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IEET Audience Passionate Science Fiction Fans

Four hundred people responded to the IEET poll on whether they were science fiction fans. More than half - 54%- said they were “canon-masters,” knowledgeable about science fiction from “H.G. Wells to Charlie Stross, Star Trek to Battlestar Galactica.”

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David Swanson
Drones and [the U.S.] National Religion by David Swanson

The national religion of the United States of America is nationalism.  Its god is the flag.  Its prayer is the pledge of allegiance.

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Jamais Cascio - Bad Futurism @ Humanity+ San Francisco Adam Ford Sometimes the best way to figure out how to do something right is to explore all of the ways to do it wrong. In this talk I explore ten ways to create truly awful future scenarios, and then explain why they’re bad — and how to get it right. From “one change at a time” to scenarios as morality plays. The various ways in which foresight can go awry are often tempting shortcuts for writing about the ideas of future-building, but are ultimately traps for the unwary futurist.

Vision > Fellows > David Pearce > HealthLongevity
David Pearce - Prophetic Narratives - Humanity+ @San Francisco Adam Ford

Prophetic Narratives: Will Humanity’s Successors Also Be Our Decendants? Accelerating technological progress leads some futurists to predict the imminent end of the transhuman era and the dawn of posthuman superintelligence. But what is superintelligence? How does intelligence relate to sentience? What is the Explanatory Gap, Moravec’s Paradox, and the Binding Problem? Will nonbiological machines ever be more than zombies?...

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Andy Miah
Why the doping problem is here to stay by Andy Miah

Doping news from the Australian Crime Commission raises three crucial questions for the world of sport. First, why do athletes dope?

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Colin Farrelly
Teaching the Ethics of Life Extension by Colin Farrelly

This term I am teaching my graduate level seminar “Science and Justice” to approximately 14 (mostly) MA and PhD students from political science, philosophy and psychology here at Queen’s. It’s my favorite course to teach (I also teach an undergrad version of it as well) and we address a number of ethical and social issues related to the genetic revolution.

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John Niman
Cyborg Possibilities – The Arms and Legs (Part Three) by John Niman

This article doesn’t need any of the special categories or explanations – the two classifications are pretty self explanatory. Let’s jump right in.

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Jonathan Dotse
Children of the Sun by Jonathan Dotse

As the dawn of 2013 marks the beginning of another revolution of our planet around the sun, let us draw our attention beyond the sphere of everyday life – beyond individual concerns, national issues, and even global concerns – towards the cosmic scale of affairs. Take this moment to consider the place of humanity in the grand scheme of the universe.

Vision > Affiliate Scholar > Andrea Kuszewski > HealthLongevity > Enablement > Innovation
The Power of Science Narrative to Teach, Excite, and Inspire Action Adam Ford

As science communicators, we need to do more than just entertain — we need to inform; to persuade; to inspire action. One of the biggest challenges in selling ideas about radical science and technology is engaging and exciting an audience in a way that is non-threatening, believable, and structured in a way that they can relate to personally. You want to get people on-board and excited about your ideas, but if you take it too far on the awe-spectrum without getting that personal connection, it may seem too much like science fiction, and no...

Vision > Fellows > Ben Goertzel > HealthLongevity > Futurism
OpenCog: an integrative cognitive architecture Humanity+

Ben Goertzel is an American author and researcher in the field of artificial intelligence. He is currently Chief Science Officer of Hong Kong financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings, Chief Executive Officer of Novamente LLC, a privately held software company, and Chairman of the Board of the OpenCog Foundation. The latter two entities work toward the development of Artificial General Intelligence. Goertzel is also the CEO of Biomind LLC, a company that provides AI-based bioinformatics services. He is Vice Chair of futurist organization Hum...