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TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
Author
Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
John G Messerly

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow





JET

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

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life


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First map of the human brain reveals grid-like structure between neurons

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“Alex Huth, first author of our new paper, talks about how visual information about thousands of objects and actions are represented across human visual cortex. For more information, please visit our web site (gallantlab.org) or get the paper: Huth, A.G., S. Nishimoto, A.T. Vu & J.L. Gallant (2012). A continuous semantic space describes representation of thousands of object and action categories across the human brain. Neuron, December 20 2012.

For more information about this paper or our other work please visit our lab web page:
http://gallantlab.org”

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William Sims Bainbridge

The Meaning of Outer Space

by William Sims Bainbridge

Forty years after the last flight to the Moon, human exploration of outer space seems to have stalled, although a number of options exist for new scientific and technological alternatives, both in goals and the means to achieve them. Public opinion polls fail to look deeply into popular conceptions, and they tend to reveal only weak enthusiasm.

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Hank Pellissier

#1 The Ukrainian Human Barbie Doll - Valeria Lukyanova - Is this the future of cosmetic enhancement?

by Hank Pellissier

Immaculate doll-face, globulous breasts, teeny waist, slender limbs, vacant ice-blue eyes, long platinum hair - Valeria Lukyanova of Odessa, Ukraine, has re-designed her physical form to resemble Barbie, the plastic Mattel toy. Is the result “beautiful”? Critics screech that she’s “creepy” and “lifeless” with an “uncanny valley” absence of sexuality, but… let’s not kid ourselves here.

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John Niman

The Mailbag: First Contact

by John Niman

I get to do something exciting today and answer a couple of questions that a reader sent me. I’d like to do this more in the future, so if you have a topic you’d like me to discuss, please let me know!



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David Eubanks

#2 Is Intelligence Self-Limiting?

by David Eubanks

In science fiction novels like River of Gods by Ian McDonald [1], an artificial intelligence finds a way to boot-strap its own design into a growing super-intelligence. This cleverness singularity is sometimes referred to as FOOM [2]. In this piece I will give an argument that a single instance of intelligence may be self-limiting and that FOOM collapses in a “MOOF.”

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Giulio Prisco

Cosmic Religions for Space Colonization

by Giulio Prisco

I recommend watching the one-hour film Knocking on Heaven’s Door, by George Carey, aired by the BBC in 2011, to all space enthusiasts interested in the history of the Russian space program and our future out there in the universe. The film zeroes in on the powerful role that religion can play in advancing radical scientific visions.

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Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay: Singapore

Aram Pan

“A one minute preview of the ‘Light & Sound Show’ that is on every evening at the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.”

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Robots to Help Teach Autistic Children

Today Show

“We can open so many doors for children.” Joshua Diehl, Assistant Professor of Psychology.”

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Genetics of Healthy Eating

UCDAlumni1

“Whether we like certain foods or not may be something we have no control over. Dr Eileen Gibney discusses how our genes can influence our food choices and how this may determine how healthy our diets really are.” - UCDAlumni1

 

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Dick Pelletier

Why I View the Future with Optimism

by Dick Pelletier

Science is all about asking questions, exploring problems that confound or intrigue us. However, satisfactory answers can’t always be found in today’s media that far too often focuses on cases of technology gone awry, filling readers with more hopelessness than hope.

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P. Tittle

#3 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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John Niman

Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality and their impact on the law.

by John Niman

Watson showed, in dramatic form, the capabilities of current computers when it (he?) defeated the two best Jeopardy!.....

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Who is around you in a coffee shop? Do you somehow know them? Find out with the app Sonar

Wired

Brett Martin, co-founder and CEO of Sonar, explains how his app connects thousands of people everyday.

Learn more about Sonar below:

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3D printing ‘bigger than internet’

FT Business

“Proponents of 3D printing say it has the potential to alter radically a number of industries. Peter Marsh, FT manufacturing editor, talks to one such supporter - Abe Reichental of US-based 3D Systems - to find out how it works and if it really is a ‘disruptive technology’” -FT

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Richard Stallman

Made for You

by Richard Stallman

Growing old, and having lost hope of finding love again, I read about the Lifemates Co-op and was intrigued.  “Mr or Ms Right doesn’t exist in nature.  If you want someone that was made for you, come to us.”  I made an appointment to visit their office and talk with a salesperson…

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P. Tittle

#4 Transgendered Courage?

by P. Tittle

Transgendered people are often seen as courageous; they have the guts to take radical steps to become the people they really are.  But I don’t see them as any different from people, mostly women, who get nip-and-tuck surgeries, botox, and breast enlargements.  After all, they too take radical steps to become the people they feel they really are – youthful and sexually attractive.

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How design persuades us to give up ‘big data’

Financial Times

“Business is struggling to cope with an avalanche of valuable information from ‘big data’. Ravi Mattu, FT business life editor, talks to eBay and the designer of the iPhone about using good design to persuade consumers to give up their data and the benefits that brings.” - FT

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Valerie Tarico

Can Legal Weed Save Pizza and Ice Cream Parlors?

by Valerie Tarico

Pizzerias, chocolatiers, ice cream parlors and other vendors of high cal, high carb foods have been facing a quiet crisis that could reach epidemic proportions in next few years: More and more women are choosing not to have a monthly cycle.

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David Chalmers on Consciousness

Through the Wormhole

Professor David Chalmers discusses the nature of consciousness on “through the wormhole” with Morgan Freeman. Topics include: awareness and higher-order consciousness; the science of consciousness and the relation of consciousness to the physical world; dualism and consciousness as a fundamental aspect of reality.

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Hank Pellissier

#5 Nudity Is Healthy for Brains and Bodies

by Hank Pellissier

Is clothing crushing us? Are we trapped in tomb-like textiles, exiling our flesh from experiencing the environment? Are we atrophying our epidermis, our senses, our neuro-intelligence?

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Black Hole Time Travel

Stephen Hawking's Universe

How can a black hole help us with time travel?

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Maria Konovalenko

We Have to Have More Courage to Insist Aging is Accepted as a Disease

by Maria Konovalenko

The recent Nature journal special edition is dedicated completely to the problem of aging. Among various articles covering topics from demographics to comparative biology and robots, there’s one about the interventions in the aging processes. It is a nice overview about the current successes in slowing down aging in mammals, however I found the last paragraph rather disappointing. It says….

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Sirius Inventor Martine Rothblatt on Howard Stern

“Sirius was founded in July 1990 by Martine Rothblatt as Satellite CD Radio, Inc.. In that month she also petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create a Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service in an underutilized portion of the 2300 MHz frequency band. Her vision was to adapt GPS patch antennas to a national, digital, radio service, for which she claimed in her Petition for Rulemaking that there was a large, unmet public need. Rothblatt first demonstrated the service via terrestrial emulators of a satellite to FCC officials in 1992 outside the offices of WPFW in Washington, DC. In that she resigned as Chairman & CEO to focus on finding a cure for her daughter’s illness. She selected David Margolese to succeed her, and he subsequently venture capitalized US$20 million over the next five years lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to allow satellite radio to be deployed.” - Wikipedia (Same thank you from Howard Stern (and the IEET to Martine!))

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Big Think Interview with Aubrey de Grey

Big Think

How long will we live? How do we extend our age now? Supplements, exercise, etc? What can we do to live a long time?

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Dick Pelletier

Could our solar system be heading for danger? Experts believe it is…

by Dick Pelletier

Our solar system orbits around the Milky Way roughly every 200-250 million years and researchers at Cardiff University suggest that periodically, in cycles estimated at every 37 million years or so, we encounter dangerous ‘speed bumps’ with life-extinction-causing asteroids.

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Owen Nicholas

#6 Piracetam - is it the smartest of the smart drugs?

by Owen Nicholas

Piracetam has been around since the 1960’s and is regarded as a pioneer “smart drug.”  It enjoys a popular, international following, its record as a treatment for cognitive disorders is impressive, and scientific exams haven’t flagged any dangerous side effects. But is Piracetam truly the intelligence booster many of us eagerly want?

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Tsvi Bisk

Why I Voted for Obama

by Tsvi Bisk

I came to Israel in 1967 following my two-year service in the American Army. I made a rule not to vote in American elections even though as a citizen with an honorable discharge I had every legal and moral right to do so. I thought it improper to vote for representatives and polices of a country I was not living in.  In 2012 – after 45 years – I broke that rule. Why?

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Dick Pelletier

The Singularity: what to expect when machines get smarter than us

by Dick Pelletier

What can we expect when machines surpass humans in intelligence; a point in time that futurists predict could become reality by 2045. Though it’s impossible to forecast this far in advance with 100% accuracy, by combining predicted technology breakthroughs with present-day knowledge, we can make plausible guesses about how tomorrow’s super-intelligent machines might affect our lives.

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Hank Pellissier

#7 Brain Damage - 83 ways to stupefy intelligence

by Hank Pellissier

Are we hurting our noggins? Internationally, are there social customs, diseases, pollutants, school policies, parental choices, drugs, diets and philosophies that cause, or are correlated with, decreased intelligence?  Here are fourscore-and-a-trio of the mind-mangling menaces. A preponderance of the fearsome factors have undergone scientific scrutiny, with statistics filed in the massive archives of pubmed.gov.

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Giulio Prisco

Snow Crash(ed) in Second Life (end 2012)

by Giulio Prisco

I fell totally in love with Second Life one minute after joining in 2005. A few weeks later I left a very boring but very well paid senior management post in the public sector to became a technology entrepreneur.

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