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Dick Pelletier
Consciousness: new research projects could unravel its mysteries by Dick Pelletier

Scientists want to learn how we become unique selves; and possibly even alter those selves. Investigators Misha Ahrens and Philipp Keller from HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus recently achieved imaging of a vertebrate brain at cellular resolution with speeds that approximate neural activity patterns and behavior – whole brain activities captured at the speed of the mind – 1.3 seconds.

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George Dvorsky
Are Women Having Too Many C-Sections in the United States? by George Dvorsky

Nearly 1.4 million babies are born surgically in the United States each year. That’s a third of all births, and the numbers are only getting bigger. The trend is due in part to an increase in elective cesarean sections, or surgical births that aren’t medically necessary. Why are women in the United States being encouraged to undergo unnecessary surgery?

Rights > HealthLongevity > Economic > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Contributors > Lee-Roy Chetty
Lee-Roy Chetty
Connecting Africa by Lee-Roy Chetty

One of the main gaps which have been identified in the African infrastructure value chain is the national and regional backbone that underpins the delivery of broadband capacity to government, academia, businesses and individual users.

Rights > HealthLongevity > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Vision > Contributors > David Swanson
David Swanson
Scientology for Agent Orange Victims by David Swanson

The phrase “adding insult to injury” is no doubt being redefined in several online dictionaries this week following news of a U.S. effort to sneak one of our dumber religions (and that’s saying something) into the minds of Vietnamese suffering from Agent Orange.

Vision > Directors > George Dvorsky > HealthLongevity
George Dvorsky
Is it time we got over the taboo against human enhancement? by George Dvorsky

Slate writer Will Oremus has put together a fairly revealing article about how easy it’s becoming to supercharge our brains, prompting him to wonder why there’s still so much push-back against the idea of technologically enhancing ourselves.

Vision > Contributors > HealthLongevity > Rick Searle
Rick Searle
The Lost Art of Architectonic by Rick Searle

One of the things that most strikes me when thinking on the subject of our contemporary discourse regarding the future is just how seldom those engaged in the discussion aim at giving us a vision of society as a whole. There are books that dig deep but remain narrow  such as Eric Topol’s: The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care, and George Church’s recent Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves. Many of these books are excellent, but one walk...

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IEET Audience Meh on Threat of Net Porn Addiction

We asked “Is addiction to Internet pornography a real thing?” Less than 20% of you thought Net porn was any more addicting than anything else.

Vision > Contributors > HealthLongevity > Dick Pelletier > Futurism > Innovation
Dick Pelletier
The difference between people and machine will blur as we trek through the decades ahead. by Dick Pelletier

As we move into the late 2030s and 2040s, the most salient scenario is that we will merge with our technology gradually, not overnight. We may not experience a single great leap like a “Singularity;” instead, we could see many small steps as we slowly become more machine-like.

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IEET Fellows Part of an International Consortium of Institutions Working on the Metabody Project

Fellows Kevin LaGrandeur and Stefan Sorgner are part of an international consortium of institutions working on the Metabody Project, investigating the role technology has on interrelatedness of embodiment and emotion.

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David Brin
Hugo Awards and other Science-Fictional News by David Brin

Congratulations to this year’s nominated novels (and their brilliant authors) for the 2012 best of the year Hugo Award in Science Fiction.