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Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Quick overview of biopolitical points of view




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Friendly Artificial Intelligence: Parenthood and the Fear of Supplantation

Our Paradoxical Economy - Courtesy of Technology and the Lack of Basic Income

Politics Don’t Always Play a Role in Attitudes Toward Science Issues

How Can We Safely Build Something Smarter Than Us?

Ideasthesia: How do ideas feel?

Longevity will lead to Overpopulation - we need to consider our options now


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The Future of Business
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Ed. Rohit Talwar

A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control
Wendell Wallach

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach
Roman Yampolskiy

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
Jun 15, 2015
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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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Atheism in Zambia - skeptical, rational thought in a very superstitious country
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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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100 Plus: The Coming Age of Longevity pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Sonia Arrison, a futurist and policy analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies for the Pacific Research Institute (PRI). They discuss her new book 100+: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith. (Part 2 of 2)

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100 Plus: The Coming Age of Longevity pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Sonia Arrison, a futurist and policy analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies for the Pacific Research Institute (PRI). They discuss her new book 100+: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith. (Part 1 of 2)

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R. Dennis Hansen

The Earth Will Soon Be Sentient

by R. Dennis Hansen

It has been suggested that the whole Earth is a giant organism rapidly progressing toward sentience, and that humankind is the principal agent of this evolution. Such a belief requires that we go beyond the role of being stewards and take a more proactive stance as it relates to the Earth’s future.

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Ben Goertzel

Inorganic Macrocell Bots — A New Start for Intelligent Robotics?

by Ben Goertzel

Robotics technology is advancing wonderfully and rapidly — but is it advancing in the right direction?

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George Dvorsky

Exploring the potential for alternative worlds at Burning Man

by George Dvorsky

I recently returned to Toronto from my first Burning Man experience and I have to say that the trip was as close to science fiction as it gets.

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Class Analysis

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Erik Olin Wright,  professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a foremost scholar of class analysis, and author of many books including Class, Crisis and the State, Class Structure and Income Determination, and Classes, Class Counts and Deepening Democracy. (Originally broadcast Apr 2, 2005).

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Doug Rushkoff

Are jobs obsolete?

by Doug Rushkoff

We might want to stop thinking about jobs as the main aspect of our lives that we want to save. They may be a means, but they are not the ends.

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Hank Pellissier

Will “Smart Drugs” give me a sharp, fresh brain?

by Hank Pellissier

My head is not entirely hollow yet but it feels like it’s full of dusty cobwebs and half-eaten flies and I’m sick of it. What should I do?

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Kris Notaro

Why the October 6th D.C. Freedom Plaza Protest is Important to Technoprogressivism

by Kris Notaro

On October 6, 2011, protestors will converge on Washington D.C. to recreate Tahrir Square here in the United States. It is important to transhumanists and non-transhumanists alike because it calls for, in the end, the reduction of the use of money and technology to feed America’s imperial war efforts and to challenge those in charge to use our defense money for environmental purposes.

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How can we inspire young women to pursue careers in science?

Curiosity

Annabelle Pratt, Senior Power Research Engineer at Intel Labs, reveals how she believes we can inspire young women to pursue careers in science in this Discovery Channel video.

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Kristi Scott

Transhumanism and Neurophilosophy

by Kristi Scott

The recurrence of the word neurophilosophy in articles and appearing in my inbox made me think we should all know more about this fascinating field of study that allows us to peek inside the brain and answer some of history’s greatest theoretical ponderings.

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Kyle Munkittrick

What Would Humanity Be Like Without Aging?

by Kyle Munkittrick

The cover of The Postmortal is one of the coolest images I’ve seen in a long time. Death impaled by his own scythe – be not proud, indeed.

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David Brin

Wonders and Disburbances

by David Brin

Some have been discussing a grouchy missive by the brilliant linguistic philosopher George Lakoff—specifically Lakoff’s latest dismissal of reason as a tool of enlightenment decision making. It provokes me to respond.

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Jamais Cascio

Rise of the Teratocracy

by Jamais Cascio

Democracy as practiced in the post-industrial world is increasingly under threat.

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Lab Chimps Taste Freedom

This is the moment that a group of adult chimpanzees sees daylight for the first time, after 30 years of being locked in cages for medical testing.

More on the story here.

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Will you die? What you expect changes with age

A majority of IEET readers age 35 or older who answered our recently concluded poll say they expect to die within a normal human lifespan. In contrast, a plurality of readers under age 35 believe that radical life extension will enable them to stay alive in their current bodies “for centuries at least.”

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Richard Eskow

Eight Reasons Not to Raise the Age for Medicare Eligibility

by Richard Eskow

When it comes to the “Grand Bargain” they’re pushing in Washington, the movie posters for The Fly said it best:  Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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Ben Goertzel

Does Humanity Need an AI Nanny?

by Ben Goertzel

The more I think about it, the more I wonder whether some form of AI Nanny might well be the best path forward for humanity – the best way for us to ultimately create a Singularity according to our values.

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Linda MacDonald Glenn

Breast Implant Blowout: Failure to Follow Up & Lack of Informed Consent

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

I had the pleasure of testifying as a Fellow of the IEET Tuesday afternoon in front of the General and Plastic Devices of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee about long term follow up safety studies and informed consent on silicone breast implants.

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This animation took 13 billion years to produce

Astrophysicists from the University of Zurich, together with astronomers from the University of California at Santa Cruz, present the world’s first realistic simulation of the formation of our home galaxy, the Milky Way.

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Mike Treder

How We Think About Money

by Mike Treder

What does money mean to us? How do we regard the amounts that we earn, and how do we respond when some of our earnings are taxed?

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Jamais Cascio

Living Inside a Scenario

by Jamais Cascio

For more than a decade, I have worked in the field of scenario development, consulting with businesses, governments, and NGOs about possible futures. There’s sort of a rule of thumb among professional futurist-types: scenario elements that sound plausible are almost certainly wrong, while scenario elements that sound utterly implausible are very likely on-target.

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Hank Pellissier

Why is “Confucian Culture” so wildly successful?

by Hank Pellissier

Twenty-five hundred years ago, Master Kong was wandering homeless with his disciples, proselytizing his ethical viewpoints. He was greeted in every city with disdain, persecution, imprisonment. When “Confucius” (his Westernized name) died in 479 BC, he expressed wistful dismay that his moral reforms never took root…

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Arithmetic, Population, and Energy

Professor Al Bartlett has given his celebrated one hour lecture —  “Arithmetic, Population and Energy: Sustainability 101” — over 1,600 times to audiences with an average attendance of 80 in the United States and worldwide. This is part 1 of 8. See the rest here.

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David Brin

Seasteading: Some problems on the way to Castle Sovereign

by David Brin

Inspired by Ayn Rand, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, along with Patri Friedman and others, are helping the Seasteading Institute plan a floating ‘start-up country’ off the coast of San Francisco, built on oil-rig like platforms in international waters.

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George Dvorsky

On the Pernicious De-Radicalization of the Radical Future

by George Dvorsky

Over the past several years a good number of “futurists” and all-out naysayers have systematically worked to undermine and dismiss the potential for radical change to occur in the not-too-distant future. While I’ve always been more a fan of concepts than time-lines, there is little doubt in my mind that a number of disruptive technologies that have been predicted in the past few decades will eventually come to fruition.

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Richard Eskow

Pay the Young to Build the Future

by Richard Eskow

Young Americans are a generation betrayed.  Official unemployment is more than 25% for those aged 16-19.  That means the real figure is much worse, especially in minority communities and depressed parts of the country.  But jobs are scarce for everyone.  College students are graduating with record levels of student debt before entering the worst job market for graduates in recent memory.

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