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ieet books

The Future of Business
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by Ed. Rohit Talwar

A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control
by Wendell Wallach

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach
by Roman Yampolskiy

Who Are We?: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific and Transhumanist Theories Of Human Nature
by John Messerly


ieet events

PRODUCTIONS OF “CITIZEN CYBORG”
June 27 -10, 2015
NYC, NY USA


Anderson, Pellissier @ Transhuman Superpowers and Longevity Conference
July 12 , 2015
Oakland, CA


Kevin LaGrandeur and Stefan Sorgner@ Hacking Big Data Brother Conference: From Biometrics to Intra-a
July 21 , 2015
Medialab Prado, Madrid


Ramez Naam on “Enhancing Humans, Advancing Humanity”
July 22 , 2015
San Francisco, CA USA


Vita-More, Rothblatt, Hughes @ Juniata H+ Conference
July 26 -31, 2015
Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA USA


Sorgner, Wallach @ International Conference on the Integration of Science, Technology and Society
August 3 -7, 2015
Daejeon, S. Korea


Sorgner @ Beyond Humanism Conf: From Humanism to Post- and Transhumanism?
September 15 -18, 2015
Seoul, S. Korea


Siegel @ Transformative Technology Conference
October 2 -4, 2015
Sofia University, Palo Alto CA


Sorgner@TEDxStuttgart
October 19 , 2015
Stuttgart


Sorgner@7th LUMEN international conference
November 12 -14, 2015
Targoviste, Romania


Sorgner@Nürnberg - first German Academic symposium exclusively dedicated to transhumanism
December 5 , 2015
Nürnberg, Germany


ieet news

B. J. Murphy - New IEET Affiliate Scholar
(Jul 2, 2015)

B.J. Murphy, a popular contributing writer who specializes in technology news, has been invited to be an IEET Affiliate Scholar, and he’s accepted the position.

Seventeen New Advisory Board Members at IEET - seeking 15 more
(Jun 17, 2015)

Seventeen people have joined IEET’s new Advisory Board. The purpose of this supportive group is to help us promote our mission, expand our community and infuse our progress with enthusiasm.


Dr. Roman Yampolskiy - New IEET Affiliate Scholar (Jun 17, 2015)

IEET Audience Divided on Role of Reason in Morality (Jun 14, 2015)


ieet articles


Is Effective Regulation of AI Possible? Eight Potential Regulatory Problems
by John Danaher
Jul 7, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The halcyon days of the mid-20th century, when researchers at the (in?)famous Dartmouth summer school on AI dreamed of creating the first intelligent machine, seem so far away. Worries about the societal impacts of artificial intelligence (AI) are on the rise. Recent pronouncements from tech gurus like Elon Musk and Bill Gates have taken on a dramatically dystopian edge. They suggest that the proliferation and advance of AI could pose a existential threat to the human race.


Buddhism vs. Utilitarianism - two paths that seek to abolish suffering
by David Pearce
Jul 7, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Setting aside differences of metaphysic, how closely do the core values of utilitarians/abolitionists and Buddhists coincide? If suffering and its abolition are central to life on Earth, can differences between the two traditions be resolved to questions of means, not ends?


Robosapiens – merging with machines will improve humanity at an exponential rate
by Agbolade Omowole
Jul 7, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

One can’t help be positive about the future. Even obstacles have a bright side. For example - humans at some point will be limited by space and time; we can’t expect to go far in space exploration without the development of strong artificial intelligence and robots.


Humanism, Transhumanism, and Speculative Posthumanism
by John Danaher
Jul 6, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I have recently been working my through David Roden’s book Posthuman Life: Philosophy at the Edge of the Human. It is a unique and fascinating work. I am not sure that I have ever read anything quite like it. In the book, Roden defends a position which he refers to as speculative posthumanism. This holds, roughly, that the future we are creating through technological change could give rise to truly weird and alien forms of posthuman life.


Promoting scientific and rational literacy to create a friendly global ideology that helps humanity
by Soenke Ziesche
Jul 6, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

We are living in a world with many challenges and even existential risks. Yet only a relatively small number of people seem to be concerned about this, while others apparently oblivious behave adversely towards these challenges, e.g. through an environmentally unfriendly lifestyle, in developing as well as developed countries. Very often the reason for this behaviour is not lack of education, but wrong education. In many places children are neither educated properly in sciences, nor are their rationality skills trained. Instead in many parts of the world, the curriculum is linked to unscientific ideologies, which pupils are prone to believe forever if indoctrinated in early childhood.


The death of our Republic is inevitable, but what should replace it?
by Rick Searle
Jul 6, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Happy two hundred and thirty ninth birthday, America! Although it’s more accurate to claim the country is younger and date the current republic’s birth from the adoption of the constitution in 1787. Amazingly, it’s a constitution that in most respects remains essentially the same despite all the enormous changes that have happened in the centuries since it was written.


Friendly Artificial Intelligence: Parenthood and the Fear of Supplantation
by Chase Uy
Jul 5, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In his painting, Saturn Devouring His Son, Francisco Goya depicts the Titan, Cronus, devouring one of his children. The painting represents the Greek myth wherein Cronus devoured his children out of fear of being overthrown. In the end, Cronus was defeated by his children. In an other archetypal parent ­ child relationship, the Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex, King Laius attempts to murder his infant child, Oedipus, when an oracle predicts that Laius will be slain by his son. As the oracle predicted, Oedipus, though unwittingly, fulfilled the prophecy. Such tales of parents fearing their supplantation at the hands of their children are prevalent throughout history; perhaps they can serve as useful metaphors for the friendly artificial intelligence (AI) conundrum we are faced with today.


Our Paradoxical Economy - Courtesy of Technology and the Lack of Basic Income
by Scott Santens
Jul 5, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The question of slowing productivity amidst rising automation

The Fall of Human Labor

The latest numbers are in, and there are now more people not working in the US as a percentage of the total population, than ever in the last 38 years. It’s being called the “new normal.”


Politics Don’t Always Play a Role in Attitudes Toward Science Issues
by Andrew Maynard
Jul 5, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Political leanings are frequently associated with attitudes toward science and technology in the U.S.  Yet as the most recent poll  from the Pew Research Center on Americans, Politics and Science Issues shows, public attitudes toward science and technology depend on a far more diverse and complex set of factors.


Longevity will lead to Overpopulation - we need to consider our options now
by Adrian Cull
Jul 4, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

At some point technology will allow us to live forever. With billionaires spending millions on research [1] and huge corporations such as Google getting in on the act, very soon we are likely to see rapid advances in life expectancy – with the ultimate aim of radical life extension. All diseases will be cured, and the cellular aging that leads to the deterioration in body and mind will be slowed and eventually reversed so that everybody can choose how long they want to live for.


Practopoiesis: How Cybernetics of Biology can Help AI
by Danko Nikolic
Jul 4, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

By creating any form of AI we must copy from biology. The argument goes as follows. A brain is a biological product. And so must be then its products such as perception, insight, inference, logic, mathematics, etc. By creating AI we inevitably tap into something that biology has already invented on its own. It follows thus that the more we want the AI system to be similar to a human—e.g., to get a better grade on the Turing test—the more we need to copy the biology.


Aqua: meeting the challenge of freshwater depletion
by Enrique Lescure
Jul 4, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Introduction

The cradle of life on Earth can be said to be found in the blue. For many hundreds of millions of years, the ascending continents of the young planet were as dead and barren as the wastelands of Mars, while the oceans and lakes were teeming with life. Water was the solvent in which the first life-bearing cells emerged during the chaotic epochs after the birth of the Moon.


Condoms are So Hundred Years Ago: Why Better Birth Control for Men Would Be Better for Everyone
by Valerie Tarico
Jul 3, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Birth control options for men and women are a century apart. Men deserve better.

The best birth control options  for women today have qualities our grandmothers could only have dreamed of. They toggle the fertility switch to off until a woman wants it on, making pregnancy “opt in” rather than “opt out.” They are easily reversed when a woman wants a baby and have bonus health benefits like lighter periods and protection against some cancers. They last from three to twelve years, depending on the method and can simply be forgotten once in place, yet have an annual failure rate below 1 in 500.


US Congress Wants Religious Experts to Weigh in on Three-Parent IVF
by George Dvorsky
Jul 3, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Several months ago, the UK approved  a groundbreaking reproductive technique in which babies are created from the genetic material of three people. The US is now considering the procedure, but Congress’s new spending bill will require religious experts to review a forthcoming report.


“H+ Clinic” is 55% Funded - Transhumanitarian Project in western Uganda
by Hank Pellissier
Jul 3, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

“Transhumanitarians” are contributing hundreds of dollars via a GoFundMe campaign to establish a “H+ Clinic” in an isolated Ruwenzori mountain village of western Uganda.


Stoicism in the Post-Singularity Future
by Steven Umbrello
Jul 3, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Futurists like Ray Kurzweil believe that advancements in the field of artificial intelligence will culminate to a point in the near future to allow humans to transcend their biological form. This is what he calls the Singularity and he describes it as follows:


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation - Creating Mystical States in the Temporal Lobe
by Dirk Bruere
Jul 2, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink


TMS involves using a computer controlled array of electromagnetic coils placed on or close to the scalp and then activated in such a manner that magnetic “waves” stimulate neural activity in selected areas of the brain. There are essentially two types of TMS technology largely defined by the power levels used. A lot of contemporary research (circa 2005CE) uses extremely high power levels, in many cases involving peak powers flowing in the coils in the megawatt region, to directly “kick” the brain in selected locations.


How to Survive the End of the Universe
by Alexey Turchin
Jul 2, 2015 • (7) CommentsPermalink

My plan below needs to be perceived with irony because it is almost irrelevant: we have only a very small chance of surviving the next 1000 years. If we do survive, we have numerous tasks to accomplish before my plan can become a reality.

Additionally, there’s the possibility that the “end of the universe” will arrive sooner, if our collider experiments lead to a vacuum phase transition, which begins at one point and spreads across the visible universe.


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comments

dobermanmac on 'Longevity will lead to Overpopulation - we need to consider our options now' (Jul 6, 2015)

rmk948 on 'Condoms are So Hundred Years Ago: Why Better Birth Control for Men Would Be Better for Everyone' (Jul 5, 2015)

Vinayagamoorthy on 'Practopoiesis: How Cybernetics of Biology can Help AI' (Jul 5, 2015)

vanillahaze on 'Condoms are So Hundred Years Ago: Why Better Birth Control for Men Would Be Better for Everyone' (Jul 4, 2015)

Valkyrie Ice on 'Longevity will lead to Overpopulation - we need to consider our options now' (Jul 4, 2015)

spud100 on 'How to Survive the End of the Universe' (Jul 3, 2015)

Alexey Turchin on 'How to Survive the End of the Universe' (Jul 3, 2015)

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