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Rachel Armstrong
#8 Any Sufficiently Advanced Civilization is Indistinguishable from Nature by Rachel Armstrong

In Western cultures, nature is a cosmological, primal ordering force and a terrestrial condition that exists in the absence of human beings. Both meanings are freely implied in everyday conversation. We distinguish ourselves from the natural world by manipulating our environment through technology. In What Technology Wants, Kevin Kelly proposes that technology behaves as a form of meta-nature, which has greater potential for cultural change than the evolutionary powers of the organic world alone.

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What will your next body be like? by None

Many engineers, including me, think that some time around 2050, we will be able to make very high quality links between the brains and machines. To such an extent that it will thereafter be possible (albeit expensive for some years) to arrange that most of your mind – your thinking, memories, even sensations and emotions, could reside mainly in the machine world. Some (perhaps some memories that are rarely remembered for example) may not be suited to such external accessibility, but the majority should be.

Vision > HealthLongevity > Innovation
The software of life The Frost Interview

“When Craig Venter announced in 2000 that he had mapped the human genome - the genetic material that uniquely identifies each individual - it was the sort of blockbuster announcement that comes once in a generation, and it established Venter as one of the most influential scientists on the planet.

“For the first time now we can actually design life in a computer, make the DNA software and create new life forms that have never existed before.”

- Craig Venter

Since then, in addition to further research...

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Kris Notaro
The Floating Metal Sphere Trump Card by Kris Notaro

Radicals! Are you sick of being spontaneously overcome by blistering rage and horrified vertigo on a daily basis? Do you find yourself foolishly opening comment threads on gender issues thinking yourself desensitized to the mind-warping misogyny that invariably pops into existence like a quantum foam of entitlement underpinning the internet? Are you sick of wasting precious minutes standing slackjawed in front of some new twisting complex of deep psychological issues couched as grandiose social analysis? Do you find yourself humbled into qui...

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Where do our holiday toys come from?

Triangle Returns: Support Fair Labor Legislation

Workers are again trapped and burned to death behind locked exit gates. One hundred years ago, the outrage over the Triangle fire led to the rallying cry, “Who will protect the working girl?” Where is that cry today?

Compelling testimony by Charles Kernaghan of the National Labor Committee, about the work conditions in a Chinese toy factory. 10-day contracts, 14-hour work days, child labor, and Mattel knows about it…

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Evan Selinger
I Grip the Gun and the Gun Grips Me by Evan Selinger

“Happiness is a warm gun.” – John Lennon “You are different with a gun in your hand; the gun is different with you holding it.” – Bruno Latour

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David Eubanks
#9 Cracks in Reality: How our Systems Fool Themselves by David Eubanks

In the first two parts of this series I explored the idea that a self-modifying singular intelligence may be doomed to self-destruction because of motivational interference [1]. The idea is at least as old as Epicurus, who advised: “If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.”

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Jønathan Lyons
The Networked Species by Jønathan Lyons

Humankind is frequently referred to as a tool-using/-making species. What is becoming clear is that we are also a species with a real talent and drive for greater integration with our tools and with one another. Humankind is an increasingly networked species. And while this is a teleological essay, I am not prepared to make an argument that what we are witnessing is necessarily either a good or bad thing.

Rights > HealthLongevity > Economic > Vision > Affiliate Scholar > Nikki Olson > Futurism > Innovation
Nikki Olson
#10 3D Printing Laboratories: The Age of DIY Designer Drugs Begins by Nikki Olson

Novel techniques in 3D printing technology simplify the production of drugs, enabling home design and synthesis of pharmaceuticals.

Fellows > Ramez Naam > Fiction
Into the Nexus—FastForward Radio

“In the near future, cyber culture meets counter culture with the introduction of Nexus, a drug that integrates human minds with machines…and with each other. Does this capability represent the next step in human evolution or the end of humanity as we know it? Or both? Author Ramez Naam joins hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon to discuss his new transhuman thriller, Nexus. How plausible is such a technology, and how real are the opportunities (and threats) it might represent? Tune in and find out.” - FFR