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How the IEET Audience Gets its News
(Nov 25, 2016)

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.

IEET Affiliate Scholar Roland Benedikter Talk at Acatech
(Nov 6, 2016)

The convergence of man and machine becomes the central challenge for a country that lives from the export of cutting-edge technology - a comment

IEET Fellow Martine Rothblatt Creates First Full Size Electric Helicopter (Nov 4, 2016)

A New Focus for the IEET (Nov 3, 2016)


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John G. Messerly Devastated by the American Presidential Election
by John G. Messerly
Dec 10, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Like most of my readers, I am devastated by the 2016 American Presidential election results (and by the Congressional election results as well.) I have waited a few weeks to write about it so as not to be reacting too emotionally to the results. Since that time my usual focus on philosophy has faded into the background as the country in which I was born and lived all of my life finds itself in perhaps its greatest existential crisis.

Hank Pellissier Martine Rothblatt, Lawrence Krauss, Douglas Rushkoff, Russell Blackford endorse Science Missionaries
by Hank Pellissier
Dec 9, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

IEET Fellows Martine Rothblatt and Douglas Rushkoff, and IEET contributor Lawrence Krauss, have endorsed the “Science Missionary” campaign of the Brighter Brains Institute that is sending technology to rural Uganda. The charitable drive will focus on solar energy, clean water, eco-briquettes, medicine, and internet access.

George Dvorsky Trump’s Pick for Health Secretary Is Total Nightmare Fuel
by George Dvorsky
Dec 8, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

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.

Marc Roux Cybathlon 2016 : entre sport, handicap et transhumanisme
by Marc Roux
Dec 7, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

Marcelo Rinesi The informal sector Singularity
by Marcelo Rinesi
Dec 7, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

Franco Cortese Global Trends - The Rising Longevity Industry
by Franco Cortese
Dec 6, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

John Danaher The Logical Space of Algocracy (Redux)
by John Danaher
Dec 5, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

(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’)

Richard Eskow 12 Notes From A Political Autopsy
by Richard Eskow
Dec 4, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

B. J. Murphy Cyborg Dad Fights to Regain Custody of Children - You Can Help
by B. J. Murphy
Dec 3, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

Benjamin Abbott Necessary Sacrifices: Saving the White Working Class from Neoliberalism?
by Benjamin Abbott
Dec 2, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

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.

Richard Eskow We Were All Outsiders In Trump’s America Once — Even Trump
by Richard Eskow
Dec 1, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

B. J. Murphy Lip Reading Skills by Google’s AI is on Fleek
by B. J. Murphy
Nov 30, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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!

Richard Eskow Finally, A Chance To Remake The Democratic Party
by Richard Eskow
Nov 29, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

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.

Rick Searle Trumponomics
by Rick Searle
Nov 28, 2016 • (3) CommentsPermalink

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.

Richard Eskow ‘Financial Elder Abuse’ Charges Against Trump. Business As Usual in DC.
by Richard Eskow
Nov 27, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

Andy Miah Directions in Virtual Reality
by Andy Miah
Nov 26, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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!

George Dvorsky Freaky Expanding Pill Stays in Your Gut for Days to Deliver Drugs
by George Dvorsky
Nov 25, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.

George Dvorsky How We Might One Day Communicate With Liquids
by George Dvorsky
Nov 24, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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.


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