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Nick Bostrom Testifies on Cognitive Enhancement for Obama BRAIN Initiative

The Obama administration’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues held a session on the ethical issues of cognitive enhancement, as part of the ethical, social, legal issues wing of the federal BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. IEET co-founder and author of the new bestseller SuperIntelligence, Nick Bostrom was one of four asked to testify. His comments focused on the importance of ensuring egalitarian access to and benefits from cognitive enhancement.

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IEET Fellow Ramez Naam’s Nexus is a Finalist for the Endeavour Award

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 Nexus is a finalist for the 2014 Endeavour Award, for the best SF or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest author in the previous year. 

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CBS Gives Pilot Production Commitment to Drama Based on Bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan

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CBS has given a pilot production commitment to “Austen’s Razor,” a drama from Legendary Television and CBS Television Studios that’s inspired by the career of bioethics expert Arthur L. Caplan.

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The Sad Passing of a Positive Futurist

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I was just informed that Dick Pelletier, one the IEET’s most beloved writers, passed away this evening from Stage 5 Parkinson’s Disease. I have worked with Dick for the past two years and he taught me more about the next step in human evolution than most doctors and professors I have met. His Positive Futurist stance on humanity and mind will continue to inspire us all.

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IEET Affiliate Scholar, Dick Pelletier, Hospitalized for Stage 5 Parkinson’s Disease

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We the Family first would like to thank each and every one of you for your positive thoughts and wishes.  We are asking for your assistance to keep Dick on a positive road to recovery.  At this time we just don’t have the means to assist Dick with all the finances for his recovery.

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IEET Fellow, Ramez Naam’s Nexus and Cory Doctorow’s Homeland Tie for the Prometheus Award

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Ramez Naam’s novel Nexus and Cory Doctorow’s novel Homeland have tied for the Prometheus Award! The award is given to the best pro-freedom science fiction novel of the year.

 

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IEET Readers Iffy About Mandatory Longevity Therapy for Children

We asked “If a gene therapy that added fifty years of life was safe and effective, should parents be legally required to give it to their children?” Only a third of the 182 respondents thought mandatory gene therapy for longevity for kids was a good idea.

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IEET Audience Overwhelmingly Supportive of Turing Test

Two thirds of the 278 respondents to our poll on the Turning Test believe that “It is a strong indication of a mind like a human’s.”

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IEET Readers Divided on Robot Cars That Sacrifice Drivers’ Lives

Intrigued by IEET Fellow Patrick Lin’s essay “The Ethics of Autonomous Cars” we asked “Should your robot car sacrifice your life if it will save more lives?” A third of of the 196 of you who responded said no, a third said they should and a third said it should be the driver’s option.

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MIT Robot Ethicist, Kate Darling, joins IEET as Affiliate Scholar

Dr. Kate Darling is a Research Specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Yale Information Society Project.

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Consciousness Engineer Mikey Siegel Joins IEET as Affiliate Scholar

Mikey is a roboticist who is promoting the idea of Consciousness Hacking which, in the spirit of the Maker Movement, encourages people to build new tools for exploring and altering the way we think, feel and live.

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New JET Article: Transhumanism and Marxism: Philosophical Connections

The author of the essay, James Steinhoff, is a graduate student in the Department of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario.

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Kevin Lagrandeur’s Book on Androids Wins SFTS Honorable Mention

IEET Fellow Kevin Lagrandeur’s book Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture: Artificial Slaves has been awarded an Honorable Mention by the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies .

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Half of IEET Readers Believe Technological Unemployment Has Begun

Of the 428 IEET readers who responded to our latest poll 51% believed that technological unemployment - technology destroying jobs faster than it creates them - has already begun. Another 9% believed it had not yet begun but would soon.

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Nick Bostrom ranked 15th in Prospect Magazine’s top world thinkers

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Nick Bostrom has been included in Prospect Magazine’s top 15 world thinkers, an honour shared with entrepreneur Elon Musk, Pope Francis, Arundhati Roy, and Nobel Prize winners Peter Higgs and Daniel Kahneman. For a full list of the top 50 world thinkers, please see here.

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IEET Fellow Ramez Naam Nominated for the Campbell, Clarke, Prometheus, and Kitschie Awards.

Ramez Naam has 6 placements on 4 awards shortlists and one prominent best-of list for his novels, and writing stories outside the traditional norm of science fiction.

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Bostrom at Moogfest: Super intelligence is likely

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Humans have beat the odds over 400,000 years surviving climate change, super volcanoes and the worst that Mother Nature could throw at us. Technology has always helped us along the way.

But what happens when we can build machines that are smarter than us?

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IEET’s George Dvorsky offers course on Introduction to Transhumanism

George Dvorsky, prominent futurist, writer on ethics and technology and Chairman of the IEET Board of Directors, is offering his Introduction to Transhumanism course during May, from May 1st to May 31st, 2014.

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Bioethicist Arthur Caplan receives 2014 Public Service Award for an individual

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Caplan’s work fosters greater understanding of science, medicine and ethics. On March 24, 2014 the National Science Board (NSB) announced that renowned bioethicist and IEET Trustee Arthur Caplan, a global leader in medical ethics, is the 2014 recipient of its Public Service Award for an individual.

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Majority of IEET Readers see AGI as Potential Threat to Humanity

We asked whether “artificial general intelligence with self-awareness” or “uploaded personalities or emulations of human brains” were more of a threat to human beings. Almost three times as many of you thought AGI was more of a threat than uploaded personalities, and overall 62% of the 245 respondents thought one or the other or both were a threat.

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Special Issue of JET: Hughes, Walker, Campa & Danaher on Tech Unemployment and BIG

The special issue of the Journal of Evolution and Technology is published and has nine essays on technological unemployment and the basic income guarantee, six of them by IEETers.

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IEET Readers Want Obama to Grant Edward Snowden Amnesty

We asked “Should the Obama administration grant amnesty to Edward Snowden?”  Of the 144 of you who answered the vast majority (83%) were for the Obama administration granting Edward Snowden amnesty on the grounds that his actions were “legitimate whistle-blowing on government crimes.”

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An Economist/Philosopher, a Journalist/Politician and a Futurist Enter the IEET Bar..

To be fair, all three of the new Affiliate Scholars the IEET is welcoming this month are best described as “big thinkers,” with work that ranges from philosophy and religion to politics and science. Ted Chu is a professor of economics at NY Abu Dhabi and former chief economist for General Motors, Dick Pelletier is a very popular contributor here at the IEET, and Giuseppe Vatinno is a journalist who was the first openly transhumanist member of the Italian parliament.

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IEET Audience Supports Right to Die for Disabled, After Some Time

We asked “How long should caregivers prevent recently disabled people from refusing life-sustaining care (and thereby causing their own deaths)?” Of the more than 230 of you who answered, almost half (47%) said “The recently disabled should be treated until they are no longer depressed, and have a sustained, rational intent to die.”

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IEET Digital Democracy and Education in Madagascar 2014

Dustin Eirdosh, Coordinator, IEET Madagascar (African Futures Project) makes great progress with technology education.

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New Humanity+ Board Members!

IEET Fellow, Linda McDonald Glenn, Voting Board Member

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IEET Audience Divided on Apes and Dolphins in Zoos

A third of respondents to the recent poll question “Should apes (chimps, gorillas, bonobos) and dolphins be liberated from zoos?” thought that apes and dolphins should be rehabilitated and returned to the wild. But two thirds favored other options.

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IEET Audience Not Enthusiastic About Google Glass

Only 16% of the 220 respondents to the poll about Google Glass were planning to get the device when it is released to the public.

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Documentary Featuring IEET’s J. Hughes on Smithsonian Channel

The cover article in Smithsonian magazine for September was “The Insane and Exciting Future of the Bionic Body,” which is a teaser for the documentary Bionic Man that will air on the Smithsonian Channel October 20. The documentary features a number of segments with IEET Executive Director J. Hughes discussing the social and ethical implications of bionic replacement parts.

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IEET Audience Split on Personal Identity

We asked “If your mind was perfectly copied to a new body…” who would the mindclones be, and who would own your stuff?  The 165 of you who answered were almost perfectly split three ways on this old debate about personal identity.

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