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First City in U.S. Passes Resolution Against Drones by David Swanson

Shortly after 11 p.m. on Monday, February 4th, the City Council of Charlottesville, Va., passed what is believed to be the first anti-drone resolution in the country.  According to my notes, and verifiable soon on the City Council's website, the resolution reads…

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John Niman
Cyborg Possibilities – The Torso and Skin (Part 2) by John Niman

Returning to our Deus Ex graphic, the next three categories are the torso, back, and skin. For simplicity’s sake, I’ll lump the torso and back together. The skin, however, deserves its own category.

Vision > Fellows > David Brin > HealthLongevity > Enablement > Innovation > Implants
Bionic Bodies HuffPost Live

David Brin Discusses breakthroughs in organ rebuilding and regeneration with two scientists and an ethicist.  Can we reconstruct ourselves, piece by piece, and should we? The one hour panel-interview is now up/online.

Vision > Contributors > Dick Pelletier > Futurism
Dick Pelletier
Technologies could one day enable us to simulate the deceased by Dick Pelletier

Technologies that can simulate a deceased person’s life experience, consciousness, and memories do not exist today, but many experts believe that exponential advances in computers, artificial intelligence, and communications technologies could bring this dream into reality by mid-century or before.

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Transhumanism and Disability by Elizabeth Synclair - FurCon 2013 maymaym

Elizabeth Synclair;

Weaving together both wit and wonder on this panel at the Further Confusion Conference,[1] Elizabeth Synclair,[2] intern at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network,[3] speaks eloquently about the relationship between transhumanist culture, disability culture, and the parallels that relationship has to myriad aspects of our society-even in places one may not expect.

"Transhumanists are transhuman, but so are a lot of other cultures, a lot of other people," ...

Patent Reform: Lee Cheng, Newegg Inc. The Innovation Movemen

Lee Cheng was at the 2013 CES to shine a light on the problem of non-practicing entities, “patent trolls” and their drain on the innovation economy.


Vision > Contributors > Annalee Newitz > HealthLongevity
Knowing your Audience when Writing about the Future Adam Ford

Who are you talking to, and what are you trying to tell them? Main points will be the differences between the mass audience vs. the scientist/policy maker audience; and the intended effects of writing realistic futurism, aspirational futurism or dystopian futurism.

Vision > Fellows > David Brin > HealthLongevity
David Brin
Science Fiction and Our Duty to the Past by David Brin

Does science fiction owe a “duty” to the past? I’ve long pondered: might the field better have been named Speculative History?  First: SF authors read more history than science (only a few of us know very much about the latter).  Second, almost everything we do is about extending, or extrapolating, or pondering alterations in the grand, sweeping epic of humanity.  Even when zooming down to the private angst of one narrow life, we in this genre remain keenly aware of the context - our shared drama and the poig...

Vision > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
The Singularity: Overview and Framework Redux by John Danaher

I want to begin with the problem. A couple of weeks back — the 24th of December to be precise — I published a post offering a general framework for understanding and participating in (philosophical) debates about the technological singularity. The rationale behind the post was simple: I wanted to organise the dialectical terrain surrounding the technological singularity into a number of core theses, each of which could be supported or rejected by a number of arguments. Analysing, developing and defending the premises of those arguments c...

Vision > Contributors > Lee-Roy Chetty > HealthLongevity
Lee-Roy Chetty
Mobile technology – creating an enabling environment in Africa by Lee-Roy Chetty

With an increasing use of retail agents and communications technology, bank-led and nonbank-led models are found to be converging not in branchless banking but a banking beyond- branch (BBB) arrangement.