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Moral Enhancement and Moral Freedom: A Critical Analysis

What will be the next big scientific breakthrough?

Self-Awareness Is Essential in Comedy and in Life

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner’s Autobiographical Nietzschean Transhumanism in New Book

Transhumanist Hank Pellissier on Being an “Atheist Missionary”

Optimize Your Brain: The Science of Smarter Eating


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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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Extreme Futurist Festival 2012 promo

vimeo

Extreme Futurist Festival is a 2 day arts and technology festival focusing on radical voices of the new evolution. Last year we had a great event and were called “a TED conference for the counterculture” by the LA Weekly. This year we seek to make XFF an even more epic experience.

Extreme Futurist Fest 2012 from H+ Worldwide on Vimeo.

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Richard Eskow

The USA Minimum Wage Is So Low That It’s Immoral - and Foolish

by Richard Eskow

Economic issues make some people’s eyes glaze over, so we’ll put this plainly: Today’s minimum wage is epic in its injustice and Dickensian in its cruelty. It’s a shame that Dickens himself isn’t here to write about it.

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The Third Revolution - Merging Physical and Engineering Sciences with Life Sciences

NIBIBTV

Dr. Phillip Sharp described our current scientific landscape as part of the “third revolution” in science. The first being the discovery by Watson and Crick of the structure of DNA; the second pertaining to innovations in genomics, and the third revolution the current convergence science—the merging of the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences—which will have a profound impact on research and health care.

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Lincoln Cannon

Speculating Around Speculative Roadblocks to the Singularity

by Lincoln Cannon

In his book “Physics of the Future”, Michio Kaku outlines six roadblocks to the Singularity. The roadblocks are at least as speculative as the technological singularity, and we can reasonably speculate our way around them. Below are Michio’s proposed roadblocks, followed by my thoughts.

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The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck

Exponential Times

This video was inspired by:
1) The ideas of psychologist Nicholas Humphrey who has written of “THE BIOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE OF BEING AWESTRUCK”. Basically, our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish.
2) The Stanford study that found that AWE is clinically good for you, expanding perception of time, increasing compassion and empathy and promoting well being.
3) Ross Andersen’s rapturous meditation on the ontological awakening of our psyches provided by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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The Top 3 Supplements for Surviving until the Singularity

big think

If you can survive until 2045, you have a good shot at living forever, says futurist Ray Kurzweil. Here are his three favorite dietary supplements that he takes to make sure he’s around for the singularity.

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‪Steroids To The Max -‬ Who Wants this Muscular Enhancement?

Assmatic 100

Enormous muscles on this weightlifter who has definitely been “enhanced.”  His biceps look pregnant.

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IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff joins Codecademy

IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff, author of “Program or Be Programmed”, praised Codecademy in an essay that IEET posted in January 2012, entitled “Why I am Learning to Code and You Should, Too.”  Eventually, Rushkoff met with the founders of the organization, and he agreed to be “a member of Codecademy, dedicated to promoting code literacy and digital education.”

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The Woman who Thinks like a Cow

CooDocu's channel

Dr Temple Grandin has a unique ability to understand the animal mind - and she’s convinced her skill is down to her autistic brain.

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Beware of Augmented Reality

Vimeo

A short film depicting a gameified future with augmented reality by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo. This is their graduation project from the Bezaleal Academy of Arts.

Sight from Sight Systems on Vimeo.

 

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IEET’s Natasha Vita-More Ph.D. and Hank Pellissier are starting USA Longevity Party, with Tom Mooney

IEET Fellow Natasha Vita-More Ph.D., and IEET Managing Director Hank Pellissier are starting, and co-directing, a USA branch of the “Longevity Party.”  The first Longevity Party was initiated in Russia, aided by the efforts of molecular biophysicist and IEET writer Maria Konovalenko. Israel also intends to organize a Longevity Party; that movement is co-led by IEET Affiliate Scholar Ilia Stambler, Ph.D.

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Synthetic Biology: This Will Change Everything

TEDxTalks

In this fascinating talk Christopher Bradley shows us that our world is about to change radically thanks to the promise of Synthetic Biology.

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Why We’re Attracted To Certain People

big think

“There’s a reason why we are attracted to certain people,” says Michio Kaku. Evolution has slowed down, but it hasn’t stopped.

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Evan Selinger

Nudge, Nudge: Can Software Prod Us Into Being More Civil?

by Evan Selinger

Maybe the answer for making online comments more thoughtful isn’t in people, but in code.

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James Felton Keith

Ownership of Archived Tweets

by James Felton Keith

Back in April of 2010 the Library of Congress announced that it will acquire all of the public tweets for future generations to review.

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Peter Wicks

Transhumanism and Batman - Can We Have an Intensely Thrilling World, without Tears and Suffering?

by Peter Wicks

Why are we drawn to blood and suffering? Do we lack the courage to believe in dramatically-positive visions of the future? If we had this courage, would it give us the visceral, emotional drama that we crave?

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piero scaruffi

Revising the Myth of Longevity

by piero scaruffi

A contrarian point of view, asserting that “life expectancy might actually start to decline for the first time in centuries,” with numerous explanations.

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Andrew Maynard

Jumping the Gap between a USA and UK High School Education

by Andrew Maynard

Is the USA education system failing, especially in science - biology, chemistry, physics? A sobering assessment.

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George Dvorsky

How Autism is Changing the World for Everybody

by George Dvorsky

There’s not much doubt that autism, along with Asperger Syndrome, is finally becoming accepted as a normal part of the human fabric. Even if some people still see autism as a condition that needs to be “treated,” it’s increasingly obvious that people on the autism spectrum are finding ways to succeed in our neurotypical-based society.

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Lincoln Cannon

The Singularity Doesn’t Require Paul Allen’s Understanding

by Lincoln Cannon

Like others before him, Paul Allen argues that the “Singularity is not near”: we will not anytime soon engineer computers superior to human brains, he says.

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Dick Pelletier

Radical Life Extension: Living Through the Next 1,000 Years

by Dick Pelletier

If anti-aging guru Aubrey de Grey’s prediction of a 1,000-year lifespan is correct, then one may wonder what life might be like living for such a long time. The following timeline looks briefly at today’s world, and then offers a positive glimpse at how the future might unfold as we trek through the next millennium:

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The Singularity and Schools: An interview with Vernor Vinge

Education Futures

John Moravec and Vernor Vinge discuss contributions of science fiction in our thinking about the future of education, the Technological Singularity, and what schools should focus on today.

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‪Global Perspectives‬

UCF

Technology and innovation expert Ayesha Khanna thinks computers inplanted in humans may be the next big thing.

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Hank Pellissier

Dammed Tibet - Extracting Wealth and Power from the World’s Biggest Water Tank

by Hank Pellissier

Did China conquer the Himalayan theocracy to “liberate the peasants”? No. Was it lust for Tibet’s agricultural land?  No, only 0.3% is arable. Minerals? Getting closer. What’s critically valuable on the “roof of the world”?  Three syllables: H20

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Peter Wicks

Nanotechnology and the Environment: Enemies or Allies?

by Peter Wicks

Technoprogressives need to align themselves with environmentalists who respect human aspirations.

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RU Sirius

Networked Decentralized Volunteerism Rears Its Head In Russian Emergency

by RU Sirius

While President Vlad Putin tries to wrest control of the internet,  young internet-savvy activists are showing up post-Soviet bureaucrats by providing flood relief in Krymsk, Russia.

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Maria Konovalenko

First Geneticist Enters the Race for the Archon Genomics Prize

by Maria Konovalenko

Dr. Jonathan M Rothberg of Life Technologies is the first researcher to officially register for participation in the Archon Genomics Prize, an award given by the X Prize Foundation for the first man to sequence 100 whole genomes of centenarians in less than 30 day for $1,000 or less.

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Evan Selinger

Ultrasound Technology Can Impede Informed Consent

by Evan Selinger

Earlier this year, controversy surrounded ultrasound legislation in Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, and Idaho. Lost in the critical commentaries on abuses of patients’ and physicians’ rights was concern over a fundamental violation of liberty. This issue hasn’t gone away, even though sonogram coverage isn’t currently grabbing headlines.

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George Dvorsky

Are Olympic Athletes Really Mutants?

by George Dvorsky

Athletes who perform at the elite level aren’t like the rest of us. Their feats of strength, accuracy, and endurance often appear superhuman — which probably explains why we enjoy watching them so much.

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David Brin

Renaming Killers—the Idea Spreads

by David Brin

Folks have been writing in, ever since I posted the latest version of my “Names of Infamy” essay.  In fact, during just the last few days there has been a noticeable media swell - - a growing movement not to mention the name of the Aurora/Batman shooter.

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