Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
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UPCOMING EVENTS: Bioculture

Sorgner on “Meta-, post- and transhumanism and the arts”
February 17-21
Hamburg, Germany


The Work of Cognition and Neuroethics in Science Fiction
March 20-21
Flint, MI, USA


Cognition and Neuroethics in Science Fiction
March 20-21
Flint, Michigan, USA


Confronting the Anthropocene
June 27
Boston, MA USA


Hughes, Sorgner @ Beyond Humanism Conf: From Humanism to Post- and Transhumanism?
September 15-18
Seoul, S. Korea




MULTIMEDIA: Bioculture Topics

Humanities and the Science of Learning: Revealing the essence of human thought (1hr)

Analogy, Causality, and Discovery in Science: The engines of human thought (1hr 20min)

Insights from The Science of Learning & Educational Neuroscience (1hr 10min)

Brain/Mind Discoveries and Mysteries

Panel Discussion on Brain, Mind, Neuroscience, and Computer Science (1hr 20min)

Dreaming as Virtual Reality (1hr)

The Healthspan Imperative

Compressing Time with Brain To Computer Interfaces

Converging Technologies: Computers, Psychology and Neurology

Bringing biotechnology into the home

Sustainable Systems SFA 2.0 (Computer Simulation from the Genome to the Environment)

Prototype

Smart Cities, Smart Sports

“Demystifying visionary technology” (1hr)

“What is a fair distribution of brains?” (1hr)




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#8 Any Sufficiently Advanced Civilization is Indistinguishable from Nature

by Rachel Armstrong

In Western cultures, nature is a cosmological, primal ordering force and a terrestrial condition that exists in the absence of human beings. Both meanings are freely implied in everyday conversation. We distinguish ourselves from the natural world by manipulating our environment through technology. In What Technology Wants, Kevin Kelly proposes that technology behaves as a form of meta-nature, which has greater potential for cultural change than the evolutionary powers of the organic world alone.



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.




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.



Death by (lack of a) drugs (culture)

by Marcelo Rinesi

A recent report from the Los Angeles Times underscored what amounts to an epidemic of deaths in the US caused at least in part by overdoses of legally prescribed drugs. The root problem, though, is one of cultural technology rather than chemistry or regulation.

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There’s no alternative to ecological interventionism

by Marcelo Rinesi

If we want the ecosystem richness we once had, we are going to have to let go of the ecosystems we have left.

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Future of war: bioweapons, cyber-warfare, mind-control and more

by Dick Pelletier

In The American Way of War, historian Russell Weigley describes a grinding strategy of destruction employed by the U.S. military over the last 150 years. To end the Civil War, Grant felt he had to destroy lee’s soldiers; in World War I, Pershing relentlessly bombarded and wore down Germany’s proud fighting machine; and the Army Air Corps pulverized major German and Japanese cities to win World War II.



No Dystopian Future For Me!

by Kris Notaro

How can we save our planet, ourselves, and increase the quality of life world wide?



Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change

by Ramez Naam

Hurricane Sandy fizzled out over Quebec Wednesday morning, leaving a trail of devastation along the US East Coast and into southern Ontario. As I write this, Sandy’s death toll stands at 132 people – 71 in the Caribbean and 61 in the United States. Since making landfall in the US, it flooded the New York City subway system, left 8 million people without electricity (6.5 million of whom still lack it), destroyed the Atlantic City boardwalk, and shut down the New York Stock Exchange for 2 days.  Estimates of its economic damage are up to $50 billion, making it the 2nd most expensive storm in US history, after Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans.



When Hope is Unethical

by Marcelo Rinesi

With the best of intentions, climate scientists might be doing an ethical disservice to the world.

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Is there an Ecological Architectural Design Method?

by Rachel Armstrong

A talk on nature, ecology, synthetic biology and the machines of living grace, delivered to architecture students at the University of Greenwich, October 10th, 2012

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BioLime: The Mock Rock

by Rachel Armstrong

Climate change in the small town of Mossville is tackled by creating a rock-like salt that “energizes” their buildings. “Science Faction” / Biochemistry / Metabolic Architecture

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The Biggest Problem of All: The End of the World is Coming?

by piero scaruffi

Paul Ehrlich recently gave a talk that listed eight major catastrophic environmental problems that are coming sooner than even pessimists predict… should we create a “culture of panic”?

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Google Street View, Now Underwater

by Breki Tomasson

While Apple is doing their best to manage the fiasco that is their iOS 6 map roll out, Google has decided to start adding underwater shots to Google Maps, starting with the Great Barrier Reef.

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Melancholia, the Game

by Jamais Cascio

Plague, Inc., by Ndemic Creations, is an iDevice game with a simple story: you’re a plague, and your goal is to wipe out the human race.

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Soft Cities (Part 1)

by Rachel Armstrong

All that is built squirms. This is the fundamental reality that applies to buildings.

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What’s Wrong With Selling Your Organs?

by P. Tittle

It seems to be morally acceptable to sell one’s blood, sperm, eggs, and hair. So… what’s so unacceptable about selling one’s kidney?

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Lemur Steaks & Pigeon Pickings - The Malagasy Bushmeat Conundrum

by Dustin Eirdosh

Last night I had the fortune of sitting down with the leading researcher in Madagascar focused on the intersection of wildlife conservation and human health, Dr. Chris Golden from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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New Zealand: A Future ‘Home Base’ for Transhumanists?

by Hank Pellissier

Is tech progess in your Luddite homeland too slow? You’d rather dwell in a Transhuman-Land? Here’s plans for a H+-friendly Home Base in the South Pacific, from “Zero State”…

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Lawless Sustainability—new technology & innovative solutions for a sustainable future

by Rachel Armstrong

The problem with sustainability is that it was designed by committee rather than springing from the loins of a mature design movement.

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Giulio Prisco will discuss The Singularity, at conference in Madrid

IEET Director Giulio Prisco will deliver a lecture titled, “A Spectre is Haunting the World: Is the Singularity Near?” at a conference titled, “The Voice of Science” on September 22 in Madrid.

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The Rise of Big History: An Evolutionary Pedagogy for the Future

by Dustin Eirdosh

Rather than teaching historical change as disconnected – alien from biological change, irrelevant to social and technological change – we have to start doing something BIGGER.

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If Cows Were Time Travelers - The BioPolitics of Animal Consciousness

by Dustin Eirdosh

If cows were time travelers - I would stop eating most meat! Let me explain…. the ability to be a time traveller is a critical defining marker in how we must practically interpret the nature of any given animal consciousness.

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Call of the Wild: Decoding Australia’s Long-Term Future

by Michael Lee

A generation of far-reaching social change lies ahead for Australia.  There will be a serious struggle to adapt to climate change as water security becomes a critical issue for many coastal cities and for agriculture.

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India to Africa: Living in Hand-Me-Downs

by Valerie Tarico

Some years back, a group of anti-poverty advocates cast their lot in with Chevy and Ford to oppose higher gas taxes. “That’s just stupid,” said my ever-blunt brother Dan.

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Synthetic life: its Wonders could Revolutionize our Lives

by Dick Pelletier

Say goodbye to global warming, toxic waste, and dependency on fossil fuels, and get ready to enjoy perfect health with exotic drugs that could one day cure most diseases and extend lifespan indefinitely.

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Beyond the Gold: creating alternative ways to measure Olympic success and failure

by Sohail Inayatullah

We love watching the Olympics, and are inspired by athletic and organisational excellence. However, the Olympics are not a neutral venue. Every medal is based on a stream of money, power, genes and deep culture. In this essay [1] we unpack the political-economy of the Olympics.

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Progress for Immediate Profit - why can’t we consider the consequences?

by Alex McGilvery

A great deal of our behavior is determined by our instincts and prejudices, plus… Mental Laziness.

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The Transcension Hypothesis: An Intriguing Answer to the Fermi Paradox?

by Owen Nicholas

Ever since Enrico Fermi questioned back in the 1950’s why, if a multitude of civilisations are likely to exist in the Milky Way, no sign of their existence in the form of probes or spacecraft has ever been detected, scientists and critical thinkers have struggled to resolve the problem by supplying a host of inventive arguments with mixed reception.

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Abolishing Suffering via Bio-Engineering and Drugs - would this cripple social activism and art?

by Hank Pellissier

The abolition of suffering has been advanced for many years as a transhumanist ideal by IEET Fellow David Pearce. Recently, the Longevity Party engaged in a debate about it’s value.

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Evan Selinger is our new IEET Fellow

Let’s welcome Evan Selinger as our newest IEET Fellow.

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