Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

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


Hughes, LaGrandeur @ Posthumanism and Society
May 9

Goertzel @ Exponential Future Symposium
May 9
Hong Kong

Sorgner @ Posthuman Studies and the Arts
May 18
London, UK

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

Wallach, Hughes, Vita-More, Smart, Lin, Darling @ Governance of Emerging Technologies
May 26-28
Scottsdale, AZ USA

Brain Matters! Cutting Edge Neurotechnologies: Clinical and Ethical Issues
May 28-29
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Sorgner @ International Festival of Philosophy
May 31
Cologne, Germany


Radical Change Lies Ahead

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

Does death make life worth living?

Review of EX MACHINA

Gray Matters

The Dawn of Killer Robots

The Outsourcing Illusion: Why Tempting Technology Can Lead to Dangerous Delegation

The psychology of your future self

What is the Future of Synthetic Meat?

Epistemic and Cognitive Concept of Explanation: An Attempt at Synthesis (30min)

Transformative Technology: An Evolution of Contemplative Practice

Using Neurotechnologies to Enhance Virtues


Let’s kick oil while the price is down

Transpolitica book launch – video recording

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Contradictions of the Enlightenment: Liberal Individualism versus the Erosion of Personal Identity

by J. Hughes

Enlightenment values presume an independent self, the rational citizen and consumer who pursues her self-interests. Since Hume, however, Enlightenment empiricists have questioned the existence of a discrete, persistent self. Today, continuing that investigation, neuroscience is daily eroding the essentialist model of personal identity. Transhumanism has yet to come to grips with the radical consequences of the erosion of the liberal individualist subject for projects of enhancement and longevity. Most transhumanist thought still reflects an essentialist idea of personal identity, even as we advance projects of radical cognitive enhancement that will change every element of consciousness. How do ethics and politics change if personal identity is an arbitrary, malleable fiction?

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The Intersection of Mormonism and Transhumanism

by R. Dennis Hansen

The Mormon vision of the future culminates in a plurality of gods, eternally progressing and creating worlds without end. Some of their ideas are well worth considering by transhumanists.

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Why I’m certain no computer could have written this column

by Marcelo Rinesi

On the face of it, the choice of where we’re applying AI commercially and where we aren’t is deeply weird.

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How to Define Science Fiction

by David Brin

The question has filled pages and books, resonating across hotel bars and conferences for decades. What, exactly, is science fiction?

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Transhumanist Conferences in Israel

by Ilia Stambler

I am happy to report about a series of transhumanist conferences organized by IconTLV—Israel’s International Science Fiction Festival—on October 16-27, 2011.

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PETA Stays up to Date With the Latest Technologies in the Animal Food and Testing Industry

by Kris Notaro

An interview with PETA shows that the group is helping with the destruction of current technologies contributing to the suffering of animals worldwide while embracing emerging technologies that will help the fight for animal rights.

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People should be free to take smart drugs if they choose to

by Andy Miah

If you could take a pill that would instantly improve your memory or increase your ability to make sense of complex ideas, perhaps even make discoveries worthy of a Nobel prize, would you? What if you could enhance your capacity to assimilate new languages in a fraction of the time than would otherwise be necessary to become fluent? Answers to these questions may now become more urgent as a range of cognitive enhancements are quickly becoming available via pharmaceutical research.

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We Don’t Know How to Get Old Anymore

by Kyle Munkittrick

I am an advocate of pursuing anti-aging medicine. But what does that mean?

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Was 1957 Better Than Today?

by David Brin

Read on only if you’re in the mood for pyrotechnics!

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Divest From Big Banks Now!

by Hank Pellissier

Occupy Wall Street’ is furious that the nation’s largest banks grossly mismanaged the citizenry’s funds but were rewarded anyway with a bail-out by the government. Today many of those frivolous financiers are thriving with obscene salaries while millions of their victimized clientele have lost their homes to foreclosure and are under-or-unemployed.

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Citizen Scientist 2.0

by Andrea Kuszewski

What does the future of science look like?

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Propaganda 2.0 and the Rise of ‘Narrative Networks’

by George Dvorsky

DARPA, the Pentagon’s advanced concepts think-tank, is looking to take propaganda to the next level, and they’re hoping to do so by controlling the very way their targets perceive and interpret the flow of incoming information.

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Poll: Majority Supports Tax-Funded Space Exploration

About two-thirds of those who responded to an IEET reader poll approve of the government spending money on exploring space.

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A Mormon? For President? Who are these people?

by Hank Pellissier

Two Mormons—Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney—are campaigning as Republicans for President of the United States, with Romney currently favored to nab the nomination. In recent days their faith has been derided by some as a “cult.” Although Mormonism is an ‘indigenous’ American creed, and has over 14 million followers internationally, the average American knows little about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

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What the Wall Street Protest is About

by Mike Treder

It’s not left versus right. It’s the system.

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Why Technoprogressives Should Join the Pirate Party

by Giulio Prisco

The liberation of people through technology, and the liberation of technology from the oppressive forces that want to control it, is part of the pirate DNA. This will be reflected at some point in actual policies of the Pirate Party, the party of the future.

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Geoengineering the Earth: Should we take aggressive action?

by David Brin

In the U.S., bipartisan group of scientists and national security experts has recommended further research and testing of extreme geoengineering projects, or climate remediation, to assertively lessen the effects of global warming before it “reaches a tipping point.”

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Your Brain on Politics: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Liberals and Conservatives

by Andrea Kuszewski

Can neuroscience provide evidence for a liberal and a conservative thinking style?

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Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don’t get it.

by Doug Rushkoff

Like the spokesmen for Arab dictators feigning bewilderment over protesters’ demands, mainstream television news reporters finally training their attention on the growing Occupy Wall Street protest movement seem determined to cast it as the random, silly blather of an ungrateful and lazy generation of weirdos. They couldn’t be more wrong and, as time will tell, may eventually be forced to accept the inevitability of their own obsolescence.

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The Crusade for a Cultured Alternative to Animal Meat: An Interview with Nicholas Genovese, PhD PETA

by Kris Notaro

A cruelty-free, cultured meat is on the horizon that will help save a large percentage of the 27 billion animals slaughtered each year for food.

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Here’s Occupy Wall Street’s ‘One Demand’—Sanity

by Richard Eskow

Even the sympathizers don’t always get it. I’m sure I get a lot of things wrong too, but here’s one thing I do understand: Change doesn’t begin with policy. It begins with perception. And you don’t change things by asking. You change them by acting.

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Occupy All Streets

by James Felton Keith

While watching the Occupy Wall Street movement gain momentum and challenge the status quo, we in the transhumanist and technoprogressive communities should take note of differences between this movement and those earlier in the 20th century that were in direct opposition to some set of conservative policies.

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The Foresight Paradox

by Jamais Cascio

This is the foresight paradox: you can be completely accurate, or you can be completely engaging, but you can’t be both.

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Pirate Party captures big victory in Berlin, Germany!

by Hank Pellissier

An interview with party political director Marina Weisband.

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Emerging Technologies and Sustainability: What’s risk got to do with it?

by Andrew Maynard

Q: What do you get if you place some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of technology innovation, risk, and sustainability in the same room for two days? A: One whopping headache!

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Most IEET Readers Expect Smarter-Than-Human AI Before Mid-Century

Some say it’s already here!

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“Class War” and the Lessons of History

by David Brin

One aspect of our re-ignited American Civil War is getting a lot of air-play. It is so-called “class war.”

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What Do We Do With The Results of Unethical Experimentation?

by Kyle Munkittrick

When knowledge has been acquired at a horrific price, is it more ethical to use it or ignore it?

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Kyle Debates Human Enhancement Over at Slate

IEET’s Kyle Munkittrick debated human enhancement with Brad Allenby, author of The Techno-Human Condition, and Nick Agar, author of Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Life Enhancement, over at Slate. Check out the fascinating results.

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