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Stefan Sorgner co-organizing 8th Beyond Humanism Conference in Madrid

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner is co-organizing the 8th Beyond Humanism Conference, with five other scholars.

The event is May 25-28, 2016, at Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Faculty of Philosophy.

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Transhuman Debate in SF East Bay, co-sponsored by IEET

IEET is co-sponsoring a “Transhuman Debate” event in Oakland, California, on February 6, 2016, at Humanist Hall.

The debate will feature two “Oxford Style” Transhumanist Team Debates on these topics:

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Marc Roux at the French National Assembly

100 ideas for a digital France

IEET Affiliate Scholar and Advisory Board Member Marc Roux has been invited to the French National Assembly, this Thursday February 4, 2016.

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Benedikter publishes Transhumanism article in Challenge

Challenge

IEET Affiliate Scholar Roland Benedikter has published an essay titled ““Transhumanism”: A New Global Political Trend?” in the journal Challenge.

The article is available here.

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Stambler and Omowole will speak at World Lumen Congress 2016

IEET Affiliate Scholar Ilia Stambler and IEET contributing writer Agbolade Omowole will be speaking at the World Lumen Congress 2016 in Iasi, Romania, from April 12-17.

 

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Stefan Sorgner interviewed by John Cabot University in Rome

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IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner was interviewed by by John Cabot University in Rome. IEET was mentioned in his introductory biography.

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Ben Goertzel Feature Article in WIRED

WIRED

IEET Fellow Ben Goertzel is featured in a WIRED article on his company, Aidyia, that “turned on a hedge fund that makes all stock trades using artificial intelligence—no human intervention required.”

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Kevin LaGrandeur is organizing a Posthuman Futures conference

IEET Fellow Kevin LaGrandeur is co-organizing a conference at New York University (NYU), titled PostHuman Futures. The event will be held on April 22, 2016.

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Wendell Wallach book signing at Connecticut Science Center

A Dangerous Master: how to keep technology from slipping beyond our control

IEET Fellow Wendell Wallach will be giving a talk and singing his recent book A Dangerous Master:  how to keep technology from slipping beyond our control at the Connecticut Science Center on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

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Danaher Publishes The Threat of Algocracy: Reality, Resistance and Accommodation

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IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher has a new paper in the journal Philosophy and Technology.

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Hughes, Rinesi quoted in Motherboard essay on Sleep Tech

Motherboard

IEET Executive Director James Hughes and IEET CTO Marcelo Rinesi were extensively quoted in a Motherboard essay titled “Sleep Tech Will Widen the Gap Between the Rich and the Poor.

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IEET Article by Roland Benedikter Translated into Arabic

Al Thaqafa Al Alamiyah

Roland Benedikter’s IEET article “The Age of Transhumanist Politics has Begun” will soon be published in a translation into Arabic.

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Russell Blackford’s new book is available: The Mystery of Moral Authority

The Mystery of Moral Authority

IEET Fellow Russell Blackford has authored a new book, The Mystery of Moral Authority.

Blackford describes the book as “a short monograph of about 45,000 words. That’s not a long read, but its long enough for me to explain my positive views about the nature and role of morality in a reasonably complete way.”

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Martine Rothblatt referenced in “Sex Education Robots” article

Inverse.com

IEET Trustee Martine Rothblatt was referenced by Sarah Sloat of Inverse.com in the article “Sex Education Robots: How Androids Help Humans Rethink Gender and Sexuality.”

The article refers to Rothblatt in the opening two paragraphs:

 

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Stefen Sorgner to speak at Meditation & Wirklichkeit conference in Berlin

IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner will be speaking at the Meditation & Wirklichkeit conference in Berlin that will discuss issues pertaining to science, meditation and reality.

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Danko Nikolic in Berlin Conference “Rise of the AI”

IEET contributor Danko Nikolic will be speaking at a conference in Berlin on February 25, titled “Rise of AI.”

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IEET Affiliate Scholar Seth Baum interviewed on the History Channel

The History Channel

On Monday, January 4, 2016, the History Channel aired a 2-hour documentary called “The Seven New Signs of the Apocalypse” at 9pm ET.

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LaGrandeur speaking on Posthumanism at Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art

IEET Fellow Kevin LaGrandeur  has been invited to give the plenary talk and to write the concept essay for the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) Spring Exhibition, which is focused on Posthumanism.  

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Goertzel, Hughes, Prisco in Cosmist article by Harper’s Magazine

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Ben Goertzel (IEET Fellow), James Hughes (IEET Executive Director), and Giulio Prisco (IEET Board or Director member) are referenced in the January issue of Harper’s Magazine in an article titled “Everything That Rises.”

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IEET’s End-of-the-Year Request for Generous Donations

Dear IEET Member,

2015 was a tipping-point year for our momentous concerns - providing ethics in a future world of advancing technologies.

We have been in existence for almost eleven years, and our message has finally reached the mainstream — today IEET’s areas of focus are regularly front page news.

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Giulio Prisco and Micah Redding interviewed in Motherboard

Motherboard

IEET Board Member Giulio Prisco and IEET Contributing Writer Micah Redding were recently featured in a MotherboardVICE article titled The Turing Church Preaches the Future of Religion.

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Online Transhumanist Academy: The “School of Accelerating Technologies”

The new School of Accelerating Technologies is now open, and offering academic degrees for advanced professional (microdegree) studies in:
 
•  Longevity and Life Extension
•  Introductory Singularity and Transhumanism  
•  Accelerated Innovation and Creative Problem Solving
•  Space Habitat Design and Construction
•  Artificial Intelligence and Brain Simulation

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IEET Fellows Ramez Naam and Jamais Cascio featured in Ensia.com

Ensia

Two IEET Fellows - author Ramez Naam and futurist Jamais Cascio - are profiled in Ensia.com.

The article is a “fascinating… free-flowing conversation” between the two on topics like “climate change, geoengineering, transportation and energy.”

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IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner Joins Faculty of John Cabot University in Rome

John Cabot University in Rome is pleased to welcome IEET Fellow Dr. Stefan Sorgner as a new professor of philosophy and bioethics.

Sorgner is one of the world’s leading post- and transhumanist philosophers. He joins John Cabot’s faculty after teaching at a number of universities across Germany and Austria. He is also the director and co-founder of the Beyond Humanism Network.

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Stefan Sorgner co-edits “From Humanism to Meta-, Post- and Transhumanism?”

From Humanism to Meta-, Post- and Transhumanism?

IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner has co-edited an essay collection titled From Humanism to Meta-, Post- and Transhumanism? It will be published by Peter Lang early in 2016.

The book is volume 8 of a series called Beyond Humanism: Trans- and Posthumanism that can be viewed here.

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John Danaher is Top 2015 IEET Writer; Technoprogressivism is Top SubCategory

IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher was IEET’s top writer for 2015. His philosophical articles garnered a total of 209,541 hits.

Other top-producing writers were Managing Editor Hank Pellissier (167,288 hits), Affiliate Scholar John Messerly (163,398 hits), Advisory Board Member Gray Scott (150,453 hits) and Valerie Tarico (127,430 hits).

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David Brin co-edits a new “Smart Pop” book on Star Wars

Star Wars on Trial: The Force Awakens Edition: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films

IEET Fellow David Brin has co-edited (with Matthew Woodring Stover) a book published on November 3, 2015, titled: Star Wars on Trial: The Force Awakens Edition: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time

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2016 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association on 9 April

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that next year’s annual conference will take place on Saturday, 9 April 2016 at the Salt Lake City Public Library.

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Adrian Cull Launches Kickstarter for Immortality Coffee Book

IEET Advisory board member, Adrian Cull, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his book “Live Forever Manual – 101 Practical Tips on How to Live Forever.”

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IEET Audience Primarily Exercising and Taking Breaks to Counteract Effects of Sitting

We asked the IEET audience what they were doing to avoid slow death from too much sitting. For the 200+ respondents the most common answer was exercising 140 minutes per week or more, followed by frequent breaks to stand and walk around.

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