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George Dvorsky guest blogging on io9

From April 30 to May 3, IEET Board Director George Dvorsky will be guest blogging at io9, the popular daily publication that covers science, science fiction, and the future.

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I am the very model of a Singularitarian

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Charlie Kam has written and recorded a humorous Singularitarian version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major General,” from the Gilbert & Sullivan opera, “The Pirates of Penzance.”

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Nikki Olson

3D Printing Laboratories: The Age of DIY Designer Drugs Begins

by Nikki Olson

Novel techniques in 3D printing technology simplify the production of drugs, enabling home design and synthesis of pharmaceuticals.

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Alex McGilvery

Secular Gods and Sacred Machines

by Alex McGilvery

Not all religions are created equal. In past articles I have argued that religion can be a powerful force for the transformation of humans, both individually and collectively. This is not to say that religion is necessarily and always a tool for the improvement of the human species. Religion in many times and places has been anything but helpful. For example; the Roman Catholic Church in the medieval period deliberately suppressed new knowledge, oddly enough, in favour of pagan Greek philosophers.

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Substrate Independent Minds: Technical Challenges

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Randal Koene, Neuroscientist and Neuroengineer, discusses Substrate Independent Minds with Stuart Mason Dambrot on Critical Thought TV. Topics covered include the science, technology and ethics of Whole Brain Emulation, Universal Darwinism, Pattern Survival

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Rachel Armstrong

The Ecological Human

by Rachel Armstrong

The nature of humanity in the twenty-first century is, according to sociologist Steve Fuller, a ‘bipolar disorder’ beset with dualisms of identification such as divine/animal, mind/body, nature/artifice and individual/social. He notes that they have challenged our collective sense of identity as ‘human’, particularly though the operationalization of the mind/body question in new material configurations of metallic or silicon bodies [1].

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David Brin

Is Technology offering Transparency…or Spying on us?

by David Brin

A look at how technology enables greater transparency…but not always both ways:

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Was Nietzsche a Transhumanist?

Debate is academically steaming on whether or not Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche’s philosophy specifically represents… Transhumanism. The topic was initiated by IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner, who wrote his original article, “Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism”  in the Journal of Evolution and Technology.

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Digital Janitor

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The introductory Digital Janitor segment from the lo-fi sci-fi feature mockumentary, get it at ‪http://ghostswithshitjobs.com/buy‬

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Hank Pellissier

100% Honesty, Transparency, Disclosure - is this the “naked future” we want?

by Hank Pellissier

Imagine: you arrive at the party; you recognize no one; but immediately your internal antennae-and-computer begins to swap mind-files; within seconds the new acquaintances are scanned; you “know” everyone you see; you know who wants to sleep with you, work with you, laugh and/or be friends with you; you know everyone’s curiosities, intentions, memories - everyone’s brain is naked… Fully informed, you enter and mingle.

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Leo Igwe

My People! My People!! This Witch Hunting Must Stop

by Leo Igwe

The potentially dangerous activities of a new local church in the Cross River-Akwa Ibom states axis of the country should be of concern to all people of conscience in Nigeria and beyond. This church, which habitually starts the themes of its crusade with “My Father! My Father!!...” appears to be on a fast track to causing a new wave of witchcraft-related abuse, torture and killings in the region.

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Watch it Fly and Spy

Time Magazine

On TIME’s list of the top 50 inventions for 2011 is a prototype hummingbird drone for potential use as a flying spy for the military. Watch it fly!

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Nano Robo-Fly

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Prototype of a little Nano Fly

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Owen Nicholas

Sci Fi Anime: Dark Visions of an Ambiguous Future

by Owen Nicholas

From the neon saturated wrecks of post-industrial cities, to isolated colony ships on the edge of human space, Japanese Anime has never shied away from imagining worlds radically altered and eras of rapid cultural change. While it is hard to pigeonhole and generalise Anime, which is less a genre than it is an artistic medium, it is in the realm of science fiction that it truly stands out as a unique platform for exploration.

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Jamais Cascio

Opaque Projections

by Jamais Cascio

On April 10, 2012, I spoke at the San Francisco Swissnex office on a panel entitled “Data is* the New Oil.” When I was told the title of the panel, it struck me as an odd metaphor. Oh, I understand the intent: oil was the fuel for the 20th century industrial economy, and information is the fuel for the 21st. But oil has a key characteristic that simply isn’t true for data.

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Older People are Happier

TEDtalks

In the 20th century we added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans, but is the quality of life as good? Surprisingly, yes! At TEDxWomen psychologist Laura Carstensen shows research that demonstrates that as people get older they become happier, more content, and have a more positive outlook on the world.

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Dick Pelletier

Automated Systems set to steal Teaching, Healthcare, Governing Jobs

by Dick Pelletier

Experts believe this could be the final straw driving society towards a work-free life From assembly line robots, to ATMs, to self-checkout terminals, each year automated systems take over more jobs formerly held by humans. Now, experts predict that many professional jobs are at risk. Teachers, doctors, and governing officials, could all be replaced by intelligent systems in the near future.

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Ytasha L. Womack

The Race to Colonize Space

by Ytasha L. Womack

A few days shy of the US announcing its grand plan for space tourism in 2014, I was asked to present at Ohio State University’s Transcending Race Conference. My charge was to explore the distant, very far off possibility of how race would evolve with space colonization.

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‪Sugar: The Bitter Truth‬

University of California Television

Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [7/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16717]

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Tsvi Bisk

The Women’s Century

by Tsvi Bisk

The 19th century was the European century; the 20th century was the American century and the 21st century could be the women’s century. This is a conclusion drawn from a combination of several factors: the nature of the global economy, the particular qualities of women and the requirements of world development.

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Carol Lloyd

Should Sugar be a Controlled Substance?

by Carol Lloyd

News that some scientists were recommending that sugar be treated like a controlled substance had my two children jumping off the walls.

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Singularity 1 on 1: Sentience Matters!

Singularity 1 on 1

Interview of Prof. Linda MacDonald Glenn

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Linda MacDonald Glenn

Ethical and Legal Issues in Human-Machine Mergers, or “The Cyborgs Cometh”

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

In this article, I give a real-life case study (in which I was an attorney of record) where human machine mergers bring up several legal and ethical issues, including disability rights. I review some of the literature on this and discuss different practical ways practicing attorneys may approach the issues. The names have been changed to protect the privacy of the parties.

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Gabriel Rothblatt

Will We Have Multiple “Selves” in the Future?

by Gabriel Rothblatt

The concept of the “self” has always fascinated me. What is it that defines you or I? What applies to all of us, but is unique to each of us, and describes any of us as a “self”?

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Kris Notaro

The Existential Nihilist?

by Kris Notaro

It’s a simple but very scary concept – that we live in an “Existential Atheistic Nihilist” world and universe. As Mike Treder wrote online “A clear comprehension and acceptance of existential reality, a recognition of ultimate truths – the absurd randomness, pointlessness, and futility of everything – can only be depressing for most of us and typically produces a bleak outlook.”... “This does not mean that existential nihilists, like me, must always be gloomy. We can and do still have fun, still care about others, still try to be good people. But we know, deep down, that it all adds up to nothing, and this leaves a dark hollowness at the center.”

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George Dvorsky

Beaming solar power to Earth with satellites

by George Dvorsky

There’s no question that we need to seriously consider harvesting the sun’s energy in space with massive solar panels. The big question, however, is how to get all that energy back to Earth.NASA believes they have found the answer: Power-beaming solar-power satellites.

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Breki Tomasson

My Ten Favorite Supergirls

by Breki Tomasson

Supergirl is a staple of DC Comics, and has been an important character ever since her introduction in Superman #123. She consistently ranks among the most popular female characters and is a very common character to see in cosplay and fanart. Here are my ten favorite interpretations of Supergirl on DeviantArt -

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Happy Birthday David (NEW Prometheus Viral)

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“Happy Birthday David”- Starring Michael Fassbender

More at http://www.prometheusforum.net/

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The Moral Roots Of Liberals And Conservatives

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Jonathan Haidt, who talked at a recent IEET-sponsored “Moral Brain” conference at NYU, discuses moral underpinning of different political beliefs at a TEDTalk.

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Rachel Armstrong

Future Cities: Combined Advanced Technologies and Flexible Urban Infrastructures

by Rachel Armstrong

Mapping the landscape for agile design

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