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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

The Artilect War

New Study Shows That Bones Are Incredibly Cool

TechDebate: Lethal Autonomous (“Killer”) Robots

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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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National Rifle Association (NRA) - the Largest Terrorist Organization in the World Strikes Again

by piero scaruffi

An armed madman, James Holmes, walked into a movie theater armed with weapons that any Islamic terrorist would love to have and killed 12 people. The difference between this madman and an Islamic terrorist is simple: this madman lives in a country in which it is legal to own a gun, and in fact it is encouraged.

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Is Humanity Accelerating Towards… Apocalypse? or Utopia?

by David Pearce

Will the future provide us with a genetically preprogrammed blissful paradise, or a global catastrophe? Will there be cessation of all suffering, or annihilation of all sentient life?

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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.

Is It Possible to Wage a Just Cyberwar?

by Patrick Lin

It’s time to get serious about the moral questions resulting from our new class of weapons. In the last week or so, cyberwarfare has made front-page news: the United States may have been behind the Stuxnet cyberattack on Iran; Iran may have suffered another digital attack with the Flame virus; and our military and industrial computer chips may or may not be compromised by backdoor switches implanted by China. These revelations suggest that the way we fight wars is changing, and so are the rules.

NASA Receives Two New Huge Telescopes for Orbital Use

by David Brin

Flash news: The U.S. government’s secret space program has decided to give NASA two new telescopes for orbital use, as big as, and even more powerful than, the Hubble Space Telescope. Designed for surveillance, the telescopes from the National Reconnaissance Office were no longer needed for spy missions and can now be sent with missions aimed outward, instead of inward, to study the heavens. They have 2.4-meter (7.9 feet) mirrors, just like the Hubble.

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