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Semantic MediaWiki in neuroscience - The BlueBrain perspective

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The Neuroscience of Learning and Memory and Mindfulness Based Mind Coaching

War and Human Evolution

Social Futurist revolution & the Zero State

Black Death for the Internet?


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Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution
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Personality Capture and Emulation
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Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies
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Sex Work, Technological Unemployment and the Basic Income Guarantee

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Technological Growth and Unemployment:  A Global Scenario Analysis

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Reports from Global Catastrophic Risks conference in Mountain View CA

The IEET, Center for Responsible Nanotechnology and the Lifeboat Foundation hosted a very successful meeting on Global Catastrophic Risks (GCR) on Friday, November 14 here in Mountain View, before the still ongoing future-palooza Convergence 08.

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The Buzz Lightyear Model of Enlightenment: To Infinity and Beyond

Buddhist Geeks

In this episode we bring back the Geeks of the Round Table segment.  Joining us is one of our regulars Duff McDuffee, and a new geek to the lineup, Mike LaTorra.  Mike is the resident teacher of the Soto Zen Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

During this conversation we discuss an article written by Shambhala Acharaya Judy Lief entitled, Glimpses of Awakening.  We discuss the ideals surrounding awakening, and use the classic three trainings model (of ethics, concentration, & wisdom) to explore what enlightenment is about. 

This is part 1 of a two-part series.  Listen to part 2 (airing next week).

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EMERGENCE - IEET News for Nov 9, 2008

Crazy time. I’m so euphoric from the outcome of the election, and excited (and anxious) to see how Obama charts his course in these challenging times.

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Bioethics, Law, Evolution and the Future

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats first with Judge Barry Schaller, author of Understanding Bioethics and the Law The Promises and Perils of the Brave New World of Biotechnology. Judge Schaller serves on the Connecticut Supreme Court. Then a chat with George Hart, author of Evolution and the Future of Humanity: Homo Sapiens’ Galactic Future. (MP3)

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How Nanotechnology Works

How Stuff Works

In this HowStuffWorks podcast, Marshall Brain discusses the possibilities of nanotechnology, a multi-disciplinary study dealing with the manipulation of matter less than one billionth of a meter wide.

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George Dvorsky

An Obama reality check

by George Dvorsky

Before my readers conclude that I’ve completely lost it over Obama I figured it’s time I say something a bit more critical about the situation in the U.S. and the incoming administration.

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Mike Treder

Limits to Growth?

by Mike Treder

Do the current economic slowdown, the dwindling of fossil fuels, and the looming disasters of climate change mean we should aspire to a new steady state economic model, instead of the growth-based economics of the past? Or do emerging technologies like nanotechnology offer a third alternative, a growing and sustainable economy?

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Doug Rushkoff

Anticipating President Obama

by Doug Rushkoff

Though I share in the jubilation at Obama’s election, I find I’m also a bit guarded. Holding back, as if afraid to get “fooled again” by the promise of new leadership.

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Andy, Russell and Heather at Andy’s Human Futures Conference

IEET Fellow Andy Miah organized a Human Futures conference in Liverpool on October 30 at which he, IEET Fellow Russell Blackford, and IEET intern Heather Bradshaw spoke. The conference was the launch of Andy’s new book Human Futures: Art in an Age of Uncertainty.

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Charlie Stross

Charlie’s Wish List

by Charlie Stross

Playing fantasy politics — as opposed to fantasy football — is a mug’s game. However, for what it’s worth (not much), and speaking for those of us who aren’t Americans, here’s my top ten list of things I’d like see from the Obama administration in the first 100 days, and consider to be not-totally-impossible:

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George Dvorsky

Republican calls for Palin in 2012 reveal a deep malaise

by George Dvorsky

A mere one day after the election, a number of Republicans are encouraging Sarah Palin to prepare for the 2012 presidential run. Rush Limbaugh has gone so far as to call her “The next Ronald Reagan.”

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Will Blackberrys Alter the Brains of Future Generations?

Are We Alone?

We’ve all descended from a common ancestor, but, as Homo sapiens, we no longer brachiate through trees and have long abandoned our stone tools for Blackberrys and iPods. Evolution has shaped us into the big-brained, bipedal, text-messaging specimens we are today. But it didn’t happened without a lot of pressure. SETI Radio takes a look at some of the forces that have driven human evolution - from the snake-phobia that sharpened our eyesight, to the anger-management that was a prerequisite for civilization.

Also, how your Blackberry may be changing the brains of future generations.
And, are we engineering our own successors through robotics?

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Whole Brain Emulation Roadmap Now Available from FHI

The Future of Humanity Institute, founded and run by IEET founder and chair Nick Bostrom, has just published a roadmap of the scientific research and technological innovations required to eventually completely model the human brain in software.

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J. Hughes

Libertopian Doublethink on the Singularity

by J. Hughes

Boy, Marshall sure stirred the pot at the Singularity Summit this weekend. Apparently you are allowed to opine that super-robots will either bring us a perfect world free from want, or possibly wipe us off the map. But if you suggest that we might need social policies to ensure our economic welfare when robots take most of the jobs then you are a socialist throwback unaware that free markets have always solved the structural unemployment problems of the past.

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Brain Makes Splash With Structural Unemployment Message at Singularity Summit 08

IEET Fellow Marshall Brain spoke on his projections of widespread structural unemployment as a result of automation, and the need for a basic income guarantee, at the Singularity Summit in San Jose.

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Waiting for the Great Leap…Forward?

Singularity Institute

J. Hughes’ talk at the Singularity Summit 2007.

Listen to/download an MP3

Watch the video (including slides)

 

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Mike Treder

Underrating the Mid-Range

by Mike Treder

You've probably heard the dictum that most people expect too much change in the short term and too little change in the long term. That has been true generally, I think, and it may be why we hear complaints about 'No flying cars yet!' and so on.

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MIke Treder reports from Rhodes, Greece

Mike Treder reports from the World Public Forum in Rhodes, Greece, where he is speaking about bottom-up development strategies.

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Annalee interviews Jamais about Superstruct in i09

IEET friend Annalee Newitz just interviewed IEET Fellow Jamais Cascio in her awesome blog io9.com about Superstruct, Jamais’ awesome new project with the Institute for the Future.

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Aubrey and Ramez Naam featured in new H+ Magazine

IEET Fellows Aubrey de Grey and Ramez Naam, and IEET friend Charlie Stross, are featured in the first issue of H+Magazine, which has been launched by Humanity Plus (aka World Transhumanist Association).

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Jamais Cascio

Resilience and the Next Disaster

by Jamais Cascio

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, have friends or loved ones who do, or simply enjoy the various products and services to be found around these parts, take heed:
When the Big One hits, it won’t be pretty.

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George Dvorsky

Humans have not stopped evolving

by George Dvorsky

Steve Jones, head of the department of genetics, evolution and environment at the University College London, says the forces driving evolution, such as natural selection and genetic mutation, “no longer play an important role in our lives.”

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Nick and Milan on anthropic principle in new collection

Nick Bostrom and Milan Cirkovic will each have an essay in the forthcoming collection Collapse Volume V: The Copernican Imperative, to be published on 15 December 2008

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The Death of the Market Cult

Democracy Now!

As the world reels from the financial crisis on Wall Street and the taxpayer-funded $700 billion bailout, we spend the hour with Naomi Klein on the economy, politics and “disaster capitalism.” The Shock Doctrine author recently spoke at the University of Chicago to oppose the creation of an economic research center named after the University’s most famous economist, Milton Friedman. Klein says Friedman’s economic philosophy championed the kind of deregulation that led to the current crisis.  Real Video Stream - Real Audio Stream - MP3 Download

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Future Bioethics

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Ron Lindsay Ph.D., J.D., author of Future Bioethics, and director of the Center for Inquiry, a humanist thinktank. We talk about stem cells, biopolitics under the Obama administration, and whether we should be able to torture aliens. (MP3)

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Mike Treder shares “bottom up” development strategy in Greece

IEET Fellow Mike Treder reports: Tonight I am flying from New York to Rhodes, Greece, to attend and participate in the World Public Forum’s “Dialogue of Civilizations,” an annual event that brings together experts, politicians, public and religious dignitaries from all the continents of the world.

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Zardoz: Ur-Man v. Posthuman Head

John Boorman

Sean Connery in the awesome biocon dystopian classic Zardoz.

 

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Silke Fauve

Longevity Dividend Through Anti-Aging, Not “Entitlement Reform”

by Silke Fauve

A study published in this week’s Nature magazine reveals that the likelihood that a senior citizen will be so disabled that they require high-cost nursing and medical care is fairly constant up till age 100. In other words, increased longevity will not drive up costs related to disability and dependency. But with progress supporting healthy aging with longevity therapies seniors could live even healthier and more able lives. Silke Fauve considers the demographic and economic arguments against increasing longevity.

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Charlie Stross

The bumpy ride hits toytown

by Charlie Stross

Okay, hang onto your hats. We’re clearly in for a bumpy ride over the next couple of years; even discounting the worst-case scenarios (I’m a happy pessimist: I always need something to worry about) it looks like we’re in for a recession that will be at least as bad as the 1990-92 one, and possibly much worse.

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Marshall Brain

How the Keating scandal worked

by Marshall Brain

In the 1980s, the savings and loan meltdown produced a number of amazing stories of greed and fraud. The Keating scandal, involving Lincoln Savings and Loan, was one of the biggest.

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