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UPCOMING EVENTS: Futurism



MULTIMEDIA: Futurism Topics

The Longevity Dividend

Military robots and the future of war

The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

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

Manifesto for Cyborgs

Singularity 1 on 1: Compassion is the reason to reverse aging!

Chris Hables Gray on Singularity 1 on 1: We Need Strong Citizenship!

Episode 237 - The Sofalurity Is Near

Transhumanism: Are We Decommissioning Evolution?

“Hey Bill Nye, How Are Ethics and Morals Related to Science?”

We Need to Teach Kids Creative Thinking

Transhumanism: Are We Decommissioning Evolution?

Spaceflight and Cosmic Religions




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Futurism Topics




New Gravestone Technology: Hi-Tech Gimmickry?

by Robert Bruce

The typical gravestone hasn’t changed in hundreds, if not thousands of years. That said, there are more than a few companies out there trying to use modern technology to upgrade the traditional stone or marble marker. With the likes of wi-fi, video screens and QR codes abound, are these new additions useful or just a hi-tech gimmick?

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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 ».



Ray Kurzweil’s Basic Ideas

by John G. Messerly

Ray Kurzweil is an author, inventor, futurist, and currently Director of Engineering at Google. He is involved in fields such as optical character recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments; he is the author of several books on health, artificial intelligence, transhumanism, the technological singularity, and futurism; and he may be the most prominent spokesman in the world today for advocating the use of technology to transform humanity.

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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.



Top Five Features to Expect from Your Future Car

by B. J. Murphy

If someone were to ask you nearly 30 years ago what your future car will be by 2016, I’d assume that you would base your ideas on Back to the Future Part II. The flying car would almost always come to mind. But then, despite the fact that flying cars do exist in 2016, they’re incredibly expensive and not very popular. What Back to the Future didn’t expect were cars that could drive themselves, were connected to online systems, and were increasingly abandoning fossil fuels.

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Cloudworld: A Hegelian Theory of Complexity and Algorithmic Reality

by Melanie Swan

Philosophy could be an important conceptual resource in the determination of human-technology interactions for several reasons. First, philosophy concerns the topics of world, reality, self, society, aspirations, and meaning, all of which we are hoping to reconfigure and accentuate in our relations with technology. Improving human lives is after all one of the main purposes of technology. Second, philosophy relates to thinking, logic, reasoning, and being, which are the key properties of what we would like our technology entities to do.

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Basic Income is certain, but ‘they’ will wait as long as they can to implement it.

by Khannea Suntzu

Looking at the barrage of news on technological unemployment, we may get lucky and avoid the predictable denialism phase altogether. A lot of time gets wasted on denying things that are inescapable. We may get lucky, as in “we might avoid a massively disfunctional dystopian future full of mass-poverty and the consequences thereof“.

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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?



Book review: Zoltan Istvan’s The Transhumanist Wager

by Russell Blackford

“Scorned by over 500 publishers and literary agents around the world,” says The Transhumanist Wager’s back page blurb, “[Zoltan Istvan’s] philosophical thriller has been called ‘revolutionary’ and ‘socially dangerous’ by readers, scholars, and religious authorities.” Well, surely that ought to whet your appetite!

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Kevin LaGrandeur is organizing a Posthuman Futures conference

IEET Fellow Kevin LaGrandeur is co-organizing a conference at New York University (NYU), titled PostHuman Futures. The event will be held on April 22, 2016.

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Is Resistance Futile? Are we already Borg?

by John Danaher

From the days of the Acheulean hand-axe on, humans have always had a symbiotic relationship with technology. How far will that relationship go? One haunting vision of the future is provided by the Borg — one of the main villains of the Star Trek universe.

 

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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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Link to Philosophy and Technology



The Internet of Things and the Great Recalibration

by Anthony Miccoli

I’ve been playing catch-up since my tenure application and my class preps for the Spring semester, but I’ve finally been able to re-engage with my usual sites, and all of the fantastic content in my Google+ communities.  One thing that’s been coming up in various iterations is the concept of the “internet of things.” In a nutshell, the term loosely (and, I think perhaps a little misleadingly) refers to a technological interconnectivity of everyday objects: clothes, appliances, industrial equipment, jewelry, cars, etc, now made possible by advancements in creating smaller microprocessors.

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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 »



Becoming the First Transhuman: A Call For The Right Stuff

by Margaret Morris

Who will officially be the first transhuman? Will it be you? Why wait decades? This article explains one approach to speeding up the process and also the challenge involved.

Defining the Object of the Goal:

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Redefining the Relationship of Man and Machine

by Gerd Leonhard
What are the challenges and opportunities facing society in the next 10 years as a result of an accelerating pace of technological development? 

(this essay is an excerpt of a chapter in The Future of Business, published by Futurescapes)

From technology disruption to furthering human happiness 

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The Singularity: Fact or Fiction or Somewhere In-between?

by Gareth John

In my continued striving to disprove the theorem that there’s no such thing as a stupid question, I shall now proceed to ask one. What’s the consensus on Ray Kurzweil’s position concerning the coming Singularity? [1] Do you as transhumanists accept his premise and timeline, or do you feel that a) it’s a fiction, or b) it’s a reality but not one that’s going to arrive anytime soon? Is it as inevitable as Kurzweil suggests, or is it simply millennial daydreaming in line with the coming Rapture?

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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 ?



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?



#2: Why it matters that you realize you’re in a computer simulation

by Eliott Edge

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2015? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 30 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 1,000), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on November 14, 2015,  and is the #2 most viewed of the year.

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Principe de réalité?

by Marc Roux

Comment le fait de rester les pieds sur terre n’empêche pas de rechercher un futur techno-progressiste.



Getting Human-Like Values into Advanced OpenCog AGIs

by Ben Goertzel

In a recent blog post, I have proposed two general theses regarding the future value systems of human-level and transhuman AGI systems: the Value Learning Thesis (VLT) and Value Evolution Thesis (VET).  This post pursues the same train of thought further – attempting to make these ideas more concrete via speculating about how the VLT and VET might manifest themselves in the context of an advanced version of the OpenCog AGI platform.



#6: How Artificial Intelligence Will Give Birth To Itself

by George Dvorsky

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2015? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 30 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 1,000), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on October 22, 2015,  and is the #6 most viewed of the year.

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Commentaire critique de l’avis n°122 du CCNE sur la “neuro-amélioration”

by Marc Roux

Une franche avancée du transhumanisme : Le Comité National d’éthique reconnaît le sérieux de ses hypothèses (Mais se trompe en partie de cible dans ses critiques).

Originally published on May 20, 2014



Online Transhumanist Academy: The “School of Accelerating Technologies”

The new School of Accelerating Technologies is now open, and offering academic degrees for advanced professional (microdegree) studies in:
 
•  Longevity and Life Extension
•  Introductory Singularity and Transhumanism  
•  Accelerated Innovation and Creative Problem Solving
•  Space Habitat Design and Construction
•  Artificial Intelligence and Brain Simulation

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#13: The Scientific Method is a Scientific Idea that is Ready for Retirement

by Melanie Swan

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2015? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 30 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 1,000), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on May 24, 2015, and is the #13 most viewed of the year.

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