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Overview of technopolitics


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Blockchain – The Building Blocks for a New Society, with Vince Meens

Martine Rothblatt, Lawrence Krauss, Douglas Rushkoff, Russell Blackford endorse Science Missionaries

Trump Picks Establishment Banker For Treasury Secretary

Trump’s Pick for Health Secretary Is Total Nightmare Fuel

First Republican “Hamilton Elector” Breaks Ranks Against Trump

Cybathlon 2016 : entre sport, handicap et transhumanisme


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

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
John G Messerly

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

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





JET

Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life


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David Brin

We are in it, all right. But “figuratively”? … or “literally”?

by David Brin

Tis the season for post-mortems… for pompous declamations and dissections, explaining to us all what the F— just happened. And so, across the next week or so, I’ll offer summaries and links to a panoply of rationalizations for this bizarre turn of events.  How liberals, conservatives and other pundits got it wrong… and what I think may be glimmers of actual insight.

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Create Anything You Want With Programmable Matter

FW: Thinking

What if you could fax someone a real, three-dimensional object? The solution might come in the form of programmable matter - a material that takes on predetermined shapes and can change its configuration on demand. We’re already seeing early prototypes coming from Carnegie Mellon and Intel in the form of “claytronics.” So what’s in store for this technology, and why should we be excited about it?

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George Dvorsky

Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Monkey to Walk Again

by George Dvorsky

For the first time ever, a neural device has been used to restore locomotion in paralyzed primates. It may be years before clinical trials can begin for humans, but this latest breakthrough marks an important step in that direction.

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David Wood

The missing vision

by David Wood

The United States of America have voted. In large numbers, electors have selected as their next President someone committed to:

  • Making it much harder for many types of people to enter the country
  • Deporting many of the current residents
  • Ramping up anti-Islam hostility
  • Denouncing global warming as a hoax
  • Undoing legislation to protect the environment
  • Reducing US support for countries facing hostile aggression
  • Dismantling the US deal with Iran over nuclear technology
  • Imposing punitive trade tariffs on China, likely triggering a trade war
  • Packing the Supreme Court with conservative judges who are opposed to choice.

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J. Hughes

Technoprogressivism Under Trump

by J. Hughes

This is from an interview I gave yesterday to a French journalist. Thought you might be interested.

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Bill Nye Explains Gravity Waves

Big Think

Bill Nye is always dressed for a party, but this time his celestial bow-tie pays respect to one of our era’s greatest discoveries: gravitational waves.

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John G. Messerly

Summary of: “How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds”

by John G. Messerly

I recently read an article in The Atlantic by Tristan Harris, a former Product Manager at Google who studies the ethics of how the design of technology influences people’s psychology and behavior. The piece was titled: “The Binge Breaker” and it covers similar ground to his previous piece “How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist”.

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George Dvorsky

Health Studies Funded By Beverage Companies Are Dangerously Misleading

by George Dvorsky

An analysis of 15 years’ worth of experimental research into the health risks posed by sweetened beverages is raising questions about the impartiality and credibility of studies funded by the soda industry.

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How STEM Was Born: And Why Scientists Needs Humanists

Big Think

Through an incredible anecdote, Earl Lewis demonstrates why STEM can’t do it alone. Scientists and humanists needs each other, and institutions have a responsibility to continue to fund and nurture the humanities.

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Steve Fuller

The Trolley Problem and the Making of a Superhero for Transhuman Times

by Steve Fuller

A slight amended version of this article appears on the 24 October 2016 edition of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Religion & Ethics website, under the title: “The ‘Trolley Problem’ and the Problem of Moral Progress: Postscript to the Trial of Jesus for Transhuman Times

The discourse of transhumanism is notorious for its liberal appeal to ‘enhancement’: ‘physical enhancement’, ‘cognitive enhancement’, ‘moral enhancement’, etc. Much if not most of the discussion is speculative – but in any case, it is aspirational.

 

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Why Don’t Computers Allow Us to Talk Directly to Animals?’

Big Think

Could we use computers to translate animal communication into human language? If so, what would we learn? And might it unlock a new understanding of existence and our place in the cosmos?

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Artificial Intelligence

The School of Life

Should we be scared of artificial intelligence and all it will bring us? Not so long as we remember to make sure to build artificial emotional intelligence into the technology.

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Marc Roux

Intégrer l’amélioration dans la préoccupation médicale

by Marc Roux

D’après la définition de l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé, la santé ne consiste pas en l’absence de trouble ou de maladie mais en un état de complet bien-être. Cette conception ouverte laisse libre cours à une interprétation subjective. L’état de santé dépend de ce que chacun en dit.

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Pedro Villanueva

Alter futurism Manifesto 21

by Pedro Villanueva

Neo Futurism is a movement of the 21st century and developed in the area of design, Urbanism and architecture. This movement could be seen as a deviation from the postmodern attitude. Neo Futurism represents an idealistic belief in the future better. We can read The Neo Futuristic City Manifesto written by Vito di Bari.

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4 ways to build a human company in the age of machines

TED Talks

In the face of artificial intelligence and machine learning, we need a new radical humanism, says Tim Leberecht. For the self-described “business romantic,” this means designing organizations and workplaces that celebrate authenticity instead of efficiency and questions instead of answers. Leberecht proposes four (admittedly subjective) principles for building beautiful organizations.

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IEET Affiliate Scholar Roland Benedikter Talk at Acatech

Heise

The convergence of man and machine becomes the central challenge for a country that lives from the export of cutting-edge technology - a comment

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Are We More a Product of Our Genes, or of Our Lifestyle?

Big Think

Why are we the way that we are - is it nature or nurture? This week, Bill Nye answers a question from Evan, who is having a science argument with his mom.

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B. J. Murphy

Westworld and the Human Connection with our Future Companion Robots

by B. J. Murphy

If you ever had the opportunity, would you have sex with a robot? Keep in mind, when I reference robots, I’m not thinking about completely mechanized machines, with sharp ridges and gears. Rather, these robots would be the culmination of years of research in the fields of soft robotics, synthetic skin and organ printing, and artificial intelligence (AI). In other words, unless you were to cut them open, you wouldn’t be able to differentiate them from actual human beings

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John G. Messerly

Building a Better Human With Science Revisited

by John G. Messerly

My last post discussed public opposition to “Building a Better Human With Science.” People are generally skeptical of both futuristic technologies as well the scientists developing them. It also turns out that future technologies are disproportionately opposed by religious persons, and most accepted by the least religious. This confirms my experience teaching transhumanism in college classes over the decades—a religious worldview is a good predictor of opposition to new technologies.

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Martine Rothblatt And Her View On The Future | Interviewed By Ray Kurzweil

Futurology

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John G. Messerly

“Building a Better Human With Science? The Public Says, No Thanks”

by John G. Messerly

A recent piece New York Times article, “Building a Better Human With Science? The Public Says, No Thanks,” reports on a new survey by the Pew Research Center which show public skepticism about improving the physical and intellectual life of the human species. As reported, “Americans aren’t very enthusiastic about using science to enhance the human species. Instead, many find it rather creepy.”

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Standardized Testing Isn’t Totally Useless, but It Does Miss the Point

Big Think

Standardized testing is like bringing a knife to a gun fight. It’s not totally useless, but it does misunderstand the situation. The Imagination Institute’s Scott Barry Kaufman suggests a more three-dimensional search for intelligence.

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IEET Fellow Martine Rothblatt Creates First Full Size Electric Helicopter

IEET Fellow Martine Rothblatt Creates First Full Size Electric Helicopter

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A New Focus for the IEET

Dear IEET friends and supporters. It is time for the IEET to undergo a major change of course.

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George Dvorsky

Software Error Implicated in Crash of Mars Lander

by George Dvorsky

Researchers with the ExoMars mission are pointing to a potential computing glitch as the cause of last week’s crash of the Schiaparelli lander. The challenge now will be to isolate and correct the error in hopes of preventing a repeat in 2020, when mission planners aim to land a much larger rover on the Red Planet.

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Laura Cabrera on Human Enhancement, Communication and Values

Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast

In this episode IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher interviews Dr Laura Cabrera. Laura is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University where she conducts research into the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnology. He asks Laura how human enhancement can affect inter-personal communication and values and talk about the issues in her recent book Rethinking Human Enhancement : Social Enhancement and Emergent Technologies.

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George Dvorsky

Renewables Now Exceed All Other Forms of New Power Generation

by George Dvorsky

Last year, renewable energy accounted for more than half of all new forms of power generation produced worldwide. It’s an unprecedented milestone for our civilization—one that points to a bright future for solar and wind power.

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Do Nootropics Give Esports Gamers an Edge?

Motherboard

Nootropics, or smart drugs, were once the domain of a select few biohackers testing the limits of brain enhancement. But Nootropics are becoming more mainstream, leaving many to wonder what effect smart drugs will have on esports—one of the most rapidly growing spectator sports in the world, where cognitive enhancement could become a competitive advantage.

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Alexandre Maurer

Pour un transhumanisme « open source »

by Alexandre Maurer

Dans les œuvres de fiction, le transhumanisme s’inscrit souvent dans un futur dystopique dominé par l’argent et les multinationales. C’est notamment le cas du jeu Deus Ex, dont le dernier épisode a attiré l’attention des médias.

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The Man Biohacking Encryption From His Garage

Motherboard

A pioneer in the biohacking scene since the mid-2000s, Amal Graafstra’s been experimenting with RFID implants for more than a decade. Now Graafstra is developing implants that go beyond RFIDs.

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