Support the IEET




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

CyborgCamp ‘14

Extreme Weather

CDC Confirms Patient In Dallas Has Ebola Virus

Personal Drones: Are They a Public Hazard?

Last Things: Cold Comfort in the Far Future

What is the Future of the Sharing Economy?


ieet books

A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
Author
Keith Wiley

A History of Life-Extensionism in the Twentieth Century
Ilia Stambler

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Nick Bostrom

Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
Martine Rothblatt


comments

Peter Wicks on 'Dawkins and the "We are going to die" -Argument' (Oct 2, 2014)

Peter Wicks on 'Supertasking and Mindfulness' (Oct 2, 2014)

hankpellissier on 'Supertasking and Mindfulness' (Sep 30, 2014)

bubble13 on 'How Do You Filter Content in an Age of Abundance?' (Sep 29, 2014)

Dick Burkhart on 'The Obvious Relationship Between Climate and Family Planning—and Why We Don’t Talk About' (Sep 29, 2014)

instamatic on 'Dawkins and the "We are going to die" -Argument' (Sep 29, 2014)

Taiwanlight on 'Dawkins and the "We are going to die" -Argument' (Sep 27, 2014)







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

Transhumanism and Marxism: Philosophical Connections

Sex Work, Technological Unemployment and the Basic Income Guarantee

Technological Unemployment but Still a Lot of Work…

Hottest Articles of the Last Month


Why and How Should We Build a Basic Income for Every Citizen?
Sep 16, 2014
(14711) Hits
(7) Comments

MMR Vaccines and Autism: Bringing clarity to the CDC Whistleblower Story
Sep 14, 2014
(5391) Hits
(1) Comments

An open source future for synthetic biology
Sep 9, 2014
(5119) Hits
(0) Comments

Steven Pinker’s Guide to Classic Style
Sep 11, 2014
(4163) Hits
(0) Comments



RSS feedIEET NEWS


Poll: By 2025 K-12 education in the North will…

Looks like increased use of virtual presence and distance learning is considered the leading likely innovation, followed by earlier ability tracking.

New poll: Is the economic cost to society from disability relevant? See for discussion Anne Corwin’s commentary on the relevance of the costs associated with autism.

Share on facebook Stumble This




Betterhumans Relaunching With IEET Columnists

Since 2002 the innovative Toronto-based webmagazine Betterhumans has played a key role in the development of the technoprogressive perspective represented by the IEET.  IEET Board of Directors member George Dvorsky has been the assistant editor of Betterhumans since its launch. I wrote a series of bi-weekly columns for Betterhumans from 2003 to 2005 that found their way into Citizen Cyborg. IEET fellows Dale Carrico and Russell Blackford wrote columns for Betterhumans, and IEET writer and intern Anne Corwin found her way to us through Betterhumans.

Share on facebook Stumble This • (4300) Hits • (0) CommentsFull Story...




Poll: Should Ecstasy be legalized?

Yay. Warm empathy feelings all round. Crank up the techno, and hand me a flask of Gatorade.

New poll: What will K-12 education be like in the industrialized North in twenty years?

Share on facebook Stumble This




Poll:  Will ability to change skin, hair & body make racism irrelevant?

Oh my. What a bunch of pessimists. So the majority of the world that is Asian, South Asian and African will rush to look like Marilyn Monroe and Brad Pitt, thereby reinforcing racially-chauvanist ideals of beauty? Somehow I doubt it. And we’ll have to save the question of whether such a risk constitutes a reason to restrict access to body modification for later.

New poll: Should ecstasy (MDMA) be legalized? See the recent UK drugs safety study for more information.

Share on facebook Stumble This




IEET Launches Cyborg Buddha Project

A confluence of factors makes this the perfect time to ask questions about how neurotechnologies that influence behavior, moral cognition and religious experiences should be used in the future. People on the Christian Right are embroiled in a debate about whether to accept scientific evidence for a biological basis for sexual orientation, and if they do, whether parents should “fix” their gay children in utero. Psychologists and economists are researching the genetic, life course and environmental factors that influence well-being, yielding findings such as cosmetic surgery being as strong a contributor to happiness as religious participation.  Bioethics have created the subgenre of neuroethics to examine brain fingerprinting, memory modification and other neurotechnologies.

Devices are being tested to measure empathy and vulnerability to temptation. Resistance is growing internationally to the disastrous policies of “warring” on psychoactive drugs, and in the process on cognitive liberty itself. Neurophilosophers are arguing for a thorough grounding of philosophy in neurology and evolutionary psychology. People of faith are increasingly entering into dialogue with human enhancement advocates about the theological significance of the transhumanist project.

Share on facebook Stumble This • (7950) Hits • (4) CommentsFull Story...




Poll: Should people be able to sell one of their kidneys?

OK, OK. No support for libertopian organ trading here. Poll participation hit a high of 179 voters, of whom two thirds hated the idea and 20% thought it pointless given the alternatives.

New poll:  Will the ability to change skin, hair and body at will help make racism irrelevant?

Share on facebook Stumble This




Welcome to new IEET interns

The IEET is very pleased to introduce some of the new interns we have recently inducted. We will post more information on additional interns - those who are still taking their loyalty oaths, having their brains rewired and learning their passwords - next week.

Share on facebook Stumble This • (3386) Hits • (0) CommentsFull Story...




IEET Web Viewage Climbing

Although the site hits have slowed since the Ashley X blitz in early January, we continue to build blog subscription and overall viewage.  From an average of about 10,000 hits per day last summer we are now at 27,000 hits per day and climbing.

Share on facebook Stumble This




IEET Cyborg Life Project


IEET advisor Peter Houghton and IEET Executive Director James Hughes are writing a book, tentatively titled Cyborg Life: The Reality of Living With Artificial Parts. Peter is an artificial heart device recipient (LVAD) and the founder of several charities in the UK working on the technologies and needs of people with artificial organs. He has been collecting narratives of people with heart assist devices, insulin pumps and similar devices, and in this book we intend to describe the current experiences of people with implanted medical devices, and the public policy agenda to ensure universal access to safe, life enhancing devices in the future. The website - with resources and a blog - is here.

Share on facebook Stumble This • (3489) Hits • (1) CommentsFull Story...




Poll: We become posthuman with…

Dale pulls out his prolix Winchester on this question here. To me it looks like the average tipping point is somewhere around the point that we start playing with personal identity with emotion and memory modification, and pooling our brains into the Borg. But then again, the range here is from 10,000 BC to never.

New poll: Should people be able to sell one of their kidneys?

Share on facebook Stumble This




IEET Book Projects

We’re all busy busy here at the IEET, between attending and organizing conferences, writing blogs and papers, producing podcasts, and working on books. Here’s an update on some of the books we’re working on.

Share on facebook Stumble This • (3476) Hits • (0) CommentsFull Story...




Poll: Should there be a standing U.N. military force to enforce world law?

Grrr. I’m a strong supporter of strengthening (and democratizing) the United Nations, including the construction of a UN army. But it doesn’t look like most of you agree.

New poll: We become “posthuman” with…?

Share on facebook Stumble This




Dvorsky’s blog wins Blogisattva awards

The Blogisattva Awards were announced today and George Dvorsky‘s Sentient Developments blog was the winner of two awards: Best Achievement Blogging on Matters Philosophical or Scientific and Best Achievement in Wonderful, Remarkable, Elegant Design.  You can read about all the winners and why they were chosen here.

Share on facebook Stumble This




Poll: Is nuclear power part of the solution to carbon emissions?

Looks like a third of the respondents are skeptics about wither climate change or efforts to stop and remediate climate change. Of those who accept the need for some kind of carbon emissions solution a quarter were opposed to nuclear power out of hand. The rest were roughly equally divided between nuclear power enthusiasts and tentative adopters. No consensus here.

New poll: Should there be a standing United Nations military force to enforce world law?

Share on facebook Stumble This




Poll: Should disabling kids before conception be legal?

The majority say it should be illegal to disable a child by choice or genetic modification before conception, but almost a third think it should be legal and subsidized.

New poll: Is nuclear power part of the solution to the carbon emissions problem?

Share on facebook Stumble This




IEET Fellows Interviewed for RU Sirius’ New Book

RU Sirius is a pioneer of technoprogressive futurism. As founder/editor of the magazine Mondo 2000 RU Sirius forged a brand of scientifically-literate psychedelic gonzo radicalism that nurtured and inspired the emerging transhumanist subculture, and is now emerging again as an important critical voice. As prime driver of the growing MondoGlobo media operation, RU has been profiling leading technoprogressive thinkers, activists and issues for the last five years.

In his latest book True Mutations: Interviews on the Edge of Science, Technology, and Consciousness RU presents some of those interviews - with the IEET’s Nick Bostrom, Jamais Cascio, Ramez Naam, Wrye Sententia and Aubrey de Grey among many others - exploring

the wild changes that may be coming to the human species during the 21st Century. In a series of interviews, author/host RU Sirius explores a series of (r)evolutions in disciplines ranging from the evolution of clean energy to the possibilities of endless neurological ecstasy; from open-source free access to nearly everything under the sun to self-directed biotechnological evolution; from psychedelic culture mash-ups to the possibilities of a technological singularity that alters not only humanity but the entire universe.

 

Share on facebook Stumble This • (4180) Hits • (0) CommentsFull Story...




Join us in Chicago July 23 to Win Longevity For All

Policy makers across the industrialized world are staring down the barrel of a gun: the growing retirement age population, and the shrinking birth rate. They see the “old age dependency ratio” with dread because they project current rates of senior disease and disability, and related medical and nursing costs, and they don’t see how welfare systems will survive.

But there is an answer, and it should be obvious, since senior disability rates have been plummeting. When seniors stay healthy and vigorous they can continue contributing their lifetime of accumulated skill and experience to society, without driving up nursing or healthcare costs, or becoming dependent on loved ones. If medical therapies could be developed which slowed the rate of aging, and the development of disease and disability, we may be able to slip past the demographic transition in economic strength, and greater health and longevity for everyone. This is the promise and challenge of the “Longevity Dividend.”

Join us in Chicago on July 23rd for a day long seminar with leading experts on the politics, science and political economy of longevity - including Jay Olshansky and Aubrey de Grey - to help build the campaign for an intensive international research program on anti-aging medicine. (The seminar will take place the day before the three-day gala Transvision 2007, with keynoter Ray Kurzweil.)

Monday, July 23, 2007

Chicago Fairmont Hotel (same hotel as Transvision 2007 which will take place the following three days)
Chicago, Illinois

Agenda:

8:30am-9am Registration & coffee

9am-Noon Political Economy of the Longevity Dividend

Jay Olshansky Ph.D.
Additional Speakers TBA

Noon-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-5pm Building the Campaign for the Longevity Dividend

Aubrey de Grey Ph.D. “Arguing the Scientific Feasibility of Anti-Aging”
Nick Bostrom Ph.D. “Answering the Philosophical Objections to Longevity”
James Hughes Ph.D. “Building Coalitions for Anti-Aging Science and Medicine”

Additional speakers TBA

Audience The targets for this event are:

- scholars and journalists interested in the future of aging and healtcare
- legislative aides and policy makers considering Longevity Dividend as a policy program
- pro-longevity, health care and senior activists interested in building the Longevity Dividend campaign

Admission: $150/person, $75 for students

(For now, checks can be sent to “IEET” c/o James Hughes, William 229B, 300 Summit St., Trinity College, Hartford CT 06106. We will shortly have up a Paypal link.)

Share on facebook Stumble This • (2932) Hits • (0) CommentsFull Story...




Poll: Self-willed machine minds are…

122 people voted.

Perhaps self-willed AI is already here...

Share on facebook Stumble This




Joining the Radical Cyborgs on Orkut, Facebook

In addition to the IEET networks we’re building on LinkedIn and XING, some of us in the IEET have been exploring the social networking sites of Orkut and Facebook for the last couple of years. For instance there are the Radical Cyborgs groups on Orkut and Tribe.net that spun off of the Cyborg Democracy blog, the Technoliberation site and Technoliberation list.

Now on Facebook one of our interns Ben Hyink has started the Society for the Cyborg Revolution, “founded upon the premise that all forms of personhood, or beings with self- awareness, including humans, upgraded animals, cyborgs, intelligent robots, and post-humans, have a fundamental, democratic right to govern their own bodies. We advocate the right of all beings to have access to cognitive and physical enhancement, life-extension technologies and similar upgrades. Furthermore, we support the democratic use of stem-cell research, bio-technology, nano-technology and other promising lines of research to improve the quality of life for all.”

These aren’t IEET projects, and they are more playful than the staid thinktankery we’re pursuing at the IEET, but some of us are linked up through these groups and if you think they are fun I’d encourage you to add yourself.

Share on facebook Stumble This • (1727) Hits • (0) CommentsFull Story...




Poll: What do you think about the utopian impulse?

I’d say this is a three-way split between 30% who think utopianism is a force for good, 30% who think it is a force for evil, and 30% who think it can be both. Then there are 6% who think its just harmless irrational weak-mindedness, and 3% who think its a podcast from the Eschaton.

New poll: “Self-willed machine minds…” (choose all that apply)

Share on facebook Stumble This




Dvorsky’s Sentient Developments Nominated as a Top Buddhist Blog

The Sentient Developments blog of IEET’s George Dvorsky has been nominated for several Blogisattva awards, honoring “excellence in English-language Buddhist blogging during calendar year 2006.” There are 115 nominees in 21 categories. Sentient Developments is up for 4 awards including Best Blog of the Year.

Other awards that SentDev is up for include Best Achievement in Skilled Writing, Best Achievement Blogging on Matters Philosophical or Scientific, Best Achievement in Wonderful, Remarkable, Elegant Design.

The winners will be announced on February 15, 2007.

Share on facebook Stumble This




Pitching H+ in Lausanne

IEET Treasurer Giulio Prisco reports on his public debate on transhumanism at the University of Lausanne, January 24, 2007, before an audience of 300.

Share on facebook Stumble This • (3312) Hits • (0) CommentsFull Story...




Poll: Should doctors be imprisoned for telling pregnant women the sex of their fetus?

(Opened Jan 20, 2007; closed Jan 27, 2007)

Looks like our readers don’t think so.

I guess the next question is whether we should be supporting or opposing laws that are imprisoning doctors in India today for telling women the sex of their feti? But I’ll ask that later.

The new poll question (which closes 2007-01-27) is “What do you think about the utopian impulse?”

Share on facebook Stumble This




Treder’s CRN Develops Nanotech Development Scenarios

A dozen experts from four countries have collaborated with the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, under the direction of IEET fellow Mike Treder, to create “a series of professional-quality models of a world in which exponential general-purpose molecular manufacturing has become a reality.  The purpose of this scenario creation activity is to offer plausible, logical, understandable “stories” about near-future worlds (circa 2020) in which we might actually live, and in which we must contend with the possibly severe military, political, economic, social, medical, environmental, and ethical implications of molecular manufacturing.  What will that future look like? What can we learn from picturing it now that might help us to avoid the worst pitfalls and generate the greatest benefits?  IEET Fellow Jamais Cascio conducted the workshop for CRN.  For more information about the scenario creation process contact Mike Treder.

Share on facebook Stumble This




New SF short fiction blog

IEET Assistant Director Marcelo Rinesi has begun Hectowords, a blog of short SF stories (or contemporary fiction; sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference…).

Share on facebook Stumble This




Doug’s second Testament Book, West of Eden, is out


The second collected set of Testament is now available at comic shops, bookstores, and links like this one.

This book starts the series over - quite literally, in fact - beginning with the Genesis creation story and its modern parallel: the generation of an AI lifeform by Alan Stern. Of course, the nano-bots all have the shape of the Eye of Horus, and Goddess Astarte manages to insinuate herself into the Garden of Eden as a lovely tree.

The best part of it all is that the volume concludes with a 9000-word set of notes to the entire collection, including the first trade. All the Bible and historical references you need to assure yourself that these stories and their allegories have a basis in exegesis (objective textual and historical study).

This collection offers readers a new entrypoint to the comic, so that it’s not required to have read the first five issues to begin anew here.

Share on facebook Stumble This




Poll results: Proportion of government science budgets to be devoted to anti-aging research

(Opened Jan 15, 2007; closed Jan 20, 2007) Classic bimodal result.

New poll (closes 2007-01-27): Should doctors in your country be imprisoned for telling pregnant women the sex of their fetus?

Share on facebook Stumble This




Doctors w/o Borders v. Novartis on Indian generics

The Swiss company Novartis is taking the Indian government to court over its legislation pertaining to generic drugs. Novartis wants to make it more difficult for Indian companies to produce generic drugs. MSF/Doctors without Borders is collecting signatures under a petition calling on Novartis to drop the case. The medical charity points out that ‘India is the pharmacy for the developing world.’

Further information about the background to the MSF campaign can be found here.

The petition is available here.

Share on facebook Stumble This




Ashley X, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn, XING and Bald Women

Its been a crazy ten days here at the IEET as our site traffic soared after the Ashley X story broke loose.

Share on facebook Stumble This • (4059) Hits • (0) CommentsFull Story...




Call for Papers and Early Reg for IEET-IHEU Rights Conf in NYC - May 11-13

IHEU- Appignani Humanist Center for Bioethics and
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

present

Human Rights for the 21st Century:
Rights of the Person to Technological Self-Determination


New York City
May 11-13, 2007

Cocktail Reception: Friday May 11, 6:00 – 9:00 pm (Location: TBD)

Conference: Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13, 9:00 am – 3:45 pm

Location: 777 UN Plaza, 2nd Floor, New York City, NY 10017

Share on facebook Stumble This • (2812) Hits • (0) CommentsFull Story...




Page 16 of 20 pages ‹ First  < 14 15 16 17 18 >  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