Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies



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



UPCOMING EVENTS:

Santens @ North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress
September 30-


Danko Nikolic@“Rise of the AI” in Berlin
February 25
Berlin


Kevin LaGrandeur at Cleveland MOCA
April 28
Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) Spring Exhibition


Wendell Wallach @ Connecticut Science Center
May 5
Connecticut Science Center


North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress
May 12-15
Manitoba, Canada


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




MULTIMEDIA: Topics

What Carries Our Personal Identity?

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?

Vigilante of Democracy

‘No Solitary Confinement for Juveniles or the Mentally Ill — At All.’

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

Switzerland: Basic Income ‘Robot’ causes a commotion in Davos

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




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Topics




Freedom of Speech and Religious Offence

by Leo Igwe

The ‘anti-Islam film’ which led to protests, attacks and killings across Middle East, Asia and Africa has sparked debates over religious offense, particularly how to balance freedom of speech/expression and freedom of religion globally.

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Lemur Steaks & Pigeon Pickings - The Malagasy Bushmeat Conundrum

by Dustin Eirdosh

Last night I had the fortune of sitting down with the leading researcher in Madagascar focused on the intersection of wildlife conservation and human health, Dr. Chris Golden from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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IEET Fellow Stefan Sorgner is busy with Conference, Symposium, Film Discussion

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner is extremely productive. Recently he organized a conference in Dubrovnik, he is participating in an analysis of the film “Mensch 2.0 - Die Evolution in unsure Hand” and his most recent monograph is the subject of a symposium organized by the Nietzsche Forum in Munich.

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The Age of Big Data and the Death of Theory

by piero scaruffi

Is the World Wide Web and modern technology… replacing the human mind? Knowledge today is not a set of theories, but instead just Data, and the machine is a better place to store data than the human mind.

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18 Nations Join the “Longevity Party”

The Longevity Party - started by IEET contributors Ilia Stambler and Maria Konovalenko - already has chapters in 18 nations, after only two months of existence: Russia, the US, Israel, Finland, Georgia, Canada, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, Korea, Philippines, Singapore.

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St. William at the Pearly Gates (Science Fiction)

by Nathaniel K. Miller

What happens at the funeral of Bill Gates - “pioneering post-humanist” - when he dies at the age of three hundred?

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What Will it be Like to Multitask to Reach Truth?

by Kris Notaro

What will it be like to multitask in a transhuman world? Will we find truth within information faster and easier?

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Milton Friedman’s Birthday

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

By popular demand, I’ve been asked to post my talk at Milton Friedman’s birthday celebration a few months back.

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IEET Sends More Cellphones and Blackberries to Madagascar

IEET is sending a second shipment of LG cellphones and Blackberries to Madagascar as part of it’s African Futures Project, to elevate daily life there via techno-progress. The communication devices were donated by Roger Hansen of the Mormon Transhumanist Association.

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New Zealand: A Future ‘Home Base’ for Transhumanists?

by Hank Pellissier

Is tech progess in your Luddite homeland too slow? You’d rather dwell in a Transhuman-Land? Here’s plans for a H+-friendly Home Base in the South Pacific, from “Zero State”…

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Human+, a novel about transhumanism and spirituality by Martin Higgins

by Giulio Prisco

The Singularity meets Eastern mysticism in Human+, by U.K.-based writer and journalist Martin Higgins, a just-published science-fiction page-turner inspired by of futures studies, psychic spy research, and the transhumanist movement.

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Remembering the 1950-60’s USA ‘Futurists’ - What Went Wrong?

by Alan Brooks

Futurism in the United States properly began during the late ‘50s, and took off—as one might guess —in the ‘60s with the Gemini space program and its ten manned flights.

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Islam and Modernity

by piero scaruffi

The Islamists who are protesting against the USA in Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Yemen and so on might have understood the implications of the Arab Spring better than the West itself.

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Time to Get Involved - Support Life Extension, Politically

by Tom Mooney

In less than three months the U.S. will elect a President, 435 members of Congress and approximately one third of the Senate. Those who support “Indefinite Life Extension” need to become involved - silence and apathy are not rewarded.

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How Networking is Transforming Politics

by Lee-Roy Chetty

In the last 20 years the world has moved from bi-polar Cold War to multi-polar globalisation, with widening, deepening and speeding up of global interconnectedness.

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“Mo”- Crisis 2.0..

by Joern Pallensen

Freedom of speech is a key element of the, shall we say, human predicament. Whenever “Big Brother/Mother” tries to curtail this absolutely essential human right, I am – to put it mildly – up in arms.

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Saintly Simulation

by Evan Selinger

Imagine an app existed that could give you perfect moral advice on demand. Should you use it? Or, would outsourcing morality diminish our humanity?

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Is Prayer Selfish?

by Valerie Tarico

Fall is prayer season. Some folks think of it as football season, and indeed, images of football players circled with heads bowed or pointing to the big guy in the sky are almost as familiar lately as birds flying south.

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How to Live Forever By Turning Your Brain Into Plastic

by George Dvorsky

We may never be able to freeze you at the moment of death and then reanimate you. But the good news is, there may be another way to keep your brain viable. Here’s how you can become immortal, by sealing your brain in amber.

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The United States of Southern Africa in the Year 2100: Hope for an African Future

by Michael Lee

Southern Africa in 88 years - an optimistic scenario depicting African economic progress, with business suggestions… non-lethal hunting with sedation darts!

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Lawless Sustainability—new technology & innovative solutions for a sustainable future

by Rachel Armstrong

The problem with sustainability is that it was designed by committee rather than springing from the loins of a mature design movement.

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My Favorite H+ Philosophers - David Pearce, Martine Rothblatt, and Ursula K. Le Guin

by Hank Pellissier

Transhumanism needs an Enhancement. A Facelift, an Upgrade, some Serious Augmentation. H+ espouses the utopian potential of accelerating technology, but philosophically-culturally-ethically, it’s stale. Flailing weakly like a Shiny Android Paralyzed in a Tar Pit.

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Imagining Web 3.0

by Lee-Roy Chetty

The internet at its current growth rate and development stands to be the greatest machine ever built in the history of humanity. Extract of a keynote presentation at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre on Thursday, June 21 2012.

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The 21st Century: a Brief Glance at the Next 9 Decades

by Dick Pelletier

What can we expect over the next ninety years? If we track expected progress in today’s science and technologies, we can create a plausible scenario of how our twenty-first century could unfold.

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From the Information Age to the Hybrid Age

by Ayesha Khanna

Our relationship to technology is moving beyond the instrumental to the existential. Is geopolitics the driver of global power relations — or is it really geotechnology?

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iPhone is Not Your Saviour

by Doug Rushkoff

(CNN) —Last time around, humanity’s savior came in the form of a human messiah. This time, if technology analysts, bankers and venture capitalists are to be believed, it will take the form of a handheld computer otherwise known as a smartphone.

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Giulio Prisco will discuss The Singularity, at conference in Madrid

IEET Director Giulio Prisco will deliver a lecture titled, “A Spectre is Haunting the World: Is the Singularity Near?” at a conference titled, “The Voice of Science” on September 22 in Madrid.

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Virus (Science Fiction)

by Jonathan Dotse

Hacking is dangerous in the future world of IEET’s Ghanaian contributor. Dela’s inexperienced ‘biocore’ takes on a ‘Grid hub’ in Accra…

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The Rise of Big History: An Evolutionary Pedagogy for the Future

by Dustin Eirdosh

Rather than teaching historical change as disconnected – alien from biological change, irrelevant to social and technological change – we have to start doing something BIGGER.

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Was Hitler a Bully? Teaching the Holocaust to Kids

by Evan Selinger

Is it a bad idea to compare Hilter to a bully? Is it sensible and ethical to equate the worst criminal in history to a playground tormenter?

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