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Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0

TEDtalksDirector

Swiss philosopher and founder of “The School of Life” presents his ideas for a modernized atheism.

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Giulio Prisco

Turing Church online workshop

by Giulio Prisco

On Sunday, December 11, we explored the convergence of religion with highly imaginative future science and technologies in the Turing Church online workshop 2 in teleXLR8, a 3D interactive video conferencing space.

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“So you want to make gods. Now why would that bother anybody?”

SingularitySummits Channel

David Brin, an IEET Fellow, delivered this lecture at the 2011 Singularity Summit in New York.

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Asteroid Mining

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Introduction video of Team ASTRA’s asteroid mining project, SSP10, International Space University in Strasbourg, France

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Sohail Inayatullah

Five Futures for Muslims

by Sohail Inayatullah

Five alternative futures for Muslims are explored in this essay. In the first, the Islamic world attempts to return to its historical memory of grandeur. As this return is not a contextual return but a reiteration of the conditions of the 7th century, a medieval feudal Islam gains supremacy. For most Muslims, this is decline. In the second possible future, divisions within the Islamic world heighten. War with the West, among Islamic nations, and among sects in Islam is primary. This is a slow, but potentially dramatic decline. In the third, Islam follows a linear trajectory, becoming part of the modern secular world. In the fourth, Islam and the West undergo pendulum shifts, as one declines and the other rises. The final future is a “virtuous spiral” that imagines not only an alternative modernity for the Islamic world, but an alternative global future.

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Alex McGilvery

Religion and Transhumanism

by Alex McGilvery

At first glance religion and transhumanism are at opposite poles of human endeavour. Religion with its superstitions and reliance on supernatural intervention is the very kind of thing that transhumanism is trying to free the human species from. Yet there are a lot of things that transhumanism can learn from religion. There are even things that could make transhumanism and religion partners in improving the human species.

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Science & Technology vs. Religion

Underling's Channel

An exploration of how the emerging technologies of the next few decades will negatively impact religion.

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Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)

TED

What does a bill like SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a manifesto— defending our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.

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Mining Helium-3 on the Moon

ExplainingTheFuture

Christopher Barnatt discusses nuclear physics, space exploration and global politics involved in mining the Moon for helium-3. Helium-3 is a very rare gas with the potential to fuel clean nuclear fusion power plants. The nearest supply of helium-3 is on the Moon.

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“Moon” by Bjork

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Absolutely one of our very favorite transhumanist artists!  Here she sings about our nearest neighbor in space.

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Patrick Tucker

Solar Power from the Moon

by Patrick Tucker

A Japanese company is pitching an alternative energy plan that’s out of this world—and potentially the largest public infrastructure project in human history.

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P. Tittle

Making Certain Words Illegal

by P. Tittle

Hate speech.  Libel.  Slander.  Threat.  Intimidation.  Blasphemy.

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When Robotic Warfare Goes Wrong - Do We Need New Rules of Combat?

ForaTV

High tech weaponry, aka “Drones” are now active on battlefront lines around the word. Author P.W. Singer of “Wired for War” discusses the urgency of redefining to the archaic rules of war agreed upon at the 1949 Geneva Convention. Should the global community examine Star Trek’s “Prime Directive” for guidance?

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A History of Science Fiction

GhostWatching

The British Library presents a Science Fiction Exhibition, that this video documents.

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Edmund Zagorin

Privateer

by Edmund Zagorin

This is the first piece of fiction that we are publishing, submitted in response to our call for short science fiction reflecting “on the social, moral, political, economic or philosophical consequences of future technologies, in particular pieces that touch on the IEET’s core issues - the ethics and policy dimensions of life extension, human enhancement, moral enhancement, non-human personhood, structural unemployment and catastrophic risks.”  We will be publishing at least four of the twenty submissions we have received so far, one a week, and will continue reviewing submissions for consideration. - J. Hughes

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Freedom, Science Fiction and the Singularity: conversation with Vernor Vinge

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Vernor Vinge is a former mathematic professor at San Diego State University math and a Hugo award-winning sci fi novelist. He also coined the term “The Singularity” in a 1993 essay.

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Martine Rothblatt

The Geoethics of Frankenfolk

by Martine Rothblatt

I’m going to examine the intertwined histories of the rights of artificial life and civil rights as seen through the eyes of Mary Shelley. Of course, Mary Shelley is not here to lend us her eyes, but I hope she won’t be too angry about my interpretation of her story.

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Athena Andreadis

The Persistent Neoteny of Science Fiction

by Athena Andreadis

“Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can’t talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful.”  – Philip K. Dick

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Mutant Rights

Radio Lab

Reporter Ike Sriskandarajah tells Jad and Robert a story about two international trade lawyers, Sherry Singer and Indie Singh, who noticed something interesting while looking at a book of tariff classifications. “Dolls,” which represent human beings, are taxed at almost twice the rate of “toys,” which represent something not human - such as robots, monsters, or demons. As soon as they read that, Sherry and Indie saw dollar signs. it just so happened that one of their clients, Marvel Comics, was importing its action figures as dolls. And one set of action figures really piqued Sherry and Indie’s interest: The XMEN, normal humans who, at around puberty, start to change in ways that give them strange powers.

So Sherry and Indie went down to the customs office with a bag of XMEN action figures to convince the US government that these mutants are NOT human. That argument eventually became a court case that went on for years. Joe Liebman, former international trade attorney for the US Department of Justice, helps us understand the government’s side. And Ike, with help from director and producer Bryan Singer, reflects on the story of the XMEN, and tells us why this case is so poignant for anyone who’s fought to be different without being cast as an outsider.

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Michelle Borkin: Astronomical Medicine

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Michelle Borkin says, “we can solve the mysteries of the universe and save human lives, at the same time.”

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Life expectancy of U.S. women dropping

CBS

A University of Washington study reveals that in 25% of the USA, the life expectancy for women is dropping.

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Life Expectancy Declining in Large Parts of USA

VOA video

The obesity epidemic is worldwide. Data from the World Health Organization shows that 1 billion adults around the world are overweight, nearly a third of them obese. This creates chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease and declines in longevity around the world, in poor countries and rich ones, including the United States.

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Hank Pellissier

Why is the USA slipping behind in Life Expectancy?  Is it Obesity? Health Care? Car Crashes?

by Hank Pellissier

Living in the USA is killing people, quite early. Prodigious wealth and scientific achievement isn’t keeping Americans around very long. Quite the opposite. Longevity rankings tabulated by the United Nations show the North American behemoth wheezing behind in 36th place, with a croak-time of 78.3 years, dying nearly four years earlier than the durable Japanese (82.6). Cubans live as long as Americans; Chileans and Costa Ricans live longer; so do workaholic South Koreans (2,357 person-hours) and hard-drinking Finland, where alcoholism is the #1 cause of death.

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Maria Konovalenko

We Are Developing a Diagnostic Platform of Aging

by Maria Konovalenko

Aging biomarkers are parameters that always, and in all people, change during aging. It is possible to evaluate and improve therapies that are aimed at slowing down aging, using the biomarkers of aging.

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Global Cyber War Is Inevitable Without Cyber Treaty

Forbes

Hamadoun Toure, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), is interviewed by Forbes’ Randall Lane about the global-wide threat of CyberWar.

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Steve Burgess

CyberWar “Baby Steps” - Israelis vs. Saudis in Credit Card Hacking Battle

by Steve Burgess

On January 3, a Saudi hacker group claimed that it had stolen half a million Israeli credit cards. The Bank of Israel claims their exposure is information on only 15,000 credit cards, all of which were immediately blocked. The hacker group’s stated purpose was to see Israeli cards fall into disrepute, “like the Nigerian cards.” The cracker, “0xOmar” is identified as the individual performing the hack, and says he plans to publish information on an additional 200 cards per day.

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Vincent Walsh - Neuroscience and Creativity

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British scientist Vincent Walsh delivers a TED lecture on creativity

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Andrea Kuszewski

The Neuroscience Of Creativity And Insight—The Good, The Bad, & The Absolutely Ridiculous

by Andrea Kuszewski

—A Critical Look at Recent Studies of Creativity and Insight—

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Welcome to Codecademy

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New York City Mayor Bloomberg is taking this course.  Doug Rushkoff recommends it. Do you know how to code? This will teach you.

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Doug Rushkoff

CNN: Why I am learning to code and you should, too

by Doug Rushkoff

(CNN)—This week, New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg tweeted his intent to learn computer code by the end of the year. He joined about 300,000 other people who have signed up at CodeYear to receive free interactive programming lessons each week from the Codecademy, a web-based tutorial. I am greatly relieved.

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