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



UPCOMING EVENTS: Economic

Hughes, Brain @ Robots, unemployment, and basic income
May 11
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Re-Democratizing the Economy: Basic Income Canada
June 26-29
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec


Hughes, Vita-More, de Grey, Roux @ TransVision 2014
November 21-23
Paris, France




MULTIMEDIA: Economic Topics

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

Learn Anything, Anywhere

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

Technofuture Politics

The time has come to set a higher goal!

Has the Technology Industry Ruined San Francisco: You Decide…

Bloody Brilliant - Elizabeth Holmes

Applied Rationality & CFAR

Why Does Everyone Have to Work?

Collective consequences of a very long life; life extension as a human right

US Basic Income Guarantee

Socially Responsible Automation and an Unconditional Basic Income Guarantee

Business India 2014: A Bright Future?

Is technological innovation in the 21st century driving jobless growth?

Top 5 Reasons to Eat Insects




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Rational Bases of Identity: Toward Cultural Anarchy

by P. Tittle

What exactly is cultural identity? Is there something fundamentally absurd about claiming as your identity aspects of your self that are mere accidents of birth? Is defining cultural identity as group history irrational because it lacks recognition of the individual?

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It’s the Technology, Stupid

by Ayesha Khanna

Automation now removes as many manufacturing jobs from the economy as outsourcing. What’s wrong with the economy? Increasingly, the robot is a culprit.

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Where are all the Techno-Progressive Moms?  busy raising the future

by Kristi Scott

I see technological issues through the eyes of my three children because they are the next generation.

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How Transparency Will End Tyranny

by L.S. McGill

Most of you followed last year’s revolution in Egypt, and how protestors used Twitter, Facebook, etc, and the effort the government made to “shut down the internet”.  This illustrated very effectively how the internet is a tool that is inherently hostile to “information control.”

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Post-Information Age Skills: why coding will set you free.

by Michell Zappa

The merits of literacy are self-evident to the point of no longer being questioned in society. The very concept of reading and writing is a tenet of social compatibility for most cultures, having embedded itself into our social fabric to the degree where even debating whether “we should teach our kids how to read & write” is preposterous. But one doesn’t have to trace far back into our history before encountering an era where literacy was a rare skill for a very distinct minority.

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IEET Readers Lean a Little to the Left

In our recent poll (N=239) no political self descriptor garnered more than 17%, which was the percent who chose the broad point of view being promoted by the IEET, “technoprogressive.” But another 45% chose other left-of-center terms for a total of 62% broadly on the Left.

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For Organ Donation, Facebook Beats the DMV

by Arthur Caplan

Right now, nearly 114,000 people in the United States are waiting for organ transplants to save their lives. Tens of thousands more are in need of tissue, bone and cornea transplants to restore their mobility or sight. Facebook has decided to do something about the constant shortage of donors. 

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Creating the Prevention Prama Society

by Sohail Inayatullah

Changing the health story from passive acceptance to active foresight.

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How Not to Solve a Problem (the Eurozone Crises)

by piero scaruffi

There is widespread consensus among economists and politicians that the Eurozone needs to do more in order to help the countries that cannot repay their debts (that’s what it is, in simple words). Historians beg to disagree.

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How Can Seasteading End Somali Piracy?

by Gabriel Rothblatt

During the recent Seasteading Conference reports highlighted the benefits of different regions for proposed seasteads. Where some factors were favorable others were not - off the coast of East Africa is environmentally a very favorable location but the issue of piracy makes it forlorn.



Are Millenials Less Green Than Their Parents?

by Evan Selinger

A highly publicized Journal of Personality and Social Psychology  study depicts Millennials as more egoistic than Baby Boomers and Generation Xers.  The research is flawed. The psychologists fail to see that kids today face new problems that previously weren’t imaginable and are responding to them in ways that older generations misunderstand.



Was Bertrand Russell a Futurist?

by Kris Notaro

Paper presented at the 39th annual Bertrand Russell Society’s Conference. Russell was famous for writing about the future of humanity dealing with science, society, and politics. If he was alive today, he would surely be concerned about existential and catastrophic risks, but would put a negative and positive attitude towards emerging technologies in his classic Agnostic writing. He would also be very serious about the issues that lie ahead of us with strong philosophical and scientific arguments.

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A Modest Proposal: to solve health spending crisis, Tax Cats

by Arthur Caplan

Lots of Americans buy the argument that we should ration health care according to lifestyle. So do many employers who are trying to charge their obese employees more for health insurance.  But if we are going to penalizing the health care sinners amongst us, shouldn’t we target all of those who raise our collective health care bill through poor lifestyle choices? This means you, cat owners.



Why Russians don’t like the West

by piero scaruffi

Russia’s hostility towards the West (both towards the USA and towards the European Union) makes no geographic, ethnic, genetic, linguistic or strategic sense… so why the hostility?



IEET’s Top Essays and Videos in May

What did IEET visitors read, watch, and bicker about in May? Sex & gender, religion & atheism, robots, psychopaths, death, space, and the self were all popular topics. Statistics with links are provided to the Top 12 in three categories:

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Atheism and Human Rights Abuses in Africa

by Leo Igwe

Today around the globe too many atrocities are being committed with impunity in the name of god, allah and other constructs, which have over the ages, been identified or associated with the so called supreme being. The dream of a secular peaceful world where people of all faiths and none can coexist in harmony - continues to elude many across the region. Millions of people- theists and atheists- continue to suffer and are abused due to superstition, religious fundamentalism and supernaturalism. In this piece I will focus on two of such areas.



Alternative Futures for Pakistan: Beyond the Pendulum of the General and the Landlord-Politician

by Sohail Inayatullah

In this essay, I outline Five futures for Pakistan: (1) the Pendulum continues forever, (2) Collapse, (3) Joining Chindia, (4) the Great Game, and (5) a South Asian Confederation. The most familiar and likely are based on the pendulum of rule by the military and rule by landlord/politicians. However, what is needed is to move from the more likely and less desirable futures to a process of anticipatory democracy where the citizens of Pakistan consider, create and commit to building their preferred future.



Sex Work – Demeaning Practice or Basic Human Right?

by Owen Nicholas

As one of the world’s oldest professions, prostitution has historically often been relegated to the dark corners of human society, scarcely mentioned and generally ignored as much as possible. When it does emerge into mainstream discourse it is inevitably followed by the predictable group polemics which accompany almost every social issue of our time, generating fierce and often entrenched debate across the political spectrum.



Automation will one day Replace Humans in Government, experts say

by Dick Pelletier

As we trek into the future, with electronic systems and robots assuming human jobs - will politicians, judges and police one day see their duties taken over by automation?



The Pink Collar Future

by Jamais Cascio

The claim that robots are taking our jobs has become so commonplace of late that it’s a bit of a cliché. Nonetheless, it has a strong element of truth to it. Not only are machines taking “blue collar” factory jobs—a process that’s been underway for years, and no longer much of a surprise except when a company like Foxconn announces it’s going to bring in a million robots (which are less likely to commit suicide, apparently)—but now mechanized/digital systems are quickly working their way up the employment value chain.



Robots taking Human Jobs may Require a New Kind of Capitalism

by Dick Pelletier

Are humans becoming obsolete in the workforce? Many experts believe the answer is yes. The amazing win for IBM’s Watson computer over humans on the quiz show Jeopardy, proved that automated systems are getting closer to reaching human intelligence levels.



How Safely Can You Practice DIY Drugs?

by Nikki Olson

The demand is rising for enhancement technologies. A recent article at Forbes argues the market is ripe for a means of cognitive augmentation, hypothesizing “IQ” as the next trillion dollar business. And culturally, more are becoming comfortable with the idea of using technology to improve their mood, physiological well-being, creativity, and performance.



The Asian Miracle

by piero scaruffi

Asian economies managed to progress from starvation in the 1960s to the top tier of development and wealth. In 1981 East Asia had the highest poverty rate in the world, higher than Africa. In 2011 two of the top three economies in the world were from East Asia, and very soon they might have three out of four including the number one.



Mining the Sky for Resources?

by David Brin

It appears that a small cabal of the Good Billionaires—those who got rich through innovation and who feel loyal to the future—are about to to fund a new effort worth some excitement and attention. It aims at transforming not just our Earth—but the whole solar system. And, along the way, this endeavor may help bootstrap us back into our natural condition… a species, nation and civilization that believes (again) in can-do ambition.



Someone Should Build a Psychedelic Resort/Lab Seastead

by Ben Goertzel

While taking the train from Hong Kong to Shenzhen last night, I started chatting with Ruiting Lian about seasteading, and before long I came up with what may possibly be the wackiest workable business model ever: a seastead focused on creating and experimenting with psychedelics, with a dual business model of psychedelic tourism, and patenting of newly discovered psychedelic-related psychotherapeutics.



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.



Opaque Projections

by Jamais Cascio

On April 10, 2012, I spoke at the San Francisco Swissnex office on a panel entitled “Data is* the New Oil.” When I was told the title of the panel, it struck me as an odd metaphor. Oh, I understand the intent: oil was the fuel for the 20th century industrial economy, and information is the fuel for the 21st. But oil has a key characteristic that simply isn’t true for data.



Automated Systems set to steal Teaching, Healthcare, Governing Jobs

by Dick Pelletier

Experts believe this could be the final straw driving society towards a work-free life From assembly line robots, to ATMs, to self-checkout terminals, each year automated systems take over more jobs formerly held by humans. Now, experts predict that many professional jobs are at risk. Teachers, doctors, and governing officials, could all be replaced by intelligent systems in the near future.



Our Intelligent Future

by Ayesha Khanna

In just three decades between 1990 and 2020, the internet will have grown from linking just a few experts in labs to connecting the entire human species through computers and mobile phones as well as billions of objects into an “Internet of Things,” a seamless web of infinite data. As a result, we have transitioned from the familiar Information Age into the uncertain Hybrid Age, an era in which technology is rapidly becoming ubiquitous, intelligent, and social, radically transforming our societies, markets, and governance.



Crowdfunded science projects

by Amara D. Angelica

Got a cool idea for a research project, but need funding? Check out http://www.petridish.org/, which has just launched crowdfunded science and research projects. I think this is a really great idea that could open up funding for some amazing research ideas.

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