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Summa Technologiae, Or Why The Trouble With Science Is Religion

Technoprogressive Declaration - Transvision 2014

Transhumanism: A Glimpse into the Future of Humanity

Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality

How America’s Obsession With Bad Birth Control Hurts and Even Kills Women

A decade of uncertainty in nanoscale science and engineering


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Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
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Martine Rothblatt

A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
Keith Wiley

A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century
Ilia Stambler

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Nick Bostrom


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Jamais Cascio

Building a Resilient Tomorrow

by Jamais Cascio

In a 21st century world of uneven growth, disruptive technology, climate danger, and chaotic politics, we must build a society that’s transparent, diverse and able to look ahead—and embracing a philosophy of resilience will help get us there.

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David Brin

The Other Kind of Aliens

by David Brin

In response to a flurry of interest that’s been stirred by Stephen Hawking’s new Discovery Channel show—specifically, his lead-in episode about extraterrestrials, wherein he recommended against our calling attention to ourselves—I’ll offer a hurried little riff here, about Hawking and aliens, with added contributions by and about Paul Davies, Robin Hanson, and others.

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Alex Steffen

Putting the Future Back in the Room

by Alex Steffen

The future that my parents’ generation warned us about forty years ago looks an awful lot like our present.

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Mike Treder

The Tragic Difference Between Easy and Hard

by Mike Treder

Actions have consequences. But sometimes, unfortunately, it can be far easier to initiate the action than to understand the consequences.

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Dumbpiphany

Hat tip to Pop Transhumanism.

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Cartoon credit: SMBC

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Jamais Cascio

Futures Thinking: A Bibliography

by Jamais Cascio

So you want to be a futurist? Better be prepared to do a lot of reading.

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Phil Torres

The Plastic Elastic Cyborg

by Phil Torres

Modern humans use technology to constantly modify our morphology, physiology, and behavior in response to our environments—to increase our plasticity.

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Kris Notaro

Postmodern Regression Towards the Mean

by Kris Notaro

This is a humorous look (or not) on both postmodernism and structuralism, in a deferential way.  The regression towards the mean concept is used metaphorically.

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The Unbroken Thread

Symphony of Science

“The Unbroken Thread” is the fourth video in the Symphony of Science series, and it features David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, and Carl Sagan. The clips used in this installment come from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, David Attenborough’s Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life, The Life of Mammals, The Living Planet, BBC Life, XVIVO Scientific Animations, IMAX Cosmic Voyage, Jane Goodall’s TED Talk, and a clever Guinness commercial. The themes present in “The Unbroken Thread” attempt to explore the wild diversity of life on our planet, the intricacy and origin of its mechanisms, and its close relation to all other life forms.

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David Brin

Concerning Robert Heinlein

by David Brin

In some other places, the topic of legendary science fiction author Robert Anson Heinlein has repeatedly come up, along with shouting matches — “He was a libertarian!”  “No, a socialist!”  “No, a fascist!” — I’ve finally had enough and will weigh in.

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New York Top City for IEET, Seattle Second

Of the nearly 2,000 people who have signed up via Facebook to follow the activities of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, New York is the city most represented, followed by Seattle, Atlanta, London, and Los Angeles.

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Russell Blackford

In Support of Boobquake

by Russell Blackford

Good for Jen McCreight of Blag Hag for coming up with the idea of Boobquake. UPDATED

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Jamais Cascio

Imagining Earth Day, 2020

by Jamais Cascio

As we commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, let’s take a moment to think about the 50th anniversary.

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Michael Gold

More Springtime Projects for Citizen Scientists

by Michael Gold

Doesn’t spring make you antsy to go outside, get moving, and act all scientific? (Or maybe those are real ants you’re feeling—this season does bring out all sorts of little critters.)

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The Internet of Living Things

Andrew Hessel reasons that Synthetic Biology will be the next big IT industry.

 

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Oxytocin Effects Trust in Government

NPR

(Hattip to io9) Paul Zak has shown that oxytocin supplementation can enhance interpersonal trust and trust in institutions. Social stressors may suppress oxytocin and trust, and lead to bad social outcomes. Read Zak’s Moral Molecule blog at Psychology Today.

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Kyle Munkittrick

A Clone of My Own

by Kyle Munkittrick

Bryan Caplan sure knows how to market a book. With one polemical paragraph, Caplan has managed to get a host of blogs to write about his upcoming book Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids.

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Five Ways To Save The World

Climate change is being felt the world over, and if global warming continues to increase, the effects could be catastrophic. This 2007 BBC program reports on scientists and engineers who are proposing radical, large-scale ideas that could, theoretically at least, save us from disaster.

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Ben Goertzel

How Should Society Be Structured?

by Ben Goertzel

Democracy ... capitalism ... communism ... socialism ... anarchism ... the list goes on and on ... is there any really good way to structure a human society? If not, then what’s the best of the bad lot?

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IEET Readers Confident a Singularity is Coming

More than 2/3 of those who responded to a recently concluded IEET reader poll say a Technological Singularity during this century is either definite or probable. Only 17% think it’s unlikely.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Daddy Wants A Clone

by Kyle Munkittrick

Bryan Caplan says: “I wish to clone myself and raise the baby as my son.”

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Patrick Tucker

Engineering the Physical and Political Future

by Patrick Tucker

In this third installment of the 2020 Visionaries series [Part1] [Part2], we look at the future of the global environment and of democracy — two areas of concern that will increasingly intertwine in the next 10 years.

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The Illusion of Control

This is my first attempt at video. It depicts my control (or lack thereof) of a variety of things, including india ink, watercolor, fire and water, and solid objects. Using the manipulation of digital film I create the ultimate illusion: the ability to control time itself!

The Illusion of Control from Artem Gomziakov on Vimeo.

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Mike Treder

Responding to Ron Bailey on Health Care

by Mike Treder

Last month at Reason.com, libertarian Ronald Bailey published a hypothetical opinion piece from the year 2020 criticizing the effects of 2010’s health care reform effort in the United States. Allow us to retort.

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Music for Your Particular Mood

Big Think's Top 10 Videos of the First 100 Days of 2010

Tod Machover thinks the next breakthrough will come when composers can design music tailored to a listener’s brain activity.

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Giant, Mucus-Like Sea Blobs on the Rise

As sea temperatures have risen in recent decades, enormous sheets of a mucus-like material have begun forming more often, oozing into new regions, and lasting longer, a new Mediterranean Sea study says. And the blobs may be more than just unpleasant.

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Russell Blackford

A no-brainer?—Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Obama

by Russell Blackford

A U.S. Federal District Court on April 15th struck down a statute providing for a “national day of prayer.” This case should have been a no-brainer—if a statute of this kind is not an unlawful establishment of religion, then I’m going to be the next pope.

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Home-Centered Health Care

Changesurfer Radio

Mike Magee is author of eight books, including Health Politics: Power, Populism and Health. He directs healthcommentary.org, and serves as a member of the National Commission for Quality Long Term Care.  We discuss his latest book, Home-Centered Health Care, which argues that the quality of health care can be dramatically improved, and costs contained, by re-building health management around electronic patient records and home-based electronic medical monitoring.  (First broadcast Dec 16, 2007)

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Kristi Scott

Pandora’s Box gets bleached, tightened & a mint for good measure

by Kristi Scott

Generally, I write about enhancement and cosmetic surgeries done to the upper portion of the body. A suggestion came in to turn my attention to the work done below the belt. Apparently, I have been neglecting that region and there were interesting things going on.

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Phil Torres

Human Evolution and Technology: From Prosimian to Posthuman

by Phil Torres

What is the relation between technology and human biological evolution? Most people, in my experience, have a quick retort, which they take to be obvious: “Artifacts evolve just like organisms do,” or “Technology is an extended phenotype of humans.” But it’s not clear to me that the answer to this question is so obvious.

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