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Rights > Economic > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > Douglas Rushkoff
TEAM HUMAN: NO SHAME! TOWARDS A COOPERATIVE ECONOMY Team Human

We just posted an entirely actionable episode of Team Human, with the founder of the Net Party, Pia Mancini. It begins with a monologue by me about the way shame over everything from gender and sex to money inhibits our ability to forge solidarity – by design. That segues to a great discussion with Pia Mancini, who has built a new platform allowing cooperatives to collaborate and fund by leveraging the power of transparency. Again, breaking the self-destructive boundaries of shameful secrecy, we tap into the power of humans truly working t...

SciencePolicy > Innovation > Safety and Efficacy > Rights > HealthLongevity > BodyAutonomy > ReproRights
George Dvorsky
This Artificial Womb Could Revolutionize the Way We Treat Premature Babies by George Dvorsky

Incubators and ventilators are invaluable when treating extremely premature infants, but they’re a far cry from the cozy confines of a mother’s womb. In an effort to create an environment that more closely approximates the real thing, researchers have now developed an artificial womb that could dramatically reduce mortality and disease in preemies.

SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence
Informatica Journal - Call for Special Issue on Superintelligence Informatica Journal

Since the inception of the field of artificial intelligence, a prominent goal has been to create computer systems that would reason as capably as humans across a wide range of fields. Over the last decade, this goal has been brought closer to reality. Machine learning systems have come to excel in many signal processing tasks and have achieved superhuman performance in learning tasks including the games of Go and Heads-up Poker. More broadly, we have seen large changes in every pore of our society. This remarkable progress raises the questio...

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Declining Trust in - Rising Fear of - our expert castes by David Brin

Having recently participated in the worldwide March for Science, I can only repeat my assertion that the “War on Science” is about a lot more than nerds and EPA grants.  You cannot name a fact-centered profession—from teaching and medicine, to accounting and economics, to the U.S. military officer corps—that’s not under direct assault

Technopolitics > Psychology
Future Express | The Replication Crisis and Challenges to Progress Future Express

In this episode, we have a free-ranging conversation that begins by discussing the modern replication crisis in psychology and other fields. We examine how this development might affect our views on the pace of progress generally. Amidst our many tangents, we consider the possibility of getting tech companies to share their proprietary data for the sake of science research and wonder if becoming an increasingly globalized society imposes coordination costs.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Science: steps forward… through a minefield by David Brin

Girding yourself for Saturday’s Science March?  This article - Donald Trump Should Not Appoint a Science Advisor - will steam you, offering much more detail on the White House Science Adviser office—which Donald Trump has refused to fill—first officially established by President Eisenhower. A partial list of responsibilities:

Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
The Children of the Dead City by Marcelo Rinesi

Dusk is coming and walking at night is no longer allowed, but the children still loiter near the black windowless building that looks like a tombstone for a giant or a town. A year ago most of their parents worked there, their hands the AI-controlled manipulators of the self-managed warehouse, but since then artificial hands have become good enough, and no more than a dozen humans tarnish the algorithmic purity of the logistics hub.

Francaise > Technopolitics > Philosophy > Technoprogressivism > Contributors > Terence Ericson
Terence Ericson
Et si nos technologies devenaient organiques ? Un transhumanisme biologique est possible by Terence Ericson

Pourquoi la nature demeure le plus grand ingénieur présent sur Terre, et permet d’imaginer un transhumanisme biologique.

Initialement publiй sur le site de l’Association Franзaise Transhumaniste - Technoprog

Technopolitics > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
Robot Rights: Intelligent Machines (Panel Discussion) by John Danaher

I participated in a debate/panel discussion about robot rights at the Science Gallery (Trinity, Dublin) on the 29th March 2017. A video from the event is above. Here’s the description from the organisers:

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Those were the days… When was America ‘great’? And who has Steve Bannon reincarnated? by David Brin

Have you heard of “Godwin’s Law?” It asserts that: “If an online discussion (regardless of topic) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will invoke Hitler.” In practice, it is used to shame or chastise those who make any sort of comparison to the fascist hellscape of the mid-20th Century.*  To be sure, an overused, hyperbolic cliché can be tiresome.**