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MULTIMEDIA: Military Topics

Military robots and the future of war

Non-lethal weapons, a moral hazard?

Will technology’s dark side eclipse humanity’s bright future?

Could You Survive Nuclear Fallout?

3D Printed 9mm Semi-Automatic

10 Amazing Robots That Will Change the World

Peaceful Coexistence of Conflicting Ideologies

The Most Controversial Decision in History

Singularity 1 on 1: The Singularity is the Secular Apotheosis

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

Primitivism, Progress, the Transhuman & the Technological Avalanche

The future is going to be wonderful (If we don’t get whacked by the existential risks)

The New Rules of Robot/Human Society

Genetic Modification Outside The Food Context

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




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What do We Do About Multinational Corporations that Help Oppressive Governments?

by Jonathan Lin

Telecommunications is an industry that is evolving at an increasingly rapid pace, manifest not only in technological advances, but also the influence of regulation, legal policy, market forces, and security.



I Want Autonomous Killer Drones: A Personal View

by Marcelo Rinesi

They are a not a great idea in absolute terms, but they are not worse, and can be made better, than the human-in-the-loop status quo.

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How modern technologies made the fighting in Gaza even worse

by George Dvorsky

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas extends into its second week, it has become quite clear that the renewed hostilities are markedly different that that ones that came before. Unlike previous engagements, this war has been characterized by the innovative use of new technologies — including rockets that target rockets, unmanned drones, and even social media. Given these early precedents, it’s fair to say that the means of war have changed yet again — but in a way that’s certainly not for the better.



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.



How Technology Promotes World Peace

by Ayesha Khanna

Much as economic integration made the world more cooperative and less conflict-prone, so can technology. Is this Pax Technologica?

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“Mo”- Crisis 2.0..

by Joern Pallensen

Freedom of speech is a key element of the, shall we say, human predicament. Whenever “Big Brother/Mother” tries to curtail this absolutely essential human right, I am – to put it mildly – up in arms.

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Democracy in the Middle East - Why not Iran?

by piero scaruffi

The democratic revolutions of the Middle East (Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Libya and now Syria) actually started in Iran in 2009 when supporters of opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi protested loudly against rigged elections “won” by incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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IEET Fellow Wendell Wallach quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

A news article titled “Robots at War: Scholars Debate the Ethical Issues” includes comments by IEET Fellow Wendell Wallach, who is a scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics.

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Rise of the Robot

by John Niman

If you’re anything like me, you grew up on Transformers, or maybe Gundam Wing; big battling robots that carved swaths of destruction wherever they went. While we’re not quite there yet, the military has been pouring a lot of money into robots, and the results might surprise you. The military has been pouring a lot of money into robots, and the results might surprise you. Let’s see what happens when the military gets into the robot game.

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In Favor of the Functional Separation of Uploaded Minds and Simultaneous Mind Clones

by Ben Hyink

Exposure to some types of information can constrain one’s real options and impose responsibilities one might rather avoid. To set the stage for a flourishing culture of mind uploads, we need to enable people to live with a freedom from some kinds of potentially harmful information.

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Too Big to Succeed? Three China Scenarios to 2050

by Michael Lee

Expect increased nationalism, including the flexing of military muscle, from China between now and 2050. Although I predict a surge in nationalistic sentiment and policy-making, one cannot rule out the possibility that a great new peaceful Chinese civilisation could emerge towards the middle of the century which would benefit, rather than harm, humanity.

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Prometheus Gave Us Fire. Ridley Scott’s Film Gave Us Disappointment and all the Wrong Messages!

by Nikola Danaylov

Prometheus is the most over-hyped and under-delivering film I have seen in a long while. Even Worse: It sends out all the wrong messages!

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Unmasking North Korea’s Future

by Michael Lee

Everyone can see that North Korea is trapped in a tragic time-warp, a kind of living museum of 1950s style Cold War socialism. Its political bubble of unreality is likely to burst open with great force well before mid-century.

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Top 10 Reasons We Should Fear The Singularity

by Nikola Danaylov

Why do we fear the technological singularity? Let me give you what I believe are the top 10 most popular reasons:

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Privacy and Secrecy are Not The Same Thing - My Refutation of Cryptography

by Valkyrie McGill

I’ve been having many arguments about transparency and “privacy”, so I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about “Cryptography” - one of the first arguments thrown up when I point out that transparency means an end to secrecy.

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Ten Rules for Creating Awful Scenarios

by Jamais Cascio

Warning: This is satire! For futurists! You actually want to do the opposite of all of these things - Seriously!

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Why Iran Should Worry

by piero scaruffi

Iran’s foreign minister dismissed Israeli threats of an imminent attack against its nuclear facilities because such a “stupid act” would provoke “very severe consequences.” But there are several reasons why an Israeli attack is more likely than ever.

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Tibet’s Forgotten War: Cursed by the Cold War

by Paiden Gyal

How and why did CIA suddenly withdraw its covert military assistance to Tibetan Resistance Movement in 1969?

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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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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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Renaming Killers—the Idea Spreads

by David Brin

Folks have been writing in, ever since I posted the latest version of my “Names of Infamy” essay.  In fact, during just the last few days there has been a noticeable media swell - - a growing movement not to mention the name of the Aurora/Batman shooter.

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Water Wars - Nine Thirsty Regions where H20 Conflict is Steaming

by Hank Pellissier

“I’d kill for a drink of water,” could be a military call-to-arms soon, as the planet’s most essential commodity is swallowed, evaporated, polluted, and utilized at unsustainable levels.

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The Philosophy of the Technology of the Gun

by Evan Selinger

Does the old rallying cry “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people” hold up to philosophical scrutiny?

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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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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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No Winners in Afghanistan

by piero scaruffi

All parties, except maybe the most fanatic Islamists, are beginning to agree on one thing: there can be no winner in Afghanistan. A possible outcome is splitting the nation into two opposing sections.

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On the Transparency Front: Secrecy, Drones and War

by David Brin

Since 9/11 the budget for the USA Special Ops has quadrupled. Under President Obama, the forces of the Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which includes the Green Berets, Navy SEALS and Army Rangers, have been granted more latitude and greater autonomy, engaged in counter-terrorism, surveillance and reconnaissance in as many as 120 countries around the world.

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Assessing the “Liberation” of Iraq - Nine Years Later

by piero scaruffi

It was said that it takes at least a decade to figure out the effects of a major war. It probably takes a lot longer. It took a few decades to figure out that Britain had lost its empire by winning World War II and only now are we beginning to see that Germany was not defeated after all.

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The Case Against Autonomous Killing Machines

by George Dvorsky

Robots for War - is it really ethical to use these terribly destructive creations, that the USA military is rapidly developing and deploying ?

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How Transparency Will End Tyranny

by Valkyrie 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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