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The next step in nanotechnology

If Scientific Discoveries Are Dangerous, Should They Be Censored?

Dr. James Hughes On Moral Enhancement Through Neurotech & Uploading The Mind To Computers

How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution

Why curiosity is the key to science and medicine

Anders Sandberg on the Ethics of Time Compression in Computing

The Ethics of AI

Patent Battle Over CRISPR Gene Editing

The Ethics of Crossing Humans with Animals

How music led to the invention of modern computers

How play leads to great inventions

How the Internet of Things Will Change the World

Create Anything You Want With Programmable Matter

How STEM Was Born: And Why Scientists Needs Humanists

Are We More a Product of Our Genes, or of Our Lifestyle?




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Une vie plus longue

by Alexandre Maurer

Vivre beaucoup plus longtemps en bonne santé : est-il raisonnable d’y croire ? Et pour quoi faire ?

Published on 16 November 2016 on Technoprog



Yolk: Paper-Thin Solar Panels Are Here #CES2017

by B. J. Murphy

The age of solar energy is upon us. Last year alone, we witnessed solar energy prices drop lower than that of coal. As we move along into 2017, how might this ever-expanding industry continue moving along its own current of change.



Cognitive Easing: Human Identity Crisis in a World of Technology

by Melanie Swan

Cognitive Easing is the aim of much of our endeavor, whether explicit or implicit. We have never wavered from trying to create a life of ease, enjoyment, and fulfillment. The definition of Cognitive Easing is spending less mental effort to achieve a result.



Happy Holiday! A.I. Writes and Sings Christmas Song

by B. J. Murphy

It’s finally the last month of the year and you know what that means – the holiday flood known as Christmas. Celebrated by many, it’s a time of the year where presents are exchanged and songs are sung. Only this year one of those songs won’t be sung (let alone written) by a human being. Nope, this time an artificial intelligence is giving it a go!



The Logical Space of Algocracy (Redux)

by John Danaher

(The following is, roughly, the text of a talk I delivered to the IP/IT/Media law discussion group at Edinburgh University on the 25th of November 2016. The text is much longer than what I actually presented and I modified some of the concluding section in light of the comments and feedback I received on the day. I would like to thank all those who were present for their challenging and constructive feedback. All of this builds on a previous post I did on the ‘logical space of algocracy’)



Lip Reading Skills by Google’s AI is on Fleek

by B. J. Murphy

Having an artificial intelligence (AI) translate foreign languages for you is becoming a common occurrence for most people. While universal translators are getting closer to the market by each year, there’s one other form of communication which AI is aiming to dominate as well – lip reading!



Freaky Expanding Pill Stays in Your Gut for Days to Deliver Drugs

by George Dvorsky

The problem with pills is that you have to take them on a regular basis. An innovative new pop-up capsule solves this problem by staying in the stomach for days, where it slowly releases medication over the course of an entire treatment.



How We Might One Day Communicate With Liquids

by George Dvorsky

A new machine designed at Stanford University sends digital messages without electronics, using common household chemicals. Eventually, similar systems could allow tiny devices to communicate inside the body, or be adapted to environments in which traditional electronics break down.



Nous sommes des humains augmentés… depuis des siècles !

by Alexandre Maurer

L’idée d’humain « augmenté » suscite des peurs chez certains, qui affirment que cela remet en cause notre identité humaine.

Cependant, à partir de quel moment pouvons-nous dire que nous sommes « augmentés » ? Ne le sommes-nous pas déjà ? Et nul besoin de songer aux derniers accessoires technologiques : cela remonte très loin dans notre histoire !



Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Monkey to Walk Again

by George Dvorsky

For the first time ever, a neural device has been used to restore locomotion in paralyzed primates. It may be years before clinical trials can begin for humans, but this latest breakthrough marks an important step in that direction.



Intégrer l’amélioration dans la préoccupation médicale

by Marc Roux

D’après la définition de l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé, la santé ne consiste pas en l’absence de trouble ou de maladie mais en un état de complet bien-être. Cette conception ouverte laisse libre cours à une interprétation subjective. L’état de santé dépend de ce que chacun en dit.



Software Error Implicated in Crash of Mars Lander

by George Dvorsky

Researchers with the ExoMars mission are pointing to a potential computing glitch as the cause of last week’s crash of the Schiaparelli lander. The challenge now will be to isolate and correct the error in hopes of preventing a repeat in 2020, when mission planners aim to land a much larger rover on the Red Planet.



Renewables Now Exceed All Other Forms of New Power Generation

by George Dvorsky

Last year, renewable energy accounted for more than half of all new forms of power generation produced worldwide. It’s an unprecedented milestone for our civilization—one that points to a bright future for solar and wind power.



Brussels Declaration for Radical Healthspan Extension

IEET Advisor Didier Coeurnelle has been organizing the Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing, which has now adopted a Declaration that individuals can sign and endorse.

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Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Man to Feel Objects With a Prosthetic Limb

by George Dvorsky

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC have developed a system that’s enabling a man with quadriplegia to experience the sensation of touch through a robotic arm that he controls with his brain.



Brexit for Transhumanists: A Parable for Getting What You Wish For

by Steve Fuller

For the past two years, Zoltan Istvan has been campaigning for the US presidency on the Transhumanist Party, a largely one-man show which nevertheless remains faithful to the basic tenets of transhumanism. Now suppose he won. Top of his policy agenda had been to ensure the immortality of all Americans. But even Zoltan realized that this would entail quite big changes in how the state and society function. So, shortly after being elected president, he decides to hold a national referendum on the matter.



Why the Human Lifespan Ends at 122

by George Dvorsky

The oldest human to have ever lived died at the age of 122—and that was nearly 20 years ago. A recent analysis of global demographic data suggests this may very well be the maximum age attainable by humans, and that it’s extremely unlikely anyone will ever live much beyond this advanced age. That is, unless we science the shit out of this problem.



Interdire le transhumanisme ?

by Marc Roux

Le neuro-oncologue François Berger s’apprête, avec des confrères, à lancer un appel à un moratoire contre le transhumanisme. Ce serait, à notre connaissance, une première mondiale. Voici notre réaction.



Have you ever inspired the greatest villain in history? I did, apparently

by David Orban

In 2010 when I organized the H+ Summit conference at Harvard University, together with my friend Alex Lightman, I would not have imagined that it would be a key event in the history of Inferno. Instead it seems that, according to the protagonists of the book, the villain of the story got his ideas at the conference. On Saturday, October 15 I organized a special screening of the film Inferno, with SingularityU Milan, followed by a debate on the limits of technology and how to apply it in a positive direction for the development of humanity.



Is the internet killing democracy?

by Rick Searle

Standing as we are with our nose so tightly pressed against the glass, it’s impossible to know what exactly the current, crazy presidential election will mean, not just for American, democracy, but for the future of democracy itself. Of course, much of this depends on the actual outcome of the election, when the American public will either chose to cling to a system full of malware, corrupted and buggy, yet still functional, or risk everything on a hard reboot. This would include the risk that we might never be able to reset the clock to the time before we had plunged over the abyss and restore an order that while outdated, ill-designed, and running up against the limits of both still managed to do the job.



IEET Affiliate Scholar Melanie Swan Interviewed on Finance Disrupted

Melanie Swan, Philosophy and Economic Theorist, New School for Social Research

To read the full interview on Finance Disrupted click HERE



UK Futurologist’s ‘Novel’ Approach to Public Engagement!

“What makes something sentient?  What does it take for an entity to be aware of its own existence and to want to interact with the world of its own accord?  Is it a gift from God or hard science?  Is it something fundamentally human or animal in nature or is it a simple technological principle based on brain size?  There are many models, of course.  But, if consciousness is simply a natural product of neural complexity then eventually, in theory, we might build something – a computer or a machine – that was actually big enough to wake up!

Oh, wait …!”

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Le vieillissement est-il une maladie ?

by Alexandre Maurer

Qu’est-ce qui différencie le vieillissement d’une maladie, au fond ? Il en a toutes les caractéristiques ! Cette question un brin provocatrice est une invitation à nous interroger sur l’arbitraire de nos catégories.



Personal Security in the Age of Digital Assistants

by Maria Ramos

Fully-realized artificial intelligence has long been the holy grail for daydreamers and forward-thinking inventors alike. We aren’t quite there yet, but modern virtual assistants are making the case that we aren’t so very far off. Whether it’s a feature integrated into your smartphone or a standalone assistant like the Amazon Echo, digital assistants have shown great strides in the ability to recognize and parse your spoken commands and respond to them appropriately.



New Wind Turbines Could Power Japan for 50 Years After a Single Typhoon

by George Dvorsky

Typhoons are generally associated with mass destruction, but a Japanese engineer has developed a wind turbine that can harness the tremendous power of these storms and turn it into useful energy. If he’s right, a single typhoon could power Japan for 50 years.



FDA Approves World’s First Automated Insulin Pump for Diabetics

by George Dvorsky

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G, a medical device that monitors a diabetic’s sugar levels, and then automatically injects the required dose of insulin.



An A.I. Epiphany?

by Jonathan Kolber

In movies such as The Terminator, The Matrix and so forth, self-aware AIs come into existence and soon threaten humanity. This thinking is reflected in the arguments by Musk, Hawking and others against creating strong AIs.



Our Last Line of Defense Against Gonorrhea Is Failing

by George Dvorsky

Health officials in the US have identified a cluster of gonorrhea infections that exhibited unusual resistance against the last two main antibiotics known to work against the dreaded sexually transmitted disease.



Monsanto Just Got Access to the World’s Most Powerful Gene-Editing Tool

by George Dvorsky

Agriculture company Monsanto has acquired a non-exclusive global licensing agreement from MIT’s Broad Institute and Harvard to use the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing system. The firm will use it to design and grow new seeds and plants, but there are key restrictions on its use to prevent Monsanto from abusing this revolutionary new technology.



Pushing Humans off the Loop: Automation and the Unsustainability Problem

by John Danaher

There is a famous story about an encounter between Henry Ford II (CEO of Ford Motors) and Walter Reuther (head of the United Automobile Workers Union). Ford was showing Reuther around his factory, proudly displaying all the new automating technologies he had introduced to replace human workers. Ford gloated, asking Reuther ‘How are you going to get those robots to pay union dues?’. Reuther responded with equal glee ‘Henry, how are you going to get them to buy your cars?’.

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