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Free Money for All: A Basic Income Guarantee Solution for the Twenty-First Century
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The Brain: The Story of You
David Eagleman

Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence
Calum Chace


John G Mess on 'John Searle’s Critique of Ray Kurzweil' (Feb 8, 2016)

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Basic Income Guarantee will allow us to move up the Maslow Pyramid - interview with Gerd Leonhard
Feb 7, 2016
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Becoming the First Transhuman: A Call For The Right Stuff
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First Successful Gene-Editing in Live Mammals Brings Us Closer to Human Treatments
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The Singularity: Fact or Fiction or Somewhere In-between?
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‪Graduating? Things every High School Senior Should Know‬

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Reflecting on his son’s graduation from high school, Science Fiction author 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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Leo Igwe

Atheism and Human Rights Abuses in Africa

by Leo Igwe

Today around the globe too many atrocities are being committed with impunity in the name of god, allah and other constructs, which have over the ages, been identified or associated with the so called supreme being. The dream of a secular peaceful world where people of all faiths and none can coexist in harmony - continues to elude many across the region. Millions of people- theists and atheists- continue to suffer and are abused due to superstition, religious fundamentalism and supernaturalism. In this piece I will focus on two of such areas.

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IEET Readers Want Immortality

In a recent survey, 63.43% of IEET readers claimed that they wanted to live for eternity.

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‪Sonia Arrison on Singularity 1 on 1‬

Singularity 1 on 1

Sonia Arrison is the author of “100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith.”
In this video, Sonia discusses: how and why she got interested in technology in general and transhumanism and regenerative medicine in particular; how science and technology will allow us to live longer and healthier lives; the most common objections against increased longevity; the implications thereof on major religions; cryonics; her take on the technological singularity and our chances of surviving it; the fact that we cannot simply sit down and wait for longevity to happen.

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Peter Wicks

Technology and Fear: Obstacles to Progress

by Peter Wicks

For technoprogressives it can be excruciating to witness the persistence with which spurious objections to promising technologies wield massive influence over public policy, law and attitudes. This article explores what is arguably the main underlying reason for this—namely fear—and what are the options for addressing this underlying fear.

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Travis James Leland

“Personhood” for Beginners

by Travis James Leland

One of the most difficult and polarizing concepts for my non-transhumanist friends to discuss is non-human personhood.  For those who haven’t kept up on it or need a refresher, here are the basics:

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“Free Will”

(Skeptic) Michael Shermer

Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, The Moral Landscape, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation. His new book is short (96) pages, to the point, and will change the way we all view free will, as Oliver Sacks wrote: “Brilliant and witty — and never less than incisive — Free Will shows that Sam Harris can say more in 13,000 words than most people do in 100,000.” UCSD neuroscientist V.S, Ramachandran notes: “In this elegant and provocative book, Sam Harris demonstrates — with great intellectual ferocity and panache — that free will is an inherently flawed and incoherent concept, even in subjective terms. If he is right, the book will radically change the way we view ourselves as human beings.”

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Annalee Newitz

Will Armed Drones be Policing American Cities?

by Annalee Newitz

Could the next wave of Occupy protests be ripped apart by rubber bullets and tear gas launched by remote-controlled robots hovering overhead, steered by police officers miles away? It’s not a futurist scenario anymore. According to CBSDC:

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Natasha Vita-More

The Aesthetics of Transhumanism

by Natasha Vita-More

The current socio-political discussion on transhumanism concerns human use of NBIC [1] technologies and sciences to enhance human biology and to radically extend human life. I address this concern by bringing art and design into the discussion.

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Alex McGilvery

Here Is Irony – Arguing that We Have No Free Will

by Alex McGilvery

Free will is becoming the subject of ever greater amounts of research. I want to look at the ethical questions that arise from the discussion.

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‪Optimism is a Self-Amplifying Feedback Loop‬

Big Think

Filmmaker and futurist Jason Silva explains his belief in the self-reinforcing power of optimism.

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Ben Goertzel

How Dangerous is Artificial General Intelligence? - SI’s Luke Muehlhauser Interviews Ben Goertzel

by Ben Goertzel

What will advanced AI systems — Artificial General Intelligences — be like?   How will they relate to human beings?  How will they help transform human beings into post human forms?  Might they turn against their creators?

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Russell Blackford

The Avengers Need More Women on Their Team

by Russell Blackford

I’m not the only one making this point. See here for an interview with Joss Whedon and the Avengers cast. Scarlett Johansson’s comments are very salient (one of the good things about The Avengers was the portrayal of The Black Widow as a strong, sexy, ass-kicking superheroine who was not overly sexualised - no fighting semi-nude or in high-heels, or with huge breasts leading the way).

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‪A Brief History of Sexism in Science‬

Big Think

What’s the “women in science” problem, again? From the grad student whose thesis advisor stole her Nobel-winning ideas to the once-ridiculed theorist of dark matter, female scientific excellence has long been snubbed.

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P. Tittle

Philosophy – Misunderstood

by P. Tittle

I think philosophy is one of the most misunderstood subjects. That it took so long to become a high school course, I think, attests to this. Even within academia, however, there seems to be confusion.

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Melanie Swan

Next Node Foment: my favorite elegant explanation

by Melanie Swan

What’s your favorite “elegant explanation” of a specific science problem? Here’s mine:

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Jamais Cascio

Nine Meditations on Complexity

by Jamais Cascio

Complexity not as a mathematical concept, but as an almost intuitive sense of both complication and interconnectedness. Both are necessary components of a truly complex system or situation.

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‪Will We Still Have Sex After the Singularity?‬

Big Think

Once humans and machines merge—in 2045, according to Kurzweil—reproduction will no longer be a biological necessity. So why and how will we continue to have sex?

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Dick Pelletier

Mind Management: Researchers Explore New Ways to Influence Minds

by Dick Pelletier

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to understand the science behind what makes people violent, and then find ways to hijack their minds by implanting false, but believable stories in their brains, with hopes of evoking peaceful thoughts: We’re friends, not enemies.

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Hank Pellissier

Cousin Marriage - 70% in Pakistan - Should it be Prohibited?

by Hank Pellissier

Six Legs? A baby boy - Umar Farooq - was born with six legs in April, 2012, in southeastern Pakistan.  International press noted that the boy’s parents were cousins, a common occurrence in Pakistan, where 70% of the marriage are “consanguineous.” Was the deformity caused by genetically-similar commingling?

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Ayesha Khanna

Why Eduardo Saverin Has Company in Singapore

by Ayesha Khanna

It’s a cliché that the Pacific Ocean is displacing the Atlantic, that China will replace America at the top of the world’s hierarchy of power, and the East will surpass the West. The cliché is also wrong. The multipolar world we are entering will have no single winner, and the three-pillared West of the European Union, North America, and Latin America remains a triangular zone of peace and foundation of global stability.

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Russia’s First Android

Plastic Pals

This the first “realistic” Russian android ever built. It is based on Russia-2045’s founder Dmitry Itskov.

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‪Religions and Babies‬


Hans Rosling had a question: Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others—and how does this affect global population growth? Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, he graphs data over time and across religions. With his trademark humor and sharp insight, Hans reaches a surprising conclusion on world fertility rates.

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Sohail Inayatullah

Alternative Futures for Pakistan: Beyond the Pendulum of the General and the Landlord-Politician

by Sohail Inayatullah

In this essay, I outline Five futures for Pakistan: (1) the Pendulum continues forever, (2) Collapse, (3) Joining Chindia, (4) the Great Game, and (5) a South Asian Confederation. The most familiar and likely are based on the pendulum of rule by the military and rule by landlord/politicians. However, what is needed is to move from the more likely and less desirable futures to a process of anticipatory democracy where the citizens of Pakistan consider, create and commit to building their preferred future.

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Andrew Maynard

Carbon Nanoparticles could be Ubiquitous to Many Foods

by Andrew Maynard

Nanotechnology leads to novel materials, new exposures and potentially unique health and environmental risks – or so the argument goes.  But an increasing body of research is showing that relatively uniformly sized nanometer scale particles are part and parcel of the environment we live in. 

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Ayesha Khanna interviewed by NY Times

IEET Fellow Ayesha Khanna was interviewed recently by the New York Times technology section, on the topic of “human-technology co-evolution in the Hybrid Age.” The article can be viewed HERE

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David Brin’s EXISTENCE: Official Trailer


Bestselling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with EXISTENCE.

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an “alien artifact.”

Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.

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How to Talk to an Alien

Big Think

What would you say to an alien? Bill Nye, aka, ‘The Science Guy,’ who heads The Planetary Society, an organization that fosters ways for the public to be actively involved in space exploration, including the search for extraterrestrial life.

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Leo Igwe

Religion, Witch Hunts, Homophobia and Human Rights in Africa

by Leo Igwe

Religious laws are legalized religious doctrines. They are “revelations” turned into rules to govern society. Religious laws are sacred dogma institutionalized. They are sins criminalized. They are religious hatred, intolerance, discrimination and fanaticism turned into state policies.

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Arthur Caplan

At-Home HIV Test Raises Ethical Questions

by Arthur Caplan

A test to determine if you are infected with HIV should be made available over-the-counter, a federal advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration has recommended.

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