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May 16, 2018

‘Westworld’ and the Question of Immortality

Posted by in categories: life extension, robotics/AI, sex

Westworld’s first season was largely focused on the abuse of artificial life, given that the park hosts’ purpose almost exclusively revolved around sex, violence, and suffering. The freedom Dolores and her ilk were fighting for was simple consciousness—a right to their own memories and self-awareness. In just the first four episodes, Westworld’s second season has exploded that basic quest into all kinds of fascinating directions, but “The Riddle of the Sphinx” was the first to really grapple with one of the most obvious questions in AI, which is: Isn’t artificial intelligence the key to immortality?


Three Atlantic staffers discuss “The Riddle of the Sphinx,” the fourth episode of Season 2.

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Apr 20, 2018

UK man’s super-gonorrhoea cured — but now two Australians have it

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, sex

A UK man who caught what was dubbed the world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhoea has been cured, Public Health England (PHE) said — but two similar cases have been reported in Australia.

The unidentified heterosexual man, who had a partner in the UK, picked up the infection having sex with another woman in South-East Asia, PHE said.

Health officials said it was the first time the infection could not be cured with the regular treatment — a combination of antibiotics azithromycin and ceftriaxone.

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Jan 24, 2018

The male Y chromosome is slowly fading, and could disappear completely

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, sex

The end of men? Experts reveal how the male sex chromosome could one day disappear completely.


Since the dawn of humanity, men have played a vital role in determining the sex of their offspring.

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Jan 19, 2018

There’s a new sex robot in town: Say hello to Solana

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sex

Still looks kind of cartoony. But, i would really like to see a head like this put on the body of the ATLAS robot, just to see where we are at with the best android we could possibly make right now. Oh, and put clothes on it, have it walk down the street. The next Turing test will be can it dupe people into thinking it is a person, in person.


http://engt.co/2qOlJ4F

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Jan 11, 2018

Playboy — DNA To Find The One — Bioquark Commentary

Posted by in categories: biological, biotech/medical, business, DNA, finance, genetics, health, philosophy, science, sex

http://www.playboy.com/articles/dna-to-find-the-one


Jan 9, 2018

Sex Robots That Can Make Babies May Soon Be Available

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, robotics/AI, sex

The scientist behind an advanced sex robot has plans for 3D printed offspring. Samantha, developed by Spanish robotics firm Synthea Amatus, went on sale in the United Kingdom last month for around $5,000 — but while the A.I. present in the initial version offers a range of functions like telling jokes, discussing philosophy and synchronizing climaxes, a future version could offer more ambitious features.

“I can make them have a baby. It’s not so difficult. I would love to have a child with a robot,” Sergei Santos, creator of Samatha, told The Sun in a Friday story.

Sex robots are a growing, but controversial, area of artificial intelligence. While some argue that such machines could spark a wider discussion about sexuality, others object to the aim to replicate human interaction. Futurologist Ian Pearson claims that by 2050, more than half of people will have sex with a robot.

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Jan 2, 2018

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Posted by in categories: business, food, sex, sustainability

Has anyone used the app?

The Department of Labor has released an innovative, business-focused mobile app that supports private-sector efforts to eradicate forced labor from global supply chains.


During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslavement. Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation. It has no place in our world. This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality. We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.

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Dec 20, 2017

Humans and robots can have babies, claims AI expert

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI, sex

The rise of AI (Artificial Intelligence) robots can be concerning for some people but that’s not stopping them for sure. In fact, there’s a chance that the AI robots will soon have ‘children’ with their owners. Yes, human-robot babies are very much possible, according to a leading artificial intelligence expert.

Dr David Levy, who is the author of Love and Sex with Robots claims that that humans and robots will soon make babies, given the ‘recent progress in stem cell research and artificial chromosomes.’

Though Dr Levy has not given a specific timeline for robot babies, he believes that it could happen within the next 100 years.

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Dec 6, 2017

Raising the Profile of Women Futurists

Posted by in categories: ethics, futurism, human trajectories, philosophy, sex, sustainability, transparency

An Interview with Jennifer Gidley

by Tracey Follows, Founder/Director of the Female Futures Bureau

Jennifer Gidley is a former President of the World Futures Studies Federation (2009−2017), a UNESCO and UN partner and global peak body for futures studies scholarship, she led a network of hundreds of world leading futures scholars and researchers from around the globe. An adjunct Professor at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS in Sydney, futurist, author, psychologist and educator, Jennifer is a prolific author of dozens of academic papers, serves on several academic boards, and most recently authored Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures (Springer, 2016) & The Future: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2017).

Tracey: I spoke to Jennifer about her perspective on Female Futures.

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Dec 4, 2017

US military agency invests $100m in genetic extinction technologies

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, existential risks, genetics, military, sex

‘UN diplomats confirmed that the new email release would worsen the “bad name” of gene drives in some circles. “Many countries [will] have concerns when this technology comes from DARPA, a US military science agency,” one said.‘.


Cutting-edge gene editing tools such as Crispr-Cas9 work by using a synthetic ribonucleic acid (RNA) to cut into DNA strands and then insert, alter or remove targeted traits. These might, for example, distort the sex-ratio of mosquitoes to effectively wipe out malarial populations.

Some UN experts, though, worry about unintended consequences. One told the Guardian: “You may be able to remove viruses or the entire mosquito population, but that may also have downstream ecological effects on species that depend on them.”

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