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ieet books

The Second Intelligent Species
Author
by Marshall Brain

Anticipating Tomorrow’s Politics
by Ed. David Wood

Post- and Transhumanism: An Introduction
by Robert Ranisch and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner eds.

How “God” Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith
by Marshall Brain


ieet events

Hughes on “The Politics of Transhumanism”
April 29 , 2015
Harvard University, Cambridge MA USA


Hughes, Wallach, Darling @ Societal Implications of Robotics Symposium (SIRoS)
May 1 , 2015
Brown University, Providence, RI USA


Hughes, LaGrandeur @ Posthumanism and Society
May 9 , 2015
NYC, NY USA


Sorgner @ Posthuman Studies and the Arts
May 18 , 2015
London, UK


Sorgner, Schneider on “Transhumanism and Immortality”
May 20 , 2015
Hull, UK


Wallach, Hughes, Vita-More, Smart, Lin, Darling @ Governance of Emerging Technologies
May 26 -28, 2015
Scottsdale, AZ USA


Sorgner @ International Festival of Philosophy
May 31 , 2015
Cologne, Germany


Brin @ Augmented World
June 8 -10, 2015
Santa Clara, CA USA


Danaher @ Clinical Neuroethics: Bench to Bedside
June 17 -19, 2015
Paris, France


Ramez Naam on “Enhancing Humans, Advancing Humanity”
July 22 , 2015
San Francisco, CA USA


Vita-More, Rothblatt, Hughes @ Juniata H+ Conference
July 26 -31, 2015
Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA USA


Sorgner @ International Conference on the Integration of Science, Technology and Society
August 3 -7, 2015
Daejeon, S. Korea


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


ieet news

Technoprogressives Not Enthusiastic about Party-Building
(Apr 21, 2015)

We asked “How should technoprogressives enter electoral politics?” One hundred and one of you responded. Only 15% thought technoprogressives should focus on building “Transhumanist parties,” and another 5% thought we should focus on building “Technoprogressive parties.”

IEET Launching Annual Fundraiser
(Mar 18, 2015)

The IEET just turned ten years old, and we are astonished with what we’ve been able to accomplish in the last decade.


IEET Audience Divided on Left-Right Political Cognitive Biases (Mar 15, 2015)

IEET Audience Skeptical of Taxing Bitcoin Income (Feb 22, 2015)


ieet articles


Life: Inevitable or Accident?
by Rick Searle
Apr 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Here’s the question: does the existence of life in the universe reflect something deep and fundamental or is it merely an accident and epiphenomenon? There’s an interesting new theory coming out of the field of biophysics that claims the cosmos is indeed built for life, and not just merely in the sense found in the so-called “anthropic principle” which states that just by being here we can assume that all of nature’s fundamental values must be friendly for complex organisms such as ourselves that are able to ask such questions. The new theory makes the claim that not just life, but life of ever growing complexity and intelligence is not just likely, but the inevitable result of the laws of nature.


The Vision Thing
by Rene Milan
Apr 25, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A brief review of existing visions for alternative political systems.


The Problem of Personal Identity in Two Pages
by John G. Messerly
Apr 25, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

The problem – Is a person the kind of thing that can die on earth and be alive somewhere else? To understand this consider a thought experiment. If we make a perfect copy of you—complete with your thoughts and memories—is that copy really you or just a duplicate? (If you think the copy is you, then the waking up in heaven scenario is not problematic; if you think it’s just a copy, then the thing that wakes up in heaven isn’t you.)


How Evolution Gave Us Mathematics
by Gregory Benford
Apr 23, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

THIS IS MY RESPONSE TO THE EDGE QUESTION OF A FEW YEARS BACK: WHAT SCIENTIFIC IDEA IS READY FOR RETIREMENT? MY ANSWER:    The intrinsic beauty and elegance of  mathematics allows it to describe nature. Many believe this seeming axiom, that beauty leads to descriptive power. Our experience seems to show this, mostly from the successes of physics. There is some truth to it, but also some illusion.


The Ethics of Robot Sex: Interview on Robot Overlordz Podcast
by John Danaher
Apr 23, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I had the good fortune to be asked back on to the Robot Overlordz podcast this week. I am the guest on episode #163 during which I chat with the hosts (Mike Johnston and Matt Bolton) about the ethical, legal and social implications of sex robots. We also talk about related issues from the world of AI and futurism.


Is novelty in nanomaterials overrated when it comes to risk?
by Andrew Maynard
Apr 23, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Novelty and nanotechnology are deeply intertwined. The search for nanostructure-enabled materials has driven research funding in nanotechnology for well over a decade now; the exploitation of novel properties has underpinned the commercialization of nanomaterials; and concerns over potential risks has stimulated widespread studies into what makes these materials harmful. Yet ‘novelty’ is an ephemeral quality, and despite its close association with nanotechnology, it may be an unreliable guide to ensuring the long-term safety of materials that emerge from the field. If this is the case, do we need to find alternative approaches to developing advanced materials and products that are safe by design?


A New York Judge Has Granted Legal Person Rights To Chimpanzees (Updated)
by George Dvorsky
Apr 23, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

For the first time in U.S. history, a supreme court has granted a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of two lab chimpanzees, effectively recognizing them as legal persons. While the future of the chimps has not yet been decided, it’s a huge step forward in establishing personhood status for highly sapient animals.


Germ-Line (inheritable) human “improvement” via genetic engineering? The “Heinlein Solut
by David Brin
Apr 22, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

This fascinating (if long) essay - Engineering the Perfect Baby (from Technology Review) - explores the scientific and moral ramifications of “germ cell genetic engineering” or the changing of genomes in ways that can be inherited and passed-down, parent to naturally conceived child.


The Epistemic Costs of Superintelligence: Bostrom’s Treacherous Turn and Sceptical Theism
by John Danaher
Apr 21, 2015 • (3) CommentsPermalink

An advanced artificial intelligence (a “superintelligence”) could pose a significant existential risk to humanity. Several research institutes have been set-up to address those risks. And there is an increasing number of academic publications analysing and evaluating their seriousness. Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies represents the apotheosis of this trend. In this article, I argue that in defending the credibility of AI risk, Bostrom makes an epistemic move that is analogous to one made by so-called sceptical theists in the debate about the existence of God. And while this analogy is interesting in its own right, what is more interesting is its potential implication. It has been repeatedly argued that sceptical theism has devastating effects on our beliefs and practices. Could it be that AI-doomsaying has similar effects? I argue that it could. Specifically, and somewhat paradoxically, I argue that it could lead to either a reductio of the doomsayers position, or an important and additional reason to join their cause. I use this paradox to suggest that the modal standards for argument in the superintelligence debate need to be addressed.


Do Killer Robots Violate Human Rights?
by Patrick Lin
Apr 21, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

When machines are anthropomorphized, we risk applying a human standard that should not apply to mere tools.


Should libertarians hate the internet? A Nozickian Argument against Social Networks
by John Danaher
Apr 16, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

My title is needlessly provocative, and may ultimately disappoint, but bear with me a moment. I’ve recently been reading Andrew Keen’s book The Internet is not the Answer. It is an interesting, occasionally insightful, but all too often hyperbolic, personalised and repetitive critique of the internet age. I recommend it, albeit in small doses. But this is a digression. I do not wish to give a full review here. Instead, I wish to dwell on one idea that struck me while I read it.


Uploading and Autonomy
by Thomas Damberger
Apr 15, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Transhumanism can be read as an intellectual and cultural movement. The objective of this movement is to enhance the human condition with the use of technological means. Enhancement in the transhumanistic sense goes far beyond everything that is regarded as normal and settled. “Enhancement” is presumably not the proper expression for this context and it should be replaced with the word “increase”.


Should some conversations be suppressed?
by David Wood
Apr 13, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Are there ideas which could prove so incendiary, and so provocative, that it would be better to shut them down? Should some concepts be permanently locked into a Pandora’s box, lest they fly off and cause too much chaos in the world?


Is the Anthropocene a Disaster or an Opportunity?
by Rick Searle
Apr 13, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Recently the journal Nature published a paper arguing that the year in which the Anthropocene, the proposed geological era in which the collective actions of the human species started to trump other natural processes in terms of their impact, began in the year 1610 AD. If that year leaves you, like it did me, scratching your head and wondering what your missed while you dozed off in your 10th grade history class, don’t worry, because 1610 is a year in which nothing much happened at all. In fact, that’s why the author’s chose it.


The Legal Dilemma of Age Play in Virtual & Augmented   Reality
by B. J. Murphy
Apr 9, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

A few months ago I made the case here on IEET on the future possibilities of sex crimes as a result of exponentially growing technologies, from drones to haptic body suits. I didn’t make the case to try to convince people from refraining to use these technologies – especially for sexual purposes – but rather to stoke a discussion on the possible risks of said technologies and start developing a means to mitigate these risks if and when they present themselves.


Black, Minority Lives Need to Matter in Medicine, Too
by R. J. Crayton
Apr 8, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Recently, I tuned in to watch a 60 Minutes television story on a experimental cancer treatment being tested that was being hailed as near miraculous. As I saw the face of one white patient after another white patient who was cured by injecting the polio virus into a brain tumor, I started to wonder: where are all the black people? Or Hispanics or Asians? It brought to mind the popular campaign and twitter hashtag, Black Lives Matter

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American Family Association Posts then Deletes Explicit Theocratic Aspirations
by Valerie Tarico
Apr 8, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Did a recent graphic by the anti-gay, pro-religious-freedom American Family Association make their intentions a little too clear? The American Family Association (AFA) proudly describes itself as one of the largest and most effective “pro-family” organizations in the United States. This doesn’t mean that AFA advocates for healthcare or paid family leave or family planning or education funding or laws that protect abused children, or aid to dependent children, or other evidence based services that promote family flourishing. Nope; it means they use their legal clout and broadcast media to oppose gay rights in places like Indiana, obstruct access to abortion care, repeal universal healthcare, and defund public services and regulations.


How Much Land Would it Take to Power the US via Solar?
by Ramez Naam
Apr 8, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I’ve seen some pieces in the media lately questioning this, so allow me to point to some facts based on real-world data. tl;dr: We’ll probably never power the world entirely on solar, but if we did, it would take a rather small fraction of the world’s land area: Less than 1 percent of the Earth’s land area to provide for current electricity needs.


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Howard eMiller on 'How Evolution Gave Us Mathematics' (Apr 26, 2015)

iva_ray on 'The Problem of Personal Identity in Two Pages' (Apr 25, 2015)

Eugene on 'Germ-Line (inheritable) human “improvement” via genetic engineering? The "Heinlein Solut' (Apr 25, 2015)

instamatic on 'Yes, Obama “Won Twice” – as a Progressive. Deal With It, Everybody.' (Apr 24, 2015)

John Danaher on 'The Epistemic Costs of Superintelligence: Bostrom's Treacherous Turn and Sceptical Theism' (Apr 24, 2015)

Rick Searle on 'The Epistemic Costs of Superintelligence: Bostrom's Treacherous Turn and Sceptical Theism' (Apr 23, 2015)

CygnusX1 on 'Do Killer Robots Violate Human Rights?' (Apr 22, 2015)

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