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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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First Successful Gene-Editing in Live Mammals Brings Us Closer to Human Treatments
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The Singularity: Fact or Fiction or Somewhere In-between?
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Andrea Kuszewski

Who’s Afraid of the Neuroscience of Politics?

by Andrea Kuszewski

From the looks of things, it appears to be conservative journalists.

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Asking Big Questions about the Universe

TEDtalksDirector

Professor Stephen Hawking asks some big questions about our universe—How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone?—and discusses how we might go about answering them.

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George Dvorsky

Could a single pill save your marriage?

by George Dvorsky

Your relationship is on the rocks. Begrudgingly, you and your significant other visit a marriage counselor in the hopes that there’s still something left to salvage in your relationship. You both spill your guts and admit that the love is gone. The counselor listens attentively, nodding her head every now and then in complete understanding. At the end of the session she offers the two of you some practical words of advice and sees you on your way. Oh, but before you leave she fills out a prescription for the two of you. Your marriage, it would seem, has been placed on meds.

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John Niman

Synthetic Life, Blood Vessel Printing, Jaw Transplants, and other Medical Breakthroughs

by John Niman

Today I want to talk about three broad categories: Synthetic or engineered medical research or treatments, biological (DNA) research and procedures, and various transplants that have been performed or are being researched.

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Kyle Munkittrick

The Avengers Help You Understand Your Fears About Transhumanism

by Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanism is a big, complicated, sprawling idea. The central concept – that humans can be made better with technology – touches on a lot of hopes and fears about the future of humanity. Though I’m always going on about how great human enhancement could be, I’ve got my fair share of fears myself. But my fears are probably way different than many of your fears. But how in the world can we represent those concerns? As it turns out, I’ve found a pretty good set of archetypes that represent our hopes and fears: Marvel Comic’s Avengers.

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Dmitry Itskov of “Russia 2045’ - interview by Singularity 1 on 1

Singularity 1 on 1

Dmitry Itskov—Russian entrepreneur spearheading project Avatar and Global Future 2045.


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Gap Widening Between Global Rich and Poor

Soular Flexes

Former President of the World Bank discusses global inequality in wealth.

 

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Dick Pelletier

Automation will one day Replace Humans in Government, experts say

by Dick Pelletier

As we trek into the future, with electronic systems and robots assuming human jobs - will politicians, judges and police one day see their duties taken over by automation?

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Carol Lloyd

Is School Lowering your Child’s IQ?

by Carol Lloyd

Did you hear?  There’s now cold, hard research confirming what the Dilbert set have long known: meetings make you stupid. What’s more, being ranked or assigned a status within a group can have a particularly pernicious effect on our grey matter.  A new study—led by a team of researchers at California Institute of Technology with four other institutions—found that IQs can drop precipitously in group settings. 

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FBI framing members of Occupy?

RT America

Many government agencies and Wall Street would like to see the end of Occupy Wall Street.

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David Pearce

The Biointelligence Explosion

by David Pearce

How recursively self-improving organic robots will modify their own 
source code and bootstrap our way to full-spectrum superintelligence.

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Leo Igwe

Witchcraft and the Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia

by Leo Igwe

Recently, a Sri Lankan woman was arrested by Saudi authorities for witchcraft.  A man accused this woman of casting a spell on a 13 year old girl during a family shopping trip. He complained to the police that the girl ‘started acting in an abnormal way’ after a close contact with the woman in a shopping mall in the port city of Jeddah. According to news reports, the accused woman is currently in police custody in Saudi Arabia. If pressure is not brought on Saudi authorities to spare the life of this ‘innocent’ woman, she may be executed by beheading any moment from now.

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‪Want to Live Forever?‬

ReasonTV

Sonia Arrison, author of 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything

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DIY Penis Enlargement

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DIY Penis Enlargement - Can men increase their penis size, length and girth by using the SizeGenetics penis enlargement kit?

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True Grit: Can Perseverance Be Taught?

TEDxTalks

Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Angela studies non-IQ competencies that predict success both academically and professionally. Her research populations have included West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee finalists, novice teachers, salespeople, and students.

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Giulio Prisco

Becoming Cyber Angels

by Giulio Prisco

There is more and more, and often positive, coverage of mind uploading and cybernetic immortality in the press, and it appears that leaving biology behind and becoming cyber angels is an idea whose time has come.

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Hank Pellissier

What Would You Do - with the infinite extra years - If You Were Immortal?

by Hank Pellissier

Do you want to live forever?  Many people - perhaps the majority - Do Not. People who want to die on the current schedule, like sheep led to slaughter at culling time, offer several reasons for their capitulation. One reason is their fear that Eternal Life Might Be Boring. These “Deathists” worry that existence without Abysmal Oblivion lurking ahead, terrifying us into alertness… would render us comatose with ennui.

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IEET rated #1 in “Top 10 Non-Profits Straight Outta Science Fiction”

TopTenz.net selected IEET as #1 non-profit in the category, “Straight Outta Science Fiction.” The website touts IEET as the best organization to fund if you want to “fight Terminators by making yourself into an immortal cyborg…”  NPOs trailing IEET include the Mormon Transhumanist Association (#5), Humanity+ (#6), and the Singularity Institute (#8).

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‪2045: A New Era for Humanity‬

2045ru's channel

Our forecast for the next forty years - Russia 2045 transforms into World 2045.

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Defending Politics: Why democracy matters

The RSA

Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield, Matthew Flinders, argues for a shift from the bland and fatalistic ‘politics of pessimism’ that appears to dominate public life, towards a more buoyant and engaged ‘politics of optimism’.

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David Brin

Is Our Time in Outer Space Finally At-Hand?

by David Brin

Obayashi Corp has announced it will construct a space elevator capable of shuttling passengers 36,000 kilometers above the Earth by 2050.

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Rachel Armstrong

Self-Repairing Architecture

by Rachel Armstrong

All buildings today have something in common: They are made using Victorian technologies. This involves blueprints, industrial manufacturing and construction using teams of workers. All this effort results in an inert object, which means there is a one–way transfer of energy from our environment into our homes and cities. This is not sustainable.

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Ants, Terrorism, and the Awesome Power of Memes

TEDtalks

Starting with the simple tale of an ant, philosopher Dan Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of memes—concepts that are literally alive.

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Jamais Cascio

The Pink Collar Future

by Jamais Cascio

The claim that robots are taking our jobs has become so commonplace of late that it’s a bit of a cliché. Nonetheless, it has a strong element of truth to it. Not only are machines taking “blue collar” factory jobs—a process that’s been underway for years, and no longer much of a surprise except when a company like Foxconn announces it’s going to bring in a million robots (which are less likely to commit suicide, apparently)—but now mechanized/digital systems are quickly working their way up the employment value chain.

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Every Major’s Terrible

davidadMIT

what should you study in college?
here’s one answer

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Owen Nicholas

The Top Ten Best Science Fiction Movies

by Owen Nicholas

Since the arrival of the internet innumerable lists have been made of the greatest science fiction films of all time, and reading them has provided a pretty good indication of how diverse and multi-faceted the genre is. As countdowns like these will always be essentially personal and subjective assessments on form, theme, cinematic style and general aesthetic appreciation, it’s an almost foregone conclusion that drawing up such lists entails waiting for the wave of criticism, scorn, refutations, approval and ambivalence which inevitably follow. Well I happily cry ‘bring it on!’

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Brain Magic

TEDTalks

Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies—in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic.


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Phil Torres

Will Future Generations Listen to Music?

by Phil Torres

Answer: probably not; it seems destined for obsolescence

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Travis James Leland

The InVitro Meat Debate

by Travis James Leland

Why doesn’t everyone get excited about transhumanism? Why aren’t all people fascinated by augmented and virtual reality, radical life-extension, brain-uploading, and The Singularity? This essay is the first in a series of articles, entitled “The Casual Transhuman” - it will examine h+ topics from the layman’s perspective and give suggestions on how transhumanists can spread their ideas without looking like crackpots to the world-at-large.

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George Dvorsky

How Will We Build an Artificial Human Brain?

by George Dvorsky

There’s an ongoing debate among neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, and even philosophers as to whether or not we could ever construct or reverse engineer the human brain. Some suggest it’s not possible, others argue about the best way to do it, and still others have already begun working on it.

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