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Here’s Why The IoT Is Already Bigger Than You Realize
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Nikola Danaylov

Bald Eagle Gets 3D Beak Prosthesis

by Nikola Danaylov

This is the story of Beauty and her 3D printed prosthetic beak. Beauty is an American bald eagle that got shot in the head by a poacher and consequently lost the top half of her beak.

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Omid Safi

12 Essential Points about the Offensive Film on the Prophet Muhammad

by Omid Safi

The hateful piece of propaganda about the Prophet Muhammad, known as “Innocence of Muslims” continues to have repercussions around the world, due to the attacks on the US Embassy in Libya and Egypt.  

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P. Tittle

What’s Wrong With Selling Your Organs?

by P. Tittle

It seems to be morally acceptable to sell one’s blood, sperm, eggs, and hair. So… what’s so unacceptable about selling one’s kidney?

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We Are All Amazingly Stupid, But We Can Get Better

Nikola Danaylov

Anders covers a wide variety of topics: his childhood and early passion for science fiction; his intellectual journey from science fiction to science and—eventually - to ethics; the goals and benchmarks of his work; human enhancement, body modification and the risks of early adopters; the problem of finding the right priorities; the technological singularity and our chances of surviving it; other existential threats to humanity.

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Martin O'Shea

The Subjectivity Trap - Examining Problems in Mind-Uploading

by Martin O'Shea

There are a number of fundamental problems in how we generally approach the areas of mind uploading and consciousness. I would like to address two major points: how we define computation and the nature of consciousness.

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Russell Blackford

Sam Harris on the “Innocence of Muslims” affair

by Russell Blackford

I see that Sam Harris has published a post on the violent responses to what he calls “an unwatchable Internet video titled ‘Innocence of Muslims.’”

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Lincoln Cannon

Evolving Gods and Richard Dawkins

by Lincoln Cannon

I’ve repeatedly found inspiration in Richard Dawkins, despite an important difference between us: he’s a devout atheist, and I’m a devout theist.

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Dick Pelletier

Quantum Computers: Headband Telepathy, Medical Advances, and more!

by Dick Pelletier

Quick: without grabbing your cell phone, tablet or PC, when did Earth population reach 7 billion? In the near future, the answer might be immediately whispered into your ear, “October 31, 2011.”

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Leo Igwe

Freedom of Speech and Religious Offence

by Leo Igwe

The ‘anti-Islam film’ which led to protests, attacks and killings across Middle East, Asia and Africa has sparked debates over religious offense, particularly how to balance freedom of speech/expression and freedom of religion globally.

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Dustin Eirdosh

Lemur Steaks & Pigeon Pickings - The Malagasy Bushmeat Conundrum

by Dustin Eirdosh

Last night I had the fortune of sitting down with the leading researcher in Madagascar focused on the intersection of wildlife conservation and human health, Dr. Chris Golden from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner is busy with Conference, Symposium, Film Discussion

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner is extremely productive. Recently he organized a conference in Dubrovnik, he is participating in an analysis of the film “Mensch 2.0 - Die Evolution in unsure Hand” and his most recent monograph is the subject of a symposium organized by the Nietzsche Forum in Munich.

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Explaining Quantum Computing

Explaining Computers

Quantum computers store and process information using quantum mechanical states. This video by futurist Christopher Barnatt explains what this means and the future implications.

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The Singularity Is A Progressive Apocalypse

Nikola Danaylov

Cory covers a wide variety of topics such as: how Star Wars inspired him to become a science fiction writer; Cory’s initial jobs as a bookstore seller, Greenpeace activist, web developer, entrepreneur and director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; the intimate relationship between being a science fiction writer, a blogger and an activist; the motivation and goals behind his work; what science fiction is about and what it is good and bad at doing; Doctorow’s take on the technological singularity as a “progressive apocalypse”; his “militant atheism” and technology activism.

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piero scaruffi

The Age of Big Data and the Death of Theory

by piero scaruffi

Is the World Wide Web and modern technology… replacing the human mind? Knowledge today is not a set of theories, but instead just Data, and the machine is a better place to store data than the human mind.

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18 Nations Join the “Longevity Party”

The Longevity Party - started by IEET contributors Ilia Stambler and Maria Konovalenko - already has chapters in 18 nations, after only two months of existence: Russia, the US, Israel, Finland, Georgia, Canada, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, Korea, Philippines, Singapore.

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Nathaniel K. Miller

St. William at the Pearly Gates (Science Fiction)

by Nathaniel K. Miller

What happens at the funeral of Bill Gates - “pioneering post-humanist” - when he dies at the age of three hundred?

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Kris Notaro

What Will it be Like to Multitask to Reach Truth?

by Kris Notaro

What will it be like to multitask in a transhuman world? Will we find truth within information faster and easier?

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Linda MacDonald Glenn

Milton Friedman’s Birthday

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

By popular demand, I’ve been asked to post my talk at Milton Friedman’s birthday celebration a few months back.

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Transhumanism 101

Nikola Danaylov

During our conversation Natasha covers a wide variety of topics such as: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the effect it had on transhumanism, science fiction and science in general; the negative perception and fear of transhumanism stemming from some more recent publications such as Bill Joy’s Why The Future Doesn’t Need Us and Francis Fukuyama’s Post-Human Future; Natasha’s definition of transhumanism; similarities and differences between transhuman, posthuman and cyborg; critical thinking as one of the basic tenets of transhumanism; important writings such as Max More’s Towards a Futurist Philosophy, Eric Drexler’s Engines of Creation and Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World; her PhD dissertation on human enhancement and life expansion; some of the reasons that people fear transhumanism and how to turn that around; some of her upcoming projects such as The Transhumanist Reader and H+TV as well as artistic events and conferences that she supports.

One of my favorite quotes that I will take away from this interview with Natasha is her call to “Get creative about the future!”

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IEET Sends More Cellphones and Blackberries to Madagascar

IEET is sending a second shipment of LG cellphones and Blackberries to Madagascar as part of it’s African Futures Project, to elevate daily life there via techno-progress. The communication devices were donated by Roger Hansen of the Mormon Transhumanist Association.

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Wave Energy Technology

WavenergyNZ

Animation of a WET-NZ wave energy converter in operation and transmitting the generated electricity to shore.

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Hank Pellissier

New Zealand: A Future ‘Home Base’ for Transhumanists?

by Hank Pellissier

Is tech progess in your Luddite homeland too slow? You’d rather dwell in a Transhuman-Land? Here’s plans for a H+-friendly Home Base in the South Pacific, from “Zero State”…

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Giulio Prisco

Human+, a novel about transhumanism and spirituality by Martin Higgins

by Giulio Prisco

The Singularity meets Eastern mysticism in Human+, by U.K.-based writer and journalist Martin Higgins, a just-published science-fiction page-turner inspired by of futures studies, psychic spy research, and the transhumanist movement.

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Alan Brooks

Remembering the 1950-60’s USA ‘Futurists’ - What Went Wrong?

by Alan Brooks

Futurism in the United States properly began during the late ‘50s, and took off—as one might guess —in the ‘60s with the Gemini space program and its ten manned flights.

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Pakistan’s “Accidental” Feminist

DNA Blender

After the Pakistani actress Veena Malik appeared on Indian television, the clerics in her homeland criticized her behavior in the film as inappropriate for a Pakistani Muslim woman. Watch her enraged rebuttal here, in a 2011 interview. Today, she lives in India where she feels appreciated for her work. She also supports gay rights.

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piero scaruffi

Islam and Modernity

by piero scaruffi

The Islamists who are protesting against the USA in Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Yemen and so on might have understood the implications of the Arab Spring better than the West itself.

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Tom Mooney

Time to Get Involved - Support Life Extension, Politically

by Tom Mooney

In less than three months the U.S. will elect a President, 435 members of Congress and approximately one third of the Senate. Those who support “Indefinite Life Extension” need to become involved - silence and apathy are not rewarded.

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Lee-Roy Chetty

How Networking is Transforming Politics

by Lee-Roy Chetty

In the last 20 years the world has moved from bi-polar Cold War to multi-polar globalisation, with widening, deepening and speeding up of global interconnectedness.

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Two Stars for Peace - Palestine and Israel join USA as 51st and 52nd states

Janet's YouTube Channel

Martine Rothblatt delivered this lecture on May 10, 2010 at Ben-Gurion University as part of the 40th Anniversary celebration of the university and the annual Governor’s conference.

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Joern Pallensen

“Mo”- Crisis 2.0..

by Joern Pallensen

Freedom of speech is a key element of the, shall we say, human predicament. Whenever “Big Brother/Mother” tries to curtail this absolutely essential human right, I am – to put it mildly – up in arms.

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