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

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8 Craziest Mega-Engineering Projects We Could Use to Rework the Earth
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The Social Fabric of a Technically Advanced Society
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Free Will, Buddhism, and Mindfulness Meditation - interview with Terry Hyland
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Patrick Tucker

Thank You Very Much, Mr. Roboto

by Patrick Tucker

Japan’s unique research and development environment for robotics telegraphs how robots and humans will co-evolve.

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Sohail Inayatullah

Alternative Futures of War: Imagining the Impossible

by Sohail Inayatullah

“War is the darkest spot on humanity’s history.”  P.R. Sarkar

 

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Kyle Munkittrick

Are Exoskeletons “Ableist?”

by Kyle Munkittrick

Over at Cyborgology (a blog I am amazed I didn’t discover sooner, given its sister site is Sociological Images) Jenny Davis attempts to figure out if the assistive devices built by Ekso Bionics are “ableist” or if they represent genuine progress. She makes a pretty good case:

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‪Message To Humanity: The Time is Now - The Revolution Is Coming!‬

tragegyandhope's Channel

“The 99% are rising up! Everywhere, people are waking up and realizing how the world works and that their rights as free human beings are slowly being taken away from them.. “

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Andrea Kuszewski

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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Charlie Chaplin’s Message to Humanity

tradgedyandhope's Channel

Revolutionary video, includes Charlie Chaplin’s amazing speech in “The Great Dictator.”

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George Dvorsky

Video-gaming Pets, the Future of Nonhuman Animals, and Cultural Uplift

by George Dvorsky

I was recently interviewed by Sebastian Alvarez of Wanderlust. We covered such topics as video-gaming pets, the future of nonhuman animals, and cultural uplift. Check it out:

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‪Symphony of Science - The Greatest Show on Earth!  (music video about Evolution)‬

Remixes for the Soul - melodysheep's Channel

A musical celebration of the wonders of biology, including evolution, natural selection, DNA, and more. Featuring David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins and Bill Nye.

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David Brin

The Blackjack Generation

by David Brin

In this second selection of speculative fiction, and excerpt from a forthcoming novel, David Brin asks how we will keep our machine mind progeny loyal.

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Anonymous 2012 - Join us!

Kanal von AnonymousForCh4n

“We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us !”

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Cyborg Love Song

ello's Channel

“The year is 2034. A secret lab has developed a BioPrototype.  It’s task is to control people’s Feelings, to control the Heartbeat”

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Ilia Stambler

Demonstration for Radical Life Extension in Tel Aviv

by Ilia Stambler

A series of activist events for radical life extension recently took place in Israel.

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Annalee Newitz

The Growing Evidence for Octopus Intelligence

by Annalee Newitz

Humans want to believe that they’re the smartest creatures on the planet. But the more we understand octopuses, the more it seems that we may not be alone in our ability to solve problems, make complex connections between ideas, and survive by wits alone. A growing body of evidence — a lot of it still anecdotal — suggests that octopuses show elements of human-like intelligence.

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Steve Burgess

Regional Cyberwar: North Korea vs South Korea

by Steve Burgess

To many modern readers, the issue between the Koreas is distant and a bit unreal. We see the now-deceased comical madman leader and his hapless current heir. This author’s father, on the other hand, lost a favorite younger brother to a Korean landmine in the 1950’s, making the ongoing conflict tangible. While conventional weapons are in use between these two halves of a nation, still technically at war with itself, the cyber background is still full of landmines as is the very real DMZ on the 38th parallel.

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Demonstration for Radical Life Extension in Tel Aviv

iliastam's Channel

“To want life-extension is not something lyrical, it is something which is happening and which people are working for. I don’t think it will be an exaggeration to think that our children and the children of our children will live hundreds of years. There is nothing illogical about it. ..”

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The Pirate Party charts it course (Germany)

Deutsche Welle

The Pirate Party of Germany is opposed to traditional political designations such as liberal and conservative, left and right. At their recent party congress, the Pirates work hard to come up with a platform.

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Business Ethics and “Blind Spots”

Notre Dame

Ann Tenbrunsel, Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Notre Dame, discusses her book “Blind Spots: Why We Fail to do What’s Right and What to do About it.”

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P. Tittle

Ethics without Philosophers (the Appalling State of Affairs in Business)

by P. Tittle

Could someone without a business degree become a marketing consultant?  No? Then how is it that people without philosophy degrees are becoming ethics consultants? [1]  Is it that people don’t know that Ethics is a branch of Philosophy just as Marketing is a branch of Business? Doubtful.

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‘SOPA power abuse: Copyright monopoly vs Human Rights’

RT (Russia Today)

Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, believes the anti-piracy bills being pushed through Congress, will violate basic human rights.

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piero scaruffi

We Are All Pirates

by piero scaruffi

When the Soviet Union divided Berlin in two, US president John Kennedy went to Berlin and shouted “We are all Berliners.” Now that another evil empire has divided the World Wide Web into good and bad websites by shutting down Megaupload, the motto should be “We are all Megaupload users!” even the ones who never used it and don’t even know what exactly it is (was).

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Edward Miller

We Can Have It All: The Beauty of Value Capture

by Edward Miller

As anyone familiar with classical political economy knows, true property rights are rooted in self-ownership. You own yourself, and by extension you own what you make through labor or voluntary transactions thereof. Land, however, is not a fruit of labor.

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Transbeman 101

LifeNaut's Channel

Based on excerpts from the Sci-Fi feature 2B, at www.2Bmovie.com. Terasem Media and Films, one of the film’s producing partners, posted this look at Transitional Bioelectric Human Beings (TRANSBEMAN). This video introduces emerging trends in bio/nano/computer technologies and the integration of human and machine as the next step in human evolution.

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AGI 2011: OpenCog

Google Tech Talks

The Fourth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence
Mountain View, California, USA August 3-6, 2011

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Martine Rothblatt

Hybriduality and Geoethics (part 1)

by Martine Rothblatt

Contrary to what we’ve been taught, and contrary to what we fervently believe to be true, there is not just one I. We are not individuals; we are hybriduals. Each of us is a compound, collective, hybrid being.

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Ben Goertzel

Lifelong Forgetting: A Critical Ingredient of Lifelong Learning

by Ben Goertzel

Of all the aspects differentiating lifelong learning from shorter-term, more specialized learning, perhaps none is more central than forgetting – or, to frame the issue more generally and technically, ”memory access speed deprioritization.” This extended abstract reviews some of the ideas involved in forgetting for lifelong learning systems, and briefly discusses the forgetting mechanisms used in the OpenCog integrative cognitive architecture.

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Hank Pellissier

New Science: Six Tips for Avoiding Sickness this Winter

by Hank Pellissier

Are you sniveling this morning, like I am?  After an insomniac night of feverish coughing?  Are you annoyed with the medical profession, wondering, “why can’t researchers defeat the common cold?”

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Religion Exposed: The so-called “Witches” of Nigeria

vaticancrime's Channel

Evangelical Christian pastors are committing horrific violence against young Nigerians in the state of Akwa Ibom. They brand children and babies as evil, and offer to “take the witches out of them” if the parents pay. Thousands of children have been abused, abandoned and murdered while the preachers make money.

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Leo Igwe

In Praise of Atheism

by Leo Igwe

As an atheist, sometimes, I wonder why it has taken human beings so long to realize that there is no god and that the so-called creator, almighty, all merciful, all knowing, and all-what-again god that humans have worshiped for ages is a fantasy, a figment of human mind and imagination, without any real instance, essence, existence or significance.

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RU Sirius

An Insufficiently Advanced Technology For McKenna’s Magical 2012

by RU Sirius

By now, everybody knows that there’s a big crowd of folks who think something really big is going to happen this year because the Mayan Calendar allegedly ended in 2012 — specifically December 21, 2012. Less well known amongst the masses that are vaguely familiar with the meme is the fact that psychedelic/cyberdelic philosopher Terence McKenna was the original primary source for this notion and for this particular date.

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Andrea Ghez: the hunt for a supermassive black hole

TEDtalksDirector

UCLA astronomer Andrea Ghez shows how state-of-the-art adaptive optics are helping astronomers understand the universe’s most mysterious objects: black holes. Last week, she won the prestigious Crafoord Prize in Astronomy from the Royal Swedish Academy of Scientists.

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