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UPCOMING EVENTS: Economic

Hughes, Vita-More, de Grey, Roux @ TransVision 2014
November 20-22
Paris, France


Brain @ North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress
February 26-1
New York, NY USA




MULTIMEDIA: Economic Topics

The Future of Robotic Automated Labor

Review The Future: What is the Future of Education?

Is the UN up to the job?

Digital Leaders TV: The Internet of Things (S01E01) - Full Episode (48min)

The Point Of View Of The Universe and The Life You Can Save

Global Catastrophic & Existential Risk - Sleepwalking into the Abyss

What is the Future of the Sharing Economy?

Data Mining: Twitter, Facebook and Beyond

Beyond The People’s Climate March

What if everybody got free cash? Myths and facts about Unconditional Basic Income

Effective Altruism, an Introduction

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

Achieving Personal Immortality Roadmap

Radio Open Source | ‘The end of work’

Singularity 1 on 1: Give Bitcoin a Try!




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Economic Topics




How to Create an International Treaty for Emerging Technologies

by Seth Baum

Emerging technologies like bioengineering, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and geoengineering have great promise for humanity, but they also come with great peril. They could revolutionize everything from pollution control to human health—imagine a bioengineered microbe that converts CO2 into automobile-worthy liquid fuels, or nanotechnologies that target cancer cells.

But they also pose the potential to cause a global catastrophe in which millions or even billions of people die.



Increasing Social Security Benefits: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

by Richard Eskow

Archaeologists of the future will sift through our newspapers, websites, and other ephemera and marvel at the inverted shape of our political debate.



Waitress-Stiffing Pastor Simply Said What Many Christians Think and Do

by Valerie Tarico

The story has gone viral: A group got together at Applebees. When the tab came the minister wrote on the ticket, “I give God 10 percent, why do you get 18?” She scratched through the automatic large-group tip and substituted a fat zero and signed it with the word “Pastor” in front of her name. The waitress posted an image on Reddit. The pastor called to complain. The waitress got fired. The internet went wild. Last I saw, one story had 80,000 comments and counting.



Primary education variables in the Developing world

by Lee-Roy Chetty

In a number of developing countries, the relationship between increased resource allocation to the education sector and improved education outcomes is fairly weak. A major finding is that “traditional” education inputs fail to yield the expected positive influence.



23-Year Old Kim Suozzi Undergoes Cryonic Preservation After Successful Fundraising Campaign

by Shannon Vyff

Kim Souzzi, a young woman diagnosed with brain cancer while studying neuroscience at college, passed away early in the morning of January 17th, at the age of 23. She was successfully cryo-preserved at Alcor Life Extension Foundation. Alcor CEO Max More said that there will be a summary of her stand by and preservation posted in the coming days on the Alcor blog: http://www.alcor.org/blog/



Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon Are Worth $1 Trillion, but Only Create 150,000 Jobs.

by Brian Merchant

It’s Time to Reassess the Future of Work. Look. Robots are displacing human workers around the globe, and even the world’s biggest tech companies aren’t creating enough other jobs to even the scales.



#10 3D Printing Laboratories: The Age of DIY Designer Drugs Begins

by Nikki Olson

Novel techniques in 3D printing technology simplify the production of drugs, enabling home design and synthesis of pharmaceuticals.



Reconsidering Copyright

by David Brin

Current copyright law does not merely distort some markets — rather it destroys entire markets.” So reads the final line of a report released by the Republican Study Committee of the House of Representatives that is highly critical of current copyright law



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 Future of the Religion Business Part2

by Tsvi Bisk

Pre-modern, modern and postmodern societies existing concurrently in dynamic interaction have created a global situation of cultural tension and conflict. This has resulted in clashes between modernists and anti-modernists and has become a major global change agent. All the major religions are pre-modern in origin but not all have adapted to modernity to the same extent and none have done so completely. This is concurrent with the rise of the non-Western World (Asia, Africa, Latin America) as a dominant global religious force. The unevenness of accommodating to modern life constitutes part of the religious/cultural tension within and between faith traditions. This requires constructing future visions that can unite a pluralistic civilization around common goals.



Ensuring Energy Access for All in Africa

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Countries in Africa face many challenges in their quest to improve the welfare of their populations, one of which is the lack of access to affordable and reliable modern energy. Africa has the lowest electrification rate of all regions. It is estimated that only 42 percent of the population has access to electricity, compared with 75 percent in the developing world.

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Wall Street-Funded Poll and W. ST.  Bailout King Both Say Cut Social Security

by Richard Eskow

The anti-Social Security propagandists should’ve thought this one through a little more carefully: On the same day that Goldman Sach’s CEO issued his “balanced” demand for Social Security and Medicare cuts, the Wall Street-funded group called “Third Way” published the results of a poll which precisely reflected the wishes of Goldman Sach’s CEO.



Fracture the Empire-States to Enhance Democracy - Global Separatism

by Hank Pellissier

Does your vote really count? Is your bio-region dominated by a far-away demographic? Is your community powerless? Is progress in your city halted by small-brained conservative dinosaurs hundreds of miles away?

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The Soft Tyranny of Data-Driven Expectations

by Marcelo Rinesi

I fear insurance. To be precise, I fear the paradoxical risks of ubiquitous data-driven “insurance-ization.”

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Africa’s 2040 Employment Problem

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Over the last decade, six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies were in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, there are troubling indicators that this exponential growth has not resulted in robust growth of “good” jobs.

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Investment Flows Back into Africa

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Over the past 10 years, foreign direct investment (FDI) has helped boost sustainable economic growth in many African countries.

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The Children Of Columbus: The Multinationals And Their Courtiers

by Richard Eskow

Columbus is honored as an adventurer In the European-created nations of the New World. He’s seen a little differently by those whose ancestors were enslaved by Europeans, or who arrived in chain.

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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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Serious plus Correct—a Rwandan Formula for Hope

by Valerie Tarico

My husband Brian is driving in Maputo, Mozambique, I’m navigating, and our daughters Brynn and Marley are in the back seat.  We turn the corner, and Brian groans.  Ahead, stands a police officer waving us over. 

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Should California Secede from the United States?

by Hank Pellissier

“Yes (sort of),” says Chris Hables Gray, a “pragmatic anarchist feminist revolutionary” who works as a lecturer of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cal State Monterey. He believes “devolution” of large nations into smaller regions will improve democratic decision-making.

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The “Tytler” Insult—Is Democracy Hopeless?

by David Brin

Well… it’s back.  One of the best examples of a mass-hypnotic pseudo-wisdom that helps to lobotomize politics in American life.

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Don’t Lower Taxes For Billionaires. Double Them.

by Richard Eskow

Forget the “Buffett rule.” It’s not enough. What’s more, “letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the rich” isn’t enough either - although it might get us halfway there.

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There Are Big Differences Between 3d Printing & VR

by Valkyrie McGill

Christoper Mims over at Technology Review wrote a piece and noted that he used the opening graphic from my H+ article (Adding Our Way to Abundance)…

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The Future of Money: Totalitarian, Libertarian, Community

by Rüdiger Koch

The cashless society is approaching: Money is starting a life of it’s own. It may act as it’s own escrow, means of surveillance and control, substrate of reputation and in many other functions not yet discovered.

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Why Isn’t Being a Soldier More Like Being a Mother?

by P. Tittle

Why should we pay men to actualize their hormonal impulse when we don’t pay women to actualize theirs?

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Future of Work: Custom Printed Bodies and the End of the 9-to-5 Job

by Valkyrie McGill

Need blue skin, four arms, or a tail? Want to augment and extend what you already have? I am here to help you become your own avatar. Does this idea sound too weird or far fetched? The basic technology already exists to print out custom organs, augment the body with its own cells, and much more.

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Unusual Topics To Raise at the USA Presidential Debate

by David Brin

Who among us doesn’t yearn to ask questions at the presidential fora?  Poking at both candidates, shaking the routine of canned talking points and practiced answers?  

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The Bellow of the Eurasian Brown Bear: Russia in the 21st Century

by Michael Lee

Although Russia’s population has peaked and is now decreasing, this resource-rich Eurasian giant will not go gently into the good night of decline.

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Polygamous Future? - Now that Gay Marriage is Inevitable, will Plural Unions next be Legalized?

by Hank Pellissier

How Big is Our Love? Can humans truly romantically love more than one person? Will there soon be group weddings with three, four, or five brides and/or grooms? What about ‘Jealousy’?! Or ‘The Family’?!  Is polyamory / polygamy a transhumanist issue?

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What the Law Requires: A Reply to P. Tittle’s essay on Business Ethics

by John Alexander

P. Tittle recently argued that those who teach and/or consult in business ethics ought to have degrees in philosophy.  Her thesis is that “business ethics taught by business faculty, ethics programs run by managers, and so on – any applied ethics course taught by non-philosophers – is superficial at best.”

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