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Overview of technopolitics


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Value Conflicts surrounding the Meaning of Life in the Trans/Post/Human Future

Will AI make us immortal?

Trump’s Lying Reveals That He Is Empty Inside

This Country Is Leading The Robot Revolution

What Do Technoprogressives Believe in 2017?

Is Class War as Inevitable as the Return of Karl Marx?


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Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
Author
David Brin

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

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
John G Messerly

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson





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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Rachel Armstrong

#8 Any Sufficiently Advanced Civilization is Indistinguishable from Nature

by Rachel Armstrong

In Western cultures, nature is a cosmological, primal ordering force and a terrestrial condition that exists in the absence of human beings. Both meanings are freely implied in everyday conversation. We distinguish ourselves from the natural world by manipulating our environment through technology. In What Technology Wants, Kevin Kelly proposes that technology behaves as a form of meta-nature, which has greater potential for cultural change than the evolutionary powers of the organic world alone.

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None

What will your next body be like?

by None

Many engineers, including me, think that some time around 2050, we will be able to make very high quality links between the brains and machines. To such an extent that it will thereafter be possible (albeit expensive for some years) to arrange that most of your mind – your thinking, memories, even sensations and emotions, could reside mainly in the machine world. Some (perhaps some memories that are rarely remembered for example) may not be suited to such external accessibility, but the majority should be.

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The software of life

The Frost Interview

“When Craig Venter announced in 2000 that he had mapped the human genome - the genetic material that uniquely identifies each individual - it was the sort of blockbuster announcement that comes once in a generation, and it established Venter as one of the most influential scientists on the planet.

“For the first time now we can actually design life in a computer, make the DNA software and create new life forms that have never existed before.”

- Craig Venter

Since then, in addition to further research on the genome, Venter has sailed the world, exploring new life forms and applying this knowledge to another pursuit heretofore dreamed of only in science fiction: the creation of life itself in a laboratory, which he accomplished in 2010…“Aljazeera

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Kris Notaro

The Floating Metal Sphere Trump Card

by Kris Notaro

Radicals! Are you sick of being spontaneously overcome by blistering rage and horrified vertigo on a daily basis? Do you find yourself foolishly opening comment threads on gender issues thinking yourself desensitized to the mind-warping misogyny that invariably pops into existence like a quantum foam of entitlement underpinning the internet? Are you sick of wasting precious minutes standing slackjawed in front of some new twisting complex of deep psychological issues couched as grandiose social analysis? Do you find yourself humbled into quiet bitter despair while pondering just how long it would take to fight their misrepresentation of reality? Are you sick, in short, of time-burglaring gender-essentialists? Then Anarcho-Transhumanism might be right for you!

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Where do our holiday toys come from?

globallabourrights.org


Triangle Returns: Support Fair Labor Legislation

Workers are again trapped and burned to death behind locked exit gates. One hundred years ago, the outrage over the Triangle fire led to the rallying cry, “Who will protect the working girl?” Where is that cry today?

Compelling testimony by Charles Kernaghan of the National Labor Committee, about the work conditions in a Chinese toy factory. 10-day contracts, 14-hour work days, child labor, and Mattel knows about it…

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Evan Selinger

I Grip the Gun and the Gun Grips Me

by Evan Selinger

“Happiness is a warm gun.” – John Lennon

“You are different with a gun in your hand; the gun is different with you holding it.” – Bruno Latour

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David Eubanks

#9 Cracks in Reality: How our Systems Fool Themselves

by David Eubanks

In the first two parts of this series I explored the idea that a self-modifying singular intelligence may be doomed to self-destruction because of motivational interference [1]. The idea is at least as old as Epicurus, who advised: “If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.”

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Jønathan Lyons

The Networked Species

by Jønathan Lyons

Humankind is frequently referred to as a tool-using/-making species. What is becoming clear is that we are also a species with a real talent and drive for greater integration with our tools and with one another. Humankind is an increasingly networked species. And while this is a teleological essay, I am not prepared to make an argument that what we are witnessing is necessarily either a good or bad thing.

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Nikki Olson

#10 3D Printing Laboratories: The Age of DIY Designer Drugs Begins

by Nikki Olson

Novel techniques in 3D printing technology simplify the production of drugs, enabling home design and synthesis of pharmaceuticals.

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Into the Nexus—FastForward Radio

blogtalkradio.com

“In the near future, cyber culture meets counter culture with the introduction of Nexus, a drug that integrates human minds with machines…and with each other. Does this capability represent the next step in human evolution or the end of humanity as we know it? Or both?
Author Ramez Naam joins hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon to discuss his new transhuman thriller, Nexus. How plausible is such a technology, and how real are the opportunities (and threats) it might represent? Tune in and find out.” - FFR

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Pull the Plug on Killer Robots

Human Rights Watch

“Machines are starting to take the place of human soldiers on the battlefield. http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/11/19/ban-killer-robots-it-s-too-late Some military and robotics experts predict that “killer robots”—fully autonomous weapons that could select and engage targets—- could be developed within 20-30 years.” - HRW

 

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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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