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Should Politicians be Replaced by Artificial Intelligence? Interview with Mark Waser
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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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The Forgotten Radicalism of the Enlightenment pt1

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with historian, novelist, and journalist Philipp Blom philipp-blom.eu) about his delightful history of the French philosophers of the eighteenth century, A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment. Part 1 of 2.

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This Remarkable Thing

Where does humanity fit in the cosmos?

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Hank Pellissier

Feminism’s Social Side Effects

by Hank Pellissier

Wealth, peace, happiness, democracy, secularization, and ... male longevity?

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David Brin

Isaac Asimov and Human Destiny

by David Brin

Ever notice how many futuristic authors toy, now and then, with the concept of a global overmind?

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Astrobiology Rocks

Jank

Are we alone in the universe? Find out all about the search for extraterrestrial life in this educational parody of Ke$ha’s hit song, “We R Who We R.”

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Articles on the Transhuman Future in JET

Daniel McIntosh writes on “The Transhuman Security Dilemma ,” and Jamie Bronstein reviews Nicholas Agar’s book on transhumanism, Humanity’s End.

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Ethics of Erasing Memory

NOVA Science Now

If you could take a drug that could erase your memories, would you do it? It’s not such a hypothetical question-neuroscientists have identified a drug that can wipe out memory in rats. It’s not something that could be used on humans, but its existence raises a lot of big ethical issues. To sort those out, NOVA talked to Art Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Brain and The Law

In this fascinating lecture, IEET Fellow David Eagleman considers some emerging questions relating to law and neuroscience, challenging long-held assumptions in criminality and punishment and predicting a radical new future for the legal system.

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Richard Loosemore

Don’t let the bastards get you from behind!

by Richard Loosemore

One day when I was a young teenager, living out in the countryside in the south of England, a dear old guy I knew drove past me when I was on a long solitary walk. He recognized me and pulled over to ask if I wanted a ride down to the village.

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Kyle Munkittrick

The First Decade of the Future is Behind Us

by Kyle Munkittrick

The inaugural decade of the 21st Century is over. Can we finally admit that we live in the future?

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IEET Appoints David Eagleman as Fellow

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

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Arthur Caplan

‘Death panels’ are back - and that’s good

by Arthur Caplan

Watch out! The “death panels” are back. They are going to be used by Obama and his horde of federal health reformers to make sure that if you are old, very sick and go into a hospital, you will never return.

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Powerlessness of Transparency

by Marcelo Rinesi

The current mainstream narrative is that the easy and cheap availability of data makes greater transparency possible, and this in turn — thanks to the mediation of the well-designed infographic — increases the public’s awareness and control of governments, corporations, and other organizations it would do well to be aware and in control of.

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How Science Changed Our World

Professor Robert Winston presents his top ten scientific breakthroughs of the past 50 years in this BBC special. Tracing these momentous and wide-ranging discoveries, Winston meets a real-life bionic woman, one of the first couples to test the male contraceptive pill, and even some of his early IVF patients. He explores the origins of the universe, probes the inner workings of the human mind and sees the most powerful laser in the world. To finish, Professor Winston reveals the breakthrough he thinks is most significant.


Top Ten Scientific Breakthroughs

  • Stem Cell Research
  • Bio-mechanics
  • The Contraceptive Pill
  • Decoding the Human Genome
  • The Internet
  • IVF
  • The Laser
  • The Microchip
  • MRI Scanning
  • Increasing Evidence for the Big Bang

Vote for your #1 choice here.

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Ben Goertzel

The China Brain Project

by Ben Goertzel

This chapter describes a 4 year research project (2008-2011) to build China’s first artificial brain. It takes an “evolutionary engineering” approach, by evolving 10,000s of neural net modules, (or “agents” in the sense of Minsky’s “Society of Mind” [Minsky 1988, 2007]), and connecting them to make artificial brains. These modules are evolved rapidly in seconds on a “Tesla” PC Supercomputer, and connected according to the artificial brain designs of human “BAs” (Brain Architects). The artificial brain will eventually contain thousands of pattern recognizer modules, and hundreds of decision modules that when suitably combined will control the hundreds of behaviors of a walking, talking robot.

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Mike Treder

A Guide to the Top 31 of 2010

by Mike Treder

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that all during December 2010, we counted down the 31 most popular articles posted on our blog during the previous eleven months. Now, here’s a handy guide for your re-reading pleasure.

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George Dvorsky

#1: Why Stephen Hawking—and everyone else—is wrong about alien threats

by George Dvorsky

Stephen Hawking is arguing that humanity may be putting itself in mortal peril by actively trying to contact aliens (an approach that is referred to as Active SETI). I’ve got five reasons why he is wrong.

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Martine Rothblatt

What if “mindclones” are as buggy as software I buy for my PC?

by Martine Rothblatt

It is natural to feel that software development will never get things right. We all feel frustrated by software that doesn’t work as it should. People in industry are constantly bemoaning the lateness and incompleteness of software projects. But the facts are better than they seem, and are improving rapidly.

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Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

#2: The Evil Futurists’ Guide to World Domination

by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

You want to be a futurist, but you’re afraid of being wrong. Don’t worry. Everyone has that concern at first. But here, I’ve brought together ideas drawn from a number of books and articles that will help you succeed without having to be right. You can be successful, famous, and wrong.

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Ben Goertzel

Will Decreasing Scarcity Allow us to Approach an Optimal Meta-Society?

by Ben Goertzel

When chatting with a friend about various government systems during a long car drive the other day, it occurred to me that one could perhaps prove something about the OPTIMAL government system, if one were willing to make some (not necessarily realistic) assumptions about resource abundance.

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George Dvorsky

#3: Five Reasons the Copenhagen Climate Conference Failed

by George Dvorsky

I’m still reeling from the rather anticlimactic finish to the recent Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen.

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Patrick Lin

#4: On Wrestling with a Pig, or Getting Dirty in a Debate

by Patrick Lin

With some people, you just can’t win. Do you engage them in a debate, or do you hold your tongue and save yourself the frustration from beating your head against a brick wall? That is the dilemma I face.

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Jamais Cascio

#5: Give My Creation… Life!

by Jamais Cascio

The Venter Institute announcement that it has successfully crafted the first self-replicating synthetic organism caused quite a stir, even among people who are otherwise pretty jaded about emerging tech. It’s useful to understand exactly what is-and what isn’t-going on here.

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Russell Blackford

#6: In Support of Boobquake

by Russell Blackford

Good for Jen McCreight of Blag Hag for coming up with the idea of Boobquake.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Graphing Transhumanism and Human Enhancement

by Kyle Munkittrick

I thought it might be fun to play with Google’s endlessly entertaining Ngram viewer and see if we live up to our reputation as rogue scientists from the future.

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Phil Torres

#7: Will posthumans all be atheists?

by Phil Torres

There is good reason for thinking that posthumans will, on the whole, be atheists. And there is good reason for thinking that widespread apostasy would, on the whole, be desirable.

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Robert Ingersoll

What I Want for Christmas

by Robert Ingersoll

If I had the power to produce exactly what I want for Christmas, I would have all the kings and emperors resign and allow the people to govern themselves.

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Kyle Munkittrick

#8: Dolphins as Non-Human Persons

by Kyle Munkittrick

I have been lucky enough to swim with dolphins twice in my life.

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Jamais Cascio

Open the Future

by Jamais Cascio

Those who see the possibility of a revolutionary future of abundance and freedom are right, as are those who fear the possibility of catastrophe and extinction. But where they are both wrong is in believing that the future is out of our hands, and should be kept out of our hands. We need an open singularity, one that we can all be a part of.

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