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Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Quick overview of biopolitical points of view



UPCOMING EVENTS: Bioculture

LaGrandeur @ Life, in Theory
June 3-6
Vercelli & Torino, Italy


Global Conference: Augmentation
September 3-5




MULTIMEDIA: Bioculture Topics

Implantable Technology - Pros and Cons

How Positive Psychology/Thinking is Concealing some of the Real Causes of our Collective Suffering

The Next Captain America is YOU

Antispecism & Compassionate Stewardship

On the Origin of Suffering

Moral Enhancement

Bionic connections: Interfacing with the nervous system

We are what we eat: How diet affects the brain

Scary, Thought-provoking, Futurist Prank by Singularity 1 on 1

On Technoprogressivism (Full Interview)

A Non-Trivial Pursuit of Happiness

Suspended Animation - Now For Humans

Evolution of Intelligence

If Nature Had Been Kinder

The Hedonistic Imperative




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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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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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“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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Neat Cell Phone Tricks

by John Niman

“Right now, a Masai warrior on a mobile phone in the middle of Kenya has better mobile communications than the president of the United States did 25 years ago. If he’s on a smartphone using Google, he has access to more information than the president did just 15 years ago.” – Peter Diamandis

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Alternative Futures of Crime and Policing

by Sohail Inayatullah

As the world changes and new categories of crime appear, what are the alternative futures of policing? Four scenarios are offered.

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Microscopic Machines could produce Medicine directly inside your Body

by George Dvorsky

Futurists have long speculated that nanotechnology — the engineering of materials and devices at the molecular scale — will eventually revolutionize virtually every field it touches. While we’re not there yet, we’re reminded every once in a while of the tremendous potential that nanotechnology holds, especially when it comes to medicine.

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Teaching Teenagers to Value Sex Without Sexism

by Lincoln Cannon

I have three sons that I love dearly, and I care about their education in all areas, including sexuality. I want them to understand that sex is beautiful and fun, when accompanied with love, respect and responsibility. I also want them to understand that sex can be abused, potentially harming our relations, as well as our own psychological well being.

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Democracy vs. Confucius

by piero scaruffi

There are alternatives to democracy… is the West too quick to dismiss and demonize them? Is democracy truly the best system, or does it just happens to be the one promoted by the current world power (the USA) and its allies (Western Europe), i.e. by the countries that control 60% of the world’s economy?

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Political Struggle against the Disease of Aging

by Ilia Stambler

Israeli life-extension activists send proposal to 120 members of Knesset; they want a government agency established to combat death and aging. 

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What is a Sexual Image?

by Russell Blackford

How erotic or suggestive does an image have to be before we regard it as a “sexual” one? Here are four images to discuss.

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Keeping Africa’s Growth Up, Poverty Down

by Lee-Roy Chetty

The global economic crisis has not spared the African continent. There are multiple risks, but growth prospects remain. Poverty must also be alleviated.

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IEET Fellow Linda Glenn featured in Washington Post

In the July 13 issue of the Washington Post, IEET Fellow Linda Glenn was featured in Vivek Wadha’s column entitled “Ethics in the age of acceleration.”

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Re-Wilding the Earth

by Jamais Cascio

Efforts to restore the ecology in many parts of the planet would require significant levels of geoengineering.

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IEET Appoints Steven M. Wise as Fellow

IEET is very pleased to announce that Steven M. Wise has accepted an appointment as Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Steven M. Wise is founder and director of The Nonhuman Rights Project. The purpose of the Nonhuman Rights Project is to attain legal personhood for nonhuman animals through litigation. With the help of dozens of volunteers, the Nonhuman Rights Project intends to file its first suits in 2013. 

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Legal Personhood and the NonHuman Rights Project

by Steven Wise

IEET’s newest contributor - Steven M. Wise - is a leader in the animal rights movement. His first essay for us explains the importance of legal personhood. The goal of his organization, the - Nonhuman Rights Project - is to change, via legal jurisdictions, the current paradigm.

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Will We Ever Learn to Speak Dolphin?

by George Dvorsky

Dolphins are highly intelligent mammals, with an amazing ability to learn to understand our language. But as we gain more insights into their behaviour, we’re also coming to suspect that they might have their very own language — or at the very least a complex system for communicating with one another.

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Settling the Future: The Colonial Mindset in Transhumanism

by Benjamin Abbott

While I share dreams of interstellar travel, I find positive invocation of European colonialism profoundly problematic. If posthumans see themselves as Columbus, Cortes, Pizarro, and John Smith when they set off for the stars, expect very bad things. Let’s decolonize our desires, folks.

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Synthetic Biology: Designing a “Metaphysical” Chicken

by Rachel Armstrong

The ultimate design material is one that understands what it is to become. By way of an example, I’d like to think about how we might design a chicken.

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“We Can Hear You Now!” - 12 Ways Cell Phones Accelerate Africa

by Hank Pellissier

Africa is Rising! Technology, like cell phones, is aiding Africa’s fantastic leap forward. Are the poorest of the poor left behind? - IEET’s “FONE4U” project will assist them, with your help.

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The Future Is Bright: Some Musings On Solar Power

by John Niman

How are we going to power the future? Energy is a huge concern, so lets examine recent advances in solar energy. It is difficult to discuss energy generation (solar in particular) without hearing the same tired objections. Therefore, a little myth busting is in order:

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Synthetic Biology as an Open System for Architectural Design

by Rachel Armstrong

Synthetic biology can play an important role in the future of our cities, via economic benefits, functional benefits, and infusing our social spaces with enjoyable, emotional qualities.

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Banksters Go Wild - and “The Economist” Joins the Revolution

by Richard Eskow

In the ongoing scandal about Barclays’ employees tampering with the “LIBOR,” or London interbank lending rate - which is to say, bank fraud - The Economist offers this brilliant cover. It’s not just the word “banksters,” or the fact that it shows bank executives dressed like the guys in Reservoir Dogs.

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Earth 2050-2100: Longer Lives; New Energy; FTL Travel; Global Village

by Dick Pelletier

Of course, no one can predict the future this far in advance with 100% accuracy, but if technologies continue to advance exponentially, which most experts predict they will; and we blend in a few scenarios that push the envelope, an amazing future begins to take form.

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Education and Social Programming - let’s re-write our codes to optimize the world

by Alex McGilvery

Why are we preparing children to live in an environment that no longer exists?  The future generation needs new rules and lessons.

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Online Learning is where Online Music was Five Years Ago

by Andrew Maynard

YouTube is gearing up to transform the way we learn…We are at the beginning of an exciting revolution in online educational content.

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YouTube does the the Higgs Boson – Science communication on the quick!

by Andrew Maynard

Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement on the Higgs Boson, some of YouTube’s most viewed science communicators burned the midnight oil to explain why this is so exciting.  Wrapping up this series of posts on YouTube, I thought I would call out three prominent YouTubers who were at VidCon last week, yet still found the time to pull together a video.

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The City as an Ecosystem

by Rachel Armstrong

Currently our urban design and development practices work within the framing of modernism, which positions humans at the centre of existence that prioritises the status of objects and operates through the technology of machines. The processes engaged by modernism involve the simplification of systems to command their obedience, without any ideological commitment to return something in exchange for their servitude.

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My Socio-Political Disagreements with Transhumanism

by Benjamin Abbott

In general, I have affection for the goals of H+.  However, when I compare my socio-political stances with transhumanism, I discover numerous points of contention. Here’s a brief list of platform issues and my positions that are occasionally in synch with H+ majority but often contrast sharply.

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Could Reincarnation be Real?

by Giulio Prisco

Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body. This doctrine is a central tenet of the Indian religions and a common belief of pagan religions found in many tribal societies around the world. I don’t think there is a “spirit” or “soul” separate from the information encoded in our brain. But if there is, what can it be?

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The Not-So-Fine Line Between Privacy and Secrecy

by L.S. McGill

Transparency forces accountability. Secrecy enables an escape from accountability. It really cannot be made any plainer than that.

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