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The one percent discovers transhumanism: Davos 2016

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“McMindfulness”: is Buddhism contaminated by capitalism?” - interview with Terry Hyland

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

The Value of Deep Work and How to Prioritise It

Should you be able to patent a human gene?


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Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence
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Welcome to Intern Akansha Bhargava

Akansha is an aspiring scientist, philosopher and science journalist who joins us from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  She is currently completing her senior thesis on Alexander’s disease at the Waisman Center.

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Poll: Is Internet Addiction for Real?

According to a little more than half of you internet addiction is for real, even if a little overblown.

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Emergence - IEET News for May 1, 2008

CONTENTS

1. A Note From Dr. J.
2. IEET News
3. Articles
4. Multimedia
5. TechEthx News
  - Existential Risks List Posts
  - Trans-Spirit List Posts
6. Events
  - with IEET Speakers
  - all events

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Technoprogressive, the list

Interested in developing the “technoprogressive” political perspective? Then join the the technoprogressive list.

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Welcome our new IEET Fellow, Dr. Ben Goertzel

The IEET Board of Directors and I are delighted that the esteemed artificial intelligence researcher Dr. Ben Goertzel has accepted our invitation to become an IEET Fellow. Ben’s (partial) bio here.

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The Past and Future of Evolution

I (J. Hughes) just returned from a wonderful conference on the history and future of the theory of evolution.

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Hughes Talk on H+ & Religion top-rated at Thoughtware.tv

To toot my own horn, one of my favorite talks in recent memory was one I gave to the Templeton folks on the compatibility of religion and transhumanism. Andres put it up on Thoughtware.tv, and he wrote to let me know that it has been their top-rated talk there.  Listen to it here.  The slides associated with that talk are here, and the paper is here.

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Russell’s new book project, Voices of Disbelief

IEET Fellow and JET Editor Russell Blackford writes: Udo Schuklenk and I will be co-editing a book, provisionally entitled Voices of Disbelief, which will contain 50 to 60 relatively short essays by prominent people explaining why they are not religious believers - why they don’t accept the existence of the Abrahamic God, or subscribe to other religious doctrines.

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Linda’s Review of Dyson in Nature Biotechnology

Congrats to IEET’s Linda MacDonald Glenn for getting a review of Freeman Dyson’s latest book, A Many-Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe, in Nature Biotechnology.

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Poll: Who will the next US President be? (Obama)

Barack Obama ran away with this primary race. Two thirds of you believe he will be the next US President.

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Discussion Forums, Commenting and Collaborative Thinktankery

Note from Dr. J.: I confess I have community-building ambitions. Thus far the IEET has been focused on building a high quality site for pushng out technoprogressive thought and public policy analysis. But in the coming year I would like to build more audience feedback and discussion into the IEET.

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Aubrey on Barbara Walters Aging Special April 1

Watch IEET Fellow Aubrey de Grey on “Live to Be 150 ... Can You Do It?” With Barbara Walters on Tuesday, April 1, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Poll: Will (post)humans colonize the galaxy?

A majority of you think yes. Of the 320 respondents to the poll, almost 60% said that (post)human colonization of the galaxy was likely. One if five thought the prospects of galactic colonization were dim because of vast distances. One in six thought the prospects bad because of x-risks to the future of human civilization.

 

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Thanks to Carrico and Corwin

IEET Fellow Dale Carrico and IEET intern Anne Corwin have given great service to the IEET project and we’re sad to report that they won’t be part of the IEET this year.

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Site and Mailing List Outage

Hopefully some of you noticed that the IEET website was down for three days, and that our email lists are still down. That is because the servers in London that host the IEET, the Journal of Evolution and Technology, the World Transhumanist Association and a variety of other like-minded groups was brought down by a hack attack last week. The servers have now been rebuilt, but our email list is still inexplicably down. We’re working on it, and hopefully will have it fixed shortly. We have no idea whether the attack was ideologically motivated or not.

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Ashley X’s Parents Declare Treatment a Success

In January of 2007 the IEET suddenly doubled its web viewage, and the phones rang off the hook.

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President’s Council on Bioethics Publishes Bostrom on Posthuman Dignity

The latest volume from the President’s Council (and hopefully the last), Human Dignity and Bioethics, (Full Document PDF)  includes a chapter by Nick Bostrom on “Dignity and Enhancement”  (PDF)

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Poll: What Brain Supplements Do You Take?

Looks like coffee, vitamins and fish oil are the most popular brain supplements.

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Longevity Dividend Course: April 21-June 29

If we are to begin building an international case for public multi-billion dollar investments in basic research towards the goal of anti-aging medicine we need to know how to answer dozens of public policy questions.

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George Wins Three 2008 Blogisattva Awards

The 2008 Blogisattva Award winners have been announced - the awards for best Buddhist blogging - and our George Dvorsky has again scored a number of awards for Sentient Developments.

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Scenes from Six Degrees

Jamais was on National Geographic TV talking about cheeseburgers and how we can fix the planet. Check it out!

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Latest from JET

is a peer-reviewed electronic journal published by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and edited by IEET Fellow Dr. Russell Blackford. The first two articles of Volume 17 have been published.

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IEET is 501c3 Tax-Exempt and Tax-Deductible

The IEET is now an official 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit organization.

Americans who contribute to the IEET can now deduct their support for ethical technoprogress from their taxes.

Give today! Keep Marcelo in smart drugs!

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Doug’s Testament Series Wraps Up

IEET Fellow Doug Rushkoff has finished his four volume graphic novel series on how the stories of the Bible were actually written, and how they resonate with a near future history. An “underground band of renegades…employ technology, alchemy, media hacking and mysticism…to combat the frightening threats to freedom that permeate the world.”

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Heather writes on UK Repro Rights

IEET Intern Heather Bradshaw has published an article in the UK newsletter BioNews on
“Why it should not be illegal to implant ‘abnormal’ embryos.”

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Russell Blackford is the New Editor of the Journal of Evolution and Technology

After drifitng for the last couple of months the IEET’s Journal of Evolution and Technology has been taken in hand by IEET Fellow Russell Blackford, who has been appointed the new editor-in-chief.

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Poll: When we can change sexual orientation….

Wow. I did not expect this result. Only 17% of you think control over sexual orientation will result in Western societies becoming straighter.

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Future Problem Solver Presentations on Neurotechnology

On January 9th I helped the Connecticut Future Problem Solvers organize a morning seminar for more than 200 students, grades 5-12, and their teachers on neurotechnology.

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Poll: When Reproductive Cloning is Safe?

The folks visiting the IEET appear to be a little more liberal on the topic of reproductive cloning than the average homo sapien, since nine out of ten of you voted to make it a legal reproductive choice once it is safe.

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Marcelo’s Hectowords

IEET Assistant Director Marcelo Rinesi has released a short book of one hundred short stories, each about one hundred words long, called Hectowords. You can also subscribe to Marcelo’s Hectowords blog for regular installments.

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