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Sexbots: From Objectification to Therapeutic Surrogates Stuff To Blow Your Mind

Sex between humans and machines is nothing new in the world of science fiction. Their forms range from angelic mechanoids to victimized humanoids, but the robotic lover is almost always an expression of purely human anxieties. Yet as real-world technology advances, we’re left to ponder the emerging form of the sex bot—and the possibilities range from mere animate fetishes to therapeutic surrogates. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian consider arguments for and against the embrace of synthetic paramours....

SciencePolicy > Innovation > Safety and Efficacy > Rights > Economic > Technological Unemployment
Jeffrey Sachs on Robotics, AI, and the Macro-Economy MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Technopolitics > Futurism > Technoprogressivism > SciencePolicy > Innovation > Staff > J. Hughes
Ethics and Emerging Technologies Seeking Delphi

When thinking about the future of technology, many envision one extreme or the other.  Apocalyptic collapse, or Utopian delight.  There is a broad in between, however, filled with ethical as well as existential conundrums.  In this episode of Seeking Delphi, I talk with James J. Hughes, director of The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies about a wide range of issues.  These include not just the ethics of if, how, and when to proceed with certain technologies, but the ethics of public policy in dealing with the ...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence
The Intelligence Explosion The Guardian

How to stop a robot turning evil. Guardian Original Drama returns with a third instalment, a superintelligence sci-fi. It’s 2027 and Mental Endeavours Ltd has a problem with their flagship robot Günther. How do you program an intelligent machine not to annihilate humanity? And if its intelligence is skyrocketing faster than anyone could have predicted, are they about to run out of time?

SciencePolicy > Innovation > GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Eco-gov > Fellows > Martine Rothblatt
World Record Electric Helicopter 30 Minute Flight Martine Rothblatt

World Record Electric Helicopter 30 Minute Flight 16Feb17 from martine Rothblatt on Vimeo.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Rights > Affiliate Scholar > John Danaher
Symbols and their Consequences in the Sex Robot Debate | John Danaher TEDx Talks

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Psychology > Technoprogressivism
Are we ready for robot relationships? The British Academy

On the 21st February 2017, IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher participated in a British Academy debate on the topic ‘Are we ready for robot relationships?’. The debate took place at DeMonfort University, Leicester UK. It featured contributions from Luke Dormehl, Margaret Boden, Kathleen Richardson, Nicole Dewandre and myself.

Vision > Galactic
How Astronomy Has Opened the Gates to Humanity’s Greatest Inventions Big Think

What’s so great about astronomy? Where does Professor Alex Filippenko begin. This branch of science is important for two salient reasons: it captures the attention of children who then grow up to become scientists across all disciplines, and even the most abstract, impractical research eventually leads to spinoff technology that radically changes our lives, as Filippenko explains.

SciencePolicy > Safety and Efficacy > Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Cognification: In the Future Everything Will Be Smart Big Think

If an object has a battery in it or a plug at the end of it, it won’t be long before that item is intelligent – although Kevin Kelly, the founder editor of WIRED, questions whether intelligence is really the word we want to be using.

SciencePolicy > Neuroscience
Advanced Brain Science: Optogenetics and Expansion Microscopy Big Think

Despite library shelves sagging under the weight of neurology books, what we know about the brain so far is unfledged. MIT professor Edward Boyden explains how research teams are using expansion microscopy to map the densely packed neurons so we can understand how the brain is wired and apply that to human therapies.