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RU Sirius

Steal This Singularity Entry #1

by RU Sirius

It was at the end of the first day of the Singularity Summit 2012 when Ben Popper — the dude from The Verge who I’d spoken to by phone — approached.  “What do you think?” he asked.

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Kevin LaGrandeur

Do Medieval and Renaissance Androids Presage the Posthuman?

by Kevin LaGrandeur

The factual and fictional literature of the Renaissance contains references to the creation of artificial humanoids-somewhat remarkable for an era that predates not only the era of cloning and robotics, but also the era of industry. These figures range from images in fictional literature of talking brass heads to discussions of the homunculus by Renaissance natural philosophers and to Jewish legends of the golem.

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Miguel Nicolelis

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Miguel Nicolelis

Miguel Nicolelis will soon help paralyzed people walk again, with a robotic vest that moves according to brain commands.





Imagine living in a world where people use their computers, drive their cars, and communicate with one another simply by thinking. In this stunning and inspiring work, Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis shares his revolutionary insights into how the brain creates thought and the human sense of self—and how this might be augmented by machines, so that the entire universe will be within our reach.

Beyond Boundaries draws on Nicolelis’s ground-breaking research with monkeys that he taught to control the movements of a robot located halfway around the globe by using brain signals alone. Nicolelis’s work with primates has uncovered a new method for capturing brain function—by recording rich neuronal symphonies rather than the activity of single neurons. His lab is now paving the way for a new treatment for Parkinson’s, silk-thin exoskeletons to grant mobility to the paralyzed, and breathtaking leaps in space exploration, global communication, manufacturing, and more.
Beyond Boundaries promises to reshape our concept of the technological future, to a world filled with promise and hope.

 

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John Horgan & George Johnson: The evolution of altruism

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The evolution of altruism

- The evolution of altruism
- Fundamental problems with evolutionary psychology
- John argues with hipster scientist Robert Trivers
- Is the brain like an iPhone or a pocketknife?
- Deceit and misconduct in academia
- George’s upcoming book, “The Cancer Chronicles”

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Lee-Roy Chetty

Making Information Mobile

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Among the plethora of technological developments within the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, mobile phones have had the most pronounced impact in developing countries.

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Richard Eskow

The Children Of Columbus: The Multinationals And Their Courtiers

by Richard Eskow

Columbus is honored as an adventurer In the European-created nations of the New World. He’s seen a little differently by those whose ancestors were enslaved by Europeans, or who arrived in chain.

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How to Live a Creative Life

TEDxTalks

Dr. Ray Hsu is the co-founder of Art Song Lab, a multidisciplinary composition workshop. As an educator, and artist, Dr. Hsu has had a varied and colourful career path. He has written and published two award-winning books, written in over 50 international publications, taught a prison music workshop, and is the editor of Ricepaper Magazine. Ray has appeared on a variety of media, and contributes to several arts boards in the city and across the world.

 

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piero scaruffi

The Fittest Species: Who is Winning the War for Survival?

by piero scaruffi

Most of the world’s genetic diversity lies in viruses. The longest living beings are bacteria. No wonder that these microscopic organisms kill more humans than any other dangerous animal.

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Jønathan Lyons

Is it Time for an Enhanced Olympics?

by Jønathan Lyons

I’ve been wondering quite a bit lately about the future of sports competitions. Specifically, as humankind merges ever more intimately with technology, I wonder whether such competitions as the Olympics can go on in their current forms.

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Memes and “Temes”

TED Talks

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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The Rise of an African Tiger Economy

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Emerging Ethiopia: The Rise of an African Tiger Economy

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Kris Notaro is IEET’s next Managing Director, Pellissier moves to African Project

Gradually in the next few weeks, there’s going to be a shift in staffing at IEET. Hank Pellissier - the present Managing Director - is handing over those duties to long-time IEET contributor Kris Notaro.

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Dick Pelletier

Consciousness: Solving its Mysteries Promise Safer, Healthier Lives

by Dick Pelletier

What consciousness is, and why and how it exists, are some of the oldest questions in philosophy.

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Giulio Prisco

Rudy Rucker and Science Fiction Religions

by Giulio Prisco

Rudy Rucker’s blog (one of the best blogs on the web, by one of the best science and fiction writers) has new interesting posts on SF religions, part of Rudy’s public brainstorming with self in preparation for a new novel.

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Ray Kurzweil on Singularity 1 on 1

Nikola Danaylov

Nikola Danyalov says, “Ray Kurzweil’s impact on my life in general but especially on what I have been doing for the past 3 or 4 years is hard to exaggerate. It is a simple fact that, if I haven’t read his seminal book The Singularity is Near, I would be neither blogging nor podcasting about exponential technologies, not to mention going to Singularity University. And so it was with great excitement and some trepidation that I went to interview Dr. Kurzweil in his office in Boston.”

Nikola also wants viewers to know that, ““You can help me produce more episodes of Singularity 1 on 1 by supporting my fund-raising campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/singularity1on1

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Jonathan Lin

Ushahidi - Crowdsourcing Democracy, from Kenya to the World

by Jonathan Lin

Platform that promotes humanitarianism and citizen journalism emerges from Kenyan civil strife; now it instigates economic change and social activism internationally.

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Valerie Tarico

Serious plus Correct—a Rwandan Formula for Hope

by Valerie Tarico

My husband Brian is driving in Maputo, Mozambique, I’m navigating, and our daughters Brynn and Marley are in the back seat.  We turn the corner, and Brian groans.  Ahead, stands a police officer waving us over. 

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J. Hughes

Buddhism and Cognitive Enhancement: Self-Control, Renunciation, Honesty, and Wisdom (Part 3)

by J. Hughes

Neurotechnology can be used to enhance Buddhist virtues such as patience and equanimity; it provides help to those who are genetically disadvantaged.

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Hank Pellissier

Should California Secede from the United States?

by Hank Pellissier

“Yes (sort of),” says Chris Hables Gray, a “pragmatic anarchist feminist revolutionary” who works as a lecturer of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cal State Monterey. He believes “devolution” of large nations into smaller regions will improve democratic decision-making.

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Andrew Maynard

Open Access Academics: Experiments with YouTube, the Science of Risk, and Professional Amateurism

by Andrew Maynard

YouTube intrigues me.  Having been dragged into the YouTube culture by my teenagers over the past two years, I’ve been fascinated by the shift from seemingly banal content to a sophisticated social medium.

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What is 3D Printing?

WBEZ Morning Shift

The IEET’s Dr. J. appeared on Chicago public radio Tuesday, October 16, 2012 to discuss the ethical and economic consequences of 3D printing with Shoshana Berger, director of editorial development at Wired. They examine how 3-D printing will affect manufacturing, copyright law and possibly the defense industry.

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The New Tao of Leadership

Big Think

In John Maeda’s experience as an artist—turned—President of the Rhode Island School of Design, the ideal leader falls somewhere in between Lao Tzu and Father Knows Best.

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J. Hughes

Buddhism and Cognitive Enhancement - Chemical Happiness, Generosity and Loving-Kindness (Part 2)

by J. Hughes

If the soteriological goal of Buddhism is to alleviate one’s own suffering, and the perfection of virtue is merely a tool to that end, is it possible to skip the enhancement of virtue and just use neurotechnology to eliminate suffering?

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David Brin

The “Tytler” Insult—Is Democracy Hopeless?

by David Brin

Well… it’s back.  One of the best examples of a mass-hypnotic pseudo-wisdom that helps to lobotomize politics in American life.

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Leo Igwe

Witch Killing and the Rule of Law in Africa.

by Leo Igwe

The killing of persons accused of witchcraft continues to take place in different parts of Africa despite the existence of enabling laws and human rights mechanisms.

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Turning Dunes into Architecture

TEDTalks

Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself.

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J. Hughes

Using Neurotechnologies to Develop Virtues - A Buddhist Approach to Cognitive Enhancement (Part 1)

by J. Hughes

Will new tech in genetics and neurology be successfully used to suppress vices and enhance happiness and virtue? Will this accelerate spiritual progress and liberation in the Buddhist traditions? Is it dangerous to manipulate moods?

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Kevin LaGrandeur

The Persistent Peril of the Artificial Slave

by Kevin LaGrandeur

Robots were created to perform the same jobs as slaves—jobs that are dirty, dangerous, or monotonous—thereby freeing their owners to pursue more lofty and comfortable pursuits.

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Evan Selinger

How To Make a Spy Exhibit Boring

by Evan Selinger

Museums are using technology to create spectacle, not spark learning.

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Rachel Armstrong

Is there an Ecological Architectural Design Method?

by Rachel Armstrong

A talk on nature, ecology, synthetic biology and the machines of living grace, delivered to architecture students at the University of Greenwich, October 10th, 2012

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