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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


ieet events

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


Cascio @ TEDx in Marin
September 18 , 2014
Marin


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

IEET Fellow Ramez Naam’s Nexus is a Finalist for the Endeavour Award
(Aug 9, 2014)

 Nexus is a finalist for the 2014 Endeavour Award, for the best SF or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest author in the previous year. 

CBS Gives Pilot Production Commitment to Drama Based on Bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan
(Aug 9, 2014)

CBS has given a pilot production commitment to “Austen’s Razor,” a drama from Legendary Television and CBS Television Studios that’s inspired by the career of bioethics expert Arthur L. Caplan.


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

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


ieet articles


Intracortical Recording Devices
by Melanie Swan
Aug 21, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A key future use of neural electrode technology envisioned for nanomedicine and cognitive enhancement is intracortical recording devices that would capture the output signals of multiple neurons that are related to a given activity, for example signals associated with movement, or the intent of movement.


Bostrom on Superintelligence (6): Motivation Selection Methods
by John Danaher
Aug 21, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

This is the sixth part in my series on Nick Bostrom’s recent book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. The series is covering those parts of the book that most interest me. This includes the sections setting out the basic argument for thinking that the creation of superintelligent AI could threaten human existence, and the proposed methods for dealing with that threat.


IT Careers: Success vs. Bullying
by Kathryn Cave
Aug 20, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“Every office full of ambitious people has them. And we have all worked with at least one—the co-worker with an inexplicable ability to rise in the ranks,” wrote the Wall Street Journal recently in an article entitled What Corporate Climbers Can Teach Us. “‘How do they do it?’ we may ask ourselves or whisper to friends at work,” it continued. “They don't have more experience. They don't seem that brilliant.”


Enhancing Virtues: Self-Control and Mindfulness
by J. Hughes
Aug 19, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Self-control and attentiveness are cornerstones of moral character, and our capacity for these virtues are about half hard-wired. A child’s capacity for self-control predicts their adult likelihood of a successful life, and of myriad bad habits. I discuss the relationship of attention to moral behavior, the ways we can build a more mindful society, and how we can practice self-control and mindfulness with techniques like fasting, exercise and meditation. But many of us, even if we have above average capacities for self-control and attention, will also benefit from the growing number of technologies that enable self-control, from stimulant medications and treatments for addiction to gene therapies and brain-machine devices.


Don’t fear the robot car bomb
by Patrick Lin
Aug 19, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Within the next few years, autonomous vehicles—alias robot cars—could be weaponized, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fears. In a recently disclosed report, FBI experts wrote that they believe that robot cars would be “game changing” for law enforcement. The self-driving machines could be professional getaway drivers, to name one possibility. Given the pace of developments on autonomous cars, this doesn’t seem implausible.


“Transcendence” A Movie Review
by Giulio Prisco
Aug 19, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I had the opportunity to see Wally Pfister’s Transcendence, with Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, and Morgan Freeman, only last week, more than three months after the film’s release in theaters. Before seeing the film I satisfied my Transcendence cravings with an old, still unnamed copy of Jack Paglen’s script that can be found online (it appears that Paglen’s screenplay was part of what is known as the Black List, a list of popular but unproduced screenplays in Hollywood).


One Nation Under Siege: “Counterinsurgency Cops” in Ferguson – and on TV
by Richard Eskow
Aug 19, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The transfer of used military equipment from the armed forces to police departments around the country has been accompanied, at least to a certain extent, by a shift in public thinking. The news media have played a critical part in that shift, both in its coverage and in what it chooses not to cover.


“Lucy”: A Movie Review
by R. Dennis Hansen
Aug 18, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The recent sci-fi movie Lucy includes questionable science, laugh-out-loud dialogue, strange psychedelic graphics, a well-worn plot, an idiotic chase scene, and ridiculous violence, but I liked it a lot.  It is a guilty pleasure on a par with G.I. Jane and T2.


End Police Brutality, Support Sousveillance Laws!
by B. J. Murphy
Aug 17, 2014 • (4) CommentsPermalink

On August 9, at around 12 in the afternoon, Michael Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson were attacked by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. With his hands in the air, telling Officer Wilson that he was unarmed, the officer shot Brown several times, killing him as a result. This was the eyewitness account told by Brown’s friend Dorian.


Is using nano silver to treat Ebola misguided?
by Andrew Maynard
Aug 16, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

On Thursday this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Ebola victims in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos will receive Nano Silver in an attempt to treat the infection.  The news comes hot on the heels of the World Health Organization’s decision to sanction the use of unlicensed Ebola drugs in West Africa on ethical grounds.  It also coincides with a US Food and Drug Administration statement released yesterday warning against fraudulent Ebola treatment products.


Enhancing Virtues: Positivity
by J. Hughes
Aug 15, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Positive moods are a virtue, both in enabling enjoyment of life and in supporting prosocial behavior. But it is not the only kind of happiness, and in excess can be quite excessive. Along with positive moods we also want to cultivate flourishing, a sense that overall our lives are meaningful and going well. What are the public policies and life behaviors that support positive moods and flourishing lives? As we enter a “hedonistic imperative” future in which we are able to tweak our moods with “happy-people-pills-for-all” how will we find the right balance of positive mood to achieve flourishing lives?


Let’s Bet on Money?
by Maria Konovalenko
Aug 15, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Let’s make a bet? I will propose something incredibly effective in the area of life extension and no one will be able to suggest a better strategy. Deal?


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