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ieet books

Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice
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

ieet events

Posthuman and Transhuman Bodies in Religion and Spirituality Panel
October 28 , 2016
Harvard University

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

Hughes @ Transhumanist Culture Festival
November 27 , 2016
Stockholm, Sweden

Hughes @ Singularity Salon
November 28 , 2016
Stockholm, Sweden

Transpolitica 2016 Conference
December 3 , 2016
London, England

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

ieet news

How to Make Intelligent Robots That Understand the World
(Sep 26, 2016)

There are some amazing robots roving the surface of Mars. However, they are heavily dependent on their human operators. But what if we could provide them with human-like intelligence so that they could find their own way without assistance? What if we could teach them to autonomously deal with completely novel situations? IEET Contributor Danko Nikolic on the 28th of September will answer your questions.

Call for Papers The Second International Conference on Anticipation
(Sep 23, 2016)

The 2nd International Conference on Anticipation provides an interdisciplinary meeting ground in which researchers, scholars and practitioners who are seeking to understand anticipation and anticipatory practices can come together to deepen their understanding and create productive new connections.

IEET Affiliate Scholar Franco Cortese Published New Paper (Sep 15, 2016)

IEET Affiliated Scholar Nikola Danaylov Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Singularity1on1 (Sep 14, 2016)


ieet articles

John Danaher Pushing Humans off the Loop: Automation and the Unsustainability Problem
by John Danaher
Sep 29, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

There is a famous story about an encounter between Henry Ford II (CEO of Ford Motors) and Walter Reuther (head of the United Automobile Workers Union). Ford was showing Reuther around his factory, proudly displaying all the new automating technologies he had introduced to replace human workers. Ford gloated, asking Reuther ‘How are you going to get those robots to pay union dues?’. Reuther responded with equal glee ‘Henry, how are you going to get them to buy your cars?’.

Giulio Prisco India Awakens Conference Fundraiser and Ticket Sale
by Giulio Prisco
Sep 28, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The India Awakens Conference fundraiser and ticket sale is live! Please contribute to our fundraiser to cover the Conference’s costs, and choose one of the recommended donation levels to attend the Conference (in person or online) or receive the video proceedings on DVD.

John Danaher Is Robust Moral Realism a kind of Religious Belief?
by John Danaher
Sep 27, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Robust moral realism is the view that moral facts exist, but that they are not reducible to non-moral or natural facts. According to the robust realist, when I say something like ‘It is morally wrong to torture an innocent child for fun’, I am saying something that is true, but whose truth is not reducible to the non-moral properties of torture or children. Robust moral realism has become surprisingly popular in recent years, with philosophers like Derek Parfit, David Enoch, Erik Wielenberg and Russell Shafer-Landau all defending versions of it.

Charles Bell Here’s Why The IoT Is Already Bigger Than You Realize
by Charles Bell
Sep 26, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Sometimes it feels like the Internet of Things (or IoT) is a little bit overblown. Maddening commercials like this one try to make it seem like a spiritual revolution for humankind, and you may have seen our thoughts on the emergence of the term “smart” to define objects. Furthermore, the main IoT applications that people actually seem to care about at this point are pretty much FitBits and Nest thermostats-fun Christmas presents, but not exactly groundbreaking technological concepts.

David Orban Exponential Impact at the Singularity University Global Summit
by David Orban
Sep 25, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

At Singularity University we address the world’s greatest challenges, through the application of exponential technologies, spreading knowledge through conferences, educating through our courses, and creating, accelerating and funding startups.

John Danaher Competitive Cognitive Artifacts and the Demise of Humanity: A Philosophical Analysis
by John Danaher
Sep 24, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

David Krakauer seems like an interesting guy. He is the president of the Santa Fe institute in New Mexico, a complexity scientist and evolutionary theorist, with a noticeable interest in artificial intelligence and technology. I first encountered his work — as many recently did — via Sam Harris’s podcast. In the podcast he articulated some concerns he has about the development of artificial intelligence, concerns which he also set out in a recent (and short) article for the online magazine Nautilus.

David J. Kelley Critical Nature of Emotions in Artificial General Intelligence
by David J. Kelley
Sep 23, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

This paper reviews the key factors driving the Independent Core Observer Model Cognitive Architecture for Artificial General Intelligence specific to modeling emotions used to drive motivational and decision making processes in humans; as it relates to or inspires the ICOM motivational systems.  Emotions in ICOM are key elements of the ability to be self-motivating and make decisions.  Behavioral tuning research case work around motivations in ICOM, as seen in the series 4 ICOM Isolation Studies designed to validate the series 4 model versus series 3 model and used to bench mark as well as tune the ICOM emotional processing core, are presented.  Detailed is the reasoning for emotions in ICOM as used as a method of tagging ideas, concepts, and experiences for evaluation. Such emotions are the driving force behind the ICOM system’s subjective experiences.

John Danaher Will human enhancement cause problems for interpersonal communication?
by John Danaher
Sep 22, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

China Mieville’s novel Embassytown is a challenging and provocative work of science fiction. It is set in Embassytown, a colonial outpost of the human-run Bremen empire, located on Arieka, a planet on the edge of the known universe. The native alien race are known as the Ariekei and they have an unusual language. They have two speaking orifices and as a result speak two words at the same time.

John Danaher Computers and Law Special Edition on Algorithmic Governance
by John Danaher
Sep 21, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

As part of the Algocracy and Transhumanism project I am running, myself and my colleague Dr. Rónán Kennedy put together a special edition of the journal/magazine Computers and Law on the topic of algorithmic governance. It consists of a diverse range of articles on the increasingly prominent role of algorithms in decision-making, and the implications this has for the law. The special edition arose from a workshop we held on the topic back in March 2016.

Eliott Edge A Free Education for all the World’s People: Why is this Not yet a Thing?
by Eliott Edge
Sep 20, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

When we as a global community confront the truly difficult question of considering what is really worth devoting our limited time and resources to in an era marked by such global catastrophe, I always find my mind returning to what the Internet hasn’t really been used for yet—and what was rumored from its inception that it should ultimately provide—an utterly and entirely free education for all the world’s people.

Rick Searle Decadent Europe’s Islamist Dystopia
by Rick Searle
Sep 19, 2016 • (2) CommentsPermalink

Sometimes I get the feeling that the West really is intellectually and spiritually bankrupt. I take my cue here not from watching Eurovision or anything like its American equivalent, but from the fact that, despite how radically different our circumstance is from our predecessors, we can’t seem to get beyond political ideas that have been banging around since the 19th century. Instead of coming up with genuine alternatives we rebrand antique ideas. After all, isn’t “fully automated luxury communism” really just a technophilic version of communism which hopes to shed all association with breadlines or statues of strapping workers with hammers in their hands? Let’s just call the thing Marxism and get it the hell over with.

Hank Pellissier Alcor Life Extension Foundation sponsors health clinic in Nyakiyumbu, Uganda
by Hank Pellissier
Sep 18, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The Alcor Life Extension Foundation, the “world leader in cryonics, cryonics research, and cryonics technology”, is sponsoring a health clinic for orphans in the impoverished village of Nyakiyumbu, Uganda.

Melanie Swan Defining the Blockchain Economy: What is Decentralized Finance?
by Melanie Swan
Sep 17, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The aim of this article is to explore the intersection of blockchain technology and finance from a practical, theoretical, and conceptual standpoint.

Stephen Yearwood A Way Forward
by Stephen Yearwood
Sep 16, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

In its “Vision”statement IEET says that the “liberal democratic revolution” is “still growing strong.” These days, it is difficult to find evidence in support of that statement.

George Dvorsky Skeletal Analysis Suggests Lucy Died After Falling From a Tree
by George Dvorsky
Sep 14, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

The world’s most famous human ancestor, an extinct hominid named Lucy, died after falling from a tall tree, according to scientists. It’s a revelation that points to tree-dwelling behavior in recent evolutionary history, but some scientists aren’t convinced.

George Dvorsky Alien Hunters Spot Freaky Radio Signal Coming From Nearby Star
by George Dvorsky
Sep 13, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Astronomers using the RATAN-600 radio telescope in the Russian Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia have detected an unusual signal emanating from a star located about 94 light-years from Earth. It’s not clear if the signal is being transmitted by aliens, but the researchers say we should keep a close watch on this intriguing new extraterrestrial candidate.

George Dvorsky Mylan’s New Generic EpiPen is Still Too Goddamned Expensive
by George Dvorsky
Sep 12, 2016 • (0) CommentsPermalink

Pharmaceutical company Mylan has announced plans to launch its first generic EpiPen. But at a cost of $300—which is half of the branded product’s list price—it’s still a heap of money for this critically important medicine.

David Brin Science Fiction! Science Fiction!
by David Brin
Sep 11, 2016 • (1) CommentsPermalink

An apropos moment for a SF’nal posting, as I report to you all from the World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, MO. Many fascinating people saying an doing interesting things. Lots of discussion of “da future.” And congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Hugo Award! But that will wait a bit. For now…



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Born Poor, Stay Poor: The Silent Caste System of America
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instamatic on 'Decadent Europe’s Islamist Dystopia' (Sep 29, 2016)

rms on 'Born Poor, Stay Poor: The Silent Caste System of America' (Sep 29, 2016)

rms on 'Here's Why The IoT Is Already Bigger Than You Realize' (Sep 28, 2016)

instamatic on 'Born Poor, Stay Poor: The Silent Caste System of America' (Sep 26, 2016)

Joseph Ratliff on 'Born Poor, Stay Poor: The Silent Caste System of America' (Sep 24, 2016)

rsbakker on 'Competitive Cognitive Artifacts and the Demise of Humanity: A Philosophical Analysis' (Sep 24, 2016)

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