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Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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by John G Messerly

TECHNOPROG, le transhumanisme au service du progrès social
by Marc Roux and Didier Coeurnelle

eHuman Deception
by Nicole Sallak Anderson

Keywords for Environmental Studies
by eds. Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, David N. Pellow


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Campa@Third ISA Forum on Sociology
July 12 , 2016
Vienna, Austria


Stefan Sorgner @ Meditation & Wirklichkeit Conference in Berlin
November 25 -26, 2016
Berlin


Humans, Machines, and the Future of Work Conference
December 5 -6, 2016
Rice University, Houston, Texas


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Stefan Sorgner @ “Grand Narratives, Posthumanism, and Aesthetics” Conference
(Jun 7, 2016)

Katherine Hayles and IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner will be keynote speakers at the conference “Grand Narratives, Posthumanism, and Aesthetics”, which will take place at Aarhus University from the 22nd until the 24th of March 2017. Read the conference program here.


IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher Interviewed by Futurezone
(Jun 6, 2016)

When machines take all the jobs that people need to find new meaning in life. This could be for the company, according to John Danaher both curse and blessing.


IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher Publishes New Paper in Journal: Bioethics (Jun 5, 2016)

IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher Publishes New Paper - Robots, Law and the Retribution Gap (Jun 4, 2016)


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Khannea Suntzu Worst case scenario – 2035 and no basic income.
by Khannea Suntzu
Jun 29, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

There is now an almost constant stream of articles saying what was politically incorrect to state out loud just 5-8 years ago – Technological Unemployment is certain, it is imminent and ‘something like a basic income’ will be necessary. I have said so much on this societal issue in the last ten years that it quite often feels like an obligatory rehash of the arguments in favor of a basic income. The best and most authoritative arguments are still being voiced by Martin Ford and I suggest everyone to check his level-headed and well researched presentations on the topic. In my understanding Martin blows arguments against out of the water.


Eliott Edge How VR Gaming will Wake Us Up to our Fake Worlds
by Eliott Edge
Jun 28, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

“It has no relationship whatsoever to anything anchored in some kind of metaphysical superspace.  It’s just your cultural point of view […] Travel shows you the relativity of culture.”

— Terence McKenna


Valerie Tarico Mens Health Week: One Doctor Thinks We Should Be Talking about Better Birth Control for Guys
by Valerie Tarico
Jun 27, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Dr. Stephanie Page at the University of Washington talks about why male birth control matters.

The Centers for Disease Control declared June 13 to 19 of 2016 as “National Men’s Health Week.” If it was Women’s Health Week, media experts would be talking a lot about sexual health and, especially, how women can safeguard against ill-timed or unwanted pregnancy. But for guys, pregnancy prevention is not even on the list, which instead emphasizes sleep, tobacco, food choices, and exercise.


Rick Searle Imagining the Anthropocene
by Rick Searle
Jun 26, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Almost a year ago now, while reading an article by the historian Yuval Harari in the British newspaper The Guardian, I had a visceral experience of what it means to live in the Anthropocene. Harari’s piece was about the horrors of industrial meat production, and as evidence of the scale of the monstrosity, he listed a set of facts that I had either not known, or had never taken the time to fully contemplate.


Marc Roux Transhumanisme : Comment sortir de la « Vallée de l’étrange » ? 2/2
by Marc Roux
Jun 25, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Sous la plume de l’Association Française Transhumaniste questionnement autour de la vallée de l’étrange. Cette étrange vallée caractérise l’acceptable pour l’esprit humain.

Dans la première partie, Marc Roux, président de l’Association française Transhumaniste, expliquait le concept de “Vallée de l’étrange” avant de s’interroger : et si les modifications de l’humain menaient vers de nouvelles formes d’intolérance. Une réflexion qui le mène, aujourd’hui, à prendre position d’une façon très originale…


Alex McGilvery On tragedy, ethics and the human condition.
by Alex McGilvery
Jun 24, 2016 • (6) CommentsPermalink

The shootings at the Pulse club in Orlando highlight once more just how far we humans need to go in the evolution of our ethics. People on all sides have already weighed in on how their particular way of seeing the world would have prevented the crime. Almost immediately they began talking past each other with little or no effort to hear the other side.


Daniel Faggella China May Be the Reason that Speech Recognition Takes Off
by Daniel Faggella
Jun 23, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Google may have DeepMind, but Baidu, China’s homegrown Google, has Deep Speech.

Deep Speech, which debuted in December 2015, is a speech recognition system that uses an artificial neural network to translate audio input directly to transcribed output. By contrast, most speech recognition systems, including Siri, use multiple, engineer-crafted steps to make translations.


Giulio Prisco Paradiso and Inferno in Robin Hanson’s ‘The Age of EM’
by Giulio Prisco
Jun 22, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Robin Hanson’s future scenario in “The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth” reminds me of Dante. On the one hand, many people will transcend (current concepts of) humanity and “transhumanize” – a word invented by Dante in Paradiso, Canto 1 – to become uploaded souls running on high performance computing circuitry. On the other hand, they will live in red-hot metal cities that create strong hot winds to disperse the excess heat generated by billions of uploads computing their way to continued existence. The infernal city of Dis, described by Dante in Inferno, Canto 8, comes to mind.


Alexandre Maurer Evolution: Natural or Technical
by Alexandre Maurer
Jun 21, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Transhumanism embodies the idea that humans have to assume their evolution. Given this approach, Transhumanism is often paralleled with Darwin’s theory of natural evolution. Is this parallel pertinent? Yes… and No? In this article, we will try to identify the limits. We will explain why technological evolution (in the context of Transhumanism) appears to be significantly preferable.


George Dvorsky Dubai Is Building the World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant
by George Dvorsky
Jun 20, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

They like to do things big in Dubai, including a newly-approved concentrated solar power project that will generate 1,000 megawatts of power by 2020—and a whopping 5,000 megawatts by 2030.

he Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has announced the launch of the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) project. Located on a single site within the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the plant will consist of five facilities. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed either in late 2020 or 2021, at which time it’s expected to generate 1,000 MW of power. By 2030, this plant could be churning out five times that amount—enough to raise the emirate’s total power output by 25 percent.


George Dvorsky Some Antidepressants Might Actually Be Harmful to Children and Teens
by George Dvorsky
Jun 19, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

A discouraging new study concludes that most antidepressants are ineffective for children and adolescents, and may even be harmful in some cases. But the researchers caution that the low quantity and quality of clinical trials are obscuring the true effects of these drugs.


Marc Roux Comment sortir de la “Vallée de l’étrange” ? 1/2
by Marc Roux
Jun 18, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Sous la plume de l’Association Française Transhumaniste questionnement autour de la vallée de l’étrange. Cette étrange vallée caractérise l’acceptable pour l’esprit humain.

Le mercredi 19 octobre prochain aura lieu en Angleterre une bien étrange compétition. Pour la 22ème année consécutive, un groupe de 4 personnes sera mis en concurrence avec une série d’ordinateurs face à un jury de spécialistes du langage (anglo-saxon) et de l’informatique. Le but de chacun : prouver qu’il est humain !


George Dvorsky The World’s Oldest Computer May Have Been Used to Predict the Future
by George Dvorsky
Jun 17, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Discovered in an ancient shipwreck near Crete in 1901, the freakishly advanced Antikythera Mechanism has been called the world’s first computer. A decades-long investigation into the 2,000 year-old-device is shedding new light onto this mysterious device, including the revelation that it may have been used for more than just astronomy.


George Dvorsky Living Bacteria Can Now Store Data
by George Dvorsky
Jun 16, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Using the CRISPR gene-editing tool, scientists from Harvard University have developed a technique that permanently records data into living cells. Incredibly, the information imprinted onto these microorganisms can be passed down to the next generation.


John Danaher Does Self-Tracking Promote Autonomy? An Initial Argument
by John Danaher
Jun 15, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Seneca was a wealthy Roman stoic and advisor to the emperor Nero. In the third of his Letters from a Stoic, entitled ‘On True and False Friendship’, he makes the following observation:

As to yourself, although you should live in such a way that you trust your own self with nothing which you could not entrust even to your own enemy, yet, since certain matters occur which convention keeps secret, you should share with a friend at least all your worries and reflections.


Marc Roux WHAT MORAL ENHANCEMENT?
by Marc Roux
Jun 14, 2016 • (4) CommentsPermalink

Transhumanists, as good humanists, think the human can be perfected, both physically and morally. Any difference in humans basically is a consequence of philosophy, education, culture or law, that is to say political consensus. Transhumanists now include technology as a means of continuing human enhancement (and not as certain unenlightened commentators jokingly wrote as a substitute thereof). Notwithstanding centuries of legislation, culture, education and philosophy, progress, which the philosophers of the « Enlightenment » called Virtue, seems to be blocked by the remains of the biological condition of humans.


George Dvorsky New Evidence Suggests a Fifth Fundamental Force of Nature
by George Dvorsky
Jun 13, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

We all know about the four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak and strong forces between atoms. But could there be a fifth force still waiting to be discovered? A new experiment performed in Hungary suggests this may very well be the case.


George Dvorsky Rare Genetic Mutation May Explain Some Forms of Multiple Sclerosis
by George Dvorsky
Jun 12, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Canadian scientists have uncovered a single genetic mutation that significantly heightens a person’s chance of developing a progressive and severe form of multiple sclerosis. While no single factor is responsible for causing the neurological disease, the discovery points to possible treatment options.


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