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ieet books

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

A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
by Keith Wiley

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

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
by Nick Bostrom


ieet events

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


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


2014 Longevity and Genetics Conference: Vancouver
November 15 , 2014
Vancouver


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


Brain @ North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress
February 26 -1, 2015
New York, NY USA


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


ieet news

IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner Edits First Ever Comprehensive Intro to Post and Transhumanism
(Oct 3, 2014)

The first ever comprehensive introduction edited by Robert Ranisch and IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner which compares and contrasts posthumanism and transhumanism is forthcoming within the next two weeks.

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


ieet articles


Philosopher Michael Lynch Says Privacy Violations Are An Affront To Human Dignity
by Evan Selinger
Oct 24, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Michael Lynch, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, was the latest guest-speaker in my Technology, Privacy, and Law class. I asked Lynch to appear so that he could explain why he argues, in places like his amicus curiae brief for ACLU v. Clapper and articles in The New York Times, that some privacy violations are so harmful they’re an “affront to human dignity.” Students, of course, are free to accept or reject this this view. Either way, it’s complex.


Transhumanism: The Robot Human: A Self-Generating Ecosystem
by Tery Spataro
Oct 23, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I will attempt to take the fear out of the future, by giving Transhumanism a digestible definition, while at the same time offering a cautionary note. As an educator, technologist and ethicist, I feel I have a social obligation to provide a rationale for understanding Transhumanism for those people who have questions about our natural evolution and for younger generations who are embracing technology but want to know there is a brighter future.


Indefinite Life Extension and Broader World Health Collaborations (Part II)
by Eric Schulke
Oct 23, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Review of Health Advocacy in the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals This review addresses research and advocacy collaboration potential pertaining to the World Health Organization, indefinite life extension and related groups. I begin by explaining how supporters of a generally healthy society and groups interested in world development relate and don’t relate to longevity extension. I then examine papers that are more oriented toward longevity extension. I conclude by reviewing papers that are most closely aligned with the goal. I note that, though we in the movement for indefinite life extension support many of these groups and their positions, none of them go quite far enough.


Indefinite Life Extension and Broader World Health Collaborations (Part I)
by Eric Schulke
Oct 23, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Review of Health Advocacy in the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals This review addresses research and advocacy collaboration potential pertaining to the World Health Organization, indefinite life extension and related groups. I begin by explaining how supporters of a generally healthy society and groups interested in world development relate and don’t relate to longevity extension. I then examine papers that are more oriented toward longevity extension. I conclude by reviewing papers that are most closely aligned with the goal. I note that, though we in the movement for indefinite life extension support many of these groups and their positions, none of them go quite far enough.


The Transhumanist Future of Sex (Crimes?)
by B. J. Murphy
Oct 23, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

On August 31 of this year, nearly 200 celebrities had their private images hacked and released for the entire world to see. These images ranged from the normal day-to-day activities, to their utmost private moments – from nudity to sex. This event hit both mainstream and social media airwaves, flooding the online sphere under the hashtags #Celebgate and the #Fappening.


5 Reasons Why Democrats Should Push Social Security Expansion – Now
by Richard Eskow
Oct 23, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In two weeks voters will go to the polls in a race that looks increasingly dire for Democrats. It’s not that voters agree with Republicans on the issues. On the contrary, polls show that a majority of voters across the political spectrum agree with core Democratic principles and programs.


Birth Control? There’s an App for That
by Valerie Tarico
Oct 23, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Given that 82 percent of teen pregnancies are unintended, it should come as no surprise that sexual health advocates are eager to make information and services even easier to access and more appealing to emerging adults. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, which serves Western Washington, Alaska, and Southern Idaho, recently rolled out a telemedicine pilot project that may help to do just that.


12 Technologies We Need To Stop Stalling On And Develop Now
by George Dvorsky
Oct 22, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The pace of technological change is governed by many factors — including public demand. Which is why we need to be demanding more. Here are 12 transformative technologies whose development should be expedited right now. To make this list meaningful, I only included those items that are within reasonable technological reach. Sure, it would be nice to have molecular assemblers, warp drives, and the recipe for safe artificial intelligence, but it’ll be decades before we can reasonably embark upon such projects.


iSchools: Contemporary Information Technology Theory Studies
by Melanie Swan
Oct 22, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The perfect merger of academic rigor and contemporary thinking has come together in the concept of iSchools, which give practical consideration and interesting learning opportunities to the most relevant issue of our time: information.


Drug That Lost High-Stakes Political Fight For Funding Now Being Used Against Ebola
by Ryan Grim
Oct 21, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

WASHINGTON—An experimental drug now being used by the U.S. government to treat Ebola patients lost a high-stakes battle for federal funding several years ago. The politically connected drug company that won the dispute, meanwhile, filed for bankruptcy in September.


Planetary Boundaries And Global Catastrophic Risk
by Seth Baum
Oct 20, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Back in 2012, I was invited to spend a few weeks visiting at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), a federally funded Japanese research institute based in the beautiful city of Kyoto. I was invited by my colleague Itsuki Handoh of RIHN. During my visit, Handoh and I came up with an idea for how to fuse two important lines of research on major global threats.


Random Neuron Connections
by Michael Abrams
Oct 20, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

With its 100 million neurons per square inch, the brain is a pretty powerful processor, even if we can’t always beat computers at chess these days. But just how the circuits that make up that wondrous seat of consciousness form themselves has long been anybody’s guess.


Digital Afterlife: 2045
by Rick Searle
Oct 19, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Of all the bewildering diversity of new of consumer choices on offer before the middle of the century that would have stunned people from only a generation earlier, none was perhaps as shocking as the many ways there now were to be dead. As in all things of the 21st century what death looked like was dependent on the wealth question.


Transhumanism and Moral Enhancement
by Alex Nichols
Oct 18, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

With futurist thinkers supporting the notion of human upgrading through technological enhancement, what parameters are considered in respect to moral enhancement? What cross cultural barriers and variations in moral reasoning are we targeting for such upgrades? Moreover, is moral enhancement simply a term we fear delving into despite the association it arguably has to almost everything our culture produces?


Algocracy and other Problems with Big Data (Series Index)
by John Danaher
Oct 18, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

What kind of society are we creating? With the advent of the internet-of-things, advanced data-mining and predictive analytics, and improvements in artificial intelligence and automation, we are the verge of creating a global “neural network”: a constantly-updated, massively interconnected, control system for the world. Imagine what it will be like when every “thing” in your home, place of work, school, city, state and country is connected to a smart device?


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