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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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John G Messerly

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
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Nicole Sallak Anderson

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


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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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Can We Have Brain-to-Brain Communication?

big think

Some people think that the next big innovation in the coming decades is not going to involve the Internet because we can actually connect computers to the human mind. Therefore, Michio Kaku says this brain-to-brain communication would involve not just the exchange of information, but also the transmission of emotions and feelings, “because these are also part of the fabric of our thoughts.”

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Michael Lee

The Bellow of the Eurasian Brown Bear: Russia in the 21st Century

by Michael Lee

Although Russia’s population has peaked and is now decreasing, this resource-rich Eurasian giant will not go gently into the good night of decline.

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Lee-Roy Chetty

The Role of Science and Technology in the Developing World in the 21st Century

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Developments in science and technology are fundamentally altering the way people live, connect, communicate and transact, with profound effects on economic development. To promote tech advance, developing countries should invest in quality education for youth, and continuous skills training for workers and managers.

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With Liberty and Justice for Some

Madhouse Muse

Glenn Greenwald speaks about America’s two-tiered justice system and why he wrote his latest book, “Liberty and Justice for Some.”

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IEET Fellow Evan Selinger publishes essay in “The Chronicle of Higher Education”

Evan Selinger, IEET’s prolific new Fellow, has an essay entitled “Ethics Go Digital” in the October 2, 2012 issue of “The Chronicle of Higher Education.”

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George Dvorsky

Should We Eliminate the Human Ability to Feel Pain?

by George Dvorsky

In io9’s Daily Explainer readers were told all about pain —why it exists, how it works, and how scientists are trying to quantify its effects.

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Six Ways Mushrooms can Save the World

TEDTalks

Mycologist Paul Stamets studies the mycelium—and lists 6 ways that this astonishing fungus can help save the world.

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Valerie Tarico

Why Do the Craziest Religious People Get the Most Attention?

by Valerie Tarico

There’s no question that religion can have some ugly moral and social consequences.

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Breki Tomasson

Google Street View, Now Underwater

by Breki Tomasson

While Apple is doing their best to manage the fiasco that is their iOS 6 map roll out, Google has decided to start adding underwater shots to Google Maps, starting with the Great Barrier Reef.

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Top Essays and Videos in September

What did IEET visitors read, watch and argue about in September?  The internet, transhumanism, politics, religion and much much more.

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Ex-Miss Argentina Dies After Plastic Surgery on Her Buttocks

Associated Press

A former Miss Argentina died in 2009 from complications after undergoing cosmetic surgery on her buttocks. The 38-year-old, who won the crown in 1994, died of a pulmonary embolism.

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Hank Pellissier

Polygamous Future? - Now that Gay Marriage is Inevitable, will Plural Unions next be Legalized?

by Hank Pellissier

How Big is Our Love? Can humans truly romantically love more than one person? Will there soon be group weddings with three, four, or five brides and/or grooms? What about ‘Jealousy’?! Or ‘The Family’?!  Is polyamory / polygamy a transhumanist issue?

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John Alexander

What the Law Requires: A Reply to P. Tittle’s essay on Business Ethics

by John Alexander

P. Tittle recently argued that those who teach and/or consult in business ethics ought to have degrees in philosophy.  Her thesis is that “business ethics taught by business faculty, ethics programs run by managers, and so on – any applied ethics course taught by non-philosophers – is superficial at best.”

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Hank Pellissier

University Students Define the Future Ethics They Want

by Hank Pellissier

College kids tell me what Tomorrow’s Ethics should look like… here’s the viewpoints of the USA’s Academic Top 10%…

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Giulio Prisco

“Let a Thousand Turtles Fly,” in the Quest for Joyful Immortality

by Giulio Prisco

Terasem has a huge potential to bridge the gap between the 1960s and the 2010s, the gap between cosmic visions and technology, spirituality and transhumanism, hard and soft rationality.

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‪Live Forever as an Android?!‬

WorldChangingTech

Thrilling forecast video from Atman Inc.

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David Brin

Crowd-Sourcing “Citizen Science,” New Products and Ideas

by David Brin

Crowd-sourced inventiveness and science is essential to our fast-changing civilization - and it’s booming.

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‪Ageing and Living “Forever”‬

Oil Crash

Aubrey de Grey is a well-known researcher on the process of ageing.
He sees ageing as a disease and believes science will soon be able to slow it down so that we’ll have more time for science to advance even further so we can fix the cellular damages of ageing and - maybe one day - live forever.

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Dick Pelletier

Our Healthcare Future: Personalized Medicine Leads the Way

by Dick Pelletier

By 2020, most of the developed world will shift towards a proactive, personalized, healthcare policy.

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Jamais Cascio

Melancholia, the Game

by Jamais Cascio

Plague, Inc., by Ndemic Creations, is an iDevice game with a simple story: you’re a plague, and your goal is to wipe out the human race.

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George Dvorsky

Did Life on other Planets originate from Earth?

by George Dvorsky

In the opening scene of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, an alien Engineer is seen seeding the Earth with life — an interesting suggestion as to how life emerged on this planet.

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‪Are Droids taking our Jobs?‬

TEDTalks

Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating—jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain’t seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next.

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Social and Biological Networks

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Network architecture, sharing a vision and interdependence based on trust.

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Rachel Armstrong

Soft Cities (Part 1)

by Rachel Armstrong

All that is built squirms. This is the fundamental reality that applies to buildings.

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Leo Igwe

The Death of Naila Mumtaz - exorcism-related abuses must be eradicated

by Leo Igwe

Four family members in the UK have been jailed for life for murdering a pregnant woman, Naila Mumtaz, 21. They murdered her because they believed she was possessed by Djinn or evil spirit.

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Annalee Newitz

Could Aliens have Created Life on Earth?

by Annalee Newitz

We know a lot about the history of life on Earth, but how it began is still one of our greatest scientific mysteries. One hypothesis is that life actually originated on another planet, and many scientists today take the idea quite seriously.

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