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Ethicists Generally Agree: The Pro-Life Arguments Are Worthless
May 17, 2016
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Artificial Intelligence in the UK: Risks and Rewards
May 12, 2016
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Nicotine Gum for Depression and Anxiety
May 5, 2016
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3D Virtual Reality Is the Best Storytelling Technology We’ve Ever Had
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Evan Selinger

Why Do We Love To Call New Technologies “Creepy”?

by Evan Selinger

When we can’t find another way to explain our objections to facial-recognition software, for instance, creepy becomes a crutch.

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How to Accomplish High Goals

big think

Ray Kurzweil says set high standards and try to meet them, plus be your own worst critic.

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The End Is Not The End

Singularity 1 on 1

During our conversation we cover a wide variety of topics such as: how Giulio got interested in transhumanism and the singularity; the inspirational role of science fiction in general and Arthur C. Clarke in particular; the many definitions of the technological singularity; transhumanism and why he is a singularitiarian who doesn’t believe in the singularity; happiness as the ultimate motivation; religion, spirituality, unreligion and science; the Order of Cosmic Engineers; The Turing Church; hope and resurrecting the dead.

My favorite quote that I will take away from this interview with Giulio Prisco is:

“The end is not the end. Future science and technology may be able to resurrect us.”

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Nikola Danaylov

Top 10 Reasons We Should Fear The Singularity

by Nikola Danaylov

Why do we fear the technological singularity? Let me give you what I believe are the top 10 most popular reasons:

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Hank Pellissier

Wake Up, Deathists! - You DO Want to LIVE 10,000 Years!

by Hank Pellissier

The future won’t be boring. It will accelerate in excitement. Don’t fear radical life extension - embrace it.

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Valerie Tarico

When Science Teachers Don’t Believe in Evolution

by Valerie Tarico

Last week, as I was driving a carload of middle-schoolers to a movie, the kids started talking about their teachers.  I couldn’t help overhearing, “ . . . He’s a great science teacher, but he doesn’t believe in evolution.”  

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Memes and “Temes”

TEDxTalks

Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology—and invents ways to keep itself alive

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‪Are Memes & Internet Culture Creating a Singularity?‬

PBS Idea Channel

Here on the internet, we love us some memes. But where do they come from? Yes we know, they are user generated. But to an internet layman, they seem to just appear, in HUGE quantities, ready for cultural consumption. Are they a sign of a “cultural singularity”? Memes follow rules and code, are varied, self-referential, and seem to multiply at an ever increasing rate. It may seem like science fiction, but we’re close to a world where culture automatically and magically creates infinitely more culture.

Let us know what sorts of crazy ideas you have, about this episode and otherwise:
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Email us! pbsideachannel@gmail.com

Hosted by Mike Rugnetta (@mikerugnetta)
Made by Kornhaber Brown (‪http://www.kornhaberbrown.com‬)

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George Dvorsky

Prominent Scientists Sign Declaration that Animals have Conscious Awareness, Just Like Us

by George Dvorsky

An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are — a list of animals that includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus.

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Dick Pelletier

Rapid Population Growth: Past Benefits, Today’s Problems, Bold Solutions

by Dick Pelletier

University of Wisconsin anthropologist John Hawks recently discovered that Earth’s rapid population growth played a key role in human development by supercharging our evolutionary progress.

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Tom Mooney

Obtaining Political Support for USA Life Extension Research

by Tom Mooney

There are many ways to influence elected officials to support life extension. Here’s several suggestions on how become involved.

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Building Houses with 3D Printing

TEDxTalks

Behrokh Khoshnevis is a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering and is the Director of Manufacturing Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Southern California (USC). He is active in CAD/CAM, robotics and mechatronics related related research projects that include the development of novel Solid Free Form, or Rapid Prototyping, processes (Contour Crafting and SIS), automated construction of civil structures, development of CAD/CAM systems for biomedical applications (e.g., restorative dentistry, rehabilitation engineering, haptics devices for medical applications), autonomous mobile and modular robots for assembly applications in space, and invention of technologies in the field of oil and gas. His research in simulation has aimed at creating intelligent simulation tools that can automatically perform many simulation functions that are conventionally performed by human analysts. His textbook, “Discrete Systems Simulation”, and his simulation software EZSIM benefit from some aspects of his research in simulation. He routinely conducts lectures and seminars on invention and technology development.


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Robot Chefs taking over China’s Noodle Bars

Zoomin.TV-UK

A Chinese restaurateur in Beijing has invented a robot chef to make sliced noodles. The robotic noodle expert is taking China’s noodle bars by storm.

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Jason Sussberg

Longevity Running: Life Extension Scientist Bill Andrew’s 138-mile Himalayan Ultramarathon

by Jason Sussberg

A funny thing happens when I film with biotech scientist and telomere expert Bill Andrews: I run a lot. This trend continued when I arrived in the Himalayas in Northern India to film Andrews racing in an impossibly cruel 138-mile ultramarathon at 18,000 feet.

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Gabriel Rothblatt

Are We Panspermia or Not? Does Knowing Matter?

by Gabriel Rothblatt

Did life on Earth arrive from outer space? Are we spawned by Von Neumann Probes sent from distant solar systems? Here’s pro and con arguments for both possibilities.

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Travis James Leland

“Singular” Chapter 1 (Fiction)

by Travis James Leland

IEET Contributor Travis James Leland offers the first chapter of his current work-in-progress, about the world’s first posthuman being and how he impacts the world. In this selection, we meet Alpha and his online girlfriend, ‘Loo. They are attracted to each other online. Should they risk a meat-meeting?

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Transhumanism, The Singularity and Skepticism

The Rational Future

Micheael Shermer is interviewed about his views on the future of AI, the Technological Singularity, Transhumanism, and skepticism.

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WikiLeaks Needs You

WikiLeaks

Profile of their organization, by WikiLeaks.

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Michell Zappa

The Smartphone of the Future - an Explosive Wealth of Possibilities

by Michell Zappa

Let’s look ahead a half-decade to predict what the smartphone might be like in 2017.

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George Dvorsky

Billionaire Peter Thiel Invests in the Development of 3D Printed Meat

by George Dvorsky

The prospect of lab-grown meat has intrigued both vegetarians and environmentalists for years - can this develop soon, aided by a 3D printer?

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Ilia Stambler

The Longevity Party - Who Needs it?  Who Wants it?

by Ilia Stambler

A few weeks ago, there began organizing efforts to create longevity parties in several parts of the world – in Russia, the US, Israel and Europe – dedicated to political promotion of life-extension research and practice.

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Three Ways Julian Assange can Escape England

ReutersTV

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London trying to avoid arrest and extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted on rape charges. If he steps outside the embassy, Assange will be cuffed, but there are ways he could escape. (August 21, 2012)

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Do You Want To Live Forever? (feature length)

Channel 4

Channel 4 Documentary following the revolutionary life-extension and immortality ideas of Dr. Aubrey de Grey.

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Nikola Danaylov

17 Definitions of the Technological Singularity

by Nikola Danaylov

The term singularity has many meanings. Here are 17 distinct definitions by noted observers, ranging from R.Thornton, Samuel Butler and Alan Turing, to contemporaries such as Ray Kurzweil, John Smart, and Eliezer Yudkowsky. Which description of The Singularity is your favorite?

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Valkyrie McGill

Privacy and Secrecy are Not The Same Thing - My Refutation of Cryptography

by Valkyrie McGill

I’ve been having many arguments about transparency and “privacy”, so I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about “Cryptography” - one of the first arguments thrown up when I point out that transparency means an end to secrecy.

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Kris Notaro

Transhumanism and Anarchism

by Kris Notaro

A short and simple overview of how anarchism relates to transhumanism.

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Closing Statements from Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

Pussy Riot Eng - Pussy Riot Trial - motildanopa…

English full version - The closing statements from Nadia #Pussyriot in trial 8 august 2012.
Closing statements of all 3 Pussy Riot members are here.

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Extreme Lifestyle Experiments

TEDxTalks

Colin Wright is a 25-year-old serial entrepreneur, minimalist, and blogger who moves to a new country every 4 months based on the votes of his readers. While travelling, Colin starts up new business endeavours, manages his existing projects, and engages in extreme lifestyle experiments—from not wearing black for half a year to going completely paperless—in order to gain new perspective and to inspire others to make positive changes to their lives that might otherwise seem impossible. Colin writes about entrepreneurship, minimalism, and long-term travel at ExileLifestyle.com. “I wish that the knowledge that humanity has amassed could be evenly and universally available to everyone on the planet, allowing more people to have access to the resources that will allow them to contribute to the global conversation, take care of themselves (and others), and pursue further innovation.”

 

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Dustin Eirdosh

Reasonable Genes, Rational Responses? - the polarized battle on GMOs

by Dustin Eirdosh

What we need is both long-term vision and short-term solutions. Remember this, if you are rabidly anti-GMO or staunchly pro-GMO.

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Pussy Riot Protest in Germany

fumb duck

Four people stormed Germany’s Cologne Cathedral during services, wearing balaclavas and carrying signs showing solidarity with the jailed members of Pussy Riot. They were swiftly ejected from the premises

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