Support the IEET




The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States. Please give as you are able, and help support our work for a brighter future.



Search the IEET
Subscribe and Contribute to:


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




whats new at ieet

“Unequal access to technology: what can we learn from smartphones?” (50min)

“Demystifying visionary technology” (1hr)

“What is a fair distribution of brains?” (1hr)

Natasha Vita-More, “Informed Radical Life Extension, by Design” (53min)

Ambition: A Short Sci Fi Film Celebrates the Rosetta Mission (5min)

Transvision 2014, the Technoprogressive Declaration, & the ISF


ieet books

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

A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
Keith Wiley

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

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Nick Bostrom


comments

Matt Brown on 'The Epistemological Objection to Divine Command Theory' (Nov 28, 2014)

René Milan on 'East Asia is More “Transhumanist” than the USA & Europe' (Nov 28, 2014)

CygnusX1 on 'Can We Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia?' (Nov 28, 2014)

jhughes on 'Technoprogressive Declaration - Transvision 2014' (Nov 26, 2014)

dangrsmind on 'Technoprogressive Declaration - Transvision 2014' (Nov 26, 2014)

Peter Wicks on 'Summa Technologiae, Or Why The Trouble With Science Is Religion' (Nov 26, 2014)

Giulio Prisco on 'Summa Technologiae, Or Why The Trouble With Science Is Religion' (Nov 26, 2014)







Subscribe to IEET News Lists

Daily News Feed

Longevity Dividend List

Catastrophic Risks List

Biopolitics of Popular Culture List

Technoprogressive List

Trans-Spirit List



JET

Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

Hottest Articles of the Last Month


Why Running Simulations May Mean the End is Near
Nov 3, 2014
(21481) Hits
(15) Comments

Does Religion Cause More Harm than Good? Brits Say Yes. Here’s Why They May be Right.
Nov 18, 2014
(20011) Hits
(2) Comments

Decentralized Money: Bitcoin 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0
Nov 10, 2014
(9144) Hits
(1) Comments

Psychological Harms of Bible-Believing Christianity
Nov 2, 2014
(6963) Hits
(5) Comments



RSS feedETHICAL TECHNOLOGY


Six Easy Steps to Avert the Collapse of Civilization

SALT Seminars

Civilizations always think they’re immortal, Eagleman noted, but they nearly always perish, leaving “nothing but ruins and scattered genetics.” It takes luck and new technology to survive. We may be particularly lucky to have Internet technology to help manage the six requirements of a durable civilization:

1. “Try not to cough on one another.” More humans have died from epidemics than from all famines and wars. Disease precipitated the fall of Greece, Rome, and the civilizations of the Americas. People used to bunch up around the infected, which pushed local disease into universal plague. Now we can head that off with Net telepresence, telemedicine, and medical alert networks. All businesses should develop a work-from-home capability for their workforce.

2. “Don’t lose things.” As proved by the destruction of the Alexandria Library and of the literature of Mayans and Minoans, “knowledge is hard won but easily lost.” Plumbing disappeared for a thousand years when Rome fell. Inoculation was invented in China and India 700 years before Europeans rediscovered it. These days Michelangelo’s David has been safely digitized in detail. Eagleman has direct access to all the literature he needs via PubMed, JSTOR, and Google Books. “Distribute, don’t reinvent.”

3. “Tell each other faster.” Don’t let natural disasters cascade. The Minoans perished for lack of the kind of tsunami alert system we now have. Countless Haitians in the recent earthquake were saved by Ushahidi.com, which aggregated cellphone field reports in real time.

4. “Mitigate tyranny.” The USSR’s collapse was made inevitable by state-controlled media and state-mandated mistakes such as Lysenkoism, which forced a wrong theory of wheat farming on 13 time zones, and starved millions. Now crowd-sourced cellphone users can sleuth out vote tampering. We should reward companies that stand up against censorship, as Google has done in China.

5. “Get more brains involved in solving problems.” Undertapping human capital endangers the future. Open courseware from colleges is making higher education universally accessible. Crowd-sourced problem solving is being advanced by sites such as PatientsLikeMe, Foldit (protein folding), and Cstart (moon exploration). Perhaps the next step is “society sourcing.”

6. “Try not to run out of energy.” When energy expenditure outweighs energy return, collapse ensues. Email saves trees and trucking. Online shopping is a net energy gain, with UPS optimizing delivery routes and never turning left. We need to expand the ability to hold meetings and conferences online.

But if the Net is so crucial, what happens if the Net goes down? It may have to go down a few times before we learn how to defend it properly, before we catch on that civilization depends on it for survival.

—by Stewart Brand

(5494) Hits • (2) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisPermalinkListen/View




Dolphins Rule, Fish Get No Respect

Respondents to a recently concluded IEET reader poll chose Dolphin as the animal whose consciousness they would most like to briefly inhabit. Given a dozen animals to choose from, Fish ranked dead last.

(4498) Hits • (4) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Phil Torres

Blue Skies and Existential Risks

by Phil Torres

Basic research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing. - Wernher Von Braun

(4569) Hits • (3) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Ben Goertzel

Obsolete the Dilemma!

by Ben Goertzel

It’s all very well to enunciate lovely-sounding values like Joy, Growth and Choice ... but in real life we’re faced with difficult decisions. We’re faced with choosing one being’s joy over another’s, or choosing joy versus growth in a given situation, and so forth.

(7856) Hits • (21) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




On Our Way to a Stable World

2020 Shaping Ideas

Swedish professor Hans Rosling uses a few Lego blocks to explain population growth and global development challenges…

(4146) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisPermalinkListen/View



Russell Blackford

New York Court Strikes Down Gene Patents

by Russell Blackford

Over at Science Progress, Andrew Plemmons Pratt reports that US District Court Judge Robert Sweet handed down his judgment last week in the long-running dispute about gene patents. This case is based on litigation brought by a coalition of groups that have sought to challenge the controversial patents owned by Myriad Genetics on two genes connected to breast and ovarian cancer.

(4807) Hits • (3) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




Reaching the stars is easy…

...compared to some things.

(2982) Hits • (2) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisPermalinkListen/View




The Poetry of Reality

An Anthem for Science

(3611) Hits • (2) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisPermalinkListen/View



Kyle Munkittrick

A Twist On Anti-Aging

by Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanists like to talk about immortality, anti-aging, and life-extension. These three ideas are often used interchangeably and for most debates, such as over issues of Malthusian catastrophes or existential boredom, they apply. But what if we only conquered the middle of the three; what if we could only slow the aging process, but not add years to our lives? What would the world look like? What would life be like?

(5570) Hits • (5) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




Is Citizenship only for Humans?

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Alastair Hunt, professor of English at Portland State University, about the attempts to ground citizenship in humanness. This episode also contains the second half of an interview with Gary Greenberg about his book The Manufacturing of Depression. MP3

 

(4727) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisPermalinkListen/View




Warcraft Civilization

On Point

From On Point: In the age of the Internet, new worlds have flowered online — and giant communities engaged in virtual environments and role-playing games. The biggest of the massive multi-player online role-playing games is “World of Warcraft.” More than eleven million enthusiasts pay a monthly fee to immerse themselves in a vast digital world of elves and orcs and trolls and warfare. One of them is sociologist William Sims Bainbridge. Now he’s come out to say he may have found the future of human civilization in an online game.

(6539) Hits • (4) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisPermalinkListen/View




Manufacturing Depression

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Gary Greenberg, author of Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease.. MP3

(7795) Hits • (1) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisPermalinkListen/View



Russell Blackford

Moral by definition? (Some slightly technical philosophy.)

by Russell Blackford

The recent TED talk by Sam Harris brings important metaethical issues into the popular arena. Is there a way to establish the objectivity of morality, and in particular the objective bindingness of utilitarian morality?

(8567) Hits • (3) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Ben Hyink

Uploading for Life Extension Will Be Valid

by Ben Hyink

While it may be impolitic now for technoprogressives to focus on uploading, for radical life extension advocates it is invaluable to have access to brief and compelling arguments in favor of the efficacy of such a process.

(7801) Hits • (9) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Mike Treder

Getting to Know Kyle Munkittrick

by Mike Treder

We’ve announced today that Kyle Munkittrick is joining the IEET in the position of Program Director: Envisioning the Future. So that you can get a better idea of who Kyle is and what he will bring to our organization, I conducted a brief online dialog with him.

(5801) Hits • (1) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




IEET appoints Munkittrick as Program Director

We are pleased to announce that Kyle Munkittrick has accepted a position with the IEET as Program Director: Envisioning the Future.

(4889) Hits • (1) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Phil Torres

(Post)Human-Technology Relations

by Phil Torres

Understanding human-technology relations is a project of significant import, both for transhumanists aiming to overcome our limitations through technological means and for ethicists interested in questions concerning technology’s influence on the human condition.

(10020) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




Ten Commands for a Digital Age

SXSW

“If you aren’t a programmer you are one of the programmed.” A snippet of Doug’s talk at SXSW calling for engaged technocitizenship.

(5578) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisPermalinkListen/View



Ilia Stambler

Life Extension – a conservative enterprise?

by Ilia Stambler

The beginning of the modern period in the pursuit of radical human enhancement and longevity can be traced to fin-de-siècle/early twentieth-century scientific and technological optimism and therapeutic activism.

(5229) Hits • (1) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Kyle Munkittrick

Processing Beauty

by Kyle Munkittrick

Oh, computer scientists, is there nothing they won’t try to quantify?

(6489) Hits • (4) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




Smart Girl

Balancing fifteen books on her head and reciting Pi to the 100th digit, all while solving a Rubik’s Cube. Oh, yes.

(3256) Hits • (2) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisPermalinkListen/View



Russell Blackford

Reviewing “Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion”

by Russell Blackford

Biologist and former Catholic priest Francisco J. Ayala has been awarded this year’s Templeton Prize for his work in affirming spirituality. His best-known popular book is probably Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion, published in 2007.

(5138) Hits • (4) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Kyle Munkittrick

Frankenstein

by Kyle Munkittrick

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of those wonderful stories that everyone knows and that no one has read, much like Dracula and War of the Worlds.

(14449) Hits • (3) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Linda MacDonald Glenn

A Lesson Learned the Hard Way (updated)

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

The ‘Octomom’ shares the lessons she’s learned the hard way—with PETA helping her out, too.

(4730) Hits • (1) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Jamais Cascio

World Water: Three projects that are changing the future

by Jamais Cascio

In the developing world, a billion people go without clean water. Across the developed world, storms and failing infrastructure threaten to contaminate water supplies. Is there any hope to be found?

(4005) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




The Transparent Society: Part 1

How do we maintain privacy when cameras are becoming smaller and more prevalent? IEET Fellow David Brin discusses issues of transparency and accountability in an age of surveillance.

(3545) Hits • (1) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisPermalinkListen/View



Russell Blackford

Science, Morality, and Sam Harris

by Russell Blackford

Sam Harris argues in this TED talk that science can be an authority on moral issues. It’s a superb performance, and I think he’s got it approximately right.

(8773) Hits • (4) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Kristi Scott

Women and Posthumanity: The future looks large and sexy

by Kristi Scott

The body has a lot of change to go through on the path to post-humanity. There is a lot of room for improvement and enhancement. Even with all of these cool improvements and enhancements though, my cynical side emerges. While these would be great, are we giving ourselves too much credit that the choices we will make on the route to post-humanity will be practical? Isn’t society a little more vain that that? Seriously? The desire for youth and beauty is by no means a new phenomenon.

(12311) Hits • (17) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




Nature by Numbers

(3570) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisPermalinkListen/View



Ben Goertzel

Joy, Growth and Choice

by Ben Goertzel

What general values can we identify as important, beyond culture-specific or species-specific or otherwise context-specific moral codes or ethical values?

(5805) Hits • (2) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




Page 166 of 248 pages ‹ First  < 164 165 166 167 168 >  Last ›

HOME | ABOUT | FELLOWS | STAFF | EVENTS | SUPPORT  | CONTACT US
SECURING THE FUTURE | LONGER HEALTHIER LIFE | RIGHTS OF THE PERSON | ENVISIONING THE FUTURE
CYBORG BUDDHA PROJECT | AFRICAN FUTURES PROJECT | JOURNAL OF EVOLUTION AND TECHNOLOGY

RSSIEET Blog | email list | newsletter |
The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States.

Contact: Executive Director, Dr. James J. Hughes,
56 Daleville School Rd., Willington CT 06279 USA 
Email: director @ ieet.org     phone: 860-297-2376