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Steve Burgess

Methuselah in the Machine

by Steve Burgess

Imagine an artificial being, granted the rights of humans but without a limited lifespan, that would have the ability to gather resources to itself indefinitely.

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Kris Notaro

Egypt: Mubarak’s Decision to Shut Down the Internet and Cell Phones: Updated

by Kris Notaro

I’ve spent almost a month in Egypt and can tell you that what I saw was a divide between the rich and poor, corruption, and poverty. As the picture on this page shows of me in Cairo standing in the middle of garbage, something common all over the city, things have got to change. However I also saw the rise of the internet and cell phone use.

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Mike Treder

Geopolitics in the 21st Century

by Mike Treder

Looking ahead to the middle of this century, will the United States still be the world’s dominant superpower? Could China reach parity with the US, or even achieve superiority? Or might we see a wide open multi-polar world with no major controlling powers?

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Does Not Compute: IEET Readers Unsure About Robot Rights

Asked when, if ever, a robot would deserve ‘human’ rights, respondents to a recently concluded poll of our readers showed dissatisfaction with the range of answers we offered. Almost 22% gave their own answers, and another 10% said they weren’t sure.

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Martine Rothblatt

How can a mindclone be an exact copy of a person’s mind?

by Martine Rothblatt

It can’t be. Even a so-called “identical twin” is not an identical twin. Even if one’s DNA is the same as another person, as with identical twins, there are differences in terms of when particular genes within that DNA are turned on and off.

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IEET Appoints Wendell Wallach as Fellow

We are pleased to announce that Wendell Wallach has accepted an appointment as Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies for 2011.

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Changing Education Paradigms

RSA Animate

This animation was adapted from a talk given at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.

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George Dvorsky

Genetic Architecture

by George Dvorsky

Genetic architecture is an exciting, promising, and highly conceptual field that suggests we can bridge the gap between biology, artificial intelligence, and architecture.

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Sascha Vongehr

Unethical Nanotechnology

by Sascha Vongehr

Sascha Vongehr is a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and the Philosophy Department of Nanjing University. This is his first article for the IEET.

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Keeping Your Aging Mind Sharp

Living Longer, Better—And Maybe Forever

Memory deteriorates with age, but luckily the best way to stay sharp is also the most fun.

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The Free Marketeer Origins of the Attacks on Science

Merchants of Doubt

The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. Our scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers. Oreskes documents the misuse of science, driven by free-market fundamentalist ideology, to mislead the public on matters ranging from the risks of smoking to the reality of global warming. The people the authors accuse in this carefully documented book are themselves scientists—mostly physicists, former cold warriors who now serve a conservative agenda, and vested interests like the tobacco industry. 

Oreskes speaking in Australia recently.

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What Robots Want

One scenario for the day that robots become self-aware…

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Kyle Munkittrick

Why I’m Not Afraid of the Singularity

by Kyle Munkittrick

I have a confession. I used to be all about the Singularity. I thought it was inevitable. Now I’m not so sure.

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Andrew Maynard

Building a Sustainable Future

by Andrew Maynard

The World Economic Forum is tackling the opportunities and challenges presented by technology innovation.

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On the Value of NASA

BigThink

Neil deGrasse Tyson earned his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia. He is the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium. His professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. In this video he is asked, “What advice would you give to NASA?”

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The Net, Brains & Civilizational Resilience

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with David Eagleman, a fellow of the IEET and director of the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law at Baylor College of Medicine. Eagleman is author of the bestseller Sum, on fictional afterlives, Wednesday is Indigo Blue, about synaesthesia, the e-book Why the Net Matters and the forthcoming Incognito: The Brains Behind the Mind. They discuss the thesis David outlined for the Long Now Foundation that the Internet makes our civilization more resilient than previous ones.

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Darlene Cavalier

What a year at SciCheer

by Darlene Cavalier

Hot damn, 2010 was a great year in terms of reaching our goals. I say, it’s time to reach higher!

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Phil Torres

Group Intelligence, Enhancement, and Extended Minds

by Phil Torres

Virtually all talk of cognitive enhancement focuses exclusively on the enhancement of individual intelligence. But what about enhancing group intelligence?

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Three Steps to Outliving Death Itself

Living Longer, Better—And Maybe Forever

Anti-aging expert (and IEET Fellow) Aubrey de Grey gives advice on how to extend your life long enough to be around when scientists defeat human mortality.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Globalization as a Sign of Insufficiently Advanced Technology

by Marcelo Rinesi

All in all, the latest wave of globalization has increased human welfare, helping lift hundreds of millions of people from pre-industrial poverty levels into comparatively much better lives. But, leaving aside its often poorly managed disruptive side effects, globalization is also a symptom of the relative technological slowdown of the last few decades.

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Which science is the most basic?

Physics might be considered the most fundamental of all sciences, for all other sciences derive from basic principles of forces, motion, electromagnetism and thermodynamics. And yet, physical laws are mathematical models of the world; however, mathematics itself is abstract, deriving from theoretical constructs of philosophy. But, philosophy arises out of theories of mind, or psychology. The mind itself depends upon the biology of the brain….which is nothing but chemical reactions of molecules, such as neurotransmitters and proteins. And of course, chemistry depends upon the behavior of atoms and forces, which is constrained by physics…..

Physics > mathematics > philosophy > biology > chemistry > physics — the eternal loop.

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Mike Treder

Where are all the women?

by Mike Treder

We try very hard at this blog to feature articles from a wide variety of viewpoints written by authors representing diverse parts of society. But something is missing.

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Russell Blackford

Reviewing “The Moral Landscape” by Sam Harris

by Russell Blackford

I enjoyed this book, and I recommend it highly. Though it contains much technical material, from neuroscience as well as philosophy, Harris makes it all accessible.

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More People, More Cities, Longer Lives

Life in 2050

Joel E. Cohen is a mathematical biologist and Professor of Populations at Rockefeller and Columbia Universities. He projects that by 2050 there will be about 9 billion people in the world. The vast majority of them will live in urban areas, and will have a significantly higher average age than people today.

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Bioengineering Will Make Biggest Impact: IEET Reader Poll

In responding to a recently concluded poll, IEET readers selected bioengineering as the emerging technology most likely to make a big impact during this decade.

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Mike Treder

Do artificial beings deserve human rights?

by Mike Treder

When my daughter was about five years old, her mother and I took her to see E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She was deeply affected by the scene in which the cute little creature nearly dies.

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We Are All Cyborgs Now

Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on “external brains” (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.

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David Brin

The Tucson Shooting and the ‘Magazine’ Gun Problem

by David Brin

While thoughtful folks point to recent, tragic events in Arizona, appealing for Americans to tone down the horrifically polarized rhetoric of recent years, we all can see the opposite going on. It seems that we have entered what Robert Heinlein forecast as “The Crazy Years.”

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Everyone Could Be Planting Crops

Life in 2050

Looking ahead to 2050, Glenn Roberts, a farmer and owner of Anson Mills, says the ethical responsibility to grow and preserve and sustain land-raised systems will survive, and local, land-raised cuisines will return and thrive.

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Ben Goertzel

There’s Plenty More Room at the Bottom: Beyond Nanotech to Femtotech

by Ben Goertzel

Not long ago nanotechnology was a fringe topic; now it’s a flourishing engineering field, and fairly mainstream. But nano is not as small as the world goes.

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