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UPCOMING EVENTS: Technoprogressivism

Santens @ North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress
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MULTIMEDIA: Technoprogressivism Topics

Cloud-Brained Humanoid Robots Are Right around the Corner

Can Stem Cells Reverse Aging?

Shape-shifting tech will change work as we know it

How we’ll fight the next deadly virus

A delightful way to teach kids about computers

A robot that runs and swims like a salamander

The Longevity Dividend

All your devices can be hacked

Military robots and the future of war

The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

Should you be able to patent a human gene?

Non-lethal weapons, a moral hazard?

Cyborg Art- Prefigurative, Performative, Inhuman, Hybrid?

Podcast Interview - Is High Tech Turning Us Into the Borg?

Powerful Nonsense Ep 95 - Finding meaning in an automated world




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Daniel Dennett: In Defense of Robotic Consciousness

by John G. Messerly

Daniel Dennett (1942 – ) is an American philosopher, writer and cognitive scientist whose research is in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is currently the Co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and a University Professor at Tufts University. He received his PhD from Oxford University in 1965 where he studied under the eminent philosopher Gilbert Ryle.



Pulp Ethics Exponential tech needs exponential ethics

by Nicoletta Iacobacci

Numerous innovations have the potential to dramatically augment human cognition and capabilities. They could magnify the economy and give rise to other, even more powerful technologies. Our response to this is crucial.

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John Searle’s Critique of Ray Kurzweil

by John G. Messerly

John Searle (1932 – ) is currently the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD from Oxford University. He is a prolific author and one of the most important living philosophers.



Basic Income Guarantee will allow us to move up the Maslow Pyramid - interview with Gerd Leonhard

by Hank Pellissier

Gerd Leonhard is an acclaimed European futurist; his popular videos are featured at IEET and he is a regular IEET contributing writer. In this interview I explore his opinions and forecasts on Basic Income Guarantee.

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Le choix d’une vie très longue en bonne santé : pourquoi ? (4/4) : Effets écono

by Marc Roux

Dernière partie dédiée à la réflexion sur “Le choix d’une vie très longue en bonne santé : pourquoi?” Préserver et renforcer la part de l’économie non marchande L’accroissement d’abord progressif, puis éventuellement considérable de la durée de vie en bonne santé a commencé depuis longtemps par se traduire par une augmentation de la quantité d’activité fournie par des personnes curieusement qualifiées par les statistiques françaises de « non-actives ».



Marc Roux at the French National Assembly

IEET Affiliate Scholar and Advisory Board Member Marc Roux has been invited to the French National Assembly, this Thursday February 4, 2016.

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Link to 100 ideas for a digital France



Gerontological Manifesto

by Alexey Matveyevich Olovnikov

The necessity to create various remedies for degenerative age-related diseases is beyond any doubts. But this process is somewhat like a Sisyphean task, because the aging of each person only deepens over time, persistently destroying the results of treatment. Pharma is forced to deal with the countless consequences, rather than with their cause. The primary cause of aging is still deeply buried in gerontological terra incognita. Meanwhile, a growing and imminent new threat for humankind is becoming increasingly apparent. This threat is the increasing aging of the human population as a whole.



Stambler and Omowole will speak at World Lumen Congress 2016

IEET Affiliate Scholar Ilia Stambler and IEET contributing writer Agbolade Omowole will be speaking at the World Lumen Congress 2016 in Iasi, Romania, from April 12-17.

 

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Can A Brain-Machine Interface Bring You Peace of Mind?

by Daniel Faggella

Walk into any health food store and you’re sure to find a variety of teas and remedies that offer to soothe your mind or provide an energy boost. In the future, these offerings may seem almost archaic in the wake of advancing brain machine interface (BMI) technologies. According to engineer, inventor and entrepreneur Isy Goldwasser, anyone can stimulate their mental activity through the use of a BMI, and the potential of cranial stimulation of the mind through this technology is just now being unlocked.

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Stefan Sorgner interviewed by John Cabot University in Rome

IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner was interviewed by by John Cabot University in Rome. IEET was mentioned in his introductory biography.

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Link to JohnCabot.edu



New Evidence Suggests Human Beings Are a Geological Force of Nature

by George Dvorsky

For years, the term “Anthropocene” has been used to informally describe the human era on Earth. But new evidence suggests there’s nothing informal about it. We’re a true force of nature — and there’s good reason to believe we’ve sparked a new and unprecedented geological epoch.



Transhumanismus: Der neue Politiktrend?

by Roland Benedikter

Das humanistische Menschenbild prägte die Entwicklung westlicher Gesellschaften. Doch inzwischen ist der Transhumanismus auf dem Vormarsch. Vertreter dieser neuen ideologischen Strömung beraten westliche Regierungen, Firmen und Entscheidungsträger. Sie streben eine Cyborgisierung des Menschen an. Doch was sind die politischen Folgen?



Le choix d’une vie très longue en bonne santé : pourquoi ? (3/4) : Effets possibles

by Marc Roux

Poursuite de la réflexion sur “Le choix d’une vie très longue en bonne santé : pourquoi?”



The Goods of Work (other than Money) in a Postwork Future

by John Danaher
Let’s distinguish between two senses of the word ‘work’:

Work 1: The performance of some skill in return for, or in the ultimate hope of receiving, an extrinsic economic reward.

Work2: Activities performed by human beings, individually and in groups, for both intrinsic and extrinsic reasons, not necessarily for economic reward.

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First Successful Gene-Editing in Live Mammals Brings Us Closer to Human Treatments

by George Dvorsky

For the first time ever, scientists have used the CRISPR gene-editing tool to successfully treat a genetic muscle disorder in a living adult mammal. It’s a promising medical breakthrough that could soon lead to human therapies.

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Danaher Publishes The Threat of Algocracy: Reality, Resistance and Accommodation

IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher has a new paper in the journal Philosophy and Technology.

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Hughes, Rinesi quoted in Motherboard essay on Sleep Tech

IEET Executive Director James Hughes and IEET CTO Marcelo Rinesi were extensively quoted in a Motherboard essay titled “Sleep Tech Will Widen the Gap Between the Rich and the Poor.

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Le choix d’une vie très longue en bonne santé : pourquoi ? (2/4) : Effets possibles

by Marc Roux

On ne peut rester indéfiniment « damné de la Terre »



Report on Nigeria ICT Festival 2015

by Agbolade Omowole

Mascot Information and Technology Solutions held the maiden edition of Nigeria ICT Fest on December 4, 2015 at Magrellos fast food, Festac Town, Lagos, and December 5, 2015 at Radisson Blu Anchorage hotel at No. 1A, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos, to bridge the technology gap between Nigeria and the developed world.

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OpenAI - My Quick Thoughts

by Ben Goertzel

Generally obviously OpenAI is a super-impressive initiative.   I mean —  a BILLION freakin’ dollars, for open-source AI, wow!!

So now we have an organization with a pile of money available and a mandate to support open-source AI, and a medium-term goal of AGI … and they seem fairly open-minded and flexible/adaptive about how to pursue their mandate, from what I can tell…

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Who Controls the Internet?

by David Brin

The End of the Internet Dream?

Ever since Congress passed Al Gore’s bill, around 1990, setting the Internet free to pervade the world and empower billions, repressive governments have complained, seeing their despotic methods undermined. And yes, democratic governments have often muttered: “Why’d we go and do that?” as their citizens became increasingly rambunctious, knowing and independent-minded!

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Pluslectric - the Dialectic of Positive Feedback

by Pedro Villanueva

What is the pluslectic? From Latin plus ‎(“more”), added and positive.

A philosophical method that differs from the classical dialectic of Hegel and Marx. Pluslectic philosophy values the input of the positive facts of growth throughout the world.

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“Technology Could Bring Heaven on Earth, or Create Hell” - interview with futurist Gerd Leonhard

by Hank Pellissier

Gerd Leonhard is an acclaimed European futurist; his popular video was recently featured at IEET and he will soon be an IEET contributing writer. To introduce him to our audience, I interviewed him on his forecasts, ideas, and values.

IEET: Can you expand on your comment in the video, where you say: ”we will see more changes in the next 20 years than we did in the previous 300” ?

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Le choix d’une vie très longue en bonne santé : pourquoi ? (1/4)

by Marc Roux

Pourquoi une durée de vie considérablement augmentée pourrait signifier une amélioration de l’humanité, au sens physique comme au sens moral ?



Genetic editing and the tyranny of opinion

by Russell Blackford

Do we need a broad consensus in society before rolling out vital new medical therapies?

CRISPR-Cas9 is a dramatic development in genetic technology. It is a powerful, relatively simple, and increasingly precise technique for editing the DNA of living organisms. Its potential application to human beings was highlighted in April 2015, when researchers in China reported their experiments on non-viable human zygotes.

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When American Debate About Abortion Was Sane and Why That Changed

by Valerie Tarico

People would be surprised by how much less toxic gender politics were in the 1970s than they are now.

Mary Ziegler teaches law at Florida State University, where she holds the Stearns Weaver Miller chair in the College of Law. Her book, After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate, traces the evolution of American political dynamics surrounding abortion.

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The Droids We’re Looking For

by Anthony Miccoli

I’ve been a fan of Cynthia Breazeal for well over a decade, and have watched her research evolve from her early doctoral work with Kismet, to her current work as the creator of JIBO and the founder of JIBO, inc. What I found so interesting about Dr. Breazeal was her commitment to creating not just artificial intelligence, but a robot which people could interact with in a fashion similar to human beings, but not exactly like human beings. 

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Henri Laborit, penseur de l’humain en transition

by EMG

On entend souvent que le transhumanisme a été importé en France à partir de la Californie où il a émergé dans les années 1980, avatar contemporain de la “soft power” américaine et allant de pair avec l’adoption mondiale de produits comme ceux d’Apple ou Google. C’est nier la complexité des échanges culturels, académiques et scientifiques de la seconde partie du XXème siècle, et surtout l’existence en Europe d’un terreau philosophique favorable. Le positivisme du français Auguste Comte, le cosmisme du russe Nicolai Fedorov, furent autant de formulations d’une foi dans le progrès technique qui marque profondément nos sociétés industrielles. Aujourd’hui et pour l’anecdote, il existe d’ailleurs en France et en Russie des courants transhumanistes relativement structurés.



The Philosophy of Games and the Postwork Utopia

by John Danaher

I want to start with a thought experiment: Suppose the most extreme predictions regarding technological unemployment come to pass. The new wave of automating technologies take over most forms of human employment. The result is that there is no economically productive domain for human workers to escape into. Suppose, at the same time, that we all benefit from this state of affairs. In other words, the productive gains of the technology do not flow solely to a handful of super-wealthy capitalists; they are fairly distributed to all (perhaps through an guaranteed income scheme). Call this the ‘postwork’ world. What would life be like in such a world?



2015 Was a Great Year for Longevity

by David Kekich

Dear Future Centenarian,   
 
I usually hate seeing another year go by, especially with advancing age. 2015 was different though. So many longevity advancements can’t help but stir your optimism.

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