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Richard Eskow
Increasing Social Security Benefits: An Idea Whose Time Has Come by Richard Eskow

Archaeologists of the future will sift through our newspapers, websites, and other ephemera and marvel at the inverted shape of our political debate.

Rights > HealthLongevity > CognitiveLiberty > Personhood > Vision > Contributors > Enablement > Dick Pelletier > Futurism > Innovation > Implants
Dick Pelletier
Brain Implants: to thought-talk, control machines, enhance memory by Dick Pelletier

Our brain is the source of everything that makes us human: language, creativity, rationality, emotion, communication, culture, and politics. Now, researchers are set to repair brain functions, to create mind-machine interfaces, and enhance human mental capacities in radical ways.

Vision > Contributors > Rachel Armstrong > HealthLongevity > Enablement
The Age of the inpossible Lift Conference 2013

“So today I’m launching the inpossible dot me forum to create a space in which to explore The inpossible Age and share ideas and projects such as, Persephone and Future Venice – so that maybe, we’ll make the inpossible happen.”

Vision > HealthLongevity
Urban Data Challenge Lift Conference Location: This is an ONLINE competition with related events in San Francisco, Zurich, and Geneva.

Stay tuned! The Challenge begins on February 6, 2013. Suscribe here for news and updates.

Related events

Feb 6: Kick-off at swissnex San Francisco and in Geneva, Switzerland (Lift Conference) Feb 8: Hackathon, Lift in Geneva (RSVP on opendata.ch until January 30) Feb 23: International Open Data Day; Hackathon, San Francisco at GAFFTA; Meet-up in Zurich, Switzerland April 6: Awards Ceremony, San Francisco and Zurich Busses, t...

Rights > HealthLongevity > Vision > Contributors > Massimo Pigliucci > FreeThought > CyborgBuddha
Massimo Pigliucci
Toward a Science of Morality by Massimo Pigliucci

An annotated response to Michael Shermer: Michael Shermer and I have been engaged in what I hope has been a productive discussion on the relationship between science and philosophy as it concerns the field of ethics. Roughly speaking, Michael contends that science has a lot to say about ethical questions (though he is not quite as reductive as Sam Harris, who contends that science is pretty much the only game in town when it comes to ethics). I respond that science provides informative background but grossly underdetermines ethical issues, w...

Rights > HealthLongevity > Vision > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Things only a zillionaire could do to save America by David Brin

Mention George Soros anywhere on the far-right and you’ll get fulminations.  To Republicans, Soros is an aristocratic mastermind who swore to “spend whatever it takes” to end the Bush-Neocons’ grip on political power in America… a vile plutocrat, striving to trample the will of plain-folks, along with the populist GOP that protects them. Glenn Beck railed to his audience, calling Soros the "Great Oligarch" and a master manipulator "who toppled eight foreign governments." (...

Rights > HealthLongevity > CognitiveLiberty > Innovation > Implants > Disability > Enablement
Cyborg Foundation: Extending Human Senses Focus Forward Films

Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition that causes complete colour blindness. In 2004, Harbisson and Adam Montandon developed the eyeborg, a device that translates colours into sounds. Harbisson has been claimed to be the first recognized cyborg in the world, as his passport photo now includes his device. In 2010, Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas created the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization to help humans become cyborgs. The foundation has also experimented with other sensory devices, including an “earbor...

Rights > HealthLongevity > Vision > Fellows > Russell Blackford > FreeThought
Russell Blackford
Iceland’s Illiberal Agenda by Russell Blackford

This (rather tendentious) article in The Guardian discusses the current initiatives in Iceland to ban certain kinds of online pornography. Before I go any further, let me remind readers that my position on pornography is that I am not against banning or severely regulating specific kinds of pornography if they can 1. be defined (reasonably) clearly and so be (reasonably) fenced off from the wider area of erotic literature and art, 2. be shown to cause ordinary harms in a way sufficiently inevitable, substantial, etc., to justi...

Vision > Contributors > HealthLongevity > Dick Pelletier > Futurism
Dick Pelletier
Are we alone? Probably not, but are we looking in the right place? by Dick Pelletier

Are we the lone sentient life in the universe? So far, we have no evidence to the contrary, and yet the odds suggest that this is highly improbable. There are an estimated 250 billion stars in the Milky Way and 70 sextillion in the visible universe, many, with multiple planets swirling around.

Rights > HealthLongevity > Vision > Affiliate Scholar > Melanie Swan > PostGender
Melanie Swan
Polyamory – an Anti-Scarcity Relationship Model for the Future by Melanie Swan

The first International Academic Polyamory Conference was held in Berkeley CA February 15-17, 2013 with approximately 100 attendees. Polyamory is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. It is not new or revolutionary that individuals may be involved with more than one other party; what is new is the openness, acknowledgement, and support and encouragement of the situation.