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


Siegel @ Science and Non-Duality
October 22-27
San Jose, CA USA

Sorgner @ 3rd World Humanities Forum
October 30-1
Daejeon City, S. Korea

Pearce, Sorgner on Nietzsche and transhumanism @ “Transhumanism and Asia”
November 3
Seoul, South Korea

Technology and Politics
November 6-8
Miami Gardens, FL USA

Sorgner on transhumanism
November 12
Nürnberg, Germany

Brin @ San Diego
November 12-13
San Diego, CA USA

2014 Longevity and Genetics Conference: Vancouver
November 15


The Future of Robotic Automated Labor

Consciousness and Neuroscience

Fusion: “Posthuman” - 3D Printed Tissues and Seeing Through Walls!

Is The Ebola Crisis (in the US) As Severe As The Media is Making It Out To Be?

Five Things Worth Knowing About Ebola

SETI Institute: Risky tales: Talking with Seth Shostak at Big Picture Science

Review The Future: What is the Future of Education?

Neuroscience Symposium: Genetics in psychiatry

Morality and God

Is the UN up to the job?

Digital Leaders TV: The Internet of Things (S01E01) - Full Episode (48min)

Winning the war on cancer?

Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

The Art of Data Visualization, Design & Information Mapping

When Do We Quarantine or Isolate for Ebola?

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Mixed Results on Robot Honesty

We asked our readers whether they think laws are needed to stop robots and computers from lying, and the results are decidedly mixed.

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What to do about drugs?

by Mike Treder

In the USA, the decades-long “war on drugs” has, according to most, been an abject failure. In Portugal, meanwhile, drug decriminalization has, according to some, been a resounding success. Is there a lesson to be learned?

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The Clinton Global Initiative on Long Term Viability

by Jack Lundee

Bringing food and providing shelter to victims of flooding and other natural disasters is one form of aide, but there also are long-term preventative measures that require attention.

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Social Security Cuts Would Increase Inequity and Keep Deficits, Er, High

by Richard Eskow

Get this: Republicans on the Deficit Commission aren't just refusing to consider any tax increases. Now they're proposing tax decreases designed to help the rich while taking benefits from everyone else. Dealing with people like that is like negotiating with somebody who's high on drugs.

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Caprica: Artificial Heavens

by Ben Scarlato

This week saw the return of Caprica. In its world with technology not too far beyond our own, Caprica jumped right back into action with a premiere remarkably relevant to transhumanism. While Sister Clarice seeks to attract followers to her religion with an artificial heaven, Daniel Graystone wants to win back his company with software to remove the pain of a loved one’s death.

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Vatican condemns Nobel Prize to Robert Edwards

by Russell Blackford

British biologist Robert Edwards, who developed the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF), has won a Nobel Prize. But the Vatican says the choice of Professor Edwards was “completely out of order.”

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Dvorsky on “The Future of Humans”

IEET Director George Dvorsky was a featured guest on a recent edition of “The Mark Radio,” talking about transhuman-tech developments we can expect to see in the coming decades.

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Defending Transhumanism

by Mike Treder

The blog Rationally Speaking has just posted two articles about the transhumanist movement, one by Julia Galef that defends transhumanism, and another by Massimo Pigliucci that dismisses transhumanism as “irrelevant,” among other things.

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Why Johnny Can’t Program

by Doug Rushkoff

A new medium requires a new kind of literacy.

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Beyond Humanism: Reflections on Trans- and Posthumanism

by Stefan Sorgner

I am focusing here on the main counterarguments that were raised against a thesis I put forward in my article “Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism” (2009), namely that significant similarities can be found on a fundamental level between the concept of the posthuman, as put forward by some transhumanists, and Nietzsche’s concept of the overhuman. The articles with the counterarguments were published in the recent “Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms” issue of The Journal of Evolution and Technology (January-July 2010). As several commentators referred to identical issues, I decided that it would be appropriate not to respond to each of the articles individually, but to focus on the central arguments and to deal with the counterarguments mentioned in the various replies. I am concerned with each topic in a separate section. The sections are entitled as follows: 1. Technology and evolution; 2. Overcoming nihilism; 3. Politics and liberalism; 4. Utilitarianism or virtue ethics?; 5. The good Life; 6. Creativity and the will to power; 7. Immortality and longevity; 8. Logocentrism; 9. The Third Reich. When dealing with the various topics, I am not merely responding to counterarguments; I also raise questions concerning transhumanism and put forward my own views concerning some of the questions I am dealing with.

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On Why It Might Be Wise To Think More About Wisdom

by Phil Torres

“In a world torn with strife and warfare, perhaps no problem is more important [than that of understanding and developing wisdom], as wisdom may be the only hope out of the bloodshed.” - Robert Sternberg

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Novae produce gamma-rays. Damn.

by George Dvorsky

Bad news: Novae emit gamma-rays.

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The Essential Psychopathology Of Creativity

by Andrea Kuszewski

If we could identify a gene for creativity - let’s call it the “creativity gene” - you would be hard pressed to find many people who would consider it a negative gene or a hazard to possess or carry.

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Beyond the “New Atheism”?

by Russell Blackford

Understanding (and misunderstanding) the so-called New Atheists

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Posthuman Feminism: Thoughts on Posthumanism and Beauty

by Kristi Scott

The first time I heard the term posthuman was in Natasha Vita-More’s “Primo Posthuman.” Her figure fascinated me and I thought I understood what the image meant.

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The Future of Space Telescopes

by George Dvorsky

With the Hubble Telescope project slowly winding down, it’s time to look ahead to the next generation of space-based telescopes.

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Solutions for a Creativity Crisis: Technological Disobedience

by Andrea Kuszewski

When you think of the ideal creative environment, what comes to mind? We may imagine a place where you have freedom of expression, a place that encourages breaking convention, somewhere that is abundant in resources that are readily accessible for innovative development of technology, and exposure to many different cultures for inspiration and collaboration.

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Two New Affiliate Scholars

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Melanie Swan, MBA, and Patrick Hopkins, PhD, as Affiliate Scholars of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

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Why do We Believe What We Believe?

by Kris Notaro

Why do people believe different paradigms and memes over others? At this point in time there are a number of theories that can be utilized to answer this question but they remain crude in nature.

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Brazil: Future Farm of the Planet?

by Hank Pellissier

Hungry? Want to devour a monstrous meal of chicken, pork, beef, orange juice, soybeans, coffee, corn, bananas, and chocolate [cacao & sugar]? Scoop it out of your iron skillet while wiping your saliva with a cotton napkin? And afterwards… relax with some tobacco and a drive in your ethanol-powered auto?

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‘Super’ salmon: Safety concerns overblown, but consumers have right to know

by Arthur Caplan

Biotech types call the first genetically engineered fish - a whopper of a salmon - a food breakthrough. Critics call it -frankenfish.’ But the ultimate judge should be you, the consumer.

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On Wrestling with a Pig: Getting Dirty in a Debate

by Patrick Lin

With some people, you just can’t win. Do you engage them in a debate, or do you hold your tongue and save yourself the frustration from beating your head against a brick wall? That is the dilemma I face now.

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How long until human-level AI?

by Ben Goertzel

Experts on artificial general intelligence provide estimates for the future of AGI.

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Teaching Robots to Lie, Cheat, and Deceive

by Mike Treder

Would it ever be acceptable for a robot or a computer program to deliberately deceive a human being?

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Most IEET Readers Expect Libido Will Persist

Nearly 70% of those who answered an IEET poll question say the human libido is here to stay. Though it may become adjustable and even optional, enhanced humans or posthumans are likely to retain some form of the libido for its social bonding function “” not to mention its pleasure factor!

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Could precisely engineered nanoparticles provide a novel geoengineering tool?

by Andrew Maynard

While traveling to the World Economic Forum meeting in China, I came across a new paper that piques my interest. The paper is by David Keith at the University of Calgary (published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science), and is a theoretical investigation of how injecting large quantities of precisely engineered particles into the upper atmosphere might provide a cost-effective tool for climate intervention - geoengineering.

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Filtering the Flashy from the Transformative

by Jamais Cascio

Nature’s Nicola Jones asked me to comment on Singularity University for an article she was putting together; that article is now available. She included a couple of brief observations of mine, but I thought it would be useful to show the full context of my thoughts.

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SETI on the Lookout for Artificial Intelligence

by George Dvorsky

Slowly but surely, SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is starting to get the picture: if we’re going to find life out there-and that’s a big if-it’s probably not going to be biological.

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Getting Mental with Giulio Prisco

IEET Board Member Giulio Prisco was interviewed for a new article in the online magazine, H+.

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State-by-State Gay Marriage Acceptance

by Hank Pellissier

How is gay marriage in America proceeding down the aisle?  This question concerns all transhumanists because persecution of homosexuality is an anti-Enlightenment human rights violation that is rooted in archaic religious superstition and anti-scientific thought.  Actively supporting gay marriage is the ethically responsible position for all progressive transhumanists.

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