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Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

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8 Craziest Mega-Engineering Projects We Could Use to Rework the Earth
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Free Will, Buddhism, and Mindfulness Meditation - interview with Terry Hyland
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The Social Fabric of a Technically Advanced Society
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Andrea Kuszewski

Your Brain on Politics: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Liberals and Conservatives

by Andrea Kuszewski

Can neuroscience provide evidence for a liberal and a conservative thinking style?

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A Look Inside at Occupy Wall Street

A new angle on Occupy Wall Street reveals the strong micro community that has formed there.

Right Here All Over (Occupy Wall St.) from Alex Mallis on Vimeo.

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Doug Rushkoff

Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don’t get it.

by Doug Rushkoff

Like the spokesmen for Arab dictators feigning bewilderment over protesters’ demands, mainstream television news reporters finally training their attention on the growing Occupy Wall Street protest movement seem determined to cast it as the random, silly blather of an ungrateful and lazy generation of weirdos. They couldn’t be more wrong and, as time will tell, may eventually be forced to accept the inevitability of their own obsolescence.

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Kris Notaro

The Crusade for a Cultured Alternative to Animal Meat: An Interview with Nicholas Genovese, PhD PETA

by Kris Notaro

A cruelty-free, cultured meat is on the horizon that will help save a large percentage of the 27 billion animals slaughtered each year for food.

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Richard Eskow

Here’s Occupy Wall Street’s ‘One Demand’—Sanity

by Richard Eskow

Even the sympathizers don’t always get it. I’m sure I get a lot of things wrong too, but here’s one thing I do understand: Change doesn’t begin with policy. It begins with perception. And you don’t change things by asking. You change them by acting.

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James Felton Keith

Occupy All Streets

by James Felton Keith

While watching the Occupy Wall Street movement gain momentum and challenge the status quo, we in the transhumanist and technoprogressive communities should take note of differences between this movement and those earlier in the 20th century that were in direct opposition to some set of conservative policies.

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Mapping the History of Space and Time

The longer a telescope spends looking at a target, the more sensitive the observations become, and the deeper we can look into space. But to get the full picture of what’s happening in the Universe, astronomers also need observations at a range of different wavelengths, requiring different telescopes. These are the key ideas behind the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, or GOODS for short.

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Will Robots Steal Your Job?

New America Foundation



Robots and computers have made astonishing progress at acquiring what we’ve long considered fundamentally human capabilities. Machines are beginning to understand language. They can listen, they can speak, they can read, and they may even be able to write. They’re getting better at visual pattern recognition; computers can tell the difference between your face and your dad’s face, and they may be able to look at a biopsy slide and tell the difference between a cancerous cell and a healthy one. Computers might even be able to “reason” the way humans can. Perhaps they’ll soon sit in judgment when you appeal your traffic ticket.

We’ve seen robots take over many jobs that require routine activities and manual labor, but what impact will they have on high-skilled workers, including medical professionals, lawyers, scientists, and journalists? Which jobs are most vulnerable to the “robot invasion,” and which jobs will the robots be unable to touch? (Hint: not many.) Should we be happy about the robots—after all, they’ll probably make our jobs easier—or should we be worried? And if the robots are coming, should we try to stop them?

At this September 2011 event, Slate technology columnist Farhad Manjoo and a panel of experts explored these questions and more.

For more about this event, visit: http://www.newamerica.net/node/57814/edit

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Jamais Cascio

The Foresight Paradox

by Jamais Cascio

This is the foresight paradox: you can be completely accurate, or you can be completely engaging, but you can’t be both.

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29 year old hears herself for the 1st time

Sloan Churman's Youtube Channel

Sloan Churman’s husband captured her reaction the first time her new hearing device, Envoy Medical’s Esteem Implant, was turned on. On her Youtube page she says “I had an implant put in 8 weeks ago called The Esteem Implant by Envoy Medical. I was born deaf and have worn hearing aids from the age of 2, but hearing aids only help so much. I have gotten by this long in life by reading lips. This was taken as they were activating the implant.”

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The Ethics of Creating Conscious Beings

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Ted Chiang about his Hugo award winning novella “The Lifecycle of Software Objects,” the ethics of creating intelligent machine minds, and the state of science fiction. (Part 1 of 2)

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Hank Pellissier

Pirate Party captures big victory in Berlin, Germany!

by Hank Pellissier

An interview with party political director Marina Weisband.

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Andrew Maynard

Emerging Technologies and Sustainability: What’s risk got to do with it?

by Andrew Maynard

Q: What do you get if you place some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of technology innovation, risk, and sustainability in the same room for two days? A: One whopping headache!

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Most IEET Readers Expect Smarter-Than-Human AI Before Mid-Century

Some say it’s already here!

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David Brin

“Class War” and the Lessons of History

by David Brin

One aspect of our re-ignited American Civil War is getting a lot of air-play. It is so-called “class war.”

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Kyle Munkittrick

What Do We Do With The Results of Unethical Experimentation?

by Kyle Munkittrick

When knowledge has been acquired at a horrific price, is it more ethical to use it or ignore it?

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Kyle Debates Human Enhancement Over at Slate

IEET’s Kyle Munkittrick debated human enhancement with Brad Allenby, author of The Techno-Human Condition, and Nick Agar, author of Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Life Enhancement, over at Slate. Check out the fascinating results.

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Giulio Prisco

Transhumanist Avatars Storm Second Life

by Giulio Prisco

More than 80 transhumanist avatars stormed the virtual world of Second Life for a community event organized by Humanity+ on September 15. This has been by far the largest virtual transhumanist event that I have seen, and I believe I have seen them all.

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What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

A time-lapse video taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night.

This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries, and landmarks include (in order): Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix; multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico; Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador; lightning over the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon.

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David Brin

Libertarians and Conservatives must choose: Competitive Enterprise or Idolatry of Property

by David Brin

There is a cancer within American libertarianism and conservatism.

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Anthony Werner

Ethical Economics

by Anthony Werner

Economists pronounce with great confidence in the media and blind us with maths and jargon so that most of us switch off and leave it to the ‘experts’—but are we wise to do so when the evidence of the last four years suggests they do not know what they are doing? The voter who votes in ignorance forges the chains that bind him.

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The Case for Mars

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Robert Zubrin, author of the recently updated The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must (1996/2011), as well as How to Live on Mars and Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization. Zubrin helped found and helps lead the Mars Society, the principal lobby for a Mars mission.

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Miriam Jisun

The Maitreya and the Cyborg: Connecting East and West for Enriching Transhumanist Philosophy

by Miriam Jisun

In this essay I would like to reflect on Eastern and Western philosophy, their definition of enlightenment, and their connection to transhumanist thinking. How may Buddhist concepts like ‘Bodhi’ and the ‘Maitreya’ relate to the Western ‘Enlightenment’, human enhancement, and post/transhumanism?

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100 Plus: The Coming Age of Longevity pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Sonia Arrison, a futurist and policy analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies for the Pacific Research Institute (PRI). They discuss her new book 100+: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith. (Part 2 of 2)

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100 Plus: The Coming Age of Longevity pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Sonia Arrison, a futurist and policy analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies for the Pacific Research Institute (PRI). They discuss her new book 100+: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith. (Part 1 of 2)

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R. Dennis Hansen

The Earth Will Soon Be Sentient

by R. Dennis Hansen

It has been suggested that the whole Earth is a giant organism rapidly progressing toward sentience, and that humankind is the principal agent of this evolution. Such a belief requires that we go beyond the role of being stewards and take a more proactive stance as it relates to the Earth’s future.

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Ben Goertzel

Inorganic Macrocell Bots — A New Start for Intelligent Robotics?

by Ben Goertzel

Robotics technology is advancing wonderfully and rapidly — but is it advancing in the right direction?

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George Dvorsky

Exploring the potential for alternative worlds at Burning Man

by George Dvorsky

I recently returned to Toronto from my first Burning Man experience and I have to say that the trip was as close to science fiction as it gets.

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Class Analysis

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Erik Olin Wright,  professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a foremost scholar of class analysis, and author of many books including Class, Crisis and the State, Class Structure and Income Determination, and Classes, Class Counts and Deepening Democracy. (Originally broadcast Apr 2, 2005).

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Doug Rushkoff

Are jobs obsolete?

by Doug Rushkoff

We might want to stop thinking about jobs as the main aspect of our lives that we want to save. They may be a means, but they are not the ends.

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