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Posthuman Perspectives by IEET Fellow Prof. Dr. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner
(Jan 20, 2017)

IEET Fellow Prof. Dr. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner gave a talk on Posthuman Perspectives in Bratislava in December in 2016. The spoken presentation is longer than the written text, as it also provides a brief historical insight into the movements of the posthuman debates. Both provide a summary of many of his positions, and how they relate to various posthuman issues.

IEET Affiliate Scholar Steve Fuller @ University of Birmingham
(Jan 14, 2017)

IEET affiliate scholar Steve Fuller recently spoke on ‘Transhumanism and the Future of Capitalism’ to the Centre for Contemporary Philosophy of Technology at the University of Birmingham, UK. The video of the talk, including the Q&A, may be found here

IEET affiliate scholar Steve Fuller published on The Sociological Review (Jan 11, 2017)

IEET Audience Divided on Best Way to Resist Global Fascism (Jan 3, 2017)


ieet articles

David Orban Making Makers
by David Orban
Jan 22, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Inspiring and catalyzing creativity worldwide, Mark Hatch has been instrumental in jumpstarting the Maker Movement. He has now joined Network Society Ventures as a General Partner, leveraging his knowledge, skills, and passion to invest together with us in a new generation of startups.

Richard Eskow By Picking Tillerson And Perry, Trump’s Pretty Much Just Trolling Us Now
by Richard Eskow
Jan 21, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

When it comes to Cabinet-level appointments, Donald Trump hasn’t lost his ability to astonish and dismay. At this point his staffing process has pretty much turned into an extended exercise in trolling, a test to see how much humiliation the American people will endure.

Marc Roux Et si l’enfance devenait rare ?
by Marc Roux
Jan 20, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Les perspectives démographiques envisagées par les transhumanistes n’impliquent pas seulement un allongement radical de la durée de vie en bonne santé mais aussi une diminution de la part des plus jeunes dans la population. Quelles conséquences pourraient avoir une raréfaction de l’enfance ?

Published on 20 November 2016 on Technoprog

John G. Messerly Is Trump A Legitimate President?
by John G. Messerly
Jan 19, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

In his blog Erasmatazz, Chris Crawford recently published the thoughtful piece: “The Crisis of Legitimacy.” His main thesis is that the legitimacy of Trump’s forthcoming presidency is very much in question. First of all, Clinton received almost 3 million more votes than Trump  so it is “reasonable to conclude that Mr. Trump won on a legal technicality …” In addition the legitimacy of the election itself is questionable, inasmuch as it was affected by Trump’s mendacity, fake news stories, FBI intervention, Russian influence, voter suppression targeting minority voters, flawed vote counting, and more. As Crawford puts it, the election hardly looks“free and fair”.

Richard Eskow Beyond Resistance: The Story of 2016
by Richard Eskow
Jan 18, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

This is the time of year when people try to make sense of the preceding twelve months. It’s a fool’s errand, in one sense. A year is an arbitrary division of time. We decide what it means in retrospect, and we never get it exactly right. But the meaning we give it will guide our actions in the future, in thousands of conscious and unconscious ways.

John Danaher Algocracy as Hypernudging: A New Way to Understand the Threat of Algocracy
by John Danaher
Jan 17, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

It is a noticeable feature of intellectual life that many people research the same topics, but do so using different conceptual and disciplinary baggage, and consequently fail to appreciate how the conclusions they reach echo or complement the conclusions reached by others.

Marcelo Rinesi Short story: Rush Hour
by Marcelo Rinesi
Jan 16, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Three minutes ago you were in a traffic jam, one of dozens of drivers impatiently waiting for their cars to reboot and shake off whatever piece of malware had infected them through the city network. Now you’re moving.

Richard Eskow The Dullest Moment In Trump’s Press Conference Was Also The Most Shocking
by Richard Eskow
Jan 16, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

“I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way, believe me.”

Try not to think too much about the story that led to this comment from the President-Elect of the United States. It’s not easy, I know. We’re only human, after all, and that story is so ... so out there. It’s hard to turn away.

David Brin Perceptive and myopic views of our transparent future. Especially police cameras.
by David Brin
Jan 15, 2017 • (5) CommentsPermalink

Let’s veer from either science fiction or politics into our politically science-fictional new world of light. Starting with a reminder that my new anthology (with Stephen Potts) Chasing Shadows, is released this week by Tor Books, featuring contributions by William Gibson, James Gunn, Neal Stephenson, Vernor Vinge and many others, offering stories and insights into a future when light flows almost everywhere. Prepare yourself!  This might be a good start.

Arthur Caplan Healthcare and Healthcare Ethics in the Trump Era
by Arthur Caplan
Jan 14, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Hi. I am Art Caplan from the Division of Medical Ethics at the New York University Langone School of Medicine in Manhattan.

We have a newly elected president, Donald J. Trump. He will be making many changes to the policies of the Obama years. What will his election mean for healthcare? What will it mean for ethical issues that come up in the context of healthcare?

Alexandre Maurer Une vie plus longue
by Alexandre Maurer
Jan 13, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Vivre beaucoup plus longtemps en bonne santé : est-il raisonnable d’y croire ? Et pour quoi faire ?

Published on 16 November 2016 on Technoprog

Marcelo Rinesi The Mental Health of Smart Cities
by Marcelo Rinesi
Jan 12, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Not the mental health of the people living in smart cities, but that of the cities themselves. Why not? We are building smart cities to be able to sense, think, and act; their perceptions, thoughts, and actions won’t be remotely human, or even biological, but that doesn’t make them any less real.

John G. Messerly Can We Evolve Fast Enough to Survive?
by John G. Messerly
Jan 12, 2017 • (4) CommentsPermalink

In response to my post, “Yes, America Is Descending Into Totalitarianism,” the computer game designer Chris Crawford, shared some good news in yesterday’s post—Trump may be impeached. Later he shared his bad news:

B. J. Murphy Yolk: Paper-Thin Solar Panels Are Here #CES2017
by B. J. Murphy
Jan 11, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The age of solar energy is upon us. Last year alone, we witnessed solar energy prices drop lower than that of coal. As we move along into 2017, how might this ever-expanding industry continue moving along its own current of change.

John G. Messerly Will Trump Be Impeached?
by John G. Messerly
Jan 10, 2017 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Yesterday’s post, “Yes, America Is Descending Into Totalitarianism,” elicited a thoughtful response from Chris Crawford. I will publish his reply in two parts.

B. J. Murphy 2016 Isn’t to Blame for Deaths, Aging Is.
by B. J. Murphy
Jan 9, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The year 2016 has been rife with unexpected deaths by some of our most beloved celebrities. Whether it’s Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, comedian Ricky Harris, or pop star George Michael, there has been no shortage of death this year that has left our hearts aching. Many (including myself) have turned this into a meme of sorts, blaming these deaths on the year 2016 itself.

John G. Messerly Yes, America is Descending in Totalitarianism
by John G. Messerly
Jan 8, 2017 • (1) CommentsPermalink

“In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. … Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie …

Melanie Swan Cognitive Easing: Human Identity Crisis in a World of Technology
by Melanie Swan
Jan 7, 2017 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Cognitive Easing is the aim of much of our endeavor, whether explicit or implicit. We have never wavered from trying to create a life of ease, enjoyment, and fulfillment. The definition of Cognitive Easing is spending less mental effort to achieve a result.


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The Science of Bias, Empathy, and Dehumanization
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Techno-Anxiety? We’ve Been Afraid of Disruptions Since the Printing Press
(Jan 17, 2017)

To solve old problems, study new species
(Jan 16, 2017)


Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

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