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Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast: Deborah Lupton on the Quantified Self

The Ethics of Algorithmic Outsourcing: An Analysis

Algocracy and Transhuamnism Podcast: Hannah Maslen on the Ethics of Neurointerventions

The World’s First Child-Sized Exoskeleton Will Melt Your Heart

How better tech could protect us from distraction

Worst case scenario – 2035 and no basic income.


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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
Author
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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Leo Igwe

Ritual Killing in Nigeria of People with Hunchbacks and other Disabilities

by Leo Igwe

Last year a court in Southern Nigeria remanded in custody 4 persons for allegedly killing a hunchback woman, Mrs Ifeoma Angela Igwe for ritual purposes. According to the report, the hoodlums went to the woman’s house and kidnapped her.  They took her to a nearby bush where they beheaded her, butchered her and removed the hunch. It is believed that the hunch contains ‘magical substance or mercury’ which can make people rich.  I do not know how Nigerians came about this erroneous idea.

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Russell Blackford

Peter Singer on “Freedom of Religion”

by Russell Blackford

Peter Singer has written a piece in which he argues that your freedom of religion has not been violated unless the state enacts a law that effectively prohibits you from doing something which is required by your religion.

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Giulio Prisco

The Physics of Miracles and the Problem of Evil

by Giulio Prisco

We may be bots in a reality-wide simulation, and perhaps the player(s) from above can violate our simulated physics when they want. In a more popular formulation of the same concept, called Religion, the player(s), called God(s), created our reality and can perform miracles.

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Patrick Tucker

BioPrinting Humanity? Where It’s Heading

by Patrick Tucker

Oli Archibald, ‏@FutureSelfOli  sent this interesting infographic my way on bioprinting human beings. Thought I would share. What’s your take? Original image at http://www.printerinks.com/bioprinting-infographic.html

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Maria Konovalenko

Why Do Naked Mole Rats Live So Long?  Do they hold the key to human life extension?

by Maria Konovalenko

Naked mole rats basically live 9 times more than “they should.” At an age equivalent to a human age of 92 years, naked mole-rats show unchanged levels of activity and metabolic rate, as well as sustained muscle mass, fat mass, bone density, cardiac health, and neuron number.

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P. Tittle

Rational Bases of Identity: Toward Cultural Anarchy

by P. Tittle

What exactly is cultural identity? Is there something fundamentally absurd about claiming as your identity aspects of your self that are mere accidents of birth? Is defining cultural identity as group history irrational because it lacks recognition of the individual?

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Ayesha Khanna

It’s the Technology, Stupid

by Ayesha Khanna

Automation now removes as many manufacturing jobs from the economy as outsourcing. What’s wrong with the economy? Increasingly, the robot is a culprit.

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The Secret History of Silicon Valley

Computer History Museum

Today, Silicon Valley is known around the world as a fount of technology innovation and development fueled by private venture capital and peopled by fabled entrepreneurs. But it wasn’t always so. Unbeknownst to even seasoned inhabitants, today’s Silicon Valley had its start in government secrecy and wartime urgency. World War II, the Cold War and one Stanford professor set the stage for the creation and explosive growth of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. The world was forever changed when the Defense Department, CIA and the National Security Agency acted like today’s venture capitalists funding this first wave of entrepreneurship.

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Scotland to be Green Energy’s Silicon Valley?

QBE Europe

The green energy industry could transform Scotland in the same way technology firms changed California.

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piero scaruffi

A Timeline of Silicon Valley

by piero scaruffi

Appendix to his book, “The History of Silicon Valley: The Greatest Creation of Wealth in the History of the Planet”

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Kyle Munkittrick

Breaking the “Disney Princess” Tradition - why the film “Brave” is a Big Deal

by Kyle Munkittrick

Brave is a much richer and more important film than most people realize. Context as they say, is everything. And to understand why Brave matters, we have to look at it within the context of animated films up to this point.

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‪Cindy: The Promise of Africa’s Future‬

Camfed

Cindy lost her mother at the age of three and was taken in by her aunt, who taught her English. That experience sparked Cindy’s passion for learning. In this video she talks about her dream of becoming a lawyer and fighting for justice.

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Jønathan Lyons

Personhood: the Thrones We Place Ourselves Upon

by Jønathan Lyons

In my last in this series on personhood, I mentioned that in attempting to consider how to value other beings, for my own purposes, I settled long ago on a simple, defining characteristic: For my interactions with other beings, I ask whether they can experience pain. If they can experience pain, I have decided to do my best not to inflict pain upon them.

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Kristi Scott

Where are all the Techno-Progressive Moms?  busy raising the future

by Kristi Scott

I see technological issues through the eyes of my three children because they are the next generation.

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Hank Pellissier

Is Summer Lowering Your Child’s IQ?

by Hank Pellissier

Caution: while your kids are having fun in the sun, their brains may be at risk. Learn seven summertime mind-melting hazards to avoid and get brain-boosting alternatives.

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‪The Making of an African Activist‬

TedTalks

Ory Okolloh tells the story of her life and her family—and how she came to do her heroic work reporting on the doings of Kenya’s parliament.

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The March of the Invisibles - gay rights in Costa Rica

JoeandMischa

A rally for Gay Rights in Costa Rica, in protest against the minister of human rights who stated that gays and lesbians were invisible to him.

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Giulio Prisco

Happy birthday Alan Turing, I hope to meet you someday

by Giulio Prisco

June 23 was the Centenary of Alan Turing’s birth in London. During his relatively brief life, Turing made a unique impact on the history of computing, computer science, artificial intelligence, developmental biology, and the mathematical theory of computability.

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Christopher de la Torre

Alan Turing, Father of Computer Science, Defied Stereotypes, the Nazis, and a Nation

by Christopher de la Torre

On June 23, cognitive scientists, tech enthusiasts, and gay activists came together to celebrate Alan Turing, the man who, in the 1950s, along with colleague John von Neumann, reanimated human consciousness and inspired a century of technological determinism. Turing, the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, the man whose mathematical genius gave birth to the “conscious” machine via the Turing Test, turned 100 this month.

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Welcome to Life: The Singularity, ruined by lawyers

Tom Scott

A video inspired by Jim Munroe’s Everyone in Silico (the idea of a corporate-sponsored afterlife) and Rudy Rucker’s Postsingular (the horrifying idea of consciousness slums)

 

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George Dvorsky

Does a Galaxy filled with Habitable Planets mean Humanity is Doomed?

by George Dvorsky

Last week, io9.com reported on the astounding confirmation that all solar systems in the Galaxy probably have planets, and that Earthlike planets are more common than previously thought. While this seems like good news for SETI-enthusiasts, the revelation is actually quite disturbing.

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Hank Pellissier

Who is “Singularity Utopia” and Why is She so Optimistic?

by Hank Pellissier

Will the Singularity arrive in 2045 as Ray Kurzweil predicts? Will it never arrive, due to global catastrophe or technological failure? Will it arrive with apocalyptic horror, as an “UnFriendly AI” annihilates our species? We wonder, we dread, we anticipate nervously. But there’s - at least - one human being who is ecstatically convinced that The Singularity will solve all humanity’s problems and embrace us ever-afterwards in a blissful paradise. This person has renamed herself “Singularity Utopia.”

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Taps and Toilets

ISSAfricaTV

Find out what happens if all African countries improved water and sanitation in line with best practice examples from the continent. Such an intervention could lead to 18 million fewer malnourished children by 2030, a US$75 billion cumulative increase in GDP by 2040, and 17 million fewer people living in poverty by 2050.

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Valkyrie McGill

How Transparency Will End Tyranny

by Valkyrie McGill

Most of you followed last year’s revolution in Egypt, and how protestors used Twitter, Facebook, etc, and the effort the government made to “shut down the internet”.  This illustrated very effectively how the internet is a tool that is inherently hostile to “information control.”

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Andrew Maynard

VidCon and YouTube Science

by Andrew Maynard

Having been initiated into the alternative world of teen YouTube culture last year, I am once again being dragged along to VidCon – the Comic-Con of the online video community.  This year – the third year for VidCon – promises to be bigger than better than ever with around 6,000 signed up for the extravaganza June 28-30 at the Anaheim Convention Center. 

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IEET Wants Short Science Fiction

IEET wants short science fiction pieces that reflect on the social, moral, political, economic or philosophical consequences of future technologies, in particular pieces that touch on the IEET’s core issues - the ethics and policy dimensions of life extension, human enhancement, moral enhancement, non-human personhood, structural unemployment and catastrophic risks.

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Africa Futures Project

ISSAfricaTV

African Futures is a collaborative project between the International Futures at the Pardee Center, University of Denver and the ISS.

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Dick Pelletier

Civilization: from Slow Beginning to Space Colonies on Moon, Mars

by Dick Pelletier

Humanity faces what many see as the most important decision in its history – to move from nonrenewable fossil fuels as the primary source of energy to renewable sources that could, some believe, allow us to achieve higher civilization status.

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David Brin

Winners of the “Why Are We Alone?” Contest

by David Brin

My latest novel, Existence, reveals dozens of scenario about first contact, including a couple of unique ones concerning the Fermi Paradox or The Great Silence, as the quandary of why we have never encountered extraterrestrial civilization has been called. I’ve written about all this extensively in scientific papers and in fiction.

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The Death of Alan Turing (rare documentary)

mishima1970's channel

Rare documentary excerpt traces the death of the mathematical genius and one of the founders of the modern computer. Turing was also one of the leading codebreakers at Bletchley Park during World War Two, and played a leading role in the breaking of the German Enigma codes.

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