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ieet books

The Future of Business
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by Ed. Rohit Talwar

A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control
by Wendell Wallach

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach
by Roman Yampolskiy

Who Are We?: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific and Transhumanist Theories Of Human Nature
by John Messerly


ieet events

PRODUCTIONS OF “CITIZEN CYBORG”
June 27 -10, 2015
NYC, NY USA


Anderson, Pellissier @ Transhuman Superpowers and Longevity Conference
July 12 , 2015
Oakland, CA


Kevin LaGrandeur@ Hacking Big Data Brother Conference: From Biometrics to Intra-action
July 21 , 2015
Medialab Prado, Madrid


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


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


Siegel @ Transformative Technology Conference
October 2 -4, 2015
Sofia University, Palo Alto CA


ieet news

B. J. Murphy - New IEET Affiliate Scholar
(Jul 2, 2015)

B.J. Murphy, a popular contributing writer who specializes in technology news, has been invited to be an IEET Affiliate Scholar, and he’s accepted the position.

Seventeen New Advisory Board Members at IEET - seeking 15 more
(Jun 17, 2015)

Seventeen people have joined IEET’s new Advisory Board. The purpose of this supportive group is to help us promote our mission, expand our community and infuse our progress with enthusiasm.


Dr. Roman Yampolskiy - New IEET Affiliate Scholar (Jun 17, 2015)

IEET Audience Divided on Role of Reason in Morality (Jun 14, 2015)


ieet articles


Condoms are So Hundred Years Ago: Why Better Birth Control for Men Would Be Better for Everyone
by Valerie Tarico
Jul 3, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Birth control options for men and women are a century apart. Men deserve better.

The best birth control options  for women today have qualities our grandmothers could only have dreamed of. They toggle the fertility switch to off until a woman wants it on, making pregnancy “opt in” rather than “opt out.” They are easily reversed when a woman wants a baby and have bonus health benefits like lighter periods and protection against some cancers. They last from three to twelve years, depending on the method and can simply be forgotten once in place, yet have an annual failure rate below 1 in 500.


US Congress Wants Religious Experts to Weigh in on Three-Parent IVF
by George Dvorsky
Jul 3, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Several months ago, the UK approved  a groundbreaking reproductive technique in which babies are created from the genetic material of three people. The US is now considering the procedure, but Congress’s new spending bill will require religious experts to review a forthcoming report.


Stoicism in the Post-Singularity Future
by Steven Umbrello
Jul 3, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Futurists like Ray Kurzweil believe that advancements in the field of artificial intelligence will culminate to a point in the near future to allow humans to transcend their biological form. This is what he calls the Singularity and he describes it as follows:


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation - Creating Mystical States in the Temporal Lobe
by Dirk Bruere
Jul 2, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink


TMS involves using a computer controlled array of electromagnetic coils placed on or close to the scalp and then activated in such a manner that magnetic “waves” stimulate neural activity in selected areas of the brain. There are essentially two types of TMS technology largely defined by the power levels used. A lot of contemporary research (circa 2005CE) uses extremely high power levels, in many cases involving peak powers flowing in the coils in the megawatt region, to directly “kick” the brain in selected locations.


How to Survive the End of the Universe
by Alexey Turchin
Jul 2, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

My plan below needs to be perceived with irony because it is almost irrelevant: we have only a very small chance of surviving the next 1000 years. If we do survive, we have numerous tasks to accomplish before my plan can become a reality.

Additionally, there’s the possibility that the “end of the universe” will arrive sooner, if our collider experiments lead to a vacuum phase transition, which begins at one point and spreads across the visible universe.


Existential Risks – my shortlist ranging from conventional to bizarre
by Steven Umbrello
Jul 2, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

The dangers that face Earth and its inhabitants are diverse and intricate. The solutions, if any exists per particular danger, are equally complex and nuanced. Below you will find a shortlist of threats that range from conventional to bizarre.


Sex, Slavery and the Black Body Count–An Interview with Theologian Kelly Brown Douglas
by Valerie Tarico
Jul 2, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”

So said white supremacist Dylann Roof to black members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston as he systematically executed nine, leaving one woman and a five-year-old child to bear witness to the slaughter.


US Embargo of Cuba is Immoral - It Prevents Cuban Medicines from Reaching 316 Million Americans
by Alex Lightman
Jul 1, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The US and Cuba resumed diplomatic relations today for the first time in 54 years. The US embargo of Cuba continues, in part because of people who have never been to Cuba but claim to be victims of Cuba, like Marco Rubio.


Machines that Dream: Developing Artificial General Intelligence through AI-Kindergarten
by Danko Nikolic
Jul 1, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Abstract: Development of artificial general intelligence (AGI) may not be possible exclusively through human-created algorithms. Many aspects of human brain are not understandable to human scientists and engineers. Instead, AGI may require machines to create their own algorithms i.e., machines that learn to learn. It has been proposed that this can be achieved through AI-Kindergarten. In AI-Kindergarten machines are not left alone to figure out on their own the necessary algorithms, but they are heavily guided through human feedback.


Technological Unemployment and Personal Well-being: Does Work Make Us Happy?
by John Danaher
Jul 1, 2015 • (3) CommentsPermalink

Let’s assume technological unemployment is going to happen. Let’s assume that automating technologies will take over the majority of economically productive labour. It’s a controversial assumption, to be sure, but one with some argumentative basis.  Should we welcome this possibility? On previous occasions, I have outlined some arguments for thinking that we should. In essence, these arguments claimed that if we could solve the distributional problems arising from technological unemployment (e.g. through a basic income guarantee), then freedom from work could be a boon in terms of personal autonomy, well-being and fulfillment.


Comet Day, Anyone?
by Joel Marks
Jul 1, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

On this day 245 years ago – July 1, 1770 – humanity had its closest known encounter with extinction (with the possible exception of the Cuban Missile Crisis).

Two weeks before that date the French astronomer Charles Messier had discovered a faint comet in the constellation Sagittarius, which thereafter rapidly brightened and began moving swiftly across the sky. At its peak it was naked-eye, and its coma, according to various observers, the apparent size of from 5 to 16 full moons across. Lexell’s Comet, so named after another astronomer who subsequently calculated its orbit, was then under one-and-a-half million miles from Earth, or less than six times the distance of the Moon, and thus the nearest a comet has ever approached us in recorded history. (Kronk n.d.)


Solar: The First 1% Was the Hardest
by Ramez Naam
Jun 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Solar power now provides roughly 1% of the world’s electricity.  It took 40 years to reach that milestone. But, as they say in tech, the first 1% is the hardest.


The Revolutionary Potential of Psychedelics
by Aaron Moritz
Jun 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Psychedelic substances are resurging into the popular culture in ways unrivaled since the starry-eyed, long-haired baby boomers of the 1960’s dropped acid and discovered peace and promiscuity. However, today’s generation of visionary psychonauts are making a much more measured movement to the mainstream than the hundred thousand hippies who descended on San Francisco in 1967’s summer of love.


Miss Metaverse (Kate Aquino) - interviewed by Future/Culture Magazine
by Travis James Leland
Jun 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Miss Metaverse (Katie Aquino) is a futurist consultant and founder of the Futurista™ agency, and startups FutureFriday.org and Awesome Future TV and she has been a guest on several podcasts, including Robot Overlordz, Inspireland, and On Air With Sir.  She recently had an interview with Future/Culture on a variety of topics. Future/Culture is a magazine run by IEET Contributor Travis Leland.


New God Argument (Version 3.2)
by Lincoln Cannon
Jun 30, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Here is version 3.2 of the New God Argument, as it appears on the new website I published last week. Changes from version 3.1 include shortening of the main summary, addition of short summaries for each section, addition of a “decentralized” qualification on the destructive capacity mentioned in the Compassion Argument, and removal of the hyphen in “posthumanity”.


A Game of Musical Chairs over Hot Coals - an analogy about employment and basic income
by Scott Santens
Jun 29, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

There’s a common belief that people who don’t have jobs somehow just aren’t trying hard enough, and this belief is therefore based on the idea that there are enough jobs for everyone. To get a job, all one really needs to do is just try hard enough.

“Just go get a job.”


Human Brain 2.0 - what is the most essential upgrade? Increased Rationality, Empathy, or Happiness?
by Hank Pellissier
Jun 29, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Our human brains obviously needs improvement, in multiple different capacities. But - what is the most important upgrade? Increased Rationality? Increased Empathy? Elevated Happiness?

I posed this question to members of IEET’s new Advisory Board, and I received a variety of answers:


Simple Intervention Cuts Unplanned Pregnancy by Half
by Valerie Tarico
Jun 29, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

A single half-day training that teaches medical clinics how to provide better birth control can radically improve outcomes for patients, cutting unplanned pregnancies by half according to research published in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet.


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comments

StevenUmbrello on 'Existential Risks – my shortlist ranging from conventional to bizarre' (Jul 2, 2015)

Alexey Turchin on 'How to Survive the End of the Universe' (Jul 2, 2015)

spud100 on 'Existential Risks – my shortlist ranging from conventional to bizarre' (Jul 2, 2015)

spud100 on 'How to Survive the End of the Universe' (Jul 2, 2015)

spud100 on 'Technological Unemployment and Personal Well-being: Does Work Make Us Happy?' (Jul 2, 2015)

Rick Searle on 'Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Transhumanist?' (Jul 2, 2015)

John Danaher on 'Technological Unemployment and Personal Well-being: Does Work Make Us Happy?' (Jul 2, 2015)

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