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Cognitive Machines Offer Many Benefits to Humanity

by Dick Pelletier

Building cognitive machines that process information the same way a brain does has been the dream of neuroscientists for more than 50 years.

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Picture a Technology Revolution. In Contraception. It’s Here.

by Valerie Tarico

Imagine a future in which we can simply toggle the default on human fertility, so that accidental pregnancy is a thing of the past and women become fertile only when they want to become pregnant.

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We Can’t Go This Way: Self-Immolation in Tibet

by Paiden Gyal

Over the past few months I would go to bed every night praying not to wake up to another horrifying self-immolation in Tibet. My prayers have been going unanswered. Plus, After fifty-one self-immolations, thirty-four of them fatal (known), in the past seven months, no leaders of the free world seem to hear their calls.

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The Link Between the Environment, Poverty and Development in South Africa

by Lee-Roy Chetty

A 2011 World Bank study estimates that environmental wealth accounts for 26 percent of the total wealth of low-income countries. This is contrasted with 13 percent of wealth in middle-income countries and only 2 percent of wealth in OECD countries.

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Climate Change and Inter-Group Cooperation

by Evan Selinger

Earth is threatened by numerous ecological dangers. To solve these issues, humanity needs to work collectively.

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IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff joins Codecademy

IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff, author of “Program or Be Programmed”, praised Codecademy in an essay that IEET posted in January 2012, entitled “Why I am Learning to Code and You Should, Too.”  Eventually, Rushkoff met with the founders of the organization, and he agreed to be “a member of Codecademy, dedicated to promoting code literacy and digital education.”

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Nudge, Nudge: Can Software Prod Us Into Being More Civil?

by Evan Selinger

Maybe the answer for making online comments more thoughtful isn’t in people, but in code.

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Transhumanism and Batman - Can We Have an Intensely Thrilling World, without Tears and Suffering?

by Peter Wicks

Why are we drawn to blood and suffering? Do we lack the courage to believe in dramatically-positive visions of the future? If we had this courage, would it give us the visceral, emotional drama that we crave?

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Revising the Myth of Longevity

by piero scaruffi

A contrarian point of view, asserting that “life expectancy might actually start to decline for the first time in centuries,” with numerous explanations.

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Jumping the Gap between a USA and UK High School Education

by Andrew Maynard

Is the USA education system failing, especially in science - biology, chemistry, physics? A sobering assessment.

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The Singularity Doesn’t Require Paul Allen’s Understanding

by Lincoln Cannon

Like others before him, Paul Allen argues that the “Singularity is not near”: we will not anytime soon engineer computers superior to human brains, he says.

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IEET Fellow Steven Wise will be featured in Animal Rights documentary

Documentarians D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus – husband/wife directors of The War Room, the Oscar-nominated 1993 look at Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign—will feature IEET Fellow Steven Wise in their next project. The film will examine Wise’s mission to gain legal personhood for nonhuman animals.

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The First Synthetic Organism: Our Victor Frankenstein Moment?

by David Brin

In a breakthrough effort for computational biology, the world’s first computer model of an organism has been completed, Stanford researchers reported last week in the journal Cell.

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“We Took a Rat Apart and Rebuilt It as a Jellyfish”

by Andrew Maynard

Sometimes you read a science article and it sends a shiver down your spine.  That was my reaction this afternoon reading Ed Yong’s piece on a paper just published in Nature Biotechnology by Janna Nawroth, Kevin Kit Parker and colleagues.

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Deny Killers the Notoriety They Seek

by David Brin

Now it’s “James Eagan Holmes,” another name we’d rather not know. Opening fire at a crowded Colorado movie theater during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” Holmes killed twelve and injured dozens—seizing world attention and far more than his fair share of our collective memories.

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Structuring Biomimicry, Improving Building’s Resiliency

by Wilfredo Méndez

The same way Einstein assumes the speed of light to be a constant of reference for his Theory of Relativity [1], the philosophy of biomimicry assumes Nature as a constant of reference to a performance-based beauty for design.

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Bulletins from the Transparency Front

by David Brin

1) Toronto researcher Steve Mann, who was one of the earliest pioneers of wearable computing and augmented reality (AR), and who co-coined the term “sousveillance,” was physically assaulted by employees of a Paris McDonald’s restaurant during a recent family vacation, for the crime of wearing AR visual aids akin to Google’s Project Glass.  We are indeed in an era of rough transition.

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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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