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Quick overview of biopolitical points of view

ieet books

The Brain: The Story of You
by David Eagleman

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

ieet events

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

ieet news

David Brin co-edits a new “Smart Pop” book on Star Wars
(Nov 6, 2015)

IEET Fellow David Brin has co-edited (with Matthew Woodring Stover) a book published on November 3, 2015, titled: Star Wars on Trial: The Force Awakens Edition: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time

2016 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association on 9 April
(Nov 6, 2015)

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that next year’s annual conference will take place on Saturday, 9 April 2016 at the Salt Lake City Public Library.

Adrian Cull Launches Kickstarter for Immortality Coffee Book (Nov 6, 2015)

IEET Audience Primarily Exercising and Taking Breaks to Counteract Effects of Sitting (Nov 1, 2015)


ieet articles

Obfuscation: protect privacy by destroying the Web!
by David Brin
Nov 27, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Time for a return to the core issue of our time: how shall we best preserve and extend freedom?  Along with freedom’s contingent benefits, like privacy?

Rick Searle The Revenge of the Pagans: Ovid as prophet of the posthuman
by Rick Searle
Nov 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I would argue that as far as imagining the future is concerned many of us, in the West at least, have had our vision blurred from what amounts to a 2,000 year philosophical hangover called Christianity. But no one ever seems to care about this point. The most common response I’ve gotten from a certain sect of singularitarians and transhumanists upon pointing out that both their goals and predictions seem to have been ripped from a man on the street’s version of Christianity has been- who cares?

Benefiting from Exponentials Globally
by David Orban
Nov 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Singularity University is expanding through the SingularityU Global program. The launch of SingularityU Milan, the first Italian chapter, is part of this program. It allows orders of magnitude more people to directly participate in its events and leverage the power of exponential technologies.

Theory and Application of the Extended Mind (Series Index)
by John Danaher
Nov 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In the past year, I have written several posts about Chalmers and Clark’s famous extended mind thesis. This thesis takes seriously the functionalist explanation of mental events, and holds that the mind is not confined to skull. Instead, it can extend into artefacts and objects in the world around it.

David Brin After Paris, can we be both safe and free?
by David Brin
Nov 25, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Of course we are all still quivering, following the attacks in Paris last week that killed 129 people, not so very far from where my wife and I lived for a couple of years, as newlyweds during the 1990s.  Our hearts go out to the brave folk of Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité in la Ville Lumiere.

Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient A.I. - Terasem Colloquium in Second Life Dec. 10th
by Giulio Prisco
Nov 25, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

The 2015 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons, themed “Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient AI” will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on December 10, with Zoltan Istvan and Jack Sarfatti among the speakers.

Anonymous vs ISIS: Vigilante justice in the War against Terrorism
by Stefan Morrone
Nov 24, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind centred around the terrorist group knows as the Islamic State.  First, several attacks in Paris left 129 dead and countless others injured, then a bomb threat in Germany and a threat by ISIS to attack the rest of Europe and Washington, D.C. Fear grips the hearts of people around the world in an iron vice. And that is exactly what ISIS wants.  Right now, they are winning.

La science-fiction a-t-elle perdu foi en avenir?
by EMG
Nov 24, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Les auteurs de science-fiction sont régulièrement accusés de pessimisme, particulièrement depuis les années 1970, période à laquelle nous aurions perdu la foi dans la technologie et ses progrès.

“Prior art” is just a fancy term for “too slow lawyering up”  (Short story)
by Marcelo Rinesi
Nov 23, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

They used to send a legal ultimatum before it happened. Now you just wake up one day and everything green is dead, because the plants are biotech and counter-hacking is a legal response to intellectual property theft, even if the genes in question are older than the country that granted the patent.

Stefan Morrone APM, Nanotech and a Solution to Middle-Eastern Stability
by Stefan Morrone
Nov 23, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The region of the Middle East has been in turmoil for more than a decade.  With the advent of the recent terrorist attacks on Paris and the threat of more by the Muslim extremist group ISIS, many have been pondering how the problems plaguing the Middle East can be solved.  I believe that technology can play an integral role in the process of repairing and advancing the region.  The modernization and digitization of the entire region’s infrastructure would provide numerous benefits that would increase stability and redress the damage done to the economy and society from years of war.

B. J. Murphy Lockheed Martin’s New Exoskeleton Paves Way Towards Cyborg Future
by B. J. Murphy
Nov 23, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Airing every Sunday 9/8c, National Geographic’s latest TV show Breakthrough, hosted by Paul Giamatti, provides a unique walkthrough into the growing arena of “how-to-enhance-human-beings” using advanced science and technology. In their latest episode, “More Than Human,” Giamatti gets up close and personal with Lockheed Martin’s newest exoskeleton suit FORTIS (video clip of the episode is provided below).

Christians Should Support Scientists and Technologists
by Christopher J. Benek
Nov 22, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

It is often articulated in society that Christianity and science/technology are at odds. While most people of faith do not hold this belief, it is imperative that the church universal continue to dispute this negative stereotype. The most effective way that Christians can do so is by actively affirming their support for people called to work in the fields of science and technology.

Tech Company Humai Wants to Resurrect the Dead Using A.I.
by B. J. Murphy
Nov 22, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

As we continue to exponentially march towards the future, how we use advanced science and technology will become increasingly complex, if not in ways of which appear almost magical. The question we should be asking ourselves: how far can we go? One tech. company believes they’ll be able to resurrect the deceased using artificial intelligence (A.I.), nanotechnology, and cryonics – 30 years from now! Yep. You read that right

Is Anyone Competent to Regulate Artificial Intelligence?
by John Danaher
Nov 21, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Artificial intelligence is a classic risk/reward technology. If developed safely and properly, it could be a great boon. If developed recklessly and improperly, it could pose a significant risk. Typically, we try to manage this risk/reward ratio through various regulatory mechanisms. But AI poses significant regulatory challenges. In a previous post, I outlined eight of these challenges. They were arranged into three main groups. The first consisted of definitional problems: what is AI anyway? The second consisted of ex ante problems: how could you safely guide the development of AI technology? And the third consisted of ex post problems: what happens once the technology is unleashed into the world? They are depicted in the diagram above.

Platform Adoption Statement #1 of the Nevada Transhumanist Party
by Gennady Stolyarov II
Nov 21, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The following sections are hereby added to the Nevada Transhumanist Party Platform. Pursuant to Article I, Section XXV, these sections are not officially considered part of the Nevada Transhumanist Party Constitution at this time, but shall have equivalent standing to the Platform Sections within that Constitution. It will be possible to officially amend the Nevada Transhumanist Party Constitution to include these statements during periodic biennial filings of Certificates of Continued Existence with the Nevada Secretary of State.

A Multifaceted Strategy to Defeat ISIS
by Gennady Stolyarov II
Nov 20, 2015 • (9) CommentsPermalink

The recent slaughters of hundreds of innocent civilians in Paris, in Ankara, in Beirut, and aboard the Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 illustrate without a shadow of doubt that the threat from the barbaric sect known as ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, and the Islamic State cannot be contained within the Middle East. ISIS is an enemy of humanity, decency, and Western civilization. It will continue killing completely peaceful civilians of Western nations, both in their home countries and abroad, in gruesome ways. ISIS is a cancer upon humanity, and it will continue to metastasize and inflict damage until it is either eradicated or until it completely kills its host. Like cancer, ISIS cannot coexist with a healthy humankind. This cancerous “Islamic State” should be eradicated using the resources of any willing parties.

David Orban Superhuman Health
by David Orban
Nov 20, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

On the healthcare panel at the Frontiers of Interaction conference I spoke about the power of artificial intelligence to keep us healthy and help doctors heal us.

Artificial Intelligence is Already Here—Artificial Consciousness is What Eludes Us - See more
by Nicole Sallak Anderson
Nov 19, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

“I’m trying to throttle back, because particularly the triplets are starting to gain consciousness.
They’re almost two.” Elon Musk in a “Wait, But Why” interview with Tim Urban



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Ep 8: Liz Parrish, Life Extension & Reversing the Aging Process
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Network Society Interview with David Orban
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Don’t we all wish to be Wonder Woman or Superman?
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These Robots Come to the Rescue after a Disaster
(Nov 24, 2015)

How the Mysterious Dark Net Is Going Mainstream
(Nov 23, 2015)

Don’t Fear Killer Robots
(Nov 23, 2015)


Rick Searle on 'Obfuscation: protect privacy by destroying the Web!' (Nov 27, 2015)

Mahee on 'Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system to monitor women’s movements' (Nov 27, 2015)

John139 on 'Tech Company Humai Wants to Resurrect the Dead Using A.I.' (Nov 26, 2015)

spud100 on 'Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient A.I. - Terasem Colloquium in Second Life Dec. 10th' (Nov 25, 2015)

spud100 on 'Christians Should Support Scientists and Technologists' (Nov 25, 2015)

instamatic on 'A Multifaceted Strategy to Defeat ISIS' (Nov 24, 2015)

spud100 on 'A Multifaceted Strategy to Defeat ISIS' (Nov 24, 2015)


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