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Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Overview of technopolitics


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A Deadline for Philosophy

New nanotech to detect cancer early

Short story: Dead Man’s Trigger

The incredible inventions of intuitive AI

Quantum Biology – Wandering where the edge is

On the use and misuse of 1984 in the reign of Trump


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Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
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David Brin

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
John G Messerly

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson





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Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life


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Steven Umbrello

A Deadline for Philosophy

by Steven Umbrello

The visitors of this site are no stranger to discussions surrounding the imminent coming of artificial intelligence. Many arguments that surround AGI/ASI are typically polarized; either emphasizing the catastrophic risks associated with the technology or with possible utopian futures that may be ushered in. In either case, two things are almost universally agreed upon by experts in the field of AI 1) that AGI will almost certainly be developed by the end of the century (with ASI perhaps not long after) and 2) that the development and creation of AGI/ASI should be beneficial – i.e., beneficial AI.

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New nanotech to detect cancer early

TED Talks

What if every home had an early-warning cancer detection system? Researcher Joshua Smith is developing a nanobiotechnology “cancer alarm” that scans for traces of disease in the form of special biomarkers called exosomes. In this forward-thinking talk, he shares his dream for how we might revolutionize cancer detection and, ultimately, save lives.

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Marcelo Rinesi

Short story: Dead Man’s Trigger

by Marcelo Rinesi

My name is Rob, short for Roberta. I’m a private investigator, which means I’m good enough with social networks to do what the police does, just without the automated subpoenas and the retroactively legal hacking. It’s not difficult, really. Nine times out of ten the obvious suspect did it. The bereaved know who did it, acquaintances know who did it, even the police know who did it.

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The incredible inventions of intuitive AI

TED Talks

What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all by themselves. Take a tour of the Augmented Age with futurist Maurice Conti and preview a time when robots and humans will work side-by-side to accomplish things neither could do alone.

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Brian Hanley

Quantum Biology – Wandering where the edge is

by Brian Hanley

I have had thoughts about quantum mechanics and biology for many years - ever since my thermodynamics class in chemistry as an undergrad. I discussed and developed them over the years. When I thought it was ready, decades ago, I wrote to Linus Pauling about my speculation that the most important differentiator for life is that from the molecular scale to the organization of organs, chaos (in the mathematical chaos theory sense) is the organizing principle. This means that living organisms are all potentially sensitive to quantum events. He was kind enough to write back, and I think it intrigued him, but there was no experiment that I could conceive of to do in support.

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Rick Searle

On the use and misuse of 1984 in the reign of Trump

by Rick Searle

Events have taken such a dark turn in the United States with the election of Trump that many have felt the need to go back to the dystopian classics to get their bearings. These were novels written in the first half of the prior century when totalitarianism wasn’t just something relegated to gray photos in our history books while we lived our days in the bright neo-liberal sunlight of the post- Cold War era, but actually roamed alive and deadly in the real world.

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Andrew Ferguson on Predictive Policing

Algocracy and Transhuman Podcast

In this episode, IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher talks to Andrew Guthrie Ferguson about the past, present and future of predictive policing. Andrew is a Professor at the David A Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia. He was formerly a supervising attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. He now teaches and writes in the area of criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence. They discuss the ideas and arguments from his recent paper ‘Policing Predictive Policing.

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Steve Fuller

Value Conflicts surrounding the Meaning of Life in the Trans/Post/Human Future

by Steve Fuller

Posthumanists and perhaps especially transhumanists tend to downplay the value conflicts that are likely to emerge in the wake of a rapidly changing technoscientific landscape. What follows are six questions and scenarios that are designed to focus thinking by drawing together several tendencies that are not normally related to each other but which nevertheless provide the basis for future value conflicts.

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Will AI make us immortal?

Pindex

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John G. Messerly

Trump’s Lying Reveals That He Is Empty Inside

by John G. Messerly

Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late. ~ Jonathan Swift

In response to my recent post “Why Truth Matters,” Chris Crawford provided a biological explanation for Trump’s lying.

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This Country Is Leading The Robot Revolution

Seeker Daily

Reports show that more than half of the world’s workforce could be replaced by robots in the next five years. How do robots take human jobs?

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J. Hughes

What Do Technoprogressives Believe in 2017?

by J. Hughes

In December and January we surveyed the IEET audience about a wide range of topics, and 455 of you responded. This was a follow up to a 2013 survey we conducted (for instance “Who are the Technoprogressives?“Who are the IEET’s audience?”). As we continue to focus the IEET on building the emerging technoprogressive ideological current, we are again looking at what the self-described technoprogressives believe.

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David Brin

Is Class War as Inevitable as the Return of Karl Marx?

by David Brin

I’ve long written how we should envision America as a continuing revolution against the failed feudal model that crushed human hope in 99% of human societies, across 6000 years. Indeed, our major issues today have little to do with the hoary, lobotomizing “left-right axis.” Not when Enterprise, markets, entrepreneurship and national defense all do vastly better across Democratic administrations, and the state gathers more power into its hands, across Republican ones.

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The Dark History Of Immigration Bans In The U.S.

Seeker Daily

President Trump’s immigration ban has brought to light the U.S.’ history of restricting refugees. What’s the history behind this policy?

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Alexandre Maurer

Le syndrome de Stockholm de la mortalité

by Alexandre Maurer

L’un des objectifs du transhumanisme est l’allongement de la durée de vie en bonne santé, voire l’amortalité (vivre sans limitation de durée). De nombreuses personnes rejettent cette idée de façon brutale, presque instinctive, comme si l’on s’attaquait à leurs valeurs les plus intimes.

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Like It Or Not, Obamacare Affects Everyone

Seeker Daily

Before President Donald Trump vows to repeal Obamacare, what are some of the hidden benefits that have improved people’s lives?

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David Brin

Start planning the revolution! In real life and in sci fi

by David Brin

First items you all have probably heard by now - news that Donald Trump’s senior staff all use the same RNC email server that mysteriously disappeared 22 million messages during George W. Bush’s administration and one that U.S. intelligence services believe was compromised by the Russians at the same time as the DNC’s. The Trump campaign hammered Hillary Clinton for her using a private email server, during her tenure as Secretary of State.  Also five members of DT’s staff turn out to have been registered to vote in more than one state.  Ah, consistency.

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Americans Need Mexico, Here’s Why

Seeker Daily

President Trump has suggested a tax on Mexican imports in order to finance the wall. How would this tax affect everyday life in the U.S.?

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John G. Messerly

The USA Overthrows Democracies Abroad, Will They Overthrow Their Own?

by John G. Messerly

All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage—torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians—which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side.
~ George Orwell

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The Secret To Germany’s Powerful Economy

Seeker Daily

Pointed to as an example of success, the German economy has thrived while the rest of Europe struggled. So what’s their recipe for success?

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John Danaher

Symbols and Consequences in the Sex Robot Debate (TEDxWHU)

by John Danaher

[Note: This is (roughly) the text of a talk I delivered at TEDxWHU on the 4th February 2017. A video of the talk should be available within a few weeks.]

There is a cave about 350km from here, in the Swabian Jura. It is called the Hohle Fels (this picture is the entrance to it). Archaeologists have been excavating it since the late 1800s and have discovered a number of important artifacts from the Upper Paleolithic era. In June 2005, they announced an interesting discovery.

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Big Problems Brewing Between Trump And California…

The Young Turks

Most presidents don’t get into feuds with states. Trump isn’t most presidents. Ana Kasparian, Hasan Piker, and Grace Baldridge, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

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John G. Messerly

Douthat’s “How Populism Stumbles” and Frum’s “How To Build An Autocracy”

by John G. Messerly

(I keep intending to return to my existential concerns about the meaning of life, but the troublesome situation in my home country keeps bringing me back to politics.)

In today’s New York Times conservative columnist Ross Douthat penned, “How Populism Stumbles.” Douthat argues that movements like Trump’s fail because of bigotry, extremism and, especially, hubris. With this in mind Douthat dismisses my worries about authoritarianism:

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Trump’s Lawyers Unprepared For Muslim Ban

The Young Turks

Donald Trump’s Justice Department has so far been very unprepared to defend his Muslim ban. Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola, and Jayar Jackson, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you how the judges are responding.

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Nikola Danaylov

Why the Future adds 0 and what “Conversations with the Future” is about

by Nikola Danaylov

This is the introduction to my bestselling book Conversations with the Future. If you like it, you can buy the book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kcseK9

Why the Future adds 0 and what “Conversations with the Future” is about

“If someone needs directions, don’t give them a globe. It’ll merely waste their time. But if someone needs to understand the way things are, don’t give them a map. They don’t need directions; they need to see the big picture.” Seth Godin

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Nikola Danaylov Soars to No. 1 Best Seller for Conversations With The Future

Conversations with the Future: 21 Visions for the 21st Century

Singularity.FM Podcaster and author, Nikola Danaylov was recently recognized as an Amazon #1 International Best Seller for his new book, “Conversations with the Future: 21 Visions for the 21st Century.”

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Trump: Nobody’s Complaining About DAPL

The Young Turks

President Trump says that he’s not getting any calls about the Dakota Access Pipeline. Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola, and Jayar Jackson, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you why that’s not true.

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Elizabeth Warren On Why Republicans Attempted To Silence Her

The Young Turks

Elizabeth Warren spoke with TYT’s Ryan Grim outside of the capitol. Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola, and Jayar Jackson, the hosts of The Young Turks, discuss what she said.

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David Brin

Want to Investigate Electoral Fraud? Start with whistle blowers and judo!

by David Brin

== Calling all henchmen! ==

I’ve called for this since way back in the last century, illustrating it in The Transparent Society and in novels like Earth. We must unleash whistleblowers on the world. Envision Edward Snowden and the Panama Papers revealer, only far more extensively, with protections and rewards that lure secrets out of shadows.

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Jeff Sessions Confirmed As Attorney General

The Young Turks

The most racist senator in the country is now Attorney General. Congrats America. Ana Kasparian, Francis Maxwell, and Aida Rodriguez, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

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