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How Augmented and Virtual Realities Might Change Productivity Forever in the Next 10 Years
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Christianity and Transhumanism Are Much Closer Than You Think
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Is The Singularity A Religious Doctrine?
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First Flight of 3D Printed Plane

New Scientist

You no longer need high-tech machines to create a plane. Armed with a 3D printer, Jim Scanlan from the University of Southampton and his team designed and built a drone in just a week. Even moving parts were produced all in one go - doing away with the need for assembly. In this video, you can watch the plane take to the skies for the first time in an airfield close to Stonehenge in the UK.

http://youtu.be/kRDg4UB9Ajg

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Valerie Tarico

Morality, Spirituality, and Communications Technology

by Valerie Tarico

For the first time in human history, we have communication technologies that combine the best of oral tradition and the written word. What are the implications for our moral and spiritual dialogue?

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Dick Pelletier

Wormholes: Travel Instantly through Space, Time; Visit Parallel Worlds

by Dick Pelletier

“In a distant future, adventurers prepare for a cosmic journey at Spaceport America, but they will not be boarding any rocket-driven spacecraft. Instead, they simply walk through a StarGate-like archway and instantly step onto a planet hundreds of light years from Earth.”

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Free Power - How to Convert a Washing Machine into a Water-Powered Generator

Buddhanz1

Step by step guide showing how to convert a smartdrive washing machine into a pelton wheel dc generator making 780 watts, the power is fed into a small battery bank & inverter - generating enough power to live off the grid.

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Farms of the Future

NRDC Flix

To make room for nature, farms of the future may have to move off the land and into skyscrapers. Dickson Despommier explains his idea.

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Jaap Boekestein

In Memory of Old Tools (Fiction)

by Jaap Boekestein

‘It won’t hurt,’ assured the little medbot. It looked all efficient and professional, but it had a nice female voice. A voice you trusted.

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Water From Water - Desalination

Santa Barbara County News

“Water from Water” discusses the need to supplement world-wide water supplies and explains the vital role that desalination must play in increasing the world’s supply of usable water. Both the history and the future of desalination are explored.

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IEET Readers Divided on Right to Compete for Cyborg Athletes

We asked our readers “Should Oscar Pistorius, or other cyborg-enhanced amputees, be allowed to compete against athletes with meat legs?” Now that Pistorius has competed at the Olympics with his carbon spring legs, losing but movingly celebrated by the crowds and the gold-medal winner, what did you all think?

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‪Aubrey de Grey With Dr Krystal at Embiggen Books‬

The Rational Future

The Aubrey de Grey @Embiggen Books was a pre-Humanity+ @Melbourne activity. The place was packed out and we got very good feedback.

Aubrey talks about the concept of what aging is, the concept of Longevity Escape Velocity, his book “Ending Aging”, accumulated damage, preventative geriatrics, what will the first generation therapies look like?, stem cell therapies, telomeres, telomerase and cancer, over-population of cells (immune system filling with cells not doing what they are supposed to do), mitochondrial mutations etc.

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David Brin

Human Evolution: Speeding? Splitting? Borging?... and a dozen Olympics?

by David Brin

A number of recent web-notables all seem to revolve (eccentrically) around the question of human evolution.  Whether it continues…

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Singularity Summit Australia 2012 Promotional Video

Promotional video for Singularity Summit Australia 2012.

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“Social Singularity: Transitioning from Civilization 1.0 to 2.0”

Singularity Summit's channel

Michael Shermer at the Singularity Summit 2011 was a TED-style two-day event at the historic 92nd Street Y in New York City. The next event will take place in San Francisco, on October 13 & 14, 2012.

 

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Lincoln Cannon

Skeptical of the Ideas Proposed by Transhumanists?

by Lincoln Cannon

Are you skeptical of the ideas proposed by Transhumanists? Perhaps you have something in common with the folks quoted below:

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You Are Not a Gadget

TEDxTalks

Time Magazine named Jaron Lanier one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010. His book You Are Not a Gadget was released in early 2010 by Knopf in the USA and Penguin in the UK. He writes and speaks on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the social impact of technological practices, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, and the future of humanism. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Discover (where he has been a columnist), The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Harpers Magazine, The Sciences, Wired Magazine (where he was a founding contributing editor), and Scientific American. He has edited special “future” issues of SPIN and Civilization magazines. He is one of the 100 “remarkable people” of the Global Business Network. In 2005 Lanier was selected as one of the top one hundred public intellectuals in the world by readers of Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines.

Jaron begins this talk by playing an 8000 year old Laotian instrument called a Can (sp), and asserts that is it the first binary code technology: an orderly row of objects that are either on or off. He moves into his first hand account of his lab’s invention of avatars, and where they might be going. He stands by his 30 year prediction that virtual reality will mature in 2020 or 2025. Jaron’s wide ranging talk goes into the potential of leveraging the human motor cortex, avatars and virtual reality to explore new equations, and as a great educational platform (predicts that it will succeed because having a kid virtually “be a molecule” “leverages narcissism” and that suddenly makes molecule study self study). He closes his talk with a profound rebuttal to Kevin Kelly’s recent work What Technology Wants- says he respects Kevin’s work tremendously but that his own thesis stands in opposition to Kelly’s. Shares concerns about algorithms disconnecting us from each others, about our models of working with each other online, the rewrite of social rules. Beautiful.

 

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Ben Goertzel

How the Brain Works

by Ben Goertzel

The human brain is a big, complicated system, with different parts doing different things. No one fully understands how it works, yet. But like many other researchers, I think I have a fairly good idea, at a high level.

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Russell Blackford

Civility and Free Speech

by Russell Blackford

There’s much discussion in the blogosphere at the moment about the merits of requiring charity and civility on comment threads. For example, Jerry Coyne has a post about his rules over here, while Daniel Fincke writes about his rules here. (Ed: IEET has its own Buddhist Right Speech policy)

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Paiden Gyal

Tibet’s Forgotten War: Cursed by the Cold War

by Paiden Gyal

How and why did CIA suddenly withdraw its covert military assistance to Tibetan Resistance Movement in 1969?

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piero scaruffi

The Male Bias in Archeology - A Commonsense, Feminist Revision of Pre-History

by piero scaruffi

In my opinion, archeology fails to understand what it finds because:  1) most archeologists are male, and… 2) most archeologists are not doctors.

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Dissecting the Brain, One Gene at a Time

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Table of Contents

00:00 - Introduction

00:44 - Structure of the brain

03:45 - Developing new tools with synthetic biology

05:35 - Current methods of neuron stimulation

09:10 - New method: using light to control neurons

15:31 - Demonstration: neuron control in a mouse

17:07 - Controlling the dopamine system of a mouse

20:06 - Tracing genetic mutations to mental disease

21:50 - Molecular tools for studying mutations

29:29 - Using genome editors to repair mutations

33:54 - Applying genome editors outside of medicine

35:30 - Conclusion

36:30 - Q&A



Analyzing patterns of gene activity during brain development will surely transform scientists’ understanding of neuropsychiatric diseases. In his 2012 Midsummer Nights’ Science lecture, Feng Zhang discusses the invention of novel technologies for genome engineering, and for manipulating activities of different cell types, including neurons. Current applications of these techniques include molecular investigations of processes as diverse as motor function, the reward system, and sleep.


 

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Meat The Future

Meatthefuture

Meat the future is a project that intends to inform people about todays unsustainable and inhumane meat industry. But also give hope for a change as there is a solution in sight, called In Vitro meat.

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Dick Pelletier

Cognitive Machines Offer Many Benefits to Humanity

by Dick Pelletier

Building cognitive machines that process information the same way a brain does has been the dream of neuroscientists for more than 50 years.

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Hugh Marman

Kingmaker (Fiction)

by Hugh Marman

“You know they’re calling you the kingmaker?”

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‘What is Life? A 21st Century Perspective’

Trinity College Dublin

One of the landmark events of 20th century science was celebrated and reinterpreted for the 21st century in Trinity College Dublin on 12 July 2012 as part of the Science in the City programme of ESOF2012. Dr Craig Venter, one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project in the 1990s and a pioneer of synthetic biology delivered a lecture entitled, ‘What is Life? A 21st century perspective’ recreating the Irish event that inspired the discovery of the structure of DNA. 

In February, 1943 one of the most distinguished scientists of the 20th Century, Erwin Schrödinger, delivered a seminal lecture, entitled ‘What is Life?’, under the auspices of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, in Trinity College Dublin. The lecture presented far-sighted ideas on how hereditary information could be encoded in a chemical structure (aperiodic crystal) in living cells. Schrödinger’s book (1944) of the same title is considered to be a scientific classic. The book was cited by Crick and Watson as one of the inspirations which ultimately led them to unravel the structure of DNA in 1953, a breakthrough which won them the Nobel prize.

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Nikki Olson

Oscar Pistorius Now … Elective Amputation in 10 Years?

by Nikki Olson

The anticipation is rising for Oscar Pistorious’ race at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Pistorius, nicknamed “Blade Runner” and “The Fastest Man On No Legs”, is the first ever amputee to compete in the World Olympics, with his first race scheduled to take place August 4th.

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Valerie Tarico

Picture a Technology Revolution. In Contraception. It’s Here.

by Valerie Tarico

Imagine a future in which we can simply toggle the default on human fertility, so that accidental pregnancy is a thing of the past and women become fertile only when they want to become pregnant.

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‪“I’m 80% Girl, 20% Boy”‬

Stephanie Kay Stevens

A short film from the UK directed by Maxx Ginnane. The film focuses on 29-year-old Adele, an intersex person (XXY). Born with ambiguous genitalia, she was surgically “corrected” (four operations by the time she was seven) and brought up as a boy, yet she has always felt that she was a girl. Though Adele is now pursuing gender reassignment surgery to become a woman, she muses as the film ends “I’ve lived 30 years of my life as a man, and I’m going to live the next 30 years of my life as a woman. But, eventually, when I’m an old person, hopefully society will have moved on to a point where I can live as myself—which is an intersexed person—neither male nor female.”

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Paiden Gyal

We Can’t Go This Way: Self-Immolation in Tibet

by Paiden Gyal

Over the past few months I would go to bed every night praying not to wake up to another horrifying self-immolation in Tibet. My prayers have been going unanswered. Plus, After fifty-one self-immolations, thirty-four of them fatal (known), in the past seven months, no leaders of the free world seem to hear their calls.

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The Aging but Resilient Brain: Keeping Neurons Happy

UCTV, University of California Television

Joel Kramer, UCSF Professor of Neuropsychology and the Director of the Memory and Aging Center Neuropsychology program. He explores the underlying biological mechanisms of cognitive aging, and interventions that may optimize cognitive functioning as we age. Series: “UCSF Osher Mini Medical School for the Public” [4/2012] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 23205]

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Lee-Roy Chetty

The Link Between the Environment, Poverty and Development in South Africa

by Lee-Roy Chetty

A 2011 World Bank study estimates that environmental wealth accounts for 26 percent of the total wealth of low-income countries. This is contrasted with 13 percent of wealth in middle-income countries and only 2 percent of wealth in OECD countries.

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Evan Selinger

Climate Change and Inter-Group Cooperation

by Evan Selinger

Earth is threatened by numerous ecological dangers. To solve these issues, humanity needs to work collectively.

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