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ieet books

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

Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds
by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds.

Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies
by Ben Goertzel ed.

Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution
by Ted Chu


ieet events

Siegel @ Palenque Norte, Burning Man
August 26 -29, 2014
Camp Soft Landing, Black Rock City, NV


Cascio @ TEDx in Marin
September 18 , 2014
Marin


Sorgner @ Posthuman Politics
September 25 -28, 2014
University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece


Siegel @ Indiecade
October 9 -12, 2014
Culver City, CA USA


LaGrandeur @ Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
October 9 -12, 2014
Dallas, TX USA


Siegel @ Buddhist Geeks Conference
October 16 -18, 2014
Boulder, Colorado


Siegel @ Science and Non-Duality
October 22 -27, 2014
San Jose, CA USA


Sorgner @ 3rd World Humanities Forum
October 30 -1, 2014
Daejeon City, Korea


Hughes, Vita-More, de Grey, Roux @ TransVision 2014
November 20 -22, 2014
Paris, France


Hughes @ Juniata H+ Conference
July 26 -30, 2015
Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA USA


ieet news

IEET Fellow Ramez Naam’s Nexus is a Finalist for the Endeavour Award
(Aug 9, 2014)

 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. 

CBS Gives Pilot Production Commitment to Drama Based on Bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan
(Aug 9, 2014)

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.


The Sad Passing of a Positive Futurist (Jul 22, 2014)

IEET Affiliate Scholar, Dick Pelletier, Hospitalized for Stage 5 Parkinson’s Disease (Jul 15, 2014)


ieet articles


Advanced Materials – What’s the big deal?
by Andrew Maynard
Aug 21, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Materials and how we use them are inextricably linked to the development of human society.  Yet amazing as historic achievements using stone, wood, metals and other substances seem, these are unbelievably crude compared to the full potential of what could be achieved with designer materials.


Ontological Realism and Creating the One Real Future
by Gennady Stolyarov II
Aug 21, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

An ongoing debate in ontology concerns the question of whether ideas or the physical reality have primacy. In my view, the physical reality is clearly ontologically primary, because it makes possible the thinking and idea-generation which exist only as very sophisticated emergent processes depending on multiple levels of physical structures (atoms, cells, tissues, organs, organisms of sufficient complexity – and then a sufficiently rich history of sensory experience to make the formation of interesting ideas supportable).


Indefinite Lifespan and Risk Aversion: A Short-Lived Problem
by Chris T. Armstrong
Aug 21, 2014 • (2) CommentsPermalink

There was an interesting panel discussion at the Transhuman Visions Conference in San Francisco, February 1, 2014, which got even interesting-er when the following question was posed: “If you knew you could live for 1,000 years or more, would you possibly become so risk-averse that you may be afraid to do anything that is even remotely dangerous and consequently live a long, but very insular and inhibited life?”


Intracortical Recording Devices
by Melanie Swan
Aug 21, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A key future use of neural electrode technology envisioned for nanomedicine and cognitive enhancement is intracortical recording devices that would capture the output signals of multiple neurons that are related to a given activity, for example signals associated with movement, or the intent of movement.


Bostrom on Superintelligence (6): Motivation Selection Methods
by John Danaher
Aug 21, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

This is the sixth part in my series on Nick Bostrom’s recent book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. The series is covering those parts of the book that most interest me. This includes the sections setting out the basic argument for thinking that the creation of superintelligent AI could threaten human existence, and the proposed methods for dealing with that threat.


IT Careers: Success vs. Bullying
by Kathryn Cave
Aug 20, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“Every office full of ambitious people has them. And we have all worked with at least one—the co-worker with an inexplicable ability to rise in the ranks,” wrote the Wall Street Journal recently in an article entitled What Corporate Climbers Can Teach Us. “‘How do they do it?’ we may ask ourselves or whisper to friends at work,” it continued. “They don't have more experience. They don't seem that brilliant.”


Enhancing Virtues: Self-Control and Mindfulness
by J. Hughes
Aug 19, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Self-control and attentiveness are cornerstones of moral character, and our capacity for these virtues are about half hard-wired. A child’s capacity for self-control predicts their adult likelihood of a successful life, and of myriad bad habits. I discuss the relationship of attention to moral behavior, the ways we can build a more mindful society, and how we can practice self-control and mindfulness with techniques like fasting, exercise and meditation. But many of us, even if we have above average capacities for self-control and attention, will also benefit from the growing number of technologies that enable self-control, from stimulant medications and treatments for addiction to gene therapies and brain-machine devices.


Don’t fear the robot car bomb
by Patrick Lin
Aug 19, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Within the next few years, autonomous vehicles—alias robot cars—could be weaponized, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fears. In a recently disclosed report, FBI experts wrote that they believe that robot cars would be “game changing” for law enforcement. The self-driving machines could be professional getaway drivers, to name one possibility. Given the pace of developments on autonomous cars, this doesn’t seem implausible.


“Transcendence” A Movie Review
by Giulio Prisco
Aug 19, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I had the opportunity to see Wally Pfister’s Transcendence, with Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, and Morgan Freeman, only last week, more than three months after the film’s release in theaters. Before seeing the film I satisfied my Transcendence cravings with an old, still unnamed copy of Jack Paglen’s script that can be found online (it appears that Paglen’s screenplay was part of what is known as the Black List, a list of popular but unproduced screenplays in Hollywood).


One Nation Under Siege: “Counterinsurgency Cops” in Ferguson – and on TV
by Richard Eskow
Aug 19, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The transfer of used military equipment from the armed forces to police departments around the country has been accompanied, at least to a certain extent, by a shift in public thinking. The news media have played a critical part in that shift, both in its coverage and in what it chooses not to cover.


“Lucy”: A Movie Review
by R. Dennis Hansen
Aug 18, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The recent sci-fi movie Lucy includes questionable science, laugh-out-loud dialogue, strange psychedelic graphics, a well-worn plot, an idiotic chase scene, and ridiculous violence, but I liked it a lot.  It is a guilty pleasure on a par with G.I. Jane and T2.


End Police Brutality, Support Sousveillance Laws!
by B. J. Murphy
Aug 17, 2014 • (4) CommentsPermalink

On August 9, at around 12 in the afternoon, Michael Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson were attacked by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. With his hands in the air, telling Officer Wilson that he was unarmed, the officer shot Brown several times, killing him as a result. This was the eyewitness account told by Brown’s friend Dorian.


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dobermanmac on 'Indefinite Lifespan and Risk Aversion: A Short-Lived Problem' (Aug 22, 2014)

Eric Schulke on 'How would you spend $5k to spread info & raise awareness about indefinite life extension?' (Aug 22, 2014)

Rick Searle on 'Why archaeologists make better futurists than science-fiction writers' (Aug 21, 2014)

Rick Searle on 'Why archaeologists make better futurists than science-fiction writers' (Aug 21, 2014)

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Giulio Prisco on 'Why archaeologists make better futurists than science-fiction writers' (Aug 21, 2014)

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