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



UPCOMING EVENTS:

Cascio @ TEDx in Marin
September 18
Marin, CA USA


Schneider on Extraterrestrial Intelligence @ Astrobiology Symposium
September 18-19
Washington D.C., USA


Cascio, Pellissier @ Artificial Intelligence & The Singularity Conference
September 20
Piedmont, California


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


Sorgner on “three types of posthuman perfection”
September 30
Erlangen, Germany


CyborgCamp ‘14
October 2-4
MIT's Media Lab, 75 Amherst St. Cambridge, Boston MA, USA


Brin @ TERADYNE Corp. biannual internal technical conference.
October 7
San Diego, CA USA




MULTIMEDIA: Topics

Singularity 1 on 1: Practopoiesis Tells Us Machine Learning Is Not Enough!

A Debate on the Right to be Forgotten

Climate Engineering Conference 2014: Critical Global Discussions (6min)

The Writer’s Role: Reflections on Communicating Climate Engineering to Public Audiences

Building Digital Trust: A New Architecture for Engineering Privacy (10 min)

Freedom & Privacy: The Future Can’t Look Like the Past (48 min)

Debate: Is the robot rebellion inevitable?

What if everybody got free cash? Myths and facts about Unconditional Basic Income

Genetically Engineered Ethical Super Babies?

Robot Sex Workers of Tomorrow (w/ Lynn Parramore)

Character Is A Vital Lie

Biohacking - the forefront of a new kind of human evolution

Our Miserable Future (1hr)

The Human Brain (1hr 22min)

Why did Einstein write a love poem to Spinoza? (1hr 10min)




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IEET Announces Creation of Affiliate Scholars Group

The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies is pleased to announce the appointment of six accomplished individuals as charter members of our newly created Affiliate Scholars program.

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All’s Fair in Botox and Evolution

by Akansha Bhargava

Cosmetic plastic surgery (CPS) gets a bad rep for the obvious reasons. It brings to mind superficial wealthy women living in glamorous places and spending someone else’s money on self-beautification. In a way it seems to be cheating—reversing the normal Darwinian structure of survival based on genetic fitness. However, cosmetic plastic surgery is an inevitable and expected outcome given psychology, natural selection, and changes in technology.

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The Policy Implications of Happiness Research

by Ben Scarlato

Over the past several years, a handful of books have attempted to use happiness research as a basis for policy recommendations. Two of those books, Happiness: Lessons from a New Science by Richard Layard, and Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America—and How We Can Get More of It by Arthur C. Brooks, present a broad set of recommendations for society, from liberal and conservative perspectives, respectively.

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Reflections on the Safety of Nanotechnology-Based Sunscreens

by Andrew Maynard

A few weeks ago, I set Friends of the Earth a challengeWhat is your worst case estimate of the human health risk from titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide nanoparticles in sunscreens?

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Body parts get options: which one will you choose?

by Kristi Scott

Designer body parts took a step closer a reality this week.

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Gelernter’s ‘dream logic’ and the quest for artificial intelligence

by George Dvorsky

Internet pioneer David Gelernter explores the ethereal fuzziness of cognition in his Edge.org article, “Dream-logic, the internet and artificial consciousness.” He’s right about the imperfect and dream-like nature of cognition and conscious thought; AI theorists should certainly take notice.

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Can Technology Bring on a World Wide Social Revolution?

by Kris Notaro

“The antiscience tendency in anarchism, which does exist, is completely self-defeating on this score [questions of technology and revolution]. I mean, it is going to take, it is going to require sophisticated technology and scientific discoveries to create the possibility for human society to survive—I mean, unless we decide, well, it just shouldn’t survive, we should get down to, you know, 100,000 hunter-gatherers or something. Okay, except for that, if you’re serious about, you know, the billions of people in the world who—and their children and grandchildren, it’s going to require scientific and technological advances.” – Noam Chomsky

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If Corporations are Persons…

by David Brin

Let’s dive into the Notion of Corporate Personhood.

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Discover Magazine Appoints Kyle Munkittrick as Blogger

IEET program director and intern wrangler Kyle Munkittrick has been appointed by Discover magazine as part of the team on their “Science Not Fiction” blog.

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Might There Be Intelligences in Other “Dimensions”?

by Ben Goertzel

Many people, after having certain meditative experiences or taking certain psychedelic substances (especially DMT), emerge with a strong intuitive sense that they have been communicating with intelligent transhuman beings in some other “dimension”—a dimension quite close-by to us, but normally inaccessible to us due to the nature of our mind-architecture and self-structure.

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Hughes Citings in the New York Times

The IEET’s Executive Director, James Hughes, was cited in two recent articles in the New York Times.

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Intersexed Athlete Gets OK to Compete as a Woman

by George Dvorsky

South African sprinter Caster Semenya has been given approval by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to race as a female.

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Will you live to see the 22nd century?

by Mike Treder

Unless you were born about five minutes ago (in which case you’re probably not reading this article), odds are that in 90 years you will not still be alive, based on current life expectancy figures. But could something happen between now and then to give you a chance, no matter how old you are today?

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Extinction Possibility Splits IEET Readers Three Ways

When assessing the likelihood of human extinction before the end of this century, respondents to a recently concluded IEET reader poll fall into three distinct camps.

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You may have made a friend, but did you find a person?

by Kristi Scott

I just got done reading a New York Times article titled “Making Friends With a Robot Named Bina48” and it couldn’t be more appropriately timed.

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Object/gesture recognition software in the “China Brain Project”

by Ben Goertzel

This paper introduces a Partially Connected Neural Evolutionary (Parcone) model and its application to object and gesture recognition as part of the “China Brain Project”, which aims to build China’s first artificial brain, consisting of 10,000s of evolved interconnected neural net modules, each with its own little task, similar to Minsky’s agents.



Voluntary Human Extinction

by Mike Treder

I’m getting ready to do a bloggingheads.tv interview this week with a representative from the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT).

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DIY Science, Democracy, and Dogma

by Patrick Lin

Ordinary citizens today have access to much greater destructive power than ever before, and this may force the evolution of democracy, which has turned somewhat into dogma.

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The legality of “the computer did it”

by Marcelo Rinesi

If insanity can be loosely seen as lack of control over our own actions, our distributed selves are all a bit insane.

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To Inform Your Discretion

by Mike Treder

Commemorating Independence Day in the United States of America with this technoprogressive quotation…

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Defending Enterprise From Its “Defenders”

by David Brin

Regarding a recent Wall Street Journal article by Russ Roberts—“Why Friedrich Hayek is Making a Comeback”—I have to react on several levels. I’ll start with one that is superficially emotional and immature… but that seems the most apropos and on-target reaction… and then follow up with added, calmer insights.

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Emerging Technologies and Emerging Disasters

by Mike Treder

Think the BP oil blowout catastrophe in the Gulf is bad? Could anything be worse? Well, yes, unfortunately, the next environmental disaster might be even more destructive and disruptive.

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The Copenhagen Declaration on Religion in Public Life

by Russell Blackford

The recent Gods and Politics conference in Copenhagen adopted a “Declaration on Religion in Public Life.” The conference was the first European event of Atheist Alliance International, and was co-hosted by AAI and the Danish Atheist Society.

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Science is Not My Higher Power

by Mike Treder

Most of us when we were children facing hard problems could turn to our parents for answers. Now, of course, it’s up to us.

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Why Should We Extend Human Rights to Mindclones?

by Martine Rothblatt

Even if we want to extend human rights to software beings, is it practical to do so?

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The End of Education

by Ben Goertzel

As civilization has advanced, education has become increasingly important—and increasingly pervasive. This trend will continue until “education” as a separate categories dies, replaced for those who choose to grow by learning that thoroughly pervades life.

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Apocalypse No

by J. Hughes

I’ve always had a bit of an apocalyptic bent, and over the last couple of weeks I’ve been feeding it with some fiction and some non-fiction reading.

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Welcome to real science!

by Andrew Maynard

The way science is taught, the way it’s portrayed on TV and in the press, the way it’s promoted by science-advocates and science bloggers, often seems to adhere to a rather pompous and hubristic view of science as the ultimate bastion of truth and certainty. So it’s been rather refreshing this week to see a group of real-world scientists shattering this image in the online event I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here!

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Why “Why Transhumanism Won’t Work” Won’t Work

by Phil Torres

There is nothing wrong with someone not knowing about a given subject. But there is something wrong with someone not knowing about a subject and pontificating about it as if he does.

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Most Say BP Disaster Shouldn’t Slow Emerging Tech

When asked if the ongoing oil drilling blowout in the Gulf of Mexico makes them less or more supportive of emerging technologies, three out of four respondents to a recent IEET reader poll said it’s either irrelevant or it means we should push ahead even more. Less than one in five are concerned that our growing technological power has outgrown our ethical sensibility.

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