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Competitive Cognitive Artifacts and the Demise of Humanity: A Philosophical Analysis

Take This Perception Test to See How Visually Intelligent You Are

Call for Papers The Second International Conference on Anticipation

Critical Nature of Emotions in Artificial General Intelligence

Genome Mapping Will Expand Our Life Expectancies

Will human enhancement cause problems for interpersonal communication?


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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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John G Messerly

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

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow


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‪“I’m 80% Girl, 20% Boy”‬

Stephanie Kay Stevens

A short film from the UK directed by Maxx Ginnane. The film focuses on 29-year-old Adele, an intersex person (XXY). Born with ambiguous genitalia, she was surgically “corrected” (four operations by the time she was seven) and brought up as a boy, yet she has always felt that she was a girl. Though Adele is now pursuing gender reassignment surgery to become a woman, she muses as the film ends “I’ve lived 30 years of my life as a man, and I’m going to live the next 30 years of my life as a woman. But, eventually, when I’m an old person, hopefully society will have moved on to a point where I can live as myself—which is an intersexed person—neither male nor female.”

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Paiden Gyal

We Can’t Go This Way: Self-Immolation in Tibet

by Paiden Gyal

Over the past few months I would go to bed every night praying not to wake up to another horrifying self-immolation in Tibet. My prayers have been going unanswered. Plus, After fifty-one self-immolations, thirty-four of them fatal (known), in the past seven months, no leaders of the free world seem to hear their calls.

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The Aging but Resilient Brain: Keeping Neurons Happy

UCTV, University of California Television

Joel Kramer, UCSF Professor of Neuropsychology and the Director of the Memory and Aging Center Neuropsychology program. He explores the underlying biological mechanisms of cognitive aging, and interventions that may optimize cognitive functioning as we age. Series: “UCSF Osher Mini Medical School for the Public” [4/2012] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 23205]

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Lee-Roy Chetty

The Link Between the Environment, Poverty and Development in South Africa

by Lee-Roy Chetty

A 2011 World Bank study estimates that environmental wealth accounts for 26 percent of the total wealth of low-income countries. This is contrasted with 13 percent of wealth in middle-income countries and only 2 percent of wealth in OECD countries.

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Evan Selinger

Climate Change and Inter-Group Cooperation

by Evan Selinger

Earth is threatened by numerous ecological dangers. To solve these issues, humanity needs to work collectively.

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IEET’s Top Essays and Videos in July

What did IEET visitors read, watch and bicker about in July?  A wide variety of topics, everything from online education to synthetic biology, spacesteading, the Singularity and orgasms.

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‪“From Eliza to Watson to Passing the Turing Test”‬

Singularity Summit's channel

The Singularity Summit 2011 was a TED-style two-day event at the historic 92nd Street Y in New York City. The next event will take place in San Francisco, on October 13 & 14, 2012.

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Hank Pellissier

Do All Transhumanists Want Immortality? No?  Why Not? (Terasem Survey, Part 1)

by Hank Pellissier

Immortality is a primary goal of many transhumanists, but not all. How many do or don’t want eternal life, and why? I recently conducted a survey - funded by Terasem Movement Inc., and fiscally sponsored by World Future Society - that queried hundreds of transhumanists on this question.

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Extreme Futurist Festival 2012 promo

vimeo

Extreme Futurist Festival is a 2 day arts and technology festival focusing on radical voices of the new evolution. Last year we had a great event and were called “a TED conference for the counterculture” by the LA Weekly. This year we seek to make XFF an even more epic experience.

Extreme Futurist Fest 2012 from H+ Worldwide on Vimeo.

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Richard Eskow

The USA Minimum Wage Is So Low That It’s Immoral - and Foolish

by Richard Eskow

Economic issues make some people’s eyes glaze over, so we’ll put this plainly: Today’s minimum wage is epic in its injustice and Dickensian in its cruelty. It’s a shame that Dickens himself isn’t here to write about it.

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The Third Revolution - Merging Physical and Engineering Sciences with Life Sciences

NIBIBTV

Dr. Phillip Sharp described our current scientific landscape as part of the “third revolution” in science. The first being the discovery by Watson and Crick of the structure of DNA; the second pertaining to innovations in genomics, and the third revolution the current convergence science—the merging of the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences—which will have a profound impact on research and health care.

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Lincoln Cannon

Speculating Around Speculative Roadblocks to the Singularity

by Lincoln Cannon

In his book “Physics of the Future”, Michio Kaku outlines six roadblocks to the Singularity. The roadblocks are at least as speculative as the technological singularity, and we can reasonably speculate our way around them. Below are Michio’s proposed roadblocks, followed by my thoughts.

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The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck

Exponential Times

This video was inspired by:
1) The ideas of psychologist Nicholas Humphrey who has written of “THE BIOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE OF BEING AWESTRUCK”. Basically, our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish.
2) The Stanford study that found that AWE is clinically good for you, expanding perception of time, increasing compassion and empathy and promoting well being.
3) Ross Andersen’s rapturous meditation on the ontological awakening of our psyches provided by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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The Top 3 Supplements for Surviving until the Singularity

big think

If you can survive until 2045, you have a good shot at living forever, says futurist Ray Kurzweil. Here are his three favorite dietary supplements that he takes to make sure he’s around for the singularity.

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‪Steroids To The Max -‬ Who Wants this Muscular Enhancement?

Assmatic 100

Enormous muscles on this weightlifter who has definitely been “enhanced.”  His biceps look pregnant.

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IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff joins Codecademy

IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff, author of “Program or Be Programmed”, praised Codecademy in an essay that IEET posted in January 2012, entitled “Why I am Learning to Code and You Should, Too.”  Eventually, Rushkoff met with the founders of the organization, and he agreed to be “a member of Codecademy, dedicated to promoting code literacy and digital education.”

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The Woman who Thinks like a Cow

CooDocu's channel

Dr Temple Grandin has a unique ability to understand the animal mind - and she’s convinced her skill is down to her autistic brain.

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Beware of Augmented Reality

Vimeo

A short film depicting a gameified future with augmented reality by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo. This is their graduation project from the Bezaleal Academy of Arts.

Sight from Sight Systems on Vimeo.

 

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IEET’s Natasha Vita-More Ph.D. and Hank Pellissier are starting USA Longevity Party, with Tom Mooney

IEET Fellow Natasha Vita-More Ph.D., and IEET Managing Director Hank Pellissier are starting, and co-directing, a USA branch of the “Longevity Party.”  The first Longevity Party was initiated in Russia, aided by the efforts of molecular biophysicist and IEET writer Maria Konovalenko. Israel also intends to organize a Longevity Party; that movement is co-led by IEET Affiliate Scholar Ilia Stambler, Ph.D.

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Synthetic Biology: This Will Change Everything

TEDxTalks

In this fascinating talk Christopher Bradley shows us that our world is about to change radically thanks to the promise of Synthetic Biology.

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Why We’re Attracted To Certain People

big think

“There’s a reason why we are attracted to certain people,” says Michio Kaku. Evolution has slowed down, but it hasn’t stopped.

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Evan Selinger

Nudge, Nudge: Can Software Prod Us Into Being More Civil?

by Evan Selinger

Maybe the answer for making online comments more thoughtful isn’t in people, but in code.

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James Felton Keith

Ownership of Archived Tweets

by James Felton Keith

Back in April of 2010 the Library of Congress announced that it will acquire all of the public tweets for future generations to review.

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Peter Wicks

Transhumanism and Batman - Can We Have an Intensely Thrilling World, without Tears and Suffering?

by Peter Wicks

Why are we drawn to blood and suffering? Do we lack the courage to believe in dramatically-positive visions of the future? If we had this courage, would it give us the visceral, emotional drama that we crave?

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piero scaruffi

Revising the Myth of Longevity

by piero scaruffi

A contrarian point of view, asserting that “life expectancy might actually start to decline for the first time in centuries,” with numerous explanations.

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Andrew Maynard

Jumping the Gap between a USA and UK High School Education

by Andrew Maynard

Is the USA education system failing, especially in science - biology, chemistry, physics? A sobering assessment.

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George Dvorsky

How Autism is Changing the World for Everybody

by George Dvorsky

There’s not much doubt that autism, along with Asperger Syndrome, is finally becoming accepted as a normal part of the human fabric. Even if some people still see autism as a condition that needs to be “treated,” it’s increasingly obvious that people on the autism spectrum are finding ways to succeed in our neurotypical-based society.

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Lincoln Cannon

The Singularity Doesn’t Require Paul Allen’s Understanding

by Lincoln Cannon

Like others before him, Paul Allen argues that the “Singularity is not near”: we will not anytime soon engineer computers superior to human brains, he says.

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Dick Pelletier

Radical Life Extension: Living Through the Next 1,000 Years

by Dick Pelletier

If anti-aging guru Aubrey de Grey’s prediction of a 1,000-year lifespan is correct, then one may wonder what life might be like living for such a long time. The following timeline looks briefly at today’s world, and then offers a positive glimpse at how the future might unfold as we trek through the next millennium:

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The Singularity and Schools: An interview with Vernor Vinge

Education Futures

John Moravec and Vernor Vinge discuss contributions of science fiction in our thinking about the future of education, the Technological Singularity, and what schools should focus on today.

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