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Review of Michio Kaku’s, Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century
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Secrets of the Universe

“The same thrill, the same awe and mystery, comes again and again when we look at any question deeply enough. With more knowledge comes a deeper, more wonderful mystery, luring one on to penetrate deeper still.” - Richard Feynman

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Mike Treder

Voluntary Human Extinction

by Mike Treder

I’m getting ready to do a bloggingheads.tv interview this week with a representative from the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT).

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Patrick Lin

DIY Science, Democracy, and Dogma

by Patrick Lin

Ordinary citizens today have access to much greater destructive power than ever before, and this may force the evolution of democracy, which has turned somewhat into dogma.

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Marcelo Rinesi

The legality of “the computer did it”

by Marcelo Rinesi

If insanity can be loosely seen as lack of control over our own actions, our distributed selves are all a bit insane.

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Smile or Die

Acclaimed journalist, author and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich explores the darker side of positive thinking.

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Mike Treder

To Inform Your Discretion

by Mike Treder

Commemorating Independence Day in the United States of America with this technoprogressive quotation…

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David Brin

Defending Enterprise From Its “Defenders”

by David Brin

Regarding a recent Wall Street Journal article by Russ Roberts—“Why Friedrich Hayek is Making a Comeback”—I have to react on several levels. I’ll start with one that is superficially emotional and immature… but that seems the most apropos and on-target reaction… and then follow up with added, calmer insights.

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The Pale Blue Dot

Reading from his book of the same name.

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Mike Treder

Emerging Technologies and Emerging Disasters

by Mike Treder

Think the BP oil blowout catastrophe in the Gulf is bad? Could anything be worse? Well, yes, unfortunately, the next environmental disaster might be even more destructive and disruptive.

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Ambitious Problem-Solving for the Future

We must develop innovative problem-solving skills to face the complex world of the future—and to raise standards of living across the world. Now, for the first time in history, the entire world community is able to communicate, across borders and nationalities, to share strategies and seek solutions.

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Russell Blackford

The Copenhagen Declaration on Religion in Public Life

by Russell Blackford

The recent Gods and Politics conference in Copenhagen adopted a “Declaration on Religion in Public Life.” The conference was the first European event of Atheist Alliance International, and was co-hosted by AAI and the Danish Atheist Society.

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Open Source Technology for Building Resilient, Self-Reliant Communities

Humanity+ Summits

Marcin Jakubowski spoke at the Humanity+ Summit in December 2009 about his work on building open source tools and technologies for use by local, self-reliant communities.

See also: Open Source Ecology

 

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Mike Treder

Science is Not My Higher Power

by Mike Treder

Most of us when we were children facing hard problems could turn to our parents for answers. Now, of course, it’s up to us.

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Skeptically Speaking: Transhumanism

Skeptically Speaking

IEET Board Member George Dvorsky and blogger Greg Fish appear on the “Skeptically Speaking” podcast to discuss the predictions and the problems in the quest to enhance human beings. How will advancing technology affect our bodies, our lives, and our society? Also, another installment of “Everything You Know is Sort of Wrong” with Greg Laden.

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Martine Rothblatt

Why Should We Extend Human Rights to Mindclones?

by Martine Rothblatt

Even if we want to extend human rights to software beings, is it practical to do so?

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The Science of Immortality

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Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Jonathan Weiner talks on WNYC Radio about the quest for eternal youth and the scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs who believe that human immortality is not only possible, but attainable in our own time. In his new book, Long for this World: The Strange Science of Immortality, Weiner meets the leading intellectuals in the field and delves into the science behind the latest research.

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Ben Goertzel

The End of Education

by Ben Goertzel

As civilization has advanced, education has become increasingly important—and increasingly pervasive. This trend will continue until “education” as a separate categories dies, replaced for those who choose to grow by learning that thoroughly pervades life.

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J. Hughes

Apocalypse No

by J. Hughes

I’ve always had a bit of an apocalyptic bent, and over the last couple of weeks I’ve been feeding it with some fiction and some non-fiction reading.

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The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

This lively animation, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

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Andrew Maynard

Welcome to real science!

by Andrew Maynard

The way science is taught, the way it’s portrayed on TV and in the press, the way it’s promoted by science-advocates and science bloggers, often seems to adhere to a rather pompous and hubristic view of science as the ultimate bastion of truth and certainty. So it’s been rather refreshing this week to see a group of real-world scientists shattering this image in the online event I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here!

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Phil Torres

Why “Why Transhumanism Won’t Work” Won’t Work

by Phil Torres

There is nothing wrong with someone not knowing about a given subject. But there is something wrong with someone not knowing about a subject and pontificating about it as if he does.

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The Human Genome at Ten

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer talks with Katherine Harmon, Scientific American online reporter, about the 10th anniversary of the Human Genome Map.

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Most Say BP Disaster Shouldn’t Slow Emerging Tech

When asked if the ongoing oil drilling blowout in the Gulf of Mexico makes them less or more supportive of emerging technologies, three out of four respondents to a recent IEET reader poll said it’s either irrelevant or it means we should push ahead even more. Less than one in five are concerned that our growing technological power has outgrown our ethical sensibility.

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Mike Treder

Human Extinction Up For Grabs

by Mike Treder

Is it really possible that Homo sapiens could go extinct in this century?

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IEET appoints Dr. Sean Hays as Securing the Future Program Director

Sean Hays Ph.D. has accepted appointment as the director of the IEET’s Securing the Future program.

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The President Wants Your Ideas

Here is an opportunity to provide input on how government can help support the development of emerging technologies.

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Things Every College Freshman Should Know

Reflecting on his son’s graduation from high school, IEET Fellow David Brin offers inspiration and advice for students going on to college. Broaden your perspectives and take full advantage of the wealth of educational experiences awaiting you during the next four years. The key is curiosity: explore what is happening in those buildings on campus.

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Kris Notaro

Will gender exist 100 years from now, or does it already not exist?

by Kris Notaro

It has been claimed by biologists that the brains of females and males are different in obscure ways. However, physical differences in adults may be due to psychological and sociological pressures on the brains of each gender, because cultures and societies may exaggerate roles and stereotypes, having an impact on brain plasticity.

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Ben Scarlato

True Blood Season 3 and Morphological Freedom

by Ben Scarlato

This summer True Blood, now in its third season, continues to explore the issues that it has in the past, such as personhood and the coexistence of humans with a species that has many advantages over humans. However, with the introduction of werewolves and the greater focus on shapeshifters, this year there are even better opportunities to relate True Blood to morphological freedom.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Futurisms Takes My Favorite Picture at H+

by Kyle Munkittrick

Our frienemies over at Futurisms went to the H+ summit at Harvard and had lots to say. So many that after more than ten posts on the topic, there are still some scraps on the side.

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