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



UPCOMING EVENTS:

Siegel, Pellissier, Kuszewski @ The Future of Emotional Health and Intelligence
July 26
Berkeley, California


COGNITIVE ENHANCEMENT: Moral, Legal and Scientific Challenges
August 13-15
Netherlands


Cascio @ Climate Engineering Conference 2014
August 18-21
Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany


Global Conference: Augmentation
September 3-5


Neuro-Interventions and the Law Conference
September 12-14
Atlanta, GA USA


Neuro-Interventions and the Law
September 12-14
Atlanta, GA USA


Sorgner @ Posthuman Politics
September 25-28
University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece




MULTIMEDIA: Topics

Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Staying with the Trouble

American Society for Engineering Education: Why Diversity is so Important

Why there is no mind/body problem

Steven Wise of Nonhuman Rights Project on Colbert Report

How do you explain consciousness?

A vote for stem cells

The Singularity Is Near Movie Trailer

Artificial Intelligence - We Had Better Start Thinking About it Now!

Primitivism, Progress, the Transhuman & the Technological Avalanche

History of a Time to Come

Cyborg Buddha

Buddhism & Transhumanism

The Future of Human Space Exploration (1hr)

Material Marvels: Nanomaterials

A 30-year history of the future




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Dog Adopts Boy

by Kyle Munkittrick

Personhood is everywhere. Netflix recently added Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends to their “instant play” repertoire, which means I may or may not have spent several hours watching a cartoon from the early sixties as part of my Saturday routine. As usual, there was a little bit of transhumanist propaganda hidden within it.

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Five Springtime Projects for Citizen Scientists

by Michael Gold

Now that spring has sprung in the Northern Hemisphere, Mother Nature is tempting winter-weary citizen scientists out of doors with all kinds of colorful, action-packed events.

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The Gene Patents Case

by Russell Blackford

Association for Molecular Pathology et al. v. United States Patent and Trademark Office et al.

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A Few Questions for Our New Staff Member

by Mike Treder

Here is a brief interview with Kristi Scott about her new role with the IEET and her plans for the position.

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IEET appoints Scott as Program Director

Kristi Scott, formerly an IEET intern, has accepted a position as Program Director: Rights of the Person.

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Indra:  Emergent Ontologies from Text for Feeding Data to Simulations

by Ben Goertzel

One of the major differences between irregular warfare (IW) simulation and conventional warfare simulation is the differing data requirements.  The data required by conventional warfare simulation is very narrow and well defined compared to that required by IW simulation.  In fact, almost any data that is remotely related to social conditions on the Internet and beyond may be used in IW simulation. There is no problem with the existence of data for simulations in this information age.  The problem is that this data is not expressed in a way that can be used for simulations. This paper is about a natural language processing program, Indra, which works towards solving this problem by making data available for multiple purposes other than those for which it was first intended.



The human genome 10 years on – so what?

by Matthew Cobb

The genome has turned out to be a much more complicated place than many people expected. Nevertheless, we are living through an astonishing revolution in science, and young biologists should be grabbing the opportunity to make some amazing discoveries about the evolution of life.

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White House Planning Policy Group on Emerging Technologies

by Andrew Maynard

According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) plans to form a new interagency group on emerging technologies, including nanotechnology and synthetic biology.

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Why the “Toward a Science of Consciousness” Conference is Important to Technoprogressivism

by Kris Notaro

Politics, Consciousness, AI, Technoprogressivism, Transhumanism all mixed into one.

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Metaethics Makes Slow Progress

by Russell Blackford

Metaethics is one of those fields where the wheels grind very, very slowly. I do think it’s making glacial progess. But just as there has been huge resistance over the centuries to the idea that God does not exist, so there has been huge resistance to the idea that there are no objective moral oughts, in the strong sense of “objective” that ordinary folk and many philosphers seem to want.

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New Atlantis’ Response to Hughes’ Problems of Transhumanism

by Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanism has a lot of opponents. Some people think we’re insane Robot Cultists drooling as we watch science-fiction movies and cowering in fear every time some aspect of our frail biology rears its head. Others think we’re immoral or philosophically confused or a hoard of imbeciles and will not deign to argue with us.

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Dolphins Rule, Fish Get No Respect

Respondents to a recently concluded IEET reader poll chose Dolphin as the animal whose consciousness they would most like to briefly inhabit. Given a dozen animals to choose from, Fish ranked dead last.

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Blue Skies and Existential Risks

by Phil Torres

Basic research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing. - Wernher Von Braun

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Obsolete the Dilemma!

by Ben Goertzel

It’s all very well to enunciate lovely-sounding values like Joy, Growth and Choice ... but in real life we’re faced with difficult decisions. We’re faced with choosing one being’s joy over another’s, or choosing joy versus growth in a given situation, and so forth.

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New York Court Strikes Down Gene Patents

by Russell Blackford

Over at Science Progress, Andrew Plemmons Pratt reports that US District Court Judge Robert Sweet handed down his judgment last week in the long-running dispute about gene patents. This case is based on litigation brought by a coalition of groups that have sought to challenge the controversial patents owned by Myriad Genetics on two genes connected to breast and ovarian cancer.

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A Twist On Anti-Aging

by Kyle Munkittrick

Transhumanists like to talk about immortality, anti-aging, and life-extension. These three ideas are often used interchangeably and for most debates, such as over issues of Malthusian catastrophes or existential boredom, they apply. But what if we only conquered the middle of the three; what if we could only slow the aging process, but not add years to our lives? What would the world look like? What would life be like?

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Moral by definition? (Some slightly technical philosophy.)

by Russell Blackford

The recent TED talk by Sam Harris brings important metaethical issues into the popular arena. Is there a way to establish the objectivity of morality, and in particular the objective bindingness of utilitarian morality?

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Uploading for Life Extension Will Be Valid

by Ben Hyink

While it may be impolitic now for technoprogressives to focus on uploading, for radical life extension advocates it is invaluable to have access to brief and compelling arguments in favor of the efficacy of such a process.

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Getting to Know Kyle Munkittrick

by Mike Treder

We’ve announced today that Kyle Munkittrick is joining the IEET in the position of Program Director: Envisioning the Future. So that you can get a better idea of who Kyle is and what he will bring to our organization, I conducted a brief online dialog with him.

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IEET appoints Munkittrick as Program Director

We are pleased to announce that Kyle Munkittrick has accepted a position with the IEET as Program Director: Envisioning the Future.

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(Post)Human-Technology Relations

by Phil Torres

Understanding human-technology relations is a project of significant import, both for transhumanists aiming to overcome our limitations through technological means and for ethicists interested in questions concerning technology’s influence on the human condition.

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Life Extension – a conservative enterprise?

by Ilia Stambler

The beginning of the modern period in the pursuit of radical human enhancement and longevity can be traced to fin-de-siècle/early twentieth-century scientific and technological optimism and therapeutic activism.

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Processing Beauty

by Kyle Munkittrick

Oh, computer scientists, is there nothing they won’t try to quantify?

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Reviewing “Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion”

by Russell Blackford

Biologist and former Catholic priest Francisco J. Ayala has been awarded this year’s Templeton Prize for his work in affirming spirituality. His best-known popular book is probably Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion, published in 2007.

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Frankenstein

by Kyle Munkittrick

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of those wonderful stories that everyone knows and that no one has read, much like Dracula and War of the Worlds.

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A Lesson Learned the Hard Way (updated)

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

The ‘Octomom’ shares the lessons she’s learned the hard way—with PETA helping her out, too.

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World Water: Three projects that are changing the future

by Jamais Cascio

In the developing world, a billion people go without clean water. Across the developed world, storms and failing infrastructure threaten to contaminate water supplies. Is there any hope to be found?

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Science, Morality, and Sam Harris

by Russell Blackford

Sam Harris argues in this TED talk that science can be an authority on moral issues. It’s a superb performance, and I think he’s got it approximately right.

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Women and Posthumanity: The future looks large and sexy

by Kristi Scott

The body has a lot of change to go through on the path to post-humanity. There is a lot of room for improvement and enhancement. Even with all of these cool improvements and enhancements though, my cynical side emerges. While these would be great, are we giving ourselves too much credit that the choices we will make on the route to post-humanity will be practical? Isn’t society a little more vain that that? Seriously? The desire for youth and beauty is by no means a new phenomenon.

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Joy, Growth and Choice

by Ben Goertzel

What general values can we identify as important, beyond culture-specific or species-specific or otherwise context-specific moral codes or ethical values?

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