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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

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

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

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

A Techno-Optimist Movement: For an Evenly Distributed Future

by B. J. Murphy
Oct 3, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Prominently known as the “noir prophet” of the cyberpunk subgenre, sci-fi novelist William Ford Gibson once said, “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.”[1]

We are living in a point of time in which we can conceivably recognize the emergence of a future once envisioned throughout science-fiction literature. Unfortunately, as stated by Gibson, the future doesn’t appear to be evenly distributed. Whether or not this is merely the hallmark of a future emerging from its infancy, only to then mature over time, shouldn’t prevent us from recognizing the current problems laid before us.

Technology and Human Dignity
by David Orban
Oct 2, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

The conversation around technological unemployment, which assumes that we will see increasing amounts of social tension due to automation replacing human work in all sectors, hides a more fundamental issue. Technology must be designed and deployed in order to support human dignity, the building of sustainably meaningful lives, and the creation of resilient communities.

Manipulate Much? A Professional Video Editor Discusses Carly Fiorina’s Claims and the Campaign
by Valerie Tarico
Oct 2, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

What did you really see and hear? Don’t be so sure you know the answer.

Garth Spruiell has spent the last thirty years working as a professional video editor, most recently creating promotional content for The Weather Channel and before that tweaking everything from ads to religion to porn for an independent editing shop in Los Angeles. He knows the tricks of the trade: how to grab your attention, heighten emotion, create seamless transitions, or even weave a compelling story from a whole lot of nothing.

Could Artificial Morals and Emotions Make Robots Safer?
by Kevin LaGrandeur
Oct 2, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

This past summer saw the release of the new film “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Like so many recent movies, the villains in this one were once again killer robots. But the idea of deadly, weaponized robots isn’t just isolated to titillating movie plots. Such machines are already with us, in one form or another, in many places on the globe.

Practicing Discipline in Scientific Endeavor
by Nicole Sallak Anderson
Oct 1, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In 518 BC, the Greek mathematician, Pythagoras, founded a school in which the topics of mathematics, music and philosophy were studied with great discipline and secrecy. Men and women were welcome to live in community and study together, and eventually this group of individuals would contribute much to the subject of mathematics, including:

The Marxist and Christian Roots of Transhumanism
by Giulio Prisco
Oct 1, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

In an article titled “Transhumanism has never been modern”  Richard Jones argues that “[Transhumanists] have deep roots, perhaps surprising roots… in the views of the early 20th century British scientific left-wing, and in the early Russian ideologues of space exploration.”

Why I still Support Charlie Hebdo
by Russell Blackford
Oct 1, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

You know the shocking story: in January 2015, two masked Islamist gunmen launched a paramilitary attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly magazine. The gunmen murdered twelve people: two police officers and ten of the magazine’s staff, including the much-loved editor and cartoonist Stéphane Charbonnier (known as “Charb”).

In the immediate aftermath, many people expressed solidarity with Charlie Hebdo’s staff and their loved ones, and with the citizens of Paris. There were vigils and rallies in cities across the world. Twitter hashtags proliferated, the most viral being #JeSuisCharlie: “I am Charlie.”

Driverless Cars: the Catalyst Towards Futuristic Smart Cities
by Richard van Hooijdonk
Sep 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Have you ever considered how many hours are wasted, traveling to work and back every day? Now picture a scenario where you can work while you are being driven to your destination along the fastest and safest routes – without it costing you anything extra? Wouldn’t that be great? Brace yourself – cities are about to change forever. It’s already happening in the backyards of tech and automobile giants like Google, Audi and Mercedes where driverless cars or self-driven automotive technology is being developed and fine-tuned.

Transhumanist Petition to Disavow Zoltan Istvan Candidacy for US Presidency
by Lincoln Cannon
Sep 30, 2015 • (12) CommentsPermalink

My Friends,

I’m writing you as an individual, not in any affiliated capacity, to request that you support this petition:

I welcome your questions and thank you, in advance, for acting on this.




The Natural Evolution of Prosthetic Technology
by Steven Umbrello
Sep 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

With the next installment of the hit video game franchise Deus Ex releasing in early 2016, I believe it is an opportune time to talk about prosthetics and the ethics of cosmetic and functional augmentation. To understand the future of prosthetics - if they call that in the future – we must first look at the history of prostheses to better grasp their evolution.

How Nature Plays the Lottery
by James Cross
Sep 30, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Rick Searle has a post Life: Inevitable or Accident?  where he discusses the somewhat contrasting ideas of Jeremy England and Henry Gee. I touched a little on Jeremy England in a post here.

England’s idea seems to be that the Second Law of Thermodynamics makes life inevitable. He has been quoted as saying that “You start with a random clump of atoms, and if you shine light on it for long enough, it should not be so surprising that you get a plant.”

Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever
by Gray Scott
Sep 29, 2015 • (4) CommentsPermalink

When someone asks me what I do, and I tell them that I’m a futurist, the first thing they ask “what is a futurist?” The short answer that I give is “I use current scientific research in emerging technologies to imagine how we will live in the future.”

However, as you can imagine the art of futurology and foresight is much more complex. I spend my days thinking, speaking and writing about the future, and emerging technologies. On any given day I might be in Warsaw speaking at an Innovation Conference, in London speaking at a Global Leadership Summit, or being interviewed by the Discovery Channel. Whatever the situation, I have one singular mission. I want you to think about the future.

Why Transhumanists Should Not Endorse the Two-Party Political System
by Gennady Stolyarov II
Sep 29, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

Extensive discussions have recently occurred in transhumanist circles on the desirable strategies, tactics, and directions for transhumanist political activity in the United States. One question in particular has stood out among these discussions: Is it a wise or prudent choice for a transhumanist, especially a prominent one, to endorse a Presidential candidate from one of the two major political parties (Republican or Democratic) and to actively work to support that candidate’s election, when that candidate has not expressed strong sympathies with the transhumanist vision of overcoming human limitations through scientific and technological progress?

Egalitarianism is not Radical
by Valkyrie Ice McGill
Sep 29, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Hank Pellissier asked me to write about my views on “Radical Egalitarianism”, due to some recent experiences he has had with politics. While it’s a convenient term, it’s one often used with derision and scorn, with those who see the world this way being dismissed as hopelessly “utopian.”

However, it’s a world view more and more people are starting to share.

Why Brave New World Is No Longer the Terrifying Dystopia it Used to Be
by George Dvorsky
Sep 28, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Brave New World used to be one of the most terrifying stories about a false utopia. It gave us the concept of “test tube babies,” and its name became synonymous with technological progress run wild. But many of the things Aldous Huxley predicted are coming true, and it turns out they’re not so scary.

Cryonics and Kim Suozzi
by John G. Messerly
Sep 28, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A recent New York Times article chronicled 23-year-old Kim Suozzi’s decision to cryonically preserve her brain. Kim, who died recently of cancer, raised the money for her cryonic preservation by soliciting donations with this post at the subreddit “atheism” at the online site reddit—yes atheists can be generous people. Here is the video that accompanied the post:

In Defense of Work
by Nicole Sallak Anderson
Sep 28, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“When I retire from work, I will finally live the life I’ve always wanted.”

Employment. Earning a living. Our life’s work. Career. Vocation.

Retirement. Freedom. Doing what I really want. Finally free.

What’s the deal with our relationship to work? When I was young, I was told to get a good job, earn a living, then retire and live a life free of work. I would listen to the adults around me and wonder what it meant. As if the only work we do is for another in order to receive money. Where does this idea come from? For if it’s true, then the human being doesn’t do a lick of work before getting that good job, and then after sixty, doesn’t work again.

Dear Elon Musk: Are You Sure You Want to Nuke Mars?
by Tery Spataro
Sep 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

34.9 million miles away from Earth an epic explosion occurs. On Mars.

All eyes on Earth glaze upward to watch as the atmosphere slowly peals back from the neighbor we hardly knew…

It all started with a simplistic comment made on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, by the genius Elon Musk.



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Virtual Reality and Reality Augmentation
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BJ Murphy (and Greg Stevens)

Envy of the Future
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School of Life

The Brain with David Eagleman
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David Eagleman

Anti-love drugs? The ethics of a chemical break up
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Brian Earp

Alzheimer’s is Not Normal Aging and We Can Cure It
(Oct 1, 2015)

Ethical Implications of Anti-Aging Medicine
(Sep 30, 2015)

Confirmation Bias: Your Brain is So Judgmental
(Sep 30, 2015)


etienne thillaye on 'Egalitarianism is not Radical' (Oct 3, 2015)

hankpellissier on 'Transhumanist Petition to Disavow Zoltan Istvan Candidacy for US Presidency' (Oct 3, 2015)

Rick Searle on 'How Nature Plays the Lottery' (Oct 3, 2015)

instamatic on 'Envy of the Future' (Oct 2, 2015)

AlonzoTG on 'Technology and Human Dignity' (Oct 2, 2015)

Giulio Prisco on 'The Marxist and Christian Roots of Transhumanism' (Oct 2, 2015)

Giulio Prisco on 'Why I still Support Charlie Hebdo' (Oct 2, 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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