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Is your phone part of your mind?

The Deeper Meaning of the Anthropocene

MIT Journal, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments Call for Papers

Capitalism Mandates a Basic Income Guarantee

Overcoming the Obstacles on the Path to Post-Scarcity

A New Theory of Time: X-tention is Simultaneously Discrete and Continuous


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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

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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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“Intelligence Squared” Artificial Intelligence Debate
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Giulio Prisco

Happy birthday Alan Turing, I hope to meet you someday

by Giulio Prisco

June 23 was the Centenary of Alan Turing’s birth in London. During his relatively brief life, Turing made a unique impact on the history of computing, computer science, artificial intelligence, developmental biology, and the mathematical theory of computability.

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Christopher de la Torre

Alan Turing, Father of Computer Science, Defied Stereotypes, the Nazis, and a Nation

by Christopher de la Torre

On June 23, cognitive scientists, tech enthusiasts, and gay activists came together to celebrate Alan Turing, the man who, in the 1950s, along with colleague John von Neumann, reanimated human consciousness and inspired a century of technological determinism. Turing, the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, the man whose mathematical genius gave birth to the “conscious” machine via the Turing Test, turned 100 this month.

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Welcome to Life: The Singularity, ruined by lawyers

Tom Scott

A video inspired by Jim Munroe’s Everyone in Silico (the idea of a corporate-sponsored afterlife) and Rudy Rucker’s Postsingular (the horrifying idea of consciousness slums)

 

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George Dvorsky

Does a Galaxy filled with Habitable Planets mean Humanity is Doomed?

by George Dvorsky

Last week, io9.com reported on the astounding confirmation that all solar systems in the Galaxy probably have planets, and that Earthlike planets are more common than previously thought. While this seems like good news for SETI-enthusiasts, the revelation is actually quite disturbing.

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Hank Pellissier

Who is “Singularity Utopia” and Why is She so Optimistic?

by Hank Pellissier

Will the Singularity arrive in 2045 as Ray Kurzweil predicts? Will it never arrive, due to global catastrophe or technological failure? Will it arrive with apocalyptic horror, as an “UnFriendly AI” annihilates our species? We wonder, we dread, we anticipate nervously. But there’s - at least - one human being who is ecstatically convinced that The Singularity will solve all humanity’s problems and embrace us ever-afterwards in a blissful paradise. This person has renamed herself “Singularity Utopia.”

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Taps and Toilets

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Find out what happens if all African countries improved water and sanitation in line with best practice examples from the continent. Such an intervention could lead to 18 million fewer malnourished children by 2030, a US$75 billion cumulative increase in GDP by 2040, and 17 million fewer people living in poverty by 2050.

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Valkyrie McGill

How Transparency Will End Tyranny

by Valkyrie McGill

Most of you followed last year’s revolution in Egypt, and how protestors used Twitter, Facebook, etc, and the effort the government made to “shut down the internet”.  This illustrated very effectively how the internet is a tool that is inherently hostile to “information control.”

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Andrew Maynard

VidCon and YouTube Science

by Andrew Maynard

Having been initiated into the alternative world of teen YouTube culture last year, I am once again being dragged along to VidCon – the Comic-Con of the online video community.  This year – the third year for VidCon – promises to be bigger than better than ever with around 6,000 signed up for the extravaganza June 28-30 at the Anaheim Convention Center. 

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IEET Wants Short Science Fiction

IEET wants short science fiction pieces that reflect on the social, moral, political, economic or philosophical consequences of future technologies, in particular pieces that touch on the IEET’s core issues - the ethics and policy dimensions of life extension, human enhancement, moral enhancement, non-human personhood, structural unemployment and catastrophic risks.

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Africa Futures Project

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African Futures is a collaborative project between the International Futures at the Pardee Center, University of Denver and the ISS.

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Dick Pelletier

Civilization: from Slow Beginning to Space Colonies on Moon, Mars

by Dick Pelletier

Humanity faces what many see as the most important decision in its history – to move from nonrenewable fossil fuels as the primary source of energy to renewable sources that could, some believe, allow us to achieve higher civilization status.

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David Brin

Winners of the “Why Are We Alone?” Contest

by David Brin

My latest novel, Existence, reveals dozens of scenario about first contact, including a couple of unique ones concerning the Fermi Paradox or The Great Silence, as the quandary of why we have never encountered extraterrestrial civilization has been called. I’ve written about all this extensively in scientific papers and in fiction.

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The Death of Alan Turing (rare documentary)

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Rare documentary excerpt traces the death of the mathematical genius and one of the founders of the modern computer. Turing was also one of the leading codebreakers at Bletchley Park during World War Two, and played a leading role in the breaking of the German Enigma codes.

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Michell Zappa

Post-Information Age Skills: why coding will set you free.

by Michell Zappa

The merits of literacy are self-evident to the point of no longer being questioned in society. The very concept of reading and writing is a tenet of social compatibility for most cultures, having embedded itself into our social fabric to the degree where even debating whether “we should teach our kids how to read & write” is preposterous. But one doesn’t have to trace far back into our history before encountering an era where literacy was a rare skill for a very distinct minority.

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Evan Selinger

What Happens When We Turn the World’s Most Famous Robot Test on Ourselves?

by Evan Selinger

For years the Turing Test has been used to compare humans with computers. Now sociologists are using it to compare humans with each other.

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Christopher de la Torre

Eugenics 2.0: Prometheus, Power & The Procreation Delusion (Part 2)

by Christopher de la Torre

Of Genes and Men: Overpopulation, Negative vs. Positive Eugenics in China and the USA, and the history of Xq28, the “Gay Gene.”

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piero scaruffi

National Rifle Association (NRA) - the Largest Terrorist Organization in the World Strikes Again

by piero scaruffi

An armed madman, James Holmes, walked into a movie theater armed with weapons that any Islamic terrorist would love to have and killed 12 people. The difference between this madman and an Islamic terrorist is simple: this madman lives in a country in which it is legal to own a gun, and in fact it is encouraged.

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IEET Readers Lean a Little to the Left

In our recent poll (N=239) no political self descriptor garnered more than 17%, which was the percent who chose the broad point of view being promoted by the IEET, “technoprogressive.” But another 45% chose other left-of-center terms for a total of 62% broadly on the Left.

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“The Death of Alan Turing” by Jaron Lanier

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Programmer Jaron Lanier muses on the tragic death of computer pioneer Alan Turing.

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Christopher de la Torre

Eugenics 2.0: Prometheus, Power & The Procreation Delusion

by Christopher de la Torre

Does neo-eugenics represent a promethean form of enlightenment—a risk taken to avert imminent and irreversible disaster? Part One: Procreation, Afterlife and the Illusion of Choice

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David Pearce

Is Humanity Accelerating Towards… Apocalypse? or Utopia?

by David Pearce

Will the future provide us with a genetically preprogrammed blissful paradise, or a global catastrophe? Will there be cessation of all suffering, or annihilation of all sentient life?

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Multidimensional Thinking and Tomorrow’s Women

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Anne Lise Kjaer is a renowned global futurist. She delivers out-of-the-box thinking and is a sought after inspirational speaker. The Financial Times wrote: “Anne Lise’s unique world vision is as fertile as Dali’s only she creates social prototypes based on nascent trends”. Despite her global vision, Anne Lise retains strong links with her home country, where she is regarded as a leading commentator.


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Benjamin Abbott

Transhumanism’s Dark Side: Tittle’s Regulation, Prisco’s “Progress” and Scaruffi’s Austerity

by Benjamin Abbott

IEET’s latest offerings highlight the politically pernicious elements of transhumanism and Singularity movement. P. Tittle promotes licensing for parents as a logical expansion of the state’s prerogative to control everything, Giulio Prisco contemplates Terran aggression against Cosmists, and piero scaruffi chides the Greeks for their “lavish lifestyle” and lack of nuclear power.

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Arthur Caplan

For Organ Donation, Facebook Beats the DMV

by Arthur Caplan

Right now, nearly 114,000 people in the United States are waiting for organ transplants to save their lives. Tens of thousands more are in need of tissue, bone and cornea transplants to restore their mobility or sight. Facebook has decided to do something about the constant shortage of donors. 

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George Dvorsky

Why Eating like a Caveman May be the Way of the Future

by George Dvorsky

When it comes to our eating habits, it’s clear that we’re doing it wrong. We may be in the midst of health crisis, but there are few practical solutions for dealing with it.

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The Television Will Be Revolutionized

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TEDx Del Mar June 2 2010 Talk 8 in HD - John Smart talking about The Big Picture Future - The Television Will Be Revolutionized.

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Hank Pellissier

The Succubus Mythology - Engineering a Radical Future Sexy Self

by Hank Pellissier

“The Succubus assimilates the hyper-sexualized feminine, and the hyper-empowered predatory state…  she’s in high demand, and needs a firm dose of sexual intercourse to sustain herself… Many Succubi fit the niche of solitary hunters.” An interview with Khannea Suntzu, infamous ‘Nymian’ resident in the virtual environment of Second Life.

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Sohail Inayatullah

Creating the Prevention Prama Society

by Sohail Inayatullah

Changing the health story from passive acceptance to active foresight.

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‪The Transcension Hypothesis - What comes after the Singularity?‬

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John Smart’s theory, explained by Jason Silva. What happens after the Singularity? THE TRANSCENSION HYPOTHESIS by John Smart offers an account of what comes after the technological singularity, also accounting for FERMI’S PARADOX….. Basically after our technological adolescent and expansionist explorations, we turn from outer space to inner space… our journey undergoes S.T.E.M. compression, the compression of Space, Time, Energy and Matter- until non biological minds live inside virtual worlds at the nano and femto scale, further compressing complexity until we create black hole-like conditions and disappear from the visible universe.

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Artilect War

Survive Evade Resist Escape

What happens when artificial intelligence exceeds human intelligence?

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