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How Can We Safely Build Something Smarter Than Us?

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A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control
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Who Are We?: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific and Transhumanist Theories Of Human Nature
John Messerly


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Universal Basic Income—The Foundation of a Technically Advanced Society
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Should Politicians be Replaced by Artificial Intelligence? Interview with Mark Waser
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Will Artificial Intelligence be a Buddha? Is Fear of AI just a symptom of Human Self-Loathing?
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George Dvorsky

Propaganda 2.0 and the Rise of ‘Narrative Networks’

by George Dvorsky

DARPA, the Pentagon’s advanced concepts think-tank, is looking to take propaganda to the next level, and they’re hoping to do so by controlling the very way their targets perceive and interpret the flow of incoming information.

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Poll: Majority Supports Tax-Funded Space Exploration

About two-thirds of those who responded to an IEET reader poll approve of the government spending money on exploring space.

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Hank Pellissier

A Mormon? For President? Who are these people?

by Hank Pellissier

Two Mormons—Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney—are campaigning as Republicans for President of the United States, with Romney currently favored to nab the nomination. In recent days their faith has been derided by some as a “cult.” Although Mormonism is an ‘indigenous’ American creed, and has over 14 million followers internationally, the average American knows little about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

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When Humans Met Neandertals

One of the most fascinating developments in science today is the ability to sequence DNA from old bones. Research in this field is called paleogenomics — the study of ancient genomes. Recent data reveals what scientists have long suspected — that our prehistoric ancestors exchanged genes with Neandertals.

This video explains how we met our closest evolutionary relatives, Neandertals, about 50,000 years ago, and what happened next.

   

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Mike Treder

What the Wall Street Protest is About

by Mike Treder

It’s not left versus right. It’s the system.

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Giulio Prisco

Why Technoprogressives Should Join the Pirate Party

by Giulio Prisco

The liberation of people through technology, and the liberation of technology from the oppressive forces that want to control it, is part of the pirate DNA. This will be reflected at some point in actual policies of the Pirate Party, the party of the future.

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David Brin

Geoengineering the Earth: Should we take aggressive action?

by David Brin

In the U.S., bipartisan group of scientists and national security experts has recommended further research and testing of extreme geoengineering projects, or climate remediation, to assertively lessen the effects of global warming before it “reaches a tipping point.”

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Andrea Kuszewski

Your Brain on Politics: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Liberals and Conservatives

by Andrea Kuszewski

Can neuroscience provide evidence for a liberal and a conservative thinking style?

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A Look Inside at Occupy Wall Street

A new angle on Occupy Wall Street reveals the strong micro community that has formed there.

Right Here All Over (Occupy Wall St.) from Alex Mallis on Vimeo.

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Doug Rushkoff

Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don’t get it.

by Doug Rushkoff

Like the spokesmen for Arab dictators feigning bewilderment over protesters’ demands, mainstream television news reporters finally training their attention on the growing Occupy Wall Street protest movement seem determined to cast it as the random, silly blather of an ungrateful and lazy generation of weirdos. They couldn’t be more wrong and, as time will tell, may eventually be forced to accept the inevitability of their own obsolescence.

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Kris Notaro

The Crusade for a Cultured Alternative to Animal Meat: An Interview with Nicholas Genovese, PhD PETA

by Kris Notaro

A cruelty-free, cultured meat is on the horizon that will help save a large percentage of the 27 billion animals slaughtered each year for food.

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Richard Eskow

Here’s Occupy Wall Street’s ‘One Demand’—Sanity

by Richard Eskow

Even the sympathizers don’t always get it. I’m sure I get a lot of things wrong too, but here’s one thing I do understand: Change doesn’t begin with policy. It begins with perception. And you don’t change things by asking. You change them by acting.

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James Felton Keith

Occupy All Streets

by James Felton Keith

While watching the Occupy Wall Street movement gain momentum and challenge the status quo, we in the transhumanist and technoprogressive communities should take note of differences between this movement and those earlier in the 20th century that were in direct opposition to some set of conservative policies.

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Mapping the History of Space and Time

The longer a telescope spends looking at a target, the more sensitive the observations become, and the deeper we can look into space. But to get the full picture of what’s happening in the Universe, astronomers also need observations at a range of different wavelengths, requiring different telescopes. These are the key ideas behind the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, or GOODS for short.

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Will Robots Steal Your Job?

New America Foundation



Robots and computers have made astonishing progress at acquiring what we’ve long considered fundamentally human capabilities. Machines are beginning to understand language. They can listen, they can speak, they can read, and they may even be able to write. They’re getting better at visual pattern recognition; computers can tell the difference between your face and your dad’s face, and they may be able to look at a biopsy slide and tell the difference between a cancerous cell and a healthy one. Computers might even be able to “reason” the way humans can. Perhaps they’ll soon sit in judgment when you appeal your traffic ticket.

We’ve seen robots take over many jobs that require routine activities and manual labor, but what impact will they have on high-skilled workers, including medical professionals, lawyers, scientists, and journalists? Which jobs are most vulnerable to the “robot invasion,” and which jobs will the robots be unable to touch? (Hint: not many.) Should we be happy about the robots—after all, they’ll probably make our jobs easier—or should we be worried? And if the robots are coming, should we try to stop them?

At this September 2011 event, Slate technology columnist Farhad Manjoo and a panel of experts explored these questions and more.

For more about this event, visit: http://www.newamerica.net/node/57814/edit

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Jamais Cascio

The Foresight Paradox

by Jamais Cascio

This is the foresight paradox: you can be completely accurate, or you can be completely engaging, but you can’t be both.

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29 year old hears herself for the 1st time

Sloan Churman's Youtube Channel

Sloan Churman’s husband captured her reaction the first time her new hearing device, Envoy Medical’s Esteem Implant, was turned on. On her Youtube page she says “I had an implant put in 8 weeks ago called The Esteem Implant by Envoy Medical. I was born deaf and have worn hearing aids from the age of 2, but hearing aids only help so much. I have gotten by this long in life by reading lips. This was taken as they were activating the implant.”

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The Ethics of Creating Conscious Beings

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Ted Chiang about his Hugo award winning novella “The Lifecycle of Software Objects,” the ethics of creating intelligent machine minds, and the state of science fiction. (Part 1 of 2)

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Hank Pellissier

Pirate Party captures big victory in Berlin, Germany!

by Hank Pellissier

An interview with party political director Marina Weisband.

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Andrew Maynard

Emerging Technologies and Sustainability: What’s risk got to do with it?

by Andrew Maynard

Q: What do you get if you place some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of technology innovation, risk, and sustainability in the same room for two days? A: One whopping headache!

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Most IEET Readers Expect Smarter-Than-Human AI Before Mid-Century

Some say it’s already here!

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David Brin

“Class War” and the Lessons of History

by David Brin

One aspect of our re-ignited American Civil War is getting a lot of air-play. It is so-called “class war.”

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Kyle Munkittrick

What Do We Do With The Results of Unethical Experimentation?

by Kyle Munkittrick

When knowledge has been acquired at a horrific price, is it more ethical to use it or ignore it?

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Kyle Debates Human Enhancement Over at Slate

IEET’s Kyle Munkittrick debated human enhancement with Brad Allenby, author of The Techno-Human Condition, and Nick Agar, author of Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Life Enhancement, over at Slate. Check out the fascinating results.

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Giulio Prisco

Transhumanist Avatars Storm Second Life

by Giulio Prisco

More than 80 transhumanist avatars stormed the virtual world of Second Life for a community event organized by Humanity+ on September 15. This has been by far the largest virtual transhumanist event that I have seen, and I believe I have seen them all.

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What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

A time-lapse video taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night.

This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries, and landmarks include (in order): Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix; multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico; Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador; lightning over the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon.

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David Brin

Libertarians and Conservatives must choose: Competitive Enterprise or Idolatry of Property

by David Brin

There is a cancer within American libertarianism and conservatism.

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Anthony Werner

Ethical Economics

by Anthony Werner

Economists pronounce with great confidence in the media and blind us with maths and jargon so that most of us switch off and leave it to the ‘experts’—but are we wise to do so when the evidence of the last four years suggests they do not know what they are doing? The voter who votes in ignorance forges the chains that bind him.

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The Case for Mars

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Robert Zubrin, author of the recently updated The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must (1996/2011), as well as How to Live on Mars and Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization. Zubrin helped found and helps lead the Mars Society, the principal lobby for a Mars mission.

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Miriam Jisun

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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