According to the committee who put together the report, chimps should be used as subjects in biomedical research only under stringent conditions, including the absence of any other suitable model and inability to ethically perform the research on people.

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Andrea Kuszewski

#1: Increase Your Intelligence: Five ways to maximize your cognitive potential

by Andrea Kuszewski

Intelligence is being able to approach a new problem, recognize its important components, and solve it—then take that knowledge gained and put it towards solving the next, more complex problem. It’s about innovation and imagination, and about being able to put that to use to make the world a better place.

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Orangutans Using iPads at Zoos

JSOnline Channel

Orangutans are given iPads so that they can see other orangutans at other zoos.

 

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Hank Pellissier

#2: Why is the IQ of Ashkenazi Jews so high?

by Hank Pellissier

Ashkenazi Jews are smart. Shockingly brilliant, in general. Impressively greater in brain power than the bulk of the human population. How did they get that way?

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Steve Burgess

#3: Methuselah in the Machine

by Steve Burgess

Imagine an artificial being, granted the rights of humans but without a limited lifespan, that would have the ability to gather resources to itself indefinitely.

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Richard Eskow

Notable Death of the Year: RIP Austerity Economics, 1921-2011

by Richard Eskow

The name of the deceased was “Austerity Economics,” and it was first glimpsed in a 1921 paper by conservative economist Frank Wright. Austerity died of natural causes brought on by prolonged exposure to reality. But in the nation’s capital, dead things still rule the night.

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Giulio Prisco

Transcendent Engineering

by Giulio Prisco

In “Engineering Transcendence” I argued that science may someday develop the capability to resurrect the dead and build (and/or become) God(s), and proposed to base a “transhumanist religion” on this idea.

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Arthur Caplan

Should scientists create deadly viruses?

by Arthur Caplan

One of the predictable consequences of science’s rapidly growing knowledge of genetics is that the knowledge can be put to use to kill, harm or terrorize.

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Hank Pellissier

#4: Liberating Egypt from Female Genital Mutilation

by Hank Pellissier

“That woman in Cairo,” I wonder as I stare at the dramatic photo in Washington Post, “the one with the Egyptian flag and the black headscarf… does she have a clitoris?”

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Miriam Jisun

#5: Singapore and the Singularity

by Miriam Jisun

For many reasons, the tiny country of Singapore should be considered as a leading candidate to be the eventual epicenter of the Technological Singularity.

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Hank Pellissier

#6: Sexbots for Women

by Hank Pellissier

What do females want in a cyborg lover?

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David Brin

#7: 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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Hank Pellissier

#8: Atheists are the most generous—even without heavenly reward!

by Hank Pellissier

Who gives the most to charitable causes? Those who believe in gods or those who don’t?

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Monsanto and Genetically Modified Crops pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Kurt Heidinger, executive director of the Biocitizen School of Field Environmental Philosophy  in Westhampton MA. They discuss the ecological and food security consequences of genetically modified crops, and the corporate accountability of Monsanto in light of a recent EPA investigation of the spread of biopesticide resistant corn-borers.  (Part 2 of 2)

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Monsanto and Genetically Modified Crops pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Kurt Heidinger, executive director of the Biocitizen School of Field Environmental Philosophy  in Westhampton MA. They discuss the ecological and food security consequences of genetically modified crops, and the corporate accountability of Monsanto in light of a recent EPA investigation of the spread of biopesticide resistant corn-borers. (Part 1 of 2)

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Russell Blackford

My Top 12 Books of the Year

by Russell Blackford

I’m unlikely to read many more books before the year is out, and the ones that I really must read for professional purposes don’t look as if they are going to make any list of mine of favourite or top or “best” books. So here is a short list of my best books of the year, the ones that I found especially illuminating or enjoyable. It’s my top 12 for 2011.

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Hank Pellissier

#9: 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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Remembering Christopher Hitchens

Sentient Developments

This week’s episode is devoted entirely to the life and work of Christopher Hitchens who passed away last week.

Tracks used in this episode:

  Gang Gang Dance: “Glass Jar”
  M83: “Intro”

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Arthur Caplan

When censoring science makes sense

by Arthur Caplan

Once in a long while the price of the truth is simply too high to let scientists disclose their findings publicly. That is so when it comes to publishing detailed information about dangerous viruses and microbes.

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Hank Pellissier

#10: Feminism’s Social Side Effects

by Hank Pellissier

Wealth, peace, happiness, democracy, secularization, and ... male longevity?

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Miriam Jisun

#11: The Maitreya and the Cyborg: Connecting East and West for Enriching Transhumanist Philosophy

by Miriam Jisun

In this essay I would like to reflect on Eastern and Western philosophy, their definition of enlightenment, and their connection to transhumanist thinking. How may Buddhist concepts like ‘Bodhi’ and the ‘Maitreya’ relate to the Western ‘Enlightenment’, human enhancement, and post/transhumanism?

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Why We Want a Better Future

Die Untoten

IEET Fellow Andy MIah shows far greater courage than most in giving a public talk on transhumanism and enhancement with his infant son bouncing on his knee. From Die Untoten conference on Life Sciences and Pulp Fiction in Hamburg Germany on May 14 of 2011.


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