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The Binding Problem of Consciousness: Transhuman Debate 2.0
Cyborg Art- Prefigurative, Performative, Inhuman, Hybrid?
Manifesto for Cyborgs
Chris Hables Gray on Singularity 1 on 1: We Need Strong Citizenship!
Futurist Gerd Leonhard interview with Stuff(NZ): work, jobs, automation and more
Future of Technology: the new question is WHY not IF
Technology versus Humanity: a provocative film by Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard
The Abundance of Solar Energy
How to Make Intellligent Robots That Understand the World
Recovering From Religion
Neuroscience and the Soul
Technological Unemployment and Basic Income
Basic Income and other ways to fix capitalism


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Vision > Bioculture > Contributors > Piero Scaruffi > Sociology > Psychology > Futurism > Technoprogressivism > Artificial Intelligence
piero scaruffi
The Algorithmic Society and the Birth of Religion by piero scaruffi

Algorithms increasingly guide our daily life: Google’s ranking algorithm pretty much decides which pages we visit, and therefore which information we access; Amazon’s algorithm influences which books we read; dating algorithms decide your sexual life and possibly your marriage; the smartphone’s navigation algorithm decides which streets we take; Yelp’s algorithm decides where we eat (and it is a simple average!)

Rights > HealthLongevity > Contributors > Leo Igwe > FreeThought
Leo Igwe
Media and Critical Reporting of Traditional Medicine Claims in Africa by Leo Igwe

African traditional medicine is widely perceived as a form of voodoo medicine, as a survival of some stone age pre-modern illiterate formation that still functions and fulfills medical purposes for Africans. This is, at least, how many anthropologists have viewed the subject. They have argued that African traditional medicine is unlike ‘western medicine’, and then go on to establish how witchcraft and magic is embedded in this ‘unique’ medical practice. African medicine men and women are portrayed as witch doctors - a...

Vision > Contributors > Aaron Moritz > Sociology > Philosophy > Psychology
Aaron Moritz
Individualism vs. Collectivism: Can We Bridge this Deep and Treacherous Ideological Divide? by Aaron Moritz

The divide between individualist and collectivist ideologies is so deep, and often treacherous, that some might consider bridge building to be a fool’s errand. It’s a divide that cuts into some of the most important questions we have about how we should act, and how society should be structured. In our economic and moral considerations, it asks, should we place individual considerations ahead of social ones, or vice-versa?

Rights > CognitiveLiberty > PrivacySurveillance > Vision > Contributors > Valerie Tarico > Technoprogressivism
Valerie Tarico
Churches Get Creepy Facial Recognition Software to Track Members by Valerie Tarico

If selling afterlife perks is your business, then getting people to believe, attend and give “voluntarily” is the whole game.

Churches just got a new way to figure out who is sleeping in on Sunday morning: facial recognition software that scans the congregation and tracks who showed up. Churchix is a product of Skakash LLC, which sells Face-Six for law enforcement, border control, and commercial applications. According to CEO Moshe Greenshpan, 30 churches have already deployed the new software and service, which could be used t...

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Contributors > David Kekich > HealthLongevity > Innovation > Artificial Intelligence > Cyber
David Kekich
AI Will Solve Aging - it is a Tool, Not a Threat by David Kekich

Dear Future Centenarian, 

I’ve been stumping for some time about how Artificial Intelligence will provide the shortest path to curing aging forever. In fact, without it, I’m convinced we won’t solve aging in our lifetime. I’m glad to hear Peter Diamandis describe AI as the most important technology we’re developing this decade.

Peter goes on to say it’s a massive opportunity for humanity, not a threat, as well as the following:

Rights > Contributors > Leo Igwe > FreeThought
Leo Igwe
Atheism in Zambia - skeptical, rational thought in a very superstitious country by Leo Igwe

Like other countries in Africa, Zambia is a very religious nation and has the dubious of distinction of being officially declared a Christian nation by President Federick Chiluba in 1996. One need not look far to see where Chiluba got the political will to establish this Christian nation. Eighty seven percent of the population is Christian and only twelve percent profess other faiths. The number of non-believers is too low to measure. Apparently, Zambia is 100 percent religious and theistic.

Rights > Economic > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Bioculture > Contributors > Paul Farrell > Sociology > Philosophy > Biosecurity
Paul Farrell
Pope Francis’s Climate-Change Encyclical will Launch a Revolution by Paul Farrell

Last Thursday was launch day for Pope Francis’s historic anticapitalist revolution, a multitargeted global revolution against out-of-control free-market capitalism driven by consumerism, against destruction of the planet’s environment, climate and natural resources for personal profits and against the greediest science deniers.

Vision > Contributors > Christopher J. Benek > Sociology > Philosophy > Psychology > Artificial Intelligence
Christopher J. Benek
The Singularity: Christianity’s New Eschatological Hope? by Christopher J. Benek

Recently, at each of our church’s worship services, I asked the members of the congregation I serve to indicate, by a show of hands, how many of them believe that they will not die. Not a single person answered in the affirmative. I would venture to guess that my congregation’s response to this question is typical among the vast majority of Christians across the world today. Even so, the eschatological hope of avoiding death that was prevalent in the early of days of Christianity may soon return to the church universal via a seemingly un...

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Bioculture > Contributors > Alex Lightman > HealthLongevity > Biosecurity > Eco-gov
Alex Lightman
Split the Earth: 50% for Humans, 50% for Protected Biodiversity Zones by Alex Lightman

The Sixth Mass Extinction is upon us.

Stanford professor Paul Ehrlich has been studying extinction for decades; he published Extinction: The Causes and Consequences of Disappearing Species in 1981. Since that time Ehrlich has seen numbers that indicate the rate of extinction - of vertebrates, including mammals - is increasing.

Vision > Contributors > William Gillis > Technoprogressivism > Artificial Intelligence
William Gillis
Physics is the Frontier, the Inescapable Root, and it is also Utterly Beautiful by William Gillis

At some point my friends eventually feel compelled to ask me why, as an anarchist, I would want to work as a theoretical physicist—rather than say an AI researcher or a geneticist or a cryptographer or a materials scientist or a restoration ecologist. Those are clearly high-impact professions; developments in these fields can reshape the world, and there is desperate need for more people to work in them.

The answer is simple: I want to make sure I’m right.