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What Is a Global Citizen, and Can it Save Us?

Algorithms: Killing Jobs, Narrowing Our Personalities

A Pro- and Anti-War Dialogue

Hackers Will Be Tempted by Cyborg Vulnerabilities

Dangers de l’IA : une prophétie auto-réalisatrice ?

Online Companies Like Facebook Have Created a Meaningless Economy


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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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John G Messerly

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

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

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


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How Augmented and Virtual Realities Might Change Productivity Forever in the Next 10 Years
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Christianity and Transhumanism Are Much Closer Than You Think
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Is The Singularity A Religious Doctrine?
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the Idea of Transhumanism

AndyMiah.net

Andy Miah discusses tranhumanism, in an interview in Madrid.

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‪Tools for Building a Better World‬

TEDTalks

We all want to make the world better—but how? Jamais Cascio looks at some specific tools and techniques that can make a difference. It’s a fascinating talk that might just inspire you to act. Delivered in 2006.

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Loraine (Lori) Rhodes

The Future of Languages?

by Loraine (Lori) Rhodes

Will more than half the world’s languages disappear by the end of this century? Is there a technological way to safeguard the knowledge in the endangered vocabulary codes?

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Rachel Armstrong

The City as an Ecosystem

by Rachel Armstrong

Currently our urban design and development practices work within the framing of modernism, which positions humans at the centre of existence that prioritises the status of objects and operates through the technology of machines. The processes engaged by modernism involve the simplification of systems to command their obedience, without any ideological commitment to return something in exchange for their servitude.

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‪Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding Explained‬

The Industry Website

The four different ways Crowdsourcing works and the five different categories of things you can do with crowdsourcing. See how to tap the power of the crowd for creative projects (Crowd Creativity), to collect and organize knowledge (Distributed Knowledge), how to use the crowd to develop and test new ideas (Open Innovation), to access an on-demand scalable workforce (Cloud Labor) and how to use the crowd to raise capital (Crowdfunding).

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When the Universe Ends, Can We Escape to a Parallel Universe?

big think

Like many physicists, Michio Kaku thinks our universe will end in a “big freeze.” Unlike many physicists, he thinks we might be able to avoid this fate by slipping into a parallel universe “in the same way that Alice entered the looking glass to enter Wonderland.”

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‪The Groupish Gene: Hive Psychology and the Origins of Morality and Religion‬

The RSA

Leading social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the uniquely human ability for self-transcendence, and shows how this is crucial for understanding the origins of morality and religion.

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Multiverse Parallel Universes

CooDocu's channel

Everything you’re about to read and view here seems impossible and insane, beyond science fiction. Yet it’s all true.

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Benjamin Abbott

My Socio-Political Disagreements with Transhumanism

by Benjamin Abbott

In general, I have affection for the goals of H+.  However, when I compare my socio-political stances with transhumanism, I discover numerous points of contention. Here’s a brief list of platform issues and my positions that are occasionally in synch with H+ majority but often contrast sharply.

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Are We Building Gods or Terminators?

Singularity 1 on 1

Hugo de Garis is the past director of the Artificial Brain Lab (ABL) at Xiamen University in China who is best known for his doomsday book The Artilect War. This video discusses how and why he got interested in artificial intelligence; Moore’s Law and the laws of physics; the hardware and software requirements for artificial intelligence; why cutting edge experts are often missing the writing on the wall; emerging intelligence and other approaches to AI; Dr. Henry Markram’s Blue Brain Project; the stakes in building AI and his concepts of Artilects, Cosmists and Terrans; cosmology, the Fermi Paradox and the Drake equation; the advance of robotics and the political, ethical, legal and existential implications thereof; species dominance as the major issue of the 21st century; the technological singularity and our chances of surviving it in the context of fast and slow take-off.

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Are We Living in a Matrix?

thedudeinok

Speech by sci-fi author Philip K. Dick

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Radical Openess

PodReel

Inspired by the ideas of TED, Chris Anderson, Richard Dawkins, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Steven Johnson, Kevin Kelly, Ray Kurzweil, Imaginary Foundation and many others.

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Transhumanists needed for Survey funded by Terasem

Volunteers are needed to fill out a series of questions on H+ topics, including, “If you were immortal, what would you do with all that extra time?”

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Giulio Prisco

Could Reincarnation be Real?

by Giulio Prisco

Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body. This doctrine is a central tenet of the Indian religions and a common belief of pagan religions found in many tribal societies around the world. I don’t think there is a “spirit” or “soul” separate from the information encoded in our brain. But if there is, what can it be?

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Scientific Evidence for Reincarnation

fallensoul108

Dr Ian Stevenson presents cases of children who claim to remember previous lives and people with birth marks and birth defects.

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IEET’s Top Essays and Videos in June

What did IEET visitors read, view, and argue about in June? AI, parenting, gender, religion, enhancement, The Singularity, and the Future were all popular topics. Statistics with links are provided to the Top 10-15 in three categories.

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Dick Pelletier

Modified Humans: the Most Cost-Efficient Way to Colonize Space

by Dick Pelletier

In 30 years, “enhanced” astronauts might not have lungs or stomachs, so they can survive without breathing or eating. Plus they’ll have nano-skin to resist radiation.

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The Opportunity of Adversity

TEDTalks

The thesaurus might equate “disabled” with synonyms like “useless” and “mutilated,” but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she hows how adversity—in her case, being born without shinbones—actually opens the door for human potential.

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Owen Nicholas

Make Me SuperHuman - the Top 10 Enhancements I Crave

by Owen Nicholas

Here’s a list of enhancements I would appreciate having, and I expect they’ll all be available in my lifetime. I begin with my 10th choice, and conclude with the #1 upgrade that I desire the most. What super-enhancement would you like to have?  Do you want what I want, or something even more incredible?

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George Dvorsky

The Case Against Autonomous Killing Machines

by George Dvorsky

Robots for War - is it really ethical to use these terribly destructive creations, that the USA military is rapidly developing and deploying ?

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Valkyrie McGill

The Not-So-Fine Line Between Privacy and Secrecy

by Valkyrie McGill

Transparency forces accountability. Secrecy enables an escape from accountability. It really cannot be made any plainer than that.

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Jake Anderson

Nanorods Extract Bioluminescent Properties From Fireflies

by Jake Anderson

Last month a gaggle of science publications reported that researchers had devised a way to harness the light from fireflies using nanotechnology. As a lifelong firefly enthusiast, I simply could not believe that the crepuscular creature of my childhood would now be opening the gateway for bioluminescence in consumer products as well as enhanced, energy-efficient technology.

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Leo Igwe

Ritual Killing in Nigeria of People with Hunchbacks and other Disabilities

by Leo Igwe

Last year a court in Southern Nigeria remanded in custody 4 persons for allegedly killing a hunchback woman, Mrs Ifeoma Angela Igwe for ritual purposes. According to the report, the hoodlums went to the woman’s house and kidnapped her.  They took her to a nearby bush where they beheaded her, butchered her and removed the hunch. It is believed that the hunch contains ‘magical substance or mercury’ which can make people rich.  I do not know how Nigerians came about this erroneous idea.

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Russell Blackford

Peter Singer on “Freedom of Religion”

by Russell Blackford

Peter Singer has written a piece in which he argues that your freedom of religion has not been violated unless the state enacts a law that effectively prohibits you from doing something which is required by your religion.

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Giulio Prisco

The Physics of Miracles and the Problem of Evil

by Giulio Prisco

We may be bots in a reality-wide simulation, and perhaps the player(s) from above can violate our simulated physics when they want. In a more popular formulation of the same concept, called Religion, the player(s), called God(s), created our reality and can perform miracles.

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Patrick Tucker

BioPrinting Humanity? Where It’s Heading

by Patrick Tucker

Oli Archibald, ‏@FutureSelfOli  sent this interesting infographic my way on bioprinting human beings. Thought I would share. What’s your take? Original image at http://www.printerinks.com/bioprinting-infographic.html

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Maria Konovalenko

Why Do Naked Mole Rats Live So Long?  Do they hold the key to human life extension?

by Maria Konovalenko

Naked mole rats basically live 9 times more than “they should.” At an age equivalent to a human age of 92 years, naked mole-rats show unchanged levels of activity and metabolic rate, as well as sustained muscle mass, fat mass, bone density, cardiac health, and neuron number.

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P. Tittle

Rational Bases of Identity: Toward Cultural Anarchy

by P. Tittle

What exactly is cultural identity? Is there something fundamentally absurd about claiming as your identity aspects of your self that are mere accidents of birth? Is defining cultural identity as group history irrational because it lacks recognition of the individual?

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Ayesha Khanna

It’s the Technology, Stupid

by Ayesha Khanna

Automation now removes as many manufacturing jobs from the economy as outsourcing. What’s wrong with the economy? Increasingly, the robot is a culprit.

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The Secret History of Silicon Valley

Computer History Museum

Today, Silicon Valley is known around the world as a fount of technology innovation and development fueled by private venture capital and peopled by fabled entrepreneurs. But it wasn’t always so. Unbeknownst to even seasoned inhabitants, today’s Silicon Valley had its start in government secrecy and wartime urgency. World War II, the Cold War and one Stanford professor set the stage for the creation and explosive growth of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. The world was forever changed when the Defense Department, CIA and the National Security Agency acted like today’s venture capitalists funding this first wave of entrepreneurship.

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