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ieet books

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

A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind-Uploading
by Keith Wiley

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

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
by Nick Bostrom


ieet events

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


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


Pearce, Sorgner on Nietzsche and transhumanism @ “Transhumanism and Asia”
November 3 , 2014
Seoul, South Korea


Sorgner on transhumanism
November 12 , 2014
Nürnberg, Germany


Brin @ San Diego
November 12 -13, 2014
San Diego, CA USA


2014 Longevity and Genetics Conference: Vancouver
November 15 , 2014
Vancouver


Sorgner on robotics and H+
November 17 , 2014
University of Innsbruck, Germany


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


Brin on SETI @ AAPT
January 4 -5, 2015
San Diego, CA USA


Brin @ NASA NIAC Meeting
January 27 -30, 2015
Orlando, FL USA


Brin @ AAAS Annual Meeting
February 12 -16, 2015
San Jose, CA USA


Brain @ North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress
February 26 -1, 2015
New York, NY USA


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


ieet news

IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner Edits First Ever Comprehensive Intro to Post and Transhumanism
(Oct 3, 2014)

The first ever comprehensive introduction edited by Robert Ranisch and IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner which compares and contrasts posthumanism and transhumanism is forthcoming within the next two weeks.

IEET Fellow Evan Selinger, referenced in New York Times
(Sep 17, 2014)

The NY Times picked up on IEET Fellow Evan Selinger’s concerns over the cognitive and characterological downside to using predictive consumer technology, including the new form of texting available on Apple’s iOS8.


IEET Affiliate Scholar Rick Searle was a 3rd place winner of a $2,000 prize from FQXi (Sep 8, 2014)

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner on German public radio (WDR) (Sep 8, 2014)


ieet articles


12 Technologies We Need To Stop Stalling On And Develop Now
by George Dvorsky
Oct 22, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The pace of technological change is governed by many factors — including public demand. Which is why we need to be demanding more. Here are 12 transformative technologies whose development should be expedited right now. To make this list meaningful, I only included those items that are within reasonable technological reach. Sure, it would be nice to have molecular assemblers, warp drives, and the recipe for safe artificial intelligence, but it’ll be decades before we can reasonably embark upon such projects.


iSchools: Contemporary Information Technology Theory Studies
by Melanie Swan
Oct 22, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The perfect merger of academic rigor and contemporary thinking has come together in the concept of iSchools, which give practical consideration and interesting learning opportunities to the most relevant issue of our time: information.


Drug That Lost High-Stakes Political Fight For Funding Now Being Used Against Ebola
by Ryan Grim
Oct 21, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

WASHINGTON—An experimental drug now being used by the U.S. government to treat Ebola patients lost a high-stakes battle for federal funding several years ago. The politically connected drug company that won the dispute, meanwhile, filed for bankruptcy in September.


Planetary Boundaries And Global Catastrophic Risk
by Seth Baum
Oct 20, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Back in 2012, I was invited to spend a few weeks visiting at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), a federally funded Japanese research institute based in the beautiful city of Kyoto. I was invited by my colleague Itsuki Handoh of RIHN. During my visit, Handoh and I came up with an idea for how to fuse two important lines of research on major global threats.


Random Neuron Connections
by Michael Abrams
Oct 20, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

With its 100 million neurons per square inch, the brain is a pretty powerful processor, even if we can’t always beat computers at chess these days. But just how the circuits that make up that wondrous seat of consciousness form themselves has long been anybody’s guess.


Digital Afterlife: 2045
by Rick Searle
Oct 19, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Of all the bewildering diversity of new of consumer choices on offer before the middle of the century that would have stunned people from only a generation earlier, none was perhaps as shocking as the many ways there now were to be dead. As in all things of the 21st century what death looked like was dependent on the wealth question.


Transhumanism and Moral Enhancement
by Alex Nichols
Oct 18, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

With futurist thinkers supporting the notion of human upgrading through technological enhancement, what parameters are considered in respect to moral enhancement? What cross cultural barriers and variations in moral reasoning are we targeting for such upgrades? Moreover, is moral enhancement simply a term we fear delving into despite the association it arguably has to almost everything our culture produces?


Algocracy and other Problems with Big Data (Series Index)
by John Danaher
Oct 18, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

What kind of society are we creating? With the advent of the internet-of-things, advanced data-mining and predictive analytics, and improvements in artificial intelligence and automation, we are the verge of creating a global “neural network”: a constantly-updated, massively interconnected, control system for the world. Imagine what it will be like when every “thing” in your home, place of work, school, city, state and country is connected to a smart device?


Study Shows Big Government Makes People Happy, ‘Free Markets’ Don’t
by Richard Eskow
Oct 17, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Forget about feeling "like a room without a roof," or whatever that "Happy" song says. If you want to know "what happiness is to you," try living in a social democracy.


Smut in Jesusland: Why Bible Belt States are the Biggest Consumers of Online Porn
by Valerie Tarico
Oct 17, 2014 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Red State conservatives may insist that the rest of us should keep aspirin between our knees and be forced to bear Divine Justice Babies when we don’t. They may refuse to provide cake or flowers for gay weddings, or even to attend. They may pretend that teens won’t do it if we just don’t tell them how.


Physicist Lawrence Krauss: God is a byproduct of your hard-wired narcissism
by Adam A. Ford
Oct 16, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

At the Melbourne skeptic’s meeting in Australia last month, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss was asked whether spiritual experiences could ever be scientifically validated.


Transhumanism and Celebrating the Unnatural
by Khannea Suntzu
Oct 16, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In the year 2014 A.D, the human species may have expanded completely out of bounds. To transcend boundaries is within and out of nature. That is what we do. It is ordained. It is written. We appear to have transcended many limits imposed upon us by nature. Nature imposes, not out of will, because because of the statistical qualities of what nature is. Humans transcend. Nature constrains. There is no free will involved. There is no intelligence or intelligent designer involved. There is no pre-ordained outcome. So we immediately see the arbitrariness of what is natural and what is unnatural. This makes it so strange why we as humans (especially in the western world) still venerate the “natural” and conversely we abhor what’s labeled “unnatural”.


Engineering Enlightenment
by Michael Abrams
Oct 16, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Some spend a few decades meditating. Others spend an indeterminate amount of time inquiring after their true selves. Still others ingest ayahuasca or other intense psychoactive drugs. All are seeking the same thing: in a word, enlightenment. Now, a robotics engineer out of California is hoping to help seekers find it another way: with technology.


Rejection of Tomorrow
by David Brin
Oct 16, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I keep seeing and hearing cynics sigh about how far we have “fallen.” The disease is rampant, on both right and left. The striking thing to me is the inanity of cliches, like: “Isn’t it a shame that our wisdom has not kept pace with technology?” This nonsense is spouted amid the greatest transformation of diversity, inclusion, acceptance, re-evaluation and tolerance in the history of our species! At no other time were so many hoary/awful assumptions - about race-gender and so on - pilloried by light and scrutiny!


Transhumanism and law
by Kamil Muzyka
Oct 16, 2014 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Law generally falls into two incongruent categories: the natural law and the positive law. While the natural law encompasses universally accepted moral principles and social sense of justice, reflecting the zeitgeist or the spirit of time, the positive law ignores these premises, focusing instead on human-mad laws, such as statutory and common law.


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