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ieet books

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

Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds
by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds.

Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies
by Ben Goertzel ed.

Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution
by Ted Chu


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Cascio @ Climate Engineering Conference 2014
August 18 -21, 2014
Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany


Siegel @ Palenque Norte, Burning Man
August 26 -29, 2014
Camp Soft Landing, Black Rock City, NV


Sorgner @ Posthuman Politics
September 25 -28, 2014
University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece


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


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, Korea


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


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


ieet news

The Sad Passing of a Positive Futurist
(Jul 22, 2014)

I was just informed that Dick Pelletier, one the IEET’s most beloved writers, passed away this evening from Stage 5 Parkinson’s Disease. I have worked with Dick for the past two years and he taught me more about the next step in human evolution than most doctors and professors I have met. His Positive Futurist stance on humanity and mind will continue to inspire us all.

IEET Affiliate Scholar, Dick Pelletier, Hospitalized for Stage 5 Parkinson’s Disease
(Jul 15, 2014)

We the Family first would like to thank each and every one of you for your positive thoughts and wishes.  We are asking for your assistance to keep Dick on a positive road to recovery.  At this time we just don’t have the means to assist Dick with all the finances for his recovery.


IEET Fellow, Ramez Naam’s Nexus and Cory Doctorow’s Homeland Tie for the Prometheus Award (Jul 14, 2014)

IEET Readers Iffy About Mandatory Longevity Therapy for Children (Jul 11, 2014)


ieet articles


Bostrom on Superintelligence (2): The Instrumental Convergence Thesis
by John Danaher
Jul 30, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

This is the second post in my series on Nick Bostrom’s recent book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. In the previous post, I looked at Bostrom’s defence of the orthogonality thesis. This thesis claimed that pretty much any level of intelligence — when “intelligence” is understood as skill at means-end reasoning — is compatible with pretty much any (final) goal. Thus, an artificial agent could have a very high level of intelligence, and nevertheless use that intelligence to pursue very odd final goals, including goals that are inimical to the survival of human beings. In other words, there is no guarantee that high levels of intelligence among AIs will lead to a better world for us.


Bostrom on Superintelligence (1): The Orthogonality Thesis
by John Danaher
Jul 30, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In this entry, I take a look at Bostrom’s orthogonality thesis. As we shall see, this thesis is central to his claim that superintelligent AIs could pose profound existential risks to human beings. But what does the thesis mean and how plausible is it?


Dazed and Confused — The Case for Comprehensive Sexual Education
by Valerie Tarico
Jul 30, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Can a girl get pregnant if she has sex standing up? Will my boyfriend be able to feel my IUD? What are dental dams, and why do people use them for sex? Does everybody shave or trim down there? If a guy pays for dinner, what does a girl owe him?


Sherlock Holmes as Cyborg and the Future of Retail
by Rick Searle
Jul 29, 2014 • (3) CommentsPermalink

Lately, I’ve been enjoying reruns of the relatively new BBC series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which imagines Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective in our 21st century world. The thing I really enjoy about the show is that it’s the first time I can recall that anyone has managed to make Sherlock Holmes funny without at the same time undermining the whole premise of a character whose purely logical style of thinking make him seem more a robot than a human being.


What is the Difference between Posthumanism and Transhumanism?
by Kevin LaGrandeur
Jul 28, 2014 • (5) CommentsPermalink

While at conferences and doing research and writing over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed a lot of confusion about the terms “posthuman,” “transhuman,” and “posthumanism.”  A lot of people—including scholars who should know better—use these terms pretty much interchangeably and indiscriminately.  Part of the problem is that these terms are all fairly new.  So for clarity’s sake, I offer these simple thumbnail definitions of all three terms…


Building the Virtues Control Panel
by J. Hughes
Jul 28, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

We have already taken the first steps towards virtue engineering. We already take stimulants to get on top of our day in the morning, and to stay alert when we need to be. We give sex offenders testosterone suppression, alcoholics drugs that make them nauseous if they drink, lap bands for those who can’t control their weight, and anti-psychotics for mentally ill criminals. We just aren’t very precise about our moral engineering yet. The next steps will come from advances in brain science to understand the levers of our moral sentiments and behaviors, and how to push them with targeted nanomaterial-enabled pharmaceuticals and nano-neural interfaces.


Convergent Risk, Social Futurism, and the Wave of Change (Part 2 of 2)
by Amon Twyman
Jul 27, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

The third section in this chapter will lay out a ‘toolkit’ of policies and strategic options for a transition phase toward a Social Futurist outcome. Such a medium-term focus on transition and interim steps may give an impression that our viewpoint is reformist rather than deeply revolutionary, when in fact it should be considered revolutionary on two levels.


Beauty Is Skin-deep—But That’s Where Genetic Engineering Is Going Next
by Ted Chu
Jul 27, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

A Korean woman was on the verge of divorce because her husband no longer found her attractive and was having an affair. Nothing worked in her efforts to save the marriage and as a last resort she underwent cosmetic surgery. The result was so dramatic and her son didn’t recognize her when she returned home.


Convergent Risk, Social Futurism, and the Wave of Change (Part 1 of 2)
by Amon Twyman
Jul 26, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In recent years there has been a growing understanding that technologies often do not develop in isolation, but instead affect and frequently accelerate each others’ development. This process of increasing interdependence between developing technologies is known as convergence. When discussing this phenomenon, commentators tend to focus on the convergence of NBIC (Nanometre scale, Biological, Information, and Cognitive) technologies.


Why Solitary Confinement Is The Worst Kind Of Psychological Torture
by George Dvorsky
Jul 25, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

There may be as many as 80,000 American prisoners currently locked-up in a SHU, or segregated housing unit. Solitary confinement in a SHU can cause irreversible psychological effects in as little as 15 days. Here’s what social isolation does to your brain, and why it should be considered torture.


The Trifecta of Roommate Selection Technology: Privacy, Prejudice, And Diversity
by Evan Selinger
Jul 25, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Over at The New York TimesNatasha Singer discusses the pros and cons of universities providing incoming students with online technology that helps them select roommates. She does a great job of identifying salient points. But I think it’s important to augment the story by adding some remarks on privacy and prejudice.


The Maverick Nanny with a Dopamine Drip: Debunking Fallacies in the Theory of AI Motivation
by Richard Loosemore
Jul 24, 2014 • (2) CommentsPermalink

My goal in this article is to demolish the AI Doomsday scenarios that are being heavily publicized by the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, the Future of Humanity Institute, and others, and which have now found their way into the farthest corners of the popular press. These doomsday scenarios are logically incoherent at such a fundamental level that they can be dismissed as extremely implausible - they require the AI to be so unstable that it could never reach the level of intelligence at which it would become dangerous.  On a more constructive and optimistic note, I will argue that even if someone did try to build the kind of unstable AI system that might lead to one of the doomsday behaviors, the system itself would immediately detect the offending logical contradiction in its design, and spontaneously self-modify to make itself safe.


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comments

David Roden on 'What is the Difference between Posthumanism and Transhumanism?' (Jul 31, 2014)

CygnusX1 on 'Sherlock Holmes as Cyborg and the Future of Retail' (Jul 31, 2014)

Rick Searle on 'The Problem with the Trolley Problem, or why I avoid utilitarians near subways' (Jul 30, 2014)

Rick Searle on 'Sherlock Holmes as Cyborg and the Future of Retail' (Jul 30, 2014)

kevinlagrandeur on 'What is the Difference between Posthumanism and Transhumanism?' (Jul 30, 2014)

kevinlagrandeur on 'What is the Difference between Posthumanism and Transhumanism?' (Jul 30, 2014)

rms on 'Convergent Risk, Social Futurism, and the Wave of Change (Part 2 of 2)' (Jul 30, 2014)

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