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ieet books

The Brain: The Story of You
by David Eagleman

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

ieet events

Sorgner @ Transhumanism: Perspektiven, Chancen, Risiken
December 5 , 2015
Nürnberg, Germany

ieet news

David Brin co-edits a new “Smart Pop” book on Star Wars
(Nov 6, 2015)

IEET Fellow David Brin has co-edited (with Matthew Woodring Stover) a book published on November 3, 2015, titled: Star Wars on Trial: The Force Awakens Edition: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time

2016 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association on 9 April
(Nov 6, 2015)

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that next year’s annual conference will take place on Saturday, 9 April 2016 at the Salt Lake City Public Library.

Adrian Cull Launches Kickstarter for Immortality Coffee Book (Nov 6, 2015)

IEET Audience Primarily Exercising and Taking Breaks to Counteract Effects of Sitting (Nov 1, 2015)


ieet articles

Kaj Sotala Desiderata for a Model of Human Values
by Kaj Sotala
Nov 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Soares (2015) defines the value learning problem as: By what methods could an intelligent machine be constructed to reliably learn what to value and to act as its operators intended?

B. J. Murphy Blue Origin Defeats SpaceX In Landing Reusable Rocket
by B. J. Murphy
Nov 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Achieving what Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has only attempted to do (and failed thus far), Blue Origin, a private space company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has officially landed a reusable rocket after a quick trip to and from space.

Nikola Danaylov The Emperor Has No Clothes: Socrates Deconstructs Singularity University
by Nikola Danaylov
Nov 29, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Singularity University is not about the singularity and is not even a university. It is not about abundance and is not an exponential organization.

Then what is Singularity University about?!

B. J. Murphy Future Fiction: To an Antique Land
by B. J. Murphy
Nov 29, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Originally Published on Serious Wonder by Adam Alonzi

The streets are quiet now. They’ve been removed. Harmony permeates a prosperous civilization. What is outside of it is not noble. I cannot now fathom what malfunction could have let me leave the pyramid. The renounced paradise is not far. It surrounds me. The dissonance between my selves is crushing. Such an unbridgeable gap should not be possible. It would be abysmal to die here, though I felt the same way about my old rarefied abode.

Star Trek Philosophy: “Killing Is Wrong, No Matter Who’s Doing It”
by B. J. Murphy
Nov 28, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The following dialogue below took place on Star Trek: Voyager, on episode 13, season 7, titled “Repentance.” It was between Seven of Nine (whom is a former Borg drone) and the Doctor (whom is a holographic emergency medical physician), of which they discuss the morality (or lack thereof) behind the act of killing another living being.

What About Me?
by Gareth John
Nov 28, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

As a technoprogressive it’s my desire to see that everyone benefits from emerging technologies with regard the rapidly approaching transhumanist future. To this end I’m trying to do what little I can to further and support technoprogressive aims and ideals. This does however beg the ques-tion: what about me?

Will technological unemployment lead to human disenhancement?
by John Danaher
Nov 28, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I have written a lot about the prospects of widespread technological unemployment; I have also written a lot about the ethics of human enhancement. Are the two topics connected? Yes. At least, that’s what Michele Loi tries to argue in his recent paper “Technological Unemployment and Human Disenhancement”. In this post, I want to analyse his argument and offer some mild criticisms. I do so in a constructive spirit since I share similar views.

Obfuscation: protect privacy by destroying the Web!
by David Brin
Nov 27, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Time for a return to the core issue of our time: how shall we best preserve and extend freedom?  Along with freedom’s contingent benefits, like privacy?

The Revenge of the Pagans: Ovid as prophet of the posthuman
by Rick Searle
Nov 27, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

I would argue that as far as imagining the future is concerned many of us, in the West at least, have had our vision blurred from what amounts to a 2,000 year philosophical hangover called Christianity. But no one ever seems to care about this point. The most common response I’ve gotten from a certain sect of singularitarians and transhumanists upon pointing out that both their goals and predictions seem to have been ripped from a man on the street’s version of Christianity has been- who cares?

Benefiting from Exponentials Globally
by David Orban
Nov 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Singularity University is expanding through the SingularityU Global program. The launch of SingularityU Milan, the first Italian chapter, is part of this program. It allows orders of magnitude more people to directly participate in its events and leverage the power of exponential technologies.

Theory and Application of the Extended Mind (Series Index)
by John Danaher
Nov 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In the past year, I have written several posts about Chalmers and Clark’s famous extended mind thesis. This thesis takes seriously the functionalist explanation of mental events, and holds that the mind is not confined to skull. Instead, it can extend into artefacts and objects in the world around it.

After Paris, can we be both safe and free?
by David Brin
Nov 25, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Of course we are all still quivering, following the attacks in Paris last week that killed 129 people, not so very far from where my wife and I lived for a couple of years, as newlyweds during the 1990s.  Our hearts go out to the brave folk of Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité in la Ville Lumiere.

Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient A.I. - Terasem Colloquium in Second Life Dec. 10th
by Giulio Prisco
Nov 25, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

The 2015 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons, themed “Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient AI” will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on December 10, with Zoltan Istvan and Jack Sarfatti among the speakers.

Anonymous vs ISIS: Vigilante justice in the War against Terrorism
by Stefan Morrone
Nov 24, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind centred around the terrorist group knows as the Islamic State.  First, several attacks in Paris left 129 dead and countless others injured, then a bomb threat in Germany and a threat by ISIS to attack the rest of Europe and Washington, D.C. Fear grips the hearts of people around the world in an iron vice. And that is exactly what ISIS wants.  Right now, they are winning.

La science-fiction a-t-elle perdu foi en avenir?
by EMG
Nov 24, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Les auteurs de science-fiction sont régulièrement accusés de pessimisme, particulièrement depuis les années 1970, période à laquelle nous aurions perdu la foi dans la technologie et ses progrès.

“Prior art” is just a fancy term for “too slow lawyering up”  (Short story)
by Marcelo Rinesi
Nov 23, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

They used to send a legal ultimatum before it happened. Now you just wake up one day and everything green is dead, because the plants are biotech and counter-hacking is a legal response to intellectual property theft, even if the genes in question are older than the country that granted the patent.

Stefan Morrone APM, Nanotech and a Solution to Middle-Eastern Stability
by Stefan Morrone
Nov 23, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The region of the Middle East has been in turmoil for more than a decade.  With the advent of the recent terrorist attacks on Paris and the threat of more by the Muslim extremist group ISIS, many have been pondering how the problems plaguing the Middle East can be solved.  I believe that technology can play an integral role in the process of repairing and advancing the region.  The modernization and digitization of the entire region’s infrastructure would provide numerous benefits that would increase stability and redress the damage done to the economy and society from years of war.

B. J. Murphy Lockheed Martin’s New Exoskeleton Paves Way Towards Cyborg Future
by B. J. Murphy
Nov 23, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Airing every Sunday 9/8c, National Geographic’s latest TV show Breakthrough, hosted by Paul Giamatti, provides a unique walkthrough into the growing arena of “how-to-enhance-human-beings” using advanced science and technology. In their latest episode, “More Than Human,” Giamatti gets up close and personal with Lockheed Martin’s newest exoskeleton suit FORTIS (video clip of the episode is provided below).



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Network Society Interview with David Orban
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AnonT3A on 'Make Gender Reassignment Real - A Letter to Dr. Anthony Atala' (Nov 30, 2015)

instamatic on 'The Revenge of the Pagans: Ovid as prophet of the posthuman' (Nov 30, 2015)

Giulio Prisco on 'The Emperor Has No Clothes: Socrates Deconstructs Singularity University' (Nov 30, 2015)

dobermanmac on 'The Emperor Has No Clothes: Socrates Deconstructs Singularity University' (Nov 30, 2015)

balom on 'Obfuscation: protect privacy by destroying the Web!' (Nov 29, 2015)

Scott Parker on 'What About Me?' (Nov 29, 2015)

instamatic on 'Christians Should Support Scientists and Technologists' (Nov 28, 2015)


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

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Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

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