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Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Overview of technopolitics


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Beyond Resistance: The Story of 2016

The Science of Bias, Empathy, and Dehumanization

Algocracy as Hypernudging: A New Way to Understand the Threat of Algocracy

Techno-Anxiety? We’ve Been Afraid of Disruptions Since the Printing Press

Short story: Rush Hour

To solve old problems, study new species


ieet books

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
Author
Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
John G Messerly

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

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





JET

Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life


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Seth Baum

Emerging Technologies: Should They Be Internationally Regulated?

by Seth Baum

Mankind has really popped the planet in the jaw the last few centuries: six million hectares is lost to deforestation every year; the ocean is increasingly acidic and void of fish; the planet’s sixth mass extinction seems to be underway; and human-caused climate change is already raising sea levels, aggravating droughts, and increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy.

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Cognitive Enhancement

FHIOxford's channel

Professor Nick Bostrom speaking on the topic of cognitive enhancement at Human Enhancement: A Symposium, held at Oxford University

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The Future of Work

TEDxTalks

In his talk at TEDxKoeln Heiko Fischer builds a strong case for turning Human Resources on its head by enabling employees to become resourceful humans instead. He insists on democracy in the workplace as a driving force, not only for progressive change, but also for much greater innovation by enabling minds to be free to think instead of a system based on hierarchy.

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Dick Pelletier

Changes to expect by 2030

by Dick Pelletier

As our 21st Century unfolds, revolutionary changes will appear at overwhelming speeds. Most of these changes will be driven by the four NBIC areas: Nanotech, Biotech, Infotech, and Cognitech.

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Dick Pelletier

Carbon nanotubes could one day enhance your brain

by Dick Pelletier

Swiss Federal Institute of Technologyscientists found that carbon nanotubes offer the potential to establish functional links between neurons that could fight disease and enhance our brains.

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George Dvorsky

#11 How to build a Dyson sphere in five (relatively) easy steps

by George Dvorsky

Let’s build a Dyson sphere! By enveloping the sun with a massive array of solar panels, humanity would graduate to a Type 2 Kardashev civilization capable of utilizing nearly 100% of the sun’s energy output.

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2012 in Review (and Appeal for Support)

This end of year appeal for support comes a little later than usual because I (J. Hughes) was rocked by the recent Sandy Hook school shooting, about 25 miles from my office at Trinity College. As a social scientist and public policy person I try to keep my eye on the big picture, the tens of thousands of people who are killed every day by violence, treatable disease, poverty and inadequate infrastructure.  I try not to let my proximity to some tragedies distract from the larger and more persistent needs of the world. But as a parent and someone with many small connections to Sandy Hook I was left stunned and tearful for days. And angry that the balance of forces in American politics has prevented us from having the simple and effective public policies around guns and mental health that have kept the incidence of gun violence and mass killings lower in other industrialized countries.

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Patrick Hopkins

Small Machines, Big Power, Dangerous Minds

by Patrick Hopkins

What any one person can do is limited by the power they have.  That works for criminally unbalanced people as much as anyone else.  But the power one person can have is related to the type of machine they can carry.

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Andy Miah

It’s not the end of the world, yet

by Andy Miah

It should be pretty well known by now that the Mayan’s never predicted the end of the world this Friday, but they have a reputation for doing so because the last day of their calendar had the 21st December 2012, or thereabouts, as the last one.

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Valerie Tarico

Celebrating Love and Light: 10 Holiday Tips for the Post-Religious

by Valerie Tarico

Is the holiday season more glitter than glow for you lately?  Are you a former Christian who finds that hymns don’t resonate anymore?  Do you roll your eyes about the “war on Christmas” manufactroversy?  Does the cherubic little Jesus-in-a-Manger fail to flood your body with sweetness?  Do you feel mixed about participating in a religious holiday now that you’re not religious? Get the scrooge out with these ten tips.

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2013 Conference to be held on “beating” the Blood Brain Barrier

Portuguese Biochemical Society

A workshop and conference will be held on February of 2013 to discuss types of ways to penetrate safely through the blood brain barrier. The Future of medicine, especially nano-bot type of cures and enhancements to the brain requires us to understand more thoroughly about the BBB. The conference is to be held at Lisbon, Portugal (School of Medicine, Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Lisbon).

“The blood–brain barrier (BBB) is a separation of circulating blood from the brain extracellular fluid (BECF) in the central nervous system (CNS). It occurs along all capillaries and consists of tight junctions around the capillaries that do not exist in normal circulation. Endothelial cells restrict the diffusion of microscopic objects (e.g., bacteria) and large or hydrophilic molecules into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), while allowing the diffusion of small hydrophobic molecules (O2, CO2, hormones). Cells of the barrier actively transport metabolic products such as glucose across the barrier with specific proteins. This barrier also includes a thick basement membrane and astrocytic endfeet.” -Wikipedia

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Ramez Naam

Nexus: Chapter 1 - The Don Juan Protocol (pages 9-18)

by Ramez Naam

Pages 9-18 of chapter 1 of the riveting science fiction book Nexus by Ramez Naam brought to you by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. This is the last installment of Chapter 1 to be published on the IEET. You can order Nexus via Amazon by clicking Here

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Hank Pellissier

#12 Andrej Pejic - Androgynous Model - heralding a post-gender future?

by Hank Pellissier

Gazing at the ravishing photos of Andrej Pejic, I’m stirred with envious confusion. Why does this tall skinny XY like me get to be so much prettier? Does his effeminate success - inflaming catwalks in both men and women’s high fashion - predict a fusion of two polarized genders, or a third construct? What does the androgynous Bosnian represent in post-genderism?

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Studying Brain-to-Computer Interfaces Only on Humans: with great results!

Albany Medical Center

Brain to computer interfaces that can actually tell you what people are thinking. The brain detail is said to be “amazing” today and is rapidly growing to understand how the brain functions. They can now tell from brain signals if one moves a hand to the left or to right, etc. The team says they have no clue how far this technology will go, only the future will tell.

Instead of experimenting on animals this team is working purely on understanding the human brain through the use of studying only on humans.

 

 

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Dick Pelletier

Will the elderly be taken care of by robots?

by Dick Pelletier

As we go forward into what promises to be an amazing “magical future,” robots will boost economies around the world, while raising living standards for the elderly.

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Valkyrie McGill

#13: The Radicalness Of 3D Printing

by Valkyrie McGill

Way back in February of 2011, I wrote an extensive article for H+ on 3D printing and how it would allow a transition between an economy based on material “value” and scarcity to one based on nonmaterial “value” and abundance.

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Ramez Naam

Nexus: Chapter 1 - The Don Juan Protocol (pages 1-8)

by Ramez Naam

First nine pages of chapter 1 of the riveting science fiction book Nexus by Ramez Naam brought to you by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Check back here tomorrow for another nine pages of this fascinating book!

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Robots Will Steal Your Job, but That’s OK

TEDxVienna

“The theme of TEDxVienna 2012 was “Instanity”. Derived from the words ‘instant’ and ‘insanity’, it symbolises the spirit of our technologically minted times: everything now. Technological development has become instant, but could that drive us insane?” - Pistono

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Ilia Stambler

The Brussels Summit of Longevity Activists

by Ilia Stambler

The recent Eurosymposium on Healthy Aging – that was organized on December 12-14 in Brussels by HEALES, the European Healthy Life Extension Society – was a smashing success!

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Some very funny sci-fi pranks and gags done on people

Just For Laughs Gags

The truth is out there! These pranks are out of this world! All the sci-fi you can shake a stick at, and then some. Beam me up because these might just be the droids you’re looking for!
This video will self-destruct in 10, 9, 8, 7, 6…

- NASA Satellite Falls On Car
- JFL Hidden Camera Gags: Flying Saucer
- Crashed UFO Prank
- Alien Autopsy Prank
- Sputnik Crashed!

A presentation of JustForLaughsTV, the official Just For Laughs Gags YouTube channel. Home of the funniest, greatest, most amazing, most hilarious, win filled, comedy galore, hidden camera pranks in the world!

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Arthur Caplan

Treat violence as public health issue

by Arthur Caplan

The mass murder of 20 children and six adults Friday in Newtown, Conn., has provoked yet another round of recrimination, finger pointing and breast-beating. Was the shooter mentally deranged? If there was more gun control, would this have happened? Did violent video games play any role? What we fervently want as we continue to reel from a story whose misery seems to know no bounds is to find a clear cause - a reason why this happened - so that we can fix it.

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Katherine McCarthy

Nexus by Ramez Naam, Reviewed by IEET’s Katherine McCarthy

by Katherine McCarthy

If it isn’t the cinematic handling of some very futuristic images or the curious immersion of cybernetic pondering into the narrative flow; Ramez Naam’s Nexus will impress a reader with one very unusual device: it is the unadulterated humanity with its entire heritage that is the most alien and unfamiliar of this world.

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Clean Cook Stove App

Freeworld Media

“The Clean Cook Stove app solves an important issue that impacts millions of African women. Compared to traditional cooking methods—clean cookstoves reduce fuel consumption and exposure to cook stove smoke. The mobile app will connect and educate women on how to locate and use clean cook stoves and fuel tanks.

This concept video is presented by Freeworld Media (freeworldmedia.com) in partnership with Applied Systems Intelligence, Inc, (asinc.com) as part of the mobile Brand App Challenge sponsored by GSMA, mWomen and Vodafone. mobileappchallenge.com/challenges/brands/”

Clean Cook Stove App from Freeworld Media on Vimeo.

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Lee-Roy Chetty

Promoting the Use of Clean Stoves in the Developing World

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Promoting the use of clean stoves in the developing world can contribute to the broader development objectives of reducing poverty, improving health and gender equality, and mitigating climate change.


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Dick Pelletier

Christmas 2062: a glimpse of changes to expect in the next 50 years

by Dick Pelletier

Hot chocolate, warm clothes, and wrapped presents under a tree, ‘tis once again the season to be jolly! We are familiar enough with the holidays as they are now; but what might Christmas be like in 50 years?

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Andrea Kuszewski

#14 Solutions For A Creativity Crisis: A Look At Cuba’s Technological Disobedience

by Andrea Kuszewski

When you think of the ideal creative environment, what comes to mind?  We may imagine a place where you have freedom of expression, a place that encourages breaking convention, somewhere that is abundant in resources that are readily accessible for innovative development of technology, and exposure to many different cultures for inspiration and collaboration. So as you imagine this ultimate creative playground, does Cuba come to mind?

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Frozen In Time in Sci Fi Science: How can we get another galaxy or solar system?

DNA Tube

How do you freeze people without killing them? How do you transport a community in an enclosed space with the friction that will arise between people. This is the real Sci Fi science in ‘Frozen In Time’

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Excellent video on the workings of microtubules

DNA Tube

Cytoskeleton Microtubules : Cell Biology

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Jonathan Lin

Technology and the Changing Landscape of Journalism

by Jonathan Lin

For general and investigative journalists, social media has become a significant means of obtaining news, fact-checking, and reaching out to audiences. Internet-based applications such as Facebook and Twitter count as social media, where they can be used to receive and then share content, resulting in an exchange of ideas, headlines, and discussion on what can be written.

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Evan Selinger

Augmented-Reality Racism

by Evan Selinger

The tech world is brimming with optimism for our augmented-reality future. But what will happen when flawed, prejudiced people get their hands on these tools?

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