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Therapy, Enhancement and the Augmented Society by Jamais Cascio

Global warming isn’t the only topic being discussed at this week’s AAAS meeting. University of Pittsburgh researchers at the conference announced a significant step forward in the development of functional-replacement artificial limbs. They created a simple artificial arm which can be controlled by neural impulses directly from the brain, via a series of extremely thin implanted probes. A test monkey (its healthy real arms restrained) was able to learn to move the prosthetic arm with sufficient precision to be able to feed itself...

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Justice for Retirees Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Ed Coyle, Executive Director of Alliance for Retired Americans. They discuss Social Security, Medicare and the crisis in private work-place retirement benefits. (Originally broadcast February 18, 2005)

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Nanotechnology and the Developing World by Jamais Cascio

The Meridian Institute,  a strategic solutions consultancy, is running the Global Dialogue on Nanotechnology and the Poor, a project intended to trigger a conversation about the ways in which nanotechnology can be applied to the problems of development and poverty. Anyone may participate, and I encourage WorldChanging readers to do so. Meridian has prepared a short (29 page) document outlining the key issues in some detail. The Global Dialogue project would prefer if you ...

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Pax Warrior by Jamais Cascio

Scenarios don’t have to be about the future. We can learn from the examination of past experiences, exploring how alternative options may have played out. These are often referred to as "counter-factual" exercises, as they are intended to play out in ways contrary to historical fact,  giving participants insights into both how decisions are made and the complexity of events. Pax Warrior, a computer simulation-documentary on the 1994 Rwandan genocide, is designed to be j...

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Co-Creator Theology Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Ted Peters, a theologian at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Graduate Theological Union, and author of Playing God? Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom and For the Love of Children: Genetic Technology and the Future of the Family. (Originally broadcast February 2005)

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Extending the Self: The Ethics of Virtual Reality by Michael Yin Jin

Some ethicists fear virtual reality will dehumanize us. They argue that when people succumb to a pleasant simulated world where the sun never sets, they lose a human essence that can only be embodied in the real world.

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Dana Centre: The 21st-Century Brain 2005-02-24 (video) Dana Centre

A preview of a new book by Steven Rose.The human brain is the most complex structure in the universe. We can potentially cure Alzheimer’s disease and control behaviour. What are the consequences? Steven Rose in conversation with Colin Blakemore.

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New Rice for Africa from Africa by Jamais Cascio

Agricultural biotechnology, when done wrong, has the potential to be environmentally, scientifically and economically disastrous. The negative scenario is grim and familiar: monoculture crops, with insufficient testing for complex interactions with other organisms, owned by giant biotech companies paranoid about intellectual property ("genetic rights management," as I’ve termed it). But genetic modification techniques are not inherently evil, and when applied with wisdom, can ha...

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Fear and Loathing in a Brave New World Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Wesley J. Smith, author of Consumers Guide to a Brave New World, Senior Fellow with the Discovery Institute, consultant to the Centers for Bioethics and Culture, and attorney for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. (Originally broadcast February 4, 2005)

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Forever for All: Cryonics and Spirituality Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Mike Perry, a staff person with Alcor and president of the Society for Universal Immortalism, a transhumanist church. Perry is also author of Forever For All Moral Philosophy, Cryonics, and the Scientific Prospects for Immortality.  (Originally broadcast January 29, 2005)