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

America’s best-kept sex secret: lots of us don’t want it

Free Will Does Not Exist - Should it be a Transhumanist Enhancement?

Will Transhumanism Lead to Greater Freedom?

The Yuck Factor — What Planned Parenthood Smears, Homophobia, & Middle School Have in Common

The King of Weird Futures

Transhumanist Therapy II: A Century of Electronic Psychotherapy


ieet books

Envisioning Politics 2.0
Author
David Wood and Alexander Karran eds.


comments

johnmesserly on 'Transhumanist Therapy II: A Century of Electronic Psychotherapy' (Jul 31, 2015)

Peter Wicks on 'Free Will Does Not Exist - Should it be a Transhumanist Enhancement?' (Jul 31, 2015)

johnmesserly on 'America’s best-kept sex secret: lots of us don’t want it' (Jul 30, 2015)

spud100 on 'Free Will Does Not Exist - Should it be a Transhumanist Enhancement?' (Jul 30, 2015)

Peter Wicks on 'Free Will Does Not Exist - Should it be a Transhumanist Enhancement?' (Jul 30, 2015)

jayjay on 'Transhumanism – The Final Religion?' (Jul 30, 2015)

Pandora on 'Four political futures: which will you choose?' (Jul 30, 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


If We Can Achieve Gay Marriage and Legal Pot, We Can Fix Climate Change Too
Jul 18, 2015
(24719) Hits
(1) Comments

Transhumanism: there are [at least] ten different philosophical categories; which one(s) are you?
Jul 8, 2015
(9430) Hits
(12) Comments

Transhumanism – The Final Religion?
Jul 16, 2015
(8369) Hits
(6) Comments

Robosapiens – merging with machines will improve humanity at an exponential rate
Jul 7, 2015
(8321) Hits
(1) Comments



Comment on this entry

Children of the Sun


Jonathan Dotse


Ethical Technology

February 09, 2013

As the dawn of 2013 marks the beginning of another revolution of our planet around the sun, let us draw our attention beyond the sphere of everyday life – beyond individual concerns, national issues, and even global concerns – towards the cosmic scale of affairs. Take this moment to consider the place of humanity in the grand scheme of the universe.


...

Complete entry


COMMENTS



Posted by Rick Searle  on  02/13  at  05:23 PM

Nice article, Jonathan.

While I certainly agree with the spirit of your essay- that we need to think long-term about the human future and take steps towards it (I think NASA’s Kepler mission to find habitable planets and our slow but steady moves in exploring the solar system are worthy investments in this direction) I am a little leery about us becoming over eager about things that are in all likely hood farther afield in terms of the human future and in the process failing to take our massive current problems- environmental degradation, the decline in agricultural production, inequality, demographic change, and the threat of global pandemics- to name just a few, which threaten what will likely be some time to come an exclusively earth bound existence. 

I am especially skeptical about your statement:

“By the end of this century, humanity will have been transformed far in excess of the sum total of changes we have accumulated from the dawn of civilization until now.”

I see no real empirical evidence for this. The technological difference between 2000 and 2013 is large, but can’t really be considered qualitative. Almost everything, technologically speaking, that was around me in 2000 is basically the same now.
I’ve just added a smarter phone, a tablet, and a car with slightly more gas mileage.

I am excited about most of the technological changes on the horizon, but doubt that the world in which I was born (in the 1970s) will be as different for me should I reach the age of 90 than the world in which my grandmother was born (in 1913) before jet planes, rockets, space flight, television, computers is different from the world she lives in now at 90.

Change is more gradual than many who embrace the Singularity realize and that is a good thing, for it is the only pace which human societies can absorb. 

Thoughts?






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