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ieet books

A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
Author
by Keith Wiley

A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century
by Ilia Stambler

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
by Nick Bostrom

Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
by Martine Rothblatt


ieet events

CyborgCamp ‘14
October 2 -4, 2014
MIT's Media Lab, 75 Amherst St. Cambridge, Boston MA, USA


Brin @ TERADYNE Corp. biannual internal technical conference.
October 7 , 2014
San Diego, CA USA


Siegel @ Indiecade
October 9 -12, 2014
Culver City, CA USA


LaGrandeur @ Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
October 9 -12, 2014
Dallas, TX USA


Brin on the future of technological change.
October 10 , 2014
NY, NY USA


Brin @ New York Comic-con
October 11 -12, 2014
NY, NY USA


Brin @ University of Kansas
October 13 , 2014
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS USA


Siegel @ Buddhist Geeks Conference
October 16 -18, 2014
Boulder, Colorado


Siegel @ Science and Non-Duality
October 22 -27, 2014
San Jose, CA USA


Sorgner @ 3rd World Humanities Forum
October 30 -1, 2014
Daejeon City, S. Korea


David Pearce and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner @ Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul/South Korea
November 3 -, 2014
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul/South Korea.


Pearce, Sorgner on Nietzsche and transhumanism @ “Transhumanism and Asia”
November 3 , 2014
Seoul, South Korea


Sorgner on transhumanism
November 12 , 2014
Nürnberg, Germany


Brin @ San Diego
November 12 -13, 2014
San Diego, CA USA


Sorgner on robotics and H+
November 17 , 2014
University of Innsbruck, Germany


Hughes, Vita-More, de Grey, Roux @ TransVision 2014
November 20 -22, 2014
Paris, France


Brin on SETI @ AAPT
January 4 -5, 2015
San Diego, CA USA


Brin @ NASA NIAC Meeting
January 27 -30, 2015
Orlando, FL USA


Brin @ AAAS Annual Meeting
February 12 -16, 2015
San Jose, CA USA


Hughes @ Juniata H+ Conference
July 26 -30, 2015
Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA USA


ieet news

IEET Fellow Evan Selinger, referenced in New York Times
(Sep 17, 2014)

The NY Times picked up on IEET Fellow Evan Selinger’s concerns over the cognitive and characterological downside to using predictive consumer technology, including the new form of texting available on Apple’s iOS8.

IEET Affiliate Scholar Rick Searle was a 3rd place winner of a $2,000 prize from FQXi
(Sep 8, 2014)

IEET Affiliate Scholar Rick Searle was a 3rd place winner of a $2,000 prize in this spring’s FQXi essay contest “How Should Humanity Steer the Future?” The contests are regular events held by the Fundamental Questions Institute whose mission is “To catalyze, support, and disseminate research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.”


IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner on German public radio (WDR) (Sep 8, 2014)

CBS Approves Pilot of TV Drama Based on Work of IEET Advisor Arthur Caplan (Sep 6, 2014)


ieet articles


Last Things: Cold Comfort in the Far Future
by Gregory Benford
Sep 30, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Robert Frost’s famous imagery—fire or ice, take your pick—pretty much sums it up. But lately, largely unnoticed, a revolution has unwound in the thinking about such matters, in the hands of that most rarefied of tribes, the theoretical physicists. Maybe, just maybe, ice isn’t going to be the whole story. Of course, linking the human prospect to cosmology itself is not at all new. The endings of stories are important, because we believe that how things turn out implies what they ultimately mean. This comes from being pointed toward the future, as any ambitious species must be.


Don’t Diss Dystopias: Sci-fi’s warning tales are as important as its optimistic stories.
by Ramez Naam
Sep 30, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

This piece is part of Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University. On Thursday, Oct. 2, Future Tense will host an event in Washington, D.C., on science fiction and public policy, inspired by the new anthology Hieroglyph: Stories & Visions for a Better Future. For more information on the event, visit the New America website; for more on Hieroglyph project, visit the website of ASU’s Project Hieroglyph.


Supertasking and Mindfulness
by Alex Nichols
Sep 29, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

In an age of unlimited access to information, coupled with an endless bombardment of stimulation from technology, I find it important to reassess our notions of bringing balance to what it means to be focused and present.


Will Brain Wave Technology Eliminate the Need for a Second Language?
by Zoltan Istvan
Sep 29, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Earlier this year, the first mind-to-mind communication took place. Hooked up to brain wave headsets, a researcher in India projected a thought to a colleague in France, and they understood each other. Telepathy went from the pages of science fiction to reality.


The Renewable Energy Revolution
by Ramez Naam
Sep 29, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Transforming the world’s energy supply will take decades. It is a very tall order. But it’s starting. The price of renewables – and energy storage – continues to plunge, putting them on a path to being cheaper than any other form of energy within the coming decade. And they continue to grow exponentially – albeit it from a low baseline – spreading out into the market.


Blockchain Health - Remunerative Health Data Commons & HealthCoin RFPs
by Melanie Swan
Sep 29, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The bigger concept behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin is blockchain technology. The blockchain (a chain of transaction blocks) is a public transaction ledger, automatically downloaded and stored digitally in electronic wallet applications; a digital record of all transactions in a certain asset class like bitcoin. 


Indefinite Life Extension: The Pay is $Infinity
by Eric Schulke
Sep 29, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

World awareness of indefinite-life-extension research increases the percentage of people who will then want to contribute to its success. When we inform the mainstream of most of the industrialized world and beyond, about the people, projects, and organizations working directly and indirectly toward indefinite life extension, then a percentage of that world – which is a lot of people at even a fraction of 1% – will be helping to execute the projects that need to be completed to see if we can make this happen.


Interactively visualizing major health risks
by Andrew Maynard
Sep 28, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Visualizing risk, NHS style It maybe because I hang out too much in the US these days, but I’ve only just come across this rather excellent  Atlas of Risk from the UK National Health Service…


Transhumanism and The Journal of Evolution and Technology
by Russell Blackford
Sep 28, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I’ve had the honor of serving as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Evolution and Technology (henceforth “JET”) since January 2008 – so it’s now approaching seven years! Where did the time go? Having been invited by Kris Notaro to write something about an aspect of transhumanism as it involves me professionally, I’m taking the opportunity to reflect briefly on JET and its mission. We have a great story to tell, and perhaps we should tell it more often.


The Obvious Relationship Between Climate and Family Planning—and Why We Don’t Talk About
by Valerie Tarico
Sep 26, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Several years ago, Bill Gates keynoted a breakfast for Seattle-based Climate Solutions, a nonprofit focused on advancing the clean energy economy and driving practical, profitable solutions to climate change. Gates opened his speech with an equation. To paraphrase: Our carbon problem = persons x services x the energy intensity of services x the carbon intensity of energy. The number of people is growing, Gates observed, and we all want more services.


Dawkins and the “We are going to die” -Argument
by John Danaher
Sep 25, 2014 • (6) CommentsPermalink

Consider the following passage from Richard Dawkins’s book Unweaving the Rainbow“We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people…”


Will we uplift other species to sapience?
by David Brin
Sep 25, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

This time, let’s veer into an area wherein I actually know a thing or two!  The matter of whether humanity might someday… or even should… meddle in other creatures on this planet and bestow upon them the debatable “gift” of full sapience—the ability to argue, ponder, store information, appraise, discuss, create, express and manipulate tools, so that they might join us in the problematic task of being worthy planetary managers.


Can Technology Help Save Africa?
by R. Dennis Hansen
Sep 25, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Ray Kurzweil recently made the observation that:  “A kid in Africa has access to more information than the President of the United States did 15 years ago.”[1]  Since I try to spend at least one month a year in Africa (mostly in Uganda), this quote got me thinking.


Review: When Google Met WikiLeaks (2014) by Julian Assange
by Harry J. Bentham
Sep 25, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Julian Assange’s 2014 book When Google Met WikiLeaks consists of essays authored by Assange and, more significantly, the transcript of a discussion between Assange and Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen.


How to avoid drowning in the Library of Babel
by Rick Searle
Sep 24, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Between us and the future stands an almost impregnable wall that cannot be scaled. We cannot see over it,or under it, or through it, no matter how hard we try. Sometimes the best way to see the future is by using the same tools we use in understanding the present which is also, at least partly, hidden from direct view by the dilemma inherent in our use of language.


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