Posts Tagged ‘NBICS’

Is the world ready for cyborg athletes?

In Disabled People, nano on April 26, 2007 at 3:38 am

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Buy your portable brain-computer interface here

In Disabled People, Health, nano on March 14, 2007 at 1:37 am

If you can’t wait until next year to get your hands on a Project Epoc EEG cap, never fear: a German company called g.tec (Guger Technologies) is now offering the world’s first commercially available brain computer interface (BCI).
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TR10: Neuron Control

In Disabled People on March 14, 2007 at 1:28 am

Karl Deisseroth’s genetically engineered “light switch,” which lets scientists turn selected parts of the brain on and off, may help improve treatments for depression and other disorders.
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references for Psychological Enhancements: The Reluctance to Enhance Fundamental Traits

In Disabled People, nano on March 11, 2007 at 10:42 pm

New York University – Stern School of Business
Yale School of Management
Princeton University – Department of Psychology March 1, 2007
Four studies examined young healthy individuals’ willingness to take drugs intended to enhance various social, emotional, and cognitive abilities. We found that people were much more reluctant to enhance traits believed to be highly fundamental to the self (e.g., social comfort) than traits considered less fundamental (e.g., concentration ability). Moral acceptability of a trait enhancement strongly predicted people’s desire to legalize those enhancements, but not their willingness to take those enhancements. Ad taglines that framed enhancements as enabling rather than enhancing the fundamental self increased people’s interest in a fundamental enhancement, and eliminated the preference for non-fundamental over fundamental enhancements.
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Robotic age poses ethical dilemma

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2007 at 3:59 am

An ethical code to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa, is being drawn up by South Korea.
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Nanotech could revolutionise global healthcare

In Disabled People, Health, nano on March 3, 2007 at 5:01 pm

Nanotechnology has the potential to generate “enormous” health benefits for the more than five billion people living in the developing world, according to a leading professor of medicine.
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My comment: Its much too simple as its outlined in the article more drugs more technology do not good as such if the societal framework (not just related to businesses) is changed. But that does not just mean to direct more tech research priorities towards the needs of the poor. It also means to look at whether new research is actually needed and whether existing tech and sciences can deal with the problem. We have today drugs sciences and technologies who do not reach the people in need. Further more often social changes are much more effective in fighting diseases and preventing the increase of people with a given disease and to make the lives of the poor better than just producing more drugs or technologies.

To slow the progress of Parkinson’s disease, doctors planted electrodes deep in my brain. Then they turned on the juice.

In Disabled People, Health, nano on March 3, 2007 at 4:50 pm

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Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Sentient Rights, Speciesism, and Uploading the Mind

In nano on February 15, 2007 at 2:43 am

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NBICS and Military Products

In nano on February 6, 2007 at 1:25 am

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EURAB pushes European Commission to consider mandatory open access policies

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2007 at 10:07 pm

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How Insect size robots will fight

In nano on January 25, 2007 at 6:48 pm

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NBICS and Social Cohesion

In nano on January 17, 2007 at 1:11 am

NBICS and Social Cohesion new column from me out

Human Rights for the 21st Century:Rights of the Person to Technological Self-Determination

In Disabled People, Health, nano on January 12, 2007 at 11:08 pm

IHEU- Appignani Humanist
Center for Bioethics and

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies


Human Rights for the 21st Century:

Rights of the Person to Technological Self-Determination

New York City

May 11-13, 2007

Cocktail Reception: Friday May 11, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: TBD

Conference: Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13, 9:00 am – 3:45 pm

Location: 777 UN Plaza, 2nd Floor, New York City, NY 10017

The 2007 conference “Human Rights for the 21st Century: Rights of the Person to Technological Self-Determination” will focus on (a) human rights in the context of bodily autonomy as well as reproductive and cognitive liberties, (b) emerging biotechnologies which may contribute to the exercise of such rights, and (c) challenges to the essentialist ideas of human identity underlying some human rights discourse.

The conference will address the various roles of emerging technologies and other products of scientific progress in today’s society, as well as their implications for the pursuit of bioethics. Potential topics to be considered include nanotechnology in medical treatment, novel vaccines against addictive behaviors, Internet-enabled social networking and engineering, designer genetic engineering, novel transplantable tissue and organ generation, neuroscience and its application to medical advances, as well as reproductive science and women’s rights. The conference intends to provide an open forum for interaction between various stakeholders in this debate, including those representing public, private, and international sectors.

These topics will be addressed through paper presentations and panel discussions. The deadline for the submission of papers is March 20, 2007. Accepted papers will be peer-reviewed and considered for publication in the Journal of Evolution and Technology (http://jetpress.org). Virtual registrations will be also available for those unable to attend the Conference who still wish to submit a paper for review and possible publication.


Registration for presenters and early registrants is $50, payable by May 1, 2007.

Registration fee includes attendance at the two-day conference.

Cocktail reception: $15 extra.

The conference fee for students who attend is $25, for the general public (after May 1) $75.

The address for the submission of papers, registration fees (by check, payable to “IHEU”) or inquiries:


P.O. Box 4104 Grand Central Station New York, NY 10162

Phone: (212) 687 3324 analita@iheu.org

Or by Paypal (online) to


Registration forms and other details will be posted on:

http://www.iheu.org/bioethics and at http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/rights2007


Accommodation packages are available, on a first-come-first-serve basis, from the Pickwick Hotel, E 51st Street and Second Avenue. Tel: 212 355 0300, e-mail: info@pickwickarms.com.

Fifteen hotel rooms have been booked at Millenium UN Plaza Hotel New York, United Nations Plaza, 44th Street between First and Second Avenues, New York,NY, USA 10017-3575 Tel: 212 758 1234 fax: 212 702 5051 reservation: 866 866 8086 email: unplaza@mhrmail.com. Please quote Conference name when booking.


The IHEU-Appignani Center for Bioethics focuses on raising awareness of bioethical issues confronting the international community and developing and implementing an international program for lobbying. The Center is a new initiative of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. IHEU holds a special consultative status with ECOSOC at the United Nations, a general consultative status with UNICEF and the Council of Europe as well as operational relations with UNESCO in Paris.

The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies examines the social implications of technological progress, promoting public policies that distribute the benefits and reduce the risks of accelerating innovation. The IEET is chaired by Dr. Nick Bostrom of Oxford University, and served by Dr. James Hughes of Trinity College (Hartford CT) as its Executive Director. The thirteen Fellows of the IEET span expertise from nanotechnology, neurotechnology, biotechnology and information science to bioethics, philosophy and health policy. The IEET publishes the Journal of Evolution and Technology (jetpress.org) and hosts the Changesurfer podcast.

A Spotless Mind?

In Health on January 11, 2007 at 3:59 pm

Policy, Ethics & the Future of Human Intelligence

Friday, February 16, 2007

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

National Press Club

529 14th Street N.W.

Washington, D.C.

Is a machine-dominated society á la The Matrix or a Borg-esque collective intelligence looming in humanity’s future?

Emerging technologies in the areas of neuro-enhancement and artificial intelligence promise to drastically alter: our ability to augment human intellectual and sensory capacity; the role of machines; and how we connect, communicate, and share information. But, will such changes bring about the panacea promised by their proponents, or will they be akin to opening Pandora’s Box? Even before such interventions become possible, their exploration should not be left to the realm of science fiction writers and pop-culture movie moguls. Rather, society, as a whole, must engage both science fact and science fiction in confronting the issues presented by these technologies – from who gets them to how they should be used.

To that end, the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future (IBHF) at Chicago-Kent College of Law/Illinois Institute of Technology is hosting a conference that brings together some of the key voices in the discussion of these critical 21st-century issues:

Ø Keynoters:

o U.S. Representative Brad Sherman, J.D., CPA, (D-CA), member of the House Committee on Science;

o Patricia Smith Churchland, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at the University of California San Diego and author of Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain; and

o Charles T. Rubin, Ph.D., IBHF fellow, associate professor of political science at Duquesne University, IBHF fellow, and author of the forthcoming book Why Be Human? Defending Progress Against Its Friends.

Ø Special Presenters:

o William P. Cheshire, Jr., M.D., neurology consultant at Mayo Clinic, associate professor of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and Center on Nanotechnology and Society fellow;

o Marsha Darling, Ph.D., IBHF fellow, and professor of history and interdisciplinary studies and director of the African American & Ethnic Studies Program at Adelphi University;

o Jim Davies, Ph.D., assistant professor at Carleton University’s Institute of Cognitive Science;

o Linda MacDonald Glenn, J.D., L.L.M., faculty member at the University of Vermont’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences in the Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences and at the University Vermont in the Department of Biomedical Writing;

o Andrew Imparato, J.D., president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities;

o C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., IBHF fellow and associate professor of bioethics and contemporary culture at Trinity International University;

o Katrina Sifferd, J.D., Ph.D., IBHF affiliated scholar and adjunct faculty member at Elmhurst College; and

o Lee Zwanziger, Ph.D., assistant professor in Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech, and senior science policy analyst with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The event will be chaired by Nigel M. de S. Cameron, Ph.D., president of IBHF, and associate dean and research professor of bioethics at Chicago-Kent College of Law/IIT.

RSVPs are required. There is no charge for the event.

For more information: http://www.thehumanfuture.org/events

To RSVP, contact

Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future

E-mail: rsvp@thehumanfuture.org

Phone: 312.906.5337

Fax: 312.906.5388

PLoS One

In Uncategorized on December 26, 2006 at 7:20 pm

A new way of communicating peer-reviewed science and medicine.
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Robots of the Future

In Uncategorized on December 26, 2006 at 7:15 pm

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‘Atom-chips’ research wins multi-million pound funding

In nano on December 20, 2006 at 5:58 pm

Physicists at The University of Nottingham are to use refrigerators made from light that can cool atoms to the lowest temperature in the Universe to develop the next generation of ultra-small electronic devices.
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Researchers Demonstrate Direct Brain Control Of Humanoid Robot

In Disabled People on December 17, 2006 at 2:43 am

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Smart Dust

In nano on December 16, 2006 at 3:01 am

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Vibrating Odor Molecules? Rogue Theory May Help Explain Sense Of Smell

In nano on December 13, 2006 at 1:15 am

A controversial theory that explains the molecular mechanism which gives our sense of smell razor-sharp precision has been given a boost thanks to a study by a team of UCL researchers at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN).
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