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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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Nicole Sallak Anderson

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eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow


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The Game that can Give you 10 Extra Years of Life

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When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience—and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.

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IEET’s Hughes, Cascio, Brin, Vita-More, and Goertzel at Humanity+ @San Francisco

Humanity+ conference in San Francisco, December 2012, at San Francisco State University. IEET’s Executive Director James Hughes will speak at the event, along with IEET Fellows Jamais Cascio, Natasha Vita-More, and Ben Goertzel.

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Brad Carmack

The Matrix, Wiliam James, and the Will to Believe

by Brad Carmack

Many of my philosophy mentors speak highly of pragmatism.  One of pragmatism’s classical thinkers is William James, who was in his day friends with Charles Peirce, the father of semiotics. 

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Maria Konovalenko

Google Wants to Fund Radical Life Extension Startups

by Maria Konovalenko

I think you’ve all read the news that Google is to fund radical life extension, cryogenics and nanotechnology. My thoughts about it:

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Valkyrie McGill

Future of Work: Custom Printed Bodies and the End of the 9-to-5 Job

by Valkyrie McGill

Need blue skin, four arms, or a tail? Want to augment and extend what you already have? I am here to help you become your own avatar. Does this idea sound too weird or far fetched? The basic technology already exists to print out custom organs, augment the body with its own cells, and much more.

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‪First World Problems‬

nigahiga

Send this video to someone with FWP and let them know how much we care…

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David Brin

Unusual Topics To Raise at the USA Presidential Debate

by David Brin

Who among us doesn’t yearn to ask questions at the presidential fora?  Poking at both candidates, shaking the routine of canned talking points and practiced answers?  

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IEET Fellow Jamais Cascio in “Momentum” cover story

The University of Minnesota’s Momentum magazine has featured IEET Jamais Cascio in its Fall 2012 cover article.  Cascio - “one of the most sought-after speakers in the world today” - discusses the future of government, jet packs, oil, urban infrastructure, and other topics.

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Slashdot Promotes IEET

Slashdot

IEET Managing Director Hank Pellissier is interviewed by Slashdot. He’s asked to describe IEET’s purpose and the discussions that we have.

 

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J. Hughes

Morality in a Pill?

by J. Hughes

The tragedy in Colorado (“Batman” mass murder) makes many of us wonder how we could better identify and treat people who are heading into psychopathic rage. [from a sermon delivered at the Unitarian-Universalist Society: East, July 22, 2012 and Unitarian Fellowship of Storrs, September 16, 2012]

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George Dvorsky

Nine Historical Figures Who May Have Predicted Our Future

by George Dvorsky

We like to think that many of our fantastic dreams of the future — from space colonization to artificial intelligence and human enhancement — are fairly recent conceptions. But nothing could be further from the truth.

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Leo Igwe

A Skeptic’s Manifesto for Africa

by Leo Igwe

For too long, African societies have been identified as superstitious consisting of people who cannot question, reason or think critically. Dogma and blind faith in divinity and tradition are the mainstay of African popular thought, culture and mentality.

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Amanda Stoel

The Meme of Altruism and Degrees of Personhood

by Amanda Stoel

The struggle for civil rights has been one of constant movement through the centuries and it is by no means finished.

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Unveiling Game-Changing Wearable Tech

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This demo—from Pattie Maes’ lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry—was the buzz of TED. It’s a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine “Minority Report” and then some.

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Jathan Sadowski

Reign of the Techno-Nanny

by Jathan Sadowski

Generation Smartphone,” the September 2012  cover story of  technology magazine IEEE Spectrum, imagines a near future (2020, to be exact) where we each have a “SmartPhone 20.0” that takes care of everything for us.

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Valkyrie McGill

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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Valerie Tarico

Jesus Loves ME! He CAN’T have a wife!!

by Valerie Tarico

Was Jesus married? The question is ancient—perhaps as old as the question of his divinity.  An ancient scrap of papyrus in Coptic script says he had a spouse. Here’s my own thoughts about the psychology of the wife of Jesus thing.

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‪Five Ideas to Cure Wanderlust‬

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‪TEDxSingapore / Adrianna Tan‬
Adrianna Tan is a traveller, writer, photographer and geekette of all trades. She travelled to 120 cities in 30 countries over five years. She co-owns the design agency Pen to Pixel and helps to run a gourmet ice cream business. Online she’s Popaghandi.com and twitter.com/skinnylatte and one half of fortylove.tv

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Dick Pelletier

Teleportation: Forget Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Just Beam Me There

by Dick Pelletier

Want to be beamed up like Captain Kirk?  We are probably closer to developing this technology than you realize…

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David Brin

Banned Books Week - Censorship, Indignation, and our Hopes for Freedom

by David Brin

Banned Books Week (September 30 – October 6) celebrates the freedom to read and to express ideas…even those that others might find objectionable.

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Syria - Road to Freedom

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Joseph Hamoud portrays and tells the story of Syria through a series of stories and personal thoughts, to give the audience a colorful account of the Syrian revolution. He portrays the great heroism and sacrifice of the Syrian people in its pursuit of freedom and he gives a hopeful image for Syria’s future. He asks the audience to reflect on their and their governments’ stand on the Syrian issue, because each and one of us could be doing a lot more for the case of freedom all over the world.

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The Collapse of The American Dream Explained in Animation

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Amusing, concise and informative. Entertaining but hard-hitting. Also applicable to Europe.

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Get Smarter: How to Design Your Life for Continuous Cognitive Enhancement

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Is it possible to increase your intelligence? Absolutely. Do you need technology or cognitive enhancers to accomplish this? Absolutely not. Science shows us that the key to cognitive improvement is keeping your brain active and challenged, while making learning intrinsically rewarding. In this presentation, I will discuss my Five Principles of Cognitive Enhancement, which is a paradigm I developed over 10 years as a behavioral therapist, teaching children how to reach their maximum cognitive potential. I’ll explain why fluid intelligence is important and how it can be improved, by designing a lifestyle for constant, motivating, and rewarding learning experiences. Increasing intelligence takes work, but it is simpler than you may think—and anyone can get smarter, no matter where you start from.

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Rachel Armstrong

BioLime: The Mock Rock

by Rachel Armstrong

Climate change in the small town of Mossville is tackled by creating a rock-like salt that “energizes” their buildings. “Science Faction” / Biochemistry / Metabolic Architecture

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IEET Fellow Riccardo Campa lectures and debates at University of Milan

On October 1, Prof. Riccardo Campa - IEET Fellow, Chairman of the Italian Transhumanist Association, and assistant professor of sociology at the Jagiellonian University of Cracow - presented a lecture to post-graduate students of the State University of Milan, Biotechnologies and Transactional Medicine Department.

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The Biggest Problem of All: The End of the World is Coming?

by piero scaruffi

Paul Ehrlich recently gave a talk that listed eight major catastrophic environmental problems that are coming sooner than even pessimists predict… should we create a “culture of panic”?

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Transhumanism

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Excerpts from “Deus Ex: The Eyeborg Documentary”. Some bits of insight on transhumanism. Great documentary.

For additional information, there’s a superb essay on this topic by IEET contributor John Niman HERE

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Jønathan Lyons

How Do We Judge Nonhuman Beings’ Personhood?

by Jønathan Lyons

Person is a philosophical concept, while Human is a scientific, even taxonomical classification:

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Nikola Danaylov

Cyborg Cockroach Wired for Search and Rescue

by Nikola Danaylov

Researchers at North Carolina State University are turning cockroaches into joystick-controlled cyborgs for use in search and rescue operations.

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Philosopher’s Podcast - Such That Cast

Philosopher's Podcast - Such That Cast

Noel Sharkey is Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Sheffield. He holds a Doctorate in Experimental Psychology and a Doctorate of Science, and lectures extensively across academic disciplines, including engineering, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, artificial intelligence and computer science. In addition to having published well over a hundred academic articles and books, Sharkey has worked closely with policy makers and the military to create awareness about the limitations of AI and the dangers of automated warfare. In addition to several media appearances (see below), Noel may be best known to some of you from his appearances as an expert on the BBC television series Robot Wars and Techno Games.
We spend most of the episode talking about the dangers of autonomous robots in the battlefield, but we also get a glimpse into Noel’s multifaceted and unconventional background. The conviction, honesty and sense of urgency Noel brings to the table is important and contagious, so I hope it’ll prove inspiring to many of you as well.

http://suchthatcast.com/sharkey/

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