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The Sofalarity is Near
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Posthumanisms: A Carnapian Experiment
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Bitcoin and the Ontology of Money
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What Robots Want

One scenario for the day that robots become self-aware…

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Kyle Munkittrick

Why I’m Not Afraid of the Singularity

by Kyle Munkittrick

I have a confession. I used to be all about the Singularity. I thought it was inevitable. Now I’m not so sure.

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Andrew Maynard

Building a Sustainable Future

by Andrew Maynard

The World Economic Forum is tackling the opportunities and challenges presented by technology innovation.

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On the Value of NASA

BigThink

Neil deGrasse Tyson earned his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia. He is the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium. His professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. In this video he is asked, “What advice would you give to NASA?”

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The Net, Brains & Civilizational Resilience

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with David Eagleman, a fellow of the IEET and director of the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law at Baylor College of Medicine. Eagleman is author of the bestseller Sum, on fictional afterlives, Wednesday is Indigo Blue, about synaesthesia, the e-book Why the Net Matters and the forthcoming Incognito: The Brains Behind the Mind. They discuss the thesis David outlined for the Long Now Foundation that the Internet makes our civilization more resilient than previous ones.

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Darlene Cavalier

What a year at SciCheer

by Darlene Cavalier

Hot damn, 2010 was a great year in terms of reaching our goals. I say, it’s time to reach higher!

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Phil Torres

Group Intelligence, Enhancement, and Extended Minds

by Phil Torres

Virtually all talk of cognitive enhancement focuses exclusively on the enhancement of individual intelligence. But what about enhancing group intelligence?

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Three Steps to Outliving Death Itself

Living Longer, Better—And Maybe Forever

Anti-aging expert (and IEET Fellow) Aubrey de Grey gives advice on how to extend your life long enough to be around when scientists defeat human mortality.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Globalization as a Sign of Insufficiently Advanced Technology

by Marcelo Rinesi

All in all, the latest wave of globalization has increased human welfare, helping lift hundreds of millions of people from pre-industrial poverty levels into comparatively much better lives. But, leaving aside its often poorly managed disruptive side effects, globalization is also a symptom of the relative technological slowdown of the last few decades.

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Which science is the most basic?

Physics might be considered the most fundamental of all sciences, for all other sciences derive from basic principles of forces, motion, electromagnetism and thermodynamics. And yet, physical laws are mathematical models of the world; however, mathematics itself is abstract, deriving from theoretical constructs of philosophy. But, philosophy arises out of theories of mind, or psychology. The mind itself depends upon the biology of the brain….which is nothing but chemical reactions of molecules, such as neurotransmitters and proteins. And of course, chemistry depends upon the behavior of atoms and forces, which is constrained by physics…..

Physics > mathematics > philosophy > biology > chemistry > physics — the eternal loop.

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Mike Treder

Where are all the women?

by Mike Treder

We try very hard at this blog to feature articles from a wide variety of viewpoints written by authors representing diverse parts of society. But something is missing.

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Russell Blackford

Reviewing “The Moral Landscape” by Sam Harris

by Russell Blackford

I enjoyed this book, and I recommend it highly. Though it contains much technical material, from neuroscience as well as philosophy, Harris makes it all accessible.

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More People, More Cities, Longer Lives

Life in 2050

Joel E. Cohen is a mathematical biologist and Professor of Populations at Rockefeller and Columbia Universities. He projects that by 2050 there will be about 9 billion people in the world. The vast majority of them will live in urban areas, and will have a significantly higher average age than people today.

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Bioengineering Will Make Biggest Impact: IEET Reader Poll

In responding to a recently concluded poll, IEET readers selected bioengineering as the emerging technology most likely to make a big impact during this decade.

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Mike Treder

Do artificial beings deserve human rights?

by Mike Treder

When my daughter was about five years old, her mother and I took her to see E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She was deeply affected by the scene in which the cute little creature nearly dies.

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We Are All Cyborgs Now

Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on “external brains” (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.

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David Brin

The Tucson Shooting and the ‘Magazine’ Gun Problem

by David Brin

While thoughtful folks point to recent, tragic events in Arizona, appealing for Americans to tone down the horrifically polarized rhetoric of recent years, we all can see the opposite going on. It seems that we have entered what Robert Heinlein forecast as “The Crazy Years.”

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Everyone Could Be Planting Crops

Life in 2050

Looking ahead to 2050, Glenn Roberts, a farmer and owner of Anson Mills, says the ethical responsibility to grow and preserve and sustain land-raised systems will survive, and local, land-raised cuisines will return and thrive.

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Ben Goertzel

There’s Plenty More Room at the Bottom: Beyond Nanotech to Femtotech

by Ben Goertzel

Not long ago nanotechnology was a fringe topic; now it’s a flourishing engineering field, and fairly mainstream. But nano is not as small as the world goes.

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The Forgotten Radicalism of the Enlightenment pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with historian, novelist, and journalist Philipp Blom philipp-blom.eu) about his delightful history of the French philosophers of the eighteenth century, A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment. Part 1 of 2.

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This Remarkable Thing

Where does humanity fit in the cosmos?

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Hank Pellissier

Feminism’s Social Side Effects

by Hank Pellissier

Wealth, peace, happiness, democracy, secularization, and ... male longevity?

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David Brin

Isaac Asimov and Human Destiny

by David Brin

Ever notice how many futuristic authors toy, now and then, with the concept of a global overmind?

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Astrobiology Rocks

Jank

Are we alone in the universe? Find out all about the search for extraterrestrial life in this educational parody of Ke$ha’s hit song, “We R Who We R.”

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Articles on the Transhuman Future in JET

Daniel McIntosh writes on “The Transhuman Security Dilemma ,” and Jamie Bronstein reviews Nicholas Agar’s book on transhumanism, Humanity’s End.

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Ethics of Erasing Memory

NOVA Science Now

If you could take a drug that could erase your memories, would you do it? It’s not such a hypothetical question-neuroscientists have identified a drug that can wipe out memory in rats. It’s not something that could be used on humans, but its existence raises a lot of big ethical issues. To sort those out, NOVA talked to Art Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Brain and The Law

In this fascinating lecture, IEET Fellow David Eagleman considers some emerging questions relating to law and neuroscience, challenging long-held assumptions in criminality and punishment and predicting a radical new future for the legal system.

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Richard Loosemore

Don’t let the bastards get you from behind!

by Richard Loosemore

One day when I was a young teenager, living out in the countryside in the south of England, a dear old guy I knew drove past me when I was on a long solitary walk. He recognized me and pulled over to ask if I wanted a ride down to the village.

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Kyle Munkittrick

The First Decade of the Future is Behind Us

by Kyle Munkittrick

The inaugural decade of the 21st Century is over. Can we finally admit that we live in the future?

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IEET Appoints David Eagleman as Fellow

We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Eagleman has accepted an appointment as Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies for 2011.

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