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Archive for the ‘Ecosystem’ Category

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February 19, 2014

NASA and other science organizations have been discussing a process called terraforming for a very long time.

October 22, 2013

The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet is IEET Fellow Ramez Naam’s case for a market-driven solution that will simultaneously preserve the current economic order and avert all resource shortages and existential threats, allowing the global population to reach 10 billion and live the lifestyle of middle class US citizens.

October 7, 2013

Something is incredibly wrong with the enormity of violence on Earth. Every living organism is locked in a deadly battle over limited resources ... We should heal her. But how?

September 11, 2013

By analogy with human-enhancement and terra-forming, let us consider the possibility of what can be coined as “terra-enhancement”.

September 2, 2013

Renowned Science Fiction author, Kim Stanley Robinson is interviewed by H+ director Adam Ford. Robinson's novels have won eleven major science fiction awards, and have been nominated on twenty-nine occasions. Robinson won the Hugo Award for Best Novel with Green Mars (1994); and Blue Mars (1997); the Nebula Award for Best Novel with Red Mars (1993) and 2312 (2012); the Nebula Award for Best Novella with The Blind Geometer (1986); the World Fantasy Award with Black Air (1983); a John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel with Pacific Edge (1991); and Locus Awards for The Wild Shore (1985), A Short, Sharp Shock (1991), Green Mars (1994), Blue Mars (1997), The Martians (2000), and The Years of Rice and Salt (2003).

July 22, 2013

Robots have primarily been developed for warfare, yet they also serve peaceful purposes. Their use in Ecology is in its infancy, but they may soon become essential tools in a broad variety of ecological sub-disciplines. Autonomous robots, in particular drones sent to previously inaccessible areas, have revolutionized data acquisition, not only for abiotic parameters, but also for recording the behavior of undisturbed animals and collecting biological material. Robots will also play an essential role in population Ecology, as they will allow for automatic census of individuals through image processing, or via detection of animals marked electronically. These new technologies will enable automated experimentation for increasingly large sample sizes, both in the laboratory and in the field. Finally, interactive robots and cyborgs are becoming major players in modern studies of animal behavior. Such rapid progress nonetheless raises ethical, environmental, and security issues.

January 16, 2013

We need to stop. Take a deep breath. We need to turn our anger into discriminating intelligence and wisdom before it is too late.

January 2, 2013

While these technologies have been utilized for decades on a stand-alone basis, we will be the first to integrate them together so that the byproducts of each process become key inputs for the next. The total system is able to provide entire communities with ultra-clean burning ethanol cooking fuel, renewable electricity for area clinics, schools, shops/businesses and homes, high-protein animal feed, organic fertilizer, algae-derived biodiesel, clean drinking water, and managerial, skilled & unskilled employment opportunities.

December 28, 2012

13 papers from Nature that were among the most widely read, cited, and circulated on social media and might be of interest to H+ readers.

June 13, 2012

I have become interested in the ideas of ‘deep’ ecology, which is a politicized view of the environment that aims to adopt a non-anthropocentric view of the natural world. It proposes an alternative kind of practice that is in contrast to a ‘shallow’ engagement with nature in which technological fixes improve the compatibility of machines with nature according to a set of predetermined parameters.

Ben Goertzel and Hugo de Garis
January 18th, 2011

Ben Goertzel converses with Hugo de Garis on his transhumanist argument for the reality of a Creator.

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