Internet Access Is a Human Right, Says United Nations

“Is Internet access and online freedom of expression a basic human right? The United Nations’ Human Rights Council unanimously backed that notion in a resolution this summer.”

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Valerie Tarico
Dramatic Drop In Teen Pregnancy Really a Technology Tipping Point by Valerie Tarico

By now many Americans have read the basics: 9000 St. Louis women are offered their choice of contraceptives for free. Two years later, the teen birthrate rate is at 6 per 1000 instead of the country average of 34. The abortion rate is 4.4 to 7.5 per 1000, less than half the rate of other St. Louis women.

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Jonathan Lin
Review: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less from Each Other by Jonathan Lin

On October 26th, Professor Sherry Turkle of MIT, author of the book Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less from Each Other, delivered a convocation speech at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Titled “Technology as Evocative Objects”, her presentation examined how technology, which has now been firmly embedded into our everyday lives, is significantly impacting our social relations and human interactions. Her discussion on the appeal of technology as a tool, and the way it allows people to edit the co...

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Zombie Rights - Singularity Summit Australia 2012 Adam Ford - TheRationalFuture

“A discussion of the rights of sentient entities. Drawing inspiration from quantum complementarity, defends a complementary notion of ontological dualism, countering zombie hypotheses. Sans zombie concerns, ethical discussions should therefore focus on assessing consciousness purely in terms of the physical-functional properties of any putatively conscious entity.” - Adam Ford

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Artificial Intelligence: Will Superhuman Computers Take Over? WSJ Live

From WSJDigitalNetwork “The Singularity Summit brought thought leaders and renowned scientist in the fields of robotics, brain studies and artificial intelligence to San Francisco last weekend. Executive Director of the Singularity Institute Luke Muehlhauser talked with WSJ’s Monika Vosough at the event about efforts to create superhuman computers.”

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Christopher de la Torre
Systems, Simulation and the New Collectivism by Christopher de la Torre

We are a burgeoning collective, unlike anything before us. The rapid communalization of cities, brought about by the Internet (specifically social web culture and practice), supports the notion that “community” and “collective” are best treated synonymously, wherein the whole values each individual beyond the basic tenets of production.

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Evan Selinger
The Online Funeral by Evan Selinger

My grandfather died on Halloween. Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, none of the New York family members could attend the funeral in Massachusetts. Fortunately, another option became available: The ceremony was streamed online, and so my wife, daughter and I gathered around a laptop in our living room to watch the live webcast.

Magnets Gone Crazy More Magnets - Sixty Symbols

“Professor Bowley is talking magnets again - this time with a copper pipe, coil and small pieces of metal.” - Sixty Symbols

Physics Nobel Prize 2012 Sixty Symbols

“Nobel Prize days always create a great buzz in university science departments - I hope this video shows some of that. The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics was won by Serge Haroche and David Wineland.”

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Dick Pelletier
Future of war: bioweapons, cyber-warfare, mind-control and more by Dick Pelletier

In The American Way of War, historian Russell Weigley describes a grinding strategy of destruction employed by the U.S. military over the last 150 years. To end the Civil War, Grant felt he had to destroy lee’s soldiers; in World War I, Pershing relentlessly bombarded and wore down Germany’s proud fighting machine; and the Army Air Corps pulverized major German and Japanese cities to win World War II.