Purpose of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies



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



UPCOMING EVENTS:

Buddhist Geeks Mind Hacking Retreat
March 29-4
Flat Rock, NC USA


Cannon @ 2015 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association
April 3
Salt Lake City, UT


Psymposia - Beyond the War on Drugs
April 17-19
Amherst, MA USA


David Wood on “Technological Unemployment” @ Z-Day
April 25
London, UK


Hughes on “The threat of intelligence?”  @ Societal Implications of Robotics
May 1-2
Brown Univ, Providence, RI, USA


Hughes, LaGrandeur @ Posthumanism and Society
May 9
NYC, NY USA


Sorgner, Schneider on “Transhumanism and Immortality”
May 20
Hull, UK




MULTIMEDIA: Topics

TranshumaNietzsche

Let’s kick oil while the price is down

Transpolitica book launch – video recording

Review of VRLA Expo 2015

Support the Progressive Caucus Budget

Tissue Engineering Solutions for Cardiovascular Tissue Pathologies (32min)

The Role of Bioprinting in Rejuvenation (25min)

Molecular and Cellular Damage as the Cause of the Diseases of Aging (1:20min)

Curing Cancer in the Elderly Through Novel Strategies (31min)

Molecular Elucidation and Engineering of Stem Cell Therapies for the Nervous System

Cancer and Aging: Rival Demons? (31min)

What Will Politics Be Like in the Future?

Singularity 1 on 1: Expose Yourself to a Diversity of Inputs!

Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot Revisted

Regulating a Damage Repair Approach to Cure the Diseases of Aging (55min)




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Will “Smart Drugs” give me a sharp, fresh brain?

by Hank Pellissier

My head is not entirely hollow yet but it feels like it’s full of dusty cobwebs and half-eaten flies and I’m sick of it. What should I do?

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Why the October 6th D.C. Freedom Plaza Protest is Important to Technoprogressivism

by Kris Notaro

On October 6, 2011, protestors will converge on Washington D.C. to recreate Tahrir Square here in the United States. It is important to transhumanists and non-transhumanists alike because it calls for, in the end, the reduction of the use of money and technology to feed America’s imperial war efforts and to challenge those in charge to use our defense money for environmental purposes.

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Transhumanism and Neurophilosophy

by Kristi Scott

The recurrence of the word neurophilosophy in articles and appearing in my inbox made me think we should all know more about this fascinating field of study that allows us to peek inside the brain and answer some of history’s greatest theoretical ponderings.

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What Would Humanity Be Like Without Aging?

by Kyle Munkittrick

The cover of The Postmortal is one of the coolest images I’ve seen in a long time. Death impaled by his own scythe – be not proud, indeed.

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Wonders and Disburbances

by David Brin

Some have been discussing a grouchy missive by the brilliant linguistic philosopher George Lakoff—specifically Lakoff’s latest dismissal of reason as a tool of enlightenment decision making. It provokes me to respond.

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Rise of the Teratocracy

by Jamais Cascio

Democracy as practiced in the post-industrial world is increasingly under threat.

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Will you die? What you expect changes with age

A majority of IEET readers age 35 or older who answered our recently concluded poll say they expect to die within a normal human lifespan. In contrast, a plurality of readers under age 35 believe that radical life extension will enable them to stay alive in their current bodies “for centuries at least.”

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Eight Reasons Not to Raise the Age for Medicare Eligibility

by Richard Eskow

When it comes to the “Grand Bargain” they’re pushing in Washington, the movie posters for The Fly said it best:  Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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Does Humanity Need an AI Nanny?

by Ben Goertzel

The more I think about it, the more I wonder whether some form of AI Nanny might well be the best path forward for humanity – the best way for us to ultimately create a Singularity according to our values.

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Breast Implant Blowout: Failure to Follow Up & Lack of Informed Consent

by Linda MacDonald Glenn

I had the pleasure of testifying as a Fellow of the IEET Tuesday afternoon in front of the General and Plastic Devices of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee about long term follow up safety studies and informed consent on silicone breast implants.

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How We Think About Money

by Mike Treder

What does money mean to us? How do we regard the amounts that we earn, and how do we respond when some of our earnings are taxed?

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Living Inside a Scenario

by Jamais Cascio

For more than a decade, I have worked in the field of scenario development, consulting with businesses, governments, and NGOs about possible futures. There’s sort of a rule of thumb among professional futurist-types: scenario elements that sound plausible are almost certainly wrong, while scenario elements that sound utterly implausible are very likely on-target.

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Why is “Confucian Culture” so wildly successful?

by Hank Pellissier

Twenty-five hundred years ago, Master Kong was wandering homeless with his disciples, proselytizing his ethical viewpoints. He was greeted in every city with disdain, persecution, imprisonment. When “Confucius” (his Westernized name) died in 479 BC, he expressed wistful dismay that his moral reforms never took root…

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Seasteading: Some problems on the way to Castle Sovereign

by David Brin

Inspired by Ayn Rand, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, along with Patri Friedman and others, are helping the Seasteading Institute plan a floating ‘start-up country’ off the coast of San Francisco, built on oil-rig like platforms in international waters.

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On the Pernicious De-Radicalization of the Radical Future

by George Dvorsky

Over the past several years a good number of “futurists” and all-out naysayers have systematically worked to undermine and dismiss the potential for radical change to occur in the not-too-distant future. While I’ve always been more a fan of concepts than time-lines, there is little doubt in my mind that a number of disruptive technologies that have been predicted in the past few decades will eventually come to fruition.

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Pay the Young to Build the Future

by Richard Eskow

Young Americans are a generation betrayed.  Official unemployment is more than 25% for those aged 16-19.  That means the real figure is much worse, especially in minority communities and depressed parts of the country.  But jobs are scarce for everyone.  College students are graduating with record levels of student debt before entering the worst job market for graduates in recent memory.

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Let’s Elevate Global IQ

by Hank Pellissier

What we call modern “civilization” is seven billion people coexisting—often grumpily—on a resource-shrinking planet. The future often seems dystopian: will we poison ourselves, blow each other up, starve pathetically, die of thirst, bake to extinction via solar radiation, be annihilated by epidemics, or simply slaughter ourselves door-to-door, like Rwandans or Bosnians, for imbecilic racial or ideological reasons?

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Will you die?

by Mike Treder

About 150,000 people will die today. You might die tomorrow. Or, perhaps, you will end up living for a very long time.

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Poll Shows Strong Opposition to Animal “Uplift”

Three out of four IEET readers expressing an opinion on a recently completed poll said humans should not attempt to enhance or uplift other species of animals.

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A Conversation on the Ethics of Transhumanism

by Kyle Munkittrick

Recently I had a chat with Mary DeMarle, the lead writer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, about how the ethics of enhancement and augmentation were considered when crafting the game’s story and characters.

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The Future of Europe

by Peter Wicks

Can Europe, whose motto is “unity in diversity,” help to navigate humanity through the upcoming decades like a clear-eyed Renaissance astronomer? Or will it simply sink, squabbling and sniveling, into irrelevancy?

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“Careful. Human no like smart ape.”

by George Dvorsky

It’s been a while since I’ve been so excited about a science fiction movie. But can you blame me?

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The Future of Humans as a ‘Meta-Species’

by Ramez Naam

This is an interview of IEET Fellow Ramez Naam conducted by Eddie Germino for H+ Magazine.

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The Only Economic Reform Worth Talking About

by Edward Miller

The real solution has nothing to do with techno-utopianism, monetary reform, austerity, or any of the other ideological cul-de-sacs currently being promoted.

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Will future tech produce less equality or more?

Asked this question in a recently concluded poll, IEET readers could not agree on an answer. Close to 30% said Less, close to 30% said More, and about the same amount said Neither.

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Animal Enhancement as a Tool of Liberation

by Kyle Munkittrick

Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens tomorrow, August 5th. Does it have anything important to say about human enhancement and/or animal uplift?

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Sexbots for Women

by Hank Pellissier

What do females want in a cyborg lover?

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Singapore and the Singularity

by Miriam Jisun

For many reasons, the tiny country of Singapore should be considered as a leading candidate to be the eventual epicenter of the Technological Singularity.

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The Ethics of Animal Enhancement

by George Dvorsky

By increasing the rational faculties of animals, and by giving them the tools to better manage themselves and their environment, they stand to gain everything that we have come to value as a species.

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The Increasing Obsolescence of Institutional Churches

by R. Dennis Hansen

Is rapidly advancing science and technology making institutional religion obsolete?

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