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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
Author
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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Cellphones to Africa

Shaw TV South Vancouver Island

A student is keeping cell phones out of landfills and getting them into the hands of less fortunate people in Africa.

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Hank Pellissier

“We Can Hear You Now!” - 12 Ways Cell Phones Accelerate Africa

by Hank Pellissier

Africa is Rising! Technology, like cell phones, is aiding Africa’s fantastic leap forward. Are the poorest of the poor left behind? - IEET’s “FONE4U” project will assist them, with your help.

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Do Schools Kill Creativity?

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Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

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Don’t Build your Home, Grow It!

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TED Fellow and urban designer Mitchell Joachim presents his vision for sustainable, organic architecture: eco-friendly abodes grown from plants and—wait for it—meat.

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John Niman

The Future Is Bright: Some Musings On Solar Power

by John Niman

How are we going to power the future? Energy is a huge concern, so lets examine recent advances in solar energy. It is difficult to discuss energy generation (solar in particular) without hearing the same tired objections. Therefore, a little myth busting is in order:

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David Brin

Do Sci Fi Attitudes Reflect Our Times?

by David Brin

Nearly two thirds (65 percent) of Americans think that President Obama would be a better leader than Mitt Romney if an alien invasion were to happen.  Hm, well, yes… and?  So?  

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Rachel Armstrong

Synthetic Biology as an Open System for Architectural Design

by Rachel Armstrong

Synthetic biology can play an important role in the future of our cities, via economic benefits, functional benefits, and infusing our social spaces with enjoyable, emotional qualities.

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Evan Selinger

Digital Jiminy Crickets

by Evan Selinger

Do apps that promote ethical behavior diminish our ability to make just decisions?

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Richard Eskow

Banksters Go Wild - and “The Economist” Joins the Revolution

by Richard Eskow

In the ongoing scandal about Barclays’ employees tampering with the “LIBOR,” or London interbank lending rate - which is to say, bank fraud - The Economist offers this brilliant cover. It’s not just the word “banksters,” or the fact that it shows bank executives dressed like the guys in Reservoir Dogs.

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IEET Fellow Ayesha Khanna interviewed by Washington Post and SFGate.com

Ayesha Khanna has frequently been in the major media lately.  On July 3rd the Washington Post interviewed her and her husband Parag Khanna about their new TED e-book, Hybrid Reality.  On July 10, the IEET Fellow was interviewed again by SFGate.com, the online San Francisco Chronicle.

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IEET Trustee Martine Rothblatt produces Ray Kurzweil film

The film adaptation of Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Singularity Is Near - produced by IEET Trustee Martine Rothblatt and Terasem Motion InfoCulture, will be released for download / purchase this summer.

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‪10 Things You Didn’t Know about Orgasm‬

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“Bonk” author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious.

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‪Are We Ready for Neo-Evolution?‬

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Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg shows us three paths forward for the ever-evolving human species: to stop evolving completely, to evolve naturally—or to control the next steps of human evolution, using genetic modification, to make ourselves smarter, faster, better. Neo-evolution is within our grasp. What will we do with it?

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Dick Pelletier

Earth 2050-2100: Longer Lives; New Energy; FTL Travel; Global Village

by Dick Pelletier

Of course, no one can predict the future this far in advance with 100% accuracy, but if technologies continue to advance exponentially, which most experts predict they will; and we blend in a few scenarios that push the envelope, an amazing future begins to take form.

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Alex McGilvery

Education and Social Programming - let’s re-write our codes to optimize the world

by Alex McGilvery

Why are we preparing children to live in an environment that no longer exists?  The future generation needs new rules and lessons.

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David Brin

On the Transparency Front: Secrecy, Drones and War

by David Brin

Since 9/11 the budget for the USA Special Ops has quadrupled. Under President Obama, the forces of the Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which includes the Green Berets, Navy SEALS and Army Rangers, have been granted more latitude and greater autonomy, engaged in counter-terrorism, surveillance and reconnaissance in as many as 120 countries around the world.

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Andrew Maynard

Online Learning is where Online Music was Five Years Ago

by Andrew Maynard

YouTube is gearing up to transform the way we learn…We are at the beginning of an exciting revolution in online educational content.

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‪A Tale of Mental Illness—From the Inside‬

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“Is it okay if I totally trash your office?” It’s a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn’t a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.

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How I’m Preparing to Get Alzheimer’s

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When faced with a parent suffering from Alzheimer’s, most of us respond with denial (“It won’t happen to me”) or extreme efforts at prevention. But global health expert and TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh sees it differently. She’s taking three concrete steps to prepare for the moment—should it arrive—when she herself gets Alzheimer’s disease.

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piero scaruffi

Assessing the “Liberation” of Iraq - Nine Years Later

by piero scaruffi

It was said that it takes at least a decade to figure out the effects of a major war. It probably takes a lot longer. It took a few decades to figure out that Britain had lost its empire by winning World War II and only now are we beginning to see that Germany was not defeated after all.

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Jaap Boekestein

Floating Butterflies

by Jaap Boekestein

When we become immortal, visiting “old friends” for nostalgic reminiscing will require an enormous amount of time. But - we’ll have eternity at our disposal… Here’s a short Science Fiction gem from a new contributor.

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David Brin

Your e-Reading Habits are “Public”- Kindles, iPads and Nooks are Tracking You

by David Brin

Your e-reader is reading you, tracking and collecting data on your bookish habits. When and where did you put the book down? Or take notes?  Or reread a passage? Publishers now have access to detailed information about exactly how people use a book. Did most readers finish?  Which sections did readers favorite or ‘highlight’? 

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Andrew Maynard

YouTube does the the Higgs Boson – Science communication on the quick!

by Andrew Maynard

Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement on the Higgs Boson, some of YouTube’s most viewed science communicators burned the midnight oil to explain why this is so exciting.  Wrapping up this series of posts on YouTube, I thought I would call out three prominent YouTubers who were at VidCon last week, yet still found the time to pull together a video.

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‪Make Love, Not Porn ?‬

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At TED2009, audience member Cindy Gallop gave a 4-minute presentation that became one of the event’s most talked about. Speaking from her personal experience, she argued that hardcore pornography had distorted the way a generation of young men think about sex. She talked about how she was fighting back with the launch of a website—‪http://makelovenotporn.com‬—to correct the myths being propagated.

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Against the Singularity

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Tim Tyler’s take on the Singularity terminology.

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Jønathan Lyons

My H+ Shopping List - Six Excellent Upgrade Items Available Now

by Jønathan Lyons

When I go shopping for transhumanist enhancements, these items will be on the top of my list.  As more futuristic innovations arrive, I’ll add additional enhancements.

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Travis James Leland

The Singularity Is Here…For Some Of Us

by Travis James Leland

Is the Future already upon us, but we just don’t see it for what it is? We already have an augmented lifestyle, don’t we?

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George Dvorsky

10 of the Weirdest Futurist Scenarios for the Evolution of Humanity

by George Dvorsky

How weird could our progeny become? Here are 10 of the absolute strangest visions of our post-human future.

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the Idea of Transhumanism

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Andy Miah discusses tranhumanism, in an interview in Madrid.

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‪Tools for Building a Better World‬

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We all want to make the world better—but how? Jamais Cascio looks at some specific tools and techniques that can make a difference. It’s a fascinating talk that might just inspire you to act. Delivered in 2006.

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