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John G Messerly

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Anders Sandberg on the Ethics of Time Compression in Computing

Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast

In this episode IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher talks to Anders Sandberg about the ethical implications of time compression - or the speeding up of computational tasks to quantum levels. Anders is research associate to the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. He asks Anders about his latest research on time compression in computing, and about the effects this might have on human values and society.

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Hadrian Pourbahman

Le progrès doit-il se conformer au droit ?

by Hadrian Pourbahman

Avis d’un juriste sur la question.

Hadrien Pourbahman est étudiant en droit et membre de l’Association Française Transhumaniste. En début d’année, il avait effectué un stage avec Didier Coeurnelle sur le thème « Vers une reconnaissance d’un droit à la longévité », dont vous pouvez lire le résumé ici.

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The Ethics of AI

NYU-TV

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John G. Messerly

Summary of Umberto Eco on Fascism & Its Connection to Trump

by John G. Messerly

I venture the challenging statement that if American democracy ceases to move forward as a living force, seeking day and night by peaceful means to better the lot of our citizens, fascism will grow in strength in our land. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Moral Machines: From Machine Ethics to Value Alignment

NYU-TV

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Rick Searle

Should Facebook Censor the News?

by Rick Searle

In the era of information wars knowledge of the past is perhaps the only way we can remain anchored to reality. Such collective memory shouldn’t only consist of an accurate record of the facts, but would also include a sense of the history of knowledge and inforwar itself.

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Patent Battle Over CRISPR Gene Editing

The Scientist

The Scientist goes to court for a CRISPR patent interference case at the US Patent and Trademark Office

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John G. Messerly

Michael Brenner’s: “How Autocracy Will Come To America”

by John G. Messerly

Another great piece about the rise of American authoritarianism that I’ve read recently is “How Autocracy Will Come To America” by Michael J. Brenner. Brenner is a Senior Fellow, the Center for Transatlantic Relations, and Professor of International Affairs at University of Pittsburgh. Brennan argues that anti-democratic sentiments are clearly leading the way toward fascism. He begins like this:

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Mathew Liao – AI and Moral Status

NYU-TV

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Doug Rushkoff

The Tyee - Next Economy: Tech Capitalism’s Impossible Dream

by Doug Rushkoff

Read this interview at The Tyee

Douglas Rushkoff has been observing the Internet’s trajectory since the 1990s, writing 16 influential books about digital culture along the way including Media Virus and Present Shock. Rushkoff’s latest work, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, focuses on the business and investing practices of today’s leading tech companies like Uber and Snapchat, and how they are exaggerating the worst aspects of an economic system that pushes for growth at all costs.

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Changing Utopia - or what Guy Standing learned from the Lady of the Future

BIT Teatergarasjen

Changing Utopia - or what Guy Standing learned from the Lady of the Future from BIT Teatergarasjen on Vimeo.

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Steve Fuller

Tomorrow’s Problem of Good and Evil: The Challenges of Trans- and Post- Humanism

by Steve Fuller

A conception of evil that carries over from the Abrahamic religions into secular modernity is that of the ‘disorganization of the soul’. The idea here is that evil isn’t something separate from good but something that arises from the malformation or malfunctioning of good parts. Thus, Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost is God’s best angel gone rogue, the template for the villains faced by comic book superheroes. Many if not most mental illnesses, from neurosis to autism, are defined as some sort of ‘disorder’. In a similar but grander vein, cybernetics founder Norbert Wiener regarded entropy – the ultimate expression of disorganization in physics – as the material equivalent of evil, the source of all suffering, decay and death.

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ContentoNowTV Hosts Tsvi Bisk

ContentoNowTV

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John G. Messerly

Eliezer Yudkowsky on Politics – Part 2

by John G. Messerly

Our two previous posts showed how prospect theory in behavioral economics explains why so many gambled on Trump, and why the artificial intelligence and decision theory expert Eliezer Yudkowsky thinks that this was a mistake. In a post written the day before the election, Yudkowsky expanded on both themes, providing a simple explanation of how many of the gamblers reasoned:

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State Will No Longer Go After Dead Students’ Loans

The Young Turks

New Jersey has just decided it will no longer collect student loans from the parents of deceased former students or students who have become permanently disabled. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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IEET Affiliate Scholar Steve Fuller Publish in Confero Journal

Confero

The Swedish philosophy journal Confero has just published a special issue on ‘Transhumanist Politics, Education and Design’, which includes an article by IEET Affiliate Scholar, Steve Fuller, on morphological freedom.

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Alexandre Maurer

Pour en finir avec les accusations d’eugénisme

by Alexandre Maurer

Le transhumanisme se retrouve régulièrement accusé d’eugénisme. Ces accusations sont-elles fondées ?

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Corporate Media Is Just As Dangerous As Fake News Sites

The Young Turks

While the danger posed by fake news sites like Breitbart is very real, so too is the danger posed by corporate-controlled news entities. They are the ones who pushed the Iraq lies, the Y2K fears, and the countless panic-inducing stories about diseases that only infected a handful of Americans. The Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

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Marcelo Rinesi

The best political countersurveillance tool is to grow the heck up

by Marcelo Rinesi

The thing is, we’re all naughty. The specifics of what counts as “wrong” depend on the context, but there isn’t anybody on Earth so boring that haven’t done or aren’t doing something they’d rather not be known worldwide.

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John G. Messerly

Eliezer Yudkowsky on Politics – Part 1

by John G. Messerly

In our previous post we examined how prospect theory helps explain why so many American voters were willing to risk voting for such a manifestly unqualified candidate for President as Donald Trump. Of course what citizens who are willing to take these risks fail to understand, as the artificial intelligence and decision theory expert Eliezer Yudkowsky writes on his Facebook page, is “how there’s a level of politics that’s theater and a level of politics that’s deadly serious.” For example, it’s deadly serious when a President talks about scrapping the NATO alliance or using nuclear weapons. In such cases you would hope that competent and conscientious people exercise power in the international relations realm.

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It Doesn’t Cost Much To Have A Decent Society

The Jimmy Dore Show

A breakdown of how the taxes of a person making 50,000 a year is spent proves how little money actually goes to help people and how much goes to corporations.

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Ben Goertzel

Thiel Fellowships, Singularity University, and the value of good old-fashioned universities

by Ben Goertzel

This Business Insider article on the outcome so far of the Thiel Fellowship experiment is interesting, though not surprising..

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How the Trump Election and Social Media Externalized America’s Dormant Hate

Big Think

If hate is a virus, the U.S. has got it bad. Oliver Luckett presents a fascinating perspective on how the 2016 election divided America, how social media mimics biology, and how the U.S. can start to rebuild.

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Let’s clean up the space junk orbiting Earth

TED Talks

Our lives depend on a world we can’t see: the satellite infrastructure we use every day for information, entertainment, communication and so much more. But Earth orbit isn’t a limitless resource, and the problem of space debris will get worse without a significant change to our behavior. Natalie Panek challenges us to consider the environmental impact of the satellites we rely on. Our orbital environment is breathtakingly beautiful and our gateway to exploration, she says. It’s up to us to keep it that way.

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Susan Schneider

It May Not Feel Like Anything To Be an Alien

by Susan Schneider

Humans are probably not the greatest intelligences in the universe. Earth is a relatively young planet and the oldest civilizations could be billions of years older than us. But even on Earth, Homo sapiens may not be the most intelligent species for that much longer.

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Richard Eskow

How Trump, Grifter for the Elite, Grabbed Government for the 0.01 Percent

by Richard Eskow

Our country’s privileged few used to exert their control through political surrogates. Now, thanks to Donald Trump, they’re taking a more hands-on approach.

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Einstein Refused To Accept The Disordered Universe

Big Think

Einstein believed his greatest blunder to have been the retraction of one of his equations but, as writer David Bodanis tells, the great scientist’s misstep actually happened immediately after.

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John G. Messerly

Do You Have A Right To Your Opinion? Trump and Millions of Illegal Votes

by John G. Messerly

Trump: “I believe that cows can jump over the moon.”
Question: “Is that really true?”
Pence: “He has a right to his opinion.”

Donald Trump recently tweeted: “In addition to winning the electoral college in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

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The Free Press: How a War on Truth Threatens Democracy

Big Think

“We love, as a culture, to attack messengers when the message is something that makes us feel uncomfortable,” says journalist Wesley Lowery.

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Richard Eskow

Will Trump Bring the Robot Apocalypse?

by Richard Eskow

The future was supposed to bring prosperity and leisure to working people, not joblessness and misery. But that was before the money guys took over.

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