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Why Did We Stop Going To The Moon?

This is Where the Rosetta Spacecraft Is Going to Die

Skepticism and the Meaning of Life

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A forgotten Space Age technology could change how we grow food


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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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John G Messerly

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

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Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow


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Lunar Space Elevator Infrastructure

Elevator To Space

This is the basic model of the Lunar Space Elevator Infrastructure. We call it LSEI or “Elsie” for short. The system can be constructed within 8 years, using current “Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) technology.

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Will Artificial Intelligence Turn Evil & Against Humans?

The David Pakman Show

Luke Muehlhauser, Executive Director of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, joins us to talk about the future of AI, whether the fiction-based idea that robots and AI will eventually turn against each other is based in any reality, and more.


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David Brin

Are Animals Intelligent… Enough?  Do They Want to be… Smarter?

by David Brin

Decoding Animal Languages, by Con Slobodchikoff, is an inspiring new study that demonstrates how new technologies can open new avenues of empathy, helping humans understand the other species who co-inhabit this planet with us.

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Valerie Tarico

Sixteen Wives, Twenty Children: The Role of Machismo in Overpopulation

by Valerie Tarico

At a bright, arty youth hostel in Cape Town, my teenage daughters crossed paths with a young man who seemed to spend most of his time watching late night television.  At one point he said, “I want to have twelve children.”

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Lee-Roy Chetty

Africa on Track for Millennium Goals

by Lee-Roy Chetty

The African continent’s progress in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 has gathered pace and credibility over the past few years.

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The Universe in a Nutshell

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The Universe in a Nutshell: The Physics of Everything
Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at CUNY

What if we could find one single equation that explains every force in the universe? Dr. Michio Kaku explores how physicists may shrink the science of the Big Bang into an equation as small as Einstein’s “e=mc^2.” Thanks to advances in string theory, physics may allow us to escape the heat death of the universe, explore the multiverse, and unlock the secrets of existence. While firing up our imaginations about the future, Kaku also presents a succinct history of physics and makes a compelling case for why physics is the key to pretty much everything.

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“This House Wants to Defeat Aging Entirely” (Part 2 - Oxford Debate)

SENS Foundation

Debate between Dr Aubrey de Grey (proposing) and Professor Colin Blakemore (opposing) organised by Oxford University Science Society, held in the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford on April 25th, 2012.

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J. Hughes

How Do We Care For Future People? Buddhist and Jain Ideas for Reproductive Ethics (Part 2)

by J. Hughes

My proposal is that instead of a binary approach to jiva/ajiva, or souled and soulless, the Buddhist and Jain ideas of ensoulment are open to an analog interpretation in line with neuroscience and ethology. From a Keynote Address delivered at the International Jain Conference at Claremont Lincoln University, August 24-25, 2012.

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RU Sirius

David Cronenberg’s New Film “Cosmopolis” - The Quantified Life Is Not Worth Living

by RU Sirius

Eric Packer (played by Robert Pattison) — reigning master of the universe of unencumbered digital financial trading — spends most of his disastrous day in the back of a limo in David Cronenberg’s new film.

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Evan Selinger

Future of Privacy Forum Director: Browser Settings should be as Easy To Navigate as a Car

by Evan Selinger

We’re all concerned about privacy, but have a hard time separating hype from fact, hysteria from reasonable concerns, and peripheral from main issues.

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Nikola Danaylov

Top 10 Reasons We Should NOT Fear The Singularity

by Nikola Danaylov

An excellent way to get motivated to create the best possible future is to read this list of the 10 most inspiring reasons we should embrace The Singularity:

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John Niman

Some Brief Thoughts On Immortality

by John Niman

It’s difficult to delve far into transhumanist discussion without hearing people talk about immortality.

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Virtual Futures 2011

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Life: The Ultimate Technology
The concept of ‘living technology’ calls attention to the fact that modern science is increasingly capable of engineering systems whose power is based on the core features of life (ISSP, online). My research investigates the development of ‘living materials’, a particular example of living technology, which exploits the energetics inherent in terrestrial matter to create design solutions for the built environment that are ‘programmable’ using chemistry and physics. Many of these properties are regarded as characteristic of ‘life’ but do not infer ‘aliveness’ on the system. The particular system that I am investigating is a dynamic oil in water droplet system, which is capable of emergent behaviour and demonstrates some complex properties that can be thought of as architectural: shedding skins, motility, modification of the environment, population scale behaviour and the production of complex structures. Speculative proposals for applications of these ‘living materials’ in the built environment are explored, particularly with respect to environmental interventions such as, the development of carbon fixing surfaces, reclaiming the city of Venice by growing an artificial limestone reef underneath it, oil producing solar panels and water producing claddings.

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Joern Pallensen

A Rant About Nothing(ness)

by Joern Pallensen

Ex nihilo nihil fit – from nothing, nothing comes, – so the saying goes. It is, however, conventional wisdom that hinges on the very definition of “nothing”, and a  “self-evident” truth which, upon closer examination, turns out to be not only deeply controversial, but  perhaps even beyond human comprehension..

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The Trouble with Confidence

big think

The trouble, says Nobel Laureate psychologist Daniel Kahneman, is that we’re often confident in our intuitive judgments even when we have no idea what we’re doing.

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Is there a place in Cryonics for Charity?

What about people who get a terminal diagnosis when they are young and don’t have the family funds to set up arrangements? In what cases should charity be extended?

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The Dalai Lama on Technological Change

What Is The Question That I Should Be Asking?

Is the Dalai Lama a transhumanist singularitarian? Watch this video to find out yourself!

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Values Without Religion

big think

Are shared human values possible and sustainable without religion? This is the subject of life philosopher Alain de Botton’s new book, Religion for Atheists.

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J. Hughes

How Do We Care For Future People?
 Buddhist and Jain Ideas for Reproductive Ethics (Part 1)

by J. Hughes

Buddhists and Jains believe there is moral and evolutionary continuity between animals, humans and “gods,” and that all creatures can evolve from animal to posthuman. This places them closer to the progressive optimist and posthumanist aspects of European Enlightenment thought, than followers of the Abrahamic faiths. The Buddhist emphasis on anatta or no-self is also close to neuroscientific reductionism. From a Keynote Address delivered at the International Jain Conference at Claremont Lincoln University, August 24-25, 2012.

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Michael Lee

Unmasking North Korea’s Future

by Michael Lee

Everyone can see that North Korea is trapped in a tragic time-warp, a kind of living museum of 1950s style Cold War socialism. Its political bubble of unreality is likely to burst open with great force well before mid-century.

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Evan Selinger

Why Do We Love To Call New Technologies “Creepy”?

by Evan Selinger

When we can’t find another way to explain our objections to facial-recognition software, for instance, creepy becomes a crutch.

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How to Accomplish High Goals

big think

Ray Kurzweil says set high standards and try to meet them, plus be your own worst critic.

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The End Is Not The End

Singularity 1 on 1

During our conversation we cover a wide variety of topics such as: how Giulio got interested in transhumanism and the singularity; the inspirational role of science fiction in general and Arthur C. Clarke in particular; the many definitions of the technological singularity; transhumanism and why he is a singularitiarian who doesn’t believe in the singularity; happiness as the ultimate motivation; religion, spirituality, unreligion and science; the Order of Cosmic Engineers; The Turing Church; hope and resurrecting the dead.

My favorite quote that I will take away from this interview with Giulio Prisco is:

“The end is not the end. Future science and technology may be able to resurrect us.”

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Nikola Danaylov

Top 10 Reasons We Should Fear The Singularity

by Nikola Danaylov

Why do we fear the technological singularity? Let me give you what I believe are the top 10 most popular reasons:

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Hank Pellissier

Wake Up, Deathists! - You DO Want to LIVE 10,000 Years!

by Hank Pellissier

The future won’t be boring. It will accelerate in excitement. Don’t fear radical life extension - embrace it.

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Valerie Tarico

When Science Teachers Don’t Believe in Evolution

by Valerie Tarico

Last week, as I was driving a carload of middle-schoolers to a movie, the kids started talking about their teachers.  I couldn’t help overhearing, “ . . . He’s a great science teacher, but he doesn’t believe in evolution.”  

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Memes and “Temes”

TEDxTalks

Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology—and invents ways to keep itself alive

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‪Are Memes & Internet Culture Creating a Singularity?‬

PBS Idea Channel

Here on the internet, we love us some memes. But where do they come from? Yes we know, they are user generated. But to an internet layman, they seem to just appear, in HUGE quantities, ready for cultural consumption. Are they a sign of a “cultural singularity”? Memes follow rules and code, are varied, self-referential, and seem to multiply at an ever increasing rate. It may seem like science fiction, but we’re close to a world where culture automatically and magically creates infinitely more culture.

Let us know what sorts of crazy ideas you have, about this episode and otherwise:
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Made by Kornhaber Brown (‪http://www.kornhaberbrown.com‬)

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George Dvorsky

Prominent Scientists Sign Declaration that Animals have Conscious Awareness, Just Like Us

by George Dvorsky

An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are — a list of animals that includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus.

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Dick Pelletier

Rapid Population Growth: Past Benefits, Today’s Problems, Bold Solutions

by Dick Pelletier

University of Wisconsin anthropologist John Hawks recently discovered that Earth’s rapid population growth played a key role in human development by supercharging our evolutionary progress.

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