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Bio-Cryptoeconomy: Nanorobotic DACs for Cell Repair and Enhancement

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A small country with big ideas to get rid of fossil fuels

Want to Find Aliens? Look for Planets That Have Become Stars

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Melanie Swan

Bio-Cryptoeconomy: Nanorobotic DACs for Cell Repair and Enhancement

by Melanie Swan

Blockchains as the new platform for technological innovation invite the creative imagining of applications at both the level of technology use and in the rethinking of economic principles. Some recent developments include optimism about rising Bitcoin prices and the rewards-halving milestone, trepidation about scalability, block size, and the latest hacking scandal of the Ethereum DAO, and fast-paced single ledger adoption by financial institutions.

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3 moons and a planet that could have alien life

TED Talks

Is there life beyond Earth? Join NASA’s director of planetary science James Green for a survey of the places in our solar system that are most likely to harbor alien life.

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Stefan Sorgner

New Transhumanism Book by Stefan L. Sorgner To Be Printed

by Stefan Sorgner

A new book on transhumanism by IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner is ready to be printed. It is the first introduction to transhumanism in German. Therein, the 12 pillars of his own weak Nietzschean transhumanism get sketched, too. If your order it now, you will receive it at the end of September, when it will get published.

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A small country with big ideas to get rid of fossil fuels

TED Talks

How do we build a society without fossil fuels? Using her native Costa Rica as an example of positive action on environmental protection and renewables, climate advocate Monica Araya outlines a bold vision for a world committed to clean energy in all sectors.

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George Dvorsky

Want to Find Aliens? Look for Planets That Have Become Stars

by George Dvorsky

Jupiter is often referred to as a “failed star,” leading some futurists to wonder if our descendants might set it ablaze in a process called planetary stellification. A new study suggests this is indeed theoretically possible—and that we should be on the hunt for galactic aliens who have already converted their gas giants into stellar objects.

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What a planet needs to sustain life

TED Talks

“Venus is too hot, Mars is too cold, and Earth is just right,” says planetary scientist Dave Brain. But why? In this pleasantly humorous talk, Brain explores the fascinating science behind what it takes for a planet to host life — and why humanity may just be in the right place at the right time when it comes to the timeline of life-sustaining planets.

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George Dvorsky

The First Nuclear Power Plant in Belarus Is a Dangerous Fiasco

by George Dvorsky

In July, construction workers at the Astravets nuclear power plant in Belarus dropped a 330 ton reactor shell. Weeks went by before the government admitted an “abnormal situation” had occurred, prompting international concerns about safety at the Russian-built facility—and the Belarusian government’s unwillingness to disclose information in a timely manner.

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The Science of Fear-Mongering: How to Protect Your Mind from Demagogues

Big Think

Harvard psychologist Susan David explains the dangers of fear-mongering, the questionable ethics of journalism in spreading hate politics, and the disturbing way that repetition wears down our brain’s resistance to fallacies and hate speech.

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George Dvorsky

Rising Sea Levels Threaten Nearly a Trillion Dollars Worth of US Homes

by George Dvorsky

Real estate database company Zillow is warning that nearly 1.9 million homes in the United States could be flooded by the end of the century. That’s about two percent of the nation’s total housing stock, amounting to $882 billion in value.

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Rachel O’Dwyer on Bitcoin, Blockchains and the Digital Commons

Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast

This is the ninth episode of the Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast. In this episode, IEET Affiliated Scholar John Danaher talks to Rachel O’Dwyer who is currently a postdoc at Maynooth University. They have a wide-ranging conversation about the digital commons, money, bitcoin and blockchain governance. They look at the historical origins of the commons, the role of money in human society, the problems with bitcoin and the creation of blockchain governance systems.

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Augmented Reality: Pokémon GO Is Only the Beginning

Big Think

Could Pokémon GO be considered art? Journalist Virginia Heffernan believes the game bears the hallmarks of great art — exploration, movement (of the soul or the soles), and a call to instinct.

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Giulio Prisco

No Mans Sky: A Deist Simulated Universe

by Giulio Prisco

I don’t play No Man’s Sky (yet?), the pictures here were taken by my friend Extropia DaSilva who is busy exploring the simulated universe. Perhaps I will follow, but perhaps not: I am sure I would love No Man’s Sky and find it addictive, but I prefer to develop visions of hope for everyone to visit, one day, the big No Man’s Sky out there. However, No Man’s Sky is the richest simulation that we have developed so far, and an impressive technological feat.

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Gerd Leonhard

Interview with Gerd Leonhard and his New Book TECHNOLOGY vs. HUMANITY

by Gerd Leonhard

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello interviewed futurist and author Gerd Leonhard about his new book, Technology vs. Humanity.

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Physics vs. Human Perception: Which Represents Reality?

Big Think

What does a theoretical physicist do all day? Janna Levin shares some insight on perception vs. reality, and provides a glimpse of how she spends her time (hint: doing math)

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George Dvorsky

This Is Where Europe’s Upcoming Rover Mission Will Explore Mars

by George Dvorsky

In October, the joint ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 mission will land the Schiaparelli rover on the Red Planet. Here’s where the probe is scheduled to land, and why researchers chose this particular area.

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Meaning of Life TV Talks with IEET Exec. Director James Hughes

Meaning of Life TV

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George Dvorsky

Paralyzed Patients Learn to Walk Again Using Virtual Reality

by George Dvorsky

A groundbreaking new experiment shows that brain-machine interfaces, when used in conjunction with exoskeletons and virtual reality, can trigger partial recovery in patients recovering from spinal cord injuries.

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Is Dropping Out of College Throwing Your Life Away?

Big Think

Media strategist, writer, and college drop-out Ryan Holiday questions whether college is just an expensive way to go through the motions.

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IEET Affiliate Scholar Phil Torres Publishes New Paper in JET

Journal of Evolution and Technology

Imagine that someone points a gun to your head and threatens to pull the trigger. How would you assess the overall risk of your situation? One possibility is to examine the gun: to determine its various properties, how powerful it is, the speed at which bullets emerge from the barrel, and so on. This is what many existential risk scholars have focused on with respect to existential risks: the range of technologies that could be used for harmful ends.

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Valerie Tarico

Liberalism’s Great Challenge: How Can We Critique Ideas while Protecting People?

by Valerie Tarico

Secular and reformist Muslims plead that we learn to tell the difference between analyzing ideas and attacking people.

When Islam is at question, members of the American Left and Right race into opposite corners. After the Orlando nightclub massacre, to cite one recent example, conservatives spewed anti-Muslim invective to the point that ordinary American Muslims were afraid to leave home.

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A.I. Apocalypse: More Myth Than Reality

Big Think

Steven Pinker believes there’s some interesting gender psychology at play when it comes to the robopocalypse. Could artificial intelligence become evil or are alpha male scientists just projecting?

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Rick Searle

Our emerging culture of shame

by Rick Searle

remember a speech that the novelist Tom Wolfe gave on CSPAN or some such back in the 1990s in which he said something like “Nietzsche predicted that the 20th century would be the age of ideology, and that the century after the age of morality, and I believe him” I’ve never been able to find the source of the quote, but the more the 21st century rolls on, the more I’m finding it to increasingly, frighteningly true.

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The jobs we’ll lose to machines — and the ones we won’t

TED Talks

Machine learning isn’t just for simple tasks like assessing credit risk and sorting mail anymore — today, it’s capable of far more complex applications, like grading essays and diagnosing diseases. With these advances comes an uneasy question: Will a robot do your job in the future?

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Worrying about the Robo-pocalypse Is a First-World Problem

Big Think

Bill Nye laughs in the face of the robo-pocalypse. Or more accurately, he laughs at those who worry that AI might run amok. If we build robots that want to kill us, he says, we can just unplug them.

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George Dvorsky

Peter Thiel is Right About One Thing

by George Dvorsky

Billionaire douchebag Peter Thiel has plenty of crazy ideas, but his commitment to radical life extension isn’t one of them.

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Melanie Swan

Decentralized Crypto-Finance: Blockchains, Automatic Markets, and Algorithmic Trust

by Melanie Swan

A revolutionary set of concepts and underlying technology enablement has arisen in the form of blockchain technology. Blockchains allow the digital payments layer the Internet never had, and more broadly contemplate an era whereby all forms of secure value transfer could take place via the Internet. This includes all monetary assets (the cash or spot market) and all assets and liabilities over any future time frame (the futures and options market, mortgages, debt and equity securities, treasury issuance, and public debt).

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Can A Robot Feel?

TEDx Talks

If and when you encounter an AI, it is best to look beyond superficialities, like a humanlike appearance. Perhaps only biological beings can have experience, or perhaps superintelligent AI doesn’t need to be conscious. Susan Schneider proposes a test for determining whether AI can be conscious.

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George Dvorsky

Global Warming Will Make It Nearly Impossible to Hold the Summer Olympics

by George Dvorsky

Olympic organizers have made climate change a central theme at the current games—and for good reason. A sobering new study shows that by the 2084 Olympics, rising temperatures will make it practically impossible for most cities to host the summer games.

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Vote for IEET’s Managing Director’s Scholarship Competition

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello has entered a photo competition in order to be entered to win a scholarship for his graduate studies. In order to help him make the shortlist you can follow the link below to vote for his picture titled ‘Arrogance Dying’.

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Robots Must Pay For Their Crimes!

FW:Thinking

Traditionally when a robot injures someone or damages property we hold the robot’s creator or owner accountable. But that notion is changing. On May 31, 2016 the European Parliament received a report from the Commission on Legal Affairs saying that, depending on circumstances, the ROBOT might be held responsible for its own actions! But this raises some difficult questions. How do you make a robot pay? Do you put it in jail? Does it owe the victim monetary compensation? And most of all… does that make the robot a non-human person? On this episode of Fw:Thinking we explore all those ideas and more!

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