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Ayesha Khanna Appointed as IEET Fellow

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Ayesha Khanna as a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

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Richard Loosemore

The Lifeboat Foundation: A stealth attack on scientists?

by Richard Loosemore

It turns out that the Lifeboat Foundation (and this is a direct quote from its founder, Eric Klien) is “a Trojan Horse” that is (here I interpret the rest of what Klien says) designed to hoodwink the people recruited to be its members.

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The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. continues his chat with historian, novelist, and journalist Philipp Blom about his delightful history of the French philosophers of the eighteenth century, A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment. Part 2 of 2. Also includes “Pester Power” by Cory Doctorow.

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Voluntary Stagnation

by Marcelo Rinesi

While individual productivity has soared in areas like manufacturing and services, healthcare and education remain stubbornly stuck in the 20th century. If anything, as of late technological innovation seems to have decreased, rather than increased, wellbeing-per-dollar and education-per-dollar productivity metrics.

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Sascha Vongehr

Higher Consciousness, Simulation Hypothesis, and Other Religious Matters

by Sascha Vongehr

The philosophy of mind is important for popular transhumanist topics. Many desire to accelerate the development of some sort of -higher consciousness’, sometimes in virtual reality. Although this issue may be approached with the most serious input of specific fields, for example cutting edge neuroscience, it is nevertheless often handled in a philosophically naïve way.

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George Dvorsky

Remembering Robert Bradbury

by George Dvorsky

Robert Bradbury passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last weekend of a massive hemorrhagic stroke. His passing was the kind of thing that barely registered anywhere except among his immediate group of family and friends—and among a group of dedicated and niche scientists, futurists and technologists. For them, Bradbury’s premature passing represented a monumental blow to inspired and imaginative scientific inquiry.

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A Flock of Two

Radiolab

Animals rescue people all the time, but not like this. Jim Eggers is a 44-year-old man who suffers from a problem that not only puts his life at risk—it jeopardizes the safety of everybody around him. But with the help of Sadie, his pet African Grey Parrot, Jim found an unlikely (and seemingly successful) way to manage his anger.

In this short radio program, African Grey Parrot expert Irene Pepperberg helps us understand how this could work, and shares some insights from her work with a parrot named Alex.

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Kyle Munkittrick

How Conservatives View Human Enhancement

by Kyle Munkittrick

If there is anything the Internet is good for (beyond cat photos), it is for arguing.

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Cathi Woodward

The Insidious Evil of ‘The Law of Attraction’

by Cathi Woodward

Wikipedia: “The Law of Attraction is a metaphysical New Thought belief that -like attracts like’, that positive and negative thinking bring about positive and negative physical results, respectively.”

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James Felton Keith

What does it mean to be Human?

by James Felton Keith

With the integration of human beings and technological enhancement, the ideal of what is morally just becomes increasingly ambiguous, referencing the seemingly endless scenarios of mechanical, electrical, and bio engineering enhancements that have propelled individuals of our kind to mature well beyond the centennial of exploration.

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Andrea Kuszewski

Could Chess-Boxing Defuse Aggression?

by Andrea Kuszewski

Teleportation, cloaks of invisibility, smell-o-vision, 3D printing, and even holograms, were all ideas first imagined in science fiction—and now are real products and technologies in various stages of development by scientists. While this is common in fields like experimental physics, it isn’t as often that cognitive neuroscience and applied psychology score insights from this fantasy genre.

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Ray Kurzweil on the Coming Singularity

BigThink

By 2045, says author, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, we’ll have expanded the intelligence of our human machine civilization a billionfold. That will result in a technological singularity, a point beyond which it’s hard to imagine.

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Women-Only Leadership Idea Rejected

A proposal aimed at reducing war and encouraging peace by reserving high public leadership roles for women only received far less than majority approval in a recently concluded poll of IEET readers.

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Mike Treder

Is ‘Spirituality’ Necessary?

by Mike Treder

Every year, more people are coming out and saying they do not have a belief in God. What does this mean for those who say they are “spiritual but not religious”?

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Jamais Cascio

Homesteading a Society of Mind

by Jamais Cascio

Scientific American reports about research at Cornell’s Computational Synthesis Laboratory intended to give robot minds a degree of “self-awareness.” Is this a signpost on the road to machine consciousness?

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The Happiest Species on the Planet

Savage-Rumbaugh’s work with bonobo apes, who can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology—and how much by cultural exposure.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Designer Babies Will Be Godless Achievement Machines

by Kyle Munkittrick

Are designer babies a danger to the middle class?

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Hank Pellissier

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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Jamais Cascio

Speculative Gaming

by Jamais Cascio

In the past few days, I’ve received two different pings from my Respected Elders asking about games as a mechanism for articulating disruptive scenarios.

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We’ll Be Vigorous Until We’re 120

Living Longer, Better—And Maybe Forever

We may not be able to stop aging completely, but people will be able to live well until they are 120.

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Donnie Maclurcan

A More Critical Approach to Our Toilets and Technologies

by Donnie Maclurcan

As with most mainstream technologies, pop culture in the West no doubt views the toilet as a useful invention. Effective in its disposal of human waste, the greatest stink created by this set-diameter bowl is the occasional need for a good scrub or available plumber.

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George Dvorsky

Putting an End to Dolphin Exploitation at Aquatic Theme Parks

by George Dvorsky

A number of years ago I visited Sea World in Orlando, Florida. The experience proved to be a formative one, as it would mark the last time I would ever visit an aquatic theme park.

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Ben Goertzel

Watson: Supercharged Search Engine or Prototype Robot Overlord?

by Ben Goertzel

My initial reaction to reading about IBM’s “Watson” supercomputer and software was a big fat ho-hum. OK, I figured, a program that plays Jeopardy! may be impressive to Joe Blow in the street, but I’m an AI guru so I know pretty much exactly what kind of specialized trickery they’re using under the hood. It’s not really a high-level mind, just a fancy database lookup system.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Learning the Alien Language of Dolphins

by Kyle Munkittrick

Humans and dolphins are inventing a common language together. This is big news!

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Language as a Window into Human Nature

Steven Pinker shows us how the mind turns the finite building blocks of language into infinite meanings.

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Wide Range of Opinions Among IEET Readers on Global Power in 2050

The one thing most respondents to a recently concluded poll seem to agree on is that today”™s uni-polar world, with the US dominant, is unlikely to still exist by mid-century.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Kicking a Nonexisting Dead Horse: Picking apart Cyber-democracy

by Marcelo Rinesi

Cyber-democracy (like other political terms built from the prefix cyber) is neither. Consider Egypt.

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Rick Moss

Of Ebos, Egypt, and the Crackpot Utopian Imperative

by Rick Moss

You can always tell when you’ve got a bona fide crackpot idea. You’ll hear one or more of the following responses: A) They’ll never let you do that. B) That’ll never work. C) They’ll put you in jail. D) You’re gonna get us all killed.

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Hank Pellissier

Women-Only Leadership: Would it prevent war?

by Hank Pellissier

“Girl Fight! Girl Fight!” This shrill cry on our primary school playground always stampeded us to the spectacle of young females scratching, kicking, biting, slapping and pulling hair. With luck—we boys hoped—a blouse might get ripped and we’d see a bra.

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When Robots Attack! Should We Fear a Singularity?

Science comedian Brian Malow analyzes our fears of a day when machines are smarter than we are.

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