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Quick overview of biopolitical points of view



UPCOMING EVENTS:

Santens @ North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress
September 30-


“A Dangerous Master” by Wendell Wallach (Lecture & Book Signing)
May 5-
Connecticut Science Center | Downtown Hartford, CT


Campa @ Krakow Symposium
May 11
Krakow, Poland


North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress
May 12-15
Manitoba, Canada


Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ PFSK 2016 Forum
May 13
New York City, NY


Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ Hammer Museum
May 17
Los Angeles, California


Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ Powell’s Books
May 20
Portland, OR




MULTIMEDIA: Topics

We can reprogram life. How to do it wisely

A new superweapon in the fight against cancer

3D Virtual Reality Is the Best Storytelling Technology We’ve Ever Had

Algorithms: Killing Jobs, Narrowing Our Personalities

Hackers Will Be Tempted by Cyborg Vulnerabilities

Online Companies Like Facebook Have Created a Meaningless Economy

Unnecessary Supplement Use is Rising, Even Among the Elderly

Is your phone part of your mind?

Overcoming the Obstacles on the Path to Post-Scarcity

Episode #1- Tal Zarsky on the Ethics of Big Data and Predictive Analytics

Douglas Rushkoff on Redesigning the Economy

Angels and Demons of A.I.

Immortality: When We Digitally Copy Our Minds, What Happens to Humanity?

The Rise of A.I., Shifting Economies, and Corporate Consciousness Will Define the Future

Building Better Humans




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The Future of the Religion Business Part1

by Tsvi Bisk

Even though there are no statistics on the economics of religion, we might reasonably assume that if we calculated the aggregate turnover and cash flow of all the religions and religious activities globally – their aggregate buying power and the goods and services they produce and consume – that we are talking about one of the biggest business sectors in the world, if not the biggest. The global economics of organized religion, New Age religiosity and various other ‘spiritual’ practices might run into the trillions of dollars.



Machines Will Outsmart Humans. We Better Be Ready

by Federico Pistono

Today, large streams of data, coupled with statistical analysis and sophisticated algorithms, are rapidly gaining importance in almost every field of science, politics, journalism, and much more. What does this mean for the future of work?



Review of the NYC Silicon Alley TEDx Conference: a Mixed Bag

by Kevin LaGrandeur

The more things change, the more they stay the same, with Ray Kurzweil’s talks.  At the TEDx Conference in Manhattan on Monday, December 3, he and the biotech pioneer Juan Enriquez were the keynote speakers.



Hey, Ladies! Thinking About Ditching Your Period? A Doctor Answers 12 Puzzling and Hopeful Questions

by Valerie Tarico

How often do you want to have your period?



Everything You Need to Know About the American Psychiatric Association’s Updated Guidelines

by George Dvorsky

On December 1, 2012, the American Psychiatric Association officially approved the final diagnostic criteria for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). The new ‘psychiatric bible’ features a number of important changes to the existing canon, including the elimination and alteration of many familiar disorders. Here’s what you need to know about the new guidebook.



Don’t Surrender the Privacy Battle

by Richard Stallman

David Brin’s recommendations in his recent article are based on the presupposition that watching “the mighty” cancels out their ability to watch us.




Science—nostalgia and foresight

by David Brin

First some nostalgia for the future!  Need that gift for your nerdy sci fi friend? Underbrain offers T-shirts, mugs and caps with all sorts of logos from David Brin’s Uplift Universe - symbols of the Five Galaxies, dolphins & chimps posing for the Uplift Center, and the Terragens Marines patch! And the Eye-Q symbol for the Quantum Eye oracle computer in Existence. Got civilization? This will ensure that you do!



The Top 10 Claims Made by Creationists to Counter Scientific Theories

by George Dvorsky

One of the most challenging tasks for the modern day creationist to is reconcile the belief in a 6,000 year old Earth with the ever-growing mountain of scientific evidence pointing to a vastly different conclusion — namely a universe that’s 13.5 billion years old and an Earth that formed 4.5 billion years ago. So, given these astoundingly dramatic discrepancies, biblical literalists and ‘young Earth creationists’ have had no choice but to get pretty darned imaginative when brushing science aside. Here are 10 arguments creationists have made to counter scientific theories.



A review of Federico Pistono’s book Robots Will Steal Your Job But That’s OK

by piero scaruffi

The impact of technological progress on jobs has been the topic of countless books: most of them are forgotten because they were so wrong about it. Predicting the future has always been a lucrative business (Delphi’s Oracle, Nostradamus, George Orwell), but rarely a science. If all of them had been right, today we would all be unemployed and, in fact, extinct. Instead, guess what: humans are wealthier than ever in history, the world has never been so peaceful and we all buy machines by the millions. Pistono’s book is the refreshing exception: no, we are not doomed. That, per se, is a good reason to read it.



The Future of Communication

by Ricardo Barretto

Last weekend, at the humanity+ conference in San Francisco, Ben Goertzel, live from Hong Kong, via Skype, graced us with his predictions on the future of communication. According to Ben, in the future we will be able to transmit semantic graphs, or chunks of mind, completely bypassing linguistic utterance, that is your tongue, your jaw, vocal cords, throat, breathing apparatus and everything that goes with articulating speech. The first thought that occurred to me was “OMG. I won’t have to do the Theophilus Thistle drill ever again”. Great. But then I thought, “Wait a second. Is content really separate from form?”



The BIG Infinite Fractal Onion Universe

by Giulio Prisco

This is a continuation of my previous post on quantum consciousness (or not), also inspired by Ben Goertzel’s “AGI, Consciousness, Life, the Universe and Everything” on H+ Magazine. In a comment, I wrote: “I am often thinking of a meta-[Theory of Everything]ToE (actually an anti-ToE) that we may call “The [BIG] Infinite Fractal Onion Universe” or something like that.” Here are some thoughts on something like that.



Emerging Technological Innovation in China

by Jonathan Lin

When Steve Jobs passed away in October last year, many worldwide mourned the loss of an extraordinary innovator. In Ningbo, a port city on the eastern Chinese coast, the reaction was similar: there was media attention dedicated to the former CEO’s accomplishments and life history, along with admiration for his talents and vision for Apple. Then there was the heralding of a local initiative by the press: a program to cultivate “an army of Steve Jobs-style leaders.



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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Transtectonica: Filling Cities with Monsters

by Wilfredo Méndez

Presently, important concerns on the future of product’s design, building architecture, and city planning have become part of the daily basis discussion. Ecology, energy efficiency, pollution and sustainability have leaded important forum’s topics for the last years. However, the current approach to those issues is insufficient in order to generate the desired environmental outcomes for the future.



Thought talking promises to one day revolutionize our lives

by Dick Pelletier

Touch screens, voice recognition, and systems that track eye and muscle movements all offer efficient ways of communicating, but transmitting thoughts directly to machines, without any implant in the brain could affect our lives more than any other technology under development today.



Live-Blogging the Afternoon of Day Two of Humanity+ San Francisco

by Kris Notaro

Our brains are slopping over full at this point at the end of the Humanity+ San Francisco 2012.  Congratulations to Natasha and her team for putting on a great conference. Hopefully next time we’ll have control of the weather.



Live-Blogging the Morning of Day Two of Humanity+ San Francisco

by Kris Notaro

Its apoco-raining this weekend in San Francisco, proving that the transhumanists neither see the future clear enough to choose a nice weekend nor have magical evil powers over the natural world. But they do put on incredibly fascinating parties at wild warehouse-cum-commune spaces full of smart technophiles. We had to drag ourselves back in to the conference this morning so we wouldn’t miss Andrea Kuscewski, David Pearce, Ben Goertzel, Jamais Cascio, Ramez Naam and the others folks speaking today.



Live-Blogging the Afternoon of Day One of Humanity+ San Francisco

by Kris Notaro

The morning was very successful. Dr. J. was especially pleased that Kim Stanley Robinson commended his referencing of Looking Backward and H.G. Wells.



Live-Blogging Morning of Day One of Humanity+ San Francisco

by Kris Notaro

Dt. J. and I are at San Francisco State University today for the Humanity+ San Francisco.



More Than Half of You See a Global Democracy by 2100

We asked “By 2100 what will the international political system be based on?”  More than half of you were optimistic that we would achieve some kind of democratic world government.

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Top Hitting Articles for November

Kris and Dr. J. are traveling to San Francisco tomorrow for the H+ events, so we’re calling the top hitters for November a day early.

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Preserving the Self for Later Emulation: What Brain Features Do We Need?

by John M. Smart

Let me propose to you four interesting statements about the future…



The Fallacy of Dumb Superintelligence

by Richard Loosemore

This is what a New Yorker article has to say on the subject of “Moral Machines”: “An all-powerful computer that was programmed to maximize human pleasure, for example, might consign us all to an intravenous dopamine drip.”



The Difference Between a Dying Fetus and a Dying Woman

by Valerie Tarico

Last week, a young Indian man in Ireland went public about the death of his wife, Savita Halappanavar. A week later, her name, picture, and tragic story are known by millions. Now the husband, Praveen, has launched a fight to ensure that no woman ever again is refused a lifesaving abortion. Her parents have requested that the Indian government bring diplomatic pressure to bear.



Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system to monitor women’s movements

by George Dvorsky

In a country where women are denied the right to vote, are not allowed to drive, and are basically treated like children, Saudi Arabia has taken its next giant leap backwards by rolling out an SMS electronic tracking system that alerts male “guardians” by text message whenever women under their protection leave the country. The development has been met with outrage by reformers, who have turned to Twitter to voice their concern.



A Questionnaire Regarding Autistic Traits in H+ People

by Travis James Leland

Travis James Leland, a science and science fiction writer with ties to IEET, Humanity + and Transhumanity.net, is conducting a short survey. This is an informal survey to determine if there is a higher rate of autistic behaviors among the transhumanist/H+/Singularitarian/futurist community.

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Future of space: great promise, but many challenges yet to be solved

by Dick Pelletier

Will living in offworld space colonies ever be embraced by mainstream humanity? Of course, no one can accurately predict how the future will unfold, but by examining today’s knowledge, we can create plausible scenarios of how space development might take place during the 21st Century.



Utopia – Hank Pellissier – Serious Wonder Radio #43

by Hank Pellissier

Can we create utopia? Is it possible for technology to rid us of pain and suffering? Serious Wonder host GRAY SCOTT talks with HANK PELLISSIER about his book Invent Utopia Now, Transhumanist Suggestions for the Pre-Singularity Era.



Crowd Models Become Pervasive Across Society

by Melanie Swan

Crowd-based models are becoming so pervasive that almost no major segment of modern life is left untouched by them. The concept of digital crowd models refers to the coordination of large numbers of individuals (the crowd) through an open call on the Internet in the conduct of some sort of activity.



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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