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New Study Shows That Bones Are Incredibly Cool

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Watson Is Coming For Your (Professional) Jobs

The Future Of Sports Is Enhanced

The Singularity

Can We Live Forever?

On the Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

Learning Should Not Be Easy

It Looks Like Something You Should Never See. Meet A Medical Advancement That Is Hard To Forget.

PostHuman: A Video Series on Transhumanism

Singularity or Bust

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Earth 2063: a Brief Glimpse at Life Fifty Years into the Future

by Dick Pelletier

We narrate this glance into the future from the point of view of someone looking back from 2063.



The Meaning of Outer Space

by William Sims Bainbridge

Forty years after the last flight to the Moon, human exploration of outer space seems to have stalled, although a number of options exist for new scientific and technological alternatives, both in goals and the means to achieve them. Public opinion polls fail to look deeply into popular conceptions, and they tend to reveal only weak enthusiasm.



#1 The Ukrainian Human Barbie Doll - Valeria Lukyanova - Is this the future of cosmetic enhancement?

by Hank Pellissier

Immaculate doll-face, globulous breasts, teeny waist, slender limbs, vacant ice-blue eyes, long platinum hair - Valeria Lukyanova of Odessa, Ukraine, has re-designed her physical form to resemble Barbie, the plastic Mattel toy. Is the result “beautiful”? Critics screech that she’s “creepy” and “lifeless” with an “uncanny valley” absence of sexuality, but… let’s not kid ourselves here.



Why I View the Future with Optimism

by Dick Pelletier

Science is all about asking questions, exploring problems that confound or intrigue us. However, satisfactory answers can’t always be found in today’s media that far too often focuses on cases of technology gone awry, filling readers with more hopelessness than hope.



We Have to Have More Courage to Insist Aging is Accepted as a Disease

by Maria Konovalenko

The recent Nature journal special edition is dedicated completely to the problem of aging. Among various articles covering topics from demographics to comparative biology and robots, there’s one about the interventions in the aging processes. It is a nice overview about the current successes in slowing down aging in mammals, however I found the last paragraph rather disappointing. It says….



#6 Piracetam - is it the smartest of the smart drugs?

by Owen Nicholas

Piracetam has been around since the 1960’s and is regarded as a pioneer “smart drug.”  It enjoys a popular, international following, its record as a treatment for cognitive disorders is impressive, and scientific exams haven’t flagged any dangerous side effects. But is Piracetam truly the intelligence booster many of us eagerly want?



The Singularity: what to expect when machines get smarter than us

by Dick Pelletier

What can we expect when machines surpass humans in intelligence; a point in time that futurists predict could become reality by 2045. Though it’s impossible to forecast this far in advance with 100% accuracy, by combining predicted technology breakthroughs with present-day knowledge, we can make plausible guesses about how tomorrow’s super-intelligent machines might affect our lives.



What will your next body be like?

by None

Many engineers, including me, think that some time around 2050, we will be able to make very high quality links between the brains and machines. To such an extent that it will thereafter be possible (albeit expensive for some years) to arrange that most of your mind – your thinking, memories, even sensations and emotions, could reside mainly in the machine world. Some (perhaps some memories that are rarely remembered for example) may not be suited to such external accessibility, but the majority should be.



The Networked Species

by Jønathan Lyons

Humankind is frequently referred to as a tool-using/-making species. What is becoming clear is that we are also a species with a real talent and drive for greater integration with our tools and with one another. Humankind is an increasingly networked species. And while this is a teleological essay, I am not prepared to make an argument that what we are witnessing is necessarily either a good or bad thing.

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Changes to expect by 2030

by Dick Pelletier

As our 21st Century unfolds, revolutionary changes will appear at overwhelming speeds. Most of these changes will be driven by the four NBIC areas: Nanotech, Biotech, Infotech, and Cognitech.



Carbon nanotubes could one day enhance your brain

by Dick Pelletier

Swiss Federal Institute of Technologyscientists found that carbon nanotubes offer the potential to establish functional links between neurons that could fight disease and enhance our brains.



Small Machines, Big Power, Dangerous Minds

by Patrick Hopkins

What any one person can do is limited by the power they have.  That works for criminally unbalanced people as much as anyone else.  But the power one person can have is related to the type of machine they can carry.



#12 Andrej Pejic - Androgynous Model - heralding a post-gender future?

by Hank Pellissier

Gazing at the ravishing photos of Andrej Pejic, I’m stirred with envious confusion. Why does this tall skinny XY like me get to be so much prettier? Does his effeminate success - inflaming catwalks in both men and women’s high fashion - predict a fusion of two polarized genders, or a third construct? What does the androgynous Bosnian represent in post-genderism?



Will the elderly be taken care of by robots?

by Dick Pelletier

As we go forward into what promises to be an amazing “magical future,” robots will boost economies around the world, while raising living standards for the elderly.



The Brussels Summit of Longevity Activists

by Ilia Stambler

The recent Eurosymposium on Healthy Aging – that was organized on December 12-14 in Brussels by HEALES, the European Healthy Life Extension Society – was a smashing success!



Nexus by Ramez Naam, Reviewed by IEET’s Katherine McCarthy

by Katherine McCarthy

If it isn’t the cinematic handling of some very futuristic images or the curious immersion of cybernetic pondering into the narrative flow; Ramez Naam’s Nexus will impress a reader with one very unusual device: it is the unadulterated humanity with its entire heritage that is the most alien and unfamiliar of this world.



Promoting the Use of Clean Stoves in the Developing World

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Promoting the use of clean stoves in the developing world can contribute to the broader development objectives of reducing poverty, improving health and gender equality, and mitigating climate change.




Augmented-Reality Racism

by Evan Selinger

The tech world is brimming with optimism for our augmented-reality future. But what will happen when flawed, prejudiced people get their hands on these tools?



What do We Do About Multinational Corporations that Help Oppressive Governments?

by Jonathan Lin

Telecommunications is an industry that is evolving at an increasingly rapid pace, manifest not only in technological advances, but also the influence of regulation, legal policy, market forces, and security.



Will indefinite lifespan become reality? The possibilities are there!

by Dick Pelletier

Exponentially-advancing technologies could provide an indefinite lifespan by mid-century or before, experts say. Many factors drive this futuristic prospect forward:



Nanomedicine: nanobots could eliminate all diseases; even death

by Dick Pelletier

From rebuilding damaged cells atom-by-atom to creating micro-robots that swim through arteries destroying pathogens and cancer, nanomedicine promises to change forever how we treat sickness.



The Big Lie about Plan B–What You Really Should Be Telling Your Friends.

by Valerie Tarico

It’s time, once and for all, to clear up the confusion about Plan B on progressive message boards, Facebook pages, forums and comment threads. Tweet this: Plan B doesn’t cause abortion. It stops or delays ovulation. No egg, no fertilization, no pregnancy – no abortion. It’s that simple.



I’m Just a Love Machine

by Jamais Cascio

Artifice and Consent in the Age of Robotics

The notion of robot love has a long history, and by far the dominant emphasis has been on its erotic manifestation. After all, the reasoning goes, a sufficiently advanced robot would offer all of the physical pleasure of a real partner with no emotional entanglements, personal judgments, or dissipating affections, in an un-aging body that can be sculpted to look exactly as one desires. Famous movie actors and actresses might even set up a lucrative side-business licensing their own bodily images to robot manufacturers, even long after time and nature had taken a toll.



Toddlers and Tablets

by Jonathan Lin

These days, you would not be alone in thinking that perhaps future generations would master the PC before the pencil. Actually, more realistically speaking, infants born in the iPhone era may not see an entire personal computer for a long time. Instead their interaction is more likely to be with more portable tech: tablets and smartphones.



The Power of Science Narrative to Teach, Excite, and Inspire Action: SlideShare

by Andrea Kuszewski

As science communicators, we need to do more than just entertain — we need to inform; to persuade; to inspire action. One of the biggest challenges in selling ideas about radical science and technology is engaging and exciting an audience in a way that is non-threatening, believable, and structured in a way that they can relate to personally.

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“Caught In The Web” - Netizen Flames in Chinese Cinema

by Jonathan Lin

One review of renowned Chinese director Chen Kaige’s most recent film Caught In The Web (2012) called it “a contemporary social drama about online witchhunts.”

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Making Information Mobile

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Among the plethora of technological developments within the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, mobile phones have had the most pronounced impact in developing countries.

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Is it Time for an Enhanced Olympics?

by Jønathan Lyons

I’ve been wondering quite a bit lately about the future of sports competitions. Specifically, as humankind merges ever more intimately with technology, I wonder whether such competitions as the Olympics can go on in their current forms.

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Consciousness: Solving its Mysteries Promise Safer, Healthier Lives

by Dick Pelletier

What consciousness is, and why and how it exists, are some of the oldest questions in philosophy.

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Ushahidi - Crowdsourcing Democracy, from Kenya to the World

by Jonathan Lin

Platform that promotes humanitarianism and citizen journalism emerges from Kenyan civil strife; now it instigates economic change and social activism internationally.

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