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Items related to tech advances; Artificial Intelligence and the Singularity; and our future evolution (or extinction) as a species.
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Is it OK to torture or murder a robot?

Is it OK to torture or murder a robot? | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
We form such strong emotional bonds with machines that people can’t be cruel to them even though they know they are not alive. So should robots have rights?
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We build robots, they are just machines!  Is it OK to not put oil in your car and blow up the engine?

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Is our tech making the world too complex? – Samuel Arbesman – Aeon

Is our tech making the world too complex? – Samuel Arbesman – Aeon | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
Human ingenuity has created a world that the mind cannot master. Have we finally reached our limits?
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Why is Google secretly assembling an army of robots?

Why is Google secretly assembling an army of robots? | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
The news that Google has been quietly buying up the world's leading makers of robots and robotic parts has caused some surprise in the technology world.
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Bionic body no longer science fiction as researchers develop revolutionary new prosthetics, ways to restore sight

Bionic body no longer science fiction as researchers develop revolutionary new prosthetics, ways to restore sight | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
Humanity is gradually moving forward on a path of self-evolution that could eventually lead to a world where the replacement of healthy body parts is commonplace
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Glow-In-The-Dark Piglets And The Future Of Genetic Therapy

Glow-In-The-Dark Piglets And The Future Of Genetic Therapy | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
Glow-in-the-dark piglets bring the reality of genetic modification into plain view.
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A First Step Toward a Prosthesis for Memory | MIT Technology Review

A First Step Toward a Prosthesis for Memory | MIT Technology Review | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
A neural implant helps rats with short-term recall.
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Researcher controls colleague’s motions in 1st human brain-to-brain interface | UW Today

Researcher controls colleague’s motions in 1st human brain-to-brain interface | UW Today | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
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How Can I Live Forever?:  What Does and Does Not Preserve the Self - Transhumanity.net

How Can I Live Forever?:  What Does and Does Not Preserve the Self - Transhumanity.net | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
When we seek indefinite life, what is it that we are fundamentally seeking to preserve? I begin by observing that I perceive the world as myself – Gennady Stolyarov II – and not as any other person.
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Ray Kurzweil: Your Brain in the Cloud

According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, we are going to create synthetic neocortexes in order to extend the power of our own neocortex. Transcript -- Sometimes p...
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The next stage of human evolution is a merger with our own creation of A.I.; because if we don't, it WILL supplant us and become the dominant presence on this planet. Our evolution MUST include our own creations. We cannot afford to think of ourselves as apart from them or above them anymore.

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UK Futurists! Seize Political Power! - Transhumanity.net

UK Futurists! Seize Political Power! - Transhumanity.net | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
by John Ellis (You’re going to die otherwise). Seize power by the system -  get elected. Control policy. And live! We control the future - because we build it. Whatever intelligence is, it surely means planing.
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I'll include a link here for an interesting Facebook Page & "movement" that I'm loosely associated with: 

https://www.facebook.com/NeoTechnocracy

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A Singular Morality? - I Power

A Singular Morality? - I Power | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
This discussion is about a future & potential Technological Singularity Event.  If you have never heard of such a thing, please follow some of the link…
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What Happens When Artificial Intelligence Turns On Us?

What Happens When Artificial Intelligence Turns On Us? | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
In a new book, James Barrat warns that artificial intelligence will one day outsmart humans, and there is no guarantee that it will be benevolent
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This: 

Inventor Ray Kurzweil is the chief apologist for advanced technologies. In my two interviews with him, he claimed that we would meld with {future} A.I. technologies through cognitive enhancements. Kurzweil and people broadly called Transhumanists and singularitarians think A.I. (and ultimately artificial general intelligence and beyond) will evolve with us. For instance, computer implants will enhance our brains’ speed and overall capabilities. Eventually, we’ll develop the technology to transport our intelligence and consciousness into computers. Then super-intelligence will be at least partly human, which in theory would ensure super-intelligence was “safe.”

For many reasons, I’m not a fan of this point of view. Trouble is, we humans aren’t reliably safe,and so it seems unlikely that super-intelligent humans will be either. We have no idea what will happen to a human’s ethics after their intelligence is boosted. We have a biological basis for aggression that machines lack. Super-intelligence could very well be an aggression multiplier. 

What Happens When Artificial Intelligence Turns On Us? 

A Smithsonian interview with James Barrat, author of the book, Our Final Invention - Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era.

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Growing human organs inside pigs in Japan | KurzweilAI

Growing human organs inside pigs in Japan | KurzweilAI | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
(Credit: iStock) Meiji University professor Hiroshi Nagashima is creating chimeric pigs, which carry genetic material from two different species, BBC News
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Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species? - YouTube

http://www.ted.com Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps acros...
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Beyond human: How I became a cyborg

Beyond human: How I became a cyborg | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
When writer Frank Swain joined the ranks of the cyborgs, he discovered that it meant losing control of a part of his body.
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Most interesting, to me, were the portions of the article that talk about how the manufacturers of the various augmentation devices do NOT want you tampering with their products. So, in essence, when you get an implant, they sort-of OWN a part of you...

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DailyTech - Google Wins DARPA Challenge to Produce Terminator-Like Robot

DailyTech - Google Wins DARPA Challenge to Produce Terminator-Like Robot | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
Will Google aim its robots at service or combat?
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Anybody want to take bets on Google becoming Skynet?

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Oxford Professors: Robots And Computers Could Take Half Our Jobs Within The Next 20 Years » WTF RLY REPORT

Oxford Professors: Robots And Computers Could Take Half Our Jobs Within The Next 20 Years » WTF RLY REPORT | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
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Three Spectres of Immortality: A Talk from the Radical Life-Extension Conference in Washington D.C.

Three Spectres of Immortality: A Talk from the Radical Life-Extension Conference in Washington D.C. | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
h+ Magazine is a new publication that covers technological, scientific, and cultural trends that are changing human beings in fundamental ways.
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'Corelets' Prime Cognitive Computers | EE Times

'Corelets' Prime Cognitive Computers | EE Times | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
IBM's corelet architecture and programming model enables software to be written for its hardware cognitive computers that processes sensor inputs, perform cognitive functions (such as pattern recognition), then send the appropriate signals to...
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'Terminator' false arm ties shoelace and deals cards

Thanks for watching our last video. After all the comments which were posted on our channel Nigel very kindly agreed to answer some of your questions and sho...
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Dr. Peter H. Diamandis — We are evolving into meta-intelligence group-minds

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis -- Abundance Abundance Physician, entrepreneur, founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation. Author of Abundance http://GF2045.com/...
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Awesome clip!

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Changes to Transhumanity.net - Transhumanity.net

Changes to Transhumanity.net - Transhumanity.net | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
Transhumanity.net is currently undergoing a change in management. Zero State, a group of individuals with similar ideals, has taken the reigns of this website and will be running it for the foreseeable future.
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The Zero State facebook group can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/zerostate/

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Machine Morality: a Survey of Thought and a Hint of Harbinger - Transhumanity.net

Machine Morality: a Survey of Thought and a Hint of Harbinger - Transhumanity.net | The Transhuman Trek | Scoop.it
by Reno Tibke The Golden Rule is Not for Toasters Simplistically nutshelled, talking about machine morality is picking apart whether or not we’ll someday have to be nice to machines or demand that they be nice to us.
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Lots of informative and thought-provoking links in this article. And you might also want to check out a discussion thread that I started on this subject myself back in 2011: http://ipowerproject.com/forum/topics/a-singular-morality

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