Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies






The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States. Please give as you are able, and help support our work for a brighter future.


Search the IEET
Subscribe and Contribute to:


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




whats new at ieet

Machines that Dream: Developing Artificial General Intelligence through AI-Kindergarten

Technological Unemployment and Personal Well-being: Does Work Make Us Happy?

Comet Day, Anyone?

Did the Evolution of the Brain… Evolve Our Morality?

On Existential Risk and Individual Contribution to the “Good”

The Future of Superhuman Technology


ieet books

A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control
Author
Wendell Wallach


comments

Eugene on 'I Stand With Peter Singer' (Jul 1, 2015)

Eugene on 'Human Brain 2.0 - what is the most essential upgrade? Increased Rationality, Empathy, or Happiness?' (Jul 1, 2015)

Eugene on 'Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Transhumanist?' (Jul 1, 2015)

instamatic on 'AI Will Solve Aging - it is a Tool, Not a Threat' (Jun 30, 2015)

Teresa on 'Human Brain 2.0 - what is the most essential upgrade? Increased Rationality, Empathy, or Happiness?' (Jun 30, 2015)

rmk948 on 'Simple Intervention Cuts Unplanned Pregnancy by Half' (Jun 29, 2015)

James McLean Ledford on 'Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Transhumanist?' (Jun 29, 2015)







Subscribe to IEET News Lists

Daily News Feed

Longevity Dividend List

Catastrophic Risks List

Biopolitics of Popular Culture List

Technoprogressive List

Trans-Spirit List



JET

Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

Hottest Articles of the Last Month


Universal Basic Income—The Foundation of a Technically Advanced Society
Jun 15, 2015
(45591) Hits
(6) Comments

Should Politicians be Replaced by Artificial Intelligence? Interview with Mark Waser
Jun 12, 2015
(18690) Hits
(3) Comments

Will Artificial Intelligence be a Buddha? Is Fear of AI just a symptom of Human Self-Loathing?
Jun 17, 2015
(10947) Hits
(5) Comments

Atheism in Zambia - skeptical, rational thought in a very superstitious country
Jun 23, 2015
(9932) Hits
(0) Comments



Comment on this entry

The New Fourth Estate: Anonymous, Wikileaks, and –archy


Sebastian A.B.


http://c4ss.org

January 30, 2013

As government and industry collude, the interests of the powerful trample the rights of the multitude. Technology has granted invasive new eyes and ears to government agencies, spurning the right to privacy. Felicitously, the individual has also been empowered with two new tools to check the corporate state: hacktivism and leaks. The press has been captured by a handful of news corporations that are generally uncritical of government and fail to expose corporate injustice. The techno-libertarian culture has birthed the do-it-yourself fourth estate—usurping the illegitimate media and furnishing a viable alternative to the cartelized press. Two entities, Wikileaks and Anonymous, have emerged under this banner. This inquiry seeks to understand their history, methods, and to ascertain whether use of the discrete figurehead is efficacious.


...

Complete entry


COMMENTS



Posted by Intomorrow  on  01/31  at  01:00 AM

“President Obama campaigned as an anti-war candidate of the left. Since his election, he has upheld the Bush imperialism protocol. Obama’s trigger-happy drone strikes, refusal to close Guantanamo Bay, crackdown on non-violent protestors and journalists, banking sector bailouts and violation of the War Powers Act in Libya have tarnished his messianic image. Tireless freedom crusader and civil liberties lawyer Glenn Greenwald wrote: ‘One of the most consequential aspects of the Obama legacy is that he has transformed what was once known as ‘right-wing shredding of the Constitution’ into bipartisan consensus. When one of the two major parties supports a certain policy and the other party pretends to oppose it — as happened with these radical War on Terror policies during the Bush years — then public opinion is divisive on the question, sharply split.’ ”


Obama wanted and still wants to change things but he is handcuffed by an old-fashioned, v. suggestible and fickle American public. What can Obama do? Resign as president and slink back to Chicago to teach law? Obama wanted to close Gitmo, but for starters the jingoists pressured him to keep it open. Khaddafi was a sadist who called Libyan insurgents cockroaches, drug-fueled mice(!), greasy rats, and said he would show no mercy to them. Khaddafi got what he deserved.
A very retro (and doubleminded) American people is not going to grant freedom just like that. Americans want freedom for their own families, as they want the state to help them but they think blacks can stay in the ghettos for all they care, because they are not as pretty as caucasians and are a threat to white patrimony, white pedigrees.
Obama has been doing the best with his cards, given the bad hand he has been dealt; what is it you suggest he do? Declare the Left Libertarian Republic of America and storm the Pentagon as if it were the Bastille or the Winter Palace? Perhaps Obama should wear blue collar clothes and eat off paper plates?





Posted by Intomorrow  on  01/31  at  06:05 AM

... you are right, though, to have reservations concerning Obama, but please remember how old fashioned the interior of America is: there are people to the right of Genghis Khan here. The coasts aren’t much better, but there’s more progressive wiggle-room on the coasts. Think of ‘Frisco and NYC. Given that we are stuck with our 1789 Constitution, IMO Obama is preferable to Romney; Romney proved a corporation can be a person—Romney is as much a corporation (corporate-oriented) as he is a person.






Add your comment here:


Name:

Email:

Location:

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

HOME | ABOUT | FELLOWS | STAFF | EVENTS | SUPPORT  | CONTACT US
SECURING THE FUTURE | LONGER HEALTHIER LIFE | RIGHTS OF THE PERSON | ENVISIONING THE FUTURE
CYBORG BUDDHA PROJECT | AFRICAN FUTURES PROJECT | JOURNAL OF EVOLUTION AND TECHNOLOGY

RSSIEET Blog | email list | newsletter |
The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States.

Contact: Executive Director, Dr. James J. Hughes,
56 Daleville School Rd., Willington CT 06279 USA 
Email: director @ ieet.org     phone: 860-297-2376