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



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January 27-30
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Sorgner on “Meta-, post- and transhumanism and the arts”
February 17-21
Hamburg, Germany


Hughes on “Using Neurotechnologies to Enhance Virtues”
February 19
Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA


Sorgner on “Nietzsche and Transhumanism”
February 22
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Brain @ North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress
February 26-1
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Sorgner on “Nietzsche, the overhuman and transhumanism”
February 27
Nijmegen, Netherlands




MULTIMEDIA: Topics

Breaking the Wall To Understanding Consciousness (16min)

Intelligent Self-directed Evolution (20min)

Making Minds Morally: the Research Ethics of Brain Emulation (2045 Initiative - 20min)

Depression and its treatment

Plant Based Cognitive Enhancers (33min)

Are We Ready for Designer Babies?

Multifunctional fibers communicate with the brain

Exploring the Learning Experience Through Cognitive Science

Science, Politics & Climate Change

“Surviving the 21st Century” (1hr 30min)

Existential Risk: Future of Humanity Institute | University of Oxford

The 19-Year-Old Luminary Building A Cheaper, Better Prosthetic Limb

The Rise of the Cyber Athletes: The professional Players Electronics Gaming 2015 BBC Debate Gaming

What is Technoprogressivism? Part II (A follow up)

Humanities and the Science of Learning: Revealing the essence of human thought (1hr)




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The Lifeboat Foundation: A stealth attack on scientists?

by Richard Loosemore

It turns out that the Lifeboat Foundation (and this is a direct quote from its founder, Eric Klien) is “a Trojan Horse” that is (here I interpret the rest of what Klien says) designed to hoodwink the people recruited to be its members.

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The Voluntary Stagnation

by Marcelo Rinesi

While individual productivity has soared in areas like manufacturing and services, healthcare and education remain stubbornly stuck in the 20th century. If anything, as of late technological innovation seems to have decreased, rather than increased, wellbeing-per-dollar and education-per-dollar productivity metrics.

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Higher Consciousness, Simulation Hypothesis, and Other Religious Matters

by Sascha Vongehr

The philosophy of mind is important for popular transhumanist topics. Many desire to accelerate the development of some sort of -higher consciousness’, sometimes in virtual reality. Although this issue may be approached with the most serious input of specific fields, for example cutting edge neuroscience, it is nevertheless often handled in a philosophically naïve way.

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Remembering Robert Bradbury

by George Dvorsky

Robert Bradbury passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last weekend of a massive hemorrhagic stroke. His passing was the kind of thing that barely registered anywhere except among his immediate group of family and friends—and among a group of dedicated and niche scientists, futurists and technologists. For them, Bradbury’s premature passing represented a monumental blow to inspired and imaginative scientific inquiry.

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How Conservatives View Human Enhancement

by Kyle Munkittrick

If there is anything the Internet is good for (beyond cat photos), it is for arguing.

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The Insidious Evil of ‘The Law of Attraction’

by Cathi Woodward

Wikipedia: “The Law of Attraction is a metaphysical New Thought belief that -like attracts like’, that positive and negative thinking bring about positive and negative physical results, respectively.”

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What does it mean to be Human?

by James Felton Keith

With the integration of human beings and technological enhancement, the ideal of what is morally just becomes increasingly ambiguous, referencing the seemingly endless scenarios of mechanical, electrical, and bio engineering enhancements that have propelled individuals of our kind to mature well beyond the centennial of exploration.

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Could Chess-Boxing Defuse Aggression?

by Andrea Kuszewski

Teleportation, cloaks of invisibility, smell-o-vision, 3D printing, and even holograms, were all ideas first imagined in science fiction—and now are real products and technologies in various stages of development by scientists. While this is common in fields like experimental physics, it isn’t as often that cognitive neuroscience and applied psychology score insights from this fantasy genre.

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Women-Only Leadership Idea Rejected

A proposal aimed at reducing war and encouraging peace by reserving high public leadership roles for women only received far less than majority approval in a recently concluded poll of IEET readers.

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Is ‘Spirituality’ Necessary?

by Mike Treder

Every year, more people are coming out and saying they do not have a belief in God. What does this mean for those who say they are “spiritual but not religious”?

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Homesteading a Society of Mind

by Jamais Cascio

Scientific American reports about research at Cornell’s Computational Synthesis Laboratory intended to give robot minds a degree of “self-awareness.” Is this a signpost on the road to machine consciousness?

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Designer Babies Will Be Godless Achievement Machines

by Kyle Munkittrick

Are designer babies a danger to the middle class?

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Liberating Egypt from Female Genital Mutilation

by Hank Pellissier

“That woman in Cairo,” I wonder as I stare at the dramatic photo in Washington Post, “the one with the Egyptian flag and the black headscarf… does she have a clitoris?”

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Speculative Gaming

by Jamais Cascio

In the past few days, I’ve received two different pings from my Respected Elders asking about games as a mechanism for articulating disruptive scenarios.

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A More Critical Approach to Our Toilets and Technologies

by Donnie Maclurcan

As with most mainstream technologies, pop culture in the West no doubt views the toilet as a useful invention. Effective in its disposal of human waste, the greatest stink created by this set-diameter bowl is the occasional need for a good scrub or available plumber.

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Putting an End to Dolphin Exploitation at Aquatic Theme Parks

by George Dvorsky

A number of years ago I visited Sea World in Orlando, Florida. The experience proved to be a formative one, as it would mark the last time I would ever visit an aquatic theme park.

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Watson: Supercharged Search Engine or Prototype Robot Overlord?

by Ben Goertzel

My initial reaction to reading about IBM’s “Watson” supercomputer and software was a big fat ho-hum. OK, I figured, a program that plays Jeopardy! may be impressive to Joe Blow in the street, but I’m an AI guru so I know pretty much exactly what kind of specialized trickery they’re using under the hood. It’s not really a high-level mind, just a fancy database lookup system.

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Learning the Alien Language of Dolphins

by Kyle Munkittrick

Humans and dolphins are inventing a common language together. This is big news!

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Wide Range of Opinions Among IEET Readers on Global Power in 2050

The one thing most respondents to a recently concluded poll seem to agree on is that today”™s uni-polar world, with the US dominant, is unlikely to still exist by mid-century.

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Kicking a Nonexisting Dead Horse: Picking apart Cyber-democracy

by Marcelo Rinesi

Cyber-democracy (like other political terms built from the prefix cyber) is neither. Consider Egypt.

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Of Ebos, Egypt, and the Crackpot Utopian Imperative

by Rick Moss

You can always tell when you’ve got a bona fide crackpot idea. You’ll hear one or more of the following responses: A) They’ll never let you do that. B) That’ll never work. C) They’ll put you in jail. D) You’re gonna get us all killed.

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Women-Only Leadership: Would it prevent war?

by Hank Pellissier

“Girl Fight! Girl Fight!” This shrill cry on our primary school playground always stampeded us to the spectacle of young females scratching, kicking, biting, slapping and pulling hair. With luck—we boys hoped—a blouse might get ripped and we’d see a bra.

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Transhumanists Coming Out of the Closet

by Phil Torres

It wasn’t that long ago that listing transhumanism, human enhancement, the Singularity, technology-driven evolution, existential risks, and so on, as academic interests on one’s CV might result in a bit of embarrassment.

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In Opposition to Liberty and Progress

by Edward Miller

You may have heard of Peter Thiel, the right-wing “libertarian” co-founder of Paypal and early investor in Facebook. He seems to be a magnet for controversy and intrigue, with his penchant for casual misogyny and exotic philanthropic endeavors. So, who or what is he really?

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From Printing Press to Twitter: What makes a technology pro-democracy?

by Ramez Naam

Not all information technologies are created equal for the purpose of driving democracy. What are the factors that make a technology pro-democracy?

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New IEET Program Promotes Idea of the “Non-Human Person”

The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies has announced a new program, Rights of Non-Human Persons, that will argue in favor of applying human-level rights to certain other species.

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The Turkle Test

by Kyle Munkittrick

Can you have an emotional connection with a robot?

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SAI in the Material World

by George Dvorsky

When it comes to super artificial intelligence (SAI), there is risk in thinking too small.

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Cognitive Enhancement Versus Drug War

by Sascha Vongehr

Exploring the development of a rational attitude towards cognitive enhancement.

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Egypt, Twitter, and the Collapse of Top-Heavy Societies

by Ramez Naam

Watching the news about Egypt and the debate as to whether Twitter, Facebook, etc.. are inherently pro-democracy, I’m struck by a connection to Joseph Tainter’s 1988 classic, The Collapse of Complex Societies.

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