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Overview of technopolitics


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Devastated by the American Presidential Election

HISTORIC Victory At Standing Rock

Blockchain – The Building Blocks for a New Society, with Vince Meens

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TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
Author
Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
John G Messerly

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow





JET

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

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life


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Jathan Sadowski

Reign of the Techno-Nanny

by Jathan Sadowski

Generation Smartphone,” the September 2012  cover story of  technology magazine IEEE Spectrum, imagines a near future (2020, to be exact) where we each have a “SmartPhone 20.0” that takes care of everything for us.

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Valkyrie McGill

The Radicalness Of 3D Printing

by Valkyrie McGill

Way back in February of 2011, I wrote an extensive article for H+ on 3D printing and how it would allow a transition between an economy based on material “value” and scarcity to one based on nonmaterial “value” and abundance.

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Valerie Tarico

Jesus Loves ME! He CAN’T have a wife!!

by Valerie Tarico

Was Jesus married? The question is ancient—perhaps as old as the question of his divinity.  An ancient scrap of papyrus in Coptic script says he had a spouse. Here’s my own thoughts about the psychology of the wife of Jesus thing.

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‪Five Ideas to Cure Wanderlust‬

TEDxTalks

‪TEDxSingapore / Adrianna Tan‬
Adrianna Tan is a traveller, writer, photographer and geekette of all trades. She travelled to 120 cities in 30 countries over five years. She co-owns the design agency Pen to Pixel and helps to run a gourmet ice cream business. Online she’s Popaghandi.com and twitter.com/skinnylatte and one half of fortylove.tv

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Dick Pelletier

Teleportation: Forget Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Just Beam Me There

by Dick Pelletier

Want to be beamed up like Captain Kirk?  We are probably closer to developing this technology than you realize…

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David Brin

Banned Books Week - Censorship, Indignation, and our Hopes for Freedom

by David Brin

Banned Books Week (September 30 – October 6) celebrates the freedom to read and to express ideas…even those that others might find objectionable.

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Syria - Road to Freedom

TEDxTalks

Joseph Hamoud portrays and tells the story of Syria through a series of stories and personal thoughts, to give the audience a colorful account of the Syrian revolution. He portrays the great heroism and sacrifice of the Syrian people in its pursuit of freedom and he gives a hopeful image for Syria’s future. He asks the audience to reflect on their and their governments’ stand on the Syrian issue, because each and one of us could be doing a lot more for the case of freedom all over the world.

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The Collapse of The American Dream Explained in Animation

Doctor Dude PhD

Amusing, concise and informative. Entertaining but hard-hitting. Also applicable to Europe.

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Get Smarter: How to Design Your Life for Continuous Cognitive Enhancement

Gamification Co - the best videos on gamification

Is it possible to increase your intelligence? Absolutely. Do you need technology or cognitive enhancers to accomplish this? Absolutely not. Science shows us that the key to cognitive improvement is keeping your brain active and challenged, while making learning intrinsically rewarding. In this presentation, I will discuss my Five Principles of Cognitive Enhancement, which is a paradigm I developed over 10 years as a behavioral therapist, teaching children how to reach their maximum cognitive potential. I’ll explain why fluid intelligence is important and how it can be improved, by designing a lifestyle for constant, motivating, and rewarding learning experiences. Increasing intelligence takes work, but it is simpler than you may think—and anyone can get smarter, no matter where you start from.

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Rachel Armstrong

BioLime: The Mock Rock

by Rachel Armstrong

Climate change in the small town of Mossville is tackled by creating a rock-like salt that “energizes” their buildings. “Science Faction” / Biochemistry / Metabolic Architecture

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IEET Fellow Riccardo Campa lectures and debates at University of Milan

On October 1, Prof. Riccardo Campa - IEET Fellow, Chairman of the Italian Transhumanist Association, and assistant professor of sociology at the Jagiellonian University of Cracow - presented a lecture to post-graduate students of the State University of Milan, Biotechnologies and Transactional Medicine Department.

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piero scaruffi

The Biggest Problem of All: The End of the World is Coming?

by piero scaruffi

Paul Ehrlich recently gave a talk that listed eight major catastrophic environmental problems that are coming sooner than even pessimists predict… should we create a “culture of panic”?

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Transhumanism

Welcome to MrMnmn911 Channel

Excerpts from “Deus Ex: The Eyeborg Documentary”. Some bits of insight on transhumanism. Great documentary.

For additional information, there’s a superb essay on this topic by IEET contributor John Niman HERE

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Jønathan Lyons

How Do We Judge Nonhuman Beings’ Personhood?

by Jønathan Lyons

Person is a philosophical concept, while Human is a scientific, even taxonomical classification:

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Nikola Danaylov

Cyborg Cockroach Wired for Search and Rescue

by Nikola Danaylov

Researchers at North Carolina State University are turning cockroaches into joystick-controlled cyborgs for use in search and rescue operations.

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Philosopher’s Podcast - Such That Cast

Philosopher's Podcast - Such That Cast

Noel Sharkey is Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Sheffield. He holds a Doctorate in Experimental Psychology and a Doctorate of Science, and lectures extensively across academic disciplines, including engineering, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, artificial intelligence and computer science. In addition to having published well over a hundred academic articles and books, Sharkey has worked closely with policy makers and the military to create awareness about the limitations of AI and the dangers of automated warfare. In addition to several media appearances (see below), Noel may be best known to some of you from his appearances as an expert on the BBC television series Robot Wars and Techno Games.
We spend most of the episode talking about the dangers of autonomous robots in the battlefield, but we also get a glimpse into Noel’s multifaceted and unconventional background. The conviction, honesty and sense of urgency Noel brings to the table is important and contagious, so I hope it’ll prove inspiring to many of you as well.

http://suchthatcast.com/sharkey/

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Can We Have Brain-to-Brain Communication?

big think

Some people think that the next big innovation in the coming decades is not going to involve the Internet because we can actually connect computers to the human mind. Therefore, Michio Kaku says this brain-to-brain communication would involve not just the exchange of information, but also the transmission of emotions and feelings, “because these are also part of the fabric of our thoughts.”

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Michael Lee

The Bellow of the Eurasian Brown Bear: Russia in the 21st Century

by Michael Lee

Although Russia’s population has peaked and is now decreasing, this resource-rich Eurasian giant will not go gently into the good night of decline.

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Lee-Roy Chetty

The Role of Science and Technology in the Developing World in the 21st Century

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Developments in science and technology are fundamentally altering the way people live, connect, communicate and transact, with profound effects on economic development. To promote tech advance, developing countries should invest in quality education for youth, and continuous skills training for workers and managers.

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With Liberty and Justice for Some

Madhouse Muse

Glenn Greenwald speaks about America’s two-tiered justice system and why he wrote his latest book, “Liberty and Justice for Some.”

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IEET Fellow Evan Selinger publishes essay in “The Chronicle of Higher Education”

Evan Selinger, IEET’s prolific new Fellow, has an essay entitled “Ethics Go Digital” in the October 2, 2012 issue of “The Chronicle of Higher Education.”

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George Dvorsky

Should We Eliminate the Human Ability to Feel Pain?

by George Dvorsky

In io9’s Daily Explainer readers were told all about pain —why it exists, how it works, and how scientists are trying to quantify its effects.

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Six Ways Mushrooms can Save the World

TEDTalks

Mycologist Paul Stamets studies the mycelium—and lists 6 ways that this astonishing fungus can help save the world.

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Valerie Tarico

Why Do the Craziest Religious People Get the Most Attention?

by Valerie Tarico

There’s no question that religion can have some ugly moral and social consequences.

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Breki Tomasson

Google Street View, Now Underwater

by Breki Tomasson

While Apple is doing their best to manage the fiasco that is their iOS 6 map roll out, Google has decided to start adding underwater shots to Google Maps, starting with the Great Barrier Reef.

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Top Essays and Videos in September

What did IEET visitors read, watch and argue about in September?  The internet, transhumanism, politics, religion and much much more.

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Ex-Miss Argentina Dies After Plastic Surgery on Her Buttocks

Associated Press

A former Miss Argentina died in 2009 from complications after undergoing cosmetic surgery on her buttocks. The 38-year-old, who won the crown in 1994, died of a pulmonary embolism.

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Hank Pellissier

Polygamous Future? - Now that Gay Marriage is Inevitable, will Plural Unions next be Legalized?

by Hank Pellissier

How Big is Our Love? Can humans truly romantically love more than one person? Will there soon be group weddings with three, four, or five brides and/or grooms? What about ‘Jealousy’?! Or ‘The Family’?!  Is polyamory / polygamy a transhumanist issue?

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John Alexander

What the Law Requires: A Reply to P. Tittle’s essay on Business Ethics

by John Alexander

P. Tittle recently argued that those who teach and/or consult in business ethics ought to have degrees in philosophy.  Her thesis is that “business ethics taught by business faculty, ethics programs run by managers, and so on – any applied ethics course taught by non-philosophers – is superficial at best.”

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Hank Pellissier

University Students Define the Future Ethics They Want

by Hank Pellissier

College kids tell me what Tomorrow’s Ethics should look like… here’s the viewpoints of the USA’s Academic Top 10%…

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