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Chris Mooney

The Most Important Technology Nobody’s Ever Heard Of

by Chris Mooney

There’s a dangerous gap between the importance of geoengineering as a possibility on the one hand, and the complete lack of public awareness about it on the other.

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Kyle Munkittrick

The Sci-Fi Explanation of Why Gay People Must Be Allowed to Marry

by Kyle Munkittrick

In many of the sci-fi futures that we know and love, racism, sexism, and homophobia are often scrubbed out of existence. Caprica/BSG, Star Trek, Torchwood, Mass Effect, even less thoughtful fare like Starship Troopers, depict residents of the future who are less interested in the permutations of human identity and more interested in the qualities of a person’s mind and spirit. Even Futurama’s “Proposition Infinity,” concerning the fake-contentious “robosexual marriage” controversy, spoofs this tendency.

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J. Hughes

Seventeenth Century Scientist Illustrates the Courage of the Transhumanist Imagination

by J. Hughes

In the 1660s the scientist and philosopher Robert Boyle (1627-1691) revealed the importance of the transhumanist imagination when he penned a wishlist for the Royal Society, one of the first scientific organizations in the world.

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Hopes and Fears for the Future

TED

At this TED talk technologist and futurist Bill Joy talks about several big worries for humanity—and several big hopes in the fields of health, education and future tech.

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Kris Notaro

Cochlear Implants: Journey from deafness to the world of hearing

by Kris Notaro

I recently had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Jason Beard, a 25 year old man that received a cochlear implant in May of 2009.  Jason was hearing impaired from birth but was able to hear some sounds with the help of a hearing aid however he was not able to carry on conversations. With the help of a CI his life has changed.

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Darlene Cavalier

Listen to the Sounds Around You

by Darlene Cavalier

The Acoustics Research Centre at the UK’s University of Salford is building a sound map of the world as part of a new study into how sounds in our everyday environment make us feel.

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Falling Birth Rates and Virtual Sex

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Phllip Longman, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and author of The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birth Rates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do About It. They discuss the factors behind the (liberal, secular) birth dearth, the effects of a growing old-age dependency ratio problem throughout the world, and the effects of greater fundamentalists’ fertility. Then a bit of an essay by IEET Affiliate Scholar Andrea Kuszewski on the beneficial effects of sex, and potentially virtual sex, on the brain. Part 2 of 2.

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The Progressives and the Virtue of the Small

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Phllip Longman co-author of The Next Progressive Era: A Blueprint for Broad Prosperity, and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. They discuss the need for progressive policies to break up the concentrations of industrial and financial capital, and to support small, local banks and businesses. They also discuss the proposal for all American youth to receive “stakeholder accounts” as proposed by Thomas Paine. Then a short essay by Robert Reich, and a piece from Marcelo Rinesi on “Peak Oil and Climate Change.” Part 1 of 2.

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David Brin

Solving World Debt Through Transparency

by David Brin

Is there a way out of the world debt spiral?

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The History and Future of TechnoPolicy

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Nigel Cameron, director of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies and Research, founder of several other biopolicy organizations such as the Center on Nanotechnology and Society and the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future, and author of Human Dignity in the Biotech Century, and The New Medicine: Life and Death After Hippocrates. They talk about the political marginalization of bioethics, the history of the enhancement debate, and the importance of engaging the business community and inventors in technopolicy discussions.

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Translating Genomics into Longer Healthier Lives

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Dr. J. chats with Melanie Swan, a futurist and entrepeneur, and principal of MS Futures Group and DIYGenomics. She is involved with Equal Rights Advocates, Lifeboat Foundation and Accelerating Studies Foundation, and the Singularity University. We discuss her recent work on direct-to-consumer genetic testing, electronic patient-driven health tracking, anti-aging research and the future of intelligence.

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Jamais Questions Cartoon Simulations

Diesel Sweeties

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Crises of Capitalism

Renowned academic David Harvey looks at the roots of capitalism’s current troubles. Can we envision a new social order that would be responsible, just, and humane?

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Mike Treder

Convergence, Disruption, and Resilience

by Mike Treder

Recently I was contacted by a reporter for a major newspaper and asked to answer a few questions about “future trends in emerging technologies.” Here is what I said.

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Akansha Bhargava

Five Reasons Not To Clone Yourself

by Akansha Bhargava

Given the current state of technology, reproductive cloning is not a safe and effective means of human reproduction. Cloning reduces genetic diversity, is beneficial neither for the child nor the parent, and without restrictions could create many legal and social problems.

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David Brin

Clarifications re Climate Skeptics and Deniers

by David Brin

Keith Kloor’s recent blogged description of my “Climate Skeptics and Deniers” article from Skeptic magazine (based on this earlier blog article I wrote) drew hundreds of comments.

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Linda MacDonald Glenn

Policy, Places, & People: Feminist Bioethics in Singapore

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

The FAB Congress in Singapore looks at the global aging population and feminization of it, which includes issues of migrant women elder care workers in a global economy, notions of ecological citizenship and human and nonhuman interdependency.

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Richard Eskow

Moral Questions in the Ancient Art of Human Enhancement

by Richard Eskow

Since I’ve just been named an Affiliate Scholar here at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, I thought I’d think about where I fit within the Humanist/Transhumanist matrix.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Peak Oil and Climate Change: Between Too Soon and Not Soon Enough

by Marcelo Rinesi

We are going to burn all of the oil and coal we have, because their benefits as energy sources are concrete, immediate, and local, while their costs are gradual, delayed, and global.

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Human v2.0

There is a moment in the near future that scientists believe will transform the notion on WHAT it is to be HUMAN.

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Mike Treder

Life in a Virtual World

by Mike Treder

If you could live in a world that was just the way you wanted it to be, with specifications you’d chosen, customized and personalized to meet your every need and fulfill your fondest desires, would you spend all your time there? Or would you prefer to stay here, in the real world?

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IEET Readers Mostly Optimistic About Living Long Lives

More than half of those who responded to a recently concluded poll of IEET readers expect to be alive in the year 2100, aided by one or more forms of advanced technology.

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Andrea Kuszewski

Sex Makes You Smarter — Can ‘Virtual Sex’ Do The Same?

by Andrea Kuszewski

If sex makes you smarter via changes in synaptic strength following the act, can you get the same benefit from virtual sex, as long as your brain is convinced it is real at the time?

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Giulio Prisco

Book Review - A Cosmist Manifesto: Practical Philosophy for the Posthuman Age, by Ben Goertzel

by Giulio Prisco

A Cosmist Manifesto: Practical Philosophy for the Posthuman Age, by Ben Goertzel, published by Humanity+ Press, is now available on Amazon.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Twilight, or Bram Stoker’s Final Triumph

by Marcelo Rinesi

The Twilight series of books and movies is the latest stage, and perhaps the culmination, of a daring philosophical exploration that began in its most public aspect with Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Phil Torres

How Certain Should We Be?

by Phil Torres

Given the complexity of the world today, plus the risks associated with current and emerging technologies, it behooves everyone on all sides of the biopolitical spectrum to be open to opposing points of view.

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When Ideas Have Sex

British author Matt Ridley argues that, through history, the engine of human progress and prosperity has been, and is, “ideas having sex with each other.”

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Kyle Munkittrick

Yes, We Should Clone Neanderthals

by Kyle Munkittrick

Knowing where Neanderthals fit into the evolution of Homo sapiens is essential to understanding the development of the human mind.

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IEET Announces Creation of Affiliate Scholars Group

The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies is pleased to announce the appointment of six accomplished individuals as charter members of our newly created Affiliate Scholars program.

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Akansha Bhargava

All’s Fair in Botox and Evolution

by Akansha Bhargava

Cosmetic plastic surgery (CPS) gets a bad rep for the obvious reasons. It brings to mind superficial wealthy women living in glamorous places and spending someone else’s money on self-beautification. In a way it seems to be cheating—reversing the normal Darwinian structure of survival based on genetic fitness. However, cosmetic plastic surgery is an inevitable and expected outcome given psychology, natural selection, and changes in technology.

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