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ieet books

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
by John G Messerly

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
by Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

eHuman Deception
by Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
by eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow

ieet events

IEET Fellow Kevin LaGrandeur @ Society for Literature, Science and the Arts
November 4 , 2016
Atlanta, Georgia

Stefan Sorgner @ Meditation & Wirklichkeit Conference in Berlin
November 25 -26, 2016

Hughes @ Transhumanist Culture Festival
November 27 , 2016
Stockholm, Sweden

Hughes @ Singularity Salon
November 28 , 2016
Stockholm, Sweden

Transpolitica 2016 Conference
December 3 , 2016
London, England

Humans, Machines, and the Future of Work Conference
December 5 -6, 2016
Rice University, Houston, Texas

Technoprog at The Health Future Show
December 6 , 2016
Marseille, France

ieet news

IEET Affiliate Scholar Steve Fuller Publishes New Article in The Telegraph on AI
(Oct 22, 2016)

Stephen Hawking summed up the thinking of many of the researchers and funders behind artificial intelligence this week when he launched the new Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at Cambridge by claiming that AI is “either the best or worst thing to happen to humanity.”

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IEET Scholars Cited in New Book ‘The Posthuman Body in Superhero Comics’
(Oct 20, 2016)

Many of IEET’s scholars have been published in new book, The Posthuman Body in Superhero Comics, this book “examines the concepts of Post/Humanism and Transhumanism as depicted in superhero comics. Recent decades have seen mainstream audiences embrace the comic book Superhuman.” (Palgrave)

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IEET Fellows Kevin LaGrandeur and John Danaher interviewed on Future of Work (Oct 15, 2016)

IEET Affiliate Scholar Melanie Swan Interviewed on Finance Disrupted (Oct 14, 2016)


ieet articles

George Dvorsky Our Sun’s Quirky Tilt Means Planet Nine Might Actually Exist
by George Dvorsky
Oct 28, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

New research links the odd and unexplained six-degree tilt of our Sun to an undiscovered planet in the outer reaches of our solar system. It’s even more evidence that planet Nine is for real.

George Dvorsky We Were Wrong About Limiting Children’s Screen Time
by George Dvorsky
Oct 27, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

How much time should kids be allowed to stare into their screens like zombies? New guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics upturns conventional thinking on the matter, showing that a sweeping one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way for parents to go about limiting their children’s screen time.

George Dvorsky How the Universe Could Annihilate Itself at the Speed of Light
by George Dvorsky
Oct 26, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Time now for a very cute video about a rather terrible prospect—the very grim possibility of the universe spawning a lethal bubble of pure vacuum that expands in all directions at the speed of light.

Julien Varlin Le syndrome 1984 ou Gattaca
by Julien Varlin
Oct 25, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

On accuse souvent le transhumanisme d’être la porte ouverte à une société dystopique totalitaire et à des inégalités extrêmes. Et si on se trompait de cible ?

George Dvorsky Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Man to Feel Objects With a Prosthetic Limb
by George Dvorsky
Oct 24, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC have developed a system that’s enabling a man with quadriplegia to experience the sensation of touch through a robotic arm that he controls with his brain.

John Danaher Why Non-Natural Moral Realism is Better than Divine Command Theory
by John Danaher
Oct 23, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

It’s been a while since I wrote something about theism and morality. There was a time when I couldn’t go more than two weeks without delving into the latest paper on divine command theory and moral realism. More recently I seem to have grown disillusioned with that particular philosophical joy ride. But last week Erik Wielenberg’s new paper ‘Euthyphro and Moral Realism: A Reply to Harrison’ managed to cross my transom. I decided I should read it.

Melanie Swan Blockchain Fintech: Programmable Risk and Securities as a Service
by Melanie Swan
Oct 22, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Access instead of Ownership
One of the most radical and potentially disruptive ideas for the near-term blockchain financial services market is Securities as a Service. Consider the music industry, where in the past, it was quite normal to purchase and own records and CDs, but now music is often accessed through digital media services like Spotify. There is access to music, but not much thought of ownership. “Listening to music” is the consumable asset, which is priced per network models for its access and consumption.

Steve Fuller Brexit for Transhumanists: A Parable for Getting What You Wish For
by Steve Fuller
Oct 21, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

For the past two years, Zoltan Istvan has been campaigning for the US presidency on the Transhumanist Party, a largely one-man show which nevertheless remains faithful to the basic tenets of transhumanism. Now suppose he won. Top of his policy agenda had been to ensure the immortality of all Americans. But even Zoltan realized that this would entail quite big changes in how the state and society function. So, shortly after being elected president, he decides to hold a national referendum on the matter.

Rick Searle What democracy’s future shouldn’t be
by Rick Searle
Oct 20, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

As William Gibson has famously pointed out, the job of the science fiction writer is not to predict the future but to construct one plausible version of it from the pieces already laying around.  I assume that Malka Older was trying to do this deliberately low key Gibsonian thing with her novel Infomacracy, but given the bizarre nature of this current election cycle she instead, and remarkably, ended up anticipating not merely many of its real or feared events, but even ended her novel on the same note of exhaustion and exasperation and even dread resulting from the perceived failures of representative democracy now expressed by many among the elites, and from another the other angle, the young.

George Dvorsky Why the Human Lifespan Ends at 122
by George Dvorsky
Oct 19, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The oldest human to have ever lived died at the age of 122—and that was nearly 20 years ago. A recent analysis of global demographic data suggests this may very well be the maximum age attainable by humans, and that it’s extremely unlikely anyone will ever live much beyond this advanced age. That is, unless we science the shit out of this problem.

Marcelo Rinesi For the unexpected innovations, look where you’d rather not
by Marcelo Rinesi
Oct 18, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Before Bill Gates was a billionaire, before the power, the cultural cachet, and the Robert Downey Jr. portrayals, computers were for losers who would never get laid. Their potential was of course independent of these considerations, but Steve Jobs could become one of the richest people on Earth because he was fascinated with, and dedicated time to, something that cool kids — specially from the wealthy families who could most easily afford access to them — wouldn’t have been caught dead playing with, or at least loving.

Marc Roux Interdire le transhumanisme ?
by Marc Roux
Oct 18, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Le neuro-oncologue François Berger s’apprête, avec des confrères, à lancer un appel à un moratoire contre le transhumanisme. Ce serait, à notre connaissance, une première mondiale. Voici notre réaction.

David Orban Have you ever inspired the greatest villain in history? I did, apparently
by David Orban
Oct 17, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

In 2010 when I organized the H+ Summit conference at Harvard University, together with my friend Alex Lightman, I would not have imagined that it would be a key event in the history of Inferno. Instead it seems that, according to the protagonists of the book, the villain of the story got his ideas at the conference. On Saturday, October 15 I organized a special screening of the film Inferno, with SingularityU Milan, followed by a debate on the limits of technology and how to apply it in a positive direction for the development of humanity.

George Dvorsky Nobel Prize For Chemistry Awarded to Creators of the World’s Tiniest Machines
by George Dvorsky
Oct 16, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of scientists for their pioneering work in developing molecular machines. These gadgets measure just a thousandth of a human hair in width, and they’re poised to revolutionize everything from manufacturing and materials to medicine and the functioning of the human body.

Rick Searle Is the internet killing democracy?
by Rick Searle
Oct 15, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Standing as we are with our nose so tightly pressed against the glass, it’s impossible to know what exactly the current, crazy presidential election will mean, not just for American, democracy, but for the future of democracy itself. Of course, much of this depends on the actual outcome of the election, when the American public will either chose to cling to a system full of malware, corrupted and buggy, yet still functional, or risk everything on a hard reboot. This would include the risk that we might never be able to reset the clock to the time before we had plunged over the abyss and restore an order that while outdated, ill-designed, and running up against the limits of both still managed to do the job.

George Dvorsky Astronomers Spot a Massive Black Hole That’s Gone Rogue
by George Dvorsky
Oct 14, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Using the Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found evidence of a “wandering” black hole on the outskirts of a distant galaxy. It’s too far away to cause us any trouble, but the discovery of this homeless ball of gravitational despair affirms a long standing theory about the existence of such objects.

John Danaher How do we Enhance Cognition through External Representations? Five Ways
by John Danaher
Oct 13, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

I use pen and paper to do most of my serious thinking. Whether it is outlining blogposts or academic papers, taking notes or constructing arguments, I pretty much always take out my trusty A4 pad and pen when I run into a cognitive trough. To be sure, I often mull ideas over in my head for a long time beforehand, but when I want to move beyond my muddled and incoherent thoughts, I will grab for my pen and paper. I am sure that many of you do the same. There is something cognitively different about thinking outside your head: creating an external representation of your thoughts reveals their strengths and weaknesses in a way that internal dialogue never can.

George Dvorsky The Nearest Earth-Like Planet Outside Our Solar System Could Be a Water World
by George Dvorsky
Oct 12, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

At a distance of 4.2 light years, Proxima b is the closest potentially habitable Earth-like planet outside our solar system. New research suggests this distant orb could be completely covered in water. So when do we go?



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What you need to know about CRISPR
(Oct 24, 2016)

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