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ieet books

Humans and Automata A Social Study of Robotics
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by Riccardo Campa

The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse
by Phil Torres

Envisioning Politics 2.0
by David Wood and Alexander Karran eds.

The Future of Business
by Ed. Rohit Talwar


ieet events

Vita-More @ IFA+ SUMMIT
September 4 -9, 2015
Berlin Germany


Wood @ Pioneering Change in Partnership
September 10 , 2015
London, UK


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


Hughes, Santens @ World Summit on Technological Unemployment
September 29 , 2015
NYC, NY USA


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


Stambler, de Grey @ Super Longevity Conference
October 3 -4, 2015
New Delhi, India


Hughes, Prisco, Goertzel @ Modern Cosmism Conference
October 10 , 2015
NYC, NY USA


Hughes, Brin, Anderson, Pellissier, Sirius, Gillis, Kuzsewski, Istvan @ Future of Politics Conferenc
October 19 -, 2015
Oakland, California


Sorgner@TEDxStuttgart
October 19 , 2015
Stuttgart, Germany


Wood, Pearce @ SIAI Seoul
November 6 -7, 2015
Seoul, South Korea


Sorgner@7th LUMEN international conference
November 12 -14, 2015
Targoviste, Romania


Sorgner @ FirstGerman Academic symposium on transhumanism
December 5 , 2015
Nürnberg, Germany


ieet news

IEET Fellows and Affiliate Scholars Receive AI Safety Grants
(Aug 27, 2015)

IEET co-founder Nick Bostrom, IEET Fellow Wendell Wallach and Affiliate Scholar Seth Baum are Principal Investigators on projects n funded by Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project and administered by the Future of Life Institute.


IEET Audience Leans towards “Free Will”
(Aug 25, 2015)

We asked “Is there free will?” Of the 103 of you who answered, slightly more than half believed free will was possible.


IEET sponsors “The Future of Politics” conference in Oakland, California (Aug 18, 2015)

IEET Audience Favors Legalizing Plural Marriage (Aug 9, 2015)


ieet articles


Aipoly: Helping the Blind See, Using An Artificial Intelligence
by B. J. Murphy
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 have low vision.” Subsequently, 90% of those visually impaired live in low-income settings. What this entails is a two-fold problem in need of serious addressing. Not only a way to help the visually impaired to see, but equally a means of which is affordable to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to.


AI is So Hot, We Forgot All About The ‘AI Winter’ (interview with Dr. Nils J. Nilsson)
by Daniel Faggella
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The great influencers and contributors in the field of AI today can’t help but acknowledge that part of their success comes from ‘standing on the shoulders’ of the thinkers and doers who came before.  Dr. Nils J. Nilsson, former Stanford researcher and author of The Quest for Artificial Intelligence, is such a pioneer in the field of AI that he aptly recalls the ‘AI Winter’, a period of time in the late 1970s and early 1980s when funding dwindled and AI research went underground.  


Nootropics Aren’t Just For Tech Millionaires
by Geoffrey Woo
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Nootropics, more colloquially known as “smart drugs,” are in the zeitgeist. Hollywood productions like Limitless and Lucy to a CNN profile of a tech millionaire - Dave Asprey - spending $300,000 to hack his own body with research chemicals have certainly raised the profile of nootropics in the mainstream.

This essay was co-written with Michael Brandt


Meditation Apps Evaluated - “Headspace” Receives the Highest Score
by Hank Pellissier
Aug 27, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalinkResearch from the School of Psychology and Counseling at Queensland University of Technology in Australia identified 700 apps associated with “mindfulness” on either iTunes and Google Apps Marketplace. Inclusion criteria was stringent; only apps that cost less than $10 were included.


Why We Should Preserve the Privacy and Spirit of Bitcoin
by Giulio Prisco
Aug 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The trend toward mainstream,” sanitized” forms of Bitcoin that can be adopted by governments and banks is here to stay, which is not a bad thing. At the same time, it’s also important to preserve important aspects of the original vision of the Bitcoin Founders – a P2P currency that can’t be controlled by banks and governments, and supports untraceable private transactions.


Network Economies: Economic System as a Configurable Parameter
by Melanie Swan
Aug 26, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

We personalize everything else, why not economic systems too? Starbucks selectability comes to economic system participations! Some interesting implications for personalized economic system design arise per a recent post about ‘Decentralized Reddit.’


The Politics Of Gay Marriage In Nigeria
by Leo Igwe
Aug 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

President Muhammad Buhari has stated during his recent visit to the US that his government would not consider decriminalizing gay marriage in Nigeria. Well, that did not come to me as a surprise because President Buhari is a hardline conservative muslim whom I think would be unwilling to support any legislative or policy change that is not compatible with sharia law.


The Argument from Abandonment and Suffering ( A Specific Version of the Problem of Evil)
by John Danaher
Aug 26, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

(Previous Entry)

The argument from abandonment and suffering is a specific version of the problem of evil. Erik Wielenberg defends the argument in his recent paper ‘The parent-child analogy and the limits of skeptical theism’.  That paper makes two distinctive contributions to the literature, one being the defence of the argument from abandonment and suffering, the other being a meta-argument about standards for success in the debate between skeptical theists and proponents of the problem of evil.


The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, Wins the Hugo Award for Best Novel
by Giulio Prisco
Aug 25, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The Three-Body Problem,”  Ken Liu’s English translation of the first book of Liu Cixin’s best-selling Chinese science fiction trilogy, has won the Hugo Award for best novel.

The book is solid classic science fiction, like the best space operas of vintage science fiction that we loved and still fondly remember as our first introduction to space and science. See my review of “The Three-Body Problem.”


Transhumanism will be a Victorious Revolution (my modest predictions)
by Hank Pellissier
Aug 25, 2015 • (6) CommentsPermalink

I get annoyed when my friends and family tell me I’m going to die. They taunt me regularly, of course, because I’m a transhumanist, opposed to mortality.

“You’re a nutter,” says my British friend Paul.

“You’re just afraid of death,” says Curt.

“Everybody has to die, or the world will get over-populated,” says my 15-year-old daughter, indoctrinated by environmentalism.


A Tale of Vigilante Justice: Adulterers, Hackers, and the Ashley Madison Affair
by Russell Blackford
Aug 25, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Hackers calling themselves “The Impact Team” recently stole the customer data of Ashley Madison, an online dating service for people who are married or in committed relationships. Ashley Madison employs a slogan that says it all: “Life is short. Have an affair.”

During July and August, customer data was released online by the hackers: the upshot is that it’s now possible to identify many individuals who held Ashley Madison accounts. This includes such intimate details as their sexual fetishes and proclivities.


Humanism And Anti-Intellectualism In Nigeria
by Leo Igwe
Aug 25, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A lot has been said about militant Islam and extreme Christian, traditional religious practices in Nigeria. There has been much focus on violent attacks by the jihadist group, Boko Haram, on the abuses perpetrated by sharia policing agencies and the nefarious activities of homophobic pentecostal churches and witch hunting pastors in the country. Unfortunately not much attention has been paid to the efforts of humanists, atheists, skeptics and agnostics in the country to address these problems. Not many Nigerians know about the campaigns by humanists against witch hunting, blasphemy law and harmful traditional practices. In fact not many Nigerians know that humanists and humanist groups exist in the country.


Do Extraterrestials Philosophize?
by Rick Searle
Aug 24, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The novelist and philosopher R. Scott Bakker recently put out a mind blowing essay on the philosophy of extraterrestrials, which isn’t as Area 51 as such a topic might seem at first blush.  After all, Voltaire covered the topic of aliens,  but if a Frenchman is still a little too playful for your philosophical tastes, recall that Kant thought the topic of extraterrestrial intelligence important to cover extensively as well, and you can’t get much more full of dull seriousness than the man from Koeningsberg.


Is God the Source of Meaning in Life? Four Critical Arguments
by John Danaher
Aug 24, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

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Theists sometimes argue that God’s existence is essential for meaning in life. In a quote that I have used far too often over the years, William Lane Craig puts it rather bluntly:

If there is no God, then man and the universe are doomed. Like prisoners condemned to death, we await our unavoidable execution. There is no God, and there is no immortality. And what is the consequence of this? It means that life itself is absurd. It means that the life we have is without ultimate significance, value or purpose. (Craig 2007, 72)


Iron Man and the Modern Identity Crisis
by Micah Redding
Aug 24, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A year ago, I was traveling across the world. I had just moved out of my house, taken a leave of absence from my part-time job, and left without a lot of money or a good sense of whether I would be employed when I got back.

I slept on hard floors, in hostels, on couches, and in rooms that were built on rooftops. I went without warm showers for a long time. I hiked up into the mountains of Nepal, witnessed the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution firsthand, and tried to figure out what to do when a street fight broke out around me in Moscow.

And when I came back, I was changed.


Starting from Scratch: The Basic Building Blocks of AI
by Daniel Faggella
Aug 23, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In order to build a great structure, you have to start with a single building piece.  Examining the foundations of artificial intelligence (AI) is what Dr. John MacCormack had in mind when he wrote, “Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today’s Computers”.  I recently spoke with Dr. MacCormack on TechEmergence to discuss the history of AI, and how its foundations have built up much of the present reality that we see - and do not see.


Understanding Obama and the Iran Nuclear Deal
by Tsvi Bisk
Aug 23, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The following is a thought experiment: an attempt to understand the Iranian deal by way of logical speculation regarding the issues and facts as perceived by the Obama administration.

I am assuming that Obama is not a Marxist/Islamist/Kenyan, consumed by post-colonial resentment and dedicated to destroying the Constitution and the United States. Nor a Black Nationalist anti-Semite, whose most important priority regarding Iran is to screw Israel. I am assuming he is a patriotic American who desires to be a historically great President.


Science as Radicalism (Part 3: scientists have been largely captured by dominant power structures)
by William Gillis
Aug 22, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

This restructuring of how to view science is geared not just at defending science from charges of reactionism from leftists, but at more broadly clarifying how we might view that much looser bundle invoked by the word “science” as a political force. Because the array of things popularly associated with “science” is so wildly varying and hazy most of the political claims surrounding science that don’t slice it away to near irrelevance or neutrality as a formulaic procedure have sought to identify underlying ideological commitments and then define “science” in terms of them.


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