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Leo Igwe

Atheism in Nigeria

by Leo Igwe

According to a recent worldwide poll called, The Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism, Africa is the world’s most devout region. Even with the global decline in religiosity, the black continent has the least number of self-proclaimed atheists in the world.

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Nikola Danaylov

The Importance of Doubt, Asking Questions and Not Knowing

by Nikola Danaylov

Most of us are uncomfortable not knowing. Just think about it: Wouldn’t it be nice (and easy) if we knew the answers to all the important questions? Who am I? Is there a God?

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IEET Fellow Vita-More at Dubrovnik Conference

On September 11, Natasha Vita-More spoke at the “Enhancement, Emerging Technologies, and Social Challenges” conference, at the Inter-University Center in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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74-year-old Bodybuilder: Japan’s Slickest Septuagenarian

Dr. Nona

He’s been pumping iron for 50 years - now Tosaka’s competing in a competition at the age of 74.

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piero scaruffi

Democracy in the Middle East - Why not Iran?

by piero scaruffi

The democratic revolutions of the Middle East (Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Libya and now Syria) actually started in Iran in 2009 when supporters of opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi protested loudly against rigged elections “won” by incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Russell Blackford

Online Vitriol and Derision - it is Necessary?

by Russell Blackford

Does unmeasured vituperation damage internet conversation? Is there a proper time and place for ridicule and denunciation?

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Lee-Roy Chetty

The Importance of Private Sector Growth and Development in Africa

by Lee-Roy Chetty

The private sector is Africa’s primary engine of growth. It generates an estimated 70 percent of Africa’s output, approximately two-thirds of its investment and 90 percent of employment on the continent.

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IEET Fellow Wendell Wallach quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

A news article titled “Robots at War: Scholars Debate the Ethical Issues” includes comments by IEET Fellow Wendell Wallach, who is a scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics.

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Global Warming - Weathergirl Goes Rogue

Deep Rogue Ram

Arctic ice cover just reached its lowest point in recorded history. Pippa goes off script and drops some science. For more, check out ‪http://www.deeprogueram.tumblr.com‬

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John Niman

Rise of the Robot

by John Niman

If you’re anything like me, you grew up on Transformers, or maybe Gundam Wing; big battling robots that carved swaths of destruction wherever they went. While we’re not quite there yet, the military has been pouring a lot of money into robots, and the results might surprise you. The military has been pouring a lot of money into robots, and the results might surprise you. Let’s see what happens when the military gets into the robot game.

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Ben Hyink

In Favor of the Functional Separation of Uploaded Minds and Simultaneous Mind Clones

by Ben Hyink

Exposure to some types of information can constrain one’s real options and impose responsibilities one might rather avoid. To set the stage for a flourishing culture of mind uploads, we need to enable people to live with a freedom from some kinds of potentially harmful information.

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Dustin Eirdosh

If Cows Were Time Travelers - The BioPolitics of Animal Consciousness

by Dustin Eirdosh

If cows were time travelers - I would stop eating most meat! Let me explain…. the ability to be a time traveller is a critical defining marker in how we must practically interpret the nature of any given animal consciousness.

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How to Get to Mars

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NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission (MER) is an ongoing robotic space mission involving two rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, exploring the planet Mars. It began in 2003 with the sending of the two rovers—MER-A Spirit and MER-B Opportunity—to explore the Martian surface and geology.

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Michael Lee

Call of the Wild: Decoding Australia’s Long-Term Future

by Michael Lee

A generation of far-reaching social change lies ahead for Australia.  There will be a serious struggle to adapt to climate change as water security becomes a critical issue for many coastal cities and for agriculture.

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Valerie Tarico

India to Africa: Living in Hand-Me-Downs

by Valerie Tarico

Some years back, a group of anti-poverty advocates cast their lot in with Chevy and Ford to oppose higher gas taxes. “That’s just stupid,” said my ever-blunt brother Dan.

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Evan Selinger

Impatience as Digital Virtue

by Evan Selinger

Apple’s Siri commercials promise a perfectly anthropomorphized digital assistant; a virtual, voice recognition secretary programmed to serve every scheduling and questioning whim by celebrity and average citizen alike.

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Internet Rising (documentary film)

Internet Rising - documentary film

Released on 11.29.11, ‪http://internetRISING.net‬ is a digi-documentary investigating the evolving relationships between the Internet and collective consciousness of humanity. It provokes many questions about ancient and modern paradoxes of life, its pleasures and pains… and the gray area contrasts in between - but most of all it is meant to be an inspiring conversation starter.

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Hank Pellissier

Transhumanists: Who Are They? What Do They Want, Believe, and Predict? (Terasem Survey, Part 5)

by Hank Pellissier

You want increased intelligence, transparency, life expectancy and personal freedom? Curiosity is your primary motivation and you want to reduce or eliminate sleep? Welcome, you’re H+.

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Jamais Cascio

Lies, Damn Lies, and Twitter Bots

by Jamais Cascio

Bear with me—this is going to get twisted. I’ve been paying attention to the use of deception as a tactical method, from real-world grieving to deception as a means of protecting privacy.

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Leo Igwe

Traditional Values and Human Rights in Africa

by Leo Igwe

On March 24 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution titled, Promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms through a better understanding of traditional values of humankind in conformity with international human rights laws.’

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Cheetah Robot

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Dr. Sangbae Kim and his team at MIT’s Biomimetic Robotics Lab are building a cheetah-inspired robot to compete with other fast running robots as part of a DARPA challenge.

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Dick Pelletier

Synthetic life: its Wonders could Revolutionize our Lives

by Dick Pelletier

Say goodbye to global warming, toxic waste, and dependency on fossil fuels, and get ready to enjoy perfect health with exotic drugs that could one day cure most diseases and extend lifespan indefinitely.

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George Dvorsky

Can Technology Help Us Put an End to Animal Experimentation?

by George Dvorsky

Nobody likes the idea of experimenting on animals. It seems like the definition of inhumanity, especially when you consider the growing evidence that animals have awareness just like us.

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Nikola Danaylov

Why I Am an Optimist

by Nikola Danaylov

People ask me why I am an optimist about the progress of technology and the technological singularity. My reply is simple. I choose to focus on the upside.

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How to Stop Robots From Killing Us

big think

Even if computer technology continues to double every 18 months—which is doubtful—we could put a chip in robots’ brains to shut them off if they start to get murderous.

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Maria Konovalenko

I am an “Aging Fighter” Because Life is the Main Human Right, Demand and Desire

by Maria Konovalenko

My name is Maria Konovalenko and I am an aging fighter. I would very much like to live forever, but most importantly I would like all the people in the world to have this opportunity.

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Jaap Boekestein

Turning off, Turning On (Science Fiction)

by Jaap Boekestein

Cyborg high-risk erotica… trusting each other intimately… turning off safety protocols… adjusting bio-levels… using non-recommended software…

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Jønathan Lyons

To Mindfile-Me, or Not to Mindfile-Me?

by Jønathan Lyons

Being a transhumanist parent has some unique challenges, for example…what if I die before I’m able to join the uploaded? Should I contact “LifeNaut” immediately?

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IEET Fellows Selinger and Blackford quoted in NYTimes

“Is Doping Cheating?” - a NYTimes essay on Lance Armstrong and the ethics of enhancement - referenced two IEET Fellows, Evan Selinger and Russell Blackford, with quotes from their recent IEET essays.

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Wendell Wallach Interview - Philosopher’s Podcast

Such That Cast - Philosopher's Podcast

In this second episode of SuchThatCast, I talk to Wendell Wallach, who is a consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He chairs the Center’s research group on Technology and Ethics and is a member of other research groups on Animal Ethics, End of Life Issues, Neuroethics, and PTSD. Wendell co-authored (with Colin Allen) the influential Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong (Oxford University Press 2009), which maps the new field of machine ethics.
Wallach talks about his extraordinary career, from being a spiritual guru in the 1960s to becoming one of today’s leading authorities on machine ethics. He also discusses his involvement in the transhumanist society, as well as his current project of developing a ‘silent ethics’, grounded in meditation practices.

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