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UPCOMING EVENTS: Bioculture

Siegel @ Indiecade
October 9-12
Culver City, CA USA


LaGrandeur @ Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
October 9-12
Dallas, TX USA


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




MULTIMEDIA: Bioculture Topics

The World Transhumanist Association (WTA)

Secrets of the Mind: Can Science Explain Consciousness? (34 min)

What is Transhumanism? – the 3 Supers

Beyond The People’s Climate March

Genetically Engineered Ethical Super Babies?

Biohacking - the forefront of a new kind of human evolution

Can Brain Implants Make Us Smarter?

What we Hear in Music and Why it Matters to us (50 min)

Animals and Ethics

Under the ice: Looking for Life

Singularity 1 on 1: Science is an epistemology in the house of philosophy

Achieving Personal Immortality Roadmap

Buildings That Can Heal the Environment

Bits. Bits Everywhere! With MIT Media Lab’s

High Tech Jainism




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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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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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