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Jeremy Weissman

Unmanned War Systems and American Society

by Jeremy Weissman

Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S. has moved rapidly from activating only a handful of unarmed unmanned flying systems to currently deploying over 7,000 unmanned systems in the air and over 12,000 on the ground, many of these heavily armed. There is every reason to suspect this rapid incorporation of military robotics will only accelerate.

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Phil Torres

#13: If Only We Were Smarter!

by Phil Torres

While we tend to believe that more smarts would help us solve the formidable mass of problems we have created, the empirical data seems to disagree with us.

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George Dvorsky

How to Engineer a Zombie Virus

by George Dvorsky

Much to my surprise, I’ve become a bit of a zombie junkie.

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Hank Pellissier

#14: State-by-State Gay Marriage Acceptance

by Hank Pellissier

How is gay marriage in America proceeding down the aisle? This question concerns all transhumanists because persecution of homosexuality is an anti-Enlightenment human rights violation that is rooted in archaic religious superstition and anti-scientific thought. Actively supporting gay marriage is the ethically responsible position for all progressive transhumanists.

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Andrea Kuszewski

Hey, Barbie — Show Me The Science!

by Andrea Kuszewski

While Christmas shopping with my sister and my little three year-old niece, I noticed something that rather disturbed me. And as difficult as it is for me to say this - it was Barbie.

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A Survival Guide to the Post Apocalypse

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Ducked and Covered: A Survival Guide to the Post Apocalypse is a fake instructional public information film designed to assist the general population with surviving life in Australia after a nuclear war. Purported to have been produced by the Australian Board of Civil Defence during the early 1980s, the film has four chapters guiding wary survivors through the trials that will await them in the post apocalypse. From post-apocalyptic fashion and unique uses for surplus human skulls, to becoming a local warlord and avoiding radioactive mutants, there is something for all dwellers of the wastelands. With its dry methodical narration, brooding synthesizer, minimalist animation and erroneous guidance, Ducked and Covered is a dark humored parody/loving homage to the late cold war era, early 1980’s public information films, as well as a reminder… OF WHAT STILL COULD BE. (Winner of multiple awards.)

Ducked and Covered: A Survival Guide to the Post Apocalypse from Nathaniel Lindsay on Vimeo.

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Kristi Scott

#15: The Future Looks Large and Sexy

by Kristi Scott

The body has a lot of change to go through on the path to post-humanity. There is plenty of room for improvement and enhancement.

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Jamais Cascio

Neodicy

by Jamais Cascio


Technology will save us. Technology will destroy us.

The Future will save us. The Future will destroy us.

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Four Scenarios For The Coming Collapse of The American Empire pt2

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Dr. J. chats with University of Wisconsin historian Alfred McCoy, author of Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State, convener of the global “Empires in Transition” project, and author of the recent speculative essay “Four Scenarios For The Coming Collapse of The American Empire.” The final work of the Empires in Transition project will be published in 2011 as Endless Empire: Europe’s Eclipse, America’s Ascent, and the Decline of U.S. Global Power. Part 2 of 2.

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Four Scenarios For The Coming Collapse of The American Empire pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with University of Wisconsin historian Alfred McCoy, author of Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State, convener of the global “Empires in Transition” project, and author of the recent speculative essay “Four Scenarios For The Coming Collapse of The American Empire.” The final work of the Empires in Transition project will be published in 2011 as Endless Empire: Europe’s Eclipse, America’s Ascent, and the Decline of U.S. Global Power. Part 1 of 2.

 

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200 Years of Global Growth In 4 Minutes

Plotting life expectancy against average income, Professor Hans Rosling tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers — all in just four minutes.

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Russell Blackford

#16: Science, Morality, and Sam Harris

by Russell Blackford

Sam Harris argues in this TED talk that science can be an authority on moral issues. It’s a superb performance, and I think he’s got it approximately right.

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Natasha Vita-More

Epoch of Plasticity

by Natasha Vita-More

A new paper on “the metaverse as a vehicle for cognitive enhancement.”

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Richard Eskow

#17: Cerebral Imperialism

by Richard Eskow

Could it be that there is no intelligence without a body? That there’s only computation? That cognition is the byproduct of biological processes, and never the driver of them?

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IEET Readers Say They Value Fairness Over Abundance

By a large margin, respondents to a recently concluded poll chose fairness, equality, and social justice as higher values than material comforts.

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Mike Treder

Tops of the Year in Science, Technology, and Cheerleading

by Mike Treder

Here we have a roundup of the roundups - a collection of various collections of top stories from 2010 in science, technology, astronomy, engineering, and even cheerleading!

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Kris Notaro

#18: Will gender exist 100 years from now?

by Kris Notaro

Traditional values of looking at gender in binary fashion grow less and less important as scientists show that gender identity is diverse in nature and is caused by many biological and social conditions.

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An Appeal for Support

Join those who are committed to a future of hope and reason, of science and optimism, of flourishing and sustainable societies.

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Dances With Robots

HRP-4C is a robotic woman just unveiled to reporters in Tsukuba City (northeast of Tokyo) Japan. This cybernetic human sells for about $200,000. Developed at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, the HRP-4C female robot is able to walk and follow some basic commands. The robotic woman is about the same size as an average Japanese young woman, at a height of 158 centimeters; it weighs just 43 kilograms (including battery). Thirty motors in the body help it to walk and move about; eight motors power facial expressions.

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Martine Rothblatt

#19: Cyberconsciousness Won’t Take Aeons to Evolve

by Martine Rothblatt

Humanity is devoting some of its best minds, from a wide diversity of fields, to helping software achieve consciousness. The quest is not especially difficult as it is a capability that can be intelligently designed; there is no need to wait for it to naturally evolve.

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Mike Treder

Justice, Abundance, and Emerging Technologies

by Mike Treder

Is the choice between lots of consumer comforts and lots of liberal democracy a false dichotomy?

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Russell Blackford

#20: Vatican Condemns Nobel Prize to Robert Edwards

by Russell Blackford

British biologist Robert Edwards, who developed the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF), has won a Nobel Prize. But the Vatican says the choice of Professor Edwards was “completely out of order.”

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David Brin

The Quest for Individual Immortality

by David Brin

The quest for individual immortality is admittedly tempting yet fundamentally irrelevant to the great project we have inherited: to build and improve the Enlightenment Civilization.

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George Dvorsky

#21: There’s More to Singularity Studies Than Kurzweil

by George Dvorsky

I’m finding myself a bit disturbed these days about how fashionable it has become to hate Ray Kurzweil - because it’s not all about Ray.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Let Designer Kids Be Kids

by Kyle Munkittrick

Could it be that genetic engineering might be part of what cures us of the hyper-parenting pandemic?

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David Brin

#22: The Real Struggle Behind Climate Change = A War on Expertise

by David Brin

The schism over global climate change (GCC) has become an intellectual chasm, across which everyone perceives the other side as Kool-Aid drinkers. Although I have mixed views of my own about the science of GCC and have closely grilled a number of colleagues who are front-line atmospheric scientists, I’m afraid all the anecdotes and politics-drenched “questions” flying about aren’t shedding light. They are, in fact, quite beside the point. That is because science itself is the main issue: its relevance and utility as a decision-making tool.

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J. Hughes

#23: Belief in Progress vs. Rational Uncertainty

by J. Hughes

Most Enlightenment thinkers believed in the inevitability of human political and technological progress, transforming the Christian expectation that history was predetermined to end in the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth into a conviction that humanity would be able to continually improve itself. But the scientific worldview does not support historical inevitability, only uncertainty.

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Armageddon Science: The Science of Mass Destruction

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Brian Clegg, author of a dozen books on science, mostly recently Upgrade Me and Armageddon Science: The Science of Mass Destruction. We discuss the challenge of educating the public about, and mitigating the risks of, asteroids, supervolcanoes, nuclear war, bio- and cyberterrorism, the Singularity and civilizational “unraveling.” Along the way he dismisses a couple catastrophic risks such as black holes from the LHC.

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Andrew Maynard

Small Gods and the Art of Technology Innovation

by Andrew Maynard

There’s something rather liberating about being asked to give a no-holds talk on your perspective on life, the universe, and everything. So when the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center asked if I would speak as part of their “Where do we go from here?” series, I jumped at it.

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Mike Treder

#24: The Uncertain Future of Transhumanism

by Mike Treder

Let’s consider four distinct scenarios of technological development and transhumanist assimilation that might take place over the next 15 to 20 years.

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