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Quick overview of biopolitical points of view







ieet books

Anticipating Tomorrow’s Politics
Author
by Ed. David Wood

Post- and Transhumanism: An Introduction
by Robert Ranisch and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner eds.

How “God” Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith
by Marshall Brain

Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality
by Martine Rothblatt


ieet events

David Wood on “Technological Unemployment” @ Z-Day
April 25 , 2015
London, UK


Hughes on “The threat of intelligence?”  @ Societal Implications of Robotics
May 1 -2, 2015
Brown Univ, Providence, RI, USA


Hughes, LaGrandeur @ Posthumanism and Society
May 9 , 2015
NYC, NY USA


Sorgner, Schneider on “Transhumanism and Immortality”
May 20 , 2015
Hull, UK


Wallach, Hughes, Vita-More, Smart, Lin, Darling @ Governance of Emerging Technologies
May 26 -28, 2015
Scottsdale, AZ USA


Brin @ Augmented World
June 8 -10, 2015
Santa Clara, CA USA


Danaher @ Clinical Neuroethics: Bench to Bedside
June 17 -19, 2015
Paris, France


Ramez Naam on “Enhancing Humans, Advancing Humanity”
July 22 , 2015
San Francisco, CA USA


Vita-More, Rothblatt, Hughes @ Juniata H+ Conference
July 26 -31, 2015
Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA USA


Hughes, Sorgner @ Beyond Humanism Conf: From Humanism to Post- and Transhumanism?
September 15 -18, 2015
Seoul, S. Korea


ieet news

IEET Launching Annual Fundraiser
(Mar 18, 2015)

The IEET just turned ten years old, and we are astonished with what we’ve been able to accomplish in the last decade.

Hundreds of technoprogressive public intellectuals have become a part of our community. Some have been already established writers and thinkers who sought to collaborate on shared issues and values, and others were just learning to write and speak about our issues. Many have gone on to start their own projects, organizations and journals, writing books and producing podcasts and films.

Our conferences have helped advance the case for cognitive libertyanti-aging medicinemoral enhancement,  the rights of non-human persons and the mitigation of catastrophic risks.

Our Journal of Evolution and Technology has published hundreds of peer-reviewed academic articles on topics from human enhancement, to technological unemployment, to artificial intelligence.

IEET Audience Divided on Left-Right Political Cognitive Biases
(Mar 15, 2015)

Inspired by the debate over the effects of partisan tribalism on cognition we asked “Are liberals and people on the Left as cognitively biased as conservatives and people on the Right?” A plurality (42%) of the 150 respondents answered that “Leftists and liberals have some biases, but less than conservatives and the Right.”


IEET Audience Skeptical of Taxing Bitcoin Income (Feb 22, 2015)

Please Welcome David Wood and Jon Perry (Feb 3, 2015)


ieet articles


The Genetics and Neuroscience of Torture
by piero scaruffi
Mar 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Every book on torture that i have browsed is mainly devoted to methods of torture and then to three topics: Ethical arguments against torture, Utilitarian arguments against torture, and History of the rejection of torture. I cannot find a neuroscientist or psychologist who thought of writing about the exact opposite: What were the ethical justifications for torture?, What were the utilitarian arguments for torture? and What is the history of the widespread adoption of torture? 


Transhumanist Party membership open
by Amon Twyman
Mar 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The Transhumanist Party is a new political organisation in the UK, part of a network of similar groups around the world, committed to positive social change through technology. Transhumanism is the idea that we must improve ourselves and society using the most effective tools available. To go beyond what we have been, in order to overcome the world’s problems and create a better future.


Children as Chattel–The Common Root of Religious Child Abuse and the Pro-Life Movement
by Valerie Tarico
Mar 26, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

On the surface, valuing embryonic life and abusing children are at odds, but with a biblical view of childhood, these positions can go hand in hand. Why do the same people who fight against abortion argue that parents should have the right to beat their children and deny them medical care or education, as some conservative Republicans have done recently?


Autonomy and Anti-Vaccination Advocates
by Kyle Treman
Mar 24, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

As the measles outbreak grows, 173 cases since March 6th, most cases have been traced from the unvaccinated child in Disneyland, with additional outlier cases and it has become our latest national fascination with a bioethics issue.  


Today’s Robot Films Reflect Popular Fears Concerning Artificial Intelligence
by Maria Ramos
Mar 24, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

The civilized world has an ever-intensifying relationship to automated computer technology. It is involved in nearly everything we do, every day, from the time we wake to the time we go to sleep. Why, then, does so much of our entertainment reflect a deep-set fear of technology and its potential for failure?


Atheism as Intellectual Snobbery?
by John G. Messerly
Mar 24, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Just a few brief remarks about Emma Green’s recent in the Atlantic, “The False Equation of Atheism and Intellectual Sophistication.” Green says: “Theirs [atheists] is a subtle assertion: Believers aren’t educated or thoughtful enough to debunk God, and if they only knew more, rational evidence would surely offset faith.”


Nigerians will soon have to worry about implanted pacemaker security
by Utibe Effiong
Mar 24, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

When Reuters announced the successful deployment of the first Internet-enabled pacemaker in the United States, it was a dream come true for many. The news came late in the summer of 2009, three weeks after Carol Kasyjanski became the first American recipient of a wireless pacemaker that allowed her doctor to monitor her health from afar. Since then there has been a proliferation of Internet-connected personal medical devices, or iPMDs, which now include insulin pumps, glucometers, blood pressure cuffs, pulse oximeters, walking canes, and of course, the ubiquitous fitness wearables.


No New York Times, wearable computers couldn’t be as harmful as cigarettes!
by Andrew Maynard
Mar 23, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

I was taken aback- to say the least – by an article from the New York Times that crossed my Twitter feed today that suggested wearable electronics like the new Apple Watch could be has harmful as smoking: Could Wearable Computers Be as Harmful as Cigarettes? http://t.co/JvM1mnR2Tz — NYT Styles (@NYTStyles) March 18, 2015 (Tweet has since been deleted)


Three Tales of the DRM Curtain
by Kevin Carson
Mar 23, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

These three short stories all come from the same Cory Doctorow collection, Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present (New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2007). Free download here. The three are all set against a background of what I call the “DRM Curtain,” a transnational corporate Empire based on artificial scarcities enforced through a maximalist version “intellectual property” rights, promoted through trade deals written and lobbied by the proprietary content industries, and ultimately backed by the military force of the American state.


God, Immortality and the Futility of Life
by John Danaher
Mar 23, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

William Lane Craig has a pretty dispiriting take on the atheistic view of life: If there is no God, then man and the universe are doomed. Like prisoners condemned to death, we await our unavoidable execution. There is no God, and there is no immortality. And what is the consequence of this? It means that life itself is absurd. It means that the life we have is without ultimate significance, value or purpose. (Craig 2008, 72)


Transhumanist Position on Human Germline Genetic Modification
by J. Hughes
Mar 20, 2015 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Recently a group of scientists and an industry group have issued statements calling for a moratorium on human heritable or germline genetic modifications (see here, here and here), now that we have the powerful CRISPR technique to pursue them.  These statements have been greeted rapturously by bioconservatives, who want to see a global ban on germline and enhancement genetic therapies. Of course, transhumanists have been thinking about these things for a long time, and the World Transhumanist Association (now known as Humanity+) adopted a formal position on human germline genetic modification ten years ago.


Posthumanisms: A Carnapian Experiment
by Daryl Wennemann
Mar 19, 2015 • (4) CommentsPermalink

In his article, “What is the Difference between Posthumanism and Transhumanism?”, Kevin LaGrandeur sets out to clarify the meaning of the terms “posthuman”, “transhuman” and “posthumanism”. (http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/lagrandeur20141226) He notes that the relative newness of the terminology is a source of confusion among many who employ these terms.


Top 10 Emerging Tech: an African Perspective. Genetic Engineering, Additive Manufacturing, AI
by Utibe Effiong
Mar 18, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

What do emerging technologies mean for a developing economy like Nigeria?  This is the second article in a series where I focus on the World Economic Forum’s list of the most promising emerging technologies for the year 2015. Here, I examine the implications of technological breakthroughs such as precise genetic engineering, additive manufacturing, and artificial intelligence, in developing economies such as Nigeria.


Transhumanism Strategy Boils Down to Choosing a Crowdfunding Project
by Maria Konovalenko
Mar 18, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

First of all, let’s draw a line between a strategy and wishful thinking. There are plenty of wonderful transhumanist projects. A viral video, a global portal, attracting celebrities, proof that aging is a disease, convincing billionaires, educational programs, letters to politicians, civil actions, participating in elections, creating a strong community, clinical trials of combinations of existing age delaying drugs on animals, TV shows, Hollywood blockbusters, creating a political committee, conferences on transhumanist topics, scientific megaproject on life extension, cryonics company, crowdfunding, a lot of startups relevant to transhumanist topics, active use of AI elements in all areas and so on .


How Did Jesus Get to be So Hot? Where Popular Images of Jesus Actually Came From
by Valerie Tarico
Mar 17, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Lyrics for the rap song, B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth), include the following line: The white image, of Christ, is really Cesare Borgia. The idea that our modern image of Jesus could be based on a ruthless power-hungry illegitimate son of a pope is startling and farfetched. But it is no more bizarre or fanciful than many other ideas about who Jesus was or what he looked like. And it does have an interesting tale behind it. To understand the Borgia story requires a bit of context.


Should prospective parents have to apply for licences? An Ethical Debate
by John Danaher
Mar 17, 2015 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Should prospective parents have to apply for parental licences? The argument seems obvious. Having children is a serious business. Negligent or irresponsible parents risk causing long-term harms to their offspring, harms that often have spillover effects on the rest of society. A licensing system should help us to filter out such parents. Therefore, a licensing system would benefit children and society at large. QED


Solving public health challenges through innovation
by Andrew Maynard
Mar 17, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Last Thursday, the second annual University of Michigan Innovation In Action competition concluded, with six stunning student pitches for startups that could make a significant dent on the health and well-being of communities.  It was a great example of what can be achieved at the intersection of public health, entrepreneurship, and the creativity and energy that students can bring to real-world problems.


James Blish’s ‘At Death’s End’: An Early View of the Prospects for Indefinite Life Extension
by Gennady Stolyarov II
Mar 16, 2015 • (0) CommentsPermalink

“At Death’s End”, written by James Blish (1921-1975), was published in the May 1954 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine. Surprisingly, this short story is still only accessible in hard copy, within the original Astounding Science Fiction edition. Apart from a brief review by Robert W. Franson, who introduced me to this work, there is today surprisingly little literary analysis devoted to “At Death’s End” – even though it offers a fascinating glimpse into how a science-fiction writer from an earlier era perceived the prospects for indefinite human longevity, from the vantage point of the scientific knowledge available at the time.


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