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Review of Michio Kaku’s, Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century
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Russell Blackford

Teenage births and abortions - responsibility is better than moralism

by Russell Blackford

Citing a new study in The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, The Globe and Mail reports that Canada experienced a significant drop (36.9 per cent) in teenage births and abortions between 1996 and 2006. This is attributed to better access to contraception, better sex education, and changing social norms, but not to a decline in actual sex among teenagers. Rather, Canadian teenagers are now more likely to use condoms and/or the contraceptive pill than was the case in the mid-1990s.

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Giulio Prisco

Telepresence Education for a Smarter World

by Giulio Prisco

(co-authored with J. Simone Riccardi)  There can be no doubt that the explosion of Internet technology started in the 90s has had a huge impact on our culture. For the first time in history, geographically distributed large groups of people have been able to interact in near-real time. Usenet groups and mailing lists, and then the Web, message boards, blogs, social networks, IP voice and video conferencing, have enabled and empowered global communities held together by common interests and world-views instead of geographical proximity.

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Join Us At H+ Summit at Harvard

Humanity+

The H+ Summit June 12-13, 2010 at Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts will explore how humanity will be radically changed by technology in the near future. Visionary speakers - including the IEET’s James Hughes, George Dvorsky, Aubrey de Grey, Ben Goertzel, Natasha Vita-More, Patrick Lin and Ramez Naam - will be speaking.  What will it mean to be a human in this next phase of technological development? How can we prepare now for coming changes?

We foresee the feasibility of redesigning the human condition and overcoming such constraints as the inevitability of aging, limitations on human and artificial intellects, unchosen psychology, lack of resources, and our confinement to the planet earth. The possibilities are broad and exciting. The H+ Summit will provide a venue to discuss these future scenarios and to hear exciting presentations by the leaders of the ongoing H+ (r)evolution.

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Christian Groups: Biblical Armageddon Must Be Taught Alongside Global Warming

The Onion Network News

Constitutional debate continues over whether public schools should include biblical Armageddon alongside global warming in end-of-world curriculum. (The Onion News)

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Kris Notaro

Technological and Political Progressivism in Historical Buddhist Thought

by Kris Notaro

An overview of the history of progressive politics and Buddhism written by Andrej Cvercko and edited by Kris Notaro.

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Andrew Maynard

The Future Safety of Synthetic Biology

by Andrew Maynard

Last week’s announcement from the J. Craig Venter Institute that scientists had created the first-ever synthetic cell was a profoundly significant point in human history, and marked a turning point in our quest to control the natural world. But the ability to use this emerging technology wisely is already being dogged by fears that we have embarked down a dangerous and morally dubious path.

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Bugs, Bits and Engineering Bioforms

Warring Futures: How Biotech and Robotics are Transforming Today's Military

George Poste, Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Arizona State University gives the keynote address to a May 24th, 2010 meeting on “Warring Futures: How Biotech and Robotics are Transforming Today’s Military—and How That Will Change the Rest of Us.” Dr. Poste’s talk was titled “Bugs, Bits and Engineering Bioforms: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” The meeting was sponsored by Arizona State University, New America Foudnation, and Slate magazine.

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Critical Thinking

A look at some of the principles of critical thinking.

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Ben Scarlato

Caprica, Gamer, & Surrogates: Overlooked Benefits of Virtual Worlds

by Ben Scarlato

In its first season, Caprica has done an excellent job of exploring the ethical issues relating to V-World (the virtual world created by the ultra-rich Daniel Graystone), looking at the dangers of becoming overly immersed in V-World, and whether an avatar constitutes a real person. Also in the past year, we’ve seen Gamer and Surrogates, two movies that explore some common themes with interesting parallels to those in Caprica.

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JET rated “A” by Australian government

The IEET’s Journal of Evolution and Technology has received an “A” ranking in Australia’s official government process for ranking peer-reviewed journals, which means that publication in JET will now carry significant kudos and funding for Australian academics in federally-funded institutions.

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Mike Treder

A Range of Reactions to Venter’s “Breakthrough”

by Mike Treder

Last week, researchers announced that they had achieved a long-anticipated breakthrough: the creation of the first synthetic organism. So, is this a huge step forward? The biggest thing ever? Does it herald exciting possibilities—or maybe ominous dangers? Is it much ado about nothing? That all depends on who you ask.

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Uncertainty About Alien Threats

In a recently concluded reader poll, more than 40% of respondents said we don’t have enough information to know whether space aliens potentially could pose a threat to Earth.

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Russell Blackford

Irish University Goes Batty

by Russell Blackford

An academic in Ireland has been disciplined for sexual harassment because he supposedly showed an article to a female colleague in a spirit of sexual innuendo.

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Miniature Quadruped Robot

This experimental robot, created by researchers at the University of Southern California, is completely autonomous and trained by machine learning algorithms. The video is real-time, i.e., not sped up.

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Jamais Cascio

Give My Creation… Life!

by Jamais Cascio

The Venter Institute announcement that it had successfully crafted the first self-replicating synthetic organism caused quite a stir, even among people who are otherwise pretty jaded about emerging tech.  It’s useful to understand exactly what is—and what isn’t—going on here.

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Aubrey de Grey

Aubrey de Grey at TEDMED 2009

by Aubrey de Grey
TEDMED 2009

Aging can be cured and should be cured. Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist, a Fellow of the IEET, the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation and editor of Rejuvenation Research.

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Web 3.0

In this compelling 15-minute documentary, NYU Journalism/Psychology major Kate Ray explores the future of the information explosion.

Web 3.0 from Kate Ray on Vimeo.

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Andrew Maynard

At the Dawn of a New Technology

by Andrew Maynard

One of the most anticipated technological breakthroughs in years hits the streets, and I’m completely off the web – holed up in an Italian hotel with no Internet and no phone.

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The Great Singularity Debate

Science Saturday

Research Fellow Eliezer Yudkowsky of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy Professor Massimo Pigliucci of the City University of New York debate the meaning of intelligence and the possible limits of AI.

The Singularity and the outer limits of physical possibility (08:38)
Do human brains run software? (09:58)
Consciousness, intelligence, and computation (03:14)
What could minds be made of? (13:08)
Is mind-uploading a dualist dream? (19:18)
Would the Singularity be a Vonnegut-style catastrophe? (10:56)

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Arthur Caplan

Now ain’t that special? The implications of creating the first synthetic bacteria

by Arthur Caplan

What seemed to be an intractable puzzle, with significant religious overtones, has been solved. J Craig Venter, Ham Smith, Clyde Hutchinson, Daniel Gibson and a team of scientists at the Venter Institute in Rockville, Md., have made a new living bacterium from a set of genes they decoded, artificially combined and then stuck into the cored out remains of the bacterium of another species.  In other words, they created a living thing from man-made parts.  Or, in more important words, they created a novel lifeform from man-made parts.

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Volcano Time Exposure

Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull - May 1st and 2nd, 2010 from Sean Stiegemeier on Vimeo.

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Phil Torres

Is Progress always progress?

by Phil Torres

As the historian Robert Nisbet writes, “No single idea has been more important than, perhaps as important as, the idea of progress in Western civilization for nearly three thousand years.” But let’s understand what we mean by progress.

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Jamais at Lift

Lift

Foresight from three different perspectives: aspirational foresight as a way of setting challenges and goals for ourselves; evaluative foresight as a way of testing our strategies; and anticipatory foresight as a kind of civilizational immune system, sensitizing ourselves to the disruptive changes ahead.

Watch live streaming video from liftconference at livestream.com

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Russell Blackford

Sam Harris on a science of morality

by Russell Blackford

In his recent contribution to The Huffington Post, Sam Harris offers a detailed defence of his proposal for a science of morality, writing in the aftermath of reactions to his TED talk back in March. A great deal of his defence concentrates on answering the latest criticisms from Sean Carroll.

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Aubrey at Lift

Lift

“There won’t be generations anymore,” says Aubrey de Grey of tomorrow’s world where anti-aging treatments will give us at least 30 extra years of life. You’ll be able to keep up with your granddaughter on the ski slopes, he told his host at the Lift 2010 conference in Geneva Thursday 6 May. And for de Grey, the future is close: we can expect to see such treatments within our lifetimes, he believes….Link

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David Brin

Saving Capitalism from Neo-Feudalism

by David Brin

Regarding the current mess on Wall Street, billionaire Mark Cuban and I have joined the chorus for a securities trade tax, that would both bring in needed revenue and apply incentives for investors to care, just a little, about the stocks they buy, rather than viewing them as chits in a fast-paced game that only giants can play.

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Kyle Munkittrick

A Clone of My Own continued

by Kyle Munkittrick

The poor cloning debate has turned into a thoroughly-beaten dead horse and yet, here I find myself, brandishing a fresh cudgel and eying the rhetorical equestrian corpse for some worthy target. Let me begin by doing something people rarely do when debating issues like this:  state what I am actually defending.

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Announcing Our New Roster of Interns

We are pleased to introduce the five members of our revised IEET intern program: Akansha Bhargava, Diana Deca, Kris Notaro, Ben Scarlato, and Priyamvada Sivasubramanian.

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Who Owns You?

Who Owns You?

Over the last 20 years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has been issuing patents to universities and private companies on raw human genes. One company or university is given a legal monopoly over a molecule that is inside every human being and many other animals. This soon-to-be-finished documentary explores the legal, ethical, and clinical ramifications of human gene patenting.

Who Owns You? - A Documentary - Trailer from Taylor Roesch on Vimeo.

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Inequality, Basic Income, the Brain

Changesurfer Radio

Progressive economist Samuel Bowles is heading the behavioral science program at the complexity theory thinktank Santa Fe Institute. He thinks we could become more prosperous if we ended inequality, and that a basic income would help. Our brains would like it too, says recent research. And a little bit on “human-racism.”  MP3

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