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Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Quick overview of biopolitical points of view


Posthuman and Transhuman Bodies in Religion and Spirituality Panel
October 28
Harvard University

IEET Fellow Kevin LaGrandeur @ Society for Literature, Science and the Arts
November 4
Atlanta, Georgia

Cyborg Law Symposium
November 7
Austin, Texas

Anticipation 2017 Conference
November 8-10
London, England

Robotic Online Short Film Festival
November 20
Universidad Elche, Spain

Stefan Sorgner @ Meditation & Wirklichkeit Conference in Berlin
November 25-26

Hughes @ Transhumanist Culture Festival
November 27
Stockholm, Sweden

MULTIMEDIA: Vision Topics

Quantum Computing FW: Thinking

Bill Nye: 3D Printing is Awesome, but It’s Nothing Compared to What’s Coming

Have a Moral Dilemma? Start with Your Gut Reaction, but Don’t Stop There

NASA Was about to Eat Itself — Then Private Enterprise Stepped In

How we can start winning the war against cancer

What you need to know about CRISPR

Can we build AI without losing control over it?

How we’re harnessing nature’s hidden superpowers

The era of personal DNA testing is here

Gene Drives: Saving Lives Or Powering Extinctions?

Do Death Differently!

Want to Make Better Decisions? Know the Difference between Engineering and Design Thinking

Quantifying Intelligence Has Gifted Students Falling Between The Cracks

Bill Nye: Anti-Science Politicians Endanger Us All

The Science of Compulsive Online Behavior

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Le syndrome 1984 ou Gattaca

by Julien Varlin

On accuse souvent le transhumanisme d’être la porte ouverte à une société dystopique totalitaire et à des inégalités extrêmes. Et si on se trompait de cible ?

Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Man to Feel Objects With a Prosthetic Limb

by George Dvorsky

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC have developed a system that’s enabling a man with quadriplegia to experience the sensation of touch through a robotic arm that he controls with his brain.

Why Non-Natural Moral Realism is Better than Divine Command Theory

by John Danaher

It’s been a while since I wrote something about theism and morality. There was a time when I couldn’t go more than two weeks without delving into the latest paper on divine command theory and moral realism. More recently I seem to have grown disillusioned with that particular philosophical joy ride. But last week Erik Wielenberg’s new paper ‘Euthyphro and Moral Realism: A Reply to Harrison’ managed to cross my transom. I decided I should read it.

IEET Affiliate Scholar Steve Fuller Publishes New Article in The Telegraph on AI

Stephen Hawking summed up the thinking of many of the researchers and funders behind artificial intelligence this week when he launched the new Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at Cambridge by claiming that AI is “either the best or worst thing to happen to humanity.”

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Link to The Telegraph

Blockchain Fintech: Programmable Risk and Securities as a Service

by Melanie Swan

Access instead of Ownership
One of the most radical and potentially disruptive ideas for the near-term blockchain financial services market is Securities as a Service. Consider the music industry, where in the past, it was quite normal to purchase and own records and CDs, but now music is often accessed through digital media services like Spotify. There is access to music, but not much thought of ownership. “Listening to music” is the consumable asset, which is priced per network models for its access and consumption.

Brexit for Transhumanists: A Parable for Getting What You Wish For

by Steve Fuller

For the past two years, Zoltan Istvan has been campaigning for the US presidency on the Transhumanist Party, a largely one-man show which nevertheless remains faithful to the basic tenets of transhumanism. Now suppose he won. Top of his policy agenda had been to ensure the immortality of all Americans. But even Zoltan realized that this would entail quite big changes in how the state and society function. So, shortly after being elected president, he decides to hold a national referendum on the matter.

What democracy’s future shouldn’t be

by Rick Searle

As William Gibson has famously pointed out, the job of the science fiction writer is not to predict the future but to construct one plausible version of it from the pieces already laying around.  I assume that Malka Older was trying to do this deliberately low key Gibsonian thing with her novel Infomacracy, but given the bizarre nature of this current election cycle she instead, and remarkably, ended up anticipating not merely many of its real or feared events, but even ended her novel on the same note of exhaustion and exasperation and even dread resulting from the perceived failures of representative democracy now expressed by many among the elites, and from another the other angle, the young.

IEET Scholars Cited in New Book ‘The Posthuman Body in Superhero Comics’

Many of IEET’s scholars have been published in new book, The Posthuman Body in Superhero Comics, this book “examines the concepts of Post/Humanism and Transhumanism as depicted in superhero comics. Recent decades have seen mainstream audiences embrace the comic book Superhuman.” (Palgrave)

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Interdire le transhumanisme ?

by Marc Roux

Le neuro-oncologue François Berger s’apprête, avec des confrères, à lancer un appel à un moratoire contre le transhumanisme. Ce serait, à notre connaissance, une première mondiale. Voici notre réaction.

Have you ever inspired the greatest villain in history? I did, apparently

by David Orban

In 2010 when I organized the H+ Summit conference at Harvard University, together with my friend Alex Lightman, I would not have imagined that it would be a key event in the history of Inferno. Instead it seems that, according to the protagonists of the book, the villain of the story got his ideas at the conference. On Saturday, October 15 I organized a special screening of the film Inferno, with SingularityU Milan, followed by a debate on the limits of technology and how to apply it in a positive direction for the development of humanity.

Nobel Prize For Chemistry Awarded to Creators of the World’s Tiniest Machines

by George Dvorsky

The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of scientists for their pioneering work in developing molecular machines. These gadgets measure just a thousandth of a human hair in width, and they’re poised to revolutionize everything from manufacturing and materials to medicine and the functioning of the human body.

Is the internet killing democracy?

by Rick Searle

Standing as we are with our nose so tightly pressed against the glass, it’s impossible to know what exactly the current, crazy presidential election will mean, not just for American, democracy, but for the future of democracy itself. Of course, much of this depends on the actual outcome of the election, when the American public will either chose to cling to a system full of malware, corrupted and buggy, yet still functional, or risk everything on a hard reboot. This would include the risk that we might never be able to reset the clock to the time before we had plunged over the abyss and restore an order that while outdated, ill-designed, and running up against the limits of both still managed to do the job.

Astronomers Spot a Massive Black Hole That’s Gone Rogue

by George Dvorsky

Using the Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found evidence of a “wandering” black hole on the outskirts of a distant galaxy. It’s too far away to cause us any trouble, but the discovery of this homeless ball of gravitational despair affirms a long standing theory about the existence of such objects.

How do we Enhance Cognition through External Representations? Five Ways

by John Danaher

I use pen and paper to do most of my serious thinking. Whether it is outlining blogposts or academic papers, taking notes or constructing arguments, I pretty much always take out my trusty A4 pad and pen when I run into a cognitive trough. To be sure, I often mull ideas over in my head for a long time beforehand, but when I want to move beyond my muddled and incoherent thoughts, I will grab for my pen and paper. I am sure that many of you do the same. There is something cognitively different about thinking outside your head: creating an external representation of your thoughts reveals their strengths and weaknesses in a way that internal dialogue never can.

The Nearest Earth-Like Planet Outside Our Solar System Could Be a Water World

by George Dvorsky

At a distance of 4.2 light years, Proxima b is the closest potentially habitable Earth-like planet outside our solar system. New research suggests this distant orb could be completely covered in water. So when do we go?

UK Futurologist’s ‘Novel’ Approach to Public Engagement!

“What makes something sentient?  What does it take for an entity to be aware of its own existence and to want to interact with the world of its own accord?  Is it a gift from God or hard science?  Is it something fundamentally human or animal in nature or is it a simple technological principle based on brain size?  There are many models, of course.  But, if consciousness is simply a natural product of neural complexity then eventually, in theory, we might build something – a computer or a machine – that was actually big enough to wake up!

Oh, wait …!”

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Personal Security in the Age of Digital Assistants

by Maria Ramos

Fully-realized artificial intelligence has long been the holy grail for daydreamers and forward-thinking inventors alike. We aren’t quite there yet, but modern virtual assistants are making the case that we aren’t so very far off. Whether it’s a feature integrated into your smartphone or a standalone assistant like the Amazon Echo, digital assistants have shown great strides in the ability to recognize and parse your spoken commands and respond to them appropriately.

Listen to the First Music Ever Made With a Computer

by George Dvorsky

Researchers from New Zealand have restored the very first recording ever made of computer generated music. The three simple melodies, laid down in 1951, were generated by a machine built by the esteemed British computer scientist Alan Turing.

New Wind Turbines Could Power Japan for 50 Years After a Single Typhoon

by George Dvorsky

Typhoons are generally associated with mass destruction, but a Japanese engineer has developed a wind turbine that can harness the tremendous power of these storms and turn it into useful energy. If he’s right, a single typhoon could power Japan for 50 years.

All the Incredible Things We Learned From Our First Trip to a Comet

by George Dvorsky

The historic Rosetta mission has finally come to an end. Over the past two years, the probe’s many instruments have scanned virtually every nook and cranny of this weirdly shaped rock, unleashing a treasure trove of new information about comets in general, and 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in particular.

An A.I. Epiphany?

by Jonathan Kolber

In movies such as The Terminator, The Matrix and so forth, self-aware AIs come into existence and soon threaten humanity. This thinking is reflected in the arguments by Musk, Hawking and others against creating strong AIs.

Space Exploration, Alien Life, and the Future of Humanity

by Phil Torres

Less than a month ago, scientists confirmed the existence of a rocky planet roughly 1.3 times the mass of Earth named “Proxima b.” Although it orbits its star, Proxima Centauri, at about 5 percent the distance that currently separates Earth and our sun, Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf that is much less hot and luminous than our star.

When the world is the ad

by Marcelo Rinesi

Marketing is the continuation of behavior modification by other means, and it’s fast becoming a relatively obsolete one.

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IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner to discuss most recent monograph with theologian Prof. Friedrich Graf

Stefan L. Sorgner was invited to discuss his most recent monograph on the 4th of October with the well-known theologian Prof. Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Graf in Zurich/Switzerland. The monograph is the first introduction to transhumanism in German. Herein, Sorgner also outlines his Nietzschean transhumanism.

Generation Cryo: Fighting Death in the Frozen Unknown

by George Dvorsky

In a vat of liquid nitrogen on storage platform 17, the youngest person ever to be put into cryogenic storage has been waiting for the future for one year and eight months. Matheryn “Einz” Naovaratpong was two when she was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal brain cancer. “She showed fighting spirit since she was born,” her father Sahatorn Naovaratpong tells me. “Her cry was the loudest in the nursery.”

Interview with IEET Fellow Professor Stefan L. Sorgner published in Polityka

An interview with IEET Fellow and John Cabot Philosophy Professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner has been published in the most recent issue of Polityka. It is the biggest selling Polish weekly news magazine.

Link to Polityka

How the Rosetta Spacecraft Will Crash Onto Comet 67P

by George Dvorsky

In just seven days, the Rosetta spacecraft will smash into Comet 67P. A new visualization shows how it’ll go down.

Monsanto Just Got Access to the World’s Most Powerful Gene-Editing Tool

by George Dvorsky

Agriculture company Monsanto has acquired a non-exclusive global licensing agreement from MIT’s Broad Institute and Harvard to use the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing system. The firm will use it to design and grow new seeds and plants, but there are key restrictions on its use to prevent Monsanto from abusing this revolutionary new technology.

Pushing Humans off the Loop: Automation and the Unsustainability Problem

by John Danaher

There is a famous story about an encounter between Henry Ford II (CEO of Ford Motors) and Walter Reuther (head of the United Automobile Workers Union). Ford was showing Reuther around his factory, proudly displaying all the new automating technologies he had introduced to replace human workers. Ford gloated, asking Reuther ‘How are you going to get those robots to pay union dues?’. Reuther responded with equal glee ‘Henry, how are you going to get them to buy your cars?’.

India Awakens Conference Fundraiser and Ticket Sale

by Giulio Prisco

The India Awakens Conference fundraiser and ticket sale is live! Please contribute to our fundraiser to cover the Conference’s costs, and choose one of the recommended donation levels to attend the Conference (in person or online) or receive the video proceedings on DVD.

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