1) Toronto researcher Steve Mann, who was one of the earliest pioneers of wearable computing and augmented reality (AR), and who co-coined the term “sousveillance,” was physically assaulted by employees of a Paris McDonald’s restaurant during a recent family vacation, for the crime of wearing AR visual aids akin to Google’s Project Glass. We are indeed in an era of rough transition.
Our society puts a fair bit of energy, these days, into creating new technologies and discovering new scientific facts. But we don’t put hardly any effort at all into creating/discovering new states of mind. I think maybe we should – at the end of this blog post I’ll suggest a specific type that synthesizes spiritual mindfulness and intense scientific creativity.
Research of Dr. Reis focuses on the molecular genetics of longevity and age-associated diseases, using both previously defined mutations and gene mapping. He managed to extend the lifespan of a nematode worm, C.elegans, 10-fold by only one mutation in the age-1 gene
Terasem Movement Inc., a non-profit organization established by IEET Trustee Martine Rothblatt, is presently seeking manuscript submissions for its online journals. Transhumanist writers are urged to apply. The Terasem press release is below:
Wired Science published an article yesterday, entitled “New Science Emboldens Longshot Bid for Dolphin, Whale Rights.” The report features the viewpoints of IEET Fellow Steven Wise, the founder of the Nonhuman Rights Project.
Interview with Jeffery A. Martin - “Hacking Your Enlightenment”. Focusing on parallels and differences between Transhumanism and Enlightenment, states of consciousness after we expand upon human physiology, designing our experience, offloading our minds onto different substrates, and parallel existences. Questions are raised such as “Can robots be conscious?” and “Are we living in a simulation?”
Andrzej Bartke, PhD, Professor and Director of Geriatric Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, reported the first evidence that mutation of a single gene can significantly extend lifespan in a mammal, and have extensively characterized the phenotype of long-lived Ames dwarf mice, identifying several mechanisms that are likely to explain or contribute to their delayed aging and greatly prolonged longevity. Andrzej Bartke was able to dounble the lifespan of a mouse.
France must apologize; McDonald’s should be boycotted… “vloggers” are valuable, they exposed the BART execution…
“Sousveillance” provided by emerging technology enables citizens to monitor the government and other repressive forces…
Is marriage obsolete? Has matrimony lost its power? If this is true, why are gay activists striving to attain the privilege? The latest issue of Free Inquiry features pieces by myself and Tom Flynn on same-sex marriage and related matters.
The future comes rushing upon us so quickly, already I worry that the world portrayed in my freshly minted novel will be old hat long before the time it is set, 30 years from now. (Meaning that we need futuristic and open-minded thought experiments now, more than ever.)
The tender tiny flesh-cap is wired with nerves and controversy - Is religion an excuse for “penile reduction”? In the sub-Sahara, is it the best HIV preventative? The sensitive prepuce shrouding the male glans is a battlefield for religious and medical arguments… Big flaps about the floppy tips have erupted in Germany and Africa… Bioethical answers are not clear-cut…
We’re all guilty of it. Some more than others, but nonetheless, we’re all culpable. Log on to Facebook or Twitter, hit the “like” or “favourite” button and, for a fleeting moment, we feel like we’re somehow making a tangible difference in the world. But surely it’s slightly more complicated than that?
Medicine is the next frontier of the future… Alice Park’s new book The Stem Cell Hope, convinced me it is time to retire, “Where is my jetpack!?” once and for all. After reading her new book, Park will have you screaming, “Where are my stem cells?” from every rooftop.
At TEDxChange, Thailand’s “Mr. Condom,” Mechai Viravaidya, walks us through the country’s bold plan to raise its standard of living, starting in the 1970s. First step: population control. And that means a lot of frank, funny—and very effective—talk about condoms.
We’ve all noticed it - on television and the social web, an increase in politically partisan polemic and cultural isolationism. This “us vs. them” mentality doesn’t reflect the best of America, past or present, says author and essayist Marilynne Robinson.
“Right now, a Masai warrior on a mobile phone in the middle of Kenya has better mobile communications than the president of the United States did 25 years ago. If he’s on a smartphone using Google, he has access to more information than the president did just 15 years ago.” – Peter Diamandis
Futurists have long speculated that nanotechnology — the engineering of materials and devices at the molecular scale — will eventually revolutionize virtually every field it touches. While we’re not there yet, we’re reminded every once in a while of the tremendous potential that nanotechnology holds, especially when it comes to medicine.
I have three sons that I love dearly, and I care about their education in all areas, including sexuality. I want them to understand that sex is beautiful and fun, when accompanied with love, respect and responsibility. I also want them to understand that sex can be abused, potentially harming our relations, as well as our own psychological well being.
There are alternatives to democracy… is the West too quick to dismiss and demonize them? Is democracy truly the best system, or does it just happens to be the one promoted by the current world power (the USA) and its allies (Western Europe), i.e. by the countries that control 60% of the world’s economy?
With the auspicious number of 144 readers voting, and in the wake of the US Supreme Court narrowly upholding the Obamacare reform that requires all Americans to purchase private health insurance, a wide majority of IEET readers prefer either a British National Health Service (42%) with government owned hospitals and health care workers as public employees, or a Canadian-style single payer health insurance system (32%) with largely private hospitals and healthcare workers but national health insurance.
Contemporary research on consciousness in neuroscience rests on unquestioned but highly questionable foundations. Human nature is no less mysterious now than it was a hundred years ago,” writes philosopher Alva Noë in his book “Out of Our Heads.”
It’s a bold assertion in an age when fMRI has enabled us to see images of the brain functioning in real time, and when many prominent public intellectuals (Stephen Hawking, Eric Kandel) have argued, either implicitly or vociferously, in favor of reductionism. The “brain-as-calculating machine” analogy assumes that human thought, personality, memory, and emotion are located somewhere in the gray matter protected by the skull. In other words, you—at least, the waking you who gets out of bed in the morning—are your brain.
But you’re not, says Noë. Just as love does not live inside the heart, consciousness is not contained in a finite space—it’s something that arises, something that occurs: a verb rather than a noun. And since the publication of Francis Crick’s influential “The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul,” scientists have been looking for it in all the wrong places.
Parag Khanna argues that we have moved into a new era called “The Hybrid Age,” in which we are now a template for technology, “both the physical incorporation or biological, but also the psychological.”
70% of working women are working mothers, yet the United States is one of only three nations without paid parental leave. Jennifer Siebel Newsom received her BA and MBA from Stanford University and was already an accomplished woman by the time she went knocking on Hollywood’s door at the age of 28. After being told by an agent to lie about both her age and her level of education, she was appalled. This experience was the driving force behind her documentary Miss Representation, a film exploring the underrepresentation of women in positions of power through challenging the media’s limited portrayal of girls and women.
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