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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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by John G Messerly

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
by Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

eHuman Deception
by Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
by eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow


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Stefan Sorgner @ Meditation & Wirklichkeit Conference in Berlin
November 25 -26, 2016
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Humans, Machines, and the Future of Work Conference
December 5 -6, 2016
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IEET Affiliate Scholar Phil Torres Publishes New Paper in JET
(Aug 21, 2016)

Imagine that someone points a gun to your head and threatens to pull the trigger. How would you assess the overall risk of your situation? One possibility is to examine the gun: to determine its various properties, how powerful it is, the speed at which bullets emerge from the barrel, and so on. This is what many existential risk scholars have focused on with respect to existential risks: the range of technologies that could be used for harmful ends.


Vote for IEET’s Managing Director’s Scholarship Competition
(Aug 16, 2016)

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello has entered a photo competition in order to be entered to win a scholarship for his graduate studies. In order to help him make the shortlist you can follow the link below to vote for his picture titled ‘Arrogance Dying’.

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IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher Publishes New Paper on Moral Enhancement (Aug 14, 2016)

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner’s Autobiographical Nietzschean Transhumanism in New Book (Jul 25, 2016)


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Gerd Leonhard Interview with Gerd Leonhard and his New Book TECHNOLOGY vs. HUMANITY
by Gerd Leonhard
Aug 23, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello interviewed futurist and author Gerd Leonhard about his new book, Technology vs. Humanity.


George Dvorsky This Is Where Europe’s Upcoming Rover Mission Will Explore Mars
by George Dvorsky
Aug 22, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In October, the joint ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 mission will land the Schiaparelli rover on the Red Planet. Here’s where the probe is scheduled to land, and why researchers chose this particular area.


George Dvorsky Paralyzed Patients Learn to Walk Again Using Virtual Reality
by George Dvorsky
Aug 21, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A groundbreaking new experiment shows that brain-machine interfaces, when used in conjunction with exoskeletons and virtual reality, can trigger partial recovery in patients recovering from spinal cord injuries.


Valerie Tarico Liberalism’s Great Challenge: How Can We Critique Ideas while Protecting People?
by Valerie Tarico
Aug 20, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Secular and reformist Muslims plead that we learn to tell the difference between analyzing ideas and attacking people.

When Islam is at question, members of the American Left and Right race into opposite corners. After the Orlando nightclub massacre, to cite one recent example, conservatives spewed anti-Muslim invective to the point that ordinary American Muslims were afraid to leave home.


Rick Searle Our emerging culture of shame
by Rick Searle
Aug 19, 2016 • (3) CommentsPermalink

remember a speech that the novelist Tom Wolfe gave on CSPAN or some such back in the 1990s in which he said something like “Nietzsche predicted that the 20th century would be the age of ideology, and that the century after the age of morality, and I believe him” I’ve never been able to find the source of the quote, but the more the 21st century rolls on, the more I’m finding it to increasingly, frighteningly true.


George Dvorsky Peter Thiel is Right About One Thing
by George Dvorsky
Aug 18, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Billionaire douchebag Peter Thiel has plenty of crazy ideas, but his commitment to radical life extension isn’t one of them.


Melanie Swan Decentralized Crypto-Finance: Blockchains, Automatic Markets, and Algorithmic Trust
by Melanie Swan
Aug 17, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A revolutionary set of concepts and underlying technology enablement has arisen in the form of blockchain technology. Blockchains allow the digital payments layer the Internet never had, and more broadly contemplate an era whereby all forms of secure value transfer could take place via the Internet. This includes all monetary assets (the cash or spot market) and all assets and liabilities over any future time frame (the futures and options market, mortgages, debt and equity securities, treasury issuance, and public debt).


George Dvorsky Global Warming Will Make It Nearly Impossible to Hold the Summer Olympics
by George Dvorsky
Aug 16, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Olympic organizers have made climate change a central theme at the current games—and for good reason. A sobering new study shows that by the 2084 Olympics, rising temperatures will make it practically impossible for most cities to host the summer games.


Rick Searle Shedding Light on Peter Thiel’s Dark Enlightenment
by Rick Searle
Aug 15, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Lately I’ve been experiencing quite a bit of deja vu, and not in the least of a good kind. The recent bout was inspired by Ben Smith’s piece for BuzzFeed in which he struggled to understand how an Ayn Rand loving libertarian like the technologist Peter Thiel could end up supporting a statist demagogue like Donald Trump. Smith’s reasoning was that Trump represented perhaps the biggest disruption of them all and could use the power of the state to pursue the singularity and flying-cars Theil believed were one at our fingertips.


John G. Messerly The Movie “Spotlight”: Philosophical Reflections
by John G. Messerly
Aug 14, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Last night I watched “Spotlight,” one of the finest films I’ve seen in years.

The film follows The Boston Globe‘s “Spotlight” team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative journalist unit in the United States,[6] and its investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. It is based on a series of stories by the “Spotlight” team that earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.[7] … The film … was named one of the finest films of 2015 by various publications. Spotlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture along with Best Original Screenplay … (from Wikipedia)


George Dvorsky Clones Age Normally, So Relax
by George Dvorsky
Aug 13, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

It’s been 20 years since the birth of Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult. Because Dolly died prematurely, scientists have worried that cloning accelerates the aging process. But a new analysis of 13 cloned sheep—including a batch of Dolly’s genetic duplicates—shows this isn’t the case.


Hadrian Pourbahman Vers une reconnaissance d’un droit à la longévité
by Hadrian Pourbahman
Aug 12, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Hadrien Pourbahman, étudiant en Master 2 spécialisé en droit de la santé et des biotechnologies, a effectué un stage au sein de l’AFT Technoprog. Cet article synthétise ses travaux et fournit des références pour vous permettre d’approfondir les sujets.


John Danaher Piketty on Free Higher Education and the Value of Meritocracy
by John Danaher
Aug 11, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

I have worked hard to get where I am. I come from a modest middle class background. Neither of my parents attended university. They grew up in Ireland in the 1950s and 1960s, at a time when the economy was only slowly emerging from its agricultural roots. I and my siblings were born and raised in the 1970s and 1980s, in an era of high unemployment and emigration. Things started to get better in the 1990s as the Irish economy underwent its infamous ‘Celtic Tiger’ boom. I did well in school and received a (relatively) free higher education, eventually pursuing a masters and PhD in the mid-to-late 2000s.


Daniel Faggella Taming the Human Data Stream
by Daniel Faggella
Aug 10, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“Big Data” is more of an opportunity than it is a benefit in and of itself. This might hold even more true for data gleaned from the human body itself as it does from the information streams from stock markets and eCommerce.


George Dvorsky Ancient Campfires May Have Unleashed Humanity’s Top Bacterial Killer
by George Dvorsky
Aug 10, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The ability to control fire brought our ancestors countless benefits, but as a new study by Australian researchers suggests, it may have also triggered the spread of one of the worst blights to afflict our species: tuberculosis.


John Danaher Is Death the Sculptor of Life or an Evil to be Vanquished?
by John Danaher
Aug 9, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

My friend Michael Hauskeller recently recommended a paper on academia.edu. It was by Davide Sisto and it was entitled “Moral Evil or Sculptor of the Living? Death and the Identity of the Subject”. I was intrigued. Longtime readers will know that I have, for some time now, been half in love with the philosophy of death. I am always keen to read a new perspective or take on the topic.


George Dvorsky Most Americans Fear a Future of Designer Babies and Brain Chips
by George Dvorsky
Aug 8, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Most American adults are nervous about the prospect of enhancing humans beyond normal capacities, a new Pew Research Center poll reveals. But while many of those surveyed expressed concerns about brain-boosting chips and designer babies, a significant number had a positive view of technology’s ability to transform humans and society.


Phil Torres Op-ed: Climate Change Is the Most Urgent Existential Risk
by Phil Torres
Aug 7, 2016 • (4) CommentsPermalink

Climate change and biodiversity loss may pose the most immediate and important threat to human survival given their indirect effects on other risk scenarios.


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Rick Searle on 'Our emerging culture of shame' (Aug 22, 2016)

Alexey Turchin on 'Why Running Simulations May Mean the End is Near' (Aug 22, 2016)

RJP8915 on 'How VR Gaming will Wake Us Up to our Fake Worlds' (Aug 22, 2016)

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almostvoid on 'Is Dropping Out of College Throwing Your Life Away?' (Aug 22, 2016)

stevendeedon on 'The Movie “Spotlight”: Philosophical Reflections' (Aug 21, 2016)

instamatic on 'Peter Thiel is Right About One Thing' (Aug 20, 2016)

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