The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies was formed to study and debate vital questions such as:
Which technologies, especially new ones, are likely to have the greatest
impact on human beings and human societies in the 21st century?
What ethical issues do those technologies and their applications raise for
humans, our civilization, and our world?
How much can we extrapolate from the past and how much accelerating change
should we anticipate?
What sort of policy positions can be recommended to promote the best
possible outcomes for individuals and societies?
The IEET's mission is to be a center for voices arguing for a responsible, constructive, ethical
approach to the most powerful emerging technologies. We believe that technological progress can be a
catalyst for positive human development so long as we ensure that technologies are safe and equitably
distributed. We call this a "technoprogressive"
We aim to showcase technoprogressive ideas about how technological progress can increase freedom, happiness, and
human flourishing in democratic societies. Focusing on emerging technologies that have the potential to
positively transform social conditions and the quality of human lives,
especially "human enhancement technologies"
- the IEET seeks to cultivate academic, professional, and popular understanding of their implications, both positive and negative, and to encourage responsible public policies for their safe and equitable use.
IEET's Background and History
The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies is a nonprofit think tank founded in 2004 by philosopher Nick Bostrom and bioethicist James J. Hughes. The IEET's Board of Directors includes members from Italy, Sweden, Canada, and the United States. By promoting and publicizing the work of international thinkers who examine the social implications of scientific and technological progress, we seek to contribute to the understanding of the impact of emerging technologies on individuals and societies, locally and globally. We also aim to shape public policies that distribute the benefits and reduce the risks of technological advancement.