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Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Overview of technopolitics


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It’s a tough world out there: and now a drumbeat for war on Iran.

Will Superhuman Intelligence Be Our Friend or Foe?

Don’t fear superintelligent AI

Can you be friends with a robot? Aristotelian Friendship and Robotics

3 ways to fix a broken news industry

Pétition : Pour un plan national de lutte contre le vieillissement


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Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
Author
David Brin

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
John G Messerly

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson





JET

Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life


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Lee-Roy Chetty

Making Information Mobile

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Among the plethora of technological developments within the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, mobile phones have had the most pronounced impact in developing countries.

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Richard Eskow

The Children Of Columbus: The Multinationals And Their Courtiers

by Richard Eskow

Columbus is honored as an adventurer In the European-created nations of the New World. He’s seen a little differently by those whose ancestors were enslaved by Europeans, or who arrived in chain.

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How to Live a Creative Life

TEDxTalks

Dr. Ray Hsu is the co-founder of Art Song Lab, a multidisciplinary composition workshop. As an educator, and artist, Dr. Hsu has had a varied and colourful career path. He has written and published two award-winning books, written in over 50 international publications, taught a prison music workshop, and is the editor of Ricepaper Magazine. Ray has appeared on a variety of media, and contributes to several arts boards in the city and across the world.

 

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piero scaruffi

The Fittest Species: Who is Winning the War for Survival?

by piero scaruffi

Most of the world’s genetic diversity lies in viruses. The longest living beings are bacteria. No wonder that these microscopic organisms kill more humans than any other dangerous animal.

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Jønathan Lyons

Is it Time for an Enhanced Olympics?

by Jønathan Lyons

I’ve been wondering quite a bit lately about the future of sports competitions. Specifically, as humankind merges ever more intimately with technology, I wonder whether such competitions as the Olympics can go on in their current forms.

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Memes and “Temes”

TED Talks

Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology—and invents ways to keep itself alive.

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The Rise of an African Tiger Economy

Nazret Tube Video

Emerging Ethiopia: The Rise of an African Tiger Economy

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Kris Notaro is IEET’s next Managing Director, Pellissier moves to African Project

Gradually in the next few weeks, there’s going to be a shift in staffing at IEET. Hank Pellissier - the present Managing Director - is handing over those duties to long-time IEET contributor Kris Notaro.

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Dick Pelletier

Consciousness: Solving its Mysteries Promise Safer, Healthier Lives

by Dick Pelletier

What consciousness is, and why and how it exists, are some of the oldest questions in philosophy.

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Giulio Prisco

Rudy Rucker and Science Fiction Religions

by Giulio Prisco

Rudy Rucker’s blog (one of the best blogs on the web, by one of the best science and fiction writers) has new interesting posts on SF religions, part of Rudy’s public brainstorming with self in preparation for a new novel.

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Ray Kurzweil on Singularity 1 on 1

Nikola Danaylov

Nikola Danyalov says, “Ray Kurzweil’s impact on my life in general but especially on what I have been doing for the past 3 or 4 years is hard to exaggerate. It is a simple fact that, if I haven’t read his seminal book The Singularity is Near, I would be neither blogging nor podcasting about exponential technologies, not to mention going to Singularity University. And so it was with great excitement and some trepidation that I went to interview Dr. Kurzweil in his office in Boston.”

Nikola also wants viewers to know that, ““You can help me produce more episodes of Singularity 1 on 1 by supporting my fund-raising campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/singularity1on1

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Jonathan Lin

Ushahidi - Crowdsourcing Democracy, from Kenya to the World

by Jonathan Lin

Platform that promotes humanitarianism and citizen journalism emerges from Kenyan civil strife; now it instigates economic change and social activism internationally.

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Valerie Tarico

Serious plus Correct—a Rwandan Formula for Hope

by Valerie Tarico

My husband Brian is driving in Maputo, Mozambique, I’m navigating, and our daughters Brynn and Marley are in the back seat.  We turn the corner, and Brian groans.  Ahead, stands a police officer waving us over. 

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J. Hughes

Buddhism and Cognitive Enhancement: Self-Control, Renunciation, Honesty, and Wisdom (Part 3)

by J. Hughes

Neurotechnology can be used to enhance Buddhist virtues such as patience and equanimity; it provides help to those who are genetically disadvantaged.

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Hank Pellissier

Should California Secede from the United States?

by Hank Pellissier

“Yes (sort of),” says Chris Hables Gray, a “pragmatic anarchist feminist revolutionary” who works as a lecturer of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cal State Monterey. He believes “devolution” of large nations into smaller regions will improve democratic decision-making.

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Andrew Maynard

Open Access Academics: Experiments with YouTube, the Science of Risk, and Professional Amateurism

by Andrew Maynard

YouTube intrigues me.  Having been dragged into the YouTube culture by my teenagers over the past two years, I’ve been fascinated by the shift from seemingly banal content to a sophisticated social medium.

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What is 3D Printing?

WBEZ Morning Shift

The IEET’s Dr. J. appeared on Chicago public radio Tuesday, October 16, 2012 to discuss the ethical and economic consequences of 3D printing with Shoshana Berger, director of editorial development at Wired. They examine how 3-D printing will affect manufacturing, copyright law and possibly the defense industry.

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The New Tao of Leadership

Big Think

In John Maeda’s experience as an artist—turned—President of the Rhode Island School of Design, the ideal leader falls somewhere in between Lao Tzu and Father Knows Best.

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J. Hughes

Buddhism and Cognitive Enhancement - Chemical Happiness, Generosity and Loving-Kindness (Part 2)

by J. Hughes

If the soteriological goal of Buddhism is to alleviate one’s own suffering, and the perfection of virtue is merely a tool to that end, is it possible to skip the enhancement of virtue and just use neurotechnology to eliminate suffering?

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David Brin

The “Tytler” Insult—Is Democracy Hopeless?

by David Brin

Well… it’s back.  One of the best examples of a mass-hypnotic pseudo-wisdom that helps to lobotomize politics in American life.

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Leo Igwe

Witch Killing and the Rule of Law in Africa.

by Leo Igwe

The killing of persons accused of witchcraft continues to take place in different parts of Africa despite the existence of enabling laws and human rights mechanisms.

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Turning Dunes into Architecture

TEDTalks

Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself.

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J. Hughes

Using Neurotechnologies to Develop Virtues - A Buddhist Approach to Cognitive Enhancement (Part 1)

by J. Hughes

Will new tech in genetics and neurology be successfully used to suppress vices and enhance happiness and virtue? Will this accelerate spiritual progress and liberation in the Buddhist traditions? Is it dangerous to manipulate moods?

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Kevin LaGrandeur

The Persistent Peril of the Artificial Slave

by Kevin LaGrandeur

Robots were created to perform the same jobs as slaves—jobs that are dirty, dangerous, or monotonous—thereby freeing their owners to pursue more lofty and comfortable pursuits.

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Evan Selinger

How To Make a Spy Exhibit Boring

by Evan Selinger

Museums are using technology to create spectacle, not spark learning.

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Rachel Armstrong

Is there an Ecological Architectural Design Method?

by Rachel Armstrong

A talk on nature, ecology, synthetic biology and the machines of living grace, delivered to architecture students at the University of Greenwich, October 10th, 2012

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Talk Nerdy to Me

TEDTalks

Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We’re fascinated by what you’re doing. So tell us about it—in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audience.

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Dirk Bruere

“The Praxis” - Transhumanism as Religion and the Conversion of Philosophy into Action

by Dirk Bruere

The Praxis is the name of a book authored by myself that was created as part of the Phi Division of Zero State and published in collaboration with Zero State Media as Project 011 .

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Richard Eskow

Don’t Lower Taxes For Billionaires. Double Them.

by Richard Eskow

Forget the “Buffett rule.” It’s not enough. What’s more, “letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the rich” isn’t enough either - although it might get us halfway there.

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The Beginning of Existence

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David Brin reads the first chapter of Existence, his ground-breaking new novel about our near and distant future.

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