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Andy Miah
Oscar Pistorius is more than just a fallen hero by Andy Miah

It was only a few days ago that the world of sport was talking about nothing but Lance Armstrong. However, the case surrounding Oscar Pistorius dwarfs any kind of doping scandal, past or present.

Vision > Fellows > David Brin > HealthLongevity
David Brin
Questions I am frequently asked about… Writing and Science Fiction by David Brin

I came from a family of writers and always figured that storytelling would be my artistic side-line… most scientists have one. I knew science would be harder that storytelling and I respected it more, drawn to the Enlightenment’s greatest project. After all, every culture has had storytellers, but only one ever invested heavily in training a myriad brave investigators to find out heartofthecometwhat’s actually true, despite our preconceptions

Vision > Contributors > Colin Farrelly > HealthLongevity
Colin Farrelly
Perceiving the Health Impact of Evolution by Natural Selection by Colin Farrelly

The health prospects of humanity are influenced by many things. There are extrinsic factors like poverty, violence, and infectious disease that can cause humans to die. There are also intrinsic factors, like the constraints of our biology (e.g. aging). The role these different factors play in causing disease and death in the world changes over time. The greater success we have with combating extrinsic risks, the greater the impact intrinsic risks have on our health prospects.

Vision > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
John Danaher
AIs and the Decisive Advantage Thesis by John Danaher

One often hears it claimed that future artificial intelligences could have significant, possibly decisive, advantages over us humans. This claim plays an important role in the debate surrounding the technological singularity, so considering the evidence in its favour is worthy enterprise. This post attempts to do just that by examining a recent article by Kaj Sotala entitled “Advantages of Artificial Intelligences, Uploads and Digital Minds”.

Vision > Fellows > Douglas Rushkoff > HealthLongevity > Innovation
Present Shock O'Reilly Media

Douglas Rushkoff has been an authority on the intersection of technology and culture since before the word “google” was anything more than baby talk. He predicted the coming centrality of the Internet (CYBERIA, 1992 – a book initially canceled by a publisher who feared the net would be over by the time it came out); he coined the terms “viral media” (MEDIA VIRUS, 1994) and “social currency” (Upside Magazine, 1996); he forecasted the collapse of the dotcom bubble (SXSW, 1997) and the most recent recession in a 2004 column that l...

Vision > Virtuality > Fellows > Evan Selinger > HealthLongevity > Enablement > Innovation
Evan Selinger
Quitters Never Win: The Costs of Leaving Social Media by Evan Selinger

Forget Lolcats. If we quit using sites like Facebook, we’ll miss opportunities for self-expression, personal growth, learning, support, and civic exchange.

Science as a Utopian Project Adam Ford

“I want to explore the relationships between science, science fiction, and society, with a view toward seeing where science fiction might help us to shape our efforts in the present to make a better future.”


Vision > Directors > George Dvorsky > Futurism > Technoprogressivism
Covering the Future Beat: Managing Futureshock when Writing for a Mass Audience Adam Ford

Most futurists who write do so for a relatively small audience, the majority of whom are both familiar with and fairly receptive to seemingly radical futuristic ideas. When writing for an audience who has virtually no frame of reference for these ideas, however, reactions tend to enter into the realm of Futureshock — which tend to be characterized by outright dismissal or flat-out condemnation. This talk will address the challenges of writing for a mass audience and offer advice on how to present the material in an accessible and relevant ...

Vision > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher > HealthLongevity
John Danaher
The Lucretian Symmetry Argument (Part One) by John Danaher

Death looms large for most of us, even if we try not to think about it. But should we be worried at the prospects of our eventual demise? Should we do everything we can to avoid it (e.g. by opting for cryopreservation)? Or should we approach it with indifference and equanimity?

Rights > HealthLongevity > Contributors > Lee-Roy Chetty
Lee-Roy Chetty
The demand for biofuels from the African continent by Lee-Roy Chetty

The exponential rise in energy prices over the last 10 years is seen as the beginning of a new era in which energy prices will remain high for an extended period. Several factors have driven this trend, including the rapid growth in demand for energy in developing countries such as China and India; the depletion of easily accessible supplies of oil; and the higher cost of extracting oil from deep oceans, remote areas, and politically unstable regions.