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Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Overview of technopolitics

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Value Conflicts surrounding the Meaning of Life in the Trans/Post/Human Future

Will AI make us immortal?

Trump’s Lying Reveals That He Is Empty Inside

This Country Is Leading The Robot Revolution

What Do Technoprogressives Believe in 2017?

Is Class War as Inevitable as the Return of Karl Marx?

ieet books

Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
David Brin

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
John G Messerly

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson


Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life


Some very funny sci-fi pranks and gags done on people

Just For Laughs Gags

The truth is out there! These pranks are out of this world! All the sci-fi you can shake a stick at, and then some. Beam me up because these might just be the droids you’re looking for!
This video will self-destruct in 10, 9, 8, 7, 6…

- NASA Satellite Falls On Car
- JFL Hidden Camera Gags: Flying Saucer
- Crashed UFO Prank
- Alien Autopsy Prank
- Sputnik Crashed!

A presentation of JustForLaughsTV, the official Just For Laughs Gags YouTube channel. Home of the funniest, greatest, most amazing, most hilarious, win filled, comedy galore, hidden camera pranks in the world!

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Arthur Caplan

Treat violence as public health issue

by Arthur Caplan

The mass murder of 20 children and six adults Friday in Newtown, Conn., has provoked yet another round of recrimination, finger pointing and breast-beating. Was the shooter mentally deranged? If there was more gun control, would this have happened? Did violent video games play any role? What we fervently want as we continue to reel from a story whose misery seems to know no bounds is to find a clear cause - a reason why this happened - so that we can fix it.

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Katherine McCarthy

Nexus by Ramez Naam, Reviewed by IEET’s Katherine McCarthy

by Katherine McCarthy

If it isn’t the cinematic handling of some very futuristic images or the curious immersion of cybernetic pondering into the narrative flow; Ramez Naam’s Nexus will impress a reader with one very unusual device: it is the unadulterated humanity with its entire heritage that is the most alien and unfamiliar of this world.

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Clean Cook Stove App

Freeworld Media

“The Clean Cook Stove app solves an important issue that impacts millions of African women. Compared to traditional cooking methods—clean cookstoves reduce fuel consumption and exposure to cook stove smoke. The mobile app will connect and educate women on how to locate and use clean cook stoves and fuel tanks.

This concept video is presented by Freeworld Media ( in partnership with Applied Systems Intelligence, Inc, ( as part of the mobile Brand App Challenge sponsored by GSMA, mWomen and Vodafone.”

Clean Cook Stove App from Freeworld Media on Vimeo.

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Lee-Roy Chetty

Promoting the Use of Clean Stoves in the Developing World

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Promoting the use of clean stoves in the developing world can contribute to the broader development objectives of reducing poverty, improving health and gender equality, and mitigating climate change.

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Dick Pelletier

Christmas 2062: a glimpse of changes to expect in the next 50 years

by Dick Pelletier

Hot chocolate, warm clothes, and wrapped presents under a tree, ‘tis once again the season to be jolly! We are familiar enough with the holidays as they are now; but what might Christmas be like in 50 years?

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Andrea Kuszewski

#14 Solutions For A Creativity Crisis: A Look At Cuba’s Technological Disobedience

by Andrea Kuszewski

When you think of the ideal creative environment, what comes to mind?  We may imagine a place where you have freedom of expression, a place that encourages breaking convention, somewhere that is abundant in resources that are readily accessible for innovative development of technology, and exposure to many different cultures for inspiration and collaboration. So as you imagine this ultimate creative playground, does Cuba come to mind?

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Frozen In Time in Sci Fi Science: How can we get another galaxy or solar system?

DNA Tube

How do you freeze people without killing them? How do you transport a community in an enclosed space with the friction that will arise between people. This is the real Sci Fi science in ‘Frozen In Time’

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Excellent video on the workings of microtubules

DNA Tube

Cytoskeleton Microtubules : Cell Biology

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Jonathan Lin

Technology and the Changing Landscape of Journalism

by Jonathan Lin

For general and investigative journalists, social media has become a significant means of obtaining news, fact-checking, and reaching out to audiences. Internet-based applications such as Facebook and Twitter count as social media, where they can be used to receive and then share content, resulting in an exchange of ideas, headlines, and discussion on what can be written.

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Evan Selinger

Augmented-Reality Racism

by Evan Selinger

The tech world is brimming with optimism for our augmented-reality future. But what will happen when flawed, prejudiced people get their hands on these tools?

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George Dvorsky

#15 Why Humanists Need to Make the Shift to Post-Atheism

by George Dvorsky

I’m getting increasingly annoyed by all the anti-religious propaganda that litters my Facebook newsfeed. Look, as a fellow humanist and atheist, I get it. Organized religion is a problem on so many levels that I don’t even know where to begin. I’d be the first person to say that something needs to be done about it and I’m delighted to see atheism become normalized in our society and culture. But seriously, folks, what are you hoping to achieve by posting such facile and inflammatory material?

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Jonathan Dotse

#16: Developing World: Beyond the Frontiers of Science Fiction

by Jonathan Dotse

The future will not be a monopoly of the current superpowers, but lies in the hands of tech-savvy youth from around the world, trying desperately to survive at all costs in an increasingly asymmetrical world.

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Melanie Swan

Application of Complexity Theory: Away from Reductionist Phase Transitions

by Melanie Swan

Reductionism persists as a useful node in the possibility space of understanding and managing the world around us. However the possibility space is now expanding to higher levels of resolution such as a focus on complex systems. Learning and tools are ratcheting in lock-step.

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Could maternally inherited DNA gather harmful mutations that only affect men?

Alex Dainis

Mitochondrial DNA: Bite Sci-zed
Could maternally inherited DNA gather harmful mutations that only affect men?

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Lee-Roy Chetty

A new season of cooperation between ICANN and ITU

by Lee-Roy Chetty

A number of high ranking officials and dignitaries are in attendance at the conference, including Mohamed Nasser Al-Ghanim, Director-General of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and Chairman of the Conference; Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); and ITU Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré.

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Humans Are Disgusting!

Aaron Rogers

Many biological facts about your body you probably don’t want to know!
Designed and Animated in AE. Music by John Parsons.

Humans Are Disgusting! Infographic from Aaron Rogers on Vimeo.

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Giulio Prisco

Slow progress of fast McSingularity? Or what?

by Giulio Prisco

“We will not become immortal cyborgs with superintelligent computer friends in the next twenty years,” writes Annalee Newitz on io9.  “There is strong evidence that humans first began exploring the oceans by boat about 50 thousand years ago… What if our space probes and the Curiosity rover are the equivalent of those reed boats thousands of years ago? It’s worth pondering. We may be at the start of a long, slow journey whose climactic moment comes thousands of years from now.” My short answer: So what?

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David Brin

Last-minute breakthroughs and remembrances, before the “end of the world”

by David Brin

As for the recent launch of a satellite by North Korea, upon a rocket with clear intercontinental potential, I can only repeat my earlier recommendation to the U.S. Administration.  One important part of the solution to the “North Korea problem” would arise by announcing that the Hermit Kingdom’s actions will all be attributed and accounted to the legal responsibility of its biggest supporter, enabler and protector.

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Dick Pelletier

Exploring other universes may be possible in the future

by Dick Pelletier

Acclaimed scientists Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, and others believe that an infinite number of universes exist; and that in some far future time, it may be possible to explore these other worlds, which many believe are connected by wormholes.

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Today’s Tragic Events in Connecticut, U.S.

The IEET grieves for the innocent children, staff and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT USA. Our condolences to everyone effected by today’s tragedy. We need to reevaluate the culture of violence (including the amount of guns so readily available) in the United States, and help anyone who may be mentally ill as best we can.

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Ilkka Vuorikuru

New Chapter in the Story of Dehumanization

by Ilkka Vuorikuru

Last week I really thought that people like Francis Fukuyama and Jürgen Habermas have been right all along. Both have claimed in different writings that modern (and especially future) technology will cause our fragile human nature to deteriorate and in effect dehumanize us and our societies.[1]

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Jonathan Lin

What do We Do About Multinational Corporations that Help Oppressive Governments?

by Jonathan Lin

Telecommunications is an industry that is evolving at an increasingly rapid pace, manifest not only in technological advances, but also the influence of regulation, legal policy, market forces, and security.

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Valerie Tarico

Celebrating Love and Light: 10 Holiday Tips for the Post-Religious

by Valerie Tarico

Is the holiday season more glitter than glow for you lately?  Are you a former Christian who finds that hymns don’t resonate anymore?  Do you roll your eyes about the “war on Christmas” manufactroversy?  Does the cherubic little Jesus-in-a-Manger fail to flood your body with sweetness?  Do you feel mixed about participating in a religious holiday now that you’re not religious? Get the scrooge out with these ten tips:

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Dick Pelletier

Will indefinite lifespan become reality? The possibilities are there!

by Dick Pelletier

Exponentially-advancing technologies could provide an indefinite lifespan by mid-century or before, experts say. Many factors drive this futuristic prospect forward:

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How to Slow Down Your Perception of Time


Neuroscientist and bestselling author David Eagleman explains why time seems to go faster as we age, saying, “The way we estimate duration has a lot to do with how much memory we’ve laid down.” Dr. Eagleman has written several neuroscience books, including Incognito: The Brains Behind the Mind (Pantheon, 2011), Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia (co-authored with Richard Cytowic, MIT Press), and the upcoming Live-Wired: How the Brain Rewrites its own Circuitry (Oxford University Press, 2012). He has also written an internationally bestselling book of literary fiction, Sum, which has been translated into 22 languages and was named a Best Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble, New Scientist, and the Chicago Tribune. Dr. Eagleman writes for Wired, the New York Times, Discover magazine, Slate, and New Scientist, and he appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature.


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Diversity Conversation with Douglas Rushkoff: How Does Open Source Relate to Occupy?


How important is open-source software? How does it relate to the Occupy movement? Who would do the Programming? Who is doing the current Open Source programming?
Bob and Aliecia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center at GRCC presents meida theorist Doublass Rushkoff, interviewed by Laura Caprara, owner of Stella Fly Social Media.

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Dick Pelletier

Nanomedicine: nanobots could eliminate all diseases; even death

by Dick Pelletier

From rebuilding damaged cells atom-by-atom to creating micro-robots that swim through arteries destroying pathogens and cancer, nanomedicine promises to change forever how we treat sickness.

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Valerie Tarico

The Big Lie about Plan B–What You Really Should Be Telling Your Friends.

by Valerie Tarico

It’s time, once and for all, to clear up the confusion about Plan B on progressive message boards, Facebook pages, forums and comment threads. Tweet this: Plan B doesn’t cause abortion. It stops or delays ovulation. No egg, no fertilization, no pregnancy – no abortion. It’s that simple.

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Jamais Cascio

I’m Just a Love Machine

by Jamais Cascio

Artifice and Consent in the Age of Robotics

The notion of robot love has a long history, and by far the dominant emphasis has been on its erotic manifestation. After all, the reasoning goes, a sufficiently advanced robot would offer all of the physical pleasure of a real partner with no emotional entanglements, personal judgments, or dissipating affections, in an un-aging body that can be sculpted to look exactly as one desires. Famous movie actors and actresses might even set up a lucrative side-business licensing their own bodily images to robot manufacturers, even long after time and nature had taken a toll.

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