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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


Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” @ Personal Democracy Forum
June 10
New York City, NY


Benedikter@Vienna
June 16
14th “European Transport Congress” and 90th anniversary of the “Austrian Society for Traffic and Transport Science" - Vienna


Campa@Third ISA Forum on Sociology
July 12
Vienna, Austria


Star Trek Symposium @ Malta
July 16-17
Malta


Stefan Sorgner @ Meditation & Wirklichkeit Conference in Berlin
November 25-26
Berlin




MULTIMEDIA: Topics

The Future of Making Babies

How to read the genome and build a human being

A provocative way to finance the fight against climate change

The Ethics of Changing Human DNA Via Gene Editing

A.I. Can Pretend to Love Us, but is that Dangerous for Children?

Keynote: “Eternal Progression”

This is your brain on communication

Gene editing can now change an entire species — forever

This virtual lab will revolutionize science class

Will World War 3 Be Prevented Because of Global Interdependence?

NASA Can Get Humans to Mars by 2033 (Without a Budget Increase!)

The Universal Balance of Gravity and Dark Energy Predicts Accelerated Expansion

Rituals Improve Life According to Ancient Chinese Philosophers

Optimize Brain Health by Balancing Social Life with Downtime

Multitasking Is a Myth, and to Attempt It Comes at a Neurobiological Cost




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Nexus: Chapter 1 - The Don Juan Protocol (pages 1-8)

by Ramez Naam

First nine pages of chapter 1 of the riveting science fiction book Nexus by Ramez Naam brought to you by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Check back here tomorrow for another nine pages of this fascinating book!



The Brussels Summit of Longevity Activists

by Ilia Stambler

The recent Eurosymposium on Healthy Aging – that was organized on December 12-14 in Brussels by HEALES, the European Healthy Life Extension Society – was a smashing success!



Treat violence as public health issue

by Arthur Caplan

The mass murder of 20 children and six adults Friday in Newtown, Conn., has provoked yet another round of recrimination, finger pointing and breast-beating. Was the shooter mentally deranged? If there was more gun control, would this have happened? Did violent video games play any role? What we fervently want as we continue to reel from a story whose misery seems to know no bounds is to find a clear cause - a reason why this happened - so that we can fix it.

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Nexus by Ramez Naam, Reviewed by IEET’s Katherine McCarthy

by Katherine McCarthy

If it isn’t the cinematic handling of some very futuristic images or the curious immersion of cybernetic pondering into the narrative flow; Ramez Naam’s Nexus will impress a reader with one very unusual device: it is the unadulterated humanity with its entire heritage that is the most alien and unfamiliar of this world.



Promoting the Use of Clean Stoves in the Developing World

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Promoting the use of clean stoves in the developing world can contribute to the broader development objectives of reducing poverty, improving health and gender equality, and mitigating climate change.




Christmas 2062: a glimpse of changes to expect in the next 50 years

by Dick Pelletier

Hot chocolate, warm clothes, and wrapped presents under a tree, ‘tis once again the season to be jolly! We are familiar enough with the holidays as they are now; but what might Christmas be like in 50 years?



#14 Solutions For A Creativity Crisis: A Look At Cuba’s Technological Disobedience

by Andrea Kuszewski

When you think of the ideal creative environment, what comes to mind?  We may imagine a place where you have freedom of expression, a place that encourages breaking convention, somewhere that is abundant in resources that are readily accessible for innovative development of technology, and exposure to many different cultures for inspiration and collaboration. So as you imagine this ultimate creative playground, does Cuba come to mind?



Technology and the Changing Landscape of Journalism

by Jonathan Lin

For general and investigative journalists, social media has become a significant means of obtaining news, fact-checking, and reaching out to audiences. Internet-based applications such as Facebook and Twitter count as social media, where they can be used to receive and then share content, resulting in an exchange of ideas, headlines, and discussion on what can be written.



Augmented-Reality Racism

by Evan Selinger

The tech world is brimming with optimism for our augmented-reality future. But what will happen when flawed, prejudiced people get their hands on these tools?



#15 Why Humanists Need to Make the Shift to Post-Atheism

by George Dvorsky

I’m getting increasingly annoyed by all the anti-religious propaganda that litters my Facebook newsfeed. Look, as a fellow humanist and atheist, I get it. Organized religion is a problem on so many levels that I don’t even know where to begin. I’d be the first person to say that something needs to be done about it and I’m delighted to see atheism become normalized in our society and culture. But seriously, folks, what are you hoping to achieve by posting such facile and inflammatory material?



#16: Developing World: Beyond the Frontiers of Science Fiction

by Jonathan Dotse

The future will not be a monopoly of the current superpowers, but lies in the hands of tech-savvy youth from around the world, trying desperately to survive at all costs in an increasingly asymmetrical world.



Application of Complexity Theory: Away from Reductionist Phase Transitions

by Melanie Swan

Reductionism persists as a useful node in the possibility space of understanding and managing the world around us. However the possibility space is now expanding to higher levels of resolution such as a focus on complex systems. Learning and tools are ratcheting in lock-step.



A new season of cooperation between ICANN and ITU

by Lee-Roy Chetty

A number of high ranking officials and dignitaries are in attendance at the conference, including Mohamed Nasser Al-Ghanim, Director-General of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and Chairman of the Conference; Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); and ITU Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré.



Slow progress of fast McSingularity? Or what?

by Giulio Prisco

“We will not become immortal cyborgs with superintelligent computer friends in the next twenty years,” writes Annalee Newitz on io9.  “There is strong evidence that humans first began exploring the oceans by boat about 50 thousand years ago… What if our space probes and the Curiosity rover are the equivalent of those reed boats thousands of years ago? It’s worth pondering. We may be at the start of a long, slow journey whose climactic moment comes thousands of years from now.” My short answer: So what?



Last-minute breakthroughs and remembrances, before the “end of the world”

by David Brin

As for the recent launch of a satellite by North Korea, upon a rocket with clear intercontinental potential, I can only repeat my earlier recommendation to the U.S. Administration.  One important part of the solution to the “North Korea problem” would arise by announcing that the Hermit Kingdom’s actions will all be attributed and accounted to the legal responsibility of its biggest supporter, enabler and protector.



Exploring other universes may be possible in the future

by Dick Pelletier

Acclaimed scientists Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, and others believe that an infinite number of universes exist; and that in some far future time, it may be possible to explore these other worlds, which many believe are connected by wormholes.



Today’s Tragic Events in Connecticut, U.S.

The IEET grieves for the innocent children, staff and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT USA. Our condolences to everyone effected by today’s tragedy. We need to reevaluate the culture of violence (including the amount of guns so readily available) in the United States, and help anyone who may be mentally ill as best we can.



New Chapter in the Story of Dehumanization

by Ilkka Vuorikuru

Last week I really thought that people like Francis Fukuyama and Jürgen Habermas have been right all along. Both have claimed in different writings that modern (and especially future) technology will cause our fragile human nature to deteriorate and in effect dehumanize us and our societies.[1]



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.



Celebrating Love and Light: 10 Holiday Tips for the Post-Religious

by Valerie Tarico

Is the holiday season more glitter than glow for you lately?  Are you a former Christian who finds that hymns don’t resonate anymore?  Do you roll your eyes about the “war on Christmas” manufactroversy?  Does the cherubic little Jesus-in-a-Manger fail to flood your body with sweetness?  Do you feel mixed about participating in a religious holiday now that you’re not religious? Get the scrooge out with these ten tips:



Will indefinite lifespan become reality? The possibilities are there!

by Dick Pelletier

Exponentially-advancing technologies could provide an indefinite lifespan by mid-century or before, experts say. Many factors drive this futuristic prospect forward:



Nanomedicine: nanobots could eliminate all diseases; even death

by Dick Pelletier

From rebuilding damaged cells atom-by-atom to creating micro-robots that swim through arteries destroying pathogens and cancer, nanomedicine promises to change forever how we treat sickness.



The Big Lie about Plan B–What You Really Should Be Telling Your Friends.

by Valerie Tarico

It’s time, once and for all, to clear up the confusion about Plan B on progressive message boards, Facebook pages, forums and comment threads. Tweet this: Plan B doesn’t cause abortion. It stops or delays ovulation. No egg, no fertilization, no pregnancy – no abortion. It’s that simple.



I’m Just a Love Machine

by Jamais Cascio

Artifice and Consent in the Age of Robotics

The notion of robot love has a long history, and by far the dominant emphasis has been on its erotic manifestation. After all, the reasoning goes, a sufficiently advanced robot would offer all of the physical pleasure of a real partner with no emotional entanglements, personal judgments, or dissipating affections, in an un-aging body that can be sculpted to look exactly as one desires. Famous movie actors and actresses might even set up a lucrative side-business licensing their own bodily images to robot manufacturers, even long after time and nature had taken a toll.



Reconsidering Copyright

by David Brin

Current copyright law does not merely distort some markets — rather it destroys entire markets.” So reads the final line of a report released by the Republican Study Committee of the House of Representatives that is highly critical of current copyright law



Toddlers and Tablets

by Jonathan Lin

These days, you would not be alone in thinking that perhaps future generations would master the PC before the pencil. Actually, more realistically speaking, infants born in the iPhone era may not see an entire personal computer for a long time. Instead their interaction is more likely to be with more portable tech: tablets and smartphones.



The Power of Science Narrative to Teach, Excite, and Inspire Action: SlideShare

by Andrea Kuszewski

As science communicators, we need to do more than just entertain — we need to inform; to persuade; to inspire action. One of the biggest challenges in selling ideas about radical science and technology is engaging and exciting an audience in a way that is non-threatening, believable, and structured in a way that they can relate to personally.

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Merging with machines could become reality in your lifetime

by Dick Pelletier

In a recent interview, economist Jeremy Rifkin suggested that, “Our way of life is likely to be more fundamentally transformed in the next several decades than in the previous thousand years.”



The Inevitability of Intelligence and Critical Thinking Leading to Empathy and Altruism

by Kris Notaro

I want to make some claims about the future of brain cognition that will lead to rational, logical, empathetic thought. The notion of “friendly SAI” and “unfriendly SAI” is a fallacy and should be abandoned, that is, the notion that we can program AI in the SAI setting to be friendly is an attempt to undermine intelligence and the domain of empathy and altruism.



How Should the Concept of God Evolve in the Future?

by Peter Wicks

According to the Wikipedia entry on “major religious groups”, 85% of the world’s population subscribes to some kind of religion. While in reality the world is obviously not divided neatly into “religious” and “non-religious”, and while religion and theism are not quite the same thing, this statistic nevertheless shows that the various concepts of the divine continue to hold considerable sway over human thought.

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