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Quick overview of biopolitical points of view

ieet books

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

Envisioning Politics 2.0
by David Wood and Alexander Karran eds.

ieet events

Vita-More @ IFA+ SUMMIT
September 4 -9, 2015
Berlin Germany

Vita-More @ Next Level of Thinking: AFI+ Summit
September 7 -8, 2015
Berlin, Germany

Wood @ Pioneering Change in Partnership
September 10 , 2015
London, UK

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

Hughes, Santens @ World Summit on Technological Unemployment
September 29 , 2015

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

Wood, Twyman @ Anticipating 2040: A Roadmap to Sustainable Abundance?
October 3 , 2015
London, UK

Stambler, de Grey @ Super Longevity Conference
October 3 -4, 2015
New Delhi, India

Vita-More @ Alcor Conference
October 9 -11, 2015
Scottsdale, AZ USA

Hughes, Prisco, Goertzel @ Modern Cosmism Conference
October 10 , 2015

Hughes, Brin, Anderson, Pellissier, Sirius, Gillis, Kuzsewski, Istvan @ Future of Politics Conferenc
October 19 -, 2015
Oakland, California

October 19 , 2015
Stuttgart, Germany

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

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

Sorgner @ FirstGerman Academic symposium on transhumanism
December 5 , 2015
Nürnberg, Germany

ieet news

IEET Fellows and Affiliate Scholars Receive AI Safety Grants
(Aug 27, 2015)

IEET co-founder Nick Bostrom, IEET Fellow Wendell Wallach and Affiliate Scholar Seth Baum are Principal Investigators on projects n funded by Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project and administered by the Future of Life Institute.

IEET Audience Leans towards “Free Will”
(Aug 25, 2015)

We asked “Is there free will?” Of the 103 of you who answered, slightly more than half believed free will was possible.

IEET sponsors “The Future of Politics” conference in Oakland, California (Aug 18, 2015)

IEET Audience Favors Legalizing Plural Marriage (Aug 9, 2015)

ieet articles

Ensuring Human Control Over Military Robotics
by Wendell Wallach
Aug 29, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Let us stop looking at the challenges posed by the robotization of warfare piecemeal, and begin to reflect comprehensively upon the manner in which autonomous weapons alter the future conduct of war. 

Smart Regulation For Smart Drugs
by Geoffrey Woo
Aug 29, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“For the modern mad men and wolves of Wall Street, gone are the days of widespread day drinking and functional cocaine use. Instead, in this age of efficiency above all else, corporate climbers sometimes seek a simple brain boost, something to help them to get the job done without manic jitters or a nasty crash.

For that, they are turning to nootropics,” writes Jack Smith IV on the cover story for an April 2015 edition of the New York Observer.

Ten Health Benefits of Marijuana
by Marc Howard
Aug 29, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

10. Treatment of Glaucoma

If you are one of the millions who have been suffering from glaucoma, then smoking marijuana can help you get the best eyesight and relieve pressure from they eyes. Intraocular pressure can increase in certain individuals, especially those who have diabetes. Glaucoma is serious disease that can cause blindness.

Ayahuasca Provided Deep Insight into My Most Compelling Questions About Existence
by Marc Howard
Aug 29, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A vomit bucket sat on the old wooden floor in front of me, a roll of toilet tissue to my right, and when the shaman sung that low sinister note of the first icaro I puked until I naively thought that I could puke no more only to immediately puke again in some kind of volcanic eruption.

In return I was greeted by the indistinguishable sounds of whatever surrounded our jungle hut that dark night deep in the Amazon jungle. I thought that I was in a dream—except that this was no dream that I’ve ever had nor will ever want to have again.

Asking a Shadow to Dance
by Marcelo Rinesi
Aug 28, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Isomorphic is a mathematical term: it means of the same shape. This is a lie.

Seven Ways Racism Is Built In
by David Swanson
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

1. Wealth Gap: The playing field is not level. The median wealth of a white household in the United States is over 13 times that of a black household, and the gap is widening. Most black households have less than $350 in savings. It takes money not just to make money but to get a start, to live near good schools, to live free of lead paint poisoning, or to address the special needs that every person has.

Tools Have Led Us to Technological Unemployment, but Humans, too, Have a Right To Work
by Gabriel Rothblatt
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

For millennia, Humans have been crafting tools. We don’t hold a monopoly on the trade, but we’ve done it better than any other species. So good, our entire evolution has been crafted around our dependence on them. With our anatomical features and vulnerabilities, it was perhaps predestined that we would not only master tool making, but become dependent upon it. What came first, the human or the tool?

Aipoly: Helping the Blind See, Using An Artificial Intelligence
by B. J. Murphy
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 have low vision.” Subsequently, 90% of those visually impaired live in low-income settings. What this entails is a two-fold problem in need of serious addressing. Not only a way to help the visually impaired to see, but equally a means of which is affordable to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

AI is So Hot, We Forgot All About The ‘AI Winter’ (interview with Dr. Nils J. Nilsson)
by Daniel Faggella
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The great influencers and contributors in the field of AI today can’t help but acknowledge that part of their success comes from ‘standing on the shoulders’ of the thinkers and doers who came before.  Dr. Nils J. Nilsson, former Stanford researcher and author of The Quest for Artificial Intelligence, is such a pioneer in the field of AI that he aptly recalls the ‘AI Winter’, a period of time in the late 1970s and early 1980s when funding dwindled and AI research went underground.  

Nootropics Aren’t Just For Tech Millionaires
by Geoffrey Woo
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Nootropics, more colloquially known as “smart drugs,” are in the zeitgeist. Hollywood productions like Limitless and Lucy to a CNN profile of a tech millionaire - Dave Asprey - spending $300,000 to hack his own body with research chemicals have certainly raised the profile of nootropics in the mainstream.

This essay was co-written with Michael Brandt

Meditation Apps Evaluated - “Headspace” Receives the Highest Score
by Hank Pellissier
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalinkResearch from the School of Psychology and Counseling at Queensland University of Technology in Australia identified 700 apps associated with “mindfulness” on either iTunes and Google Apps Marketplace. Inclusion criteria was stringent; only apps that cost less than $10 were included.

Why We Should Preserve the Privacy and Spirit of Bitcoin
by Giulio Prisco
Aug 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The trend toward mainstream,” sanitized” forms of Bitcoin that can be adopted by governments and banks is here to stay, which is not a bad thing. At the same time, it’s also important to preserve important aspects of the original vision of the Bitcoin Founders – a P2P currency that can’t be controlled by banks and governments, and supports untraceable private transactions.

Network Economies: Economic System as a Configurable Parameter
by Melanie Swan
Aug 26, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

We personalize everything else, why not economic systems too? Starbucks selectability comes to economic system participations! Some interesting implications for personalized economic system design arise per a recent post about ‘Decentralized Reddit.’

The Politics Of Gay Marriage In Nigeria
by Leo Igwe
Aug 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

President Muhammad Buhari has stated during his recent visit to the US that his government would not consider decriminalizing gay marriage in Nigeria. Well, that did not come to me as a surprise because President Buhari is a hardline conservative muslim whom I think would be unwilling to support any legislative or policy change that is not compatible with sharia law.

The Argument from Abandonment and Suffering ( A Specific Version of the Problem of Evil)
by John Danaher
Aug 26, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

(Previous Entry)

The argument from abandonment and suffering is a specific version of the problem of evil. Erik Wielenberg defends the argument in his recent paper ‘The parent-child analogy and the limits of skeptical theism’.  That paper makes two distinctive contributions to the literature, one being the defence of the argument from abandonment and suffering, the other being a meta-argument about standards for success in the debate between skeptical theists and proponents of the problem of evil.

The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, Wins the Hugo Award for Best Novel
by Giulio Prisco
Aug 25, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The Three-Body Problem,”  Ken Liu’s English translation of the first book of Liu Cixin’s best-selling Chinese science fiction trilogy, has won the Hugo Award for best novel.

The book is solid classic science fiction, like the best space operas of vintage science fiction that we loved and still fondly remember as our first introduction to space and science. See my review of “The Three-Body Problem.”

Transhumanism will be a Victorious Revolution (my modest predictions)
by Hank Pellissier
Aug 25, 2015 • (7) CommentsPermalink

I get annoyed when my friends and family tell me I’m going to die. They taunt me regularly, of course, because I’m a transhumanist, opposed to mortality.

“You’re a nutter,” says my British friend Paul.

“You’re just afraid of death,” says Curt.

“Everybody has to die, or the world will get over-populated,” says my 15-year-old daughter, indoctrinated by environmentalism.

A Tale of Vigilante Justice: Adulterers, Hackers, and the Ashley Madison Affair
by Russell Blackford
Aug 25, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Hackers calling themselves “The Impact Team” recently stole the customer data of Ashley Madison, an online dating service for people who are married or in committed relationships. Ashley Madison employs a slogan that says it all: “Life is short. Have an affair.”

During July and August, customer data was released online by the hackers: the upshot is that it’s now possible to identify many individuals who held Ashley Madison accounts. This includes such intimate details as their sexual fetishes and proclivities.



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ieet multimedia

What Explains The Rise of Humans?
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The Science of Why Nature Is Beautiful to Us
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10 Amazing Robots That Will Change the World
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First Video Camera to Use Artificial Intelligence to Identify and Self-Edit
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Artificial Intelligence for the Blind
(Aug 27, 2015)

What is the Future of Brain-Computer Interfaces?
(Aug 27, 2015)

Don’t Fear the AI Apocalypse
(Aug 27, 2015)


Valkyrie Ice on 'Transhumanism will be a Victorious Revolution (my modest predictions)' (Aug 28, 2015)

Laurence Hitterdale on 'Do Extraterrestials Philosophize?' (Aug 28, 2015)

Gear0Mentation on 'Transhumanism will be a Victorious Revolution (my modest predictions)' (Aug 28, 2015)

Valkyrie Ice on 'Transhumanism will be a Victorious Revolution (my modest predictions)' (Aug 27, 2015)

Gear0Mentation on 'Transhumanism will be a Victorious Revolution (my modest predictions)' (Aug 27, 2015)

Giulio Prisco on 'Network Economies: Economic System as a Configurable Parameter' (Aug 27, 2015)

rms on 'Network Economies: Economic System as a Configurable Parameter' (Aug 27, 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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