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Advanced Materials – What’s the big deal?

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Marcelo Rinesi

Henry, Stadiums, and Video

by Marcelo Rinesi

Thierry Henry’s handball during the now infamous France-Ireland World Cup qualifying match, clearly caught on camera and later acknowledged by the player himself, has reignited in some quarters an often discussed call for the use of technology to aid referee decisions during soccer matches. But the real problem isn’t technology, and rather than being behind the times, soccer has actually been ahead of much of society.

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Large Hadron Collider Working Again

IEET readers have weighed in with their opinions about why the LHC project kept running into seemingly endless delays on its way to running protons into each other. Now that it’s back up and operating, perhaps some of our more far-fetched conjectures will be proved wrong.

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Mike Treder

Deciding Whose Death Matters Most

by Mike Treder

Asking the question is comparatively easy. Finding the answer is hard.

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Ben Scarlato

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

by Ben Scarlato

[Contains spoilers] Battlestar Galactica: The Plan is a movie released straight to Blu-ray and digital download, which retells the miniseries and the first two seasons of Battlestar Galactica from the perspective of the Cylons.

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Heather Bradshaw

Morphological Freedom

by Heather Bradshaw

In 2003, the idea that one might have a freedom to change one’s body and brain as one liked was being discussed in relation to the Transhumanist FAQ. This idea receives much less attention in the current FAQ, where it is largely replaced by a lesser freedom to enhance. This is interesting, because morphological freedom has significant implications.

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Jamais Cascio

I Can Has Singularity?

by Jamais Cascio

IBM’s new cat brain simulation is both more—and less—than it seems.

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A Perfect (Robotic) Woman

BotJunkie

Although the results are not yet entirely convincing, it seems clear that a leading commercial application for personal robots will be as “companions” and/or sex toys.

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Mike Treder

Every Five Seconds

by Mike Treder

Somewhere in the world, a child dies of hunger every five seconds—even though the planet has more than enough food for all.

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Linda MacDonald Glenn

Call 1-800-New-Organ, by 2020?

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

Growing a set of new teeth, or new kidneys, or new eyes, or whatever it is you need, is something we could do as soon as 2020, according to a report that was issued by the Department of Health and Human Services a few years ago.

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Mike Treder

Six insane laws we’ll need in the future. Or not.

by Mike Treder

As crazy as it may sound, one of the best articles I’ve seen in a long time about the ethics of emerging technologies comes from the pages of Cracked magazine.

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Andrea Kuszewski

Addicted To Being Good? The Psychopathology of Heroism

by Andrea Kuszewski

We look at heroes and do-gooders as a special sort of breed: people who possess extraordinary traits of altruism or self-less concern for the well-being of others, even at the expense of their own existence. On the other end, sociopaths also have an extraordinary set of traits, such as extreme selfishness, lack of impulse control, no respect for rules, and no conscience.

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Genetically Enhance Humanity or Face Extinction

SlowTV

In his talk at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, philosopher and bioethicist Julian Savulescu,  Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford., examines the nature of human beings as products of evolution, in particular their limited altruism, limited co-operative instincts and limited ability to take account of the future consequences of actions. He argues that humans’ biology and psychology are unfit for the kind of society we live in and we must either alter our political institutions, severely restrain our technology or change our nature. Or face annihilation by our own design. Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House, October 2009

Genetically enhance humanity or face extinction - PART 1 from Ethics of the New Biosciences on Vimeo.



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Genetically enhance humanity or face extinction - PART 2 from Ethics of the New Biosciences on Vimeo.

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Buddhism and Cognitive Enhancement pt 1

Changesurfer Radio

Andrew Fenton is a part of the Novel Tech Ethics Group at Dalhousie University and the author of “Buddhism and Neuroethics: The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Cognitive Enhancement.” Part 1 of 2.

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Why are men and women different? IEET readers can’t decide

It’s a big question: Are the apparent mental and emotional differences between men and women mainly from biology? Or are they primarily from societal conditioning?

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Mike Treder

The Sharp Sword of Rationality

by Mike Treder

Wielded by an expert, the sharp sword of rationality cuts deep, exposing underlying layers of confusion, intellectual laziness, or willful misunderstanding in what might on the surface appear to be logical arguments.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Unemployment and Learning

by Marcelo Rinesi

High unemployment is here to stay. Adapting to it will require changing how and when we learn.

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Dissociation & Second Life: Pathology or a State of Mind?

Hartford Ethics Group

Dr. Gregory P. Garvey of Quinnipiac University spoke to the Hartford Ethics Group on Nov 11, 2009 on the relationship of dissociative mental illness and Second Life.

Dissociation & Second Life: Pathology or a State of Mind? from James Hughes on Vimeo.

Abstract: “Classical” border/boundaries theories examine conflicts that arise between the domains of work, family and so-called third places such as clubs, sports and other social activities outside home or work life. I have argued for consideration of a fourth place, namely the virtual. In this presentation I will consider the impact of the “unrealness” of the experience of being “in” the virtual world of Second Life. I will further suggest that this experience of being “in world” invites a comparison with the diagnostic criteria for dissociation disorders such as depersonalization and derealization as described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV-TR.

Bio: Professor Greg Garvey teaches in the Department of Computer Science and Interactive Digital Design at Quinnipiac University. Previously at Quinnipiac University he was the Visiting Fellow in the Arts and also was an Associate Artist of the Digital Media Center for the Arts at Yale University.

The Hartford Ethics Group is a monthly discussion group on bioethics themes coordinated by James Hughes and Miller Brown of Trinity College. For more information, or to submit a topic, please contact James Hughes at: james.hughes at trincoll.edu”

 

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Charlie Stross

Designing Society for Posterity

by Charlie Stross

How do you design a society for the really long term? There are a couple of levels to consider: notably, decision-making and economics. And it doesn’t look as if we’ve got any good solutions to either.

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George Dvorsky

Let’s Get Metaphysical: How our ongoing existence could appear increasingly absurd

by George Dvorsky

So the Large Hadron Collider has been shut down yet again – this time on account of a bird dropping a piece of a bagel onto some sensitive outdoor machinery. The incident is not expected to keep the LHC out of commission for too much longer, but it represents yet another strange event that has kept the world’s most infamous particle accelerator out of service. In fact, the LHC has yet to function at full operational capacity since its completion over a year ago.

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Mike Treder

21st Century Threats

by Mike Treder

It’s useful to classify threats to human civilization not only on their potential severity, but also on their relative certainty.

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Darlene Cavalier

How the Quest for Sex Shaped the Modern Man

by Darlene Cavalier

Meet Faye Flam, a talented journalist and media personality who makes science sexy and makes sex “sciencey.”

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Jamais Cascio

Is the atmosphere simpler than we thought?

by Jamais Cascio

The “butterfly effect” is being set aside in favor of a multifractal process that will have a major impact on climate models.

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Putting the Human Back Into the Post-Human

NY Future Salon

IEET Senior Fellow Jamais Cascio speaking at the New York Future Salon, October 3, 2009.

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Should All Drug Use Be Made Legal?

Fora.tv

Greg Barns is an author, political commentator and barrister.  He was an advisor to NSW Premier Nick Greiner and also for the Howard Government. He is also a spokesperson for the Prison Action and Reform Group.

Michael Duffy is an Australian radio presenter and newspaper columnist. He presents the Counterpoint program on ABC Radio National. He was originally hired in an attempt by Radio National management to find, in the words of Australian Prime Minister John Howard, a “right-wing Phillip Adams.”

Norm Stamper is the former Chief of the Seattle Police Department. He is an advisory board member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and is the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing.

Dr. Alex Wodak is the Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. He is also President of the International Harm Reduction Association and the author of Drug Prohibition: A Call for Change.

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Edgar Dahl

Imagine No Religion

by Edgar Dahl

Ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, West Germans as well as East Germans are regularly polled on their stance toward religion. When asked whether they believe in God, most East Germans simply respond by saying: “Nope, I’m perfectly normal.”

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Kristi Scott

How do the kids know, and what do we say?

by Kristi Scott

As adults we talk about emerging technologies, but I wonder how much we factor in kids and their futures in our discussions.

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Avatar Trailer

Avatar: The Movie

James Cameron’s first feature film in 12 years…

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IEET Statistics Trending Strong

During the past year, visits to the IEET site have trended strongly upward, and our “Facebook Fan” base has nearly doubled in just six months.

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Brain Makeover

Science Cheerleader


Click here to get quick lessons from real cheerleaders on 18 important science concepts, then test your knowledge by taking a 26-question multiple choice quiz created by George Mason University physics professor James Trefil as part of Science Cheerleader’s Brain Makeover project.

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Dale McGowan

The Unconditional Love of Reality

by Dale McGowan

It’s all too easy to get one’s own narrative wrong. A pattern-seeking brain takes the raw materials of a messy life, viewed in retrospect, and knits a script with you-know-who in the heroic lead. It’s like a tornado blowing through a junkyard and assembling a 747.

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