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MIT Journal, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments Call for Papers

Capitalism Mandates a Basic Income Guarantee

Overcoming the Obstacles on the Path to Post-Scarcity

A New Theory of Time: X-tention is Simultaneously Discrete and Continuous

Episode #1- Tal Zarsky on the Ethics of Big Data and Predictive Analytics

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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

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


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Cyborgs are not just science fiction, they are becoming reality
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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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Why We’re Attracted To Certain People

big think

“There’s a reason why we are attracted to certain people,” says Michio Kaku. Evolution has slowed down, but it hasn’t stopped.

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Evan Selinger

Nudge, Nudge: Can Software Prod Us Into Being More Civil?

by Evan Selinger

Maybe the answer for making online comments more thoughtful isn’t in people, but in code.

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James Felton Keith

Ownership of Archived Tweets

by James Felton Keith

Back in April of 2010 the Library of Congress announced that it will acquire all of the public tweets for future generations to review.

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Peter Wicks

Transhumanism and Batman - Can We Have an Intensely Thrilling World, without Tears and Suffering?

by Peter Wicks

Why are we drawn to blood and suffering? Do we lack the courage to believe in dramatically-positive visions of the future? If we had this courage, would it give us the visceral, emotional drama that we crave?

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piero scaruffi

Revising the Myth of Longevity

by piero scaruffi

A contrarian point of view, asserting that “life expectancy might actually start to decline for the first time in centuries,” with numerous explanations.

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Andrew Maynard

Jumping the Gap between a USA and UK High School Education

by Andrew Maynard

Is the USA education system failing, especially in science - biology, chemistry, physics? A sobering assessment.

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George Dvorsky

How Autism is Changing the World for Everybody

by George Dvorsky

There’s not much doubt that autism, along with Asperger Syndrome, is finally becoming accepted as a normal part of the human fabric. Even if some people still see autism as a condition that needs to be “treated,” it’s increasingly obvious that people on the autism spectrum are finding ways to succeed in our neurotypical-based society.

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Lincoln Cannon

The Singularity Doesn’t Require Paul Allen’s Understanding

by Lincoln Cannon

Like others before him, Paul Allen argues that the “Singularity is not near”: we will not anytime soon engineer computers superior to human brains, he says.

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Dick Pelletier

Radical Life Extension: Living Through the Next 1,000 Years

by Dick Pelletier

If anti-aging guru Aubrey de Grey’s prediction of a 1,000-year lifespan is correct, then one may wonder what life might be like living for such a long time. The following timeline looks briefly at today’s world, and then offers a positive glimpse at how the future might unfold as we trek through the next millennium:

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The Singularity and Schools: An interview with Vernor Vinge

Education Futures

John Moravec and Vernor Vinge discuss contributions of science fiction in our thinking about the future of education, the Technological Singularity, and what schools should focus on today.

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‪Global Perspectives‬

UCF

Technology and innovation expert Ayesha Khanna thinks computers inplanted in humans may be the next big thing.

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Hank Pellissier

Dammed Tibet - Extracting Wealth and Power from the World’s Biggest Water Tank

by Hank Pellissier

Did China conquer the Himalayan theocracy to “liberate the peasants”? No. Was it lust for Tibet’s agricultural land?  No, only 0.3% is arable. Minerals? Getting closer. What’s critically valuable on the “roof of the world”?  Three syllables: H20

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Peter Wicks

Nanotechnology and the Environment: Enemies or Allies?

by Peter Wicks

Technoprogressives need to align themselves with environmentalists who respect human aspirations.

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RU Sirius

Networked Decentralized Volunteerism Rears Its Head In Russian Emergency

by RU Sirius

While President Vlad Putin tries to wrest control of the internet,  young internet-savvy activists are showing up post-Soviet bureaucrats by providing flood relief in Krymsk, Russia.

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Maria Konovalenko

First Geneticist Enters the Race for the Archon Genomics Prize

by Maria Konovalenko

Dr. Jonathan M Rothberg of Life Technologies is the first researcher to officially register for participation in the Archon Genomics Prize, an award given by the X Prize Foundation for the first man to sequence 100 whole genomes of centenarians in less than 30 day for $1,000 or less.

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Evan Selinger

Ultrasound Technology Can Impede Informed Consent

by Evan Selinger

Earlier this year, controversy surrounded ultrasound legislation in Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, and Idaho. Lost in the critical commentaries on abuses of patients’ and physicians’ rights was concern over a fundamental violation of liberty. This issue hasn’t gone away, even though sonogram coverage isn’t currently grabbing headlines.

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George Dvorsky

Are Olympic Athletes Really Mutants?

by George Dvorsky

Athletes who perform at the elite level aren’t like the rest of us. Their feats of strength, accuracy, and endurance often appear superhuman — which probably explains why we enjoy watching them so much.

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David Brin

Renaming Killers—the Idea Spreads

by David Brin

Folks have been writing in, ever since I posted the latest version of my “Names of Infamy” essay.  In fact, during just the last few days there has been a noticeable media swell - - a growing movement not to mention the name of the Aurora/Batman shooter.

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Richard Eskow

Austero-Erotic Fantasies For The Elites, Terror For Everyone Else

by Richard Eskow

It was a dream come true for the austerity crowd when Great Britain’s conservative/“centrist” coalition government took power in 2010. And for commentators like Slate’s Anne Appelbaum it was that kind of dream. Her celebratory column reflected the orgiastic glee with which the new government’s austerity plans were greeted, reveling in admiring (yes, admiring) phrases like these:

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This is My Body

Vimeo

Women proclaiming their right to make all decisions regarding their physical body.

This Is My Body from Jason Stefaniak on Vimeo.

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Aging of the Genome

Longevity Foundation

Dr. Vijg is studying genome and epigenome instability as a function of age in various model organisms, including mouse and fruit fly, and its consequences in terms of alterations in tissue-specific patterns of gene regulation.

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piero scaruffi

Is the United States a Democracy? Or Not?

by piero scaruffi

There is something fundamentally weak with the way the USA picks its president.

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Beth Turnage

When Evening Comes (Fiction)

by Beth Turnage

“The apocalypse came, but not in the way we expected. There was no violent overthrow of governments, no alien invasion, no deadly Armageddon between nations or even of “good” and “evil”. Rather a genius, some say a madman threw, literally threw, his Gift into the waters of the world and it was forever changed.

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IEET Fellow Steven Wise will be featured in Animal Rights documentary

Documentarians D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus – husband/wife directors of The War Room, the Oscar-nominated 1993 look at Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign—will feature IEET Fellow Steven Wise in their next project. The film will examine Wise’s mission to gain legal personhood for nonhuman animals.

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Maria Konovalenko

Russians Create the “Longevity Party”

by Maria Konovalenko

On July 19, we made the first step towards the creation of the Longevity Party. The initiative group of 10 people gathered together in Moscow to establish the first political party aimed at extending human lifespan using technological advances.

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Break Free of the “Man Box”

TEDTalks

At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don’t “act like a man.” Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the “man box.”

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Why Not Eat Insects?

TEDTalks

Marcel Dicke makes an appetizing case for adding insects to everyone’s diet. His message to squeamish chefs and foodies: delicacies like locusts and caterpillars compete with meat in flavor, nutrition and eco-friendliness.

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The Walk from “No” to “Yes” - How to Create Agreement in Difficult Situations

TEDtalksDirector

William Ury, author of “Getting to Yes,” offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations—from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East.

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Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work

TEDtalksDirector

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. At TEDxMidwest he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work.

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‪8th Annual Virtual Workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology in Second Life‬

Giulio Prisco

The workshop is an exchange of scholarly views on uses of lifesaving nanotechnologies, including the impacts on people, accessibility, monitoring compliance with ethical norms. This year’s speakers: Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D. — “Geoethical Rules for Nanotechnological Advances” Peter Wicks — “Nanotechnology and the Environment: Enemies or Allies?” Alex Wissner-Gross, Ph.D. — “Physically Programmable Surfaces”

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