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Machines that Dream: Developing Artificial General Intelligence through AI-Kindergarten

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A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control
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Wendell Wallach

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach
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Who Are We?: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific and Transhumanist Theories Of Human Nature
John Messerly

Codebreaking our future: Deciphering The Future’s Hidden Order
Michael Lee


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Kris Notaro

Which Ethical Theory Will Prevail in a Posthuman World?

by Kris Notaro

In an inevitable posthuman world, which ethical theory will triumph: The Categorical Imperative, Utilitarianism, Existential Ethics, Normative Intellectualism or Technoprogressivism?

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Martine Rothblatt

Won’t Mindclones Only Be for the Rich and Famous?

by Martine Rothblatt

1987 was the first year in which one billion people boarded airline flights.  In that year the world’s population hit 5 billion, meaning approximately 20% of all people experienced a fantastic luxury not available to history’s wealthiest monarchs.  By 2005 two billion people were boarding airliners each year, and the world’s population had grown to 6.5 billion.  In the short span of years between 1987 and 2005, airline flight grew from being a right of 20% to a right of 31% of humanity, from barely a fifth to almost a third.  Even assuming more frequent flights by the wealthier, this is startling evidence of the democratization of technology.

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Emerging Designs for Wearable Selves

Humanity+ Conferences

Natasha Vita-More’s talk at Humanity+ @ Caltech

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Cognitive Enhancement, the Movie

NZT- The Clear Pill

Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro star in Limitless, a paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unpublished writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret smart drug that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film.


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Ben Goertzel

Francis Heylighen on the Emerging Global Brain

by Ben Goertzel

Francis Heylighen started his career as yet another physicist with a craving to understand the foundations of the universe - the physical and philosophical laws that make everything tick.  But his quest for understanding has led him far beyond the traditional limits of the discipline of physics.  Currently he leads the Evolution, Complexity and COgnition group (ECCO) at the Free University of Brussels, a position involving fundamental cybernetics research cutting across almost every discipline.  Among the many deep ideas he has pursued in the last few decades, one of the most tantalizing is that of the Global Brain - the notion that the social, computational and communicative matrix increasingly enveloping us as technology develops, may possess a kind of coherent intelligence in itself.

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Arthur Caplan

What Should Doctors Do For Patients In Disasters When They Cannot Be Saved?

by Arthur Caplan

In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, rescue workers found 128 elderly people abandoned by medical staff at a hospital six miles from the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The tsunami also killed nearly half the 113 residents at a retirement home in Kesennuma. Eleven of those who lived died of exposure, and the other 53 are in a shelter with only kerosene heaters to keep them warm in near-freezing condition.

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Dorothy Deasy

Emerging Technologies on the Threshold: Can they cross from lab to living room?

by Dorothy Deasy

Recently, three emerging technologies made headlines in Washington state and were reported by Tacoma’s paper, The News Tribune. The issues and controversies they stir are examples of the challenges that transformative technologies will face in going mainstream.

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How Close is Non-Human Primate Cognition to Humans?

UCLA Primate Cognition Symposium

Daniel Dennett presentation at UCLA symposium “How like us are they? Human and Non-human Primate Cognition”

DanDennett from Dario Ringach on Vimeo.

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The Uncanny Valley

Take a ride down into the Uncanny Valley and explore that spooky familiar-yet-different feeling.

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‘Spirituality’ Seen as an Unnecessary Relic of the Past

A clear plurality of respondents to a recently concluded poll of IEET readers say we should not make an effort to include something like human spirituality in programming superintelligent AIs.

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IEET Fellow Canonized as Saint

Douglas Rushkoff has become the first IEET staffer to achieve sainthood. He was beatified in a moving ceremony by Reverend Billy and the Church of Life After Shopping.

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Ramez Naam

Smaller, cheaper, faster: Does Moore’s law apply to solar cells?

by Ramez Naam

If humanity could capture 1/10 of 1% of the solar energy striking the earth, we would have access to 6X as much energy as we consume in all forms today, with almost no greenhouse gas emissions.

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Ways to Overcome Addiction

Radiolab

IEET Fellow David Eagleman joins Radiolab to talk about ways to gain the upper hand over those forces inside us—from unhealthy urges, to creative insights.

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Genius Bird

In this short video from National Geographic, an ornithologist devises a test to see how clever ravens really are.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Discovering Alien Life: How Would We Really React?

by Kyle Munkittrick

There have been three great traumas to the psyche: the Copernican, the Darwinian, and the Freudian. I suspect the remaining trauma is that of the Alien.

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At the IEET, We Value Politeness

If you are posting a comment and you want it approved, try to bring more light and less heat.

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Hank Pellissier

Human GPS Microchipping: Embrace it or ban it?

by Hank Pellissier

Who are you? Where are you? What have you done?

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David Brin

The Japan Tragedy

by David Brin

There are so many levels I want to write about in responding to the horrible tragedy in Japan. I’ll offer just two that come to my stunned mind, and follow up later.

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The Strange Powers of the Placebo Effect

An animated look at the many strange effects of placebos.

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The Future and Hughes

The Future and You

The IEET’s J. Hughes appeared on Stephen Euin Cobb’s podcast The Future and You. Topics include his doubts about the probability of the Singularity, technoprogressive transhumanism versus libertarian transhumanism, his new book Cyborg Buddah, the recent protests in the Middle East for more freedom and reform, the politics of science fiction, the personhood of clones, and much more.  Part 1  Part 2

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Kris Notaro

From Tunisia and Egypt to Wisconsin: Anonymous Hacker Group Helps Take Down Insupportable Websites

by Kris Notaro

Hacker group Anonymous takes down websites across the world for the greater good: peace, freedom of information and solidarity.

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Kyle Munkittrick

Enhancers are Not “Cheating”

by Kyle Munkittrick

Placing a ban on cognitive-enhancing drugs won’t do anything positive, and neither will creating an attitude of disapproval.

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Ayesha Khanna Appointed as IEET Fellow

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Ayesha Khanna as a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

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Richard Loosemore

The Lifeboat Foundation: A stealth attack on scientists?

by Richard Loosemore

It turns out that the Lifeboat Foundation (and this is a direct quote from its founder, Eric Klien) is “a Trojan Horse” that is (here I interpret the rest of what Klien says) designed to hoodwink the people recruited to be its members.

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The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment pt2

Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. continues his chat with historian, novelist, and journalist Philipp Blom about his delightful history of the French philosophers of the eighteenth century, A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment. Part 2 of 2. Also includes “Pester Power” by Cory Doctorow.

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Marcelo Rinesi

The Voluntary Stagnation

by Marcelo Rinesi

While individual productivity has soared in areas like manufacturing and services, healthcare and education remain stubbornly stuck in the 20th century. If anything, as of late technological innovation seems to have decreased, rather than increased, wellbeing-per-dollar and education-per-dollar productivity metrics.

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Sascha Vongehr

Higher Consciousness, Simulation Hypothesis, and Other Religious Matters

by Sascha Vongehr

The philosophy of mind is important for popular transhumanist topics. Many desire to accelerate the development of some sort of -higher consciousness’, sometimes in virtual reality. Although this issue may be approached with the most serious input of specific fields, for example cutting edge neuroscience, it is nevertheless often handled in a philosophically naïve way.

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George Dvorsky

Remembering Robert Bradbury

by George Dvorsky

Robert Bradbury passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last weekend of a massive hemorrhagic stroke. His passing was the kind of thing that barely registered anywhere except among his immediate group of family and friends—and among a group of dedicated and niche scientists, futurists and technologists. For them, Bradbury’s premature passing represented a monumental blow to inspired and imaginative scientific inquiry.

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A Flock of Two

Radiolab

Animals rescue people all the time, but not like this. Jim Eggers is a 44-year-old man who suffers from a problem that not only puts his life at risk—it jeopardizes the safety of everybody around him. But with the help of Sadie, his pet African Grey Parrot, Jim found an unlikely (and seemingly successful) way to manage his anger.

In this short radio program, African Grey Parrot expert Irene Pepperberg helps us understand how this could work, and shares some insights from her work with a parrot named Alex.

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Kyle Munkittrick

How Conservatives View Human Enhancement

by Kyle Munkittrick

If there is anything the Internet is good for (beyond cat photos), it is for arguing.

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