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Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Quick overview of biopolitical points of view







ieet books

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

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

Personality Capture and Emulation
by William Sims Bainbridge

Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies
by Russell Blackford


ieet events

Hughes @ Translational Bodies: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues
April 22 -24, 2014
Prato, Italy


Dvorsky, Bostrom @ Moogfest 2014
April 23 -27, 2014
Asheville, North Carolina


Baum on “Risks of accidental nuclear war” @ UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Prep Committee
April 28 -9, 2014
New York City, NY USA


Vita-More on “Radical Life Extension”
May 7 , 2014
New Haven, CT USA


LaTorra, Pellissier @ Religion and Transhumanism - the future of faith, ethics, and philosophy
May 10 , 2014
Piedmont, CA USA


Hughes, Brain @ Robots, unemployment, and basic income
May 11 , 2014
Hangout on Air


LaGrandeur @ Life, in Theory
June 3 -6, 2014
Vercelli & Torino, Italy


Sorgner on “The Importance of Genetic Modifications: Why Habermas is wrong”
June 5 , 2014
London, UK


Baum, Pellissier @ Global Existential Risks and Radical Futures
June 14 , 2014
Piedmont, CA USA


Baum on “Global Catastrophic Risk And The Limits Of Insurability” @ Catastrophe Risk Modelling
June 18 -20, 2014
Miami, Florida


Sorgner, Vita-More, Hughes @ Enhancement & Morality in the Digital Era
July 20 -22, 2014
Suceava, Romania


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


Sorgner @ 3rd World Humanities Forum
October 30 -1, 2014
Daejeon City, Korea


Hughes, Vita-More, de Grey, Roux @ TransVision 2014
November 21 -23, 2014
Paris, France


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


ieet news

IEET’s George Dvorsky offers course on Introduction to Transhumanism
(Apr 13, 2014)

George Dvorsky, prominent futurist, writer on ethics and technology and Chairman of the IEET Board of Directors, is offering his Introduction to Transhumanism course during May, from May 1st to May 31st, 2014.

Bioethicist Arthur Caplan receives 2014 Public Service Award for an individual
(Mar 25, 2014)

Caplan’s work fosters greater understanding of science, medicine and ethics. On March 24, 2014 the National Science Board (NSB) announced that renowned bioethicist and IEET Trustee Arthur Caplan, a global leader in medical ethics, is the 2014 recipient of its Public Service Award for an individual.


Majority of IEET Readers see AGI as Potential Threat to Humanity (Mar 20, 2014)

Special Issue of JET: Hughes, Walker, Campa & Danaher on Tech Unemployment and BIG (Mar 7, 2014)


ieet articles


War and Human Evolution
by Rick Searle
Apr 17, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Has human evolution and progress been propelled by war? The question is not an easy one to ask, not least because war is not merely one of the worst but arguably the worst thing human beings inflict on one another comprising murder, collective theft, and, almost everywhere but in the professional militaries of Western powers, and only quite recently, mass, and sometimes systematic rape.


Social Futurist revolution & the Zero State
by Amon Twyman
Apr 16, 2014 • (14) CommentsPermalink

We have recently seen increased interest in the issues of workplace automation,technological unemployment, and Basic Income Guarantee (AKA Universal Basic Income). Some observers have been perplexed by visceral and sharply divided public opinion, with people viewing these phenomena as inherently positive or negative.


Black Death for the Internet?
by Kathryn Cave
Apr 16, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Will viruses be the digital era’s Black Death?


Should we bet on radical enhancement?
by John Danaher
Apr 15, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

This is the third part of my series on Nicholas Agar’s book Truly Human Enhancement. As mentioned previously, Agar stakes out an interesting middle ground on the topic of enhancement. He argues that modest forms of enhancement — i.e. up to or slightly beyond the current range of human norms — are prudentially wise, whereas radical forms of enhancement — i.e. well beyond the current range of human norms — are not. His main support for this is his belief that in radically enhancing ourselves we will lose certain internal goods. These are goods that are intrinsic to some of our current activities.


Why Asimov’s Three Laws Of Robotics Can’t Protect Us
by George Dvorsky
Apr 15, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

It’s been 50 years since Isaac Asimov devised his famous Three Laws of Robotics — a set of rules designed to ensure friendly robot behavior. Though intended as a literary device, these laws are heralded by some as a ready-made prescription for avoiding the robopocalypse. We spoke to the experts to find out if Asimov's safeguards have stood the test of time — and they haven't.


Veridical Engagement and Radical Enhancement
by John Danaher
Apr 14, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

This is the second post in my series on Nicholas Agar's new book Truly Human Enhancement. The book offers an interesting take on the enhancement debate. It tries to carve out a middle ground between bioconservatism and transhumanism, arguing that modest enhancement (within or slightly beyond the range of human norms) is prudentially valuable, but that radical enhancement (well beyond the range of human norms) may not be.


Geeking Out on the Science of Risk
by Andrew Maynard
Apr 14, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Danger and death are part and parcel of being alive. But with a few notable exceptions, it’s hard to find straightforward information online on how to make sense of stuff that potentially threaten our health and wellbeing. Which is a pity, because as well as being important for making smart decisions, there’s some really cool science behind how what we touch, breathe, eat, or otherwise come into contact with affects our health.


Soil as an Organism
by Brenda Cooper
Apr 14, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I live in Washington State, and all the news for the last two weeks has been the unthinkable Oso mudslide.  Slides are not unusual here, although I have never heard of one with this much destructive force.  It got me reflecting about the relationship between earth and water.


21st Century: a brief trek through our technology-rich future
by Dick Pelletier
Apr 13, 2014 • (3) CommentsPermalink

Since the beginning of the 21st century, there’s no question that humankind has made tremendous strides in developing new technologies. While machines can replicate many movements and actions of humans, the next challenge lies in teaching them to think for themselves and react to changing conditions.


The Objective and Anthropocentric Ideals of Enhancement
by John Danaher
Apr 12, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Nicholas Agar has written several books about the ethics of human enhancement. In his latest, Truly Human Enhancement, he tries to stake out an interesting middle ground in the enhancement debate. Unlike the bioconservatives, Agar is not opposed to the very notion of enhancing human capacities. On the contrary, he is broadly in favour it. But unlike the radical transhumanists, he does not embrace all forms of enhancement.


Why Goal Tracking Apps Are So Existentially Provocative
by Evan Selinger
Apr 12, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Normally, if you asked me to free associate what comes to mind when I hear words like “productivity app” and “life hack,” you’d be treated an all out vent session—a combination of skepticism and cynicism directed at overly hyped products, overesteem for efficiency, and overblown attempts to delegate responsibility and willpower. But then I read a gushing review of Full, an app for tracking and measuring “what’s important to you.” I actually think it’s a good product and an excellent prompt for thinking about why goal track apps are so existentially provocative.


Every Scientist Should Be An Anarchist
by William Gillis
Apr 11, 2014 • (1) CommentsPermalink

The first time I encountered the claim that an anarchistic society would impede scientific progress I was too shocked — and later busy chortling — to sketch out a thorough response. It’s a surprising sentiment to me for a lot of reasons, not the least for the well known correspondence between scientific progress and social and material freedom in mass societies.


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