Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies






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

The Future of Business

Beginning to Exist and the Kalam Cosmological Argument

Humans: The Next Platform

The Political Voice of a Transhumanist - An Interview with Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan

Genome Stability Leads to Negligible Senescence

Bipolar Disorder Is Like Having Two Serious Illnesses at Once


ieet books

The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity
Author
Ben Goertzel

Humans and Automata A Social Study of Robotics
Riccardo Campa

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

Envisioning Politics 2.0
David Wood and Alexander Karran eds.


comments

micahredding on 'The Political Voice of a Transhumanist - An Interview with Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan' (Sep 1, 2015)

Lincoln Cannon on 'The Political Voice of a Transhumanist - An Interview with Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan' (Sep 1, 2015)

Laurence Hitterdale on 'Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?' (Aug 31, 2015)

SHaGGGz on 'Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?' (Aug 31, 2015)

Rick Searle on 'Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?' (Aug 31, 2015)

Rick Searle on 'Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?' (Aug 31, 2015)

Rick Searle on 'Would AI and Aliens be Moral in a Godless Universe?' (Aug 31, 2015)







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


8 Craziest Mega-Engineering Projects We Could Use to Rework the Earth
Aug 13, 2015
(5911) Hits
(0) Comments

Free Will, Buddhism, and Mindfulness Meditation - interview with Terry Hyland
Aug 8, 2015
(5508) Hits
(0) Comments

Starting from Scratch: The Basic Building Blocks of AI
Aug 23, 2015
(5396) Hits
(0) Comments

ETER9: The Social Network That Turns Your Personality Into an Immortal Artificial Intelligence
Aug 30, 2015
(4794) Hits
(0) Comments



RSS feedETHICAL TECHNOLOGY

Nicholas Agar

Why technology isn’t the answer to everything

by Nicholas Agar

Today there are high hopes for technological progress. Techno-optimists expect massive benefits for humankind from the invention of new technologies. Peter Diamandis is the founder of the X-prize foundation whose purpose is to arrange competitions for breakthrough inventions. His aim is “a world of nine billion people with clean water, nutritious food, affordable housing, personalized education, top-tier medical care, and nonpolluting, ubiquitous energy”.

(1800) Hits • (2) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Jamais Cascio

High-Frequency Combat

by Jamais Cascio

Science and technology luminaries Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Steve Wozniak count among the hundreds of researchers pledging support of a proposed ban on the use of artificial intelligence technologies in warfare. In “Autonomous Weapons: an Open Letter from AI & Robotics Researchers”,  the researchers (along with thousands of citizens not directly involved with AI research) call on the global community to ban “offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control.”

(1317) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Richard Eskow

“Open Borders”: A Gimmick, Not a Solution

by Richard Eskow

Newsweek recently published an article by Daniel Bier with the headline “Bernie Sanders on Immigrants: Silly, Tribal and Economically Illiterate.”

The piece, when it is not distracting the reader with rather unimaginative vitriol (phrases like “lame socialist agenda” are hardly Pulitzer material), bases its argument on a trendy libertarian idea called “open borders.”

Like many libertarian ideas, “open borders” is bold, has superficial intellectual appeal - and is incapable of withstanding thoughtful scrutiny. It would benefit the wealthy few at the expense of the many, here and abroad.

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



John G. Messerly

The Supposed Dangers of Techno-Optimism

by John G. Messerly

In his recent article, “Why Techno-Optimism Is Dangerous,” the philosopher Nicholas Agar argues that we not should pursue radical human enhancement. (Professor Agar has made the same basic argument in three recent books: 1) The Sceptical Optimist: Why Technology Isn’t the Answer to Everything;  2) Truly Human Enhancement: A Philosophical Defense of Limits;  and 3) Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement.)

(1326) Hits • (1) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




The dilemma of human enhancement

Crosstalks

Humans have always had a desire to make themselves better, faster, stronger and smarter. Today we can. With implants, nanotechnology, artificial body parts and smart drugs we can enhance human physiology beyond our current limitations. But should we really pursue this? And can we do it responsibly? Upcoming Crosstalks on Human Enhancement discusses the dangers and pitfalls of human enhancement.



Guests in the studio:
Karim Jebari, Ph.D in analytic philosophy, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology and Post Doc at the Institute for Futures Studies
Gustav Nilsonne, MD, PhD, researcher in cognitive neuroscience at Stockholm University
Mats Nilsson, Lecturer and researcher, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

On Skype:

Zoltan Istvan, writer, philosopher, futurist and 2016 presidential candidate for the newly formed Trans humanist Party
Maria Konovalenko, Molecular biophysicist, Program Coordinator for the Science for Life Extension Foundation

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



Melanie Swan

Personalized Economic Systems: Self-Determination and Economic Theory

by Melanie Swan

In addition to blockchain technology,  another clear node of current innovation is in self-determined economic systems. Increasingly, as individuals, we are consciously examining the economic systems into which we were born by default, and questioning their validity, utility, and reach; and proposing alternatives. In some sense capitalism is the new feudalism and there is a finally starting to be the conception and realization of a viable post-capitalist position.

(1101) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




Future of Wearables

Future of Wearables

IEET Fellow Ramez Naam spoke to Heather Schlegel about Moore’s Law and wearables.

 

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



Hank Pellissier

Obsolete the President - Replace with Direct Democracy (interview with Nicole Sallak Anderson)

by Hank Pellissier

Election day in the USA is fifteen months away. Every citizen is braced for the onslaught of bickering candidates, obsessive media attention, vicious advertising, and billions of dollars raised and spent to persuade us to pick a Leader.

A commander-in-chief of the military, a vetoer of bills, an appointee of judges, a figurehead, a symbol, an ambassador to the world - an instant super-celebrity that we will scrutinize and hate on and wonder what pets they’ll pamper in the White House and where they’ll take their kids on vacation.

It’s Boring and It Belittles Us.

(2282) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




Consciousness and Meditation

Marc Howard - LoneMind.com

LoneMind.com exclusive interview with Mikey Siegel, Founder of Consciousness Hacking and former employee at NASA and the MIT Media Lab.

In this interview we explore questions like:

-What is consciousness hacking?
-How did meditation change your life?
-How does negative emotions effect the brain?
-What is non-judgemental meditation?
-The difference between Cosmic and Awareness consciousness.
-Mikey’s favorite books…and more.

 

 

 

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




Personal Integrity, Role Alienation, and Utilitarian Moral Enhancement

Adam Ford

 

 

 

Justin Oakley, Monash University: Personal Integrity, Role Alienation, and Utilitarian Moral Enhancement

Conference: “Human Enhancement: Destiny or Disaster?”
The prospect of enhancing human mental and physical abilities above normal limits has been enthusiastically embraced by several leading bioethicists and philosophers. However, many people are alarmed by the thought of humans being able to enhance themselves, fearing that this ability may be misused. In this conference leading philosophers and bioethicists come together to discuss whether or not human enhancement is the destiny we should embrace or a potential disaster we should avoid.

Held at the University of Melbourne and hosted by the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne) and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics (University of Oxford).
‘Human Enhancement: Destiny or Disaster?’ was on Friday 3 July, 2015.
Convenors: Steve Clarke, C.A.J. Coady, Julian Savulescu, Alberto Giubilini and Sagar Sanyal.

 

 

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



Scott Santens

Everything You Think You Know About the History and Future of Jobs is Wrong

by Scott Santens

“47 Percent…”

That’s the highly cited estimate out of Oxford by Frey and Osbourne of the percentage of existing jobs that are likely to be automated away with the help of technology within the next two decades. According to this paper, flip a coin and call heads or machines to see if your job will exist in 20 years. This is the 21st century fear for many called “technological unemployment.”

(2324) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




Human Nature and the Spectre of Human Enhancement

Adam Ford

Karim Jebari (Institute for Future Studies)

Karim Jebari @karimjebari, Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm
Conference: “Human Enhancement: Destiny or Disaster?”
The prospect of enhancing human mental and physical abilities above normal limits has been enthusiastically embraced by several leading bioethicists and philosophers. However, many people are alarmed by the thought of humans being able to enhance themselves, fearing that this ability may be misused. In this conference leading philosophers and bioethicists come together to discuss whether or not human enhancement is the destiny we should embrace or a potential disaster we should avoid.

Held at the University of Melbourne and hosted by the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne) and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics (University of Oxford).
‘Human Enhancement: Destiny or Disaster?’ was on Friday 3 July, 2015.
Convenors: Steve Clarke, C.A.J. Coady, Julian Savulescu, Alberto Giubilini and Sagar Sanyal.

 

 

 

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



David Brin

What Does Putin Want?

by David Brin

Talk of war? Major war in Europe?  This long and very detailed article in Vox examines the ways that Russia’s contretemps with NATO and the US and the West could spiral out of control, via many of the same psychological  and strategic miscalculations that tumbled the planet – 100 years ago – into the First World War.  

(1448) Hits • (3) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Maria Konovalenko

A Possible Way to Cure Baldness

by Maria Konovalenko

There is something important going on in the fight against baldness.

As in the majority of tissues, the hair follicle has stem cells. There are two types of stem cells that are responsible for the continuous renewal of the follicles. The first type is called active stem cells and they start dividing quite easily. Stem cells of the second type are called quiescent and in case of the new hair growth they don’t start dividing as easily. At the same time, the new hair is based primarily on quiescent cells, which attracted close attention of researchers to these cells. At first people thought that baldness was due to this type of cells. 

(3755) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




IEET sponsors “The Future of Politics” conference in Oakland, California

IEET is co-sponsoring a conference on “The Future of Politics.” The event will be held at Humanist Hall, in Oakland, California, on Sunday, October 18, from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm.

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



Valerie Tarico

Why Are Conservative White Males Forcing More Abortions and Births on Poor Brown Women?

by Valerie Tarico

What do conservative politicians want even more than balanced budgets or an end to abortion?

When Republicans in Colorado pulled the plug on America’s most successful teen pregnancy prevention program,  they told the world something about themselves and their political kin: Conservatives may talk about ending abortion or balancing state budgets, but there’s something they want more. This point has been underscored by the latest spliced-video smear campaign against Planned Parenthood that, if successful, will defund every service Planned Parenthood provides except abortion.

So what are conservatives really after?

(1191) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Hank Pellissier

Africa’s Population Explosion: 5.6 Billion Forecast by 2100 - is this Catastrophic?

by Hank Pellissier

A recent United Nations study predicts Africa’s population will more than quadruple in the next 85 years, rising from today’s 1.2 billion to 5.6 billion.

Africans, if the present trend continues, will comprise 50% of the global population of 11 billion, by 2100.

The study, released by the UN Population Division director, John R. Wilmoth, in Seattle, suggests that Nigeria’s population will leap from today’s 182 million to 752 million people.

(2240) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Ilia Stambler

Life-Extensionism as a Pursuit of Constancy

by Ilia Stambler

When speaking of the extension of life, or radical extension of life, the question that should immediately arise – what is it exactly that we desire to extend or preserve during life extension? What is that thing that we would wish to preserve in continuity or even in perpetuity? I would argue that the goal of life extension has been associated with a striving for stability and equilibrium, desiring to stabilize and thus perpetuate the current state of the body or personality, and the present social system. In this sense, life-extensionism may be a fundamentally conservative (or conservationist) enterprise.

(2485) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




Human Enhancement

Adam Ford

Conference: “Human Enhancement: Destiny or Disaster?”

The prospect of enhancing human mental and physical abilities above normal limits has been enthusiastically embraced by several leading bioethicists and philosophers. However, many people are alarmed by the thought of humans being able to enhance themselves, fearing that this ability may be misused. In this conference leading philosophers and bioethicists come together to discuss whether or not human enhancement is the destiny we should embrace or a potential disaster we should avoid.

Held at the University of Melbourne and hosted by the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne) and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics (University of Oxford).
‘Human Enhancement: Destiny or Disaster?’ was on Friday 3 July, 2015.
Convenors: Steve Clarke, C.A.J. Coady, Julian Savulescu, Alberto Giubilini and Sagar Sanyal.

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



Maria Ramos

Space Junk and Its Impending Impact

by Maria Ramos

With the launch of Sputnik in 1957, humankind extended its presence from the Earth’s surface towards outer space. Since that time, thousands of other objects have been sent into Earth orbit, including weather satellites, communications equipment and military hardware. Wherever people go, they tend to leave their mark, mostly harmful, on the natural environment, and space is no exception. There are many pieces of space junk – the remains of discarded, malfunctioning or obsolete devices – that now whiz around the earth and pose threats to current space projects.

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




Deep Web

Deep Web: The Movie

Extending far beyond the confines of Google and Facebook, there is a vast, unseen area of the Internet called the Deep Web. This mysterious cyberspace serves as an outlet for anonymous communication and was home to the Silk Road, the online black market notorious for drug trafficking. The intricacies of this alternate Internet caught the attention of the general public with the October 2013 arrest of Ross William Ulbricht - the convicted 31-year-old entrepreneur accused of being ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’, the online pseudonym of the Silk Road creator and operator. Making its World Television Premiere this spring, Deep Web - an EPIX Original Documentary written, directed and produced by Alex Winter (Downloaded) - seeks to unravel this tangled web of secrecy, accusation, and criminal activity, and explores how the outcome of Ulbricht’s trial will set a critical precedent for the future of technological freedom around the world.

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




From Disability to Enhancement

Adam Ford

Conference: “Human Enhancement: Destiny or Disaster?”
The prospect of enhancing human mental and physical abilities above normal limits has been enthusiastically embraced by several leading bioethicists and philosophers. However, many people are alarmed by the thought of humans being able to enhance themselves, fearing that this ability may be misused. In this conference leading philosophers and bioethicists come together to discuss whether or not human enhancement is the destiny we should embrace or a potential disaster we should avoid.

Held at the University of Melbourne and hosted by the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne) and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics (University of Oxford).
‘Human Enhancement: Destiny or Disaster?’ was on Friday 3 July, 2015.
Convenors: Steve Clarke, C.A.J. Coady, Julian Savulescu, Alberto Giubilini and Sagar Sanyal.

 

 

 

 

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



Thomas Damberger

Quantified Self and Transhumanism – A Means to an End

by Thomas Damberger

“Quantified Self” means self-knowledge in numbers. A goal of the Quantified Self is to capture as much data as possible about oneself and save it in digital form. This may be someone’ s weight, but also their finances, calories they burn per day, kilometers they jog, sent or received emails, pulse rate, sleep patterns, number of sexual partners or even the quality of sexual intercourse. Data are registered with special gadgets, such as fitness bracelets or smartphone applications. The digitally recorded data can then be assessed.

(2740) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Agbolade Omowole

Christians Should Embrace Transhumanism - Four Reasons Why

by Agbolade Omowole

The Anti-Christ, the Mark of the Beast, and 666 all refer to a point in time when Christians will supposedly ascend to heaven and those left behind will be tortured by the “Beast.” What is this Beast they fear?

Many Christians define whatever their brain cannot comprehend as a likely “Mark of the Beast.” That is why microchip implants, radical life extension, and transhumanism itself, are often viewed by Christians as the Mark of the Beast.  Some Christians also believe the beast will be a cyborg, half human and half robot. Some say Dmitry Itskov’s 2045
Immortality project will lead to the Mark of the Beast.

These fears are unjustified. I believe Christians should embrace Transhumanism.

(3774) Hits • (3) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




The Age of Robots

Flame Distribution

What is a robot? It is a mechanical device capable of interacting with its environment; it is a shell for an artificial intelligence; it is a machine that can autonomously perform an assigned task. But it’s also much more than this, something that escapes baseline definitions and has fascinated humanity for centuries.

Trailer - THE AGE OF ROBOTS from Massimo Brega on Vimeo.



Robotics is at a crucial point in its evolution, an interesting and exciting time during which it’s coming to terms with a number of technical, practical and even philosophical issues. We will record this key moment in history also through the decisive contributions that European research labs are offering to the field.
The aim of this series is to guide the viewer through the discovery of the most intriguing projects that Europe has to offer to robotics, getting to know machines and ideas that will impact our future, or are already part of our everyday lives.
To achieve this, we will see many different kind of robots in action, from androids created to entertain to machines designed to explore inhospitable habitats, from the wonders of biomimetics to the cities of tomorrow. A unique, exciting and accessible point of view, that will hopefully persuade the viewer that robotics no longer belong to science fiction, but to contemporary reality.
Throughout the journey, a panel of three experts will analyze the proceedings and offer words of commentary and guidance on each episode’s robots and technologies. Nick Bostrom, philosopher and Director of the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology at the University of Oxford, will trace a path to the future, dealing with the possible impact of these technologies on human society. Carlo Ratti, engineer and Director of Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, will offer a technical point of view on current research. And Bertolt Meyer, psychologist at the University of Zurich who was born with a congenitally missing lower left arm and wears a prosthetic limb, will handle the psychological and social standpoint.

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



Zoltan Istvan

Transhumanism Is Booming and Big Business Is Noticing

by Zoltan Istvan

I recently had the privilege of being the opening keynote speaker at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville 2015 conference in London. Attending were nearly 1000 people, including economists, engineers, scientists, and financiers. Amongst robots mingling with guests, panels discussing Greece’s future, and Andrew Fastow describing the fall of Enron in his closing speech, event participants were given a dynamic picture of the ever changing business landscape and its effect on our lives.

(3650) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



Tsvi Bisk

Arguing with a Dead Man (Christopher Hitchens) – Defending Monotheism

by Tsvi Bisk

This is a letter to the late Christopher Hitchens, disputing his take on the historical role of the concept (not the reality) of monotheism as being utterly evil. It posits that monotheism played a vital role in the development of science, constitutionalism and social justice – that Occam’s Razor (vital to the development of both science and constitutionalism) is historically dependent on theological disputes ‘proving’ the existence of one god.

(3261) Hits • (2) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




Mars is the Next “New World,” And We’ll Set Foot on it Soon.

Big Think

 

Establishing a colony on Mars would protect the long-term survival of the human race.

The reason we need to travel to Mars and to establish a civilization on Mars is to protect the long-term survival of the human species. We need to become a space faring society and eventually we need to move far beyond Mars not only from our own solar system but into other solar systems within this galaxy and other solar systems in other galaxies. We are making wonderful progress finding other Earth-like planets and we will continue to find many of those in the future.

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvQECJukTDE2i6aCoMnS-Vg

Big Think

https://www.ted.com/speakers/stephen_petranek

http://www.amazon.com/How-Well-Live-Mars-Books/dp/1476784760

 

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



Brian Patrick Green

Pope Francis, the Encyclical Laudato Si, Ethics, and Existential Risk

by Brian Patrick Green

In June, the Vatican released Pope Francis’s much anticipated encyclical letter Laudato Si on the environment and humanity’s relationship with the natural world. The encyclical is worth exploring for those interested in global catastrophic and existential risks (GCE-risks) because the particular environmental problems the Pope discusses are placed in the general context of the many GCE-risks that humanity faces.

(2367) Hits • (1) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...



piero scaruffi

Erdogan’s Wars

by piero scaruffi

It is incredible how international events can be driven by the electoral ambitions of some megalomaniacs. Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu has created all sorts of problems in his backyard just to be reelected. Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now doing the same in Turkey after his party Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost the majority in recent parliamentary elections.

(2457) Hits • (0) CommentsShare on facebook Stumble ThisFull Story...




Page 3 of 278 pages  < 1 2 3 4 5 >  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