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A Game of Musical Chairs over Hot Coals - an analogy about employment and basic income

Human Brain 2.0 - what is the most essential upgrade? Increased Rationality, Empathy, or Happiness?

Simple Intervention Cuts Unplanned Pregnancy by Half

Basic Income Guarantee in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Basic Income: The Totally Crazy (Not Crazy) Idea

Fermi Paradox, Doomsday Argument, Simulation Hypothesis—is our view of reality seriously flawed?


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

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach
Roman Yampolskiy

Who Are We?: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific and Transhumanist Theories Of Human Nature
John Messerly

Codebreaking our future: Deciphering The Future’s Hidden Order
Michael Lee


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Surgery’s Past, Present, and Robotic Future

Surgeon and inventor Catherine Mohr tours the history of surgery (and its pre-painkiller, pre-antiseptic past), then demos some of the newest tools for surgery through tiny incisions, performed using nimble robot hands. Fascinating—but not for the squeamish.

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Hank Pellissier

Why is the IQ of Ashkenazi Jews so high?

by Hank Pellissier

Ashkenazi Jews are smart. Shockingly brilliant, in general. Impressively greater in brain power than the bulk of the human population. How did they get that way?

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Kristi Scott

Transhumanism vs. /and Posthumanism

by Kristi Scott

After several years of using the terms ‘transhumanism’ and ‘posthumanism’, I have decided that their points of difference and contention are too much to bear. This past May at the Humanity+ conference in New York, I decided I was no longer going to sit on the sidelines and hope that the terms would work themselves out. I wanted to understand what was going on.

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Robopocalypse

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Daniel Wilson, who holds a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, and is the author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising, How to Build a Robot Army, Where’s My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived and most recently Robopacolypse, which is being made into a feature film by Steven Spielberg.

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Future Factors Poll Shows Split Among IEET Readers

One third of those responding to a recent IEET reader poll expressed confidence that emerging technologies “will transform the world, leading to a fabulous future.” But a slightly higher number of respondents believe that some form of “progressive global governance” will be necessary to manage and regulate our technologies and the companies that create them, so that we can avoid various kinds of disaster.

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Andrea Kuszewski

The Educational Value of Creative Disobedience

by Andrea Kuszewski

What is supposed to be the most critical learning period for shaping children into the leaders of tomorrow has evolved over the years into a stifling of the creative instinct—wasting the age of imagination—which we then spend the rest of our lives trying to reconnect with.

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The Future of Freedom pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with journalist Ron Bailey about the libertarian perspective on biotechnology, drugs, economics and contemporary politics. Bailey writes a weekly science and technology column for Reason magazine and is the author of Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution. Part 2 of 2. The last part of the podcast is the fourth installment of Cory Doctorow’s short story “Clockwork Fagin,” which appears in the anthology Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories from Candlewick Press.  Cory’s podcasts can be found at his website craphound.com.

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The Future of Freedom pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. talks with journalist Ron Bailey about the libertarian perspective on biotechnology, drugs, economics and contemporary politics. Bailey writes a weekly science and technology column for Reason magazine and is the author of Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution. Part 1 of 2. The last part of the podcast is the third installment of Cory Doctorow’s short story “Clockwork Fagin,” which appears in the anthology Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories from Candlewick Press.  Cory’s podcasts can be found at his website craphound.com.

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Seeing the Future in a Robot’s Face pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Kristi Scott, Rights of the Person program director for the IEET and a doctoral student in Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her work focuses on how popular culture presents issues of identity, body modification, cosmetic surgery, robots and emerging technologies. Along the way they discuss transhumanism’s maleness, the effect of pornography on vaginal rejuvenation, and how to tell your kids they will have to serve the Robot Overlords. (Part 2 of 2)  The last third of the podcast is the 2nd installment of Cory Doctorow’s “Clockwork Fagin,” which appears in Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories from Candlewick Press at candlewick.com. Cory’s podcasts can be found at his website craphound.com.

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Seeing the Future in a Robot’s Face pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Kristi Scott, Rights of the Person program director for the IEET and a doctoral student in Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her work focuses on how popular culture presents issues of identity, body modification, cosmetic surgery, robots and emerging technologies. Along the way they discuss transhumanism’s maleness, the effect of pornography on vaginal rejuvenation, and how to tell your kids they will have to serve the Robot Overlords. (Part 1 of 2) 

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The Artificial Ape pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Timothy Taylor, lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Bradford, and author of The Prehistory of Sex, The Buried Soul: How Humans Invented Death, and The Artificial Ape: How Technology Changed the Course of Human Evolution. They discuss the role of baby slings, tools, meat and language in the evolution of human intelligence. Part 2 of 2.  The last half of the podcast is the beginning of Cory Doctorow’s short story “Clockwork Fagin,” a young adult steampunk story appearing in the anthology Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories from Candlewick Press.

 

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J. Hughes

Some Brief Thoughts on How to Ensure a Good Future

by J. Hughes

When Phil Bowermaster asked for some pithy thoughts about how to prepare for one of the Next Big Future Things coming down the pike, I suddenly sounded like a frothing street-corner Ranter.

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Sad News: IEET Affiliate Len Sassaman Has Died

Thirty-one years old, Len was an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET since 2010. He was an internationally acclaimed cypherpunk and privacy advocate, a PhD candidate at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and a researcher with the COSIC research group. Suffering from depression, Len ended his own life on July 3, 2011.

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Hank has a new book out

This startling, controversial collection of essays by pundit/provocateur and IEET Affiliate Scholar Hank Pellissier promotes his hedonist-transhumanist-egalitarian vision of the future. The articles, backed by data and optimistic imagination, examine numerous bio-ethical and politically flammable topics: sexbots, in-vitro meat, Israel, parent licenses, women-only leadership, public nudity, artificial wombs and cryonics. With a forward by IEET’s Dr. J.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Your Body, Your Choice: Fight for Your Somatic Rights

by Kyle Munkittrick

“My body, my choice.” We hear that slogan constantly, but what the hell do those four words mean?

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George Dvorsky

Hear that? It’s the Singularity coming

by George Dvorsky

The idea of a pending technological Singularity is under attack again with a number of prominent futurists arguing against the possibility—the most prominent being Charlie Stross and his astonishingly unconvincing article, ”Three arguments against the singularity.” While it’s not my intention to write a comprehensive rebuttal at this time, I would like to bring something to everyone’s attention: The early rumblings of the coming Singularity are becoming increasingly evident and obvious.

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Understanding Our Technological Future

Equal Time For Freethought

Dr. J. joined host Arnell Dowret on WBAI’s Equal Time for Freethought on July 2, 2011:

Humans are inextricably linked to the technology we create, and the technology we create in turn shapes us.  In the next few decades a confluence of high technologies including nano-tech, bio-tech, info-tech, and cognitive science will bring humankind into territory previously unimagined, and largely still unimaginable.

Future technologies may empower human kind to eliminate or significantly reduce the serious existential threats we presently face such as environmental collapse, nuclear disaster, and worldwide pandemic.  On the other hand, our new technologies themselves could bring an entirely new set of challenges with which we will have to struggle.

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Captain America, Voluntary Amputation, and Rogue Scientists

Bloggingheads

Do you ever worry that Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) wasn’t really giving informed consent when he agreed to become enhanced? Or are curious as to why someone might choose a bionic hand over a real one? The awesome Maggie Koerth-Baker of boingboing.net and I had some of the same questions. We chat about the ethics of superheroes and our perception of science in this week’s Science Saturday on bloggingheads.tv.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Captain America’s Enlistment and Experimentation: Was It Ethical?

by Kyle Munkittrick

Steve Rogers, the man who would become Captain America, was not subjected to an accidental burst of gamma radiation or the bite of a radioactive spider. Instead, he willingly enlisted and subjected himself to an experimental process for the creation of super-soldiers. His superpowers were deliberate and intended. However, the circumstances of Captain America’s enlistment into the army are, at best, questionable.

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Jamais Cascio

Not Giving Up

by Jamais Cascio

What both critics and cheerleaders of technological evolution usually miss is that emerging technologies will, as always, make us who we are—make us more human.

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Patrick Hopkins

The DVR and the Manufacture of Discontent

by Patrick Hopkins

Not too long ago I decided to add on a digital video recording unit to my home cable system. I don’t watch all that much television, but for the few programs that did interest me, or that I at least wanted to try out, having to be home at a certain time or programming my clumsy old VCR was wearying. DVR seemed the way to go.

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David Brin

Milestones leading up to the Good Singularity?

by David Brin

A “Good Singularity” will rely more on vigorous self-improvement than on external factors.

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IEET Readers Take Climate Change Seriously

Fewer than one in eight of those who responded to a recently concluded IEET poll are confident that emerging technologies will easily be able to manage climate change. Almost three-fourths of our readers say that urgent steps should be taken to replace fossil fuels and/or prepare mitigation strategies.

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Kyle Munkittrick

The AI Singularity is Dead. Long Live the Cybernetic Singularity!

by Kyle Munkittrick

The nerd echo chamber is reverberating this week with the furious debate over Charlie Stross’ doubts about the possibility of an artificial “human-level intelligence” explosion – also known as the Singularity.

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Mike Treder

Race for the Future

by Mike Treder

Our future depends on the outcome of a three-way race between: 1) the development and implementation of emerging technologies; 2) the evolution of improved methods of governance; and 3) systemic breakdowns in the world economy and the global ecosystem.

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Choice

Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralyzing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice. Does the freedom to be the architects of our own lives actually hinder rather than help us? Does our preoccupation with choosing and consuming actually obstruct social change?

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Thoughts on Managing Change

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond is a world-renowned expert on ancient societies. His now famous book, Collapse, is a study of the choices societies have made throughout history in the face of change—climate change, as well as others—and the consequences of such choices.

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Melanie Swan

Emerging Health Technologies: Interventional anti-aging

by Melanie Swan

The focus of the 40th annual meeting of the American Aging Association, held a few weeks ago in North Carolina, was emerging concepts in the mechanisms of aging.

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Vacation in Libertarian Paradise

AntiSchiff

May not be as good as living on a floating barge of garbage in the middle of the ocean, harassed by pirates. But in Somalia you get cholera….

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Kyle Munkittrick

Form Follows Function: Prosthetics and Artificial Organs that Break the Human Mold

by Kyle Munkittrick

As we are exposed to more and more prosthetics that get the job done instead of acting as awkward disguises, the more our brains flex and flow around the idea of what a human looks like.

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