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Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Quick overview of biopolitical points of view







ieet books

Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies
Author
by Ben Goertzel ed.

Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution
by Ted Chu

Personality Capture and Emulation
by William Sims Bainbridge

Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies
by Russell Blackford


ieet events

Hughes @ Translational Bodies: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues
April 22 -24, 2014
Prato, Italy


Dvorsky, Bostrom @ Moogfest 2014
April 23 -27, 2014
Asheville, North Carolina


Baum on “Risks of accidental nuclear war” @ UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Prep Committee
April 28 -9, 2014
New York City, NY USA


Vita-More on “Radical Life Extension”
May 7 , 2014
New Haven, CT USA


LaTorra, Pellissier @ Religion and Transhumanism - the future of faith, ethics, and philosophy
May 10 , 2014
Piedmont, CA USA


Hughes, Brain @ Robots, unemployment, and basic income
May 11 , 2014
Hangout on Air


LaGrandeur @ Life, in Theory
June 3 -6, 2014
Vercelli & Torino, Italy


Sorgner on “The Importance of Genetic Modifications: Why Habermas is wrong”
June 5 , 2014
London, UK


Baum, Pellissier @ Global Existential Risks and Radical Futures
June 14 , 2014
Piedmont, CA USA


Baum on “Global Catastrophic Risk And The Limits Of Insurability” @ Catastrophe Risk Modelling
June 18 -20, 2014
Miami, Florida


Sorgner, Vita-More, Hughes @ Enhancement & Morality in the Digital Era
July 20 -22, 2014
Suceava, Romania


Sorgner @ Posthuman Politics
September 25 -28, 2014
University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece


Sorgner @ 3rd World Humanities Forum
October 30 -1, 2014
Daejeon City, Korea


Hughes, Vita-More, de Grey, Roux @ TransVision 2014
November 21 -23, 2014
Paris, France


Hughes @ Juniata H+ Conference
July 26 -30, 2015
Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA USA


ieet news

IEET’s George Dvorsky offers course on Introduction to Transhumanism
(Apr 13, 2014)

George Dvorsky, prominent futurist, writer on ethics and technology and Chairman of the IEET Board of Directors, is offering his Introduction to Transhumanism course during May, from May 1st to May 31st, 2014.

Bioethicist Arthur Caplan receives 2014 Public Service Award for an individual
(Mar 25, 2014)

Caplan’s work fosters greater understanding of science, medicine and ethics. On March 24, 2014 the National Science Board (NSB) announced that renowned bioethicist and IEET Trustee Arthur Caplan, a global leader in medical ethics, is the 2014 recipient of its Public Service Award for an individual.


Majority of IEET Readers see AGI as Potential Threat to Humanity (Mar 20, 2014)

Special Issue of JET: Hughes, Walker, Campa & Danaher on Tech Unemployment and BIG (Mar 7, 2014)


ieet articles


Back to the future in the Metaverse
by Giulio Prisco
Apr 23, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

All seems to indicate that new, fully immersive next-generation virtual worlds and user interfaces may be behind the corner. Let’s go back to the future in the Metaverse!


Does radical enhancement threaten our sense of self?
by John Danaher
Apr 22, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

If we extended our lives by 200 years, or if we succeeded in uploading our minds to an artificial substrate, would we undermine our sense of personal identity? If so, would it be wiser to avoid such radical forms of enhancement? These are the questions posed in chapter 4 of Nicholas Agar’s book Truly Human Enhancement. Over the next two posts I’ll take a look at Agar’s answers. This is all part of my ongoing series of reflections on Agar’s book.


Study Gerontology! This Frontier Provides Hope for the Future
by Eric Schulke
Apr 21, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

The Boston Globe reported that enrollment in the UMass Boston undergraduate gerontology program has fallen by two-thirds, to a mere 13 students, over the last decade. A relaunch in 2010 failed to yield more students. For that reason, UMass Boston’s decision to suspend the gerontology undergraduate program was a bow to reality. 


The human trek: from crude beginnings to an immortal future
by Dick Pelletier
Apr 21, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Historians place the beginning of culture about 10,000 years ago, when our early ancestors abandoned hunter-gathering in favor of settling into communities, cultivating crops, and domesticating live stock.


War Is Good for Us, Dumb New Book Claims
by David Swanson
Apr 18, 2014 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Ian Morris has stuck his dog's ear in his mouth, snapped a selfie, and proclaimed "Man Bites Dog." His new book War: What Is It Good For? Conflict and Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots is intended to prove that war is good for children and other living things.  It actually proves that defenders of war are growing desperate for arguments.


Will sex workers be replaced by robots? (A Precis)
by John Danaher
Apr 18, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

I recently published an article in the Journal of Evolution and Technology on the topic of sex work and technological unemployment (available here, here and here). It began by asking whether sex work, specifically prostitution (as opposed to other forms of labour that could be classified as “sex work”, e.g. pornstar or erotic dancer), was vulnerable to technological unemployment. It looked at contrasting responses to that question, and also included some reflections on technological unemployment and the basic income guarantee.


How to regain trust in the NSA era: The IGUS Gambit
by David Brin
Apr 18, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

How might the Obama Administration best respond to wave after wave of "NSA revelations" that roil and cloud the political waters?  Ironically, almost none of Edward Snowden's leaks—or those of Julian Assange—revealed anything that was illegal per se. What they have done is stir a too-long delayed argument over what should be legal!


Is the US an Oligarchy? Not So Fast.
by Ramez Naam
Apr 18, 2014 • (2) CommentsPermalink

There’s a new study out which, press outlets are telling me, shows that the United States is now an oligarchy, ruled by the rich and powerful, and perhaps that the US has been sliding in this direction for decades.


War and Human Evolution
by Rick Searle
Apr 17, 2014 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Has human evolution and progress been propelled by war? The question is not an easy one to ask, not least because war is not merely one of the worst but arguably the worst thing human beings inflict on one another comprising murder, collective theft, and, almost everywhere but in the professional militaries of Western powers, and only quite recently, mass, and sometimes systematic rape.


Social Futurist revolution & the Zero State
by Amon Twyman
Apr 16, 2014 • (23) CommentsPermalink

We have recently seen increased interest in the issues of workplace automation,technological unemployment, and Basic Income Guarantee (AKA Universal Basic Income). Some observers have been perplexed by visceral and sharply divided public opinion, with people viewing these phenomena as inherently positive or negative.


Black Death for the Internet?
by Kathryn Cave
Apr 16, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Will viruses be the digital era’s Black Death?


Should we bet on radical enhancement?
by John Danaher
Apr 15, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

This is the third part of my series on Nicholas Agar’s book Truly Human Enhancement. As mentioned previously, Agar stakes out an interesting middle ground on the topic of enhancement. He argues that modest forms of enhancement — i.e. up to or slightly beyond the current range of human norms — are prudentially wise, whereas radical forms of enhancement — i.e. well beyond the current range of human norms — are not. His main support for this is his belief that in radically enhancing ourselves we will lose certain internal goods. These are goods that are intrinsic to some of our current activities.


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Renaissance Nerd on 'Will sex workers be replaced by robots? (A Precis)' (Apr 23, 2014)

Frank Glover on 'Study Gerontology! This Frontier Provides Hope for the Future' (Apr 21, 2014)

instamatic on 'Social Futurist revolution & the Zero State' (Apr 20, 2014)

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Peter Wicks on 'Social Futurist revolution & the Zero State' (Apr 20, 2014)

instamatic on 'Is the US an Oligarchy? Not So Fast.' (Apr 19, 2014)

instamatic on 'Social Futurist revolution & the Zero State' (Apr 19, 2014)

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