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Transition to a Resilient Civilization

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Shaun Chamberlin about his new book The Transition Timeline For a Local, Resilient Future. Chamberlin is the founder of the Dark Optimism site.  (MP3)

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Jamais Cascio

Social Networking and the Brain: Continuous Partial Empathy?

by Jamais Cascio

Human beings are social animals; we devote a significant portion of our brain just to dealing with interactions with other humans. It should come as no surprise, then, that social Web technologies have a complex relationship with brain function. When these platforms work in concert with our social brains, they can enable persistent relationships or provide emotional/social augmentation. When social web technologies clash with brain function, however, the results can be surprising.

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Jon Kabat Zinn’s Science of Mindfulness

Speaking of Faith

Krista Tippett interviews secular meditation teacher and clinical researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn. (MP3)

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George Dvorsky

Welcome to the Machine, Part 4: Kurzweil’s nano neural nets

by George Dvorsky

As previously noted in this series, our entire world may be simulated. For all we know we’re sitting on a powerful supercomputer somewhere, the mere playthings of posthuman intelligences. But this is not the only possibility. There’s another way that this kind of fully immersive ‘reality’ could be realized—one that doesn’t require the simulation of an entire world. Indeed, it’s quite possible that your life is not what it seems—that what you think of as reality is actually an illusion of the senses. You could be experiencing a completely immersive and totally convincing virtual reality right now and you don’t even know it.

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Mike Treder

A Black-Swan-Robust World

by Mike Treder

While the United States and the world struggle through the worst economic times since the 1930s, advice is coming in from all sides on how to prevent a repeat of the current debacle. Neoliberal Chicago school economic ideas championed for decades by Milton Friedman and his followers—and brought to full bloom under George W. Bush—are now in well-deserved disrepute, but where do we go from here?

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J. Hughes

Embodiment, Compassion and Secular Ethics

by J. Hughes

Does championing Enlightenment values require complete rejection of collaboration and dialogue with the religious? Could technoprogressives even learn something from Easter about how to design moral machines?

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Poll: We Think The Gray Goo Video Was Funny

A majority of you thought the gray goo video that was circulating last month was hilarious.

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Mike Treder

Cops Beware: Little Brother is Watching

by Mike Treder

Some call it sousveillance. Some call it the participatory panopticon. John Naughton gives it maybe the most evocative and memorable name, “Little Brother.”

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Neurophilosophy, Geoengineering, and the Merits of Capitalism v. Socialism

Changesurfer Radio

David Brooks on neurophilosophy. The mainstreaming of legal (albeit medical) marijuana in California. Jamais’s Five Laws of Robotics. The sudden discussion of geoengineering at highest levels of science policy-making. Younger Americans and U.S. Democrats are almost evenly divided on desirability of “socialism” vs. “capitalism,” and even some Republicans are beginning to wonder. (MP3)

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George Dvorsky

Welcome to the Machine, Part 3: The Simulation Argument

by George Dvorsky

No longer relegated to the domain of science fiction or the ravings of street corner lunatics, the “simulation argument” has increasingly become a serious theory amongst academics, one that has been best articulated by philosopher Nick Bostrom.

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J. Hughes

Transhumanist politics, 1700 to the near future

by J. Hughes

The story of transhumanist politics is part of the broader story of the three hundred year-old fight for the Enlightenment. Transhumanism has pre-Enlightenment roots of course, since our earliest ancestors sought to transcend the limitations of the human body, to delay death, and to achieve wisdom. But those aspirations became transhumanism when people began to use science and technology to achieve them instead of magic and spirituality.

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Jamais Cascio

Machine Ethics

by Jamais Cascio

The conclusion of the “Battlestar Galactica” television series a couple of weeks ago left viewers with a decidedly mixed message: a superficial gloss of “ooh, the scary robots are coming!”, coupled with a more subtle—and, for me, more important—story about the implications of how we treat that which we create.

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George Dvorsky

Welcome to the Machine, Part 2: Descartes’s malicious demon

by George Dvorsky

A little over 350 years ago, philosopher René Descartes was struck by a rather disturbing thought. Is it possible, he wondered, that what we think of as reality is nothing more than an elaborate hoax?

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Jamais Cascio

Toy Hacks, Starships and Pumas

by Jamais Cascio

In the movie Toy Story, did you think that the neighbor kid, Sid—the one that hacked different toys together, blew them up, and generally played with them “inappropriately”—was the bad guy? You’re wrong.

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Russell Blackford

Choosing Between Possible Lives

by Russell Blackford

What trade-offs would we make between the quality and quantity of our lives? IEET Fellow Russell Blackford is hoping for some illumination in the way we think about these trade-offs, and how those intuitions will shape public support for age-retarding therapies and the Longevity Dividend they could create.

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Red Sniper vs. The Dagger

Frontline: Digital Nation

IEET Fellow Doug Rushkoff visits a Korean video gamer training for a big tournament, and tours Korea’s digital subculture, in his new PBS series, Digital Nation.

 

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Would soma, free love and the feelies be so bad?

BBC: In Our Time

Brave New World is a lurid, satirical dystopia in which the hopes and fears of the 1930s are writ large and yet the book seems uncannily prescient about our own time. But why did Huxley feel the need to write it and is Brave New World really as dystopian as we are led to believe?

Discussants:
- David Bradshaw, Reader and Tutor in English Literature at Worcester College, University of Oxford
- Daniel Pick, Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London
- Michèle Barrett, Professor of Modern Literary and Cultural Theory at Queen Mary, University of London


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Martine Rothblatt

What is Mindware?

by Martine Rothblatt

Mindware is operating system software that (a) thinks and feels the way a human mind does, and (b) sets its thinking and feeling parameters to match those discernable from a mindfile.  Mindware relies upon an underlying mindfile the way Microsoft Word relies upon a textfile.  When appropriate parameters are set for mindware it becomes aware of itself and a cyberconscious entity is created.

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George Dvorsky

Welcome to the Machine, Part 1: The ethics of simulated beings

by George Dvorsky

Without a doubt some of my favorite video games of all time have been those that involve simulations, including SimCity and The Sims. When I play these games I fancy myself a demigod, managing and manipulating the slew of variables made available to me; with the click of a mouse I can alter the environment and adjust the nature of the simulated inhabitants themselves.

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Mike Treder

Raising the Issue of Asian Ethics

by Mike Treder

Reactions to the societal implications of emerging technologies vary from nation to nation, but a broad, general trend apparently can be determined that flows from West to East.

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Doug Rushkoff

Hacking the Economy

by Doug Rushkoff

Hacking the economy is easier than it looks. The first step, of course, is to remember that the economy itself is just a model. It’s a way of understanding the world as a series of transactions made by rational, self-interested beings working to maximize value for themselves. That’s supposedly the given.

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How the Web Ate the Economy and Why it’s Great for Everyone

Web 2.0 Expo

IEET Fellow Doug Rushkoff’s first talk to the Web 2.0 Expo on his book Life Inc.

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Athena Andreadis

BioScientists, Speak Up!

by Athena Andreadis

Working feverishly on the bench, I’ve had little time to closely track the ongoing spat between Dawkins and Nisbet.  Others have dissected this conflict and its ramifications in great detail.  What I want to discuss is whether scientists can or should represent their fields to non-scientists.

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Brains: Meditating, Wired and Poor

Changesurfer Radio

Meditation can lessen pain, and make parts of your brain bigger. We have better wires to stick in brains. Poverty hurts brains and mental health. (MP3)

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Mike Treder

Techno-Progressive or Techno-Radical?

by Mike Treder

Strictly from a point of political labeling, it wouldn’t be useful for us to characterize ourselves as techno-radicals instead of technoprogressives. But when it comes to some of the political positions and technological solutions we might deem necessary to promote, then preparing ourselves to think radically is probably wise.

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Mike Treder

Evolutionary Ethics

by Mike Treder

Evolutionary intuitive ethics has the potential to explain a lot of perplexing phenomena and clarify many of the debates that have perpetuated in moral philosophy for over two and a half thousand years.

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Empathy for Robots

Spark

Jamais is featured on the CBC radio show “Spark,” talking robots—in particular the empathetic and emotional interaction we increasingly have with robots. You can play the streaming version on this page, or download the MP3 for the show; my part starts around 11 minutes in, and lasts about five minutes. But check out the Spark page anyway—the picture of the kitten and the Roomba is sure a sign that the kitty singularity is upon us.

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Jamais Cascio

Resilience in the Face of Crisis: Why the Future will be Flexible

by Jamais Cascio

What will a post-crash, truly 21st-century world look like? For people 
thinking about global systems (economic, environmental, and social) 
one idea stands out: resilience.


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Mike Treder

If you’re a man, you’re a sucker.

by Mike Treder

Why males are doomed, even more than we thought before.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Health is Wealth

by Marcelo Rinesi

There are good reasons for healthcare to be an attractive business. The demographics are fantastic, with aging populations practically everywhere, and specially so in higher-income countries. Unlike other fields, technology doesn’t necessarily lowers margins. For reasons that have more to do with market incentives than scientific limitations, most research is focused on profitable high-complexity, high-cost interventions, and for every cost-saving development there’s a new procedure that requires sophisticated equipment and highly trained specialists. A large and growing percentage of GDP is dedicated to healthcare, both by individuals and governments. And to top it all, the market is full of inefficiencies and complex barriers of entry.

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