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Digital Immortality Map: Reconstruction of the Personality Based on its Information Traces

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Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence
Calum Chace

The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity
Ben Goertzel

Humans and Automata A Social Study of Robotics
Riccardo Campa

The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse
Phil Torres


Alexey Turchin on 'Digital Immortality Map: Reconstruction of the Personality Based on its Information Traces' (Oct 6, 2015)

rms on 'A Techno-Optimist Movement: For an Evenly Distributed Future
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CygnusX1 on 'The Simulated Future' (Oct 4, 2015)

Roy Alexander on 'Could Artificial Morals and Emotions Make Robots Safer?' (Oct 4, 2015)

etienne thillaye on 'Egalitarianism is not Radical' (Oct 3, 2015)

Rick Searle on 'How Nature Plays the Lottery' (Oct 3, 2015)

instamatic on 'Envy of the Future' (Oct 2, 2015)

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P. Tittle

Assisted Suicide and Unassisted Suicide: What’s the Difference?

by P. Tittle

Discussions about whether or not to legalize assisted suicide often fail to take into account the fact that unassisted suicide is already legal. (Although once considered a crime, it’s now legal in the United Kingdom and in all fifty United States.) Failure to consider this fact means that unless there is a significant difference between assisted suicide and unassisted suicide that justifies prohibiting the former while permitting the latter, one must either accept inconsistency or reconsider.

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Wendell Wallach

From Robots to Techno Sapiens

by Wendell Wallach

Robots with even limited sensitivity to ethical considerations and the ability to factor those considerations into their choices and actions will open up new markets. However, if robots fail to adequately accommodate human laws and values in their behaviour, there will be demands for regulations that limit their use. Over the next twenty years, advances in robotics will converge with neurotechnologies and other emerging technologies. We will be confronted with not just monitoring and managing individual technologies that are each developing rapidly, but also with the cultural transformations arising from the convergence of many technologies. Technological development can overheat or may even stagnate. The central role for ethics, law, and public policy in the development of robots and neurotechnologies will be in modulating their rate of development and deployment. Compromising safety, appropriate use, and responsibility is a ready formulation for inviting crises in which technology is complicit.

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Cyborg Woman, Do You Know What Humans Feel?

Ricky Campa, Singer-Songwriter (and Sociologist)

A tribute to Metropolis by Fritz Lang (1927). Cyborg Woman is a song from IEET Fellow Riccardo Campa’s new album “The Italian Way” (Space Sound Records, New York, 2011). Music by A. Cofrancesco and R. Campa; arranged and mixed by A. Cofrancesco; mastered by D. Lipinski, produced by M. Kolodynski. Film editing by M. Paccardi. Dedicated to Cryonica.

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Doug Rushkoff, Jamais Cascio and more on The Future of Facebook


Leading social and tech experts present their visions for Facebook’s future impact on society. Some believe Facebook will become pervasive plumbing for the social web, others argue it could simply fizzle. Contributors include Kevin Kelly (What Technology Wants, founder Wired), David Kirkpatrick (author The Facebook Effect), Howard Rheingold (author Smart Mobs), Nova Spivack (web innovator, co-founder Bottlenose), futurist Jamais Cascio, Doug Rushkoff (author Program or Be Programmed), Doc Searls (Berkman Center, author The Cluetrain Manifesto), social network research pioneer Valdis Krebs, cyborg anthropologist Amber Case, web anthropologist Stowe Boyd, innovation strategist Chris Arkenberg, Suzanne Fischer (curator Henry Ford Museum). Narrated by Alvis Brigis. Produced by the open foresight team.

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Aubrey de Grey encourages Tel Aviv life extension demonstrators

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Aubrey de Grey discusses his work and the public obstacles he faces, and he promotes the Tel Aviv demonstration for radical life extension, that is happening January 13, 2012

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Ayesha Khanna

Is Your City Smart Enough?

by Ayesha Khanna

The 21st century has been referred to as “the urban century”. By 2050, over 70 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities. The rate of urbanisation is staggering: more than 400 million people in China and 215 million people in India will migrate to cities by 2015. Today’s cities can barely handle the burden of their current populations: core services like energy, water, communications, transportation and public safety are inefficient and increasingly decrepit. The burden on the environment is also profound: cities only occupy 2 per cent of the earth’s landmass, but account for over 75 per cent of our resource consumption. Indian cities like Delhi and Mumbai will be stretched to breaking point.

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Giulio Prisco

Sexual Freedom - an interview with VenusPlusX

by Giulio Prisco

Are we ready for global-wide sexual liberation?  Is accelerated social and technical progress possible without it? VenusPlusX  commits itself to these provocative questions. Founded by independent activist-partners Dan Massey and Alison Gardner in September, 2011, the duo is devoted to ushering in “The New Age of Sexual Freedom” - a world free, in it’s words, from the “global culture of racial, sexual and gender oppression and violence driven by governments, religions, corporations and social customs.”

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Rushkoff’s new graphic novel

IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff is releasing A.D.D.: Adolescent Demo Division, a gripping graphic novel about a group of elite gamers who are also teen idols, reality TV stars, carefully developed corporate assets… and some things they haven’t been told. Like all the best SF, ADD will tell you much more about the present than any hundred news sites would.

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Richard Eskow

Six Quick Points About Why Austerity is a Dumb Idea

by Richard Eskow

Despite its many failures, “austerity economics” keeps remaking—and unmaking—the global economy.  The only disagreement at this weekend’s Republican debate was over which candidate would push austerity more aggressively. And austerity dominated the political agenda last year—“Deficit Commission,” anyone?—until Occupy came along.

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Getting in Shape and Preventing Nuclear War

Sentient Developments

In this week’s episode I talk about my renewed focus on diet and exercise now that the Christmas season is now over. In addition, I rank the most powerful forces in the universe, I discuss the recent work done by a Dutch lab to modify the bird flu, and I offer an alternative perspective on the potential for complete nuclear disarmament.

Tracks used in this episode:

  Phantogram: “Don’t Move”
  Thee Oh Sees: “The Dream”
  Soft Metals: “Psychic Driving”

iTunes people can subscribe here. Or you can just subscribe to the RSS. You can download the episode directly here (mp3).

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VenusPlusX interview by Giulio Prisco


Giulio Prisco interviews the founders of VenusPlusX - Alison Gardner and Dan Massey

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How Mercury Causes Neuro-Degeneration

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here’s how one pollutant damages our brains

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Hi Tel Aviv!  Radical Life Extension

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Natasha Vita-More praising the Tel Aviv radical life extension demonstration, that will be held January 13

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Life Extension Demonstration in Israel

Let Us From Now On

On Friday afternoon, January 13, 2012, at noon, a new journal dedicated to the promotion of unlimited life-extension (“Let Us From Now On”), in cooperation with the Israeli Transhumanist community, will hold a demonstration by the Trumpeldor Cemetery in Tel Aviv, against Deathism, and for Life-Extension‫.

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Hank Pellissier

Brain Damage - 83 ways to stupefy intelligence

by Hank Pellissier

Are we hurting our noggins? Internationally, are there social customs, diseases, pollutants, school policies, parental choices, drugs, diets and philosophies that cause, or are correlated with, decreased intelligence?  Here are fourscore-and-a-trio of the mind-mangling menaces. A preponderance of the fearsome factors have undergone scientific scrutiny, with statistics filed in the massive archives of

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Why Not Immortality?

Zinnia Jones - ZJemptv

Zinnia Jones, the youtube atheist, discusses her points of view on immortality

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David Brin

Do We Really Want Immortality?

by David Brin

Suppose you had a chance to question an ancient Greek or Roman—or any of our distant ancestors, for that matter. Let’s say you asked them to list the qualities of a deity.

It’s a pretty good bet that many of the “god-like” traits he or she described might seem trivial nowadays.


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Alex Salmond on Scottish Independence

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Alex Salmond, Prime Minister of Scotland and a proponent of Scottish Independence, in an interview

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Alex McGilvery

Tribalism and Separatism

by Alex McGilvery

Human beings like being part of a tribe. For example, my younger sister refused to go to a school that required school uniforms. Why?  Already, she was consistently wearing the same clothes to school everday… the same clothes as every other member of her particular “tribe.”  The problem with the school uniform was not the requirement to wear it, but that it belonged to the wrong tribal group.

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Is the Internet a Human Right?

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Should access to the internet be categorized as a human right?

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James Felton Keith

The Internet is a Human Right! Vinton G. Cerf is Mistaken

by James Felton Keith

Wednesday on the Opinion Pages of The New York Times, the renowned Vinton Cerf - computer scientist, “father of the Internet”, Turing Award winner, and Google’s Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist - published an article titled Internet Access Is Not A Human Right. It could be argued that the key word here is “access”, but before I address access again, I should start with the definition of the internet.

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Jason Silva - Synthetic Biology


filmmaker / transhumanist Jason Silva discussing the incredible potential of synthetic biology

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Sohail Inayatullah

Seven Positive Trends Amidst the Doom and Gloom

by Sohail Inayatullah

While there is a great deal of bad, indeed, horrendous, news in the world ­- global warming, terrorism, the global financial crisis, water shortages, worsening inequity - ­there are also signs of positive change.

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Melanie Swan

Synthetic Biology: Key Field of the Future

by Melanie Swan

Synthetic biology is a field of science that has been emerging in the last few years and could have a significant future impact with the potential to pro-actively manage biology and reshape many industrial sectors.

Specifically, synthetic biology or bioengineering is the creation of living systems from nonliving chemicals designed on a computer; the design and construction of new biological entities such as enzymes, genetic circuits, and cells, or the redesign of existing biological systems.

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Medical Tourism Overview health videos

Hundreds of thousands of people are presently seeking medical attention by traveling overseas, either for affordable treatment or to seek the best care.



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Nikki Olson

Researchers, Ahoy! Should Futurist Science Move… Offshore?

by Nikki Olson

What is the likelihood of seeing research vessels devoted to scientific research outside the bounds of national jurisdiction?

The idea of relocating for the sake of circumventing law, in particular the notion of establishing new nations in international waters, is an idea typically initiated with liberty in mind.

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The coming war on general computation


Cory Doctorow’s keynote at the 28C3, the Chaos Computer Congress in Berlin, entitled “The coming war on general computation.”

The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish. The coming century will be dominated by war against the general purpose computer, and the stakes are the freedom, fortune and privacy of the entire human race.

Here’s a transcript, courtesy of Joshua Wise.

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Sun Ra: Space is the Place (1974)

Space is the Place

a video introducing the classic Sun Ra jazz piece, “Space is the Place” an inspirational work that influenced the later Afrofuturist movement.


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Ytasha L. Womack

Afrofuturism: An Aesthetic and Exploration of Identity

by Ytasha L. Womack

The world of science fiction is known for its absence of cultural diversity.  While history texts are still recovering from the conspicuous absence of the contributions of non-European cultures across the world and in America, there’s an equal need to claim the future as well.

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