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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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Nicole Sallak Anderson

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David Brin

The First Synthetic Organism: Our Victor Frankenstein Moment?

by David Brin

In a breakthrough effort for computational biology, the world’s first computer model of an organism has been completed, Stanford researchers reported last week in the journal Cell.

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P. Tittle

What Went Wrong with Political Correctness?

by P. Tittle

My guess is that it started well enough, as sensitivity: people realized that terms such as ‘crippled’ and ‘retarded’ had gathered too many negative connotations, had become insults; so they replaced them with new words such as ‘physically challenged’ and ‘mentally challenged’ – words that, because new, would be free of such slant.

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Hank Pellissier

Water Wars - Nine Thirsty Regions where H20 Conflict is Steaming

by Hank Pellissier

“I’d kill for a drink of water,” could be a military call-to-arms soon, as the planet’s most essential commodity is swallowed, evaporated, polluted, and utilized at unsustainable levels.

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Phil Torres

The Evolution of Robots: Natural Selection in Action

by Phil Torres

Chapters 6 and 7 of the recently-published book, A Crises of Faith - Atheism, Emerging Technologies and the Future of Humanity

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Alan Brooks

Remembering the 1960’s: Racism, Prisons and… What Went Wrong?

by Alan Brooks

The ‘60s were like the Beatles: overrated but good nonetheless…  What I remember is the incongruity of the era…

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Andrew Maynard

“We Took a Rat Apart and Rebuilt It as a Jellyfish”

by Andrew Maynard

Sometimes you read a science article and it sends a shiver down your spine.  That was my reaction this afternoon reading Ed Yong’s piece on a paper just published in Nature Biotechnology by Janna Nawroth, Kevin Kit Parker and colleagues.

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Evan Selinger

The Philosophy of the Technology of the Gun

by Evan Selinger

Does the old rallying cry “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people” hold up to philosophical scrutiny?

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The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory

TEDtalksDirector

Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy—and our own self-awareness.

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David Brin

Deny Killers the Notoriety They Seek

by David Brin

Now it’s “James Eagan Holmes,” another name we’d rather not know. Opening fire at a crowded Colorado movie theater during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” Holmes killed twelve and injured dozens—seizing world attention and far more than his fair share of our collective memories.

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Stem Cell Breast Reconstruction Surgery

CafeMomStudios

Watch Suzanne Somers’ amazing breast reconstruction surgery on Suzanne Somers Breaking Through - Episode 1. Find out how Suzanne used her own stem cells to regrow her breast after battling breast cancer.

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Wilfredo Méndez

Structuring Biomimicry, Improving Building’s Resiliency

by Wilfredo Méndez

The same way Einstein assumes the speed of light to be a constant of reference for his Theory of Relativity [1], the philosophy of biomimicry assumes Nature as a constant of reference to a performance-based beauty for design.

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Consciousness and Thinking Machines‬

The Rational Future

Dr. Goertzel is a leader in the AI field, with a dozen academic books and 100+ papers published; and the chief individual behind the Artificial General Intelligence conference series, which has played a key role in the overall advent of AGI technology in the past few years. He is Vice Chair of nonprofit organization Humanity+; chief founder of AI consulting firm Novamente LLC and bioinformatics consulting firm Biomind LLC; and co-founder and chief cognitive architect of the OpenCog open-source AGI project. He has also pioneered the application of advanced AI to life extension genomics. Currently he is focusing efforts on his role as Chief Scientist at Hong Kong financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings.

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Why Science Needs an Infusion of Rebellious Entrepreneurship

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Fulbright Dr. Justin Mih gives talk about the need for the entrepreneurial spirit in scientific innovation.

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The Upgraded Self: Why Biohacking Changes Everything

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This presentation talks about real-world techniques Dave Asprey used to upgrade his brain by 12 IQ points, lose 100 lbs, radically reduce sleep, and fit 40 years of Zen meditation into one very long week.

This talk leverages years of nonprofit work with leading anti-aging physicians and researchers like Aubrey de Grey and Gary Taubes, along with extensive research (1300 references) completed for The Better Baby Book, my upcoming (Wiley & Sons) book about how to have a smarter baby by hacking your environment during pregnancy.

Dave Asprey introduces the exposome, explain why it’s bigger than your genome, and why it’s infinitely easier to biohack at any age than your genome. He covers the top 5 things you can do to upgrade yourself, ranging from bio and neurofeedback to hacking mitochondrial function.

The Upgraded Self: Top 6 Biohacks to Upgrade Your Body and Mind from Bulletproof Executive on Vimeo.

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Phil Torres - IEET writer - publishes e-book: “A Crisis of Faith”

IEET writer Phil Torres has written and published an e-book, available at Amazon in Kindle. The book is entitled “A Crisis of Faith - Atheism, Emerging Technologies and the Future of Humanity”

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Dick Pelletier

End of Human Aging Can Be Achieved in 20 years, experts say

by Dick Pelletier

Technologies with the greatest promise to provide humans with this treasured dream of extended health, youth, and longer lifespan include stem cell therapies, genetic engineering, and nanomedicine.

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David Brin

Bulletins from the Transparency Front

by David Brin

1) Toronto researcher Steve Mann, who was one of the earliest pioneers of wearable computing and augmented reality (AR), and who co-coined the term “sousveillance,” was physically assaulted by employees of a Paris McDonald’s restaurant during a recent family vacation, for the crime of wearing AR visual aids akin to Google’s Project Glass.  We are indeed in an era of rough transition.

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Ben Goertzel

Creating/Discovering New States of Mind

by Ben Goertzel

Our society puts a fair bit of energy, these days, into creating new technologies and discovering new scientific facts. But we don’t put hardly any effort at all into creating/discovering new states of mind. I think maybe we should – at the end of this blog post I’ll suggest a specific type that synthesizes spiritual mindfulness and intense scientific creativity.

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WeHappyTrans: Stephen

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The viral video of Stephen Beatty - the transgender son of Warren Beatty and Annette Benning - answering the WeHappyTrans Project’s 7 Questions.

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‪Genetic and Lipid-profile Predictors of Longevity‬

LongevityFoundation

Research of Dr. Reis focuses on the molecular genetics of longevity and age-associated diseases, using both previously defined mutations and gene mapping. He managed to extend the lifespan of a nematode worm, C.elegans, 10-fold by only one mutation in the age-1 gene

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Terasem Seeks Manuscripts for Online Journals

Terasem Movement Inc., a non-profit organization established by IEET Trustee Martine Rothblatt, is presently seeking manuscript submissions for its online journals. Transhumanist writers are urged to apply. The Terasem press release is below:

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IEET Fellow Steven Wise interviewed in WIRED

Wired Science published an article yesterday, entitled “New Science Emboldens Longshot Bid for Dolphin, Whale Rights.” The report features the viewpoints of IEET Fellow Steven Wise, the founder of the Nonhuman Rights Project.

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‪Interview - Jeffery Martin - Hacking Your Enlightenment‬

The Rational Future

Interview with Jeffery A. Martin - “Hacking Your Enlightenment”.
Focusing on parallels and differences between Transhumanism and Enlightenment, states of consciousness after we expand upon human physiology, designing our experience, offloading our minds onto different substrates, and parallel existences.
Questions are raised such as “Can robots be conscious?” and “Are we living in a simulation?”

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Longevity Benefits of Endocrine Defects

LongevityFoundation

Andrzej Bartke, PhD, Professor and Director of Geriatric Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, reported the first evidence that mutation of a single gene can significantly extend lifespan in a mammal, and have extensively characterized the phenotype of long-lived Ames dwarf mice, identifying several mechanisms that are likely to explain or contribute to their delayed aging and greatly prolonged longevity. Andrzej Bartke was able to dounble the lifespan of a mouse.

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Gabriel Rothblatt

Steve Mann Assaulted at French McDonald’s in world’s first “Cybernetic Hate Crime”

by Gabriel Rothblatt

France must apologize; McDonald’s should be boycotted… “vloggers” are valuable, they exposed the BART execution…
“Sousveillance” provided by emerging technology enables citizens to monitor the government and other repressive forces…

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Russell Blackford

Same-Sex Couples to the Rescue of Marriage?

by Russell Blackford

Is marriage obsolete? Has matrimony lost its power? If this is true, why are gay activists striving to attain the privilege? The latest issue of Free Inquiry features pieces by myself and Tom Flynn on same-sex marriage and related matters.

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David Brin

Accelerating Dangers and Opportunities from Transparency

by David Brin

The future comes rushing upon us so quickly, already I worry that the world portrayed in my freshly minted novel will be old hat long before the time it is set, 30 years from now. (Meaning that we need futuristic and open-minded thought experiments now, more than ever.)

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Hank Pellissier

Foreskin? Or Against It? - In Germany, Circumcision is Criminalized, in Africa it’s Encouraged

by Hank Pellissier

The tender tiny flesh-cap is wired with nerves and controversy - Is religion an excuse for “penile reduction”? In the sub-Sahara, is it the best HIV preventative? The sensitive prepuce shrouding the male glans is a battlefield for religious and medical arguments… Big flaps about the floppy tips have erupted in Germany and Africa… Bioethical answers are not clear-cut…

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Lee-Roy Chetty

The Rise of the Slacktavist

by Lee-Roy Chetty

We’re all guilty of it. Some more than others, but nonetheless, we’re all culpable. Log on to Facebook or Twitter, hit the “like” or “favourite” button and, for a fleeting moment, we feel like we’re somehow making a tangible difference in the world. But surely it’s slightly more complicated than that?

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Kyle Munkittrick

“The Stem Cell Hope” and Our Indefinitely Delayed Future

by Kyle Munkittrick

Medicine is the next frontier of the future… Alice Park’s new book The Stem Cell Hope, convinced me it is time to retire, “Where is my jetpack!?” once and for all. After reading her new book, Park will have you screaming, “Where are my stem cells?” from every rooftop.

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