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Overview of technopolitics


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TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
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Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
John G Messerly

eHuman Deception
Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow





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

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life


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Leo Igwe

Traditional Values and Human Rights in Africa

by Leo Igwe

On March 24 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution titled, Promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms through a better understanding of traditional values of humankind in conformity with international human rights laws.’

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Cheetah Robot

Plastic Pals

Dr. Sangbae Kim and his team at MIT’s Biomimetic Robotics Lab are building a cheetah-inspired robot to compete with other fast running robots as part of a DARPA challenge.

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Dick Pelletier

Synthetic life: its Wonders could Revolutionize our Lives

by Dick Pelletier

Say goodbye to global warming, toxic waste, and dependency on fossil fuels, and get ready to enjoy perfect health with exotic drugs that could one day cure most diseases and extend lifespan indefinitely.

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George Dvorsky

Can Technology Help Us Put an End to Animal Experimentation?

by George Dvorsky

Nobody likes the idea of experimenting on animals. It seems like the definition of inhumanity, especially when you consider the growing evidence that animals have awareness just like us.

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Nikola Danaylov

Why I Am an Optimist

by Nikola Danaylov

People ask me why I am an optimist about the progress of technology and the technological singularity. My reply is simple. I choose to focus on the upside.

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How to Stop Robots From Killing Us

big think

Even if computer technology continues to double every 18 months—which is doubtful—we could put a chip in robots’ brains to shut them off if they start to get murderous.

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Maria Konovalenko

I am an “Aging Fighter” Because Life is the Main Human Right, Demand and Desire

by Maria Konovalenko

My name is Maria Konovalenko and I am an aging fighter. I would very much like to live forever, but most importantly I would like all the people in the world to have this opportunity.

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Jaap Boekestein

Turning off, Turning On (Science Fiction)

by Jaap Boekestein

Cyborg high-risk erotica… trusting each other intimately… turning off safety protocols… adjusting bio-levels… using non-recommended software…

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Jønathan Lyons

To Mindfile-Me, or Not to Mindfile-Me?

by Jønathan Lyons

Being a transhumanist parent has some unique challenges, for example…what if I die before I’m able to join the uploaded? Should I contact “LifeNaut” immediately?

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IEET Fellows Selinger and Blackford quoted in NYTimes

“Is Doping Cheating?” - a NYTimes essay on Lance Armstrong and the ethics of enhancement - referenced two IEET Fellows, Evan Selinger and Russell Blackford, with quotes from their recent IEET essays.

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Wendell Wallach Interview - Philosopher’s Podcast

Such That Cast - Philosopher's Podcast

In this second episode of SuchThatCast, I talk to Wendell Wallach, who is a consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He chairs the Center’s research group on Technology and Ethics and is a member of other research groups on Animal Ethics, End of Life Issues, Neuroethics, and PTSD. Wendell co-authored (with Colin Allen) the influential Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong (Oxford University Press 2009), which maps the new field of machine ethics.
Wallach talks about his extraordinary career, from being a spiritual guru in the 1960s to becoming one of today’s leading authorities on machine ethics. He also discusses his involvement in the transhumanist society, as well as his current project of developing a ‘silent ethics’, grounded in meditation practices.

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Pietro Speroni di Fenizio

Masturbation and Obesity - the Story Behind a Crowdsourcing “Good Guess”

by Pietro Speroni di Fenizio

The University of Vermont was running a crowdsourcing experiment. Can we crowdsource academic research? Not just the gathering of data but the proposal of the idea itself?

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Sohail Inayatullah

Beyond the Gold: creating alternative ways to measure Olympic success and failure

by Sohail Inayatullah

We love watching the Olympics, and are inspired by athletic and organisational excellence. However, the Olympics are not a neutral venue. Every medal is based on a stream of money, power, genes and deep culture. In this essay [1] we unpack the political-economy of the Olympics.

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Alex McGilvery

Progress for Immediate Profit - why can’t we consider the consequences?

by Alex McGilvery

A great deal of our behavior is determined by our instincts and prejudices, plus… Mental Laziness.

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Accelerating Change Isn’t Slowing Down

Singularity 1 on 1

John Smart is an advisor in Futures Studies and Forecasting for Singularity University. During our discussion we cover: the Foresight Education and Research Network (FERN); the story of how John got interested in futurism and technology; his Acceleration Studies Foundation as well as the meaning of accelerating change; his totally fascinating idea of STEM compression; the Barrow scale vs the Kardashev scale; cosmology, black holes and different interpretations thereof; Moore’s Law and the limits of Physics.

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Owen Nicholas

The Transcension Hypothesis: An Intriguing Answer to the Fermi Paradox?

by Owen Nicholas

Ever since Enrico Fermi questioned back in the 1950’s why, if a multitude of civilisations are likely to exist in the Milky Way, no sign of their existence in the form of probes or spacecraft has ever been detected, scientists and critical thinkers have struggled to resolve the problem by supplying a host of inventive arguments with mixed reception.

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Hank Pellissier

Abolishing Suffering via Bio-Engineering and Drugs - would this cripple social activism and art?

by Hank Pellissier

The abolition of suffering has been advanced for many years as a transhumanist ideal by IEET Fellow David Pearce. Recently, the Longevity Party engaged in a debate about it’s value.

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Russell Blackford

What is this Thing called Enhancement?

by Russell Blackford

In their introductory piece, “Well-Being and Enhancement”, to their edited collection Enhancing Human Capacities, Julian Savulescu, Ruud ter Meulen, and Guy Kahane attempt to define “enhancement” or “human enhancement”, settling on a conception related to well-being.

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Evan Selinger is our new IEET Fellow

Let’s welcome Evan Selinger as our newest IEET Fellow.

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Fabulous Life of Filthy Rich Billionaires

cybersasho's vids

Viral video depicting the lifestyle of billionaires.

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David Brin

Will the World’s Middle Class Rise Up to Reclaim $21 Trillion Hoard Hidden Offshore by Global Elite?

by David Brin

Consider this headline. $21 Trillion hoard hidden offshore by global elite. Consider that number and consider my prediction that the world’s middle classes will become radicalized, perhaps in the 2020s, or even sooner.

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Dustin Eirdosh

A Contact Lens for Cows?

by Dustin Eirdosh

From the You Heard it Here First department - let me present an idea that sounds patently ridiculous and yet - according to my discussions with the leading researcher in the field - is entirely possible within 20 years - a possibility that I argue - is indeed a probability.

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Evan Selinger

Lab Rats in the Social Experiment of Personalized Advertising

by Evan Selinger

Advances in biotechnology, nanotechnology, and nuclear energy have turned society into what Dutch ethicist Ibo van de Poel calls a large-scale laboratory for experimenting with the unforeseen consequences of new technologies.

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China’s Economy Slowing

Al Jazeera English

New data is expected to show economic slowdown as many factories face decreasing demand from Europe and the US due to the economic crisis. Al Jazeera’s Marga Ortigas reports

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Michael Lee

Too Big to Succeed? Three China Scenarios to 2050

by Michael Lee

Expect increased nationalism, including the flexing of military muscle, from China between now and 2050. Although I predict a surge in nationalistic sentiment and policy-making, one cannot rule out the possibility that a great new peaceful Chinese civilisation could emerge towards the middle of the century which would benefit, rather than harm, humanity.

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Valerie Tarico

My Abortion Was Different: Why Women Shame and Blame Each Other

by Valerie Tarico

We’ve all heard stories, apocryphal or not, of women who picket family planning clinics and then cross the line when they find themselves with a problem pregnancy.

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Giulio Prisco

Please Donate to the Venturist Society To Save a Life

by Giulio Prisco

Kim Suozzi is 23, and about to die from a fatal brain tumor. She has already lived far longer than expectations. Kim is seeking donations to help fund her cryosuspension.

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‪Peter Weyland TED Talk 2023 (Prometheus Viral)‬

Prometheus News

Peter Weyland TED Talk 2023
Starring Guy Pearce

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Rachel Armstrong

A Matter of Feeling (exploring interzone materials between “inert” and “alive”)

by Rachel Armstrong

All matter squirms. This is the fundamental reality that underpins our cosmic fabric. Introductional essay for the Meta.Morf 2012 conference.

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Nikola Danaylov

Prometheus Gave Us Fire. Ridley Scott’s Film Gave Us Disappointment and all the Wrong Messages!

by Nikola Danaylov

Prometheus is the most over-hyped and under-delivering film I have seen in a long while. Even Worse: It sends out all the wrong messages!

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