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Quick overview of biopolitical points of view

ieet books

Keywords for Environmental Studies
by eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow

Free Money for All: A Basic Income Guarantee Solution for the Twenty-First Century
by Mark Walker

The Brain: The Story of You
by David Eagleman

Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence
by Calum Chace

ieet events

Sorgner@Star Trek “New Worlds” event
April 15 -17, 2016
Nürnberg, Germany

Kevin LaGrandeur at Cleveland MOCA
April 28 , 2016
Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) Spring Exhibition

Wendell Wallach @ Connecticut Science Center
May 5 , 2016
Connecticut Science Center

Sorgner@8th Beyond Humanism Conference
May 25 -28, 2016
Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Faculty of Philosophy

Campa@Third ISA Forum on Sociology
July 12 , 2016
Vienna, Austria

Stefan Sorgner @ Meditation & Wirklichkeit Conference in Berlin
November 25 -26, 2016

ieet news

Phil Torres publishes book on Existential Risks
(Feb 13, 2016)

IEET Affiliate Scholar Phil Torres has published a book on Existential Risks, titled The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us About the Apocalypse. The Foreword was written by IEET Fellow Russell Blackford. 

Riccardo Campa will be speaking at Vienna conference
(Feb 12, 2016)

IEET Fellow Riccardo Campa will present a lecture on “Robots and Unemployment: A Scenario Analysis” in Vienna.

Stefan Sorgner interviewed by Deutschlandradio Kultur (Feb 12, 2016)

Stefan Sorgner speaking on Transhumanism and Star Wars (Feb 10, 2016)


ieet articles

Phil Torres Top Three Strategies for Avoiding an Existential Risk
by Phil Torres
Feb 13, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Since the first species of Homo emerged in the grassy savanna of East Africa some 2 million years ago, humanity has been haunted by a small constellation of improbable existential risks from nature. We can call this our cosmic risk background. It includes threats posed by asteroid/comet impacts, super volcanic eruptions, global pandemics, solar flares, black hole explosions or mergers, supernovae, galactic center outbursts, and gamma-ray bursts. While modern technology could potentially protect us against some of these risks — such as asteroids that could induce an “impact winter” — the background of existential dangers remains more or less unchanged up to the present.

Giulio Prisco The Cosmos and the Brain - a Great Week for Science
by Giulio Prisco
Feb 13, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Yesterday I and thousands of viewers around the world watched live the LIGO press conference on the first gravitational waves detection from a black hole fusion event. Two days before, the Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize was awarded to the first demonstration that a brain can be preserved for future mind uploading. What a great week for science!

John G. Messerly How Science Can Make Us Immortal
by John G. Messerly
Feb 12, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

If death is inevitable, then all we can do is die and hope for the best. But perhaps we don’t have to die. Many respectable scientists now believe that humans can overcome death and achieve immortality through the use of future technologies. But how will we do this?

EMG Fun sans fin
by EMG
Feb 12, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A la fin du dix-huitième siècle, des bricoleurs ont fabriqué les premières boites à musique : de subtils petits mécanismes capables de jouer des harmonies et mélodies tout seuls. Quelques uns comptaient des cloches, percussions, orgues, et même des violons, tout cela coordonné par un cylindre rotatif. Les exemples les plus ambitieux étaient de véritables orchestres lilliputiens, comme le Panharmonicon, inventé à Vienne en 1805, ou l’Orchestrion, produit en série à Dresde en 1851.

Andrés Gómez Emilsson The Super-Shulgin Academy: A Singularity I Can Believe In
by Andrés Gómez Emilsson
Feb 11, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Imagine that the year is 2050. A lot of AI applications are now a normal part of life. Cars drive themselves, homes clean themselves (and they do so more cheaply than maids possibly could) and even doctors have been now partially replaced with neural networks. But the so-called Kurzweilian Singularity never took off. You can now talk for 10 rounds of sentences with a chatbot without being able to tell if it is a real person or not. The bots anticipate your questions by analyzing your facial expressions and matching them to a vast library of pre-existing human-machine conversations in order to maximize their level of Turing success (i.e. success at convincing humans the algorithm is a human).

John G. Messerly Daniel Dennett: In Defense of Robotic Consciousness
by John G. Messerly
Feb 11, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Daniel Dennett (1942 – ) is an American philosopher, writer and cognitive scientist whose research is in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is currently the Co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and a University Professor at Tufts University. He received his PhD from Oxford University in 1965 where he studied under the eminent philosopher Gilbert Ryle.

Woody Evans Against Transhuman Separatism: Breakaway Cultures Become Broken Cultures
by Woody Evans
Feb 10, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I was recently invited to participate in a conference on “startup societies”—those groups, usually libertarian, that want to peel off from dominant cultures and governments in order to explore their own interests and freedoms in international waters.  You may have heard of The Principality of Sealand, Operation Atlantis, Liberland, Fort Galt, The First Millennial Foundation (AKA The Living Universe Foundation), or the dozens of other wannabe micronations.  What would the potentials for transhuman experimentation, I was asked, be in such micro societies?  In formulating my reply by email, I realized there was more to say, and I wanted to loop the rest of you in on the conversation.

Valerie Tarico Will Reproductive Rights Advocates Stand Up for Men?
by Valerie Tarico
Feb 10, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Frozen embryos open new questions about forced parenthood and whether men, too, might have rights under Roe v. Wade.

Those of us on the Left like to say that we’re all “in it” together: rich, poor; white, brown; queer, straight; old, young; secular, devout; and even other species.

Michael Cerullo Small Mammalian Brain Prize Winner!
by Michael Cerullo
Feb 9, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A team at 21st Century Medicine (, led by Robert McIntyre has won Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize, which carries an award of $26,735.

Giulio Prisco The Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize Has Been Won
by Giulio Prisco
Feb 9, 2016 • (3) CommentsPermalink

The Brain Preservation Foundation (BPF) announced that the Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize has officially been won. The spectacular result achieved by 21st Century Medicine researchers provides the first demonstration that near-perfect, long-term structural preservation of an intact mammalian brain is achievable.

Valerie Tarico Apple Search Finally Stops Directing People Seeking Abortions to Adoption Centers
by Valerie Tarico
Feb 9, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Ask Siri where to get an abortion and get a list of adoption agencies–for five years that was the experience of Apple users in cities ranging from San Francisco to Philadelphia. Recent technical upgrades appear to have resolved the problem, but advocates seeking to end abortion stigma say they intend to keep an eye on Siri and her competitors.

Nicoletta Iacobacci Pulp Ethics Exponential tech needs exponential ethics
by Nicoletta Iacobacci
Feb 8, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Numerous innovations have the potential to dramatically augment human cognition and capabilities. They could magnify the economy and give rise to other, even more powerful technologies. Our response to this is crucial.

John G. Messerly John Searle’s Critique of Ray Kurzweil
by John G. Messerly
Feb 8, 2016 • (3) CommentsPermalink

John Searle (1932 – ) is currently the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD from Oxford University. He is a prolific author and one of the most important living philosophers.

Robert Bruce New Gravestone Technology: Hi-Tech Gimmickry?
by Robert Bruce
Feb 7, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The typical gravestone hasn’t changed in hundreds, if not thousands of years. That said, there are more than a few companies out there trying to use modern technology to upgrade the traditional stone or marble marker. With the likes of wi-fi, video screens and QR codes abound, are these new additions useful or just a hi-tech gimmick?

Hank Pellissier Basic Income Guarantee will allow us to move up the Maslow Pyramid - interview with Gerd Leonhard
by Hank Pellissier
Feb 7, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Gerd Leonhard is an acclaimed European futurist; his popular videos are featured at IEET and he is a regular IEET contributing writer. In this interview I explore his opinions and forecasts on Basic Income Guarantee.

Rick Searle The one percent discovers transhumanism: Davos 2016
by Rick Searle
Feb 6, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

The World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland just wrapped up its annual gathering. It isn’t hard to make fun of this yearly coming together of the global economic and cultural elites who rule the world, or at least think they do.

Hank Pellissier “McMindfulness”: is Buddhism contaminated by capitalism?” - interview with Terry Hyland
by Hank Pellissier
Feb 6, 2016 • (3) CommentsPermalink

Terry Hyland is an expert on Buddhism who was interviewed by IEET for a previous article, in August 2015. He is Emeritus Professor at University of Bolton, UK and Lecturer in Philosophy at Free University of Ireland, teaching courses in mindfulness. He has written over 150 articles, 19 book chapters and 6 books.

John Danaher The Value of Deep Work and How to Prioritise It
by John Danaher
Feb 5, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

My life is filled with trivial, time-wasting tasks. As an academic, teaching and research are the most valuable* activities I perform. And yet as I progress in my career I find myself constantly drawn away from these two things to focus on administrative tasks. While efficient administration is important in large organisations (like universities), it feels like a major time-sink to someone like me because (a) I am not ultimately rewarded for being good at it (career progression depends far more research and, to a lesser extent, teaching) and (b) I don’t have any aptitude for or interest in it.



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ieet multimedia

A robot that runs and swims like a salamander
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Auke Ijspeert

Future “Bodyshops”
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BJ Murphy

Network Society: the coming socio-economic phase transformation
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David Orban

What Carries Our Personal Identity?
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David Brin

The Longevity Dividend
(Feb 9, 2016)

All your devices can be hacked
(Feb 8, 2016)

Military robots and the future of war
(Feb 7, 2016)


almostvoid on 'Daniel Dennett: In Defense of Robotic Consciousness' (Feb 13, 2016)

almostvoid on 'The Super-Shulgin Academy: A Singularity I Can Believe In' (Feb 13, 2016)

almostvoid on 'How Science Can Make Us Immortal' (Feb 13, 2016)

DidierC on 'Radical Life Extension can be Developed Quickly for the Mainstream: Interview with Didier Coeurnelle' (Feb 11, 2016)

spud100 on 'The Super-Shulgin Academy: A Singularity I Can Believe In' (Feb 11, 2016)

randomname on '"McMindfulness": is Buddhism contaminated by capitalism?" - interview with Terry Hyland' (Feb 10, 2016)

Giulio Prisco on 'The Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize Has Been Won' (Feb 10, 2016)


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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