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Trump Picks Establishment Banker For Treasury Secretary

Trump’s Pick for Health Secretary Is Total Nightmare Fuel

First Republican “Hamilton Elector” Breaks Ranks Against Trump

Cybathlon 2016 : entre sport, handicap et transhumanisme

U.S. To Forgive $108 Billion In Student Debt

The informal sector Singularity


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

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
John G Messerly

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow





JET

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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Trump Picks Establishment Banker For Treasury Secretary

The Young Turks

You didn’t actually believe Donald Trump was going to drain the swamp, did you? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

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George Dvorsky

Trump’s Pick for Health Secretary Is Total Nightmare Fuel

by George Dvorsky

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), placing the Georgia Congressman in an extremely powerful position as far as the nation’s health is concerned. Given his dubious track record, this appointment is of serious concern.

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First Republican “Hamilton Elector” Breaks Ranks Against Trump

The Young Turks

One Republican elector is not voting for Trump. Will he be the first domino to fall? Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

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Marc Roux

Cybathlon 2016 : entre sport, handicap et transhumanisme

by Marc Roux

Le Cybathlon inaugure les premiers “JO de cyborgs”. Une vitrine technologique pour l’aide au handicap, mais aussi la perspectives d’application futures plus larges. C’est par ailleurs une invitation à repenser nos catégories sportives.

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U.S. To Forgive $108 Billion In Student Debt

The Young Turks

The federal government is doing something positive for ordinary Americans, so the Wall Street Journal is in a panic. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

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Marcelo Rinesi

The informal sector Singularity

by Marcelo Rinesi

At the intersection of cryptocurrencies and the “gig economy” lies the prospect of almost self-contained shadow economies with their own laws and regulations, vast potential for fostering growth, and the possibility of systematic abuse.

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Franco Cortese

Global Trends - The Rising Longevity Industry

by Franco Cortese

Biogerontology Research Foundation trustees will attend The Economist conference Ageing Societies 2016 on 29-30th November in London.

Biogerontology Research Foundation UK executives and trustees Dmitry Kaminskiy and Alex Zhavoronkov will attend panel discussions at the Aging Societies conference 2016, organized by The Economist, in London, United Kingdom on November 29-30th 2016.

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Mark Blyth ─ Global Trumpism

Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Watson Institute Student Seminar Series - American Democracy: The Dangers and Opportunities of Right Here and Right Now

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Despotism (1946)

BoingBoing

Encyclopedia Britannica made this 10 minute video about how a country slides into despotism.

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John Danaher

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’)

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How music led to the invention of modern computers

TED Talks

Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Well, not always. Steven Johnson shows us how some of the most transformative ideas and technologies, like the computer, didn’t emerge out of necessity at all but instead from the strange delight of play. Share this captivating, illustrated exploration of the history of invention. Turns out, you’ll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.

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Richard Eskow

12 Notes From A Political Autopsy

by Richard Eskow

Somebody once said that healing is the process of reclaiming our own biographies. Millions of people are trying to heal right now, but their stories remain unwritten.

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B. J. Murphy

Cyborg Dad Fights to Regain Custody of Children - You Can Help

by B. J. Murphy

There is no doubt anymore that informational science and technologies are growing at an exponential pace. As a result, many are beginning to use those technologies to augment and enhance their own biological substrate. It is the first time in history where there is now a growing population of cyborgs whom live among us.

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A political party for women’s equality

TED Talks

Women’s equality won’t just happen — not unless more women are put in positions of power, says Sandi Toksvig. In a disarmingly hilarious talk, Toksvig tells the story of how she helped start a new political party in Britain, the Women’s Equality Party, with the express purpose of putting equality on the ballot. Now she hopes people around the world will copy her party’s model and mobilize for equality.

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Benjamin Abbott

Necessary Sacrifices: Saving the White Working Class from Neoliberalism?

by Benjamin Abbott

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election, various class-struggle leftists have been emphasizing neoliberalism as the culprit and highlighting the plight of the white working class. Proponents of these analyses exhort us to organize with the white working class for economic justice as a key component of antiracism.

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What will humans look like in 100 years?

TED Talks

We can evolve bacteria, plants and animals — futurist Juan Enriquez asks: Is it ethical to evolve the human body? In a visionary talk that ranges from medieval prosthetics to present day neuroengineering and genetics, Enriquez sorts out the ethics associated with evolving humans and imagines the ways we’ll have to transform our own bodies if we hope to explore and live in places other than Earth.

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Richard Eskow

We Were All Outsiders In Trump’s America Once — Even Trump

by Richard Eskow

And the men of the towns and of the soft suburban country gathered to defend themselves; and they reassured themselves that they were good and the invaders bad, as a man must do before he fights.

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Voting Reformation: 3 Alternate Approaches to Participatory Democracy

Big Think

The maxim “One Man, One Vote” is so enshrined in our understanding of democracy that its weaknesses are difficult to see. Yet weaknesses it has.

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B. J. Murphy

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!

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What Is Obama’s Legacy? Was There Hope and Change in A “Post-Racial” America

Big Think

Journalist Jelani Cobb considers the impact of Obama’s presidency on race in America. Did he make good on the promise of change that got him elected?

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Richard Eskow

Finally, A Chance To Remake The Democratic Party

by Richard Eskow

For the first time in a quarter-century, we’re about to see a vacuum of political and intellectual leadership in the Democratic Party. An entire generation of leaders — including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Bill and Hillary Clinton — will be leaving the political stage. With them will go an entire infrastructure of policy advisers, political strategists, associates, friends, and hangers-on.

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Rick Searle

Trumponomics

by Rick Searle

So, literally overnight, we entered the stage of the great normalization. We’ve gone from the almost universal belief among the elites, media and a large number of the American public that electing Trump would be a disaster for the country, the economy, our liberty to an apparent shrug of the shoulders and sycophantic search for advantage in the new order.

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The Grand Challenge of Beneficial AI - Stuart Armstrong

Adam Ford

With all the discussion about what could possibly go wrong with AI - it’s worth discussing the potential payoffs of achieving beneficial AI. Stuart also covers other high impact risk scenarios, like supervolcanos, meteor impacts, climate change, supernovas etc - comparing them to the risk of superintelligence.

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Richard Eskow

‘Financial Elder Abuse’ Charges Against Trump. Business As Usual in DC.

by Richard Eskow

As Donald Trump prepares to assume the presidency, Americans must learn to distinguish the ways he is uniquely terrible from the ways in which he is not so terribly unique — except as a matter of degree. His extreme behavior shouldn’t be “normalized,” to use the year’s newest word. But neither should the lies and deceptions of his more “respectable” colleagues.

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Automation in an Accelerating Future - Anders Sandberg

Adam Ford

Sandberg’s research centres on societal and ethical issues surrounding human enhancement and new technology, as well as on assessing the capabilities and underlying science of future technologies. His research includes work on cognitive enhancement (methods, impacts, and policy analysis); a technical roadmap on whole brain emulation; on neuroethics; and on global catastrophic risks, particularly on the question of how to take into account the subjective uncertainty in risk estimates of low-likelihood, high-consequence risk.

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Andy Miah

Directions in Virtual Reality

by Andy Miah

As part of the BBC Digital Cities week, I was delighted to take part and open the VR/AR Show and Tell event at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Digital Innovation hub last week. It brought together some really amazing pioneers in VR, demonstrating how it can be an interface for research, industry, art, and entertainment. It was a fantastic affirmation of England’s vibrant North West VR/AR network!

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US Government ‘Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence’ Discussion with James Hughes

Adam Ford

Reflections on Whitehouse paper ‘preparing for the future of artificial intelligence’, and Obama’s interview with Wired on AI.

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How the IEET Audience Gets its News

We asked how you get your news. Of the 2000 responses we received, the most popular source of news was online newspapers and magazines, followed by Facebook.

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George Dvorsky

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.

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Help for kids the education system ignores

TED Talks

Define students by what they contribute, not what they lack — especially those with difficult upbringings, says educator Victor Rios. Interweaved with his personal tale of perseverance as an inner-city youth, Rios identifies three straightforward strategies to shift attitudes in education and calls for fellow educators to see “at-risk” students as “at-promise” individuals brimming with resilience, character and grit.

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