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Gravitational Waves: The Universe’s Subtle Soundtrack

Imagining the Anthropocene

Color and Sound Perception Explained

Transhumanisme : Comment sortir de la « Vallée de l’étrange » ? 2/2

On tragedy, ethics and the human condition.

Zoos Enrich Our Lives but Cost Animals Their Dignity


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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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Will Transhumanism Change Racism in the Future?
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Dubai Is Building the World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant
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Technology, Love and Connection

TEDxTalks

Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards, talks about technology, love and connection, and how we are on our way to creating a giant web in which everyone in the world is connected. Shlain says that we are at the beginning of a “participatory revolution,” in which people’s ideas are able to interact, cross-pollinate, and reproduce on a global scale.

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Gabriel Rothblatt

Spacesteading – May the Meek Inhabit the Cosmos

by Gabriel Rothblatt

I was born with a romance for space, and so I was recently thrilled to read Benjamin Abbot’s argument on settling the future. [1] I too have been bothered by the trends I am seeing in the space industry and the vernacular used in reference to it.

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Andy Miah

Oscar Pistorius makes a ‘One Games’ Future more Likely

by Andy Miah

Oscar Pistorius has made history by becoming the first athlete with a prosthetic device to take part in the Olympic Games.  What does this mean for the future of sport and society? Will Olympics and Paralympics soon merge?

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Ayesha Khanna

Which Nation Has the Best ‘Technik’?

by Ayesha Khanna

Societies that continuously upgrade their Technik thrive; the term indicates the ability to successfully implement emerging technologies.

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Andy Miah

Physical Inactivity Kills, but Who Cares?

by Andy Miah

Regular exercise can extend life, but 90% of humanity would rather die than submit to a daily workout. Is there a technology that can change this attitude?

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Doug Rushkoff

Will ISPs Begin Spying on Users?

by Doug Rushkoff

(CNN) —This month, if everything goes according to schedule, your Internet service provider may begin monitoring your account, just to make sure you aren’t doing anything wrong with it—like sharing copyrighted movie or music files.

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Maria Konovalenko

Alzheimer’s is a Problem of Imbalance, not Toxicity

by Maria Konovalenko

A report on a talk delivered by Dale Bredesen at the the Buck Advisory Council meeting at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California. Dale Bresdesen is a specialist in neurodegeneration and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Existential Threats

Global Policy Journal 2012

Professor Nick Bostrom of the University of Oxford talks to Global Policy’s Dr. Jill Stuart about the possibility of existential threat and how academics and practitioners can begin to think about how to tackle these risks.

‘Existential risk is something that has never happened in all of human history. It is defined as something that either causes the extinction of earth ridden or intelligent life or that permanently and drastically will destroy our future potential for desirable development.’ - Professor Bostrom

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Lee-Roy Chetty

Keeping Africa’s Growth Up, Poverty Down

by Lee-Roy Chetty

The global economic crisis has not spared the African continent. There are multiple risks, but growth prospects remain. Poverty must also be alleviated.

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IEET Fellow Linda Glenn featured in Washington Post

In the July 13 issue of the Washington Post, IEET Fellow Linda Glenn was featured in Vivek Wadha’s column entitled “Ethics in the age of acceleration.”

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‪The Pirate Party - Politics of Protest‬

TEDxTalks

In 2006, Rick Falkvinge, a Swedish software entrepreneur, founded a new political party centred around the subjects of file sharing, copyright and patents. He called it the Pirate Party and it rose to prominence after a government crackdown on the file-sharing site, the Pirate Bay. Since then, the Pirate Party has swept Europe and beyond to become an international political movement, active in 40 different countries with representation in the European parliament.
In Sweden, it’s the largest party for voters under the age of 30 with 25% of the vote, and in September 2011, the German Pirate Party won an unprecedented 8.9 per cent of the vote and now has several members in the Berlin state parliament. Focused on the subjects of government transparency, internet privacy and copyright law, the Pirate Party hosts Wikileaks on its servers and uses new technology to leverage political power in new and interesting ways. In 2011, Foreign Policy magazine called Falkvinge one of the top 100 global thinkers.

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‪Unconditional Basic Income‬

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Klaus Sambor, coordinator of the Attac group for an unconditional basic-income (UBI) guarantee, talks about the campaign to qualify a European Citizens’ Initiative that would implement such a program in the European Union, recorded from Austria on May 6, 2012.

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Dick Pelletier

Shape-Shifting Robots: Forget Nanotech; Think Claytronics

by Dick Pelletier

Imagine a bracelet or watch that changes into something else when you take it off. Perhaps it becomes a cell phone, or laptop computer. Although this scenario may seem like science fiction, this and much more will soon become reality with a ground-breaking new technology known as claytronics.

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piero scaruffi

No Winners in Afghanistan

by piero scaruffi

All parties, except maybe the most fanatic Islamists, are beginning to agree on one thing: there can be no winner in Afghanistan. A possible outcome is splitting the nation into two opposing sections.

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Rewilding Europe

Rewilding Europe

Rewilding Europe wants to make Europe a wilder place, with much more space for wildlife, wilderness and natural processes. Bringing back the variety of life for us all to enjoy and exploring new ways for people to earn a fair living from the wild.

Rewilding Europe aims to rewild one million hectares of land by 2020, creating 10 magnificent wildlife and wilderness areas of international quality. We will especially focus on Europe’s huge areas of abandoned land, and on providing a viable business case for wild nature.

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Jamais Cascio

Re-Wilding the Earth

by Jamais Cascio

Efforts to restore the ecology in many parts of the planet would require significant levels of geoengineering.

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TEDTalk: What We Didn’t Know About Penis Anatomy

TEDTalks

We’re not done with anatomy. We know a tremendous amount about genomics, proteomics and cell biology, but as Diane Kelly makes clear at TEDMED, there are basic facts about the human body we’re still learning. Case in point: How does the mammalian erection work?

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IEET Appoints Steven M. Wise as Fellow

IEET is very pleased to announce that Steven M. Wise has accepted an appointment as Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Steven M. Wise is founder and director of The Nonhuman Rights Project. The purpose of the Nonhuman Rights Project is to attain legal personhood for nonhuman animals through litigation. With the help of dozens of volunteers, the Nonhuman Rights Project intends to file its first suits in 2013. 

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‪In the Future, We Will Wear the Internet‬

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When will we be able to enter a room and create an imaginary scenario so realistic that it seems as if we are really there? Sooner than you think, says Dr. Kaku.

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Meet Those Opposed to Living Forever

big think

Aubrey de Grey explains that his work on eliminating aging has encountered a surprising amount of criticism—and has also attracted an unlikely group of supporters.

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Steven Wise

Legal Personhood and the NonHuman Rights Project

by Steven Wise

IEET’s newest contributor - Steven M. Wise - is a leader in the animal rights movement. His first essay for us explains the importance of legal personhood. The goal of his organization, the - Nonhuman Rights Project - is to change, via legal jurisdictions, the current paradigm.

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George Dvorsky

Will We Ever Learn to Speak Dolphin?

by George Dvorsky

Dolphins are highly intelligent mammals, with an amazing ability to learn to understand our language. But as we gain more insights into their behaviour, we’re also coming to suspect that they might have their very own language — or at the very least a complex system for communicating with one another.

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Benjamin Abbott

Settling the Future: The Colonial Mindset in Transhumanism

by Benjamin Abbott

While I share dreams of interstellar travel, I find positive invocation of European colonialism profoundly problematic. If posthumans see themselves as Columbus, Cortes, Pizarro, and John Smith when they set off for the stars, expect very bad things. Let’s decolonize our desires, folks.

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‪Coding a Better Government‬

TEDtalksDirector

Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can—and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments—and their neighbors.

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How can Technology Transform the Human Body?

TEDtalksDirector

TED Fellow Lucy McRae is a body architect—she imagines ways to merge biology and technology in our own bodies. In this visually stunning talk, she shows her work, from clothes that recreate the body’s insides for a music video with pop-star Robyn, to a pill that, when swallowed, lets you sweat perfume.

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Rachel Armstrong

Synthetic Biology: Designing a “Metaphysical” Chicken

by Rachel Armstrong

The ultimate design material is one that understands what it is to become. By way of an example, I’d like to think about how we might design a chicken.

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‪Know Thyself, with a Brain Scanner‬

TEDtalksDirector

Imagine playing a video game controlled by your mind. Now imagine that game also teaches you about your own patterns of stress, relaxation and focus. At TEDxToronto Ariel Garten shows how looking at our own brain activity gives new meaning to the ancient dictum “know thyself.”

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‪A Novel Idea for Cleaning Up Oil Spills‬

TEDtalksDirector

When TED Senior Fellow Cesar Harada heard about the devastating effects of the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, he quit his dream job and moved to New Orleans to develop a more efficient way to soak up the oil. He designed a highly maneuverable, flexible boat capable of cleaning large tracts quickly. But rather than turn a profit, he has opted to open-source the design.

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Guillermo Campos

The Rise and Fall of Human Domination - ethical links between non-humans, humans, and post-humans

by Guillermo Campos

Our hive culture has established a hierarchical pyramid where we, the greatest of the great apes, have crowned ourselves on top of a conceptual food chain that is confused / mixed with a superiority chain…

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‪Hello Africa - Mobile Phone Culture in Africa‬

Documentary Network

Hello Africa illustrates cellphone culture in Africa. It shows images of contemporary Africa with focus on people’s lifestyles, popular culture, habits, activities and opinions in the context of mobile technology usage. The movie portraits individuals from all society: teachers, athletes, vendors, watchmen, musicians and many more. They all have in common that they are connected and have unique stories to tell.

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