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Quick overview of biopolitical points of view

ieet books

Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence
by Calum Chace

The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity
by Ben Goertzel

Humans and Automata A Social Study of Robotics
by Riccardo Campa

The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse
by Phil Torres

ieet events

Brin on “Privacy: Why Does It Matter?”
October 15 , 2015
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY USA

Hughes, Brin, Anderson, Pellissier, Sirius, Gillis, Kuzsewski @ Future of Politics
October 18 , 2015
Oakland, California

Sorgner on “Transhumanism, Human Perfection, and the Radical Plurality of Goodness” @ TEDxStuttgart
October 19 , 2015
Stuttgart, Germany

Brin on “Beyond Curing Disease”
October 25 -29, 2015
Indian Wells, CA USA

Brin on “Human Augmentation” @ Innovation Outreach Program
October 26 , 2015
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Brin on “The Future of Virtual Reality”
October 28 , 2015
Seattle, WA USA

Orban, Wood, Pearce @ SIAI Seoul
November 6 -7, 2015
Seoul, South Korea

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

Kevin LaGrandeur @ Conference of the Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA)
November 13 -15, 2015
Houston, Texas

Sorgner @ Transhumanism: Perspektiven, Chancen, Risiken
December 5 , 2015
Nürnberg, Germany

ieet news

IEET Audience Divided on Minimum Wage and Technological Unemployment
(Oct 3, 2015)

We asked “Should we promote higher minimum wages even if they accelerate technological unemployment?” Of the 134 of you who responded to our poll, one in six were OK with promoting higher minimum wages because you are skeptical of technological unemployment, and one in four questioned promoting higher minimum wages because you are skeptical of the feasibility of achieving a basic income guarantee. A little more than half of you thought working for higher minimum wages was OK either because a basic income guarantee is inevitable, or because we can simultaneously promote higher minimum wages and a BIG.

Visibility of IEET Jumps This Week
(Oct 3, 2015)

Due to the extraordinary viral popularity of two of our articles this last week, our weekly IEET readership jumped 50% above our highest previous recorded week. The two articles were IEET Advisor Gray Scott‘s concise and compelling “Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever” which exploded Tuesday while the two of us (J. Hughes and Gray Scott) were sitting together at the World Summit on Technological Unemployment. It now has almost 100,000 hits, making us think Gray may be stepping into the shoes of the late and missed Dick Pelletier, who also seemed to have his finger on the pulse of the futurist community. The other article was IEET Assistant Director Marcelo Rinesi‘s “The price of the Internet of Things will be a vague dread of a malicious world” which was praised for it’s eloquence by the blog Boing Boing.

IEET Fellow David Eagleman to host television series on how brain works (Oct 1, 2015)

Brian Hanley Joins IEET Advisory Board; Kris Notaro and Roland Benedikter are new Affiliate Scholars (Sep 28, 2015)


ieet articles

Are #ShoutYourAbortion and #HayleysIUD the Next Phase of the Sexual Revolution?
by Valerie Tarico
Oct 13, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

What prompts a young woman to shout her abortion or live tweet her IUD insertion?

The most lasting effect of the smear campaign against Planned Parenthood may be this: Young women are done–beyond done–with being shamed for the fact that they are sexual beings, with sexual bodies that have tits and asses and twats and vaginas and uteruses.

Short Story: The Man Who Was Made A People
by Marcelo Rinesi
Oct 12, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Gregory has two million evil twins. None of them is a person, but why would anybody care?

Polanyi’s Paradox: Will Humans Maintain Any Advantage Over Machines?
by John Danaher
Oct 12, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Previous Entry

There is no denying that improvements in technology allow machines to perform tasks that were once performed best by humans. This is at the heart of the technological displacement we see throughout the economy. The key question going forward is whether humans will maintain an advantage in any cognitive or physical activity. The answer to this question will determine whether the future of the economy is one in which humans continue to play a relevant part, or one in which humans are left behind.

Ethics in Treatment With Telomerase
by Brian Hanley
Oct 12, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Much is being made recently about telomerase as the cure for what ails you. Activating telomerase is touted by Bioviva as a supposed cure for Alzheimer’s disease. (In fact, the article referenced advances an hypothesis.) A PR announcement that appears related has appeared.

Future Technology and Philosophy
by John G. Messerly
Oct 11, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Technology, especially intelligence augmentation and artificial intelligence, have the potential to transform the future of philosophy.  Why? Because our cognitive limitations impede philosophical progress. But while we aren’t smart enough to resolve important philosophical conundrums, our cognitive limitations can be overcome by enhancing our intellectual capacities or by creating superintelligence.

Blockchain Financial Networks: Rethinking Risk and Finance with Automated Value Transfer
by Melanie Swan
Oct 11, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Internet transfers Information, and now Value

Blockchains are important because they constitute the next phase of the Internet,  not just transferring information, but now transferring value: money, assets, and contracts. Blockchains are secure distributed ledgers, which can be implemented as globally-distributed financial networks. Ultimately, blockchain financial networks could automatically and independently confirm and monitor transactions, without central parties like banks or governments.

Technological Resurrection Concepts From Fedorov to Quantum Archeology
by Giulio Prisco
Oct 11, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

“[Nikolai Fedorov]’s idea that space travel might be part of a larger transhuman evolution is a familiar one today, from both science fiction and science speculation,” notes an essay titled “Resurrecting Nikolai Fedorov,” by Nader Elhefnawy. “This means not only achieving immortality, but restoring all the people who have ever walked the Earth to life so that they may share the gift as well, making the heaven of the afterlife a physical reality.”

Automation and Income Inequality: Understanding the Polarisation Effect
by John Danaher
Oct 10, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Previous Entry

Inequality is now a major topic of concern. Only those with their heads firmly buried in the sand would have failed to notice the rising chorus of concern about wealth inequality over the past couple of years. From the economic tomes of Thomas Piketty and Tony Atkinson, to the battle-cries of the 99%, and on to the political successes of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the US, the notion that inequality is a serious social and political problem seems to have captured the popular imagination.

Big Red Earth Rises: a Novel NGO for Sustainable Development in Madagascar
by Dustin Eirdosh
Oct 10, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In 2012 I formed a collaboration between IEET, the EvoS Consortium, and Madagascar’s southwestern University of Toliara - to form the highly experimental Positive Education Action-Research (PEAR) Laboratory.  Under this umbrella, I worked with students in education sciences and agricultural sciences to explore everything from the big history of the cosmos, to the moral and political psychology of agricultural biotechnology.

Autonomous cars & accidents: The human and financial standpoint
by Richard van Hooijdonk
Oct 9, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

In our previous post, we saw how autonomous self-driving cars will transform every aspect of our lives. Cities will change the way they function and develop, travelling will become safe and efficient and car manufacturers will have to look for newer methods to survive the competition. One major issue with these autonomous cars is the fear of being driven around by a machine.

Gun Control’s MP3 Moment
by Jamais Cascio
Oct 9, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Reading the continued, ongoing arguments about gun regulations (“reasonable” or otherwise) is frustrating. Not only for the usual reasons (absolutist positions, inability to recognize multi-causal phenomena, relentless hostility towards different opinions, etc.), but because of how incredibly irrelevant it is becoming. 3D-printable firearms are already here, and becoming increasingly reliable. Every gun control law in the world is obsolete.


Solving Problems With Collective Intelligence – Towards an Internet of Thinkers?
by Michael Hrenka
Oct 9, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

How can technology that we are able to build with today’s tools help us to solve the big problems of individuals, organizations, and the world at large? More specifically: How can we use the internet in the best way to improve our collective problem-solving capabilities? Questions like these don’t seem to be asked very often, perhaps because people usually focus on specific problems, rather than general problem-solving in its own right.

Visioneer Your Future - how do young people conceive of and understand the future?
by Emilie Whitaker
Oct 8, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Visioneering has imbued these pages of late be it the important role played in fuelling the creative and visionary spirit through the crafting of an image, or the political necessity of such work for breaking binaries and embarking on a creative destruction of sense in order to produce new canvases, ideas and actions befitting the 21st century (see Cabrera and Peake).

Transhumanists Donate Incubators to Afghanistan to Combat Infant Mortality
by Micah Redding
Oct 8, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Earlier this year, the Christian Transhumanist Association made its public debut with an open invitation to membership, and a small fundraising campaign that brought in approximately $1200. Now, as our first substantial financial act, the membership advisory council, the donors, and the board have decided to contribute that money towards a project that combines technology, compassion, and respect for human life.

Bitcoin is Steampunk Economics
by Marcelo Rinesi
Oct 7, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

From the point of view of its largest financial backers, the fact that Bitcoin combines 21st century computer science with 17th century political economy isn’t an unfortunate limitation. It’s what they want it for.

Mindfulness-Based Therapy – Does it Work? (Summary, Part 3)
by Gareth John
Oct 7, 2015 • (3) CommentsPermalink

Which brings me to my critique of mindfulness as therapy:

1.  Firstly, mindfulness is not and should not be viewed as the latest cure-all for those with mental health issues. It is not a panacea. By the time the Buddha started employing it within his teachings it had already had a long history of incremental development within a broader spiritual tradition and this continued up until the end of the last century. Within this tradition it is viewed as a powerful tool designed to do to the brain what the brain specifically does not want to do, i.e. remain uninvolved with thought patterns and feelings as they pass before the practitioner.

Mindfulness-Based Therapy – Examining the Studies (Part 2)
by Gareth John
Oct 7, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

So is there any hard evidence that mindfulness-based therapies work? Well, the clinical evidence for mindfulness as a way to prevent depression, stress and anxiety appears at first glance to be sound. A review of the eight-week course was published in 2011 in Clinical Psychology Review by Jacob Piet and Esben Hougaard of Aarhus University, Denmark.

What’s on your Mind? - Mindfulness-Based Therapies and Mental Health (Part 1)
by Gareth John
Oct 7, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Before I begin, full disclosure and some caveats:

* In my youth I trained for thirteen years as a Buddhist priest, first with the Japanese Zen tradition and then within the Tibetan tantric tradition. As such, mindfulness based meditation formed the basis of my practice, even when, later in my training, other methods began to be employed.



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What is the Future of Human Advancement?
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Life, Death and Palliative Care
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3D Printed 9mm Semi-Automatic
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Embrace: affordable, portable infant incubator
(Oct 8, 2015)

Neurotechnology Revolution Seminar
(Oct 7, 2015)

Consciousness is a Mathematical Pattern
(Oct 7, 2015)


dobermanmac on 'Ethics in Treatment With Telomerase' (Oct 13, 2015)

Alexey Turchin on 'Technological Resurrection Concepts From Fedorov to Quantum Archeology' (Oct 12, 2015)

rms on 'Autonomous cars & accidents: The human and financial standpoint' (Oct 12, 2015)

rms on 'Automation and Income Inequality: Understanding the Polarisation Effect' (Oct 12, 2015)

harveyp on 'Voluntary Collaborationism: The Emergent Economic Model?' (Oct 12, 2015)

Michael Hrenka on 'Solving Problems With Collective Intelligence – Towards an Internet of Thinkers?' (Oct 10, 2015)

Hawkeye on 'Solving Problems With Collective Intelligence – Towards an Internet of Thinkers?' (Oct 10, 2015)


Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

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