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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
Sep 1, 2016
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Here’s Why The IoT Is Already Bigger Than You Realize
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A Free Education for all the World’s People: Why is this Not yet a Thing?
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Defining the Blockchain Economy: What is Decentralized Finance?
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China’s Economy Slowing

Al Jazeera English

New data is expected to show economic slowdown as many factories face decreasing demand from Europe and the US due to the economic crisis. Al Jazeera’s Marga Ortigas reports

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Michael Lee

Too Big to Succeed? Three China Scenarios to 2050

by Michael Lee

Expect increased nationalism, including the flexing of military muscle, from China between now and 2050. Although I predict a surge in nationalistic sentiment and policy-making, one cannot rule out the possibility that a great new peaceful Chinese civilisation could emerge towards the middle of the century which would benefit, rather than harm, humanity.

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Valerie Tarico

My Abortion Was Different: Why Women Shame and Blame Each Other

by Valerie Tarico

We’ve all heard stories, apocryphal or not, of women who picket family planning clinics and then cross the line when they find themselves with a problem pregnancy.

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Giulio Prisco

Please Donate to the Venturist Society To Save a Life

by Giulio Prisco

Kim Suozzi is 23, and about to die from a fatal brain tumor. She has already lived far longer than expectations. Kim is seeking donations to help fund her cryosuspension.

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‪Peter Weyland TED Talk 2023 (Prometheus Viral)‬

Prometheus News

Peter Weyland TED Talk 2023
Starring Guy Pearce

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Rachel Armstrong

A Matter of Feeling (exploring interzone materials between “inert” and “alive”)

by Rachel Armstrong

All matter squirms. This is the fundamental reality that underpins our cosmic fabric. Introductional essay for the Meta.Morf 2012 conference.

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Nikola Danaylov

Prometheus Gave Us Fire. Ridley Scott’s Film Gave Us Disappointment and all the Wrong Messages!

by Nikola Danaylov

Prometheus is the most over-hyped and under-delivering film I have seen in a long while. Even Worse: It sends out all the wrong messages!

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Solar Storms: The Threat To Earth

Free Documentaries

There is a new kind of weather to worry about, and it comes from our nearest star. Scientists are expecting a fit of violent activity on the sun which will propel billions of tonnes of superheated gas and pulses of energy towards our planet. They have the power to close down our modern technological civilisation - e.g. in 1989, a solar storm cut off the power to the Canadian city of Quebec. Horizon meets the space weathermen who are trying to predict what is coming our way, and organistions like the National Grid, who are preparing for the impending solar storms.

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Dick Pelletier

Time Travel: ‘Back to the Future’ may one day be Possible, experts say

by Dick Pelletier

“Welcome ladies and gentlemen, to the Time Portal. In a few moments, we will beam your minds 10,000 years into the past at a location what is now Russia, where you will experience the sights and sounds of the Neolithic Revolution as humanity transforms from Hunter-Gatherer to Civilization status.

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Hank Pellissier

Miss South Korea Admits Plastic Surgery Enhanced Her Beauty… Who Cares?

by Hank Pellissier

Check out the before-and-after photos. We’re not talking about a small eye-opening or chin-chiseling operation here. We’re talking about techno-miraculously transforming a humdrum wallflower into dazzling hottie.

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IEET’s Top Essays and Videos in August

What did IEET visitors read, watch and argue about in August?  Statistics reveal a big interest in enhancement, the singularity, life extension, and tech innovation.

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Chinese Robots Play Ping-Pong

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A humanoid robot system for table tennis playing developed by Zhejiang University, China was recently reported by Chinese media. The system consists of two humanoid robots. Each robot is 55kg in weight, 160cm in height and has 30 Degrees of freedom. This demo shows a rally between these two robots which last 176 strokes(about 2.5 minutes). This video also shows that one humanoid robot can rally with a human player with various ball speed and can strike the ball using either forehand or backhand.

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The World’s Nicest Prison

Shinehood's channel

Bastoy Prison is called the world’s nicest prison.  It has beachfront sunbathing, fishing, and relaxing saunas on a small Norwegian island dotted with pine trees, rocky coasts, rustic farms and private, wooden cottages.

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J. Hughes

How Do We Care For Future People?
 Buddhist and Jain Ideas for Reproductive Ethics (Part 3)

by J. Hughes

Buddhism and Jainism believe there is an evolutionary continuity between animals, humans and “gods,” and that all creatures will evolve from animals to a posthuman state. From a Keynote Address delivered at the International Jain Conference at Claremont Lincoln University, August 24-25, 2012.

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Russell Blackford

Is Nice Nihilism Enough?

by Russell Blackford

In The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life Without Illusions, Alex Rosenberg suggests that norms like the following constitute a universal human morality:

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Evan Selinger

‘But Everybody’s Doing It!’ Lance Armstrong and the Philosophy of Making Bad Decisions

by Evan Selinger

When body enhancement is the norm, is there any other way to be competitive?

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Lunar Space Elevator Infrastructure

Elevator To Space

This is the basic model of the Lunar Space Elevator Infrastructure. We call it LSEI or “Elsie” for short. The system can be constructed within 8 years, using current “Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) technology.

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Will Artificial Intelligence Turn Evil & Against Humans?

The David Pakman Show

Luke Muehlhauser, Executive Director of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, joins us to talk about the future of AI, whether the fiction-based idea that robots and AI will eventually turn against each other is based in any reality, and more.


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David Brin

Are Animals Intelligent… Enough?  Do They Want to be… Smarter?

by David Brin

Decoding Animal Languages, by Con Slobodchikoff, is an inspiring new study that demonstrates how new technologies can open new avenues of empathy, helping humans understand the other species who co-inhabit this planet with us.

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Valerie Tarico

Sixteen Wives, Twenty Children: The Role of Machismo in Overpopulation

by Valerie Tarico

At a bright, arty youth hostel in Cape Town, my teenage daughters crossed paths with a young man who seemed to spend most of his time watching late night television.  At one point he said, “I want to have twelve children.”

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Lee-Roy Chetty

Africa on Track for Millennium Goals

by Lee-Roy Chetty

The African continent’s progress in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 has gathered pace and credibility over the past few years.

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The Universe in a Nutshell

big think

The Universe in a Nutshell: The Physics of Everything
Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at CUNY

What if we could find one single equation that explains every force in the universe? Dr. Michio Kaku explores how physicists may shrink the science of the Big Bang into an equation as small as Einstein’s “e=mc^2.” Thanks to advances in string theory, physics may allow us to escape the heat death of the universe, explore the multiverse, and unlock the secrets of existence. While firing up our imaginations about the future, Kaku also presents a succinct history of physics and makes a compelling case for why physics is the key to pretty much everything.

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“This House Wants to Defeat Aging Entirely” (Part 2 - Oxford Debate)

SENS Foundation

Debate between Dr Aubrey de Grey (proposing) and Professor Colin Blakemore (opposing) organised by Oxford University Science Society, held in the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford on April 25th, 2012.

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J. Hughes

How Do We Care For Future People? Buddhist and Jain Ideas for Reproductive Ethics (Part 2)

by J. Hughes

My proposal is that instead of a binary approach to jiva/ajiva, or souled and soulless, the Buddhist and Jain ideas of ensoulment are open to an analog interpretation in line with neuroscience and ethology. From a Keynote Address delivered at the International Jain Conference at Claremont Lincoln University, August 24-25, 2012.

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RU Sirius

David Cronenberg’s New Film “Cosmopolis” - The Quantified Life Is Not Worth Living

by RU Sirius

Eric Packer (played by Robert Pattison) — reigning master of the universe of unencumbered digital financial trading — spends most of his disastrous day in the back of a limo in David Cronenberg’s new film.

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Evan Selinger

Future of Privacy Forum Director: Browser Settings should be as Easy To Navigate as a Car

by Evan Selinger

We’re all concerned about privacy, but have a hard time separating hype from fact, hysteria from reasonable concerns, and peripheral from main issues.

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Nikola Danaylov

Top 10 Reasons We Should NOT Fear The Singularity

by Nikola Danaylov

An excellent way to get motivated to create the best possible future is to read this list of the 10 most inspiring reasons we should embrace The Singularity:

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John Niman

Some Brief Thoughts On Immortality

by John Niman

It’s difficult to delve far into transhumanist discussion without hearing people talk about immortality.

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Virtual Futures 2011

virtual futures

Life: The Ultimate Technology
The concept of ‘living technology’ calls attention to the fact that modern science is increasingly capable of engineering systems whose power is based on the core features of life (ISSP, online). My research investigates the development of ‘living materials’, a particular example of living technology, which exploits the energetics inherent in terrestrial matter to create design solutions for the built environment that are ‘programmable’ using chemistry and physics. Many of these properties are regarded as characteristic of ‘life’ but do not infer ‘aliveness’ on the system. The particular system that I am investigating is a dynamic oil in water droplet system, which is capable of emergent behaviour and demonstrates some complex properties that can be thought of as architectural: shedding skins, motility, modification of the environment, population scale behaviour and the production of complex structures. Speculative proposals for applications of these ‘living materials’ in the built environment are explored, particularly with respect to environmental interventions such as, the development of carbon fixing surfaces, reclaiming the city of Venice by growing an artificial limestone reef underneath it, oil producing solar panels and water producing claddings.

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Joern Pallensen

A Rant About Nothing(ness)

by Joern Pallensen

Ex nihilo nihil fit – from nothing, nothing comes, – so the saying goes. It is, however, conventional wisdom that hinges on the very definition of “nothing”, and a  “self-evident” truth which, upon closer examination, turns out to be not only deeply controversial, but  perhaps even beyond human comprehension..

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