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Basic Income Guarantee will allow us to move up the Maslow Pyramid - interview with Gerd Leonhard
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Becoming the First Transhuman: A Call For The Right Stuff
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Arthur Caplan

At-Home HIV Test Raises Ethical Questions

by Arthur Caplan

A test to determine if you are infected with HIV should be made available over-the-counter, a federal advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration has recommended.

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‪Human Trafficking of Sex Workers‬

borisbraak

Human trafficking is the illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor; a modern-day form of slavery. It is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest, after the drug-trade.

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Owen Nicholas

Sex Work – Demeaning Practice or Basic Human Right?

by Owen Nicholas

As one of the world’s oldest professions, prostitution has historically often been relegated to the dark corners of human society, scarcely mentioned and generally ignored as much as possible. When it does emerge into mainstream discourse it is inevitably followed by the predictable group polemics which accompany almost every social issue of our time, generating fierce and often entrenched debate across the political spectrum.

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Giulio Prisco

Yes, I Am a Believer

by Giulio Prisco

I frequently write and talk about things at the intersection of science and religion, spirituality and technology, and I am often asked if I am a believer. I used to give complicated, intellectual answers, but now I prefer giving a simple answer. My answer is YES, I am a believer.

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We Are Borg

Eddie Angstrom

The Borg - developed from both organic and artificial life, now existing as a collective hive, from Star Trek

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Travis James Leland

We are the Borg… And That is a Good Thing

by Travis James Leland

Let’s be real. The majority of transhumanists, scientists, astronomers, computer specialists, etc. became interested in their fields of study through their interest in science-fiction.  We know the story of how cellphones were designed with Star Trek‘s communicators in mind, as were tablet computers, ebooks, and other new technologies. That has all been well-documented and I’m relatively certain that it is not news to most of us.  Star Trek has been very influential in my life, guiding my thought processes in many areas, like physics, astronomy, quantum mechanics - even politics and economics.  Part 2 of the Casual Transhuman.

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Amara D. Angelica

Are You a Facebook Addict?

by Amara D. Angelica

Take the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale test, developed in Norway, and find out.

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Peter Wicks

How IEET Could Influence Governmental Policy

by Peter Wicks

Recently there has been commenters’s discussion here at IEET about whether it should be moving from being essentially a website that provides reading material and a forum for public debate towards more of a genuine “think tank” model, clearly advocating a techno-progressive point of view and attempting to influence policy (both public and private) in a more direct, substantial and well-defined way.

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The Dark Side of Technology

Big Think

Dr. Michio Kaku addresses this question: What is the most dangerous technology?

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Giulio Prisco

Mind Uploading, Vitology, and Crystal Minds

by Giulio Prisco

Our cosmic destiny: Upload your mind,  leave biology behind, become a cyber angel.

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Rachel Armstrong

Sustainable to Evolvable: an introduction

by Rachel Armstrong

The monoculture of machine-inspired innovation means that we have effectively been building our cities for
machines, not humans.

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There’s Nothing Natural About Dying

Big Think

Aubrey de Grey contends that a “natural” death is really the result of a preventable “lifelong accumulation of damage.”

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Jønathan Lyons

Who, or what, is a person? Speciesism and Substrate Chauvinism

by Jønathan Lyons

In my first installment, I began with the question - Who, or what, is a person? - using the Hierarchy of Exclusion from Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game novels as a starting point. My purpose in this second section is to expand our circle of inclusion.

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Ilkka Vuorikuru

Does Transhumanism Create New Social Relations?

by Ilkka Vuorikuru

Does Transhumanism, as a social movement, have the power to transform human society? Is technology shaping us or we it?

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The Optimism Bias

TEDTalks

Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side—and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial.

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George Dvorsky

Are Humans Becoming More or Less Psychopathic?

by George Dvorsky

Readers of this blog know that I’ve started to develop a bit of a fascination with psychopathy. It all got started after attending the Moral Brain Moral Brain conference at NYU last April. The more I look into this subject, the more I understand why so many neuroscientists are making such a big fuss about it.

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Dick Pelletier

Driverless Cars Promise Huge Impact in Our Everyday Lives

by Dick Pelletier

Imagine going to the grocery store in 25 years in your sleek new auto-drive car: You hop in, voice the destination and off you go. The quiet, electric-powered vehicle drops you off at the supermarket entrance, then auto-parks itself while you shop. As you exit the store, your car drives to the entrance, picks you up and returns home. You marvel at this incredible car that can also run errands without you on board.

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‪Robot Geminoid F‬

Annie Moon

The new gynoid robot named Geminoid F (“F” stands for female) is also designed to be remote controlled by an operator. It is a copy of an actual woman in her 20s with the ability to exhibit diverse facial expressions more naturally than Ishiguro’s previous human-like robots.

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John Niman

Musings On Robot Sex Dolls and Companions

by John Niman

The currents of the internet work in odd ways; this past week the theme seems to be robot sex. Since I have had it on the brain, I figure I will contribute to the trendiness and throw my own 2c in.

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Hank Pellissier

The Ukrainian “Human Barbie Doll” - Valeria Lukyanova - is this the future of cosmetic enhancement?

by Hank Pellissier

Immaculate doll-face, globulous breasts, teeny waist, slender limbs, vacant ice-blue eyes, long platinum hair - Valeria Lukyanova of Odessa, Ukraine, has re-designed her physical form to resemble Barbie, the plastic Mattel toy. Is the result “beautiful”? Critics screech that she’s “creepy” and “lifeless” with an “uncanny valley” absence of sexuality, but… let’s not kid ourselves here.

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Our Reborn Future in Space

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Mining Asteroids! Has the future finally arrived? Is this B.S. or not B.S.? Scientist and Sci-Fi author David Brin breaks down the idea into its fascinating ideas, taking a look at how Planetary Resources is planning to obtain metals and fuel by mining asteroids.

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David Brin

Brain Preservation: Is Your Brain Worth the Bother?

by David Brin

The Brain Preservation Foundation is an interesting enterprise co-developed by John Smart (Acceleration Studies Foundation) that’s offering a prize for researchers who manage to preserve animal brains in ways that would be suitable for humans and that keep intact the web of physical connections - or the connectome - that some believe to contain all of the information in both memory and thoughts. Brain preservation aims at locking in these connections against post-mortem decay.

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Rachel Armstrong

Any Sufficiently Advanced Civilization is Indistinguishable from Nature

by Rachel Armstrong

In Western cultures, nature is a cosmological, primal ordering force and a terrestrial condition that exists in the absence of human beings. Both meanings are freely implied in everyday conversation. We distinguish ourselves from the natural world by manipulating our environment through technology. In What Technology Wants, Kevin Kelly proposes that technology behaves as a form of meta-nature, which has greater potential for cultural change than the evolutionary powers of the organic world alone.

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Free Will?

Big Think

There’s no such thing as free will in the sense of a ghost in the machine; our behavior is the product of physical processes in the brain rather than some mysterious soul, says Pinker.

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piero scaruffi

The Nonlinear Origins of Free Will

by piero scaruffi

paolo scaruffi is the author of The Nature of Consciousness: The Structure of Life and the Meaning of Matter, and A Brief History of Knowledge.

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Hank Pellissier

“The Self” in the Future: Will it be Extinguished, by Neuroscience?

by Hank Pellissier

Will “the self” survive because it can provide people with a greater sense of happiness? Or is it - perhaps along with the constructs “Free Will” and “Determinism” - doomed to the dustbin of history? Should cyborgs, avatars, and a rewired human brain be developed with a stronger or weaker sense of self? An interview with Dr. Garret Merriam, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of Southern Indiana.

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“Flesh” is the Resurrection Choice of IEET Readers

34.8% of IEET poll responders selected “Cryonics and Resurrection” in a recent survey that inquired about life-after-death preferences. 27.7% selected, instead, the category, “Uploaded in a Non-Biological Medium,” and 24.1% chose “Either is Fine.”

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George Dvorsky

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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Harvard Humanist of the Year

Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard on YouTube

Seth MacFarlane receives Harvard Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism at the Memorial Church - October 15th, 2011. With his trademark blend of wit and wisdom, Seth discusses religion’s suppression of scientific progress and it’s cost to civilization.

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Tsvi Bisk

The Second American Century

by Tsvi Bisk

Despite fashionable twaddle about American decline, America’s cultural influence has never been as dominant as it is now. Indeed, the 21st century promises to be the American Century to an even greater extent than the 20th. The American attitude to life – The American Idea – is now reflected in the universal aspirations of all humanity.

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