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Charlie Stross

The Myth of the Starship

by Charlie Stross

As starships do not in fact exist, no starships were harmed in the production of this essay. Also, this is just words. If they upset you, go lie down in a dark room for half an hour then drink a glass of water; you’ll feel better.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Data Collection Where It’s Needed The Most

by Marcelo Rinesi

Data gathering usually requires an extensive infrastructure, but open mobile technologies could change that. An interview with Yaw Anokwa of the Open Data Kit project.

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Andrea Kuszewski

We Perform Best When No One Tells Us What To Do

by Andrea Kuszewski

How can companies get the best possible performance out of their employees? Let them do whatever they want! And furthermore, don’t offer incentives. Sound counter-intuitive? Not if you look at what research has shown regarding the economics of motivation.

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Mike Treder

You 2.0

by Mike Treder

An upgraded version of You might incorporate—literally incorporate—access to augmented reality overlays, a direct brain to Internet connection, and LED (light-emitting diode) tattoos.

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J. Hughes

Technoprogressive Thankfulness

by J. Hughes

It is Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States, a time to take stock of all the good things we can be grateful for. This time, for me, with a technoprogressive spin on it.

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Kyle Munkittrick

The Venture Bros. & Clones

by Kyle Munkittrick

The Venture Bros. is one of those shows I don’t really laugh out loud at until the third or forth time I watch an episode. It isn’t because the jokes aren’t hilarious the first time, it’s just that there is so much awesome compressed into every moment I don’t have time to laugh. “Twenty Years to Midnight” is one of the few exclusions: the Grand Galactic Inquisitor’s ridiculous interjections still make me tear up from laughing so hard. My larger point is that there is so much going on in any given episode, some stuff can get lost in the mix.

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Alex Steffen

Unwritten Stories Reveal New Climate Scandal!

by Alex Steffen

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the “hacked climate emails.” Long story short: Hacker steals email, posts. Wingnuts take some lines out of context, claim they show a cover-up, cry conspiracy. Scientists refute, in detail. Media covers “controversy.” Driven by talk radio and oil money, the whole thing escalates into a scandal. But a much bigger scandal is just waiting to break.

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Mike Treder

Tomorrow’s Weather—Wrong as Usual

by Mike Treder

How many times have you relied on a weather forecast only to find yourself woefully unprepared for what really happened? The same risk holds for predictions about future trends.

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Decline of Empires

pZEROm

The data refers to the devolution of the top four maritime empires, by extent, of the 19th and 20th centuries.

More information here.

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Andrew Maynard

What’s technology innovation got to do with it?

by Andrew Maynard

Some thoughts about the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda…

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IEET Plans Bahamas Cruise on “The Future of Medicine”

Join the IEET and our co-sponsors on an educational cruise to the Bahamas, leaving from and returning to Manhattan, New York, October 10-17, 2010.

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Pets Teach Science

Pets Teach Science

A crack team of sixteen trained golden retrievers illustrate the structure of atoms—the particles that make up everything around you. They also show how atoms are weirder than you might think.

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Gregory Benford

Evil and Me

by Gregory Benford

It all started with experience, as most philosophical positions should. What’s an idea worth if it cannot withstand the rub of the real?

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Radical Abundance: How We Get Past “Free” and Learn to Exchange Value Again

Web 2.0 Expo

Doug’s keynote from the O’Reilly Web 2.0 conference last week. How we’re using an obsolete operating system for money, optimized for a pre-Internet economy.

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Augmented Reality

On the Media

Futuristic films like “The Terminator” and “Minority Report” imagine a time in which the virtual world can be projected onto the physical world. This technology, known as augmented reality, will be commercially available in the form of glasses sooner than we think, says Jamais Cascio of the IEET. But, he warns, don’t necessarily believe they’ll be rose colored.

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Gaining a Sixth Sense

On the Media

Futuristic films like The Terminator and Minority Report imagine a time in which the virtual world can be projected onto the physical world. This technology, known as augmented reality, will be commercially available in the form of glasses sooner than we think, says the IEET’s Jamais Cascio. But, he warns, don’t necessarily believe they’ll be rose-colored.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Henry, Stadiums, and Video

by Marcelo Rinesi

Thierry Henry’s handball during the now infamous France-Ireland World Cup qualifying match, clearly caught on camera and later acknowledged by the player himself, has reignited in some quarters an often discussed call for the use of technology to aid referee decisions during soccer matches. But the real problem isn’t technology, and rather than being behind the times, soccer has actually been ahead of much of society.

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Large Hadron Collider Working Again

IEET readers have weighed in with their opinions about why the LHC project kept running into seemingly endless delays on its way to running protons into each other. Now that it’s back up and operating, perhaps some of our more far-fetched conjectures will be proved wrong.

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Mike Treder

Deciding Whose Death Matters Most

by Mike Treder

Asking the question is comparatively easy. Finding the answer is hard.

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Ben Scarlato

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

by Ben Scarlato

[Contains spoilers] Battlestar Galactica: The Plan is a movie released straight to Blu-ray and digital download, which retells the miniseries and the first two seasons of Battlestar Galactica from the perspective of the Cylons.

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Heather Bradshaw

Morphological Freedom

by Heather Bradshaw

In 2003, the idea that one might have a freedom to change one’s body and brain as one liked was being discussed in relation to the Transhumanist FAQ. This idea receives much less attention in the current FAQ, where it is largely replaced by a lesser freedom to enhance. This is interesting, because morphological freedom has significant implications.

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Jamais Cascio

I Can Has Singularity?

by Jamais Cascio

IBM’s new cat brain simulation is both more—and less—than it seems.

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A Perfect (Robotic) Woman

BotJunkie

Although the results are not yet entirely convincing, it seems clear that a leading commercial application for personal robots will be as “companions” and/or sex toys.

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Mike Treder

Every Five Seconds

by Mike Treder

Somewhere in the world, a child dies of hunger every five seconds—even though the planet has more than enough food for all.

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Linda MacDonald Glenn

Call 1-800-New-Organ, by 2020?

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

Growing a set of new teeth, or new kidneys, or new eyes, or whatever it is you need, is something we could do as soon as 2020, according to a report that was issued by the Department of Health and Human Services a few years ago.

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Mike Treder

Six insane laws we’ll need in the future. Or not.

by Mike Treder

As crazy as it may sound, one of the best articles I’ve seen in a long time about the ethics of emerging technologies comes from the pages of Cracked magazine.

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Andrea Kuszewski

Addicted To Being Good? The Psychopathology of Heroism

by Andrea Kuszewski

We look at heroes and do-gooders as a special sort of breed: people who possess extraordinary traits of altruism or self-less concern for the well-being of others, even at the expense of their own existence. On the other end, sociopaths also have an extraordinary set of traits, such as extreme selfishness, lack of impulse control, no respect for rules, and no conscience.

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Genetically Enhance Humanity or Face Extinction

SlowTV

In his talk at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, philosopher and bioethicist Julian Savulescu,  Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford., examines the nature of human beings as products of evolution, in particular their limited altruism, limited co-operative instincts and limited ability to take account of the future consequences of actions. He argues that humans’ biology and psychology are unfit for the kind of society we live in and we must either alter our political institutions, severely restrain our technology or change our nature. Or face annihilation by our own design. Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House, October 2009

Genetically enhance humanity or face extinction - PART 1 from Ethics of the New Biosciences on Vimeo.



Q&A

Genetically enhance humanity or face extinction - PART 2 from Ethics of the New Biosciences on Vimeo.

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Buddhism and Cognitive Enhancement pt 1

Changesurfer Radio

Andrew Fenton is a part of the Novel Tech Ethics Group at Dalhousie University and the author of “Buddhism and Neuroethics: The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Cognitive Enhancement.” Part 1 of 2.

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Why are men and women different? IEET readers can’t decide

It’s a big question: Are the apparent mental and emotional differences between men and women mainly from biology? Or are they primarily from societal conditioning?

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